The Bridgeport Ranch is a hunter’s paradise located just minutes from Bridgeport, Texas, and represents the rare opportunity to own a large ranch within an hour of the DFW metroplex. The 2,221± acre property has been in the same family since the 1930s and boasts an abundance of wildlife with conservation at the forefront. It is located in the desirable area of fast-growing Wise County, where development and population numbers are booming so it is also attractive for investors with a vision of future development.
There is an abundance of deer and turkeys found on this ranch, with a very high success rate shared among hunters. The ranch has been enrolled in the Texas Parks and Wildlife MLD program, and this has created some of the best deer hunting imaginable in this part of the state. Each year, 150+ class deer are harvested from this ranch, and in 2017 there were an estimated 400 deer on the property.
The ranch has been in the harvest option for four years; last year, the ranch adopted the conservation option. Last year the biologist recommended the harvest of 30 deer (11 bucks and 19 antlerless). Because of the MLD program, hunters are allowed to harvest deer starting before the regular state season and after it ends.
Feral hogs are also found on the ranch, but due to management efforts, the numbers have decreased significantly. Due to the ranch’s proximity to Lake Bridgeport, the waterfowl hunting remains consistent each year. The most common ducks found on the property are gadwall, widgeon, teal, pintail, mallards, and ring necks. The dove hunting is good, with consistent birds each year. The ranch has a total of eight ponds located across the property as well as multiple seasonal creeks, which provide good habitat and a few excellent locations for the creation of a duck marsh. The two largest are about 4 acres and have consistently held water even through droughts.
The main roads on the ranch are paved with a caliche road base, providing easy access around the ranch. Most trails are cleared and accessible by four-wheel drive, with others needing a UTV/ATV to access. Most of the perimeter fencing on the ranch is in working shape. On the north side of the ranch, there is a 1950 1,247-square-foot house, and while the house is currently not livable, it is structurally sound. There is electricity to this location.
The ranch sits over the Trinity Aquifer, where most well depths are around 200 feet and produce an ample amount of water. The ranch has three water wells on the property, and two of them are on the north side of the property near the older house. The condition of these two wells is unknown. The third is a solar well in the middle of the property at 260 feet producing over 10 gallons per minute.
A 16” waterline on FM 920 (Walnut Creek Special Utility District) should be considered for future development potential. A 138 KV overhead power transmission line is owned by Oncor that runs on the southern portion of the property, and there are also buried natural gas pipelines owned by Enlink Midstream Services present on the property.