HOME RANGE: Notes on Literature, Nature, Working Dogs, History, Other Obsessions and Sundry Annoyances by Henry Chappell

Wyman Meinzer's West Texas

July 18, 2017

Tags: Wyman Meinzer, West Texas, Doug Smith

This has been out a few years now, and it still blows me away every time I play it. If you enjoy it and would like to be able to play it anywhere, please support Wyman's work and purchase the DVD at

Wyman Meinzer's West Texas from Wyman Meinzer on Vimeo.

King Ranch!

February 12, 2017

Tags: King Ranch, Horses to Ride, Cattle to Cut, Wyman Meinzer, Saddle Shop

Wyman and I enjoyed two great events yesterday at the King Ranch Saddle Shop in Kingsville, Texas. Signed a pile of books and made new friends and caught up with old friends. It's always good to get back to the legendary ranch. The Saddle Shop folks put on a wonderful signing. We couldn't have asked for better hosts. The long, shared history of the King Ranch and San Antonio Viejo Ranch made this trip special.

You know you want one!

November 23, 2016

Tags: Wyman Meinzer, Yeti, Tumbler

Millions of people have watched this video about my buddy Wyman Meinzer - so many, in fact, that Yeti has introduced the Wyman Meinzer Tumbler in the 20 and 30 ounce versions. I'm not making a penny on this, but I think the tumblers are cool, and I'm delighted for Wyman. If, like millions of other lovers of wildlife and wild country, you've enjoyed Wyman's photos, I hope you'll support him by ordering one or more of these branded tumblers.

San Antonio Viejo Deer Capture

November 22, 2016

Tags: San Antonio Viejo, Deer Capture, Wyman Meinzer

Lunchtime this past Friday at the annual San Antonio Viejo deer capture. Over the course of the day, researchers netted and released nearly a hundred deer for a long term investigation into the effects and interaction of drought and cattle grazing on wildlife. Every deer was examined and tagged. Wyman was there to photograph the action. I was there to Ö well Ö enjoy the helicopter ride and the best beef fajitas Iíve ever eaten.

The One and Only Wyman Meinzer

October 10, 2016

Tags: Wyman Meinzer, Yeti, video, Chasing Light

I'm pleased to have made a tiny contribution to this video about my great friend Wyman Meinzer - the finest photographer and outdoorsman I've ever known.

Selected Work

"I regard Silent We Stood as being among the finest Civil War novels I have ever read"
  • David Madden, Civil War Book Review
  • "Blood Kin is historical fiction at its best."
  • Bruce Winders, Historian and Curator, The Alamo
  • "The finest book on buffalo hunting and the resulting conflict with the Comanches that I have ever read."
  • Doris R. Meredith, Roundup
  • Non-fiction Books
    "Sharp and colorful also describe the economical prose of sports and wildlife writer Henry Chappell"
  • Elaine Wolff, San Antonio Current
  • Magazine Work
    Articles and Reviews
    Articles and Book Excerpts
    Feature Articles
    Columns and Feature Articles