North Erath County, Texas, 32.43 lat., -98.36 long. Elev. 1,086 ft. Turkey Creek Quad.
I have a focus for field activity today: scout on ranch and immediate surrounds for white-tailed deer. Last sign of track for deer was over a month ago and since then, noise and brush-clearing from adjacent development has occurred. All entries for Sage to Meadow will be as close to real time (RT) as possible.
7:05 a.m. CST: scan in grove and pasture for deer, daylight. No sighting. Seek track later today with corn distribution. No corn has been distributed for two weeks. Probability of finding deer track is minimal.
11:30 a.m., depart for general store for deer corn.
1:00 p.m., arrive back at ranch with two sacks of deer corn, $7.50 per sack. Rain and mist, 57 deg. F.
On Sundays, I purchase deer corn at the Circle H Shell gasoline station at Interstate 20 and Highway 281, approximately 20 miles away. Since it is misting and raining, I place the deer corn in the cab of the pickup, the scent of fresh-shucked corn filling the cab as I come back to the pastures. An attendant at Circle H remarks, “I loaded up a couple of sacks of corn yesterday in the back of my pickup and by the time I got back home there was water dripping from the sacks.”
“That’s why I put the sacks in the cab when it rains,” I replied. The conversation was amiable, an exchange of information from two strangers, overcoming boredom on a rainy afternoon.