The historic Hundley Ranch is in the heart of Hughes County, Oklahoma and nestled on the forested banks of the South Canadian River. This ranch has been owned by the Hundley family since 1904, which is three years before the State of Oklahoma joined the Union. Since those early days when Mr. J.W. Hundley first began putting the ranch together, it has remained under the Hundley family's stewardship and ownership through four generations. Over these 117 years, this special property has been ranched, farmed, hunted, and beloved by the family and their closest friends. Think about that for a moment, this property has been stewarded by the same family for over a century and the last time it was on the market was four years before the Model T was first manufactured. That easily qualifies this as a legacy property.
Located 190 miles from Dallas, less than 90 from Oklahoma City and with an entry gate located about a mile from a paved road, this 1403 (more or less) acre property's general characteristics make it unique, beautiful and rare. Approximately 70% of the ranch is wooded with the remaining 30%, mostly river bottom pasture with some scattered upland pastures. As one might expect with substantial bottom land, this ranch features extremely fertile soils. Approximatively 540 acres of the ranch are classified as "Class 4" soils or better with 220 acres being Class 1 and 2 soils. These types of soils make it possible to not only farm and ranch a portion of the property, but to also manage wildlife at a very high level if the next owner decides to plant these rich river bottom soils in wildlife forage or grain crops while maintaining the upland areas with the current blanket of large red oaks.
As you explore the property, you will appreciate the extensive trail system that makes traversing a property of this size enjoyable. With approximately 200' of elevation change, the breathtaking views the ranch provides are stunning. Its rolling hills and diverse geography offer magnificent views for as far as the eye can see.
For those most interested in the diverse, plentiful, and thriving wildlife population associated with Hughes County, this property will not disappoint. In this part of Oklahoma, one will primarily expect Rio Grande or Rio Grande/Eastern hybrid turkeys and whitetail deer. The sellers have also told us the ranch has had a great duck population as well, particularly mallards. Over the years, the property has also been known for producing trophy largemouth bass and large catfish. The sellers provided an impressive selection of photos showing trophy bucks, outstanding bass and wild turkeys. We have run trail cameras extensively on two adjoining properties and have concluded that that this entire stretch of river bottom is loaded with outstanding wildlife. Large neighboring ranches also ensure that the hunting pressure remains low.
The ranch features numerous ponds, which have all been named by the family. The largest pond on the property, "The Big Pond," is over five acres and gently tapers off in the hardwoods and timber that surround its northern end. Above the "Big Pond," is an older cabin still used by the Hundley Family. Although not a large structure, this was the place where the Hundley's gathered for many Thanksgivings together. The Land Doctors think this area could be expanded and would make the perfect place for a new hunting lodge.
The other large ponds on the property, "Catfish Pond," "Bass Pond," and "Crappie Pond," approximately measure 2 acres, 1.30 acres, and 1 acres, respectively. The sellers tell us "Bass Pond" has had consistent five-pound bass caught in it over the years, with the "Catfish Pond" once producing a 12-pound largemouth. "Duck Pond" in the middle of the property was always known to be the best spot for duck hunting. For those just wish to see and experience unique wildlife, a bald eagles nest, also known as an aerie, was identified by the sellers in the bottom along the river.
Perhaps the most unique feature of the property is its location on the South Canadian River. With around 8,800' of frontage along the banks of the river, the river provides a beautiful focal point to the ranch. We have located an old river channel in the timber along the river that we think would be an outstanding place to create duck habitat for some top notch flooded timber waterfowl hunts.
In addition to the physical features of the property, the ranch also offers something special for those with an interest in early Oklahoma history. The sellers tell us over the years they have found a large number of arrowheads in the bottoms. There is also a small Native American cemetery. Finally, an old railroad bed passes through the property and is a reminder of days gone by.
The Land Doctors believe this ranch to be one of the best, most beautiful recreational ranches we've ever listed. If your dream is to own your own legacy ranch where family and friends will want to come back to again and again, then look no further than The Hundley Ranch. For more information or to schedule a viewing, please call Alex Leach today at 580.272.3953 or email him at Alex@LandDoctors.com.