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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Mid-Summer at Long Ridge 2017

Mid-summer has arrived here at Long Ridge, and cameras are starting to show great growth on this year's bucks and fawns' This yearling is doing fine, and I hope he lives to become a trophy some day.

This fawn is on the Far ridge, and has good size. lots of fawn around though I don't see the numbers of twins and triplets I did last year.
This would be it's Mom.
Another little buck.;
Fertilizing and liming the East Ridge.
I am using a very spreadable lime that I get from Agway. It spreads easily with a small fertilizer spreader. It is not pelletized but rather named 'granular' lime.
The next step of course is too rototill about four inches to mix it all in.
I do my math and footage ahead of time just as I do for food plot clients.
Without a lab soil test, the New England rule of thumb is 2-3 tons of lime per acre. Because clients food plots are rarely an acre (most of mine are not either) I put this table together for quick reference.
The BEST method of course is to have a professional soil test done.
The two pictures below are for organizing the fall food plot plantings. I believe in rotating types of planting, so I keep good records of what goes where each year.

Below is a sample of a laboratory lab test.

Caught by a game camera!
Look at who gets caught on camera the next day...
And a week later check out this handsome eight pointer. I had about twenty pictures of this dude...quite a curious guy. Hope he remains so during the hunt!

The doe and fawn shown are a bit blurry because I was on the John Deere and those diesels vibrate!
A different pair and little one racing around for fun...

A big mouthful of Prograze about 2 weeks after planting.
Tons of turkeys every day in the Far Fields but hardly any poults. I think we had a huge wet spring die-off.
Below are East Plot photos. Moms and playful fawns.

A closeup!

Exercise and health!
Can't leave out the Pork. Not a good night picture but far superior to the night pictures my Moultrie cameras give. They are so bad that the company should be embarrassed.
I do have my bow target set up and am practicing daily. My release gave out so I purchased a Cobra 'Serpeant' and like it a lot. All my releases have always been Cobras. Wait, I've only had one. My first release was bought in 1994 and it has served me well for 23 years until the velcro wore out! I figured the company deserved another chance!
Let me know what you are all up too!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Long Ridge Early Summer Things

It has been a wet summer so far on the farm this year. Not much boating time at all, but I did manage to get in two food plots and one way up on the East Ridge. Of course the day after I seeded it we had torrential rains, so I'll wait a bit and re-seed if I have too. Below is me, doing my almost favorite thing...retrieving camera cards.

 I never had daisies like this until I planted a food plot here two years ago. After it was eaten off and died, this is what replaced it. They're beautiful and the deer love to bed in them. 
 This young guy visits behind the kitchen every day, and for the last week has been bringing his lady friend with him. She has no poults so must have lost them to the wet conditions. Perhaps she is attempting to re-clutch. I hope so!

 This is a Dunstan Chestnut tree. It is screened to protect it from deer. I planted three, and have high hopes for these blight resistant trees to produce nuts within five years.
 Galloping into the East Plot.
 Covering my back trail...
 Antlers in close!
 Another young bear.
 Nice profile and face shots of a handsome buck.

 No chicks with this lady either...
 Little and looks a bit thin to me.
 This is a strange camera malfunction, but a beautiful profile shot of a deer! I do not know how the pink got in there! 
As it's July, I am late in setting up my bow target. If it dries out this week, I'll get to it and try to sharpen my eye. Bow season is two months away!

Comments and inquiries welcome!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Middle Spring at LRDC

Things have been quiet and wet on the farm this spring. Lots of babies, and lots of rain. The turkey's nestings got blown out by weather, but most managed to re-nest and re-lay, and by late June finally I was seeing tea cup sized babes. Fawns are everywhere, I drive my tractor to the log landings, I jump fawns. I drive near my fields I jump fawns. I cannot walk the dogs past camp or we jump fawns and turkey babes. I love it. I have planted two food plots in the Far Field, and will fertilize them this week. Next week I will plant a summer crop on the East Ridge. The rest is maintenance. Next job I
have to do (six months late) is to loosen all tree stands so the trees can grow, and bring in the seats, those which the squirrels have not already ruined...and now - summer is here, and haying is upon us, along with boating and summer sports! Enjoy!

This is one of two coyotes I have filmed in six months. They are simply rare around the farm these days...

A bear clearly tore this stump of an old hemlock. I hope he found the grubs and bugs he was looking for...

Below, I am not so sure of. At first glance it appears to be the work of a moose. But the rip was from the top down, which would speak against that. Also, it was about five feet from the hemlock shown above. Tell me what you think!

A spring bear, and I am guessing that he is about two years old, Mom has booted him (because of new cubs) and he is wandering. Am I wrong?

A preggy Mom...

A left over eyes in the headlights winter picture...

Our guy again...or gal.

Concord gun show...had a great time, met some interesting folks, and some uninteresting folks.

 Let me know what YOU are doing, and hope you enjoy the pictures!
Comments are welcome.

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