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Another Deer Camp on the Books!

November 28, 2012

Each year, on opening weekend of deer season, the BLCC hosts its Annual Deer Camp.  This is an opportunity for BLCC Hunt Club Members, Red River Breaks Club Members, and neighbors and friends of the BLCC to get together and celebrate their favorite time of year. 

This year, we hosted 25 guests on November 2-3 at the Lindsey Branch Cottage.  Along with members from our Hunt Club, we welcomed Darla Barr, the Cooke County Game Warden and two of her associates, Billy Squires, a neighbor east of the BLCC, and the Ken Harrison. 

The Lindsey Branch Cottage was a perfect place for Deer Camp, with plenty of sitting and sleeping space for our guests.

Each evening, different game was prepared for meals including venison, Alaskan King Salmon, dove kabobs, and pheasant.  After dinner on Friday, everyone turned in early in preparation for Opening Day on Saturday morning.  Saturday night was filled with stories of the day, card tournaments, and good conversation.  A highlight this year, was a big buck brought harvested by our neighbor Billy Squires.  He took the buck on the Cole property which sits right next to us on the East border of the Ranch.  Pretty impressive shot!

 

All in all, Deer Camp 2012 was a great success.  Good time with family, friends, and Club M embers of the BLCC.  We look forward to next year’s stories, food, and fellowship.  Good luck to everyone this hunting season and we’ll see you soon!

Events, Hunting, and Agriculture Picking Up Steam on the Red River Breaks

November 17, 2012

Things are moving fast here at the Red River Breaks.  The Lodge is booked every weekend from now until 2013 for parties and hunts.  Every time I step into Headquarters, the Check-In Board is full of hunters settled into blinds, enjoying the fine Fall weather and hoping to catch sight of their next “Big One”.  The winter wheat is growing thick as we prepare to launch the winter stocker operation and settle a new herd of calves onto the property. 

The last of the leaves are falling. Early Winter on Storybook Mountain.

The Lodge is humming with preparations for tonight’s event.  We are hosting a birthday party and, in a few hours, 60 guests filling the Lodge to celebrate.  Looking ahead, the Event Calendar is filling up!  Next week, we have another wedding.  We’ll ring in December with our first of two Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Big Time Texas Hunts.  Then we begin the Holiday Party Season, with a Christmas Party every Saturday until Christmas.  We are busy, busy, busy and it feels great!  There are still dates open for Holiday Events at the Lodge and an overnight or weekend trip would make an amazing Christmas Gift!  Contact us to set up your next party or weekend away.  We’d love to have you!

Holiday parties are unforgettable at the Lodge

The BLCC Hunt Club is hard at work harvesting deer for us.  Our current count is 12 does harvested and 3 bucks harvested.  Mike Hacker brought in a nice 11 point buck earlier this week, taken on Endres Ranch (part of the BLCC not adjoining the main part of the Ranch).  The buck’s preliminary Boone & Crockett Club gross score was 132 5/8.  With the winter wheat coming up, Wild Hogs have been moving through.  Check out the Game Camera shots taken on the East End last week.  Contact us soon to set up a White Tailed Deer or Wild Hog Hunt today!

Mike Hacker with his buck harvested earlier this week

How many do you count?

You’d think Winter would be a slow time for agriculture, when in fact it is actually a very busy time on the BLCC.  Our wheat fields are lush and green and almost ready for winter stocker calves to come on out and enjoy it.  I fully expect to see a couple large semi trucks coming down the County Road within the next few weeks.  These calves will be with us through the winter.  We are also planning and preparing for our Spring controlled burn program.  Each year, we strategically choose 300-500 acres of land to burn in order to manage the habitat for the wildlife.  Right now, we are looking at areas that may need burning and creating fire breaks in these ares so that we can control the fire easily.  Jumping even farther ahead, we are beginning to plan for springtime weed control and fertilization so that our hay crops will be successful.  If you, your family, or a school or university group is interested in coming out to the Ranch to get a good look at how we combine wildlife management with traditional agriculture and cattle operations, contact us.  We’d love to set up a day tour and lunch for your group.

The winter wheat offers a beatiful contrast to the leafless trees.

The BLCC is a great place for educational days or tours

Red River Breaks Becoming a Wedding Destination

November 9, 2012

The BLCC has been developing a few new branches of operation over the past two years and Events are quickly becoming a popular activity here on the Ranch.  We started small in 2010 with facility rentals and progressed steadily toward parties catered by outside vendors.  In the Fall and Winter of 2011, we expanded to internally-catered events, hosting Muenster State Bank’s Chistmas Party and serving a custom-designed menu for the guests.  With each event, we learned new ways of improving the experience for our guests and, early in 2012, we started to book wedding receptions.

Photo courtesy of Country Girl Pix.

 Since the beginning of this year, the Red River Breaks has been the destination of five wedding ceremonies and seven wedding receptions, with one more on the books for November.  Couples and their families come in search of a unique, rustic, natural setting that balances class with home and the Ranch fits that bill exactly.

Removing the couches and chairs from the Great Room in the Lodge allows us to seat up to 75 guests indoors.

Wedding ceremonies have taken place in various settings on the Ranch, including the back porch, at the base of the front steps of the Lodge, at the Pond below the Lodge, and under one of our large oak trees here on the Ranch.  Each ceremony has been beautifully executed and unforgettable.

With Storybook Mountain and the valley below as the backdrop for the ceremony, the guests at this wedding sure had a visual treat!

 

The bride at this wedding was escorted down the Lodge’s front steps in grand fashion to her groom under the oak trees.

Receptions have ranged in size from 30 guests to 250 guests.  The versatility of the Lodge and the Ranch itself is remarkable and word of mouth travels fast.  The carport shifts beautifully into a dancefloor, where both live bands and DJs have played music long into the night.  The Lodge’s wrap-around porch and surrounding grounds offer a perfect balance between indoor and outdoor seating, eliminating concern for weather.   We hope to continue to expand our Wedding and Event operations in 2013 and if you or someone you know is interested in celebrating a wedding here on the Ranch, contact usto start planning today!

We have countless seating arrangements for guests, including this U-shaped, family style set-up.

 

With large groups, a buffet-style dinner service has been the most popular option. Although, we do offer served meals for smaller groups.

We offer a range of activities to the couple, their families, and their wedding parties during the weekend of their wedding.  Just this morning, a group of groomsmen went out on a doe hunt.  This afternoon, the entire wedding party is going out for skeet shooting.  We’ve also hosted a rehearsal dinner on the Red River Sandbar, complete with a bonfire, for a couple in September.

The carport transforms easily into a wonderful dance floor. Photo courtesy of Country Girl Pix.

 Don’t forget, the Red River Breaks is perfect for any sort of party or event, not just weddings.  December is filling up fast with corporate holiday parties.  Contact us soon to reserve your date!

Get a Sneak Peek of BLCC Deer!

November 1, 2012

While we have already started harvesting deer on the BLCC as part of the TPWD Managed Lands Program, the rut season is beginning.  We have strategically placed deer cameras throughout the property.  Photographs taken from these cameras give us valuable information about our deer herd’s health, size, and patterns-not to mention some comical caught on candid camera moments! With this information, we can make important decisions about how to better serve the wildlife on the ranch.  We pulled some cards from the cameras this week and wanted to give you a sneak peek before the season really kicks off into high gear!  We hope you enjoy them and if you want to set up an opportunity to come out and see them in person, contact us to reserve your spot!

Note the date…Taken just two days ago!

Here’s a pretty doe. We watch doe activity as much as buck activity, tracking movement, health, and number.

Two young bucks sparring. Who knows what they’ll look like in a year or two!

Another good buck posing for the camera.

Tough to see, but here’s a comical photo of a large buck trying to get to the best acorns on the tree!

 

We also wanted to offer our congratulations to Randy Lewis.  Randy came over on Monday evening for a doe hunt with his father as part of the Cooke County Youth Hunt.  After spending a quick hour in the blind with his Dad, Randy harvested his first deer!  The BLCC truly feels honored to have the opportunity to be a part of such special memories for the youth in our area.  We also would like to thank Randy for helping us work toward our mission of sustaining the diversity of wildlife here on the BLCC.  Contact us to set up a trip with your children!  There’s nothing like time spent in nature with children and we’d be happy to help you create a unique and memorable experience.

Youth Hunter, Randy Lewis and his first deer harvest. Congratulations Randy!

Memories made on the BLCC.

BLCC Hunt Club Activities

October 25, 2012

A quick update on BLCC Hunting Activities.  The weather has been inconsistent lately, but deer cams are showing promising prospects for rut.  We hope to post some deer cam shots within a week, so stay tuned!  Our current deer harvest is seven does.  There are still some hunt packages available for this season.  If you or someone you know wants a unique and memorable hunting experience, contact us soon to reserve your dates!  We’d love to give you a hunt you’ll never forget. 

 

Change Isn’t Just Coming…It’s Here!

October 18, 2012

Looking out at Storybook Mountain from the Log Cabin porch, one can see Fall’s subtle entrance.  Change is here, in the trees, in the air, in the soil.  Just as the land for which it was named is changing, so too is the BLCC.  We have undergone some significant growth in the last year here on the Ranch.  We’ve recruited and secured an invaluable team member in our COO, David Woods.  We have ramped up our Agriculture Operations.  We expanded our Hunting Program and almost tripled our Hospitality and Events endevours.  And, we have recently finalized the addition of a new branch of operations, The Red River Breaks Private Membership Club

Colors are creeping onto the BLCC landscape as Fall comes into full swing.

The BLCC Agriculture Program is ramping up with Fall activities and preparations.  After a summer filled with structural updates and facelifts, the BLCC is ready for expansion of its cattle operation to include additional acreage and therefore, additional cattle!  The Lindsey Branch windmill is functioning, which will provide water for an additional 280 acreas of grazable land for cattle.  Fence lines were  repaired throughout the Ranch to insure that the additional cattle will remain in their designated areas.  Fields have been plowed and planted for winter crops, such as wheat and soy beans to feed both our cattle and our deer.  The wheat is sneaking up as I write, tricking onlookers into thinking it may be Spring we are waiting for, instead of Winter.  And soon, our first load of stocker calves will be here and our cattle operation will be in full swing. 

With a good balance of recent rain and warm sunlight, the winter wheat is growing well.

The BLCC Hunt Club did not escape change this year either.  In case you thought 2,700 acreas was not large enough, we have expanded the Hunt Club to include over 400 additional acreas of hunting area, inlcuding food plots, blinds, stands, and feeders.  Preseason spotlight counts showed a healthy deer herd-a blessing after two hard summers in a row!  Cameras stationed all over the Ranch are producing great photos of big, mature bucks and youngsters with impressive potential.  As part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Managed Land Program, BLCC hunters enjoy the opportunity to begin harvesting deer in October, rather than November each year and they have certainly been productive so far!  Our current harvest count is up to five does.  Hopefully, we’ll have some trophy bucks to report soon!  If you or someone you know is interested in coming out to hunt on the BLCC, contact us

A Hunter’s view of the additional 400 acres added to the Hunt Club’s available land.

Hospitality and Events have certainly kept our COO, David Woods, on his toes!  This branch of operations has skyrocketed in the last 12 months, bringing over 2,000 guests onto the BLCC.  We have hosted fine dining events, catered dinners, wedding receptions, business day retreats, and overnight guests.  We have a number of custom package hunts booked for this fall as well.  We are able to plan and execute a memorable event for you and your family.  Be sure to spread the word to family and friends and have them contact us to set up their next event here on the Ranch!

Set up for a business retreat held at the Lodge.

Perhaps one of the most significant changes to the BLCC has been the formation of the Red River Breaks Private Membership Club.  The Club’s concept has been in the works for about four years and has finaly come to fruition.  “The Breaks” has a Private Membership option for both individuals or corporations.  Membership provides the Member and their family year-round, full access and use of the entire 3,500 acre Ranch property including the Main Lodge and Lindsey Branch Cottage as well as future improvements.  Membership offering is non-equity and is subject to terms and conditions of BLCC corporate holdings.  If you or someone you know may be interested in this wonderful opportunity, contact COO, David Woods for more information and to schedule a site visit.  Memberships are limited-you don’t want to miss your chance!

So, as you can see, life has been busy on the BLCC.  From the constant and predictable change of the Agriculture Program to the explosion of the Hospitality and Events Operations, all the way to the slow, steady bloom of our newest branch, The Red River Breaks, we have certainly grown as a company over the past year!  Visit our new website: www.redriverbreaks.com to get more information on our products and keep an eye here on the blog and on Facebook for the most up-to-date reports on the BLCC and The Red River Breaks!

Hurry and Enter the BLCC Charity Golf Tournament!

May 31, 2012

This Saturday, June 2nd, marks the BLCC’s first Charity Golf Tournament.  The tournament will benefit the Sacred Heart Church Youth Group and the Muenster First Baptist Church Youth Group.  Shotgun start at 2:00 p.m. at Turtle Hill Golf Course in Muenster, TX.  There will prizes on course and awards will be given at a BBQ held at the Bartush Lodge on the BLCC!  Call us to sign your team up!  940/759-2378 or email us at contact@bartushland.com! See you there!