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Old 10-09-2017, 11:12 AM   #1
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Looking for a few opinions. I find very little information on Angelina NF, on the web. Really no information other than the government website. Usally you can find old threads concerning any topic, but not Angelina. So whats wrong with it VS Davy Crockett, and other national forest land ?
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:47 AM   #2
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Angelia is where all the big deer are!
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:55 AM   #3
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My dad killed a nice buck many years ago. We were hunting the north side of the 147 bridge. I haven't been in those woods in many years. Thinking about giving it a try this year.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:57 AM   #4
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:06 PM   #5
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My dad killed a nice buck many years ago. We were hunting the north side of the 147 bridge. I haven't been in those woods in many years. Thinking about giving it a try this year.
Not to sound like a jerk but if you want to try it this year you should've started scouting as soon as the season ended last year. There are some whoppers in that forest but it's public land- east TX public land at that- and it's going to require boots on the ground, and time. Sure you may get lucky but that'd be the exception, not the rule.

Good luck to you just the same.
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:15 PM   #6
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Folks that hunt the Angelina are smarter than the other forests! They actually keep the woods quiet. Lots of good deer, have a buddy who used to kill good deer every year

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Old 10-09-2017, 12:17 PM   #7
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Back to my original question, why are other areas more pressured ?
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:21 PM   #8
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Lots of dog running, outlaw/night hunters and this keeps the deer very nervous year round in this national forest.
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:23 PM   #9
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Back to my original question, why are other areas more pressured ?
Well the Sam Houston National Forest, for instance, is just north of Houston. So that one is probably simply due to the population in the immediate vicinity. The Davy Crockett National Forest is further away, but not that much further, so it still gets a lot of pressure from people in Houston as well.
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:27 PM   #10
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:22 PM   #11
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My dad has a house south of the 147 bridge. I would squirrel hunt the forest 30 years ago. Hardly ever saw a anyone else hunting that area back then. Now days we are never up there after September, so I don't know what it would be like.
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Old 10-09-2017, 02:54 PM   #12
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That's where all the big bucks are! They keep it quite because their smarter!?
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Old 10-09-2017, 02:58 PM   #13
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DCNF probably has a higher overall deer population. There's good hunting both places just depends on how much work you're willin to put into it.
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Old 10-09-2017, 03:32 PM   #14
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I got drawn for a gun hunt there for 1-5 November have never bin in that area good trees for climbers or should I bring my lock on ?


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Old 10-09-2017, 04:25 PM   #15
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[quote=hogman$;12804908]I got drawn for a gun hunt there for 1-5 November have never bin in that area good trees for climbers or should I bring my lock on ?

There are good trees for climbers in the bannister wma in most of it. They keep the under brush down by controlled burns.
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:35 PM   #16
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Back to my original question, why are other areas more pressured ?
IMO it's further away from the metro areas is the reason you hear less about the ANF.
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:58 PM   #17
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I got drawn for a gun hunt there for 1-5 November have never bin in that area good trees for climbers or should I bring my lock on ?


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Old 10-09-2017, 05:03 PM   #18
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I got drawn for a gun hunt there for 1-5 November have never bin in that area good trees for climbers or should I bring my lock on ?



There are good trees for climbers in the bannister wma in most of it. They keep the under brush down by controlled burns.


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Old 10-09-2017, 09:20 PM   #19
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I got drawn for a gun hunt there for 1-5 November have never bin in that area good trees for climbers or should I bring my lock on ?


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Did you get drawn for the Angelina National Forest or the Alazan Bayou WMA ? They are not the same.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:26 PM   #20
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Did you get drawn for the Angelina National Forest or the Alazan Bayou WMA ? They are not the same.


Alazan bayou i thought they divided both into compartments wasn't sure though


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Old 10-09-2017, 09:34 PM   #21
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Alazan bayou i thought they divided both into compartments wasn't sure though


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This is a different location than I commented on earlier.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:45 PM   #22
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hogman, I don't know why some maps show the Experimental Forest as the Angelina National Forest. The Angelina NF is located near Sam Rayburn Lake and the Experimental Forest is adjacent to Alazan and is managed by Stephen F. Austin University. This is the property, combined with Alazan WMA, that you got drawn for. It is heavily timbered and ideal for climbing stands as well as hang-ons and ground blinds.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:42 AM   #23
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So let me ask your opinion on another question. Back when we hunted the forest, you didn't see many deer. This was 30 years ago, probably some of you weren't born yet. But now days there are many leases in Angelina county. With healthy deer populations. What do you think helped the most with the increase in deer population.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:17 AM   #24
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So let me ask your opinion on another question. Back when we hunted the forest, you didn't see many deer. This was 30 years ago, probably some of you weren't born yet. But now days there are many leases in Angelina county. With healthy deer populations. What do you think helped the most with the increase in deer population.
There are fewer hunters now and those that do hunt are more conservation minded and law abiding.
When I was a kid you couldn't go in the woods at all and not bump into another hunter.
I think you are seeing the gradual improvements of the last 60-70 years of game laws and conservation.
The down side I believe is that the habitat is getting worst. There used to be more ranches and true farms that would support wildlife. The good news is that timber companies and national forest land is really embracing things like prescribed burning and quality habitat management.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:09 AM   #25
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As far as Angelina National Forest goes, it is probably more visited than the Sabine NF which is even more remote.

Sam Houston National Forest is close to Houston and Montgomery County is exploding in population growth. That land will be an "urban forest" within the next 20-30 years.

Davy Crocket is closer to major metro areas and major highways (I45) and it is slightly more developed with major trails and improved camp grounds.

I spend a lot of time in the Angelina national forest south of the lake, but usually hiking and exploring rather than hunting. The habitat south of the lake is mostly upland pine which is probably not the best whitetail habitat. There are of course plenty of bottom lands and they are hunted. There are lots of corps of engineers camp grounds on the lake.
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:43 AM   #26
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That's not Angelina National Forest. It's riverbottom land, lots of hardwoods.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:34 AM   #27
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Hunted Alazan a lot with a bow and with a shot gun for hogs. lots of open bottom land with tons of hardwood trees. It can get very wet at times but has a decent deer population and tons of hogs. Unless the hunt specifies that you have to hunt in a stand or blind I would just still hunt through my area, play the wind, and spend time setting on the ground.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:31 AM   #28
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NO DEER ARE IN THE Angelina NF!
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