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Old 11-13-2017, 12:25 PM   #151
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Perfect shot. I think mine hit a little too high. Next time in the elbow or neck.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:33 PM   #152
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Perfect shot. I think mine hit a little too high. Next time in the elbow or neck.
He went 30 yards and dropped... perfect right in the lung. That's why I can't understand why I missed the doe earlier that morning.

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Old 11-14-2017, 04:41 AM   #153
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He went 30 yards and dropped... perfect right in the lung. That's why I can't understand why I missed the doe earlier that morning.

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Nice hogs!

Those deer are wound up tighter than a coil spring and can start to react to the sound of that arrow releasing before it even leaves that bow/crossbow.
Doesn't matter how fast they make a bow or crossbow, those deer react to the sound, which in a deer's ears travels faster than an arrow from any bow made.
Those hogs do not, but that's only if you can get them to stand still long enough.

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Old 11-18-2017, 07:12 AM   #154
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I cannot believe the reported lack of activity last weekend. The bucks were chasing does hard all weekend just across the fence line.
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:33 PM   #155
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Should be good after the front passes....Mondays weather will be ideal.
I miss the old days when you could hunt all week except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and most areas would be open.
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:58 AM   #156
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Guys what's up? The harvest log is looking really thin, smidgen compared to past years only 10 or 12 doe so far this year. No hogs, bucks, or turkey? SMH












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Old 11-19-2017, 08:22 AM   #157
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Guys what's up? The harvest log is looking really thin, smidgen compared to past years only 10 or 12 doe so far this year. No hogs, bucks, or turkey? SMH













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The rules this year require that a doe be taken before you can take a buck.
I could have taken a really nice buck the second time I sat this season, but had to just watch since I haven't taken a doe.
Although I haven't hunted much this season as of yet, the does aren't cooperating, and coming to the feeder.
It should get better, but also the training schedule hasn't worked in the favor of the hunters as well.
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:25 PM   #158
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Just saw an update from Bullis website. Mentioned that TA 7 was closed Sunday because of fires on Saturday.
On the training schedule Saturday would have been closed......Wonder if training caused the fires?
Hope nobody lost their gear in that area, but doesn't sound good.
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:32 PM   #159
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I complain all season about not seeing anything so I didn't hunt Saturday... Here's the cam footage. First seeing these all year... Looks like they are looking for some ladies during early morning.

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Old 11-23-2017, 09:01 AM   #160
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Happy Thanksgiving hope y'all have a great day and go get them this weekend!
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Old 11-24-2017, 09:48 AM   #161
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Nice 7 pointer this morning, still waiting on that doe.

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Old 11-27-2017, 08:08 AM   #162
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Pretty good weekend with 5 does being taken on Saturday and a nice 17 inch inside spread 8 pointer. 2 does came out of MA 10 and one of them was mine (Yea). MA 10 has not had a deer taken since before 2014. I got lucky and had 4 bucks chase this doe into my area. After some 45 minutes the doe gave me a 20 yard shot. I had to swing the crossbow some 45 degrees to the right while leaning in my chair as far as I could to get the red dot on her vitals. I had 3 bucks under the feeder while I was trying quietly move my crossbow. She went 30 yards and fell over.

Sunday a real nice 10 pointer was brought in from MA 7. Several hogs were brought in also and I shot a 70-80 lb hog Saturday afternoon at 4:20. Tom
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:20 AM   #163
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Lots of closed areas this past weekend. I heard of 1 pig coming in on Sunday morning. Tom
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:18 PM   #164
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Lots of closed areas this past weekend. I heard of 1 pig coming in on Sunday morning. Tom
I scored on my doe Saturday morning right as it was light enough to see.
It was the only deer brought in last weekend.
Now I'm waiting for that buck!
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I scored on my doe Saturday morning right as it was light enough to see.
It was the only deer brought in last weekend.
Now I'm waiting for that buck!
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Old 12-05-2017, 01:15 PM   #166
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Thanks!
This weekend should be a lot better with the colder weather!
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Thanks!
This weekend should be a lot better with the colder weather!
I'll be there early Friday... Good luck all

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Old 12-06-2017, 11:35 AM   #168
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Looks like I'll have to hit a doe with my truck. I've hunted about ten times so far thinking I'll finally pattern the few does in the area. No luck. Kicking myself for passing on a 45yd quartering-toward me shot, thinking she'll turn. The bucks run them off the feeder every time. Only a handful of doe pictures from feeder cam all season. Sat patiently as several large bucks have passed at 30 yards. Hopefully this cold weather will change my luck.
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Looks like I'll have to hit a doe with my truck. I've hunted about ten times so far thinking I'll finally pattern the few does in the area. No luck. Kicking myself for passing on a 45yd quartering-toward me shot, thinking she'll turn. The bucks run them off the feeder every time. Only a handful of doe pictures from feeder cam all season. Sat patiently as several large bucks have passed at 30 yards. Hopefully this cold weather will change my luck.
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:44 PM   #170
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Tonight I had every buck in the area pass within shooting distance. The spike, the 4, the small 8, three medium 8s, one large 8, one huge 7, and the boss 8. The bigger 3 all had thick chocolate horns, and passed within 30 yards. They even locked antlers a few times.

No does whatsoever.

I've seen no more than 3 does all season.

The pigs made a lot of noise near dark, but never showed.

Otherwise a great evening.

Some snow still left on the ground. Can't believe I'm actually saying that.
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Old 12-09-2017, 07:35 AM   #171
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Tonight I had every buck in the area pass within shooting distance. The spike, the 4, the small 8, three medium 8s, one large 8, one huge 7, and the boss 8. The bigger 3 all had thick chocolate horns, and passed within 30 yards. They even locked antlers a few times.

No does whatsoever.

I've seen no more than 3 does all season.

The pigs made a lot of noise near dark, but never showed.

Otherwise a great evening.

Some snow still left on the ground. Can't believe I'm actually saying that.
Makes you really wonder about the accuracy of their deer surveys.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:10 AM   #172
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Saw 9 different bucks on Saturday morning but nothing that I wanted to shoot. I have a couple of nice 10 pointers that I am holding out for. Sunday morning I had several deer crunching corn before daylight and about 6:35 a bunch of Coyotes let loose and the deer all vanished. Same thing happened Sunday night, Coyotes seemed to be close and started letting loose around 4:45 and continued till dark. Guess I will get after them again this weekend. Tom.
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Saw 9 different bucks on Saturday morning but nothing that I wanted to shoot. I have a couple of nice 10 pointers that I am holding out for. Sunday morning I had several deer crunching corn before daylight and about 6:35 a bunch of Coyotes let loose and the deer all vanished. Same thing happened Sunday night, Coyotes seemed to be close and started letting loose around 4:45 and continued till dark. Guess I will get after them again this weekend. Tom.
Same scenario with me...except I'm still chasing that doe. Sunday morning had deer at the feeder prior to daylight. Had 2 does within 8yds of my blind as soon as it was light enough, I knew I should wait but I tried to draw and they heard it. Day ruined.

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Old 12-11-2017, 11:32 AM   #174
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Same scenario with me...except I'm still chasing that doe. Sunday morning had deer at the feeder prior to daylight. Had 2 does within 8yds of my blind as soon as it was light enough, I knew I should wait but I tried to draw and they heard it. Day ruined.

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Old 12-11-2017, 11:36 AM   #175
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No offense, but I see a crossbow in your future.
None taken...I started Googling as soon as I got out of the field.

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Old 12-11-2017, 11:55 AM   #176
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None taken...I started Googling as soon as I got out of the field.

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Maybe some of you arent seeing many deer because of things like this: so my buddy that hunts out there had this on camera Friday-areas opened at 0900 and he has this guy driving through his area-my buddy was told by Cooper that the guy in the truck is a land management contractor. Maybe you can see him looking at the feeder on a drive by during open hunting hours. Off roading to boot as there are no tracks in the snow in front of his tires...any thoughts from the green screen?Name:  IMG_0665.jpg
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:08 PM   #177
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I know that Bullis was closed the day right after it snowed that night because of concerns of iced over bridges, and they only let hunters in later that day so the snow would have been melted by then, so the guy probably figured nobody was going to be there.
There is always traffic and training going on, plus contractors and land management people who think they can go where they want, so those Bullis deer have always been skittish, and moreso than any private ranch you would hunt on that wasn't a training area.
As for not seeing deer, it's Bullis, and you have to accept the fact that they are nocturnal creatures for the most part.
The rut and post rut, is always the best time because the bucks are looking for does, and then the acorns are gone, and they will come to the corn because they are worn down from the rut and starving.
Late season is a good time to take a monster if you have patience.

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I know that Bullis was closed the day right after it snowed that night because of concerns of iced over bridges, and they only let hunters in later that day so the snow would have been melted by then.
There is always traffic and training going on, so those Bullis deer have always been skittish, and moreso than any private ranch you would hunt on that wasn't a training area.
As for not seeing deer, it's Bullis, and you have to accept the fact that they are nocturnal creatures for the most part.
The rut and post rut, is always the best time because the bucks are looking for does, and then the acorns are gone, and they will come to the corn because they are worn down from the rut and starving.
Late season is a good time to take a monster if you have patience.
So what you are saying is that you would have no issue with someone driving a vehicle between your stand and your feeder at 1314 on a day when your hunting area opened at 0900?
I have hunted Bullis in the past-I have also had items stolen from Bullis in the past. I have also had troops go through my area when in the blind, that is a little different from what this is showing me.
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:31 PM   #179
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So what you are saying is that you would have no issue with someone driving a vehicle between your stand and your feeder at 1314 on a day when your hunting area opened at 0900?
I have hunted Bullis in the past-I have also had items stolen from Bullis in the past. I have also had troops go through my area when in the blind, that is a little different from what this is showing me.

Never said I wouldn't have an issue, but there is a lot going on out there, and it could be a simple communications matter.
It's all part of the wonderful privilege of hunting there, and you take a risk any time you place your property out there, and I hear what you are saying.
I've hunted there for years and even had items stolen myself, but it comes with the territory, so you can report the incident to the officials and let them take it from there.
You asked for any thoughts, so those are mine.
Side note....I've had two hueys land just yards in front of me while hunting and had my vehicle surrounded by about forty troops unloading from troop carrier.
Got caught up in an ambush one time, and wasn't suppossed to be troops in the area.
Had people drive through the brush into my clearing barely missing my feeder.... It happens!

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Old 12-12-2017, 07:59 AM   #180
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Anyone hunted in the General Permit areas? Anyone had any luck with exotics, pigs, or coyotes not in the WTD areas. Just moved back to Texas. Missed out on the lottery but wondering if the general permit is worth it for anything other than turkey season in the spring.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:29 PM   #181
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There are pigs everywhere. The rules allow you to hand bait with corn, that's what I'd do. I'd pick a good spot and keeping feeding there. Not sure if soured corn is legal, but that's even better. Hopefully the pigs will come out for you during shooting hours.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:00 PM   #182
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How is lil cobra doing in getting a buck down. I took my daughter on a Texas Youth Hunt in Fredericksburg this weekend and she harvested two nice sized does.

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Old 12-14-2017, 06:09 AM   #183
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How is lil cobra doing in getting a buck down. I took my daughter on a Texas Youth Hunt in Fredericksburg this weekend and she harvested two nice sized does.

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Old 12-14-2017, 06:13 AM   #184
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Congrats to your daughter!
Now that's a real hunter there, with a lot to smile about!
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Old 12-14-2017, 09:36 AM   #185
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Yes sir, she made a 161 yard shot on the second doe. It was a great weekend.

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There are pigs everywhere. The rules allow you to hand bait with corn, that's what I'd do. I'd pick a good spot and keeping feeding there. Not sure if soured corn is legal, but that's even better. Hopefully the pigs will come out for you during shooting hours.
Any recommendations on what areas are a good place to start?
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:38 AM   #187
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Any recommendations on what areas are a good place to start?
I don't know much about the areas that hold hogs today since the last time I hunted on Bullis other than this year was back in 2005 and hog sightings were rare, so I don't know how much I can help, but I've hunted hogs elsewhere.
First place I would concentrate on would be a water supply, since hogs need water. They like cover and prefer soft fertile soil where they can root around.
I would go out on the scouting days and search out likely areas looking for sign.
Hogs move around a lot especially on Bullis with all the training going on.
Cibolo Creek area on the north end, and around the edges of the dove fields would be where I would start.
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I agree. Stay near the creeks and look for the heavily used trails. They typically bed in the denser juniper areas where you can't walk easily, and they can remain silent as you pass within yards of them, particularly the older ones. Mind the wind. Their sense of smell is incredible. If sitting and waiting is too boring for you, I'd take some buddies and try and flush them for a shot. You might find some in the semiopen creek areas or in heavily shaded canopy. Put a shooter on the downwind side of your target area. Let us know how you do.
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Also, they like to circle around you once they smell you to understand where you are and then return to their bedding/safe area.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:22 PM   #190
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Had 4 eight pointers come in this morning but nothing I wanted to shoot since I have a couple of 10 pointers on my game camera. Ended up shooting a gobbler about 9:15 AM. Will get back after them this afternoon. Tom
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Had 4 eight pointers come in this morning but nothing I wanted to shoot since I have a couple of 10 pointers on my game camera. Ended up shooting a gobbler about 9:15 AM. Will get back after them this afternoon. Tom
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Tom, are seeing any does besides the one you shot?
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Old 12-15-2017, 07:27 PM   #193
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I have not seen any other does besides the one I shot. Saw 4 bucks tonight and one was one of the ten pointers I have been waiting for. He is now missing a brow tine and never came closer than 50 yards. He just watched the feeder for about 50 minutes. Had a line of pigs coming in at 5:30 but came in behind my blind and all I heard was a growl and off they went. Back at it in the AM, Tom
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Old 12-18-2017, 02:27 PM   #194
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I only hunted Saturday morning but the deer came in before it was light enough to see, and hung around for about an hour after daylight. Saw a total of 7 does and a big Axis buck on the way in around 11:30.
Also saw a lot of hog sign at my feeder for the first time this season, but none showed.
If I saw deer, I'm sure others did as well.
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Old 12-18-2017, 04:47 PM   #195
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I've pretty much given up hope of catching a doe. Very few on camera all year long. You have to question if the survey is accurate. Quota for does this year is 150, we've only taken 25 thru 9 December.
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Old 12-18-2017, 06:59 PM   #196
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The way they do the surveys has always been questionable. Count deer on one side of the road and not the other etc. In some areas there are more does than others and when they put the requirement to shoot a doe first it definitely handicapped some areas. As I stated before my area had not taken a deer in over 3 years so I felt really handicapped, luckily 4 bucks chased a doe past me and was able to get a shot. I have not seen another doe all season even on my game camera.

Thinking a little bit into the future what affect did shooting 467 hogs and letting them lay do to the coyote population? How is this gonna affect the deer herd. Tom
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Old 12-19-2017, 07:12 AM   #197
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I'm still kicking myself that I didn't shoot the doe I had standing five steps from my popup blind Saturday morning......She kept looking back at the tree line, and I just felt that the reason was a buck was getting ready to step out.
It didn't happen, and she spooked.
I later saw the hog sign, so that might have been what she kept looking at in the tree line.
There doesn't seem to be the numbers of deer that I remember back when I hunted there in years past, that's for sure.
You don't see all the deer out in the field and around the ORC like back then either.
Andy used to feed them just to aggravate the hunters coming back from their stands to check out. lol
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:08 AM   #198
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Pulled all my equipment and gear this morning before the deep freeze hits, and 6A hasn't had any scouting days all season but for maybe three or four, so I didn't want to take the chance I wouldn't get in before the 15th.
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous New Year.
I'm on the backside of battling the flu, and so much for getting a flu shot, but I can at least say I had a good season that I'm grateful for, and I hope nobody has to deal with the flu.....Stay well!

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Old 01-03-2018, 07:38 PM   #199
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The way they do the surveys has always been questionable. Count deer on one side of the road and not the other etc.
Seriously, where did you hear that? I know for a FACT, that method hasn't been done in no less than 10 years if not longer. Please don't put false information about how the deer management is conducted on Bullis regardless if you agree or disagree with how the numbers are calculated or the hunting program is managed.
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Old 01-04-2018, 12:21 PM   #200
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Just curious, but is anything, or any plans to do something to address the predator population.
Seems like the coyotes are taking over.
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