Tecomate West Ranch Starr County
Tecomate West RanchStarr County
Location: In Northwest Starr County, Tecomate West Ranch borders FM 649, 2.5 miles North of FM 2686, and is bordered on the east by The Tecomate 457 Ranch, the north by the Guerra Ranch, and the west by Highway 649. This highly regarded agricultural area has excellent productivity, a long growing season, and quality Whitetail deer hunting.
Description: The Tecomate West Ranch lies within the South Texas Brush Country, characterized by ranchland consisting primarily of native vegetation. Native vegetation consists of a moderate to the dense growth of small trees, shrubs, weeds, short grasses, and coarse bunch grasses common to sub-humid and semi-arid regions of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. The predominant woody plant is mesquite, which occurs over most areas in widely scattered to very thick growth. Various thorny shrubs of many species and prickly pear are present throughout the region. Creek beds and tributaries sit under heavy mesquite, hackberry, elm, live oak, pecan, or other trees. Weeds and forbs are present in great variety and grow profusely where soil moisture is adequate. Sought after for cattle ranching and recreational hunting, Brush Country produces the most significant Whitetail Deer in the state. The area boasts excellent hunting of blue and Bob-white Quail, Javelinas, Turkey, and Wild Hogs with some hunting of Mountain Lions and Bobcats. Leases on quality hunting properties are generally in steady demand and often generate more landowners’ income than a typical cattle grazing lease.
Water: Water for livestock and wildlife is provided by four earthen water ponds varying in size from .25 to .5 acres. City water is provided by a two-inch water meter from El Sauz Water Supply. A freshwater well is located near the house site and fills the various wildlife waterers and ponds on the ranch.
Improvements: Over the past 11 years, added improvements include deer fencing, a 34+ acre Lab-Lab summer food plot with dividing center fence, water lines to multiple ground-level wildlife watering dishes, roads, new 2000-square foot house/living area, Freshwater well, five ponds, with one poly-lined pond at the house site, a firepit with social spaces and landscaping that includes the establishment of prickly pear. The ranch significantly benefits from the selective deer breeding program and forage research program implemented and followed over the last 14 years.
Topography: The subject property consists of partially rolling terrain, ranging from caliche ridges and hilltops at approximately 500 feet above sea level to a low elevation of roughly 450 feet in creekbeds that feed into various creeks to the east. Primary native brush species are Guajillo, Blackbrush, Seniza, Guayacan, Mesquite, Catclaw, Ebony, Coma, Wolfberry, Dessert Yaupon, Prickly Pear, and Whitebrush. Primary native grasses include Windmillgrass, Plain’s bristlegrass, Texas bristlegrass, Sand dropseed, Buffalo grass, Four flower tricloris, and Pink pappusgrass. Primary legumes include Lazy Daisy, Blackfoot Daisy, Orange Zeximenia, White Lantana, Ragweed, Purple Vetch, and Winecups.
Fencing: The entire perimeter of the Tecomate, fenced with King Ranch Deer net wire. In addition, there is a 30+ acre fenced food plot.
Utilities: The Tecomate West Ranch has electricity provided by Medina Electric Cooperative. El Sauz Water District provides city water via a 2-inch water meter located along highway 649.
Hunting: The Tecomate West Ranch is becoming one of the top hunting ranches of its size in Texas. 11 years of development as a prime upland bird and whitetail deer hunting property makes this property a sportsman’s paradise. The Tecomate West Ranch shares the famous Tecomate genetics. It employs many advances in raising trophy deer, such as Lab-Lab food plots, the reversible game fencing of the summer food plots. The ranch is under one of the best game management programs in America. Dressed weights of Tecomate Bucks often exceed 200 lbs which are far over typical Trophy Deer. The Tecomate West Ranch has a reported buck to doe ratio of 1.3 to 1 and a population of approximately one deer per six acres. In addition to deer, the Tecomate West Ranch provides outstanding hunting of Blue and Bob-White quail, Dove, Javelinas, and some Turkey.