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Old 08-17-2015, 06:18 PM   #1
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I plan to hunt CNG for the first time this year. When I searched the forums not a lot came up, so I thought I'd start a thread.

If anyone has been out there recently, I'd be interested in hearing what the water level is like in the creeks and lakes,and how heavily hunted it typically is there. I plan to make a trip there Saturday to put foot to ground.


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Old 08-17-2015, 11:44 PM   #2
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This will be my first too. Maybe I'll run into you. Been really interested in finding some gobblers up there. Deer to if they are there.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:17 AM   #3
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they have deer and turkey both in fair numbers but the spring rains put a damper on the turkey hunting....area south of Coffee Mill Lake would be a good starting point....Lake Fannin unit in your looking to bow hunt
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:58 AM   #4
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I'm taking the kayak out this weekend. I plan to scout Coffee Mill Lake and the creek system. Depending on how long that takes, I may walk in to a few other areas. I've been staring at topo maps and google earth for two weeks, trying to ID the areas I want to scout.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:53 AM   #5
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I camped at Davy Crockett fourth of July weekend. The rain kept us pretty hunkered down most of the weekend. But from what I was able to scout out, the lakes were up. Both Davy Crockett and Coffee Mill. I saw signs of active beavers, coyotes and rabbits.

Across the street from the camp area is the "primitive" wildlife area. I walked a little bit of the trails. Looks like a fire lane was cut for the power lines that were run through the area.

I walked that fire lane for about 300 yards in either direction of the main gate. Didn't see much. No tracks, no droppings, no rubs.

Not sure what that means ... maybe it just means they don't hang out by the gate lol
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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I had planned to scout last Saturday, but my entire family fell victim to intestinal jihad. Hoping to get out there this Saturday.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:30 PM   #7
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I made a trip out there today. Found some areas that should draw deer when the acorns drop. Didn't see any deer, but it was impossible to be stealthy in that brush. It's pretty thick in there. Lots of greenery. Also found a deer stand. I'll be sending photos and gps coordinates to TPWD.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:54 PM   #8
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I made a trip out there today. Found some areas that should draw deer when the acorns drop. Didn't see any deer, but it was impossible to be stealthy in that brush. It's pretty thick in there. Lots of greenery. Also found a deer stand. I'll be sending photos and gps coordinates to TPWD.
Send the information to the caddo office. They are run by the Feds, and TPWD can't do anything to take care of the stand.
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:44 PM   #9
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Send the information to the caddo office. They are run by the Feds, and TPWD can't do anything to take care of the stand.
Thanks! Will do.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:42 PM   #10
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Anybody camping on the grasslands for the opener? I'm thinking about staying in the maintained area north of Coffee Mill Lake. If you're around, stop in and say hi! I'll be in a red Toyota Tacoma 4 Door.
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Old 09-25-2015, 03:03 PM   #11
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Went out and scouted north of 409 LOTS of rooting from hogs around the creek. FYI, If you go out that way some of the fences are down. Stumbled onto private prop. Found a feeder and a blind.
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Old 10-02-2015, 12:26 AM   #12
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I'll be heading out tomorrow. I plan to camp at the site on the north side of Coffee Mill lake if there is space. Again, red 4-door Tacoma. Stop by if you pass through. I may just have a home brewed beer for you.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:57 PM   #13
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It was a good opening weekend. Did anyone harvest? My report is in the link below.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=553960
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Old 10-06-2015, 03:14 PM   #14
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Hunted the unit just south of 273 Monday. Didn't venture that deep, just far enough to set up on a large pound with lots of deer/pig signs. As luck would have it I saw nothing.
Snuck out around midday to go scout some of the areas off 409 and to the west of coffee mill. Looks promising for future hunts.
Headed back out tomorrow to try another area.
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:44 PM   #15
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How crowded does Caddo get? I just saw a post of LBJ with three guys in with 30 yards of each other.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:33 PM   #16
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One guy bumped into me on Saturday, but moved quietly on when I waved my orange cap at him. In his defense, I was 18 feet off the ground. Otherwise, the only people I saw were in camp or in parking areas.
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:03 PM   #17
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Got run out by some firebugs with the forest service. Doing "controlled" burns on a couple of the units.

Aside from ending my hunt early not a bad day. Saw a handful of deer just nothing worth flinging a sharp stick at.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:29 AM   #18
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I'll be heading back out there after work today.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:26 PM   #19
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Got run out by some firebugs with the forest service. Doing "controlled" burns on a couple of the units.

Aside from ending my hunt early not a bad day. Saw a handful of deer just nothing worth flinging a sharp stick at.

Are any of the controlled burn areas closed for the weekend? If so are they posted. I've tried calling the office in Decatur but I guess they took a four day Columbus Day weekend
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:44 AM   #20
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Don't know if there would be something to broadcast it, but they stapled a sign to a fence post as a form of notification.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:37 PM   #21
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Anyone see anything this weekend?
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:38 AM   #22
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Cricket.....

I'll be headed out tomorrow morning.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:13 PM   #23
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Went back out yesterday and set up in another area with a good pond and natural draws that funnel the deer in. Large pond so it made for a bit longer shot than I cared for hunting off the ground, but it worked. Actually everything worked out perfectly except my broadhead. 4 does at dusk, picked the biggest and after 30 min with fading light I took the one shot opportunity she presented me: 55 yards facing straight towards me. Head came up, stick her dead center of the brisket with a 100grn Grim Reaper razorcut. After the hit when she bolted I could see the last 6" of arrow and my lighted knock sticking out of her chest. Waited her out, went over to where I shot her and could not find a drop off blood anywhere. She ran up into a ticket, (thick enough I couldn't even see the lit knock). After an hour tromping through briars and thorns in the dark I gave up... first deer I've ever lost. First deer I shot that didn't bleed...guess there's a first time for everything, but this one has me tore up.
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:49 PM   #24
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Sorry to hear that Tater0331. That deer is dead with that placement for sure. She may have ran a good ways before the cavity filled up enough to pour blood out of just one hole with an arrow filling it. Seems like a marginal shot on a WT esp. at that distance, but I assume you're probably a dang good shot if you felt comfortable at that range in the first place. I shot a doe once that ran 50 yards into a solid blackberry briar patch before dripping a pinky-nail size drop of blood. I was down to crawling on random pig trails when I found that blood and then another 30 yards later, the deer. And that was during daylight. Those jokers have the upper hand at night for sure.

Good job on picking a good spot and being where they are naturally. Those are some pretty woods to hunt and the deer seem to have decent size to them there. Will look forward to a LDP, I imagine you'll get a redemption shot soon. I sympathize with the tore-up feeling. It'll pass, just don't let it keep you from trying again asap.
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Old 10-21-2015, 03:34 AM   #25
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Went back out yesterday and set up in another area with a good pond and natural draws that funnel the deer in. Large pond so it made for a bit longer shot than I cared for hunting off the ground, but it worked. Actually everything worked out perfectly except my broadhead. 4 does at dusk, picked the biggest and after 30 min with fading light I took the one shot opportunity she presented me: 55 yards facing straight towards me. Head came up, stick her dead center of the brisket with a 100grn Grim Reaper razorcut. After the hit when she bolted I could see the last 6" of arrow and my lighted knock sticking out of her chest. Waited her out, went over to where I shot her and could not find a drop off blood anywhere. She ran up into a ticket, (thick enough I couldn't even see the lit knock). After an hour tromping through briars and thorns in the dark I gave up... first deer I've ever lost. First deer I shot that didn't bleed...guess there's a first time for everything, but this one has me tore up.

Sorry to hear that
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:42 AM   #26
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It wasn't the broadheads fault, shot placement, shot angle.
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Old 11-14-2015, 02:24 PM   #27
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Any updates? Thinking about adding CNG to my scouting list for the spring. I am only bow hunting this year, but may add gun in next year if I don't get any early season success. any particular units ya'll like the most? is it crowded with guys now that gun season is open?
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Old 11-14-2015, 02:36 PM   #28
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My buddy is out there as we speak. Hasn't seen anything
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Old 10-31-2017, 12:56 PM   #29
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I plan to hunt CNG for the first time this year. When I searched the forums not a lot came up, so I thought I'd start a thread.

If anyone has been out there recently, I'd be interested in hearing what the water level is like in the creeks and lakes,and how heavily hunted it typically is there. I plan to make a trip there Saturday to put foot to ground.


Good luck and happy hunting.
Hey Slow and Steady,

Itís been a couple years since this post but like you not much comes up when I search for Caddo.

Have you been hunting it since? Any words of advice so I start off in the right direction?
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:14 PM   #30
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I've been up there a few times, will probably be out on Saturday with my boy. Lots of pigs, seen a couple of deer. Signs are there just have not been able to get on top of them yet.
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I've been up there a few times, will probably be out on Saturday with my boy. Lots of pigs, seen a couple of deer. Signs are there just have not been able to get on top of them yet.
How crowded does it get on opening day?

My first guess is to avoid the small zones and anywhere around campgrounds.
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:45 PM   #32
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Just trying to plan ahead so I don’t waste a lot of time running from other hunters.
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:28 PM   #33
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I'm not much help but I was driving along the roads Oct 1 which was opening weekend and their was only 1 hunter their that i saw so i dont think it will be crowded.

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Old 11-02-2017, 06:03 PM   #34
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Opening day was only 1 hunter and hunted a few other times with the place to myself.
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:02 PM   #35
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Anyone hunting Caddo tomorrow?
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:28 PM   #36
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I was out on Saturday and it wasn’t that crazy. Jumped one buck but never got a shot. Heard some other shooting so someone was having a good time ha.
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I'm thinking about hunting Coffee mills lake area in a couple weeks.
Question for those of you that have been there.
Would it be possible to use a boat to get to less traveled hunting areas?

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Old 11-05-2017, 08:52 PM   #38
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I hiked to the lake and there was a couple out there on a boat so it’s a pretty good opportunity really.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:35 PM   #39
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I️ was out on Saturday, bunch of shooting but nothing near me. Headed back out on Saturday, hopefully the cold snap will get them moving.
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:32 AM   #40
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I'm thinking about hunting Coffee mills lake area in a couple weeks.
Question for those of you that have been there.
Would it be possible to use a boat to get to less traveled hunting areas?

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yep, because its a long hike without one to below the dam.
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I️ was out on Saturday, bunch of shooting but nothing near me. Headed back out on Saturday, hopefully the cold snap will get them moving.
FDPBrooks, What area did you move through?
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yep, because its a long hike without one to below the dam.
Tdwinklr, have you spend a lot of time below the dam? Is it any more open there or is the whole Grassland just as thick of brush as the west side of the lake?
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:59 PM   #43
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I was on the north side of the lake. Been trying to scout as much as possible, just a lot of land to walk. Will be out there on Saturday and Sunday with my boy, trying to get him involved and enjoying the outdoors. Too much time with a phone in his hand.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:00 PM   #44
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There is a fair amount of pigs in this area, if any come across I will probably take a shot at one.
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Old 11-12-2017, 03:36 PM   #45
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I hiked a lot of the west of the lake and jumped several deer but still haven’t seen any pigs. Lots of sign but I’m clearly doing this wrong, ha
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Old 11-12-2017, 05:04 PM   #46
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baordbum, was looking at the west part of the lake today on the map. Had a good day yesterday within the last 5 minutes of light, had a spike and 3 doe come to the stand. Squirrel hunters out today shooting up the place.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:28 PM   #47
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The west is really thick bush. Which is also where I’m seeing the most deer so probably not a coincidence.

How hikeable is the north side of the lake?
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:50 PM   #48
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The north Side has thick brush as well, hike the wooded areas and it’s easier to cut thru. Also you have a road cutting the land in half and a dirt road on the north perimeter. One group of hogs is crossing the field to be with the cows. I sent you an email of the north map w the hog locations.
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:27 PM   #49
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FDPBrooks, I never got the email. Could you try it again?
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:41 PM   #50
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Boardbum, hopefully the attachments come thru this time. Will be out tomorrow morning if you want to meet.
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