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1 hour ago, Judge Roybeanbag said:

Where is that, Wally?

Black Hills, about 3-4 miles east of Mt. Rushmore. Trail cam is only 150’ from our cabin. 

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2 minutes ago, ImissWallyPryor said:

Black Hills, about 3-4 miles east of Mt. Rushmore. Trail cam is only 150’ from our cabin. 

Thanks, was just making sure it wasn’t Austin, before I posted it on Nextdoor and riled up Barton Hills.  “They feed on homeless people!”

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No, these cats - like deer - are noticeably bigger. I have a friend who has bagged a number of Black Hills mountain lions over the past 15 years. I think only one, maybe two, (females) were under 150#.

I hadn’t gone out to the cabin for over 2 months, and that trail cam had gotten knocked out of position. I had partial shots of cougar asses about every 4-5 weeks. This one below is the best of the bunch. I have no idea how many I missed. I caught a couple about 7-8 years ago, but it appears we are now on their current routes. 
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7 hours ago, ImissWallyPryor said:

I’m definitely not missing the mountain lion license deadline next winter. It takes about 250 deer to feed these big kitties for a year. 
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Inaccurate.

A male mountain lion (solitary) takes about one ungulate (deer, elk, etc.) a week, slightly less.  A female solo or with cubs under six months, about the same.  A female with older cubs 6-12 months slightly less than two a week.

If they are in groups like that, it's most likely a female and nearly grown cubs.  Sometimes multiple solo females.  Possibly a group of nearly grown cubs.

Male cougars are very homophobic.

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4 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

Inaccurate.

A male mountain lion (solitary) takes about one ungulate (deer, elk, etc.) a week, slightly less.  A female solo or with cubs under six months, about the same.  A female with older cubs 6-12 months slightly less than two a week.

If they are in groups like that, it's most likely a female and nearly grown cubs.  Sometimes multiple solo females.  Possibly a group of nearly grown cubs.

Male cougars are very homophobic.

I was basing my number off what I heard from a wildlife biologist. He said full grown mountain lions kill at least one a week, usually more because they will kill immature deer which won’t sustain them as long. He was speaking of the impact they have on deer populations, not that every kill is of a 200# deer. The 250 number may be a tad bit high (about one per cat every 4 or 5 days), but not that unreasonable for three large lions.

You must have been reading my texts to family members because I made the joke to them that this was “probably a mama with two millennial cubs that are big enough to fend for themselves, except they won’t leave home.” I think that one on the right is a male due to it’s muscular build.

I’ll be more careful in the future. 
 

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15 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

Inaccurate.

A male mountain lion (solitary) takes about one ungulate (deer, elk, etc.) a week, slightly less.  A female solo or with cubs under six months, about the same.  A female with older cubs 6-12 months slightly less than two a week.

If they are in groups like that, it's most likely a female and nearly grown cubs.  Sometimes multiple solo females.  Possibly a group of nearly grown cubs.

Male cougars are very homophobic.

Yep, this is why lions semi-bury their kills.  They eat on them for days.  We actually found tracks and a half-buried doe many years ago and brought out the Warden for confirmation.  Said the males can range for hundreds of miles.  They'd had an old female off 67 near Coleman with worn teeth that was feeding off roadkill.  The elevated deer populations are sustaining them quite well.  

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And according to Steve Rinella (MeatEater Podcast), lion is DELICIOUS.  Better than pork.  I'd like to try it some time.  

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6 hours ago, BabaYaga said:

And according to Steve Rinella (MeatEater Podcast), lion is DELICIOUS.  Better than pork.  I'd like to try it some time.  

I hear it smells like fish. 

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14 hours ago, ImissWallyPryor said:

I hear it smells like fish. 

South Austin's mom IS a cougar.......so..........................

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I wish they would prey on these dang feral hogs.

I have killed over 15 hogs the last 2 weeks and they just keep coming.

The buzzards do appreciate though. They can hardly fly because they are so fat.

 

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I broke the firing pin retaining pin on my NV equipped 6.5 Creedmoor so I had to move it all over to my SBR 5.56. I thumped a couple hogs with it last night and they just shrugged it off. 

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Hogs shrugging off a 5.56 is what I like.  They shrug for a couple hundred yards until they become buzzard food and I don’t have to drag them off. 

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Use the ballistic tip and they go down pretty good. I have killed over 100 the last few years. I know there is all these other fancy name rifles with big ass shells, but I like my AR 

It takes a pounding in the Truck, in the tractor, on the 4 wheeler and onthe side by side.  Still reliable and highly accurate.

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Hogs shrugging off a 5.56 is what I like.  They shrug for a couple hundred yards until they become buzzard food and I don’t have to drag them off. 

Exactly what happened. I was disappointed because I wanted to harvest some backstraps. All I had was ball ammo which didn’t help my cause.
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I was clearing out a sendero for a feeder and knocking down cedar trees when I noticed the smell of burning anti-freeze. I evidently had a stick come through the front end of the tractor and punch a hole right through the radiator. I was trying to be very careful to lift all the low branches up and fold the tree over so this didn't happen. I did a shit job clearly.

So I had to bring the tractor back home to take to the dealership. They informed me it would be over a month before they could get to it so I ordered a new one to install myself that may or may not be here in 2 weeks. This happened at the prefect time as well since I am expecting delivery of a new cabin in 2 weeks and I still need to finish padding out the area I am dropping it. If it ain't one thing it is another. 

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I was clearing out a sendero for a feeder and knocking down cedar trees when I noticed the smell of burning anti-freeze. I evidently had a stick come through the front end of the tractor and punch a hole right through the radiator. I was trying to be very careful to lift all the low branches up and fold the tree over so this didn't happen. I did a shit job clearly.
So I had to bring the tractor back home to take to the dealership. They informed me it would be over a month before they could get to it so I ordered a new one to install myself that may or may not be here in 2 weeks. This happened at the prefect time as well since I am expecting delivery of a new cabin in 2 weeks and I still need to finish padding out the area I am dropping it. If it ain't one thing it is another. 
Sounds like a rental is in your near future.

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15 hours ago, Both Tacos said:
22 hours ago, HOOKEM4 said:
I was clearing out a sendero for a feeder and knocking down cedar trees when I noticed the smell of burning anti-freeze. I evidently had a stick come through the front end of the tractor and punch a hole right through the radiator. I was trying to be very careful to lift all the low branches up and fold the tree over so this didn't happen. I did a shit job clearly.
So I had to bring the tractor back home to take to the dealership. They informed me it would be over a month before they could get to it so I ordered a new one to install myself that may or may not be here in 2 weeks. This happened at the prefect time as well since I am expecting delivery of a new cabin in 2 weeks and I still need to finish padding out the area I am dropping it. If it ain't one thing it is another. 

Sounds like a rental is in your near future.

I found a shop that still repairs them. I was surprised as shit. The dude said he will have it fixed by tomorrow. May not end up too bad.

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Been getting some decent pics from our place over the last few weeks.  Starting to see some nontypical points on a few deer.  I really think that protein feeding is helping.  The genetics kind of suck out here, but the deer are healthy.  I'm hoping we get a decent whitetail in the next few years for my son to shoot.

Anyone have any experience aging axis?  I feel like I'm decent at aging whitetail on the hoof.  No experience with axis.  This one seems pretty young.  Maybe 2-1/2?

 

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47 minutes ago, Spaulding Smails said:

Been getting some decent pics from our place over the last few weeks.  Starting to see some nontypical points on a few deer.  I really think that protein feeding is helping.  The genetics kind of suck out here, but the deer are healthy.  I'm hoping we get a decent whitetail in the next few years for my son to shoot.

Anyone have any experience aging axis?  I feel like I'm decent at aging whitetail on the hoof.  No experience with axis.  This one seems pretty young.  Maybe 2-1/2?

 

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Not sure, but great looking pic.  I do know Axis can/will bully the shit out of WT.  They are just bigger and push WT away during feeding times.  They will go nocturnal if pressured enough...giving the WT's more feeding/resource opportunities.  

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28 minutes ago, BabaYaga said:

Not sure, but great looking pic.  I do know Axis can/will bully the shit out of WT.  They are just bigger and push WT away during feeding times.  They will go nocturnal if pressured enough...giving the WT's more feeding/resource opportunities.  

We've noticed the same thing.  When they come in to the feeders, the whitetail bail.  We seem to have a ton of smaller axis bucks this year.  Seems like the axis are way more nomadic than the whitetail.  They'll be there for a week, then disappear for a few weeks before we see them again.

My dad and I built this little alfalfa rack near the house to sit on the porch to watch deer.  My mom took this pic with her telephoto lens.  Believe it or not, it's about 80 yds from the house.  And that pic was taken after dusk.    

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5 minutes ago, Spaulding Smails said:

We've noticed the same thing.  When they come in to the feeders, the whitetail bail.  We seem to have a ton of smaller axis bucks this year.  Seems like the axis are way more nomadic than the whitetail.  They'll be there for a week, then disappear for a few weeks before we see them again.

My dad and I built this little alfalfa rack near the house to sit on the porch to watch deer.  My mom took this pic with her telephoto lens.  Believe it or not, it's about 80 yds from the house.  And that pic was taken after dusk.    

I have a love/hate relationship with those twitchy turds.

Mew....Mew.....Mew......DAMMIT.  

But yeah, watch them.  They will give the WT a hard time and could impact growth/development if left unchecked.  The good news is they eat grass.  WT don't.  So certain plots can separate them somewhat besides feeders.  Maybe alfalfa bails, etc.  Problem ism they are so much bigger than WT.  From a resource standpoint, they can hurt WT.  Beyond feeders, they are also longer, and your vegetation browse-line raises, further limiting WT capacity.  

TLDR - they will push the WT out and take all the food if there are scarcity issues.  

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4 hours ago, HOOKEM4 said:

I found a shop that still repairs them. I was surprised as shit. The dude said he will have it fixed by tomorrow. May not end up too bad.

Where’s your place and who is your guy with the shop?

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On 6/30/2020 at 12:43 PM, deadshank said:

Where’s your place and who is your guy with the shop?

We are sorta out near Spaulding, only east of Junction.

https://www.socomuffler.com/

These guys fixed it and after about 1hr of total work pulling and installing the radiator, I am back in business.

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2 minutes ago, HOOKEM4 said:

We are sorta out near Spaulding, only east of Junction.

https://www.socomuffler.com/

These guys fixed it and after about 1hr of total work pulling and installing the radiator, I am back in business.

Glad you found an independent that will get your stuff fixed.  We finally found and independent guy just east of Knippa that is an ace tractor mechanic.  Sharp and personable guy that runs circles around the big dealership shops in the area.   He picks up and drops off your tractor and is very reasonably priced.   Good to see there are still some can-do types in the wild. 

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On 6/30/2020 at 1:35 PM, Spaulding Smails said:

Regarding our "axis problem", I need to make a bit more room in the deep freeze at home, but definitely planning on whacking a few before WT season kicks off.  

Do you have a walk in cooler to hang it in? If not, for a nominal fee of some Axis back strap, I would be more that willing to store it for a few days for you.

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4 hours ago, HOOKEM4 said:

Do you have a walk in cooler to hang it in? If not, for a nominal fee of some Axis back strap, I would be more that willing to store it for a few days for you.

Yep.  We have an 8'x8' walk-in.  Actually just welded up the A-frame inside it last week.

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