Alcorn Angus & Hunters Haven is an operating cattle and hunting ranch that consists of 729± acres laying just a few miles south of Hay Springs, Nebraska. It is located in Sheridan County and the Mirage Flats Irrigation District, which supplies water to the farm along with groundwater wells. The property has 260± acres pivot and 130± acres flood irrigated. A beautiful lodge overlooking the property is currently used for hunting but could also be an elegant home. The property has excellent shelterbelts throughout the property that provide livestock shelter and wildlife habitat. Alcorn Angus & Hunters Haven is an excellent income producing property with an opportunity for recreation and has been managed for pheasant and deer hunting.
Just the Facts
• 729± deeded acres
• Excellent hunting for birds and deer
• 260± acres pivot irrigated by groundwater wells
• 130± acres flood irrigated by Mirage Flats
• Excellent access via HWY 87
• Numerous shelterbelts
• Hunting lodge
• Working livestock facilities
• House and several outbuildings
As you drive into Alcorn Angus & Hunters Haven, you will notice the nice flat lay of the land and the very fertile soil. With the excellent soil and water supply from ground wells and Mirage Flats Irrigation District, expect bountiful crops and grass year after year. There are three irrigated pivots watering 260± acres along with 130± flood irrigated acres. You will be hard pressed to find a property of this size that has shelterbelts strategically placed throughout the spread as this property. The shelterbelts are made up of pine, cedar and deciduous trees, which serves as excellent livestock shelter and wildlife habitat. The property has traditionally been operated as a home base for a purebred livestock operation and outfitting business. The lodge offers a comfortable outdoor setting for the commercial outfitting business or could be converted to a home.
Alcorn Angus & Hunters Haven sets on the Mirage Flats, which was at one time an old lake bed and silt. Records indicate that this property has as much as 18 feet of dark heavy topsoil. You can raise well over 200-bushel corn or excellent hay production for livestock. With the combination of ground and irrigation district water, you will always have a good source of water. A bonus to the property is the current owners run a commercial outfitting business that focuses on pheasant hunting. They have many repeat hunters due to the abundance of birds and deer, along with the fabulous lodge built from a 1930s barn. The property has a small pond that is used to train bird dogs, along with kennels and everything needed to raise and train dogs. You can sit on the deck of the lodge and look out on the beautiful lay of the land with bountiful crops. If you are looking for a hunting property that has cash flow, look no further. The property has been in the family for many years and provided a comfortable and rewarding life. Alcorn Angus & Hunters Haven presents a rare and unique opportunity. If you are a wildlife enthusiast or production agriculture, this property fits the bill.
Alcorn Angus & Hunters Haven is located 11 miles south of Hay Springs, Nebraska, or 35 miles north of Alliance, Nebraska on HWY 87, then three-quarters of a mile east on 460th county road. The farm has excellent access via state highway and county road.
Alcorn Angus & Hunters Haven sets in the Mirage Flats area of Sheridan County. Mirage Flats is believed to be an old lake bed and silt that resulted in some of the most fertile soil in western Nebraska. The property is near Alliance (pop. 8500), which offers limited commercial flights. Alliance is known for “Carhenge”, which is a replica for Stonehenge. Alliance offers all necessary store fronts. Just 11 miles north, Hay Springs is a friendly small town (pop. 570) with most necessities. Hay Springs was incorporated in 1885 as a railroad town. There are many activities in the area, such as Box Butte Reservoir. The reservoir is seven miles long and 1,600 acres, offering camping and all water activities. The Mirage Flats area offers some of Nebraska finest pheasant hunting and rivals South Dakota. Just to the east of the farm on the Niobrara River, is the homestead of “Old Jules”, which was made famous by his daughter’s award-winning writings about Old Jules journey of settling in the Sandhills of Nebraska during the late 1800s and the difficulties that followed.
According to the US Climate Data, the average high temperature is 60.5 degrees and average low temperature is 31.9 degrees. The average annual precipitation is 19.77 inches.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Acres: 729±
Total Acres: 729±
Improvements of the farm include:
- 1,256 square foot house with two bedrooms, one bath. Has been recently remodeled.
- 2,304 square foot two story lodge with deck. Five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
- 1,400 square foot farm building
- 1,224 square foot lean-to building
- Cattle working facilities
- Seven tower Lockwood pivot
- Seven tower Zimmatic pivot
- Eight tower Reinke pivot
The lodge was formerly an old barn that was built in the 1930s. The owners have very tastefully remodeled it into a hunting lodge to accommodate hunters. The lodge would also make a very spacious and luxurious home overlooking the property.
In 1937, local residents organized the Mirage Flats Public Power and Irrigation District to convince the federal government to construct a damn across the Niobrara River. In 1940, the project came to fruition and the Bureau of Reclamation developed the irrigation water supply and the Department of Agriculture purchased the land, prepared it for irrigation, and resettled the land. The Mirage Flats Irrigation district delivers on average 5 inches of water/acre per season, which usually start about July 4th and runs until September 1st. The annual cost is set each year and usually around $19-$22 per acre.
Each pivot is supplied by a high capacity ground water well that pumps 800 gallons per minute. The wells range from 225-240 feet deep with pumps set around 80 feet. The static water levels are about 50 feet according the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. All pumps for the pivot irrigated acres are three-phase electric. There are two other electric wells that supply the house and livestock water.
Seller will convey all owned mineral rights.
Taxes are approximately $11,687.00.
Alcorn Angus & Hunters Haven has traditionally been run as a home base for a purebred livestock operation. The owner currently uses the pivot irrigation for livestock grazing, hay and grain production. Currently, the owners also run a commercial outfitting business, hunting for pheasant, grouse, turkey and deer. The property is managed well for pheasant production and ready for next year’s hunt!
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