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Old 11-08-2020, 06:54 PM   #201
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Congrats to your grandson Tony!
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:08 PM   #202
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Old 11-09-2020, 01:01 AM   #203
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Tell him congrats, love seeing those young’uns getting it done!
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Old 11-14-2020, 04:54 AM   #204
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When is the Rut usually happening(2nd year in Menard)?

I've got some PTO left to use and really want to use it during the rut.

I'll have 20 days off in December when I do use it so i want to plan it accordingly.

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Old 11-14-2020, 05:55 AM   #205
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The peak of rut when the mature bucks are chasing does has been the week of Thanksgiving in my experience. I take off and we hunt that whole week every year.
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Old 11-14-2020, 06:02 AM   #206
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The peak of rut when the mature bucks are chasing does has been the week of Thanksgiving in my experience. I take off and we hunt that whole week every year.
Thanks. I'll be working that week and since it will be Thanksgiving I can't take off per company policy.
Dec 4th was when I was planning on going.

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Old 11-14-2020, 10:41 AM   #207
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Not seeing the mature bucks rutting at all which is normal. I think if we get a little rain or change in the weather, should see activity pick up before Thanksgiving. Does are slower about cycling this year because of poorer body condition due to dry conditions over the summer and so far this fall. We didn't have many acorns to fatten them up like most years.
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Old 11-14-2020, 10:48 AM   #208
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At 70 I finally got my first bow kill. Our lease is on the old Whitehead Ranch between Menard and Eden. Buck was 10 point with a very heavy body and 17” inch spread. Check out the length of his brow tines.


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Old 11-14-2020, 11:07 AM   #209
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At 70 I finally got my first bow kill. Our lease is on the old Whitehead Ranch between Menard and Eden. Buck was 10 point with a very heavy body and 17Ē inch spread. Check out the length of his brow tines.

Great buck! Congrats!
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Old 11-14-2020, 03:53 PM   #210
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At 70 I finally got my first bow kill. Our lease is on the old Whitehead Ranch between Menard and Eden. Buck was 10 point with a very heavy body and 17Ē inch spread. Check out the length of his brow tines.

Congrats on the buck! I canít see the pic on my phone, though.
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Old 11-14-2020, 10:10 PM   #211
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We have a high line crew on our lease, replacing the wooden poles with the metal ones and restringing the wires, supposed to be there till the 23rd. Will have to work around them when I head down next week.
Any idea how far north of the Kimble county line you are? I do not think that they are going to get down to me until after the first of the year.

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Old 11-15-2020, 10:25 AM   #212
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I was out yesterday from noon until about 2:30 looking for some heifers that escaped from a trap into about 2,000 acres where I did not want them for fear of getting bred to a brahman bull. I jumped a fat doe and she ran across right in front of my pickup. I was thinking as fat as she was, she should be cycling and about that time, a mature 8 point came boiling out of the thicket in an attempt to catch up. His neck was really swollen but he was running so hard that I did not get a good look as his hocks.
One of the hunters on the ranch said that he say a mature 8 whoop a younger 9 point, the battle lasted almost a minute. Things are heating up in Menard County...
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Old 11-15-2020, 12:45 PM   #213
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The peak of rut when the mature bucks are chasing does has been the week of Thanksgiving in my experience. I take off and we hunt that whole week every year.

Listen to Donny heís a big buck killer!!!


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Old 11-15-2020, 07:33 PM   #214
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I was out yesterday from noon until about 2:30 looking for some heifers that escaped from a trap into about 2,000 acres where I did not want them for fear of getting bred to a brahman bull. I jumped a fat doe and she ran across right in front of my pickup. I was thinking as fat as she was, she should be cycling and about that time, a mature 8 point came boiling out of the thicket in an attempt to catch up. His neck was really swollen but he was running so hard that I did not get a good look as his hocks.
One of the hunters on the ranch said that he say a mature 8 whoop a younger 9 point, the battle lasted almost a minute. Things are heating up in Menard County...
Adios,
Gary
Good signs, thanks for the report Gary.
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Old 11-15-2020, 09:16 PM   #215
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We had several guys reporting rut activity this weekend, but in most cases, they were being dogged by younger bucks. We have seen a few mature bucks making their rounds and checking scrapes. To me, it looks like we are on target for the normal Thanksgiving weekend peak. I am just hoping we get some weather to go with it.
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Old 11-15-2020, 09:21 PM   #216
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I got a report that the guy next to our property hasn't seen anything this weekend.
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Old 11-16-2020, 10:12 AM   #217
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Now is the perfect time to pick up the rattling horns. If you wait until all the mature bucks are with does, rattling success greatly decreases as I have only rattled one mature buck from a hot doe in all my years of rattling. Right now is the best time to rattle up an old buck as he has a ton of vigor and is looking for love.
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Old 11-16-2020, 11:50 AM   #218
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Headed up this coming weekend with my son.
I hope to put him on a nice buck. Hopefully the deer and weather will cooperate.
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:39 PM   #219
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Sure wish a real cold front would head this way!
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:40 PM   #220
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Now is the perfect time to pick up the rattling horns. If you wait until all the mature bucks are with does, rattling success greatly decreases as I have only rattled one mature buck from a hot doe in all my years of rattling. Right now is the best time to rattle up an old buck as he has a ton of vigor and is looking for love.
Adios,
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I want to give it a go, but wonít be out until this weekend. Hopefully they will respond.
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Old 11-17-2020, 09:26 AM   #221
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We were seeing the start of some rutting activity with the younger bucks. Not full rut. This weekend and the next will be just about right.


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Old 11-17-2020, 09:53 AM   #222
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Was 31 here yesterday morning and 33 this morning but getting up in the 70's in the afternoon. While leaves are falling, improving visibility, I still have not had a frost on top of the hill where I live. There has been frost along the river and most low lying areas.
Acorns are gone for the most part.
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Old 11-18-2020, 04:30 PM   #223
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38 this morning but looks like it will warm up from now until Monday. Hopefully, we will get some moisture to break this drought and settle the dust. Two little bucks had a doe up in my yard this morning. Getting in my yard is somewhat of an obstacle for a deer as there is a rock wall around my house so deer have to come up steps, through archways or jump the fence.
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Old 11-18-2020, 08:34 PM   #224
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Iím hoping Iím hitting it right next Saturday-Wednesday at the lease. Iím looking forward to it. Looks like rain in the forecast.
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Old 11-19-2020, 10:08 AM   #225
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I pray that you are correct on the rain. Dust is terrible and all vegetation is crispy. I am going to the Pecos this weekend, bucks should not be rutting but I have not been all year and want to see what's going on.
Good luck to all.
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Old 11-19-2020, 10:43 AM   #226
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At 70 I finally got my first bow kill. Our lease is on the old Whitehead Ranch between Menard and Eden. Buck was 10 point with a very heavy body and 17Ē inch spread. Check out the length of his brow tines.

Congrats on the buck, sounds like a Beauty.

I'm on the whitehead pasture as well, but haven't seen any bucks like you described on camera.

I'm guessing someone nudged you to take the pic down as I'm seeing some sort of Thanksgiving picture in its place.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:48 PM   #227
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My brother is up there now.
We don't get many pigs on our property (never before 3 years ago), but man this guy is a bruiser.
Trail cam pic, must be over 200#.
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Old 11-20-2020, 05:48 PM   #228
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Saw this buck last night chasing a doe. Never slowed down long enough for an ethical shot so I held off. He showed up right at daybreak this morning, again chasing the girls. This time he made a critical error by stopping perfectly broadside at about 60 yards. The 41 magnum did the rest! 210 grain Speer Deepcurl over H110 provided a complete pass through and short blood trail. Well worth burning a day of vacation today.




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Old 11-20-2020, 06:02 PM   #229
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Saw this buck last night chasing a doe. Never slowed down long enough for an ethical shot so I held off. He showed up right at daybreak this morning, again chasing the girls. This time he made a critical error by stopping perfectly broadside at about 60 yards. The 41 magnum did the rest! 210 grain Speer Deepcurl over H110 provided a complete pass through and short blood trail. Well worth burning a day of vacation today.




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Awesome buck!
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:40 PM   #230
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Saw this buck last night chasing a doe. Never slowed down long enough for an ethical shot so I held off. He showed up right at daybreak this morning, again chasing the girls. This time he made a critical error by stopping perfectly broadside at about 60 yards. The 41 magnum did the rest! 210 grain Speer Deepcurl over H110 provided a complete pass through and short blood trail. Well worth burning a day of vacation today.




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Nice!!! Congrats!

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Old 11-20-2020, 06:42 PM   #231
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Dad and his buddy are out at the ranch this weekend and dad ended up taking this buck.

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Old 11-20-2020, 06:44 PM   #232
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Saw this buck last night chasing a doe. Never slowed down long enough for an ethical shot so I held off. He showed up right at daybreak this morning, again chasing the girls. This time he made a critical error by stopping perfectly broadside at about 60 yards. The 41 magnum did the rest! 210 grain Speer Deepcurl over H110 provided a complete pass through and short blood trail. Well worth burning a day of vacation today.




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Thatís a great deer & wow what a shot!
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Old 11-21-2020, 05:12 PM   #233
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Just got back from hunting 2 days NW of Menard. Bucks definitely starting to chase does. I would think prime weekends will be next two.

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Old 11-21-2020, 09:19 PM   #234
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Iím here for the next 4-5 days. Lots of deer at the feeder and bucks started to push some does. I parked my Can Am and had a nice 8 point with a doe about 15 yards away and he paid me no attention.

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Old 11-22-2020, 05:32 PM   #235
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My sonís first long range shot and the first time he has hunted by himself.
Very proud of him.
Age looked to be about 5 years and shot off of Callan Lane.
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:32 PM   #236
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Very nice buck! Congrats to your son.
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Old Yesterday, 05:32 PM   #237
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Seeing 10-12 deer per sit. A little chasing but they donít seem to be going yet. We have a couple new bucks on camera so they are moving some. Iím spending my morning and evenings on the feeders and rattling mid mornings until the clouds burn off with mixed results. I rattled up a beautiful 10 this morning but Iím letting him walk.

Iím chasing a big 7 (stupid pincher point) but he hasnít been here in a week so heís probably gone or shot by a neighbor. Itís super windy this evening.

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Old Yesterday, 05:52 PM   #238
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Seeing 10-12 deer per sit. A little chasing but they donít seem to be going yet. We have a couple new bucks on camera so they are moving some. Iím spending my morning and evenings on the feeders and rattling mid mornings until the clouds burn off with mixed results. I rattled up a beautiful 10 this morning but Iím letting him walk.

Iím chasing a big 7 (stupid pincher point) but he hasnít been here in a week so heís probably gone or shot by a neighbor. Itís super windy this evening.

Good luck Heath, I will be up on Dec 4-6 between Menard and Fort McKavett hoping to catch some slipping up.
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Old Yesterday, 06:06 PM   #239
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Just curious, most of the big bucks I have seen in our area have always had the front tines curving in like a crown.
My buddies in South Texas either come straight out or angle outwards.
Genetics for the area?
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Old Yesterday, 06:10 PM   #240
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Shot weekend before last by other member of my lease. Iím told they were starting to chase then so hopefully this front on Friday fires them up!


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Any idea how far north of the Kimble county line you are? I do not think that they are going to get down to me until after the first of the year.

Tim
Tim, our place is roughly 1 mile north of FM 1773, they are on the ranch north of us, they have the bases set for the poles, I saw them working last Monday, but not the rest of the week. Heard that the ranch north of us was ****** they started this during hunting season and contacted the power company and raised a stink. So at this rate it maybe after the first of the year for them to reach Kimble county!
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