Category: WILDLIFE & HUNTING

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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.

QuailMasters Graduation Photo: King Ranch October 27, 2009

QuailMasters is a joint presentation of Texas Wildlife Association and  Agrilife Extension Service (Texas A&M System).  It is a must for those who would manage quail.   What is QuailMasters?   QuailMasters is a series of intensive, hands-on training sessions designed to enhance your decision-making skills relative to 3 phases of quail management.

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Chris Gill on Predator Removals

Dear Family and Friends, As Savory says, we almost always achieve our short-term goals but often at terrible unintended long-term cost.  Or as Rollins says: Rule #1 is “Do no harm.”

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Steve Nelle on Predator Removals

Steve Nelle is a wildlife biologist with the NRCS.  He is one of the most respected range and wildlife scientists in West Texas.  Here are his thoughts:

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Don Frantzen on Predator Removals

Don Frantzen is a highly-experienced manager of deer herds.  We have been friends for twenty-five years. He offered these thoughts on predator removals:

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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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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 the lip.  They will try, and some will fall in, be trapped and drown.  Rotting birds can foul the water

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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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Fiberglass Quail & Wildlife Waterer, August 2005

These waterers hold about 3 gallons.  They are useful to many animals including pronghorn.  They are made by the Surber Tank Company, Odessa Texas.