The Scissortail Ranch


Located just minutes from Schulenburg in historic Fayette County, Texas, Scissortail Ranch is a stunning showcase of all the fine qualities desired in a dream gentleman’s ranch.  Highlighted with numerous luxurious improvements and a wide array of recreational and entertainment features, The Scissortail’s care and attention to every beautiful detail is awe-inspiring. Years of strategic land management efforts create an idyllic park-like setting throughout the entire property.  It’s beautiful rolling hills, managed fishing lakes, picturesque creek bottoms, expansive improved pastures, and manicured hardwoods, gardens and fence lines create serene and spectacular vistas in every direction.  The pampered property’s hilltop crown is its grand elegant main lodge, which combines rustic warmth with sophisticated Texas charm for exceptional group entertaining or family gatherings.  Its welcoming front veranda invites a sunrise view of one of the ranch’s large lakes.  An adjacent custom skeet shooting complex, a waterfall pool and spa with outdoor grill and cantina, abundant additional guest lodging, custom working pens and numerous other amenities are noteworthy finishing touches.   As a state-of-the-art working cattle ranch and/or as a family’s leisure and legacy retreat, The Scissortail, with its conveniently accessible locale, complemented by its perfect pastoral setting and its uniquely spectacular qualities, make this property the ownership opportunity of a lifetime.  Call us today to schedule your very own private showing.


The Scissortail Ranch is located in one of the most appealing and easily accessible locations in Texas, located less than 10 miles NW of the quaint town of Schulenburg. The front gate is approximately 30 miles to Round Top, 70 miles to Austin, and 100 miles from San Antonio and Houston. Entrance gates found on both the West and East side of the ranch, only a couple miles from Interstate 10, provide convenient access via county roads no matter which direction you are traveling from.


Scissortail Ranch offers a beautifully manicured and diverse landscape with a great mixture of scenic rolling hills, improved pastures, blocks of hardwoods and picturesque creek bottoms.  The ranch has been meticulously maintained and the attention to detail is exceedingly impressive.  The entire ranch possesses a park-like setting, with rolling topography and acres and acres of hardwood trees perfectly trimmed to 10-15 foot branch height to maximize vast pastoral views.  There are extensive perimeter and cross fences, beautiful hand-hewn accent fencing, numerous concrete watering troughs, working pens, water wells and stabilized base roadways.  The diversity of cover and pasture with an abundance of surface water is ideal for wildlife management.  The ranch is a true recreational paradise for wildlife watching or hunting deer, turkeys and dove. Spring brings spectacular wildflower meadows to the ranch and a variety of beautiful native Texas birds, including nesting Scissortail Flycatchers.  Gorgeous improved pastures and custom, state-of-the-art working pens maximize the potential for a premiere cattle operation and will certainly appeal to the cattle enthusiast.  The two large stocked lakes, with first-class fishing piers, as well as excellent creek frontage round out the recreational appeal.


Surface water is abundant on the ranch.  There are multiple ponds and lakes, highlighted by two main fishing lakes, each approximately 5-6 acres in size.  Both lakes have been stocked with bass and feature large fishing piers with railings for any age to enjoy safely, as well as automatic fish food feeders to attract the fun. A smaller lake is a great catfish pond. Multiple water wells exist on the ranch, providing water to the various lodging facilities, in addition to supplemental wells that keep the lakes full and feed the concrete cattle troughs.  Rocky Creek runs along the southern boundary of The Scissortail and Hackberry Branch runs through the middle of the ranch for excellent recreational and scenic creek footage.


The Scissortail features wide-ranging recreational improvements, working ranch improvements and multiple separate lodging structures.  These include a prominent main lodge, custom skeet shooting facility, original farmhouse, ranch manager’s house, an 80 X 40 shop/barn, working pens and numerous other fine detail improvements which round out the offering. 

The ranch boasts a distinguished 2-story, 4-bedroom, 4- bathroom Austin stone main lodge, built on a scenic hill overlooking a large lake, with luxurious accommodations and expansive spaces for entertaining.  The layout features a large master suite, 3 additional guest rooms – 2 of which include en suite baths – an executive office, private balconies and abundant covered porches, including an expansive fully screened back patio/porch.  The interior of the lodge is highlighted with stained concrete floors, vaulted 2-story ceilings, exposed stone walls with an exceptionally grand fireplace, gourmet island kitchen with granite countertops, ice maker and upscale appliances, which include 2 dishwashers, all enhanced by refined rustic décor and furnishings. The first floor also features a full wet bar with sink, ice maker and roomy refrigerated drawers. The area immediately surrounding the lodge is exceptionally beautiful, with lush lawns and landscaping, a waterfall pool and spa, covered outdoor kitchen and spacious cantina bar and dining area,  a lovely, plotted varietal rose garden, a shady meditation garden serenaded by a splashing water feature, a charming, perfectly scaled playhouse delightful for any mini-chef, a rustic just-for-fun log cabin for “camping out”, a stone fire ring and a 5-car garage with exceptional storage cabinetry, topped with a charming upstairs casita apartment.

Built in 2016, the Scissortail Ranch custom shotgun sports complex is ranch entertainment as good as it gets.  The shooting center features a luxurious, inviting, kick-back club/bar/lounge atmosphere, with an enhanced media and sound system for the best in music listening or TV sports viewing.  The manicured shotgun range features skeet, 5-stand and trap, as well as a rifle sighting range.  It uniquely boasts 8 commercial-grade range lights for dramatic shooting well into the cooler Texas summer nights.  The facility features custom finishes with granite countertops, sprawling wet bar – which includes dishwasher, ice maker and refrigerated drawers - stained concrete floors, vaulted ceilings and automatic sliding doors for easy and safe gun carry entry and exit.  Additionally, the facility offers a large gun cleaning room, complete with handsome, built-in lockers and multiple shop tables rigged with tools and individual compressed air lines for complete gun cleaning.  The cleaning room also houses two very large gun safes, which provide exceptional security and storage for rifles, shotguns and pistols.  As a wonderful bonus, this state-of-the-art shooting complex is completely handicap/wheelchair accessible, including the bathroom facility, and is fronted with a spacious parking area, all of which makes it perfect for hosting any type of events.

Additional improvements include:

*Covered vehicle wash bay and carport adjacent to garage.

*Casita guest apartment, with private exterior access stairway and balcony.

*Original 2-story vintage farmhouse (circa 1950) in good condition with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, featuring a dormitory-like upstairs to accommodate 8-10 guests.  The house is approximately 1,900 sq ft of living area, with a large screened front porch.

*Ranch manager’s home, with storage on first floor and 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on the second story.

*80 X 40 metal building barn/shop, which includes a compartmentalized climate-controlled office or storage area and half-bath.

*Custom, state-of-the-art working and sorting cattle corral and pens, which include a turret and the premier hydraulic cattle chute, all enhanced with the handsome, custom Scissortail logo.

*Beautifully landscaped stone main entry with custom SCISSORTAIL RANCH logo automatic gate with keypad, as well as automatic back gate with keypad entry.

*Attention to detail with custom-built, rustic artwork located throughout the ranch.  There are custom granite directional boulders, street lamps on main entry drive and exceptional hand-hewn cedar accent fencing.

*Enhanced roads and infrastructure, multiple cattle guards, manicured fence lines, brush clearing and tree trimming.

*Managed lakes and ponds for fishing, enhanced by spacious piers and mounted automatic fish food feeders. Lakes are stocked with feeder bass and Florida bass; large 13.5 lb bass caught this year.

*Multiple cattle “tanks”, both earthen and concrete, throughout all pastures.

*Six automatic deer corn feeders throughout property.

*Spacious fenced kennel complex, featuring large climate-controlled dog house and its own plumbed water source.

*Miniature log cabin playhouse with electricity and overnight availability; fronted by multiple productive raised railroad tie vegetable/herb garden beds.

*Charming, landscaped, lighted life-sized playhouse/dollhouse, fashioned to scale from the original yellow farmhouse on property.

*Unoccupied vintage farmhouse with plumbing and electricity, well suited for storage.

*Bunkhouse mobile home with concrete pad, adjacent to barn/shop with electricity and plumbing.


Rural Route, Lot #WP001
Schulenburg, Texas 78956