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Hardy Hunters
Category: Live from the Ranch
Every fall we open late season antelope hunting to a limited number of youth hunters who were unable to fill their tags during the regular rifle season.  This group is one of several that will take advantage of hunting over the next 9 days. It is great to see these kids enhusiasm despite temperatures hovering near zero.
Good luck and keep the pocket warmers handy!
Posted by Michael M. on 12/07/2013

Just Add Water
Category: Live from the Ranch
It was pretty amazing to see this Mesquite Vine Grass up to the horses knees at this Chico Creek Crossing  near Headquarters.  The highly palatable and nutritious Mesquite Vine Grass was a rarity until a couple years ago, but has been making a tremendous comeback under improved grazing management.  This years Chico Creek Floods didn't hurt anything either.  Vanessa's horse "Cocaine" could not stand the temptation and managed to sneak a bite.
Posted by Michael M. on 10/04/2013

Very First Light
Category: Live from the Ranch

The very first hint of dawn caught Cole filling his water bottles in the office while his steed for the day, "Killer", waited patiently outside.  A few minutes later we trotted west to move the big herd on what was a perfect fall day.
We are still moving the herd quickly to keep them in top condition, while trying to circle them closer to home as we prepare for preg checking only one week away.

Posted by Michael M. on 10/04/2013

Outdoor Adventure Weekehd
Category: Live from the Ranch

For three days last weekend Chico Basin and Colorado Parks and Wildlife combined efforts to put on an Great youth oriented event focused on hunting and conservation.  The Tents of attending families dotted the area between the Rose Pond and the Alfalfa field along with 8 different outdoor classrooms.  Small groups rotated through classes ranging from conservation, hunting ethics and gun safety to learning survival skills, shooting sporting clays and bow hunting practice on 3-D targets.  At the close of the weekend there were enthusiastic responses from parents and kids alike and a big group successfully recieved their hunter safety cards(including a proud Eli Moon).
A big thank you to the incredible Colorado Parks and Wildlife Staff that worked hard to put this together and effectively shared their passion for conservation, the outdoors, hunting and wildlife.  We look forward to more similar partnerships in the future.

Posted by Michael M. on 07/03/2013

Firearm Safety
Category: Live from the Ranch
Learning how to be safe around firearms was maybe the most important lesson of the weekend.
Posted by Michael M. on 07/03/2013

Grass Fed Beef
Category: Live from the Ranch
CPW brought a great big grill and kept the Chico Beef coming for a big crowd Friday night.
Posted by Michael M. on 07/03/2013

A Bog BLog
Category: Live from the Ranch
Posted by Michael M. on 06/22/2013

THe Team
Category: Live from the Ranch

Though there was a nice water tank on a pipeline to drink from, these cattle decide one last sip from a receding mud hole was worth the risk- well maybe not.  Our guest Thomas dove right in and got muddy with us as we saved these mud bathing beauties.  Joking aside, with the drought making mudholes of water holes we have to be ever vigilant.

Posted by Michael M. on 06/22/2013

Buen Provecho
Category: Live from the Ranch
We do our main butchering in the winter, but it seems we almost always need a bit more burger part way through the year.  Nick and I hunted down a renegade( and fence jumping) dry cow yesterday afternoon.  After hanging her in the Quonset over night we spent the morning slicing and dicing and grinding.  As is tradition, we enjoyed a little of the fruits of our labors in a tortilla for our noon meal. 
Posted by Michael M. on 06/21/2013

The King Of the Hay Stack
Category: Live from the Ranch
We picked up around 400 bales of hay out of the Rose Field today, and our new friend from France, Arnaud, never held back.  He worked as part of the crew, covered in sweat and dust and satisfaction from a job well done.
Posted by Michael M. on 06/18/2013

A LIttle Bit of Hope
Category: Live from the Ranch
Zan and Harper with the Beefmaster herd making tracks through the mud.

A half an inch of rain does not the end of a drought make, but it sure is nice to remember what rain feels like.  The rain fell slowly in intermitant showers, mostly over two days.  Many areas of the ranch, such as Headquarters, recieved at least a half and inch.  A few bright spots nearly an inch.  Exactly what the long term inpact will be will depend on follow up moisture, but you can already see a few blades of green trying to grow where all was grey and brown before.  Sub irrigated country and areas that had greened up from snow drifts are starting to grow with renewed vigour.
It is funny, I slept the better the last couple of nights than I have in a month.

Posted by Michael M. on 05/11/2013

Poco Lonche
Category: Live from the Ranch
Here is Stu, hunting up a little shade and a rest at lunchtime.  The heifers behind are inspecting where we fixed the fence they have been using to cummute between pastures.
We had a long ride yesterday down south, tying up loose ends in preparation for another big day Thursday when we will sort out more cattle to ship and trail them North.  We cleared the West Chico Pasture, Sorted pairs out of the Chico trap, fixed some Fence and moved a bunch of Beefmasters from South East to North East Burnt Creek.
A seperate crew  lead by Nick headed east and spent the day consolidating what cattle are left out there into one herd.  OUr day was long, but theirs was longer. They trotted back into HQ around 7:30.  13 hours in the Saddle.
Posted by Michael M. on 05/08/2013

A Perfect Porch
Category: Live from the Ranch
We had nice gathering yesterday evening hosted by the bunkhouse crew to bid fair well to our guest Amanda.  The weather was perfect, just cool enough to appreciate a fire, and the burgers oh so tasty.
It is amazing to think that a couple years ago this spot behind the bunkhouse was the scrap pile, a place to throw odd pieces of iron with the hope that they might be useful someday.  Now, with a little TLC, a roof top, a fire pit and a picnic table it is another one of those perfect little spots on the ranch, just right for firelight and friends.
Posted by Michael M. on 03/09/2013

Prep Cooks
Category: Live from the Ranch
Harper and Nick in the bunkhouse making ready.
Posted by Michael M. on 03/09/2013

Evening Light, Firelight
Category: Live from the Ranch
Allen and Duke Chico having a visit round the fire.
Posted by Michael M. on 03/09/2013

   
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