Who We Are
Clear Fork Ranches consist of two historic ranches, the Bomar-Nail ranch and the Hendrick ranch, purchased in 2009 and 2014, respectively. A brief history of the two ranches can be read below. Together, they encompass approximately 55,000 acres nestled along the Clear Fork of the Brazos River.
We are privately owned and operated, and our vision is to be conservation minded in our applied management practices, and leave a legacy of excellence in land stewardship and natural resources for future generations to experience. Our goals are simple: 1.) excellence in wildlife and natural resource management, 2.) provide our guests with a memorable experience they can share for a lifetime, and, 3.) conduct our business with professionalism. The land we manage resides in the Rolling Plains Region of Texas, triangulated between the cities of Albany, Stamford, and Throckmorton. We strive to apply cutting edge wildlife management practices, conservative grazing management, and sound habitat techniques to produce healthy livestock and the highest quality native wildlife possible. Our accommodations are clean, comfortable, and provide a rustic setting for relaxation, soaking up nature, and some great campfire stories after a great hunt. Our staff is friendly, professional, detail oriented, and will do their best to make sure your stay at the ranch is worthwhile.
The Hendrick Ranch dates back to the early 1900’s when Thomas G. Hendrick and his wife, Ida (Nations) Hendrick, began purchasing land in West Texas after hitting a big oil well (that would make its own history) in the Permian Basin. In 1932, Mr. and Mrs. Hendrick decided to leave Hendrick Ranch and move to Abilene, where they began investing their fortune into the West Texas Baptist Sanitarium (named Hendrick Memorial Hospital in 1936), Hardin-Simmons University, and many others. Their crowning achievement was in 1939 when they established the Hendrick Home for Children on 52 acres south of Abilene. Soon, they would begin housing children at the Hendrick Ranch headquarters known as the “Hendrick Boys Home”. For several decades, the Boys’ Home helped with projects on the ranch, as well as changed the lives of children who, for various reasons, could not continue living with their biological parents. Upon Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks passing, the ranch was placed into a trust and managed by a bank in Dallas. Profits from hunting, grazing, and oil continued to support the Boys’ Home. For over 25 years, Krooked River Outfitters leased the hunting and grazing rights. They were awarded the prestigious Lone Star Land Steward Award in 1999. In February 2014, the Hendrick Ranch was purchased by a gentlemen from Dallas, TX. Encompassing approximately 55,000 acres, which includes part of the historic Nail ranch, known as the Bomar Nail, it is now operated as a working cattle and wildlife/recreational ranch.
Bomar Nail Ranch
The Bomar division of the ranch was part of the original Nail ranch that was put together by James H. Nail in the late 1800’s. This section was known as the Chloe Nail (James sister) for many years. James H. Nail II ran the ranch until his death in the 1980’s. The James H. Nail II part of the Nail ranch was placed into a trust and was operated by a Fort Worth bank for 21 years. During this time period, the land owned by the estate of Chloe Nail was leased by the bank and operated in conjunction with the James H. Nail estate. Chloe Nail had a son, Bill Bomar, who inherited her part of the ranch. After Mr. Bomar’s passing, the ranch went to a charity in Dallas, and then was leased to the James H. Nail estate for a few years. Soon the Bomar portion was put up for sale, and purchased by a Dallas businessman who made significant improvements including a new water line and some sizeable lakes. He also adopted an extremely conservative approach to deer harvest and grazing management, in order to allow the wildlife and rangeland to fully recover. A few years into his ownership, he decided to sell a portion of the Bomar Nail Ranch to the current owner, and retain 5,000 acres for himself, that borders the eastern boundary of the Bomar Nail. Clear Fork Ranch has owned the Bomar Nail Division since 2009. A conservative stocking rate, trophy deer management goals, and the implementation of 30 permanent water sources for cattle and wildlife are among the yellow improvements since purchase.