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Old 01-12-2018, 10:46 AM   #1
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Some 30 years ago I was invited by a fellow that worked with my wife to go deer hunting.
He was a strange fellow but he had a spot on a high fence place close to the Angelina river that I could have only dreamed of hunting. This was years before high fences became popular and was the only one I had ever heard of so I jumped at the chance.
I picked him up in Longview and we rode down together. He complained that all his friends and family would not hunt with him and he was excited to have someone to hunt with.
He told me I could shoot any deer on the place. To say I was happy is an understatement. He had never killed a deer ever so we spend the first afternoon scouting and hanging stands.
That night he changed his mind several time.
Any deer turned into any buck with at least 10 points and 20” wide. That turned into well maybe you should just shoot a doe. Then back to buck only then back to a doe but it needed to be a big one.
I figured out he really didn’t want me to shoot anything at all.
The next morning broke clear and crisp, just a perfect winter morning. I had a doe at 12 yards but let down without turning the arrow loose as I knew he didn’t really want me shooting anything.
Squirrels were running everywhere and after excepting the fact I really shouldn’t shoot one of his deer I decided to go to work on the Cat squirrels.
I can only suppose that no one had bothered them for years. I could ease up close to them and they would jump up on the base of an oak and just bark at me. Two hours later I had killed my limit of 10 and went to pick up my new buddy.
He was nervous when He asked if I had killed a deer and obviously relieved when I told him no.
When we got back to the ranch house I unloaded my pack on the porch and piled up my 10 squirrels. He lost his mind.
He ranted a raved, ran back and forth up and down the porch gripping about how dumb I was to get a chance to hunt his place and then screw up the whole 5000 acres by shooting squirrels.
They had an elderly black man hired as a cook. As the guy was bitching, I heard the cook say “That boy killed 10 squirrels with a bow”. The fellow kept raising hell and the old man said “But that boy killed 10 squirrels with a recurve bow”.
The old man helped me skin out the squirrels and in the end I gave them all to him.
When I let my new found friend off that afternoon he gave me a stern look and told me “ stay your butt in the stand but don’t shoot anything less than a 12 point with a 24” spread.
I smiled and said “Yes Sir”
I promptly left the and drove back home. This was years before cell phones and to this day, I have no ideal home he got back to Longview.
I have been searching for a lease for next year and I will find out February 1 if I can get a spot on this very same ranch. I had forgotten all about this old trip until I figured out it was the same place I had hunted 30 years ago.

We didn't have phones to take pictures back then so here is a picture to show I still don't have enough since to not shoot at the squirrels
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:51 AM   #2
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Some 30 years ago I was invited by a fellow that worked with my wife to go deer hunting.
He was a strange fellow but he had a spot on a high fence place close to the Angelina river that I could have only dreamed of hunting. This was years before high fences became popular and was the only one I had ever heard of so I jumped at the chance.
I picked him up in Longview and we rode down together. He complained that all his friends and family would not hunt with him and he was excited to have someone to hunt with.
He told me I could shoot any deer on the place. To say I was happy is an understatement. He had never killed a deer ever so we spend the first afternoon scouting and hanging stands.
That night he changed his mind several time.
Any deer turned into any buck with at least 10 points and 20” wide. That turned into well maybe you should just shoot a doe. Then back to buck only then back to a doe but it needed to be a big one.
I figured out he really didn’t want me to shoot anything at all.
The next morning broke clear and crisp, just a perfect winter morning. I had a doe at 12 yards but let down without turning the arrow loose as I knew he didn’t really want me shooting anything.
Squirrels were running everywhere and after excepting the fact I really shouldn’t shoot one of his deer I decided to go to work on the Cat squirrels.
I can only suppose that no one had bothered them for years. I could ease up close to them and they would jump up on the base of an oak and just bark at me. Two hours later I had killed my limit of 10 and went to pick up my new buddy.
He was nervous when He asked if I had killed a deer and obviously relieved when I told him no.
When we got back to the ranch house I unloaded my pack on the porch and piled up my 10 squirrels. He lost his mind.
He ranted a raved, ran back and forth up and down the porch gripping about how dumb I was to get a chance to hunt his place and then screw up the whole 5000 acres by shooting squirrels.
They had an elderly black man hired as a cook. As the guy was bitching, I heard the cook say “That boy killed 10 squirrels with a bow”. The fellow kept raising hell and the old man said “But that boy killed 10 squirrels with a recurve bow”.
The old man helped me skin out the squirrels and in the end I gave them all to him.
When I let my new found friend off that afternoon he gave me a stern look and told me “ stay your butt in the stand but don’t shoot anything less than a 12 point with a 24” spread.
I smiled and said “Yes Sir”
I promptly left the and drove back home. This was years before cell phones and to this day, I have no ideal home he got back to Longview.
I have been searching for a lease for next year and I will find out February 1 if I can get a spot on this very same ranch. I had forgotten all about this old trip until I figured out it was the same place I had hunted 30 years ago.

We didn't have phones to take pictures back then so here is a picture to show I still don't have enough since to not shoot at the squirrels
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That is an excellent story buff and best of luck on your new potential lease

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Old 01-12-2018, 10:52 AM   #3
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That is an excellent story buff and best of luck on your new potential lease

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I'd really like to get on a lease somewhere this year I didn't get to hunt at all except for with Mark that one trip last year

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Old 01-12-2018, 10:53 AM   #4
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"screw up the whole 5000 acres by shooting squirrels."
Buff, how could you!
(that dude sounds a bit unhinged!)
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:53 AM   #5
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Great story. and good Luck on getting on the Lease
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:07 AM   #6
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Nice story, would be crazy if you got on that same place! What are the odds
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:13 AM   #7
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Great story ! I squirrel hunted once on the Angelina by invitation and there was a lot of cat squirrels there. I was hunting with an old Winchester '97 that I had picked up when I was in ND working. Always loved those old guns and had never shot it before that hunt, but it had a full choke and a 30" barrel so....squirrel gun, right ? I missed more squirrels than I hit that morning and couldn't believe it. After we gathered back up at camp I walked over to the river bank, picked out a mud ball about thirty yards away, and squeezed of a shot like I was shooting a rifle. About a foot to foot and a half low ! No wonder !

I sold or traded that gun and ever since wished I had sent the sucker to Briley and had the barrel straightened, but at that time I had never heard of them or even if they were in existence.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:25 AM   #8
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What would be really nuts is if you get on the place and he's still on it. Good luck with the lease hunt.

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Old 01-12-2018, 11:39 AM   #9
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I enjoyed the story. What would be really hilarious, is if the other guy was a member and gave his side of the story. It’s happened before...LOL!
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:54 PM   #10
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I enjoyed the story. What would be really hilarious, is if the other guy was a member and gave his side of the story. It’s happened before...LOL!
Lmao! Great story Buff, thanks for sharing
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:04 PM   #11
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Nice read!
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:07 PM   #12
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That made me chuckle..... great story Mr. Buff.

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Old 01-12-2018, 01:09 PM   #13
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Man what a story. Are you sure you want to try it again?
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:52 PM   #14
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I guess you found out why no one went with him. 10 Squirrels with a recurve bow is most impressive and apparently you are staying keen. Good deal Buff and hope it works out.
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:00 PM   #15
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That’s a good story.
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:00 PM   #16
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Awesome story!
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:15 PM   #17
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Another good story Marty!

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Old 01-12-2018, 04:22 PM   #18
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Awesome!
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:23 PM   #19
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PM sent to Buff.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:00 PM   #20
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Greatness!
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:03 PM   #21
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Great story!
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:14 PM   #22
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10 squirrels?? Heck I'd be out of arrows before I hit the third one. Great story, I can't wait for chapter two when you get back out there.


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Old 01-12-2018, 07:00 PM   #23
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Sounds like the outfitter I worked for several yrs ago. He has transplanted to west Texas. Best of luck Buff.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:05 PM   #24
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Great story! He should have said all that BEFORE you drove all the way out there. You're a good man for not telling him to kick rocks and drink bleach with all his nonsense
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:08 PM   #25
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Cool story. I wouldn't bet on seeing any squirrels since you done went and murdered all ten out there!
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:26 PM   #26
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Made me smile

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Old 01-12-2018, 09:37 PM   #27
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Great story Marty
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:00 PM   #28
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He had plenty time to cool off on that walk back to Longview. After that hike he probably forgot why he went down there in the first place.
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:11 AM   #29
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You are The Man Buff.
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Old 02-04-2018, 06:48 PM   #30
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So . . . Did you get the lease?

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Old 02-04-2018, 07:08 PM   #31
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Was that the Hyter place in Nacogdoches County?
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:14 PM   #32
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Lmao!!

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Old 02-04-2018, 08:16 PM   #33
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Out of curiosity whats the name of the club?
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Old 02-04-2018, 08:36 PM   #34
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Yes I got on the high fence place. Hayter trust
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Old 02-04-2018, 08:37 PM   #35
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Good deal. Hope it's full of 24" wide 12 pointers.

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Old 02-04-2018, 08:39 PM   #36
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Good story.


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Old 02-04-2018, 11:19 PM   #37
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Lmao that's awesome Buff.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:29 AM   #38
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Yes I got on the high fence place. Hayter trust
Congrats! Now this go around be a little more thoughtful to the other hunters
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:19 AM   #39
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He complained that all his friends and family would not hunt with him and he was excited to have someone to hunt with.
When I read this line... I knew something was wrong with the guy.
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:28 AM   #40
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Great story, but you left the part out about you waking up with him standing over you in the middle of the night holding a knife talking to himself. Good luck on the new lease.
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