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Live from the Ranch

This is the official Ranch Journal, a collection of short reports about daily life on the ranch. Postings are made by all ranch staff, but mostly by Tess Leach & Kate Matheson, Guest Services Managers, David Leach, Business & Marketing Manager and Jeff Gossage, Ranch Manager. (Banner photo 3 by Stephen Weaver)

Friday, Nov 30, 2007

It is an absolutely beautlful picture outside today. It is snowing. Not a blizzard just a nice relaxing snow. We are forcasted to get around 4 inches in the next two days. So much for the snow melting. Take care.

Posted by Anonymous A. on 11/30/2007

Thursday, Nov 29, 2007

The final group of bison came in today so we were able to finish that project. Feels good to be done with it. I brought the draft mares and the wagon over to this side of the ranch. We are getting ready to host company Christmas parties and we are going to give people moonlight rides in the wagon. Should be pretty fun.

The snow is going quickly and another couple of days will probably be gone. I love the fall season. Bye all

Posted by Anonymous A. on 11/29/2007

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2007

We moved our cows and calves from the West pasture to the Big South. Things went in record time for the amount of ground we had to ride. It took about four hours. Things have went well with the calves as well. They have been weaned for about six weeks and only lost one. Can't complain with that.

Posted by Anonymous A. on 11/28/2007

Monday, Nov 26, 2007

Cold again today never got above freezing. The first load of sale buffalo went out today. The next will go tomorrow and we still have a hundred or so to work. They still aren't coming in! Live well...

Posted by Anonymous A. on 11/26/2007

Saturday, Nov 24, 2007

To clarify yesterdays posting we were working on the round pen. I made more progress today and am looking forward to the completion.

Got down below zero last night. At 8 oclock this morning it was still -1. The high was 35 but didin't do much melting. The sun is going down about 4:45 so it doesn't leave much time for work when you wait for it to warm up in the morning.

Still trying to pen the last hundred or so bison. They seem to be wise to our plans. I guess we have all the time in the world so there is no hurry...the beauty of life on the ranch.

Posted by Anonymous A. on 11/24/2007

Friday, Nov 23, 2007

Things are looking closer to the end of fall around here. We had about 4 inches of snow and the high for the day is only supposed to be around 28 degrees with the low in the single digits.

We (Blake, Joe, and I) got started on the construction of the permanent yesterday. It took us about six hours to hang two gates and put in six posts. That is how it goes when you are digging post holes in the rocky mountains. I hope to complete construction in the next two weeks.

Gotta keep moving snow...bye all.

Posted by Anonymous A. on 11/23/2007

Saturday, Nov 17, 2007

What a week!  Working bison all day long every day after day, watching the moon sliver each night, higher in the sky, as things come to a close after a long but exciting day.  The action was fast, but all went smooth.  I always forget how tired I get, but how much fun it is working with so many animals.

Posted by Duke P. on 11/17/2007

Saturday, Nov 17, 2007

What a beuatiful fall we are having.  It has been great for the lodge and tours as a good amount of people are still travleing to the area for vacations.  The guys have all but a couple hundred head of the bison worked.  They are planning to finish them on Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Posted by Anonymous A. on 11/17/2007

Monday, Nov 12, 2007


We have had a beuatiful day today.  I don't think we could have asked for the weather to be any nicer as they began working the bison today.  I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner we have started preparing for the employee Christmas Parties we are going to be hosting at the lodge.


Posted by Anonymous A. on 11/12/2007

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2007   Edit or Delete this Entry

Hi everyone,

We got all our Gary Hill cattle shipped and now we will be going into bison season.  We also will probably be taking in some cattle for the winter months.  But for now we have lots to do to get the bison facilities up to par.  I went antelope hunting at Chico with my dad Saturday and had a great time.  We saw lots of bucks but none of them big enough.  He was looking for a really big one.  Thanks John, for getting it all organized.  Sounds like it went well for all the hunters.  

Posted by Jeff G. on 11/09/2007

Friday, Oct 26, 2007   Edit or Delete this Entry

Blake and I are sitting down figuring out the next couple weeks.  I'm coming back over to Chico for Mon, tues, wed next week.  We are in the process of getting cattle in for the winter.  Beautiful fall weather.

Posted by Jeff G. on 11/09/2007

Saturday, Nov 03, 2007   Edit or Delete this Entry

Hey everyone,

Gathered the first buffs today.  We got about 300 or so.  There is a whole bunch more that drifted in to the meadows this evening so Blake and I will give them a shot in the morning.  We had some get away this afternoon (about 40-50 head) and ended up in a small chase (what I try not to do).  They didn't go far though, just back to where we found them. 

Posted by Jeff G. on 11/09/2007

Wednesday, Nov 07, 2007   Edit or Delete this Entry


Got all but 80 buff gathered I think.  Blake is going up in a plane today to see if that's about right.  We penned a group of about 700 on Sunday, a new record.  The Chico crew can stay at the Stewart House.   

Posted by Jeff G. on 11/09/2007

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