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Miserable
« on: July 20, 2018, 06:40:32 PM »
It's just miserable hot down here in southeast Texas. It's 8:30pm and it's 91°, feels like 101°.  Temps to reach 100+ for the next few days.    8)


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Re: Miserable
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2018, 03:52:03 AM »
It is hot here in Roswell, NM too. We hit 105° yesterday. Looking at the weather info, Medina, is supposed to hit 109° Monday! Maybe it's those Russians again?
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Re: Miserable
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2018, 04:42:09 AM »
Alan, I still think it's the little green men there. :D  102 here yesterday higher today.  Wow talking about cabin fever.  Shot a couple yesterday and the pellets splattered on the target LOL
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Re: Miserable
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2018, 05:11:23 AM »
Warm all over. It's pushing a hundy here inland too. That's why I'm getting some fishing gear ready this morning and making the half hour drive to the ocean for some salmon and halibut fishing. Current temp there is around 60 and if the fog burns off it may hit 70 in the afternoon.

I will definitely miss 'nature's air conditioner' when I move to Idaho next year.
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Re: Miserable
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2018, 07:22:07 AM »
Yes, getting off early in the morn is about the only solution. The last three mornings, I've managed to get out to the ranch before sun up. I was a bit later this morning, but still got 7 Eurasian doves. I just wish they weren't so darn hard to clean!
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Re: Miserable
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2018, 07:58:00 AM »
Man I put in about 80 hours this week. No time to shoot. I'm at work now. I guess the only good thing about working right now is I'm in the AC.
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Re: Miserable
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2018, 09:36:55 AM »
Man I put in about 80 hours this week. No time to shoot. I'm at work now. I guess the only good thing about working right now is I'm in the AC.
I know that's right, I don't even open the door.  Plus we getting more of that Saharan dust also.
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Re: Miserable
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2018, 01:26:39 PM »
Hot, humid, and rainy here.

In decades past it was normal to have rain every day in the summertime. Then a 20 year “drought” started, which by our standards means rain simply becomes sporatic.

Looks like our normal rain cycle is returning. Its great for my blueberries and food plots. Miserable for working outside in.

I was about to go sit on the stand and do a deer depredation hunt. Then I remembered I left my camo on the clothesline when a strong downpour came. I guess I’ll just hang out at home tonight.

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Re: Miserable
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2018, 04:58:26 PM »
Hot, humid, and rainy here.

In decades past it was normal to have rain every day in the summertime. Then a 20 year “drought” started, which by our standards means rain simply becomes sporatic.

Looks like our normal rain cycle is returning. Its great for my blueberries and food plots. Miserable for working outside in.

I was about to go sit on the stand and do a deer depredation hunt. Then I remembered I left my camo on the clothesline when a strong downpour came. I guess I’ll just hang out at home tonight.

I left Florida for California and there is very little about the sunshine that I miss. The heat and humidity just about killed me. When I left I worked for city government and had to wear a coat and tie. Only a damn yankee would create and enforce such a rule in August.
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Re: Miserable
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2018, 08:48:04 PM »
I left Florida for California and there is very little about the sunshine that I miss. The heat and humidity just about killed me. When I left I worked for city government and had to wear a coat and tie. Only a damn yankee would create and enforce such a rule in August.

I also have to wear a suit and tie and it is miserable. I enjoy the heat and humidity on some level just because it defines home for me. Being in the woods though can be very miserable this time of year. And I now live in the woods so I really feel it.

I ended up sitting on the stand this evening. It turned out to be an OK evening. By the time the clouds rolled out the sun was low so it stayed somewhat cool. I didn't see a deer until I walked back to the house. I have one street light above a shed that overlooks the pond in my front yard and I keep a clothes line there for hanging my hunting clothes on between hunts. There was a doe staring at me from the edge of the light as I was hanging my ghillie. Figures I spent about 8 hours on the stand today and I had to walk home to see a deer.

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Re: Miserable
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2018, 08:28:33 AM »
LOL...I totally get it. I have an ancient ungroomed apple orchard in my backyard. I have to watch deer feeding 25' from my bedroom window everyday. Currently two adult does each with twin fawns. Last year's twin spikes have moved off to other territories. I haven't seen a buck here in two months. Not surprising...they're bachelored up and borrowed into a draw somewhere. Last year was like that too. Our opening day is the second Saturday in August for rifle (archery is open now, but I don't bow hunt), and last year I didn't see a buck until the 4th week of the season. Then I was covered up in bucks for the last couple of weeks of the season.

I'm hoping that the two bruisers I saw the week after season closed will a) still be alive, and b) make a mistake and pop out earlier this year. We hunt pre-rut here and it makes it tough because the deer don't move. Last year there were two bucks that were way bigger than my PB that were chasing does around. One a smallish 4x4 with eye guards and the other an amazingly wide gnarled and twisted 2x3. Either of these would be beyond my wildest dreams for a home-turf Columbian Blacktail. My private hunting areas are OK and most guys would sell their first born for the access, but in relation to the surrounding properties it is average at best. More appropriate for cattle than hunting. That being said, I'm very fortunate to have three different places that range from my house to 15 minutes away.

My only selfish regret is that airguns are not legal in CA for taking big game. I've had so much practice with my big bore that it would be a chance of a lifetime (that's not an exaggeration) to take a PB blacktail with the Texan. I have some great spots top set up too that would allow me to have a sub 100 yard shot. Oh well. The new Remington .308 hasn't drawn first blood yet either so I guess I'll just have to 'settle' for that.

Below is a pic I took last year when I was picking blackberries. The buck is that big gnarled 3x2. Can't see his points through the grass, but the fact that you can't speaks volumes. He's wiiiiide.

Stay cool.
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Re: Miserable
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2018, 11:44:05 AM »
Our whitetails on the peninsula are very much like your Columbia Blacktails. Small and very secretive. The average weight of our does is around 70lbs and bucks go 120-140lbs. Some of the richer farmland can produce larger deer.

My blueberry farm is 40 acres when taken into the aggregate (my brother owns the north 10 acres and I own the south 30). I'm surrounded by hundreds of acres of pine flat woods and bay tree swamps on all sides and I'm 1 mile off of a river. My blueberries draw deer from all around. Like much of north Florida, the buck to doe ratio is very skewed. An actual scientific number doesn't exist, but an eyeball estimate combined with low breeding results would indicate its 8 or 10 to 1 in favor of does. That's due to about a century of prohibition of doe harvest in Florida as well as poaching practices that kill bucks of all sizes and often spare does of breeding age (so they make another generation of bucks of the poacher in his territory). Thus, I have virtually no bucks on my farm for most of the year. Poaching is very bad around here. Some people in north Florida still have a pioneer mentality. Which would be fine if they only took what they needed to live off of. But a lot of the local poachers kill 20 or more deer a year and trade some of the meat for cash, drugs, or other commodities.

Things are also complicated by the fact that many localities in Florida don't have a defined rut, and the ones that do can vary from each other by several months. The rut in south Florida is in July. Around here its November. just SW of me its August. And then where the does are out of balance there's too many does to breed so some get missed and they come back into heat again and again until they get bred. That causes fawns to get dropped individually thruout the summer and they become easier pickings for coyotes or bear.

Its not all bad though. Its a meat hunter's paradise. I expect to put about 10 in my freezer this year and I'll be living on venison for many, many, months. Does can be harvested thruout archery season and during a small window in rifle season. There's no seasonal bag limit. 2 deer a day every day of the season, only one can be a doe during the doe harvesting periods.
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