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Old 04-08-2021, 01:39 PM   #1
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We may be in the market for a new ranch purchase (1031 exchange for our place in Uvalde) and these 2 general areas keep coming up as meeting our criteria which is: 3 hr or less drive (Pflugerville area off toll road), 500 ac or more (more the better but other factors like structures, cover, etc would influence it), obviously good hunting with other game than deer (turkey, quail, dove, etc.) but primarily deer and ideally water like a good tank to go fishing. By Tilden area I think north of Freer is the absolute farthest we would go. Brownwood to Brady is the other area we are looking. I guess Cotulla area could get thrown in as well but we prefer to get away from the illegals if possible but the right place with the right size deer may sway that. Is there much illegal activity in the Tilden area?

I guess this will morph into 2 questions. First, what can you tell me about hunting either or both of these areas and a comparison to the northwest Uvalde area would be a bonus? Second any other areas that meet these criteria we are missing? Up to now it has just been searches on Lands of Texas and plugging in the trip to google maps for drive time. Thanks for the input in advance.
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Old 04-08-2021, 01:40 PM   #2
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Forgot to add, part of what we are balancing with these 2 areas is oil traffic, etc which is a knock on Tilden area vs size/score for deer being a positive for the area.
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Old 04-08-2021, 01:52 PM   #3
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Oil traffic in Tilden is not what it used to be.....yes there is some but it is nothing like it was 10 years ago. I don't know your budget but I assume with 500+ acres, it is pretty healthy.....I do not have any first hand experience with Brady/Brownwood but I can say that we have been extremely happy with Tilden for the last 17 years. To my knowledge we have never had any illegal activity on the place. Good neighbors for the most part. Turkeys are hit and miss. Deer hunting is great. Dry as can be down there right now though. That is more common then not it seems. Water wells can be EXTREMELY expensive to drill in some areas down there, if even possible. I have heard as much as $350,000 for a Carrizo water well. Hit me up if you have any specific questions. Landsoftexas is a great resource.
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:11 PM   #4
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JMO, I would buy up towards Brownwood and I am in Real Estate in South Texas. Deer continue to get better up in the Hill Country and it’s nicer country to hang out year round. Oil traffic isnt nearly as bad down this way but it’s getting busier so time will only tell. Good luck in your search, side note place did come on market recent just north of Tilden with good road frontage, 636 acres and it’s around $3300/acre. Does have production and I think at least one collection station.
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:18 PM   #5
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Two totally different habitats. I hunt both areas, an am also on a lease NW of Uvalde. Either of the areas ya’ll are looking should be a better hunting experience than where you are coming from. Brownwood will probably be prettier with more elevation change and hardwood bottoms. Antler restrictions went into place many years ago in Brown county, and we continue to see the results. My son shot an 8 pointer this year that scores over 140 off our Brownwood place. Hogs are not nearly as prevalent as they are down south. That is changing for us with more frequent sightings. There are a lot of hogs if you are along the Colorado or one of the bayous. Turkey for us some years is great some years zero. Dove hunting is poor to fair but that is hit or miss depending on the specific area.
Tilden will have bigger deer, hogs, javelina, probably better dove/quail. South Texas has that special feeling for sure. I have just as much fun hunting either place. Brown county land might b a little cheaper?
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:23 PM   #6
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:32 PM   #7
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I'd shop both areas and buy the first place y'all can't say NO to.
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:37 PM   #8
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If it is primarily for hunting. Tilden area without a doubt, not even close.

I hunted a nice lease for a lot of years out by Brady lake and now on year 6 in the Tilden area. 2 hour farther drive and worth every minute.

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Old 04-08-2021, 02:41 PM   #9
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JMO, I would buy up towards Brownwood and I am in Real Estate in South Texas. Deer continue to get better up in the Hill Country and itís nicer country to hang out year round. Oil traffic isnt nearly as bad down this way but itís getting busier so time will only tell. Good luck in your search, side note place did come on market recent just north of Tilden with good road frontage, 636 acres and itís around $3300/acre. Does have production and I think at least one collection station.
I think that is one of the couple on landsoftexas I have been eying for that area. It looks like it has good water both surface and wells. I guess there are 2 aspects for oil traffic with one being directly on the place you hunt and 1 being the commute to get there. I think both would effect us but not sure how much. I have talked to some that hunt with direct oil traffic.

Tilden, if we end up looking that direction more seriously I may pm you and get a little more information.

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Two totally different habitats. I hunt both areas, an am also on a lease NW of Uvalde. Either of the areas yaíll are looking should be a better hunting experience than where you are coming from. Brownwood will probably be prettier with more elevation change and hardwood bottoms. Antler restrictions went into place many years ago in Brown county, and we continue to see the results. My son shot an 8 pointer this year that scores over 140 off our Brownwood place. Hogs are not nearly as prevalent as they are down south. That is changing for us with more frequent sightings. There are a lot of hogs if you are along the Colorado or one of the bayous. Turkey for us some years is great some years zero. Dove hunting is poor to fair but that is hit or miss depending on the specific area.
Tilden will have bigger deer, hogs, javelina, probably better dove/quail. South Texas has that special feeling for sure. I have just as much fun hunting either place. Brown county land might b a little cheaper?
I didn't realize Brown county was antler restricted. That is another factor but not major. Yeah, land is a little cheaper up there but not much. It is really pretty comparable. It does seem like there is more surface water up there than down south. That is a nice 8 point for sure.

Thanks for the other replies, keep them coming.
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:30 PM   #10
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McMullen county with river frontage will be loaded with game, Arrowheads are a bonus too.
And when river bottom floods floods the high fences come down allowing who knows what kind of exotics to walk through.
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:46 PM   #11
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I'd shop both areas and buy the first place y'all can't say NO to.
Likely that will be the plan but want to be as informed as possible.
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:47 PM   #12
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Hands down Brownwood. Great people close enough drive to bigger cities if needed. Great food, gorgeous area. Nice Lake. It is the total package and my hope to live there one day.
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:00 PM   #13
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Hands down Brownwood. Great people close enough drive to bigger cities if needed. Great food, gorgeous area. Nice Lake. It is the total package and my hope to live there one day.
Except for the deer hunting part. Unless things have really changed recently there's no way I would pick Brownwood over South Texas for quality of deer.
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:57 PM   #14
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Brownwood deer hunting is good. But you are gonna top out in the 140-150 range low fence.


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Old 04-08-2021, 07:18 PM   #15
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Deer hunting in Brown are Mills county is getting better every year as far as bigger bucks. Check my started post for pics of bucks my grandkids have killed. Low fence.
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:28 PM   #16
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No doubt about it. Tilden better chance of growing 200 inch deer. Nutrition, age and genetics already there. Better trophy minded hunters. i m o
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:59 PM   #17
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Bought a small place in Tilden last year and absolutely love it. Lots of game and some solid bucks. Getting used to the dry, summer heat and gnats but hunting season weather is great. We left the hill country in search of better bucks and found it (see avatar). But, if you are looking for recreation/scenery and not primarily hunting may not be for you.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:15 PM   #18
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675 acre listing south of Tilden is one to look at. My parents went and looked at and they really liked it. I wanted to get some guys to go in and buy it a few months ago but it was already under contract. It is cheaper then the one north of town and it is bigger. Country gets tougher the further south you go from town but this place has some cool features with plateaus that are some of the highest points in the county. Worth a look. A guy bought it a couple months ago. He is trying to flip it but he is not being unreasonable with his ask. I think it is $1.895MM.


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Old 04-08-2021, 09:03 PM   #19
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675 acre listing south of Tilden is one to look at. My parents went and looked at and they really liked it. I wanted to get some guys to go in and buy it a few months ago but it was already under contract. It is cheaper then the one north of town and it is bigger. Country gets tougher the further south you go from town but this place has some cool features with plateaus that are some of the highest points in the county. Worth a look. A guy bought it a couple months ago. He is trying to flip it but he is not being unreasonable with his ask. I think it is $1.895MM.


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That looks like a cool place. I think the OP should go buy it.
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Old 04-08-2021, 10:16 PM   #20
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Out of curiosity, could someone post a link to those properties?
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Old 04-08-2021, 10:46 PM   #21
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I love Brown and Eastland County. Nice deer in that area.
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Old 04-08-2021, 10:46 PM   #22
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I live in Brown County, but love hunting down south. Hunted atascosa and goliad for past 30 years. Love the variety of wildlife down there, especially the dove and quail.
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:17 AM   #23
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That looks like a cool place. I think the OP should go buy it.
Ha. I have looked at both of those places on lands of texas about 100 times. I love what I see and love that area. I'm pushing to at least go look at them but unfortunately the rest of my family is more set on heading north. I won't be upset either way though.
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:20 AM   #24
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Oh and if you really want to get your blood flowing, Jack Brittingham has his place for sale on lands of texas but the price is listed wrong. At least I assume it is wrong because there is no way that place is going for that little. I'm thinking there is a least a 1 missing from the front of the number but maybe more. It is an amazing place that if the price was correct on lands of texas I may sell an arm and kidney to buy....
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:30 AM   #25
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If leaning towards hill country but wanting to stay in a 3hr window, - maybe check out Menard county, or eastern Schleicher co too.

Some areas have been very subdivided out there, but the bigger places in the rolling oak country will have a lot of game. Not big deer but high numbers, pretty landscape.
I hunted near Fort McKavitt as a kid, and thought this listing looked cool. I donít know anything about it though.

https://www.landsofamerica.com/prope...Texas/8447590/


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Old 04-09-2021, 08:32 AM   #26
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Bought a small place in Tilden last year and absolutely love it. Lots of game and some solid bucks. Getting used to the dry, summer heat and gnats but hunting season weather is great. We left the hill country in search of better bucks and found it (see avatar). But, if you are looking for recreation/scenery and not primarily hunting may not be for you.
I guess that would be a plus for us with the Tilden area. We are already used to the dry and heat being in Uvalde. Oh and can't forget the gnats and mosquitos in November and sometimes December. That wouldn't be a change lol.
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:36 AM   #27
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Oh and if you really want to get your blood flowing, Jack Brittingham has his place for sale on lands of texas but the price is listed wrong. At least I assume it is wrong because there is no way that place is going for that little. I'm thinking there is a least a 1 missing from the front of the number but maybe more. It is an amazing place that if the price was correct on lands of texas I may sell an arm and kidney to buy....
The sale of Jack Brittingham's place is only for a 1/4th interest
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:38 AM   #28
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Out of curiosity, could someone post a link to those properties?
https://www.landsoftexas.com/propert...Texas/9227085/

https://www.landsoftexas.com/propert...Texas/9621162/

Here you go
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:52 AM   #29
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The sale of Jack Brittingham's place is only for a 1/4th interest
Just curious, how does that work if you know? The place is over 5k acres so you really only have 1k acres? Or you only get to use it 3 mo out of the year? Either way that is out of my ballpark but just curious how a 1/4 interest works.

You just made me go back and look at both of those for the 101st time....
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Old 04-09-2021, 09:05 AM   #30
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Neither......My vote goes to Pearsall!
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Neither......My vote goes to Pearsall!
That isn't out of the question if the place is right. How is the illegal traffic in that area? That is one thing we are definitely trying to get away from and not have to worry about.
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[QUOTE=cehorn;15562394]Just curious, how does that work if you know? The place is over 5k acres so you really only have 1k acres? Or you only get to use it 3 mo out of the year? Either way that is out of my ballpark but just curious how a 1/4 interest works.



Basically its a timeshare. It is an undivided interest. You get 3 months worth of use out of the property. Split the maintenance 4 ways. Sounds like a giant cluster. I would NEVER do a shared agreement like that......One guy wants to put up new blinds or feeders or feed and nobody else does, SOL.....Not a good thing at all IMO.
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That isn't out of the question if the place is right. How is the illegal traffic in that area? That is one thing we are definitely trying to get away from and not have to worry about.
We never had any sightings, but I'm sure they passed thru un-noticed. Pretty sure they have already hopped in a smugglers van or stolen a vehicle many miles west of Pearsall!
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Just curious, how does that work if you know? The place is over 5k acres so you really only have 1k acres? Or you only get to use it 3 mo out of the year? Either way that is out of my ballpark but just curious how a 1/4 interest works.
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Basically its a timeshare. It is an undivided interest. You get 3 months worth of use out of the property. Split the maintenance 4 ways. Sounds like a giant cluster. I would NEVER do a shared agreement like that......One guy wants to put up new blinds or feeders or feed and nobody else does, SOL.....Not a good thing at all IMO.
That sounds like a huge disaster waiting to happen!
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