Tex McBride is a rancher and homesteader who lives somewhere in the windy part of Wyoming. He grew up never wanting to be anything but a cowboy with animals and livestock always playing a large role in his life. It would be incorrect to lable him a survivalist using the traditional definition most folks think of, but he does take pride in trying to live a sustainable lifestyle. If one were to come up with a comical lable, you might say he is a comfortablist. Going to the woods and constantly honing bushcraft skills is not really his thing, but working around the ranch to make sure things run smoothly acts as a constant teacher for him.
Besides raising a garden and several different types of livestock, he is also a professional welder with almost 25 years of on the job experience. Cowboying and ranching hasn’t always paid the bills, so he has traveled all over the country working as a Master Journeyman Ironworker along with his time welding in industrial construction and the oilpatch. There has even been a couple short stints when he worked as a logger. For the most part though, he is home now and he guides antelope hunters on the ranch each fall. For enjoyment, he likes to tinker around do a little forge work and simple blacksmithing. Another costly occupier of his time is his hounds. Unlike the coonhounds he used to run, raising and training hounds for the pursuit of bobcat and mountain lion has turned into another full-time job. “Oh well”, he says, “if I didn’t have hounds, I’d probably do something dumb with my money”.
Tex once said he is definitely not a mechanic, but he knows someone who is. His philosophy is to let those guys do their thing and he’ll do his. Another philosophy is teaching kids to hunt. It seems like each fall he’ll run across a kid with an antelope tag and nowhere to go hunt and no idea how to fill that tag. He has taken several kids out to bag their first antelope and he always gives a special effort to make sure they get a good one. One place you won’t see him is in the middle of all the online gun arguments. When it comes down to the ‘nut cuttin’, he’ll choose a Winchester 94 over an AR anyday. You want to see ol’ Tex roll his eyes? Ask him about his new distance shooting endeavor. He once said he’d like to try and get into shooting long range, so some of his so called friends went in together and bought him a bare bones 308 that he had to do the build on. Well, he did it and now he loves the rifle, but he has figured out this little game is just as spendy as the hounds are.
It’s safe to say Tex is a, call’em as he sees’em, type. Being a rancher, he is an expert at spotting BS and isn’t afraid to let you know it. He may be an opinionated SOB, but he has a huge soft spot when it comes to young kids and little critters. Growing up in a God fearing home, he is a Christian and believes that men and women were each designed to fulfill certain roles. Liberty and Freedom are two things that he feels are worth fighting and dying for, because without them, nothing else worth having is possible. He often wonders why people will so willingly give up their freedoms and he prays that we can somehow get our country back onto the right path.
It was once said that he absolutely loved a good barroom brawl, but I can assure you, that was just BS. I do know, that given a choice, he will choose a tumbler of good Canadian whiskey over beer every time. Sometime when you want a good laugh, ask him about his big time rodeo career. He says he always did real good until that SOB came along and opened the chute gate. Then things just sorta went to hell. He once told a game warden that when fishing and results mattered, use dynamite. You can imagine how well that went over. When the chips are down though, one life lesson that he strictly adheres to, is to never kick a cow patty on a hot day and to also never kick a cow patty on a cold day.