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Baby Turkey: June 10, 2010

Here are ten little turkey at the Bunkhouse. We think we have around 20 hatched so far and another few hens still nesting.  There is another group in the desert. TPWD’s Turkey Task Force, directed by Vernon Bevil,  helped us reintroduce this wonderful animal.

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Keylining Bare Ground in Lower Desert

This ground is bare except for creosote, which is now dying as erosion continues, and water function deteriorates.

Planting Cereals in Desert Using Yeomans Plow

The idea of Keyline/Yeomans is to open soil to root growth by causing all water to soak in where it falls. The patterns hold water on the ridges and valley walls for this purpose. This is quite different conceptually from the ‘divert-and-impound’ mindset,  which tends to deal with water after it has already been concentrated.

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Students of Quail From a Broad Range of Backgrounds: QuailMasters 2010 Visited Circle Ranch June 7, 2010.

In this scene we are examining a burn/graze comparison site. QuailMasters is a joint presentation of Texas Wildlife Association and TA&M.  It is a must-do for those who would study and improve quail numbers and quail habitat.

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Dale Rollins and Chris Gill

QuailMasters 2010 Visit to Circle Ranch, June 7, 2010 Here is a great article on Dr. Rollins:  http://gardenandgun.com/article/quail-doctor 

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Thoughts on Desert Quail and Desert Grazing Offered by Steve Nelle, June 7, 2010

Steve Nelle is highly-respected range and wildlife scientist who works for NRCS.  He sent these papers on the subjects of desert grazing and desert quail management.

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Same Area in May Before 2010 Monsoons

This picture shows what winter moisture did for plants between the furrows.  Area to right in this picture was not subsoiled; obviously it received the same rainfall.

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Our First Treatment With Yeomans Plow: October 2009

The first treatment with our Yeomans Plow.  Treating an area in which desert grass has shifted to tarbush (Flourensia cernua) and bare ground.

Christopher Gill to Editor of Big Bend Sentinel on Elk Removals by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

I felt that several comments made by TPWD Executive Director, Carter Smith, defending elk removals, needed rebuttal. NOTE: The text of a letter to the editor appears in this post.  A PDF of the actual article is also below in this post.

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Trophy Bull Elk at Circle Ranch

Bulls of this size bring $10,000 or more.

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