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Beginning to find dead axis deer, one near the house and the other on the river west of town. I am seeing lots of axis that appear to be starving, struggling with this cold weather. I was shocked to see a live blackbuck when feeding cattle this morning...
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Found 4 morning doves and the neighbors house cat all ready

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Gonna be hard on the critters.

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I sometimes fish Choke Canyon near Three Rivers and have seen plenty of gators there. Just curious, any reptile experts out there that would venture a guess as to some gators croaking from this real cold weather?


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Plenty of WT deer still hitting my feeders. I am sure some will have died off, but not in any significant numbers

One good thing about snow is you can see where the deer have been, there a highway of tracks coming to my feeders

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Originally Posted by Ag Hunter 78
I sometimes fish Choke Canyon near Three Rivers and have seen plenty of gators there. Just curious, any reptile experts out there that would venture a guess as to some gators croaking from this real cold weather?


Those gators will go lay and on the bottom and kind of hibernate. Same with turtles and other water living reptiles.
They will come up every 18 to 24 hours and get some air the. Sink back down.
The daters at lake worth have been through lots of this type of weather and I don’t think they ever had a dead one.


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Originally Posted by gary roberson
Beginning to find dead axis deer, one near the house and the other on the river west of town. I am seeing lots of axis that appear to be starving, struggling with this cold weather. I was shocked to see a live blackbuck when feeding cattle this morning...
Adios,
Gary


Sad to hear, Gary.

I'm kinda surprised you saw the blackbuck too.

In high school I worked at a friend's exotic game ranch, and the blackbucks were particularly hard hit in cold weather.

They had me skin out two zebras that died from cold, wet weather too. Guess they don't handle it well.

Owner had the hides tanned. One with the hair on, and one hair off. They looked pretty cool in his trophy room! smile

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I agree with Huntwest. Growing up in Illinois we had farm ponds with monster snapping turtles in them. The ponds would freeze over yet the turtles were always still kicking come spring. Reptiles are pretty hearty critters. Gators are on the far end of that spectrum. Those things are HARD to kill.

Gary, that really sucks!! Hard to believe it will be in the 60's this time next week.

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Will axis and other exotics eat the feed being put out for cattle?

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Will axis and other exotics eat the feed being put out for cattle?

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Gators that stay in the water will survive days of icing conditions, by almost hibernating. But like other air breathers, they must be able to breathe. During the big freeze of 1989, there were about a dozen big ones that died at South Texas nuke plant reservoir, but they were on the banks and didn't get into the water quick enough. This is an example from North Carolina where they stick their noses up, and then let the ponds freeze solid! When they thaw out, they're fine. Weird!!

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Originally Posted by Wilhunt
Will axis and other exotics eat the feed being put out for cattle?



Hogs will.

I don't think deer think much of hay, with alfalfa being the exception. They won't eat range cubes either.

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Originally Posted by BbarVRanch
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Will axis and other exotics eat the feed being put out for cattle?



Hogs will.

I don't think deer think much of hay, with alfalfa being the exception. They won't eat range cubes either.


Our deer here on the ranch follow the feed truck when we are feeding cattle and eat after the cattle can't pick up anymore of the range cubes. They'll even stand in the road when we are headed to the next feeding area and we'll give them a couple of dumps. They will congregate around the piles of dumped cubes. They even come up while we are blowing the siren to call the cattle. They know the sound of the feed truck, the siren and the clanging of the T&S Feed Hopper lid means food. This week, they have really been "friendly". Everything is hungry now.

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Will axis and other exotics eat the feed being put out for cattle?



Hogs will.

I don't think deer think much of hay, with alfalfa being the exception. They won't eat range cubes either.


Our deer here on the ranch follow the feed truck when we are feeding cattle and eat after the cattle can't pick up anymore of the range cubes. They'll even stand in the road when we are headed to the next feeding area and we'll give them a couple of dumps. They will congregate around the piles of dumped cubes. They even come up while we are blowing the siren to call the cattle. They know the sound of the feed truck, the siren and the clanging of the T&S Feed Hopper lid means food. This week, they have really been "friendly". Everything is hungry now.


Deer would do that when I'd drive around shoveling cottonseed to the cows too.

Had javalinas follow the cube truck too. They weren't shy. smile

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I put out 2 large alfalfa bails 3 weeks ago at 2 different stand locations to see what the deer thought about it. Nothing that entire weekend got anywhere close to those bails. It will be interesting to see if they changed their attitude during this past week with all the ice/snow. I'll check game cameras tomorrow night or after the Sat. morning hunt.


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Originally Posted by Ag Hunter 78
I sometimes fish Choke Canyon near Three Rivers and have seen plenty of gators there. Just curious, any reptile experts out there that would venture a guess as to some gators croaking from this real cold weather?



Not many will die. Most gators will bury themselves in the mud with their noses sticking out to breath. They will hibernate until it thaws out. They are hardy critters.

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Originally Posted by skinnerback
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I sometimes fish Choke Canyon near Three Rivers and have seen plenty of gators there. Just curious, any reptile experts out there that would venture a guess as to some gators croaking from this real cold weather?



Not many will die. Most gators will bury themselves in the mud with their noses sticking out to breath. They will hibernate until it thaws out. They are hardy TASTY critters.

There I fixed it for ya. I like BBQ gator ribs but fried gator tail is the best grin


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I sometimes fish Choke Canyon near Three Rivers and have seen plenty of gators there. Just curious, any reptile experts out there that would venture a guess as to some gators croaking from this real cold weather?



Not many will die. Most gators will bury themselves in the mud with their noses sticking out to breath. They will hibernate until it thaws out. They are hardy TASTY critters.

There I fixed it for ya. I like BBQ gator ribs but fried gator tail is the best grin



HaHAAA! You got that right Sap. I've never had BBQ gator ribs, but I'd love to try. I love fried gator tail but that jaw meat is awfully good too. Buddy of mine's Uncle in Louisiana owns the biggest alligator farm in the US, I used to trade him homemade deer & feral pork sausage for big bags of jaw meat. Long as you cut that fat off it's dang good. I started buying alligator tenderloins and dude.... flehan

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Skinner alligator tenderloins sound good!


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They are delicious fried up, that's the only way I've eaten them.

Had a neighbor just down the road with a 6' gator in their pond. They told me they were worried about one of their little dogs or cats getting eaten by the gator. I said I can fix that problem real quick (legally), and I would share the meat and hide/jaws/whatever as long as I got to take a little meat home to fry up.

You should have seen the look on their faces. roflmao

I was then informed that they are vegetarians, they despise hunting, and they don't allow guns in their house.

I laughed, they quit talking to me. Cool. roflmao

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Their loss, not yours.

My yard opossum survived, he was on the porch last night wanting supper. He was sitting on my fire wood wagon looking in the back door.

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Originally Posted by skinnerback
They are delicious fried up, that's the only way I've eaten them.

Had a neighbor just down the road with a 6' gator in their pond. They told me they were worried about one of their little dogs or cats getting eaten by the gator. I said I can fix that problem real quick (legally), and I would share the meat and hide/jaws/whatever as long as I got to take a little meat home to fry up.

You should have seen the look on their faces. roflmao

I was then informed that they are vegetarians, they despise hunting, and they don't allow guns in their house.

I laughed, they quit talking to me. Cool. roflmao


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BIL sent me this last night.


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This is the ranch that is estimating at least 400 dead axis. Hundreds of dead blackbucks as well. Really sad.
Adios,
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