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#6389984 - 07/31/16 11:21 PM I think it is working!
aeb Offline
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Registered: 06/06/10
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Loc: West Texas
A few years ago I took over the management of the wildlife on my ranch. Previous management decisions mostly involved cashing a check and if it is brown, it is down. I had no background at all in wildlife management but the one idea that I carried forward from a lifetime in the cattle business was that if I could provide a good healthy environment for my doe herd, the horns would follow. It was the blind leading the blind and mistakes were made. My first feeding station lasted almost two weeks before a Brahma cow destroyed it. The second attempt is ugly but still up. You learn as you go. Just as we thought progress was being made, along came the Year from Hell. We hauled both feed and water almost daily to strategic locations across the ranch. We lost most of the fawn crop that year but were able to save the core breeding stock. It was a setback but we emerged from the disaster with a core breeding stock of survivors. Some of our neighbor’s wildlife was decimated. We survived, the herd survived and the generation of deer that we are seeing today is the product of our work. Born and raised on the ranch during our program. Low fence wildlife management where you have no control over genetics requires patience, patience and more patience. These are my guys! I think it is working!

My part of the country doesn’t have the genetics to make the front page but it sure makes an old man happy when he can honestly say that he has made a difference….and I think we have.


#6389988 - 07/31/16 11:24 PM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
txshntr Offline
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 35148
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Always rewarding to see the results of your work and effort. Congrats and keep at it. The last couple of years have been good years and with a growing population, should be a great year up

#6390019 - 08/01/16 01:29 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
dkershen Offline

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 18377
Loc: Denton/Argyle
I'd say the sweat and tears are paying off up Hope you have a banner season!

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

#6390070 - 08/01/16 06:45 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
Pitchfork Predator Offline
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 14090
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Congrats on your success. They are looking good. cheers
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#6390107 - 08/01/16 07:19 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
Creekrunner Online   content
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 10016
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Slow, steady, hard work. Well done.
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

#6390160 - 08/01/16 08:20 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
JKC Offline
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Registered: 10/05/09
Posts: 1447
Loc: Shreveport LA
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

#6390175 - 08/01/16 08:34 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
janie Offline
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Registered: 08/30/05
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Loc: Collin County TX
Oh hell yes! Well done sir. up
He is your friend defender your dog. Be worthy of such devotion

#6390183 - 08/01/16 08:39 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: janie]
therancher Offline
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Registered: 07/09/13
Posts: 6434
Loc: Mountain Home, Uvalde, and Big...
"I cant wait to see if he plays this week, and if he does if he can actually break 50 percent completion ratio. Haha or maybe even throw for 200 yards. Possibly break a QB rating of 75." - Texas Tatonka

#6390191 - 08/01/16 08:47 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: dkershen]
Stub Online   happy
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Loc: The Outer Limits
Originally Posted By: dkershen
I'd say the sweat and tears are paying off up Hope you have a banner season!

Looking good cheers
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#6390229 - 08/01/16 09:13 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Great pic, deer, and outlook. Hope they keep looking up into the future.

We don't all have unlimited feed budgets, brought in genetics, or high fences with extensive culling programs. Good work, as good as the last few years have been, there were some pretty tuff ones before it.
It's hell eatin em live

#6390310 - 08/01/16 10:26 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
don k Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 10555
Loc: Bandera, Tx
You are doing good.

#6390320 - 08/01/16 10:33 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
westtexaswatkins Offline
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Registered: 05/31/07
Posts: 7289
Loc: Anton, TX, and Stonewall Count...
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Congrats on your success. They are looking good. cheers

Agreed up

#6390325 - 08/01/16 10:40 AM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
My stand is pink camo Online   content

Registered: 11/10/11
Posts: 7172
Loc: DFW. No D, Just FW
Your plan is working and working very well up Keep up,the good work and the hard work, Nice looking deer!

#6390459 - 08/01/16 12:55 PM Re: I think it is working! [Re: aeb]
MikeC Offline
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Registered: 08/09/05
Posts: 13519
Loc: Grayson County
Well done sir! up

In every old body lives a young person wondering what the hell happened!

#6390653 - 08/01/16 03:28 PM Re: I think it is working! [Re: Creekrunner]
rabbit_jack Offline
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Registered: 01/13/16
Posts: 342
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Slow, steady, hard work. Well done.


"I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!"

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