PENDING! 1,715 +/- Acres in Ellis County, KS

230th Ave
Hays, Kansas
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Nestled on the banks of the Saline River in northern Ellis County, KS is one of the most incredible hunting ranches you'll find anywhere in Northwest Kansas - the Crooked River Ranch. This ranch is undoubtedly one of the most premier river hunting ranches to ever hit the market in this part of the state and is turnkey, ready to hunt for the new owner.

Situated just 1½ miles west of Highway 183, only 10 miles north of Hays, KS, the Crooked River Ranch is truly a one-of-a-kind ranch offering a unique blend of unrivaled hunting habitat in one of the most highly sought-after trophy whitetail deer areas in the entire state. Boasting nearly 2 miles of picturesque Saline River meandering through the ranch, this property features some of the most expansive and diverse timber cover in the entire region. The wide timber along the river sets this ranch apart, providing a sanctuary for wildlife unlike any other in the area. The consistent flow of the river provides a dependable year-round water source for all species of wildlife. The Saline River is renowned as one of the most sought-after river basins in the state, consistently producing trophy whitetail deer, including multiple 200" whitetail bucks in recent years in this direct area. The deep cedar canyons branching off from the riverbed offer ideal bedding habitat for Western Kansas whitetails, enhancing the deer populations on the property.

In addition to the river, Sand Creek feeds into the Saline from the north, providing an additional ¼ mile of timber cover and travel corridor. The area of the ranch where Sand Creek and the Saline River converge is over 300 yards wide with timber.

Crooked River Ranch is turnkey and ready to hunt with multiple food plots, 6 Banks Outdoor tower blinds, 8 large feeders, and two massive overhead grain storage bins - all included in the sale. These blinds and feeders have been setup and placed in the most ideal areas of the ranch for easy ingress and egress for morning and evening hunts. The two large overhead bins are located near the main entrance gate, offering convenient storage for corn and protein pellets - creating easy access for filling your wildlife feeders year round.

Access to the ranch is secured by imposing locked metal gates at the two main entrances, ensuring privacy and exclusivity for the buyer.

In addition to the abundant deer population, the ranch is flush with turkeys and waterfowl, with mallards frequenting the river during the winter months when other bodies of water in the area freeze up. The presence of a brand-new irrigation pivot on the west side of the ranch facilitates top-notch crop production and guarantees the growth of food plots, with alfalfa, corn, and milo being the primary crops grown. The main irrigated field is hidden and secluded on the west side of the ranch and is nowhere near any public road frontage. It is not uncommon to witness over 100 deer browsing around the irrigated crop fields in the evenings, drawn to the rich food sources provided by the fields.

With over 420 total cropland acres spread across several fields, the ranch offers ample opportunities for several hunting setups over excellent food sources of your choice. The rugged terrain features large rocky bluffs at the back of the property, providing elevation for rifle hunting and breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The view from the main peak on the ranch overlooking the river bottom is simply unmatched. Absolutely a view you need to experience!

The ranch includes mineral rights and oil production, as well, with 2 producing wells on-site and 100% of the seller's mineral rights transferring to the buyer. This ranch presents a rare opportunity to own a prime hunting ranch with some investment return to boot.

For those seeking an incredible secluded ranch that has good access to amenities and services, the nearby city of Hays, KS, is only 10 miles to the south. With a population of nearly 21,000, Hays offers a range of dining, lodging, and retail options, along with outdoor, gun, and feed stores.

The Crooked River Ranch presents an opportunity unlike any other for the avid trophy deer hunter. Saline River ranches like this one do not come available very often.

  • Situated on the Saline River only 1 ½ miles West of Highway 183

  • Located 10 miles North of Hays, KS and Interstate 70

  • Nearly 2-miles of pure Saline River running through the ranch. Some of the best timber cover in the entire area. The timber throughout the river is very wide, unlike majority of river farms you will see

  • ¼ mile of Sand Creek feeds into the river from the North. 300 yards wide with timber cover where the creek and river converge

  • The Saline River is one of the most sought-after river basins in all of the state. This particular area has produced Boone and Crockett whitetail deer year after year, including multiple 200+” whitetails

  • Huge deep cedar canyons running off the river bed creating ideal bedding habitat for western Kansas whitetails

  • Massive “Crooked River Ranch” locked metal gates are located at the 2 main entrances

  • It’s not uncommon to see over 100 deer on the irrigation pivots in the evenings. Whitetails flock from miles away to get to the food under these pivots

  • Loaded with turkeys and waterfowl. The river holds mallards every winter while the large bodies of water in the area freeze up

  • 2 irrigation pivots exist on the ranch. One pivot is brand new and located on the West side. This pivot is primarily used for irrigating large combination crop fields and deer plots. Alfalfa and corn/milo are the primary crops. The 2nd pivot is in need of repairs but has a good water right and is located on the far East side of the ranch

  • Over 420 total cropland acres. Several fields located throughout the ranch

  • Several large rocky bluffs exist in the back of the ranch providing elevation while rifle hunting. Some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever experience are from these cliffs

  • 6 Banks tower blinds setup on the ranch and included in the sale

  • 8 large feeders currently running and included in the sale

  • 2 large overhead bins included. These bins have been used for storing corn and protein pellets. Convenient for filling feeders

  • Hundreds of fenced pasture acres can be grazed if desired. Thick grass and new fence will accommodate a large cow herd

  • Mineral rights and oil production are included. 2 producing wells on the property. 100% of the seller’s mineral rights will transfer. Contact agents for more info

  • Nearby Hays, KS has a population of nearly 21,000 and features several excellent options for dining and lodging. Several retail options and a few outdoor, gun, and feed stores as well

Contact Land Specialists Adam Hann (785-259-2469) or Mitch Keeley (785-259-0492) for more details.

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