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Old 10-07-2002, 12:22 PM
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With the temps in the 90,s I was real curious on how every bodys season is going so far? I have been Out two weekends now and Saw a little 4 pt buck yesterday...One deer, and it was no shooter.


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Old 10-07-2002, 01:39 PM
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I'll tell you what. I have not been out to hunt because I am a gun hunter but I do see deer on a daily basis since I live on the land I hunt on. It's about a 5 minute walk to my stand from my front door. On my previous scouting adventures, I have found that my regular visitors are a doe, a nubbin' buck, and two 4 pts. That's a good sign and I'm really looking forward to see what some cooler weather will do.
As you know Rico, we have some rain around today because of an approaching cold front which will stall out and won't bring us the cool weather as first forecasted. It looks like Wednesday into Wednesday night will be a big time rain maker and we might get a cool snap come this weekend. Don't hold your breath though.

On another note: It is October Rico so maybe, just maybe dogs could be your problem. Afterall, it is the beginning of breeding season.<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 10-08-2002, 07:07 AM
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opening day 3 does
2nd weekend, 3 does on Sat a.m.7:00 (80yrds)
6 point chaseing 2 does on Sun. 7:30am (40 yrds @ full run),9:00am,Sun. 12point full gant,had some place to be, 60yrds out with bow on the ground. Seems each year I'll let my bow down and than see a nice buck. all totaled with 34 folks hunting (45 min. west of Houston)22 deer so far, none taken......yet.I'll be in stand Sat.am, maybe Fri pm.....good luck to ya'll!

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Old 10-08-2002, 07:49 AM
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I have been out a few times mostly in the am. I have a ton of does, yearlings and a few spikes. I have been seeing the nice bucks only at nite, with the cooler weather I hope we can get a little daytime big buck movement.

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Old 10-08-2002, 08:16 AM
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We will start a new thread at the appropriate time to discuss The breeding season question johnny, Prepare to eat some crow...I was in the Cleavand area Sat with out a lot of luck, I may leave LaGrange alone this weekend and try my luck out hunting the San Jacinto River banks near Cold spring...I am hoping for a real cold snap for the weekend also, let us pray.


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Old 10-08-2002, 09:00 AM
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For the record Rico, I am fully aware that there is a breeding season for dogs if that's what you want to call it. And no, there breeding season is not only in the fall as you said in another thread. The majority of the time the bitch comes into heat twice a year (Spring and Fall) but that is not always the case. Some bitches only come into heat once a year and other bitches come into heat 3 times a year and it is not always the Spring and the Fall. It all depends on the dog. For you to say that there is one breeding season from October to January is false. There is really no argueing this at all. So after you eat that big 'ol helpin' of crow, come on back here and let me know how it went down.lol

As far as your hunting is concerned, it looks like you get around a bit. You mentioned hunting Cold Springs. Have you ever hunted up that way before or are you hunting public ground? I've never hunted up that way so I was just wondering.

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Old 10-08-2002, 10:21 AM
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I will take a half a portion of crow for not knowing about the spring period... I apprieciate the reply, it reminded me I have to call my Ex to get my daughter,s report card sent to me!<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

Yes, I am doomed to hunt public land, its sad because Sam Houston is so close but also so very over hunted, Thier are some Archery only units up in somerville that are great for Hogs and deer, but the 280 mile round trips are tiring. I have hunted pretty much everything public from here to Nacogdoches, with poor results, But the hunts themselves are enjoyable.


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Old 10-08-2002, 10:57 AM
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Well Rico, I have been fortunate enough that I have not had to hunt public land but when I was younger, I was on a different lease every year. It was quite frustrating because I never got to know the land and I only took a few doe off of these places. It was a pain the neck and a waiste of time and money.
Growing up I used to go up to Madisonville where my grandfather has owned 80 acres since 1970. For some odd reason I never thought of it as a place to deer hunt but a place for me and my freinds to go and camp out a night a drink beer. As time went on I learned more about deer and paid attention to the deer when I went up there. I realized about 6 years ago that this place was crawling with whitetails. My grandfather is not a hunter and he gave me, my dad and my brother-in-law permission to put up stands and to hunt it. We did for 2 seasons straight and by the end of the 2nd year we started seeing some good bucks. Well as luck would have it, I fell in love, got married and had a baby boy. That took up alot of time and I have not hunted Madisonville for 3 years now and neither has my dad or brother-in-law. Actually nobody has hunted this 200+ acres for over 3 years. I forgot to add that my grandfather bought an additional 120 acres that bordered his original 80 acres. He bought the additional 120 to run cattle on and he also re-fenced all of the property. The land up that way is gorgeous. Lots of thick mesquite thickets and oak flats. I'm already planning on going back up there to hunt this year. Nobody has pulled a trigger on this place for over 3 years and I'm excited.
For the most part I've been hunting my 13 acres that I live on. I know this land like the back of my hand and I know the deer pretty good. Here is some advice to you Rico. I don't know how your budget is but I'd look into buying some property way back in the woods. If you own the land, you will have success in getting a deer. All you need is 5 acres or so of wooded timber that borders alot of acreage. My 13 acres isn't all that much but man my feeder sure draws in the deer off of the surrounding acreage. Check out this acreage for sale. I believe it is in Walker County right up the road from me.

http://www.homelandprop.com/9.63%20Acres%20Dodge.htm

Here is all the other listings. Trust me, you'll have to dig for it but the land that you want is out there. Just and idea.

http://www.homelandprop.com/acerage_search.htm

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Old 10-09-2002, 10:50 AM
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Johnny and Rico, are you two still arguing about those dogs? I have never owned a dog of my own in my life so I'm not going to get into this debate right now. I've also never eaten crow....what's it taste like?<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

Rico, I stuck a doe with my bow last week. The first deer I've ever killed with my bow. This is my 4th season with it and I was really wanting to kill something. Here is a pic.....

The deer movement has been pretty slow around here and I've seen no signs of a pre-rut. I figure by late October it should be picking up pretty good. Rico, I talked to a guy who hunted Alazan Bayou last week and he saw one doe and 3 squirrel hunters.lol I'll be honest, Sam Houston is your best bet. I know there are alot of hunters but there isn't that many bow hunters. The best thing to do is get a map and find some remote access to the forest. I heard that they banned all baiting in any national forests so that will really make it tuff locating deer in all those pine trees. Good luck and let us know what you see.


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seen a dozen or so on Ft. Hood, the biggest being a small 7 point. Still waiting for that wall hanger.

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