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10-23-2006, 09:42 AM
Has anyone hunted the Irvin Ranch in Coleman County. I have a hunt booked in Nov. and was hoping for some info.
10-23-2006, 11:34 AM
I have a friend that went and said they seen deer but most where small deer. I was hoping some of you might have been here and could tell me more about the place. If you have any info please pass it on. Thanks
10-23-2006, 12:48 PM
is there a web site? whats is thier rates, rules etc..?
10-23-2006, 02:20 PM
arrowslinger it is 350 for it is 2 and half days hunting. You can shot buck, doe ,and turkey. I was hoping some of the others have been there or knows someone that has been there.
10-24-2006, 02:28 PM
I just got back from there and all I can say is good luck! I saw some deer, even saw a nice 8 pointer that look to be 4 to 5 years old. But what I mean by luck is you better hope you draw a stand with something to shoot through! And you better be able to shoot your bow from a seated position becasue his stands dont have floors :( His lodge is fine and the set up is pretty nice-not luxurious at all but its all you need for hunting. Its hard to control your scent with that many people in one small house but its all luck anyway with the way you do the stands, you might and prolly will draw a stand with the total wrong wind! His feeders are not too good, the gravity fed ones that is. He gives you a baggy of corn to drop off at each stand and I think the hunter is the feeder. As a matter of fact I beat on one of the feeders and got 2 kernels out of it. The electronic feeders are fine and youll see some deer if you draw one of them- but the deer were not hitting the feeders anyway. My best advice is to turn your back to the feeder and glance at it from time to time. The deer are small. We had the full 14 hunters and there were 4 bucks killed and 1 doe. There was a nice 8 point killed, prolly score 115 Id guess, he had a 15 inch inside spread and had some length. There was a 20 incher spotted by 2 hunters. And I saw and old 8 pointer that was heavy. If you can shoot through thick trees youll prolly kill one, I cant :) SO I never even got to draw back :( All I can say is good luck!
10-24-2006, 05:08 PM
Sounds like a tough hunt.
10-24-2006, 09:48 PM
very tough, and the weather stunk as well, LOL it blew about 30 mph on Sat eve and Sun morn!
10-25-2006, 06:49 AM
I have hunted there 4 times most of the time I have seen deer mostly
small deer but its usually a fun hunt. I have killed 4 deer and a turkey
there I guess thats about good as you can expect for a day lease.
I believe the hunting pressure is a lot less than most day leases.
The ranch does have bigger bucks we have seen them but its going
to be really rare to get one in bow range. I like the stands and there
set ups. They are brushed in good and high quality safe stands.
If a deer comes in the chances are good that it will not see you.
10-25-2006, 07:01 AM
Thanks for the info. Hopefully the weather will better when I go.
10-26-2006, 09:39 AM
I have hunted the ranch a couple of years and actually like the place. The stands do take some getting used to, but I like the cover surrounding them. Most of the feeders are 5 gallon buckets with small holes in them; gravity feed and at first glance, they appear to be useless, but I (and some other fellow hunters...) looked at them closley and you can see where the deer are actually licking the bottom of the buckets to get the corn out. Out of the 10 times I was in stand, only twice did I not see any game (turkey or deer). Most of the deer harvested during my two hunts were small, but most folks got a deer or at least a chance to shoot at one. The only negative thing I can say about the place in my opinion is that with 14 hunters each hunt, it is over crowded a bit. Other than that, I like the place and have a hunt booked for December this year.
10-30-2006, 02:23 PM
Did anyone hunt here this past weekend? I was wondering if the bucks are moving?
11-03-2006, 08:27 AM
Has anyone been here in the last few weeks if so what how was it. I am going in a few weeks.
11-14-2006, 09:49 AM
Well I am going this weekend does anyone have anymore reports?
11-14-2006, 06:40 PM
Good luck and I look forward to hearing how you did when you get back!
11-16-2006, 06:16 PM
Hunted there several years ago. Wife killed her 1st and I killed an 8 point and a doe. Mainly a tough hunt. But a real hunt. And Larry Irvin is one fine fella.
11-21-2006, 08:19 AM
Just got back from a 3 day hunt at Larrys. Its was a great hunt lots of
fun in the stands and around the camp house. Our group killed 3 deer two does and a buck. We saw some really nice deer the weather was great but the deer just was not hitting the feeders there is still enough green grass and other things for them to eat without hitting the feeder that hard.
Larry is top rate and a first class guide he treats everone the same and
you draw for a stand before each hunt so you hunt a differnt stand each hunt. We are going back in december.
11-21-2006, 09:25 AM
I also had a great time at Larry's last weekend. Saw some good deer coming into his place and when going to the stands in the morning, but the rut is in full swing and the deer were not hitting the feeders yet. The hunting was hard, but I did see deer at all five settings during my hunt...still questioning myself why I passed on a big doe the first morning; I guess it had to do with all of the big bucks I saw chasing does on the way to the stand, so I was hoping that a big boy was behind her. Well, it was not to be, but I took a nice doe on the last afternoon. My group had a good time and we are heading back in December. Hopefully by then, the feeders will be the only thing for them to eat.
11-23-2006, 10:59 AM
Outstanding fella's. Glad ya'll had a good time. Larry is a top rate gentleman that's for sure. It's real huntin' up there. But hunts shouldn't always be judged by whats hangin on the meatpole...
just got a call from there today.they had one person cancel on dec.16, so there is one opening. i wont be able to make it.
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