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The Cattleman: Planned Grazing and Wildlife at Circle Ranch. July, 2010

“Planned Grazing 8 – “Wildlife in the Mix” is from the July 2010 issue of The Cattleman magazine.

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West Texas Desert Bighorn, July 9, 2010

Three fine rams seen in Hospital Canyon.

Rain in the Desert: July 6, 2010

At Circle Ranch, Hudspeth County, far-West Texas,  we get 11″ average rainfall per year. This is 1/2 the normal rainfall in Laredo where much of our Texas Scaled Quail research has been done.  Moreover, West Texas rains, unlike Laredo rains, come mostly in July and August.   South Texas blues have relatively-moist springs: West Texas

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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

John Sherman on Predator Trapping to Help Turkey

John Sherman is a senior wildlife biologist with the New Mexico BLM. John helped us set up our quail waterers and feeding program. He was kind enough to offer these thoughts on predator trapping around our turkey nesting sites: “Chris, just got back into the office and saw your series of emails.  It is good

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Las Josefinas Headwall, June 27, 2010

Upper country has oak, juniper, pinyon. Note the seasonal waterfall on the right of  the cliff face.

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