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Old 11-14-2017, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default Best area of Texas to find a lease with exotics

Looks like we may lose our lease at the end of this season. Got me thinking of where to hunt next in this great state. Never been on a lease with exotics and thought it might be fun (as long as the whitetail hunting is still good). Can a guy get a good lease for $3k-$4k a year with exotics and whitetail? If so where?
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:55 PM   #2
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:00 PM   #3
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Leakey, concan, junction , telegraph, kerrville
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:02 PM   #4
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Kerr, Gillespie, Edwards, Val Verde, Sutton, Kimble or Real counties....
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:02 PM   #5
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Kerr county for axis. I'm right outside of Kerrville and see a herd of Axis every day
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the quick responses
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:18 PM   #7
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Looks like we may lose our lease at the end of this season. Got me thinking of where to hunt next in this great state. Never been on a lease with exotics and thought it might be fun (as long as the whitetail hunting is still good). Can a guy get a good lease for $3k-$4k a year with exotics and whitetail? If so where?
Red river county loosing several good hunters this next season it seems.

Sonora, Junction are loaded with exotics!
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:20 PM   #8
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Wondering what will happen. Hopefully will find out more Friday
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:22 PM   #9
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Why are you losing your lease?
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:23 PM   #10
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Red river county loosing several good hunters this next season it seems.

Sonora, Junction are loaded with exotics!
Hunter said we should just put all that money into bow fishing with you.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:24 PM   #11
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Kerr county for axis. I'm right outside of Kerrville and see a herd of Axis every day
This is true^^^^^
Axis are all over the Kerrville/Gillespie area. They get hit by vehicles all over Junction Hwy there are that many.
There are a few small parcels on 479 that are for sale. Get your lease $ back by buying the property.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:25 PM   #12
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Why are you losing your lease?
Not 100% sure we are but. It sold a few weeks ago. I would rather plan ahead then be stuck with out. Been there to many times.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:27 PM   #13
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:27 PM   #14
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OP if you find a place and need a member let me know please. I'd love a lease I can hunt exotics on.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:28 PM   #15
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:28 PM   #16
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Kinda restating what others have said, but Kerrville, Junction, Roosevelt, Leaky, Rocksprings, etc. You get a little of everything in those areas.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:31 PM   #17
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As stated above, but anywhere in the Edwards Plateau
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:40 PM   #18
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Hunter said we should just put all that money into bow fishing with you.
That is the BEST idea I have ever heard!!!

I made a phone call to a guy that has a place with a ton of axis on it. I get it I will let you know. Be nice to find a place big enough if it happens our whole group from Red River can go. You guys are a great group of guys.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:45 PM   #19
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That is the BEST idea I have ever heard!!!

I made a phone call to a guy that has a place with a ton of axis on it. I get it I will let you know. Be nice to find a place big enough if it happens our whole group from Red River can go. You guys are a great group of guys.
If the other guys do not want to. I have a group of 4-6 total that are looking. All older guys that are very management minded. Much like my dad and Albert.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:48 PM   #20
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Finding what you're looking for in the $3-4K per hunter price range is the hard part. If you can find one for that price, it will likely not allow you to shoot exotics without additional trophy fees. Add in the feed bill on top of the lease price, and you're getting way on up there. Lots of landowners require you to feed protein all year.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:52 PM   #21
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Finding what you're looking for in the $3-4K per hunter price range is the hard part. If you can find one for that price, it will likely not allow you to shoot exotics without additional trophy fees. Add in the feed bill on top of the lease price, and you're getting way on up there. Lots of landowners require you to feed protein all year.
I am okay with the feed bill. I was thinking base cost 3-4. Not sure I like exotics enough to pay much more for the base. I am going to run protein and corn year round pretty much anywhere I go.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:52 PM   #22
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OP if you find a place and need a member let me know please. I'd love a lease I can hunt exotics on.
I was thinking of asking the same thing.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:53 PM   #23
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Finding what you're looking for in the $3-4K per hunter price range is the hard part. If you can find one for that price, it will likely not allow you to shoot exotics without additional trophy fees. Add in the feed bill on top of the lease price, and you're getting way on up there. Lots of landowners require you to feed protein all year.
You just let me know how much that spot is on your lease and we can sing around the campfire together next season, should have done it this year but I am an idiot I know .

But yes it is hard to find for sure. I looked most the year this last offseason and though I found a few most had lots of rules and stipulations and just not what we were after. I do have a lead on one with another TBHer that I am really hoping comes to light. If I do it will require the whole group.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:56 PM   #24
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Finding what you're looking for in the $3-4K per hunter price range is the hard part. If you can find one for that price, it will likely not allow you to shoot exotics without additional trophy fees. Add in the feed bill on top of the lease price, and you're getting way on up there. Lots of landowners require you to feed protein all year.
Most leases in the Junction/Telegraph area I have been are were around $2500 per gun and usually included 1 axis buck and 2 does. there were always 1 or 2 exotics off limits because the landowner liked them, but everything else was fair game.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:05 PM   #25
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For the record, you asked about areas..
I meant the area around Highway 41, is loaded with exotic ranches..

Not the actual highway 41!
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:09 PM   #26
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Most leases in the Junction/Telegraph area I have been are were around $2500 per gun and usually included 1 axis buck and 2 does. there were always 1 or 2 exotics off limits because the landowner liked them, but everything else was fair game.
The one I'm on in that area now was originally priced at $4K with 1 axis buck. I looked at a BUNCH of leases in the Junction/Sonora area last year, and most of them cost more than that. We negotiated a deal with the landowner to put fewer hunters on the lease and pay $5K each to get 2 axis bucks each. Of course, that made the feed bill higher for each of us too.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:12 PM   #27
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The one I'm on in that area now was originally priced at $4K with 1 axis buck. I looked at a BUNCH of leases in the Junction/Sonora area last year, and most of them cost more than that. We negotiated a deal with the landowner to put fewer hunters on the lease and pay $5K each to get 2 axis bucks each. Of course, that made the feed bill higher for each of us too.
the places I looked at were through friends whose family had been leasing the places for over 20 years. That may be why they are much less. Long time landowner/hunter relationships go a long ways. Heck all you need is about 30-40 acres in that area to kill exotics.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:13 PM   #28
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the places I looked at were through friends whose family had been leasing the places for over 20 years. That may be why they are much less. Long time landowner/hunter relationships go a long ways. Heck all you need is about 30-40 acres in that area to kill exotics.
Yep. I'm sure there are some friend deals here and there, if you have the right connections. Getting harder and harder to come by.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:24 PM   #29
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Most (wild) exotics in the state are from animals escaping the YO ranch, so naturally the Kerrville/Junction area is your best bet. My father is on a lease near Junction that has Axis, blackbuck, and the occasional aoudad/sika. Hope you find one!
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