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Old 10-03-2020, 03:57 PM   #2901
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After weeks of not seeing a single buck on the farm I was driving home at dark after planting and saw this guy locked on a doe at 100 yds just staring at me. First time I have ever seen him in hard antler. Let the games begin!
Now that's some great news!!!
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:31 AM   #2902
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After weeks of not seeing a single buck on the farm I was driving home at dark after planting and saw this guy locked on a doe at 100 yds just staring at me. First time I have ever seen him in hard antler. Let the games begin!

Glad to hear y’all are turning things around so well. I can’t imagine being hit with the adversity of all this. Y’all seem to be taking it all so well. Hope you guys get back on track soon, and that this makes for an astounding improvement on the place in the long run.

As always, I am inspired by your work! Please keep us in the loop, because you truly are a regenerative food-plotting inspiration!


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Old 10-06-2020, 11:13 AM   #2903
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What an awesome thread. I love it.
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Old 10-08-2020, 01:47 PM   #2904
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@el gato, hoping this last storm is not so bad. And good luck to you sir. Also this is a great history of a ranch. Please keep up amazing work.
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Old 10-08-2020, 06:56 PM   #2905
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Tough times. Hurricane Delta is going to hit Lafayette in the morning and head right up the state, Hope it dies down some before it gets to you Rusty. I hunt some further north of you near Sikes. Lots of oaks down in the bottoms, pines did ok. I’ve got this to deal with,


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Old 10-08-2020, 10:02 PM   #2906
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You can keep the pigs!!! While we have had a crazy year with plenty of challenges, never had a hog problem on the farm..thankfully. That is a problem that keeps on giving.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:09 PM   #2907
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Just got this guy from the farm back from taxi in time to start looking for another one.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:17 PM   #2908
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that buck looks awesome on the wall. Good luck this year Rusty!
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Old 10-13-2020, 03:47 PM   #2909
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Amazing mount! Good luck this season!
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:09 AM   #2910
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That deer is an absolute stud! Congrats
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:31 AM   #2911
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That dude is an absolute unit, looks great on the wall! Congrats!
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Old 10-22-2020, 02:36 PM   #2912
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Pulled this thread up after losing it for a couple years, and read through it all from the beginning (took about a week and a half off and on). Still just as informative and interesting as ever. I am going to try to no till this upcoming spring with cowpeas and either alyceclover or vetch and maybe okra. Did my first no till a couple weeks ago and hoping it goes well for this season. Good luck this season!
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:39 AM   #2913
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Thats a really nice buck !!
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Old 10-28-2020, 11:29 AM   #2914
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Well it looks like a hurricane will finally miss Rusty. Hope all us well.
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Old 10-29-2020, 12:23 PM   #2915
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I'll say it one more time...WHAT A CRAZY YEAR!!! For all the aforementioned reasons plus a couple more that have surprised me, life on the farm has had to adapt to a current reality that added a lot more than normal to deal with. I'm getting the rifle out of the safe today and charging the camera for the first time in months. While I haven't found a buck I think I'm going to hunt this year there are a few worthy of video...like this one. Interestingly 2 years ago he had double forked 2's and a drop. I think he's 6 and will get a pass hoping he will repeat the non typical characteristics as he ages.On another note I think the giant non typical from last year died. Not a single pic or sighting of him all year.

All the plots are in and looking great though no chance of filming the process. Moving forward with Dr. Williams from Understanding Ag and as excited as ever about that project.
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Old 10-30-2020, 10:35 AM   #2916
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Thanks for the update and good luck this year!
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Old 11-04-2020, 04:06 AM   #2917
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Great thread!
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Old 11-04-2020, 06:41 AM   #2918
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What a buck!!!


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Old 11-04-2020, 07:26 AM   #2919
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Rusty, you wouldn’t happen to have another 170” 6pt by any chance?
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Old 11-04-2020, 09:43 AM   #2920
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This is very interesting. I love it
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Old 11-04-2020, 09:50 PM   #2921
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Rusty, you wouldn’t happen to have another 170” 6pt by any chance?
LOL, They are kinda hard to come by. That may be a one time event.

Finally able to get out and look around a bit. Seeing some nice bucks and getting a little video
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Old 11-04-2020, 10:35 PM   #2922
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Just watched your latest YT upload. Good stuff!
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Old 11-05-2020, 08:42 AM   #2923
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Holy mother of all 6 points! WOW!
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Old 11-05-2020, 09:01 AM   #2924
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Been a challenging year, but here is a short clip from the first day I was able to get out.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:09 PM   #2925
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Anything exciting happening down there!
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Old 11-29-2020, 09:54 AM   #2926
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Any updates? Hope all is well.
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Old 12-01-2020, 05:48 PM   #2927
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Thank you Rusty for the positive outlook with all the adversity you and the family have had to deal with in 2020. Been following the thread for years now implementing various practices garnered out of learning's from your experimentation's! I look forward to watching/learning how your deer adjust to their new surroundings from the storms that battered you all this summer and how it impacts their natural forbs and the nutrients that you have so generously provided through plantings...Please keep all of us in the loop as the story continues to evolve - this has become one of the most fascinating wildlife learning's (free education ladies/gents) as good as any 3rd yr 3 HR college curriculum class! Just sayin!!
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Old 12-01-2020, 08:14 PM   #2928
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I love this thread!
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Old 12-04-2020, 06:29 PM   #2929
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Thanks everyone. I keep thinking its time to let this thread die but I appreciate the feedback and its a lot of fun for me as well.I have just transitioned to the ranch and will be there mostly thru January but excited to report there is a lot going on. Just a bit time compromised to report.

I will do an in depth deep dive on the farm when I can collect all my thoughts from everything I am learning. I had Dr. Williams back in today looking at the hurricane damage and going over soil reports while looking at my plots. I did PLFA and Haney tests on every plot and with his knowledge gained immense insight how to improve the microbial functioning of the soil with a slightly different approach to planting scheme. To much for me to relay now though I have learned those tests are far more valuable than the standard tests I've been doing. I am super excited about what I'm learning and where I'm going with the farm. Let nature do the work for you!

Looks to be a good year at the ranch also. Within 24 hours a bowhunter took a beautiful drop tine 183" buck and we got a super massive 211 { Low fence...so much for all the high fence difference talk } this morning. And we are just getting started. Seeing much improvement over last year
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:38 AM   #2930
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Please don’t let it die! Love the updates!


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Old 12-05-2020, 08:59 AM   #2931
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Please don’t let it die! Love the updates!


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I agree. I always enjoy the updates.
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:14 AM   #2932
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Well...I'm enjoying a leisurely morning drinking coffee about to work in the garden an not hunting. So I'll throw a story out that might be relevant to all the hunters out there trying to decide " Should I shoot that buck?" Is he a cull , mgt buck or trophy ? I've been having trouble posting pics for a while but if I can I'll add a couple to provide enrichment to what happened.

Last yr. we had a mature nice 8 pt, couple small kickers, great mass, but narrow at only about 16" that I would guess at 155...160 tops.At least 6 [ maybe older; its not an exact science!!!] as we had noticed him for several years. Certainly quite mature.

My buddy shot him yesterday morning. Mainframe 10 with a bunch of kickers, tremendous mass carried all the way to the tips, 16 1/2" wide scoring 211. His rt side alone was 100" .He was standing in the footsteps of where he was videod last yr. You can see him in last yrs. video on my youtube channel.

The buck made at least a 50" jump...maybe more. What we have learned is that is nigh upon impossible to guess which bucks become the top end trophies. Sure some appear more likely than others. But we have seen countless bucks with great potential never make that big jump to superstardom and then we also have seen the surprises like this buck. The moral of the story for us is that we are extremely conservative on buck harvest letting almost all of them get 7+ before any decision is ever made...and a reasonable batch of them die of old age.
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:19 AM   #2933
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Does this look like a buck that will be 211 the following year? Or would you have shot him because he is a mature 8 pt?
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Old 12-05-2020, 10:25 AM   #2934
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Wow! Hopefully you can post some.pics of the 211" buck soon!

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Old 12-05-2020, 02:48 PM   #2935
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DOnt have good pics of the 211 but here is a photo of buck my buddy took couple days ago
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Old 12-05-2020, 03:19 PM   #2936
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Awesome buck. Congrats to you guys for continuing to grow and shoot monsters!


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Old 12-05-2020, 03:56 PM   #2937
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What a monster


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Old 12-05-2020, 03:58 PM   #2938
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Congrats to your buddy and on your management plan. I want to say unbelievable but that would be incorrect.


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Old 12-10-2020, 08:22 PM   #2939
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Rusty, I was listening to our local outdoor show on the way to work this morning and they began talking about a 300" buck killed in Louisiana. Was it killed near you? I believe it was 46 points and 306".
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Old 12-10-2020, 09:02 PM   #2940
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Rusty, I was listening to our local outdoor show on the way to work this morning and they began talking about a 300" buck killed in Louisiana. Was it killed near you? I believe it was 46 points and 306".
I haven't heard anything about it but I have been away from La. for past couple weeks. I will investigate. Outstanding if true.
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Old 12-10-2020, 11:01 PM   #2941
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Wasn’t in tensas, I heard around mangham

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Old 12-24-2020, 07:48 PM   #2942
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Just checking in for pics .
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Old 12-26-2020, 10:41 AM   #2943
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I trust everyone is enjoying the Christmas holiday . Very busy time of year so I haven't done a good job editing up video nor had the time to post all thats going on between here and the ranch. Starting in February I intend to begin the documentation of moving the farm to sustainable ag and as well as put together footage we captured during the season.

Been a mixed bag. I elected to take no bucks off the farm this year. I think I had a number of bucks killed by Hurricane Laura so I'm letting everything have another year.The ranch also suffered from a drought with no rain from Sept. til June. Curiously our low fence country has cattle and with the drought was significantly overgrazed. Yet by far our best bucks are in the country with a pretty good batch ranging from the 180's to our best this year at 211. My theory is because of the overgrazing all the deer got on the protein feeders consuming a much higher % of their diet from pellets. Whereas our HF country with no cattle looked better but apparently had a lower nutritional profile with the deer consuming more of the native parched greenery. I'll elaborate on that more as the season ends.

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Old 12-26-2020, 11:08 AM   #2944
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Awesome!!! I can see protein pellets being a key ingredient to big antlers due to nutritional value


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Old 12-26-2020, 12:21 PM   #2945
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Wow
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Old 12-26-2020, 12:38 PM   #2946
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Wowsers!
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Old 12-26-2020, 12:55 PM   #2947
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I cant get a pic of the 211 to post plus my neighbor also got a 205 which I cant seem to post. With kids, grand kids, and Christmas chaos in full swing its hard to sort the issues out but once things settle I'll post more.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:44 PM   #2948
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Tks for the update . Always look forward to seeing a new post from you. Looking forward to ur upcoming updates as well. Good as always.
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Old 01-08-2021, 11:52 AM   #2949
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This thread coming up on half a million views
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Old 01-12-2021, 10:01 AM   #2950
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