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Old 10-01-2017, 07:13 AM   #51
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Feeder went off.

Hunting the hill country for years has me spoiled. But hopefully with time, feed, management and a good fence things here will look up.

However until then I will look for another hill country lease.

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:05 AM   #52
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Acorns are huge, and plentiful in this Jones county shinnery country.
Feeders are of little interest to the deer right now, but they still show up some.

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:07 AM   #53
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Grab a few kernels and go it seems. That said if there was a population like the hill country, deer and pigs, the acorns get eaten as they hit the ground. As it is they have all they want but they are healthy.

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:22 AM   #54
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Grab a few kernels and go it seems. That said if there was a population like the hill country, deer and pigs, the acorns get eaten as they hit the ground. As it is they have all they want but they are healthy.

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Yep, exactly.

That's why I like to primarily hunt my place over on the Clear Fork river.
No oak trees there, so the deer come to the feeders real well.

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:46 AM   #55
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Last year they hit them later in season. But seems like a lot of the scrub oak acorns are down and many already eaten so maybe it will be sooner this year.

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Old 10-01-2017, 08:49 AM   #56
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You ever eat at that diner in Hawley on the west side of the highway?

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Old 10-01-2017, 05:40 PM   #57
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Gnats are horrible. Wish the Thermacell worked on them.

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Old 10-01-2017, 06:52 PM   #58
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She doesn't care about the corn but she's digging the rye.

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Old 10-03-2017, 06:59 AM   #59
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:04 AM   #60
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You ever eat at that diner in Hawley on the west side of the highway?

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Quite often, and the one down town (Mom's Diner) also.

The folks who own the one up on the highway also own the steakhouse on the east side of town.

I haven't eaten at the steakhouse (TRP Steakhouse) in quite a while, but it used to be really good. Only open Friday & Saturday evenings.

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Old 10-03-2017, 07:13 AM   #61
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I've never actually been into town. Have been to the Chillers and 7 Eleven only. Guess I need to check it out because driving into Abilene takes too much time. Maybe we can meet for lunch some weekend and you can give me some tips on hunting this area.
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:59 AM   #62
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I went West Texas and hunted with my boss for the opener. The deer definitely were not on the feeders due to all the acorns, but they don't last long, and if the wet weather keeps up there, they will sour and spoil. Not good for the deer, but that means they will come back to the feeders. I try to hunt a bit away from the feeder and catch them coming in. They seem to be less jumpy in route. Best of luck, and again congratulations on the place.
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Old 10-03-2017, 08:10 AM   #63
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I've never actually been into town. Have been to the Chillers and 7 Eleven only. Guess I need to check it out because driving into Abilene takes too much time. Maybe we can meet for lunch some weekend and you can give me some tips on hunting this area.
Sounds like a plan.

As far as tips on hunting this area goes. Well, it's tough.
The animals are very spooky due to the high human population, and the dingle berries who shoot at them all the time.

I have found the best tactics to be:

Hide well. (standard procedure)

Be very quiet. (standard procedure)

Don't use scents.
Will often make them even more spooky, and scare them away.

Don't use calls other than soft grunts sparingly.
This also makes them even more spooky, and will scare them away when any aggressive calling is done.

Hide your feeder if possible.
I noticed an immediate increase in deer traffic around my feeders once I started hiding them as much as possible.

As you can see, the deer around here aren't tolerant of much of anything.

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Old 10-03-2017, 08:35 AM   #64
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All of the feeders are in pretty tight cover as you can see from some of my pics. I usually see deer. Just not many and no mature bucks. I have been using skunk cover scent. I can do without that if it's hurting. Stands are well concealed. I left some sweaty t shirts at a couple to get them used to scent being around but you are correct in they are spooky.

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All of the feeders are in pretty tight cover as you can see from some of my pics. I usually see deer. Just not many and no mature bucks. I have been using skunk cover scent. I can do without that if it's hurting. Stands are well concealed. I left some sweaty t shirts at a couple to get them used to scent being around but you are correct in they are spooky.

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The skunk scent is ok. I was talking about deer scents.

They shy away from the smell of outsider deer, especially mature buck and doe estrus scents. During full rut you can use those, but even then you want to go easy on it, or it will put them off in a hurry.

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Old 10-03-2017, 09:47 AM   #66
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Either way I'm committed as I gave up a good lease to buy into this place. I think there is good potential but we have neighbors who believe in filling their tags. Time will tell.

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Old 10-17-2017, 05:09 PM   #67
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Ttt after we chatted, I'm checking for updates daily!
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:34 PM   #68
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Working on clean up mostly. The people who had the land before us were trashy. As in trash every where. We've made a serious dent in in but it's an ongoing process.

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Old 10-17-2017, 06:50 PM   #69
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Working on clean up mostly. The people who had the land before us were trashy. As in trash every where. We've made a serious dent in in but it's an ongoing process.

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Where exactly is your ranch located?
Trying to figure out just how close we are from each other?
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Cool place. Enjoyed it.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:17 PM   #71
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North of Hawley on private road 706.

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Old 10-17-2017, 08:53 PM   #72
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North of Hawley on private road 706.

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Not to far apart then.
About 5 miles as a crow flies.

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One weekend I'll give you a shout.

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