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Old 08-14-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Fannin Unit Caddo Grasslands-Archery Only

It's official. The Fannin Unit of the Caddo National Grasslands is archery only for deer and hogs. 1700 acres on the Red River. More hogs than deer.

Here's a link to the Decision document.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/planni...annin_fy08.pdf

Directions - http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recrea...kefannin.shtml

You can't hunt in the 200 acre area around the lodges and cabins.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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Nothing wrong with that.
Will special seasons be implemented for hogs or will it be year round?
And how will it be policed? Posted? Surveyed? Governed?
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:31 PM   #3
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Dang Pat. You sure ask tough questions.

Policed by Forest Service Law Enforcement and TP&W Game Wardens.

Boundaries are marked and they have fire lines aound the property. Corners are marked with red bands around three trees and a monument.

Wildlife survey and check in forms will be made available at bulletin boards and will be mandatory.

Shotgun hunting for small game will still be allowed. No shot larger than #4.

All you need to hunt there is a state hunting license.
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:47 PM   #4
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Any changes on the Bois D'Arc and Ladonia units? (16,000 acres) They've always been rifle and shotgun during the general season and archery only in october.
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:48 PM   #5
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sweet! its beautiful up in there
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:25 PM   #6
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Thats is excellent, that area will really see some great changes in the deer herd in size and quality in the years to come. I met two guys from bonham in fannin county at matador a few years ago, they said they wished fannin was an archery only county like grayson, which is the county just to the west on fannin. They said the difference in the deer herd and buck quality between the two counties was amazing considering they bordered each other.

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Old 08-14-2008, 11:11 PM   #7
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Thats is excellent, that area will really see some great changes in the deer herd in size and quality in the years to come. I met two guys from bonham in fannin county at matador a few years ago, they said they wished fannin was an archery only county like grayson, which is the county just to the west on fannin. They said the difference in the deer herd and buck quality between the two counties was amazing considering they bordered each other.
yup, i have walked those woods several times always wishing they would open it up for archery only. that county has some potential if they would change it
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Old 08-15-2008, 11:36 AM   #8
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Default No change

The regulation son the Bois D'Arc and Ladonia Units remain the same. You still need the state Public Hunting Lands permit to hunt there.
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:43 AM   #9
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Well when they say archery only does that include us cross bow hunters? We sometimes get left out all the way around.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:11 PM   #10
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The regs at Lake Fannin are the same as the state. If you have an upper limb handiacp and a letter on your person from your doctor you can use a crossbow during the archery season and also during the gun season.

Saw lots of hog sign there last week.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:19 PM   #11
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I'm thinking about making the drive next week to look at it----and I"m looking forward to it!.......
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:54 PM   #12
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Well when they say archery only does that include us cross bow hunters? We sometimes get left out all the way around.
as far as I'm concerned crossbow is not archery equipment
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:12 PM   #13
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This is great news! I used to hunt squirrels up there with a buddy of mine when we were kids. His grandparents lived within walking distance, sort of. Wish I still lived in the area to take advantage of this opportunity. I'm not sure what the boundaries are for hunting, but we always saw deer along the creek below the dam.
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:44 AM   #14
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:24 PM   #15
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Default BOTH comments.....

about crossbows were outa line. You guys need to chill.

Yes, if you have the requisite paperwork necessary to shoot with your crossbow, you are eligible to hunt ANYWHERE archery hunters can also!

In my opinion---if it's a LEGAL way to hunt you have the RIGHT to do it YOUR WAY. This includes the age old baiting vs. non, no fence vs. high fence.

Good luck, have a safe season!
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:01 PM   #16
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.................. This includes the age old baiting vs. non, no fence vs. high fence...............
Pat, are trying to say kinda what I quoted below in my quotes ? Missed ya at the dove hunt. I was looking farward to shake-n your hand and talk-n with ya.
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:30 PM   #17
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Mike--that is EXACTLY what I was saying! That's a great quote and I just wish that everyone felt the same way.....but oh well!
I saw you at the dove hunt and wish we did have time to visit more but that's the nature of the beast!
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Old 09-14-2008, 10:10 PM   #18
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I appoligize for the snob remark.

It is a legal means to hunt on public land during general season.

I respect bowmen for their choice of weapon and only ask that they treat me with the same. I love to shoot my cross bow, it is a blast.

I use the same techniques as they do. Plus like I said before, I only get 1 shot. If I miss the animal is gone and I cannot re-nock as quick as a bowmen.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:18 PM   #19
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So crossbows are allowed?
That is great anyone can hunt that area then.
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:42 PM   #20
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as far as I'm concerned crossbow is not archery equipment
I see it as archery equipment. My Dad cannot draw a bow anymore due to bad shoulder, and if that is the only way he can "archery hunt" and us spend time together then so be it.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:39 PM   #21
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has anyone hunted this area lately? any maps available. I used to duck hunt alot up near bonham
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:05 PM   #22
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Here are a couple items I pulled up. Not the best, but any little bit helps.

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Old 11-20-2008, 01:21 PM   #23
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Interesting... We used to hunt the other units with rifles when we first moved down here, very pretty woods. I've never been up around lake fannin though.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:40 AM   #24
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Hmmm?
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:26 PM   #25
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the way i understand the rules and regulations is during Texas archery season you can only use a bow but during the rifle season you can use a crossbow or a bow unless you have a note from a doctor in which you can use a crossbow all season long( archery and firearms)
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:34 PM   #26
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Does anyone now if there are alot of deer up there? Or is it just crowded with hunters and who can drawn down on it the fastest
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:14 AM   #27
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I took the trip yesterday, found some good sign, but there is going to be a trail ride up there Oct. 24/25th with horses every where.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:16 PM   #28
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horses won't bother the deer hunting. At LBJ we've watched trail riders pass by deer standing at the edge of a trail and not seeing them at all-& vice versa.
They'll probably help deer movement instead of inhibit it.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:01 PM   #29
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Default I believe that crossbows are now a legal means....

of taking game (deer, hogs,etc.) during the respective seasons except for Grayson County, which retains the restrictions on crossbows (only handicapped hunters with a doctors dispensation).
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:08 PM   #30
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I took the trip yesterday, found some good sign, but there is going to be a trail ride up there Oct. 24/25th with horses every where.
correction; iwent the Boisdarc Unit
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:36 AM   #31
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Froggy, are you saying that you DO NOT have to buy the type 2 permit to hunt Fannin this year?


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Dang Pat. You sure ask tough questions.

Policed by Forest Service Law Enforcement and TP&W Game Wardens.

Boundaries are marked and they have fire lines aound the property. Corners are marked with red bands around three trees and a monument.

Wildlife survey and check in forms will be made available at bulletin boards and will be mandatory.

Shotgun hunting for small game will still be allowed. No shot larger than #4.

All you need to hunt there is a state hunting license.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:30 AM   #32
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Froggy, are you saying that you DO NOT have to buy the type 2 permit to hunt Fannin this year?
The Fannin Unit is not part of the WMA and has never required the APH permit.

All you need is a state hunting license. No check in is required this year.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:50 PM   #33
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what are the bag limits up there? are they like LBJ with the doe only during the bow season?i have a map of the LBJ area and i thought it had caddo on the other side. Sounds like i might check it out. i havent been able to hunt at all this year and i havent even got my license due to funds and all. I was going to get one this weekend and maybe hunt LBJ but i wont be able to go till the last weekend of the bow saeson and i had all but decided it wasnt going to be worth it because i wouel only be able to hunt for one buck during rifle season, but this might change my mind.... thank you for any info you can add to this decision.

Hey pat good to see you posting i havent seen ya one the LBJ postings much and was wondering what you were up to....
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:56 PM   #34
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Has anyone hunted out a Fannin yet, or made a scouting trip? I went out and looked around for a bit. Signs everywhere to of wildlife. Drove by the other night and saw about 6 vehicles parked at the gates. No visuals of game as of yet.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:10 AM   #35
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I was thinking about going there Sunday and checking it out. Never been there before though so it should be interesting. If I make it there I will report back on Monday.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:51 PM   #36
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Okay so I am going there tomorrow. Still haven't been yet, but the other place that I go is closed this weekend for a drawn hunt. Are you allowed to take does since it general season everywhere else?
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:00 PM   #37
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I went out last monday,lots of signs, no luck, think its a afternoon spot, doe during archery and just thankgiving weekend from what i was told, no type 2 required, good luck and give me a buzz if u go out, I get out there alot.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:21 PM   #38
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I am definitely going in the morning tomorrow. I'd be up for afternoon hunt during the week or next weekend though. I was thinking about trying to go live tomorrow.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:52 PM   #39
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We have friends that live near that area and we stayed in a campground on the edge of it last spring and it looks like it could be a good area. One of the guys I was visiting with said it used to be a great spot to hunt but folks would just go out lately and kill whatever, whenever. Archery only should help out!!
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:16 PM   #40
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Let's us know how it goes
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:31 AM   #41
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Went Wensday morning saw a lot of sign, but not no animals except treerats. The wind kept circling evry 5 minutes it was headed a different direction. There 3 other trucks at different gates also. I think it may be an afternoon spot also.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:04 AM   #42
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Me and my son are wanting to check this place out. Never been there. Anyone willing to meet up this next Sunday morning and show us around some?
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:08 AM   #43
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This coming Sunday or next?
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:20 AM   #44
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This coming.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:27 AM   #45
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I am out of town, but I will let you in on a decent spot or seems like it should be. I think it is gate #37. Whatever the number is when you are going down park road 34 right where it curves right if you were to go straight it's a dirt road. Right there where the dirt meets the pavement is the gate. there is a pond about 100 yards inside of the gate. Behind that pond is a decent dry creek bed with some climbable trees. Also as you enter the gate off to your right there are couple of good tree lines also. Found some rubs and scrapes on Saturday morning. My buddy saw 2 spikes running together over in that area on Sunday morning. Haven't ran into any other hunters in this section yet. Also some decent hog sign.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:42 AM   #46
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Thanks for the info. We'll check it out. We're just starting the public land thing, so we will probably just do a little still huntin and just kind of check the place out. Maybe we can sneak up on a pig.
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:35 PM   #47
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Do we need to wear orange in the Fannin unit?
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:43 PM   #48
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Unfortunately yes you do. You never know when a squirrel hunter is going shoot at you in a ground blind or treestand. I can't get over these places that do not allow shot larger than #4 but want you to wear orange, unless of coarse you are hunting turkey than full camo is okay coupled with the mimicing of the bird that other are trying to harvest also.
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:42 PM   #49
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the thing i don't get is if you're sitting in a ground blind (pop-up) ... what good does wearing orange do?
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I know right?
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