Welcome to the home page for KenCookOutdoors and Tarbone Ranch. Take a virtual tour of our Ranch and enjoy some of our spectacular views of the Wichita Mountains and its wildlife that inhabits our little piece of heaven.
We have endured a terrible two yearlong drought during 2011 and 2012. During this time we also suffered a horrific fire that destroyed much of our beautiful forest and many animals. We continue to re-build our habitat and animal population. It is a slow, painful process, but we will persevere in our efforts to re-create a paradise for our visitors both human and wild.
After retirement from a 30 year career as a professional bass angler, we have devoted our life efforts to making Tarbone Ranch a destination for others who share our passion for all things wild. We offer a limited number of hunting and photographic safari opportunities for the trophy game animals that live here. We strive to produce top end trophies from our herds of deer, elk and bison by allowing them to reach their potential mature size.
To enhance these possibilities, we maintain food plots of several varieties as well as the native browse and grasses. We supplement the native food availability with high protein deer and elk feed to assure the animals have a continuous supply of nutrition to maximize opportunity to reach their maximize size and health.
We have built a hunting cabin on the property to house our guests in a place that is surrounded by the beauty of the Wichita Mountains and game animals. It is not a five star lodge, but rather a rustic cabin in the woods with all the amenities to assure our visitors a maximum opportunity to enjoy their stay.
If you have interest in sharing our Tarbone Ranch as a hunter or photographer, please contact us for a visit.
September 2013 Update
This month marks the 2nd anniversary of the fire that devastated Tarbone Ranch animals and forest. Just as we had the animals up to the quality standards we have been striving so hard for, a fire started by a Contractor on The Wichita Mountains Refuge came storming over Tarbone Mountain on September 1, 2011. The next day the fire charged out of the Medicine Creek valley, over our south boundary and virtually surrounded the Ranch HQ.
Thanks to efforts by family and friends along with several Volunteer Fire Departments, we managed to save our home and outbuildings from the fire. Many of our animals and most of our old growth oak forest were lost to the extremely hot fire.
As of this date, still no restitution has been realized from the "Wrongdoer" of this event, but we are hopeful that some action will happen soon to help us to recover financially from our losses.
In the meantime, we are trying to recover from the droughts of 2011 and 2012. This year has seen above average rainfall that will help to re-establish food plots lost to the fire and droughts. Our surviving animals are doing well despite the drought because of our efforts to supply them high quality nutrition. We have several trophy buck deer and elk bulls that are available for hunts this season and others to come.
We have re-established our bison herd to some extent and have some really nice trophy bulls available for hunters to pursue. The elk herd has produced several calves each of the last two seasons. These new babies will carry the herd into the future with new opportunities for growth.
Please continue to follow us on this website or Ken Cook Outdoors on Facebook. I will continue to post updates as Tarbone Ranch returns to its former game rich and beautiful site.
Ken's Tool Kit
Here's a new way to buy Ken Cook's Fishing Tool Kit. It is available for a limited time at Cook's Tackle Systems at: http://www.cookstacklesystems.com/ It is the same Kit as I have sold on my website for many years. I also recommend you take a look at the Cook's GoTo tackle organization system. I have used it for years and it truly makes me a more organized angler. No, I didn't invent this one, but it is a great item for all fishermen.