Howdy y'all. It is now March, and 2022 is off to a fine start. We are still on track to have this year's Silver spur Award Show, so save your money and we will let you know when the tickets go on sale. Just like last time, the proceeds are being donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Our very own Hank Garret, author of "Harlem Hoodlum to Hollywood Heavyweight," is having a book signing at the Martial Arts History Museum (2319 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA. 91506) on March 12th at 4pm. All the Reel Cowboys should attend to support our friend.
We have lots of good articles this month including a special article provided to me by Randal Massaro (Union for the Preservation of Wildlife). This is a MUST READ.
~Charles P. Scott
Wild Horses Not Being Treated Fairly by BLM Ranchers ~Craig C. Downer
The recent opinion column by Dennis Golden is full of hyperbole and bias as concerns the wild horses, livestock and other presences on our public lands, both in Nevada and throughout the West. Golden presents a lopsided view that exaggerates the wild horses and their impacts while ignoring the much greater impacts and relative proportions of domestic cattle and sheep...
When we think of Wild Bill Hickok we think of a gunfighter, lawman and gambler. But what many people don't know about Wild Bill is that he was also a married man. Well maybe not a married man, but at least he was a man who was married.
There are many iconic cowgirls of the wild west. Here are three women who have left the biggest mark in history as the most famous women cowgirls.
We often think of men as the leaders of the old west. However, women had a large role in bringing up the west as we know it today. The west provided far more opportunities for women than life in the east did at that time. Women were able to travel across the plains and settle into new territories...
Texas' Favorite Butter
Now, The King Ranch is a brand that came, quite literally, from a brand. King Ranch even has its own brand of Ford Pickup.
The King Ranch also helped launch another old Texas brand, Falfurrias Butter.
It is a little circuitous, but this is how it all came about. Richard King’s partner, Mifflin Kenedy, sold 7,000 cows to Ed Lasater, who then created the dairy that launched Falfurrias butter. Thirty-five years later, the...
The Kevin Costner Story
Acclaimed actor, producer, and director, Kevin Costner, has cemented himself as Hollywood royalty throughout his career. But even with all the success and fame he’s achieved, Costner has remained down-to-earth and is genuinely a good guy. He let his strong moral ground guide the decisions he made in his career. Only accepting roles that encompassed strong character, a sense of justice, and touched on authentic emotion, he created a vast filmography that stands the...
Wild Bill Hickok begins to establish his reputation as a gunfighter after he shoots three men during a shootout in Nebraska.
Born in Homer (later called Troy Grove), Illinois, James Butler Hickok moved to Kansas in 1855 at the age of 18. There he filed a homestead claim, took odd jobs, and began calling himself by his father’s...
Messed Up Truth
It's a shoot-out that has come to represent the glamour and gore that defined the Wild West, or, at least, our modern-day understanding of it. Pitting a motley crew of unconventional lawmen — the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday — against the so-called Cochise County Cowboys, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, was over in less than 30 seconds. When...
Hats Off to 1883
~Bob Boze Bell
We love 1883. It is a breath of fresh air. But that’s not to say we don’t have issues with the history. Our intrepid editor, who shall remain nameless (you could look him up in the masthead) maintains that the show could have also been called 1843, because that seems close to the era that Taylor Sheridan wanted to portray in his epic Texas to Montana wagon train prequel to...
It was actually an Oldsmobile, but what rhymes with that? The Olds was about on its last legs and so was our pickup. Finances had been tight on the ranch as usual, but we had mustered enough cash to buy another car for my wife Terri, leaving the decrepit, blue, behemoth Oldsmobile to melt into the environment.
The blue Olds had no value for trade-in, so I decided to give it a try as backup for cruising the fields that spring during calving. That would reduce the hours put on the pickup, conserve some gas, and maybe get me through spring without replacing the pickup just yet.
On one particular morning, I was making a tour of the calves and checking for any health problems. The feeding had already been accomplished but I needed to finish this quickly and still get to town for some supplies. The blue beast was perfect for the task. The fields were relatively dry and the front wheel drive offered decent traction. Diligence was critical to avoid rocks and ditches that would normally be cleared with the truck.