Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The lek we 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 completed destroyed this ranch. Dick Wilberforce, rancher and published photographer, has his permanent photographer’s blind which we use at this ranch. He has been photographing from this blind for decades and normally has 40+ birds coming into the lek. The prairie will of course recover, 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. Dick reported seeing hundreds of dead coyotes, antelope and other wildlife. Nothing survived in the 300,000 acre burned area, including the chickens.
No birds returned to the lek, and we ended up canceling the Photographer’s Package in 2017. For 2018 we don’t know if any birds will return to this lek. We are hopeful they will return, but Dick is also working hard on finding alternate locations for his photographer’s blind. This is a difficult time for Dick, since the income from photographers and chicken viewers is a significant part of his ranch income that he lost in 2017. So he has a very good incentive to locate a lek for photographers in 2018. We are taking reservations for the 2018 Photographer’s Package (a maximum of 6 people per day) but be aware there is a possibility we’ll need to cancel. We will make a final decision by April 1st.
We’re pleased to offer a package this year 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. You will drive your own vehicle to the lek area, about 1 hour away (note the lek used for the Photographer’s Package is not on the Selman Ranch). You can return to the Selman Ranch house for brunch and then have access the entire day and evening to all areas of the Selman Ranch, which offers an abundance of photographic opportunities, including blinds at a wildlife feeding station and water source that can be used in late afternoon or evening.
Depending on lek locations blinds on the Selman Ranch leks may also be available for your use in the late afternoon, since the birds will often return to the leks at that time. So you can have a second opportunity, in different light, to photograph the birds!
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 $250 per day.