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Old 10-13-2014, 12:48 PM
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Brush, you been getting any of that rain over the last several days?
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:38 PM
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Brush, you been getting any of that rain over the last several days?

I got 3 inches, that's 3 not .3, Friday/Saturday, and 1.5 today. That's the largest about in a short time I've seen in 5 years. It's from the hurricane that hit AZ, so it's not a lasting change in the weather pattern.

I had a 2.75 inch rain a couple weeks ago, so that's 7.5 inches in recent weeks and the pond still isn't full, because the ground was so dry it all went into the soil...... but the pond is filling and all is well. Thanks for asking, lets hope things stay this way.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:15 AM
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Frontal view. This pasture is overgrow with osage orange, and lies beneath a cedar ridge where deer bed.



Side view of the funnel.


I hunted the blind, which proved to be a necessary exercise.

#1. It was difficult to draw the bow while sitting inside the blind, and the windows needed to be opened further to accommodate for the distance between the arrow and the bow site.

#2. I had a doe come through the funnel and she took a detour around the pond. She was at 20 yards and in front of the cluster of small trees in the center of the bottom pic. The sun had dropped behind the trees, but it was still daylight. I drew the bow and was in position to shoot but I couldn't see the rear peep sight inside the darkness of the blind. Had it been a buck, I would have learned from a costly mistake!!!

I'm thinking of painting the rear site white. Thoughts, ideas, recommendations????
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:06 AM
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I'm rooting for a deer harvest photo off the brushpile!!!
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:22 PM
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I'm rooting for a deer harvest photo off the brushpile!!!

That'll take just one normal year of rainfall. My giant oaks almost died this year so there's no acorns. Seedlings that survived this year are smaller than when they were planted. I have years of plantings waiting for just one good growing season rather than a prolonged dying season!

Right now I'm hunting neighboring land that's brush hogged by cattle, and deer numbers are down from the drought. One thing is certain, I have the only land around here without cattle, so the deer will come if I could get a good growing season. All that's here now are does and fawns.

However, I have a buck trap set and waiting for a rutting buck.
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:39 PM
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I placed my MDC order, to arrive the 2nd week of March. This year the MDC has added Eastern Wahoo to the order form.

Eastern Wahoo is a local native that I've only seen growing where deer can't get to it, because it's deer candy, so if you have Eastern Wahoo, you don't have many deer! While it prefers moist sights, it'll survive drought once established and is thicket forming. This is a hot item, so I ordered early!

I know of two local Eastern Wahoo thickets and they're both in roadside ditches where deer can't get to them, and they both get mowed and recover.

I cut back my order this year, because the drought cycle has not ended:

100 Eastern Wahoo
200 Loblolly x Pitch Pine
200 Eastern Red Cedar
100 Redbud
25 Elderberry
625 Total

I'm also placing a Fall/Winter order from Wildlife Group. While my MDC order is focused on cover, The Wildlife Group order will be nothing but goodies like Strawberry Bush, Allegheny Chinkapin and Chinese Chinkapin (Sequin).

In addition to my orders, I know where to dig bareroot. over the Winter.

Ground prep will be Lumite from John's Big Rock Trees.
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Brush---you are a warrior. That is a lot of trees to plant.
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:07 AM
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Brush---you are a warrior. That is a lot of trees to plant.

A day or two after triple by-pass surgery, I mentioned to my cardiologist that I planted over 2000 trees just a few months earlier. He was shocked and asked me how I did it? I responded, "One tree at a time with a shovel". I'll add that I dig deep holes and like my roots.

Planting is really nothing compared to watering day after day, year after year. When my wife saw my order she said I'd better hope it rains.
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