OK, friends and neighbors - have a number of friends in the Blanco to Boerne area and let me just say some of the things I've heard and some of pics sent me would give you a pucker factor of about 13 on a scale of 1 to 10. Stories of how fast it came up in some areas, to the devastation to the landscape is incredible. The pictures on the news both sensationalize it somewhat, and don't even scratch the surface on some things.
With the loss of life, property, and widespread damage and human suffering - it might be selfish for me to be thinking about how this will effect hunting and deer crops, but I couldn't help think about some of those things - forgive me.
One of things that I was wondering about is the fact that many does have just dropped, or just fixing to drop, and I am wondering how the flood have impacted the livestock, deer and other wildlife in the areas affect - which is WIDESPREAD. Remember, this is right smack in the middle of hill country, where you can't travel very far in any direction without coming up on a high fence ranch or exotics. I'm certain there are many, many fences down - and breeders/ranchers have lost a number of quality animals.
I also wonder what toll it will take on turkey poults, quail eggs and hatchlings, new fawns, and the range and movement of the deer? Has it created a situation that predators will now have a field day on the survivors? Is this going be a good thing for the over-populated hill country deer herd, and/or is this going to impact numbers and quality for this fall season. Will this push some animals way off their normal ranges and patterns, basically making everything a game-changer - or will things return to normal quickly? Will we have all sorts of exotics or super-trophy whitetail escapees running around?
Should this make a change in the way we feed or hunt this summer? Is there anything we can do to help? Change our patterns of feed, locations, hunting tactics - or will all this be a distant memory by the time season rolls around with no effects?
Edited by John Humbert (05/26/15 05:55 PM)