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bgleaton 06-13-2015 01:57 PM

We saw this buck a ton in 2013-14, but we did not see him last year. We got pictures of him after the 2013-14 season and in great condition, so I hope he is still out there. If he is still out there, he will be around 5 or 6yrs old this year:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22335
Let me know what you think.

bgleaton 06-14-2015 10:50 AM

I forgot to say that this picture is from the 2013.

EastTexun 06-15-2015 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by bgleaton (Post 10159440)
Quick update:
We had to take our 2008 Polaris Ranger into the shop this week because a piece on the rear differential housing broke off. Also, my dad pierced the tractor tire with a shed. There's always something that needs fixing. Fortunately, these are all minor fixes.

We are trying to decide whether or not we want to pay someone to come in and do the first food plot or not. We have a tractor, but we do not have any implements just yet. What are yalls thoughts on this? We would like to plant a mixture of wheat, rye, oats and maybe some legumes.

I know the feeling about having something to work on. Owning a house is bad enough..but the ranch keeps me super busy all the time. Labor of love, but plenty labor for sure!

In regards to your food plot, my first question regarding Menard is do you have enough dirt to grow much other than grass and cactus? The picture looks pretty good, but my experience is that area has a lot of rock in the fields. If you do have ground that can be cultivated, then it might simply be an economics question for the first year. Do you have a neighbor around there that actively plants, or can you find someone to come over and do it? I have never hired that out, so I have no clue how much, or little, it would cost. I am assuming that you have never planted before, so it may be a huge opportunity to watch a seasoned veteran plant the first year, kinda like paying for a tutorial. I started from scratch and had more mistakes than successes at first, but eventually got the hang of things. But, a close friend of mine that spends more time on a tractor than anyone else I know came and helped me early on and I learned more from him in a day than I learned in years. You mentioned in one post that the plot may be around 6 acres, and I can attest that is a lot of area to plant solo on your first attempt, especially with borrowed or rented equipment.

Just a few thoughts. I am probably as proud or more proud of my planting as I am about the deer I kill, but it can be some of the most frustrating, time consuming parts too. I wouldn't ever give it up, but if I could go back, I would definitely do some things differently.

gingib 06-15-2015 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by bgleaton (Post 10144539)
Does anyone know how to prevent raccoons from getting on top of our protein trough:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22316

Legal or anyway possible?;)

Lexington 06-16-2015 06:40 PM

Looks nice

bgleaton 06-17-2015 12:34 PM

We got 3.15 inches of rain yesterday and last night. This is an insane year for rainfall.

bgleaton 06-21-2015 12:29 PM

Here are a couple of trail cam pictures from early June:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22351

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22350

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22349

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22348

bgleaton 06-21-2015 12:57 PM

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22357

bgleaton 07-11-2015 01:31 PM

Here are some recent trail camera pictures from one of our feeders:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22415
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22414
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22413
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22412
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22411

We are seeing a lot of good brow tines this year. We also just receive 1.75in of rain last week, which puts us at 21in for the year. This should be a great year.

Slew 07-12-2015 04:31 AM

That looks awesome!! Congrats! Keep the pics and updates coming!!

JClose 07-14-2015 12:39 PM

Beautiful place you have there. Following

bgleaton 07-20-2015 12:48 PM

We went to the ranch this weekend to fill all of the protein feeders and to start slinging corn out of two corn feeders. This year, we have fed around 17,000lbs of protein and 3,000lbs of cottonseed.

We received a used gun blind on a 12ft tower and it’s still in great shape since they used cement board. Here is a picture of the blind and the views:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22440
Feeder View:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22441
Left Window View:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22442
Back Window View (Future Fall Food Plot):
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22443

bgleaton 07-20-2015 12:50 PM

We were also able to pick up some trail camera cards. Here are a couple of pictures of the antler growth so far:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22437
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22436
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22435
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22434
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=22433

bgleaton 07-20-2015 01:27 PM

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blntrey3 07-20-2015 02:12 PM

Could that be your "basket 6" Third pick from bottom????^^^^

bgleaton 07-20-2015 03:02 PM

Are you talking about this buck from last year:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=21386
If this is the buck you are referring to, I can tell you that the buck that is the third pic from the bottom is not him. The buck that's in the 3rd pic from the bottom was an 8pt last year, but this year he is a little wider and some more mass.

blntrey3 07-21-2015 07:09 AM

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Originally Posted by bgleaton (Post 10285157)
Are you talking about this buck from last year:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=21386
If this is the buck you are referring to, I can tell you that the buck that is the third pic from the bottom is not him. The buck that's in the 3rd pic from the bottom was an 8pt last year, but this year he is a little wider and some more mass.

10-4 just resembled the same genetics.....just a thought :D

bgleaton 07-21-2015 08:48 AM

Picture of Big Pond
 
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Here is a picture of our big pond, which is now around 4 acres in size due to all of the rain. The deepest part of the pond is around 35ft.
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HappyM 07-23-2015 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by bgleaton (Post 10133303)
This 6pt CULL has had the same frame for 2 years now, except he is heavier and taller now. I guessed him last year at 3.5yrs last year, which will put him at 4.5yrs this year:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ictureid=21386

My thoughts have always been to shoot a buck like the one above (6pt) especially if he has had a similar type rack several years prior and he is around 4yrs before shooting a post mature 10pt because I would rather the 10pt spread his genes vs the 6pt. I'm not saying this is the correct way to do it, it's just been what I've been taught and what I've read from various articles. As far as the older bucks like the old 10pt that is being described above (post mature), we let other people/friends shoot these types of bucks if they help us do work around the ranch. I really enjoy hearing everybody's opinions. if you think I'm not aging a buck correctly, please let me know what you think, you will not hurt my feelings. That's why I started this thread was to get everyone's opinions and ideas.

Thanks for sharing. Awesome place and we feel your excitement. Well done. On our place we would shoot that 6 at 3.5. Our 3.5 participate heavily in the rut and I don't won't them spreading those genes. Many trophy managers would have him out of pool at their first chance. You may consider continuing your protein feeding a litte deeper into season on a daylight basis to hold your bucks. Great job.

Truckman 07-24-2015 09:20 PM

Nice place! Thanks for sharing!

bgleaton 08-24-2015 12:38 PM

Updated Pictures
 
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Nice place! Thanks for sharing!

Here are some updated pictures from our place in late July.
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bgleaton 08-24-2015 12:43 PM

More pics...
 
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bgleaton 08-24-2015 12:46 PM

We are seeing a lot of good 2yr olds this year. A lot of the young deer are looking a lot bigger than the younger deer in the past, since this is our 5th year feeding protein. Once these two year olds hit 6yrs, I'm assuming we will see a big jump then as well when comparing them to the mature bucks now.

bgleaton 08-24-2015 12:53 PM

More Pics...
 
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we are seeing a lot of good 2yr olds this year. A lot of the young deer are looking a lot bigger than the younger deer in the past, since this is our 5th year feeding protein. Once these two year olds hit 6yrs, i'm assuming we will see a big jump then as well when comparing them to the mature bucks now.

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686 08-24-2015 01:33 PM

Beautiful place, and great pics! Looks like you're getting a lot more mass and additional points after a few years of good management. You've got some interesting genetics to work with. What are you planning to do for fall food plotting? Our place is west of Lampasas, and I'm looking to do some similiar things. Our pastures were in bad shape, very compacted soil from decades of grazing with no maintenance. I just got a moldboard plow and turned an acre or two this weekend with some success and am looking forward to seeing if we can get a food plot going. I need to disc the areas I turned and then seed, roll, and pray for rain.

bgleaton 08-24-2015 01:45 PM

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Originally Posted by 686 (Post 10411238)
Beautiful place, and great pics! Looks like you're getting a lot more mass and additional points after a few years of good management. You've got some interesting genetics to work with. What are you planning to do for fall food plotting? Our place is west of Lampasas, and I'm looking to do some similiar things. Our pastures were in bad shape, very compacted soil from decades of grazing with no maintenance. I just got a moldboard plow and turned an acre or two this weekend with some success and am looking forward to seeing if we can get a food plot going. I need to disc the areas I turned and then seed, roll, and pray for rain.

Thanks. We have definitely seen some improvements over the past 4 years due to the protein/cottonseed, but like I mentioned earlier, we are really starting to see some great 2-year olds, which is telling me that the best is yet to come. We are having a guy come out to our place to plant a 4-acre field with wheat, oats and turnips. We are only doing one fall food plot this year to see how it performs. If it does well, then we will add a couple more food plots the following year. We are trying to help the bucks through the rut and post rut so that once they get into the antler growing season, their bodies are in great shape and that all of the nutrients can go to their head gear.

The only problem I see is that we may have too many bucks on our property.

686 08-24-2015 01:52 PM

Probably a good call to have someone come out and plant for you. I have a very limited farming background and have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what/how to plant at our place, and then sourcing the equipment and doing the work.

roadkill54 08-25-2015 09:45 PM

Agree with Krivoman. Believe they are moving out once the groceries change. Hammer #2 from early in the thread. Just remember any traits you don't remove -- they will show up again in the future :D

bgleaton 08-26-2015 10:47 AM

I may try to purchase a Krivoman timed protein adapter, but I Would have never thought that the deer would prefer protein over corn that much.

EastTexun 08-26-2015 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by bgleaton (Post 10419160)
I may try to purchase a Krivoman timed protein adapter, but I Would have never thought that the deer would prefer protein over corn that much.

I specifically leave one protein feeder full (free choice) through October on our place because the bucks hang around it much better than corn. Especially when the rut is going I have watched a buck jump into the pen, walk under the corn feeder to the protein, eat protein for a couple minutes, hop out and keep running does.

bgleaton 08-26-2015 12:01 PM

We keep our 1,000lb all season trough filled all year and it's in the middle of our property. All of the other feeders are converted to corn around the end of August. We do not hunt the protein feeder.

bgleaton 08-28-2015 03:18 PM

Filling Up Corn Feeders
 
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Originally Posted by bgleaton (Post 10419445)
We keep our 1,000lb all season trough filled all year and it's in the middle of our property. All of the other feeders are converted to corn around the end of August. We do not hunt the protein feeder.

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We are setting up our 3rd Krivoman feeder and filling up all of our corn feeders this weekend. One of the great things about these big Krivoman feeders is that when we fill them up with corn, they stay full for almost the entire season. This causes much less disturbance and stress on our deer herd. In the off-season, we convert them into protein feeders and they last almost 5 times as long as a 50gal barrel protein feeder. Mitch is the man!

We are also setting out alfalfa and rice bran this weekend to see how the deer take. They are starting to eat more and more this time of year to help bulk up for the rut. Our mentality is the more food we can offer, the better shape they will be in after the rut.

bgleaton 08-29-2015 02:11 PM

August 29th Update
 
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Well, we are getting ready for deer season. My dad, two brothers, and one of our buddy's filled all of our feeders up with corn and through out some alfalfa and rice bran. We are copying what BoneThug does by adding alfalfa and rice bran to our buffet, I just hope we can eventually grow some bucks like he is growing. We will continue to feed the alfalfa and rice bran along with our corn, cottonseed and protein throughout the year. We set up our 3rd Krivoman feeder, the 1,500lb corn/protein combo. Like I have said before, Krivoman makes great feeders and Mitch is a great guy. We are going to buy one of his 2,000lb feeders next year to replace our All-Season's 1,000lb trough and buy two of his timed protein units.

Middle (1,500lb Krivoman Feeder):
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NW Corner (1,300lb Krivoman Feeder):
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SE Corner (1,000lb Krivoman Feeder):
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NE Corner:
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We put two corn feeders here, one goes off in the AM and the other in the PM. We will be replacing these two with another 1,500lb Krivoman feeder next year.

NE Corner Bow Blind:
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Protein Trough:
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We set up a new bow blind at our protein trough because we have two really good bucks that always go to this feeder and none of the other feeders:
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We did get 0.40in of rain last week, but things are drying up quickly out there since that was the only rain we got in August. We are supposed to have a really wet September. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting 3in above average, which would be great for when we plant our 4-acre fall food plot this year. I'll keep you posted on how the food plot goes and post more pictures of bucks when I get the memory cards.

I'll be driving out there next weekend to set up all of the pop up blinds and make sure all of the bow blinds are ready to rock. I have to install cattle panels or something around our pop-up blinds because last year cows destroyed my Double Bull blind. Has anyone protected their pop up blinds from cows. If so, what did you do?

Bone Thug 08-29-2015 04:03 PM

Very nice...Great looking setups. Keep the updates coming and good luck this season.

bgleaton 08-29-2015 09:28 PM

Finished Cornhole Boards
 
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My brothers finished the cornhole boards
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bgleaton 08-31-2015 08:12 AM

10pt Picture
 
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Here's the most recent picture of the big 10pt. We are gong to give him one more year.
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bgleaton 08-31-2015 08:35 AM

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bgleaton 08-31-2015 10:13 AM

More Trail Camera Pics
 
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Here are some more trail camera pictures:

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Old 8pt:
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2.5yr old 11pt:
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Fajkus7 08-31-2015 12:11 PM

Great looking deer! I'm excited to see how y'all do come deer season. Good luck

Abcdj 08-31-2015 12:24 PM

Great looking place!


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