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Old 04-07-2019, 10:32 AM   #751
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Same here
We called in 4 this weekend in goliad.
But once they hit the ground, most were quiet.
Killed one at daylight. One at midday and two in the afternoon.

Had a bobcat attack our decoy at 15 yards.

Fun trip. Called in a coyote and killed a bunch of pigs.

Reminded me why I enjoy spring turkey hunting in Texas.

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Old 04-07-2019, 01:33 PM   #752
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I set out two raccoon traps last trip and we caught two big raccoons and one opossum. I agree that it would be much easier to trap these critters if we lived out there but I figured that if we do it every time we are out there that it would be better than nothing. I got enough raccoon traps to set two at each feeder so i hope we can start to make a dent in them. We used dog food last time for the raccoons but I read that catfish food works well so we will try it as well.

We have still yet to see any pigs on our property, which we have had since late 2011. I know they are out there because some guys within 5 miles as the crow flies kill 100's of them each year.
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:36 PM   #753
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I set out two raccoon traps last trip and we caught two big raccoons and one opossum. I agree that it would be much easier to trap these critters if we lived out there but I figured that if we do it every time we are out there that it would be better than nothing. I got enough raccoon traps to set two at each feeder so i hope we can start to make a dent in them. We used dog food last time for the raccoons but I read that catfish food works well so we will try it as well.

We have still yet to see any pigs on our property, which we have had since late 2011. I know they are out there because some guys within 5 miles as the crow flies kill 100's of them each year.
The hog thing is very baffling to me as well. I have hunted the same place over 20 years and have never seen a hog, which honestly, I am very happy about😁

I have some Dukes traps for the coons and I need to get back in the habit of setting them when I go at night. We use marshmallows.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:38 PM   #754
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We got a new deer blind installed today:
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:50 PM   #755
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Lord have mercy that’s a blind!!
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:45 PM   #756
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Here is another picture of the 3.5 acre wheat/oat field. We are going to let it go to seed and provide some fawning/nesting cover. We are hoping it will keep the soil temperatures cooler and improve the organic matter. We are also hoping we can shred in late August and use it as a dove field come September.
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Here are some pictures of the high fence progress:
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Old 04-11-2019, 04:03 PM   #757
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Looking good! Nice blind
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Old 04-11-2019, 04:42 PM   #758
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That has to be the nicest blind I have seen in a while, looking great!
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:05 PM   #759
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Excited for you. That fence is going to be a great management tool. Also fun to be able to put in anything else you guys want to hunt. Looking great!


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Old 04-13-2019, 07:47 PM   #760
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I like your place a lot and I think that may be the new Menard County Motel you have there!!!
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:21 PM   #761
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I just saw your thread a few days ago, and it has been amazing to read the entire thing. Thanks for being so willing to share your family's story as you have tried to make it into a great ranch. I've learned a lot just from reading your story. I'm definitely envious of what you've done and what you are doing. You have some great deer on a beautiful place. Keep up the amazing effort, and I look forward to continue to read.
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:18 PM   #762
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I just saw your thread a few days ago, and it has been amazing to read the entire thing. Thanks for being so willing to share your family's story as you have tried to make it into a great ranch. I've learned a lot just from reading your story. I'm definitely envious of what you've done and what you are doing. You have some great deer on a beautiful place. Keep up the amazing effort, and I look forward to continue to read.
Thanks for the kind words! We are trying our best to improve the overall deer herd and we really wish we didn’t have to high fence our place but it’s the only way to let these bucks get to 6.5/7.5yrs old and also keep the deer numbers down to improve quality native habitat.

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Old 04-18-2019, 06:24 PM   #763
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We got another 0.5in of rain last night. That’s 1in total over the past week. We are at 3.5in for the year.
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:20 PM   #764
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Here are two of the gates they recently installed. We are having them modify the gates to make them burglar proof by welding one hinge up and one hinge down to ensure the gates cannot be removed. Also, we have asked them to make the gates so there is only an inch or two of gap between the fence post and gate to ensure nothing can get through.
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Does anyone know of a metal worker that can help us make a sign for our front gate? My brothers and I were thinking of getting something made for our parents and have it installed. We need someone that's pretty creative and were thinking of having a deer and possibly other wildlife (i.e. turkey) on it as well as the ranch name - Gleaton Chip Ranch. Please let me know if you guys know of anyone that can do this and about how much this costs. I appreciate your time and help!
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:37 PM   #765
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I know yall are gonna love seeing some more mature now

For thirty -five years I have given up seeing an old buck in Leon county!

PM on metal sign guy

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Old 04-22-2019, 01:30 PM   #766
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My brother was at the ranch this past weekend. It's starting to really green up out there and the grasses are coming on strong since we don't have cattle right now. I think we are going to keep the cattle off for this entire year to allow the some of the tall native bunch grasses to re-establish and provide plenty of fawning and nesting cover.

Here are some pictures from the weekend:
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Native grasses and forbs are getting thick:
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NW Corner wheat/oat food plot from last fall (3.5 acres). It's about 18in tall:
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We got the gates fixed and eliminated the gaps:
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We broadacasted a Turner Seed native seed mix in some recent clearings (around 2 acres). Here's the mix we used:
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Little Bluestem 45%
Sand Lovegrass (Bend) 15%
Switchgrass (Blackwell) 15%
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We are hoping the weather man is correct this week for the newly seeded areas. We will continue to seed native bunch grasses each Spring and Fall in any cleared areas to increase native bunch grasses for fawns and quail/turkey.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:36 PM   #767
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Looking Good. THANKS for the updates!
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:15 PM   #768
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:29 PM   #769
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Any idea how many deer were enclosed?
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:17 AM   #770
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The place looks great. Lots for wildlife to eat.
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:06 AM   #771
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Any idea how many deer were enclosed?

I got the memory cards back from the weekend and it seems that we have a around 40-50 deer or so. It will be easier to identify and get a better estimate once the bucks start growing antlers. I have a picture of 7 old pregnant does in one picture so that’s promising.
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:32 PM   #772
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Are y'all going to add any exotics?
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:56 PM   #773
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Are y'all going to add any exotics?
We are planning on adding 6-8 blackbucks in May but haven't finalized a date at this point.
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:21 PM   #774
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Looks great! Love the updates and I could help you on the metal art. PM sent
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:25 AM   #775
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Any concern that when you closed it in that you didn't have any of ya'lls mature bucks in there? That would make me lose sleep
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:26 AM   #776
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Any concern that when you closed it in that you didn't have any of ya'lls mature bucks in there? That would make me lose sleep
Id bet he had some/enough. Plus, the bred does. When you fence you aren't doing it for immediate results...the fence is only the beginning of a longer term plan.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:27 PM   #777
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I'm not sure if we got any of the mature bucks back or not but I'm sure we probably got a couple. There were really only a couple of bucks that we really wanted to come back and those were the two 12-pointers from last fall. We believe that the young 4.5yr old typical 12pt STUD was shot by our neighbors bc we haven't seen him since mid December and we aren't sure about the big 12-pointer from last fall as he disappeared in mid November. I agree with JeffJ's comments that this is the beginning of a long term plan. When we decided to high fence our place we knew that we weren't going to see any immediate results and we are fine with that. We will now be able to keep the deer numbers where we want them, continue to feed protein year-round and cottonseed 7-months a year, provide fall food plots, and continue to improve the native habitat by selectively removed cedars and reseeding native grasses/forbs. Once the bucks start growing antlers we will get a good count on what we have and then start a management plan and go from there.

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Old 04-30-2019, 07:40 PM   #778
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Craig Miller is the gentleman who is high fencing our property. We have been very pleased with he and his crew. Very nice guys!


I like seeing the progress. Good stuff!
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:56 PM   #779
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We received 4.7in of rain today and 2.3in last week, 7in so far for the month of May. The big storms today caused a lot of road damage. Fortunately, all of the high fence water gaps worked great and the fences aren’t damaged whatsoever. These rains should really help the fawns once they start dropping this month. I’ll post some pictures of the damaged roads later today. We may have to think of a better way to divert the water

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Old 05-08-2019, 07:17 PM   #780
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Nice progress man. I have watched this thread from the start and its pretty cool to see how far yall have come. Keep up the good work
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:10 PM   #781
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Congratulations on getting the fence up. Your place is looking great. Hopefully you can get the roads fixed quick.
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:53 AM   #782
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Here are some pictures of the road damage from the big rains we got earlier this week.
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We are hoping to get these fixed this week and figure out another way to prevent this from happening again.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:13 PM   #783
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I made the following modifications to my Duke #2 offset traps:
- Added a base plate with center swivel
- Added laminations
- Change to a 4-coil


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I am a terrible welder but hopefully it will make these "cheaper" traps stronger and more durable. I will be setting these out over Memorial Day weekend to try to get rid of some fawn killers.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:41 PM   #784
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Well, glad to see the rain. We got 6.5 in Brown Co. But sorry for the road damage. We have lots of road damage in Leon co this year.

I was looking at your situation. If you have some available big rocks to place upstream of that second photo, perhaps you could slow the flow and damage. I like cement low water crossings where there is a dip or channel.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:14 AM   #785
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Got another 1/2in of rain out there yesterday. We are almost at 8in for the month of May. We’ll get out there this next weekend and see if we need to bring the cows back on to help keep the grasses down to ensure forbs are able to grow. My hope was to keep the cows off to ensure the fawns have cover but we also want to make sure that there is enough forage for deer as well.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:32 AM   #786
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Thanks for the update and good luck with everything! Your place is looking great!
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:52 AM   #787
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I like cement low water crossings where there is a dip or channel. From Above ^^^^^^^


This would be the best way to correct this and be done with it once .
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:37 AM   #788
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wow. missed the whole high fence talk. Looks great and you will love the control you know have on the place. Love the new Condo, i mean deer blind. Looks like a great location. good work.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:07 PM   #789
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wow. missed the whole high fence talk. Looks great and you will love the control you know have on the place. Love the new Condo, i mean deer blind. Looks like a great location. good work.
Thanks for the kind words! We are looking forward to it being high fenced and it should be finished this coming week. We will be ordering another feeder from you pretty soon so Ill be in touch this summer.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:57 PM   #790
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I will be ready when you are ready. Cant wait to check thisntheead in 3 years. It will be night and day different.

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Old 05-19-2019, 08:02 PM   #791
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You mentioned that y’all were going to add some Blackbuck, have you heard about them being crawlers? I want to put some on our place but I’m not going to put up a high fence, just wire net the exterior fence.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:24 AM   #792
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I haven’t heard anything about them being crawlers. We were going to add them this weekend but the ranch we are getting them from is too wet so we are going to figure out another weekend.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:25 PM   #793
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We stocked 11 blackbuck this past weekend - 2 male (1.5yr old & 3.5yr old) and 9 females. Here are some pictures:
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Everything looks great out there. I planted silver river clover last fall in one food plot and it has taken off and doing very well (see picture below).
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They are starting to hit the cottonseed really hard since the doe are starting to drop their fawns. We added three additional cottonseed feeders and put out 1,800lbs of cottonseed this past weekend.

We set up some snares and a couple of foot-hold coyote traps but didn't catch any coyotes. We did however catch 6 raccoons this weekend. I'll post some more pictures tomorrow.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:33 PM   #794
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Those blackbucks look awesome. They will be a fun animal to watch grow as well. Looking good as always.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:17 PM   #795
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Looking REALLY good. I missed the high fence also. With all the work youre putting in, that high fence will really pay off!
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:42 PM   #796
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Congrats on the blackbuck!
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:44 PM   #797
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I did the same thing you are doing a few years back. Bought 600 acres - HF it and then killed every native deer on it. Brought 3 bred does in and 3 young bucks and started over. Did food plots etc. I had a blast doing it.

Biggest challenge was culling out the deer after a few years. Started with 3 bucks and 3 does and if you do simple math on it the deer will over run your place in a few years if you do not take does and culls out.

I brought in black buck, simitar oryx, elk, zebra, etc. All were good except the elk - they wore out my protein feed and fences.

Good luck to you and enjoy your place!

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Old 05-29-2019, 01:36 PM   #798
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Here are some more pictures from the past weekend:
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Black buck doe

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Recently seeded clearing

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Coyote dirt hole set i made. No catches=fail!

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Native flowers

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Old 05-29-2019, 01:51 PM   #799
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I met a guy through texasbowhunter (BrokenJ) and he built us a 4ft by 2ft metal sign for our new front gate. He did an incredible job from start to finish and helped design the whole thing. I definitely recommend giving him a call if you are interested in any metal art. We are hoping to hang it up in a couple of weeks, here is a picture:
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We helped our dad install a flagpole on Memorial Day at the ranch and my parents taught the little ones how to raise the flag and the meaning behind Memorial Day. We want to thank all of the men and women who have served our country!
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:06 PM   #800
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Looking good! Love the updates!
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