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Old 08-11-2017, 10:33 PM   #101
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I still could with mature deer.... Not 150", but 120-130" 3-4 year old and older.


3-4 yo old "mature" deer?
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:38 PM   #102
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I love hunting the piney woods. I have been leasing our property for 7 years and always kill a deer or 2 every year. Always have a couple 130's and a 150 or two running around. Yes it is harder hunting, some people like it and some don't. There are no deer in East Texas
A friend of mime showed me a pic of that deer in the second picture.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:48 PM   #103
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West Texas proud here for 10 years.

To me...a deer lease is about so much more than inches or lbs..... but West Texas has a nice amount of both. The entire experience is what I look for.

I like seeing deer... even if I don't trip my release all year on a "monster". I enjoy watching deer as much as I enjoy shooting them. I don't hunt to watch birds (turkeys are OK.) Seeing deer is fun ...killing several deer a year is even more fun..

I love the people out west. They are a friendly bunch and laid back as a whole. The egos are checked at the gate.

I like the large leases and low members counts. I like leases where the deer herd health/numbers are more important than keeping the cost of the lease fee down. 7 hunters on 2400 acres of oak and mesquite is so much enjoyable than 25 folks on 800 acres of pines with 10 white oak trees. Less folks equals less problems and more deer for everybody.

I love the dry heat.... I also love the dry crisp mornings during winter. I love the lack of mosquitos and bugs in general. Rats and mice are also rare at our place.

I like all my **** to be there when I arrive at the lease. I like being able to leave stuff at my lease and know it's going to be there when I drive up. Hauling back what I have at my lease each trip would be a major PITA. Replacing it all because some methhead stole it would be even more of a PITA.

I like not having pictures of poachers and hog doggers. I like not having my hunt ruined by the guy on his 5 acres next door practicing for World War 3.

I love the smell of burning mesquite and ribeyes searing over it.



I hate..... the drive. .. especially on Sunday.

I hate 105 deg workdays in the summer.

I hated the 2010-2011 drought

My loves and likes far outweigh my hates though....

Did I say I love seeing deer?
How often do you get to go and how long is your drive?
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:04 AM   #104
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If you can find a big lease in a proven county in East Tx with an existing management plan that uses age restrictions for buck harvest, I would choose East Tx. Check TBGA records and narrow it to a list of counties that consistently produce big deer then start your lease search. More than likely it will be a timber company lease that meets that criteria. If it's just a "deer lease" in East Tx and you have never hunted here, I have a feeling you will be disappointed for all the reasons listed. There are some good private "deer leases" here, but it would be hard to find one of those places going in blind. If you can't find a property that meets those qualifications in East Tx then I say go West.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:32 AM   #105
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If you can find a big lease in a proven county in East Tx with an existing management plan that uses age restrictions for buck harvest, I would choose East Tx. Check TBGA records and narrow it to a list of counties that consistently produce big deer then start your lease search. More than likely it will be a timber company lease that meets that criteria. If it's just a "deer lease" in East Tx and you have never hunted here, I have a feeling you will be disappointed for all the reasons listed. There are some good private "deer leases" here, but it would be hard to find one of those places going in blind. If you can't find a property that meets those qualifications in East Tx then I say go West.


That's just about the best answer I've seen posted.


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Old 08-12-2017, 07:41 AM   #106
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If you can find a big lease in a proven county in East Tx with an existing management plan that uses age restrictions for buck harvest, I would choose East Tx. Check TBGA records and narrow it to a list of counties that consistently produce big deer then start your lease search. More than likely it will be a timber company lease that meets that criteria. If it's just a "deer lease" in East Tx and you have never hunted here, I have a feeling you will be disappointed for all the reasons listed. There are some good private "deer leases" here, but it would be hard to find one of those places going in blind. If you can't find a property that meets those qualifications in East Tx then I say go West.

Great answer.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:11 AM   #107
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West Texas proud here for 10 years.

To me...a deer lease is about so much more than inches or lbs..... but West Texas has a nice amount of both. The entire experience is what I look for.

I like seeing deer... even if I don't trip my release all year on a "monster". I enjoy watching deer as much as I enjoy shooting them. I don't hunt to watch birds (turkeys are OK.) Seeing deer is fun ...killing several deer a year is even more fun..

I love the people out west. They are a friendly bunch and laid back as a whole. The egos are checked at the gate.

I like the large leases and low members counts. I like leases where the deer herd health/numbers are more important than keeping the cost of the lease fee down. 7 hunters on 2400 acres of oak and mesquite is so much enjoyable than 25 folks on 800 acres of pines with 10 white oak trees. Less folks equals less problems and more deer for everybody.

I love the dry heat.... I also love the dry crisp mornings during winter. I love the lack of mosquitos and bugs in general. Rats and mice are also rare at our place.

I like all my **** to be there when I arrive at the lease. I like being able to leave stuff at my lease and know it's going to be there when I drive up. Hauling back what I have at my lease each trip would be a major PITA. Replacing it all because some methhead stole it would be even more of a PITA.

I like not having pictures of poachers and hog doggers. I like not having my hunt ruined by the guy on his 5 acres next door practicing for World War 3.

I love the smell of burning mesquite and ribeyes searing over it.



I hate..... the drive. .. especially on Sunday.

I hate 105 deg workdays in the summer.

I hated the 2010-2011 drought

My loves and likes far outweigh my hates though....

Did I say I love seeing deer?
BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we have a winner.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:04 AM   #108
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If you can find a big lease in a proven county in East Tx with an existing management plan that uses age restrictions for buck harvest, I would choose East Tx. Check TBGA records and narrow it to a list of counties that consistently produce big deer then start your lease search. More than likely it will be a timber company lease that meets that criteria. If it's just a "deer lease" in East Tx and you have never hunted here, I have a feeling you will be disappointed for all the reasons listed. There are some good private "deer leases" here, but it would be hard to find one of those places going in blind. If you can't find a property that meets those qualifications in East Tx then I say go West.
I'm glad you posted this pretty much what I wanted to say I just didn't feel like typing it out.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:06 AM   #109
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I have hunted both and I have to say if you enjoy seeing deer just about ever time you go out then go west. If you enjoy fighting skeeters, seeing one deer a month maybe and it not being big enough to make it legal then hunt east. Yes there are places in ET that have more deer but most of those are taken. Yes I know there are big deer in ET too but if you go WT in the right areas you get the big bonus of exotics. Which you can hunt year round, taste better, and most have a lot more meat on them than a whitetail in TX ever dreamed of having. Also you can legally kill those pesky rattle snakes in WT. I live in Waller county and we are in the post oak savanna looking area, no pine trees, and we have a decent deer herd around the house but that mostly because not many folks hunt them. Growing up around there we rarely seen any deer. We got a place in Leaky and WOW we would see deer everyday. So its up to what you can afford or preference but for the shear fun of seeing lots of animals Id go west. Mason and Brady area have some good sized bucks and a few exotics running around plus turkeys. I sat on day and had 21 deer at my stand and only 3 were does. Of the bucks 6 were 4yrs old or older. You just do see that in ET getting on a lease.
I wish you would change your avatar, Every time I start reading a thread and your post pop up I get side tracked on that avatar and lose my place.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:57 PM   #110
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I've never hunted ETX but have heard lots of horror stories about poaching and trespassing. I love the west and big open country. Harvesting a deer is just a bonus and not necessary for a wonderful outdoor experience.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:00 PM   #111
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If you can find a big lease in a proven county in East Tx with an existing management plan that uses age restrictions for buck harvest, I would choose East Tx. Check TBGA records and narrow it to a list of counties that consistently produce big deer then start your lease search. More than likely it will be a timber company lease that meets that criteria. If it's just a "deer lease" in East Tx and you have never hunted here, I have a feeling you will be disappointed for all the reasons listed. There are some good private "deer leases" here, but it would be hard to find one of those places going in blind. If you can't find a property that meets those qualifications in East Tx then I say go West.
If a person lives in ETX and can't find that inETX, chances are pretty good they need to change friends.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:55 PM   #112
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If a person lives in ETX and can't find that inETX, chances are pretty good they need to change friends.
True. there are more and more quality places in east tx. Honestly, the deer are getting easier to kill as well. Prices are going up but a quality deer lease in East tx is very doable if you want to drop the cash.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:17 PM   #113
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If a person lives in ETX and can't find that inETX, chances are pretty good they need to change friends.
Or just knock on the right doors.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:12 PM   #114
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What are you calling west tx ???
San Saba, so maybe technically more western Central TX?
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:22 PM   #115
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If someone hunting west pays $1,100 a year for full access on a 1,000 acre property with 8 other hunters and thinks it's better than my 55 minute drive ETX lease, let's compare WT harvest pictures.

I can guarantee I'll win this bet.

Did I mention I drive 55 minutes?

You guys bashing east, stay where you are. All this "no deer" hunting is a lot of fun!
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:33 PM   #116
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West Texas proud here for 10 years.

To me...a deer lease is about so much more than inches or lbs..... but West Texas has a nice amount of both. The entire experience is what I look for.

I like seeing deer... even if I don't trip my release all year on a "monster". I enjoy watching deer as much as I enjoy shooting them. I don't hunt to watch birds (turkeys are OK.) Seeing deer is fun ...killing several deer a year is even more fun..

I love the people out west. They are a friendly bunch and laid back as a whole. The egos are checked at the gate.

I like the large leases and low members counts. I like leases where the deer herd health/numbers are more important than keeping the cost of the lease fee down. 7 hunters on 2400 acres of oak and mesquite is so much enjoyable than 25 folks on 800 acres of pines with 10 white oak trees. Less folks equals less problems and more deer for everybody.

I love the dry heat.... I also love the dry crisp mornings during winter. I love the lack of mosquitos and bugs in general. Rats and mice are also rare at our place.

I like all my **** to be there when I arrive at the lease. I like being able to leave stuff at my lease and know it's going to be there when I drive up. Hauling back what I have at my lease each trip would be a major PITA. Replacing it all because some methhead stole it would be even more of a PITA.

I like not having pictures of poachers and hog doggers. I like not having my hunt ruined by the guy on his 5 acres next door practicing for World War 3.

I love the smell of burning mesquite and ribeyes searing over it.



I hate..... the drive. .. especially on Sunday.

I hate 105 deg workdays in the summer.

I hated the 2010-2011 drought

My loves and likes far outweigh my hates though....

Did I say I love seeing deer?

This is pretty spot on how I feel

Thank you for all the responses, you guys have provided a great deal of information. I think I would like to make sure I see deer every time I go out. Not seeing deer isn't going to "ruin the experience" for me per se, but right now I've got two young kids who aren't old enough to hunt yet, and so my number of opportunities to go are pretty limited. Currently, I am in it for the meat as opposed to trophies. After reading all the responses, I get the feeling that I want to hunt central/west right now, and may be interested in hunting east later on when I have more time.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:34 PM   #117
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If someone hunting west pays $1,100 a year for full access on a 1,000 acre property with 8 other hunters and thinks it's better than my 55 minute drive ETX lease, let's compare WT harvest pictures.

I can guarantee I'll win this bet.

Did I mention I drive 55 minutes?

You guys bashing east, stay where you are. All this "no deer" hunting is a lot of fun!
I went back and read the thread again and not picking up any bashing? I don't get the one is better than the other that's just silly and does not make sense. As several have mentioned they are different and I don't think anyone can dispute that.
Sounds like you have a nice place enjoy it. Living in DFW either way is 3-4 hours for me. The place I currently hunt is actually 5 hours but I think it's one of coolest places in Texas so that where I go.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:37 PM   #118
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If someone hunting west pays $1,100 a year for full access on a 1,000 acre property with 8 other hunters and thinks it's better than my 55 minute drive ETX lease, let's compare WT harvest pictures.

I can guarantee I'll win this bet.

Did I mention I drive 55 minutes?

You guys bashing east, stay where you are. All this "no deer" hunting is a lot of fun!
Agreed. Let them stay after those pencil racked grey hounds
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:37 PM   #119
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I've been saying for years, the only thing wrong with East Texas is the East Texans. So before the people from East Texas pile on for saying that, I'm an East Texan.

I finally got fed up with all the poaching, theft and trespassing. It was a constant battle. If you weren't there enough, people started to think you were gone and they'd treat the place like their own.

I love being able to hunt a place that I don't EVER have to worry about.
This is what keeps me from even considering a lease in East Texas. Just way too many of these types of stories on here every year out of East Texas. I'd rather pay double and drive twice as far if I had to in order to avoid that kind of mess.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:37 PM   #120
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Personal preference...basically all depends on what you like in a hunting lease.

Any "bashing" or "comparing"....starting to sound like some are wanting to "compare shoe/hand size".

OP, good luck on your decision making, and best of luck to all this hunting season. Come on Sept. 30th!
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:43 PM   #121
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I've hunted both my whole life. In my opinion, west Texas has far more deer and it's not as muddy or buggy. No brainer.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:56 PM   #122
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I live east of DFW and would love to have a good east Texas lease within 2 hours of the house. Like someone (from east Tx) said, you have to find the right setup in the right county with the right people and then east Tx. can be incredible. Since I don't have that hookup, I drive 3.5 hours to San Saba where 6 of us hunt on 1,000 acres and see plenty of game. It's really not a hard call. And besides, there are no deer in east Texas.

Having said all of that, I would be all over a good east Texas lease if I had the opportunity.
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:10 PM   #123
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This is what keeps me from even considering a lease in East Texas. Just way too many of these types of stories on here every year out of East Texas. I'd rather pay double and drive twice as far if I had to in order to avoid that kind of mess.
I really think that is more of a population and small acreage issue. A LOT fewer people west of 35 than east of it.
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:44 PM   #124
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I really think that is more of a population and small acreage issue. A LOT fewer people west of 35 than east of it.


That's part of it, but in my experience it's changing of the times. My entire youth was spent hunting and fishing on someone else's property. We knew our neighbors, knew where their stands were, and stayed out of their way. No one cared, they hunted our property, we hunted theirs. If we got "caught" one of 2 things happened. We either discussed where each other had been hunting and what we'd been seeing, or the stern "get your *** on your side of the fence and if I catch you back over here I'll tell your Daddy." talk would go down. Typically the latter never happened.


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Old 08-15-2017, 04:53 PM   #125
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:53 PM   #126
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If I had my choice it would be a large, highly managed, highly secure(no trespassers) lease in deep East Texas.. Im not sure that even exists..
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:53 PM   #127
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I've hunted in East Texas all of my life. I have seen some phenomenal deer come out of the thick, piney woods. Due to the heavy timber and thickets, East Texas is an area that requires skill to hunt in. You could have a record book buck that very few have seen, but not be able to get a shot at it due to the brush, which could be very frustrating. It has happened to many hunters that are familiar with the great, piney woods.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:11 PM   #128
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If I had my choice it would be a large, highly managed, highly secure(no trespassers) lease in deep East Texas.. Im not sure that even exists..
It does. Jack brittingham owns it. Yes he put a fence up, but they are native genetics.

That being said, I would choose west Texas due to the diversity of game species available in addition to the deer.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:14 PM   #129
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That's part of it, but in my experience it's changing of the times. My entire youth was spent hunting and fishing on someone else's property. We knew our neighbors, knew where their stands were, and stayed out of their way. No one cared, they hunted our property, we hunted theirs. If we got "caught" one of 2 things happened. We either discussed where each other had been hunting and what we'd been seeing, or the stern "get your *** on your side of the fence and if I catch you back over here I'll tell your Daddy." talk would go down. Typically the latter never happened.


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I grew up in Fannin County and had access to 1000s and 1000s of acres. All from just asking. However there weren't any deer to speak of around this part of the state. As deer started getting plentiful, access started going away I guess. Back in my day going hunting meant dove, duck, squirrel, coon, rabbit, yotes .....and that mountain lion the old timers said they saw in the bottom. I hunted that dang lion for several years . Wonder if that old man really saw one, or just enjoyed watching me try and kill a ghost. I had fun either way

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Old 08-15-2017, 07:17 PM   #130
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It does. Jack brittingham owns it. Yes he put a fence up, but they are native genetics.

That being said, I would choose west Texas due to the diversity of game species available in addition to the deer.
Yes I'm aware of Jacks ranch but I was talking more in the way of a BIG low fenced, well managed place.. I'm not sure that exists... Probably is a secret if it does..
I've hunted ST, WT, the panhandle and old Mexico but those true wild, Giants from east Texas is what I would really like to chase..

Second to that would be the Panhandle. Gray or surrounding counties.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:44 PM   #131
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East Texas. Got to find the right property. Nothing like chasing big bucks and on the lake after big bass the same day. Found it 7 years ago, ain't giving it up....

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Old 08-15-2017, 07:48 PM   #132
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I grew hunting North East Texas and as a kid it sucked...still own land there; and yes hunting all over East Texas is better than 30 years ago, lot more deer. We were just happy to see deer back then. I also have been on a timber lease in South East Texas; it was cheap, fun to ride atv's on, and I killed lot of small deer and hogs. Fun for the price. The muddy roads from the logging trucks get old, trespassers all the time on camera, but it was only a hour away!. But After hunting the Hill Country and farther west, I prefer it any day. Love the chance for exotics, see more deer to keep you interested, beautiful terrain. I use to not mind the drive at all, actually enjoyed the silence while sipping coffee. But now with kids, long commutes just suck...So I am now hunting Centerville, which is still close, lots of deer, but not true East Texas.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:38 PM   #133
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This is what keeps me from even considering a lease in East Texas. Just way too many of these types of stories on here every year out of East Texas. I'd rather pay double and drive twice as far if I had to in order to avoid that kind of mess.
Being from West Texas and living in East Texas for 20 years. A lot of people ask me whats the biggest difference between East and West Texas.

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When you're driving down the highway in West Texas people give you the index finger wave

In East Texas when driving down the highway they give you the middle finger wave

And the humidity really does suck
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:51 PM   #134
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West Texas proud here for 10 years.

To me...a deer lease is about so much more than inches or lbs..... but West Texas has a nice amount of both. The entire experience is what I look for.

I like seeing deer... even if I don't trip my release all year on a "monster". I enjoy watching deer as much as I enjoy shooting them. I don't hunt to watch birds (turkeys are OK.) Seeing deer is fun ...killing several deer a year is even more fun..

I love the people out west. They are a friendly bunch and laid back as a whole. The egos are checked at the gate.

I like the large leases and low members counts. I like leases where the deer herd health/numbers are more important than keeping the cost of the lease fee down. 7 hunters on 2400 acres of oak and mesquite is so much enjoyable than 25 folks on 800 acres of pines with 10 white oak trees. Less folks equals less problems and more deer for everybody.

I love the dry heat.... I also love the dry crisp mornings during winter. I love the lack of mosquitos and bugs in general. Rats and mice are also rare at our place.

I like all my **** to be there when I arrive at the lease. I like being able to leave stuff at my lease and know it's going to be there when I drive up. Hauling back what I have at my lease each trip would be a major PITA. Replacing it all because some methhead stole it would be even more of a PITA.

I like not having pictures of poachers and hog doggers. I like not having my hunt ruined by the guy on his 5 acres next door practicing for World War 3.

I love the smell of burning mesquite and ribeyes searing over it.



I hate..... the drive. .. especially on Sunday.

I hate 105 deg workdays in the summer.

I hated the 2010-2011 drought

My loves and likes far outweigh my hates though....

Did I say I love seeing deer?


Not to mention incredible dove hunting and the quail are starting to return. You ain't getting that in East TX


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Old 08-15-2017, 08:51 PM   #135
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For me it would be WT, but that's because I like to see a lot deer and be able to ride around hunting!
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:00 PM   #136
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I grew up in Fannin County and had access to 1000s and 1000s of acres. All from just asking. However there weren't any deer to speak of around this part of the state. As deer started getting plentiful, access started going away I guess. Back in my day going hunting meant dove, duck, squirrel, coon, rabbit, yotes .....and that mountain lion the old timers said they saw in the bottom. I hunted that dang lion for several years . Wonder if that old man really saw one, or just enjoyed watching me try and kill a ghost. I had fun either way

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If there were as many lions as there were stories there's absolutely no way there'd be a single deer left in E. Tx lol


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Yes I'm aware of Jacks ranch but I was talking more in the way of a BIG low fenced, well managed place.. I'm not sure that exists... Probably is a secret if it does..
I've hunted ST, WT, the panhandle and old Mexico but those true wild, Giants from east Texas is what I would really like to chase..

Second to that would be the Panhandle. Gray or surrounding counties.


They exist. The guys that hunt them are absolutely not allowed to discuss them in any way on social media. I know of about 4 off the top of my head and had to pass on an opportunity at 2 of them this year. The dues were around $5k, but essentially if you shoot anything under 150" you're burning your tag.


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Old 08-15-2017, 09:07 PM   #138
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For a $20k/yr donation to a foundation you can have access to a pretty good place on the Neches....or so I've heard.
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:15 PM   #139
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Being from West Texas and living in East Texas for 20 years. A lot of people ask me whats the biggest difference between East and West Texas.

I answer :

When you're driving down the highway in West Texas people give you the index finger wave

In East Texas when driving down the highway they give you the middle finger wave

And the humidity really does suck


If I lived in all that mosquito-infested humidity, I might be a little cranky too.
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:18 PM   #140
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Last year I hunted all season in east TX - didn't see a single deer. This year my second sit in my stand in west TX, I counted 18 deer.


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Old 08-15-2017, 09:38 PM   #141
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Honestly, the deer are getting easier to kill as well.
Send those deer North.

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Old 08-15-2017, 09:46 PM   #142
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If I lived in all that mosquito-infested humidity, I might be a little cranky too.
Ppl elsewhere pay to go to a sauna..we get it for free.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:08 PM   #143
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Last year I hunted all season in east TX - didn't see a single deer. This year my second sit in my stand in west TX, I counted 18 deer.


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East Texas proud here for 20 years.

To me...a deer lease is about so much more than inches or lbs..... but East Texas has a nice amount of both. The entire experience is what I look for.

I like seeing deer... even if I don't trip my release all year on a "monster". I enjoy watching deer as much as I enjoy shooting them. I don't hunt to watch birds (crows are OK.) Seeing deer is fun ...killing several deer a year is even more fun..

I love the people in the east. They are a friendly bunch and laid back as a whole. The egos are checked at the gate.

I like the large leases and low members counts. I like leases where the deer herd health/numbers are more important than keeping the cost of the lease fee down. 7 hunters on 800 acres of pines with 10 white oak trees can be just as enjoyable as 7 hunters on 2400 acres of oak and mesquite. It's thick out here.

I love the humidity, it makes me tougher.... I also love the dry crisp mornings during winter. I love the of mosquitos and bugs in general, it reminds me we are in rugged country. Rats and mice are everywhere but I can handle it.

I like all my **** to be there when I arrive at the lease. I like being able to leave stuff at my lease and know it's going to be there when I drive up. Hauling back what I have at my lease each trip would be a major PITA. Replacing it all because some methhead stole it would be even more of a PITA. Thank God, I've never had that problem and I'm pretty close to methhead central.

I like not having pictures of poachers and hog doggers. I like not having my hunt ruined by the guy on his 5 acres next door practicing for World War 3.

I love the smell of burning charcoal and ribeyes searing over it.


I love..... the drive. .. especially on Sunday when I can get back to my wife and son by lunchtime with a deer in the bed of my truck.

I love 105 deg workdays in the summer, we drink more beer because of it.

We all hated the droughts.

My loves and likes far outweigh my hates though....

Did I say I love seeing deer?
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After hunting a big ranch out west, I'll tell you right now that I would start chasing ducks on the coast full time again If the only place I had to hunt was East Texas.


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Yes I'm aware of Jacks ranch but I was talking more in the way of a BIG low fenced, well managed place.. I'm not sure that exists... Probably is a secret if it does..
I've hunted ST, WT, the panhandle and old Mexico but those true wild, Giants from east Texas is what I would really like to chase..

Second to that would be the Panhandle. Gray or surrounding counties.
They exist alright but you won't find it advertised in the TBH classifieds or craigslist. You just about have to be born into them or know the right people.
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:58 AM   #147
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I just bought 640 acres. Never even considered looking at East Texas. West Texas is where its at.
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:21 AM   #148
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They exist. The guys that hunt them are absolutely not allowed to discuss them in any way on social media. I know of about 4 off the top of my head and had to pass on an opportunity at 2 of them this year. The dues were around $5k, but essentially if you shoot anything under 150" you're burning your tag.


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There are a couple in houston Co. One of them turned out a low fence 278 inch deer a couple years ago.
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There are a couple in houston Co. One of them turned out a low fence 278 inch deer a couple years ago.
You won't find pictures of those deer hanging in the office at Stubbs, or on the TBGA website.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:20 AM   #150
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I was talking more in the way of a BIG low fenced, well managed place.. I'm not sure that exists... Probably is a secret if it does..
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They exist alright but you won't find it advertised in the TBH classifieds or craigslist. You just about have to be born into them or know the right people.
All true.
I know some places, quite a few actually, that are not Timber company land at all or a big hunting club. And the deer taken off these places will never be seen posted on the internet. I was talking to a guy that hunts one of these places a year or so ago about it and he had a friend that wanted to get his "foot in the door" to hunt where he was hunting. He told him somebody would have to die before they brought in another hunter.
Then, there's another friend that I go see every now and then, and behind his house is a storage shed. After he kills a buck and gets it cleaned, he cuts the horns off the skull and throws it on top of the roof of that shed. Everybody else would probably have them deer hangin on a wall in the house!!!
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