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Old 04-29-2013, 07:12 PM   #151
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I will be keeping my eye on this guy. The size of his bases have got me excited for what he may put on this year.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:22 PM   #152
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looks good man, i love this time of year, getting to watch them grow from week to week...good luck
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:30 AM   #153
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looks good man, i love this time of year, getting to watch them grow from week to week...good luck
Me too! Its making me anxious for bow season
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:13 PM   #154
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Got .2" of rain. Ill get out tomorrow and take some pictures. It looks a lot more green than it did in my first post!

Ill also be unclogging protein feeders, but ill never complain about rain!


Tanks still look bad though We need a tank filler.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:34 PM   #155
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Busted a hydraulic line on the tractor... covered in oil and busy but I had time to go pull a card from a camera at the lake feeder.

This girl is camera shy

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This little guy has all the other bucks beat so far. Most of the others are just nubs still.

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Old 05-05-2013, 03:25 PM   #156
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I have been letting these mesquite fill in the middle if this field. 4 years ago you could see all the way across it. Name:  uploadfromtaptalk1367785459978.jpg
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All oats have seeded now.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:09 PM   #157
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It sure doesn't take long for those mesquites to make an appearance. The deer will like that cover close to the food.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:59 PM   #158
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Sweet thread!
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:15 PM   #159
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Im waiting for this one to rupture!
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Lots of doe.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:01 PM   #160
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healthy looking doe man, i have a few that look like they are about to pop too, hoping to get some good fawn pics with my plot cameras
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:14 PM   #161
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Im pumping the feed to them for sure!
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:51 AM   #162
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Nice looking set up. looks like you have worked your tail off.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:38 AM   #163
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I have enjoyed this thread, keep up the hard but rewarding work.

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:18 PM   #164
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Doing yard work. I see a hammock in our future!
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:03 PM   #165
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You know what they say about having all the does
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #166
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It was a hot day, but its a nice evening watching 5 doe in the yard.


All my doe are still pregnant from what I can tell, hopefully this heat doesnt bother them too much.

The deer ate 50# of protein out of my new setup in 3 days, so I set up a camera. Looks like a good bunch of regulars.


I am a little concerned because I have only seen 1 buck so far with any age to him.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:14 AM   #167
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yeah the big ones are still spotty this time of year at my place too, hopefully they will start settling down and patterning....at least thats what i hope they do lol.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:09 PM   #168
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Following. I hunt in Coleman. Love that part of Texas.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #169
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What part?
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:04 PM   #170
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South of Coleman down 2131
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:40 PM   #171
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Really nice pics Sippy,I've been hunting in the western part of Brown County since the 1967, on the place I grew up on near the Brown and Coleman County line, near Grosvenor . Good luck at keep us up to date.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:08 AM   #172
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good work sippy, i like the upcoming mesquite flat
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #173
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Thanks! It will add about 15 more wooded acres to the property once it fills in, with food plots on both sides.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:13 PM   #174
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Our doe out in Sutton County look the same. Noticed the first fawn in a picture this past weekend. You got a good herd of healthy doe for sure.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:43 PM   #175
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Feed, feed, and more feed Matt!

Should be dropping any time now, but I wont get a chance to check until this weekend.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:52 PM   #176
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Looks like your hard work has been rewarded with some healthy looking does... Surely the bucks will be out soon and give you a glimpse at what to expect later on in the year... Good luck and keep up the hard work
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:48 AM   #177
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Im trying to give them as much to eat as they want. 5 corn feeders and 3 protein feeders on 250 acres all getting hit hard. Ill also plant 12 acres this fall.

I think it is best that i sell off a few doe hunts this year. I want to keep young doe numbers relatively high, but when I have 15 doe at the feeder at one time its in my best interest to kill off a few.

Headed to Gorman Milling to pick up more corn and 17% Red Chain now, busy work weekend to come!
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:36 PM   #178
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sounds like a plan buddy, keep it up. does are definately something i need to get in check as well, still wading through all the talk about which does to shoot, young ones or mature ones. but thats a discussion for another thread i suppose...lol.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:48 PM   #179
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Did they take to the protein right away Sippy or did it take them a while?
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:11 PM   #180
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Did they take to the protein right away Sippy or did it take them a while?
They were being fed before I got the place, but were used to Sportsman's Plus. When I switched to Red Chain it took them a few weeks to get back on it regularly.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:29 PM   #181
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does are definately something i need to get in check as well, still wading through all the talk about which does to shoot, young ones or mature ones. but thats a discussion for another thread i suppose...lol.
Heres my input, and it is just what Dr. Kroll taught me.

Old doe are good mothers, but tend to be more likely to drop doe fawn. Old doe are also more "migratory" and can carry the herd off easier than a young doe.

I am going to target mature doe only this year, and see if my fawn sex ratio changes from this year to the next.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:14 PM   #182
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I thought bucks determined the sex of the offspring genetically, similar to humans.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:49 PM   #183
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Heres my input, and it is just what Dr. Kroll taught me.

Old doe are good mothers, but tend to be more likely to drop doe fawn. Old doe are also more "migratory" and can carry the herd off easier than a young doe.

I am going to target mature doe only this year, and see if my fawn sex ratio changes from this year to the next.
are there numbers or studies to show that old does drop does? and anything to support that they are more migratory? i would think that they are like old bucks and run the roost wherever they want.

it makes sense that if you are selectively shooting some inferior bucks that the younger does will (in theory) have better genetics but have also seen where older does tend to have more healthy fawns.

so its kind of a 6 in one hand half a dozen in the other...
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:29 AM   #184
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Protein consumption went up drastically since last week!

I can only hope for another 2011!
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:44 PM   #185
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Me too
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:37 AM   #186
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i think that is becoming the old school thought on genetics. i have heard of biologists now saying that does could be contributing more than 50% of the genetics. if does had nothing to do with the genes then why do big deer breeders breed their big bucks with that bucks own daughters?


here is a study that talks a a little about the young does not being ready to have fawns...
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i saw a study somewhere though showing how u want to keep the genetics fresh and turned over by shooting older does, but cant seem to find it.

both sides make sense and i suppose the best thing is to just have a balanced management plan and take does from every age class.

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good looking buck on the bottom there Sip..
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:05 AM   #188
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Just filled 7 feeders. It's hot.

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I need rain bad. The lake is about 2" away from being 2 ponds.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #189
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Over the next few weeks I will be compiling a list of landowners in my vicinity and contacting them to discuss management and to gauge interest in forming a QDM co-op.

The management association that was composed of many ranches in the area fell apart when the president and vice president sold out, but I am going to see if landowners are still willing to fallow some stricter guidelines than what the state sets forth. My neighbor to the west of me is on board 100%, so as of this minute that brings us to a total of 340 acres . It is small, but is a start!

The neighbors to the south will be a challenge, but we will see what happens!
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:58 PM   #190
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What a wonderful job you are doing out there Sippy.
I was wondering if you have done the bank work on your pond like you was talking about earlier. We had a guy come out with a dozer to do ours and he went to deep in a couple places and we had some leaks till we forced him to come back out to fix them.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:17 PM   #191
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Thanks!

I havent had any work done out here yet. This one holds well, we just havent gotten any rain.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:21 PM   #192
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Not bad for looking in the front yard for 30 minutes.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:18 PM   #193
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Well I got .6" on Sunday. It isnt enough to help my dwindling tanks out, but maybe it will give the deer a little more to eat.

They are at about 300#/week protein consumption right now on top of 250# of corn per week. We never got the good green up that normally occurs.

Pray for rain!
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:06 PM   #194
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I have been blessed by some good rain for the past hour.

Forgot how good rain on a tin roof sounded.
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good thing, i think my place got some good rain yesterday too, hoping to get down there later today and check it out.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:33 AM   #196
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It was needed for sure. Mesquites should not turn yellow in June



Potential freak in the making:
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I haven't checked on this thread in a few months. You are doing an awesome job at getting your place the way you want it!! I wish I had a big pice of ground to play on! I'm looking forward to seeing what the fall has in-store for you.
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Looking good.

I hunt a small place southwest of Santa Anna, about 250 acres. The last couple years I've run 5 corn feeders year round and have been disappointed with the numbers this last year. I gave it a rest but I'm about to throw a couple of protein feeders out I found a deal on, we'll see if that helps. I know its kinda late, but better late than never I suppose. Its looking green around our place right now, better than I've seen in years. Hope this semi wet weather pattern continues. I plan on running the tc's on trails more this year and hunting away from feeders more, though feeders will still have their place keeping the does there. Probably set soms cams mid july. May try the red chain you speak of, sounds like you've done some research and field testing.
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looking good !! following....
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:49 PM   #200
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I haven't checked on this thread in a few months. You are doing an awesome job at getting your place the way you want it!! I wish I had a big pice of ground to play on! I'm looking forward to seeing what the fall has in-store for you.
Thank you! If I can keep water around it should be a decent year.

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Looking good.

I hunt a small place southwest of Santa Anna, about 250 acres. The last couple years I've run 5 corn feeders year round and have been disappointed with the numbers this last year. I gave it a rest but I'm about to throw a couple of protein feeders out I found a deal on, we'll see if that helps. I know its kinda late, but better late than never I suppose. Its looking green around our place right now, better than I've seen in years. Hope this semi wet weather pattern continues. I plan on running the tc's on trails more this year and hunting away from feeders more, though feeders will still have their place keeping the does there. Probably set soms cams mid july. May try the red chain you speak of, sounds like you've done some research and field testing.
From what I have been hearing southern Coleman county's numbers have gone down some. Hopefully it comes back, and the rain yall have been getting down there should help out!

Good luck to you. I dont really have a preference of one brand of protein over another. They fed Antlers Plus here for 7 years before I got it. However, going through 400# a week right now it sure is nice to buy $9.65/bag vs. $12.50/bag.
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