The Shirley Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch. It was established in 1963 with the purchase of 300 acres. The ranch has grown to 2600 acres of pristine hill country, a sportsman’s paradise. We are located in historic Johnson City, Texas. Hometown of Lyndon B. Johnson – 36th U.S. President, conveniently located within an hour’s drive from Austin and San Antonio.

From 1977 – 1989 it was common to see Thoroughbred horses in the stables at the ranch. The first race horse owned was “Si Cima” who was born in 1975 and first raced in 1977 where she went on to win several races until she retired and became one of our brood mares. We had a total of 120 Thoroughbred horses go through out our stables over the 12 years.

Shirley Ranch began its current cattle operation in 1983 and over the years has strived to produce a very uniform herd of Certified Black Angus Cattle. As a member of the American Angus Association, many of the cows have received the Pathfinder Award and have been recognized as a Top Breeder.

Shirley Ranch History

Shirley Benson – Founding Member

History of Shirley Ranch

Since 2001, the Shirley Ranch has been transformed into one of the top hunting ranches in Texas. Careful attention has been taken to bring in the best whitetail deer and exotic deer genetics from around our state. We are committed to providing the finest guided hunting experiences for trophy whitetail deer and a wide variety exotic game. From one of our 25 comfortable deer blinds, each of our guests have the opportunity to witness monster whitetail bucks and other exotic species such as Black Buck Antelope, Axis, and Fallow. Additionally, we have a large herd of challenging trophy rams including Aoudad and Mouflon. Our commitment to quality habitat enhancement as well as an extensive supplemental feeding program allows the ranch’s herd of trophy game to reach their full potential.

Shirley Ranch is dedicated to providing you with the finest in year-round hunting opportunities that have made Shirley Ranch one of the premier names in Texas hunting. Our comfortable lodge has sleeping accommodations for 15, featuring 2 master suites, and a spacious trophy room, virtually any group, including corporate retreats, family hunts, or old hunting buddies, can come to Shirley Ranch to build those lasting memories that can only be forged through the pursuit of trophy game.