LOCATION: Pumpville is located on Farm to Market Road 1865 about 3 miles north of its intersection with Highway 90. The main gate to the ranch is on Farm to Market Road 1865, 6 miles north of the town of Pumpville. Devil’s Canyon Ranch is 78 miles West of Del Rio, 46 miles West of Comstock, 18 miles West of Langtry, or 26 miles East of Dryden. The train tracks that run parallel to Hwy 90 are the southern boundary of the property. There are no easements or right of ways across the property.
IMPROVEMENTS: The ranch consists of approximately 7,336± acres and the address is 1525 Pumpville Road, Dryden, Texas 78851. The headquarters compound (the new upper camp) and barn were built in 2006 & 2013 and the Foreman’s home was acquired in 2014 and is located in the old lower camp. The main compound sits on a high bluff overlooking the ranch. The main buildings have the living and dining areas with two large kitchens. There are nine bedrooms and six full bathrooms in the main compound buildings. This includes the main building which houses the main trophy room, main gathering area, fire place, two 80″ flat screen TVs, two 65″ flat screens, and a commercial style bar. Large 12ft wide concrete porches shade the main buildings on all four sides of each building, all built on concrete slab.
There is a 50′ x 75′ barn with a storage area which is used for vehicle parking, work areas and work benches, along with plenty of shelving for additional storage. There is a bar with a new commercial ice machine and large new chest freezer and a refrigerator in the barn, along with the affixed walk-in cooler on the porch. There are also two large outside covered areas connected to the barn, one for game processing, access to the walk-in cooler, an area for social gatherings with concrete floors, sinks, stainless steel tables, water, etc. (approx. 20’x 75′). There is also a shooting range at the back of the barn with a covered shooting area attached to the barn.
There are large covered patio areas across the upper camp compound from the main buildings. A large built in fire pit is on the rear of the main buildings. The volume of flagstone for the outside patio area and connecting porches is significant. Natural landscaping is professionally dispersed throughout the compound.
The old equipment barn and the Foreman’s house are set about 700 yards away from the main compound and the new barn, down into the valley at the old camp along with an additional completely covered 30′ travel trailer. There are additional enclosed storage areas at the old camp. Three silos are located at the new barn and utilize a bulk protein hopper as well. In the same location are three large fuel tanks to help make the ranch self-contained. The tanks are a 2,000 gallon regular gasoline tank, a 2,000 gallon green diesel tank, and a 1,500 gallon red diesel tank.
In excess of 3000 acres of the ranch is high fenced. The remaining low fence is primarily a 4′ high sheep fence, so fully enclosing the ranch as high fence would not be difficult but is not necessary. The exterior fences and the high fence are like new and are in outstanding condition. There has been no livestock on this ranch in over 15 years. Interior cross fencing is very minimal, is old and not in usable condition. The ranch employs a full time Foreman who is outstanding in his job performance. He has many years of prior experience on ranches involved in ranch management and the breeding of prize livestock. The Foreman handles day to day management and all maintenance, uses day labor as necessary for special projects, ensures deer feeding program is maintained at all times, ensures water is always available to the deer herd both in the pens and high fence areas as well as the low fence area. He lives full time on the ranch with his wife in order to provide 24-hour security as well. His wife helps him in many ways and keeps the partners well informed, almost daily, as to the happenings on the ranch. She is also available to help maintain the houses.
A 12-15 acre lake can be developed! This will add to the natural habitat and provide additional water source for ranch animals. The lake will also provide fishing and swimming areas for recreational use. The lake needs a liner to be able to hold water year around at a cost of approximately $150,000.00.
WATER AND UTILITIES: This is unquestionably the best feature of the ranch since water is so important in this part of Texas. There are four operational deep water wells. They are approximately 1,000 ft. in dept. Two of the wells have submersible pumps and the third has a pump jack. The fourth well is located near the entrance to our neighboring ranch across Farm Road 1865 and has a shared maintenance agreement with that neighbor. The two ranches share lifetime perpetual rights to this large well. These wells fill four active pressure tanks. The large tanks then gravity flow water through 80 miles of underground pipelines to 35 operational small concrete wildlife water stations spread over the ranch. Each wildlife water trough has a float for conservation. There are several other types of fed water troughs as well. Water is piped to the main lake on the ranch also from the large shared well which is located approximately one mile uphill from the lake.
Rio Grande Electric Corp supplies power and Big Bend Telephone services the headquarters and the lower camp. AT&T provides the cell service to the main compound. Dish Network provides TV service.
VEGETATION AND TERRAIN: The ranch has a gentle roll with 12 large draws or canyons. The valleys are wide with much more dirt than would be expected for this part of Texas. The quality of brush and vegetation are very apparent and abundant when compared to nearby ranches. Some of the brush species included are: guayacan, mesquite, prickly pear, yucca, Spanish dagger, greasewood, agarito, tasajillo, senizo, catclaw, ocotillo, leatherwood, blue sage, purple sage and blue thorn. The wide draws have chinaberry, black walnut, hackberry, and red berry cedar. Several species of grasses and forbs are prevalent as well. The lack of livestock for so many years has allowed the vegetation to flourish and grow to its full nutritional potential.
WILDLIFE, WHITETAIL AND MULE DEER HERD: The whitetail deer herd is prolific. The ranch has MLD level three permits for breeding and raising both whitetail and mule deer with Texas Parks & Wildlife. The Ranch currently has an MLD approved hunting program, so rifle deer season is approximately five months long. The recommended harvest for 2017 should be about 30 mature whitetail bucks and 75 doe. The ranch has been abundantly protein fed for many years. Multiple deer feeders, deer blinds, protein feeders in both the high fence and the low fence, alfalfa feeders, mineral blocks and quail feeders are dispersed across the ranch and all are near new, seat 2 or 3, and are in outstanding condition. Most of the feeders are placed in close proximity to the water stations. Quail (80% Blues, 20% Bobwhite) and dove hunting are excellent. A large flock of turkeys roam the ranch as well. There are no wild hogs and very few coyotes on the ranch but there are a few javelina. The whitetails in the low fence are plentiful and of excellent quality including Boone & Crocket level, also located in the low fence area and reasonably near the upper camp in the valley to the South, we have spotted one completely white (albino) whitetail doe and one piebald doe as well. Mule deer are also prolific on the 4,000 acre low fence part of the ranch as mule deer are indigenous to these two counties. Pens for the raising and breeding of whitetail deer were constructed new in 2014 and are adjacent to the high fence area and reasonably near the new barn and upper camp headquarters. These pens were designed to accommodate up to 80 whitetail including fawns, some yearlings, breeder doe, and a few breeder bucks. This is adequate to handle the future of this ranch, for the potential sale of bucks and bred doe. As the operation grows, a few additional pens would be needed. The whitetail genetics are absolutely the best in the state of Texas and are listed below:
- 12 Stocker Bucks – All From Cross Canyon Whitetails: Fedex Express X, Dr. D Daggertine, Kidrock, Gladiator XL, Maxbo Tex, Zeus, High Roller, Express, & Showtime
- Doe – 10 doe were bred to these same Elite Genetics
- 5 Doe Were Bred to Morgan Ranch Bucks: Stich, Stiches, Big Stich, Stickers
- 6 Yearling Bucks from Cross Canyon Whitetails: Kidrock & Maxbo Showtime
- 3 Yearling Doe from Cedar Creek Whitetails: Moab Bambi Horn, Bambi 727, & Shadow Girl
- 3 Yearling Bucks from Double Droptine Ranch: Sudden Express, King Pin, & Freeze Frame
- White Tail Fawns – Approximately 60 whitetail fawns bred on the ranch were delivered between 2014 & 2017
Also, 2 new 50-acre each pens were built in early 2014 for the raising and breeding of mule deer. The listing of Marty Berry’s mule deer on the ranch is as follows:
- 25 Mule Deer from Marty Berry’s Whitetail and Mule Deer: 8 Boone & Crockett level mule deer bucks, 17 Doe bred to Boone & Crockett Bucks from Utah and Mexico
- Mule Deer Fawns: Approximately 14 mule deer fawns were delivered between 2014 & 2017
This ranch provides great hunting and outdoor entertainment for medium sized or small groups with a big ranch feel. Roads are in very good condition so travel time to the far side of the property is not a problem. The smooth dirt in the valleys and on the plateaus provides faster roads versus the rocks on the ridges. We recorded 52″ of rainfall in 2014, 38″ in 2015, 50″ in 2016 and 40″ in 2017.
EXOTICS: The ranch also has a substantial number of exotics primarily in the high fence and a limited number in the low fence as well. Hunting season is open all year on these animals. In the high fence we have approximately 50 to 60 Blackbucks including at least 15 males of various ages. Some of the males measure 30″ or greater with as many as 5 curls in their horns on the Gold Medal level. There are approximately 15 to 20 in the low fence that seem to stay together as one herd. There are approximately 60 to 70 Axis in the high fence with the biggest buck at approximately 50″. There are approximately 25 to 30 Axis located in the low fence area. The Auodad mountain goats located in the high fence are very large and include a number of Gold Medal level males that exceed 30″. There are approximately 45 to 50 or more animals in the herd with an equal number of male and female. There are also Auodad in the low fence that number approximately 25 to 30 in that herd.
HISTORY OF THE AREA: The town of Pumpville is located in western Val Verde County and was originally named Samuels. The name changed when the Southern Pacific Railroad drilled water wells to support steam powered trains in 1887. The deep water wells are what make this ranch so very unique and the location famous. The whole town consisted of railroad facilities. The town slowly disappeared after the steam engine trains were replaced by diesel motors starting in 1948. Concrete slabs and a few old buildings are all that remains of Pumpville today, but the old church still has regular services and potluck every Sunday. The ranch boundary starts less than a mile from the original train station on Farm Road 1865.
MINERALS: The minerals were primarily severed from the title under previous ownership so there are only approximately 298 acres of minerals to convey. There are no mineral leases or production on the property.
TAXES: The current owners have maintained the ranch under a Wildlife Management Exemption. There is a management plan and we have the documents for proof under Texas state law. No livestock is required on this ranch.
NOTE: The above information has been deemed correct, but is not a guarantee and is subject to correction and/or withdrawals. Owners or Texas Best Ranches, LLC make no representations, warranties or disclosures as to the property except as to title. The property is valued as is, where is with all faults and without warranty, representation or guaranty, express or implied, as to the condition or fitness of the property and improvements.
- 2007 Dodge Power Wagon, 250 class, 4×4, 4 door, Diesel (highway use only) 2006 Dodge Power Wagon, 250 class, 4×4, 4 door, Diesel (Ranch Only Work Truck)
- 2001 Jeep Cherokee, 4×4, 4 door (Ranch only vehicle)
- 1999 Jeep Wrangler, 4×4, high rack (Ranch only vehicle)
- 2006 Ford, F350, 4×4, dually, 4 door, long bed, full top drive platform, covered, seats 10, Sirius radio, propane heater, corn feeder, maize feeder, rifle holders, cup holders, camo covering
- 3 Polaris Ranger Crews owned individually by the ranch owner partners
- 2011 Polaris Ranger 800 ESP with low hours, used primarily by the ranch Foreman
- John Deere Roadway Motor Grader – older model (Approx. 1950)
- John Deere Bull Dozer – older model
- 2013 Mahindra Tractor with box blade, post hole digger, lifting forks, bush hog Ingersoll Rand air compressor – trailer affixed, super heavy duty, primary use is making post holes in rock or anywhere
- 3,000 lb. Trailer affixed hopper for corn or protein, used for filling smaller feeders
- Miller Welder and Generator – trailer affixed, heavy duty, and primary use is work on the ranch anywhere for construction or repairs
- Small utility trailer for ranch or highway use
- Two medium sized trailers for ranch or highway use
- 35′ 5th wheel Highway Use Trailer
- Also a large quantity of miscellaneous tools, tool boxes, small and larger equipment and supplies used to operate and maintain a hunting ranch such as this.
COMMENTS: This is truly a ready-to-go, turnkey, unique and rare find ranch that is quiet and private with good access, is well watered, with tons of wildlife and quality animals! Walk in and enjoy! No oil field traffic or production! Half the money of South Texas for twice the land!
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