The 2,264-acre El Tecolote Ranch in deep South Texas has hit the market, listed at a tad north of $7.9 million.
The ranch lies on the southern end of the King Ranch Corridor within Kenedy and Hidalgo counties, a region tightly held by large generational ranches.
The ranch and surrounding area are famed for impressive bobwhite quail population, trophy-caliber whitetail deer and nilgai antelope, along with proximity to coastal fisheries.
The ranch, 21 miles from Raymondville, has long attracted sportsmen from around the world. It is being marketed by Tyler Jacobs of Hall and Hall Partners.
With neighbors such as the legendary King Ranch to the east and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge to the south, free-ranging wildlife is plentiful and found throughout the property.
The ranch’s owner enhanced habitat for all wildlife with a concentration on the bobwhite population. The goal was to create the greatest quail hunting parcel in the region while adhering to the needs of the big-game species that abound, although big-game hasn’t been hunted in the last seven years, according to Hall and Hall marketing materials.
The biological diversity of the ranch has set high standards for prime South Texas property, with a documented 400 bird species, both resident and migratory, paired with highly diverse brush species.
The ranch includes three sets of mostly pipe cattle pens. The primary set to the north, near a hunter’s lodge, has commercial loading capability with a nearby horse stall and barn.
The main house is a single floor and five bedrooms with four full baths. Residents and visitors to the home have a stunning view of a two-acre clear water lake and waterfall. Just a few steps off the back veranda lies excellent bass fishing, according to the promotional materials.
A four-bedroom, three-bath hunter's lodge sleeps 10 to 12 people and provides comfortable accommodations for a family gathering.
The “Sundowner Tower” on the property offers a 365-degree view of the ranch.
Fully functional dog kennels with a small live-in quarter are 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 — a two-bedroom, two bath — overlooks a one-acre lake and has easy access to the concrete-floor equipment barn.
El Tecolote Ranch’s wildlife and other attributes put the property at the top of the list of premier ranches available in the most difficult region in the state of Texas to acquire a sizable holding, according to Hall and Hall Partners.