Warren Ranch practices good management for whitetail bucks herd

By October 16, 2016Uncategorized

By Gary Bomar of the Abilene Reporter News

Upon entering the Warren Ranch in Coleman County, the first impression is how outstanding it is.

A showcase ranch in West Central Texas, the benevolence and management of this property is “top notch.”

Under the management of Charles Adams since 1988, the ranch has developed into one of the premier game ranches in Texas. Adams is a self-taught game biologist by observation, reading and attending as many educational events as he can.

“You can always pick up new information by visiting with others in the same business,” he said.

The Warren Ranch is 50 percent high fenced. This management level gives Adams the feeling that he can monitor his progress more effectively. With game cameras and both ground and aerial surveys, he always knows the inventory of the whitetail deer herd.

“To produce high quality whitetail bucks, you need them to mature, (so you) supply all the nutrition they need, plus genetics,” Adams said.

To increase a more diverse genetic base, the ranch has introduced special “breeder bucks” from ranches known to produce quality deer. Each hunt is guided one-on-one, with the guide qualifying the buck before harvest. To obtain a buck-doe ratio of one buck to two does, selective harvesting of game results in donations to organizations such as “Hunters for the Hungry.”

Adding to the management of the ranch is Shelby Adams. The daughter of Charles is the “top hand” on the ranch. Developing into a wildlife biologist in her own rights, she oversees the hunting operation, and is in the process of developing a new wildlife operation in Northern Coleman County.

As a cadet in the 2008 session of the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, she found her niche in life.

Shelby’s parents were quite impressed with what the Bobwhite Brigade had imparted to their daughter in terms of confidence and leadership skills.

The Warren Family, which owns the ranch, is extremely community minded. In the past they have donated the facilities to such events as the Wounded Warrior Program and provided guided hunts for these veterans. They also host retreats for first responders, and provided the gun range for law enforcement officers to qualify.

When the Adams reported the success of the Texas Brigade program, the family wanted to support it. When the new Bass Brigade was looking for a home, it found it at the Warren Ranch. Warren Ranch now hosts three of the eight brigade camps. The ranch essentially turns over its facilities to Texas Brigades for the month of July each year. To enhance and improve the camp, a special new dormitory and classroom was constructed with the brigades in mind.

To quote Dr. Dale Rollins, a key leader in the Texas Brigades, “The Warren Ranch’s unwavering support is another example of how important it is to weave the private sector into educational efforts like brigades. We often quote anonymous wisdom that notes ‘one generation plants the tree and another enjoys the shade.’ From our standpoint, we’re honored to know that Warren Ranch is helping plant those trees.”

Besides the brigades, the Warren Ranch is an excellent location for other events such has corporate retreats, family reunions and weddings. Additional information is on their website, warrenranch.net or by calling 325-624-5537.

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