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— LAND —
Pesado D Ranch consists of 5,138.37 acres and is a mixture of scrub brush flats, canyons and draws, and stunning topography. The ranch is crossed on the east side by the historic Downie Draw with dramatic cliffs framing the far bank. On the western side of the ranch the land climbs sharply upward into a range of foothills that run westward into the Glass Mountains. On the ranch, the high vistas, mesas and bluffs offer stunning views that stretch for miles before descending into canyons rimmed with rocky cliffs and beautiful rock faces. Much of Terrell County can be classified as semi-arid steppes and the native vegetation found on the ranch reflects that climate. Mesquite, Catclaw, Greasewood, Yucca and Prickly Pear cactus are just a few of the native plants species dotting the terrain. The ranch is perimeter fenced with all fences in good working order. The neighboring ranches do run cattle and maintain the fences accordingly. Access points onto the ranch control livestock using cattle guards. There are no locked gates or bump gates. Approximately 420 acres of the ranch is high fenced with four access gates into the fenced pasture. The fence is only 3 years old and was built as a breeder pen. The gates are kept open and no breeding operation is currently in place. There are no mineral leases or production on the ranch.
— WATER —
Access to water and the supporting infrastructure is one of the most well-thought out aspects of the ranch. The ranch has four deep water wells all drilled at high points on the ranch. The current owners had drilling rigs hauled up the canyons and onto the rimrock in order to drill the wells at maximum elevation. The wells are solar powered and can be turned on or off depending on need. The wells fill 40,000 gallons of active storage tanks around the ranch. A battery of three storage tanks totaling 7,500 gallons is a dedicated reserve solely for the lodge. The storage tanks gravity flow water through 5 miles of 2-inch-thick industrial grade water line to 17 wildlife watering stations around the ranch. Each watering trough is equipped with a float to conserve water.
— WILDLIFE —
The ranch is home to numerous species of native Texas wildlife and some exotics. Whitetail deer are abundant, and the ranch is also home to numerous Mule deer. Free range native Texas elk are also in the area and are frequently spotted on the ranch including several mature bulls. The ranch is home to healthy numbers of javelina and some feral hogs. Varmints and native predators are also spotted around the ranch including grey fox, bobcat, coyote, porcupine and the occasional mountain lion. For bird hunters, the ranch has abundant blue quail, a few coveys of bobwhite quail, prolific numbers of white-winged and mourning dove, and numerous flocks of turkey. At some point in the ranch’s history blackbuck antelope were introduced onto the ranch and have flourished. Certain areas of the ranch are now home to large herds of blackbuck with mature bucks sporting their signature dark coats often seen.
Multiple feeders provide year-round nutrition to game across the ranch. There are currently thirteen 3000 pound protein feeders stationed around the ranch that are fed year round. There are also thirty All-Seasons corn feeders that are fed from just before hunting season through early spring. Turkey feeders are also placed at several sites around the ranch.
The ranch is managed under a Wildlife Management Exemption. There is an active wildlife management plan in place. The ranch is not carried under a livestock agricultural exemption and there are no livestock nor grazing leases on the ranch.
— history —
Before being explored and ultimately settled by the Spanish as early as the sixteenth century, what is now Terrell County was originally home to several Indian tribes including the Coahuiltecans and the Jumanos. Evidence of these early inhabitants can be found across the county including rock mounds, called middens, rock paintings, and pictographs. Many grinding holes have also been found in flat rock surfaces leaving clues to the Indians’ diet of mesquite beans and ground plants. Two of these grinding holes have been found on the ranch along with numerous arrowheads, flint knife blades, scraping tools, and pieces of worked flint.
Terrell County was eventually settled in the 1800s along the development of the railroad and eventually became a ranching mecca for sheep and goat ranches. Downie Draw, which crosses the ranch, is named for one of the earliest of these sheep ranchers, Charles Downie, who homesteaded in the area in the 1880s. He eventually grew his ranch to 150,000 acres. By the early 1900s, Terrell County was home to over 140 ranches and 350,000 sheep.
In the middle part of the 20th century Terrell County became a hotbed for oil and gas production after the discovery of the Brown-Bassett gas field. Remnants of this oil boom are still visible in the area with old pad sites slowly being reclaimed by the land. There is currently no active production on the ranch.