8100 acres of Trophy Mule Deer & Bull Elk & Land and Cattle!
The May Ranch, owned by Allbritton Cattle Company, Las Animas County, Southeast Colorado, a proven world-class trophy mule deer producer, has just been released to the market. Originally part of the JJ Cattle Company, a turn of the century ranch that encompassed land from the Kansas State line to the Sangre De Christos, the May Ranch is the discriminating landowners treasure. The May Ranch's varied terrain consists of roughly 35% manicured round-top mesa, and the balance comprised of benches, canyons, and valleys. There are over 30 miles of canyons, dozens of miles of game-holding benches, and approximately 100 miles of two-track ranch roads that access almost every nook, cranny and valley. The ranch is well watered, featuring 40+ dirt tanks, +/- 12 miles of water lines and drinkers and natural springs that have been in place to support cattle production and wildlife management.
ACCESS - Being but 3.5 hours drive from Amarillo, Texas, 3 hours from Denver and 70 minutes east of I -25, the ranch is very accessible with county maintained roads to the front gate. The La Junta Municipal airport, or Las Animas County-Trinidad County Air Park, which is jet capable, is just 50 miles away. And, the ranch even has its own grass airstrip, but would need a little work to make it usable.
HEADQUARTERS & IMPROVEMENTS/ DEPRECIATION - The ranch is turnkey with a well-maintained main-residence brick house, and a brick 3-bedroom/2-bath guest house. Great depreciation schedule with working cattle pens, a barn and miles and miles of fencing and cross-fencing are all in usable and good working condition. The ranch even has an old abandoned grass airstrip, should one wish to bring it up to current standards. All wells, pipelines and drinkers are being conveyed in good working condition.
TROPHY MULE DEER AND ELK TAGS - Being located in a Colorado Big Game Ranching for Wildlife Enrollment is one of the many reasons why the ranch has become THE TROPHY MULE DEER Producer. The Ranch receives 4 late season buck tags each year (until December 31) and the tags would convey for the 2018 season. What good is having a world-class mule deer producing property if one can’t get a tag? One of the canyons on the ranch has produced over 30 bucks that were180 or better. The ranch record, said to be 6th in the world, and numerous 180 to 220 gross bucks, have been the norm. For elk, the May Ranch lies smack dab in the middle of Colorado's Plains Elk Units, with liberal tags allowing rifle seasons from Sept 1 - Jan 31. Unlimited tags per hunter are available. Bulls in excess of 350-390 have been documented in these units and a +/- 411 was harvested on neighboring property but seen on the May Ranch. Turkeys, bear and lion are also available on the ranch with OTC or liberal tags based on quotas. +/- 100 Merriam Turkeys roost behind the house every evening. One can limit out on doves at many of the waterholes. Miles of predator hunting exists with bobcats and coyotes.
HABITAT - It’s very common to see 60 to 100 mule deer on a morning drive across the ranch. The historical land management of May Ranch is what sets this ranch apart from others. For 30+ years the ranch's habitat has been creatively thinned from Pinion/Pinion Juniper, being restored back to native grasses and leaving select pockets of cover remaining on the round-top mesa. Coupled with select clearing and prescribed fire management, the May Ranch has created some of the finest trophy mule deer habitat in existence. This habitat would take a lifetime to recreate. The 40+ dirt tanks dispersed across the ranch have allowed for water sources for elk and trophy mule deer while supporting managed cattle rotation for income.
INCOME - Seller is offering the ranch with a guaranteed grazing income lease of $50,000+ annually. The ranch has consistently carried from 150-400 head of cattle annually. Combined with tree & landscape material sales and hunting, potential income could range from $50,000 to $250,000 annually. (These figures will vary based on moisture, cattle prices and economic factors.)
CALL TODAY! - How does one compare 8100 acres of deeded land with a lifetime of management investments? Land holdings of this size are getting harder and harder to obtain. Should a tax break be needed, Allbritton’s May Ranch is an ideal candidate for Conservation Easement as well.
The beauty, incredible character of the land, ranch management & history, quality of game and value per acre, all coupled with income availability, puts the May Ranch of Las Animas County in a league all of its own. Call today for a very select and qualified showing. Co-Brokers welcome.