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#2967450 - 10/03/12 06:24 PM Re: question [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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Nothing spectacular, but they are tearing up our fields. They look like they arent growing very well, but it is from the deer hammering them.











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#2968271 - 10/04/12 09:15 AM Re: question [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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I guess no one else is seeing this right now?
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#2968343 - 10/04/12 10:15 AM Re: question [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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 Originally Posted By: JCDEERMAN
 Originally Posted By: BSK
That's very interesting JCDEERMAN. I had my cameras over food plots all September and wasn't getting much. Our food plots don't show much browse pressure at all, even though they are 8-10 inches high.


I think I've talked to you about this before. The time period between pulling cameras off of salt around the first week or 2 of September until when scrape activity starts picking up in mid-late October is, imo, is the toughest time to get pictures of older deer. Acorns start dropping, bucks are shifting ranges,...everything is changing. Do you have exclusion cages up? When looking at our fields, they dont look browsed and I just thought we needed rain. Then we went to a field with a cage, and man oh man. I wish I had a picture of the browse pressure on the field growth

We had all of our fields limed back on Easter weekend. Years we do this, the deer are on clock work with the fields. I dont hunt in fields but do hunt "around" fields 50-200 yards in the evenings. I think the limed fields in combination with all of our 3rd year growth of select cuts are really starting to pay off.

I will try to post a few pics of the bucks here after a while this evening....


Always interesting the see the different feeding patterns of deer in different locations. If your exclusion cages show heavy browse pressure, then that is what is going on. My exclusion cages show very little browse pressure currently, but that will change as the natural forage on my place is frozen back. I strongly suspect the high volume of natural forage growing in our many recent timber cuts is taking a tremendous amount of pressure off our plots. For now...
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#2968374 - 10/04/12 10:27 AM Re: question [Re: BSK]
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AWESOME pictures JCDEERMAN! Yes, your food plots look much more heavily browsed than mine.

One thing I noticed last year (when we had an decent acorn crop) and have also noticed this year, is that the deer are feeding down between the blades of cereals grains and picking out the clovers. last year, we had to top-seed clover back into the plots in late October because the deer had wiped them out. I wonder if the available acorns are meeting the deer's carbohydrate needs, hence they are passing up the cereal grains and concentrating on the protein content of the clovers?
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#2968990 - 10/04/12 06:07 PM Re: question [Re: BSK]
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You'd be surprised. The deer in that particular plot are feeding on BF oats. We have clover in a few fields but they aren't touching it nearly as much as the oats. That's what I find quite odd. I have hundreds of pics like these in all 7 fields and there has been a TON of sparring going on. Though I hunted all weekend over the acorns and didn't see a deer. When the weekend before, I saw 12 on 2 hunts chowing down on acorns. Whatever the case may be, I just hope November brings the does to these fields and ill be off of them a ways. EVERY year and the following 2 years we lime, this is what happens. We just need to stay consistent at it. Money is usually the biggest obstacle \:\(
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#2984832 - 10/16/12 07:13 PM Re: question [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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I have still been gettin pics by my salt lick
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#2984833 - 10/16/12 07:13 PM Re: question [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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I have still been gettin pics by my salt lick
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#2984835 - 10/16/12 07:14 PM Re: question [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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I hae still been gettin pics by my salt licks
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