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TXhoghunter94 05-26-2021 08:43 AM

2021-2022 Hill Country Hunting Thread
 
Its about that time to start a new thread for this upcoming season! We did not get a lot of rain in March or April in Llano county, some of our smaller ponds dried up but now they are full again. Opening day is only about 4 months away now and I am starting to see a few familiar faces at my feeders.

I hope we all have a great season this year!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...fdf53ec2c9.jpg

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ttaxidermy 05-26-2021 09:23 AM

Nice growth. He's no youngster either.
It's extremely dry in Brady. It rains all around us but rarely where I'm at. Watching the radar is frustrating to say the least. We've had 3" since January.

Fajkus7 05-26-2021 09:44 AM

I’m not sure how many inches we’ve gotten in our little part of Doss but I know it’s been a pretty good year for us. That’s unusual because we are down in a hole and can usually watch the rain go right around us. Deer have been hammering the feed. I should be down there next week to fill feeders again and check cameras. I’m pumped to see what they are gonna look like this year.

Puncher51 05-26-2021 09:49 AM

Thanks for starting up the thread Kyle! It also looks like your bucks are well on their way again this year. Thankfully we started getting a little rain towards the end of March through now. We have missed out on all the big rains, so our tanks are all bone dry, but at least we have wells and troughs. I pray it keeps raining through summer.

Hills of Texas 05-26-2021 10:05 AM

We are dang near floating in llano. It’s been a good spring so far.

roberts 05-26-2021 10:12 AM

Finally getting some good rain in Llano the past few weeks. The deer have been hammering the feed so far. Our place is really green now, with all the recent rain. Our creeks and tanks did not go dry and have had water in them all year. Looking forward to start watching the horns grow.

TXBRASS 05-26-2021 10:36 AM

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WillowCity2506 05-26-2021 11:01 AM

8 inches for the month of May at my place in Gillespie County. Perfect timing. Pastures are so green you couldn't see the roads to blinds two weeks ago. Gonna be a good year.

TXhoghunter94 05-26-2021 12:41 PM

Im glad to hear most of yall are getting good rain. I'm going this weekend to fill some feeders. I think this is going to be my target buck for this year, he is a 7 year old buck named Ochohttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...8cd423352e.jpg

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RR 314 05-26-2021 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Hills of Texas (Post 15635544)
We are dang near floating in llano. Its been a good spring so far.

Amen to that! Hope it keeps on coming!

TX_Kevin 05-26-2021 03:20 PM

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8 inches for the month of May at my place in Gillespie County. Perfect timing. Pastures are so green you couldn't see the roads to blinds two weeks ago. Gonna be a good year.

Axis ought to be putting on some serious inches this season. Last time I was out most were still in velvet.

TXhoghunter94 05-28-2021 02:40 PM

The buck in the back has some potential. I'm going this weekend to fill feeders, corn prices keep on going up [emoji51]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...8af9f890d4.jpg

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Puncher51 05-28-2021 11:06 PM

I hope most of y’all got a good soaking this afternoon/night. We got completely missed...again

TXBRASS 05-28-2021 11:07 PM

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I hope most of yall got a good soaking this afternoon/night. We got completely missed...again


Game cam showing what looks like good rain in Blanco right now.


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Puncher51 05-28-2021 11:15 PM

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Game cam showing what looks like good rain in Blanco right now.


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Blanco got hammered according to radar

HogCommander 05-29-2021 02:14 AM

We got at least 2.3 inches today/tonight near Kerrville.

TXhoghunter94 05-30-2021 08:39 AM

Are place got a lot of rain and looking in better shape now! https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...c4b54a0265.jpg

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TXBRASS 05-30-2021 11:34 PM

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TXhoghunter94 06-01-2021 09:06 AM

We had a successful weekend at the ranch and got a lot donehttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...2a75159b0d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...5e200e54dc.jpg

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Puncher51 06-01-2021 12:21 PM

My goodness that buck is a tank!!

AmyJUW 06-01-2021 12:51 PM

Hi guys ! I am new here but i want to get knowledges about deer hunting ))

TXhoghunter94 06-02-2021 10:02 AM

I think this is the same buck named ocho (past 3 years of pictures of him)https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...373511699b.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...8ca585d1f2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...5192aa8386.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...f01ca8372b.jpg

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TXBRASS 06-02-2021 12:48 PM

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Awesome buck!


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Puncher51 06-03-2021 11:24 AM

So very thankful for this mornings rain! No where near enough to run any water, but I’m thankful for every drop!

TXBRASS 06-08-2021 11:34 AM

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Shane 06-08-2021 11:55 AM

I've seen a few sika that have black spots like that spike in the middle picture. Usually if they have spots, the spots will be white. But the darker colored ones will have a few black spots sometimes.

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TXhoghunter94 06-15-2021 11:50 AM

Tight racked 10 point who will be 5 this year and a 5 year old main frame 8 point behind himhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...c4f52025fb.jpg

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trophy8 06-15-2021 11:54 AM

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Time to smoke that dude.

Fajkus7 06-16-2021 04:01 PM

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I forgot to save any deer pictures from last trip. Deer are hammering protein and cotton seed even though it is super green. I also just picked up and additional 500 acres connected to this spot. I have a few mature deer coming in but I can really only identify one so far. Stoked to see what this year brings.


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TXBRASS 06-16-2021 11:59 PM

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Puncher51 06-22-2021 11:01 AM

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Going to make a quick trip tonight just to pull camera cards. Nothing like a 5 hour drive just to check antler growth. I am thankful for my 1 cell cam though!

Shane 06-22-2021 11:18 AM

Looking good. I was at my lease last week. Saw lots of whitetail. Pigs are freaking EVERYWHERE. :mad: Killed 7. We were hoping to kill some rutting axis bucks. Killed a couple does, but didn't see a shooter buck. I called one in. He bellowed and raked a tree about 80 yards from me on the fence line. I saw the tree limbs shaking, but the brush was too thick to see him. He must have had does with him. He didn't come in to the call/rattling any further. We have maybe 10% of the axis we had before the freeze. It really sucks. Heard a few bellows, but nothing like what it was in years past during the rut. Normally, the bellows were nearly constant day and night. Just a few here and there this time.

I wish I could get excited about the whitetail, but they're just jackrabbits down there.

bigbad243 06-22-2021 11:26 AM

We lost most if not all of our blackbucks from the freeze. But out WT’s are looking really good and lots of fawns dropped so far. The biggest suck is literally every oak tree has broken branches. So had to move most blinds and/or spend days cutting. It is like a tornado went through the entire place. Thousands of acres decimated. Its crazy

Shane 06-22-2021 11:29 AM

Yeah, every tree has half the branches laying on the ground after all that ice. It was a devastating winter storm.

Puncher51 06-22-2021 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Shane (Post 15671406)
Looking good. I was at my lease last week. Saw lots of whitetail. Pigs are freaking EVERYWHERE. :mad: Killed 7. We were hoping to kill some rutting axis bucks. Killed a couple does, but didn't see a shooter buck. I called one in. He bellowed and raked a tree about 80 yards from me on the fence line. I saw the tree limbs shaking, but the brush was too thick to see him. He must have had does with him. He didn't come in to the call/rattling any further. We have maybe 10% of the axis we had before the freeze. It really sucks. Heard a few bellows, but nothing like what it was in years past during the rut. Normally, the bellows were nearly constant day and night. Just a few here and there this time.

I wish I could get excited about the whitetail, but they're just jackrabbits down there.

I enjoyed following along on Facebook with your trip to the lease! Beautiful property!!

Shane 06-22-2021 04:34 PM

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I enjoyed following along on Facebook with your trip to the lease! Beautiful property!!

It is. Fishing is fun. The sudden loss of most of the axis sure is depressing though.

Puncher51 06-22-2021 04:45 PM

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It is. Fishing is fun. The sudden loss of most of the axis sure is depressing though.

Ya that sucks

Puncher51 07-05-2021 09:42 AM

Finally ended up with a great rain yesterday, neighbors gauge shows around 2.2”. Grasses were just starting to yellow/brown yesterday when I was out there.

BradBryant1000 07-05-2021 10:59 AM

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Finally ended up with a great rain yesterday, neighbors gauge shows around 2.2”. Grasses were just starting to yellow/brown yesterday when I was out there.

I sure hope it rained out at our lease yesterday. Radar looked like it did rain a good bit but the closest LCRA gauge only showed two tenths of an inch (but close to 1.25 inches overall in the last week plus).

Forecast is calling for more. Fingers crossed.

I'll post up picture's here in a bit from two weeks ago from our trip to the lease.

BradBryant1000 07-05-2021 11:10 AM

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Saw several turkey (hens) with babies!!! No pics but I was glad to see them. Saw three jakes and two big boys.

Saw a ton of deer overall. Wished I would have taken more pics. Saw one really good 9 point. Deer looked healthy overall.

It was turning brown but like mentioned in my above post it looks like we've picked up some rain since I was there.

Puncher51 07-05-2021 03:10 PM

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Those bucks are looking good!! We have also seen a few hens with poults lately. Our Turkey numbers have been way down, I sure would love a rebound.
This guy scored around 135-140 last year, I sure hope hell be at least that big this year.

BoneCollector31 07-05-2021 04:43 PM

lookin good

TXhoghunter94 07-06-2021 09:07 PM

Its still super green by us. I'm hoping this buck clears 140" as a main frame 8. I will be at a wedding in Puerto Rico for opening weekend so the other guys on the lease may get a chance at him before me.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...df36cf676b.jpg

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Puncher51 07-07-2021 12:11 AM

He’s gonna have some amazing tine length! Will be fun to watch him finish out!

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Not deer (or any critter for that matter) related but here's some random pics from the deer lease I took in April. We just enjoy being out and about in the woods!!!!

Puncher51 07-07-2021 03:30 PM

Man that looks like a beautiful place!

Jen-Man 07-07-2021 03:59 PM

Y’all have me itching to get to the lease and check my cameras. It was nice and green about 5 weeks ago. Maybe I can get up for a day or two soon. I’m south of Junction about 15 miles on 83.

Tony Pic 07-07-2021 04:13 PM

Been sitting for Axis in Kerrville the mornings and sitting for hogs at night in Harper. Not seeing any hogs and where the axis used to be plentiful, i think the Feb freeze killed a great many of them. This is the first time in 11 years hunting this Axis spot that there has been more whitetails than Axis. The native species is winning here. Sitting for hogs again tonite.


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