Wild Texas Longhorn

By | March 23, 2020

I photographed this Wild Texas Longhorn at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

From the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Website in reference to the Texas Longhorn:

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge’s objective for the Texas Longhorn Cattle is one of protecting and preserving a significant cultural and historical resource. Specifically, the management objective, as set by the U.S. Congress states, “To maintain and preserve under reasonably natural conditions, with as little change and as true to type as is possible, a herd of historically significant Texas Longhorn cattle for the enjoyment and study by present and future generations.”

The Texas longhorn today carries many colors and hide patterns. Hardy and active, they are well suited to the arid conditions of the Southwest, where for more than three centuries they occupied extensive ranges, excluding other cattle, and left an indelible stamp on the economy and culture of the region.

Texas Longhorn
Texas Longhorn

How I Got The Shot – Wild Texas Longhorn

I parked in a pull out and this Texas Longhorn was feeding on the other side of the road. I had to wait awhile for it to lift its head for this shot. I had a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/320 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 135 mm

A few more photos I took of the Texas Longhorns: Texas Longhorn Calf

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.