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5 year old buck +
I hope you're feeling better Pat !! Lousy way to spend a July 4th weekend - Covid.
Those black birch - are they the product of some logging?? They look young. Or do you have a number of mature black birch that are seeding the younger ones?? We got an outburst of young BB on our north slope after we logged that area. The deer seemed to like the thickness they provided. Trails & rubs all around in those young BB at our place.
 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
How did you arrive at a 24,000/ac lime recommendation? That's quite the shot of lime. Did you blend your limes, or just put on one type?
 

PatinPA

5 year old buck +
I hope you're feeling better Pat !! Lousy way to spend a July 4th weekend - Covid.
Those black birch - are they the product of some logging?? They look young. Or do you have a number of mature black birch that are seeding the younger ones?? We got an outburst of young BB on our north slope after we logged that area. The deer seemed to like the thickness they provided. Trails & rubs all around in those young BB at our place.
Yes, had the hemlocks timbered off. There are a few mature black birch and it's coming back predominantly in black birch. There are a few young oaks and pines here and there but they get drowned out for the most part. The BB makes pretty good cover this time of the year but the leaves fall off early in the fall and it quickly loses it's value for cover. And thanks. I feel much better now but that weekend sucked.
 

PatinPA

5 year old buck +
How did you arrive at a 24,000/ac lime recommendation? That's quite the shot of lime. Did you blend your limes, or just put on one type?
Soil test recommendation. I forget what it was exactly but the pH was very low, around 4.5. I don't have the equipment to spread that so I've been putting down about 300 lbs on each plot every year. I have two small kill plots that are roughly 1/20th of an acre. My main plot is about 1/4 acre. Typically spread pelletized lime. Couldn't get any last year so I put down Ag lime. What a freaking mess that is to hand spread.
 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
Soil test recommendation. I forget what it was exactly but the pH was very low, around 4.5. I don't have the equipment to spread that so I've been putting down about 300 lbs on each plot every year. I have two small kill plots that are roughly 1/20th of an acre. My main plot is about 1/4 acre. Typically spread pelletized lime. Couldn't get any last year so I put down Ag lime. What a freaking mess that is to hand spread.
I was bucket and hand spreading some ag lime over the weekend. I picked up some calcitic at the Fleet Farm. I couldn't help notice how easy it was the spread the calcitic ag lime, and that was across two different brands. When I tried to hand spread dolomitic ag lime by hand, my fingers were beat to hell with all sorts of rock embedded under my fingernails.
 

PatinPA

5 year old buck +
Finally got some nice ones on camera. Skirting the edge of my property. That brush to the right is piled up to push them closer to the stand I have about 30 yards to the left of this pic. It's a nice bottleneck where the creek elbows just to the right of this pic and there is about a 30 ft. drop to the creek. This is one of my favorite stands. The only problem is my property line runs right along here so I'm at the mercy of what the neighbors do. In fact, I just noticed this weekend that they put a camp site along the creek about 100 yards from here. The buck are headed in that direction though so I guess it doesn't bother them too much. There is a lot of human activity around here so intrusions aren't that big of a deal to them
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PatinPA

5 year old buck +
I thought these buck looked familiar so I checked last years pics and I'd say they're probably the same buck. Which is a first for me to have the same buck back for another year. At least that I can tell or know of. Tough to tell a yearling spike to a 2nd year deer.
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