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Old 11-17-2017, 10:00 AM   #251
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Had an owl land on the window ledge about 2 ft from my face, scared the **** out of both of us.
I had the exact thing happen, right before dawn. I almost needed new pants.
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Old 11-17-2017, 11:10 AM   #252
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Father and I were in a box stand many years back watching a pipeline in two directions. The stand was all wood and about 5 feet off the ground. As we sat, a squirrel making all kinds of noise appeared on the other side of the pipeline about 20 yards from us. Barking, squealing and having a ball, at first he was entertaining, it soon turned to annoying. My father turned to me and said I wish the Dam thing would shut up. Few seconds later the barking squirrel crosses the pipelined right towards our stand. He gets to our stand, and you can hear his claws as he is climbing up the legs. My father stands up to look out the front window, whispering to me that f’n thing is coming up here. I couldn't resist and reached over and pinched my father on the butt. Keep in mind, at that moment my Father was sure were being invaded by a crazy squirrel. He screamed and jump sky high, nearly knocking the roof off the stand.

We saw no deer that day, mainly because very few minutes I would look his way and break into laughter. Never did see that squirrel again.
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Old 11-17-2017, 12:37 PM   #253
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Haven't read the other ones, but this one might take the cake. While walking back to get the truck and pick up a deer I shot in my evening hunt, I ran into this guy at dark. He said he was lost, I told him he was trespassing and needed to get off the property and sent him on his way to the nearest town...I didn't find out until later that night who he was and what he was doing in remote South TX:
http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/...ithout-parole/

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Old 12-08-2017, 01:00 AM   #254
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I was calling dogs in a pasture one day and had jackrabbit bounce off the ground about 30ft in front of me. Blew my mind until i noticed the hawk circling.
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:08 AM   #255
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I was on a buddies ranch in cotulla. First and only time I have been to this ranch, his grandmas husband (I guess his step granddad?) wanted every native deer he owned shot because he was bringing in bred does and some breeder bucks. My buddy, me, and 2 other buddies go down there all in one truck. First night there we drive around so we can figure out where the blinds are (all of our first and only times at this ranch) so we know where to go in the morning. Well since we all came in one truck we left for the blinds fairly early so the last guy could drop everyone off and park the truck and get in his blind at a decent time still.These blinds are probably the tallest blinds ive ever been in. Anyway, I got in the blind fairly early and decided to take a little nap until day light. About the time I started dozing off an owl flew into the closed window of the blind, sounded like a gun shot and the entire blind was shaking. Needless to say I was no longer needed a nap, I was wide awake the rest of the morning
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:06 AM   #256
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I was in a popup blind in Liberty county hunting a fenceline that deer liked to travel. About 30 minutes before dark I had to pee bad. I finished off a Gatorade and dropped to my knees and started peeing.

I look up and a coyote is in my shooting lane at 20 yds looking at my blind. I've still got my pants unzipped and the one-eyed finless wrinkle necked trouser trout is getting some fresh air. I slowly get my bow and turn to my right. As I start to draw he walked off down the fence out of sight.

I made a kissing sound and the dummy came back. He was facing me and i put an arrow right through his eye. I jumped up, got out of the blind, started to text a few buddies and then felt a nice breeze on my nether regions. Not sure if the 3rd eye helped my aim, but it sure didnt hurt.

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Old 12-08-2017, 03:59 AM   #257
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I have two stories to share....

1.) First one happen at Chaparral WMA when I was about 13 or 14ish. My parents would take us down there for Standby since we hardly ever got drawn in the system. This particular time we hunting in our department and not seeing anything, so we decide to drive around the pasture (mid-morning). All of sudden ,we heard a helicopter and it was the Border Patrol in the next pasture yell "U.S. Border Patrol get on the ground!" over the PA system. Then we saw 4-5 trucks circling the pasture looking for the illegals.

2.) I was on my Elk hunting trip in the Gila outside of Reserve, New Mexico on public land. My dad and I was sit on the powerline then all of sudden a car comes driving through the pasture yell, "Run Elk Run!". Sadly to say I didn't get an elk.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:01 AM   #258
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We were hunting near Reserve NM and found an abandoned car all shot up with a pile of crap on the drivers seat. Just saying.

Hunting 20' up in a lock-on I kept hearing something moving in the brush then realized it was a 6' Rat Snake climbing my tree. He crawled up right past after looking me over and went to one of his normal knot holes. I could hear the baby mice squeaking inside the knot hole as he fed, then moved to the next knot hole. When finished with my tree he crossed over to another big oak and continued feeding.

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Old 12-08-2017, 08:07 AM   #259
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Haven't read the other ones, but this one might take the cake. While walking back to get the truck and pick up a deer I shot in my evening hunt, I ran into this guy at dark. He said he was lost, I told him he was trespassing and needed to get off the property and sent him on his way to the nearest town...I didn't find out until later that night who he was and what he was doing in remote South TX:
http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/...ithout-parole/
holy smokes!!!!!! Did he act weird? tell us more
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:19 AM   #260
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holy smokes!!!!!! Did he act weird? tell us more


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Old 12-08-2017, 08:25 AM   #261
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Well about 4 years ago. Hunting out in our deer lease in throckmorton/ Baylor county line. Shot a buck just 2 weeks prior to hunting that day. I sat 2 days and did not see a deer. I said what the heck is going on? After the hunt I decided to walk down to the overflow (run off of the Brazos.) as I walk up I see a silver Chevy equinox. Keep this in mind. We are 18 miles on a dirt road in BFE literally. Gates, cattleguards, roads splitting off ever which direction. As I approach the vehicle I get a little scared due to the fact it might be “ hunters” I scream, come out! Well I walk up to the little step down to the over flow. I look over and see a dead man lying there. Looks to be little older. So I take off running to go tell my uncle. (He’s a cop) anyways we called the cops, game warden ETC. come to find out it was a man missing out of garland thag you see “amber alert” the name was Hal ticknor. Idk how to copy and paste the story but you can see it on you tube, and or the internet. Just something your not suppose to find at the deer lease.


https://www.dallasnews.com/news/news...as-hal-ticknor

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Old 12-08-2017, 09:12 AM   #262
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Had just bought a small place in Burnet and was in a tree stand one evening. Had a few doe out in the field in front of me and was just waiting on the feeder to throw to see if that would pull them closer to me. About 10 min before the feeder was going to throw, this small one seater plane came in really low at the tree I was in barely clearing the tree before landing in my neighbor's field about 100 yards behind me. I got down from my stand and walked over to the fence to see what was going on. I see him pull the plane over to his barn and pull it inside.

I hadn't had time to meet all my neighbors and he was one of them. Met him shortly after and he had built a small plane and stored it out there. He rolled his pasture to make his own runway but over the years he quit storing it at his house and started using the Burnet airport instead. Before he moved it, he probably impacted 5 hunts over 10+ years so nothing to complain about.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:48 AM   #263
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On the best dove hunting ever in Paduacha, a truck starts racing down fenceline towards us. Old man jumps out and begins his ranting. We finally figure out he is the landowner, and "Bob" at the local resturant(Crackers) where we got permission to hunt, thinks it is funny to tell folks they can dove hunt on Farmer Joe's land and telling them it is his. We say how sorry we are and gather up our stuff, but LO says finish our morning hunt, but don't hunt any more. LO goes to his truck and gets stuck turning around. We were in a 2WD truck and didn't dare drive in the deep sand, so we still had to leave and take the LO home. He cussed "Bob" all the way back to town.

Back in my actual tree climbing, set on a limb, treestand hunting days I watched a bobcatwalk down the edge of the creek, then turn and head straight in my direction. He most have seen something around my tree cause he walked right up to the tree only 6-8 feet below me. That's when it got real interesting real fast, he had the same idea as me and started climbing up the tree. I started waving my arms and kicking my feet(it was still prime deer hunting time, so I didn't want to yell). He climbed down and walked backwards in slow motion never taking his eyes off mine. Once he got back about 15 feet, he sat down and tried to figure out what I was up in the tree. After a few minutes he turned and trotted off.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:06 AM   #264
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I was in a popup blind in Liberty county hunting a fenceline that deer liked to travel. About 30 minutes before dark I had to pee bad. I finished off a Gatorade and dropped to my knees and started peeing.

I look up and a coyote is in my shooting lane at 20 yds looking at my blind. I've still got my pants unzipped and the one-eyed finless wrinkle necked trouser trout is getting some fresh air. I slowly get my bow and turn to my right. As I start to draw he walked off down the fence out of sight.

I made a kissing sound and the dummy came back. He was facing me and i put an arrow right through his eye. I jumped up, got out of the blind, started to text a few buddies and then felt a nice breeze on my nether regions. Not sure if the 3rd eye helped my aim, but it sure didnt hurt.
FYI- coyotes abide by 'an eye for an eye'. 1st-3rd eye, it doesn't matter. Watch your 6 and keep your eyes peeled out there brother Chew.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:14 AM   #265
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I was hunting on our farm and I heard a animal in distress while I was in my blind. I waited about 30/45 minutes and went to check it out since it was totally killing my hunt. I walked up on a dog with his head stuck in a fallen cotton wood limb hole. I had to go to the house get a hand saw and cut him loose. He was fine but my hunt that day was done.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:26 AM   #266
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Haven't read the other ones, but this one might take the cake. While walking back to get the truck and pick up a deer I shot in my evening hunt, I ran into this guy at dark. He said he was lost, I told him he was trespassing and needed to get off the property and sent him on his way to the nearest town...I didn't find out until later that night who he was and what he was doing in remote South TX:
http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/...ithout-parole/
That is crazy
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:29 AM   #267
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I was in a popup blind in Liberty county hunting a fenceline that deer liked to travel. About 30 minutes before dark I had to pee bad. I finished off a Gatorade and dropped to my knees and started peeing.

I look up and a coyote is in my shooting lane at 20 yds looking at my blind. I've still got my pants unzipped and the one-eyed finless wrinkle necked trouser trout is getting some fresh air. I slowly get my bow and turn to my right. As I start to draw he walked off down the fence out of sight.

I made a kissing sound and the dummy came back. He was facing me and i put an arrow right through his eye. I jumped up, got out of the blind, started to text a few buddies and then felt a nice breeze on my nether regions. Not sure if the 3rd eye helped my aim, but it sure didnt hurt.
Crazy hunt and nice shot you still hunt like that for good luck
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:40 AM   #268
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Yes, there's more...

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Old 12-09-2017, 12:48 AM   #269
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holy smokes!!!!!! Did he act weird? tell us more
I was just giving the overview. Expanded version is my dad saw bunch of illegals crossing late afternoon at his stand, followed shortly after by this white guy. He texted saying they were all heading my direction. 2 hours later is when I had my encounter with him. My girlfriend at the time (now wife) was with me hunting, and we came across him crouching next to a pond at dark on our way back to the truck. She sees him about 50-75yds away and whispers asking who the guy is, then starts getting really uneasy. I tell her to walk back to the blind with my phone and I yell out "Hey bud, what are you doing out here". Literally silence as he gets up from the bag he was kneeling over, walks towards me hands in his pockets. I take my rifle off my shoulder (left my carry pistol back at camp...) as he's walking and angle it at 45 degrees between ground/him. Stop him at about 20yds and tell him to start talking about what he's doing on the property. He says he's lost, and his truck broke down. Asked him where his truck was and he pointed toward a ranch to the south. Tells me he's trying to get back to a town and can't remember the name but has a map. Naively, I lower the gun and approach him after he lights a lighter trying to show me the town on the map. Stand with him shoulder to shoulder looking at what he's trying to show me on the map. Turns out it's Catarina, about 2 miles from our lease.
Others may second guess about me trying to help him out, but the guy literally sounded scared ****less in his voice about needing to get back to town. Now knowing the story, I don't blame him. I knew that ranch like the back of my hand but even I wouldn't want to be a 7000 acre ranch, alone, no flashlight, water, sleeping gear etc and miles from shelter...
Anyway, I tell him where the county road is, tell him he's trespassing and has to leave, then go back and get my girlfriend and go to the truck. Driving out, our lights catch him on the wrong road. My dad comes over a few minutes later and is like "Hey buddy, thought we told you to get the hell out of here already". Guy says he's sorry but got turned around walking in the dark. Dad points him on the road and says it will take him to town. Guy says he's thirsty and asks for water. Well we drank all the Gatorade and water during the hunt, so my dad hands him a beer that he had just opened and sends him on his way. We notified the ranch manager who then asked us for a description, which ended up matching the guy.
Turns out he had burned and abandoned his car in Catarina, was trying to steal a car to get to Mexico then took off on foot. Got turned around somehow and was heading back north across our lease when we came across him. BP and Dimmit sheriff got him walking back on the road to Catarina not long after we sent him off.
So sad for the girl's family but happy that he was brought to justice and didn't disappear into Mexico.
A few things learned:
1. I never leave camp without my pistol. A rifle is nice to have but in close quarters might not have done me much good. I can handle myself and was never worried about taking the guy if things got physical, but as my wife points out, it was pitch dark and he could have had a knife or a pistol and I wouldn't have had a great chance standing next to him if he got the jump on me.
Also, turns out that he fled Kansas with a shotgun and a duffel bag, and I don't doubt the Lord's intervention because he was kneeling over a black bag when he approached me but never took anything out (we never found the bag afterward btw...)
2. I was advised later that illegals usually aren't an issue unless it's a bunch of men and big backpacks. But if you see a white guy crossing then either he's running drugs or people and likely armed.
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:11 PM   #270
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About 6 feet from the ground blind

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Old 01-14-2018, 03:14 PM   #271
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Sitting in the stand turkey hunting in the dark, and having a massive owl try to fly thru the window.... or listening to illegals walkie talkies going off in the woods
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:09 PM   #272
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Dozed off in my tree stand, I guess snored so loud several deer started snort wheezing back at me and pouncing their from huffs and staring at me. They didn't run away for the longest time. Too funny.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:11 PM   #273
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Great stories... keep ‘em coming.

In my teens, when I could still climb trees, I climbed into a small oak tree growing along the boundary fence of my grandfather’s place in Washington Co. to watch his field. The neighboring property was thickly wooded. After a while, I heard something moving through the trees behind me. I turn to see one of my cousins sneaking through the woods towards me. He never sees me in the tree. He sneaks right up to the fence directly below me to check out the field. I start to drop bits of bark and twigs on him. The look on his face was priceless when he finally looked up and saw me there. We had a good laugh about that. I found out then that he had leased the neighboring property.



Was fishing with my father in a small cove on Lake Fork. Lake level was down +/-5’ so there was a band of open ground about 20’-25’ wide between the edge of the water and the tree line. Lots of coot milling around on the water. All of a sudden a bobcat streaks out of the woods to the water and grabs a coot and carries it back to the woods. In a short time the coot comes waddling out of the woods towards the water. Just before it gets to the water, the bobcat shoots out and grabs it again and carries it back. This happened about two more times. I guess the bobcat finally tired of the game or the coot just became lunch. It was cool diversion from the fact we weren’t catching any fish.



Took my then 9 year old son hunting near Brackettville. Parked the truck well before daylight and we were walking down the road to the blind. Still a little moonlight, so we didn’t need a light. Son was asking lots of questions. He pointed to a funny-shaped piece of wood in the road and asked what it was. I kicked it and told him what it was. Couple minutes later, still walking, he points to something else and asked the same thing. I was about to kick it when it moved. Turned on the flashlight... I almost kicked a porcupine. He thought that was the coolest thing of the trip.

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Old 01-16-2018, 12:59 PM   #274
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