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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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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.

February 4, 2016

Little Hilde

I had heard of the little red and white heifer calf who would come up to you to be scratched on the head from Jake, but I had not seen her in person until one day when we went out to drop tubs. True to form she trotted right up to us and asked for her favorite scratches and when she was satisfies she trotted back to her cow.

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January 21, 2015


Chico Basin Ranch sits on a little less than 88,000 acres (approximately 137 square miles). The island of Manhattan could fit inside the boundaries of our property six times. There’s no other way to describe this ranch than vast–there are pastures I haven’t been to yet and I don’t even know my way around all the ones that I have been to. And for all the talk of the overcrowding of our planet, unsustainable population growth, and the congestion of

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January 16, 2015

Getting Mobbed by Bison

At this time in the Zapata grazing plan we have the large horse herd out on vacation grazing with our older bison herd. Now and then I ride along with Brett to go and check on them. As we go through the pastures, Brett will feed cake to the bison herd, first sounding the loud train horn to attract the bison’s attention.
They run toward the truck for what is an exciting delivery and we drop grain pellets that we call

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July 9, 2014

The Sheep Shade Huddle

The kids brought the sheep into headquarters this morning so they could perform their weed eating duties in the ranch yard.  They keep pretty busy at work most of the time, but as the day heats up shade gets more important than food.  Being sheep, it is a group endeavor.

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April 3, 2014

Spring Shipping

A selection of images taken during spring shipping at the Chico.

Weekly Roundup
March 20, 2014

Ranch Roundup

A snapshot of the past two weeks at Zapata: moving calves, building fence, welding and spotting elk.