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Old 01-13-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Has everyone else had a lousey season? We hunt in nat forrest and have not seen many deer we think we had a die off????what do youall think?
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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Im in Henderson county and had the most deer this season than ever before. Buddy hunts in Nac county and he had many to choose from. Our land in west texas however is how your describing.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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We had lots of deer on our place here in Houston County. Problem was an early rut and lots of acorns on the ground so they weren't hitting feeders and weren't having to travel very far to feed. And after the first couple weeks of season they tend to go nocturnal from the pressure it seems like. Now that general season is over they are hitting feeders hard again in daylight hours.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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It was a very tough year for me in East Texas.... saw lots of does but not many mature deer. The rut was almost non-existent. I did however have a very successful season shooting one of my best East Texas bucks. I grunted him up. This is a buck I was after all season that I spotted in velvet back in August while hog hunting.

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:21 AM   #5
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Best year i have ever seen in vanzandt co.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #6
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I seen alot of deer but none were shooters. Mostly bunch of trash bucks. 4,5,6, point basket racks but nothing legal. I didnt see one doe either.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:55 AM   #7
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Slow but good in Hopkins county
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:27 PM   #8
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Skunked for me. There was acorns still on the ground last week. Pretty much sucked all season. Corn rotted and was growing under feeders.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:33 PM   #9
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Not the best year in Nacogdoches County but the wife and I managed a couple of nice bucks. Movement has been weird this year. We have seen several nice bucks but mostly late in the season.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:27 PM   #10
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I ran out of tags in wood co with my bow in 3 hunts. Best season ever
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:58 PM   #11
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Great year for my Splendora lease.

More outside the ears bucks shot than every before, less does sightings per hunt though.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:21 PM   #12
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I had a phenomenal year. Houston Co, San Saba Co, and Kansas.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #13
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This was a great year in Houston Co. For some reason , I shot a 137 eight point early in Oct and was tagged here. I probably passed 10 deer better through the season. The good news is those others were 4.5 and 5.5 so they should be good next year.

I always set a goal to hunt a deer over 150 and have been getting it done every year till last year. I hunted a mid 160s ten 20 hunts before I got a shot at him. Despite what i thought was a golden shot( 25yd broad side)...I lost him. Thanks TPWD for not allowing dogs. When bow season opened this year, my first sit had this 7.5 yr old 8pt on me. I watched him for 50 minutes inside 30yds and I guess i had something to prove so i shot him. Oh well, he was a nice archery kill for East Tx. I made the decision to shoot him knowing I could likely shoot a deer that scored higher. His age kinda tripped my trigger though. Like those 12 plus g2s too.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:54 PM   #14
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All Wood Co.

1 doe shot on a fence crossing, 1 doe shot in food plot, Buck shot chsing doe in a food plot. Never hunted a feeder in E. Texas for a deer this season.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:03 PM   #15
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In Jasper county all the leases I hear of and know about had slower than normal years. Many, many acorns and weird weather. I have been hearing some talk of the die off thought.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:17 PM   #16
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Has everyone else had a lousey season? We hunt in nat forrest and have not seen many deer we think we had a die off????what do youall think?
We had a slower then average year in my group that hunt Sabine national forest. Looks like guys on leases had a good year. I just got back after hunting from a week for muzzleloader and only saw three does the whole time. Mind you the weather was bad all week also, but I hunted every spot I see a lot of deer and couldn't reall find them except in one place. Seems like they all moved to one area.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:27 PM   #17
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Had a pretty decent season. Killed my first deer with a bow. Took a nice hill country 8 pointer. Still trapping a bunch of hogs.
Seeing a ton of deer in Washington co. The AR have really helped the deer herd. Planted some food plots with pretty good results. Going to work pretty hard this spring and summer on more food plots and dig out the protein tube feeders to start a protein regiment this year.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:35 PM   #18
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Slow on our lease in Huntsville. Kill count was way down. Especially does.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:50 PM   #19
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My east TX lease has been slow too. We're MLDP 3 so we're technically still at it and we need the time. Does have been nearly impossible ro come by and only a couple of mature bucks have been taken. I did bag my first deer in the Sam Houston National Forest however, a doe, so it's not been all bad.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #20
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I was only able to get in 10 hunts this year out near Woodville (Tyler County), but only saw deer on one hunt. We have a creek that runs years round through our property and acorns were plentiful. I think the der were mainly moving at night, but it definitely felt like a slower than usual season for me.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:36 PM   #21
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Did not see one buck in the Moore, but know of big bucks being killed.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:47 PM   #22
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Probably worst season I can remember for our lease near magnolia. Hardly any rutting activity that I witnessed. Saw only 2 illegal bucks during day light. Several small bucks on camera at night only. only 1 legal buck on camera at night. Saw 1 hog during day light hours. Last year was better and that was after a major first fire.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:55 PM   #23
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My lease had a slower than normal year. I personally had better luck this year than last year. I got two does and a nice buck. None of my deer were at a feeder when shot and have very few pics of deer at feeders this year. There were only 3 mature bucks killed on my lease in Jasper.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #24
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i hunt in liberty county also slow this year but then again they were doing some clearing during hunting season on our lease .buddy hunts in woodville had a alot of deer on camera but during deer season they started going nocturnal .best thing to do is set up a camera that way you know whats coming to your feeder and when.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:07 PM   #25
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Im in upshur co. And outta 20 or so hunts I've seen 4 does. And 3 were on the same day.lots of Hogs, though. But probably the slowest year as deer go in five yrs out there
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:31 PM   #26
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North East Texas was good in numbers, also good in acorns though.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:33 PM   #27
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Hunted in Tyler County by Woodville and we'll just say the season for me was BooBoo... Deer seem to stuff their face during the night, then hide and laugh at me during the day !!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:28 AM   #28
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It was weird in Liberty Co. this year. Had 8 family members hunting and nobody got a single deer. Everyone usually atleast gets a doe. They were moving at night all season.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:41 AM   #29
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It was weird in Liberty Co. this year. Had 8 family members hunting and nobody got a single deer. Everyone usually atleast gets a doe. They were moving at night all season.
Same on our lease in Hardin county. Cameras scattered all over lease, not just on feeders, and got very few daytime pics. Still had fresh scrapes last week.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:22 AM   #30
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Not good on my end of Washington Co. 2/3 small bucks few does numbers down.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:11 AM   #31
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I hunted in Bronson in Sabine County. Didnt see a single buck and only saw a couple doe. Wasnt out much this year because of work but we didnt even have alot hitting the cameras. Had a TON of hogs though.

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Old 01-29-2013, 04:33 AM   #32
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Bad Year for me
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:15 AM   #33
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We have never had a year this bad (and that goes back to 1968) 1 buck, 1 doe, and 1 pig. This is on a 1300 acre lease. Too many acorns and a pack of dogs running our roads (12-15). Deer started hitting feeders and food plots ( at night) at the end of Dec. Now a lot of pictures bucks and does.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:01 PM   #34
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It was a very tough year for me in East Texas.... saw lots of does but not many mature deer. The rut was almost non-existent. I did however have a very successful season shooting one of my best East Texas bucks. I grunted him up. This is a buck I was after all season that I spotted in velvet back in August while hog hunting.

Nice deer!!!
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:31 AM   #35
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Very bad year
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #36
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i had a bob cat at 14 yards i let walk with my bow and shot a yote with my rifle no deer in the freezer itll b a long year for me ill have to eat store bought meat!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:05 PM   #37
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why did the deer go nocturnal? whats goin on???
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:43 PM   #38
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why did the deer go nocturnal? whats goin on???
they dont want to get get killed .
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:59 PM   #39
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From what I understand the lunar phases this year were crazy and that could have caused the deer to go nocturnal. Just speculation though. I havent discussed it with any of the deer yet. Lol
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:03 PM   #40
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why did the deer go nocturnal? whats goin on???
Moon, hunting pressure, warm temps

take your pick
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:04 PM   #41
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Nice deer!!!
Thanks Ram..... Not bad for a $150 / gun lease is it?
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:33 PM   #42
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I saw maybe 5 deer all season long in Smith Co. Had a few day time pictures on trail camera but 95% were at night.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:15 PM   #43
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8pointer... Where did you shoot that buck? I swear I got him on camera last year lol
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:30 PM   #44
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I hunt NF too up on the Clev side and I hunted 25 times and did not see a thing. I was bow hunting all the time-I sure learned a lot but it sucked not sticking anything.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:27 PM   #45
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I have acorns everywhere. Corn was growing under feeders. Lots of small bucks and very few does here in Harris county
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:27 PM   #46
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I saw maybe 5 deer all season long in Smith Co. Had a few day time pictures on trail camera but 95% were at night.
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This green stuff was not planted!
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:11 PM   #47
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Shot this buck in Anderson County on Black Friday.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:16 PM   #48
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Shot this buck in Anderson County on Black Friday.
You mean you actually elected to go hunting and shoot that incredible buck instead of getting trampled at your local shopping outlet??
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:20 PM   #49
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First year on lease in Cass county, and didn't get on lease until September. That being said, we rushed to find what areas we could hunt and set up quick. October was slow probably due to all the ruckus we made in September. Started getting lots of pics of deer late october but mostly doe and small racked bucks. Rut was the week of Thanksgiving and we started getting lots of big buck pics. I managed an 8 point that had been on my camera earlier that week and made a mistake chasing a doe. After Thanksgiving weekend, back to doe and baby bucks. Lots of potential on this lease. Protein feeders going up tomorrow!!
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #50
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No deer for us this year but some set fire to the place and they were logging next door.
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