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Old 06-11-2021, 08:37 AM   #1
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Default South Texas - Early Growth Pics

Starting a bit early with the pics, but as is usual for this bunch of bucks, they are showing some impressive early growth. They are by far the earliest group of bucks on the ranch. They usually finish up a few weeks ahead of the others as well. Enjoy and I will post more in the coming weeks/months.

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Old 06-11-2021, 08:39 AM   #2
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Great lookin deer!
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Old 06-11-2021, 08:40 AM   #3
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*** is going on with the buck in the last pic? Looks like a Kevin deer
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Old 06-11-2021, 08:43 AM   #4
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*** is going on with the buck in the last pic? Looks like a Kevin deer
I think he damaged the pedicle. That beam is shooting up like a weed in East Texas..... He is only 6, so he will likely get a pass. I think he is a typical 10 that I was eyeing. Oh well, next year.....


Kevin can shoot the scrubby 6 points that are 10 yrs old.
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Old 06-11-2021, 09:07 AM   #5
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Crazy how far along they are compared to Webb County deer.
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Old 06-11-2021, 09:27 AM   #6
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Looking primo!!!

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Old 06-11-2021, 09:29 AM   #7
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Looking good!
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Old 06-11-2021, 09:35 AM   #8
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Old 06-11-2021, 09:50 AM   #9
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Crazy how far along they are compared to Webb County deer.
This!!!!!!!
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Old 06-11-2021, 10:52 AM   #10
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Dang!!! Looks like August pics, your deer are on a roll!! Looking good!
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Old 06-11-2021, 11:06 AM   #11
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Looking good. none of our deer are that far along. really need to get to the first week of July and then you can tell whos who in the zoo.
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Old 06-11-2021, 02:09 PM   #12
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That's impressive! Our bucks are just starting to grow G2's and G3's. Keep us posted on how they finish out.
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Old 06-12-2021, 08:33 AM   #13
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im in maverick county.. put up a camera 3 weeks ago. headed down next weekend to see what i got. excited about it.. weve had a good spring as far as rain goes and the deer have been hitting protein and cottonseed pretty hard.
i had three or four good 6 yo 150-160 class that i cant wait to see what they do.
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Old 06-12-2021, 08:44 AM   #14
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Looking pretty sporty. My deer in Dimmit are just getting to their 2s.
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Old 06-12-2021, 06:21 PM   #15
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Good golly that is some awesome antler growth on those bucks. Cool pics, great to see your posts.
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Old 06-15-2021, 08:48 AM   #16
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*** is going on with the buck in the last pic? Looks like a Kevin deer
You know I like them freaks!

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I think he damaged the pedicle. That beam is shooting up like a weed in East Texas..... He is only 6, so he will likely get a pass. I think he is a typical 10 that I was eyeing. Oh well, next year.....


Kevin can shoot the scrubby 6 points that are 10 yrs old.
Either that or I'll be on cleanup duty ... I'm fine either way!
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Old 06-23-2021, 03:56 PM   #17
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I wait for this thread to put out my cameras, you guys certainly are ahead of most - looking good!!
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Old 06-23-2021, 04:12 PM   #18
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Looking Great!!!
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Old 06-23-2021, 05:44 PM   #19
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Its june and those deer are already bigger than most will shoot, great deer like always
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Old 06-23-2021, 06:42 PM   #20
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Its june and those deer are already bigger than most will shoot, great deer like always
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Last Sunday was only first day of summer, and these boys have all summer to just keep on growing into awesome bucks this fall.
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Old 06-23-2021, 07:54 PM   #21
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Still going..... Should start to post some pics of other bucks in a week or two. As stated earlier, these are the early bloomers.

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Old 06-23-2021, 07:57 PM   #22
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WOW even the smallest buck in those pictures is still bigger than the biggest buck I have ever shot lol
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Old 06-23-2021, 08:11 PM   #23
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I still can’t believe how developed they are already.
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Old 06-27-2021, 03:01 PM   #24
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my goodness they are fast growers
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Old 06-27-2021, 03:20 PM   #25
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What the hell you feeding those dudes!
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Old 06-30-2021, 09:36 AM   #26
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Still going..... Should start to post some pics of other bucks in a week or two. As stated earlier, these are the early bloomers.

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Old 06-30-2021, 02:39 PM   #27
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Purina Antler Max 20%
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Old 06-30-2021, 07:16 PM   #28
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Purina Antler Max 20%
Your feeding this in summer shows outstanding antler growth results. Always dig your pics, thanks for posting these big boys at this time of the year.
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Old 07-01-2021, 08:44 AM   #29
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The one with the damaged right side really frustrates me. I have been looking for a big typical for a customer for the past couple years. This one was on the radar, but looks like we will have to wait for next year..... One other item of note is the difference between the night photos and color daylight photos. The night photos don't do the deer justice and really detract from their overall size.

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Old 07-01-2021, 08:56 AM   #30
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That damaged deer looks way past his prime ... I think it'd be a great idea for you to let me shoot him!
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Old 07-01-2021, 09:03 AM   #31
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wow! impressive as always!
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Old 07-01-2021, 10:08 AM   #32
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Old 07-01-2021, 10:16 AM   #33
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Wow! Lookin good Jeremy!
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Old 07-01-2021, 10:46 AM   #34
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How old are these bucks? It's also interesting to me that your early growers are also hanging out together.
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Old 07-01-2021, 01:01 PM   #35
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How old are these bucks? It's also interesting to me that your early growers are also hanging out together.
I think they are 6-7 yrs old. One might be 5, but I am not sure which buck he really is.....

As for hanging out, they have always done it. One was a bit of a loner last year, but he got killed by a hunter. There are a couple more that are growing faster than average, but nothing like these 3.
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Old 07-01-2021, 01:06 PM   #36
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I think they are 6-7 yrs old. One might be 5, but I am not sure which buck he really is.....

As for hanging out, they have always done it. One was a bit of a loner last year, but he got killed by a hunter. There are a couple more that are growing faster than average, but nothing like these 3.
Good stuff. Thanks!
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Old 07-03-2021, 09:27 PM   #37
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I think this discussion has happened before - are they so early because of genetics from other parts of the country?
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:46 AM   #38
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I think this discussion has happened before - are they so early because of genetics from other parts of the country?

We focused our breeder genetics on deer that were Texas based with long histories of Texas genetics. This was done for lots of reasons that aren't necessarily germane to this conversation. It does bring up the age old question of "Nature vs Nurture", as these deer are clearly early growers relative to many of the other bucks, including other offspring from deer released onto the ranch. The last deer released into this ranch were born in 2014. None of these specific bucks were released, but were likely the offspring of deer previously released.
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We focused our breeder genetics on deer that were Texas based with long histories of Texas genetics. This was done for lots of reasons that aren't necessarily germane to this conversation. It does bring up the age old question of "Nature vs Nurture", as these deer are clearly early growers relative to many of the other bucks, including other offspring from deer released onto the ranch. The last deer released into this ranch were born in 2014. None of these specific bucks were released, but were likely the offspring of deer previously released.
So your saying you didn't waste 100's of thousands of dollars feeding protein, mineral, cottonseed, soy beans, peas and other forage to grow these deer, naturally like a real hunter, so they could jump the fence and get shot by the neighbor who pays to lease his spot??????? How selfish of you!! I would never do that, even if I could afford to!!!!!

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Old 07-09-2021, 09:00 AM   #40
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Where is ole' box frame?
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Old 07-09-2021, 09:03 AM   #41
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Where is ole' box frame?
I have a suck feeling in my gut..... I am not seeing him.
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Old 07-09-2021, 09:14 AM   #42
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I have a suck feeling in my gut..... I am not seeing him.
FML...seriously?
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Old 07-09-2021, 10:58 AM   #43
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If you are talking about the deer I think you are talking about, I hope he is just hiding due to all the rain!

I know we have lost 2 studs since last season......not on par with the deer you are talking about but still VERY nice deer.

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