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Old 09-12-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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Ok starting the season off right with an official 2010 lake Georgetown hunting thread post up pics, progress or current news if you would like.




Ok guys and girls good news both mine and my buddies set ups survived the water and seem to be doing well. How is everybody else doing?
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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gonna go check my camera next week,so far deer under the feeder at night only
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:08 PM   #3
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Let me know how it goes paintman
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:24 PM   #4
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Season looks good for me as well.....just gotta get these guys coming during daylight.



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Old 09-12-2010, 09:31 PM   #5
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Nice bucks I have some that have been coming in but seems as though they like to party late and sleep in.
I will try to get some more pics up when I get the chance
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Any Georgetown veterans that have hunted in the pass, post up some pics of previous kills that were 13 inches or greater it would be great to see one of these elusive public land bucks to be seen on the ground.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:32 AM   #7
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my son showed up there at 3 oclock in morning for a permit,by 8 oclock there were 13 people there for 11 left over permits,glad he got there early and got a permit
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:41 AM   #8
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Congrats, Paintman are yall going to put out another set up?
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:02 PM   #9
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Yup headed out there after work
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Cool congrats Paintman.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:04 PM   #11
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Glad yall's set up's didn't wash away. Good luck this year.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:32 PM   #12
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we got him setup in a nice spot,hopefully he'll see some deer ,thought id be seeing a bunch of pictures but my game cam is a piece of crap,it takes a pic every 3 minutes until it poops out,no deer,it took about 20 pics of nothing now it wont turn back on,pleanty of tracks under my feeder though
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:52 PM   #13
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it was well worth driving to gtown at two am lol.......ready for the season to start now!!
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we got him setup in a nice spot,hopefully he'll see some deer ,thought id be seeing a bunch of pictures but my game cam is a piece of crap,it takes a pic every 3 minutes until it poops out,no deer,it took about 20 pics of nothing now it wont turn back on,pleanty of tracks under my feeder though
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:51 PM   #15
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Me and TXfirefighter went out today and checked things out. Filled feeders and looked at game pics ready for season to start
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EVERYBODY who has NOT set up their blind yet PLEASE look around before you SET UP. When you just throw up a spot you end up being a few measly yards from somebody else’s set. Not trying to cause an argument it will just help everybody in the end if we just space out.
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EVERYBODY who has NOT set up their blind yet PLEASE look around before you SET UP. When you just throw up a spot you end up being a few measly yards from somebody else’s set. Not trying to cause an argument it will just help everybody in the end if we just space out.
I've learned a that out there its a good idea to walk a 100yd radius around your selected spot before setting up, and look over every square foot of property in the area just to be sure nobody is too close. There is nothing in the rules about a minimum distance between hunters, only property lines and roads/trails, so its up to us to use our best judgement when setting up stands and feeders. If we all respect each other we can all have a good season.
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I've learned a that out there its a good idea to walk a 100yd radius around your selected spot before setting up, and look over every square foot of property in the area just to be sure nobody is too close. There is nothing in the rules about a minimum distance between hunters, only property lines and roads/trails, so its up to us to use our best judgement when setting up stands and feeders. If we all respect each other we can all have a good season.
I agree 100%
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:11 PM   #19
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Does anybody else have any progress reports I thought I would post a pic of this guy.
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Nice avatar pic Grinder (bbm91) goodluck this year to everyone. Got some good pics off the cam. Cant wait for season to start. Who else will be there opening day?
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:04 PM   #21
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:45 PM   #22
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got a new camera,had it on the porch all week,it seems to be working good so ima try to get it put out this weekend
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Cool keep us updated.
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:26 PM   #24
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got my trail cam today,its working good.also made a box so no one can steal it..haha looks redneck but it would survive a nuke!! so ready for the season to start!!
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:31 AM   #25
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i need info on how to hunt over lake georgetown never been there. how do i get a permit
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:38 AM   #26
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got my trail cam today,its working good.also made a box so no one can steal it..haha looks redneck but it would survive a nuke!! so ready for the season to start!!
Cool keep it all locked down and let us now what you are seeing
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:11 AM   #27
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Looks like yall will have some luck this year. Glad ur setups survived. Hoping to draw a Post card Granger permit today.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:58 AM   #28
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i need info on how to hunt over lake georgetown never been there. how do i get a permit
I noticed under your screen name its says you already hunt at lake Georgetown. If you dont have a permit already, you're too late. Permits were already issued. You need to apply at the lake office before July 4th, shoot a qualifying course the first weekend in August, be one of the lucky people that gets drawn, pay $90 and pick up your permit.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:39 PM   #29
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got my camera and seed set bout today
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i need info on how to hunt over lake georgetown never been there. how do i get a permit
So how do you hunt lake Georgetown and want to know info how to hunt there?
I cant help but to ask with all the unmarked feeders and blinds I have seen around.
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Soooo nobody else has any good pics to share to big of a secret to post any up?
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:29 PM   #33
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Soooo nobody else has any good pics to share to big of a secret to post any up?
i will as soon as i get some back!!
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Cool let us know how it goes
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:14 PM   #35
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A buddy checked in to the hunting on lake Georgetown and we didnt fallow through with it (shame on us) what do you have to do to hunt Lake Georgetown? and what is the qualification corse made up of?
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:45 PM   #36
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No pics to share yet.

Just got a few night shots of passing does. Will be checking the cameras again this weekend after sitting for two weeks in a new spot, so hopefully there will be some good ones to share.

P.S. - Anyone here ever try just walking in and either picking a spot or trying to spot and stalk? I'm scheduled during the week for Oct. so probably won't have much time after work to get all the way into my stand location. I've scouted pretty much all the area I would do this in to take note of other setups to stay away from. Still would be a little worried about walking up on someone.

here you go flip http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/geo...on/Hunting.asp
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Hi you guys. Glad to find this thread to discuss the hunt at lake georgetown.
So far, no deer shows up around my stand. The corn is piled up and only raccoon, lots of raccoons, fills up my camera. Pretty sad about it. Don't think thing would be changed too much in the early season, but hope it will change after the season starts. I guess there are plenty food created by this wet weather, the deer is not hungry now. The same time last year, I could throw corn anywhere and brought deer in.
I don't think stalk hunt is a good idea, especially at public archery hunt field, unless you are pretty sure no one hunting in the same field at the same time. You may spook the deer which may be heading to another hunter's spot, it will make others unhappy. One of my buddy was ****** off by a stalk hunter several years ago. He saw a decent buck approaching to his stand, but was still out of confident range, while a stalk hunter was coming to his stand from another direction. He tried to stop him by waving hand, but that guy did not see him. Finally, the buck was spooked and disappeared in the wood.
But, I think if you randomly pick up a spot to ambush the deer, that would be fine. Just be sure away from others' stands.
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^^
Agreed, that is the exact scenario I definitely would not like to find my self in even if there was no deer coming in. I would feel ****ty just walking up on someone.

Hopefully things will pick up around your stand.
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Going out tomorrow to check camera and fill feeder.....will give full status update
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I went out yesterday. Things are lookin good, alot more deer and less coons on the cam!
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I am going to check mine tomorrow, hope it is changing.
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This will be my first year to hunt at G-town. I am planning to do the spot and stalk and scout (hopefully learning) thing for at least the first part of the season. I do not want to "bust" someone's stand or hunt, but at the same time this is public land; and those that this may happen to should keep that in mind.

While working off my remaining $90 I tried to pick Terri Beth's brain about likely areas for a newbie to hunt, explaining that I would be doing "walk-in". She pointed out several "congested" locations that if I understood her correctly already had feeders and stands in them, even though permits were just being issued that week. This seemed to jive with some of the conversations that I overheard at the qualification shoot. Anyway, I explained to Terri Beth that I would actually prefer to hunt a less productive area than sidle up to the next feeder and blind. I don't like crowds or confrontation.
Without a boat it seems like you inevitably have to walk past a lot of folks to get to your hunting destination whether you see them or not. Speaking of seeing....if blinds are brushed-in and folks are all camo-d up, it makes it a little hard to see other hunters and their set-ups. A little hunter orange may be a good idea. At least while moving.

I met several nice folks while qualifying and working! Several of you said that you would be accessing areas via boat to get away from the crowds. Hope to see you at some of the game-check areas with some venison
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Yes, this is the public land, always have to deal with crowd. I am not against stalk hunt at all. But doing that in the early season would not be a good idea, because the field will be packed with hunters. Starting from mid-Nov, fewer and fewer people will show up, that may be a good time to do it. Also, some people spend lots of efforts to find a "good" spot in deep wood and set it up, especially in the **** hot texas summary time, we should keep that in mind and respect others' hard work. If you need to know a field, you may want to scout it before the season. On the other hand, I don't think stalk hunt of deer is productive.
Hope everyone have a good season and enjoy every momment of your hunt, good luck.
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cy100,
Where do you feel are some "less crowded" areas that I might enjoy? Sounds like you've got some experience out there? Tejas looks pretty filled up? I'm also planning on doing the "limited access" thing when they get that figured out.

Am I understanding you correctly that you and others have in fact placed and maintained stands and feeders at Lake G-town in the Summer, even thought the the website states...

Blinds, Stands and Feeders: Natural hunting blinds made of loose materials, Ashe Juniper (cedar) 3" and under in base diameter and portable blinds that are removed after each hunting trip are authorized for hunting deer, feral hogs or waterfowl. Hunting blinds or stands may not be nailed to trees. However, portable stands may be secured to trees with rope or wire if removed after each hunting trip. Feeders are authorized for deer and feral hog hunting. All blinds and feeders must be tagged with the owners name, address, phone number and date installed. Feeders may be set up one month prior to the archery season and must be removed prior to or on the last day of the deer season. All property failing to meet these requirements will be impounded. Hunters are encouraged to report all property failing to meet these requirements.

Is this OK to do?
Terri Beth acknowledged that there were practices that were " kind of OK" that went on that contradicted what the website said. Another example is the hunter education thing. Texas does not require folks in my age category to have a hunter education class, but the Lake G-town website said that you did. That is the reason that I never got around to entering the program until this year, when I and my buddy took a hunter safety course. When I went to pay the $10 registration fee, it said on that paperwork that I was exempt from the course because of my age. Oh well...
Folks also seemed to be unclear on the use of mountain bikes for hunting. Do you know what is really OK in regards to their use?

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In my opinion, spot & stalk at any areas accesible on foot would probably be a waste of time. There are tons of prople using the trails around the lake for walking, mountain biking, and walking their dogs. The deer populations are fewer and more jumpy in these areas as well. Your best bet would be to pick a spot with fresh sign on a heavily used game trail and wait. It's hard hunting out there at times, but with lots of pre-season scouting and alot of patience it can be productive.
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:31 AM   #46
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Folks also seemed to be unclear on the use of mountain bikes for hunting. Do you know what is really OK in regards to their use?
It is ok to use mountain bikes, I've done this many times and checked with Teri Beth before doing so. All the trails are open to ANYONE for mountain biking year round (even during deer season, I dont quite agree with this).
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In my opinion, spot & stalk at any areas accesible on foot would probably be a waste of time. There are tons of prople using the trails around the lake for walking, mountain biking, and walking their dogs. The deer populations are fewer and more jumpy in these areas as well. Your best bet would be to pick a spot with fresh sign on a heavily used game trail and wait. It's hard hunting out there at times, but with lots of pre-season scouting and alot of patience it can be productive.
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Thanks TXBowhunter2009!!!
I agree that spot and stalk on whitetails is very difficult typically and that stand hunting is best.
It takes so long to type up every thought.
Hopefully, in my initial stalk/scouts I'll get a feel of where people are set up so that I can stay away from those areas, for safety as much as for courtesy.
I was under the impression that the "hunting areas" were to be closed to the general public once the season began. That's a little disconcerting if that is not the case. I did hear of at least one hunter at the qualification shoot saying that he encountered a person walking her dogs on a trail that he was hunting near. He said that he reported her to the Corps Office and they sent an officer to educate her on the posted signs regarding "hunting in progress". Again, these types of inconsistencies are things that I'm trying to figure out so that I can tread as lightly as possible, have some fun, and hopefully put some meat in the freezer
Cool deal on the mountain bike thing. I may employee that option.
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Yes, this is the public land, always have to deal with crowd. I am not against stalk hunt at all. But doing that in the early season would not be a good idea, because the field will be packed with hunters. Starting from mid-Nov, fewer and fewer people will show up, that may be a good time to do it. Also, some people spend lots of efforts to find a "good" spot in deep wood and set it up, especially in the **** hot texas summary time, we should keep that in mind and respect others' hard work. If you need to know a field, you may want to scout it before the season. On the other hand, I don't think stalk hunt of deer is productive.
Hope everyone have a good season and enjoy every momment of your hunt, good luck.
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Thanks TXBowhunter2009!!!
I agree that spot and stalk on whitetails is very difficult typically and that stand hunting is best.
It takes so long to type up every thought.
Hopefully, in my initial stalk/scouts I'll get a feel of where people are set up so that I can stay away from those areas, for safety as much as for courtesy.
I was under the impression that the "hunting areas" were to be closed to the general public once the season began. That's a little disconcerting if that is not the case. I did hear of at least one hunter at the qualification shoot saying that he encountered a person walking her dogs on a trail that he was hunting near. He said that he reported her to the Corps Office and they sent an officer to educate her on the posted signs regarding "hunting in progress". Again, these types of inconsistencies are things that I'm trying to figure out so that I can tread as lightly as possible, have some fun, and hopefully put some meat in the freezer
Cool deal on the mountain bike thing. I may employee that option.
Thanks again!
Yeah, nothing gets closed when hunting season starts. They put up signs saying "hunting in progress", but thats about it. In the last few years while hunting out there I've had people walking dogs come near my stand, seen 10 people on mountain bikes come flying down the trail within 80yds of my stand, 2 people on horseback rode up the game trail to my feeder, and one morning 5 joggers were running down the trails singing just after first light! I gave up on hunting near walk-in areas, from now on I go in by boat and set up as far off the beaten path as possible. If you are goin in from Tejas, be careful when the late dove season starts (12/26-1/7 I beleive). 2 years ago I got peppered repeatedly while in my tree stand by dove hunters that seemed to be just shooting up into the air. FYI, shotguns are not allowed when archery season starts, but during general season starts in November, they're legal for small game with the small game permit. It's public land, so we have to deal with it.
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