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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Food Plot Madness and Bow Season Looming!

 
This little guy is typical of the bucks we see this time of year. It is NO indication of what is actually out there.
 Our fawns are universally big and healthy this year, and many does have two. My neighboring farmer who is obsessed with coyote hunting has definitely made a difference.
 These poults look pretty good for August, but I just saw some that were teacup size, and wonder if they will make it..
 Twin fawns on the Far Field.
 Doubles on the East Plot.
 Typically, year around, I have this venture Predator in .223 riding on my ATV. Raising sheep in N. New England, you learn to always have a gun. But check out the next picture...
 
 
This is the bore of that rifle, which I happened to notice by accident. A mud dauber wasp had loaded it an inch deep with wet mud, and had a babe in there. Even after soaking with CLP, I had to pound a cleaning rod through, and then work an hour to smooth the bore. If I had fired a round through this, I would have seen the barrel banana peeled.
 
 
 Below, you see my late afternoon discipline! Bow season opens four weeks from today!
 The latter half of that discipline. Forty yards max, but prefer shots 30 yards and in.
 ATV, sans rifle, headed out for seeding, rolling, sterilizing plots. August 1though 30 is the magic time of year here in Northern N.E.
 Dozens of types of seeds, and mixtures take place in this room before I head out. Plots should be rotated, and year 'round nutrition needs of wildlife should be taken into account.
This is a carpenter bee. They drill absolutely perfect round holes in the camp porch beams, and feed babes in those holes before sealing them off. Then the next June, they fall dead out of the holes. I suppose the babes then hatch and carry on..
 Another little guy.
 Today, I rototilled and limed this plot to be seeded tomorrow. I sort of hated to do it because these little ones have been feeding on it all summer. But if I don't, then come first frost, the clover is gone and there is nothing. So, seed tomorrow and fall feeding through late November can commence!
 A bright red mushroom with white polka dots. No clue...
 These two food plots are hitting stride, and already the deer are nibbling...

 Below, you see the age old rule...
 A typical trail though the farm woods. Clearly delineated, but not overused. Wide enough for an ATV, and with care, a tractor. But mostly used by wildlife.
 We have a half acre of dedicated milkweed plot for the sole use of Monarchs. Back in the 90's we had uncounted numbers of them. This is the only one I have seen this year. Last year also only one came. I do hope people get on the bandwagon with planting milk weed, the ONLY food the Monarchs can raise their young on
Well with 9 food plots in and done, and bow season about to start, we are gearing up at LRDC for a long and prosperous season. Tell me what your plans and hopes are and maybe we can help you achieve them! Write if you can!
jackzeller@myfairpoint.net
 


Friday, July 31, 2015

Mid-Summer at Long Ridge

The doe below is one of the few deer to be visiting this mineral lick this summer. Usually I can fill a camera card in two weeks, with rabbits, bear, fox, deer, bobcat, you name it. This year since spring, perhaps three to four different deer on this lick. No others. Strange...
 We do have a few bucks that have shown some promise. This is probably the best rack seen so far this summer. Which means...exactly nothing. Every year, huge bucks appear in the fall that have never been seen on camera before.
 Earlier in June, I was disappointed with the fawn recruitment numbers, and worried that I had seen only does with one fawn, or none. Come mid-July, out come a lot of does with two! Where have they been? ( Not on out food plots or fields, which we monitor).
 The rocks you see in this food plot surrounded by deer will be removed before rototilling in the next several weeks. I found them in June, and dug with a shovel, but will squeeze a tractor in there next week to remove them. They have been hazing our big rototiller for years.
 Another guy, if not promising this year, will be quite the boy in 2016, if he makes it! Here he is on the East Plot.
 Another spike, ribs and all on the East Plot. It always amazes me that there can be such a difference in the condition of deer in the same area.
 This handsome boy should live for another three years before being hunted. Wish all our neighbors felt that way...
 I simply love seeing the little guys and gals chase each other and play. It is what develops their muscles and reflexes, and allows them to respond to the nasty guy below.
 Another yearling...
 This may be a mom, or a cub. The following picture is definitely a cub...
 Just born below, this early last winter...
 This dude below is in hunting mode, hungry, and ready to kill. Not sure what this coyote is honing in on, but here exists the very reason for those fawns to be running, jumping and practicing every chance they get!

 
 As you can see, no real exceptional pictures here, but an overview of probably half the United States
this time of year. Actually, this year HAS produced fewer exceptional pictures so far, than most other years. The bow is out and tuned, bear season opens in a month, bow season for whitetails in six weeks, and camp fire wood not even complete yet! But I do have two great new food plots going gangbusters, and am about to start rototilling, fertilizing and planting eight or nine others in the next two weeks! Two work days at camp with hunters got us caught up on shooting lanes, adjusting stands, orientation, ATV antics, and more!  I'll keep you posted!
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Last of the Long Ridge Late Spring Pictures

I would guess this long legged bear is on his own for the first time, this spring. A young one, and the first on camera since fall.
 Nice buck on the Far Ridge. Pretty good antlers for mid June. He may end up being a taker. That is, if we do our part!
 Always a pleasure to see the little ones. Same doe and babe in all three pictures. Check out the growth in the several weeks apart the pictures were taken!


 I love seeing them nurse...


 Below you can see a new spring food plot well started. I am hoping the deer will start hitting this in early August
 Here is a second and much larger plot started about two weeks later. You can see it is barely started, but with the rain we are having it will explode. Clover, oats, some beets and other secret things! Not pictured is a plot I have put in that holds a thousand Kale seeds for late, late season forage.
 Now below, this was fun, and just the evening before last. I took an ATV jaunt, and as I crested a rise in the Far Field, I spotted the brown of a deer. She is a good two hundred yards away, and the picture you see is at 10X on my pocket camera. As long as you leave the motor running, watch how close you can get to deer...
I slowly putt up the left side of the field, barely at a crawl...The picture below shows her about 50 yards away from me, not at all concerned. you can see a game camera on the apple tree. In the picture above, you can see the ladder stand in the woods.
 In this last picture I am sitting on my idling Honda about twenty five feet from her. I couldn't get closer because once I entered the 40 inch high grass, the noise made her nervous. She fed with me here for minutes. When I did try to ease closer, she merely walked off and I backed out of there. Fun!

 
Let me know what you are up too! In the next weeks or so, out comes the bow, a bit late, but I'll catch up!
 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Late, Late, Spring Catch UP at LRDC

These two does look like they came through the winter just fine. The one on the left is about to pop! ( You know she has by now.)
 This one below is the exact opposite. Not in good shape at all. I would wager she was a springer that lost her Mom last season, and had no one to show her the ropes. (This is why we don't shoot Mom's with babes!)
 April, up in the pastures behind the farm house. They just pour out of the woods here when it melts...
 Only one on camera since fall. Large, nasty, and hungry!
 Hard to tell whether this doe is in bad shape, or just in the worst of winter coat change! Yikes!
 This doe says "hello fans!"
 Down from the apple tree in the Far Field, another mouse leaves this paradise...
 Another group picture of the North herd...
 And below, a group picture of the Southern herd...
 With turkeys of course...
 Fifty feet from our kitchen window, these guys are in our garden...
 

 A haunting picture I got with my pocket camera. I was walking the pups, who were circling and barking like crazy. These deer simply stood there in the plantation until we passed...

 
 And last, a reminder of early May, at the top of the Near Field
 

OK, now we can get to the things we do in spring, early summer, along with timely pictures of little fawns, bears, and other such things! Soon! Let me know what YOU are up too!
 

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