Out Here in The Middle is a short video about summer at the Circle Ranch, in the high-desert mountains of far-West Texas.
In challenging conditions of heavy rain and fog, we successfully hunted this beautiful ram on September 17, 2014.
The desert bighorn is the rarest big-game animal in North America. We estimate that there are an average of 100 free-ranging desert bighorn sheep on our ranch at any given time. This has been a very good year for lambs: earlier this summer we saw 23 lambs in one group of 68 ewes and lambs.
It is hard to believe that the common sense contained in this little book has generated such anger and controversy.
Holistic planned grazing uses domestic animals as replacements for the great wild herds that once roamed our grasslands.
Beginning with a simple explanation of the physiological need of grasslands for animal impact, Savory proceeds with an explanation of a cheap, easy way to apply this on the ranges. To this he adds a prescription for a long-term planning process that elevates social and environmental outcomes to the same level as profits.
This book should be read by every rancher, wildlifer and manager, especially those who believe they disagree with Savory. Most will find that they agree with these simple ideas, and be surprised to learn that the ideas they disagree with were never recommended by Savory.
These short videos were taken in August 2014 at “Sheep Tank,” which is on the south edge of the Circle Ranch, at an elevation of approximately 5,500 feet.
Sheep Tank is in a long, broad valley, which is approximately 1,000 feet higher than our lowest desert, and 1,000 feet lower than our highest mountain country.
Because this valley is situated at a mid-range elevation and adjoins steep cliffs and rugged canyons representing all the ranch’s terrain types, we will see all of our species at these water points periodically.
Bighorn and aoudad play an indispensable role in maintaining healthy habitat in the extreme upper elevations of our far-West Texas mountains.
Contrary to game manager ‘urban legend’, these animals are socially compatible, and improve habitat conditions for one another.
Here are cool videos of bighorn and aoudad sharing water, taken in the summer of 2014.
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