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Ruple Properties Team Meets Macy Ledbetter

Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent, August 24, 2017

Earlier this month the Ruple Properties Team spent the morning on the Ruple’s Davis Switch Ranch near Charlotte, TX with renowned Texas Wildlife Biologist, Macy Ledbetter.

The intent of the time was to get the Ruple Properties team together to expand our wildlife management knowledge in the field, with the goal of better serving our clients.  And, we were NOT disappointed.  Discussion points included plant identification, brush management, tank/lake management, wildlife stocking rates, and other ranch management topics, which you can view publisher site, as we traveled the property. Becoming an Estate Agent has become very interesting process, but in the end, people have become very happy in becoming an agent and managing all types of properties. In partnership with the residential loans gilbert az for faster transaction of our clients.

The biggest takeaways included discussions on Edge Effect, Sendero Width, Competition, and the State of TX Wildlife Exemption Program.


In this initial picture you can see a water source behind Macy Ledbetter which was installed near a deer blind and food plot.  Macy stopped our tour to discuss the edge effect.  In this case, deer can casually get to the water source and then move back to the edge of the brush for safety as needed.  Essentially, a positive example of ranch management allowing a land owner to more easily manage a deer herd and predators.


Related to edge effect, the width of senderos on a ranch can provide safety or add stress for non-predators.  Wider senderos allow animals to travel ranches with less stress because predators waiting in the brush have farther to travel in order to reach their prey.  As a contrast, narrow senderos typically lead to nervous deer which does not provide as much time to judge, score, or age a buck before making an informed decision whether or not to harvest.   Also, narrow senderos begin to creep over years of growth which limits sunlight and impacts grass growth in the Sendero.  The picture to the right showcases brush creep on a narrow sendero.  Bottom line, wider senderos allow the landowner to make better and more informed ranch management decisions.


A common theme while we moved around the ranch was competition.  Competition impacts all parts of a ranch including land animals, plants, and fish.  A key component of ranch management is tipping the scales of competition in favor of the ranch management goal.  All land owners need to understand and plan for the goal of their ranch.  Without a ranch management goal, the land owner is making short term, uneducated, and potentially costly decisions.


In the foreground of this picture you can see a dam covered with various types of growth.  Over time the roots of the large plants/tress will ruin a good dam.  In this case, a yearly cleaning of the dam is a small expense that avoids a large expense years down the road related to the cost of repairing a damaged dam.  Ideally, grass is all you want growing on your dam.


Approved in the State of TX in the mid-1990s, the land owner must meet at least three of the following seven wildlife management practices: habitat control, erosion control, predator control, providing supplemental supplies of water, providing supplemental supplies of food, providing shelters, and making census counts to determine population.  Due to details of the program, Ruple Properties strongly recommends engaging an expert in order to determine if your property is ideal for a Wildlife Exemption.  Our recommendation is Macy Ledbetter with Spring Creek Outdoors.

More about Macy Ledbetter

Macy is a professional wildlife biologist and ranch real estate consultant specializing in Texas wildlife and habitat management.  With twenty-five years of successful professional management experience on both private and public lands, he offers a wealth of knowledge and skills to assist with your ranch and wildlife needs.  See more information at www.springcreekoutdoors.com.   He can be reached at macy.ledbetter@gmail.com or 361-449-6376.

From the whole family at Ruple Properties, do not hesitate to reach out if we can help with any of your ranch, farm, or land needs!

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Written by Kyle W. M. Graham, Agent with Ruple Properties.  Kyle can be reached or followed as follows:



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Thanks and credit to Macy Ledbetter and www.springcreekoutdoors.com for much of the content in this blog post.  In addition, information found at https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/land/private/agricultural_land/.