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    Zapata Tent Camps

    “We’ve got an hour before the sun sets, should we ride out and find some bison?”

    And so kicked off our camp out on the Medano among the wild bison. A combination of laid-back spontaneity and the freedom of having 55,000 acres to yourself set the tone for the evening. With the tents set up and fire ring built, Kate, Jessie and I had our chores done and could go have some fun. We set off north in search of some

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    by Emily Paxson

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    Christmas in Spring

    Photographer Matt DeLorme reflects on his first branding experience at the Chico.

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  • Chasing the Green

    This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

    by Duke Phillips

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May 8, 2017

Christmas in Spring

Photographer Matt DeLorme reflects on his first branding experience at the Chico.

Kate Matheson.
September 8, 2016

The Art of Roping

Duke talks about the art of roping–the subtle techniques, such as positioning your horse with precision and keeping the herd of cattle calm, that go beyond basic skillfulness with a rope.

Tom Shandley shaking out a loop.
July 11, 2016

The Art of Roping

Take a look at some of the loops thrown at this years brandings.

June 22, 2016

Branding

My first week on the Chico I went to four brandings. Two brandings were for Ranchlands cattle but the other two were actually at some of the nearby ranches. While we traveled to other ranches to help out, our neighbors also came to the Chico to beef up our ground & roping crew. It’s amazing to see a close knit community come together to support one another during the branding season!

By Chico Basin intern Tate Dulany

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June 20, 2016

May Ranch Roundup

Every spring, hundreds of local students visit Chico Basin Ranch. Their visits are a unique opportunity to share stories about ranching and our role in conserving the high prairie ecosystem.

June 7, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Branding

When the drafting is done and you have to brand the calves from the herd that day you want to do it as quickly as possible so they can get back to their cow. In the yards the most efficient way to process several hundreds of calves is by using the calf table. Like kids in a school line the calves wind their way around slowly to get their identification.

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May 20, 2016

Muggin’ for the Chico

Branding season is upon us! Which means the cowboy tradition of “calf mugging” aka the tried-and-true way to safely get a calf on its side after it’s been roped and then restrain it during branding, vaccinations, ear tagging, etc. without getting kicked in the head or burned by a searing hot iron — becomes a VERY important skill. In other words, we’re all about that mug life on the Chico these days.

I’m a newbie to brandings and have been anxiously

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Some of our colts are getting old enough to start learning how to wear halters, saddles and bridles. With the help of our new horse trainer, Peggy Gurnett, these young horses will be out helping us move cattle in no time!
May 19, 2015

Spring Changes

Spring is a time of year that we all look forward to: green grass, new life. This year we’ve had more rain that we can ever remember having before.

May 6, 2015

Branding One

After a few late nights last week, Sunday afternoon mandated a nap. I had a 3 hour drive to the Chico later that day. Montana rode with me as we had to stop by the Medano and load some lodge poles for Amy at the McAuliffe. The rest of my family met us at the lodge and we loaded all our gear into big white.
The rain was steady as we pulled onto 150. The sign to

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