Blake Hortenstine


Blake Hortenstine was raised in North Texas and graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas. Hunting, fishing and assisting a wildlife manager on a Shackelford County ranch developed his childhood interest of wildlife fisheries management into a career. This interest led him to pursue a degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Blake graduated from Texas A&M in the spring of 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management. Upon graduation, Blake was hired as a hunting guide for Dresser Industries’ Mota Bonita hunting operation in South Texas. He relocated south to Falfurrias, Texas in Brooks County to help manage the ranch’s wildlife and to guide business executives on quail, deer, hog and turkey hunts. After living on the King Ranch for a year, he moved to Dallas to pursue a career in commercial real estate. Upon relocation to Dallas in 1997, Blake became the game manager of a low fenced 14,000 acre hunting operation and wildlife management program in the eastern Rolling Plains west of Albany, Texas. As a result of his management efforts, the ranch’s wildlife improved considerably with whitetails scoring over 170” Boone & Crockett. Blake resigned as wildlife manager in 2012 after 15 years of intensive game management due to his busy real estate career. Early in 1998, he officially began managing another ranch property north of Breckenridge, Texas in Stephens County. This hunting operation began as a 3700+/- acre ranch and was grown to include over 11,000 acres of land. The acreage was subsequently reduced to 8200+/- acres which was intensively managed for wildlife. Blake resigned in 2013 after 15 years of service as wildlife manager. In June of 1998, he joined Henry S. Miller Commercial’s Farm & Ranch Division to focus on rural and recreational property sales. After nearly 5 years with Miller’s Ranch Division, Blake decided to start his own company, Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. The company was successfully launched in April of 2003. In December of 2011, Blake formed a partnership with Cash McWhorter. Blake and Cash continue to successfully grow and run the business. In 2004, Blake purchased a small property Southeast of Albany in Shackelford County near Ibex. The property has Hubbard Creek running through it and land management has been intensive since his ownership began. The wildlife has flourished and improving the property has been a favorite pastime. Blake currently resides in Dallas and has two boys, Rollins and Hayes. Hortenstine Ranch Company can accommodate Buyers and Sellers of ranch properties in the state of Texas and southern Oklahoma with primary focus being properties within a 3 hour radius of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.
$2,200,000  •  307 acres
OVERVIEW: The prolific springs that feed into Box Creek, the ranch's namesake, make it a beautiful year-round creek. The ranch has over ~4,613' of both sides of Box Creek, that offer a dependable year around water source for wildlife and livestock. It also provides ample opportunities for exploring up and down the creek, where numerous free-flowing springs can be seen coming out of the hillsides and into the creek bottom. In addition to the named Box Creek, the ranch also has two small spring fed lakes and several ponds. While the creek is surely a major focal point, the ranch also has beautiful, improved pastures, excellent topography/views, planted pines, as well as big hardwoods along the creek bottom, and dotted throughout the pasture and pine forests. The ranch would make an incredible get-a-way place from the city and/or a full-time residence. LOCATION: Box Creek Ranch is located off of ACR 103 in Elkhart, TX 75839. It is about 5 miles southwest of Elkhart, 13 miles southwest of Palestine, 120 miles from Dallas and 148 miles from Houston. HOME: The main home is located on a nice hilltop overlooking big views to the south, along with several nice water features. As you sit on the back porch, you can see livestock grazing in lush green pastures and whitetail deer traverse through the ranch. The home is approximately 1,822/sq. ft, with an attached covered deck. The house has three bedrooms and two baths. The home was initially built in 1968, and an addition was added on in the early 80's to include an additional entryway, along with an office, additional bedroom and bathroom. ADDITIONAL STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS: School Bus Cabin The "School Bus Cabin" was constructed in 1986. The cabin was built around an old school bus that has been remodeled into a bunk room, with two bedrooms and a full bathroom in between. It sits right above the spring fed 2+/- acre lake and covered dock. The cabin is in great shape, and would really make for a neat place for friends and family to hang out while at the lake. The cabin is approximately 1,046/sq. ft with two bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen, adjacent sitting area, a large living room with big windows overlooking the lake down below. Barns (3) Box Creek Ranch has three functional barns with ample storage for equipment to run the ranch. The main barn has metal siding, and is complete with sliding doors, a shop, and is plumbed with a bathroom. It is approximately 4,300/sq. ft, with an attached lean-to that is about 1,300/sq. ft. The covered pole barn is approximately 4,800/sq ft and is open on all four sides. An additional covered pole barn is approximately 3,500/sq. ft and has two enclosed sides. It is located within the trap pasture, adjacent to the working cattle pens. Cattle Pens A working set of cattle pens are located near the north boundary line of the ranch. Water Well Box Creek Ranch has one water well. While the improvements are supplied by community water via Consolidated Water Supply of Crockett, the water well sits adjacent to the three barns and trap pasture. Boat Dock, Walk Bridge & Concrete Retaining Wall A boat dock is located on the 2+/- acre lake. It has a covered seating area, as well as a decked platform to fish from. A concrete retaining wall can be found running along the western side of the lake. It gives ample spots to fish from the shoreline. A walk bridge is located near the emergency spillway. The spillway is also concrete and can easily be driven over to get over to the lake dam. TOPOGRAPHY & TERRAIN: Box Creek Ranch has approximately 80' of elevation change, with the high point being approximately 350' ASL and the low point being along Box Creek at 270' ASL. Numerous springs can be found flowing throughout the majority of the ranch. The ranch is almost evenly split between improved pastures and timber. Exceptional views to the south and west can be found from many spots on the ranch. TIMBER: Box Creek Ranch has about 80+/- acres of planted pine that are in various stages of growth. Immediate timber income could be realized with thinning in selected areas. The rest of the timber, approximately 73+/- acres, on the ranch is mostly made up of a variety of pine, oak, pecan, sycamore, cedar and elm trees. The hardwoods are primarily located throughout the pastures, along Box Creek and the various other creeks/draws that traverse the ranch. Numerous ATV/UTV trails are found throughout the timbered portion of the property, and really give the ranch a "big" feel. They would also make for excellent hiking/biking trails. SURFACE WATER: The ranch has both sides of Box Creek for approximately 4,613'. In addition to Box Creek, a beautiful 2+/- acre spring fed lake is located near the NE corner of the ranch. An additional 1.19+/- acre "finger lake" is located just below the hilltop that the home sits on. There are 5 additional ponds/stock tanks located throughout the rest of the ranch, as well as another unnamed seasonal creek that runs along the west side of the ranch from north to south. WILDLIFE & HUNTING: Excellent hunting opportunities abound at Box Creek Ranch. Ample cover and habitat support healthy populations of whitetail deer, hogs, coyotes and bobcats. Some of the surface water features and creek bottoms should have the ability to draw in waterfowl during each winter. CATTLE: The ranch has very good perimeter fencing and cross fencing. It would make for an excellent cattle ranch. The ranch could support approximately 75-100 AUs in its current configuration. MINERALS: The owned mineral estate will not convey with the sale of the ranch. TAXES: Box Creek Ranch is currently ag. exempt. Per Anderson County Tax Assessor the 2021 taxes were approximately $2,866.46. DIRECTIONS: From Dallas, head south on I-45 for approximately 86.45 miles to take Exit 198 toward FM-27/Wortham/Fairfield. Turn left onto FM-27 and travel .89 miles to take US-84 E. Travel 24.63 miles to take a right onto TX-294. Travel 7.4 miles and take a right onto FM 322. After 4.3 miles, turn left to stay on FM 322. After 1.04 miles, continue on FM 319 for .81 miles and take a right onto ACR 103 and travel approximately 1.9 miles. The ranch entrance will be on your left. From Houston, head north onto I-45 for approximately 64.72 miles to merge onto State Highway 19. After 20.13 miles, State Highway 19 becomes Texas Forest Trail/TX-19. Travel an additional 28.17 miles to turn left onto SW Loop 304. After 3.58 miles turn left onto US-287 to travel 23.41 miles. Take a left onto E Parker St/TX-294 and travel 1 mile to take a left onto FM 319. Travel 3.79 miles to turn left onto ACR 103. The ranch entrance will be on your left after approximately 1.9 miles. From Palestine, head south on US-287 for approximately 10.03 miles to take a right onto E Parker St/TX-294. Travel 1 mile to take a left onto FM 319. Travel 3.79 miles to turn left onto ACR 103. The ranch entrance will be on your left after approximately 1.9 miles. From Crockett, head north on US-287 for approximately 24.77 miles. Take a left onto E Parker St/TX-294 and travel 1 mile to take a left onto FM 319. Travel 3.79 miles to turn left onto ACR 103. The ranch entrance will be on your left after approximately 1.9 miles. CONTACT: Chance Turner, Agent 972-765-7326 mobile Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. All information is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. All information is subject to change without prior notice.
$7,998,040  •  2,806.33 acres
General Description: This is the first time in 144 years this property has been offered for sale. Deep seeded in history, this cattle and trophy deer hunting ranch has plenty to offer. It is located in big, low-fenced ranch country with native rolling terrain covered in live oak, mesquite, and elm trees. The East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the property for 2 miles. Location: Approximately 12 miles E/NE of Breckenridge fronting on quiet FM 701 in a great location just over 2 miles north of Highway 67. There is approximately 3/4 mile of paved FM road frontage. It is 2 hours west of Dallas, 1 1/2 hours west of Fort Worth, 3 hours east of Midland, 1 hour NE of Abilene, and 24+/- miles to Graham. Directions: From Breckenridge, go east on Highway 180 and turn north towards Graham on Highway 67. Then go 7.3 miles to FM 701. Go North of FM 701 for 2.2 miles until the black pipe gate located on the left or west side of the road. History: The Muleshoe Ranch brand was registered in 1856 in Fannin County by Henry Black. Henry fought in the Confederate Army in 1861 and after 4 years he returned to find that his wife, Jane, had died giving birth to their 3rd child. He then remarried and started a new life with a master seamstress, Sarah. They then began their life together in poverty. Henry acquired most of his 1000 cattle and 500 horses by trading his skill and courage, moving herds of cattle across the Red River when it was overflowing. He also traded his wife's shirts for cattle and horses. In 1877, Henry and Sarah left Fannin County to relocate to Quanah, Texas, but a heavy rain season forced them to stop in Stephens County. They stopped along Bufford Creek and Henry went into Breckenridge the next day to purchase 4 sections of land. He, his brothers and his sons ultimately grew their herd to 20,000 head of cattle and the ranch to 30,000 acres. Henry passed away in 1906 at 66 years of age after catching the flu at a Confederate War veteran's reunion in New Orleans. His wife Sarah then divided the ranch amongst several family members. The Black family has had many accomplishments over the years, helping to make Breckenridge what it is today. This portion of the Black Brothers Muleshoe Ranch is now owned by 3 siblings being fourth generation owners. It is not every day that you come across an opportunity to purchase a historic ranch of this caliber. (Additional history is available upon request) Terrain: Rolling hills to level terrain with an elevation change of 130 feet (high elevation of 1290' and low elevation of 1160'). The East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the heart of the ranch. The riparian area along the creek is lined with mature elm and oak trees with incredible rock features of boulders and massive rock shelves creating a unique land feature. Pastureland is productive for cattle and there are scenic rocky ridges as well. Vegetation: This property is located in the Cross Timbers Region of Texas. Tree cover consists of mature live oak, post oak, cedar elm, hackberry, mesquite, and a variety of other trees commonly found in this area. Forbs, browse and cactus species include elbowbush, skunkbush, prickly pear, tasajillo, catclaw, lote bush and greenbrier to name a few. Native grasses include side oats, bluestem, switchgrass, Texas wintergrass, dropseed, buffalo grass, Indiangrass, curly mesquite, and a variety of other grasses. Wildlife habitat and pastureland is above average and in excellent condition. Water: There are at least twenty (20) earthen stock tanks providing water to livestock and wildlife in every pasture. Approximately 2 miles of the East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the middle of the ranch with seasonal pools of water. Rainfall averages around 29 inches annually and a rural water line runs along FM 701. (See below) Wildlife: Deer, turkey, hogs, quail, dove, ducks and native wildlife species are plentiful and provide great hunting and viewing. The free-ranging, low fence, trophy whitetail deer herd is one of the best you will find in Stephens County. Migratory ducks utilize the stock tanks in the fall and winter months creating additional hunting opportunities.The ranch has not been leased for hunting in decades (if ever) and the whitetail deer herd is in excellent condition as a result. There is one new deer feeder in place, but no other deer stands or feeders on the ranch. Deer Herd: The following data was obtained from a helicopter deer survey on October 20, 2021: TOTAL DEER: 213 DEER DENSITY: 1 deer per 13 acres BUCK: DOE RATIO: 1 buck: 3 does (43 bucks & 132 does) MATURE BUCKS: 8 mature bucks OTHER: Two bobcats, 6 coveys of quail, 96 hogs, 10 coyotes, and surprisingly only 5 turkey (which are normally abundant). Grazing: Carrying capacity for cattle is approximately 1 animal unit per 20-30 acres (depending on your goals and objectives). This ranch is 100% native with no land being cultivated. Rangeland is strong and cattle do very well in this area. Soils: A variety of soils types can be found. Lindy silt loam is common and may be used for cultivation, pasture, range, woodland, and wildlife. Other soils range from fine sandy loam to Throck clay to very stony/ bouldery soils. There are several areas conducive for cropland or wildlife food plots if desired by new owner. Fencing: Perimeter fences are in good to excellent condition and will hold cattle. There is approximately (1) mile of new fencing in the northwest portion of the ranch. In addition, several new gates have recently been installed to improve internal access. Eight (8) fenced pastures allow for rotational grazing and there are two (2) sets of cattle pens. Internal Roads & Access: There is a good system of roads to get around the property. Recent road work has improved internal access substantially. FM 701 runs along the East side of the ranch allowing access to the entrance gate in all weather conditions. Electricity: Oncor provides electricity to the property. There is electricity available throughout the property, but owner doesn't have any active meters since there are no structural improvements. Rural Water: A water meter was installed at the entrance to the property in July of 2022. Stephens Special Utility District is the water provider and has a 2" rural water line running down FM 701. Oil & Gas Production: There are several well heads, but only a couple pump jacks. Some flowlines impact a couple areas, but overall the production is not an issue with the property being in good live oak country. The roads are in good condition with nice gates. Easements: Sunoco Pipeline crosses the property creating a cleared right-of-way that is beneficial for hunting, grazing and viewing. It is regularly maintained. School District: Breckenridge ISD. Airports: Stephens County Airport is located a few miles south of Breckenridge. It is a quality airport with a 5000' runway to accommodate larger aircrafts. Fuel is available as well. Hospitals: Stephens Memorial Hospital is located in Breckenridge. Legal Description: 2806.33 acres located in TE&L Survey 2059 A-824, TE&L Survey 2058 A-823, J. Hopkins Survey A-74, TE&L Survey 1176 A-505, S.P. RR Co. Section 27 Block 4 A- 203, TE&L 2060 A-825, S.P. RR Co Section 23 Block 4 A-204, TE&L 1348 A-575 & TE&L 1351 A-578. Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. Comments: This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a historic legacy ranch. The Black Brothers Muleshoe Ranch is a true representation of a premier Stephens County cattle and hunting ranch. Property Taxes: 2021 Taxes are $3649.61. Price: $2850 per acre ($7,998,040) Contact: Blake Hortenstine 214-616-1305 mobile Jack Fauntleroy 940-550-4432 mobile
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Blake Hortenstine
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