Category: WILDLIFE & HUNTING

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Blocks Private Turkey Reintroductions in Far-West Texas

January 17, 2013   Philip Dickerson Via email: phdickers@suddenlinkmail.com Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. 4500 W. Illinois, Ste. 203 Midland, TX  79703 Dear Philip:  Thank you for your letter dated January 3, 2012 which arrived by e-mail January 8:   Dear Chris, I hope this letter will summarize our conversion that took place on January

Circle Ranch - Cows and Bighorn Sheep

Cows And Desert Bighorn Sheep

The desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) is one of the four subspecies of desert bighorn sheep that occur in North America.  The desert bighorn is named for the American naturalist, Edward William Nelson and is found in the desert Southwest and Northern Mexico. Experts today say that prior to European settlement, there were 1.5

Circle Ranch - Mule Deer Research

New Mule Deer Research in the Chihuahuan Desert

This post contains  a recently-published report on mule deer research in the Chihuahuan Desert.  It was conducted by the Borderland Research Institute for Natural Resource Management (BRI). BRI is part of Sul Ross State University in Alpine.  West Texas needs BRI, specifically dedicated to our regional wildlife and habitat for far-West Texas.BRI has an outstanding

We and the Burro

About a year and a half ago I was contacted by Marjorie Farabee, President of the Burro Protection League.  Marjorie hesitantly asked me if I was aware that wild burros were being eradicated down at the Big Bend Ranch State Park: She thought I must support this, like most bighorn advocates.

Circle Ranch - Cows and Desert Mule Deer

Cows and Desert Mule Deer

This is the third in a series about how cattle can benefit wildlife and habitat.  Our previous two articles addressed quail and pronghorn. Desert mule deer are native to several Western states, and are in decline in New Mexico and West Texas.

Circle Ranch - Cows and Pronghorn

Using Cows to Improve Wildlife Habitat and Increase Pronghorn

This is the second in a series about how domestic animals like cattle can help wildlife and habitat in desert grasslands.  Our first introduced Cows and Quail, Albuquerque-based Holistic Management International’s new range and wildlife program which focused on quail. Our topic in this article is the most characteristic large mammal of far-West Texas and

Circle Ranch - Cows and Quail

Cows & Quail

Cows and Quail was a successful presentation on the use of domestic animals to help wildlife and habitat.  39 ranchers managing 530,000 acres attended. Here is a summary of the event:

Circle Ranch - Pronghorn Decline

Explaining Pronghorn Decline: The Answer is Hidden in Plain Sight

Pronghorn is an iconic American native species and, the only large game animal in the United States which evolved on this continent.  In the days of the vast buffalo herds, pronghorn numbers possibly approached 50 million: they may have outnumbered bison!  In those days these animals were found from Saskatchewan to Mexico, and from Oregon into Baja California.

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 the range “experts” that if you love your land, you protect it from livestock; if you must run cattle, run

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 far-West Texas, under the belief that burros and several other species:(1) do not “belong” in our far-West Texas deserts since