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Old 08-27-2018, 10:43 PM   #51
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We dug a bigger pond this year so hopefully it brings in more birds.


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We bird hunt off of 2191 a few miles east of town(Fal). White wing are around but mourning dove are like gnats every year. I’ve seen some horrible shot gunners get limits on this place, for about an hour in the morning and maybe 2 in the evening you could burn your barrels up. This year I’ll be toting my wife’s .410 o/u trying to go 15 for 15.
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:33 AM   #52
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Anyone got updates on trail cams from their leases? Wanting to see how yallís herd is growing.


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Old 08-29-2018, 10:47 AM   #53
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I was pessimistic about the quality of the deer this year but after reviewing my first set of trail cam pics I am pleasantly surprised. We had a decent spring and evidently it made a difference. It appears they are looking better this year compared to last. Friends on other ranches in the area are also seeing some outstanding bucks.
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Old 09-02-2018, 06:42 PM   #54
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I should have some pics after the dove opener on the 14th.


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Old 09-05-2018, 10:43 AM   #55
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Anyone getting any rain? Has some good rainfall by us yesterday, guessing an inch or so.


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Old 09-05-2018, 11:26 AM   #56
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N Webb county got hammered. 4+ inches on my pasture. Well looks like another wasted hunting season
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Old 09-05-2018, 11:42 AM   #57
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looks like another wasted hunting season
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:34 PM   #58
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Pasture greens up......deer don't move.....simple as that
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:00 PM   #59
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Pasture greens up......deer don't move.....simple as that


Are you complaining about the blessing of rain in STX??
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:34 PM   #60
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Are you complaining about the blessing of rain in STX??
I love rain in South Texas..... January through July
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:53 PM   #61
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Duval Co.

Our place is toast dry but we had a couple big rains this summer. Deer did well and consumed more protein and cottonseed than years past.

Looks like good rain chances through the weekend and into next week.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:11 PM   #62
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I hear you Kevin! But I won't complain about the rain because we'd probably be starting over on deer management if we went through September without it. We got some decent rain in April and May but not enough at once to do anything to the tanks. Most of our them dried up in August and we'd have been piling up dead deer in a bad way if we didn't get water in the tanks. I think we got 6"+ last week so I'll be hunting teal instead of dove if we can even get around this weekend.

Unfortunately, the rain didn't come in time to save the fish. We had some tanks dry up completely that people caught eight pound bass in last fall. Very sad.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:35 PM   #63
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I hear you Kevin! But I won't complain about the rain because we'd probably be starting over on deer management if we went through September without it. We got some decent rain in April and May but not enough at once to do anything to the tanks. Most of our them dried up in August and we'd have been piling up dead deer in a bad way if we didn't get water in the tanks. I think we got 6"+ last week so I'll be hunting teal instead of dove if we can even get around this weekend.

Unfortunately, the rain didn't come in time to save the fish. We had some tanks dry up completely that people caught eight pound bass in last fall. Very sad.
Dang, I hate to hear that about the tanks , We had timely rains throughout the summer to keep everything decent looking. June and July were rough, but other than that, we faired ok.
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Pasture greens up......deer don't move.....simple as that
Early, sure, doesnít mean the entire season is sunk though.
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:09 PM   #65
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Early, sure, doesnít mean the entire season is sunk though.
Need a hard freeze in November. That would be the saving grace. I won't hold my breath for that.
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:18 PM   #66
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Need a hard freeze in November. That would be the saving grace. I won't hold my breath for that.
We usually see a lot of movement in December regardless of rain. I am hoping for a cold winter though, that makes for the best hunting
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:36 PM   #67
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We got 9 inches of rain at the ranch the last two days. We needed the rain but Iím supposed to be down tomorrow for opening weekend of dove Friday.


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Old 09-16-2018, 02:59 PM   #68
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4 1/2Ē in the gauge this morning at the lease in Duval co near San Jose. Made a solo trip this weekend being Iím not sure when Iíll make it back before season. Was kinda spooky being there alone, but I had my .45 and my dog to protect me. Big difference already in the greenery from last weekend when we were there.


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Old 09-16-2018, 03:18 PM   #69
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How did it look?? I didn't even mess trying to get out this weekend...the rain has been outstanding all over deep south tx.

Water was running over the roads in several areas in my travels last week & Falcon has a little water under the bridge in Zapata again.
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:07 PM   #70
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How did it look?? I didn't even mess trying to get out this weekend...the rain has been outstanding all over deep south tx.



Water was running over the roads in several areas in my travels last week & Falcon has a little water under the bridge in Zapata again.


We got close to 17 inches and there was water all over.

No birds flying either.











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Old 09-16-2018, 04:41 PM   #71
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No birds flying either.




Did you try scouting around an established pond...

There are lots of birds in the area & sure they will gather back up if it ever quits...heck, I think we got rain next weekend too.


That's quite a trek for you...just think of all the skeeters waiting for you on the next trip!!
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:49 PM   #72
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Did you try scouting around an established pond...



There are lots of birds in the area & sure they will gather back up if it ever quits...heck, I think we got rain next weekend too.





That's quite a trek for you...just think of all the skeeters waiting for you on the next trip!!


They were already really bad.

I talking marsh skeeters bad.


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Old 09-18-2018, 03:57 PM   #73
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Our place is down by Hebbronville, wondering if anyone else is experiencing major downtime during the rut? Seems like trying to kill one with a stick bow in late December is nigh on impossible.
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Old 09-18-2018, 04:05 PM   #74
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Tagged once again.. This will be year 15 in San Ygnacio. We killed one good buck last year. I am ready. if Falcon has water back under 83 in Zapata. That is awesome. I don't remember the last time water was that high.
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Old 09-19-2018, 04:18 PM   #75
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Talked to our ranch owner today. 7" since the beginning of the month. 13" total this year.
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Old 09-19-2018, 04:36 PM   #76
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Did you guys experience an odd rut last year? Seemed like the snow played some trickery on our place in Duval Co.
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Old 09-19-2018, 05:32 PM   #77
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Did you guys experience an odd rut last year? Seemed like the snow played some trickery on our place in Duval Co.


Seems we canít ever hit it right.
Weíre in Duval also.


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Old 09-19-2018, 11:27 PM   #78
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Talked to our ranch owner today. 7" since the beginning of the month. 13" total this year.


Seemed like pre rut playing around with some chasing last year. Never really could get them nailed down.


I typically hunt opening weekend, thanksgiving,
Mid December, and New Years.


Opening weekend bucks are still in groups. Thanksgiving they are separated more and the younger bucks are running does off corn but mid December the older bucks are usually chasing. This past year mid December I would see mature buck run a doe off corn and come back and hang out.

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Old 09-30-2018, 01:36 AM   #79
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:35 PM   #80
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Anyone been out to the lease with updates? Just did some much needed shredding last weekend. Saw two nilgai and a tall 8 point while I was out there. Name:  IMG_7320.jpg
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:22 PM   #81
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Been down a couple times....we are just outside of Hebbronville. Green, green and green some more! Going to make hunting tough as everyone has said. We have 3500 acres and poured the protein to the deer. Haven't seen great results to be honest from last year to this year with our older mature bucks.
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Old 10-24-2018, 11:35 AM   #82
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Old 10-24-2018, 12:10 PM   #83
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The cold weather over the last 10 days has the deer going nuts!
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Old 10-24-2018, 12:11 PM   #84
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Where do you hunt? Do you mean rutting activity or just movement in general?


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How are things in your area? It has been really flooded towards my end of the lease, some spots are hard to get by even with 4wd! This past Sunday saw a bunch of deer everywhere nothing worth sticking but did end up getting a small boar about 75lbs. All my bucks on cams are small compared to last season kinda bummed about that but everyone keeps saying the same thing on the lease maybe all the rain has pushed some of the deer away
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Old 10-24-2018, 03:47 PM   #86
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How are things in your area? It has been really flooded towards my end of the lease, some spots are hard to get by even with 4wd! This past Sunday saw a bunch of deer everywhere nothing worth sticking but did end up getting a small boar about 75lbs. All my bucks on cams are small compared to last season kinda bummed about that but everyone keeps saying the same thing on the lease maybe all the rain has pushed some of the deer away


All our big bucks disappeared after the rain, just getting doe and small bucks on camera. Even then itís so green they donít come to feeders like they used too. Need all this grass to freeze.


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Old 10-26-2018, 09:30 AM   #87
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Nice! I will be heading down Friday and canít wait to relax at the camp. Didnít really see anything that excited me on camera this summer so Iím not really chasing a target buck.


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I thought about making a trip with my Brother last week but work kept me from going.


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Same here. Nothing exciting on camera, but itís always been like that for the 4 years weíve been on this lease. Itís more of a ďgetawayĒ lease than a trophy lease. But for what we pay, we canít complain. Always get our meat with does and culls. On a positive note, we havenít seen any trash bucks like the years past and are seeing lots of symmetrical bucks this year. Getting rid of the trash is paying off.
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I'm heading down near the Thompsonville/ Mirando area tomorrow evening. Taking my camper down and might stay a day or two depending on what I have on camera. Going to be pretty warm but I have nothing else to do so we'll see what happens.
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I'm heading down near the Thompsonville/ Mirando area tomorrow evening. Taking my camper down and might stay a day or two depending on what I have on camera. Going to be pretty warm but I have nothing else to do so we'll see what happens.
the area gotta bunch of rain last week...just FYI on pulling the camper off road. Hopefully you got good roads that dry up quick.

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Thereís some cooler weather coming late this week. Thatíll get them moving again!
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the area gotta bunch of rain last week...just FYI on pulling the camper off road. Hopefully you got good roads that dry up quick.

Im still a week out before I can start shredding & trimming lanes. Been sidelined & everything is running late this season. Not hitting the corn yet & really need a frost to knock down the bugs & get things rolling. Still swampy.
Yeah, we have a good road leading into camp. As for the trimming and cutting I'm sure I'll have a ton of that to do. But my main objective was just getting my camper down there and set up. Then maybe later take the tractor if need be. Also kinda of currious to see what's showing up on camera. Sure I'll have a couple thousand to cull through.
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Yeah, we have a good road leading into camp. As for the trimming and cutting I'm sure I'll have a ton of that to do. But my main objective was just getting my camper down there and set up. Then maybe later take the tractor if need be. Also kinda of currious to see what's showing up on camera. Sure I'll have a couple thousand to cull through.
Curious, Where is your place mas/menos between Mirando & the Thompsonville plant?? I roll through there at least a couple times a week checking on killam & Enterprise...ping me when you have a future extended stay & maybe we can meet up in Mirando for lunch during the week.

That stretch of 649 has turned handsome from all the rain...be careful with the carrion eating roadkill in the tall grass. You can't see them & pretty spooky when they scare on that skinny / no shoulder stretch. Lots of mowing needed!!
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:41 PM   #98
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Just got back from our pasture just south of Freer. Itís a piece of the Killam that came open late and we snatched it up. To say it was wet would be an understatement, but we managed to get everything set up. Deer came out of the woodwork yesterday evening. I was surprised they came to the corn so quick considering how green it is.


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Been down a couple times....we are just outside of Hebbronville. Green, green and green some more! Going to make hunting tough as everyone has said. We have 3500 acres and poured the protein to the deer. Haven't seen great results to be honest from last year to this year with our older mature bucks.
Just got back today, been down since Wednesday. Same as before for us... green as heck and deer not really moving or coming to corn. Did shoot a lot of dove. Need a freeze to get us back in business. Hopefully this cold weather will get them going this coming weekend.
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Curious, Where is your place mas/menos between Mirando & the Thompsonville plant?? I roll through there at least a couple times a week checking on killam & Enterprise...ping me when you have a future extended stay & maybe we can meet up in Mirando for lunch during the week.

That stretch of 649 has turned handsome from all the rain...be careful with the carrion eating roadkill in the tall grass. You can't see them & pretty spooky when they scare on that skinny / no shoulder stretch. Lots of mowing needed!!
Will do. We're actually about four miles South of Thompsonville on 649. First year on the place and haven't seen a ton of deer yet as I spent the entire month of September setting up. Mostly in the rain. So haven't been out there all month. Other guy on the lease has a few small bucks coming to feeders but no monsters.
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