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Old 09-13-2018, 06:30 PM   #101
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Just got back from scouting. Jumped a sounder of pigs. Saw a different group an hour later. Rooting and hog rubs everywhere. First time in all these years Iíve been going that Iíve seen pigs. Saw quite a few deer. Found two nice sheds: a 6 and 12 point (if the other sides match).

The burned areas looked, well, burnt.


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Old 09-13-2018, 06:52 PM   #102
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:58 PM   #103
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Anyone have a list of the areas that are being burned?


I called a week or two ago and asked, but I left the paper with all the units in the hotel room when I left....


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Old 09-13-2018, 07:05 PM   #104
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Just got back from scouting. Jumped a sounder of pigs. Saw a different group an hour later. Rooting and hog rubs everywhere. First time in all these years Iíve been going that Iíve seen pigs. Saw quite a few deer. Found two nice sheds: a 6 and 12 point (if the other sides match).

The burned areas looked, well, burnt.


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Old 09-14-2018, 03:58 PM   #105
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wish I could see these pics...juts an x inside a box. Sometimes pics are fine most of the time of late they're not. grrr
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:30 PM   #106
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wish I could see these pics...juts an x inside a box. Sometimes pics are fine most of the time of late they're not. grrr


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Old 09-16-2018, 01:39 AM   #107
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I went out this afternoon and checked cameras and did a little more scouting. It's the last time I'll be out before the opener. There was a new big 8 pointer on camera twice. I got the crab claw buck in a different spot, had a big hog come through twice and got a bunch of turkeys on camera (I left that card in the field). I haven't ever seen turkeys at the grasslands before, so that was pretty cool. I noticed that the deer movement has changed significantly since July/Aug.

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Old 09-16-2018, 10:41 AM   #108
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Why did you not shoot the pigs? What unit were they in? I need some breakfast sausage. We plan on going up today and scouting a few new ones. Do alittle dove hunting while we are walking around maybe


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Old 09-16-2018, 12:17 PM   #109
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Pleasure finally joining the conversation, as this will be my first year doing some more committed hunting out on LBJ. Itís been a tricky place to scout and find consistent signs of larger deer. Donít know how some of you guys are finding these giant public land bucks, but I hope yíall can create some success from all that hard work. Iíve been seeing some activity on my cams out there but nothing too exciting.
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:32 PM   #110
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Those are sweet sheds! I really like the one with the funky kicker off G2.
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:37 PM   #111
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Pleasure finally joining the conversation, as this will be my first year doing some more committed hunting out on LBJ. Itís been a tricky place to scout and find consistent signs of larger deer. Donít know how some of you guys are finding these giant public land bucks, but I hope yíall can create some success from all that hard work. Iíve been seeing some activity on my cams out there but nothing too exciting.
Agreed! Getting em on camera is one thing; killing them is another!
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:23 PM   #112
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Why did you not shoot the pigs? What unit were they in? I need some breakfast sausage. We plan on going up today and scouting a few new ones. Do alittle dove hunting while we are walking around maybe


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He didn't shoot thew pig because it is a picture from a trail camera. He wasn't there when it came by. Also He probably isn't going to broadcast what unit his cameras are in. Maybe better luck via PM.
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:10 PM   #113
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He didn't shoot thew pig because it is a picture from a trail camera. He wasn't there when it came by. Also He probably isn't going to broadcast what unit his cameras are in. Maybe better luck via PM.


I do not think we were quoting troys pics. I believe we were both responding to Blood Trail about his scouting adventure when he jumped up some pigs and then saw another group after that But thanks for clarification.






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Old 09-16-2018, 04:28 PM   #114
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I do not think we were quoting troys pics. I believe we were both responding to Blood Trail about his scouting adventure when he jumped up some pigs and then saw another group after that But thanks for clarification.
LOL. Well that makes a lot more sense.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:20 PM   #115
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I went out this afternoon and checked cameras and did a little more scouting. It's the last time I'll be out before the opener. There was a new big 8 pointer on camera twice. I got the crab claw buck in a different spot, had a big hog come through twice and got a bunch of turkeys on camera (I left that card in the field). I haven't ever seen turkeys at the grasslands before, so that was pretty cool. I noticed that the deer movement has changed significantly since July/Aug.

Wishing everyone luck and blessing this season!
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:11 PM   #116
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Checked cameras and scouted. Found a few bedding spots but no recent rubs. No pics on the camera I checked. Surprised as I was checking for people not deer. Didn't see any new foot traffic either. We may be there by ourselves. Or hunters will just show up on opening day and invade. Spooked one buck out of his bed. Not a biggun. Put up another camera to see if he comes through. None of my oaks look like they will have acorns this year. Makes sense. Last year was a bumper crop.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:13 PM   #117
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I didnít scout this season. Theyíll be out there


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Old 09-20-2018, 05:35 PM   #118
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Went out and did some scouting couple days ago. Scared up some does. Saw some recent hog activity but not much else. Pretty quiet.
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Old 09-21-2018, 04:37 PM   #119
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I put a few miles in yesterday around little Cottonwood lake. Saw a doe with two fawns on the way in and jumped a buck when we first started out.

Didn't see anything else the rest of the morning. Not a even a dove flying.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:03 PM   #120
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I put a few miles in yesterday around little Cottonwood lake. Saw a doe with two fawns on the way in and jumped a buck when we first started out.

Didn't see anything else the rest of the morning. Not a even a dove flying.


I have noticed that, with our low deer densities, a lot of deer bed in visual based bedding. About the only time I jump good deer is on ďjust offĒ winds for the direction I am traveling. Dan Infalt talks about this for hunting bedding areas, and I have become a believer based on my personal experiences with it as well.


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Old 09-22-2018, 08:40 AM   #121
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I have noticed that, with our low deer densities, a lot of deer bed in visual based bedding. About the only time I jump good deer is on ďjust offĒ winds for the direction I am traveling. Dan Infalt talks about this for hunting bedding areas, and I have become a believer based on my personal experiences with it as well.


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Old 09-22-2018, 01:31 PM   #122
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Who all is going to be out in the woods for the opener next weekend?
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:01 PM   #123
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I will be. Hopefully I won't float away.
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:18 PM   #124
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I was hoping to get out there either Sunday or Monday, but the setups I was wanting to do probably wonít work out if the winds stay like predicted. I was really hoping this northern wind would stick around until then, but it doesnít look like that will be the case.
If I get a chance to hunt one of those days, it will be somewhere other than LBJ.


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Old 09-22-2018, 02:47 PM   #125
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Think I will be out there Sat. Have a few questions seeing this is the first time hunting texas public land.

1. Orange has to be worn by even bow hunters?
2. Can corn be used?
3. Other then my license and a annual public hunting permit is there anything I need?
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:50 PM   #126
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Think I will be out there Sat. Have a few questions seeing this is the first time hunting texas public land.

1. Orange has to be worn by even bow hunters?
2. Can corn be used?
3. Other then my license and a annual public hunting permit is there anything I need?
1. Only during firearm season (even if bowhunting)

2. No

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Old 09-22-2018, 02:57 PM   #127
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I was up there this morning to pull a camera, no issues, didn't seem like they got the rain we did in DFW.

Several things could have happened to my camera, I forgot to turn in on (has happened before), someone found it and erased pics/turned it off, or I scouted a really bad place. I lean toward not turning it on.

I'll add to Rick's response, orange may be a good idea walking around, I believe you can hunt with shotgun/muzzleloader for hogs during archery only, plus you never know with the proximity to DFW how many idiots may be out there.

Good luck next weekend.
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:05 PM   #128
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I was up there this morning to pull a camera, no issues, didn't seem like they got the rain we did in DFW.

Several things could have happened to my camera, I forgot to turn in on (has happened before), someone found it and erased pics/turned it off, or I scouted a really bad place. I lean toward not turning it on.

I'll add to Rick's response, orange may be a good idea walking around, I believe you can hunt with shotgun/muzzleloader for hogs during archery only, plus you never know with the proximity to DFW how many idiots may be out there.

Good luck next weekend.
This is why I always have it take a picture as I am walking up. When checking the card if there is a pic of me walking up it was on. If not I wasted a bunch of time.
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:12 PM   #129
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I had 2 camera sets this year with less than 10 pics over 2 months.... big waste of time for sure.


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Old 09-22-2018, 04:45 PM   #130
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I'll be out Sat and Sun AM. Get your rain gear ready!
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:57 PM   #131
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I was hoping to get out there either Sunday or Monday, but the setups I was wanting to do probably wonít work out if the winds stay like predicted. I was really hoping this northern wind would stick around until then, but it doesnít look like that will be the case.
If I get a chance to hunt one of those days, it will be somewhere other than LBJ.


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Most of my setups are best for a north wind too but I think the rain will knock a lot of scent out next weekend. If it's not raining, I may rethink where I sit.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:01 PM   #132
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Most of my setups are best for a north wind too but I think the rain will knock a lot of scent out next weekend. If it's not raining, I may rethink where I sit.


My problem is my entry on a south-ish wind destroys me. No sense sitting a spot when the feeding area is downwind of my last 500 yards of entry.


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Old 09-22-2018, 05:08 PM   #133
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I will be out Sunday for sure and then maybe Monday.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:14 PM   #134
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What are some of the food sources yíall are noticing? I havenít ran across any reliable sources of acorns. Seems like a lot of trees arenít producing much or Iím just blind. Most of my stand positions are between water sources and bedding areas. Not that they are bad, as Iíve gotten plenty of deer on film, but I feel like Iíve been looking over better positions.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:22 PM   #135
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What are some of the food sources yíall are noticing? I havenít ran across any reliable sources of acorns. Seems like a lot of trees arenít producing much or Iím just blind. Most of my stand positions are between water sources and bedding areas. Not that they are bad, as Iíve gotten plenty of deer on film, but I feel like Iíve been looking over better positions.


Acorns are few and far between this year thanks to the really dry June and July. Also, most of the acorns in our area are in the red oak family which means the acorns dropping this were set in spring of 2017. We had some really late freezes last year that terminated a lot of flowers. Add that to the dry year we had and the oaks in frost free pockets arenít producing as well either.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/...w7000_1017.pdf

I am focusing a lot on natural food sources like greenbrier, saplings, Forbes, and the like.


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Old 09-22-2018, 06:26 PM   #136
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Your number one is wrong. From the fs.usda website.
"All hunters and those accompanying them must wear daylight fluorescent orange at any time when hunting, except when hunting fur-bearing or predatory animals at night or when hunting turkey or migratory birds. A minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent orange must be visible (144 square inches on both the chest and back, and a daylight fluorescent orange cap or hat.)"

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What are some of the food sources yíall are noticing? I havenít ran across any reliable sources of acorns. Seems like a lot of trees arenít producing much or Iím just blind. Most of my stand positions are between water sources and bedding areas. Not that they are bad, as Iíve gotten plenty of deer on film, but I feel like Iíve been looking over better positions.
I'm seeing them eat natural browse off the ground (don't know plant names) and these little plum looking things (don't know the name either). There have been a few spots I've found these plants and they are eating them pretty good. I've found sporadic trees with acorns but they haven't dropped yet.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:36 PM   #138
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I'm seeing them eat natural browse off the ground (don't know plant names) and these little plum looking things (don't know the name either). There have been a few spots I've found these plants and they are eating them pretty good. I've found sporadic trees with acorns but they haven't dropped yet.


Once again... I would definitely reference the link I posted above.
It is specifically a cross timbers / post oak savannah deer stomach survey. That covers from Fort Worth/Dallas to southern Oklahoma. The study also covers dry and wet years, which is perfect. If you want property specific info, pay VERY detailed attention to plants that are browsed. I.D. All plants that are nipped off, and when they are browsed, and pay attention to what plants you find browsed more often than others. You can build a knowledge of local flora pretty quick with this method. Honestly, with a decent amount of time spent in the field from about a month before season, to a few weeks after, you will figure out most important food sources for your herd. To be honest, knowing a few mast trees from research, and local browse from good/detailed observation, you should easily find what foods are in season in what time of year.


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Your number one is wrong. From the fs.usda website.
"All hunters and those accompanying them must wear daylight fluorescent orange at any time when hunting, except when hunting fur-bearing or predatory animals at night or when hunting turkey or migratory birds. A minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent orange must be visible (144 square inches on both the chest and back, and a daylight fluorescent orange cap or hat.)"

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Good to know. Surprising though. Never seen an orange vest during bow season.

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Old 09-22-2018, 08:25 PM   #140
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I will be out Sat Sun but will be at Caddo Starting out. Came up to Caddo this weekend to get some last minute scouting and look for fresh sign after the rains. Been stuck in the tent since we got here Friday night. It has been pouring almost the whole time. We are still high and dry tho. Put the 15x20 tarp over the rain fly just to be sure we stay that way. It has been fun anyway, nice and relaxing just listening to the rain taking naps, stuck in a 10x10 cabin tent with a half naked woman and no one else around. There is plenty of things to do, read a book, do puzzles, drink cold .


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Old 09-22-2018, 09:25 PM   #141
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Good to know. Surprising though. Never seen an orange vest during bow season.

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Probably because people can still hunt squirrels, varmint, pigs, etc. with shotguns during bow season. I think you can shoot hogs with a shotgun out there?
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Awesome advice Ikeman, I appreciate you adding the link. Itís chalked full of valuable information that I would have never known about otherwise. Now I need to take that knowledge out in the field with me next time.

Also, interesting info about acorns this season. I thought I was going crazy not finding much in the area from this year.
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Good to know. Surprising though. Never seen an orange vest during bow season.

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I know it has come up in the facebook group as well. I believe it may be because Army corp of engineer lands don't require orange during archery only seasons and many WMAs are ACE properties.

Also people are terrible at keeping up with regulations they don't want to adhere to.
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:08 PM   #144
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Probably because people can still hunt squirrels, varmint, pigs, etc. with shotguns during bow season. I think you can shoot hogs with a shotgun out there?
You can hunt hogs with a shotgun anytime. Also deer can be hunted with a shotgun during the general season. Buckshot is allowed. I'm not sure if slugs are permitted.
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:07 PM   #145
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Sadly I didn’t get much time to scout so it will be a shot in the dark for me but any hunting is better than no hunting.
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:19 PM   #146
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I'm going on the incentive that
deer will be there in the woods
Hopefully BIG horned deers...
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:27 PM   #147
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Found someoneís blind setup already is this s common thing?


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Old 09-23-2018, 01:38 PM   #148
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Pulled pictures. Wasn't happy with what we were seeing. Small buck, few doe and a coyote.
Moved to backup unit. Lots of hog sign. I told the young'uns this was going to be a learning year. Heard someone shoot. On shot. Figured it was a hog. No ducks were seen on any lakes we scouted.
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Old 09-23-2018, 02:34 PM   #149
troy_w_7
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Found someoneís blind setup already is this s common thing?


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Yes, you'll run into setups frequently, depending on the unit and how close to the parking lot you are.
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:40 PM   #150
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Yes, you'll run into setups frequently, depending on the unit and how close to the parking lot you are.
Yep just found someone's ladder stand last weekend.
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