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Old 06-02-2020, 10:01 AM   #1
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Saw the other Menard thread pop up and I figured it was time for a yearly thread for everyone to give their reports. Plus we needed somewhere for Gary to give us his rainfall updates. I put out cameras a couple weeks ago and we are excited to pull cards for the first time this year this weekend. Snakes have been out lately so everyone be careful. I killed 3 and my buddy killed one in our last two trips.
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:08 AM   #2
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Rat snakes have been after my purple Martin's. Other than that 2 rattlers.
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Old 06-02-2020, 01:58 PM   #3
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It’s looking good around us in menard. We a lot of doe, that are ready to drop fawns on the ground. Pulled cards this past weekend. Can’t what to see how many fawns we will have this year.
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for starting. Turkey season was a bust, but excited for October. The ranches are in good shape and we should see above average racks if you have age on your bucks.

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Old 06-02-2020, 06:15 PM   #5
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Rat snakes have been after my purple Martin's. Other than that 2 rattlers.
Yes sir I was referring to the rattlers, we wouldn’t kill the others.
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Old 06-05-2020, 11:59 PM   #6
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Came out to put up a stand and some feeders. It has greened up quite a volition in two weeks and the snakes are still out. Killed 2 three footers in the camp this evening.
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Old 07-06-2020, 01:44 PM   #7
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Bumping this back up for us Menard hunters. Getting pretty dry out there but the deer look healthy, they are hitting protein pretty hard and cleaning up every feed from the corn feeders. Went out this weekend to do some work and play a little. Got some lights put up in camp, cooked a bacon wrapped stuffed backstrap, put a new door on my stand, got some bow stands up, had another driving lesson and enjoyed the river on Independence Day. Good friends, good family memories, God bless America!

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Old 07-06-2020, 05:25 PM   #8
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Terry and I miss y’all!!!!
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Old 07-06-2020, 05:47 PM   #9
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Terry and I miss y’all!!!!
Us too bud, y’all getting any use out of those kayaks this summer?
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Old 07-06-2020, 06:17 PM   #10
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Not yet I been sick, but it on now!!! Went down yesterday to fill protein feeders. Hot down there.


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Old 07-06-2020, 09:05 PM   #11
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First setup is ready on my new lease South of Menard.



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Old 07-06-2020, 09:54 PM   #12
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Spent a nice weekend at the lease. Didn’t get much work done, just enjoyed hanging out with friends and family celebrating the 4th. Spent all day Saturday sitting in the San Saba river at Beyer crossing.


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Old 07-06-2020, 11:02 PM   #13
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Looks good Heath, you did an awesome job of brushing that blind in.
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Old 07-06-2020, 11:10 PM   #14
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Looks good Heath, you did an awesome job of brushing that blind in.

Thanks. It still needs work. In the words of the famous TBHer Deerslayer, “when you are done brushing in a ground blind, step back and look cause you are only half way there.”

I need to find some good military netting in San Antonio.
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Old 07-07-2020, 10:01 AM   #15
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Thanks. It still needs work. In the words of the famous TBHer Deerslayer, “when you are done brushing in a ground blind, step back and look cause you are only half way there.”

I need to find some good military netting in San Antonio.
Who's ranch are you hunting? I know most everyone in Menard County, at least those who live here. If you need anything, let me know, maybe I can give you some direction.
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Old 07-07-2020, 10:08 AM   #16
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Most of Menard County is dry except for the western edge that received a good rain last week. Seeing lots of fawns and a few little turkeys. We have a chance for rain today and praying we get one as they are predicting 100-106 temperatures for the weekend and Monday. After this hot spell, there will not be any green if we don't get a good rain today.
Deer are really moving, trying to rustle food while fawns are nursing. I am seeing body condition of the does decline rapidly. I would suggest that you feed protein free choice for this period, if you can afford it as it will greatly improve fawn survival rate and help finish out antler growth.
Hogs and Axis populations continue to increase and expand across the county, primarily from south to north.
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Old 07-07-2020, 11:20 AM   #17
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Thanks for the report Gary, always appreciated.
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Old 07-07-2020, 12:02 PM   #18
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We're raising king grass hoppers over here in Hext.
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Old 07-07-2020, 12:08 PM   #19
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They are thick just North of town too, Turkeys should be having a field day with them.
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Old 07-07-2020, 06:31 PM   #20
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Most of Menard County is dry except for the western edge that received a good rain last week. Seeing lots of fawns and a few little turkeys. We have a chance for rain today and praying we get one as they are predicting 100-106 temperatures for the weekend and Monday. After this hot spell, there will not be any green if we don't get a good rain today.
Deer are really moving, trying to rustle food while fawns are nursing. I am seeing body condition of the does decline rapidly. I would suggest that you feed protein free choice for this period, if you can afford it as it will greatly improve fawn survival rate and help finish out antler growth.
Hogs and Axis populations continue to increase and expand across the county, primarily from south to north.
Stay cool and Adios,
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As usual, great report, Gary. Thanks for the information. I might be going this weekend, but 106 sounds a little cool to me. 😂😂
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Old 07-07-2020, 07:24 PM   #21
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Headed down this weekend to top off feeders and chase axis
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Old 07-08-2020, 10:11 AM   #22
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We did get a rain in the central and eastern part of the county yesterday. I had .9" in the edge of town. I think that it rained pretty hard east and SE of town. We didn't get a drop on the three ranches where we are running cattle south of town. Hopefully, it will build up again today and give us a break before this scorcher of a weekend. Calling for 110 in San Angelo. At 6:00 PM yesterday I was watching KLST out of San Angelo and they showed the map with various temperatures on it. 67 degrees in Menard and 97 in Junction...don't see that very often. 30 miles and 30 degrees apart.
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Old 07-08-2020, 11:45 AM   #23
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Thanks for the report Gary. Looks like we may have picked up a 1/2'' just North of town yesterday according to Weather.gov
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Old 07-09-2020, 10:00 AM   #24
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Got reports of 2"+ east of town along Hwy. 29 5-10 miles out. Rains were very spotty and now it looks like the heat is coming in tomorrow until next Thursday. After this spell, I am sure that we will be "extra crispy". These does nursing fawns sure need a boost...
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Old 07-09-2020, 07:11 PM   #25
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Got an 1” west of town. Deer are hammering cotton seed and anything else they can find
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Old 07-15-2020, 12:21 PM   #26
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Cleo area is very dry. Deer are hitting feeders very hard. Seeing nice axis bucks and a lot of pigs around water. Grasshoppers are out in full force.
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Old 07-15-2020, 12:39 PM   #27
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Record heat here for the last week. I moved here in 1985 and I have never seen temperature over 105 for five days in a row. The nice rain that we got last week is gone and grass is really drying quickly as you would imagine. I have friends that saw temperatures over 110 for two or three days. I visited with buddy at Sanderson and he had 111. Those of you that can afford it, I highly recommend that you feed protein free choice for the next two months so that we don't loose this fawn crop. Most does have two fawns and are really showing stress from this hot, dry weather. A fire north of Brady started yesterday and from what I am hearing, it is difficult to contain. Praying that more fires don't get started.
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Old 07-15-2020, 10:14 PM   #28
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Thanks for the reports y’all. Hopefully we will get some rain out there soon but based on the forecast it won’t be in the next 7 days.
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Old 08-03-2020, 12:08 AM   #29
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It’s hot and dry out there. It’s amazing how different the place looks from a month ago. We made a quick trip and setup a new MoultrieMobile camera. I knew my new spot didn’t have service so I added it to an existing setup.

I’m going out at the end of this week to setup a new box blind and hammer some pigs.







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Old 08-03-2020, 12:32 AM   #30
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What’s my best place to go jump in the river next Saturday?

Our place is between Junction and Menard off 2291. Not looking to get to far away from camp.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:34 AM   #31
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What’s my best place to go jump in the river next Saturday?

Our place is between Junction and Menard off 2291. Not looking to get to far away from camp.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:53 AM   #32
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Yes Sir, is plenty dry here. We just can't seem to catch a break. Raining in every direction from here but not here. Temperatures have moderated a little from the record heat of a couple of weeks ago but still hot. Does and fawns need help with supplemental feeding, not just corn, protein as there is not much quality browse out there.
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Old 08-09-2020, 07:01 PM   #33
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I was gifted a new tower blind, so I picked it up this weekend in D’Hanis and put it back up at the lease. Everything went as planned.
Pretty impressive a 13 year old tower blind could be disassembled and put back up with relative ease. It’s in great shape and I’m a bigger believer in the THP starboard blinds now. Finished brushing in the bow blind so this spot is ready.












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Old 08-09-2020, 07:26 PM   #34
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Looking good Heath. I have a 4x8 that I’ve had since 06. Wife and I have moved it 3 times since then and it is still going strong. I do like the door on yours better though.
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Nice set up. Looks like it’s going to be a great year!
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Old 08-09-2020, 09:10 PM   #36
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Sweet setup Heath.....that’s a huge tower blind!!
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Blind breaks up really good with the trees as backdrop. Looks like a killer set....and we need some rain bad.

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Old 08-09-2020, 09:22 PM   #38
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Really nice set up!
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Old 08-09-2020, 09:28 PM   #39
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It is also shaded in the evening. I sat last night and it was very comfortable.
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It is also shaded in the evening. I sat last night and it was very comfortable.
Can't ask for better box blind set. Well planned bud.

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Old 08-09-2020, 10:22 PM   #41
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I’ll be down at my lease this coming weekend to fill feeders and hang a few sets. Is it still worth it to put out some cottonseed?


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As you know, too late for antler development but it surely won't hurt the does that are nursing two fawns. They are getting really thin across most of the county as there is very little natural browse.
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Got on droebucks old lease off 1221. Pretty excited. Got off my Victoria lease this spring and figured I would skip a year or so. As summer wore on I realized I cant do it! Been wanting to go back to the hill country for a while then this place popped up.

Got set up last weekend and ready to go!

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Got on droebucks old lease off 1221. Pretty excited. Got off my Victoria lease this spring and figured I would skip a year or so. As summer wore on I realized I cant do it! Been wanting to go back to the hill country for a while then this place popped up.

Got set up last weekend and ready to go!

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Y’all will have a good time there Mike, Tony is good people. Picked up my wife’s deer she killed there last year today.
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Got on droebucks old lease off 1221. Pretty excited. Got off my Victoria lease this spring and figured I would skip a year or so. As summer wore on I realized I cant do it! Been wanting to go back to the hill country for a while then this place popped up.

Got set up last weekend and ready to go!

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Y’all will have a good time there Mike, Tony is good people. Picked up my wife’s deer she killed there last year today.
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Got on droebucks old lease off 1221. Pretty excited. Got off my Victoria lease this spring and figured I would skip a year or so. As summer wore on I realized I cant do it! Been wanting to go back to the hill country for a while then this place popped up.

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Old 08-13-2020, 09:37 AM   #48
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Calling for 104 today, 106 tomorrow and 105 on Saturday. We get plenty hot here but this is not normal...waiting for a cool down next week.
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:40 AM   #49
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Calling for 104 today, 106 tomorrow and 105 on Saturday. We get plenty hot here but this is not normal...waiting for a cool down next week.
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of course the weekend we decide to come up for some feeder pen work. Good thing the San Saba river runs through our backyard. gonna enjoy some much needed cool down time.
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Old 08-13-2020, 10:29 AM   #50
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of course the weekend we decide to come up for some feeder pen work. Good thing the San Saba river runs through our backyard. gonna enjoy some much needed cool down time.
I hear ya, we are doing some work this weekend too. Afternoon will surely find me in the river with a cold one. Going to start at 0 dark thirty.
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