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Old 11-07-2017, 03:19 PM   #101
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for those that have done it, how long is the hike in to Evans from Plum Creek? can you traverse the rims to get there, or is it basically straight through up and down the other canyons?
I think tracking the path on google earth its about 4 - 4.5 miles trying to stay up top and following the fence.
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:41 PM   #102
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for those that have done it, how long is the hike in to Evans from Plum Creek? can you traverse the rims to get there, or is it basically straight through up and down the other canyons?
On second thought it maybe closer to 4.5 - 5 miles
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:50 PM   #103
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Been a while since I went there. I know it was far enough by the time I got there and saw the size of it we didn't have much time left to hunt
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:30 PM   #104
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how are the crowds during the week? I am heading out for the week after thanksgiving (sun-thurs) and wondering what I'm gonna be contending with as far as volume of people.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:29 AM   #105
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how are the crowds during the week? I am heading out for the week after thanksgiving (sun-thurs) and wondering what I'm gonna be contending with as far as volume of people.
Typically quite a few hunters at that time, for the whole mule deer season.
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:25 PM   #106
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I was there last week scouting. I typically walk in the day after Thanksgiving and don't see many people once you get a 1/4 mile off the road. I have seen a few people in Evans in 4 years and none in Devils at that time. Camp areas have people in them but they don't get in too far. Devils is a long haul this year since the Canadian is still moving pretty fast. The mud just getting to the river is calf deep. I have made the haul there from Plum Creek but its not fun. It really gets bad when you haul a deer out and have to go back the next day to get your camp.

As far as Evans from Plum Creek you would have to stay up top. I stayed high most of the time until I would hit a fence. I stayed in the river bottom after but its grown so much in the last 3 years. I had brush 8' high and was enough to make me turn back after 2.6 miles by GPS. The brush is crazy high right now so the deer are very well hidden. Good luck!
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:32 AM   #107
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Hunted Devil's canyon Sunday, only went 2 miles in, sat out on a point for an hour, headed up the canyon and hunted the rims on the way out. Didn't see anything but coyotes. Saw what looked like a lot of 'road' hunters in McBride canyon, guys just driving around slowly in their trucks.
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:29 AM   #108
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I spent two or three days in Big Canyon and Devils Canyon. Looked like some good area. When I first got into Big Canyon the first time, I found a very fresh gut pile. So that made things look hopeful. I never saw a deer, there, lots of orange walking around. That had to have been last year. I saw some areas that looked very good. I found a lot of deer beds, just did not find the deer that occupied those beds. I got very good at finding beds. What I concluded, is the deer move around at night, then some around the time the sun comes up, then they find a bed to get in and hold tight and watch the hunters. The areas I found beds, there is little chance you would see them in their beds and high chance they are going to see you and most beds had quick escape routes out the back side. Those deer are not dumb at all. I wanted to video some of the beds I found and the areas around them to show how hard it would be to see deer in those beds and how easily they could escape, if a hunter started heading their direction. I took pictures, but it was had to truly see the whole situation from a couple of pictures.
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:51 AM   #109
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The mulies bed most of the day. I agree they move and piddle around at night but once they pick a spot in the morning to bed they won't go far at all unless spooked out of there. I'm sure the bucks will be on the move during rut but for the most part the way they hide in plain sight is what makes them so hard to find yet so easy to stalk (compared to whitetails)
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:53 AM   #110
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Yeah, that is what I have noticed too. I have seen deer this season but just before shooting light headed thru the thickest areas to there beds!
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:53 PM   #111
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Any recent reports?
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:32 AM   #112
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I camped a few miles in on Devils Trail last weekend. Did not see anything and lots of hunters on horseback. Will be camping at Evans this weekend, hopefully will be able to get away from everyone else.
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Old 11-22-2017, 10:16 AM   #113
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Any duck hunters or ducks?
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:41 PM   #114
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I bet it looks like pumpkin patch this weekend!
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Old 11-22-2017, 10:28 PM   #115
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First time at Meredith this week. First day we were after Muleys but watched a really good buck bed down with a doe about a mile out so we put a stalk on him. Blew it when we wound up 30 yards from him thinking he was further down. All in all, one heck of a fun deal to have glassed and stalked within bow range of a whitetail like that! Had patience been in play, weíd have had him.

Second day we ran into something incredibly weird. We watched a guy walk the river with a pit bull, in full
Blaze orange walk around rattling out in the middle of stuff. Really odd.

Gets even stranger. After he walked out of sight we heard a rifle go off and shortly after we saw the hunter walking back down the river the way which he came, but this time the pit bull wasnít with him. I kept watching just to see if the dog would pop back up but he never did . Iím not saying he did or didnít, but it sure looks like he put that dog down out there. Definitely weird and a little sad, though I donít know the circumstances.

All in all itís a really unique hunt, and I intend to go back. But by gosh be willing to sit and glass for hours on end, you WILL see deer if youíre willing to work for it. We put in around 30 miles total in 3 days of hunting. Saw around 5 other hunters total, and 0 muleys.

I intend to go back next year!
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Old 11-23-2017, 11:37 PM   #116
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Joining the pumpkin patch early tomorrow. Hope to at least see something.
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:07 PM   #117
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Made it to Evans canyon this morning at 7:00am, had a friend drop me off in his boat on the south side. Wow that canyon is huge, hunted all morning was deep in it whenever I hear about 15 rounds fired back behind me. Waited a bit to see if anything spooked my way and walked a .5 mile back out and see 6 hunters down in the canyon from the north and 2 bloody bucks just down the hill on my side. One is still alive, looked like a gut shot. They get closer and the buck jumps and they shoot him on the run. I was a bit disgusted at this point but tried to blow it off and hunt the canyon to the south of evans, saw a bunch of mule does and nothing else so I called my friend to come and get me. was out of there at 5:00pm. Saw a ton of horse tracks in the canyon but no horses. Ducks were flying but not too many. Lots of duck hunters on the lake all day. The hike to Evans was indeed much easier by boat.
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:09 PM   #118
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This sounds like an awesome challenge. For you folks that hunt Meriedith and have hunted Amistad, how would you compare the hunts?? I know the terrain is different, I guess I am asking about how difficult it is to take a deer comparing Meredith to Amistad??
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:35 PM   #119
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Made it to Evans canyon this morning at 7:00am, had a friend drop me off in his boat on the south side. Wow that canyon is huge, hunted all morning was deep in it whenever I hear about 15 rounds fired back behind me. Waited a bit to see if anything spooked my way and walked a .5 mile back out and see 6 hunters down in the canyon from the north and 2 bloody bucks just down the hill on my side. One is still alive, looked like a gut shot. They get closer and the buck jumps and they shoot him on the run. I was a bit disgusted at this point but tried to blow it off and hunt the canyon to the south of evans, saw a bunch of mule does and nothing else so I called my friend to come and get me. was out of there at 5:00pm. Saw a ton of horse tracks in the canyon but no horses. Ducks were flying but not too many. Lots of duck hunters on the lake all day. The hike to Evans was indeed much easier by boat.

My buddy and I were set up on that point and one guy walked right in front of us and set up under 400 yards. The 6 others walked in behind us and then started shooting. We also counted 15 rounds. They had AR style rifles and were using them as binos. As soon as they started shooting I told my buddy I had just seen a hunter (turns out to be you) disappear in a draw where they were shooting toward. We had those 2 forkies within 300 yards of us for 45 min but weren't going to shoot anything that small.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:56 AM   #120
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jmack82, I do remember seeing you guys first from far off, ya'll were quiet and hunting the same strategy as me it looked like but then I heard all of those rounds and figured the whole canyon was blown out. I got out of there quick. Looks like they messed up ya'lls hunt as well. I guess hunting on a Thursday or Friday would be better, I honestly didn't expect to see many hunters back in that far.

How was the hike in from Martin's?
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Old 11-30-2017, 12:19 PM   #121
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Anyone going to be out there this weekend? I'm about to leave the office to load the truck and hit the road.

Not sure yet where I'm going to setup camp/hunt yet. Hunted Plum Creek and Devils Canyon during bow season. I'll ponder it on the 6 hour drive.
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:30 AM   #122
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The deer were moving yesterday. I assume it will warm back up, not sure how well they will be moving with it warmer. Not sure what the weather is supposed to be like this weekend.
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:49 PM   #123
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Hunted Meredith for the last 5 days. Evans getting LOTS of activity. Saw more hunters than deer. Saw one guy riding the canyon on horse back. Found 2 camp sites. One down by the mouth of the canyon the other up on a long point that goes out in the canyon. They camped right on the end of the point. With the water up Evans is easy pickings for everyone. Saw some guys that looked like they were hunting from the boat in Martins. Time to walk farther than most people want too. A side note - we did not see a single whitetail this trip. Last 3 years saw lots of them out in the lake bed.
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:46 PM   #124
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Hunted Meredith for the last 5 days. Evans getting LOTS of activity. Saw more hunters than deer. Saw one guy riding the canyon on horse back. Found 2 camp sites. One down by the mouth of the canyon the other up on a long point that goes out in the canyon. They camped right on the end of the point. With the water up Evans is easy pickings for everyone. Saw some guys that looked like they were hunting from the boat in Martins. Time to walk farther than most people want too. A side note - we did not see a single whitetail this trip. Last 3 years saw lots of them out in the lake bed.

My conclusion on what you see, either mule deer or whitetail, seems to have a lot to do with where and how you hunt. So far out of three trips up there. I have not seen a single whitetail up there. I have read a lot, most guys either see whitetails or mule deer. If you read all they have to say, you can figure that is has to do with the areas they are hunting or how they are hunting.
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:04 AM   #125
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My conclusion on what you see, either mule deer or whitetail, seems to have a lot to do with where and how you hunt. So far out of three trips up there. I have not seen a single whitetail up there. I have read a lot, most guys either see whitetails or mule deer. If you read all they have to say, you can figure that is has to do with the areas they are hunting or how they are hunting.


Very true. What I would stress more than anything is having good glass and a spotting scope. I know it may sound ludicrous and heavy, but hunting that type of terrain demands a lot out of your optics. We were chasing muleys but just happened to see those whitetails down low. If we hadnít been up at the top of the canyon, we never wouldíve seen em. Funny thing is, the buck we watched bedded down out in the wide open in pretty much waist deep grass. Youíd never see him til you were on top of him if you were walking around out there. But those deer know that, and it makes them feel safe.

One other thing. If youíre smart/ballsy enough to pack a set of lightweight waders and are willing to cross the Canadian river, itíll definitely pay off!
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:29 AM   #126
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Very true. What I would stress more than anything is having good glass and a spotting scope. I know it may sound ludicrous and heavy, but hunting that type of terrain demands a lot out of your optics. We were chasing muleys but just happened to see those whitetails down low. If we hadnít been up at the top of the canyon, we never wouldíve seen em. Funny thing is, the buck we watched bedded down out in the wide open in pretty much waist deep grass. Youíd never see him til you were on top of him if you were walking around out there. But those deer know that, and it makes them feel safe.

One other thing. If youíre smart/ballsy enough to pack a set of lightweight waders and are willing to cross the Canadian river, itíll definitely pay off!
I went across the river a couple of days, I probably won't do that again. I would have to try some different things. I saw a lot of deer sign and have heard a lot of shots from over there. About the only living creatures I saw over there had orange on.

I hunt by myself, I really don't want to be that far from the truck. Would be a very long hike out with a deer. I have found at least four different areas, that I really like the looks of for hunting, that are not on the other side of the river. Unless I have help to get a deer out, I would not hunt on the west side of Mullinaw's crossing. I have never been to the left once you get over to the other side of the river, from the river, there are some areas, that look interesting. But I have never gone that direction. Then I also have seen some stuff that looks interesting if you do turn right or north on the other side of the river, but it's a long trip to that area.

As it is, I have found four or five areas that do not require me to cross the river, those are the places I will try next year. One area, looks very interesting, kind of surprised there were not hunters all over that area, I bet I know why. But I am really not sure. I definitely want to try that area, along with another area, that is close to that area.
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:48 AM   #127
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We had a good trip. We were camped at Evans for the first 2 days. We knew the canyon would get a lot of attention due to the water level and boat access. I had scouted it back at beginning of November. The goal was to hope other hunters pushed deer over us. We then camped at lower plum creek the rest of the trip and day packed in. Saw lots of muleys and whitetail in all the areas we went. Saw more muley doe this trip than ever before just from driving to different spots. As long as there is boat access to Evans and Martin's they will overrun with boat traffic.
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