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John Calipari runs slumping Wildcats through 'Camp Cal'

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10:12 AM ET 12.08 | Kentucky coach John Calipari hopes "Camp Cal" yields a better-conditioned and more committed team. Two days in, the intense workouts have at least gotten the Wildcats' attention. With no early risers on the roster, Kentucky players have found it harder to awake for the 7 a.m. workouts than the exercises. Not that basic training has been easy, what with strength coach Ray "Rock" Oliver screaming at them as they run. Then comes afternoon practice with Calipari, who instituted the routine after Tuesday's victory over Samford. Despite a rout of the Bulldogs, he was unhappy with the Wildcats' second-half effort and vowed to change their attitude and fitness. Kentucky's response Saturday against Portland (3-5) could determine whether Camp Cal lasts a few days or continues into the Christmas break. What's important is that everyone is on board with the program.

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December 8, 2012  10:23 AM ET

LOL! What this team needs is some senior leadership. Oh wait ...

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December 8, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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A lady friend of mine is visiting her son in Texas, do not where there, and she posted his prize.Look at the area, looks like Texas for sure.

That's a mule deer you idiot.

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December 8, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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I know, she is somewhere in Texas though, coming back to Jacksonville tomorrow. I do not know if they have mule deer there or not, I know of none in Kentucky or Florida.

Just messin' with you.

The biggest deer in TX tend to be along the Mexico border. Mulies reside in west TX for the most part. The backgdrop in the pic could be from either.

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December 8, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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The estimated Texas Whitetail Deer population of close to 4-million deer dwarfs the Mule Deer population due to their limited range. Mule Deer populations hit an all-time low in 1945. There were so few Mule Deer in Texas that they were not considered to be in Texas anymore. Due to conservation efforts by Texas Parks And Wildlife, Texas hunting groups and landowners, the Mule Deer has made a miraculous comeback. Today, the Mule Deer population in Texas ranges from 180,000 deer during dry season to approximately 280,000 deer during the rest of the year. Mule Deer are found primarily in Western Texas and Northwestern Texas, specifically the Marfa Basin of the Trans-Pecos, Panhandle and the Western Edwards Plateau.

Sad truth:

If you're willing to spend $1K to $3K and are lucky enough to find an opening on a lease you can hunt an average deer in TX.

If you're willing to spend $5K you can hunt some really nice deer between San Antonio and Mexico.

If you have $10K to $20K you can hunt the huge ranches along the Mexico border and put a real trophy on the wall. Finding room on these ranches is a crapshoot - lots of corporate types bring clients here.

December 8, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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Sad truth:If you're willing to spend $1K to $3K and are lucky enough to find an opening on a lease you can hunt an average deer in TX.If you're willing to spend $5K you can hunt some really nice deer between San Antonio and Mexico.If you have $10K to $20K you can hunt the huge ranches along the Mexico border and put a real trophy on the wall. Finding room on these ranches is a crapshoot - lots of corporate types bring clients here.

Never hunted in Texas. We would go to the Rockies in New Mexico and hunt...no leases, federal land...

December 8, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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What kind of bushes are those?

Thorny.

December 8, 2012  11:12 AM ET

Went form dear pics to deer pics! I hope the FN interns are animal lovers, not just ****, and boot yuns for this crap!! :)

December 8, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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Never hunted in Texas. We would go to the Rockies in New Mexico and hunt...no leases, federal land...

I've hunted Colorado but always wanted to go to the area of which you speak. Assembling a group of guys to make the trip seems to be harder and harder the older I get ...

December 8, 2012  11:16 AM ET
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I've hunted Colorado but always wanted to go to the area of which you speak. Assembling a group of guys to make the trip seems to be harder and harder the older I get ...

Was always a bonding trip for my Dad, brother and me.

Remember the time Dad forgot to bring enough cigarettes...we were gone for 5 days so the last few days were a bit tough...guy with a gun quitting smoking...LOL

December 8, 2012  11:27 AM ET

Nice mulie colonel

December 8, 2012  11:29 AM ET

In Oregon the east side has white tail, west side has blacktail, and the cascade range has mulies.

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December 8, 2012  12:19 PM ET
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A lady friend of mine is visiting her son in Texas, do not where there, and she posted his prize.Look at the area, looks like Texas for sure.

I'll bet it's in the Davis Mountain/Big Bend area....from Van Horn down to Presidio/Sanderson.

Looks like that country in the back ground.

December 8, 2012  12:22 PM ET
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What kind of bushes are those?

We call them creasote but I'm not sure that's the real name. Some are also just stubby looking mesquite bushes if they are in sand and don't have good root depth.

 
December 8, 2012  12:27 PM ET
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FF and DC may consider these trees, sorry to offend, may be what they had as lads to climb and play in, for that matter, may still do. LOL

Desert kids can't climb trees...and dogs can't mark 'em cause they ain't any.

Road from El Paso, TX to Alamogordo, NM is about 88 miles with nothing but a wide spot in the road called Orogrande, NM. Sits next to White Sands Missle Range and the desert training area used by Fort Bliss and international troops training there.

There is one cottonwood tree next to the highway. Some soldiers spent some time and erected a beautiful sign that says, "Orogrande National Forest."

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