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Old 02-29-2016, 06:51 PM   #1401
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Yet another use for duct tape...

In the ongoing battle to thwart coons from our feeders this is the latest design. Last yr. we used 1X4's and that worked most of the feeding season. By the end though some coons had figured out how to weave themselves amongst the boards and snatch a meal.Now we have wrapped duct tape around the boards to eliminate any place for them to hold on. Cameras are out . We will see.

For the coons that are big enough to 'chin up ' to the spout we are going to put all the feeders on 2x4's to lift them up a bit. Results to follow
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:33 PM   #1402
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Yet another use for duct tape...



In the ongoing battle to thwart coons from our feeders this is the latest design. Last yr. we used 1X4's and that worked most of the feeding season. By the end though some coons had figured out how to weave themselves amongst the boards and snatch a meal.Now we have wrapped duct tape around the boards to eliminate any place for them to hold on. Cameras are out . We will see.



For the coons that are big enough to 'chin up ' to the spout we are going to put all the feeders on 2x4's to lift them up a bit. Results to follow

Dont take long for these to pay for theirselves. Ive taken +300 off the 1500 acres I work on in the last 3years.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:16 PM   #1403
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Why don't you buy 50 duke dog proof traps for ~$900 and smoke them...

We killed 40 coons in 4 days with 40 traps... and we are in S Tex... which isn't prime coon habitat...

They averaged 20lbs each... which equates to taking 2 400lb black bears off of your feeders... which I guarantee you eat more than $900 worth of feed...
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Old 03-01-2016, 08:50 AM   #1404
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We have killed countless coons using cola and ' the secret sauce'.With bayou's swamps, creeks, and thousands of acres of hardwoods our area seems to have an inexhaustible supply of coons.

Reminds me of the rat plague long ago. New York or Paris? I forget where. They tried everything to kill out the rats but nothing worked. Finally they cleaned up the city getting rid of all the trash and mess lying around. Curiously with no habitat the rat problem was solved.

Regardless of how many coons I've killed there has always been a big problem with waste. Yes there is no doubt coon predation on the feeders has been as much as 30% -40%. Whatever, a big problem.

So my strategy now is to coon proof the feeders, eliminate the waste and let the coons live in their natural ecology. Actually don't mind them cleaning up underneath the feeders as that probably helps some. Plus this is a no maintenance approach.
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Old 03-01-2016, 09:35 AM   #1405
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What if you moved your protein feeders to the middle of your food plot fields and away from the brush edge? That's what I did with mine and raccoons are rarely at the feeders now and I am along a river bottom. I did not notice any change in bucks visiting feeders also.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:14 AM   #1406
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Yet another use for duct tape...

In the ongoing battle to thwart coons from our feeders this is the latest design. Last yr. we used 1X4's and that worked most of the feeding season. By the end though some coons had figured out how to weave themselves amongst the boards and snatch a meal.Now we have wrapped duct tape around the boards to eliminate any place for them to hold on. Cameras are out . We will see.

For the coons that are big enough to 'chin up ' to the spout we are going to put all the feeders on 2x4's to lift them up a bit. Results to follow
Cut the bottom out of a 5gl bucket and put it where you have the duct tape I have done this in the past and it works well
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:13 PM   #1407
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Cut the bottom out of a 5gl bucket and put it where you have the duct tape I have done this in the past and it works well
I've been shown that before and am sure it works. Same concept as this. I just happened to driving by a feeder with duct tape when this idea hit me. The " do it now " principle.
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Old 03-10-2016, 09:30 AM   #1408
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I've been shown that before and am sure it works. Same concept as this. I just happened to driving by a feeder with duct tape when this idea hit me. The " do it now " principle.
Is all this rain hitting you? Flooding again?
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:26 AM   #1409
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Thanks for asking. We are flooding already from the rain here and with 17" and continuing north of us on the Red River I predict we will get significant flooding again.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:36 AM   #1410
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I was wondering how you were fairing with all the rain. Good luck and stay safe!
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Old 03-10-2016, 12:07 PM   #1411
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Here's a pic my dad sent me earlier today
Hwy 157 south of 527 which is in south bossier Parrish

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Old 03-10-2016, 12:22 PM   #1412
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Wow! That's a lot of water.
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Old 03-10-2016, 12:33 PM   #1413
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Dang,Lots of damage. I heard Lake Bisteneau up that direction was the highest above flood stage in history. We are at 5" now with heavy rains continuing. I've been stuck inside for two days and it looks like it could continue till Saturday.

Too early to start drinking...or is it?
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Old 03-10-2016, 12:37 PM   #1414
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Yeah dad is right down the road from the lake about 6-8 miles
He said it's a mess
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:28 PM   #1415
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Sorry to hear. No bueno
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:24 PM   #1416
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Was wondering about the moisture and how bad it was. We've only had 5 inches so far. We need the rain just not our annual precip in one shot

If its working west to east I hate to say your probably gonna get more cause its raining on us now in SE central Texas.....
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:59 AM   #1417
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We got 11"+ in Harrison co, and I am hoping we will not see the water saturation we saw last spring. Elgato, that is a lot of rain at your place. Hoping the best for u this year.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:33 PM   #1418
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We are having the worst flooding in history. Over half our collective 2500 acres is under water. Many people in our area have lost their homes, cars, cattle etc. A good friend across the bayou has his entire 2000 acre farm under water. He lost 2 tractors, a dozer and water is 4' into his camp. This story is repeated all over.

On a brighter note I found this shed today. Was shed a year ago from a 3 yr old and you can see the break where he had a nice fork on his 3 as well. Giving him credit for that ~ 77". He was a mid 180's nontypical this yr.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:43 PM   #1419
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Was wondering how you were fairing. Hope things dry out for yall.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:38 PM   #1420
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Here's what the buck looked like on the hoof
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:51 AM   #1421
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Elgato, praying for you and all your neighbors. It's bad, but the crests were lowered slightly for both the Red and Black in our area South of you. That may save the levy system by the L & D #1. Frantic sand bagging is underway on both sides of the Red by the Lock & Dam.

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Old 03-21-2016, 06:34 AM   #1422
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Will say a little prayer for you as well. The water got in our camp at Larto last Thursday and I am sure it is a few feet in it by now. All our land along the Black River in Jonesville is flooded and it could be in my wife's Grandparents river house by this evening. Projected crest is Wed/Thurs. Praying for all involved!
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:08 AM   #1423
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I'm sorry to hear about all of the damage that's occurring due to all of the flooding. Will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 03-22-2016, 12:07 PM   #1424
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I am still praying for all of you folks, that flood damage is unreal.

On a brighter note, nice find on that shed... That deer is a STUD
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:45 PM   #1425
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These four floods have just been crazy. I hope all the deer from your neighbor made it ok. Im seeing a lot of bucks around the waters edge as the river receeds here. Some big ol lumpheaded suckers too!
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:44 AM   #1426
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Water finally started down yesterday dropping a couple inches. My best guess is that about 1300-1500 acres flooded of our collective 2500 acres. Fortunately I have over 40 acres of clover on high ground so deer shouldn't be stressed too much.Highest flood in history.

I was in North La. earlier this week and flooding still extensive up there. All that water still has to make it's way down. Flood could be with us a while.
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Old 03-27-2016, 02:53 PM   #1427
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Dang Rusty. Sorry to hear. I hope the deer transition ok to the smaller area. The pecking order process is going to be a roller coaster for some of those deer.

Mother Nature is so irrational sometimes.
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:57 AM   #1428
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Just read through your recent post. It's been a week, are things getting some what better? I sure hope so. Prayers for ya.
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:49 PM   #1429
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Happy to have this guy back and on the wall.

The water has receded and is off all the roads and fields, at last! Thanks so much for all the kind comments and concerns.

I had a beautiful 16 acre field planted in rye, crimson, wheat, radishes, turnips,and rape that went 10-15 ft under water. It is dry now though rain probabilities are high this week. The minute it is dry enough to plant we are drilling.

The plan is 50 lbs cow peas, 25 lbs soybeans, 10 lbs sunn hemp, and 6 lbs sunflowers per acre. Will be interesting to see how this field performs since all the 'thatch' is just a weird looking melted film. I'll plant the other fields that didn't flood in May and can compare.

Excited to get the tractor working again.
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:55 PM   #1430
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The water has receded and is off all the roads and fields, at last! Thanks so much for all the kind comments and concerns.



I had a beautiful 16 acre field planted in rye, crimson, wheat, radishes, turnips,and rape that went 10-15 ft under water. It is dry now though rain probabilities are high this week. The minute it is dry enough to plant we are drilling.



The plan is 50 lbs cow peas, 25 lbs soybeans, 10 lbs sunn hemp, and 6 lbs sunflowers per acre. Will be interesting to see how this field performs since all the 'thatch' is just a weird looking melted film. I'll plant the other fields that didn't flood in May and can compare.



Excited to get the tractor working again.


That is a great looking deer and mount!

I hope you can get some tractor time soon and look forward to reading in more progress on your farm.
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:21 PM   #1431
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Deer turned out great and look forward to yall's spring/summer progress
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:22 AM   #1432
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Happy to hear things are drying up for u. I got in 8 hrs of tractor time just before this new rain. I love what tractor time does for the wildlife, but that dam tractor of mine will beat me to death, and I walk a little stiffer and feel like I have been beat up after a full day on the tractor And your deer mount looks really good
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:45 AM   #1433
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Wow!
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:36 AM   #1434
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Time to plant. It's a bit earlier than expected but nature offered a different plan. This was one of the flooded fields. Picture it in shoulder high rye with a thick understory of crimson and brassicas. This is whats left after the flood. Will be interesting to see how it performs.
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:45 AM   #1435
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My GAWD what a mount that deer made. Amazing beams.
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:02 PM   #1436
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Stud of a deer! Mount looks perfect. Good luck with your plots.
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:31 PM   #1437
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Time to plant. It's a bit earlier than expected but nature offered a different plan. This was one of the flooded fields. Picture it in shoulder high rye with a thick understory of crimson and brassicas. This is whats left after the flood. Will be interesting to see how it performs.
Glad things have dried out for you. You still have some pretty decent thatch in that field considering it was flooded. Will be following along your progress!
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:14 PM   #1438
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Few things are prettier than a big field full of waist high crimson. Especially when my 3 yr old grandson is lighting it up.

This field will get planted as soon as the crimson goes to seed.
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:34 PM   #1439
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Just joining in and interested in the thread. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:44 PM   #1440
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Your work seems to be paying off. Those are some nice bucks.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:12 AM   #1441
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Hope all this rain isnt causing you to much grief! Been coming down for a couple days now.
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:11 PM   #1442
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Planting time on the farm today. We are drilling per acre 50 lbs cow peas, 25 lbs soybeans, 10 lbs sunn hemp and 6 lbs sunflower. This into a field planted last fall in 100 lbs rye, 50 lbs wheat, 10 lbs crimson 3 lbs radishes, 1 lb turnips, and 1 lb rape. The field was amended with 3 tons/acre chicken litter last fall.

Tomorrow I will spray with gly.

I planted this exact mixture about a week ago in a field left fallow by flooding. It's already growing well but will be interesting to compare the 2 fields
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:13 PM   #1443
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Did I mention I like what the chicken litter does? We received 125 tons today.
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Old 05-05-2016, 02:06 PM   #1444
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I'm glad to see a positive update, I thought you would be bracing for the 3rd flood of the year. The Red is in the news again. Good luck with the planting.


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Old 05-05-2016, 02:34 PM   #1445
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I'm glad to see a positive update, I thought you would be bracing for the 3rd flood of the year. The Red is in the news again. Good luck with the planting.


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Yep, we are under some flooding yet again. its likely the field I planted a couple weeks ago will go partially under. Cant get to it now cause of the water.

My neighbor may lose most of the fields he just planted Friday. Discouraging. Fortunately the fields I'm planting now will not go under.....hopefully.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:13 PM   #1446
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Found this Saturday while running the tractor. Small side of a 4 yr old non typical. 24" mass scoring 81". Think the other side is about 10" bigger.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:11 AM   #1447
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Great find
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:59 AM   #1448
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Yikes, thats some serious bone !
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:41 PM   #1449
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Planted my dove field this morning in a combination of brown top millet, proso millet, and Jap millet. Sprayed with gly as soon as planting was complete. Unfortunately found a 1 day old fawn with the drill in the process. Collateral damage. This was the last planting of the summer and I hoped we would escape without this happening.

Oh well I guess that is my farm managers buck for the year.
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Old 05-18-2016, 10:17 PM   #1450
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That sucks, sorry that happened. Hope you avoid the flooding this go round. We have the opposite problem in west Texas, although we have been getting some rain as of late.
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