The Texas Puncher cut his teeth roping wild longhorns, then drove them east, on the Opelousas Trail to New Orleans, through treacherous swamps and rivers. Years later, he headed ‘em north to the railheads. When the big ranches — XIT, Matador, Pitchfork and 06 were established, he had wild country to contend with…cavernous canyons, rivers with quicksand, mesquite thickets that tore his gear apart and cows determined never to be tamed. This was reflected in his gear and the way he works. He packs a short rope and ties hard and fast. He uses split reins and wears leggins heavy as armor. He’s always in a hurry to get the job done before the midday sun reaches its broiling point. Featuring Buster McLaury, Waddie Mitchell, Boots O’Neal, Chris Lacey and ranches from the rugged west to the desert south to the pineywoods of east Texas. Music by Don Edwards, the Gillette Brothers and Ken Moore. 98 minutes.