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Old 07-28-2018, 04:23 PM   #1
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Itís that time of year again folks! Letís post up our updates, trail cam pics, LDPís, and any other information to make this thread great!

Please feel free to post even if you arenít hunting in any of the counties listed above. Good luck to everyone this season!


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Old 07-28-2018, 04:31 PM   #2
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Due to the extreme drought conditions, 3 of our 4 tanks are dry. We will be experimenting with a water trough.



Also set up an additional gravity feeder about 50 yards off of the spot that we usually plant winter wheat.



Did some mowing for food plot prep, but will need several rain showers before we can begin the process.



A few small bucks are hitting the corn/protein, but nothing to grab our attention as of yet.




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Old 07-28-2018, 04:59 PM   #3
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Bad drought conditions 1 mile North of Cross Plains in Callahan County. Our 17 acre soil conservation lake is almost dry for only the 3rd time in my 64 yr lifetime. Been hauling water to the cows for 4 weeks. Cutting herd back starting 1st of August if no rain. Haven’t even seen a deer on our 200 acres this year. Not one hog this year, which isn’t a bad thing! Just too dry. Conditions vary across the county of course
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Old 07-28-2018, 05:19 PM   #4
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The droughts of 2011 and 2012 were bad, but this is shaping up to be just as bad!


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Old 07-28-2018, 05:36 PM   #5
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All of my tanks are dry in Fisher County. Game cam pics are in-impressive so far but they are still growing.
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Bad drought conditions 1 mile North of Cross Plains in Callahan County. Our 17 acre soil conservation lake is almost dry for only the 3rd time in my 64 yr lifetime. Been hauling water to the cows for 4 weeks. Cutting herd back starting 1st of August if no rain. Havenít even seen a deer on our 200 acres this year. Not one hog this year, which isnít a bad thing! Just too dry. Conditions vary across the county of course
Our place is about 5 miles south of Cross Plains and our ponds are real low ,neighbors ponds were just puddles when we there July 4th
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Old 07-28-2018, 06:56 PM   #7
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Couple of up and comers.






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Old 07-28-2018, 11:10 PM   #8
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It's bad in Coleman County as well. Was out there today filling corn and protein feeders. 32 acre soil conservation lake is bone dry and the other tank is half full. Deer are pounding the feeders right now. Running through 600# of protein every 15 days. We have a few decent deer showing up.

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Old 07-29-2018, 12:29 AM   #9
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We’ve got water left in one pond as of last weekend and the way things are going it will be dry in no time. Not looking good! Headed out next weekend to get my game cams going, hopefully I get some good stuff, gotta love Coleman county.
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:22 AM   #10
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Bucks seem late growing but a few are starting to look pretty good





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Old 07-29-2018, 09:25 AM   #11
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Heading out for our annual work weekend Wednesday PM. Leases in northern callahan and southern shackelford. haven't been out since April and have pretty low expectations for range conditions. will post a report when we get back.
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Old 07-29-2018, 11:52 AM   #12
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Bucks seem late growing but a few are starting to look pretty good







Good looking deer!


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Old 07-29-2018, 09:06 PM   #13
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Our water is still good. Dirt tanks are dry but we have several springs that always have water along with multiple troughs for the cattle. That and the double mountain fork of the brazos is still holding water. That said I have not run feeders since February. Probably fire them up early September and put out cams then.
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:25 PM   #14
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Look to have a decent chance of rain next week. Praying!


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Old 08-05-2018, 10:06 PM   #15
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Average rainfall for Sweetwater is reported as 23Ē, we have had 9 so far this year so well behind avg. Donít think I will even have to mow before discing food plots....
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:30 PM   #16
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just back from a wednesday to sunday work weekend at our leases in northern callahan and southern shackelford and I'm definitely getting too old for this. First observation is that its very dry but not 2011 and nowhere close to 2013. Game numbers however are glaringly lower than last few years, kangaroo rats, rabbits, quail and mourning dove especially have plummeted.

That said, despite having our cameras out only two nights our deer look pretty good. We feed protein and have feeders near water sources that are all holding water and thats definitely helped. Attached are a few pics of deer and a nice weekend in general especially for early august!

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Old 08-10-2018, 07:43 PM   #17
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just back from a wednesday to sunday work weekend at our leases in northern callahan and southern shackelford and I'm definitely getting too old for this. First observation is that its very dry but not 2011 and nowhere close to 2013. Game numbers however are glaringly lower than last few years, kangaroo rats, rabbits, quail and mourning dove especially have plummeted.

That said, despite having our cameras out only two nights our deer look pretty good. We feed protein and have feeders near water sources that are all holding water and thats definitely helped. Attached are a few pics of deer and a nice weekend in general especially for early august!


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Old 08-10-2018, 08:55 PM   #19
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couple pics, only had cams out one night. sorry about the original post, had to resize them before it would work
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:49 AM   #20
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Dang nice deer
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:36 PM   #21
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Old 08-26-2018, 05:33 PM   #22
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We will be planting the Turner Seed Fall Deer Mix this year. Still really dry, but we still have a little water in one tank.

Who all will be out for the Dove opener next Saturday?




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Old 08-26-2018, 05:58 PM   #23
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I'm headed to Cross Plains Wednesday,we are about 5 miles south,hope there is birds.We planted the Turner spring Turkey mix and sunflowers,I will start shredding Thursday and start getting ready for fall food plots.
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Old 08-26-2018, 10:11 PM   #24
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Heading out Friday to shred and get corn and cameras started. Neighbor has hay grazer getting ripe and tanks with water so hoping to get on birds there
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:06 PM   #25
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Our place is SE Shackelford off hwy 6. Very Dry like everyone else.

Our local dove numbers this year are shockingly low. (We do a lot of farming for the birds) Almost no quail and no hatch.
Still trying to determine the fawn crop but itís not great. 20-40% range.
Horns will be way down.
Not the year to shoot top end deer.


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Old 08-27-2018, 02:36 PM   #26
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Runnels County....you starting to encroach on the San Angelo area thread! lol
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:47 PM   #27
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Our place in Crossplains is real dry. Going to be out there this weekend for dove opener but dont imagine we will even get a one man limit. Deer are hitting the feeders in Crossplains. This is our first year on the place. We bought 40 acres outside of town. Any Pics of past deer killed in or near Crossplains would be awesome if anyone wants to share.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:09 PM   #28
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Our place is dry, I wouldn't even consider shredding with the fear to hit a rock and start a fire. Fortunately no need, there is nothing on the ground. Couple tanks dried up but we still have some water and we feed heavy corn and protein year round so the deer look in good shape. They are hitting the feeders heavy right now. I might also look at installing a watering system right next to my protein feeder to see how that does.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:35 PM   #29
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Our place is dry, I wouldn't even consider shredding with the fear to hit a rock and start a fire. Fortunately no need, there is nothing on the ground. Couple tanks dried up but we still have some water and we feed heavy corn and protein year round so the deer look in good shape. They are hitting the feeders heavy right now. I might also look at installing a watering system right next to my protein feeder to see how that does.


Are you still on the Frymire? I shot my first deer (100Ē 8 point) on that ranch in 1989 when Leon Barr owned it. The large wheat field on Jim Ned creek was an awesome spot!


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Old 08-31-2018, 08:47 PM   #30
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Trying to smack a hog tonight before the opener tomorrow. Good luck everyone!




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Old 09-03-2018, 05:19 PM   #31
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Not a lot of birds this weekend, but Dad and I hung out, watched football, filled feeders/checked cameras, and had a great time!





A couple of nice looking 3 1/2 year olds, but hopefully the more mature bucks will move in once they break up their bachelor groups, and settle into their fall ranges.


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Old 09-05-2018, 10:09 AM   #32
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Bucks are starting to lose velvet. Getting close! I'm ready to be in the deer woods.
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Old 09-06-2018, 12:47 PM   #33
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Bucks are starting to lose velvet. Getting close! I'm ready to be in the deer woods.


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Old 09-06-2018, 02:22 PM   #34
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Went out last weekend for some dove hunting and work. We were VERY surpirised to find that we still had water left in all of our tanks. I really expected a couple of them to be dry. Bought a new truck Monday so Iím going to use it as an excuse to go pull Cards this weekend. Donít want to wait a couple more weeks.
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Old 09-06-2018, 02:25 PM   #35
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anyone have decent dove numbers? We had a few opening morning then after that they disappeared in crossplains. We shot 5 total and was kinda surprised we even saw any with the drought.
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Old 09-06-2018, 07:30 PM   #36
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Hardly any 4 miles SW of Oplin.
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:11 PM   #37
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In Fisher County just outside of Rotan. Year four on our place and weve only taken one large buck trying to get our herd older. Weve got these two guys on the hit list this year. I watched Deer #2 a whole lot last year and don't think I can do it again this year.

Give me your guesses on age and score!

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Old 09-12-2018, 07:53 PM   #38
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:05 PM   #39
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Dang really?? Theyíre showing up on my screen??
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:52 PM   #40
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Deer #1 is the wide 8 and Deer # 2 is the guy with tall brows
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:05 PM   #41
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Thanks!! Here is deer number 2 last year. He grew a TON this year
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:57 PM   #43
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How much rain did see? Anxious to get out next weekend and check.


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Old 09-22-2018, 06:31 PM   #44
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Just talked to our landowner and he said he got just over 2 inches at his house in Valera. Much needed! Headed out in the AM to get my trailer set up and check everything out one last time before bow season opens up. Iíll report back tomorrow
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:20 PM   #45
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3" in Nolan


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Old 09-23-2018, 02:44 PM   #46
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:33 PM   #47
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Which highway is that first bridge on? Looks real famillar
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:36 PM   #48
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1.4 inches at our lease in rotan. Filled feeders Saturday morning and it was very muddy.
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Old 09-29-2018, 07:03 AM   #49
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Good luck everyone in the Runnels county area this morning.


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