January 22, 2016
I spend the majority of my day in the office, but that is not to say I don’t see a lot of incredible things from my window. Lately a lone coyote has been loitering around the lodge grounds, behind the office in particular. The dogs let me know with a low growl every time it’s around and we watch through the large office window until it leaves. Usually it’s just passing through, but today I watched it do a few …
January 21, 2016
Having a good map of the ranch is one of the best tools you can have, especially as we teach new people to get around.
January 19, 2016
Yesterday we moved the Zapata bison herd to the Medano side of the ranch. There are no facilities to process, e.g. pregnancy check, vaccinate, the bison on the Zapata. Several folks from our sister ranches came to help. Most of us saddled up and rode out to gather except for Duke Jr. who drove the cake truck.
Tom, from the Chico, and I rode south to bring up 6 heifers from the Elk pasture that Duke Jr. spotted from the mountain …
January 18, 2016
A lot of my job on the ranch involves planning. Usually every Saturday I take the time to write up a work plan for the week ahead. This involves looking back at the week and what we accomplished and also looking ahead to what still needs to be done.
I not only do this on a weekly basis, but on a daily basis. I start each morning reflecting not only on what needs to be done, but on what was done …
December 15, 2015
Every November we work the bison on the Medano side. During this time we bring some calves and yearlings down to the Zapata. We keep them in the corrals and feed them there for a few weeks. During this time we train them to electric fence, being fed from the cake truck and hay wagon, being used to seeing people afoot, and horses.
My two interns, Caleigh & Megan, and I started by pushing them horseback up into a smaller pen …
November 11, 2015
It’s the second week of November. That means bison works is over and I can sleep again. Just kidding. Bison works occurs annually at the ranch the first week of November. However, there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done, e.g. fences fixed and checked, vehicles repaired, working corrals and facilities looked over. The crew and I started several months ago preparing and planning. As always there were a few hiccups, but overall things went smooth. In …
October 31, 2015
In October we prepared for winter across our three ranches.
September 7, 2015
Planning is a huge part of my job. Every week I write a work plan for the week ahead. It’s rare when it doesn’t change, but it still helps to create a big picture. Here it is September already. In 2 months time guest season will have wrapped up and bison works will be here. I’m already starting to think about what it will take to work all those buffs. It’s a huge undertaking, …
August 13, 2015
I took some guests camping on the Medano side last week. The wranglers and I were setting up next to an old set of corrals. Essentially the corrals were an enclosure as nothing can get in and graze. There was a remarkable difference in the forage in the corrals compared to just outside. I borrowed Andrea’ phone and snapped a few pics.
July 28, 2015
Our local game warden counted 7000 head of elk in the valley in his yearly inventory. While it’s good to see healthy numbers of wildlife, it makes keeping fences intact as they migrate a challenge.
This year we received a grant from the Colorado Parks & Wildlife through the Habitat Partnership Program (HPP). The HPP provides funding for special projects to make fencing more wildlife friendly.
Part of our plan is to install metal gates and high-visible electric wire. …