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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!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Almost....that is, Almost, May at LRDC

We keep hoping...this morning on April 23, I walked the pups in a raging blizzard. It didn't last long, but while it did visibility was about 100 feet...flurries like that all day long. At noon I had range training, and it snowed there too! But back to deer Camp...below is a picture that is almost haunting to me. It is 5 PM and I was walking the pups across the Near Field. At the top, a hundred yards away, these deer stared at us but never ran away. The Shelties were barking and running in large circles, but the deer never moved. Cool.
Here is the first coyote I have on camera in five months, and it is a very large and nasty looking one.
 Up in the fields behind the farm, about eight to twelve deer come out in the evenings and mornings to feed.
 Below is a different herd, feeding across the road up behind the Christmas tree plantation
 Well hello! Face on!
 Plenty of turkeys did survive this nasty winter. We were worried, and there were reports of them falling from the trees, dead of starvation, onto the snowmobile trails. Apparently many of them were able to tree bud through the winter, as they certainly could not walk at all through 20-30 inches of powder. Just around the farm we have at least six large toms, and a dozen hens/jakes.
 Our pals, just fifty feet from our kitchen window, in the garden of course.
 This is the Far Ridge Plot, the farthest from LRDC, and the snow and ice is nearly gone!

 What is spring in America without the raucous call of the crow!
We are looking forward to the greening of the Connecticut Valley and the attendant babes that emerge.
Keep us posted on your areas!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Last Hurrah for March @ LRDC

          This morning it was 30 degrees and snowing like crazy, so I decided to haul out some trees I had previously cut. These are trees around the Tall Stand food plot, in hopes that I can get a little more fall sun on the plot to give better growth. To say nothing of the four cords we burn over the winter.                           

Of course after all that work, I decided to treat myself to a two hour hike on snowshoes again. Once up in the woods I found plenty of places with 20+ inches still on the ground. North slopes mostly. These are the best snowshoes I have ever owned, they are Sherpas. I have only owned three pairs in my lifetime, the first being a set of bear paws, which were always a bit difficult for me to maneuver in tight spots. They got stolen when I was in college, so my next pair was an authentic indian made pair of real moose hide snowshoes. Pretty, expensive, and useless. Great in powder, but wet snow, ice, and water would stick to them until I didn't have the strength to lift them. Yard saled. These Sherpas are perfect, but just discovered that the company no longer exists. Not sure what happened...
Got into a pretty heavy deer yard on my land, and found hundreds of hemlocks stripped like this one for winter food. I found about twenty beds of varying ages and sizes, mostly on ridge tops and southern exposure. I did find a few in thick hemlocks on the steep northern side of hills though. That was a surprise.
Back at deer camp, it was cozy at 35 degrees, and perfect for a late afternoon snack!
There were several inches of snow on all the hemlock branches and this constantly cascaded down on my rifle. Bolt pulled, waiting to dry and then we'll clean and lube once again!
Below are some of the deer that have been making the beds I found. Most groups have been in fine shape through the winter but a few of this group are absolutely gaunt. Hope this little guy makes it...
 Mr. gray, back again.
 Mr. and Mrs. I am sure. Babes in one of these.
 Mom and spring babes. Looking in good shape.
These guys could use some green food!
A shot of the deep woods deer yard I was in today...

 Hope you are all able to get outside some, the weather is great!


Friday, March 20, 2015

March at It's Worst at Long Ridge

Entering the last week of March here in New Hampshire, and it is snowing like mad, 18 degrees and beautiful. The beauty of course is only that those nasty winds from the hinterlands have gone away. It is calm out, and I just stood in the woods and listened to it snow. With the pups. Cool.
I took a snow shoe hike yesterday, and lugged my venture predator in case a stray Coyote heaved into sight (none did). I saw only deer and fox tracks. No coyote, fisher, squirrel, raccoon, grouse.
 I did come across these two very large deer beds. These are not in a yard, or in evergreens, but quite out in the open, a ridge behind, and a long sloping hill down on the other. A great vantage point, and I would guess these were two bucks bedding together.

 Gorgeous view from the Overlook, Monadnock is a bit to the right, and quite small from here. Just below me in the talus are some several dens. Raccoons, porcupine, bobcat and fisher use the rock slopes during the winter.
Meanwhile back near camp here is a healthy looking doe, quite pregnant. Hang in there mama!
 Mom and last spring's babe eating together (Mom won't tolerate any others this way, attesting to the large wads of hair I find quite often...)
 Not sure of this gray is chasing something or just running through.
 Second picture of a raccoon this spring.
 More of the herd.
 And here is a dual shot of a bluejay in flight, and the top of a rabbit raiding our bird feeder. Mr. Rabbit appears to be spending the winter across the road under the studio.
So while it is still winter here, with every stream and river frozen solid still, life is appearing, and the bird songs are changing. The sap should be running, but is not. It is very sporadic, and I am afraid this season will end before we get a decent amount of sugar! Let me know what you are up too!
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