Today, Keeper Ranch continues to strive for excellence in whitetail breeding through herd management and superior genetics. Established in 2010 as Yiotta Ranch, a privately held high-fenced hunting, whitetail breeding and exotic game ranch. Through extensive collaboration between previous owners and ranch management, goals for the ranch included serene beauty, guest comfort, excellent herd health, superior genetics for whitetail and exotic game, as well as a pleasurable and challenging hunting experience. The ranch had an initial footprint of 872 acres. Acquisitions of adjacent acreages have today’s ranch encompassing a total of 1,050 acres.
An elegant ranch-styled lodge with an inviting and comfortable environment was designed and constructed to make any guest feel relaxed and at home. The large trophy room was conceived to create an atmosphere of fun and enchantment. Play pool, shuffle board, or relax in front of the entertainment center viewing area. Visit the exquisite wet bar and discuss the day’s activities next to the grand fireplace.
Each guest room is warmly decorated to make your nights restful and ensure peaceful sleep; wake up ready to conquer the day! Each guest room features a full private bath. Amenities include a beautiful swimming pool area, stocked fishing lakes, firing range and a lodge kitchen for entertaining large parties.
Originally, a deer breeding program comprised of approximately 13 acres and state-of-the-art working facilities was incorporated into the ranch. Genetics have been consistently improved to provide primarily large, typical main-framed bucks. The facility not only provided the ranch with a supply of outstanding whitetails, but sold stocker bucks to other ranches as well.
In 2016, a fallow deer breeding program was implemented. Superior genetics were introduced to ensure success. Today we are on the way to creating and supplying outstanding fallow to the industry. The ranch is home to a variety of exotics and super exotics, including (but not limited to) sable, kudu, nilgai, oryx, addax, and others.
In November 2017, Yiotta Ranch was acquired by Green and Kathy Smith and renamed Keeper Ranch.
In January 2018, Mr. Smith enacted his vision of adding a superior genetics breeder buck and doe program to the current stocker whitetails agenda. Currently, we are enhancing and expanding our whitetail facilities to include 20 additional acres and approximately 9 breeding pens to bring the total acreage to 33 acres and 21 pens. Twenty-three Doe with first class proven genetics have been purchased as our foundation herd. Current AI sires include: Triple Crown, Gunslinger, Horsepower, High Heat, 30 Below, Vegas, Shockwave, Gladiator III, Perfect Dream, Empire Sunset and G-Hammer.
We are extremely excited about this new endeavor and look forward to providing amazing whitetail with exceptional genetics. The team inclusive at Keeper Ranch wishes to thank everyone in the deer breeding industry who has extended a warm welcome and support for our new venture. Many friendships and relationships are being created. Additionally, our existing stocker program will continue to provide outstanding whitetail with the same quality you’ve come to depend on.
Our current vision and focus for Keeper Ranch is as follows:
* Provide genetically superior whitetail breeder bucks and doe
* Provide consistently high-quality stocker bucks and doe
* Sell select exotics
* Offer a limited number of hunts each year and provide an experience that will last a lifetime