All posts by Chris Gill

Big Bend Ranch State Park Bighorn Sheep Restoration Plan

The document below was provided to Circle Ranch by the Texas Department of Wildlife in August, 2008 in response to concerns about the culling of elk in the vicinity of our ranch.

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Sierra Diablo WMA Waterer, June 2008

We advocate water additions.  Here is one which will not help quail. There is no way for baby or mature quail to drink from a water level they cannot reach.  Babies cannot walk up to the lip.  They will try, and some will fall in, be trapped and drown.  Rotting birds can foul the water

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Briske et al. Synthesis Paper

In this paper, highly-respected Texas A&M range scientists Dr. David Briske et al. conclude that planned grazing has been disproved, and that low-density set-stocking is the best grazing protocol.  The paper reaches seven basic conclusions:

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Elephant Mountain WMA Management Plan

Elephant Mountain WMA was given to, and accepted by, the Department for the purpose of increasing big game animals which at that time included elk, page 10.   The WMA’s primary goal is stated to be the restoration of native species”, page 29.

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Blue Quail on Circle Ranch Waterer, August 2007

Many experts say that supplemental water does not help desert quail.  We believe it does.

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Turkey in Wood Canyon, December 17, 2006

We conducted three years of releases.  These birds were from a small first release conducted in winter 2005.

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Flash Flood in 17 Draw, August 31, 2006

In the old West Texas joke, a visitor asks the old cowboy, “How much rain do you get a year?”  To which the old boy replies, “Only 11 inches, but you ought to be here on the day it comes!”

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Old Roadbeds Cause Erosion

When the original settlers came, they took their teams and wagons up the valley bottoms.  The wagon wheels nicked the turf, and this started gullies which can develop violently during fast runnoff.  Left untreated, these will eat whole valleys.

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Fiberglass Quail & Wildlife Waterer, August 2005

These waterers hold about 3 gallons.  They are useful to many animals including pronghorn.  They are made by the Surber Tank Company, Odessa Texas.

Tinaja After Summer Storm September 2004

Tinajas are basins in watercourses that fill with water during seasonal rainstorms.  Some are very large.  Even where there are no year-round springs, water can be abundant during some times of year.