Thanks Jack. That cool about the kids on youth day!
I pretty much went from only bowhunting to only rifle hunting a couple of years ago because we were being overrun with pigs and coyotes. Got tired of missing kill opportunities on them because I was bowhunting. I'm getting a doe with twins and a doe with a single fawn on camera this year. This may be the first year ever in 10 yrs of having the place that we've had 3 fawns on camera this late in the year. To often they have disappeared from their mom's side over the summer. Rifle season opens Nov 1st. I told my uncle yesterday that I didn't care whether it was first light, last light or anytime in between...opening day, closing day or any day in between...I was shooting every pig or coyote I saw regardless of whether it might screw up my deer hunting or not.
Acorn crop is strange here this year. I have probably about 25 Live Oak trees here at the house of varying sizes, virtually not a single acorn on any of them. Out at deer camp last weekend it was hit and miss. You'd find one Oak that was loaded with acorns...green ones everywhere on the ground, and then there would be at least half dozen that had no acorns to speak of, sometimes side by side with the heavy producer. Smaller oaks...huge oaks, no rhyme or reason. It's almost ridiculous at how many acorns a few trees have for so many to have virtually none. And I came across a couple of Mexican Plum trees on the place last year. One is probably 15'-20' high and the other is about 10' high. Bucks nearly killed the scrawny littler one last year rubbing on it. Well the larger tree has not the first fruit on it and the little one is loaded. They are about 50yrds a part (I saved a few seeds from the smaller tree and just got some rootmakers today).
I also got Texas Persimmon seeds from a place a little south of me today. I think I'm going to give them a try in the rootmakers as well and see of I can get some of them started on our place as well.
Our plots are just a few acres. Not a huge investment in time or money. We mowed, fertilized, plowed, packed, broadcasted and packed again. If it rains, we'll have some great plots again this year. If it doesn't....
I don't know how farmers do it season after season.