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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Long Ridge Deer Camp Catch UP Number Two

This early fall doe is very curious about this mock scrape near the East Plot. I had many different bucks and does visit this scrape. It is the first mock scrape I have EVER had decent results with, and I have learned the secret!
 Just another little guy on feed.
 This is the only picture I got this year of deer shedding velvet. This guy is almost done.
 The two little fellows we have been watching all summer made great growth by September!
 
 Dec-Jan Annual Long Ridge Deer Census. Plenty survived the season!
 Camp one, early November. Luna the Sheltie standing watch.
 Bruce's delicious sauces always make venison, moose etc. so much better!
 venison stir fries almost as good.
Camp two, and time to bunk in...Kalie, our other Sheltie loves to camp out too!
 
 
 Nasty looking coyote up behind the Christmas tree plantation.

 
 Adam's buck taken during Camp two
 Last camp below saw some snow. We had some great hunts, saw tons of deer and already planning next year.
Comments and questions welcome!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Catching Up With Long Ridge Deer Camp

I have not posted a blog from Long Ridge since September, and there are many reasons for that. But I am now back, and will, in the next four postings, bring you up to date on what's been going on, out fall hunts, and other news... below is a night shot of an owl taking some rodent from the Far Ridge ..Reminds me of the shot I got of a skunk meeting his maker at the hands of a Great Horned some years ago.
 
 Been following this family of bears all summer, and here in the fall this little guy shows good growth!
 The buck below, and the one right behind him were prime deer camp targets this season! And no, we never got either...
 Another shot, another beauty...
 Tons of deer.
 Here is Mr. tricky again...
 Coyote with deer leg in mouth...I believe a youngster...
 One of the cubs a few months earlier.
 A spar or fight, who knows...The date is just on the cusp.
 
I will follow this blog with more pictures, and getting to the camp adventures this fall...
 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Headlong Into Hunting at Longridge

OK, we are all ready to start hunting at Long Ridge. There won't be any early bow hunting here because I do not want to heat up the stands before regular deer camp season. We may have a 'bow hunting' day, but that would be the extent of it. Because we are a QDMA parcel, we watch what we do... check out these bear babes below. They were not born on this property but have shown on multiple cameras...
 
I have never, in twenty years of managing deer property seen so many fawns survive as this year. Tons of bears, a scatter of coyotes, and still, almost every doe has a fawn or two or three!

This boy is just one of many that we have our eyes on...


Not sure what spooked this deer, but it might have been the camera...
Little guys, running, training, and learning to survive...they really do beat up the food plots..(and we don't mind)

A taker...



This week we tighten up the straps on the stands, replace those that are worn, put broad  heads on our arrows, and hit the woods. I wish you all luck and skill in your hunting endeavors! Jack
 
jackzeller@myfairpoint.net

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

End of Spring at Long Ridge

Spring around the farm and camp has gone as it usually does. Too much to do, too little time to do it...After the homestead winter clean-up, there are trails to clear from the inevitable blow downs. My ATV below is actually lightly loaded for this particular outing. I'll often have all of this plus 3/4 bags of lime and fertilizer. When revitalizing plots way out, this is the only way to go.
 I watched this early spring Robin build her entire nest, which turned out to be a decoy. She built three more at camp, and then snuck off to a sheep shed where she has successfully fledged three babes.
 This picture is at the Far Field clover plot and this is the first coyote I have on camera in 6 months! (unfortunately there are two more following this one). A neighboring farmer shot 14 over the winter and pretty much cleared the area of them, so there was very little deer kill here. But 'we're baaaack!'
 This little guy is doing OK for sure, and feeds here nearly every day (and night).
 This sweet little babe is following mom across the West Plot. First spring fawn caught on camera. Hope to see LOTS more!
 First bear on camera also for this spring, and in my opinion, bears take more fawns than coyotes. This looks to be about two years.
 A second little guy I'll pass on in the fall.
 If this guy below keeps up at this rate he may be a taker come season!
 I always love to see these little bucks (it always seems to be little bucks) mess with the turkeys. The birds are not the least worried, and simply dodge around until the deer get bored with the game.
 These beautiful Pink Slippers always love to grow in the trails so for several weeks I have to skirt them with care when on an ATV. There were tons this spring, many more than normal.
We've seeded two more smaller clover plots this spring and a larger plot with a mix that I found at a box store for 60% off after last deer season. No idea whether it will perform, but for 8 bucks I couldn't pass on it. With the rain we just had, I'll motor out to check all the plots today. It's already time to start planning and prepping your fall plots. No need to spray yet (let the deer enjoy what is there for the summer) but now is an excellent time to lime. That way any fertilizer you add in the fall when you plant can be fully utilized.
Oh, one more thing. Time to put up your archery targets!
If you want a reply to a comment or have any questions, please contact me at jackzeller@myfairpoint.net 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April Ramblings at LRDC

This Fisher is the only and first creature to visit this remote mineral lick this spring. I suspect when things green up, higher on the ridges, the deer and bear will begin to hit this.
 I found that our soft and muddy spring trails had been churned up in good shape, and did a little investigating. This youngster, driving a '301' ATV (anyone know who makes that?) did dig up some food plots and in general spin out and have fun. I back trailed this machine, and this photo goes
to the local game warden. Last Thanksgiving I had my first game camera stolen, and almost posted the land. This may seal the deal. I have posted against bringing dogs and ATV's on the property but NEVER have I contemplated No Trespassing until now... 
 This peaceful morning scene found a cloud moving in and for twenty five minutes, we couldn't see 200 yards. Gorgeous!
 Below is inside camp in April. Damp, cold, unorganized, and messy. Not 12 below zero like January, but not comfortable at all.
 The two beagles you see below belong to a neighbor. They are brother and sister, named Cookie and Buddy. They are trained hunters and busted out a few weeks ago, probably on deer and ran all day. They always end up here. They are over ten years old and are exhausted. We take them in, feed, water and rest them, and then call their owner.
 Sadly, we learned Cookie passed away during the night, two days after we
last brought them in. I'll just bet Buddy misses his sister...
 

 Here is the last deer bed I found in the snow, right in the Near Field.
 Luna, our Sheltie, and lover of cold. The colder the better and she always seeks out snow. It's all gone over the past week and she still looks for it. By May 1st, I will restrict our pups to the road and around the house. The does will be dropping fawns within a hundred yards of us to avoid bears and coyotes. They do NOT need our nosy pups in their faces!
 And last, the latest full moon shot from camp porch.
Remember, frost over seeding needs to be done by now or it will be too late. Get your plots in shape!
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