The bobwhite quail has long drawn in sportsmen from across the world, both royals and dreamers. Fittingly, the 2,264± acre El Tecolote Ranch is found on the southern end of the King Ranch Corridor within Kenedy and Hidalgo counties, a region of Texas tightly held by large generational ranches. The area is famed for its absolutely stellar bobwhite quail population, trophy caliber whitetail deer, and nilgai antelope, along with its proximity to coastal fisheries. With neighbors such as the legendary King Ranch to the east and US Fish and Wildlife Refuge to the south, free-ranging wildlife is plentiful and found throughout the property.
The current owner, a true student and steward of the land, enhanced habitat for all wildlife with a concentration on the bobwhite populace. The goal was to create the greatest quail hunting parcel in the region while adhering to the needs of the big-game species abound, although, big-game hasn’t been hunted in the last seven years. That being said, the ranch is a meticulously improved ecological sanctuary for all life wild, whether it roams one of nine pastures or flies high above. The biological uniqueness of the ranch has set standards for prime south Texas property high with a documented 400 bird species, both resident and migratory, parred with a winning diversity of brush species.
Three sets of mostly pipe cattle pens are found on the ranch. The primary set to the north, near the hunter’s lodge, has commercial loading capability with a nearby horse stall and barn. The second set is located at the Bull Pen Pond and the third along the USFWS Refuge. All of the pens are strategically located to sort during any point of rotation. The main house is beautiful and spacious with a single floor and five bedrooms with four full baths. From within the home you’ll have a stunning view of the two acre clear water lake and waterfall. Just a few steps off the back veranda you’ll experience excellent bass fishing for all ages to enjoy. After an afternoon of following behind pointers on to the next covey or bass fishing, friends and family will enjoy the “Sundowner Tower” that offers a fantastic 365-degree view of the ranch. A four bedroom three bath hunter's lodge sleeps 10-12 people and provides comfortable accommodations for a family gathering. Fully functional and well-engineered dog kennels with a small live-in quarter are just a short drive from the primary home. Within the same compound, there is a cold storage unit, small storage barns, and the well/pump system that distributes water to all the ponds spanning the ranch. The nearby manager's cabin overlooks a one acre lake and has easy access to the concrete floor equipment barn. The collage of attributes and amenities surrounding El Tecolote Ranch soars the property to the top of the list of premier ranches available within the single most difficult region in the state of Texas to acquire a sizable holding. El Tecolote is an exceptionally rare, diverse, and pristine ranch in the desired south Texas region.
Just the Facts
- 2,264± acres
- Primary residence, hunter's lodge, and managers cabin, dog kennels and bunk
- Two equipment barns, three cattle pens, horse stables, and airstrip
- Nine pastures and traps
- Seven water wells and four water troughs
- Ten well-fed ponds
- 16 blinds and 16 feeders
- Bass and catfish fishing
- King Ranch and USFWS Refuge low fence neighbor
- The other 50% of the property is high fenced
- Highly improved quail habitat
- Excellent whitetail deer
- Great numbers of nilgai antelope
- Documented 400 bird species including Pygmy Owl
- 21 miles from Raymondville, 44 miles from Valley International Airport/McAllen, 134 miles from Corpus Christi