In the summer of '13 I found a wildflower that deer were eating up. As I was trying to find what it was I decided to mix up a wildlife foodplot blend for all wildlife summer or winter with perennial weeds(wildflowers). They are looking good.Planted another, larger plot.
Imagine my surprise when 10 hogs suddenly showed up in my yard. Called wlf, they sent the beaver man(hog man) out to trap them for blood and swab tests for disease. He said the feds had given la.? $10 million to trap all the wild hogs, and was trying to legalize a very deadly poison. Even tho it might kill bears or other wildlife, as long as the rate is less than 20% that will be acceptable.
In the early '70's the LAWLF began restocking turkeys in their former ranges. I was lucky enough to kill the first legal gobbler after they opened the season in mid 70's and Sutton's sporting goods mounted it for me to display in their store. About '02 they restocked them in southwest Ouachita parish, but by then we were hunting in tensas parish. Recently I got access to land close to west....
I've been seeing so many deer and bears I decided to invite some friends to hopefully see a bear and kill some deer. Two fathers, one grandfather and 3 sons. Six shots, 5 does and one buck and I'm the one who sees a bear on a totally different spot. Congrats to fathers and grandfathers that give up their hunting time to make sure our great traditions are continued.
As I was looking at another pic of does something in the background caught my eye. Based on this I put my wife there and she did the rest. 8pt with 3 stickers and bladed browtines and 24in main beams with lots of mass.
The last few days scrapes have exploded all over the area. Got to see two bucks serious fight today, unfortunately one was a 3pt and the other a shorthorn spike. Lucky for me they caused this old guy to come see what the fuss was about.
Ben and LJ joined us this weekend. LJ had applied to 5 wma youth hunts unsuccessfully so Ben had seen my posts and called me. After passing several deer sat. morning and seeing nothing sat. evening luck smiled on LJ sun. morning.
My wife is always telling me to 'tie one up for her'. I've tried several methods without success. Last Christmas I dressed up as Santa, but I think they were line shy from pressure. This year I tried the ultra light method but she broke my line. Anyone have any advice on the best line for tying one up?
The good news is this was the coolest, wettest summer I can remember so the browse is in very good shape and should be a good year for horns. The bad is we are still in a long term drought and places are drying up I've never seen before. I've rarely seen whitetails have velvet after oct.1 but this year is different. Everything is still green like sept.
Here's another example of a 21/2yr. old late born fawn against a 31/2yr. old early born fawn. At 31/2 that spike will maske a 6pt. rack then an 8pt. with about a 16in. spread at 41/2. That 31/2 will be huge at 41/2, our biggest so far at 41/2 was 182inches and 282lbs.
Friend asked me about those protein tubs for cows. That reminded me of a test I did with them. Notice the times on the pics, these two spikes ate rice bran off the top for 30min. straight, getting their pics taken every min., so over 30 pics in the same position. However evverytime they ate all the rice bran they would quit eating the protein.
Here's some quotes from an article in Bowhunting by Dr. Grant Woods. 'as we reduced doe numbers, the average breeding date shifted almost a month earlier over the course of 5 yrs. It's not the state or subspecies of deer that determines the timing of the rut, its the adult sex ratio and health of the herd. I've watched similar shifts in projects from northern N.Y. to South Carolina.'....
Due to the wet summer the annuals didn't do well, but the wet area plants flourished. That's the thing about planting what farmers plant, you have to gamble that conditions will be right. Mother nature throws dozens plants out there and SOMETHING grows every year. Watch the video of us riding thru head high fields full of trails and beds. Age and score these.