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chastings77 09-10-2018 04:13 PM

When you guys hike to Evans canyon from the north to you normally cut across Martin's canyon or do you try and go around the edges?

I have cut across Martin's canyon once and regretted it because it was so thick and wondered what route you were taking? I normally get to Evan's from Plum Creek, tend to see more action that route and the wind tends to be better.

agwrestler 09-10-2018 08:18 PM

One time I made the mistake of taking a shortcut across a side canyon at Martins. That was brutal making the trip down and back up out. The bottom was a massive logjam like a bunch of tiddlywinks. That also helped me realize if I shot something down in the canyon it would take a couple trips. You don't have to be Cameron Hanes, but it helps if you're in good shape.

agwrestler 09-10-2018 08:20 PM

The shortest route to Evans is by boat :(

chastings77 09-11-2018 08:34 AM

I always thought maybe there was some mystical golden path through Martin's lower swamp to shave a mile or so off the trip. :)

Was fortunate to get there by boat last season but for sure not an option this year!

DuramaxDude 09-11-2018 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by agwrestler (Post 13612443)
One time I made the mistake of taking a shortcut across a side canyon at Martins. That was brutal making the trip down and back up out. The bottom was a massive logjam like a bunch of tiddlywinks. That also helped me realize if I shot something down in the canyon it would take a couple trips. You don't have to be Cameron Hanes, but it helps if you're in good shape.

Been there done that it sucked for me too. lol

RShockley 09-11-2018 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 13613395)
I always thought maybe there was some mystical golden path through Martin's lower swamp to shave a mile or so off the trip. :)

Was fortunate to get there by boat last season but for sure not an option this year!

Unless they get a good amount of rain out there boat won't even be a great option. Everyone is going to have to put in some work this season.

RShockley 09-11-2018 06:07 PM

When is everyone planning on going out. I am not sure if I am going to shot for the opener or wait until thanksgiving. Will either be out there the first week or second week of gun season. Wanted to make it out for bow season but got lucky on one of the private land either sex draw hunts and had my name pulled. Going to be spending some of my time off from work in Southwest Texas

chastings77 09-12-2018 07:53 AM

Have been out scouting already, plan on being out there a lot, it has been 3 years now since I have scored meat at Lake Meredith. My plan this year is to hunt the weather a lot more. If a front is going to move in during the week/weekend I plan to be out there from Oct thru Dec. I found a great deal on a used kuiu storm star tent on ebay, will be out there in the weather. :)

Dude Briggs 09-19-2018 11:37 AM

We'll be headed out there next Friday, hope to find a bigger mulie buck this year

PublicLandFreaks 09-19-2018 02:06 PM

Cant wait for mule deer season!!

Shake N' Bake 09-19-2018 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Dude Briggs (Post 13632457)
We'll be headed out there next Friday, hope to find a bigger mulie buck this year

How long are y'all staying?

Are y'all backcountry camping or car camping?

RShockley 09-19-2018 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by PublicLandFreaks (Post 13632917)
Cant wait for mule deer season!!

Getting closer. Going to be an interesting learning experience for me.

Dude Briggs 09-20-2018 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Shake N' Bake (Post 13633446)
How long are y'all staying?

Are y'all backcountry camping or car camping?

We'll be hunting Sat until Wednesday, maybe longer depending on the condition and hunting. We tent camp in the sticks

Shake N' Bake 09-20-2018 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Dude Briggs (Post 13634837)
We'll be hunting Sat until Wednesday, maybe longer depending on the condition and hunting. We tent camp in the sticks

Good luck! Keep us posted!

chastings77 09-20-2018 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Dude Briggs (Post 13632457)
We'll be headed out there next Friday, hope to find a bigger mulie buck this year

Let us know how it goes Dude, good luck this year!

Too bad we can't hunt right now, the temp is dropping 20 degrees tomorrow and rain! Going to go out Sunday morning after the rains and see what the tracks look like.

Dude Briggs 09-20-2018 11:56 AM

Man I hope we get showers while were hunting. A couple years back we had a shower come thru and as soon as it cleared up the canyon we had been glassing that was seemingly empty had more mulies in it than we had ever seen out there. They just got up, shook the rain of and fed for a bit before they bedded back down. That will realy stir em up after a good rain

CharlieWhiskey 09-21-2018 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 13615492)
Have been out scouting already, plan on being out there a lot, it has been 3 years now since I have scored meat at Lake Meredith. My plan this year is to hunt the weather a lot more. If a front is going to move in during the week/weekend I plan to be out there from Oct thru Dec. I found a great deal on a used kuiu storm star tent on ebay, will be out there in the weather. :)

hastings, could you PM me please? This thread finally convinced me to sign up with TBH so Iím brand new, and it wonít let me send a PM until I have posted 15 times.

chastings77 09-21-2018 01:05 PM

Dude_Briggs

What are you guys doing for water in the backcountry this year? The river is probably too low, the lake is so low that there isn't even water in martin's canyon. I guess packing it all in this year...need some water caches out there.

CharlieWhiskey 09-21-2018 02:29 PM

Son of a gun I can see the message but can’t respond. I will make some posts and reply when I get to 15 and it will let me.

We were planning on taking a decent size collabsable container and filling it with a filter pump but some on here have said the water is salty even if you can filter the sediment without ruining several cartridges. So we are rethinking that. It would be awesome if there was a sping or at least another source that wasn’t directly in the Canadian river bed.

Dude Briggs 09-21-2018 02:52 PM

We always pack our water in with us

RShockley 09-21-2018 03:05 PM

After being out there scouting the best way is to just pack in your water. If your goint to be out in the backcountry for a few days you can always setup a solar still. That will handle the sediment and the salinity. It isn't fast however so I would still take a few days worth of water. I am currently planning on returning to a main camp every few days to get more water.

Shake N' Bake 09-21-2018 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 13637978)
Dude_Briggs

What are you guys doing for water in the backcountry this year? The river is probably too low, the lake is so low that there isn't even water in martin's canyon. I guess packing it all in this year...need some water caches out there.

This was Martin's a few weeks ago. Water was going up into the canyon quite a bit.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...f4cd39ee90.jpg

chastings77 09-24-2018 08:25 AM

Shake n bake, that looks almost where the water was last year!

Saw some deer this weekend, 1 whitetail buck, several whitetail does, and many mule does, no mule bucks...all early morning. Even saw a bobcat, haven't seen one in a long time.

Can't wait for opening day boys!

RShockley 09-24-2018 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 13644024)
Shake n bake, that looks almost where the water was last year!

Saw some deer this weekend, 1 whitetail buck, several whitetail does, and many mule does, no mule bucks...all early morning. Even saw a bobcat, haven't seen one in a long time.

Can't wait for opening day boys!

Sounds like a productive weekend. At this point I am just hoping it is not to packed when I go out to hunt but have a feeling that I will not be that lucky.

chastings77 09-24-2018 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by RShockley (Post 13644118)
Sounds like a productive weekend. At this point I am just hoping it is not to packed when I go out to hunt but have a feeling that I will not be that lucky.

Yessir, I haven't figured that one out yet either! I am hoping for a really cold season with lots of snow.

chastings77 09-25-2018 11:59 AM

Anyone know if and when Mullinaw Crossing was opened last year? Has anyone ever crossed in their vehicle?

If it does open, would anyone be interested in backing me up in crossing it this season. I have a lifted FZJ80 and think I can cross it but would want someone there to pull me back out if not. :)

Would make for nice hunting in Big Canyon without the 8 mile devils canyon hike in.

jmack82 09-25-2018 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 13647293)
Anyone know if and when Mullinaw Crossing was opened last year? Has anyone ever crossed in their vehicle?

If it does open, would anyone be interested in backing me up in crossing it this season. I have a lifted FZJ80 and think I can cross it but would want someone there to pull me back out if not. :)

Would make for nice hunting in Big Canyon without the 8 mile devils canyon hike in.


Just sent you a pm

agwrestler 09-26-2018 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Shake N' Bake (Post 13638506)
This was Martin's a few weeks ago. Water was going up into the canyon quite a bit.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...f4cd39ee90.jpg

That point on the far side is where I saw a boat drop off 4 hunters who split in to sets of 2 and hiked in towards Evans. Less than an hr later, boom from that direction.

chastings77 10-01-2018 08:45 AM

Had a great opening weekend, was 20 yds from slinging an arrow at a white tail doe, could not get a clear shot and then she took off.

I did see something weird, I was glassing a canyon that was normally full of deer, mostly mule does, and didn't see anything that morning. There were about 40 head of cattle in the canyon and about an hour later a cowboy on a horse coming up from the far lake side herding them out. I wonder if he ran that canyon out early that morning.

Had a good weekend and got some good exercise, did anyone score yet?

chastings77 10-01-2018 03:59 PM

Check out this spot I found, 1 mile from heavily hunted area...thick thick cover. Think this is my opening day spot. :)
https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/HGtQXoo.png

RShockley 10-01-2018 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 13664234)
Check out this spot I found, 1 mile from heavily hunted area...thick thick cover. Think this is my opening day spot. :)
https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/HGtQXoo.png

Definitely some solid trails there. Have you scouted or just found it on google earth?

chastings77 10-02-2018 06:40 AM

RShockley, I originally found it on google earth and scouted it in the spring. It is a real pain to get there but I think it will be worth it with all the trails going through that one spot.

Dude Briggs 10-03-2018 06:15 PM

Our trip got cut short due to a death in the family. We only saw 2 bucks, one 1st light opening morning which was a long ways off in the fog. We tried to make a move on him dropping into a draw but when we got back to glass the field he was in we couldn't find him again. 2nd buck was that evening and on the move, we think another hunter spooked him and we lost him as well. Over 2 1/2 days we spotted over 30 mulie does fawns and yearlings. I'm convinced they are in every canyon out there. My glassing skills are getting better as I spotted several bedded deer this year. We also had a doe and fawn graze up to 12 yards from us. The fawn would bleat every now and again to moma, that was pretty cool as it was the 1st time Ive ever heard em do that. All in all it was a really fun trip. The big bucks are still very elusive to me but we learn more every year. We did find a lot of buck sign including a monster scrape in a canyon but we think they moved out when more people started showing up.

chastings77 10-04-2018 09:17 AM

Dude, thanks for the report and sorry to hear about the death in your family, prayers your way.

chastings77 10-08-2018 08:04 AM

Had a great hunt this weekend before the rain set in. No hunting pressure where I was at, did not sling an arrow but was a great scout in a new area I had never been before.
https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/HHuL6Tv.jpg

Dude Briggs 10-09-2018 10:02 AM

Looks like a good area, maybe some draws at the back of the tops of the canyons? That's where we found the most buck sign. That a Vortex spotting scope and if so how do you like it? I have 12x50 Vortex Vipers binos and love em. I usually only pull out the spotting scope once I find deer to determine if it's a buck but then again my spotting scope kinda sucks

RShockley 10-09-2018 10:28 AM

Looks like a nice area that could hold some nice deer. Wish I lived closer so I could make more trips out there. Really enjoyed the scouting trip I took up there and can't wait until my trip in November. It is such a cool place.

chastings77 10-09-2018 12:53 PM

Hey Dude, yessir that is the Diamondback 20-60-60, picked it up used on ebay for $150. I really like it and have seen a lot more deer so far this year than in the past. Honestly I think I would prefer your setup, good pair of 10x or better and a crummy scope.

Took off work tomorrow to hunt at Lake Meredith. We have seen 4 days of high winds and rain and tomorrow is going to be sunny, light wind, and cool weather. I am thinking the deer are going to be moving, will see.

chastings77 10-09-2018 01:11 PM

RShockley - yessir, lucky to be so close. The more time I spend out there the more I realize how big it is. This new canyon looks promising for bow season but will most likely have too much pressure come gun. I would like to hunt it more when all the leaves have fallen and I can see a bit better.

DuramaxDude 10-09-2018 05:45 PM

Looks like we have had 5-6 inches of rain west of Meredith and more to come this weekend. It will be interesting to see how high the water level rises to.


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