Upstate Obsession

Discussion in 'Property Tours' started by Elkaddict, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. KSQ2

    KSQ2 Well-Known Member

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    Fall colors are music to the eyes. You have quite symphony playing in that landscape picture. Nice deer too!
     
  2. Elkaddict

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    Another season comes to an end. Being able to live on our upstate property during the pandemic was a treat. I got out for an hour or two 3 or 4x a week during the archery, rifle and MZ season (10/1 through 12/22). Archery was fantastic-I saw and had an opportunity at 5 different 41/2+ year old bucks. Most of the encounters were at 45-55 yds. Standing, I can make that shot 10 out of 10 times. Sitting like I was, it drops to 8 out of ten so I never released an arrow. I did pass several 31/2 year old deer up close. Rifle season started well after the peak of the rut and only one of my target bucks made an appearance. He was so broken up I decided to see what he’d look at next year. I passed numerous smaller deer, and one evening had 37 deer in one of our 6 acre plot complexes at the same time. MZ season only brought opportunities at does. Because of a 30” snowfall, most of the deer yarded up. Ultimately, on my last sit, the MZ belched fire and smoke and I harvested a dry doe.

    We had real challenges in the plots with an infestation of lambs quarter. I believe my normal buffet plantings will have to wait for a few years while I use RR corn and beans. The lambsquarter actually out grew and swallowed up the brassicas under the modest drought conditions we had. Consequently, I calculated my brassica production at 25% of normal. This was offset by my best corn crop and very heavy acorn production.
    Another challenge was the Covid brought heavier hunting pressure than we’ve ever had. Because I never heard a shot on our place, I haven’t checked the 30+ camera traps I have set up.... I need some of the snow to melt before I can collect cameras and review video footage. I will prosecute and sue any trespassers I can identify. I’m particularly interest in checking one boundary where some down state cops were hunting. They actually ran off a friend who had permission to hunt the adjoining property. There will be hell to pay if I catch them on video (that boundary has signs every 100’ or so when the law only requires every 660’).

    I'm real interested in seeing how many of the older bucks survived. The property to the west of us sounded like a shooting gallery at times.

    On balance, I’m pleased with the season. I had lots of opportunities and had some quality time.

    l’ve got plans for next year in the works. I’m going to plant grain within 40 yards of our archery blinds. I’ve learned there really is no better draw during October on my place, including thick lush clover.

    The only thing that remains is the RR beans vs. corn vs alfalfa decision to try to beat back the lambsquarter infestation.

    I’ll have some quality time to debate the subject as I’m headed to TX for my annual archery wild boar/deer hunt in TX with my boys/ brothers/nephews.
     
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    My deer like lambs quarter more than brassicas. Did you notice browsing on it?
    Also, those mono cultures of LQ don’t happen every year. You need the right climatic conditions to get that.


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  4. Elkaddict

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    Very little compared to the brassicas.
     
  5. Mennoniteman

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    Your deer must be starving. I haven't ever seen browsing on lambsquarter. Or maybe it's an aquired taste. But I'm definitely interested and keeping an eye on it from here on out. If our deer start nibbling lambsquarter I will let a whole field go up in the stuff. It'll be the easiest food plot ever. Maybe even mix it with ragweed...
     
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    E0187E3C-7E75-4869-B5CC-367567F29C80.jpeg You ready for some spring weather? We’ve had this kind of accumulation since late November. Deer aren’t even trying to dig for brassicas. They’re surviving off of abundant browse and what remains of 5 acres of corn. One of the reasons I’ve been reluctant to jump on the soybean bandwagon is they’d be all but useless. 89763C30-DD89-412C-9ACF-E856B30497DB.jpeg 18861FE7-BF27-44F9-A66C-656009B1B049.jpeg 89763C30-DD89-412C-9ACF-E856B30497DB.jpeg
     
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    The depth of that snow is amazing to me. The big one we just had is melting off and we are supposed to be warm again this week.

    I walked around yesterday looking for what deer were eating during the recent bad spell. I couldn't find anything browsed better than Japanese Honeysuckle. You could easily find the browse line where it climbed up on trees.
     
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    I hope you get a thaw very soon Tom. Your food supply, planted and natural browse is really doing its job. Three months of that kind of snow levels would test any deer habitat to its limit. If this keeps up you will need to considering adding sidewalks for the deer to help them thru winter. The picture below was on News Junky, reportedly it was taken in the village of Adams, NY. Apparently the deer in Adams have learned that sidewalks are a great way to travel in the late dark hours when the snow starts to get deep.
    Seriously though great job on your food program to help get the deer in your area thru this snow-filled winter.
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    Dave, I chuckled at your sidewalk comment. I’ve been taking the big tractor and making trails with the tires from the edge of the bedding areas to the plots.... Perhaps it’s not making a difference but at least I’m trying.... I’m upbeat about the forecast as we are looking at 2 consecutive days in the 30s for the first time since November. Looking forward to a little less of the white stuff. Turkey season is now only 67 days away. The thunder chickens are also in the corn daily.
     
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    I do the same, anything to reduce stress! Let’s hope the weather helps, it started raining tonight south of Syracuse


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