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Old 03-29-2018, 08:36 AM   #601
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That's awesome. I will keep an eye out for the pictures. Most places I don't get to see the long term results. I'm glad it has worked out. It is a beautiful place.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:48 PM   #602
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My brother and his family and my parents were out at the ranch this weekend filling up all of the feeders, doing some work and doing a little turkey hunting. They said the turkeys aren't being vocal whatsoever...not sure what's going on there. They did a lot of clearing beneath the house next to the river. Here are some pictures of the clearings they made:
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Here are some pictures that show some of the mulched areas we had done in February 2017:
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Here are some more pictures from the weekend, things are just starting to get green out there.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:41 PM   #603
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We went out to do some turkey hunting in late April but weren't able to get any birds within range. We filled up all of the Krivoman protein feeders and adjusted the corn feeders to spin around 3 seconds twice a day. My dad filled all of the cottonseed feeders today. We ended up getting just under 1.5inches of rain last week out there. Here are some pictures from the past couple of weekends.

San Saba river is flowing nicely even with the small amount of rain we have gotten this spring.
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Quality browse growing in mulched clearings (sumac, acacia, ephedra):
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NW Corner Field - planted wheat, elbon rye and oats last fall. Still has some growth going on.
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Protein and cottonseed feeders full:
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We found a number of sheds this past weekend. My son, Mason, found a matching set of a buck that we had a lot of history with but haven't seen him in 3 years. It was nice to get his antlers. They were literally 1 foot apart.
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Any idea on what's going on with this deer:
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:43 PM   #604
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Default 5-1-2018 Update (Continued)

My mom's old high school friend made us a really cool neon sign for the ranch:
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:54 PM   #605
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Looking good out there. Hopefully we got that much rain at our place
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:09 PM   #606
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The place is looking great! Hopefully this will be another great year!
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:40 PM   #607
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Looking good. Updates are always neat to see.
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:27 AM   #608
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Looking good. Updates are always neat to see.
You did a great job out there! We will probably need you to do some more work out there after next deer season if you are up for it. We would like to continue to keep mulching sendaros through cedars every other year to create more edge and keep improving the habitat.

If anyone is interested in cedar clearing, Britt does a great job.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:27 AM   #609
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You did a great job out there! We will probably need you to do some more work out there after next deer season if you are up for it. We would like to continue to keep mulching sendaros through cedars every other year to create more edge and keep improving the habitat.

If anyone is interested in cedar clearing, Britt does a great job.
Thanks!
I was gonna talk to you about when you get Britt back out there to let me know. I am gonna see about having him do some work too. From the pics he does Great work.Your place is looking Great!
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Old 05-12-2018, 07:47 PM   #610
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Anybody know what’s going on with that deer in the picture above?
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:22 AM   #611
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Hair change from winter to summer and running late, i have seen that look a lot.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:55 AM   #612
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We had a stone go through our property last night and it just sat over us. I’m being told that we got anywhere from 4in to 7in around the Calf Creek/San Saba river areas. That should be enough to fill up the ponds.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:37 AM   #613
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We had a stone go through our property last night and it just sat over us. Iím being told that we got anywhere from 4in to 7in around the Calf Creek/San Saba river areas. That should be enough to fill up the ponds.
I was thinking of y'all last night watching that cell go through. By lcra hydromet that area all got 3+ in of rain. We got less than a quarter closer to San Saba, but very thankful for anything. We were at our place this past weekend. It is getting dry dry and deer are hammering the protein. Supposed to be a little chance of rain again today.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:11 AM   #614
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3.2" just west of Hext!!!
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:30 PM   #615
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One of our friends that is 1 mile north of Calf Creek off FM1311 received 6.25in last night. Calf Creek on FM1311 was still flooded this morning. Another friend of ours on FM1311 lost a couple of windows on their house from golf ball sized hail. That was a crazy storm!
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:51 PM   #616
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I just got word that our place southwest of Hext got 5.2 inches last night. They received 5 inches at the Hext Trading Post at 29 and FM 1221. The bigger hail was north of Hext and south of London. Another big storm cell is forming now from Angelo and headed for Eden, Brady and Menard.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:04 AM   #617
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We got another inch of rain last night and got some more this morning. This has been a crazy couple of days for rain out there.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:11 AM   #618
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Here are some pictures that show some of the mulched areas we had done in February 2017:
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I have two acres of that stuff on my land that I need to turn I to a yard
How do you do it?
Was told to keep cutting it and it'll smooth out but lots of weeds grow in it now
I want to throw down some k31/rye/centipede mix
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:05 PM   #619
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My dad just got out there. We got right at 4in total for the past two days. Our friends that are around 2.5 miles north of us on FM 1311 got nearly 6in total. That should help!
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:16 AM   #620
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That’s awesome! Glad y’all got some moisture! We are still dry in SE Mason County, but it’ll be our turn soon hopefully.
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:32 PM   #621
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The deer are hammering the cottonseed so we topped the cottonseed feeders off as well as the protein feeders. We ended up getting another 0.5in of rain this past weekend which puts us at 6in for the month of May. We got enough to fill the ponds, fill the San Saba river and make everything green...I hope it continues.

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Old 05-22-2018, 04:33 PM   #622
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Looking Beautiful!
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:47 PM   #623
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The big pond is still full. Last year it filled up and we noticed a leak on the dam which trickled water constantly. I'm not sure how it's not leaking but somehow it isn't leaking anymore. Here are some pictures. It's around 80 yards wide by 140 yards long right now. We had a john boat on the bank about 30 yards above the pond and it somehow got washed away in the big rains a couple of weeks ago. We haven't been able to find the boat so it's probably at the bottom of the pond. We are hoping one day we will be able to drill a well to keep this pond at a constant level. Here are some pictures:
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:03 AM   #624
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Looking good out there. Have you seen any fawns yet?
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:28 PM   #625
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The big pond is still full. Last year it filled up and we noticed a leak on the dam which trickled water constantly. I'm not sure how it's not leaking but somehow it isn't leaking anymore. Here are some pictures. It's around 80 yards wide by 140 yards long right now. We had a john boat on the bank about 30 yards above the pond and it somehow got washed away in the big rains a couple of weeks ago. We haven't been able to find the boat so it's probably at the bottom of the pond. We are hoping one day we will be able to drill a well to keep this pond at a constant level. Here are some pictures:
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That's a beautiful piece of water you got there!
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Old 06-03-2018, 01:32 AM   #626
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Looking good out there. Have you seen any fawns yet?
We saw some fawns walking around two weeks ago so Iím guessing they started dropping around beginning or middle of May.
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Old 06-03-2018, 02:39 AM   #627
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Man I do not know how I missed this thread for 3 years.. Crazy..
Great place. Y'all are doing it right for sure. I hunt very close to you. I've been on this same place for 19 years.
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:41 PM   #628
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We got another 1.3in of rain from 4am to 9am today.
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Old 06-05-2018, 09:54 AM   #629
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Here is a picture my dad took from the house of a doe and her fawn. She looks to be a month old or so and in good health.
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:31 PM   #630
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It's been very hot out there lately and everything seems to be drying up prett quickly out there. The last time we received any rain was on May 20th, so things are starting to turn brown out there.

We put out another load of cottonseed and cleaned out all of the water troughs. They are really hammering the protein.

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Old 06-26-2018, 04:06 PM   #631
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Looking good!
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:44 PM   #632
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Beautiful place.
I like all that water.
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:07 PM   #633
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We got all of the protein feeders topped off today. So far, for 2018 we have put 11,000lbs of protein, 3,500lbs of cottonseed and 3,500lbs of corn. It's really dry out there but all of the ponds are still full from the big rains we got in June.
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Here are some pictures of some nice up-and-comers we are looking forward to seeing this year:
10pt (around 5yrs old last year):
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I hope to have some 2018 velvet pictures within the next week or so.
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Old 07-26-2018, 10:00 PM   #634
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Very nice, ya'll seem to have a lot of red dirt up there. That is a good thing.
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Old 07-26-2018, 10:03 PM   #635
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Thanks for the updates!
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:27 PM   #636
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We received 0.9in on the north part of our property and just over 0.5in on the south part of our property. Weather channel shows really good chances for tomorrow, Sunday and Monday...fingers crossed.
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Old 08-15-2018, 04:11 PM   #637
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We purchased a 72in cultipacker that we will pull behind the Polaris Ranger.
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Here is how we will plant the fields this year:
August 31st - disk fields with harrow drag behind disk
October 19th:
Spread fertilizer on fields
Disk/drag fields (thinking about spreading 1/2 of seed with fertilizer and lightly disking 1/2 of the seed around 1/2-in deep)
Spread seed mix (oats, wheat and rye)
Pull cultipacker over entire field two times to help ensure clods are busted and to remove air pockets in soil to help retain moisture.

I'm hoping the cultipacker will help.
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