Kelly and Annette Ballew

Kelly and Annette Ballew take care of the Triple "R" Ranch & Winery facilities and oversee ranch operations, lodging, meetings, hunting, fishing and guest service activities. Born in Rockdale Texas, in 1963, Kelly Ballew was raised on a small ranch similar in size to the Triple "R" Ranch & Winery where his family raised cattle and pigs. Growing up on a small lake, Kelly developed a love for hunting and fishing and became very well versed as a young boy with all the operations of a ranch.

He graduated from Rockdale High School and attended college at TSTI receiving his degree in Electrical Power Technology. Aside from managing the family ranch, Kelly also has worked as Project Manager for the City of Austin for several years, overseeing major electrical projects.

Annette is also a native born Texan from Rockdale, Texas. Much like Kelly, Annette has always enjoyed the outdoors with a special affection for horses. She graduated from High School and then finished her education at University of Phoenix. She is a wonderful cook and has worked in the food sales and distribution industry for several years. Kelly and Annette were married in 2008 and shortly thereafter moved to the family ranch, "The Angle Bar L Ranch", which they have managed since that time.

With their combined love of the outdoors and their special appreciation for the quiet pleasures of ranch life, Kelly and Annette make an incredible team. Kelly's talent for hunting and fishing and Annette's experience and love of horses and cooking make them uniquely suited to provide expertise, professionalism and customer service which will assure you an experience at the Triple "R" Ranch you won't soon forget.


Located 100 miles north of Dallas where the Red River separates Texas from Oklahoma, this small ranch now known as the Triple "R" Ranch & Winery, had its beginnings as a small cattle ranch in early 1986. It was later purchased by Ron and Deanna Ross in 1996. At that time, Ron and Deanna changed the primary function of the ranch from a cattle ranch to an exotic game ranch. Over the course of the next two years, there were 2.5 miles of 8-foot fence installed, three additional ponds, hunting stands and feeders, shooting ranges, trails and several other sporting activities added.

Today this 100-acre ranch is home to a small herd of Texas Longhorns, several horses, llamas, donkeys, ducks and geese, and over 100 deer including Axis, Fallow, Red, Native Texas Whitetail, and Blackbuck Antelope. For the fisherman, the ranch includes a 5-acre stocked bass pond as well as a smaller stocked catfish pond. Additionally, if you are a marksman, you'll want to check out the skeet shooting facilities or the pistol and archery range. If these aren't for you, perhaps you'll enjoy horseback riding, basketball, horseshoes, the putting green, or hiking the trails designed specifically for enjoying the beauty of the ranch.

As a hobby, in 1999, Ron and Deanna added a small winery, and in the beginning produced wine for only family and friends. Today, under the name "The Ranch Wines" the Triple "R" Ranch & Winery produces primarily Reserve wines which are aged anywhere from 18 to 36 months in French oak barrels before bottling. The Ranch offers several varietals ranging from the ever popular "Big Red" Cabernet Sauvignon to a Gold Medal winning Gewurztraminer. The winery is now producing approximately 2000 cases a year and the Ross's have added a small Wine Tasting Room in Historic Downtown McKinney where they sell the Ranch Wines exclusively (www.lonestarwinecellars.com) . As a guest at the ranch, however, you'll have the opportunity to taste wines straight from the barrels.

LOCATION & DIRECTIONS (click here for map)

The Triple "R" Ranch is located 100 miles north of Dallas, Texas, near the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma.

FROM DALLAS, go north on I-75 to Sherman, TX. Take Highway 82 at Sherman west to Highway 377 (Whitesboro).

FROM DFW AIRPORT, go north on Rt. 121 to I-35E to Gainesville TX. Take Highway 82 at Gainesville east to Highway 377 (Whitesboro).

Go north on Rt. 377 exactly 9.9 miles to 901N on the left. You will have already passed 901S (to Gordonville). Tum left onto 90lN and proceed 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Dexter Road marked by a street sign. The road curves around. Stay on the paved road and drive 3 miles to a small ghost town called Dexter. Drive straight through Dexter past the small white Church on the left. The road will become unpaved and curve around. Just less than 1 mile past the church, you will tum left onto County Rd 125. One mile down County Road 125, you will see the gate to the Triple 'R' Ranch on the left. Enter and go past the caretaker's house on the 1eft, past the bam and winery on the left to the main cabin on the pond.

Activities

Hunting, Skeet Shooting, Archery, Pistol and Rifle Range, Fishing, Recreational vehicles, Hiking (3 miles of trails), Wildlife photography, Horseback riding, Basketball, Trampoline, Putting Green, Horseshoes, Giant outdoor fire pit for campfires, Wine / Barrel Tasting

Lodging, Meeting & Hunting Fee Schedule

$350 per person per day - There is a 6 person, 2-day minimum (16 person maximum). All lodging, food (you determine the menu), beverages, meeting equipment and recreational activities and vehicles are provided).

$1,000 security deposit is required and will be refunded (net any damages) within three days of the completion of your stay.

HUNTING FEES Bucks Does
Axis Deer $1800-4500   $650
Black Buck Antelope $1500-3500   $400
Fallow Deer $1200-3000   $500
Red Deer $2500-5000   $700
Whitetail- 8 Point & Up * $1800-5000   N/A
Whitetail - 6 Point * $1200-1800   N/A
Whitetail Doe * N/A   $500

* The Texas whitetail deer season runs from the first Saturday in November through the first weekend in January (2 months). All hunters are required to have a Texas Resident or Non-Resident (as applicable) hunting license. The average cost for non-trophy bucks is $100 per inch based on the longest main beam.

CANCELLATION POLICIES

Lodging fees must be pre-paid with registration, and are refundable if cancelled within thirty (30) days prior to arrival. The $1000 security deposit must also be pre-paid and is refundable upon cancellation at any time.

No hunting deposit is required for animals currently on the ranch.

A "special animal hunt" (the animal is not currently on the ranch) requires a full deposit. Cancellation at any time forfeits 50% of the hunting deposit.

Correspondence and Reservations