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Friday, September 1, 2017

Pre-Archery at Long Ridge Deer Camp

This may be the biggest Bobcat I have on camera in several years! Handsome.

Oh, the irony! Eating apples in front of my bow target at deer camp!
 But Mom knows the camera is there,
 ...but doesn't care!
 Sees the archery target...
 ...but doesn't care!
 Apples take priority this time of year. And there are tons of them once again.
 Some are a real mouthful.
 Hey, we all eat apples!
 My guess is these spots will disappear in several weeks.
Far Field turkey.
Far Field duo.
This camera is at the base of an apple tree in the far Field..
More turks and no babes!
Not as many twins and triplets as last year, but still some out there!
Next two pictures are out on the East Plot

Full alert in the mist...

Bow season starts in two weeks, but I broke the peep on my string, so in it goes to the shop. I am satisfied with my practices though, still going out to 40 yards, but I do try to keep all my hunting shots not much more than thirty. I still use relatively heavy aluminum arrows and the 125 grain Montec broad heads. They never seem to fail. Almost all the deer I have shot with this combo (at 60 lbs.) fold up in sight, even in thick woods. Bear season opens today, and I am contemplating a bait. I'll keep you posted. Our camps are scheduled, and it looks to be an exciting season. Good luck to you all! Comment and emails welcome!

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!

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