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Two Successful Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunts on the Red River Breaks

November 26, 2013

Deer season is in full swing on the Red River Breaks.  Bucks are running and we’ve seen some pretty great ones on the game cams.  We hosted two successful Texas Parks & Wildlife hunts this month and the sportsmen took home some pretty nice bucks scoring in the 130 range.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Bucks

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Another successful TPWD hunt

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Even our youngsters are enjoying the Red River Breaks

 

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Here’s a recent game cam picture

We also have some great Christmas parties coming up at the Lodge.  Stay tuned for pictures from these events.  Contact us if you’d like to come out and enjoy a guided hunt or set up a private event at the Lodge!

 

Deer Season in Full Swing on the Red River Breaks

November 6, 2013

Just over a month into the deer season and The Breaks is buzzing with activity.  We’ve put a dent in the doe harvest with the help of some youth hunters and have been seeing some great bucks on the game cams!

Game Camera Shot from this weekend

Game Camera Shot from this weekend

Young hunters are helping us with our harvest

Young hunters are helping us with our harvest

We will be hosting the first of two Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunts at the end of this week and hopefully, with all the great deer movement we’ve been seeing, we will harvest the first buck of the season.  Hogs are active too and we have been working on controlling the population this fall without disrupting the deer hunting areas.   Contact us to set up a doe, trophy buck, or hog hunt!

We always need to harvest hogs!

We always need to harvest hogs!

 

Hogs Are Moving on the Red River

September 7, 2013

As we prepare for deer season, Wild Hogs have been moving in on the Red River Breaks.  We’ve taken two large hogs down in the past two weeks and there are plenty left for anyone interested in hog hunts!  Just contact us and we can get you set up for a great hunt.

Hunt Club Member, Jeff Smith, and his hog taken at Stick's Blind.

Hunt Club Member, Jeff Smith, and his hog taken at Stick’s Blind.

Two of our three spotlight counts are complete and we have spotted a couple of really nice bucks out on the Red River Breaks!  Despite the drought, our herd appears to be robust as ever and we are so excited to host a number of doe hunts this fall.  We also have buck hunts available.  Contact us for more information.

Stay tuned for our final spotlight count results and tag counts coming in a couple of weeks!  Opening day on the Red River Breaks is September 28th this year and we are looking forward to a great season!

Warming Up for Fall at Red River Breaks

August 14, 2013

The summer lull is over here at the Red River Breaks and we have been busy with preparations for our busiest fall yet!  With half of August practically under our belt, we are looking forward to a full calendar of events and activities.

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The Hunt Club roster is full, with some new members joining us for the 2013-2014 season.  Last Saturday, we held our annual Hunt Club Meeting giving new and old members a chance to get to know one another.  We also spent time reviewing the mission statement of the Ranch and the regulations for hunting and recreating on the property.  Our new, automated check in system was introduced and we can’t wait to launch it for deer season!  Hunt Club members will now be able to reserve blinds from their personal computers and handheld devices and we will be able to easily and efficiently download harvest data and wildlife data directly to our database to share with Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Hunting season opens here at Red River Breaks on September 28, 2013 and we are excited about this year’s deer herd.  Spot light counts begin August 15, 2013 with the first count in a series of three.  Stay tuned for a blog post on this process and how the data translates into our harvest goals/deer tags for the season.

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We also held a BLCC Shareholders Open House last Sunday, offering an opportunity for Shareholders of the Ranch to view plans for cosmetic updates to the Lodge and Facilities.  The majority of Shareholders and some of their children were able to attend and the Open House was a great success!

September 7, 2013 marks the beginning of a full slate of events at the Lodge.  September is full to the brim with corporate retreats during the weekdays, overnight stays, and weddings on the weekends.  With weddings booked in October and November as well, this fall is shaping up to be a record-breaking one for the Red River Breaks Lodge!  Take a look at our calendar on the website to see the details of each weekend.

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Agriculture Operations are in full swing, with the winter wheat going in and preparing for our Winter Stocker Program.  The weather has cooperated over the summer and we have had more rain than we could hope for, keeping stock tanks up and fields greener than we’ve seen in August.  Let’s hope it continues into the winter.  We have posted a job listing for an intern to assist with our operations as they continue to grow and have had a handful of responses in only a week!  We look forward to shaping a newcomer to our industry and will introduce him or her as soon as they sign on.

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Well, that’s all for now!  Don’t forget!  We can easily set up any sort of activity or event for you and your family.  Please contact us and join in the activity here on the Ranch – there’s something for everyone here at the Red River Breaks!

Winter Wildlife on the Red River Breaks

January 22, 2013

Winter has settled in on the Ranch and our game cams are picking up some spectacular pictures!  Here are just a couple of the photos that came off the most recent memory card.  Enjoy and contact us soon to set up an opportunity to come see them in person!

A nice, young buck.  Can't wait to see what this guy looks like next year!

A nice, young buck. Can’t wait to see what this guy looks like next year!

These coyotes are so healthy, you could mistake them for wolves!

These coyotes are so healthy, you could mistake them for wolves!

Two does establishing hierarchy.

Two does establishing hierarchy.

Wild hogs are on their way through again.

Wild hogs are on their way through again.

December 22, 2012

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The Red River Breaks Lodge Is Ready For Christmas!

December 12, 2012

We’ve sure been busy with winter festivities here at the Red River Breaks.  The halls are decked and the tree is up!  Garlands are hung and the fireplace is ready for a roaring fire.  With a party every Saturday and some Fridays until Christmas, we’ve had our hands full. 

The Lodge: Christmas 2012!

The Lodge: Christmas 2012!

Our most recent group was Muenster State Bank.  MSB hosted its second Christmas party with us this year, serving a custom-designed menu of salmon, pork loin, and beef wellington.  Sides included bacon-wrapped asparagus and potatoes au gratin. 

Muenster State Bank Staff 2012

Muenster State Bank Staff 2012

Other parties have included a wedding rehearsal dinner and corporate groups using our rustic, family-friendly venue to reward their employees with a wonderful, year end party.  Busniness retreat season is coming up.  Be sure to contact us if you would like to reserve the Lodge for your corporate retreat or meeting.

Another Deer Camp on the Books!

November 28, 2012

Each year, on opening weekend of deer season, the BLCC hosts its Annual Deer Camp.  This is an opportunity for BLCC Hunt Club Members, Red River Breaks Club Members, and neighbors and friends of the BLCC to get together and celebrate their favorite time of year. 

This year, we hosted 25 guests on November 2-3 at the Lindsey Branch Cottage.  Along with members from our Hunt Club, we welcomed Darla Barr, the Cooke County Game Warden and two of her associates, Billy Squires, a neighbor east of the BLCC, and the Ken Harrison. 

The Lindsey Branch Cottage was a perfect place for Deer Camp, with plenty of sitting and sleeping space for our guests.

Each evening, different game was prepared for meals including venison, Alaskan King Salmon, dove kabobs, and pheasant.  After dinner on Friday, everyone turned in early in preparation for Opening Day on Saturday morning.  Saturday night was filled with stories of the day, card tournaments, and good conversation.  A highlight this year, was a big buck brought harvested by our neighbor Billy Squires.  He took the buck on the Cole property which sits right next to us on the East border of the Ranch.  Pretty impressive shot!

 

All in all, Deer Camp 2012 was a great success.  Good time with family, friends, and Club M embers of the BLCC.  We look forward to next year’s stories, food, and fellowship.  Good luck to everyone this hunting season and we’ll see you soon!

Events, Hunting, and Agriculture Picking Up Steam on the Red River Breaks

November 17, 2012

Things are moving fast here at the Red River Breaks.  The Lodge is booked every weekend from now until 2013 for parties and hunts.  Every time I step into Headquarters, the Check-In Board is full of hunters settled into blinds, enjoying the fine Fall weather and hoping to catch sight of their next “Big One”.  The winter wheat is growing thick as we prepare to launch the winter stocker operation and settle a new herd of calves onto the property. 

The last of the leaves are falling. Early Winter on Storybook Mountain.

The Lodge is humming with preparations for tonight’s event.  We are hosting a birthday party and, in a few hours, 60 guests filling the Lodge to celebrate.  Looking ahead, the Event Calendar is filling up!  Next week, we have another wedding.  We’ll ring in December with our first of two Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Big Time Texas Hunts.  Then we begin the Holiday Party Season, with a Christmas Party every Saturday until Christmas.  We are busy, busy, busy and it feels great!  There are still dates open for Holiday Events at the Lodge and an overnight or weekend trip would make an amazing Christmas Gift!  Contact us to set up your next party or weekend away.  We’d love to have you!

Holiday parties are unforgettable at the Lodge

The BLCC Hunt Club is hard at work harvesting deer for us.  Our current count is 12 does harvested and 3 bucks harvested.  Mike Hacker brought in a nice 11 point buck earlier this week, taken on Endres Ranch (part of the BLCC not adjoining the main part of the Ranch).  The buck’s preliminary Boone & Crockett Club gross score was 132 5/8.  With the winter wheat coming up, Wild Hogs have been moving through.  Check out the Game Camera shots taken on the East End last week.  Contact us soon to set up a White Tailed Deer or Wild Hog Hunt today!

Mike Hacker with his buck harvested earlier this week

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You’d think Winter would be a slow time for agriculture, when in fact it is actually a very busy time on the BLCC.  Our wheat fields are lush and green and almost ready for winter stocker calves to come on out and enjoy it.  I fully expect to see a couple large semi trucks coming down the County Road within the next few weeks.  These calves will be with us through the winter.  We are also planning and preparing for our Spring controlled burn program.  Each year, we strategically choose 300-500 acres of land to burn in order to manage the habitat for the wildlife.  Right now, we are looking at areas that may need burning and creating fire breaks in these ares so that we can control the fire easily.  Jumping even farther ahead, we are beginning to plan for springtime weed control and fertilization so that our hay crops will be successful.  If you, your family, or a school or university group is interested in coming out to the Ranch to get a good look at how we combine wildlife management with traditional agriculture and cattle operations, contact us.  We’d love to set up a day tour and lunch for your group.

The winter wheat offers a beatiful contrast to the leafless trees.

The BLCC is a great place for educational days or tours

Red River Breaks Becoming a Wedding Destination

November 9, 2012

The BLCC has been developing a few new branches of operation over the past two years and Events are quickly becoming a popular activity here on the Ranch.  We started small in 2010 with facility rentals and progressed steadily toward parties catered by outside vendors.  In the Fall and Winter of 2011, we expanded to internally-catered events, hosting Muenster State Bank’s Chistmas Party and serving a custom-designed menu for the guests.  With each event, we learned new ways of improving the experience for our guests and, early in 2012, we started to book wedding receptions.

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 Since the beginning of this year, the Red River Breaks has been the destination of five wedding ceremonies and seven wedding receptions, with one more on the books for November.  Couples and their families come in search of a unique, rustic, natural setting that balances class with home and the Ranch fits that bill exactly.

Removing the couches and chairs from the Great Room in the Lodge allows us to seat up to 75 guests indoors.

Wedding ceremonies have taken place in various settings on the Ranch, including the back porch, at the base of the front steps of the Lodge, at the Pond below the Lodge, and under one of our large oak trees here on the Ranch.  Each ceremony has been beautifully executed and unforgettable.

With Storybook Mountain and the valley below as the backdrop for the ceremony, the guests at this wedding sure had a visual treat!

 

The bride at this wedding was escorted down the Lodge’s front steps in grand fashion to her groom under the oak trees.

Receptions have ranged in size from 30 guests to 250 guests.  The versatility of the Lodge and the Ranch itself is remarkable and word of mouth travels fast.  The carport shifts beautifully into a dancefloor, where both live bands and DJs have played music long into the night.  The Lodge’s wrap-around porch and surrounding grounds offer a perfect balance between indoor and outdoor seating, eliminating concern for weather.   We hope to continue to expand our Wedding and Event operations in 2013 and if you or someone you know is interested in celebrating a wedding here on the Ranch, contact usto start planning today!

We have countless seating arrangements for guests, including this U-shaped, family style set-up.

 

With large groups, a buffet-style dinner service has been the most popular option. Although, we do offer served meals for smaller groups.

We offer a range of activities to the couple, their families, and their wedding parties during the weekend of their wedding.  Just this morning, a group of groomsmen went out on a doe hunt.  This afternoon, the entire wedding party is going out for skeet shooting.  We’ve also hosted a rehearsal dinner on the Red River Sandbar, complete with a bonfire, for a couple in September.

The carport transforms easily into a wonderful dance floor. Photo courtesy of Country Girl Pix.

 Don’t forget, the Red River Breaks is perfect for any sort of party or event, not just weddings.  December is filling up fast with corporate holiday parties.  Contact us soon to reserve your date!