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Old 09-18-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Davy Crockett NF 2011/12

Well that time of year is almost here... post your questions, trail cam pics, near misses,awsome kills, and tales of the Hunt in the Davy Crockett National Forest this Hunting Season.
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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For those who hunt and or stay at Ratcliff Park during hunting season..

Talked with the Ranger Station at Ratcliff Park... They hope to have Ratcliff Park open sometime in October... he was not very positive about that date.. it may be longer.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:14 PM   #3
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Can anyone give me some general information on hunting Davy Crockett NF? I see it is not listed in the annual hunting permit book and I could not really find anything on the USFS site that lists out all the regulations. Is there anywhere that lists all the information out and tells deer hunting rules? From what I can tell is that you have to have a APH to hunt the Alabama WMA area within Davey Crockett and must get a anterless permit from USFS otherwise it is buck only. Now is all the other area of Davey Crockett that is not in the Alabama WMA just go by regular county hunting regs? Are there any restrictions on firearms such as it being a shotgun only for deer or are rifles allowed. Sorry for all the questions but this area has been a little hard for me to get all the info on.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:49 PM   #4
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The areas outside Alabama WMA are not subject to the APH.. only within its boundries.

During Bow Season you may harvest a doe without a permit in the DCNF.. however during gun season you must have a USFS permit for a doe... other wise follow the TPW Hand book and harvest rules for that county and you will be ok.

There are no regulatory issues on weapons such as Shotgun ect.. EXCEPT during Muzzle loader season.

www.fs.usda.gov/texas/ Look up Davy Crockett National Forest... should have some info there



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Old 09-20-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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Thanks you Sir! That answered my questions.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:53 PM   #6
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No problem.. Good Luck
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:55 PM   #7
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I killed my first deer with a bow in DCNF! I was 16 years old and it was the only deer I saw all weekend. Friday - Sunday hunt and killed it at 8:00 a.m. Sunday. Little 4 point, I had never even heard of game management at that point in my life and def wouldn't shoot it today but what a trophy that was in the moment!
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:01 PM   #8
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Yes Sir... I saw 6 Bucks last year during gun season .. NOT one met the 13 inch rule.. but anytime you see deer its a great day. This will be my First year to bow hunt and I cant wait.

Got lots of practice and great advise thanks to allot of fine folks here... If I dont kill one it wont be for lack of trying
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:14 PM   #9
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I saw 2 driving through last yr heading home that would have made someone a happy camper... and a herd of hogs that brake checked me.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:29 PM   #10
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There are plenty of Deer... if the right one at the right time comes along.. I think the whole Forest is over run with Hogs.. the more we take out of the gene pool the better..
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:08 PM   #11
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Our trapper is at 315 on the yr and don't think there's been much of a dent put in them
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:22 AM   #12
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so the park in ratcliff will not be open during opening weekend? if so i guess i need to bring the generator.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:48 AM   #13
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The Ranger said he had doubts it would be open... he said it may be open by the middle of october.. Mission Tejas State park is open and is only 8 miles or so from Ratcliff.. but its a small park so you might want to call now about that one..
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:59 AM   #14
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where is Mission tejas state park?
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:17 AM   #15
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http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/f...mission_tejas/

Its on Hwy 21 out of Alto.. about 12 miles.. if you turn on 227 in Ratcliff and go to 21 then turn Right its about 6 miles down on Hwy 21
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:19 AM   #16
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if i stay in one of the hunters camp can i use a grill or is that off limits due to the burn ban?
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:55 AM   #17
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NO FIRES IN THE FOREST. You can go on their website and see the actual orders but it basically says no camp fires, no charcoal grills, no propane grills or laterns and no smoking anywhere but in your vehicle. Nothing with a flame.

With as dry as it has been this year combined with the fact that they already had one 14000 acre fire in Davy Crockett, I'm betting they wont be too easy on violators.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:21 PM   #18
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ya i guess it does make sense. some places will let u use a grill but being the forest i bet they do not allow anything.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:39 PM   #19
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The areas outside Alabama WMA are not subject to the APH.. only within its boundries.

During Bow Season you may harvest a doe without a permit in the DCNF.. however during gun season you must have a USFS permit for a doe... other wise follow the TPW Hand book and harvest rules for that county and you will be ok.

There are no regulatory issues on weapons such as Shotgun ect.. EXCEPT during Muzzle loader season.

www.fs.usda.gov/texas/ Look up Davy Crockett National Forest... should have some info there

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I believe you can actually shoot 2 does during the archery only season. Good luck to y'all either way!
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:57 PM   #20
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Talked to a member of the work crew cleaning up Ratcliff lake today. He said it didn't look like the park will be opened this year. He said they are having to do a lot of work by hand.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:15 AM   #21
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where is everyone staying this year since the park is gonna be closed. i normally stay in hunter camp #12 off hwy 7 just east of ratcliff
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:32 AM   #22
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where is everyone staying this year since the park is gonna be closed. i normally stay in hunter camp #12 off hwy 7 just east of ratcliff
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Not if I beat you to it...

Looks like Home Camping or Hunters Camp off of Hwy 7 this season.. but hey at least I dont have that far to drive
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:15 PM   #23
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ill be there around noon on friday
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Come on friday...... I can almost smell the pine trees!!!!
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:38 PM   #25
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The Change in Burn Ban takes effect saturday morning, so you still cant have a lantern Friday Night..??? thats what the the Park Ranger told me on the phone..
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:54 AM   #26
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not real sure gona bring it any ways. are they allowing generators? have they been getting any amout of rain down that area?
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:55 PM   #27
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Generators are fine.. they stated that they would appreciate the area be clear and no high grass around it.. we have had very little rain.. none in the last two weeks in that area... hope that changes soon...
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:25 PM   #28
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Just got the pop-up camper set up in deer camp!!! Now if it would just cool off!!
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:42 AM   #29
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looks like everyone had the same idea i had. Looked like an orange vest convention around the pond I've been hunting for the last 5 years. Stupid google earth.
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did anyone have any luck?
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:10 AM   #31
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Did not get to hunt... going Thursday and Friday...
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:19 AM   #32
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had a doe, fawn and a spike come running in about 9:30. Got within 45 yards of me and saw the two yahoos on the other side of pond from me and took off. That's all I saw other than hunters. But I did see one turkey, that was cool. Never seen one out there before.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:58 AM   #33
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I understand... last year I had a hunter walk under my climber and sit down 30 feet away.. he started smoking a cigeratte... I told him he might want to hunt some where else... he jumped up and it took him almost 2 minuets before he looked up.. he walked back the way he came. That was the first time I had EVER seen any one in the area I hunt.

Glad to know that there are Turkey in that area... hopefully you will get another chance and there wont be so many people..
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:11 AM   #34
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sat morn i had a yearling doe come in and feed for abt hour n a half, while she was there i had a 8 (not legal) come in too. sat evening i had a spike and two more yealrings come in. also had a doe and another yearling come in, but i was waiting for that perfect shot that she never game me. then sunday morn i had yet another yearling come in but just not what im wanting to shoot. all of these deer were in range too i might add
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sat morn i had a yearling doe come in and feed for abt hour n a half, while she was there i had a 8 (not legal) come in too. sat evening i had a spike and two more yealrings come in. also had a doe and another yearling come in, but i was waiting for that perfect shot that she never game me. then sunday morn i had yet another yearling come in but just not what im wanting to shoot. all of these deer were in range too i might add
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:20 PM   #36
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ya i kick my self in the but for not taking the shot on that does but the way she was coming in hard i knew i had a perfect shot when she cleared my tree i was sitting in but she stopped directly behind me and did a 180. she didnt wind me. i had perfect wind. she just knew something wasnt right. but it was a great weekend eventhough i didnt draw blood.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:46 PM   #37
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Did not see anything but a cat and an armadillo Saturday. Had some guy driving up and down the forest service road by me making a lot of noise that morning. Scared everything off. Sunday I had two does run by my stand being chased by two dogs. Went to check a new location Sunday afternoon and jumped two does on the way there. Did it again this morning. A least I now there are deer there.
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:52 PM   #38
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Any body seen anything killed in DCNF.... anybody had any luck.

I hope to go out Sunday... Have not been able to get out due to work and family stuff...
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:58 PM   #40
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Seen several does and bucks with does and a nice 6point, but still havn't seemed either of the monsters we're after.

Several spikes this year and fawns with spots too.

1 young spike taken last Mon by one of my buddies.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:05 PM   #41
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Almost saw a big buck killed...

Anyone see the white chevy that crashed last Friday night on 7 close to 1733?

My buddy called me while he was ahead of me to let me know to watch out for a big buck on the side of the road. No sooner had he said that, the white chevy in front of me hit the breaks and swerved, skidding sidways and up the steep embankment almost hitting some of the pines up top.

I stopped and backed up to see if anyone was hurt and two younger guys popped out of the truck and all the driver could say was, "Did you see that huge buck?!". LOL

It popped a tired and they had a spare and jack.

They were okay so we went on our way.

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Old 10-07-2011, 06:12 PM   #42
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Last Year a guy camping at Ratcliff said he shot at a Huge Buck around the Equine trail area outside of Kennard... is that the same area ???

He said it looked like a 12 or bigger..
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:59 AM   #43
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I have seen a few of deer off on highway 7 (driving at night)in that area but never anything big.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:37 PM   #44
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Na, this is on the side towards Crockett. If you look on satalite imagry that shows the elevation of the hills, there are 3 (i want to call them valleys in between the hills) that cross 7 right around the turn off to 1733.

My dad has told me stories of his youth seeing big bucks around that area, its like a big buck travel corridor.
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Here is what im talking about.

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Old 10-13-2011, 11:47 PM   #46
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Ok.. thanks...
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:40 AM   #47
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I hunt DCNF every year. The hunting there is TOUGH but there are some seriously big deer! If you don't wanna hunt daylight-dark you're diminishing your chances pretty good. Most of the big bucks I've seen have been between 11:00am and 4:00pm. Hunt hard and hunt safe but they are there!
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:04 PM   #48
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Finally got to hunt today, watched a small 4 point scratch a tree... not sure why the pic went sideways... he worked on that sapling 25 min.. then turned and walked off.. Now if daddy will come out and show Jr how to rattle his horn's in a big tree... I was 25 ft up.. 15 yds to target.. My phone was in my pack.. so I could not reach it to video the youngster scratching his head gear.. I wont let that happen again..

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Old 10-14-2011, 05:43 PM   #49
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Headed back out to Kennard tonight with two buddies, i'll post up any luck we have. This might be my last chance to hunt before my son is born but hopefully not =)

I'll be wearing my TBH beenie - lets see if it'll bring any luck =D
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Headed back out to Kennard tonight with two buddies, i'll post up any luck we have. This might be my last chance to hunt before my son is born but hopefully not =)

I'll be wearing my TBH beenie - lets see if it'll bring any luck =D
Congrats on your new arrival... and good Luck with your hunting...
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