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Old 12-11-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default Best deer counties in Texas

In your opinion.... What are your top 5 counties in Texas, for deer hunting?

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Old 12-11-2015, 10:44 AM   #2
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These discussions are always entertaining. Let the Civil War begin!
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:45 AM   #3
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No way to know what BEST means...most animals? Biggest bucks? Most species?

STX has got to be in there I know that
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:45 AM   #4
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From my experience
Number wise Edwards, Uvalde ,Kerr, Real, and Kimble ....... Same for exotics.
Trophy wise Webb, Dimmit, La Salle, Maverick, Duval, Zapata.
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:45 AM   #5
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Cooke, montague, wise, Grayson, jack, Denton.
Done. Close thread!
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:52 AM   #6
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Prob depends if your talking about population, annual harvest or purely based on trophies.
I'm gonna list areas where there is the best combo of quantity and quality.
Mcculloch, Irion, Lasalle, Webb and then a 3 way tie for 5th(Sterling, Tom green, Mason).
I will say that I have never hunted far north or panhandle area.
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:54 AM   #7
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No way to know what BEST means...most animals? Biggest bucks? Most species?

STX has got to be in there I know that
Good question. Best means whatever you want it to mean to make it the best to you.
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:55 AM   #8
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My favorite in Texas is Wilbarger County
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:58 AM   #9
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Webb
LaSalle
McMullen
Uvalde
Zavala
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:59 AM   #10
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Is flounder gigging considered hunting? That would sway me to coastal STX.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:01 AM   #11
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Dimmit and Atascosia aren't bad either.
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Webb
LaSalle
McMullen
Uvalde
Zavala
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:03 AM   #12
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Webb, Maverick, Dimmit, LaSalle & Zavalla
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:04 AM   #13
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Cooke, montague, wise, Grayson, jack, Denton.
Done. Close thread!
That's 6.....
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:05 AM   #14
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Dimmit and Atascosia aren't bad either.
No sir, not at all! That whole south/southwest portion of the state is money
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:06 AM   #15
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Dimmit, Webb,Zapata,kimble And Schleicher
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:12 AM   #16
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I feel like it's obvious the top is dominated by Webb, La Salle, Dimmit, Maverick etc. in South Texas. I think Coryell is overlooked in central Texas area. I have seen a lot of really big deer taken from that county lately. I know very little about the panhandle but seems to be a select few up there that could rival the South Texas counties.

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Old 12-11-2015, 11:13 AM   #17
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Another member posted this the other day, I though it was cool and saved it.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:14 AM   #18
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I guess after this season I would be thinking Collin
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:23 AM   #19
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Mine would be based on trophy, not necessarily deer numbers.
Maverick
Webb
McCulloch
Trinity
Houston
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:27 AM   #20
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If you just enjoy hunting and are not wrapped up in managing, Sutton Co is hard to beat. I've hunted there most of my life. Numbers are through the roof, exotics can be found, and beautiful terrain. Its just every lease I have been on sounds like WW3 all year. If I had my pick, Im picking a county in the golden triangle, or panhandle area with mule deer too.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:30 AM   #21
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:31 AM   #22
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Another member posted this the other day, I though it was cool and saved it.
That must be incorrect. From my knowledge there are 0 deer in ETX. Just Black Panther sightings or something like that.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:33 AM   #23
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Not mine! There are no deer in Houston County so go hunt in one of the others mentioned...please ignore East Tx and move along, nothing to see here!...
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:36 AM   #24
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Dallas
Tarrant
Harris
travis
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:37 AM   #25
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How much money are we spending.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:38 AM   #26
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That must be incorrect. From my knowledge there are 0 deer in ETX. Just Black Panther sightings or something like that.
Best not forget jackelopes.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:41 AM   #27
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I base my "best" measurement by sheer numbers. I have yet to see more deer in person than I did in Uvalde county.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:41 AM   #28
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HAHA yea not many east TX counties listed so far.. Cant go wrong with Houston or Cherokee county. But love it down south also.. Wish I could find a place down south opposed to going on guided hunts
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:43 AM   #29
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As of 2012 these are the top 4 as far as B&C deer are concerned:

Webb-49
Dimmit-47
Maverick-46
La Salle-40
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:45 AM   #30
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:46 AM   #31
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I've really enjoyed Callahan county. Good diverse terrain solid deer numbers and the occasional MONSTER buck (185+").

However, I prefer hunting the pineywoods just based on the tactics I get to use here.

Thinking about getting on a lease in the palo duro canyon next season though, too.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:06 PM   #32
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Webb, Maverick, Dimmit, LaSalle & Zavalla
This!
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:08 PM   #33
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Collin/Grayson county for monster bucks. Bow only helps. Deer numbers are lower but the size of the bucks is just dumb.

Cottle County is my favorite though. Buck to Doe ratio is awesome up there and that's where I killed my biggest to date.

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Old 12-11-2015, 12:18 PM   #34
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From my experience
Number wise Edwards, Uvalde ,Kerr, Real, and Kimble ....... Same for exotics.
Trophy wise Webb, Dimmit, La Salle, Maverick, Duval, Zapata.
This is pretty spot on
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:21 PM   #35
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Dallas
Tarrant
Harris
travis
Bexar has Big Un's too!
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:22 PM   #36
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Webb, Maverick, LaSalle, Dimmit, Zavala
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:24 PM   #37
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Webb, Maverick, LaSalle, Dimmit, Zavala
This and Donley, Hall, Collingsworth and Childress counties in the panhandle. Speaking strictly for trophy potential.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:25 PM   #38
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Mine would be based on trophy, not necessarily deer numbers.
Maverick
Webb
McCulloch
Trinity
Houston
think you messed up here.. you put Houston and Trinity counties in your list... There are no deer there...
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:33 PM   #39
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Like anyone can even know that!
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:34 PM   #40
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Anything from Sherman north and west works for me.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:43 PM   #41
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Webb, Maverick, LaSalle, Dimmit, Zavala
These counties here have the most trophy potential without question. A lot of the ranches in these counties don't even enter their deer in contest. They like to keep it very quiet.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:43 PM   #42
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Houston, Trinity, Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Anderson
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:48 PM   #43
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In this order

1. Dimmit
2. Maverick
3. Webb
4. LaSalle
5. Zavalla/Frio
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:52 PM   #44
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Harris county.
J/k!
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:55 PM   #45
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this really should be a poll, with all counties listed making results easy to view...and land values to rise/fall hah.
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:54 PM   #46
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Mine are:

Maverick
Dimmitt
Webb
Kimble
Toss up between McCullough and Houston to make my top 5
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:14 PM   #47
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Orange, Newton, Jasper, Hardin, Jefferson
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:23 PM   #48
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I am not giving up my secrets.....there are no deer in East Texas, so the best counties have to be somewhere else .
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:37 PM   #49
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No East Tx counties Would make this list lol

Dimmit
Webb
LaSalle
Zavalla
Maverick
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:48 PM   #50
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I am not giving up my secrets.....there are no deer in East Texas, so the best counties have to be somewhere else .
how bout....sabine and newton counties?
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