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Old 03-01-2020, 09:04 PM   #1
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So who all stayed after the anthrax aftermath? We are still holding on to our place hoping it bounces back. Anyone been in awhile? I havenít been since December, probably going back this month.
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Old 03-01-2020, 09:25 PM   #2
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Haha, I just realized your the guy on the Sutton county hunting Facebook page.

We had a good year. Heading up next weekend to show a couple new guys that just got on the lease around and let them pick there spots. I’m really excited to have them as they are very good friends of mine.
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Old 03-02-2020, 06:28 AM   #3
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We stayed at a reduced rate. Things are bleak but hopefully there will be good things to come in the next few years.
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Old 03-02-2020, 09:23 AM   #4
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We pulled out. It was tough moving on after 9 years but we weren’t offered any price concessions to stay.
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Old 03-02-2020, 10:01 AM   #5
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Tag just to watch as I love that area...

We were offered 1/2 price to stay but I pulled out. With most animals being killed off and the ranch being on the market it was just time for me to move on. I'll miss it for sure, lots of memories there over the years and lots of friendships made.
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Old 03-02-2020, 10:11 AM   #6
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Old 03-02-2020, 10:22 AM   #7
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I drive through the area every 2 weeks on my way to my 2 places in RS. Those of you that have stayed will have a great opportunity from a management standpoint, but thats a long wait if you're not an owner.
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Old 03-02-2020, 10:24 AM   #8
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I drive through the area every 2 weeks on my way to my 2 places in RS. Those of you that have stayed will have a great opportunity from a management standpoint, but thats a long wait if you're not an owner.
I agree with that ^^^ That place is a deer manager's dream starting now...assuming the big A doesn't hit again about the time it all comes together.
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Old 03-02-2020, 10:27 AM   #9
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I agree with that ^^^ That place is a deer manager's dream starting now...assuming the big A doesn't hit again about the time it all comes together.
That is the fear for sure, if it does come again I see us probably packing up.

We also got a reduced rate which I believe most ranches are doing this for the hunters right now or thats what Id expect.
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Old 03-02-2020, 10:53 AM   #10
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The ranchers that are reducing rates for the hunters are A+ in my book. I've only been in the area for 6 years, but I've done a lot of research on Anthrax in the area and it seems to be fairly cyclical, following 9-11 year pattern depending on early rains and late summer heat.
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Old 03-11-2020, 12:39 PM   #11
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We stayed at a discounted rate. Back in October we had 8 deer total from cameras and a helicopter survey. Last month we had 16 deferent bucks on camera. Two looked mature, so it's heading in the right direction.
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Old 03-11-2020, 01:47 PM   #12
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Like others said, we stayed at a reduced rate. I just went out last weekend to fill some protein feeders and jumped groups of deer several times while driving the ranch. We weren't seeing hardly anything during season. I saw more deer on Saturday evening driving ranch roads than I did during season. Hopefully things are looking up.
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Old 03-11-2020, 02:08 PM   #13
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We stayed, only had the place for 3 years but have a great LO and with all the work we’ve put into the place we decided we’re not going to give up that easy. We’re going up in 2 weeks so hopefully things will look a little better than they did in December but if not it will still be nice just to get away and spend time in that beautiful country.
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Old 03-11-2020, 10:40 PM   #14
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Most places bounce back pretty quick in this area. You guys that got hit will be fine and better off in the long run. Time to get it right and start a good management plan and get to feeding good luck to you guys!
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:00 PM   #15
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Was out last weekend for the turkey opener. The kids had some luck and itís turning green. On camera each spot had five or six deer and theyíre finally eating all of the corn. Weíll probably make one more trip before the spring season is over.



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Old 03-24-2020, 04:11 PM   #16
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I stayed at a reduced rate. Saw more deer and Axis 3 weeks ago than all of the 2 weeks I was there during the season. Will be checking cameras in a few weeks.
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Old 03-24-2020, 04:53 PM   #17
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Stayed in Ozona. Reduced rate. Haven't been but planning trip in the near future
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:24 AM   #18
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Hey guys, good to hear so many staying. We stayed as well and are hoping for the best. In the end Mother Nature will always win but hopefully she will give us a break!! We are staying due to a great place and great land owners. One of those things that when your happy it’s worth a lot in its own and the hunting is a bonus. We lost some of our group which is a bummer because they were great people. We have been down once since the season and added some feeders and put out some more cameras. Hoping to get down during turkey season to hang out and check the pics. I will keep ya posted with what we are seeing. We are just west of the caverns. Hoping for the best for all of yall and praying for the area. Not just for hunting but the land owners as well. Last year was a hard hit for everyone but we have faith it will turn around. Y’all be safe and holler if you ever need anything in the area!!
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:48 AM   #19
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I’ve moved on also, but not far. In to see how things shake out for y'all.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:01 AM   #20
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I live on my place, so donít have a choice. Itís STAY for me!!! Itís really greened up nicely with the recent rains. As far as I knew, I was not hit by the anthrax (3 miles east of town), but Iím not seeing nearly as many deer this year, and they are not devouring the protein like they did this time of year the last few years. Weíll see how things go as the year progresses. I really hope I see more axis this year!

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Old 04-13-2020, 08:56 AM   #21
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Just got back from a quick trip to fill feeders. Was very green there, but saw no deer which was odd even riding around at night. But corn under feeders was all gone and there is deer on cameras so I know they are somewhere in there.

Rafters feed store guys told me they already had 2 anthrax cases this year already in the area. Hoping that is not true. Anyone else hear this?
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Old 04-13-2020, 08:59 AM   #22
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Just got back from a quick trip to fill feeders. Was very green there, but saw no deer which was odd even riding around at night. But corn under feeders was all gone and there is deer on cameras so I know they are somewhere in there.

Rafters feed store guys told me they already had 2 anthrax cases this year already in the area. Hoping that is not true. Anyone else hear this?


I got off my lease there but I still talk to the landowner. He told me a few weeks ago there was a pretty bad outbreak on the East side of the County.
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Old 04-13-2020, 09:04 AM   #23
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I got off my lease there but I still talk to the landowner. He told me a few weeks ago there was a pretty bad outbreak on the East side of the County.
Wow that would be new territory for the disease. If its already starting this early then summer may be brutal for the outbreak.
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Old 04-13-2020, 09:11 AM   #24
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We are here now. About 20 miles east of sonora. Turkeys are not cooperating very well. But did shoot a nice axis yesterday. They are here thick now. Super green, seeing normal amount of WT. the aoudad do not seem as thick as normal, but have seen a few. Except for turkey, things seem normal for us
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Old 04-13-2020, 10:16 AM   #25
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Wow that would be new territory for the disease. If its already starting this early then summer may be brutal for the outbreak.
It's a sad deal. After I got off of my lease the landowner threw a feeder up in my old spot hoping to sell a few aoudad hunts. I asked him a couple of weeks ago how many whitetail had showed up since I left in January and he said he's had a picture of 1 buck and 1 doe. This was a spot where I would normally be looking at 30-50 deer in 1 evening hunt. Bad deal all the way around.
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Old 04-22-2020, 09:14 AM   #26
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Hey guys, went down to the lease to fill feeders this week. Place looks pretty decent and green but starting to get dry. Saw deer, turkeys and a couple javelina. We hunted a couple times and got close to sealing the deal on a turkey twice but just could not get him close enough. Decent activity on the cameras, nothing like it was the last few years but definitely better than it has been for sure. A heads up though there is a large wild fire burning south of us between Ozona and Sonora. May want to keep an eye on it if your down in that area.
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Old 04-22-2020, 09:26 AM   #27
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Another person posted this last year but this site is a good place to keep a eye on where is wildfires

https://texashelp.tamu.edu/browse/by...res-wildfires/
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Old 05-01-2020, 05:56 PM   #28
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just got home from our lease off 189 yesterday. Lease was nice and green. Had more deer on camera in the last 2 months than I did for all of last hunting season. More turkey than I've seen on any ranch I’ve been on.
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Old 05-02-2020, 11:42 AM   #29
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We spent the weekend there as well (off 189). Saw the same thing on our game cameras too, all young bucks. Things are green and look good.
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Old 05-02-2020, 12:27 PM   #30
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Here now and itís getting dry! Did hammer a thunder chicken.



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Old 05-03-2020, 07:54 PM   #31
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We got lucky and missed the antherax, currently have more axis than ever and lots of whitetail
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Old 05-06-2020, 08:05 AM   #32
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Congrats on the bird!! Hope everyone is doing good.
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:32 PM   #33
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Prayers up for the fire in Sonora. It has now crossed onto our ranch. I pray that none of the ranch owners suffer any damages to their homes or buildings.
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:38 PM   #34
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Where exactly is the fire?
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:43 PM   #35
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West of the caverns south of the interstate. Glasscock rd. area
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Old 06-12-2020, 09:49 PM   #36
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****, sorry to hear that. We are south of you. Which way was the fire spreading?
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Old 06-12-2020, 10:20 PM   #37
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****, sorry to hear that. We are south of you. Which way was the fire spreading?
It's pretty much going every direction. Several thousand acres burned so far.
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Old 06-12-2020, 10:22 PM   #38
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Pretty much east and west last I heard. Slightly South but pretty much following the interstate from what I am hearing and seeing. I always screw up posting pics and cant ever get it right or I would post em.
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Old 06-12-2020, 11:58 PM   #39
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Old 06-12-2020, 11:58 PM   #40
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Old 06-13-2020, 12:19 PM   #41
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Talked to the landowner this morning. The area is without power due to some poles being burnt. They are bringing in some more planes today to help with some air drops. So far it has only burnt the brush on our place and none of the landowners structures. Still praying for all involved including the firefighters and ranchers helping.
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Old 06-13-2020, 06:37 PM   #42
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It's pretty much going every direction. Several thousand acres burned so far.
Can you tell me the location? I can't find the ranch roads on the map.
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Can you tell me the location? I can't find the ranch roads on the map.
Here is a map of the location. Map is not very detailed but should give a perspective on location.

Also a link to the site with the map

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Old 07-22-2020, 10:25 AM   #44
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Anyone been up in awhile? Anyone hearing of any Anthrax this year?
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Old 07-22-2020, 11:13 AM   #45
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I hunted a ranch west of Sonora last week & spotted several whitetail doe, fawns & bucks.

Seems like their numbers are up bc I saw far less deer when I was there in April


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Old 07-22-2020, 11:32 AM   #46
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Was out there the weekend after the 4th. We moved some feeders to some new acreage we took over and put all of our cameras out so we can get a count Labor Day. It seems like the numbers improve each trip out there, and we're hoping we only have two more seasons without deer hunting.
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Old 07-22-2020, 11:36 AM   #47
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Good to hear, our last trip we made was in May. Numbers seemed about the same for us that we saw last season but we also didnt do a good survey like we usually do. We had some stuff to fix so we focused on that.

Hoping our next trip we can relax and get a good survey done. Probably be early September before we go back out.
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Old 07-22-2020, 04:10 PM   #48
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I live just east of Sonora. I have not heard of any outbreaks in the area so far this year.

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Old 07-22-2020, 04:42 PM   #49
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It looks like the area is getting some much needed rain today!
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Old 07-23-2020, 09:02 AM   #50
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Does anthrax effect axis?
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