I think that it’s a dream of just about every hunter to have a place of his own… not a hunting lease but a hunk of land that belongs to him to hunt as he pleases, to wander around on, look at the stars at night, watch the sun rise and set, knowing that every corner and everything in between is his.
It’s been a dream of ours for years; having a place to hunt that is our very own, not a lease. It’s a dream that has finally been realized! Deerslayer and I are now the proud owners of our own 256 acre hunting ranch in the Texas Hill Country! I don’t think I can put into words my excitement.
The process of finding the place was difficult, frustrating, and exhausting but it was worth it. For years, we’ve added to and adjusted our wish list. Our “dream ranch” :
- has to be in the Texas Hill Country
- has to have at least 200 acres
- has to have access to highway and city
- has to have power and a well
- has to be easily traversed
- has to have lots of oak trees
- has to have a view of sunsets and sunrises
After more than a year of searching in earnest, we found a place within our budget and negotiated until we agreed on a price. Our ranch (I just love saying “our ranch”) is about two hours away from San Antonio with it’s medical center, shopping and international airport. There are smaller towns within 30 minutes to an hour away that have grocery stores, hardware stores, a church, etc. that we will need access to.
There’s a casita on the place that will take some fixing up. Since we bought the place “as is”, there’s lots of trash that will need to be hauled away. There’s also a trashed camper on the place that, luckily, the realtor will be removing. We’ve taken our own camper out there which will allow us to work at our own pace until things are taken care of to our satisfaction. It will certainly be a labor of love. Heavy on the labor.
We’ve brewed coffee and watched the sun rise over the ridge. We’ve seen axis deer and flushed coveys of quail. We’ve heard turkeys. We’ve watched the sun set, sat around a fire and gazed at the stars ON OUR OWN RANCH.
2017 is going to be a great year. I can’t wait to share it with you.