A Brush Brimming with Life


South Texas ranches are abundant in wildlife, and McAllen Ranch is no exception. Our proximity to the Mexican Border and the Rio Grande River give us an opportunity to host many migratory and exotic birds and animals.  Some species unique this region are found no where else in the world.  Many inhabitants of the ranch include animals such as white-tailed deer, coyotes, javelin, bobcats, turkeys, rattle snakes, cat eye snakes, bob white quail, and hundreds of different native and migratory birds.


Wildlife comes first at the McAllen Ranch, and it is the barometer by which we gauge the overall health and ecology of our land. Many details of our livestock operation include strategies to help the wildlife coexist and flourish.  These include pasture rotation and providing abundant watering areas in remote regions of the property. 


A conservationist and cattleman, Argyle A. McAllen was responsible for protecting the abundant wildlife we enjoy today.  Often times he abstained from hunting if necessary, letting nature take its course to help the land and its inhabitants.  McAllen Ranch was the proud recipient of the 1996 BBU Environmental Award.  The ranch has also repeatedly won many different categories of the well known Valley Land Fund conservation photography contest.



Ranch’s Automatic Waterers Encourage Healthy Wildlife Population

“Designed by a rancher, sold by a rancher and necessary for ranchers.”  Ranch Specialties has designed an automatic wildlife waterer that is practical, durable and economical. The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Institute of Kingsville, Texas has proven that water availability is a key ingredient in maintaining an even population between normal and drought periods.


Place An Order

To place an order or inquire about the price, please call (956) 383-1917 or email vicki@mcallenranch.com. A volume discount is available. If you need any assistance in designing a detailed system for your lease, farm or ranch or if you are interested in more general information please e-mail us.

*Price is subject to change


Wildlife Uses:

  • Quail
  • Dove
  • Turkey
  • Songbirds
  • Deer
  • Javelina


Domestic uses:

  • Quail farms
  • Dog kennels
  • Zoos
  • Possible Water Sources:
  • Any clean source of water will suffice, from a 55 gallon barrel to a sophisticated pipeline system.


Recommended Site Location:

Locations may vary according to what types of animals are given water. Consult your local state game biologist, he or she can add insight as to the proper location and placement of the waterer according to its environment.



  • Solid concrete square 42″x42″
  • 9½ gallon
  • Cap. 7½” deep, with a 3′ diameter bowl
  • Approx. 4″ wide bird bath rim
  • Standard and common bathroom toilet float – easy to maintain.
  • Some have been installed for 20 years with little or no maintenance.


Tools Required:

  • Flat shovel
  • Tamping device
  • 2′ or 3′ long level
  • PVC cleaner
  • PVC glue
  • Tube of clear silicone gel
  • Small adjustable wrench



“This wildlife waterer was installed in our front yard, in the country, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much pleasure this waterer has given me over the years. I have taken thousands of pictures of various wildlife….animals as well as birds who come in to drink and/or for a bath.  I am happy to tell you there has never been a single maintenance problem with this waterer and just wanted you to know about the pleasure it’s given me.”



All of the photos represented in this wildlife gallery were taken at McAllen Ranch. Many of these fantastic images were taken by Dr. Steve Bentsen of Nolana Animal Hospital, McAllen, Texas.