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Old 06-11-2018, 11:11 AM   #1
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Getting a little jump on this years thread as the bucks are starting to get some inches under their belts. We are in Fredericksburg, TX going out 87 a few miles out of town. How is everyone's deer looking, and how are the pastures holding up from this heat?
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:14 AM   #2
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Looking good on our lease. Tons of grass. Still green. Lots of rain in next week's forecast.

Too early to tell on antler development, but seeing several bucks with beams out to and past ear tips so far.

Axis are bellowing like crazy. I watched a herd of 50-60 the other evening with a couple 30-32" bucks in it. Bucks were curling lips and chasing does around.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:18 AM   #3
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I’ll follow along this year and hopefully post more. We are located in SE Mason County close to the community of Loyal Valley. We have missed out on most of the rains the last month so the grasses are starting to go dormant as this heat really kicks in. Bucks and does are looking fat and healthy, and bucks are just about to start putting on their g-2’s. Hopefully I’ll make it out to check cameras in the next few weeks, and look forward to seeing how everyone else is doing!

Shane: I hate how your last lease ended up, but am glad that you are not too far away from us. I look forward to your updates and pictures!
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:39 AM   #4
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Dry in the northern part of hill country Comanche county in Deleon !! Not running cameras yet.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:50 AM   #5
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I set a 600-lb feeder a couple of weeks ago, but it was incredibly dry at my place. Not nearly as heavy a persimmon crop as we had the year before. Going to check cameras in a couple of weeks. Wouldn't expect this to be a great year.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:51 AM   #6
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I set a 600-lb feeder a couple of weeks ago, but it was incredibly dry at my place. Not nearly as heavy a persimmon crop as we had the year before. Going to check cameras in a couple of weeks. Wouldn't expect this to be a great year.
Where exactly are you located?
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:14 PM   #7
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SW San Saba county here. Got lucky & got an 1 1/2 of rain last week. Helped green up some. Still dry dry. Deer going through about 1500 lbs of protein ,plus corn every 2-3 weeks. Some of the bucks are getting some length to the horns. Praying the little disturbance they talk about on news comes in & gives us some more rains. Momma's are dropping fawns now & any help would be great.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:17 PM   #8
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Where exactly are you located?
Right on the Gillespie/Llano County line near Enchanted Rock.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:30 PM   #9
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Iíll follow along this year and hopefully post more. We are located in SE Mason County close to the community of Loyal Valley. We have missed out on most of the rains the last month so the grasses are starting to go dormant as this heat really kicks in. Bucks and does are looking fat and healthy, and bucks are just about to start putting on their g-2ís. Hopefully Iíll make it out to check cameras in the next few weeks, and look forward to seeing how everyone else is doing!

Shane: I hate how your last lease ended up, but am glad that you are not too far away from us. I look forward to your updates and pictures!
Thanks. I hated to leave the axis hunting on the previous place, but it worked out great in the end for us finding this new place. Landowner is a great guy. We have good numbers of axis and a few other exotics occasionally, pigs, river....and a lot closer to civilization when we need to run to town. We're gonna enjoy it.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:49 PM   #10
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We went to ours this past weekend and the tanks are dry but its green...they are eating our protein...we are about an hour north of you...

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Old 06-11-2018, 02:02 PM   #11
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I am NW of Fberg. Been seeing more pigs and turkeys than ever before. And snakes.
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Old 06-11-2018, 02:15 PM   #12
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8 miles west of Fredericksburg off 290.
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:09 PM   #13
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:11 PM   #14
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Last year was our first year on this Fredericksburg place so we didn't do much except set a few places to hunt. We didn't know if we would be getting a long term contract. Well, we finally were about to get a deal inked with the landowner that everyone liked. We wen't from 4 people on lease, down to 3 as well, which will be nice. So now we have been setting feeders and blinds. We have big plans for camp with a covered outdoor bar/cooking area. Should be some fun times at camp with our 3 families and some decent deer killed by the kids and us dads. Can't wait!
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:48 PM   #15
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Going to head out on Saturday to do a little work and try to catch a hog slipping up. Hopefully have some pictures to share.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:14 PM   #16
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Going to head out on Saturday to do a little work and try to catch a hog slipping up. Hopefully have some pictures to share.
I canít wait to see pictures. Itíll be a few weeks before i head down again, canít wait to see growth.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:21 PM   #17
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Northern part of Hill country in Coryell co. We need rain bad😢
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:22 PM   #18
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Just got back from Fredericksburg today.. saw an ungodly amount of deer along the roads... made me want a lease out that way! I did notice, if there was a green field, it had deer in it. Yíall need rain bad!
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:43 PM   #19
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Just got back from Fredericksburg today.. saw an ungodly amount of deer along the roads... made me want a lease out that way! I did notice, if there was a green field, it had deer in it. Yíall need rain bad!
Our place isn't too bad yet, but getting there. We got some of the pop showers over last couple of months. But if we don't get any in next week or so we will be rough. Our Creek is still running, but slow.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:25 PM   #20
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New to the fire but have been hunting around the Mountain Home area for about 5 years now. Deer and axis are hammering the protein the past couple months even with the green grass. Hope we keep getting the timely rains. Heading to ranch last weekend of June to fill feeders and check cameras, will post pictures if I’ve figured out how by then

Anybody seeing fawns yet in that area? We are not too far from Garven store
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:49 PM   #21
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We're a few miles from the city of Mason. Haven't made it to the lease since turkey season ended. Saw lots of bucks but it was still pretty early to tell how they were gonna turn out at that time. It was still kinda green then. Their calling for rain late this weekend and early next week. Hope so.

Will be headed down in two weeks. Will pull camera cards then and see what's there. Will pig hunt while there. Should be able to see lot's of deer then also.

Last year was the best overall year we've had in the 5 years I've been on the lease. I'm hoping this year is even better.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:00 PM   #22
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Will be the first year not chasing sheep on our place since I finally out smarted him last year so that will be a big change.

Also moving to Houston so my 40 min trip to get the the camp house is now 3hrs and 40mins...
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:35 PM   #23
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I'm just east of Harper on 290. I'm hoping this season is better than last year. It has to be. Worst I've ever seen. We just hardly saw any deer coming to feeders.
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:22 PM   #24
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^^^We had the same issue last year. Biggest acorn crop I have ever seen, and I have hunted the hill country my whole life. But near end of December the deer really started showing up. 20-25 or more deer per sit at every dlfeeder. We will see what happens. We have a ton of work to get everything in shape over next several years.
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Old Yesterday, 08:37 AM   #25
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Well made it out to the lease on Saturday. It is for sure getting dry, but we still have a fair amount of green around with good chances all week for some rain. Creeks are still running, at a trickle, but we have water. We were able to get another feeder set, and fed all the roads around the lease, about 400lbs. Saw easily over 100 deer, shot a couple small hogs and a coon. All in all, it was a fun outing with the kids and my buddy getting stuff going in the right direction out there.

Bucks seem to be quite a bit behind the deer around my house, but they are growing. Lots of hogs, and since we started feeding more than just corn, we have way more Turkeys around than last year. Hope to have pictures that actually show something horn wise next month or so. We shall see.
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Old Yesterday, 08:46 AM   #26
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Looking very forward to the Fall in Edwards County. We are needing some rain but things are still looking good. Went out June 1 and the axis were roaring hard. Iíll put out cameras on my next trip and have high hopes for whatís hitting the protein.


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Old Yesterday, 08:49 AM   #27
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Anybody seeing fawns yet in that area? We are not too far from Garven store
I was showing ranch property on HWY 41 very close to there and saw fawns on May 24/25.
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Old Yesterday, 09:00 AM   #28
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I haven't been out to our place in Llano recently but the deer are looking pretty good on the cell cams. Going through about 1k of protein a week right now at each station. We need more rain!

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Old Yesterday, 09:24 AM   #29
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In central Lampasas County we are holding good water in our stock ponds and the windmills are keeping the water in water stations full. Deer are looking fat and healthy. Starting to come to protein more than grass and forbes in the last 2 weeks. All in all...Ö..lookin good so far
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