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#7039479 - 01/15/18 06:44 PM Where did the armadillos go?
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This was the first season I can remember when I never saw or heard an armadillo while deer hunting. And as most of you know, they can be noisy critters and make it more difficult to hear an approaching deer. I can't even remember seeing one dead on the road.

This has been an unusually cold winter for sure. Do they hibernate or stay burrowed more during cold weather?
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#7039481 - 01/15/18 06:46 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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They burrow in my yard. I know that there's about 6-7 less than there was a few months ago rifle
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#7039485 - 01/15/18 06:49 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I did see one in the pasture the other evening, he got a pass. As soon as he heads to the dark side, he's toast.
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#7039486 - 01/15/18 06:50 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Erathkid]
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Originally Posted By: Erathkid
They burrow in my yard. I know that there's about 6-7 less than there was a few months ago rifle


Well there is your answer Earthkid killed them all

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#7039504 - 01/15/18 07:01 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Come to think of it, I didnít see any either that I can recall. Did see a dead oneís shell or two.
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#7039508 - 01/15/18 07:06 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Come to think of it, I didnít see any either that I can recall. Did see a dead oneís shell or two.



Any Fire ant mounds around?
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#7039513 - 01/15/18 07:13 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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#7039533 - 01/15/18 07:18 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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During a drought you have to look in bottom lands with soft dirt. Or in someoneís yard.
There is no shortage of them out here. They are mostly nocturnal animals too.

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#7039568 - 01/15/18 07:42 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: HWY_MAN]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Come to think of it, I didnít see any either that I can recall. Did see a dead oneís shell or two.



Any Fire ant mounds around?


No more than usual. I have noticed a marked increase in dillers over the past few years. Just about every bow hunting sit I have been seeing them. Donít recall seeing any this year though. May just be coincidence IDK.
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#7039586 - 01/15/18 07:52 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Now that you mention it I haven't seen an armadillo in quite a while on our place. Skunks on the other hand seem to be having a population explosion in our neck of the woods.

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#7039639 - 01/15/18 08:35 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I did find this...

"Armadillos do not hibernate however a moderate climate is essential to their survival as they cannot endure long periods of freezing weather. The creatureís armor like shell covers most of its body and provides a certain amount of protection; however it offers little insulation against cold weather. Armadillos will not expand into extreme northern climates due to the cold temperatures.

These creatures do not store much body fat, do not hibernate, and instead continue to forage year round. As winter arrives, their food supplies become scarce and frozen ground conditions prevent them from being able to dig in order to search for food. Since they cannot tolerate freezing temperatures, in order to escape the cold the armadillos often retreat underground. However, it should be noted that they are still unable to hibernate while doing this because they will either freeze or starve to death in these types of conditions."
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#7039640 - 01/15/18 08:35 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I think I counted 7-8 the other day

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#7039651 - 01/15/18 08:44 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Seen the usual amount in the Concho Valley...
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#7039681 - 01/15/18 09:14 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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On our place in Mills co, they disappeared for almost 15 years. As for them being nocturnal, bull chit, we used to see them all hours of the day. It used to be easy to see 15 driving around our 1200 acres. Then, 0. In the last two years theyíve made a comeback, we now see 1-5 each time driving around, I suspect disease was the culprit.
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#7039690 - 01/15/18 09:18 PM Re: Where did the armadillos go? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I had one rooting around in the yard this afternoon. And no I did not kill it.

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