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Old 09-03-2015, 10:39 PM   #1
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Hey guys I've never been hunting on public land. Was wondering how it worked and since i live in South Texas where would be a good place to go for my first Public hunt besides the Aransas Wildlife Refuge considering it is only for set dates and all the permits are probably bought.

If I want to hunt DCNF or SHNF does that require a lot of scouting or would going in blind for a weekend trip good?

Being from South Texas I've never hunted out of a tree stand is that all that is used for hunting up east?
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:45 PM   #2
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Hey guys I've never been hunting on public land. Was wondering how it worked and since i live in South Texas where would be a good place to go for my first Public hunt besides the Aransas Wildlife Refuge considering it is only for set dates and all the permits are probably bought.

If I want to hunt DCNF or SHNF does that require a lot of scouting or would going in blind for a weekend trip good?

Being from South Texas I've never hunted out of a tree stand is that all that is used for hunting up east?
You can hunt out on the ground but vision is limited a ton. A climber is your best friend when hunting the piney woods. Not saying you can't use a ground approach but getting up helps. Far as scouting, I scout dcnf a few times in the off season but as soon as I don't see any action I'm looking for a freshly used trail, I set up there and then adjust to what I see. Stay mobile. Hardest part is deciding where to hunt. Most everywhere has deer, just which spot is going to be the one. Be safe, wear orange, and enjoy the woods.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:57 PM   #3
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You can hunt out on the ground but vision is limited a ton. A climber is your best friend when hunting the piney woods. Not saying you can't use a ground approach but getting up helps. Far as scouting, I scout dcnf a few times in the off season but as soon as I don't see any action I'm looking for a freshly used trail, I set up there and then adjust to what I see. Stay mobile. Hardest part is deciding where to hunt. Most everywhere has deer, just which spot is going to be the one. Be safe, wear orange, and enjoy the woods.
Thanks for the Tips! Good luck to you in the up coming season!
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:02 AM   #4
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I don't understand what do people get from hunting down innocent animals
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:11 AM   #5
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Why are you even on this site?
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:37 AM   #6
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Because they taste good. With garlic and butter.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:47 AM   #7
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I get a bunch of meat that brings me happiness
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:50 AM   #8
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:55 AM   #9
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[QUOTE=EricMolina;10462861]I don't understand what do people get from hunting down innocent animals[/
I dunno, maybe the organic meat.
Protecting vegetarians food sources?
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:55 AM   #10
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Its called grocery shopping the old fashion way. Eating processed food is bad for you.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:04 AM   #11
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I think you might be lost. Someone return the troll to their PETA forum. This is the place for people eating tasty animals.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:06 AM   #12
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Hey guys I've never been hunting on public land. Was wondering how it worked and since i live in South Texas where would be a good place to go for my first Public hunt besides the Aransas Wildlife Refuge considering it is only for set dates and all the permits are probably bought.

If I want to hunt DCNF or SHNF does that require a lot of scouting or would going in blind for a weekend trip good?

Being from South Texas I've never hunted out of a tree stand is that all that is used for hunting up east?
TPWD has an interactive map with all the WMAs. You might want to see if there is anything closer.

I think you'll find Lake Somerville closer then SHNF. Haven't figured out what DCNF is.

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Old 09-07-2015, 12:52 PM   #13
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TPWD has an interactive map with all the WMAs. You might want to see if there is anything closer.

I think you'll find Lake Somerville closer then SHNF. Haven't figured out what DCNF is.

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https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/lands/maps/
Thanks for the link. DCNF is Davy Crockett National Forest
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:59 PM   #14
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They ain't innocent ! I see them hawgs eatin' my corn all the dang time ! And don't get me started on the 'coons !
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Old 09-07-2015, 01:05 PM   #15
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Old 09-07-2015, 01:06 PM   #16
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:34 PM   #17
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Old 09-19-2015, 03:19 AM   #18
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But - meat comes from the grocery store, right?
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Old 09-19-2015, 03:20 AM   #19
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Insert sarcasm above...
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:26 AM   #20
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Cuz them poor little innocent animals taste great and are prolly smarter than you are anyways.
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Old 09-24-2015, 04:40 AM   #21
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You must only eat animals that commit suicide
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Old 09-24-2015, 04:50 AM   #22
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Hey guys I've never been hunting on public land. Was wondering how it worked and since I live in South Texas where would be a good place to go for my first Public hunt besides the Aransas Wildlife Refuge considering it is only for set dates and all the permits are probably bought.

If I want to hunt DCNF or SHNF does that require a lot of scouting or would going in blind for a weekend trip good?

Being from South Texas I've never hunted out of a tree stand is that all that is used for hunting up east?
I hightly recommend a climbing tree stand or a ladder stand (wear a harness) as the undergrowth come up to my shoulders at times ( I'm 6'5"). As far as scouting goes, it is always best to scout the area several months ahead of time. But you can bring them in with scents, calls and rattles. I would find a nice part in one of the National Forests. Follow this link for some good information and frequently asked questions about Hunting in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...prd3831316.pdf

Good luck and happy hunting







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Old 09-24-2015, 04:58 AM   #23
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Cause I like wearing their skins as loin cloths
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:19 AM   #24
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Hey guys I've never been hunting on public land. Was wondering how it worked and since i live in South Texas where would be a good place to go for my first Public hunt besides the Aransas Wildlife Refuge considering it is only for set dates and all the permits are probably bought.

If I want to hunt DCNF or SHNF does that require a lot of scouting or would going in blind for a weekend trip good?

Being from South Texas I've never hunted out of a tree stand is that all that is used for hunting up east?
There's not much around here but Amistad in over in Del Rio. You buy a $20 permit and can hunt all season long and they also have a extended exotic season for muflon and audad. Bow only.. We will probably be going this year because we didn't get drawn for anything else

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Old 09-24-2015, 10:58 AM   #25
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My brother-in-law, while in college at SFA, went hiking one day in Sabine NF. Found some rub marks on some small pines by a creek. Went and bought a six foot ladder at Wal-Mart. Went the next day and sat on that ladder by the creek. Put an arrow through the biggest deer he had and still has ever killed. A big east Texas ten point. So no, not a lot of scouting is needed, if your lucky. Ive never been that lucky....
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:11 PM   #26
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Will be trying public hunting for the first time in Texas myself, good luck.
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