North Shipp Ranch is located on a quiet paved FM 2895 between Aguilares and Hwy 59 in the heart of the South Texas Brush Country. Freer, Hebbronville, Laredo and its international airport are all a short 40-minute drive away and make the ranch extremely accessible. 1.5 miles of highway frontage positions the North Shipp Ranch well among its good, large neighbors.
4,432 Acres in Webb County
North Shipp Ranch is the northern pastures of the Historic Shipp Ranch, owned and operated by the descendants of Colonel Evan B Quiros for three generations. Ranching and hunting, resulting from a clear eye on good land management practices, makes this ranch a rare jewel. This is the Brush Country of South Texas at its best with a diverse mix of mature brush, trees, and grasslands located within a pleasant rolling almost Hill Country topography on the eastern end, creating long views and excellent wildlife and livestock habitat. There is a broad diversity of soils from sand, caliche hills, and deep clays, creating a mix of habitats. An extensive road network, five large lakes, mature native brush/grasslands, two deep wells with electricity, and unique topography are the major features of North Shipp Ranch. Combine that with big South Texas deer, dove, duck, and Blue Quail and you have it all.
Habitat and Wildlife
The broad soil diversity of the ranch supports a unique assemblage of native grasses, forbs, brush and trees. They don’t call this area Brush Country for nothing. Guajillo, blackbrush, guayacan, granejo, tasajilla and mature mesquites are just some of the many brush species found on the ranch. Decades of careful land management also provides for a rich diversity of native and improved grasslands.
White Tailed deer populations are tremendous here with excellent genetics; the proximity of brush, water, senderos, and open meadows makes this a deer hunters dream. The large lakes are the perfect place for afternoon dove hunts and the open grasslands are ideal for blue quail. In the winter there is a surprisingly large migratory waterfowl population. Not only has North Shipp been managed and enjoyed for its variety of game species, there are many non-game animals that utilize this diverse habitat. Hummingbirds, neotropical songbirds, green jays, and migrating hawks to name a few. Also, bobcat, coyote, fox, javelinas, Texas tortoise, horned lizards and many more making this place a great place for the outdoor photographer.
A well-maintained all-weather road system spans the entire ranch, providing quick and easy access to all areas. The ranch is low-fenced on 3 sides with a new high fence along the north boundary, in addition to interior cross fencing into multiple pastures. There are several excellent locations for a new headquarters with electricity nearby.
There are two deep submersible wells supplying water to several of the 5 large earthen tanks. The wells produce large quantities of water suitable for livestock and wildlife and, with additional treatment, can be used for domestic use. Most ranchers in the area use RO systems or collect rain water. The tanks are all completely fenced to control cattle movement, and were recently worked over to remove excess sediment, many have good bass populations for fishing. Wet-weather Gato Creek also runs through the center of the ranch for about 1.5 miles.
Minerals have been previously reserved. Periodic payments on pipeline easements provide an additional source of ranch income.