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Old 06-01-2018, 07:16 AM   #1
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I originally had a Austin/Washington counties thread going but figured I'd add Fayette County to the list since I'm just as close to Fayette County as I am Washington County (NW Austin County).

So far this year, things are looking positive. We've been seeing deer in person & on the trail camera, and only one pig on the camera in about a month's time (thankfully). Just need to get some rain.

Anyone seen any bucks lately? We had a small group of bucks on the camera about a month ago, but no bucks since then. Of course, it's only been 95 degrees
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:48 AM   #2
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I live in Washington county,and have property in Lee,,had the cameras' out for the last month.Does are all fixing to pop,bucks are growing main beams with g2s starting.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:10 AM   #3
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The antler restrictions in these counties has nothing but 10 inch wide 12 pointers walking around. All the good deer have been shot out by the old "as long as its close enough to legal" mentality. The numbers are way lower than used to be. I woulnd't bother hunting that area.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:11 AM   #4
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:13 AM   #5
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We saw a really small fawn in person a few weeks ago. Like, tiny.
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Saw one last week that coulnd't have been a few hours old.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:17 AM   #7
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The antler restrictions in these counties has nothing but 10 inch wide 12 pointers walking around. All the good deer have been shot out by the old "as long as its close enough to legal" mentality. The numbers are way lower than used to be. I woulnd't bother hunting that area.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:56 PM   #8
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here are some highlights from the game camera this week for our place in Cat Spring. Pretty cool update for our little place...first fawn, most animals in a pic, and after being gone last week, the bucks returned.

First Fawn (far left)


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The boys are back.


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Old 06-02-2018, 12:45 PM   #9
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Those bucks are looking good.

As of right now, it's saying 50% chance of rain for Fayetteville for tomorrow. Hopefully the area will at least get a little rain.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:36 PM   #10
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Hope so. I had a little water oak that was about 2 ft tall that looked good last week and it was all shriveled up yesterday.
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:59 PM   #11
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Not deer related, but we swung by the place to make a few evening casts before dark after the Cat Springs Ag Society June Fest. We have a new leader on the big bass board. We bought the place in December so we have been pleasantly surprised by the bass in this one acre pond.

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Old 06-03-2018, 07:27 AM   #12
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Heck of a Bass!!!! Congrats
Not seeing many deer on our farm during the day in SW Washington Co. But they are pounding the protein at night. 650# every 2 weeks right now. They had slowed way down after season ended. Several bucks mixed in the group. Most have 6”-10” of main beam with G1s forming already. Small group of 4 hogs moved in last week. First pigs in over 10 years. We’re hoping they move along or get shot by neighbors pretty quick. Got one pic of a fawn last week. Farm is in great shape. We’ve had a lot of rain, but will always take more!!!!! Bring it!!!!
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:52 AM   #13
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The fawns are starting to hit the ground. Bucks are putting on some growth. This heat has been brutal. They are still hitting the corn and protein feeders, but so have the hogs. Still have some worked planned before it gets really hot and prepare for the season.
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:25 AM   #14
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Im finally starting to see does during day light again. Saw one with a little bitty baby yesterday afternoon. We havent been on this property but a few months, but if its like last year the bucks will show up in September. Im looking forward to that.

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Old 06-03-2018, 08:26 AM   #15
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This will be a rough year if we donít get any rain soon. Protein consumption is skyrocketing with the browse getting dry. Havenít had a measurable amount of rain in over 2 months now out by the lake


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Old 06-03-2018, 08:02 PM   #16
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I guess it's hot when you see a snake "playing" in the water. I was up there today and saw a ribbon snake swimming around in the last puddle in our creek/wash. He was acting like a person would in a pool: swimming back and forth, going beneath the surface, coming back up, etc. It was pretty funny actually.

I raked a small area down to the dirt, put a little fertilizer & about 15 gallons of water just to see if I could get some sprigs & forbs to grow. As of right now, I'm not going to be putting up any kind of feeder. Just don't want to attract the pigs. I may throw some no-till stuff on it before season starts.
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:15 PM   #17
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Seen a pretty good group of bachelored up bucks on our place. The best couple bucks looked to be outside the ears, similar to the growth in Specks pictures.
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:05 AM   #18
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Anyone get any rain last night?

A couple weather stations on Wunderground in our general area showed around 1.5". The closest one to us showed 6" in an hour. I don't know how legit that is though. Seems really extreme.
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Old 06-04-2018, 09:25 AM   #19
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Anyone get any rain last night?

A couple weather stations on Wunderground in our general area showed around 1.5". The closest one to us showed 6" in an hour. I don't know how legit that is though. Seems really extreme.


Everything stayed to the east of us but it was a heck of a storm. Iíd guess 40 mph winds


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Old 06-05-2018, 04:43 AM   #20
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Nothing in New Ulm but wind. Stayed north and east.

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Old 06-05-2018, 06:06 AM   #21
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I looked at a Texas rainfall total map and it looked like our area got about an inch or so.
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:43 AM   #22
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I swung by our place in Cat Spring on the way to Schulenberg for All Stars yesterday evening. Dumped a half inch out of the rain gauge.
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Old 06-05-2018, 04:47 PM   #23
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Not a drop in la grange or muldoon
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Old 06-09-2018, 11:05 AM   #24
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Cat Spring caught 0.5 inch in that shower on Friday and it's raining right now. Of course, I'm trying to mow but I will gladly stop for a break while it rains. I'll check the game cameras later.
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Old 06-09-2018, 12:17 PM   #25
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I didnt get anything in New Ulm yesterday. Looked like it hit yall pretty good in Cat Springs. Raining here now though. Hope we get a measurable amount. We need it bad.

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Old 06-09-2018, 03:08 PM   #26
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I drove through a good rain shower on the way home from up there yesterday evening. Only missed us by a mile or two.

Looks like we're barely missing it again from what the radar is showing.

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Old 06-09-2018, 06:17 PM   #27
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My feeder camera batteries crapped out on me but our other camera caught a pretty cool pic.
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:18 PM   #28
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^^^That is a pretty cool pic! Been seeing a bunch of fawns lately.

We got about 0.2" at the end of Track Rd

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Old 06-09-2018, 10:20 PM   #29
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^^^That is a pretty cool pic! Been seeing a bunch of fawns lately.

We got about 0.2" at the end of Track Rd

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Weíre right by Track Road! I turn left on San Felipe and then itís the first gate after the RR tracks.
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My feeder camera batteries crapped out on me but our other camera caught a pretty cool pic.
Great pic.
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Old 06-10-2018, 07:11 AM   #31
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Weíre right by Track Road! I turn left on San Felipe and then itís the first gate after the RR tracks.
We're directly across Miller Rd. Not to far from you at all.

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We're directly across Miller Rd. Not to far from you at all.

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Old 06-10-2018, 08:09 AM   #33
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Not today, got a church fundraiser.

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Old 06-11-2018, 09:24 AM   #34
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Got some work done yesterday and it was HOT. Thankful for the wind though.
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Ya its been pretty miserable after lunch these days.

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Old 06-11-2018, 04:58 PM   #36
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It was hot but we got the feeders filled again yesterday. Got plenty of pics to sort through. Thought this one was pretty cool.
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:01 PM   #37
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That's right, Train em on that corn slinger early.

You should leave him a note with a date on it...Oct 1, 2023.
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That's right, Train em on that corn slinger early.

You should leave him a note with a date on it...Oct 1, 2023.
Thats right.
No fear that way.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:25 AM   #39
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I rebuilt my feeder pen and enlarged it last season but due to a late start I had to hunt out of a popup on a platform all season. For this season I wanted to hand a tree stand that overlooks creek bed as well as my pen but there aren't any trees straight enough to make this happen.
We had an old tripod on the property so I decided to move it over and set it up. Now I'm convinced about not being brushed in good enough (it's definitely not very tall). I took some pics from my feeders and then zoomed in.

Do y'all think this will be an issue? I'm already thinking I need to build a backdrop to blend me in. And yes, I know I need to level it as well.





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I would back it deeper into the brush and cut a tunnel to access from the rear. Small shooting hole towards where you expect to get a shot. I’d move further away from the feeder and hunt hand corn as well. But that’s just personal preference.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:16 AM   #41
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I would back it deeper into the brush and cut a tunnel to access from the rear. Small shooting hole towards where you expect to get a shot. Iíd move further away from the feeder and hunt hand corn as well. But thatís just personal preference.
I wanted to as well but there's a 4' drop off where it goes down to the creek.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:23 AM   #42
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Stick a pop up in there and brush it in real good. I wouldn’t hunt that tripod right there.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:38 AM   #43
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I was able to get access to hunt on a place in Fayette County this week. Planning to set up a couple spots and get cameras rolling soon. I saw 4 deer while driving around the place at 3 pm on Sunday.
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I was able to get access to hunt on a place in Fayette County this week. Planning to set up a couple spots and get cameras rolling soon. I saw 4 deer while driving around the place at 3 pm on Sunday.
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Can you tell us the general area you will be hunting? Nothing specific.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:48 AM   #45
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Can you tell us the general area you will be hunting? Nothing specific.
Nechanitz area.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:10 AM   #46
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Nechanitz area.
Nice. I dont know anything about the deer in that area. But it definitely looks good when driving through there...
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:27 AM   #47
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Nechanitz area.

Live in nechanitz. Really depends exactly where you are but there are some very decent bucks in the area.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:35 AM   #48
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This place is about 350 acres, with probably 70% heavy woods. This particular piece has not been hunted very hard in years (only a few times each season), but I've heard the neighbors do shoot quite a few animals. There are supposedly quite a few deer out there, which I believe after driving through, but the bucks disappear during the season. I'm guessing they go nocturnal, but I will find out more this year.

Our place in Rocksprings gives me all the deer meat I need, so this is going to be used mostly to just get out of the house for quick hunts when I have time. And maybe eventually get a nice buck.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:14 AM   #49
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Live in nechanitz. Really depends exactly where you are but there are some very decent bucks in the area.
I saw a nice 10pt in middle of the day off of Post Oak Rd last year when I was cutting across from 77 to 2145.
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I've been seeing tons of deer around the house in Bellville. Lots of fawns also. Hope we get some rain this weekend!!!!
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