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Friday, July 29, 2016

Mid Summer Tribulations at Long Ridge

Plenty of game at Long Ridge this summer, and most are fat and healthy. There is
plenty to chow on, but things are not looking too good up ahead. We are in the midst of a nasty drought. We have only two water sources left on the property. Every stream is dry, and the fields are brown, and dead. I put in two new food plots, and a clover planting this spring. The food plots are just OK, but the clover never came up. The perennial plots I have not mowed because it is far too dry. If we begin to get rain we can plow them under and do some fall annuals, but where we'll be mid August is anyone's guess. The acorns are dropping because the oaks cannot sustain them. Apples are being let go now, not even golf ball sized. Below you see an argument at one of our mineral licks.
 
The fawns are mostly twins, and quite robust...
These guys miss their wet streams and frogs!
The doe below has big twins.
A big doe.
 
Below are the twins I mentioned. This is the Tall Stand, within sight of camp.
Another visitor to the mineral lick.
This is a different bear than the mom with triplets.
" why hello there!"

A popular spot.
Slim is beautiful!
We can tell this doe is nursing babes!
A little buck.
Wiley...
Back to the den?

 
 
Tall Stand again...
Flip's Stand
Night time raiders.
Coyotes like to check out the lick.

 
This buck is up on the Far Ridge.
These guys have already whacked some of our chickens.
We'll see what fall brings, and in the meantime, I'll publish again soon because I have so many pictures!
 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Slow Lane at Long Ridge

Things are quiet these days in the woodlands. The canines are all whelped out, the deer are about halfway done fawning, and most turkeys have hatched a clutch. It seems like May was a decent month for poult survival, so fall should see swarms of the turks. Coyote count here is down so fawn recruitment should be pretty good (although the bears ARE doing their best because of early wakeup). The first four pictures below are over a mineral lick.

While this lick is primarily for deer, I have found that critters from rabbits to bobcats use it. two raccoons show on it for the first time.
This large coyote doesn't have his nose in the lick, probably just savoring the smells of creatures he would love to eat.
Many red fox around too. 
The rest of the pictures are on the East Plot, and are all black and white because the color camera is giving me pink pictures. I have to edit the contrast and my only choice is B&W. (all lives matter)The deer below all look in good shape, with the ones having fawned already compared to those about too. Check out the difference.


This is NOT Momma bear, but a loner passing through. Much longer eared.
This is what I call a selfie! Gorgeous!
Ready to drop twins?

here is Mom back with her babes.
Check the little paw up in the air as they wrestle!

Their jobs: romp, wrestle, nurse, nap. That's all folks!


This doe has the flanked out given birth already look. But she looks strong, and should be. There is a TON of food out there!
Questions/comments welcome!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spring Babes at Long Ridge

As spring matures at Long Ridge we are seeing all kinds of game and moms. Below you see the first moose on camera I have since 2009. Never mind the date at the bottom. This is a 10 year old Cuddeback and I cannot set the date correctly. More importantly, look at the chest (zoom in ) of this female and see the massive tick attack on her, and the blood from her rubbing against trees and such, for relief. No wonder their babes die...
Here is a fat doe, a pregnant doe in the height of health about to give birth. We'll have fawn pictures soon!
Here we are on the East plot, with a bear so close that it is impossible to size it. But from the smallish (appearing) ears, we know it is mature. The shine tells us it is healthy.
Second picture off a coyote in 6 months! I'll have to start my vigilance program, and call my neighbor who generally keeps the coyotes wiped out.
Hello there! Wondering what this contraption on the trunk of this tree is!
Raccoons always are part of the mix.
Saw this, immediately thought it must be a moose. I had seen some tracks in the trails, but thought they may be horses. I was wrong. A day later I got the picture above showing this lovely lady. No babe yet...
Of all the babes in the woods I think I love cubs the most. This Momma has three, perhaps four, and we'll follow them through the summer season.
All creatures are important, even the porks!
Nothing cavorts like bear cubs!

Deer DO mix in with the bears occasionally...

This is the picture that left me with the question of whether there are three or FOUR cubs. Check this one closely and tell me how many you see...

Hello camera! I know you are there!

 
No hunter on this land has tagged this big boy yet! But a good and large specimen!
Just deer and porks together...
Yours in Nature!
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