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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Discover The Texas Hill Country

In Article, News by West and Swope Ranches

    The Texas Hill Country is arguably the most beautiful and diverse region of the great state of Texas. Its majestic oak-studded hillsides and lush basins of winding rivers and creeks distinguish itself from any other area of the state. The beautiful topography, along with the many charming small towns and convenience to large economically booming metropolitan cities, such as …

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San Antonio Business Journal “Farm and Ranch Brokerage Team Breaks Off to Start New Company”

In Article, News by West and Swope Ranches

Read Full Article Here Since breaking into the farm and ranch real estate business 19 years ago, Mitch West has experienced struggles and success, most recently being named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s top Farm & Ranch brokers list for the second year in a row. Now, West and his business partner, Louie Swope, are breaking away from their …