On the Edge of Common Sense – by Baxter Black

Wanted:  Cowboy.  No TV, No phone.  If you don’t like dogs and can’t tough it in the mountains, don’t apply.  Alamo, Nevada
A Handbook for Ranch Managers
Believe it or not, there are still a few of them ‘ol boys like that around. But granted, they need to be on some sort of “rare and endangered” list. — jtl, 419
 Billy Bob Tennison

This first appeared in the June 2016 issue of the excellent magazine Progressive Cattleman: via Richard Beal’s Blog

Wanted:  Cowboy.  No TV, No phone.  If you don’t like dogs and can’t tough it in the mountains, don’t apply.  Alamo, Nevada

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual   I’d like to meet the ol’ boy that wrote that ad. You can almost picture him in your mind. We’re all acquainted with somebody who fits his description.  He might be willing to give you a month off to go see your ailin’ mother – but better not ask for every Saturday and Sunday off to go ropin’.  He’s not liable to set down and give you a two-hour lecture on his range management theories, but work beside him for a year or two and you’ll learn more about protecting the environment and workin’ with nature than you’d read in a thousand BLM pamphlets.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewHe probably wouldn’t have much sympathy if you got bucked off one of his colts, but if yer wife’s in the hospital, he’ll make sure you have everything you need.

He’d look the other way if  you got picked up by the deputy for gettin rowdy in town, but if you don’t get the salt scattered in the right place there’ll be heck to pay.

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits The person that answers that ad ought to know better than to set down and start askin’ about paid holidays, days off, cost-of-living escalators and a five-year contract.  However, if I don’t miss my guess, he’ll get a day’s pay for a day’s work, good grub, a warm bunk and that kind of “family feelin’” that comes with cowboyin’.  There’s plenty of good hands that could answer that ad and fit right in.  If he gits the job, you can bet yer silver snuff can lid he’s a cowboy.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) A reporter asked me a while back if I was a cowboy.  I said no.  That name is reserved for them that make their livin’ punchin’ cows.  It don’t bother me to be mistaken for a cowboy; matter of fact, I’m proud of it.  But that honor belongs to that particular feller who gits up everyday, puts on his spurs and goes to work.

Them that write “cowboy” in the blank space after “occupation” on the IRS form; they’re what I’m talkin’ about.  Real cowboys; the backbone of the cattle business.

The picture is of the cowboy who taught me most of what I know about cattle.  Billy Bob Tennison, now living in cowboy heaven.



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