Expect the Unexpected!
Gail directed management of the ranch until her passing on July 28, 2014, just short of 87 years old.
RIP Gail Bradford Leslie
Texas hunting is primarily conducted on private land. Feeders are used to bring game into sight and hunters sit in stands. This relatively safe, low-profile approach to hunting is the most common method of hunting used at GBL.
Our management activities encourage a variety of wildlife to call GBL home. We hunt native and exotic game. Natives in this area include Whitetail deer and Rio Grande turkey. The free-ranging exotics include Aoudads, Axis deer, Sika deer, Blackbuck Antelope, feral hogs, Russian Boars, Catalina goats, and a variety of Corsican/Barbado sheep. .
The middle segment of the divided homestead, GBL Ranch, is named after Wheat's youngest daughter, Gail.
In 2005 GBL Ranch adopted a goal to sustain the diverse population of native wildlife and to control the population of exotic, non-native, game. This is classic hunting with no guarantees. Wheat and Maude raised and sold livestock for income, but primarily fed the family from the land. Maude kept a garden and Wheat harvested game. Every Thanksgiving, Wheat was asked by his daughter, "Are we going to have a turkey for dinner?" Wheat would always reply, "I don't know. We'll see."
GBL is roughly 4 square miles of rocky land with oaks, mesquite, cedar, cactus, limestone bluffs, and dry creek beds. Pioneer cattleman MM Bradford moved to Edwards County in 1879 and lived in a cave on the ranch while building his home on Contrary Creek. His son, Wheat Bradford, started ranching the land as a teenager. Wheat married Maude Yett and they raised 3 girls.