Caring for animals is second nature for Kim Smith. Whether it’s the hundreds of doggies that visit her pet resort, Pawderosa Ranch, each month or the cattle, free-range chickens and honeybees she raises on her ranch near San Antonio, Kim loves critters of all kinds…
Still in need of the perfect holiday gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life? We’ve rounded up some thoughtful and useful gifts that won’t feel last-minute and are sure to be enjoyed throughout the new year.
Father’s Day is right around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to give a gift that inspires adventure for the dads who love wild things and wild places. Whether fishing, hunting or hiking your dad will be ready for his next big adventure with gifts from these trailblazing Texas companies who share our passion for the great outdoors.
As if soul-sucking mud, log jams as big as your house, alligator gar known to jump out of the water and crack ribs, and actual alligators (just 4-footers, so far) weren’t enough, last weekend’s paddle training session with Debbie Richardson featured something new – a collapsing riverbank.
Author Max Westheimer and Photographer Tristin Lain recently explored Caprock Canyons State Park and were captivated by the Texas State Bison Herd. Their story embodies the We Will Not Be Tamed spirit and hope it inspires you to explore the wild things and wild places of Texas.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the Mom in your life, we’ve got you covered! We highlight five unique and thoughtful gifts guaranteed to bring a smile to the moms who enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas.
Llano Springs Ranch, 140 miles west of Austin and about 24 miles south of Junction, has been in the Vandivier family for 25 years. The Vandiviers have made every single one of those years count. When they acquired the ranch in 1994, the grasslands were crowded out by a monoculture of ashe juniper. Having learned from the successful efforts of landowners like David Bamberger and with a chainsaw, bulldozer, fire and a tremendous work ethic, the family turned back the ecological clock. Native grasses have returned to the rolling hillsides and springs flow stronger than ever into the South Llano River.
Reaching out to new audiences with a conservation message is just one duty of a Texas Game Warden. Game Warden Rachel Kellner took that to a whole new level in late March with a huge outreach event she helped organize. “Women Who Wander” attracted more than 600 women to the banks of the Frio River for a weekend of fun, learning, and adventure.