The Land Report

Spring 2016

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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62 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 LANDREPORT.COM LEGENDS OF QUAIL To commemorate one of the greatest years for quail, Boone Pickens invited a Who's Who of wingshooters to his Mesa Vista Ranch. T Boone Pickens drives down a Mesa Vista Ranch road. He's watching a lanky English pointer working a covey of bobwhites. The dog stops, head high, tail still flagging. "Birds are running," Boone says. Sure enough, the pointer sweeps his nose back and forth, sniffing for tendrils of scent. Cold fog hangs over the prairie. Given the release command, the dog cat-walks ahead, tail whipping. Bubba Wood and Rick Pope ease along behind him. Twenty yards on, the dog points again, but before the hunters can move into position, a covey flushes and flies low over the bluestem and sage, offering no shot. Te x t b y Henr y C happ ell P h o t o g r a p h y b y Wyman Meinzer & Russell Graves T h e A m e r i c a n S p o r t s m a n

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