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Old 09-19-2017, 12:05 PM   #51
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Any of you guys done any big scale cedar removal in the Rocksprings/Junction area? If so how did you do it? I have access to a rubber tire Bobcat but I am afraid I am going to tear it up due to the rocky terrain we have and have a 3k bill to fix it.
We have Grooms come out with the dozer. Does good methodical work.
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Old 09-19-2017, 12:19 PM   #52
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Some good looking deer.
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Old 09-19-2017, 12:21 PM   #53
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Old 09-19-2017, 12:48 PM   #54
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Saw some pretty good deer last weekend. Nothing to brag about but considering what I started with I am pretty excited.

Man it is dry out there.
Good looking hill country deer, that 9 with the fork looks like one to keep an eye on. Did you get your weather station set up?
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:20 PM   #55
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If you use the phone app tapatalk just got the reply button and select the picture landscape looking button, if you're using your computer you should be able to reply and then hit the add picture Button as well and upload a picture from your computer
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:55 PM   #56
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Good looking hill country deer, that 9 with the fork looks like one to keep an eye on. Did you get your weather station set up?
Yeah that 9 probably won't make it through bow season. I would let him walk for another year but I am not sure if we are going to get the opportunity to return to this lease next year.

I did not get my weather station set up like a dummy. Got up there too late on Friday, Saturday flew by and one of the guys that came with me needed to be back in Austin by 2 on Sunday so nothing happened on Sunday. I might be going back this weekend but will be back for sure on the 30th and I am going to make it a priority to get it set up.

You said your reports to weather underground right? I see ones titled Hackberry and Nueces. Is either one of these yours? I didn't know WU did this, it is pretty neat.
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:05 PM   #57
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Hunt 60acres in Deer Valley. Very Dry!. Only 800 gallons in 1500 gallon rain catch. **** Cows broke my fence down, ate my PVC pipes from Tote to water tank, and ATE MY POP UP. Lots of hogs and does with fawns. All fawns on camera still had spots.
Good to hear you got does with fawns. I think I have only seen 2 fawns on the camera's which has me disappointed a little.
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:25 PM   #59
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Good looking deer. That axis looks pretty nice!
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:28 PM   #60
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:29 PM   #61
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Birddog,

In an earlier post you said you were west of town. I am assuming that is west of Rocksprings?
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:33 PM   #62
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We have Grooms come out with the dozer. Does good methodical work.
Is there a general rule of thumb on what thinning out the cedars costs per acre? Or is there some other unit cost that can be applied to try to get in the ballpark of what this kind of work might cost?
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:39 PM   #63
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In an earlier post you said you were west of town. I am assuming that is west of Rocksprings?
Yes sir out towards Sonora on 55
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:46 PM   #64
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Saw some pretty good deer last weekend. Nothing to brag about but considering what I started with I am pretty excited.

Man it is dry out there.
Looks like the back 2500 acres of the 700 Springs Ranch next to Rancho Trinidad?
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:47 PM   #65
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Yeah that 9 probably won't make it through bow season. I would let him walk for another year but I am not sure if we are going to get the opportunity to return to this lease next year.

I did not get my weather station set up like a dummy. Got up there too late on Friday, Saturday flew by and one of the guys that came with me needed to be back in Austin by 2 on Sunday so nothing happened on Sunday. I might be going back this weekend but will be back for sure on the 30th and I am going to make it a priority to get it set up.

You said your reports to weather underground right? I see ones titled Hackberry and Nueces. Is either one of these yours? I didn't know WU did this, it is pretty neat.
Understandable there, I hope you get him. Work weekends always take more time than anticipated. Yes, Nueces CR.
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:59 PM   #66
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Anybody know or seen any exotics of Hwy 41 near Fairview Rd?
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:04 PM   #67
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Anybody know or seen any exotics of Hwy 41 near Fairview Rd?
Fairview Rd just east of Hackberry road? Yes there is a boat load of exotics in that area.
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:07 PM   #68
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Is there a general rule of thumb on what thinning out the cedars costs per acre? Or is there some other unit cost that can be applied to try to get in the ballpark of what this kind of work might cost?
125/hr...$1000 a day. You get to watch and drink beer. Best way to clear Cedar. He keeps all oak separate and makes nice cedar piles for you. It is worth it, especially if you have steep terrain and need some roads cut.
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:11 PM   #69
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125/hr...$1000 a day. You get to watch and drink beer. Best way to clear Cedar. He keeps all oak separate and makes nice cedar piles for you. It is worth it, especially if you have steep terrain and need some roads cut.
Sorry for all the questions........ How much can be cleared in one day?
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:14 PM   #70
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Looks like the back 2500 acres of the 700 Springs Ranch next to Rancho Trinidad?
It is 1200 acres in the SE most corner of the 700 ranch. It is my understanding that we drive thru the 2500 you mentioned.
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:16 PM   #71
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Fairview Rd just east of Hackberry road? Yes there is a boat load of exotics in that area.
Really? Like what? My parents just purchased 56 Acres between Fairview Rd and Hackberry Road. The place is close to LAD E M Ranch and it wasn't hunted for the past 5+ years.
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:37 PM   #72
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It is 1200 acres in the SE most corner of the 700 ranch. It is my understanding that we drive thru the 2500 you mentioned.
I gotcha! Back in 2010 my dad and a small group of guys hunted the 2500 acres back when it was all low fence. It was hard to get the Axis to come over from the neighbors place, but we did get a few of them.
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:01 PM   #73
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Sorry for all the questions........ How much can be cleared in one day?
No worries. That is hard to say. We are not really "clear cutting" the cedar at the moment. We are making roads/shooting lanes down and across the hill sides to make the property accessible with 4x4 trucks. The best advice I can can give would be to have Mike and Mike go out to the site. That way ya'll can discuss the exact look/function you want to achieve.
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:16 PM   #74
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Question on how to attract the Axis Deer and Black Buck:

As previously stated, I hunt in Deer Park, in the very back. I see axis and black but regularly, but down in the flats. Any ideas on how to get them up where I am??
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:33 PM   #75
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Really? Like what? My parents just purchased 56 Acres between Fairview Rd and Hackberry Road. The place is close to LAD E M Ranch and it wasn't hunted for the past 5+ years.
On HWY 41 in that area I've seen everything from Axis to Scimitar to Watusi. The super exotics are always behind a high fence but on low fence places in that area are plenty of axis and blackbuck. Possibly a few fallow and rams as well. One of the joys of that area- you never know what you may see.
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:48 PM   #76
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I gotcha! Back in 2010 my dad and a small group of guys hunted the 2500 acres back when it was all low fence. It was hard to get the Axis to come over from the neighbors place, but we did get a few of them.
Small world right? I hear ya on the Axis........ I tell folks that I am hunting the only property in the area that does not have exotics on it.
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:15 PM   #77
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Here are some from my hunting area in mid July..
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:30 PM   #78
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You're killing me Rosco!
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:32 PM   #79
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You're killing me Rosco!
Ha! Yes sir.. I hung on the other side of the ranch literally from everyone else cause the roads are terrible to get there, they have nicer whitetail but I have no idea what I'm going to see with different exotics when I'm in the field.. it's really cool for a low fence place!
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:10 PM   #80
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Small world right? I hear ya on the Axis........ I tell folks that I am hunting the only property in the area that does not have exotics on it.
Haha! Very true! Maybe a flood will come and some of Rancho Trinidad's will come through the fence.
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:27 PM   #81
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Hunt 60acres in Deer Valley. Very Dry!. Only 800 gallons in 1500 gallon rain catch. **** Cows broke my fence down, ate my PVC pipes from Tote to water tank, and ATE MY POP UP. Lots of hogs and does with fawns. All fawns on camera still had spots.
Yeah, lee has the cows on deer valley now, sucks about your fence and stuff . Cool to see another deer valley guy here
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Old 09-21-2017, 01:50 PM   #82
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Looks like north of I10 in junction got some good rain that unfortunately didn't make its way down our way on Tuesday.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:49 PM   #83
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Looks like should be getting some moisture this week and a slight cool down from it



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Old 09-25-2017, 02:28 PM   #84
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I'm Off of Hwy 41 & CR 230 (Diamond Springs Ranch) . Had Game Cam pics of a LOT of Hogs,Aoudads , Axis and deer. Nothing real Big but good enough for me...

Might go this coming weekend for last minute archery season preparation..
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Hunt off of 41 & 230. We had a lot of Axis earlier in the year around Feb. through April, but only get one or 2 a month now on camera. We have fed corn, Alfalfa, and deer mix all year. We have a few small whitetail and lots of hogs. I just got back tonight from out there and everything is still green. It doesn't look like it is going to be a very good season for me.
Another 41 and CR 230 hunter checking in
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Old 09-25-2017, 02:41 PM   #85
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I am really kicking myself now for not getting my weather station put up.........
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:41 AM   #86
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I hope all the rain don't mess us up getting to our place Friday!
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:28 AM   #87
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I hope all the rain don't mess us up getting to our place Friday!
it looks like it's gonna hit hard but that rain is needed big time in Edwards
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:30 AM   #88
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it looks like it's gonna hit hard but that rain is needed big time in Edwards
Agreed. It might not be optimal conditions for opening weekend but we need it bad.
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:50 AM   #89
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We're getting some much needed rain out there. I don't think I'll be hunting in Edwards until weekend #3 or #4 however.
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Old 09-27-2017, 10:09 AM   #90
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I'm going to give a shot and should be their around 5 or so Friday afternoon if the roads ain't flooded out


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Old 09-28-2017, 03:56 PM   #91
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Dont think we will be making it out. More rain coming up from Mexico. Will keep monitoring though. Anyone gone out there yet?
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:08 PM   #92
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I've always seen a good amount of animals at our place in southern Real county after a couple days of rain.

4-5 days of rain followed by below avg temps is always a good thing IMO
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:39 PM   #93
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I am with you....just worried about 41 and 674.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:32 PM   #94
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It's that time headed to Rocksprings to play in the mud


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Old 09-29-2017, 05:40 PM   #95
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Westbound towards Edwards County from Houston! Wooo!
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Old 09-29-2017, 05:49 PM   #96
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My rancher told me they have had over 6" of rain on our place outside Barksdale. Ya'll be safe and don't get stuck.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:31 PM   #97
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managed to get in and out with no issues. 4wheel low in the mud was fine, with little damage to roads. Was pretty quiet at our place; young does. Killed a couple porcupines though.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:39 PM   #98
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Turkey ridge or deer valley ?
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:44 PM   #99
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One less boar in Edwards county!
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:50 PM   #100
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I decided to hunt this weekend in spite of the weather. It turned out nice, but it was muddy. Didn't have much activity, mostly young deer and no Axis. I dumped three inches from the gauge.
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