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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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November 29, 2016

Autumn Tree

A cottonwood tree prepares for winter.

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November 28, 2016

Bison Works 2016

“Magnificent, bizarre and iconic”: read about our encounters with bison and see photos from an action-packed week.

September 30, 2015

Rainbows

During the monsoon season, the afternoon storms roll in from the northwest, windy dark masses that sometimes leave rain in their wake. As they move eastward through the ranch, they seem to draw the light to them. The combination of the troublsome skies to the east and the setting sun to the west sets the stage for the prairie colors to stretch to their full potential. The double rainbows and lingering lighting flashes makes for a decent photo opportunity.

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September 26, 2015

Late Summer Blooms

A series of images showing the change in season from summer to fall.

October 2, 2014

Fall is Here

Yesterday, after the clouds cleared from the storm, Pikes Peak’s shoulders were covered with the first snow of the season. Mornings are now crisp, the middle of the days warm, the range gold, yellow and tan and full of grass from the wonderful rains this summer. Fall is in here in full force. The snow tells us what we already know: winter is on its way. We are all looking forward to the new season

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October 16, 2012

Shipping Calves

This herd has just arrived from a long drive over several miles, thirsty and tired.  The next day, we gathered it from the holding trap around the corrals, and moved it into the corrals where the calves were sorted off, and the cows turned back out.  In the next several days, the calves were shipped off the ranch to a grow yard where they are cared for during the stressful time of weaning.  What we will do with the calves

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October 12, 2012

Preg Checks

On Wednesday we pregnancy checked our 450 first calf heifers. It was a full day that began by a trot to the back side of the pasture in the dark and ended with taking the last cattle back out close to dark. It all went very well. We had a great breed-up on the cattle and our young crew did a great job keeping cattle flowing to the chute so that the veterinarian never had to wait. I am very proud of the job

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October 8, 2012

Fall Works

Fall cattle works.  What can I say.  Today, as we moved the summer’s calves and their mommas, I thought about the long dry summer, the long cold winter ahead. The calves sought their mothers, the mothers complacently moving along with the minimal amount of energy useage, grazing, generally making it difficult for us to move the entire 1000 head herd (mothers and calves).  Another season behind us, the period of retreat to think and plan, ahead.  I love fall, and

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September 6, 2012

End of breeding season

We’ve been pulling bulls out of all the herds this week and last, and trailing them to a pasture we call the Back Pocket. The length of breeding season determines the length of calving season, determines the uniformity of calf crop and the fertility of mother cows. Most of our bulls are destined for slaughter; only the youngest will linger for another breeding season.

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August 29, 2012

Breeding Season

This week on Thursday and Saturday we will be taking the 19 bulls out of the 600 cows and heifers. The bulls were put in with the females on June 15th so their breeding season has been about 75 days. We will ride through each pasture, sort the bulls off, and move them to their own small pasture far away from the cows and heifers. Sometimes they will not want to leave the herd (surprise, surprise) so it can take a bit of teamwork

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