The rich history of Texas extends well beyond what simple words can describe, and what most beyond the Texas borders can fully grasp. Land ownership in Texas symbolizes a legacy, it represents reward through honest work and it stands for freedom and independence.
With over 268,000 square miles inside its borders, and state lines spanning 800 miles across from north to south and also east to west, The Lone Star State is the kind of place where you can drive from dawn till dusk and never really leave. With multiple major metropolitan areas within its borders, such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, the state has a robust economic base that supports an extensive number of long-standing and growing industries. Texas is 95% privately owned. The state leads the nation in its number of farms (nearly 250,000), ranches (over 127 million acres) and its head of cattle (13 million). In fact, Texas leads all other states in multiple agricultural categories. with 13 million head of cattle and nearly 250,000 farms and ranches covering over 127 million acres.
As unique and notable as its expansive size, Texas is equally as special in its diversity. With nearly every land and habitat type imaginable, Texas is widely regarded for its diverse natural resources, inspiring beauty and pride. Working and recreational farms and ranches have long been a way of life for Texans, with cattle, oil, gas and the hunting industries all playing their major roles in nearly every region.
The state has multiple distinct regions of both habitat and topographical features, offering everything across the spectrum from fertile cropland to rugged canyons, from piney woods to brush country, and from the Hill Country to the open expanse of West Texas. Large working cattle ranches can be found throughout North and West Texas, with land types extending from the grassy plains of the Llano Estacado in the Panhandle to the caprock canyons and the big sky of West Texas.
The regional topography shift of Central Texas leading into the Hill Country is well-known for its picturesque, rolling hills, beautiful rivers and panoramic views. Traveling south of San Antonio, you find yourself in the legendary brush country in the middle of the birthplace of trophy deer management. Incredibly passionate and knowledgeable landowners in this region have set the standard for what trophy whitetail management should be.
Finally, as you head into the Piney Woods of East Texas, the towering timber and many lakes bring a unique experience of seclusion and privacy, while offering abundant recreational hunting and fishing opportunities.
With every region possessing unique and endless beauty, unmatched diversity of wildlife, and expansive investment prospects, ranches in Texas cannot be described by simple words on a page. In the words of Sam Houston, “Texas is the finest portion of the globe that has blessed my vision.”