All posts by Chris Gill

Ranching, wildlife management, finance, oil & gas, real estate development and management.

Circle Ranch - Cave - Mouth

Possible Evidence of Human Habitation in Far-West Texas 35,000-Years Ago

It is well-accepted that the earliest human habitation in North America dates to about 12,000-years ago.  What if that date is wrong by at least 23,000-years?!

Circle Ranch - Cows and Elk

Cows and Elk

How Cows and Elk Improve Wildlife Habitat Elk the Animal: The elk (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest deer in the world; they are twice as big as mule deer.   They are ruminants

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Blocks Private Turkey Reintroductions in Far-West Texas

January 17, 2013   Philip Dickerson Via email: phdickers@suddenlinkmail.com Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. 4500 W. Illinois, Ste. 203 Midland, TX  79703 Dear Philip:  Thank you for your letter dated January 3, 2012 which arrived

Circle Ranch - Pasture Cropping

Pasture Cropping: A Regenerative Solution from Down Under

This essay was originally published in Acres magazine. It also appeared onTheSolutionsJournal.com.  For more of Courtney White’s writing on conservation and agriculture see: www.awestthatworks.com.>   Author:  Courtney White   Since the late 1990s, Australian farmer Colin

Circle Ranch - Holistic Herding

Holistic Herding at Erosion Source

Often I have been told by planned-grazing skeptics that what we do at Circle with cows is only possible because of unique terrain features, expensive fence and water systems not available to others, and even

Are Elk Native to Texas? Yes.

Are elk native to Texas? The answer to this question is “Yes”, and has implications that extend far beyond scientific curiosity. It has a direct impact on how the elk that currently live in Texas

Circle Ranch - Cows and Bighorn Sheep

Cows And Desert Bighorn Sheep

The desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) is one of the four subspecies of desert bighorn sheep that occur in North America.  The desert bighorn is named for the American naturalist, Edward William Nelson and

Circle Ranch - Mule Deer Research

New Mule Deer Research in the Chihuahuan Desert

This post contains  a recently-published report on mule deer research in the Chihuahuan Desert.  It was conducted by the Borderland Research Institute for Natural Resource Management (BRI). BRI is part of Sul Ross State University

Circle Ranch - Grazing the Impossible

Grazing the Impossible by “Cowboy Bob” Kinford

Since my last post, we changed our grazing plan to include grazing Giant Sacaton, which most people think cattle will not eat.  There is more about that here. Other than a problem with the water

Circle Ranch - Sacaton

Sacaton, Cows and Fire

A characteristic of high-desert Southwestern grasslands are draws filled with Giant Sacaton (Sporoblus wrightii).  These majestic grass plants cover millions of acres in far-West Texas and New Mexico. At Circle we have several sacaton draws.  They