This whole question occurred to me the other day as I was walking a gully that went from my property on to the neighbors which then goes back onto my property and feeds water into the east pond. The coyotes obviously heard me and we're running up out of the Gully when I saw them. I had disturbed their sleep. Except for hunting season and perhaps searching for the occasional missing cow or horse, I doubt the tenant and the neighbor ever go down in the gullies.
I have been thinking about putting my little house on the north end of the property because there are no gas pads there. But perhaps I will reconsider. Or, instead of putting it partially in the middle of the North acreage, I will put it on the Edge by the road., thus leaving more of a buffer between me and the Wild Gully areas.
I'm on the Prairie in Western Oklahoma and having just arrived in the area. I drive to the farm on all the different back roads , exploring as I go. I am truly astonished at how much land there is, and the fact that it is mostly used for cattle with bottom land being used for farming. I just had no idea of the breadth of agricultural use of the land out here. And I've lived in these parts off and on my whole life., but mostly in the city. The good land I imagine all gets used for cattle and farming, my great-grandparents didn't get here early enough to get good land so "the farm" as the family calls it is up on the breaks, or the upper watershed, between two small rivers. So one side gullies off to the North and the other side gullies off to the South. Those gullies both frighten and charm me. I worry about erosion, but perhaps they've been like that for a hundred years already. But the other day I found the spring that was used my great Grandparents at the head of the Gully near the Old Homestead. That Gully has running water and Reeds and cattails and racoon and I'm not sure what else because I can't tell this time of year.
If you're interested in my thread it's called Re-homesteading in the Dust Bowl.