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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mid-August Musings at LRDC

As you know, all of August is pretty much taken up with bow practice, planting the fall food plots, mowing the perennial plots, and general upkeep. Yesterday several camp members and I hit the woods and visited all but one stand. We tightened straps, added new ratchets to keep them safe, replaced pull up ropes, and maintained them in general. One stand required moving a twenty foot ladder and the stand itself, major work was accomplished. Below are some does and babes. Survival at Long Ridge this year is way ahead of last year, I believe because the mild winter allowed the does to enter birthing season in so much better shape.

Here is a nice bear crossing a mineral lick. We are seeing a lot of bears crossing roads, in fields and on camera - more than last year I think. They are a major predator of fawns during their first several weeks of life, but recruitment still seems high this year.
Same mom and baby as on the 4th...

Check the paths meandering though this lush clover patch. The deer are feeding heavily here, as we had hoped. The last week has seen a major acorn drop, so the perennial plots will get a slight break.
If you look closely below, you can see a doe staring at me from another field. I am about 150 yards away in another field with woods in between us. Just to her right, but barely discernable in the picture is her fawn. 
The fawn below is not at Long Ridge. I was on a food plot consulting job when my client and I startled this fawn, who simply jumped up and stared, as we backtracked across the hill.
Food plotting below several weeks ago. This plot is already 6 inches tall.
Full moon over deer camp.
Another food plot seeded...
And another...
And so there you have this month finishing up. A few touches and we are done. Bow season starts in three weeks, bear season in one. What are YOU doing to get ready?


  1. Hi Jack! Great pictures from your trial camera. Our hunting season has begun now in Sweden on different animals. Wild boars are for example now with dog hunting. This weekend started on ptarmigan in north of Sweden. My man is going this weekend for 4 days hunting.
    We do check ups on our hunting area like , look over the towers we sit in on the moose hunt. Build new ones, grub away small trees , shooting training is all over the year.
    I have to do some more training with my dogs before 1st Oct when we start roe hunting with our dachshunds.

  2. Eagerly waiting for Bow season and nice captures Jack.

  3. Good pix Jack! Enjoy seeing what other hunting grounds look like! Animals are getting plenty to eat! Have you come across the bear while out and about on your wheeler?


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