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Old 08-04-2018, 02:01 PM   #1
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I knew it was bad, but hadnít seen it first hand until this weekend. At the ranch in NE Coleman county. We have had 7Ē of rain since Jan. Pasture conditions are terrible, trees are bad stressed, looks like November with leave turning brown and falling. Our normally 5 ac stock pond has shrunk to about a 1/2 ac and two shallow fingers of channels.

We had more rain in 2011, but more heat. Not sure what this hold for fall. Not expecting a solid yield of fawns nor significant antler growth. On the upside there arenít any acorns on the oaks.
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Old 08-04-2018, 02:03 PM   #2
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Same in here is SW Callahan county. Oak trees are dropping more leaves each and every day, and 3 of our 4 stock tanks have gone dry. Praying for rain!
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Old 08-04-2018, 02:05 PM   #3
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It is bad here in Bell County as well. Tanks are drying up, and the fire risk is really bad. Every day you read about a new fire. Id hate to have my house tucked behind a cedar brake right now.


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Old 08-04-2018, 02:15 PM   #4
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Just here in North Bexar County/ West Comal Co, we got 6-7in of rain mid July and it did nothing to help the river flow. Northern Guad is drying up. A water trough might do better at drawing deer than a feeder right now.
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Old 08-04-2018, 02:23 PM   #5
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Weíve gotten about 18.5Ē in Anderson county for the year, the avg is around 32Ē YTD


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Old 08-04-2018, 02:28 PM   #6
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local corn fields already been cut for weeks now. usually not cut until a few days before dove opener.

from weather.gov in dfw area precip totals this year:
jan-0.85
feb-11.31
mar-2.90
apr-0.77
may-1.87
jun-1.27
jul-0.25
aug-0 so far

19.22" so far with 11 of that in feb.. not good this year

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Old 08-04-2018, 02:50 PM   #7
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What used to be grass is now dust in places out in Gatsville
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Old 08-04-2018, 02:52 PM   #8
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Same here in Mills county.
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Old 08-04-2018, 02:59 PM   #9
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On the upside there arenít any acorns on the oaks.
That's not an upside for the deer unless you can replace the fat and carbs deer get from acorns, but I understand what you're saying. I'm in East Texas, but our acorn crop is a bust also. I did a bunch of bushhogging the last couple days and every oak I went under had acorns about as big as a no. 1 buckshot. Corn and water !
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Old 08-04-2018, 03:04 PM   #10
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Itís horrible. The west side of Wilco keeps getting missed what little rain we have had. At my blind Iíve been feeding corn and putting out 50lbs of protein a week. They are cleaning it out in less than a week.


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Old 08-04-2018, 04:09 PM   #11
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Im hoping this drought will kill off some invasive plants and trashy ash trees. The elms and oaks seem to be holding up good.

We are to the point of the soil drying up and shrinking where Im starting to have breaks in the yard lines at rental houses. Happened in 2011 too. One house in Taylor...the yard line broke 3 times during 2011-2012.
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Old 08-04-2018, 04:14 PM   #12
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I remember 2011 very well on a friend’s cattle ranch in Navarro County. His ponds dried up and so did the creek. They had to rent tanker trailers to haul water in for the herds. Then a fire broke out nearby.

I was out in that awful heat retrieving a broken down farm tractor. That was not easy at all.

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Old 08-04-2018, 07:46 PM   #13
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Buddy’s place in Schleicher looked awful, as did the deer. Been blessed at our place in Edwards county with some timely rain. We’re at a little over eleven inches on the year which is right in line with the 10 year average for this time of year with more rain forecasted for next weekend.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:52 PM   #14
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It is pretty bad, I've got cracks in the ground big enough to lose a small child in.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:54 PM   #15
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Was on two big ranches in Laredo yesterday and this morning. One had 1/2Ē and the other had 4 1/2Ē since January.


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Old 08-04-2018, 07:59 PM   #16
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I hope y’all get some relief before too long. It’s been fairly crispy up this way this summer, too! I hate dry weather, it’s hard on everything. We have sorely needed rain forecasted early this week & my fingers are crossed.
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Old 08-04-2018, 08:10 PM   #17
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All you guys that appreciate this drought, because it gets rid of "invasive plants and ash trees" should pay my bills this year.... I do what I do cause I love it. Go on back to town....
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Old 08-04-2018, 09:33 PM   #18
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All you guys that appreciate this drought, because it gets rid of "invasive plants and ash trees" should pay my bills this year.... I do what I do cause I love it. Go on back to town....
I donít think he meant he appreciates the drought. I took his sentence as ďsince we canít control the weather, letís at least look at a positive.Ē
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Old 08-04-2018, 09:55 PM   #19
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All you guys that appreciate this drought, because it gets rid of "invasive plants and ash trees" should pay my bills this year.... I do what I do cause I love it. Go on back to town....
Keep on loving it!!


It's even starting to get dry on the upper coast in areas. We have had much more rain here, just none recently.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:16 PM   #20
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Sitting on the porch at San Saba right now. Drought is showing more every trip.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:21 PM   #21
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A lot of good cattle being sold for cheap due to the drought.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:42 PM   #22
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All you guys that appreciate this drought, because it gets rid of "invasive plants and ash trees" should pay my bills this year.... I do what I do cause I love it. Go on back to town....
I think they're trying their best to turn a lemon into lemonade. Nobody likes a drought.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:51 PM   #23
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Getting bad here in Robertson county. It seems as bad as 2011 but seems like it got this dry faster than then.
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:15 PM   #24
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nw burnet is the same
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:34 AM   #25
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4" total this year at my place in southern Coleman cnty
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:52 AM   #26
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My stock tanks are lower than they were in 2011 here in Richland Springs. We pulled all the cows off last week and hopefully there is enough water for the deer for a couple more weeks, after that I will have to start putting water out for them.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:05 AM   #27
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We have managed to miss every good storm cell that has developed this year. I think we are at 7" or so for the year. Go east a mile or two and west a mile or two and they are three inches better off but still hurting. It sucks to live in the doughnut hole. Hay is $90 to $100 a round bale. I tried to buy a truck load from my regular supplier and ended up with eight bales. Seriously thinking about taking the cows to the packer and selling the hay. This isn't working.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:59 AM   #28
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I have a water trough near the cabin and the deer line up for it. You can walk outside and they look up with their eyeballs at you but don't stop drinking.

Everything is super crunchy and turning into dirt/sand.

Forecast says rain later this week. Fingers crossed.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:20 AM   #29
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We canceled our yearly trip to Garner. The river flow is dropping every week. 10 FPS this week and dropping. We have been going for over 26 years without a miss. Oh well.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:25 AM   #30
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local corn fields already been cut for weeks now. usually not cut until a few days before dove opener.

from weather.gov in dfw area precip totals this year:
jan-0.85
feb-11.31
mar-2.90
apr-0.77
may-1.87
jun-1.27
jul-0.25
aug-0 so far

19.22" so far with 11 of that in feb.. not good this year
chance of rain in our forecast........
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:29 AM   #31
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And they just removed the rain from the forecast in my area
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:29 AM   #32
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Around DFW we have a pretty good chance of rain Wednesday Thursday Friday. Is that in the forecast for Central Texas? It wonít be a drought-breaker but can sure use it.

Edit - looks like my question was being answered as I asked it
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:01 PM   #33
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I am with you brother. I hunt in NW Menard county and this seems to be 2011 all over again. I keep up with the rain using LCRA website and the best I can tell we have had about 8 inches. The landscape looks really bad. After two good years, I felt like we had finally recovered from 2011, but that may have been premature. Prayers up for a big rain event soon.
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:42 PM   #34
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Getting bad here in Robertson county. It seems as bad as 2011 but seems like it got this dry faster than then.
I was in San Angelo Memorial day 2011.It was 112 degrees that day.Hit 100,or more everyday til the first part of October.

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Old 08-05-2018, 06:34 PM   #35
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Brush hogged early this morning before all the moisture burned off.
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:23 PM   #36
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I dare not shred my pastures, my cows may have to eat the goatweeds like back in 2011.
It's hay rationing time and cubing 3-4 times a week until the next flood!
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:09 AM   #37
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No cattle or livestock on the property. Farmer square bailed all the wheat and corn stalk.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:13 AM   #38
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My place in Cisco in Eastland is worse than the 2011 drought. Two of my three tanks are dry. I’ve only mowed around the house 1 time all spring and summer! Everything coming out of the ground is dead or distressed.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:26 AM   #39
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I made a trip up to Bastrop on Friday on 183 from Refugio, and was surprised how green some areas were, and how dry it was getting up around Bastrop. Weíve been dry around Corpus, but mid June rains, and sporadic showers are helping.


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Old 08-06-2018, 08:34 AM   #40
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Ya'll ever read about Noah's Flood?? We got a half inch.


Praying for rain, every day.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:36 AM   #41
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Forecast that I looked at (couple different sites) this morning is showing a chance of rain for the Mason area starting later this week and then the chances of rain lasting for a few days. Not any where near 100 percent every day but at least a chance. I sure hope all the hill country and surrounding areas get some much needed rain.

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Old 08-06-2018, 08:49 AM   #42
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Drove through Burnet, Llano, Mason, Junction on my way to the hunting ranch. Really bad through there. idn't realize how sry iy had gotten. Out at the ranch very dry too. Not many deer showing up on camera either. Guess they have moved on to the water holes if they can find any. We need a Harvey like rain in central Texas minis the damage.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:49 AM   #43
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They removed the chances for rain in Fburg/Llano yesterday and this morning they're back Thursday - Monday. Really hope it happens.

Texas turning into a dessert.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:59 AM   #44
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This weekend at the ranch. One picture taken in the Fall the other this past Friday!!

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Old 08-06-2018, 09:25 AM   #45
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I am a little concerned about the deer at the farm. Spent about an hour shooting some of my reloads at my shooting range. When I packed up and headed back to the house there were deer at the feeder just 200 yards away. How desperate could they be?
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:32 AM   #46
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Was checking on some land in NE TX and watched several guys baling hays. Itís all sandy loam soil in that area. Sure hope saturating rain returns before fall.
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:50 AM   #47
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I have game cam pics with 115 degrees on the photos in McCulloch County and the camera is in the shade. Drove thru the Llano area and it really looked like a crunchy tinder box. Our Central Texas Rivers look like little wet weather creeks.
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:51 AM   #48
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They removed the chances for rain in Fburg/Llano yesterday and this morning they're back Thursday - Monday. Really hope it happens.

Texas turning into a dessert.
Shhh! Donít speak about the rain. It is like a no hitter, if you speak about it, it goes away!
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:27 PM   #49
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:33 AM   #50
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