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Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-14-2018, 10:09 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
There are ducks, but not a lot. More and more...

There are ducks, but not a lot. More and more cormorants each year, but they are not a game bird, and well nigh inedible anyway.
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-25-2018, 11:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,101
Posted By NightStalker
that is an f3 or f4 for sure, given lack of...

that is an f3 or f4 for sure, given lack of surrounding storms and time on the ground. Text your friends, take cover.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 04-07-2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By NightStalker
I have hunted there 4 times. east part is open...

I have hunted there 4 times. east part is open field, west is heavily wooded If you have something with big tires you can come in off the south access road, the one that enters from hwy 7, not...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 04-04-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By NightStalker
looks like you can hunt squirrel with rifle at...

looks like you can hunt squirrel with rifle at Luminent unit 607 in the public lands booklet. 1-31 May
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 04-04-2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By NightStalker
Damm shame. 8 years ago you could hunt tree rats...

Damm shame. 8 years ago you could hunt tree rats at granger WMA with .22. Only shotgun now. All COE parks in central Texas are shotgun only.
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-03-2018, 11:33 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,010
Posted By NightStalker
Active Duty Can't perform domestic police work...

Active Duty Can't perform domestic police work inside a state, except at the direct, written, request of that States Governor. Something called the The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

Google it
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-03-2018, 11:20 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,010
Posted By NightStalker
The law should be challenged in court and will...

The law should be challenged in court and will lose. Because they only banned a narrow category of firearms, the law could still pass 2nd amendment muster. But because they banned a hardware item,...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-21-2018, 10:24 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/pictu...

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=3121&pictureid=25401

Fine white line on photo is bike path between gate 6 and gate 7. Green line is WMA boundry.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-21-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
Amazing how many deer you see while riding a...

Amazing how many deer you see while riding a mountain bike. Guess the noise the bike makes is not associated with danger.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-20-2018, 11:47 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
Yep Good mountain bike trails on both sides of...

Yep Good mountain bike trails on both sides of the spillway heading into pecan grove.
Good path from FM496/nature trail gate all the way to the primitive camp.
Good path from FM358/gate 1 south...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-10-2018, 11:14 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
Speaking of new areas. I have previously scouted...

Speaking of new areas. I have previously scouted Willis Creek (aka gate 4) on the West side of FM348. Two years ago there was not much sign. Checked again this week and found a lot more sign, and...
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-05-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,676
Posted By NightStalker
Now that is Texas a a whole. On average, any...

Now that is Texas a a whole. On average, any particular SPOT on the coast will only see hurricane force winds every 8 years.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-05-2018, 10:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,676
Posted By NightStalker
Based upon the last 150 years of historical...

Based upon the last 150 years of historical record, on average, Texas should see a hurricane ever other year. But, we just had an 8 year drought, ending with Harvey. Big as he was, Harvey only...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 02-20-2018, 11:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,508
Posted By NightStalker
Naw, maybe in Florida , but your rights are safe...

Naw, maybe in Florida , but your rights are safe in Texas.
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-27-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,252
Posted By NightStalker
When to Top-Dress wild Hog?

Question for the green screen: What criteria do you use to decide when to top-dress rather than gut and field-dress a hog. Is it hog size, or arrow entry, or some other criteria?
For simplicity...
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-21-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 716
Posted By NightStalker
Sadly, this is a dying breed. Sales of hunting...

Sadly, this is a dying breed. Sales of hunting licenses continue to slowly decline while Tx population increases. The sad fact is that many of today's youth would rather play Deer Hunter IV on...
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-15-2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 6,434
Views: 201,216
Posted By NightStalker
here is the problem: Bitcoin was first, and so,...

here is the problem: Bitcoin was first, and so, currently, has made a lot of people rich. But, the barrier to entry to create new block-chain digital currencys is low, so more are coming. and...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-02-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 11,296
Views: 1,085,456
Posted By NightStalker
I use unoccupied ground blinds whenever...

I use unoccupied ground blinds whenever convenient. I usually hunt alone and so am leery of using unoccupied tree blinds.

I have had no luck baiting with hog pipes or buried food; they come...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 12-30-2017, 10:08 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
Been some good hunting weather lately. Misty and...

Been some good hunting weather lately. Misty and foggy days are great. The hogs keep foraging in daylight, and damp grass and brush makes less noise.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-29-2017, 10:07 PM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
Granger Ranger: where they are changes with the...

Granger Ranger: where they are changes with the season and weather. You are most likely to catch them moving in daylight on a cloudy/foggy or rainy day. On sunny days, they are holed up in the...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-18-2017, 11:04 PM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
Or at least the windy conditions will cover the...

Or at least the windy conditions will cover the sound of hunters moving around!
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-05-2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
bsizzle: You don't need to be a super archer at...

bsizzle: You don't need to be a super archer at Granger, most shots are between 10 and 20 yards. Practice till you can reliably shoot 4 inch groups at 20 yards. Then practice some more, shooting a...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-05-2017, 09:19 PM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
Went back on Nov 2nd, after the light rain, in...

Went back on Nov 2nd, after the light rain, in the morning. Went north side of Willis Creek, off CR 349. The ragweed (aka bloodweed) is much thicker there than last year. I only heard some...
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-30-2017, 11:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,823
Posted By NightStalker
just check the National Storm Shelter Assn....

just check the National Storm Shelter Assn. (NSSA) Website for reputable dealers in your area. Lots of full below ground shelters available. The most popular style looks like a giant concrete cube...
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-27-2017, 10:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,173
Posted By NightStalker
Two answers: There are some Corps of...

Two answers:

There are some Corps of Engineers WMAs on Belton Lake that allow hunting of dove and small game. No hunting of deer, turkey, or hog.

Belton Lake does touch Ft. Hood, and...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 02-25-2017, 05:04 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
Hogzilla lives!

Hogzilla lives!
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 02-20-2017, 11:02 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
If you want to walk, Hunt Sore Finger. ...

If you want to walk, Hunt Sore Finger.

Park at the southern terminus of CR 358, gate #1, at 30.729632 -97.352183 Cross the little gully. Follow the old road south-southwest. Once you have...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 02-13-2017, 11:30 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
Yup, good trails running east from the regulated...

Yup, good trails running east from the regulated outfall channel parking lot. The one on the backside of the dam, near the Corps office. look at my most on page 210 for more info
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-10-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,739
Posted By NightStalker
Fly and rent a car. Do Anchorage in a Day. Then...

Fly and rent a car. Do Anchorage in a Day. Then do a series of day trips from Anchorage:

1. Go pan for gold in Girdwood 2. Hike to the Knik glacier. 3. Go eagle watching. 4. One day fishing...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 02-02-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 11,673
Posted By NightStalker
There is some good news. Some of the National...

There is some good news. Some of the National Wildlife Refuges (which do allow hunting) are growing a tiny bit. The Conservation Land Trusts, will buy land adjacent to the Refuge, and then deed it...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 02-01-2017, 04:34 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
Any thoughts on why the carcass is not torn to...

Any thoughts on why the carcass is not torn to shreds by coyotes? My neighbor runs about 40 cattle. Between coyotes and vultures, stillborn calve carcasses don't last more than 3 days.
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-25-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,363
Posted By NightStalker
Over and under 20 gage. The ability to have two...

Over and under 20 gage. The ability to have two different chokes, and thus optimise your pattern at different ranges, ups the kill percentage slightly. Swings better too.

12 gage is a duck gun. ...
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-22-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 439
Posted By NightStalker
fuel economy on 2 strokes sucks too

fuel economy on 2 strokes sucks too
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-22-2017, 02:28 PM
Replies: 57
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Posted By NightStalker
Thank goodness it is only for federal lands, but...

Thank goodness it is only for federal lands, but there are a fair number of Corps of Engineers managed lands in Texas that it would appear to affect. And of course all the coastal Federal Wildlife...
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-19-2017, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 694
Posted By NightStalker
You can get some cheap, but do NOT go with...

You can get some cheap, but do NOT go with normally carberated two strokes. Too much maintenance, and they use almost as much fuel at idle as they do at full throttle. I had a 25 hp johnson that...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-17-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
Primitive camp is 30.655920 -97.404578 A long...

Primitive camp is 30.655920 -97.404578 A long hike in, either from the Hwy 95 bridge parking area, or the CR 496 parking area.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-17-2017, 10:34 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
Hunting Below the Dam. References are based on...

Hunting Below the Dam. References are based on the photo on page 1. Depending on wind direction.

Park at the paved parking area right below where it says 'Pecan Grove'. Good paths parallel...
Forum: Around the Campfire 01-17-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 502
Posted By NightStalker
What it is: Basically, a private-non-profit...

What it is: Basically, a private-non-profit agency buys the surface development rights of your property, typically for 10 cents or 25 cents on the dollar. You may retain the mineral rights. New...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 01-07-2017, 04:01 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 27,167
Posted By NightStalker
If you have a BIG off grid load, check out the...

If you have a BIG off grid load, check out the Aquion salt water battery's. The cost per 1000kwh is less than lead-acid.
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 01-07-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 27,167
Posted By NightStalker
If you have a company put solar panels on your...

If you have a company put solar panels on your roof and then sell you cheaper power, you are missing out on the federal rebate (the company is claiming it). IF you have the cash up front, it is...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 01-07-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 27,167
Posted By NightStalker
I will say part of the decision of putting in...

I will say part of the decision of putting in solar is economics. And with recent declines in cost, the economics are looking pretty good.

In my area of central Texas, with my weather, my roof...
Forum: D-I-Y Projects 01-07-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 27,167
Posted By NightStalker
Interesting discussion.

Interesting discussion.
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 01-05-2017, 10:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,401
Posted By NightStalker
Everyone carry's magnum pistols for bear...

Everyone carry's magnum pistols for bear protection while fishing up in Alaska. Well known up there that pistol hollow points won't put a bear down; you need the penetration of FMJ to reach the...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-03-2017, 10:52 PM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
I use 7 x 35 binoculars as a good balance between...

I use 7 x 35 binoculars as a good balance between brightness, field of view, and weight. You are going to bring them up to your eyes hundreds of times. My 8 x 50 are fine for the boat, but I find...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-01-2017, 11:04 PM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
I use binoculars to help me see better. As to...

I use binoculars to help me see better. As to what Rat said: yep, no danger at Granger that needs a firearm. In 8 years on this forum, nobody had ever reported an attack by a hog on the WMA.
...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-01-2017, 10:42 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/pictu...

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=3121&pictureid=24271
pbaird: Almost impossible to move silently enough in the thick stuff, the hogs are hearing the grass and twigs...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 12-30-2016, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11,296
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Posted By NightStalker
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/pictu...

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=3121&pictureid=24270

Did a little hunting this morning; hoping the forecast light rain would dampen crunchy leaves and the...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 12-28-2016, 12:07 AM
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Posted By NightStalker
Swineosarus Rex is out there, waiting to be...

Swineosarus Rex is out there, waiting to be found. I saw a 300lb hog several years ago, down below the dam. If the helicopter hunts did not get im, he must be 400 lbs by now. :eek:
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 12-23-2016, 10:33 AM
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Weather looks good for hog hunting today and...

Weather looks good for hog hunting today and tomorrow. But my dance card is already filled!
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 12-17-2016, 11:00 PM
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Posted By NightStalker
Conforming what strigif0rm3s said: May find pigs...

Conforming what strigif0rm3s said: May find pigs moving in first half hour and last half hour of legal times. Movement at other times: Sunny or partly cloudy day = no movement. Heavy overcast or...
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