Ward Ranch


To most hunters, the “Golden Triangle” is synonymous with giant whitetail deer. Ward Ranch, lies within the Golden Triangle, in deep South Texas that encompasses Dimmit, LaSalle, Maverick, Zavala, and Webb Counties.

This area is recognized for its trophy buck potential and its history for book deer harvested each year.

Boone and Crockett named Webb and Dimmit the top 2 counties for all-time record book buck producing in the United States.

Ward Ranch is also located in the area of many famous South Texas Ranches such as the John Nance Garner Ranch or Cactus Jack Ranch, Las Raices Ranch and the “King of Country” George Strait’s Ranch, just to name a few.

Located 9 miles NW of Encinal in the northern part of Webb County, this is in the center of the Golden Triangle.  From Encinal head west on HWY 44 and then turn right onto Krueger/Alamo Road. Travel 5 miles then turn left onto Raices Road and then travel 4 miles to the gate. There is nearly 2 miles of road frontage on Raices Road.

Ward Ranch is one of the best quail and deer hunting ranches available on the market today.  The wildlife watering system is high quality and provides ideal habitat for quail, dove, turkeys and deer.  The ranch is well improved, but not overly so.  It is well located and has good access.  It is a sportsman’s paradise and truly a unique offering.  It is ready to step into and start enjoying today.

Listing Price is $2,250,000.  Seller will provide basic title insurance.  The ranch is located in Encinal ISD.  Nueces Electric provides electric service.  Current taxes are estimated at $3,000.00 annually with the wildlife exemption.


  • Centrally located in the heart of South Texas Bush Country
  • 60 miles S of Pearsall
  • 120 miles W of Corpus Christi
  • 40 miles N of Laredo
  • 120 miles S of San Antonio
  • 300 miles SW of Houston
  • Closest airport is Cotulla
  • International airport in nearby Laredo
  • Watered with two electric powered wells
  • Wells drilled in 2005-2006
  • One has a 7.5 hp motor and the other has a 15 hop motor
  • Both have capabilities of producing 130 gpm as reported by the water well company
  • 5 dirt tanks
  • Both weels supply an underground pipeline system that is connected to the dirt tanks and to a 25 acre pivot
  • Water system has greatly enhanced the game population on the ranch and provides ideal habitat for bobwhite quail, dove, turkeys, and deer
  • Three of the tanks are roughly 1 acre each in size and are all stocked separately with Tilapia, Catfish, and Bass
  • The water system on the Ward Ranch is superb and would be costly to replace
  • The ranch has nearly level terrain with elevations ranging from 590 feet to 600 feet
  • Two wet weather creeks traverse the ranch creating larger canopies of brush and trees
  • The majority of the property is native pasture with mostly deeper soils and mid height canopy of brush
  • There are several food plots on the property that have been maintained including a 25 acre irrigated food plot under center pivot
  • Typical vegetation consists of mesquite, black brush, white brush, guajillo, prickly pear, sage, as well as other species of native trees and brush
  • The entire property is high fenced
  • The property is under lease for oil and gas and has two active gas wells which are located within 75 yards of the county road
  • The pipeline on the property also follows the perimeter fence along the county road
  • This helps to limit the amount of traffic in and around the ranch making this one of the cleanest recreational ranches in the Golden Triangle.
  • The Ward Ranch is well improved with a crushed asphalt road leading up to a nice 3200 sf solid rock house with tile roof
  • Interior includes a living area, loft, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 1 half bath, Spanish tile floors, and high ceilings
  • Fire pit and outdoor cooking area
  • 650 sf foreman’s house
  • 2100 sf barn with enclosed storage, bathroom, game cleaning station and walk in freezer.
  • 3000 sf pole barn for tractors, implements and hay.
  • The perimeter is high fenced.
  • Good working cattle pens and water storage tank.
  • Single wide mobile home used as a hunting camp
  • 6 link center pivot irrigation system
  • 2 water wells and underground piping to center pivot and ponds
  • 5 acre high fenced pens for DMP pens or breeding pens
  • Forage, browse, cover and water exist on the ranch which provides for an excellent habitat for the population of native game on the ranch.
  • Game consists of whitetail deer, turkey, dove, quail, a few javelinas, bobcats, and a number of other varmints
  • The ranch has a MLD permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife and has been under a game management program for a number of years
  • 200+class bucks are routinely harvested from the property
  • Ward Ranch offers superior wildlife habitat in the heart of the Golden Triangle and in turn holds a substantial amount of game
  • Ten bred does were recently released into the ranch this spring out of Chosen One, CC Bar Spartan, Monarch Express I, and ATM Express
  • All of these bucks net over 200 inches at 2 years old and all promote typical South Texas genetics

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