Blue Goose River Ranch consists of flat, fertile farmland with mesquite patches on top that breaks into deep cedar-covered gorges. Twists and turns in the terrain paired with scattered knobs create valleys turning into sand-bottomed creeks. These creeks define the canyons as they merge with the North Wichita River and split the ranch. Whitetail-buck ranging from 130"-150" inches are standard in Foard and Knox County, while 7,750 secluded acres with a river bottom habitat allow some mature animals to reach the 170+ inch marker. Several large flocks of Rio Grande turkey roost and thrive in the vast hackberry trees and dense chinaberry thickets. Ducks, geese, and other waterfowl are abundant due to the 3.4 miles of the meandering river and 48 bodies of water ranging from shallow grass tanks to a couple of acres of drought-proof water. Blue Goose River Ranch is a large cattle operation with outfitter potential.
Headquarters sits in Foard County on the Northern 3,000 acres initially purchased in 2002. Headquarters is 16 fenced acres with the main house and the bunk house. This house is a sound three-bedroom ranch house awash with rustic charm and abundant storage. Entertain easily with a spacious kitchen with custom cabinets, a wet bar, and multiple dining areas connected to the den with a fireplace. Occupying the entire north side of the home is the primary suite featuring a fireplace, double sink bathroom, three large walk-in closets, and direct access to the laundry facilities. A bunk house sits behind the main house with the separate Foreman's home and office with farm equipment shed along FM 268.
Over the next two decades, the ranch grew 4,750 acres to the south into Knox County. Blue Goose River Ranch offers 1,890 acres of wheat and hay, boosting the ranch's productivity with adequate rainfall and attracting droves of mourning and white-wing dove with the seasonal sunflowers. Across the river was acquired first, a valley etched out by Black Top Creek, including Blue Goose Hunting Camp famed with stories of hunting lore. Then a few other neighbors were added, spreading south to include the majority of Buffalo Creek and some badlands to add to the mysticism of this wild country. This cattle ranch has excellent perimeter fencing being mostly 5-strand barb wire. Each pasture is cross-fenced for rotational grazing to optimize the native grass production. This practice has boosted the local quial habitat and assisted in their comeback. Separate fields within the fenced cultivation and pastures contain a water source for cattle and wildlife. A final addition, the "Damland" added a wide, short canyon created by Bluff Creek and butted the ranch up to Truscott Brine Lake. 29+ access gates are strategically placed on the 12+ miles of county-maintained road frontage to optimize cattle rotations, farming, and access to blinds. Blue Goose River Ranch's final acreage came to 7,750, now available for the first time as one large ranch isolated in an area of Texas historically and currently known for vast swaths of land dedicated to cattle and hunting.
Blue Goose River Ranch has "finger ridges," providing a different canyon or valley around every corner. This country makes one understand the old stories from the wild west and how the natives could disappear without a trace. Countless draws dip and turn with signs of local wildlife still utilizing them to hide out and travel. Truscott Brine Lake is a saltwater project controlled by the Army Corp of Engineers and is open to the public. The 1,600 saltwater lake and 100-acre freshwater lake provide a sanctuary for deer and create an exceptional waterfowl habitat. The larger ponds on the ranch and river have bass, perch, and catfish, while the 100-acre freshwater lake provides true sport fishing capabilities for an outfitter or an avid fisherman.
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Listing Broker: Boone Campbell (940)-282-5500
Listing Agent: Travis Patterson (254) 246-5266