WHO CARES!?!

We do!  At least when it comes to wildlife.   One thing we feel very fortunate about is being able to have an area that is strictly for wildlife.  No cattle, no vehicles, and farming for food plots only.image

The main concern for everything in this country is water.  We have several different options.  One place for animals to drink are the guzzlers.  These are mandatory on the CRP ground, but we built this one just because.  The problem is, these are completely dependent on rain and dew.  We have not had either since the second week in September, thus the barrels were bone dry.

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I’m hoping for some rain this weekend to fill all of them as it’s not practical for me to haul water everywhere.

We laugh at our corn in the foodplot.  It’s better than any dryland corn that we have tried to raise for ourselves, but this will be eaten by the deer, pheasants and even coyotes this winter.   One of my favorite sights are the salt licks made by the deer.   I bring put salt and minerals out by the water.  In the picture above, this started out completely flat.  The salt leeches into the soil and the deer return to it season after season and have made quite a hole.

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Sure we occasionally  harvest venison for ourselves and our family, but we take great satisfaction in the wildlife that we see around us and are happy to make some sacrifices to help sustain it.

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9 thoughts on “WHO CARES!?!

  1. dayphoto November 2, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Good for you!!! We take care of our wildlife here also. Terry and I consider the wildlife part of our farm also!

    Linda

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  2. gunnardeckare November 2, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    I must confess that I don’t know much of the climate in Kansas but I guess it’s dry. Has it changed anything the last years?

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    • Donkey Driver November 5, 2016 / 1:08 am

      The climate in Western Kansas is very different from central and Eastern Kansas. We are much drier. Our average is 18 inches of moisture per year. We can’t really say we have notice any change. That may be to the fact that there really isn’t a norm here. Our weather and climate are very unpredictable. Thank you so much for you interest.

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  3. ricelandmeadows November 3, 2016 / 12:55 am

    My thoughts exactly. There is something noble about taking care of the wildlife. that is the only reason I keep honeybees. They are so grateful they share their honey with me. I call us even.

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    • Donkey Driver November 5, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Awesome! I have been thinking of bees for quite some time. Maybe this spring.

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  4. Ann Coleman November 3, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I love the way you are taking water to the wildlife, and providing them with the salt and mineral licks! The droughts and weather extremes effect them too, and it’s very thoughtful of you to help. Thanks!!!

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    • Donkey Driver November 5, 2016 / 1:10 am

      Thank you Ann for your words. It’s actually our pleasure. Food plots and habitat are an addictive hobby. It’s very gratifying to see wildlife move into an area that you have worked on for them.

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