Road's End Ranch
Its not unusual for ranches to take on the personality of a strong steward/owner. Owners who are truly passionate about land management will seek out the ideal property and then shape and mold it to match their vision. What is unusual is when you have two steward/owners who have different ideas and dreams about how to develop the land but find a way to seamlessly weave them together on one property. That's what we saw at Road's End Ranch located just 3 miles northwest of Ada, OK, 80 miles from OKC and 160 miles from DFW.
This 443-acre mol property has been thoughtfully developed as both a homestead farm and as the ultimate bowhunting property. You approach the property through a gated entry at the end of County Road 1500. A few clicks on the keypad opens the gate and allows you to travel onto the property via the nicely graveled driveway. At the first split in the road, you stay left and pass between pecan shaded pastures and an orchard with a variety of fruit trees. A small barndominum style home sits just beyond the first orchard and has a nicely manicured flower bed in the front yard. This cozy 3-bedroom, 1 bath residence would be a great stay and play spot until you can develop plans for your dream home. Tile floors, a wood heater, wrap around porch and mud room make it an ideal low maintenance structure for your friends and family to visit.
Raised beds, an equipment shed, workshop and horse barn with office can all be found just past the home. One of the things you will notice is that these structures are equipped with rainwater capture systems to store water for future use. The workshop roof fills an above ground swimming pool that sits atop a concrete slab that has a canal formed around the edge. This canal was designed to be filled with water and used for hydrotherapy treatments to rehabilitate injured dogs. The horse barn has three stalls that can be used for horses or other animals. A fourth stall has been turned into an additional workspace. A small office and animal wash bay are located at the front of the barn while an insulated room for freezers and food storage is in the back. A set of working pens, a riding area and another orchard are located near this barn. The pastures have woven wire fencing ideal for horses, there are water troughs and loafing sheds to provide cover. There are approximately 60 acres of pasture and meadows that could be used for hay.
The rest of the property is managed at an extremely high level for wildlife, particularly whitetail deer. We see many ranches that have food plots and feeders. This property certainly has its fair share of both with multiple food plot/feeder setups on approximately 20 acres of the property. These plots are in strategic locations near the wooded draws that run the length of the property from north to south. However, the improvement of the 65 acres of native forage on this property is impressive to those who appreciate a more natural approach to deer management. The owner has identified specific groups of oak trees that the deer target each year. In addition to focusing food plots and feeders near these areas, he also selectively allows browse to grow nearby providing a continuous supply of food and cover throughout the year. Two wooded drainages extend through the property and on to the South Canadian River that runs only 1500 feet away from its north border. These two creeks act as corridors allowing wildlife to safely move up into the property from the river bottom. Wild turkeys are also abundant on the property. Years of minimal hunting pressure and a commitment to longbow hunting has left the property in great shape with a nice pipeline of bucks ranging from great up and comers to bona fide trophies ready to be taken next fall.
The ranch also has a 6-acre lake, a 1.5-acre pond and four other small ponds stocked with bass and catfish. Full of clear water, standing timber and aquatic vegetation, these ponds are ideal fisheries. In addition, they are great for waterfowl, especially considering their location near the South Canadian River. If this blend of farmstead and wildlife haven sounds ideal to you, please give Kelly Hurt at call at 580 421 7512