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Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8576531 04/12/22 03:09 AM
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Congratulations Know the area well growing up in Munday

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I've hunted Haskell for a long time. Going turkey hunting there this weekend. There are good bucks, but they can be nocturnal. Keep driving around to a minimum during deer season. Depending on your property there, you might have deer, dove, ducks, quail, turkey, cranes, coyotes, bobcats, and of course pigs.

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I grew up in Throckmorton and our place is about 14 miles south of Munday. Welcome to Haskell County.

Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8576699 04/12/22 01:51 PM
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You will surely find out that friends that you didn't know had an interest or desire to hunt, will soon let you know of those interests. I would say to follow your gut instincts, knowledge on allowing any friends to hunt your place. With inviting friends hunting, a level of responsibility and restraint always has to be exercised on their part, especially on smaller hunting acreage. Often, friends of landowners think, "Why not shoot that non-mature deer, my buddy owns the place" and he won't be kicked off if I do it or not. IMO, that is entirely the wrong answer and mentality. I only allow my most trusted and responsible friends when it comes to hunting and that is still infrequent at best. Beyond that, I say enjoy the land and the journey....

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"Why not shoot that non-mature deer, my buddy owns the place" - would never.

Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8576772 04/12/22 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Haskell Kid
Understood. Excited, so hard not to go at it full bore. But, have a plan to get camp set up and startcutting senderos, grubbing and shredding. Going to see how we like it for a few years and consider doing a barndo and retiring out there. So, not just hunting. Cattle, horses and such may be in the future. Already got with county ag fellow to look at our options, ag exemptions and government programs.

Stoked watching the deer n other critters on cams now.

First of all a huge congrats. Sounds like a great place for sure.

Hopefully it currently is under a wildlife exemption so you can just maintain that because unless you live there or very nearby you don't want to run cows in IMHO. Just too much of a headache if you are not right there to babysit them.

Like others have said, start slow and do first things first. Get you a decent camp so that when you do go to work you can be as comfortable as possible.
Once you have that then take it a step at a time and before you know it you will have it the way you want it. Besides, the work is NEVER done anyway when you own a place no matter the size of it. lmao


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Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8576930 04/12/22 06:36 PM
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Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8577093 04/12/22 10:00 PM
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Enjoy the heck out of it man

Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8577532 04/13/22 01:04 PM
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Congrats. I bit that bullet about 40 years ago when I bought 133 acres, $408 per acre, recreational property, AKA junk land, 70 miles from home. We get around the place on 4 wheelers or tractor.

I bought a new John Deere; about 35 HP. I was given some advice that I’m glad I followed. A tractor without a front end loader is half a tractor and a front end loader without 4WD is useless.

If not farming or raising cattle, get a wildlife tax exemption. You need to do one or the other or taxes will kill you. If you need a copy of what works for me in Montague County, send a pm and I’ll mail a copy of what works for me.


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Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8577648 04/13/22 03:12 PM
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agree with Dave Davidson, but if you go with wildlife improvement tax exemption, you are not Ag exempt ... I converted my place about 10+/- years ago and then found out that I lost my Ag exemption status for tax exempt purchases (tractors, farm trailer tags, etc.).


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Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8578180 04/14/22 10:46 AM
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I own my ranches and all I do is work when I’m not working.
I’m moving slower with age, but I enjoy every minute.
I’m sure you will too.

Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Ol Thumper] #8578515 04/14/22 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Ol Thumper
Congrats, enjoy the journey and take a lot of pics of the transformation,, in time you will understand it will be the hardest yet most rewarding job you’ve ever had in your entire life but worth every second you spent doing it.



This ^^^^ and another congrats cheers


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Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8579584 04/16/22 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Haskell Kid
Closed on 220 acres in Haskell county Texas end of March. Always hunted friends, family or leased land, so figuring out this calling all the shots, ownership thing. Purchased travel trailer, utv, 40' shipping container and a couple of cell game cams. Sellers left two 1,000 pound ASF feeders and one fiberglass tower blind. County water meter and electric connections ordered. Looking for a tractor and base material for roads and RV pad. Place is mostly treed, with old 70 acre wheat field in back and live water creek through middle. Surrounded by cultivated field, mostly wheat and cotton, with no neighbors. Far as f€£k, but land prices went nuts and was last driving to Leakey and D'Hanis leases and I'm not getting any younger.

Going to be asking a ton of questions and sharing the journey. Already have feeders throwing corn, with protein and alfalfa out too, within 40' round goat panel feed pens. Have seen a few deer, lots of pigs, lots of mallards, dove and quail. Have not hunted this area since I was a kid growing up in Abilene, but remember it being really good.


I started a very similar journey 17 months ago. Started with the land, a travel trailer, utv, shipping container, etc. Have six feeders and blinds going now. Abandoned the travel trailer and put a mobile home at the ranch. Bought a dozer and an excavator in addition to my tracked skid steer and tractor and have begun clearing brush and making other improvements to the earth.

I really enjoy the work but work it is. I enjoy going to the ranch and spending all day on the excavator grubbing mesquites or in the dozer making roads but it is rare that I make it to the ranch and dont spend the whole time working. Family has shot four deer off the place so far. I haven't shot one yet. I go there with intents on hunting and end up working on something instead.

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Hey HaskellKid
I was thinking of this as I installed a new clean(grey) water drain line last weekend. Put your camp/house on the highest point on the property. It's all downhill after that.

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Originally Posted by Sewer rat
it is rare that I make it to the ranch and dont spend the whole time working. I go there with intents on hunting and end up working on something instead.

Likewise, I've packed up 4 or 5 rifles with the intent to get some trigger time only to pack them back up without ever firing a shot. I've even considered leaving my trailer full of tools at home forcing me to relax but I can't bring myself to do it. Too many times there's been an emergency repair needed right away. Twice a tree had fallen in the driveway making a new job before I can even park and unload.

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Live creek through the middle. That's excellent. Never mind the hunting, this place sounds like an excellent investment. Well done. up


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Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8587094 04/28/22 01:17 PM
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We bought our place about 15 years ago, and it was to be for hunting and camping once a month. That quickly went to every weekend and holiday. We liked it so much that upon retirement we built a house and moved here. It took us about 3 years to do all the one-time grunt work, but the day to day stuff never goes away. We love it here.

We are low fence and no fence.

Even before we had the house built, we had a 30 x 40 pole barn built and half of it enclosed and insulated for a workshop/man cave. I wish it was a lot bigger.

Enjoy your place, and shoot a pig in honor of your forum buddies.


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Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8587154 04/28/22 02:48 PM
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Nice! post some pics!

Re: First post, first ranch of my own [Re: Haskell Kid] #8587201 04/28/22 03:36 PM
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There's nothing and I mean nothing like the satisfaction you get from working your own land. Said a guy who is closing on the selling
of his land in two weeks.


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Awesome! Welcome to the club of never ending work...........great advice on here and its all very helpful.

As much tractor as you can afford is the most truest thing on here. I bought 150 acres around Freer 2 yrs ago, had a Ford 8N thinking it could do most things i wanted done, found out real quick that was a pipedream. Kubota SVL-95 skid steer-priceless smile
Get your Ag exemption ASAP! Started with a wildlife exemption and have since transferred it to Ag. You'll be happy you did this
Generousity - yes be careful with this. You WILL have new friends that wanna hunt. I have found that unless you are willing to sit with them, they WILL shoot anything that walks out of the brush even if they are good friends. Something about big deer walking out that just makes a person in a deer stand go Nuts and loose their marbles!
Comfortable living arrangements are a must if you want Momma to join you. Travel trailers are temporary, repo'ed Single wides are a dime a dozen and can make the place way more liveable plus they deliver and set it up, which was really nice.
My place was solid brush with one road cut to the back, I contracted the brush clearing out because it was just toooo much. Now all i do is shred, fill feeders, shoot pigs.

Overall, just enjoy being on your own chunk of land. i know the boys and i do. Good Luck and happy Hunting

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Livin' the dream! Congrats! cheers


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Congrats! My Aunt & Uncle bought 280+ acres about a year ago for the beauty of the land (it is awesome, but a lot of work). I am lucky enough to have the privilege of enjoying the land myself, I help out as if it was mine. Be prepared day 1, the land does not wait on you!

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Congrats, my suggestion is find a CPA that specializes in ranching and Farming so he can advise you in some of the better depreciation practices


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