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Old 05-02-2017, 10:37 AM   #1
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Growing big mature bucks takes lots time and patience. After many years of relaxed harvest criteria we are finally seeing a large portion of our bucks in the older age classes. Here is a video compilation from this past season with many of our bucks. I hope y'all enjoy.

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Old 05-02-2017, 10:56 AM   #2
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Looks like you have a Toad "problem" my friend.. Thumbs up on letting em walk to breed another day..

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:07 AM   #3
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Dang, yall have an awesome collection of videos. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:11 AM   #4
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Cool; That was fun! Ranch is making great progress.

Whats the story on those platter style feeders?
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:25 AM   #5
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You my friend are one lucky man!
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:08 PM   #6
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Wow! Nice!
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:19 PM   #7
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Great compilation. What is the story on the trays and small feeding platforms? Setup for kill shots?
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:01 PM   #8
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Yalls deer looks awesome! I bet August/September can't come quick enough
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:12 PM   #9
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That's 8 minute video seems full of some really nice bucks
Your management practice appears to be working well, keep it up
Enjoyed the video, thanks for posting
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:21 PM   #10
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Very nice, looks like things are going your way. Some impressive critters !
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:23 PM   #11
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Cool; That was fun! Ranch is making great progress.

Whats the story on those platter style feeders?
Those are what we call "TREAT" Troughs. We place them at all our bowhunting setups. We drive pipe in to a certain height then weld disk on top of them. Its the perfect height to keep the deer occupied. They don't seem to pick up movement as easy when they are eating out of them. Plus the pipe/disk keep the hogs from tearing them up. We feed a special treat feed with peanuts, corn, alfalfa pellet and protein pellet from Dilley Feed and Grain.
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:27 PM   #12
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Rodney,
What do you mean by "relaxed harvest criteria"...specifically?
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:49 PM   #13
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Rodney,
What do you mean by "relaxed harvest criteria"...specifically?
Instead of looking for reason to kill a buck we looked for reasons not to kill them.

5 years ago we chose to not worry about culling bucks or at the least till they were 5.5 years old. Our number 1 GOAL was We wanted to improve our mature buck age class percentage across the ranch. By not selectively harvesting young bucks due to any criteria or standard all () bucks were aloud to age and prove their genetic potential. We took our Mature buck (5.5+) age class from 28% of the total buck population in 2012 to 48% in 2016. Last season we counted over 78 bucks over 150 B&C ( some of those bucks were under 5.5 years FYI).
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Old 05-02-2017, 04:17 PM   #14
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Great stuff brother! I've really enjoyed following the progression of your herd and management plan. Incredible results, hats off to you!
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Old 05-02-2017, 04:32 PM   #15
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Great looking bucks. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-02-2017, 04:46 PM   #16
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Cool video, I bet y'all have a ball picking up all their sheds.
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Old 05-02-2017, 06:57 PM   #17
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Yep you have a major infestation!
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:50 PM   #18
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Thanks for sharing! Lots of happy hunters.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:01 PM   #19
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That was impressive

Congrats
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:21 PM   #20
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Awesome deer!
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:55 PM   #21
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Great deer sir.
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:24 AM   #22
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Awesome
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Old 05-08-2017, 06:14 PM   #23
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Real nice video sir...
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Old 05-08-2017, 06:38 PM   #24
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Instead of looking for reason to kill a buck we looked for reasons not to kill them.

5 years ago we chose to not worry about culling bucks or at the least till they were 5.5 years old. Our number 1 GOAL was We wanted to improve our mature buck age class percentage across the ranch. By not selectively harvesting young bucks due to any criteria or standard all () bucks were aloud to age and prove their genetic potential. We took our Mature buck (5.5+) age class from 28% of the total buck population in 2012 to 48% in 2016. Last season we counted over 78 bucks over 150 B&C ( some of those bucks were under 5.5 years FYI).
Awesome! I've never agreed with shooting immature bucks regardless of their "genetic potential".
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:22 PM   #25
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What height do you put the trays at?
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:42 PM   #26
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Great video sir!
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:24 AM   #27
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Great video and cool sound track
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:25 AM   #28
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What height do you put the trays at?
I'll have to get back to you on that. I'll measure one today for you..
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:51 AM   #29
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great video, the potential is very high. You should have some awesome years ahead!
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:55 AM   #30
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That was awesome, thanks for sharing and good luck this season deciding what to shoot!
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:52 AM   #31
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That narrow but tall main frame 10 point with the drop is my favorite, looks around 190".
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Old 05-09-2017, 11:30 AM   #32
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Great video. I have been preaching this theory to our folks on our place as well. I think it works. Trying to change mindsets are difficult. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:32 AM   #33
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Greatness!
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:57 PM   #34
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awesome video.
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Old 05-11-2017, 10:55 AM   #35
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Whoah, that is some Whoppers, you all having definitely going on over there!
Congrats on having a spectacular place! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-24-2017, 07:38 PM   #36
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There's some studs in there
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Old 05-27-2017, 01:02 PM   #37
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Beautiful animals!
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