Income from wildlife may outpace cattle on Southwest ranch

Smith, Ron
May 2005
Southeast Farm Press;5/4/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 13, special section p1
Trade Publication
The article reports that within five years, wildlife enterprises are expected to generate more income than cattle on the Addison Ranch near Marietta, Okla. But the two operations will continue to augment each other. The article states that creating and maintaining habitat for whitetail deer, wild turkeys, feral hogs and ducks, can offer income opportunities that may help to keep many Southwest farms and ranches solvent. An increasing number of landowners with significant acreage are finding they can provide unique recreational activities for hunters, birdwatchers, and others who enjoy an opportunity to hike through meadows and forests. Much of the Southwest's farm and ranch land is close enough to metropolitan areas to be within driving distance for urbanites who may be willing to pay for the opportunity to hunt, fish, or photograph.


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