All posts by Chris Gill

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

Circle Ranch - Sacaton

Science and Range Scientists

When we bought Circle Ranch in 1999 it had been continuously ranched since about 1881, using domestic livestock like horses, sheep, goats, and cattle.  Our intention was not to graze.  We had been taught by

Burros and Bio-Diversity: The Rest of the Story

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has slated wild burros for eradication at Big Bend Ranch State Park, as part of a general program to remove all “exotics” from all state-owned land it manages in

Circle Ranch - Chris Gill Bio

Christopher Gill Bio

Please let me introduce myself. I am a pragmatic businessman and rancher with no agenda other than protecting private property rights, promoting ethical hunting, and the conservation and restoration of wild animals and their habitat.

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Coexisting With Cattle

On the grasslands of East Africa cattle are sometimes helped by wildlife, whereas at other times, wildlife compete with cattle: it’s all about timing. The articles below report on a simple experiment that tested whether

Cattleization of Wild Deer Poses Unknown Risks

The Texas Wildlife Association is, by far, the leading advocate and source of private property solutions to preserve wildlife and habitat, in the State of Texas.  TWA has long opposed privatization of deer. “TWA supports

Studies of Nomadic Grazers on the Serengeti

While there is a growing body of comparative research between holistic planned grazing vs. conventional grazing of domestic animals like cattle, goats and sheep, there is a relative-lack of information on how nomadic herds interact

Results of Planned Grazing on Ranges of Northern Rocky Mountains

Here is an interesting article, with supporting tables, that demonstrates the results of planned grazing on 43 ranches in the Northern Rocky Mountain states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho Without exception, the managers of these

Predicting for the Return of West Texas Black Bears

Black Bears were once so numerous in West Texas that is was possible to shoot several per day.  As late as the 1930’s there were 200 black bear in the Davis Mountains alone.  These animals

Grazing in Nature's Image

Planned grazing is both simple in concept, and one of the profound environmental insights of the 20th Century.  While the physiological explanation of why it works is pretty simple, applying these principals is a lot

Multi-Paddock Grazing

Most range and wildlife scientists advise that the best way to graze, if one must graze, is “low-density set-stocking”: In plain English, a few cattle in the same place, all the time. For decades now,