5,700 ac Back Porch Ranch
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Back Porch Ranch is situated in the Texas Hill Country, approximately two and a half hours west of San Antonio or one-hour east of Del Rio. Starting with a blank slate, the current owners have spent the last 13 years transforming the property into what it is today, a first-class Texas hunting and recreational getaway. Opportunities to entertain are endless with the Back Porch at Elk Lodge, sitting in the Saloon, the African Palapa or on the skeet deck with your friends. With many miles of ranch roads and scenic views, you never tire of the beauty and wildlife.
The Ranch is comprised mostly of exceptional Texas Hill Country that has been sculpted and improved by the select removal of many acres of cedar, leaving a park like setting on the rolling hills. Several species of Oak are found plus elm, sycamore, mesquite, Texas persimmon and other species native to the area. Several wet weather creeks traverse the Ranch adding to the allure and holding water in pools which are a magnet to the game. Another feature of the Ranch is Indian Mountain, at 2118 ft, a prominent local landmark and the highest point in the area, which is visible for miles. Valleys and fields dot the landscape and are accessible by improved ranch roads throughout. A 4000’ paved and hi-fenced runway has just been completed for your convenience. Adjoining ranches are most like size with the eastern and southern neighbor being 50,000+ acres.
The wildlife on the Ranch have been heavily managed since purchase. Driving through the Ranch you will see both native and exotic game which include whitetail, axis, black buck, spring buck, oryx, aoudad, dove and Rio Grande turkey. The Ranch has never been commercially hunted and use has been limited to family, friends and hunts donated to several conservation groups. These include National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Texas Wildlife Association and others. RMEF has auctioned off donated hunts to the Ranch for world class Rio Grande Turkey for the last 10 years. The Ranch is mostly hi-fenced with some small sections being strategically left low fenced.
The improvements on Back Porch Ranch are so vast it is hard to find a place to start.
The Owners Home: Incredible views abound from the recently remodeled hill-top rock construction home. 3 Master Suites, 4 baths, the Main Master Suite features a copper tub and huge walk-in shower. Other features include large kitchen, stone fireplace in the living-room, wrap-around porches, multi-level deck with jacuzzi, and large palapa carport.
The Elk Lodge: Rock construction hunting lodge reminiscent of hunts gone by. Great room with stone fireplace and cathedral ceiling, nine bedrooms, 4 baths, commercial kitchen, media room, office and utility room. Covered porches, huge rock patio with firepit, grills, and waterfall with flowing creek in a park-like setting. One step onto the relaxing back porch and you will see where this ranch got its name.
The Saloon: 10,000 Sq Ft newly constructed- The Saloon has 12 individual high quality lockers for hunters, custom antique saloon bar with dual TVs, refrigeration, beer taps, storage, entertainment stage, 25’ shuffleboard table, mesquite furniture, merchandise room that resembles an old jail, and 2 restrooms. Commercial Kitchen with 2 side by side fridges and a walk-in cooler. Trophy Room with Wine Grotto and taxidermy from all over the world plus murals painted by award winning artist, Calvin Carter. Outside is landscaped with lantern-lined walkways which provide access to the Elk Lodge and African Palapa.
African Palapa: Stone fireplace, and bar area with wet bar and refrigeration, completely furnished overlooking a beautiful oak covered creek bottom.
Managers home, 4/2
Three Hunters cabins, 1/1 with bunk beds
Skeet Deck / Palapa with 2 skeet throwers
Rifle Range / Palapa-range has targets up to 300 yards
Equipment Barn-partially enclosed and fully covered
Livestock pens and Barn
Feed Silo-23 tons
Game Processing area with walk-in cooler/freezer
Ponds that hold water year around
20 water wells, most with electric submersible pumps
17 Atascosa Wildlife hunting blinds with 14 protein and 19 corn feeders
4,000’ paved runway, hi-fenced
All Ranch equipment and vehicles
Most furnishings, and most wildlife taxidermy