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Old 02-20-2015, 03:19 PM   #901
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Found these this morning. ROLLING STONE!!! 200" on the nose giving him a 20" spread. He shed them last night Consider me excited.
Wow! Glad you found the set, guessing they weren't too far apart?
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:40 PM   #902
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Wow! Glad you found the set, guessing they weren't too far apart?
Luckiest find ever. Both side by side on an open hi line knoll less than 300 yds from the feeder he is seen at most often. Found them probably less than 12 hrs from when he dropped them.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:09 PM   #903
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Found these this morning. ROLLING STONE!!! 200" on the nose giving him a 20" spread. He shed them last night Consider me excited.
wow that's some bone right there that's awesome
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:19 AM   #904
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Nice horns for sure He will be something to watch this next yr. Did u get to make the PB Conference? I met your friend Bob LUSK. I should have asked him if u were there but I'm getting a little forgetful. these days. It was a good conference.
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:49 PM   #905
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Found the sheds to this 3 yr old side by side yesterday. Most of the bucks are still carrying their antlers but a few starting to show up. 153 7/8. Add a 17" spread and pretty cool for a 3 yr old. Lots of long trash at his bases.
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:36 PM   #906
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Man your deer have awesome mass. Incredible.
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:09 PM   #907
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Wow that deer has some mass! Look at those bases!
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:23 PM   #908
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A bit over 37" mass. Had 22 scorable pts total
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:53 PM   #909
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AMAZING deer to say the least!
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:13 PM   #910
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Oh Laaaaawd! Its that the bull of tha woods for his age bracket?
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:00 PM   #911
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Wow on the sheds. Keep up the good work and keep the stories and pics coming
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:12 PM   #912
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I hope you find Dos Ceintos and Stickers sheds!! I would love to see how much they would score!
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:38 PM   #913
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This is a fun thread to follow
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:23 AM   #914
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Found the sheds to this 3 yr old side by side yesterday. Most of the bucks are still carrying their antlers but a few starting to show up. 153 7/8. Add a 17" spread and pretty cool for a 3 yr old. Lots of long trash at his bases.
Glad to see you are already finding sheds Rusty!!!!

can't wait for april to start looking in our place!!!
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:09 PM   #915
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Thanks Rusty for your time and effort in sharing with us.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:12 PM   #916
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Found these today. 3 yr old
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:13 PM   #917
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Found these today. 3 yr old

Wow!! Awesome palmation!
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:15 PM   #918
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What were the mass measurements on that freak
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:15 PM   #919
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Found these today. 3 yr old
Straight up Bullwinkle Right there
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:05 PM   #920
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My goodness Rusty! Wonder what that 3 yr old will look like in 2-3 years!!??
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:57 AM   #921
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Found these today. 3 yr old

Wow
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:28 PM   #922
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Impressive stuff!

Are they eating more in the food plots now or at the protein feeders.....or can you tell?
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:02 PM   #923
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Found these today. 3 yr old
Wow! whats his name, Bullwinkle?! Great young deer, I cantell even begin to imagine what he'll look like in a few years. awesome
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:03 PM   #924
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I love a good farm
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:31 PM   #925
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thread deserves another bump

simply amazing Mr. Rusty
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:19 AM   #926
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Just spent the better part of 2 hrs reading the entire thread! I couldn't stop reading, very impressive farm. Then you see the deer, unbelievable! Great work sir, looking forward to seeing more sheds and updates for '15!
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:52 AM   #927
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Here is one of the typical food plots rotations on the farm now. You see wheat, rye, a little crimson clover, durana, arrow leaf clover, red clover, daikon radishes [ blooming ] and chicory. I added the arrow leaf this fall and if it does as planned I won't mow this till ~ July when the arrow leaf is finished. Come Sept. I'll replant the small grains and radishes and the cycle repeats.
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Old 03-15-2015, 03:41 PM   #928
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Good stuff Rusty.

I planted radishes one year and could not believe how quickly they start bolting in the spring.

Curious if you ever mow the tall stuff to "release" your clover?
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Old 03-15-2015, 03:54 PM   #929
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I might if I could. Spring here tends to be to wet to mow the radishes so I let them go. The arrow leaf competes very effectively with anything in the mix. If the stand is weak I will mow to release the other clovers but probably after the small grain seed heads are eaten.
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Old 03-15-2015, 04:16 PM   #930
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Thanks.

My rye is just now starting to get tall in places and I usually mow once early to let my durana clover catch up. I may just let it go this year since the rye will terminate itself by late April.
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:15 PM   #931
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I really like the diversity in that plot instead of a monoculture! Just awesome and your results speak for themself.
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Old 03-17-2015, 06:25 AM   #932
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That my friends is a nice food plot. Good job Elgato
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:24 AM   #933
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Just posted this on the protein thread but to repeat. I have fed 1/2 the protein here on the farm this yr. vs. last year. Suspect we will look back to this longingly come July.
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:29 AM   #934
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Lower protien intake seems to be common this season.
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:30 AM   #935
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Just posted this on the protein thread but to repeat. I have fed 1/2 the protein here on the farm this yr. vs. last year. Suspect we will look back to this longingly come July.
That will help the pocket book, but more importantly I believe that they're getting what they need!! Which is always a positive after the Rut....
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:48 AM   #936
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Well, 19 pages of reading posts and enjoying pictures was well worth it! Rusty, you have and awesome thing going with the farm.

I live not far from your farm in Jonesville and hunt our 500 ac of WRP in Harrisonburg. Keep up the hard work and I will be subscribing to keep up with your progress.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:54 AM   #937
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Awesome thread thanks for sharing
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:57 PM   #938
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I'm ready to start planting but ironically it is too wet to plant. And the forecast calls for rain everyday for the next 10 days! I'll get going the day it is dry enough.

My plan is to plant 42 acres in group 5 soybeans no till directly into the fall small grains. I have a 10 acre field and a 3 acre field I'm going to plant in a 'jungle' of cowpeas, sunflowers, and milo. I'm planting 13 acres of sunflowers with proso millet mixed in{ Last year the deer wiped out the sunflowers so I'm doubling the planting rate} Lastly I'm experimenting with a 6 acre field of sunn hemp.

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Old 04-08-2015, 03:37 PM   #939
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WOW! You got your hands full.

We are getting rain at all the right times
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:36 PM   #940
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!!!!!SUNN HEMP!!!!!!

Can't wait to see your results!
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:27 PM   #941
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Tried to be patient but failed. Had to plant 'something' today. Drilled 65 lbs/acre group 5 soybeans into this standing wheat field which also has a lot of rye grass in it. Will spray with gly as soon as planting is finished.

What I learned is that because the green wheat in late dough stage doesn't get very tall it doesn't get mashed into a thatch when the drill runs over it like elbon rye does. I want the small grains to form a thick matt on the ground to suppress weeds, hold moisture, and moderate soil temperature. I will wait till the other fields start turning a bit brown before I continue planting.

I like the elbon rye better for this method but it was scarce and expensive last fall. I tried a different rye..I forget name...in the mix but its not much different than the wheat. Unimpressed!
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:54 PM   #942
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Good stuff Rusty. I couldn't find Elbon either so I had to use Rhymin rye instead. I don't think it will get as tall as the Elbon was last year but I haven't checked on it in two weeks.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:04 PM   #943
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Thats what I used. I have some volunteer Elbon which looks terrific. Very unimpressed with the Rhymin. I used 50 lbs rye and 100 lbs wheat per acre. Will try triticale or something else this fall if elbon not available.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:40 AM   #944
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Fawns are dropping here. Saw a couple last week. Suspect we are in full fawning now.
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:30 PM   #945
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Fawns? That's Interesting Mr Rusty. That puts breeding mid September to early October, like some areas SW of Rapides. Have you seen a change in breeding dates through the years on your place?
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:11 PM   #946
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Fawns? That's Interesting Mr Rusty. That puts breeding mid September to early October, like some areas SW of Rapides. Have you seen a change in breeding dates through the years on your place?
I think we have moved breeding a couple of weeks earlier than it was years ago. That is just a guess from anecdotal observations but what I know for sure is that the rut is tighter, furious then by mid November it is all over. Fawns are now dropping mid April to the first of May.
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I think we have moved breeding a couple of weeks earlier than it was years ago. That is just a guess from anecdotal observations but what I know for sure is that the rut is tighter, furious then by mid November it is all over. Fawns are now dropping mid April to the first of May.
Curiously, just down the road and across the river the rut is late Dec , early January less than 20 miles away.
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Come across anymore sheds?
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:59 AM   #949
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Rusty, like you I am waiting for it to dry out. I have planted one soybean plot on a hill but that is all so far. All seeds are in but it's just to wet an I am hoping it will dry out next week. we need the rain after planting "not before planting" lol. and the Rut, just w few miles west of Shreveport, is going on hard in Mid Nov and fawning takes place in May here on my place.
Thanks for sharing Rusty
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Curiously, just down the road and across the river the rut is late Dec , early January less than 20 miles away.
Yep, the rut in La is crazy. Our rut (an hour from you) begins around Christmas and gets full swing mid January. I filmed a small 8pt breed a doe this past season on January 21st.

Our fawns wont start hitting the ground until sometime in June. That makes it hard to start bushogging or discing anything during mid summer for fear of killing a little one.
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