Downie Draw Ranch in Terrell County is a great hunting ranch with long draws and beautiful bluffs.
Downie Draw Ranch features long draws and beautiful bluffs. The extensive landscape of rolling hills, valleys, and canyons create long-range views. The ranch has nice rich soil and a hunter's cabin that overlooks beautiful hills. Hunting is good with abundant game including whitetail, elk, dove, and other native species. Multiple feeders and troughs have been placed throughout the ranch for game access.
The ranch is located approximately 115 miles west of Del Rio off of Hwy 90. The ranch is 17 +/- miles northwest of Dryden and 13 +/- miles southwest of Sanderson off of Hwy 90, accessed through a deeded easement north of Hwy 90 on Dyer/Mitchell Road.
Downie Draw Ranch is a 7,916 +/- acre hunting ranch with long draws and beautiful bluffs. The extensive landscape of rolling hills, valleys and long canyons create views that go on for miles. The most fertile ground lies in the deep valleys that funnel into Downie Draw where rich soil has been deposited during hard rains. Soils in this area are generally dark, clay loams that support scrub, cacti, brush, oaks, junipers, native grasses and mesquites. The diversity of plant life continues with hackberry, kidney wood, walnuts, catclaw, persimmon, black brush, quayacan, lechunguilla and algerita. Many of these plants offer a high content of protein that contribute to healthy wildlife. Elevation ranges from 2,400 +/- asl to 2,650 +/- asl with remarkable views across the ranch. A 400 +/- sf metal hunter’s cabin rests atop a hill at 2,628 +/- asl. The cabin overlooks beautiful hills to the south. The area around the hunter’s cabin is relatively flat, providing additional building sites close by. Electricity and water are located on the ranch.
The main drainage across the northern half is Downie Draw, which winds through the property for approximately 3 miles. Downie Draw was named after Charles A. Downie, a rancher who drove his sheep from Austin through San Antonio to the Trans-Pecos region, where he established his ranch there in the early 1880’s. Mr. Downie ranched over 145,000 acres in the southwestern part of Terrell and southern part of Pecos county. Long before Downie, this historic draw carved through ancient limestone, creating a rugged and winding valley. Deposits of sand, gravel and mud cover the canyon floor. The drainage area is nearly 500 feet wide at times with excellent thick mesquite and hackberry draws funneling into it.
This ranch has transitioned from a historic sheep and goat ranch to a nice hunting ranch. The current owner has focused on improving the whitetail population and mule deer numbers. There have been sightings of elk and aoudad sheep, and four mountain lions have been taken over the past few years. Other wildlife native to the area include javelina, bobwhite quail, blue quail, dove, coyote, bobcat, and jack rabbit. There are 10 feeders and 12 water troughs scattered across the ranch for wildlife. Most of the water troughs are in close proximity to deer feeders, improving the odds of seeing more game while they are watering. A local ranch hand from Sanderson has been a caretaker of the ranch for the last few years. He helps fill feeders and check water troughs throughout the year. The road system is in good shape with multiple hill tops being accessible. Besides hunting, this recreational ranch provides exciting opportunities to hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are Indian artifacts scattered across the terrain, giving explorers the possibility to discover something extraordinary. Many relics reside along the hill tops, as these elevated areas once served Native Americans as strategic look-out points.
A well-kept 400 +/- sf hunter’s cabin with a bathroom, sink, shower and wood burning stove rests on a large hill, and a game cleaning rack is nearby. Additional building sites provide majestic views in all directions. The north and west sides of the ranch are fenced. Electricity is provided by Rio Grande Electric Co-op.
Abundant free-roaming game includes whitetail deer, mule deer, aoudad sheep, and elk with sightings of javelina, quail, and dove.
The ranch is well watered with two wells, one electric and one solar, providing water to the hunter’s cabin and 12 water troughs. There are a few old stock tanks that could be improved to hold water.
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