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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!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Winter is Broken at Long Ridge Deer Camp!

 
 Winter's back is broken just this week. It has hit 40 degrees at times, and we only have about 14 inches of snow left in the front yard. To be sure, there is much more up on the North slopes in the woods, but spring is in the air! The first two pictures of deer are from back in January, when we had no idea how nasty a winter this would be...
 


 Below is the LRDC herd as of yesterday, and they all look fairly vigorous. I put out a bit of corn to take inventory. This group comes from the Southern tier where they yard up in thick hemlocks, about 2-3 hundred yards away.
 This Gray fox also seems to be OK. The 2-3 feet of constant and fluffy snow all winter made it nearly impossible for these guys and coyotes to move. Many starved. We had below zero temps for weeks at a time, and no let up in storms. Now crusts are forming in the warmer days, and these guys can travel at night to hunt now. They are whelping out this month.
 I went in camp today and found it to be forty degrees! A week ago, it was 8 degrees in here, and three weeks ago, -10 degrees! Anyway, the bags of seed are beginning to accumulate for spring plantings...
 

 While the snowmobiles are not quite done, the writing is on the wall, and pretty soon, these guys come out of hibernation and go to work (and pleasure).
 This is the near field, just South of camp. The plowed road across it is my logging road, and leads to where I clear a place for the deer above the Christmas tree plantation. In three weeks it will be too soft to travel on.
 This is lonely and forsaken LRDC today. Where I have cleared it is thawing out fast, and as soon as we have bare ground, campfire wood will begin to appear between these posts!
 
It may seem premature to be thinking of deer season this early, but in reality, there is so much to do, we'll hardly be ready for September. If you ever thought of starting your own deer camp, no matter where you live, or whatever your resources, now is the time to start planning. Not sure where to start?
Email me!


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
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