All posts by Chris Gill

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Big Bend Sentinel – "Landowner Locks Horns" Article

This family of immature elk bulls, cows and calves will, or may already have been, shot-on-sight on any TPWD property in far-West Texas   On May 18, 2010, the Big Bend Sentinel ran a story

Black Gap WMA Management Plan

The primary objective of this Wildlife Management Area, stated at page 24 in the document below, is to restore indigenous species. The elk removal policy is found at page 26, #7: elk will be controlled

Texas Wildlife Association to Big Bend National Park Managers Opposing Proposed Elk Removals

Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), a property, wildlife, and hunting rights advocacy group which represents 35 million acres across Texas, expressed its objections to proposed elk trapping-removals at The Big Bend National Park. 

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TPWD Executive Director's Response

I found the Executive Director to be very likable.  This letter is gracious.   Needless to say I was very disappointed that the Department continues to say that it will go on with its plan

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director on Elk Eradications

Carter Smith was considering my December letter when a mutual friend arranged for us to have lunch. I wrote Carter afterwards and asked him to personally read the literature concerning whether elk are natives, because

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

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

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

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.