Thursday, February 09, 2012
I have been flying several ranches in South Texas lately and have a few photos to show you some recent updates.
The primary and secondary ruts are long gone and over, but there are still a few doe fawns coming into estrus and a few mature bucks that refuse to give up.
Check out the tarsals on this mature buck:
Check out this monster buck. He was going wherever this pretty young lady would lead him. I don't think he ever even knew a helicopter was right over him! Love is, definitely, blinding:
And thankfully, the recent rains have added much needed greens to the pastures. Check out the carpet of forbs this giant buck is running through. I love big nasty non-typicals!
Unfortunately, the green-up didn't get here quick enough for all bucks. The post-rut was just too stressful for some bucks like this big boy. He had seven typical points on his left side and his right beam is snapped off between the G-3 and G-4 tines. What a waste:
As the cold weather continues "up north" the migratory aerial predators continue to move south. Here is a mature Mississippi Kite that we snuck up on:
And I got real personal with this red-tailed hawk. He looks concerned:
There are a very few bucks that are stressed enough now to begin shedding their antlers. I saw only a handful of such bucks but just be aware that it is happening now. Just like this week's Tip of the Week that Chris penned, some bucks are more stressed than others and so they are the first to drop their antlers as a last ditch effort for self preservation.
Late winter in South Texas is awesome. There is so much going on and to see and do. Get out there and see it for yourself.
-- 2/9/2012 5:23:21 PM: post edited by macy.