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Old 06-04-2021, 04:54 PM   #51
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Send some bear LDP pics tomorrow!
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Old 06-04-2021, 05:29 PM   #52
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Wow, bear sighting ! Hope he either hightails it or you get him. Great thread !
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Old 06-05-2021, 08:06 AM   #53
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No cell service or internet at the ranch so no live updates. I'm picking up a bear tag this morning, season closes June 15 and we can bait. No sow quota in this area either.
I'll put up a trail cam also below the house and along the creek.
They get bears moving through on occasion, they like the apple trees in fall .
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Great thread and good luck on the bear.
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Old 06-07-2021, 09:55 AM   #55
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Planted the PowerPlant test plots. Hoping for rain or we'll try to rig up some kind of gravity watering system.
Set up a bear bait down along the creek , next to a nice apple tree. We're betting the bear moved on but we'll see if anything checks out our bait. We have til June 15 for bear season.
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Old 06-07-2021, 09:58 AM   #56
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Trail cams shows the whitetails bucks are back along the creek and cow elk should be calving soon. Hay height might make seeing fawns and calves hard to view.
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Old 06-07-2021, 10:57 AM   #57
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Cool thread. Good luck on getting a bear.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:38 PM   #58
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Didn't have time to check the trail cams but saw our whitetail deer above the meadows and jumped a cow elk also while going out to move water.
Landowners came up to look at the hay and were very happy this year with the growth, they saw a new mule deer fawn out on their ride around the property.

Meadow grass is about knee to thigh high, timothy bottom is about chest high.
The horses should get some good grass bales for winter if weather holds out til cutting.
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Old 06-15-2021, 08:43 AM   #59
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"The horses should get some good grass bales for winter if weather holds out til cutting."

How many cuttings per summer do yall normally get off that patch?

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Old 06-15-2021, 10:17 AM   #60
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One cutting, will not have the water later in summer for irrigation.
We have 4 meadows we are irrigating, I can not remember the acreage. This year 1 meadow is not getting any irrigation due to water levels.
I'll try to get a bale count after the cutting.
The rancher usually gets 150 square bales for his roping steers and the rest in rounds for horses and the cutter's share.

No sign of the bear, we put a good scare into it I guess.

Next update after our moose scouting trip to Western Wyo. Spouse has a tag for area 24, going over Thursday for a couple of days to look around and get to know the roads.
Also going to visit a good friend that brews for Wind River brewery now, in Pinedale.
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Old 06-22-2021, 01:17 PM   #61
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Checked and pulled the bear bait, wouldn't you know it had a hit last day of season.
It did a number on the cam but it still works.
Moves our other trail cams to get some deer and elk pics hopefully.

No way to tell how big of a bear but not tiny for sure.
Also found a pair of bear tracks in the barn area, sow and cub. Have to watch for them and of they come back and get into things they shouldn't.
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Old 06-26-2021, 09:40 AM   #62
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Caught some elk bedded down in the west pasture on the way home last week.
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Old 06-28-2021, 09:25 AM   #63
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Well ,the bear is not gone. Now it is causing some problems and the season is over. I'm calling the GW today. It came back during the day while we were out working in the road.
Put up some cams and found poop all around the barn, outside and inside.
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Old 06-28-2021, 12:15 PM   #64
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Whitetails are using the meadows, however the hay gets cut next week.
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Old 06-28-2021, 12:21 PM   #65
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Bulls at the WG&F Sybille research facility are looking good.
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Old 06-28-2021, 12:39 PM   #66
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Awesome pics and info. So is all the irrigation water just free flowing from the creek? Can you explain the 1886 water rights? Thanks.
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Old 06-28-2021, 01:12 PM   #67
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Water rights are granted from a" first in time is first in right" standpoint.
The creek that flows through the meadows goes on downstream towards the town of Wheatland. The ranch was first to use water from the stream other than the town of Wheatland so it has 1884 water rights, dating back to when the first water was taken by the ranch from the stream. The town of Wheatland used water first so they have most senior rights.
If the creek gets very low the "ditch rider" could come out and close off the head gates leading into the irrigation ditches. That has happened once in about 25 years.
Any ranch upstream from the ranch we work using the water could get cut off if we needed more water, they would close the ditches and let it flow down to us. However the creek headwaters are pretty much on the ranch so another property can not get us shut off, only the town of Wheatland can make that call.

We have 3 head gates along the creek that we open to free flowing ditches through the meadows, it is flood irrigation. We dig "outs" along the ditch for the water to flood to meadows.
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Good stuff. Does the landowner sell any hunts? Or is it for personal use only?
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Old 06-28-2021, 01:25 PM   #69
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Good stuff. Does the landowner sell any hunts? Or is it for personal use only?
I'll add on if I may:

Including hunts for cow elk.
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Old 06-28-2021, 02:07 PM   #70
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Super cool! Thanks for sharing Mr/Mrs Wytex.

Is burning the ditches to allow water to flow faster?
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Old 06-28-2021, 03:43 PM   #71
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Yes, Briar, we are allowed to burn the ditches.

For now the landowner and some of his family and a friend hunt for elk besides the spouse and myself. He has 2 great nephews that hunt cow elk and very rarely mule deer, the landowner may take a bull or allow a good friend to hunt one instead.

We have elk( mainly cows) , management mule deer, any whitetail and unlimited predator hunting rights , and fishing too.
He has allowed mule deer hunting in the past and we are working on getting that back, under a very limited basis. Probably be a trespass fee type hunt with food and lodging included.
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Old 06-28-2021, 05:11 PM   #72
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Good stuff! How long are the irrigation ditches?

Those cows bedded look like they are in heaven.
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Old 06-28-2021, 08:50 PM   #73
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I'll guess for now, the ditches total about 1 1/2 miles between the 3 of them. We probably pushed water through about 75% of their total length. One ditch has only been had water down it's entire length once since the current owner brought the place, the others run pretty steady most years.

Had to put down some new boards on the bridge crossing for the tractors and hay equipment also this weekend. They'll be taking an older IH 2wd and a Ford 7740 across to hay with equipment.

Those cows are in a pasture that rarely gets hunted.
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Old 07-01-2021, 02:49 PM   #74
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Had some big rains today and hoping it didn't lay down the hay before it gets cut next week.
Going up Friday to check on any more bear damage .
We also have plans to go up to our lot in the NF and clear some trees, we're getting a well later this summer and need another way in for the truck. We want to put another driveway entrance so he can pull all the way through.

And, this vodka was quite refreshing after a day of bridge work last Saturday. Found it on sale and put down about half the bottle with no ill affects.
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Old 07-01-2021, 03:01 PM   #75
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I missed this thread up until today somehow. I enjoyed reading it and I am looking forward to future updates!!!
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Old 07-01-2021, 03:59 PM   #76
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Keep the updates coming!
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Old 07-02-2021, 04:47 PM   #77
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Caught the little bandit on camera finally. GW says they will probably put it down of we have to have them trap it, too many bears around she says and I believe her.
It's a cut little black bear but it has bad manners, and they grow up to be big bears with bad manners so it will probably have to go if it doesn't move on soon.
We do have the ok to take whatever means necessary if we find breaking into the house or bunkhouse and if it threatens anyone.

The brazen little cuss has been in the barn twice now midday.
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Old 07-19-2021, 10:36 AM   #78
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Down time now at the ranch.
Hay was cut last week, not the best as hoppers moved in and took the best of it.
Water is flowing again in one meadow to help our power plant test plot.

The bear moved on after we cleaned up the grain and got darted and relocated from a house a couple of miles away one day after we had it on camera.

Been working on a new drive for our lot in the forest, well man is coming in 2 weeks to drill us a waterhole.
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Old 08-10-2021, 09:32 AM   #79
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Some trail cam pics from the timothy meadow.
The cow elk adjusted my cam, hoping better pics this weekend.
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Old 08-22-2021, 09:52 AM   #80
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Checked and moved the meadow cam to the garden.
Looks like we have a new family on the place and hoping they fur up nicely by winter.
Couple of whitetail bucks look like targets for archery season if they hang around long enough.
The apple trees in the garden were loaded, not anymore. Either weather knocked them down for the deer to eat of a careful bear go to them.
I'm looking forward to lots of deer pics in the garden now.
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Old 09-01-2021, 09:44 AM   #81
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Going up today for some archery whitetail hunting, cow elk too maybe.
Update when we get back, no cell or internet at the ranch.
Getting the bunkhouse ready for the landowners elk and deer hunt in Oct.
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Best of luck.

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Old 09-15-2021, 07:43 AM   #83
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We've got water !
Had our well drilled on our FS lot yesterday.
Bottomed out at 52 ft with good water at 30 ft.
Water comes out of the ground at below 40 degrees.
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40 degrees, that's take your breath away cold.

Congrats on the pump. Were you able to get any hunting in?

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Old 09-15-2021, 11:07 AM   #85
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40 degrees, that's take your breath away cold.

Congrats on the pump. Were you able to get any hunting in?

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Not much so far but we're leaving Sunday for 5 days of moose hunting on West side of the state.
We ramp up hunting for everything else when we get back.
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thanks for the update! I really enjoy following along.
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Not much so far but we're leaving Sunday for 5 days of moose hunting on West side of the state.
We ramp up hunting for everything else when we get back.
Best of luck on the Moose hunt.

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Old 09-17-2021, 10:44 AM   #88
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Thanks, spouse has the tag and I'll be calling.
Rifle season is open for moose and mule deer. I get to hunt mule deer and black bear, if we see one.
We can go back in Oct if we can't find a decent bull moose next week.
No service so I can' do any updates from the field.
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Need an update from our WY friend.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:58 AM   #90
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Sorry, hunting seasons opened and we've been in the mountains.
Not much going on for management now as winter has arrived, snow and cold.

Cattle leave this weekend we think then we'll go do some scouting and maybe look for a cow elk and mule deer last week in Oct. Spouse does have a whitetail tag for the area too.
Horse feeding will start in Nov we think.

Trapping will commence about Thanksgiving, we go up for the holiday. Nice and quiet at the ranch.
New neighbors on the RMT tracks next door but they have turned out to be good folks.
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Old 10-14-2021, 11:04 AM   #91
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I don't know how I have missed this thread but super pumped that I found it. What an intriguing life experience y'all have up there!
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Old 10-14-2021, 11:53 AM   #92
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A little background on our involvement with this ranch.

The current owner bought it in 1988, about when we moved to Wyoming.
Spouse worked with his ranch hand at WG&F facility in Sybille Canyon and through him got hunting access for whitetails along the creeks.
Over the next few years spouse helped with fencing and corral construction . This led to more access for cow elk hunting and helping with some out of state hunters that came in for mule deer.
Ranch hand moved on to his own place and the owner asked us to take over handling the access to his place and managing the wildlife.
We've been working for and with him for about 20+ years now.

The owner spends maybe 7-10 days a year on the place, he comes up to elk hunt and brings some family to hunt cows and deer on occasion. He lives in Colorado.
We have run of it for limited elk hunting and deer, we trap in the winter and feed the horses.
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