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Old 02-04-2018, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Lease question...how many acres per hunter?

Looking at 500 acres in concho county. Will be 2 guys but want to kill at least 4 bucks with kids. Farm country with lots of brush. I know the deer are there but want to make sure we don't over do it. We have always had multiple places to hunt to spread the love but looking to combine efforts for next year.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:46 PM   #2
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:54 PM   #3
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I think it depends. There are lots of variables that could be at play on any given piece of property and your goals as hunters. There are two of us on our lease. It's right at 300 acres. We could add one more and still be comfortable and would have enough deer to support that many hunters provided we don't fill our tags, which we never do.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:22 PM   #4
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Looking at 500 acres in concho county. Will be 2 guys but want to kill at least 4 bucks with kids. Farm country with lots of brush. I know the deer are there but want to make sure we don't over do it. We have always had multiple places to hunt to spread the love but looking to combine efforts for next year.


500 acres is enough to hunt 3 people if you arenít worried about getting the deer to max age and potential. 2 people is ideal for 500 acres with 2 management minded people and passing deer if they donít Meet age restrictions.

I took over my familyís ranch 6 or 7 years ago from a 3 hunter lease with kids and grandkids shooting and I didnít shoot a good buck for the first 3 or 4 years.


They probably had more fun than I have had managing 500 acres so I guess itís all relative

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Old 02-04-2018, 11:33 PM   #5
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Depends on how many people hunt the surrounding area and what they are shooting. If you're only shooting mature bucks I wouldn't expect to shoot more than 2 a year unless the neighbors don't hunt. The number could vary from year to year depending on what you're seeing. I hunt 240 acres with my dad and brother and we didn't take any bucks this past season but we got 2 in 2016 and I'm thinking we'll probably take 2 this year. We only took 1 from 2012 to 2015. We could shoot 3 a year without hurting the population but we're trying to let them get to 5.5 or older
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:39 PM   #6
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Where at in Concho County? We have about 300 acres of family land south of 87 off of 3053. We have so many deer itís crazy, but a 130 inch buck would be huge for us. Axis is another story. I have several pics of 34 inch or more bucks. My brother killed a 32Ē last year. I mainly shoot does and am holding out for a hoss. Passed on several smaller axis bucks this year. Iíve seen over 40 different deer in one sit.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:18 AM   #7
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Acres aren't the main concern. How many shooter deer can you realistically expect to have on the place every year?
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:33 AM   #8
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We have 640 acres in concho county with 5 people. I think we would be better off with only 4. Only two killed bucks this year and 1 of those should have walked.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:41 AM   #9
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Acres aren't the main concern. How many shooter deer can you realistically expect to have on the place every year?


I think acres does matter. But not in terms of crowding hunters. But rather how many acres do they average per deer?

10?
15?
20?

And how many acres SHOULD they average per deer based on habitat? Then you can figure out how many deer you should shoot every year for conservation and sustenance.




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Old 02-05-2018, 10:42 AM   #10
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We hunt 5 on 575 acres. All bowhunting. This is not in Concho, but in Blanco, for clarity. We have deer that show up at only one feeder, some that hit 2, and very few that have appeared at 3. So, I think we're in pretty good shape with our approach.

Go to TPWD and use their tool to box in the property for the tag estimator. I think that would give you a decent idea of harvest potential for the property in question. https://lma.tpwd.state.tx.us/tag-estimator
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:50 AM   #11
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I think acres does matter. But not in terms of crowding hunters. But rather how many acres do they average per deer?

10?
15?
20?

And how many acres SHOULD they average per deer based on habitat? Then you can figure out how many deer you should shoot every year for conservation and sustenance.




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Yep. Same difference. Focus on the deer population.
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:15 AM   #12
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Where at in Concho County? We have about 300 acres of family land south of 87 off of 3053. We have so many deer itís crazy, but a 130 inch buck would be huge for us. Axis is another story. I have several pics of 34 inch or more bucks. My brother killed a 32Ē last year. I mainly shoot does and am holding out for a hoss. Passed on several smaller axis bucks this year. Iíve seen over 40 different deer in one sit.
I'm up toward doole by the lake. We do have a couple wheat fields that will draw the deer in for sure.
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:59 AM   #13
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I'm up toward doole by the lake. We do have a couple wheat fields that will draw the deer in for sure.
The number swill def be there in that area. Prob not many giants but plenty of deer for the kids and a target rich environment.
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:44 PM   #14
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Go to TPWD and use their tool to box in the property for the tag estimator. I think that would give you a decent idea of harvest potential for the property in question. https://lma.tpwd.state.tx.us/tag-estimator


Wow! I didn't know about this! Just did it for our lease and it recommended:

18 antlered bucks
7 spikes
49 does

On 3200 acres.

We can't even shoot that many according to state bag limits (only 10 members). But or ratios are the same. And honestly I'm not sure we need to take that many. We've found a sweet spot at about half that. Rocksprings area.



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