Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Finding shed antlers reminds me of hunting for Easter eggs as a child
Burning, a tool in deer management
Friday, March 04, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Antler shedding has begun...
Pictured here is the first buck I've seen that has already dropped his antlers. If you look closely, you will see the bases where the antlers were attached on the top of his head. It seems to me that this one is early this year since they usually tend to begin the shedding about the twentieth of March. Who knows why this one is early? I have also noticed that the bucks have begun to get back into groops. If you see one, you will likely see four, five, or more.
My javelina herd seems to be doing well. I've got an ongoing experiment working. We seem to have less and less of these hardy little creatures in the wild these days. There was a time before the feral hogs showed up and starting taking over that we had plenty. I've heard people blame their reduction on disease and such. I think more of their demise is due to hunters shooting them as a bother to their deer hunting. Too, I know since folks have been trapping feral hogs once a javelina gets trapped they will just back up in a corner and pop their teeth. They can't see well and they are all about defense. All you really have to do is open the trap door carefully and leave. They will soon find their way out.