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#284213 - 07/01/07 07:53 AM Did the late spring drought do much harm?
Wes Parrish
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The drought is OVER in my primary TN hunting area, but maybe not all of TN. (And more hard rain this morning!)

But seeing that it's been "nipped in the bud" now over much of TN . . . . .Was the late spring drought enough to cause much harm to this year's antler growth?

At least in my hunting area (which did not experience as severe a drought as many areas), I say "NO" (for Stewart Co.), particularly since antler-growing should be essentially over before we could have another severe dry spell. So considering 2006's bumper acorn crop and mild winter, I'm still expecting all ages classes to have better than normal antler growth for 2007.

How's it looking now in your area?

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#284224 - 07/01/07 08:17 AM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: Wes Parrish]
TOW
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Until recently it was pretty dry up here too.

We also had a late cold spell and heavy frost.

Those two factors might impact the mast which could have an effect on next year's antler growth.

Mast last year was almost non-existant too.
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#284356 - 07/01/07 09:48 AM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: ]
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We shall see...
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#285357 - 07/01/07 10:57 PM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: BSK]
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I don't think it will do too much harm, but I haven't seen any of the bucks I passed up last season yet so it will be hard to tell until I can get a good look at them in late august. I have found a big buck that as of right now would go 140 as an 8pt if he shedded his velvet right now.
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#285445 - 07/02/07 07:20 AM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: 156p&y]
TOW
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DoubleD,

Southern Indiana.

The mast was spotty here last year.Most oaks didn't produce at all. If you found one that was dropping you had a deer magnet.

The year before was acorns everywhere. Deer did not have to move far to eat.



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#285447 - 07/02/07 07:21 AM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: 156p&y]
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Not this year . This buck is off to a decent start .

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#285500 - 07/02/07 08:08 AM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: Radar]
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While picking blackberries yesterday I had the chance to really scrutinize browse pressure. From what I saw, I don't think deer that had access to early stage regrowth (over-grown weedy areas) suffered much. I was finding top-choice food sources that were not heavily browsed. Now areas without much early-stage regrowth (large expanses of complete forest cover) may be a different story.
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#285501 - 07/02/07 08:09 AM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: BSK]
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Radar,

I think this guy is doing fairly well...

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#285711 - 07/02/07 11:55 AM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: BSK]
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Nice buck , BSK ! Good height and width . When was that picture taken ?
I need to get out to Hickman county and check my trail cam card and track the progress of this buck I have been getting pics. of . He will probably be an average 100 class 8 pt. , nothing compared to the one you got pics. of , but good for this area .
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#285735 - 07/02/07 12:24 PM Re: Did the late spring drought do much harm? [Re: Radar]
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Picture were taken at 4:07 AM and 4:13 AM, respectively, Friday morning the 29th of June.
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