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This morning I went wandering around the property looking for a place to build a little tree stand to have a second spot to deer hunt. Everything here is dry. The grass is dying and none of the small branches that flow through our property have any water in them. I guess this is going to be more and more common if the summers have longer dry spells. When we used to just come here to visit they were never completely dry. At this point they aren't even mud holes just dry sand. When I went to the branch that flows along the south side I heard the deer making their weird noises to warn each other as they took of through the woods. I know they are close which made me wonder how far they have to go to find a pond or creek that still has water. The creek that flows into my wife's grandmothers place has water, but its a couple miles from here. I thought they might like a little drink along the way. So I filled this plastic turtle that used to be the girls sandbox when they were little with about thirty five gallons of water.
This means that in this little area is a mineral lick, a feeder full of corn and this smiling turtle full of water. This starts about sixty yards from the house at the feeder and extends about another twenty yards, just beyond that is one of the dry branches. This tripod feeder that my wife's cousin put out is about another twenty yards and puts out like ten times as much corn as mine. He is going to put a chair up one of the nearby trees and go bow hunting in this spot. If Bambi doesn't like all this something will. So far I have seen lots of squirrels and rabbits visiting both feeders, but haven't seen a deer stopping to munch a little corn. I was hoping they might apperciate the water, but of course as I write this I can hear the thunder coming so we will probably have an epic rainstorm tonight that fills everything up.