texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Clockest, rd7fox, Miggy, N2TRKYS, KellyJ
70145 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 110,529
bill oxner 91,416
SnakeWrangler 63,586
stxranchman 59,968
Gravytrain 46,950
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,461
BMD 41,236
Forum Statistics
Forums46
Topics609,010
Posts11,317,088
Members85,145
Most Online19,184
Feb 5th, 2020
Print Thread
Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? #7543447 06/27/19 03:01 PM
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,336
5
5Redman8 Online Content OP
Veteran Tracker
OP Online Content
Veteran Tracker
5
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,336
Getting a lot of rain in central Texas.....does this help or hurt antler growth and/or buck harvest?

A buddy of mine hunts a couple large ranches and he says they harvest better bucks in dry seasons. His thinking is they have to travel more when there is less browse.

I was thinking the wet years would be better for antler growth but I guess harvesting the bucks could be more difficult.


AVOID.....Luna Canyon Outdoor Adventures Chacon NM Elk Hunting. Owner James Duran

https://www.huntnorthnm.com/

PM for details
Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: 5Redman8] #7543461 06/27/19 03:23 PM
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 55,250
BOBO the Clown Online Content
kind of a big deal
Online Content
kind of a big deal
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 55,250
No deer has exact same preferred diet. So perception varies

Some areas the generally preferred browse is not the highest protein, so during drought those deer are forced to eat the not as favored but higher protein/nutrition browse. Webb country is perfect example.





Donate to TX Youth hunting program.... better to donate then to waste it in taxes

https://secure.qgiv.com/for/gtgoh/mobile
Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: BOBO the Clown] #7543466 06/27/19 03:27 PM
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,336
5
5Redman8 Online Content OP
Veteran Tracker
OP Online Content
Veteran Tracker
5
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,336
Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
No deer has exact same preferred diet. So perception varies

Some areas the generally preferred browse is not the highest protein, so during drought those deer are forced to eat the not as favored but higher protein/nutrition browse. Webb country is perfect example.


Tell me more about Webb. That is one of the counties he hunts.

So are you saying they are forced to eat the protein feed during the drought?


AVOID.....Luna Canyon Outdoor Adventures Chacon NM Elk Hunting. Owner James Duran

https://www.huntnorthnm.com/

PM for details
Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: 5Redman8] #7543478 06/27/19 03:48 PM
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 55,250
BOBO the Clown Online Content
kind of a big deal
Online Content
kind of a big deal
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 55,250
Originally Posted by 5Redman8
Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
No deer has exact same preferred diet. So perception varies

Some areas the generally preferred browse is not the highest protein, so during drought those deer are forced to eat the not as favored but higher protein/nutrition browse. Webb country is perfect example.


Tell me more about Webb. That is one of the counties he hunts.

So are you saying they are forced to eat the protein feed during the drought?


Donít look at it as a specific feed look at it as the average of 3-5 feeds(plants)

So take four foods Guajillo, Husisache, blackbrush and salt brush

As an example, Eliminate the icecream plants like salt brush and deer are forced to eat more Guajillo and husiache(higher nutritional but not ice cream flavored). Easy way to describe it. I tend to get my plant preferences mixed up so donít quote me on exact choices.






Donate to TX Youth hunting program.... better to donate then to waste it in taxes

https://secure.qgiv.com/for/gtgoh/mobile
Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: 5Redman8] #7543891 06/28/19 07:08 AM
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 17,625
T
Txduckman Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 17,625
It's good and bad. Just hunt....

Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: 5Redman8] #7544167 06/28/19 05:59 PM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 110,529
dogcatcher Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 110,529
Wait until it dries up and the grass turns brown, most f Texas will be under fire bans and I expect a lot of smoke in the air.


Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________

[Linked Image]
Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: 5Redman8] #7544260 06/28/19 08:49 PM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 2,008
S
SingleShot85 Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
S
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 2,008
rain most certainly is not bad and I will take as much as I can get for as long as I can get it..... may make hunting more difficult... but hey
Originally Posted by 5Redman8
Getting a lot of rain in central Texas.....does this help or hurt antler growth and/or buck harvest?

A buddy of mine hunts a couple large ranches and he says they harvest better bucks in dry seasons. His thinking is they have to travel more when there is less browse.

I was thinking the wet years would be better for antler growth but I guess harvesting the bucks could be more difficult.


rain, most certainly is not bad and I will take as much as I can get for as long as I can get it..... may make hunting more difficult... but hey half of my ranch is high fenced.... so it will be like shooting fish in a barrel anyway.

Try and go 12 months w/ less than 2" of rain, 10 of those in a row, and see how it affects the hunting... I promise, you can't feed enough protein or cotton seed to salvage your way out of that nightmare..... oh have cattle as well barf hanged

Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: 5Redman8] #7549184 07/05/19 03:04 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 59,968
S
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
S
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 59,968
Timing of rains is critical. Rain during the season allows deer to go into dead of winter and post rut with ample food. Average or above average annual March and April rainfall amounts are the most critical in South Texas for good antler years. Bucks in great shape heading into those months are going to have a good year. If it has been dry up until late May or June then the rain will only help body condition. A mature age structure is critical, but genetics is also very critical. It does not rain age or genetics, you have it or you don't. The best years in South Texas have been the years were it rained above average amounts the first 7-8 months of the year.


Are idiots multiplying faster than normal people?[Linked Image]
Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: 5Redman8] #7556244 07/15/19 12:00 AM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 2,195
C
copperhead Online Content
Veteran Tracker
Online Content
Veteran Tracker
C
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 2,195
The one thing I have noticed in Llano county is there is going to be a bumper crop of acorns, at least in our part (eastern) of the county.

Re: Central Texas Rains...Good or Bad? [Re: 5Redman8] #7558750 07/17/19 08:41 PM
Joined: Feb 2019
Posts: 20
H
Henly Offline
Light Foot
Offline
Light Foot
H
Joined: Feb 2019
Posts: 20
Let's get this straight right now: More rain = more plant growth and more food. More food = more deer and better antlers. While hunters may very well see [/i]fewer[i] deer when there is ample rain-produced forage in the fall, in years in which there has been good rain during the antler-growing period (March -- August), the antlers will be better on average. Whether you see them is another question.

The theory that somehow a scarcity of food forces deer to better quality or more protein is flawed on its face.

Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2022 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3