GBL Ranch is located in Edwards County, Texas. The ranch house is about 6 miles off State Highway 377 between Junction and Rocksprings. GBL is about 4 square miles of oaks, mesquite, cedar, cactus, limestone bluffs, and dry creek beds. Access may be limited in wet weather. Fencing is low and allows game access. GBL maintains a network of feeders and provides well water.
Pioneer cattleman MM Bradford moved to Edwards County in 1879 and lived in a cave on the ranch while building his home on Contrary Creek. His son, Wheat, started ranching the land as a teenager. Wheat married Maude and they raised 3 girls. The middle segment of the divided homestead, GBL Ranch, is named after Wheat's youngest daughter, Gail. Gail directed management of the ranch until her passing, just short of 87 years old.
Our management activities are designed to support a diverse wildlife population. We offer hunting of free range native and exotic game and viewing of wildlife in a natural environment. Hunting is our primary game management tool. Hunters at GBL use feeders and blinds; this relatively safe, low-profile, method of hunting is widely used in the Texas Hill Country.
Most of our guests hunt, and a high percentage are repeat customers. In addition to seeing a variety of wildlife, our guests experience a truly dark, night sky; view game in a free range setting; and listen to the quiet that exists away from urban areas.
In 2005 GBL Ranch adopted a goal to sustain a diverse population of native wildlife and to control the population of exotic, non-native, game. To meet these goals, we include meat animals in all our hunting packages, and our "Add-on" fee list provides flat fee options for taking additional game. To help achieve our goals, GBL reviews package specifics and Add-on fees annually.
GBL has both common and rarely seen native and exotic game animals. Song birds are present all year, but migration activity increases the variety of birds. For individuals interested in Hill Country plants, insects and reptiles, there are many species to observe.