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Old 05-18-2021, 09:44 AM   #1201
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That is a TOAD! Very shocked he been in there 2 years and no signs of him on camera or camera pics prior to when you did.

Did he have nuts?
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Old 05-19-2021, 04:32 PM   #1202
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I sprayed around the trees this past weekend and was able to see that the grass is starting to show some signs of dying. I only used around 4oz per gallon so I was worried if I didn't use enough Round-Up but it appears that it should get the job done especially after it gets a little hotter.
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Now that we have seen 100% success rate so far, I think I'm going to purchase more of the Mexican Plum trees and do some testing. I was thinking about planting a handful in areas without tree tubes but protect them with cedar skeletons. I figured the cedar skeletons would prevent the deer from browsing and allow it to get established. We'll see how it works.
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Old 05-19-2021, 04:44 PM   #1203
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My mexican plums that I planted in the Hill Country are doing well too. I went and trimmed them so its one single main stem, and hopefully that encourages them to grow straight up. Just be aware that coons, squirrels, etc will be hammering the trees when they mature. I would keep using your tree tubes, and put a wire fence around them to prevent deer from getting to them when they are young.
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Old 05-19-2021, 09:23 PM   #1204
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I just looked up mexican plum trees, I may have to add some to my spot. I've got a spot where I'm planting figs, loquats, persimmons and mulberry trees for a turkey hot spot. Thos mexican plum trees are very pretty with those white flowers.
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Old 05-20-2021, 09:56 AM   #1205
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My mexican plums that I planted in the Hill Country are doing well too. I went and trimmed them so its one single main stem, and hopefully that encourages them to grow straight up. Just be aware that coons, squirrels, etc will be hammering the trees when they mature. I would keep using your tree tubes, and put a wire fence around them to prevent deer from getting to them when they are young.
That's a good idea! We didn't want to put a wire fence around them until we saw that they would grow in our soils. Now that all 26 trees are growing fine, we will put 4ft diameter cages around each one to keep the deer, rabits, etc. away from them. They told us to keep the tree tubes until the tree is 10-15ft tall and then we can remove them.
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:42 AM   #1206
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We are still seeing a handful of doe that are still pregnant. Hopefully they have their fawns in the next couple of days. I hate going past June 15th as the later it gets the tougher it is on the fawns due to the heat and native habitat. This is why it's so important to have supplemental feed available free choice this time of year.
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:02 AM   #1207
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:03 AM   #1208
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Old 06-26-2021, 08:04 AM   #1209
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Here are some trail cam pictures. They are hammering protein. They emptied a 1,000lb feeder in 17 days.


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Old 06-26-2021, 09:17 AM   #1210
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Man that is going to be a cool buck. Love all the trash
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Old 06-26-2021, 10:59 PM   #1211
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My goodness that’s awesome!! Amazing buck!
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Old 06-26-2021, 11:52 PM   #1212
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They are filling out nicely bud. Enjoy seeing your updates.

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Old 06-29-2021, 07:37 AM   #1213
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Al the trees are doing great. The Mexican Plums are shooting through the tree tubes. Going to make some grazing enclosures for the rest of the trees.


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Old 06-29-2021, 07:38 AM   #1214
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Got my hog skull back.


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Old 06-29-2021, 07:38 AM   #1215
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“Mr. Brows” is starting off strong.


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Old 07-01-2021, 04:47 PM   #1216
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Here are some recent trail cam pictures. It's been really dry out there and the deer are hammering the protein. We have been out of cottonseed since May and have been feeding protein pellets only. The deer are going through 5,500lbs every 20-25 days or so. We are hoping we can get some rain this weekend to provide some more forage for the animals. We will be doing our trail cam surveys in the next month or so and turn all the information into our TPWD biologist to get our MLD tags. This year we decided to change from the harvest option to the conservation option. We need to hammer the deer herd again this year to reduce the herd numbers. I'm thinking we will need to remove around 25 total deer this year (16 doe and 9 bucks) but should know more after the surveys.
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Old 07-05-2021, 04:03 PM   #1217
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My parents are at the ranch and found out we got 0.45in last week and we’ve gotten 2.6in as of 4pm today with more in the forecast. As you can see from the picture above, there was a lot of runoff. I’m hoping this will help fill the ponds.

The good news is Brady Feed came out and filled all protein feeders about 1hr before it started raining today so we got another 5,000lbs set out. Hopefully this rain will reduce a little consumption but we’ll see.


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Old 07-05-2021, 04:10 PM   #1218
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Old 07-05-2021, 05:17 PM   #1219
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if you need someone to help out keeping that turkey population in check, I'd be more then happy to help you out.... trade ya some $$$ for some turkey birds
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Old 07-06-2021, 08:15 AM   #1220
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if you need someone to help out keeping that turkey population in check, I'd be more then happy to help you out.... trade ya some $$$ for some turkey birds
Haha…I’ll keep that in mind. We see tons of birds every fall and then they scatter in the spring. We are hoping by removing cedars around oaks we will continue to increase our number of roost sites Across the property. We are hoping to do a control burn on 1/3 of the property this coming March to improve the habitat for Turkey, quail, and deer.
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Old 07-16-2021, 08:54 AM   #1221
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It turns out we got another 0.9in of rain this week so the “new” pond is full. Our larger pond still needs probably a 2in rainfall to fill it all the way up but we are looking really good for the month of July.


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