All posts by Chris Gill

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Circle Ranch - Indian Cave Update

Interim Dig Report and Photos: February 8, 2010

From Lead Archeologist Javi Vasquez:   “I included several pictures of some of the cool stuff we’ve been finding in the cave. In addition to what you see here, we found a small corn cob fragment and a small arrow head. No ceramics have been found other than one sherd in the back of the

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith on Elk Eradications

In December 2009 I learned that TPWD had been killing all elk at their Wildlife Management Areas. I wrote the Executive Director this letter.

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Valentine Artist Boyd Elder Sets a Contour

All patterns are plowed on contours which are reset every 200 feet.  The device shown here is an optical transit.  We now use a laser transit which can be operated by one person and which is much faster.

Plow Design. Timing of Treatments. Possible Seed.

This exchange should be read from the bottom up. It deals with various aspects of designing and using the Yeomans plow. The design of this plow can vary considerably as can its cost. Circle’s is 11′ wide, with 5 shanks spaced 22″ apart. The shanks are mounted on two beams, fore and aft: this keeps

Desert Bighorn Sheep in Texas and at Circle Ranch

This article on Desert Bighorn Sheep was recently featured in Texas Wildlife, the monthly publication of Texas Wildlife Association.

Circle Ranch - Elk Crisis in West Texas

Department Personnel to Contact Regarding Elk Removals

Have something you want to say? See below on who to contact regarding elk removals in West Texas.

Misty Sumner on Predator Management For Mule Deer

Here I am with Misty Sumner, our TPWD field biologist.  She gave us these thoughts on predator management.   Chris ~   It is survey time of the year so I’m playing catch-up with email as I can.  Yours are always interesting and much more thought provoking than most.  I hope I’m not too late to join

Survey of Far-West Texas Landowners & Managers Regarding Elk

Attitudes towards elk in far-West Texas are very positive, contrary to what elk-removal advocates say. In December, 2009 under Dr. Louis Harveson’s direction, Sul Ross State University completed a survey of 1743 West Texas landowners and managers.  By 16 ½ to 1, landowners and managers expressed positive attitudes towards elk.  By 3 ½ to 1,

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Soil Resources

A group of leading soil, rangeland, bug and social scientists are setting out to fill the science gap.

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Richard Gill on Predator Control

Our youngest son Richard is in the real estate business in San Antonio. He is a Circle owner.  Richard is an accomplished fly fisherman and for six summers has guided the King Salmon run out  on the Alaska Peninsula.