Northfork Hunting Ranch

Prime Southwest Oklahoma Hunting Ranch

Northfork Hunting Ranch is an exceptional 1,143-acre property with alluring features that provide adventure, seclusion and scenic vistas of the Wichita Mountains. The North Fork of the Red River runs through this ranch and offers good fishing with approximately 3/4 mile of frontage on both sides of the river. In the center of the ranch are two spring-fed 3-acre lakes stocked with fish. Deer and turkey are plentiful and the ranch also has antelope, dove and quail. The property offers structures for living quarters and equipment storage plus electrical power and community water. This land is suitable for both grazing and hunting and has potential to be developed into a commercial hunting facility. Opportunities abound for other outdoor recreation such as 4-wheeling, horseback riding, hiking and camping.

Location:
Northfork Hunting Ranch is spread over three southwest counties of Oklahoma. The ranch is 148 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, 170 miles east of Amarillo and 105 miles from Wichita Falls. The town of Altus, Lake Altus (a public 5,000-acre lake) and Lake Lugert Lodge are within a 20-minute drive. The ranch is situated just off a Jackson County blacktop road, CR208, and has great views of the nearby Wichita Mountains. An established road system exists throughout the ranch.

Area and Acreage:
Northfork Hunting Ranch has no acreage in the Wichita Mountains, but the mountains are close by and contribute to the views as does the beautiful river that flows through the ranch. The ranch has acreage on both sides of the North Fork of the Red River. The part of the ranch that is south of the river consists almost entirely of gently to steeply rolling fine sand with a heavy mix of grasses and low growing trees such as chinkapin oak, post oak, red oak, sand plum and eastern red cedar. The elevation variance from the highest to the lowest points on the property is approximately 240 ft. Small flat valleys near the river offer wildlife food plot potential. North of the river, the land is sandy and relatively flat with mesquite and salt cedars making up most of the cover. Both sides of the river present a mix of native grasses that include bluestem, switch grass, blue grama, side oats grama, buffalo grass, Indian grass and Bermuda. Livestock grazing is an option and is generally compatible with the wildlife without diminishing the wildlife population if properly managed.

Climate:
The area has a four season, variable climate with average annual rainfall of 28.6”. Winters usually have a few light dustings of snow and, occasionally, a big snow event of 6” to 12”. During some winters, ice needs to be broken at livestock watering holes for several days, and some winters ice never needs to be broken at all. Summer daytime high temperatures can exceed 100°F. Humidity levels are usually low. Wind is fairly to very common in this area—sometimes just a breeze and sometimes stronger.

Improvements:
Buildings on the property include a 60’X80’ metal building with a two-story 800 sq.ft. apartment and a 400 sq.ft. basement and a 30’X40’ fully-insulated and equipped metal office or residential building. An older wood frame house could be restored. Electrical power is provided to the ranch by SWRE and water through Jackson County Community Water. A water well on the property is not currently in use.

The relatively new 60’ X 80’ metal building at the west edge of the property has two overhead doors and an open shed on the south side. The northwest corner of the building was designed as living space and has a three-floor residence, originally intended for a caretaker of the property. A second 30’ X 40’ metal building situated approximately 150 ft. north of the first building has three roll-up doors and is partially finished with two restrooms and three showers in each restroom.

An older wood frame, vacant farm house probably constructed in the 1920s or 1930s is at the far north end of the property. It could be used as a “gate keeper’s residence”, a residence for a ranch hand, caretaker or otherwise. This home, like the other residence, need some work. In the center of the property is an open pavilion for picnics and other activities.

Operational Considerations:
Northfork Hunting Ranch is a recreational ranch used for hunting and fishing. The land is suitable for both grazing and hunting, but its greatest appeal is probably hunting and other types of recreation such as 4-wheeling, horseback riding, hiking and fishing. The property has potential to be used as a commercial hunting operation.

The ideal use of the land for livestock grazing would be rotational and be comprised of cattle and goats. The best results would be achieved by first grazing cattle (thick native grass eaters) followed by goats (thick broadleaf consumption to include weeds and tree leaves primarily). While the property is not cross fenced to achieve cell rotational grazing, it is an achievable goal. If done properly grazing would not diminish the wildlife populations significantly.

Water Resources:
The North Fork of the Red River courses through the property. This river was once the state line, so a portion of the ranch was once part of Texas. A sizeable, spring-fed pond or small lake of about 3 acres is on the south side of the river and maintained its elevation through the drought. This pond is home to several species of fish including perch, crappie, and bass. There is also a second stocked pond on the property.

Wildlife and Fishing Resources:
Northfork Hunting Ranch has an abundance of whitetail deer and turkey plus antelope, dove and quail. For the fisherman, the ranch has acreage on both sides of the North Fork of the Red River giving approximately 3/4 mile of river frontage on each side of the river. In the center of the ranch there are two spring-fed ponds or small lakes of about 3 acres each that are stocked with bass, bluegill, and crappie.

Recreational Opportunites:
The ranch offers outstanding whitetail deer and turkey hunting plus duck, dove and quail hunting. Fisherman can enjoy the river and two spring-fed 3-acre lakes stocked with fish. The land has many recreational possibilities including horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, 4-wheeling and camping besides hunting and fishing.

Mineral Rights:
It’s increasingly rare to be able to buy Oklahoma land and get the mineral rights. In this instance, the minerals are negotiable.

Co- Marketed with John McElroy, Tumbleweed Territory Realty