Working cattle - branding, cutting, & vacinations
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2015 spring rains - Story Lake spillway runoff
Angus cow calf pair
Story 2H - Eagle Ford Horizontal Well
Story Ranch Established 1931, Nixon Division Established 1999
Story Ranch, LTD. is owed and operated by Joanne and Jim Story and Amy and J.D. Story.
The Story Ranch, established in 1931, originated in Alice Texas in the 1930s and migrated to
Losoya Texas on the Medina River in the 1970's, Devine Texas in the 1980's, and Charlotte
Texas in the 1990's. The Nixon Division was purchased in December of 1999 from the
Blumberg/Weinert family foundation and serves as the Story Ranch Headquarters.
Story Ranch is a working farm & ranch which covers 2,684 acres and has 11 ponds and lakes. The two most notable water features are the Weinert reservoir and Story Lake. The Weinert reservoir covers approximately 45 surface acres and was constructed circa 1935. It sits on top of a hill and was fed by two artesian Carrizo water wells. The Story lake covers approximately 200 surface acres and was constructed in 2002. It has a maximum depth of approximately 30 feet, impounds more than 1,000 acre-feet of water and has a watershed area of more than 5,000 acres. The largest bass caught and measured with a scale is currently 12lbs; however, larger bass have been caught.
Our initial major projects included building over 12.5 miles of high fence, a 6 bedroom rock house which serves as the ranch headquarters, utility infrastructure (roads, water and electric distribution, internet and surveillance network), a high volume Carrizo irrigation well (2,000 feet deep and 12” casing, capable of over 1,500 gpm), and the Story Lake. We are actively pursuing an aggressive brush management program to enhance native grasses and wildlife habitat with the goal to increase the quail population and cow carrying capacity.
There are several artesian water wells which feed flowing creeks. These wells flow from the Queens City Aquifer (depth approximately 800 feet), and the Carrizo Aquifer (depth approximately 1,600 feet). Water from the Carrizo flows from the ground at a temperature of approximately 102 degrees F and is used for both irrigation, filling of lakes, and for recreational swimming.
Domestic livestock: Cows, horses, donkeys, mules
Major wild game: Native whitetail deer, elk, bass, catfish, dove, quail, waterfowl, farel hog
Wildlife observed on ranch: Javelina, coyote, bobcat, fox, mountain lion, raccoon, armadillo, rabbit,
nutria, buzzard, hawk, bald eagle
Fish: Bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, tilapia, red eared sunfish, golden shiners, shad, fat head minnows,
alligator gar, carp, turtles, crawfish, frogs
Birds & waterfowl: Dove, quail, turkeys, ducks, pelicans, cranes, cormorants, owls, hawks,
bald eagles, buzzards, woodpeckers
Snakes: Rattlesnakes, diamond back water snakes (non-poisonous), rat snake, king snake, coachwhip snake,
rat snake, puff adder, blue indigo, water moccasin
Poisonous things to watch out for: Rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, scorpions, water moccasins.
Jim & J.D. Story
Hunting over Christmas Break 2015
Story 2H - Drilling Eagle Ford Horizontal Well
The Rockin' S Ranch is a family-owned and operated, fully functional cattle ranch in South Texas. We run an angus cow calf cattle operation.
Our goal is to maximize productivity and create a proper balance between wildlife and domestic livestock by practicing sound management practices. We are proud to be a Post Oak Quail Working Group partner.
We are also active in developing our natural resources which include surface and underground water as well as oil and gas assets.
First droptine harvested by J.D. Story
Story 3H - Producing Eagle Ford Horizontal Well
Post Quail Working Group
Story Ranch, neighboring ranches and TPWD wildlife biologists along with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Project, and National Turkey Federation have developed a strategic plan comprising more than 23,000 acres that will help achieve the goal of increased and stable quail populations through cooperative management.
Cattle, Wildlife, Natural Resources
Two of the horses in the front field.
Preparing for cattle roundup
The Story kids canoeing on Story Lake