Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The lek we used to use for photographers is located on a ranch just over the Oklahoma border near Glazier, Texas. In March 2017 the 300,000+ acre Perryton wildfire completely destroyed this ranch. The prairie of course is recovering, but this was not a normal prairie fire. These fires were moving at a rate of 50+ MPH, so even animals could not escape it. Nothing survived in the 300,000 acre burned area, including chickens.
The good news is we have located another ranch in 2019 that has bird and a ranch owner willing to share his birds with us! We were able to setup blinds in 2019, and the photographers were able to get some great shots, even though the birds ended up in an area with higher grass we had not mowed. For 2020 we will use that experience to hopefully prepare the area and have optimal blind placement.
We’re pleased to offer a package designed specifically for the serious photographer. If you sign up for the Photographer’s Package you will be placed in specially designated blinds, positioned for the best lighting, with a guaranteed front row seat the entire morning, with a maximum of 6 people per day, with one person per blind. We provide the blinds. You will take our van to the to the lek area, about 1 hour away where you will be dropped off at the blinds. After the birds have left the lek, the van will return to the Selman Ranch house for brunch, and then back to the Northwest Inn by about 1:00 p.m.
Optionally, you may use your own vehicle to return to the Selman Ranch for the rest of the afternoon and evening. You will have access to the entire ranch, which offers an abundance of photographic opportunities, including blinds at a wildlife feeding station with a water source that can be used in late afternoon or evening.
The number of daily spots is limited to six, so register early. The price for blind use and all day access to the Selman Ranch is $275 per day.