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Old 01-24-2021, 06:24 PM   #1101
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We put a camera over them so I should have some pictures to share over the next 2 weeks. My parents are out there and said that the troughs are both down about 5-inches so something is drinking from them. I'll keep you posted and let you know once we get the camera cards.

Let me know, Iíd appreciate it. Iím putting out the same thing in a few areas next week and just curious how your deer took to them.
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Old 01-27-2021, 12:23 PM   #1102
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My son and I put this together using an old 5-gallon bucket, some 2x6's, and some scrap metal for the camera base. Hopefully it will work just fine with the new Covert Code Black AT&T cellular camera. All we need to do now is add some flexible conduit to protect the plastic conduit that came with the Covert solar panel.

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Old 02-07-2021, 12:22 PM   #1103
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What a great idea for the game cameras!
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Old 02-08-2021, 11:44 AM   #1104
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We installed the cellular trail camera so Iím looking forward to getting some cool pictures and actually see real time if itís rained or raining. I was able to call in a coyote yesterday morning and we shot one more last doe so our deer season is now over.

We chainsawed around 60 cedars and let them lay and hand spread some bluestem, bundleflower, and western ragweed in some bare areas. Hoping to broadcast a pollinator mix this spring to help increase the native diversity.


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Old 02-08-2021, 11:49 AM   #1105
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The trees are doing well. Watered them again this weekend. Hopefully the roots will have start growing down and deep to help survive the summer heat.


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Old 02-08-2021, 11:51 AM   #1106
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The deer are hammering the cottonseed and protein. We put out another 1,000lbs of cottonseed and got the protein feeders filled.


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Old 02-09-2021, 04:37 PM   #1107
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Looking good! How long does it take them to normally go through a basket?
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Old 02-09-2021, 05:10 PM   #1108
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Looking good! How long does it take them to normally go through a basket?
We used to have one basket per feeder and they would go through a basket in 4 weeks but now we have 2 baskets per feeder and this time of year they typically go through both baskets in about 5 weeks. We will have fed all of our cottonseed (3 tons) by March.
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Old 02-11-2021, 10:07 AM   #1109
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We are receiving pictures on our Covert cellular trail camera. I have been very impressed with the camera overall. The pictures are set at the 12MB setting but the pictures below are lesser quality because I haven't requested the HD pictures. Another thing to note is that the feeder is around 15 yards away. We are going to move the feeder closer to the middle of the pen once it's empty to make it around 7 to 8 yards away from the camera. I really like the "REAL-TIME" photo option to see if it's raining or what's going on live. As you can see, the last picture was a "REAL-TIME" picture and the lens is covered with ice. It looks like I won't get any pictures until it gets above freezing, which is going to be a couple of days.

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Old 02-11-2021, 10:21 AM   #1110
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Keep in mind the MP setting on the cameras does not change the quality delivered to your app. That is only for the pics off the SD card

I had 5 coverts, and sold them all. Pic quality delivered was far inferior to my Spartans
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Old 02-11-2021, 03:30 PM   #1111
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Keep in mind the MP setting on the cameras does not change the quality delivered to your app. That is only for the pics off the SD card

I had 5 coverts, and sold them all. Pic quality delivered was far inferior to my Spartans
You may be right about the picture quality. I was eyeing the Spartan's but saw so many poor reviews especially on here. Do you have any pictures you can PM to me for comparison? I appreciate the heads up!
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Old 02-12-2021, 12:18 PM   #1112
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I'm curious to see how our blackbuck herd do with the forecast now calling for 3F on Sunday night and -1F on Monday night. Going to try to get out there and throw some hay down for them.
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:50 PM   #1113
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You may be right about the picture quality. I was eyeing the Spartan's but saw so many poor reviews especially on here. Do you have any pictures you can PM to me for comparison? I appreciate the heads up!
The pic quality is not even close. The SPartan LTE takes better pics to the APP then covert had on the SD card lol

I sold 5 Coverts. My neighbors still have 4 I have access to. But I own 8 SPartans and access to my neighbors 2.

I have had 0 issues.

$76 a year plus $36 for the app per camera.
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Old 02-13-2021, 09:24 AM   #1114
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I'm curious to see how our blackbuck herd do with the forecast now calling for 3F on Sunday night and -1F on Monday night. Going to try to get out there and throw some hay down for them.


I was literally checking the thread to ask about them with this cold snap. Any thought to leaving the protein feeders open/untimed? Iím just spitballing, but I believe eating helps keep animals warm.
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Old 02-13-2021, 09:53 AM   #1115
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I was literally checking the thread to ask about them with this cold snap. Any thought to leaving the protein feeders open/untimed? I’m just spitballing, but I believe eating helps keep animals warm.
Yes, we filled all protein feeders and cottonseed feeders last week. My dad is going to drive out there today to drop off 8 bales of alfalfa. Fingers crossed! We will keep the gates open to our house in case they want to try to seek refuge under the barn to stay out of the snow and wind. The good news is that I know our deer herd/blackbuck herd are very well fed and in really good shape so they should have a fighting chance.

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Old 02-13-2021, 05:04 PM   #1116
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Yes, we filled all protein feeders and cottonseed feeders last week. My dad is going to drive out there today to drop off 8 bales of alfalfa. Fingers crossed! We will keep the gates open to our house in case they want to try to seek refuge under the barn to stay out of the snow and wind. The good news is that I know our deer herd/blackbuck herd are very well fed and in really good shape so they should have a fighting chance.


Good deal, your animals are certainly better off than most!
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Old 02-13-2021, 05:12 PM   #1117
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Good deal, your animals are certainly better off than most!
Tell your dad I said hello!
Will do!
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Old 02-14-2021, 12:45 PM   #1118
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Our timed protein feeders were frozen shut so we had to break it free and then keep it in the OPEN position. Waiting to see some deer at the house feeder.


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Old 02-14-2021, 12:46 PM   #1119
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All water troughs and the small pond is frozen.


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Old 02-14-2021, 12:49 PM   #1120
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The big pond is down about 20ft this year but itís still about 20ft deep.


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Old 02-14-2021, 01:56 PM   #1121
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Tough times in tough country!! The place is really looking great, I hope your Black Buck make it.
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Old 02-15-2021, 03:53 PM   #1122
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They are hitting the feeders hard!


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Old 02-15-2021, 03:53 PM   #1123
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Old 02-15-2021, 05:21 PM   #1124
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Old 02-15-2021, 08:38 PM   #1125
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Glad to see it!!
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Old 02-17-2021, 12:47 PM   #1126
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This is from this morning. All blackbuck accounted for so far. Eating lots of protein, alfalfa, cottonseed, and corn!


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Old 02-17-2021, 12:47 PM   #1127
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Old 02-17-2021, 12:48 PM   #1128
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Old 02-17-2021, 12:48 PM   #1129
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:31 PM   #1130
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Even the baby blackbucks are doing okay. They are hitting the feeders 5-6x a day. I think all the extra alfalfa is helping a lot. Fingers crossed they get through one more cold night.


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Old 02-17-2021, 04:36 PM   #1131
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Glad everything is ok there. Prayers continuing for y'all.
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:41 PM   #1132
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Its good to see these pictures

It seems that the dead exotics that I've seen posted everywhere are mostly in neighborhoods and large ranches. I wonder if thats because most of those animals do not have the extra care that smaller managed ranches provide like alfalfa, protein, corn, etc. Not saying the bigger ones dont do it, but there is a smaller ratio per acre/animal of feed compared to the smaller places.
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Old 02-17-2021, 08:33 PM   #1133
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Man that is great to see those pics.. It gives me hope as we are not more
than 10 miles from you.. I've been hearing horror stories from all over the hill country...
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:17 AM   #1134
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Its good to see these pictures

It seems that the dead exotics that I've seen posted everywhere are mostly in neighborhoods and large ranches. I wonder if thats because most of those animals do not have the extra care that smaller managed ranches provide like alfalfa, protein, corn, etc. Not saying the bigger ones dont do it, but there is a smaller ratio per acre/animal of feed compared to the smaller places.
You are probably correct on the big ranches. They probably feed but not on a scale that we do as it would cost too much. We have a 1,500lb protein feeder for every 80 acres and each feeder has 2 cottonseed feeders and a corn feeder so every animal gets some feed. We also drop a lot of alfalfa and feed all the roads every time we are out there. The good news is that all of our dressed out weights this fall were well above average so I’m hoping that helps the animals get through this cold snap. Fingers crossed the animals can get through one more cold night.

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Old 02-19-2021, 05:30 PM   #1135
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We are happy to report that the male blackbucks made it through winter storm. Still waiting to see pictures of the female blackbucks because we havenít seen them since the cold spell.


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Old 02-19-2021, 05:44 PM   #1136
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We are happy to report that the male blackbucks made it through winter storm. Still waiting to see pictures of the female blackbucks because we havenít seen them since the cold spell.


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Old 02-20-2021, 09:58 AM   #1137
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Just saw yesterday and this morning that all of the blackbuck made it on our place. They were eating alfalfa, cottonseed, and protein constantly. We are very fortunate as I’ve seen a lot of pictures from others that weren’t so lucky.
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:13 AM   #1138
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Just saw yesterday and this morning that all of the blackbuck made it on our place. They were eating alfalfa, cottonseed, and protein constantly. We are very fortunate as I’ve seen a lot of pictures from others that weren’t so lucky.
Glad to hear that!!! I believe those that fed real heavy & had a constant supply of food helped alot.
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