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Old 01-01-2017, 12:09 AM   #1
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I learned its worth it to just spend the money on good game cameras. Same thing with feeder timers. Had a terrible time with unreliable timers and feeders not going off. Thats the first thing on my list for the off season. Get good timers.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:14 AM   #2
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Buy "The Timers" best there is IMO. Browning Cams are pretty good also.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:26 AM   #3
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Late rains in south Texas suck.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:28 AM   #4
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Hunt the nastiest weather.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:28 AM   #5
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That I don't know jack ____ about hunting in Oklahoma and I need to spend more time on properly preparing food plots.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:31 AM   #6
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That your Broadhead don't need to be sharp as long as the pressure x speed {squared} equals enough that they can be half *** dull.


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Old 01-01-2017, 12:57 AM   #7
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Don't wait on a bigger buck because he probably won't show up. Passed on some I should have run an arrow thru and now scrambling for meat.
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Old 01-01-2017, 01:00 AM   #8
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Don't wait on a bigger buck because he probably won't show up. Passed on some I should have run an arrow thru and now scrambling for meat.


That's a never ending story bud. But that's what it takes.


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Old 01-01-2017, 01:10 AM   #9
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Late rains in south Texas suck.
Agreed. Man it has been tough for us this year.
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Old 01-01-2017, 01:31 AM   #10
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I need a lease. Got my son out on 3 weekend hunts this year. I'm very thankful and would love to get out even more.


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Old 01-01-2017, 01:33 AM   #11
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Don't wait on a bigger buck because he probably won't show up. Passed on some I should have run an arrow thru and now scrambling for meat.


That's what they make does for!!!?!!!!!

I've been waiting on one buck for 6 years.
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Old 01-01-2017, 01:43 AM   #12
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Here's from my list of notes I keep on my phone so I can reread it before next season- been doing this for years- tired of making the same mistakes.

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Digital night scope is useless in fog as is high powered green light- which can see a few yards further.

Do not drink coffee on evening hunt. You get crappy sleep later that night.

The digital scoped 6.8 has adequate zoom for 200yd shots, no need to bring 2 long guns if hunting 200yds or under.

Your October facial hair needs to get cut off before gun season if using AR's!!! ( collapsible stock pulls goatee hairs)

Bring more long and short sleeve T shirts on Splendora week long hunts.

Shoot pigs quartering away when bowhunting - you loose too many shooting broadside

Dont wear army pants while bow hunting- they are too noisy, just don't do it.

Don't have dad corn out for you- he most likely used his hands which is why nothing has touched it for 3 days

When brushing in ground blind make sure no limbs from tree or bush above roof , it will make a scratching sound on roof material when wind blows.




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Old 01-01-2017, 02:18 AM   #13
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I can honestly say I learned the same this season. However, I also learned how to bow hunt a few certain setups successfully. I learned how I need to hunt for mature bucks in the future at the lease. And I learned how much effect the moon and air temperature has on deer activity and the rut in the areas I hunt.

I have also learned that keeping a log of my hunting experiences is a useful tool in drawing conclusions for future hunts.
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Old 01-01-2017, 02:23 AM   #14
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Don't have dad corn out for you- he most likely used his hands which is why nothing has touched it for 3 days.

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This may be specific to the area you hunt, but I do the same (regularly) and have no issues with the deer cleaning it up the same hunt. This could maybe have more to do with availability of natural food sources or some other factor?
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:01 AM   #15
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If your wheat is bad 98% of deer will cross the road and eat the good stuff.
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:14 AM   #16
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I learned that my 5 yr old loves to hunt. He hasnt harvested anything yet but he loves the ranch.

I learned that crappy weather makes for great hunting.

I learned ipads are must with a 3 yo and 5 yo in the blind.

I learned that my ghost blind is awesome. I had deer with in 30 yds of us with the 2 kids with me. And they actully sat for 2 1/2 hrs. Crazy!!!

I learned to never give up looking for a lost deer. (This was a biggy)




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Old 01-01-2017, 05:06 AM   #17
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I have been hunting for a short time relative to most on here. Lessons have been plentyful since I started in 2008. I only hunt public land and many lessons are yet to be learned. I blew out my shoulder after one outing to scout an area in 2014. After sitting out that year, I was chomping at the bit for the 2015. I hunted several times early season and was so frustrated at the lack of seeing deer (and by hot weather) that I basically allowed it burn me out.

This year I told myself I would make all my outings be positive experiences regardless of how many deer I saw. I had to refocus on enjoying the wonderful creation the Good Lord has created for us and not base all the success of the hunt purely on weather I killed something. So far it has been an awesome year.

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Old 01-01-2017, 07:29 AM   #18
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I learned I can pay for one hunt and still get to spend time in the woods, while not giving up seeing my daughter's soccer games. Only about 5 more years of soccer and I can decide if I want to go back to leasing or continue the guided trips!

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Old 01-01-2017, 07:47 AM   #19
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Like every other year, kill a doe early next year.
First year in i dont know how long i didnt kill something with my bow.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:06 AM   #20
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I learned its worth it to just spend the money on good game cameras. Same thing with feeder timers. Had a terrible time with unreliable timers and feeders not going off. Thats the first thing on my list for the off season. Get good timers.
Need to figure out how to keep the woodpeckers from braking out the Lens lost 4 cameras this year.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:10 AM   #21
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That I couldn't be a guide for a living and management hunting is just as tough as trophy hunting.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:17 AM   #22
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A few things for me being new on a lease. In the off season scout your area. Just walk it to learn the terrain and what plant life you have. Get your feeders up early and have them going. Also having a foot plot can really turn up your hunting experience. Its something I'll be putting a lot of time into come spring. All I need is a disc harrow for my tractor and I'm set.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:33 AM   #23
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My son and my daughter will NOT go to the lease to shoot deer! I passed up several opportunities to shoot deer because I "save" it for them to shoot.

I will never setup in a pasture with a mean-azz old mare that bumps deer of the road as they eat corn......she don't eat the corn she is just don't want deer on her roads!!
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:35 AM   #24
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Need to figure out how to keep the woodpeckers from braking out the Lens lost 4 cameras this year.
I had the same thing happen to me this year. Lost two cameras this year from the lens covers being pecked out. Never happened before but I did seem to see a lot of woodpeckers this year.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:35 AM   #25
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Something's I have learned this season it's not all about killing a big buck it's just the hunt its self spending time with family and friends is more important than just the kill time in camp was great this year and I'm not going to worry about what's on my hunting camera they really miss a lot of animals out there you have to put the time in the stand to see things that don't make the feeder
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:36 AM   #26
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Missed the biggest buck I've ever layed eyes on in person do to not practicing from an elevated position. Will be doing much more shooting from higher areas in the off season. Over estimate shot went straight over the back and he prance off like nothing
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:40 AM   #27
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Watched my son have early season failures that I thought would crush him to the point of not wanting to hunt, but he kept working and ended up having the best season he's ever had.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:41 AM   #28
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Ditch the feeders and hand corn for bigger deer on our property.

Be more patient on longer shots to make sure target deer aren't on high alert.

Hunt nasty and cold weather mostly. Right after fronts and hunt the light rain at the end of the fronts moving through.

Have more work days at the end of season and late summer.

Check batteries every time on predator callers before going to stand.

Get my wife a bow the first time she asks.

Have more fun in the woods, work will always be there when I get back.

Give more thanks.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:41 AM   #29
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I had the same thing happen to me this year. Lost two cameras this year from the lens covers being pecked out. Never happened before but I did seem to see a lot of woodpeckers this year.
Yeah I seen two in the two different areas and little suckers tear some stuff up very costly
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:48 AM   #30
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Ditch the feeders and hand corn for bigger deer on our property.

Be more patient on longer shots to make sure target deer aren't on high alert.

Hunt nasty and cold weather mostly. Right after fronts and hunt the light rain at the end of the fronts moving through.

Have more work days at the end of season and late summer.

Check batteries every time on predator callers before going to stand.

Get my wife a bow the first time she asks.

Have more fun in the woods, work will always be there when I get back.

Give more thanks.
Hand corn and nasty weather end of fronts is the key we live we learn good points
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:51 AM   #31
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I learned to scout more and don't just rely on the old faithful spots on public land.

I learned the forestry people, or whoever is control of cutting timber could give two ****s about hunters. They can and will cut huge sections of forest during hunting season. Soon nothing will be left to climb where I hunt.

I'm starting to learn the last weekend of two of rifle season deer where I hunt get scarce. Normally I have spots where I can see does at least for sure, but come muzzleloader season they switch up or something.

I learned Sam Houston forest is ridiculous thick!
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:58 AM   #32
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I learned that sitting over a feeder, looking down a 10 ft. wide, 110 yard logging road SUCKS when the deer aren't moving; hand corn on trails in the thick stuff is the ticket.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:03 AM   #33
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A few things I learned or was reminded of over 2016

- That once again killing your trophy/target buck early in the season makes for a relaxing rest of the season..

- That sharing your good fortune of multiple shooters at your feeder with another lease member is as rewarding if not more rewarding as killing a good deer yourself, when you see the smile on their face standing over their buck..

- That shooting does and cull bucks can be as fun as shooting your trophy if you take the time to make it that way and check your ego at the door.

- That filling your cull/mgmt tags is not a requirement nor a have-to, even though you have one alloted on your tags.... and making a deer a mgmt deer just to kill one can be detrimental to your future mature deer/trophy selection. Not being able to find a cull buck to shoot is a good thing...

- Shooting the best of your worst is no way to fill your mgmt/cull tags

- And probably the most important. I need to lose some weight. I can't go through another season like this last one. It is starting to take some of the fun out of it.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:39 AM   #34
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That I'll never buy wild game innovation products again
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:03 AM   #35
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I learned that I really need to go elk hunting with my bow. I have been putting in unsuccessfully for archery in multiple states for many years, trying to draw a high-demand tag. My wife and I took a fly fishing trip to northern new mexico during late September and heard elk screaming all day every day. seeing big bulls every day just fueled the fire to go. If I don't draw a tag, I am going to go over the counter in Colorado. I have to do it this year!
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:08 AM   #36
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I learned to get up earlier when elk hunting..... spooked the only two cows I saw on my whole trip...

I've also refined my meat processing skills... still a lot to learn but I'm much more efficient now

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Old 01-01-2017, 10:12 AM   #37
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:21 AM   #38
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As much as I hate to say it, It is cheaper and I can hunt better places out of state.
And the people who complain they have a pig problem, their real problem is getting someone to pay them way to much to hunt meat hogs.
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:30 AM   #39
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That I'll never buy wild game innovation products again
I believe many have learned this lesson, including myself.
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:31 AM   #40
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Don't pass during bow season, hoping bigger will show up during the rut.

The rut was a pretty big disappointment
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:37 AM   #41
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Patience, patience and patience!

Hunt out of well constructed ground blinds, it does wonders in helping hold your scent down.

As mentioned above, even during rains and nasty, cold weather, the deer move. I believe the wind affects deer more than cold, wet weather with little to no winds.

Hunt with good friends. It is a heck of a lot of fun to celebrate your best kill, their best kill or even any kill with friends rather than alone!
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:44 AM   #42
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I have learned hunters that harvests big bucks in East Texas are men walking among mere mortals and I sincerely mean that. You guys that take big deer in Anderson/Rusk/Nacogdoches/Cherokee/Houston counties have my utmost respect.

I tried everything I could think of and never saw a mature buck on the hoof during daylight hours, but man there really are some good deer out here in East Texas. Just get ready to hunt hard as hell to try and stick one.

On thread topic: I learned that I am going to have to establish a good hand corn spot and get food plots put in the ground if I want to see deer on a regular basis out here.
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Old 01-01-2017, 11:09 AM   #43
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I have learned hunters that harvests big bucks in East Texas are men walking among mere mortals and I sincerely mean that. You guys that take big deer in Anderson/Rusk/Nacogdoches/Cherokee/Houston counties have my utmost respect.

I tried everything I could think of and never saw a mature buck on the hoof during daylight hours, but man there really are some good deer out here in East Texas. Just get ready to hunt hard as hell to try and stick one.

On thread topic: I learned that I am going to have to establish a good hand corn spot and get food plots put in the ground if I want to see deer on a regular basis out here.


Ha! And those are the easier counties in East Texas!
Come to Hardin County.


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Old 01-01-2017, 11:11 AM   #44
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Drought years really take a toll on age classes.
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Old 01-01-2017, 11:22 AM   #45
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Ha! And those are the easier counties in East Texas!
Come to Hardin County.


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I was about to googlemaps the rest of the counties around here, but I got lazy and those were the only ones I could think of at the moment. Anything else east or northeast of those counties as well.

I should just say East of Palestine.
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Old 01-01-2017, 02:20 PM   #46
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BINGO HERE for sure!
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Old 01-01-2017, 02:26 PM   #47
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Learned the new neighbor that bought the 240 acres joining some of mine kill anything that is brown and resembles a deer. Sounds like a war zone every weekend.
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:36 PM   #48
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:44 PM   #49
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That I still suck at bow hunting!
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:49 PM   #50
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1. Don't rush your shot.

2. Sometimes it's best to stop looking for a deer you shot. I rushed a shot on a management buck. Hit was very high. I had a hard time finding blood. Eventually i did find somewhat of a blood trail and tracked for about 90 minutes. I ran out of light and went back to camp. Showed the video of the shot and a pic of the hit to two bow hunters I respect. They both said the same thing, don't look anymore. The deer is not dead, you will push him out if you look more. I followed their advice and saw him 2 days later, but could not get a shot. Then my son tried to kill him at a different feeder, and the dang buck would never stand still broadside. After seeing him the 2nd time I am sure the buck is fine. I have been in this situation before and spent 2 days looking, completely pushing the deer out of the area. Then find out he's in someone else's feeder later.
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