Category: WILDLIFE & HUNTING

Circle Ranch - Indian Cave

Circle Ranch Indian Cave

At Circle Ranch we have what may be the most important unexplored cave dwelling in far-West Texas:  A large cave which occurs in one of our limestone escarpments.  It is about 200-feet above the desert floor and 100 feet below the escarpment top.  The cave measures roughly 80’ by 80’.  Inside, it has a regular

Texas Bighorn Society Funds Aerial Gunning of "Exotics" – Potentially Including Elk

It is hard to believe that an organization committed to Fair Chase hunting, wide-scale habitat improvement and restoration of large game animal diversity would in any way associate itself with the eradication of elk, an indigenous game species.  But that is the reality of the actions of the Texas Bighorn Society, an organization which Circle Ranch

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Mountain Lion in Red Mountain Pasture, June 20, 2010

“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not

TPWD Habitat Survey at Circle Ranch

In late fall of 2010 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department conducted a habitat survey at Circle Ranch, to see if our many cattle and other species including so called “exotics” were harming habitat through “competition”.  As confirmed by this report, TPWD biologists found the opposite to be true. It turns out that biodiversity and high

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Gambel's Quail, July 2010

Here are Gambel’s Quail photographed at Circle in summer, 2010.  The underlinings below are hyperlinks.

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Ruben Cantu on Predator Control

Ruben is the West Texas TPWD Regional Director .  He offered his personal opinion on predator control:

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Mrs. Harber's Desert Bighorn Sheep Trophy, July 7, 2010

This fine ram was taken by 70-year old Mrs. Dorothy Harber at a range of 220 yards.  L-R: Laura Gill, Mrs. Harber, Chris Gill, guides Jerad Wayne Zachary & Evidencio Seijas.

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Desert Quail and Water

Many quail experts say desert quail do not need water.  Maybe so, but here is the ‘rest of the story’: in the desert, if you are looking for quail, look near water. Furthermore, not all quail experts agree: Dr. Fred Guthery told QuailMasters 2009 that on reflection, after all the quail work he has done,

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Winter Feeding Habits of West Texas Desert Quail

Circle Ranch biologist Mark Tyson and Son Adjust a Game Camera at Quail Feed-Block Station, July 2010