Not to stereo type, but most likely it was some damn city slicker hunter. Locals don't do that sort of thing without telling the land owner...because they would have had a reason to cut the lock to get through the gate...but locals would have shut the gate behind them!
We spent Tuesday and Wednesday trying to straighten out the mess.
About 10 bulls and 50 pair (who had gone out the open gate) came back to the 3J Ranch when it snowed a couple of weeks ago and were in the bull's winter field.
|Bull winter field...we spread out to gather the field.|
|Viewing God's Country...my fav photo of the day.|
I ended up with most of the bulls and of course they split. Rastus was good help in kicking the one group down the hill to Jerry then he came back to me to help drive the others.
After everything was gathered, we sorted out the bulls and some older cows. There was a newborn calf too (one of those surprises that you really don't want to happen), so we sorted them off.
We drove the rest back up into another field that had good feed in it still.
|Taking the herd threw the grassy low lands...then up|
a hill to another field.
|Headin' back to ranch at the end of day one.|
Day two, we trailered the horses and took another trailer for cows about 5 miles south to a neighbor's place. Cows had been seen in the hills behind that ranch when it had snowed. So we started there hoping to find some close enough to take them to the corrals on that ranch.
|Looking south to Steens Mountain off on the horizon.|
All we found were lots of old tracks. So we split up and road north with the plan to meet at the canyon of Curtis Creek.
From high up on the rim rock, Ty saw some pairs down on the creek. So, Jerry and I rode down Curtis Creek, and Ty continued north up a draw to close the gate. We met up again at Rifle Spring.
|Riding down Curtis Creek...one rocky son of a gun...but very pretty!|
It was a cloudy day and looks a bit dreary. My little point and shoot
just doesn't capture like a good camera.
|We found the pairs and got them heading north.|
They first wanted to give us the run around, but after we got them bunched up, they decided to be good cows and herd!
We got them up and over the hill toward the ranch then turned them east through the low lands where we put the cows from the day before.
Actually, we were expecting to find more, but believe that the other cows went back into their field through the open gate. After combing the field where we found these, they're pretty confident that we got everyone back.
Two long days in the saddle, and my knees were killing me, Colt's hooves were getting sore...but wouldn't miss it for anything! Rastus...he was ready for another day!