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FALL 2015

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72 The LandReport | FA L L 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM A lthough he has probably done more than anyone else to bring great ranches to the public's attention, cowboying never appealed to the Texas native. He and his younger brother, Rick, and their older sister, Patty, grew up on the League Ranch in Knox County. Their dad, Pate Meinzer, was foreman on the League. "The signs came early," Wyman says. "Once we were old enough to ride, we had to work every day. But I was always more interested in watching wildlife and searching for arrow- heads than working cattle. By the time I was 15, I knew I wanted to work in wildlife. But I had no idea that I would be a photographer." When Wyman was seven, his grandfather, Gordon Cole, gave him a pair of 1½ Victors traps. "That was one of the greatest gifts I've ever received," he says. Throughout boyhood, he ran a trap line for skunks, raccoons, and possums. He got his first BB gun at five and a Stevens single- shot .410 at nine. Wyman still has that old Stevens and occasionally uses it. Pate Meinzer often took the family coyote hunting at night. "We lived 11 miles out of town, so we weren't going to movies or anything like that," Wyman says. "Dad would load up Mom, Rick, Patty, and me, and we'd hunt with nothing but a spotlight and a .22."

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