Mike Moutoux, New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy

 

Mike Moutoux

New Mexico's
Enchanting Cowboy


Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
August 2008

We are well into the monsoon season and that is always a special time for everyone a round here. Rain becomes a big topic of conversation, as the rains can be both very spotty and very heavy at times. Jerry likes to tell the story about a guy who accidentally left a double barrel shotgun leaning against a fence one day when it rained. When he went to get it the next day, one barrel was full of water and the other barrel was dry!

Rain seems to bring the snakes out too. The ranch dog was bit on the nose and has since recovered. I came close to stepping on one. That diamondback is now a hatband that I sewed up myself. I figger a hatband won’t be biting any cows, horses or little dogs. The rains have been spotty with the north half of the ranch getting more rain than the south. It’s almost magic how the brown landscape changes to green in just a few days after a good rain. The monsoon clouds are spectacular—I should be taking more photos than I do.

We have been seeing some antelope; the best was when we jumped a young one while moving some yearlings. It appeared to be less than a week old. That little thing popped up out of the grass and ran pretty fast for such a little thing. We had seen his mother lurking around so they probably got together after we went by. There’s always a lot to see out here. One rare creature was a Montezuma Quail I saw on the way in to work. If you have never seen one, look him up in a bird book. Great bird.

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