The Land Report

FALL 2015

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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Ubiquitous caracaras and other birds of prey hunt rich, mixed brush and savannah stretching to the horizons. During the rut, muy grande bucks come to skillful rattling. Wary old Santa Gertrudis bulls disappear into the scrub. Spring 2015 brought record rainfall and a display of wildflowers that neither Wyman nor I will ever see again. A few more South Texas images: Wyman running through fog and wet, waist-high grass to photograph two nice bucks in a desperate fight. You could hear their grunts and ragged breathing from 80 yards away. A reeking, hissing baby vulture in an old barn, doing its best to dissuade the photographer. It failed. A coyote pup scolding Sylinda from the brush a few yards off the back porch of the lodge. Three diamondback rattlers as thick as my arm. I could go on — and do, in our upcoming book. Looking back, Wyman says, "I've tried to preserve this untapped country in my images. The Waggoner, the Sixes, the Mesa Vista, the Wagonhound, our South Texas work — I hope I've left a footprint, a legacy that will be a source of pride for Sylinda, my boys, and our grandchildren. Every morning when I wake up, my goal is to get the best image of my life." His hunting drive has ebbed in recent years. I suspect that Sam and Sue, his beloved wolf- dogs, have played a part. "I walk with a softer heart now. I used to hunt all the time. That's all I could think of. I still appreciate it, and I want future generations to appreciate hunting and their Second Amendment rights. But it's not about killing. It's about being on the range and appreciating the life ways of the creatures. At this point in my life, it's about being out- side, seeing the sunrise, seeing the animals." 84 The LandReport | FA L L 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM "At this point in my life, it's about being outside, seeing the sunrise, seeing the animals. " In addition to wildlife, Meinzer stalks ideal conditions, such as this autumn morning, on Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch.

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