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Where are the bucks? #7558097 07/16/19 11:43 PM
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I have does and fawns all over the place, but I am not seeing anything with even nubbins. Seems like last year about this time I had plenty of bucks with the beginnings of antlers. Or maybe I just am in too big a hurry.


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558104 07/16/19 11:48 PM
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They disappear around our place in the summer too. I just saw 3 bucks on sunday for the first time in months.


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558119 07/17/19 12:13 AM
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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558124 07/17/19 12:20 AM
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Rain, high heat and mast crops starting in my area. Lot of persimmons on my place now and rains 14 days ago have the deer not making nightly visits to feeders(protein or corn). They are now showing up about every 3 days or so. Even seeing a few small acorns on the live oaks. Still seeing mainly green persimmons but as many little trees as I have I know they are plenty ripe enough to eat for them. All the green is making those bucks move mainly at night right now. To hot to move in the daylight hours when they are not needing to hustle to get enough to eat. If they do need to get up and feed during the heat of the day, they can take a few steps to get all they want. Maybe not even leave the shade or be to far from it.



Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: stxranchman] #7558138 07/17/19 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by stxranchman
Rain, high heat and mast crops starting in my area. Lot of persimmons on my place now and rains 14 days ago have the deer not making nightly visits to feeders(protein or corn). They are now showing up about every 3 days or so. Even seeing a few small acorns on the live oaks. Still seeing mainly green persimmons but as many little trees as I have I know they are plenty ripe enough to eat for them. All the green is making those bucks move mainly at night right now. To hot to move in the daylight hours when they are not needing to hustle to get enough to eat. If they do need to get up and feed during the heat of the day, they can take a few steps to get all they want. Maybe not even leave the shade or be to far from it.


Great summary of what happens during the heat of summer - conserve energy - eat what you can when the temperature is at its best (night) - our protein and cottonseed intake will drop from here forward - water becomes important so they will bed near it so they do not have to travel far for it - bucks will hang together while does and fawns just try to survive - we are going this weekend to put our cameras out - we have some bucks that I cannot wait to catch on camera - should be some studs


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Rain, high heat and mast crops starting in my area. Lot of persimmons on my place now and rains 14 days ago have the deer not making nightly visits to feeders(protein or corn). They are now showing up about every 3 days or so. Even seeing a few small acorns on the live oaks. Still seeing mainly green persimmons but as many little trees as I have I know they are plenty ripe enough to eat for them. All the green is making those bucks move mainly at night right now. To hot to move in the daylight hours when they are not needing to hustle to get enough to eat. If they do need to get up and feed during the heat of the day, they can take a few steps to get all they want. Maybe not even leave the shade or be to far from it.


Great summary of what happens during the heat of summer - conserve energy - eat what you can when the temperature is at its best (night) - our protein and cottonseed intake will drop from here forward - water becomes important so they will bed near it so they do not have to travel far for it - bucks will hang together while does and fawns just try to survive - we are going this weekend to put our cameras out - we have some bucks that I cannot wait to catch on camera - should be some studs

IME I have seen times in South Texas where the summer feed consumption drops off 70% or more in the years with multiple mesquite bean drops(even other seeds/beans from native brush) and they also have large amounts of tunas(pear apples). In years of less but timely rainfall you can see the large drops in feed consumption when the bean/tuna crops starts. Even in the wet years with feed consumption already being lower, the lower consumption still drops off even more when those seed/mast crops start. Those keeping good yearly feed records can show you when it happens and how much the feed consumption drops off or starts to rise by week.



Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558158 07/17/19 12:55 AM
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I see them all over on game cams but i do feed year round.



Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558171 07/17/19 01:08 AM
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They hit my protein and corn feeders a few times a week but the does are there every day.

Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558179 07/17/19 01:13 AM
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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558267 07/17/19 02:41 AM
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Seems like i have been seeing them in velvet for a few weeks now.


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558366 07/17/19 10:41 AM
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ive got a few everyday at the feeders


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558373 07/17/19 10:59 AM
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I have the bucks but don't have the does, just a couple does around. That bothers me, I want the does so the bucks will come when it is time. My first fall living here so we will see how late season plays out. Rumor has it that there are 160 class bucks around but I haven't seen anything great as of yet...still growing though!


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558400 07/17/19 11:54 AM
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They are around. Maybe not where you are right now but they will show up. Bucks are all buddies right now and staying together. Come Sept. they will start splitting up and staking out their territories.

Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7558564 07/17/19 03:33 PM
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Just put our cameras out last weekend. We are VERY dry in NE Webb County. We're getting pics of bucks daily now. But all at night. Mostly around midnight-2am at protein feeders. We're not feeding corn, yet.

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Was down at Choke Canyon last weekend doing some fishing. The oak trees in the park were so loaded up with acorns Im worried they are going to look like peach/pecan trees with branches hanging to the ground before they drop.


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7560307 07/19/19 07:54 PM
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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7560336 07/19/19 08:51 PM
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Maybe I should put the cameras back out. Feeders are loaded and working. I actually forgot about the cameras.


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7560658 07/20/19 02:36 PM
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Yep, they are handy tools. In the concho valley the bucks will start rubbing trees first of dove season.


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7560780 07/20/19 06:12 PM
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It's the same thing here. Haven't seen one buck on camera yet. Plenty of does and only does going to the protein and corn feeders. It was this way last year. Too much of their own natural foods to eat is my guess. Last year I started seeing them in mid Sept. Guess it will be the same this year!


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7562205 07/22/19 10:05 PM
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all the residential neighborhoods are covered up with bucks around Georgetown and Lake LBJ ... during the heat of the day most are laying in groups in the shade from what I have seen.


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Re: Where are the bucks? [Re: 603Country] #7562219 07/22/19 10:22 PM
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Since the rains about 20 days ago they have stopped coming to feeders everyday or night in the last 10 days now. Some persimmons and other beans from brush are ripe now. Most the scat on the roads now is full of beans and black in color. I have seen this happen now for 4 yrs in a row now with June rains and mast crops. All deer seem to disappear from TC. I was seeing most of the bucks at least once per night and now it is 2 to 6 days between TC pics of the same bucks.



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