Elm Creek Ranch is an oasis in the eastern Texas Panhandle that has been managed for wild quail for the past 20+ years by native Oklahoman and quail enthusiast Mal Mixon. The 3,112± acre ranch features a broad fertile valley along year-round live water Elm Creek that is flanked on either side by dramatic finger bluffs covered with strong stands of colorful native grasses, shrubs, and trees. Elevation change is approximately 300' from the bluffs to the creek bottom. Although managed primarily for quail by longtime current ownership, the property has large numbers of whitetail deer with big-bodied Kansas strain genetics, as well as Rio Grande turkey and waterfowl. A few deep pools along Elm Creek provide fishing options. Good interior roads and quail "courses" to approximately 150 feeders scattered throughout the ranch make the property accessible despite the topography in some areas. The property is being offered turn-key with all furnishings, rolling stock, equipment, vehicles and hunting accessories. Elm Creek ranch is offered separately and in conjunction with the 5,771.46 acre Washita River Hunting Ranch located approximately 50 minutes north, near Alison in Hemphill County. The offering is surface only and is subject to a conservation easement in favor of the Nature Conservancy. Elm Creek Ranch is truly one of the best hunting ranches and most scenic Texas ranches we have brought to market.
Just the Facts
- 3,112.5 ± acres in Collingsworth County, Texas.
- Year-round live water and fertile bottom land along Elm Creek.
- Approximately 300' of elevation change.
- Rock lodge and adjacent guest house sleep 10 in an idyllic setting along Elm Creek.
- Manager/owner's residence with approximately 1,800 square feet of living area constructed in 2010.
- 10 bay dog kennel with shop, equipment barn with lean to, cattle pens, and horse barn.
- Excellent whitetail deer hunting with big-bodied Kansas strain genetics.
- Offered turn-key with all furnishings, equipment, rolling stock, hunting vehicles and accessories.
- Excellent interior roads and quail "courses" with 150±quail feeders scattered throughout the property.
- Surface only, the owner has no mineral interest.
- Offered separately and in conjunction with the 5,771.46 acre Washita River Hunting Ranch in Hemphill County.
Elm Creek enters the property from the west and joins with Corral Creek just east of the west property line. The wide valley on either side of the creek provides fertile, tillable land for food plots for both wildlife and livestock. Four water wells supplement water for livestock and wildlife.
Flanking Elm Creek on both the north and south, the property has countless bluffs and canyons covered with colorful native grasses, shrubs, and trees providing nesting cover for birds and browse and exit cover for deer and other game. With approximately 300’ of elevation change and numerous finger bluffs overlooking the canyons and creek bottom below, this is perhaps one of the most scenic Texas ranches we have ever taken to market.
Elm Creek Ranch is one of the finest and most scenic Texas hunting properties we have brought to market. Located in an idyllic setting, the ranch and improvements are in excellent condition and move-in ready for a new owner.
Elm Creek Ranch is located approximately eight miles southeast of Shamrock in northeast Collingsworth County. The main ranch entrance is at the northwest corner of the ranch via county road 190. County road 190 continues through the northern part of the property before exiting on the east side of the ranch. The west side of the ranch can be accessed via county road 210. Approximately 100 miles (90 minutes) east of Amarillo and approximately 165 miles (2.5 hours) west of Oklahoma City.
Collingsworth County is in the far eastern Texas Panhandle with its east boundary representing the Texas-Oklahoma state line. The county seat is Wellington and the county had slightly over 3,000 residents at the time of the last census. The area economy is heavily reliant on farming, ranching, and mineral production. The county boasts some of the best whitetail, turkey, and wild quail hunting in the state.
The owner of Elm Creek Ranch has been a passionate quail hunter since childhood. The ranch was acquired over 20 years ago from another wildlife enthusiast and for the past 12 years the ranch has been managed in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy to promote ideal habitat for quail, deer and turkey. Cattle grazing is permitted as part of the wildlife management plan and an additional building envelope can be designated. Please contact broker for additional information.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
The lodge and guest house are located along Elm Creek within a fenced area that is meticulously manicured. The lodge was purchased with the ranch. Some years later, the guest house (referred to as the “bunkhouse”) was added to accommodate larger parties. The lodge consists of three bedrooms and two baths with a large kitchen, walk-in pantry with laundry hookups, and a large central gathering area. The guest house is two bedrooms and two baths with a central great room with wet bar and built-in appliances. As currently configured the lodge and guest house can accommodate ten guests. A backup generator is on-site in the event of a power outage.
The manager’s house was completed in 2010 and contains approximately 1,800 square feet of living area. The house has a rock exterior, standing seam steel roof, a wraparound porch and a manicured front lawn located in a gorgeous setting just under a finger bluff.
The operational headquarters are in the central part of the ranch in the Elm Creek bottom. This functional set of improvements includes a 10-bay dog kennel with workshop, an equipment shed with extended lean-to, a horse barn, and cattle pens.
Intense habitat management and a conservation easement have served to make Elm Creek Ranch one of the best quail hunting properties in the Texas Panhandle enjoyed only by family and friends of the owner. In the 2016/2017 season the hunters pushed 30 coveys in a single day. Numbers are down, as they are statewide, but the property appears to have adequate brood stock and conditions are near ideal going into the nesting season. But quail are not the only source of incredible hunting on the property as whitetail deer have long found sanctuary in the food plots along elm creek and the canyons that break toward the valley. Rio Grand turkey are also present in huntable numbers as the roost along Elm Creek and Corral Creek.
Elm Creek Ranch has been managed for over two decades to improve wild quail habitat. The property has good interior roads and “courses” lined with approximately 150 feeders throughout the ranch that are accessible despite the topography as you move up from the Elm Creek valley. The quail management practices have served to create an oasis for big-bodied Kansas strain white-tail deer found in the area, as well as Rio Grande Turkey and waterfowl. A few deep pools along Elm Creek provide fishing opportunities and the combination of Elm Creek and the surrounding finger bluffs create a scenic backdrop for hiking, biking, bird-watching, and other relaxing recreational activities. The wildflower bloom in spring and early summer is second to none.
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