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Predator Grand Slam, October 2008

Coyote, fox, bobcat and cougar.  Middle Well.  These look really cool, but guess what was nesting in the trees directly above: our turkey which we had spent a really large sum to reintroduce.

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Circle Ranch Cave Dwelling

This large cave is about 80′ x 80′, head-height, and was used by indians for thousands of years.  We are excavating it in an archaeology project with University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and

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

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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

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Circle Ranch - Grazing the Impossible
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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

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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