Carpenter Day Ranch
2,616 +/- Acres
Home & Bunk House
Main Lodge: 5600sft, 3 Bed, 4.5 Bath
Guest Rooms: 2 Casitas each with private bath
Foreman’s House: 3 Bed, 2 Bath
Listen. A good hunter knows this. They know how to use every sense, to be quieter than their quarry, to spend more time watching and waiting than talking and walking. A hunt is only as good as the availability of wild game, here there is no shortage. Large herds of wild axis roam this low fence country, whitetail bucks surround feeders, bass jump in the pond. Flocks of wild turkeys strut by the hundreds, surpassed in their magnitude only by the world record Axis buck taken in 2015, just a couple miles away on a neighboring ranch (it scored a Gold Award 180).
The daytime activity on Carpenter Day Ranch is best described as “bustling” with four-legged foot traffic. At night, calm descends. You realize you haven’t heard anything but the wheels of your own truck all day, the crackle of a fire in the patio pit is only rivaled by the yip-yap sounds of whatever nocturnal creatures are waking for their own private night hunts. Sip your tequila. Put it down. Sleep soundly in your lodge-room. Wake up to a real-world sunrise in the morning.
Carpenter Day ranch is located 22 miles Southeast of Sonora, on the western edge of the Texas Hill Country, and encompasses 2616 acres of beautiful, sprawling landscape. Surrounded by larger ranches, and with county road frontage, this ranch is accessible yet private. A mixture of oak savannas, native grasses and mesquite flats are a testament to the ranch’s good soils and provide ideal habitat for a variety of native and exotic wildlife. Much of the cedar has been removed and the flat to gently rolling terrain makes navigating the ranch easy.
Ideally suited as a recreational hunting property, this low-fenced ranch is a sportsman’s dream. Native wildlife includes whitetail deer, Rio Grande turkey, ducks, dove and quail, and numerous exotic species abound including Axis deer, Blackbuck antelope and feral hogs. The large herds of free-ranging Axis deer provide world class trophy potential and year-round hunting opportunities for the finest of game meats. A 385+/- acre pasture has been high-fenced in the NE corner of the ranch and contains introduced genetic whitetails of superior quality. The property has been intensively managed under MLDP for the past 10 years.
Ranch improvements include a tastefully designed and well-crafted ranch headquarters comprising a 5,600 +/- sf lodge, twin guest casitas and an outdoor entertainment area. The rustic style lodge features 3 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, commercial kitchen, living and dining areas, full bar, and a towering stone fireplace. Other amenities include a metal equipment barn outfitted with a new, electric walk-in cooler and game processing facility. The separate guest casitas located near the lodge are single bedroom, each with their own bathrooms. Rounding out the improvements is a well-maintained 3/2 foreman’s home and a rock water storage tank, locally known as a pila, that serves as a swimming pool.
The ranch has excellent water for the area boasting 5 water wells fed by the Trinity aquifer. Surface water includes numerous ponds, three of which are water well supplemented, a 3-acre lake that is water well supplemented, and watering troughs for wildlife and livestock.
A rare, natural cave system is also located on the ranch providing a unique feature for the intrepid explorer. Containing numerous rooms and traveling for an indeterminate distance, the cave is believed to be a part of the same system as the famed Caverns of Sonora.
Don’t miss this opportunity to own this remarkable Texas hunting ranch. Call today to schedule your own private showing. This ranch is being exclusively co-listed by Bryan Ray with Whitetail Properties Real Estate and Mark Harman, Broker of Harman Ranches.
Location & Access:
The Carpenter Day Ranch is located approximately 22 miles Southeast of Sonora, TX in Sutton County with frontage along paved CR 320. The county road dead-ends not far past the ranch entrance, providing tranquility and privacy. Large neighboring ranches also add to the solitude.
While private, the ranch is less than a 3-hour drive from San Antonio International Airport. For the more discerning travelers, the ranch is located just 30 minutes away from the JL Bar Ranch, Resort and Spa which provides luxurious, world-class amenities and a private corporate FBO airport. The JL Bar Ranch is a destination resort unique to West Texas, whose 5-star spa, indulgent comforts and amenities offer a convenient getaway. For more information on The JL Bar Ranch and Resort please see https://jlbar.com/
The ranch offers a variety of beautiful and unique landscapes ranging from meticulously maintained savannas dotted with oak trees to native scrub brush and mesquite flats that provide cover and browse for wildlife. Pastures intersperse the landscape, opening the terrain and allowing for livestock. The ranch is perimeter fenced with all perimeter fencing and cross-fencing in good condition. Improvements found throughout the ranch include watering troughs and pilas, water wells and navigable roads traversable by vehicle.
Surface water is found throughout the ranch. There are multiple ponds, several of which are supplemented by water wells, and a fishing lake approximately 3 acres in size. The lake is stocked with bass and catfish, and catfish can also be found in certain ponds. Water wells dot the ranch providing water to the improvements as well as supplemental water to ensure the lake and ponds remain full.
The Carpenter Day Ranch boasts an array of meticulous improvements highlighted by the 2-story, 3-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom lodge. Sitting on a small rise with gorgeous sunset views, the lodge features an upstairs master suite, 2 downstairs guest rooms with en suite bathrooms, large covered porches, and ample space for entertaining and fellowship. The interior of the lodge offers stained concrete floors, rustic wooden walls with cedar and mesquite finishes, 2-story vaulted ceilings, and a majestic fireplace. The lodge also features a roomy kitchen with commercial grade premium appliances, dining room, pool table and shuffleboard table, and full cantina-style wet bar with sink, ice machine, display shelves and storage.
Surrounding the lodge is an outdoor entertainment area framed by native landscaping. Amenities include a covered outdoor grilling area, stone fire pit, outdoor fireplace and dance floor. Pruned, mature mesquite trees provide ample shade and a nearby supplemented pond is stocked with catfish. A short walk from the lodge is the pila, an open-top, stone water storage tank, that doubles as a swimming pool.
For the ranch foreman, a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is included to allow for full-time staffing of a ranch hand and family.
Rounding out the improvements are twin guest casitas with en suite bathrooms, a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom foreman’s house, and an equipment barn on a concrete slab that houses a new game processing facility with walk-in cooler. All executive blinds, bow blinds, protein and corn feeders, and ranch equipment convey with the sale.
Carpenter Day Ranch is Co-listed with Bryan Ray of Whitetail Properties Real Estate
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