Owning Land

Tips and resources for the land owner and property improvement, plus advice and information about wildlife and habitat management, property taxes and more

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Living with Wildfire

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Backyard Conservation: Endangered Species & the Role Landowners Play

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The Wild Side of Business: Dealing With Difficult Clients

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Winter Horse Care from The American Quarter Horse Journal

image of wildfire ablaze
Living with Wildfire
Black-footed ferret learning to hunt prairie dogs
Backyard Conservation: Endangered Species & the Role Landowners Play
picture of hunters in discussion
The Wild Side of Business: Dealing With Difficult Clients
horse in winter
Winter Horse Care from The American Quarter Horse Journal

Aflutter over Monarchs

The Texas Wildlife Association's Conservation Legacy program connects local students to the plight of pollinators through a Milkweed for Monarchs habitat campaign.

Finding Design Balance: When Your Home is Historical, But Your Taste is Modern

If you want to keep up with the Joneses—and with the interior design magazines—you need to have room to incorporate modern details that are both stylish and appropriate for your property.

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Basic Lake Construction Techniques for Building a Lake That Won’t Leak

Brad Vollmar of Vollmar Pond & Lake Management offers a detailed look at the process for constructing a new lake on your property, with plenty of do's and dont's to make sure your lake-construction project succeeds.

The Wild Side of Business: So You Want to Play the Wildlife Game?

Greg Simons’ quarterly column focuses on the enterprise aspects of wildlife-based recreation that takes place on private lands across the country.

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Along Came a Hero: A San Juan Trout Stream Is Reborn

High in the San Juan Mountains, nestled under 14,000-foot peaks, lies one of the most picturesque, clear-running trout streams you could ever imagine. This stretch of stream in the San Juans is a perfect example of what was and what could be.

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Kenneth Bell: Putting Water Where It Isn’t

Decades of experience have shown Bell, who founded Quick Line Service Company’s Ranch Water Division in 1990, that the availability of fresh water dictates land’s productivity when it comes to livestock and wildlife.

Winter Wheat: Texas’ Best All-Around Wildlife Food Plot

Wheat that is planted with a grain drill provides beneficial interstitial spacing of plants, thus enhancing the foraging navigation for small birds, such as dove and quail.

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Harnessing the Sun: A Solar Energy Primer for Farmers & Ranchers

Solar technology helps a Texas couple embrace efficiency and self-sufficiency on their ranch.

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Open Gates = New Hunters

The Texas Youth Hunting Program needs landowners to open their gates for the sake of young hunters and the hunting tradition.

How to Manage Your Habitat for Quail Sustainability

One of the most avid and dedicated group of hunters in the entire state of Texas are those that pursue quail. Often their most cherished possession is one or more good dogs that flush coveys and retrieve birds after they have been shot. Addicted quail hunters will freely spend money to support their habit.

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USDA Announces Bee Better Certified Program for Farmers & Ranchers

The start of National Pollinator Week included the unveiling of the Bee Better Certified program, a program to help farmers and ranchers inform consumers how their products are farmed in ways that benefit bees.

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Disaster

You can’t predict where and when disaster will strike, which is why it’s crucial to be proactive and get prepared. These simple steps can help you survive a disaster.

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Buying Guide for Lawn and Garden Tractors

Written by Fran Donegan Unless you are in it for the exercise, a large expanse of grass that needs to ...

Opinion: 453 is better than 1031

Congress is looking into the idea of changing IRC Section 1031. There are options to a 1031 exchange and in some ways, even a better option than a 1031 itself. The answer can be found in IRC Section 453.

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How to Create Sustainable Habitat for Big Game Production

This article is adapted from a presentation by Texas Tech's Dr. Warren Conway on “Sustainable Rangelands for Big Game Production and Habitat Management.”

Water for Wildlife

Water for Wildlife

Water is an essential part of any healthy, sustainable ecosystem, and landowners should be sure to provide for critters both large and small.

Q&A with Nature Photographer Larry Ditto

TEXAS LAND magazine recently sat down for a chat with Larry Ditto, a full-time nature photographer for the past 15 years

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Simple Tips to Consider When Installing a Wood Fence

Whether your outdoor space is a multi-acre ranch or an intimate urban patio, a wooden fence can help you rein in your space and gain privacy. Here are some simple tips when choosing a wooden fence for your property.

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Energy-Efficiency Tips for Older and Historical Homes

Eco-friendly doesn’t have to mean brand-spanking new. Historic properties come with colorful stories that make them worth every penny you spend on their upkeep. Here's some tips to save dollars on your home purchase over the long run.

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Nature Photography: A Natural Fit for Landowners

While a picture is worth a thousand words, a nature photography operation can be worth thousands of dollars to landowners.