Big Sky Ranch
Big Sky Ranch is a 402-acre property located just north of Stuart, OK and about 2 hours from Tulsa and OKC or 2 1/2 hours from North Dallas. Trophy deer hunters familiar with Oklahoma will be pleased to see that the property is only 7 1/2 miles from McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. The proximity to MCAAP gives you a great idea of the quality of deer that can be achieved on this ranch with good management.
The ranch offers ideal privacy as it is accessed via a short road easement at the end of a dead-end county-maintained road. Because most of the neighbors own a half section or more of land, the hunting pressure in this area is minimal. The topo of the land is bowl shaped with 150 to 200 feet of elevation changes to the west, south and east. What better than a secluded ranch in an area known for its genetics with large neighbors and big topo changes to create an ideal sanctuary for managing trophy whitetails?
There actually is something better than that. Its that same ranch with a comprehensive set of trails, food plots, feeders and a basic hunting cabin. This property has been managed for many years to create an ideal getaway for the family to enjoy hunting together. The trail network is outstanding in terms of its layout because, when possible, it follows the gentlest slopes and avoids the extreme elevations changes. This type of thoughtful trail development minimizes trail maintenance as the gentle slopes are not prone to erosion. Food plots, small open meadows, feeders and stand setups are interlaced into this trail system to provide you with great spots to intercept deer as they move out of sanctuary areas located in the deep, thick draws. The design gives you great opportunities to do everything from bow hunting small meadows to attempting 1000-yard rifle shots and everything in between. You can hunt from a stand in the woods, with kids in a box blind on a food plot or do a little spot and stalk as you sneak along the trails. The property offers you the opportunity to hunt in whatever fashion you choose. Multiple hunters can safely hunt the property because the slopes, hills and hollows offer multiple backstops.
Multiple small ponds are scattered throughout the property and provide ample water sources as well as an opportunity to also manage a fishery during the offseason. In addition, we can see drainages through the moss-covered boulders on the side slopes where we think there would be some nice waterfalls that flow for a while after a big rain.
The timber is mostly Post Oak and Blackjack Oak with a few larger oak species in the low elevation areas. Given that the ranch is 90 percent wooded, wildlife should generally have a bountiful supply of acorns. Consequently, the property has been managed to supplement the natural forage and to pull the deer out of their sanctuary areas during hunting season. Small food plots, corn feeders and protein feeders are currently being used to achieve these goals.
Lastly, you will want a place to stay and enjoy the property. A small, basic cabin is located on a high plateau at the southwest corner of the property. The view from the front door is tremendous looking to the east and should yield a tremendous view of the sunrise as you look across to the next ridge in the distance. The cabin has one large room with bunk beds, living room furniture and a small kitchen. It also has a full bath. The cabin has electricity, but water is currently being hauled in and stored in a tank. The Land Doctors team looked the situation over and we believe that another attempt could be made to drill a well or that water from a small pond just north of the cabin could be pumped to the cabin, filtered, and chlorinated. If you are looking for a great hunting property for your family and friends, please call Sean Childress at 580 320 5791.