View Post

West & Swope Agent Spotlight- Perry Donop III

In Article, Uncategorized by West and Swope Ranches

Perry Donop brings over 19 years of Farm and Ranch Real Estate experience and ranch operation background to West & Swope Ranches. He joined West & Swope in 2018; and in addition to bringing years of industry experience, he also has a vast knowledge of the Texas Hill Country. Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in …

San Antonio Business Journal- Sprawling ranch hits the market with development potential near Main Street Boerne

In Article, Featured, News by West and Swope Ranches

By Mitchell Parton  –  Reporter, San Antonio Business Journal – Feb 24, 2021, 2:58pm EST A 127-acre ranch minutes from Main Street Boerne is now on the market, and it has potential for commercial and residential development. The Winsbrook Ranch features a Hill Country terrain with 1,460-square-feet of I-10 frontage as well as thousands of square feet along a creek that runs through …

View Post

Supplemental Feeding to Enhance Your Ranches Quality Bucks

In Article by Richard B. "Rick" Taylor

By Rick Taylor, Wildlife Biologist/Associate Broker Most Texas hunters and landowners want to produce and/or harvest the best bucks they can.  For landowners, the better the bucks, the better the economic return.  For hunters, the ultimate goal of harvesting a record-book white-tailed deer is the climax of years of hard work, money, and dedication.   Most agree that the basic formula …

View Post

Managing Quality Deer Through Harvest Management

In Article by Richard B. "Rick" Taylor

By Rick Taylor, Wildlife Biologist/Associate Broker While reading a Texas hunting magazine recently, I couldn’t help but notice how many Ranches and Outfitters advertised deer management programs while peddling their trophy white-tailed deer hunts.  Unfortunately, some of the “trophy management” applications that many hunting operations, as well as individual well-meaning hunters, are applying, are very questionable.  They may include harvesting …

View Post

Managing Feral Hogs in Texas

In Article, News by Richard B. "Rick" Taylor

BY: Rick Taylor, Associate Broker, Wildlife Biologist The feral hog, Russian boar, Razorback, Rooter, or whatever you prefer to call it, is a topic of campfire banter and heated debate throughout Texas and much of the U.S.  From the boardroom to the bunkroom, no other creature stirs the emotions of so many people.  Sportsmen, ranchers, biologists, ecologists, and even developers …

View Post

Quarantined at the Ranch

In Article by Richard B. "Rick" Taylor

by: Rick Taylor- Broker Associate/ Wildlife Biologist Hunting season has passed. The leaves have erupted, the grass is growing fast, the lawnmower is tuned, and as usual, the weed eater does not work; a sure sign that spring has arrived.  In the back of my house, in the sunroom of a converted carport, I sit each morning with the rising …

The Bobwhite Quail: Prince of the Pasture

In Article, News by Richard B. "Rick" Taylor

BY: RICHARD B. “RICK” TAYLOR- BROKER ASSOCIATE/WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST If the white-tailed deer is considered the king of the pasture, surely the bobwhite quail can be labeled the prince.  The mottled brown quail, with its distinctive black and white striped head, can be found throughout most of Texas. Yet, many sportsmen and landowners throughout the state have been asking what’s happening …

View Post

Aging Deer In The Field

In Article, News by Richard B. "Rick" Taylor

By: Richard B. “Rick” Taylor- Broker Associate/Wildlife Biologist Many times, an overly excited hunter has bagged what he considered a trophy, only to be sorely disappointed when he walks upon his beloved buck.  “I thought he was bigger than that,” he laments.  The problem was he looked at the antlers and not the deer’s body or compared the antler size …

West & Swope Ranches Welcomes Broker Associate and Wildlife Consultant Richard B. “Rick” Taylor!

In Article, News by West and Swope Ranches

Richard B. “Rick” Taylor is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with over 30 years of experience in natural resource management. A range and wildlife graduate of Texas A& I University (Texas A& M Kingsville), he worked as a senior staff biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 27 years. During his tenure, he provided technical assistance to private landowners on …

View Post

2018-2019 Texas Waterfowl Season in Review

In News by Mason Trull

The 2018-2019 waterfowl season in Texas was characterized by record setting rainfall, mild temperatures, and disappointing waterfowl numbers across the state. Heavy rainfall throughout Texas starting in September was at first a welcomed sight by many waterfowl enthusiasts due to the severe lack of water plaguing much of Texas at the time. Unfortunately this heavy rainfall refused to cease since …