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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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Old 07-28-2021, 02:23 PM   #1222
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My dad was out there yesterday and said that 2 of our 4 large protein feeders were empty and the other 2 were around 25% and they won't be out there until Friday to fill up all of our protein feeders. They are going through around 5,500lbs of protein in 22 days. They are hammering the protein right now even with how green it is.
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Old 08-17-2021, 09:26 AM   #1223
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Sorry I haven't updated in a while. We have been looking for a no-till drill for this year that's around $5,000 or less but they are few and far between. FarmLogs shows we got around 1.5-inches last week and they are forecasting more rain today. We have been blessed with a very mild summer thus far, hopefully it continues. We have fed around 26,420lbs of protein so far this year and will be filling the corn feeders soon. Here are some of the bucks we are seeing:
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The picture above is one of the 10 bucks we will be removing this year.

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The picture above is another one of the 10 bucks we will be removing this year.

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We will be doing our deer survey next week. As it stands now, we are estimating that we will need to remove around 25-28 deer (10 bucks & 15 doe). We will not be shooting any "trophies" this year. We will find the worse looking bucks in their age classes from 1.5yrs up to 7.5yrs old. We typically don't like to shoot any bucks younger than 4.5yrs old but right now our goal is to remove mouths from the property and get our deer herd around 1 deer/7 acres.
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Old 08-17-2021, 09:46 AM   #1224
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Great looking bucks and great idea on taking out as many mouths as possible. I imagine your fawn crop is very high this year. I can’t imagine the excitement y’all have for the season and future!
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Old 08-17-2021, 02:24 PM   #1225
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Great looking bucks and great idea on taking out as many mouths as possible. I imagine your fawn crop is very high this year. I can’t imagine the excitement y’all have for the season and future!
We haven't seen one fawn on any of our trail cameras but that doesn't mean very much this time of year as all of our trail cameras are inside the feed pens even though all the gates to the feed pens are open. I will probably move some cameras to corn feeders where there aren't any feed pens and around water sources to see if we can start seeing some fawns to get an idea on the fawn crop. I'm sure it will be high because we got 4.5-inches of rain in July and have received almost 2-inches the last 7 days. We are very excited about getting a no-till drill for our food plots! We are hoping the no-till drill will eliminate the need for disking our soil and reduce the amount of time on the tractor which means more time for clearing cedars, hunting, etc.

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Old 08-18-2021, 06:51 PM   #1226
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Man I enjoy seeing the progress of your deer, better looking every year. I will keep a lookout for a no -till drill for you.
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Old 08-18-2021, 06:58 PM   #1227
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Looking good man, I enjoy seeing your updates as well, especially an ongoing thread that logs the progress from overgrazed/unknown deer herd, to where you guys have grown the place presently.

Going to be a fun season for you and your family.

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Old 08-25-2021, 08:29 PM   #1228
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Definitely enjoy your thread. I have been hunting Menard for 30 years or so and I love it. You guys are doing it right and it shows. Beautiful place. Good luck this year on carrying out your plan.
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Old 08-26-2021, 04:03 PM   #1229
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I went out there yesterday for a quick project and checked on the trees. Every single tree is still alive and doing well...let's hope they continue. The Mexican Plums are through the tubes and I need to put cages around them and the oak trees have all grown almost 10 to 12-inches over the past 8-months.
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Below is a picture of some silver bluestem that was included in a native seed mix that we broadcasted out in the Spring of 2019 after we had some dozing work done. We are starting to see a lot of the native grasses doing really well since we are not grazing cattle this year.
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We are hoping that all of the oak trees will be shooting through the tubes by next Summer. I still need to find time to go out there and add more mulch around the trees and add a 4ft diameter fence around them to prevent deer from browsing.
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Old 10-01-2021, 08:28 AM   #1230
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It looks like we got an inch of rain early in the week and FarmLogs is showing we got another 2.6in yesterday so we will see how much we actually got when we get out there. I'm going to buy all of our fall food plot seed from Turner Seed next week and we hope to get it all planted over the next two weeks or so. Now it's time to start shooting and reducing our numbers. Here's a picture of a pretty 5yr old we are hoping continues to grow over the next couple of years:
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Old 10-01-2021, 09:06 AM   #1231
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Pretty buck, thanks for sharing. I will be planting 10/9 myself. We didn't get as much rain as you did up in Mills County.
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Old 10-01-2021, 10:06 AM   #1232
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Great looking 5 year old. Hope he breeds everything in sight for you.
Without knowing what the future weather forecast has in store, I planted my mix last Sunday in anticipation of this rain.
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Old 10-01-2021, 12:26 PM   #1233
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Just picked up my seed, here is what we are planting this year:
40% TAM114 wheat
40% TAMO411 oats
5% silver river clover
4% crimson clover
3% hairy vetch
3% chicory
3%radishes
2% yellow sweet clover

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Pretty buck, thanks for sharing. I will be planting 10/9 myself. We didn't get as much rain as you did up in Mills County.

That’s about the same time of year that we like to plant as well.


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Old 10-01-2021, 12:28 PM   #1235
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Great looking 5 year old. Hope he breeds everything in sight for you.
Without knowing what the future weather forecast has in store, I planted my mix last Sunday in anticipation of this rain.

That was great timing. I wish we would have had the seed in/on the ground just before this 2.5in rainfall. Your plots should start off strong!


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We broadcasted our wheat and oats out yesterday and my dad disked and dragged over everything lightly. Both fields (4.5 acres & 2.5 acres) have been planted with good chances of rain tonight through Thursday. We were going to broadcast radish, clovers, chicory, and hairy vetch but we found that these seeds are so different in size that we would have to broadcast them individually to broadcast them evenly. Anyone ever try to broadcast different sized seeds and broadcast them evenly?


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Here is our south field (2.5 acres) where we broadcasted the wheat and oats, lightly disked over top, and then used the cultipacker over everything. I don’t like disking but we still haven’t found a no-till implement in our price range so we did what we had to do.


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Old 10-12-2021, 02:37 PM   #1238
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Here is our south field (2.5 acres) where we broadcasted the wheat and oats, lightly disked over top, and then used the cultipacker over everything. I don’t like disking but we still haven’t found a no-till implement in our price range so we did what we had to do.


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I think if you are just scraping the top of the dirt to get good seed to soil contact, it's okay. It's the major discing down several inches is where the harm to the soil is at.
I wouldn't disc over after seeding if you have a good cultipacker, which looks like you do.
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We broadcasted our wheat and oats out yesterday and my dad disked and dragged over everything lightly. Both fields (4.5 acres & 2.5 acres) have been planted with good chances of rain tonight through Thursday. We were going to broadcast radish, clovers, chicory, and hairy vetch but we found that these seeds are so different in size that we would have to broadcast them individually to broadcast them evenly. Anyone ever try to broadcast different sized seeds and broadcast them evenly?


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Typically when I do brassicas, it will be in a concentrated area and not evenly throughout the food plot. So, I will sling that seed seperately from my mix.
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