Founded in 1852, James J. Stevinson Corporation served as a cattle ranch supplying beef to miners during the California gold rush. Seven generations later, it has morphed into a diversified farming operation. The Ranch key businesses include dairy, beef cattle, almonds, alfalfa and forge mix. Encompassing a little less than 20,000 acres, The Ranch is one of the valley's most viable farming operations today.
Owned and operated by The Kelley Family, (James J. Stevinson seventh generation great-grand kids), The Ranch has taken on some new and interesting projects over the past decade, some possibly ahead of their time. In 1997, one of the Kelley family members, interested in wing shooting and hunting, started the Stevinson Sportsman Club, a private hunting preserve. At a little under 2,000 acres, the preserve was for friends and family to enjoy one of America's oldest pastimes in the great outdoors. In time, the club evolved and became public, offering new and exciting shotgunning games - Sporting Clays, Skeet, and Trap.
In 2004, the Kelley family focused on their farming operation, realized in order to keep the club going they would need to turn the reigns over to someone that would be dedicated full-time to the operation. Mike and Dave Tupper took on the challenge and Rooster Ranch Wing and Clay was born.
Mark Lambert arrived on the scene in December 2016 looking for a place to park his 5th wheel trailer where he could be close to his office while still being in the great outdoors. Mark Lambert, aka Lambo, saw Rooster Ranch as a diamond in the rough. Being an avid clay shooter and waterfowl and upland game hunter, he envisioned the 650 acres that was currently in disarray as being one of the premier sportsman's clubs on the west coast. Partnering up with his cousin, John Townsend, they set out on a mission to work with governmental and non-governmental agencies to build a facility that would promote conservation and education while at the same time recruit new participants into the sport.
Both Lambo and John are excited about the opportunity to refurbish the grounds and improving the facility keeping in mind safety and conservation of the land. We are going to work with great institutions such as the NSCA, CDFW, Pheasant Forever, CDA, Youth Groups, CYSSA, 4H, FFA, and many others to make this a success for all to enjoy.