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Old 12-01-2021, 11:53 AM   #201
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A pretty three year old 10 point just ran a doe across my drive right by my dog kennels. Dark horns about 17" wide, weak 4ths, decent weight for a youngster. 10:30 AM.
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Old 12-01-2021, 09:15 PM   #202
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A pretty three year old 10 point just ran a doe across my drive right by my dog kennels. Dark horns about 17" wide, weak 4ths, decent weight for a youngster. 10:30 AM.
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I saw almost an identical buck this morning for about 20 mins. He had short brows also but promising buck.
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Old 12-05-2021, 07:53 PM   #203
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Just came back from the lease and they seem to just be starting to chase.
Heat putting them off?
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Old 12-05-2021, 08:04 PM   #204
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I got back from our place. They are chasing for sure. Opening weekend we saw two bucks chasing a doe down 190 into Brady mid day. Saw buck chasing down 1311 last night and this morning. We saw a lot of deer just no shooters.
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Old 12-08-2021, 09:33 PM   #205
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https://youtu.be/XrLM7crRMf8

I'm a little late to share, but here is a video of our early season success.
My fiancť will be holding the ranch record for a little while...
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Old 12-08-2021, 10:02 PM   #206
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https://youtu.be/XrLM7crRMf8

I'm a little late to share, but here is a video of our early season success.
My fiancť will be holding the ranch record for a little while...

Wow what a stud, congrats!
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Old 12-08-2021, 10:22 PM   #207
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Congratulations to your fiance!
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Old 12-09-2021, 09:22 AM   #208
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Congratulations on a great buck! I am not familiar with the La Roca Ranch.
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Old 12-25-2021, 07:20 AM   #209
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The wife shot a buck last night. Itís been a very strange year for us. We barely have any mature deer on camera or seen on stand compared to last year. This is actually the first deer off of our lease this year.

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Old 12-25-2021, 07:52 AM   #210
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The wife shot a buck last night. Itís been a very strange year for us. We barely have any mature deer on camera or seen on stand compared to last year. This is actually the first deer off of our lease this year.

Congrats! Do you or anyone else here think the freeze had something to do with it?
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Old 12-25-2021, 08:30 AM   #211
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The wife shot a buck last night. Itís been a very strange year for us. We barely have any mature deer on camera or seen on stand compared to last year. This is actually the first deer off of our lease this year.

Nice and congrats!
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Old 12-25-2021, 08:34 AM   #212
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Congratulations to your wife! And have a Merry Christmas.
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Old 12-25-2021, 08:59 AM   #213
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Congrats! Do you or anyone else here think the freeze had something to do with it?

Thanks guys!

We feed corn year round. We do have a ton of turkeys (we saw a group of 100 this morning, no kidding). Pigs are very heavy as well. We didnít find any dead deer after the freeze. Just seems weird cause we donít shoot very many deer on this place (3-6 a year on 1700 acres).
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Old 12-25-2021, 09:09 AM   #214
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The wife shot a buck last night. Itís been a very strange year for us. We barely have any mature deer on camera or seen on stand compared to last year. This is actually the first deer off of our lease this year.



Heck yea! Congrats guys! Merry Christmas!


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Old 12-25-2021, 11:13 AM   #215
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The wife shot a buck last night. Itís been a very strange year for us. We barely have any mature deer on camera or seen on stand compared to last year. This is actually the first deer off of our lease this year.


Good going!

Itís been a strange year for us, too. However, we found out that the neighboring property has been allowing helicopters to come hunt pigs during deer season! My dad didnít see a single deer at his stand last weekend which is very unusual.


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Old 12-27-2021, 01:22 PM   #216
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Not a big "Full Sneak" mount person, but just got this back.
I'm really digging it, my son got it last year at our place in Menard.
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Old 12-27-2021, 01:38 PM   #217
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That's a nice looking mount. Big deer too.
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Old 12-27-2021, 06:13 PM   #218
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Not a big "Full Sneak" mount person, but just got this back.
I'm really digging it, my son got it last year at our place in Menard.
I really like that. That deer has some cool personality 😁
Congratulations to your son.
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Old 12-28-2021, 10:48 AM   #219
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Thanks guys.
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Old 12-28-2021, 12:35 PM   #220
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Just got back from our place. It was super slow. And like everyone has said this year has been weird. I’m hoping this weekend will be good with the cold front. I got a new lease or ranch owner behind me now. Anyone know of or hear of “Royal D” ?
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Old 12-28-2021, 03:23 PM   #221
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Thanks guys!

We feed corn year round. We do have a ton of turkeys (we saw a group of 100 this morning, no kidding). Pigs are very heavy as well. We didnít find any dead deer after the freeze. Just seems weird cause we donít shoot very many deer on this place (3-6 a year on 1700 acres).
Heath,
I am seeing quite a few mature bucks just a couple of miles north of you along FM road. Seems there is a pretty good concentration of them from the Texas A&M Ranch (Carl Martin) and north to the Las Moras Creek crossing. The hunters south of town near the county line NE of you have killed a couple of mature bucks with decent antlers but they have not seen the bigger bucks that they were seeing in late summer.
I saw a really good one the weekend before Christmas west of Menard about 10 miles. He was in the highway ROW and I sure hope he doesn't step out in front of a truck. Another buddy saw the same buck at the same location and thinks he might score 160+. I didn't get a great look as the grass is really tall and I was driving to hunt on a ranch further west.
Good luck, if the weather changes, may help.
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Old 12-29-2021, 09:15 AM   #222
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Years ago, I was visiting with Bill Russ, retired biologist from Sanderson. He gave me the best advice to improve antler growth across the Edwards Plateau and much of the Trans-Pecos. He said to keep out a mineral that is high in Phosphorus as this country is deficient in Ph. As you know, it takes Calcium and Ph to grow bones and antlers and while this country is loaded with Ca, you need to increase Ph consumption.
I fed Hi Pro 12-12 blocks which are guaranteed to have 12% Ph. One block will last several months as they are hard and deer don't need to consume large volumes. Increasing the Ph intake seems to increase mass on the antlers more than any other quality. Fawns also seemed to be a little stronger and healthier.
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Old 12-29-2021, 10:57 AM   #223
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Great info Gray!! I’ll have to try one of those blocks. I was thinking of doing a cotton seed feeder after hunting season.
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Old 12-29-2021, 11:09 AM   #224
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Years ago, I was visiting with Bill Russ, retired biologist from Sanderson. He gave me the best advice to improve antler growth across the Edwards Plateau and much of the Trans-Pecos. He said to keep out a mineral that is high in Phosphorus as this country is deficient in Ph. As you know, it takes Calcium and Ph to grow bones and antlers and while this country is loaded with Ca, you need to increase Ph consumption.
I fed Hi Pro 12-12 blocks which are guaranteed to have 12% Ph. One block will last several months as they are hard and deer don't need to consume large volumes. Increasing the Ph intake seems to increase mass on the antlers more than any other quality. Fawns also seemed to be a little stronger and healthier.
Adios,
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Iíll do the same on our place in Comstock, thank you!


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Old 12-29-2021, 03:23 PM   #225
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Great info Gray!! Iíll have to try one of those blocks. I was thinking of doing a cotton seed feeder after hunting season.
Cottonseed is a great source of protein and hogs and coons won't eat it so is another plus. Years ago, it was also inexpensive but high demand has taken care of that.
Before I start feeding protein, I attempt to get rid of any animals that I don't want to see next year. Feeding is an expensive practice so no need to feed animals that you don't want.
Yes, the high Ph mineral is a "No Brainer" and pretty inexpensive way to see an improvement in antler quality. If it doesn't rain this late winter and spring, it may be a tough year for antlers.
We still have not figured out how to open a sack of feed and put maturity on them.
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Old 12-29-2021, 04:22 PM   #226
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My buddy shot a very old buck last night. We didnít have this deer on camera or he hadnít been seen in person. His daughter shot her first animal on the same hunt. Such an awesome hunt.




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Old 12-30-2021, 08:57 AM   #227
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Congratulations to the hunters! Hope everyone has a great hunt this weekend. Looks like the weather is going to change on New Year's Day!
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Old 12-30-2021, 10:15 AM   #228
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My buddy shot a very old buck last night. We didnít have this deer on camera or he hadnít been seen in person. His daughter shot her first animal on the same hunt. Such an awesome hunt.




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Old 02-02-2022, 10:19 PM   #229
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Curious to know what most of you believe to be the best weekend for shed hunting? We don’t seem to find very many, so looking for some advice on the timing?
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Old 02-13-2022, 10:58 AM   #230
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Curious to know what most of you believe to be the best weekend for shed hunting? We donít seem to find very many, so looking for some advice on the timing?
Not sure on exact time.
But I have the best luck looking in their bedding areas.
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Old 02-13-2022, 11:24 AM   #231
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Curious to know what most of you believe to be the best weekend for shed hunting? We donít seem to find very many, so looking for some advice on the timing?
Now is a little early, spring turkey is too late because the grass is growing. I usually try in early March when I am topping off the feeders for turkey season.

I find the most close to fence lines as the impact of landing will help knock them loose. Around water, major trails, foods sources, and bedding areas are also good places to look. The problem is they can be anywhere and with the deer density your not going to find a pile of antlers.
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Old 02-13-2022, 11:52 AM   #232
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Old 02-13-2022, 03:21 PM   #233
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I was at my lease this weekend. Saw several with antlers, and several that had already shed. And I found a nice left side of an 8.
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Old 02-13-2022, 06:59 PM   #234
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One of our guys found several sets near a fence line today. I normally look in March as well, but not a bad haul for February.
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Old 03-30-2022, 02:11 PM   #235
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Bringing this back to the top. I'll be at my lease this weekend, chasing turkeys and pigs. Anyone else going?
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Old 03-30-2022, 02:22 PM   #236
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Bringing this back to the top. I'll be at my lease this weekend, chasing turkeys and pigs. Anyone else going?
I will be out there with my wife trying to get her first Gobbler.
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Old 03-30-2022, 02:27 PM   #237
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Good luck Heath and to everyone going out this weekend. Watch for the rattlebugs!! Will be a while before I get out there.
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Old 04-01-2022, 02:16 PM   #238
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Yes, I’ll be chasing the gobblers. Have a lone aoudad on camera too. I need to shoot some pigs. Keep jumping them driving around checking on stuff. It’s very very very very dry right now….we need a lot of rain soon. Let me know if y’all need any help.
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Old 04-02-2022, 05:25 AM   #239
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Good luck this morning chasing Thunder chickens everyone. Hoping to get on the board near Brady.
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Old 04-02-2022, 09:23 AM   #240
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We will be out there week of the 12th!
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Old 04-03-2022, 01:40 PM   #241
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Gobblers and hens are still segregated west of Menard. Very little gobbling. The dry conditions can be blamed for this. The hens need a certain amount of keratin in their diets in order to get them cycling and we sure don't have anything green.
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Old 04-03-2022, 04:28 PM   #242
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We heard very little gobbling on Saturday and nothing this morning. The wife popped a pig and found her first shed. We saw plenty of deer, turkey, and pigs. It was very quiet, but a good time.


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Old 04-03-2022, 05:08 PM   #243
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I have Karlaís buck from this year hung as well.






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Old 04-04-2022, 05:28 PM   #244
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Anybody know if Jacobys Feed in Brady by the railroad tracks is still open and selling protein? Headed up tomorrow and forgot to call. Thanks!!


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Old 04-04-2022, 06:54 PM   #246
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Good shooting Boys!!! Congrats to you and your sons Amigo!
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Old 04-25-2022, 04:05 PM   #247
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Any rain in Menard? Inter webs says we got 2/10ths in Menard, hoping we got more.


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Old 04-25-2022, 04:14 PM   #248
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BGleaton's weather station on the far eastern side of the county checked in at .48 today, not much, but moisture.
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Old 04-26-2022, 09:29 AM   #249
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About .4" 8-10 miles west of Menard, .2-.3" around Menard and about a half in southern part of the county. Spitting a little this morning.
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Old 04-30-2022, 11:07 AM   #250
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Outstanding morning! After sitting in one of my blinds early this morning and seeing nothing, I got out and went for a hike. Saw 3 gobblers about 300 yards out from me and began my stalk. Light rain and steady winds helped me get to about 25 yards of them before knocking this one down with one shot from my FA 97/41 magnum.




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