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Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 09-12-2018, 01:20 AM
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Posted By GraceNmercy
Of course it was Norm...that's the same Charles...

Of course it was Norm...that's the same Charles you met at the banquet a few years back. He and I hunted together and took our birds hours apart day. Was a good successful couple of years after that...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-12-2018, 11:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 107
Posted By GraceNmercy
Spring Turkey Lease for Youth Hunts

We have been doing youth turkey hunts for years in south Texas up until unforeseen situation with our connect came up, and we unable to hold the hunt this past spring for the first time in 7 or 8...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-05-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 16,244
Posted By GraceNmercy
Actually the majority of those birds did...

Actually the majority of those birds did alright..sure there were some losses, but that was expected. Thus the super stocking, to release a lot of birds so more would have the opportunity to...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-05-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 16,244
Posted By GraceNmercy
Turkeys

So they've actually been releasing both easterns and rios to the west of hw 19 in Anderson county as the northwest portion of Anderson county more post oak savannah as opposed to the more piny woods...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-31-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 17,650
Views: 890,233
Posted By GraceNmercy
Hunting and fishing opportunities at NWTF Hunting Heritage banquet-August 10

For anyone interested and loves hunting, fishing, and supports wildlife conservation, check out the upcoming hunting heritage banquet on August 10th. There will be some really nice hunts and fishing...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-31-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
Some of those you're seeing near Palestine are...

Some of those you're seeing near Palestine are probably from the 2007 super stocking site in southeast Anderson county. Over the past 10 years birds from that site have been increasing in number and...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-20-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By GraceNmercy
Well as long as your killing the cats, yotes and...

Well as long as your killing the cats, yotes and coons that's definatly helping out, and if you and some of your neighbors can implement some habitat projects to create nesting and brooding sites...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-20-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By GraceNmercy
It was pretty tough hunting from Sunday through...

It was pretty tough hunting from Sunday through Tuesday, and left without tagging a bird Tuesday afternoon. Seems like the honey holes and places I typically hunted weren't as productive, so had to...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By GraceNmercy
Just released a bunch of them in Henderson county...

Just released a bunch of them in Henderson county to the south of Athens...both easterns and rios. Not quite finished stocking the easterns on ths last site, but will wrap it up next winter/spring. ...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-13-2018, 11:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By GraceNmercy
I'll be out scouting a few locations I know hold...

I'll be out scouting a few locations I know hold birds on tomorrow and plan on being out there after them Sunday through Tuesday...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-11-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,092
Posted By GraceNmercy
The hard part is getting all the landowners on...

The hard part is getting all the landowners on board, as you find a lot who either don't want to do the habitat work to increase the odds of passing TPWD evaluations, or you have some who just think...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-11-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,092
Posted By GraceNmercy
What area is that?

What area is that?
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-11-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,092
Posted By GraceNmercy
I'll check with Jason...first year after release...

I'll check with Jason...first year after release I think there were a few hens to nest, but if I recall he said it was nothing to get excited about. That was 2016, so not sure about last years...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-11-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,092
Posted By GraceNmercy
Parks & Wildlife don't put out that many birds in...

Parks & Wildlife don't put out that many birds in one location at one time, so either you're talking about a site where the birds have just multiplied, or there's a good chance someone released pen...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-11-2018, 01:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,092
Posted By GraceNmercy
Yep...will be in deep east Texas this weekend...

Yep...will be in deep east Texas this weekend when the season opens on Sunday..
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-10-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,092
Posted By GraceNmercy
I keep pretty close tabs on the super stocking...

I keep pretty close tabs on the super stocking sites around Anderson, Cherokee, and Henderson counties, and those populations are doing well and expanding.

We do an NWTF outdoor education for...
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-31-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 631
Views: 17,736
Posted By GraceNmercy
He sure is...he's guided the on a ranch we did...

He sure is...he's guided the on a ranch we did our NWTF youth hunts on in Brackettville for the past 7 or 8 years. I've been hunting with him on his place every spring for just about that long. It's...
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-30-2018, 11:59 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 17,736
Posted By GraceNmercy
I passed on a couple of public land easterns last...

I passed on a couple of public land easterns last spring and man a few folks were on my case about it...lol.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWdhtHh6gFs&feature=player_embedded
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-30-2018, 11:37 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 17,736
Posted By GraceNmercy
Kinney County longbeards

We started the opener at a buddies place about 25 minutes to the north of Brackettville. Went up Friday afternoon and baited hog traps and did a few things around the ranch, and set out just before...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-15-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,634
Posted By GraceNmercy
Your best bet is the grasslands north of fort...

Your best bet is the grasslands north of fort worth,
or Caddo and Sabine in east Texas...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-07-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By GraceNmercy
So due to a swamped schedule I postponed putting...

So due to a swamped schedule I postponed putting this event on at Moore Plantation this winter/Spring. We will shoot for a date in the not so distant future to host it in an effort to help turkey and...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-05-2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,634
Posted By GraceNmercy
Seasons been closed several years now on the Sam...

Seasons been closed several years now on the Sam Houston NF due to low bird numbers. There are pockets, from previous stockings but not enough to have an open season. I called in a bird about 10...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-05-2018, 01:12 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,634
Posted By GraceNmercy
No longer an open season on the Angelina national...

No longer an open season on the Angelina national forest.
Not sure why they didn't update it in the annual this year,
but they restocked birds on the Angelina within the last couple of years.
...
Forum: Around the Campfire 10-16-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Posted By GraceNmercy
Parks & Wildlife does send out surveys of whats...

Parks & Wildlife does send out surveys of whats been seen in and near areas where there have been releases. Most biologist I talk to always encourage us to report sightings to our local biologist as...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-11-2017, 11:38 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
See...my last X-Ray shows that I have a serious...

See...my last X-Ray shows that I have a serious problem. This is my brain about 95% of the time...lol
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-11-2017, 11:23 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
Hey ...I'm just a turkey junky...lol. A few of...

Hey ...I'm just a turkey junky...lol. A few of our biologist would probably tell you that I've been bugging the heck out of them for years trying to stay involved and up to date...lol. Turkeys are my...
Forum: Around the Campfire 09-11-2017, 08:51 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
You're not getting anything skewed from me. I'm...

You're not getting anything skewed from me. I'm giving you current info from our current biologist who currently heads the Texas turkey program...not old info from those who used to work on the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-28-2017, 01:28 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
Still quite a few turkey in Newton county. Some...

Still quite a few turkey in Newton county. Some of the highest numbers of turkeys harvested in southeast Texas come from Newton county. I've taken 3 nice toms myself from that county over the past...
Forum: Around the Campfire 08-27-2017, 10:47 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
This isn't something I think...this is something...

This isn't something I think...this is something I'm heavily involved in and have been to several of the release sites to know that the numbers are good, and I am currently coordinating another co-op...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 08-07-2017, 11:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By GraceNmercy
Yep...thinning out a few will definitely help...

Yep...thinning out a few will definitely help both the deer and turkey population in the area. Have quite a few people wanting to participate so far. Should be a great event...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 07-15-2017, 06:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By GraceNmercy
Awesome! I just spoke with Don Hightower, who...

Awesome! I just spoke with Don Hightower, who will lead the training and he said anytime after deer season and before turkey season should be fine, so maybe February or early March. He has some great...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 07-14-2017, 11:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By GraceNmercy
I killed a nice sow while turkey hunting out...

I killed a nice sow while turkey hunting out there this past spring. There had to be 8 - 10 hogs. Looks like they've been out there rooting quite frequently in the area I typically hunt...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 07-14-2017, 11:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By GraceNmercy
Well plan on it right after deer season and once...

Well plan on it right after deer season and once we get enough folks on board we'll schedule some dates..
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 07-14-2017, 11:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By GraceNmercy
I love the area myself...getting this trapping...

I love the area myself...getting this trapping event together would be another good reason to get back out there when I'm not deer or turkey hunting...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 07-14-2017, 11:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By GraceNmercy
Anything helps. I'll touch bases with the manager...

Anything helps. I'll touch bases with the manager of the area to see if he recommends any areas. Also anyone it would help a whole lot to get feedback on predator sightings from those who regularly...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 07-14-2017, 11:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By GraceNmercy
I usually hunt a little further south of the...

I usually hunt a little further south of the Moore, but the birds seemed to be thick in a couple of areas that they tend to thrive this year. One of the biologist out there doing gobble counts the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-12-2017, 10:34 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 167
Posted By GraceNmercy
Northeast Anderson/Northwest Cherokee County landowner & hunters-Wild Turkey Project

Hello all! I'm trying to locate any landowners or hunters leasing lands in areas of Anderson/Cherokee county that to south of HW 175, east of HW 155, and north of HW 79 on either side of the neches...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-11-2017, 10:49 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 16,244
Posted By GraceNmercy
Have you started seeing turkeys in your area yet?...

Have you started seeing turkeys in your area yet? I see your in Cayuga which is right up the road from the 2014 release site in northeast Anderson county...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-05-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
Good articles...I guess that's the way it should...

Good articles...I guess that's the way it should be looked at. I'd just never seen a burn on the NF conducted as late as what I saw this past spring. The area I typically hunt and have had success...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-05-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
Anderson county has the highest population of...

Anderson county has the highest population of turkeys in the state. Most people think Red River because they've always had a decent population and the highest harvest rate, but Anderson county just...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-05-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
Our RD mentioned at our last committee meeting...

Our RD mentioned at our last committee meeting that recent studies revealed large owls as some of the main culprits reeking havoc on nesting hens. I need to check with Jason Hardin to confirm this. I...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-05-2017, 08:10 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
I agree that the more things have greened up the...

I agree that the more things have greened up the more woody vegetation you can kill, but I also know that most turkeys start nesting around the second week of April and even though they will attempt...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-05-2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
Parks & Wildlife offer assistance with burns free...

Parks & Wildlife offer assistance with burns free of charge...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-02-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,661
Posted By GraceNmercy
I've found cougar tracks in several areas of east...

I've found cougar tracks in several areas of east Texas over the years and I this past deer season while staying at a marina on Toledo Bend Reservoir to do a little fishing and deer hunting in the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-01-2017, 08:46 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
That's awesome! I look forward to seeing them...

That's awesome! I look forward to seeing them show up on our place in Anderson county. The 3 I've harvested over the years have all been on the national forest.

I hope to make it up to the Piny...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-01-2017, 05:49 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
We are focusing in an area south of hw 175, east...

We are focusing in an area south of hw 175, east of 155, and north of hw 79. As far west as the properties along the eastern side of 155 and to the east across the Neches into Cherokee county.
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-01-2017, 05:40 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
I agree...I was hunting near the Moore with...

I agree...I was hunting near the Moore with someone from Parks & Wildlife videoing and forest service came in looking for us in the middle of our turkey hunt so they could burn on April 21st. With...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-01-2017, 01:36 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
Go talk to all your neighbors and establish a...

Go talk to all your neighbors and establish a co-op. You'll need a minimum of 10,000 contiguous acres of habitat that passes a series of evaluations by biologist. If it passes there's a good chance...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-01-2017, 01:11 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
There's still a season on Moore Plantation. They...

There's still a season on Moore Plantation. They only closed Angelina due to the fact that the numbers had dwindled and new birds were stocked. I've harvested 3 birds over the years near the Moore. I...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-01-2017, 01:07 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,078
Posted By GraceNmercy
I see you have Bullard as your location. I am...

I see you have Bullard as your location. I am organizing a couple of co-ops in that area. The main area is south of 175 and east of 155 and we're near 12,000 acres worth of landowners on board. We're...
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