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Old 07-27-2017, 09:03 PM   #1451
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Aw-right, both you Steve's, let's git-er-dun!! Was my favorite thread last year... this one and the "Ambush" thread about "...a stud showed up"...
I put out cameras at the house, but haven't got any going down in the south end of the county yet, but hopefully that will happen by this weekend... sure is HOT tho...

Don't really need any feeders in the back of my place... so dang many akerns, they probably won't mess with the corn anyway...

Jooger, hope your work situation is a little more stable now... but not enough to keep you from gettin' in tha woods!

Good luck to everyone!

And GarGuy, if anybody gets nasty, the Ignore function is your friend!! Sure has helped my bloodpressure over the last couple years anyway.


I landed on a 28/14 schedule and JSAPP is one of my bosses. Couldn't ask for a much better situation. Blessed and thankful to be where I'm at with the people around me. I'm also only about 2.5hrs from bphillips's ranch and I've been known to pick the lock on the gate during casing break


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Old 07-27-2017, 09:19 PM   #1452
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I landed on a 28/14 schedule and JSAPP is one of my bosses. Couldn't ask for a much better situation. Blessed and thankful to be where I'm at with the people around me. I'm also only about 2.5hrs from bphillips's ranch and I've been known to pick the lock on the gate during casing break


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There are no deer on, or across the fence from bobby's!!!!! You would be wasting your time! Haha


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Old 07-27-2017, 09:36 PM   #1453
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I landed on a 28/14 schedule and JSAPP is one of my bosses. Couldn't ask for a much better situation. Blessed and thankful to be where I'm at with the people around me. I'm also only about 2.5hrs from bphillips's ranch and I've been known to pick the lock on the gate during casing break


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Yessir!! East Texas right there!!

Seriously Steve, very happy for you. Work hard, give praise to the Lord and He will steer your ship straight.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:42 PM   #1454
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There are no deer on, or across the fence from bobby's!!!!! You would be wasting your time! Haha


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Old 07-27-2017, 11:27 PM   #1455
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Way too much cactus in those pics. I think your turning into a Southtexan...

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Old 07-27-2017, 11:30 PM   #1456
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Haha he is a good neighbor to have. Should have lots of quality deer around this year.


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Old 07-28-2017, 12:14 AM   #1457
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Haha he is a good neighbor to have. Should have lots of quality deer around this year.


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Heck yeah he is! I think I've killed more deer on that ranch than he has. He may be a closet tree hugger that just enjoys being one with nature lol


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Old 07-28-2017, 12:16 AM   #1458
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Way too much cactus in those pics. I think your turning into a Southtexan...

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I'm a predator of opportunity that doesn't discriminate on location. I'll kill them in my driveway if they'll stand still long enough lol


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Old 07-28-2017, 12:19 AM   #1459
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I'm a predator of opportunity that doesn't discriminate on location. I'll kill them in my driveway if they'll stand still long enough lol


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Or the back yard
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:20 AM   #1460
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Or the back yard


I've seen me do it!



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Old 07-28-2017, 12:24 AM   #1461
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There it is the swing in the background takes the cake
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:33 AM   #1462
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There it is the swing in the background takes the cake


I skinned that sucker on that same swing set


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Old 07-28-2017, 12:10 PM   #1463
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Nothing wrong with that. You gotta use what's available. My own father has skinned deer on a swing set inside the Houston city limits.
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:56 AM   #1464
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My dad and I are going Monday to look at some property butting up to the Davy Crockett. Wish us luck!!!


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Old 08-04-2017, 12:08 PM   #1465
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Hung a few Op's off a swing set too...

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Old 08-04-2017, 03:02 PM   #1466
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Hung a few Op's off a swing set too...



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Yes sir! Cut the tails and bleed them into a bucket. Place blood on cookie sheets and let it dry a little. Use for blues and channels after that!


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Old 08-04-2017, 04:08 PM   #1467
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Yes sir! Cut the tails and bleed them into a bucket. Place blood on cookie sheets and let it dry a little. Use for blues and channels after that!


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Shhhhhh!!! You ain't 'spos'd ta give away all our East Texas secrets!
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:11 PM   #1468
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People Dont Scare Deer HUNTERS DO!

Several years ago, I climbed 30ft up a big slick redoak in the DCNF with my climbing stand.. It was a perfect October evening and i had sneaked away from work for a quick evening hunt about 4 miles from my home in Ratcliff.

I saw several deer milling through the hardwood along an old fence line as the evening progressed. Just about prime time, I heard the steady crunch of leaves as a deer came my way. He was coming fast and caught glimpses of him through the limbs. BIG DEER! He closed to 20yds and was about to walk clear. I started my draw... I dont know what he saw or heard but he turned wrong side out and bolted out to about 50yds before turning to look. It was a big five year old 8pt that I knew well. The gig was up and he left in a hurry as I let down. I grinned to myself as i gathered my stuff to go home.

Two mornings later, was sitting on my front porch drinking coffee with my wife. I leaned over the porch rail and pulled a tick off that old bucks ear. I told you i knew him well. My neighbors ran over his mother when he was an infant and brought him home to raise on a bottle. Bucky was a super pet and loved for me to get the ticks out from around his antler bases. I fed him in the yard daily, yet four miles from home that sucker busted me as I drew! Of course I wouldnt have shot once i recognized him but i have a dozen stories about big deer that had little fear of people yet survived hunters year after year.

PS.. Bucky survived hunters in the DCNF until he was seven before getting hit by a car right by the store in Ratcliff.

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Old 08-12-2017, 09:11 PM   #1469
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People Dont Scare Deer HUNTERS DO!



Several years ago, I climbed 30ft up a big slick redoak in the DCNF with my climbing stand.. It was a perfect October evening and i had sneaked away from work for a quick evening hunt about 4 miles from my home in Ratcliff.



I saw several deer milling through the hardwood along an old fence line as the evening progressed. Just about prime time, I heard the steady crunch of leaves as a deer came my way. He was coming fast and caught glimpses of him through the limbs. BIG DEER! He closed to 20yds and was about to walk clear. I started my draw... I dont know what he saw or heard but he turned wrong side out and bolted out to about 50yds before turning to look. It was a big five year old 8pt that I knew well. The gig was up and he left in a hurry as I let down. I grinned to myself as i gathered my stuff to go home.



Two mornings later, was sitting on my front porch drinking coffee with my wife. I leaned over the porch rail and pulled a tick off that old bucks ear. I told you i knew him well. My neighbors ran over his mother when he was an infant and brought him home to raise on a bottle. Bucky was a super pet and loved for me to get the ticks out from around his antler bases. I fed him in the yard daily, yet four miles from home that sucker busted me as I drew! Of course I wouldnt have shot once i recognized him but i have a dozen stories about big deer that had little fear of people yet survived hunters year after year.



PS.. Bucky survived hunters in the DCNF until he was seven before getting hit by a car right by the store in Ratcliff.


Love seeing new posts on this thread! Was that the same neighbor that had the old buck come back once it was over the hill? Obviously not Bucky but that story needs telling if it hadn't been already.


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Old 08-12-2017, 09:16 PM   #1470
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love these stories Steve!
although it just confirms what I've said all along, deer are way smarter than us hunters!
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:17 AM   #1471
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Love seeing new posts on this thread! Was that the same neighbor that had the old buck come back once it was over the hill? Obviously not Bucky but that story needs telling if it hadn't been already.


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Different neighbor.. She lived about 1.5 miles from me. that old deer hung out with Bucky though.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:12 AM   #1472
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Years ago, i lived in ratcliff and the DCNF began 20ys from my front porch. I fed the deer in my front yard every evening for years. I could sit on my porch and throw corn on their back. They knew my truck and often showed up anytime I came home from work because they knew a coffee can of corn was coming. there were several generations of deer that had fed in my yard all their lives. I would be sitting on my porch talking to them when the would all blow out. Sure enough, a vehicle would soon show up on the dirt road. they knew the sound of a car turning off H7 even though traffic was constant on 7 just a few hundred yards away. There was a little lady named Ms Molly that lived about 1.5 miles from me that fed deer daily for over 40 years. We always visited about deer when we saw each other.

Now my near neighbors had raised a buck fawn Named Bucky and he always hung out in their yard but often came to my yard and loved to be scratched, ticks pulled off him, or have One Spot put on his back. I talked about him in another post. The year Bucky turned four, sometime mid July I had eaten a watermelon and carried the rind out front for the deer. A few minutes later I looked out and there were two bucks eating it so I walked out there to check them out. Ones was a 45 inch 8 and the other was a crazy wide ten. I got about six feet from them and the smaller who i thought was Bucky walked away. The wide deer wouldnt quite let me touch him but was obviously a pet. Now i was confused. That had to be Bucky. I was really surprised how wide he had gotten and that he was starting G4s. I talked to the neighbor lady that raised Bucky the next day and mentioned that he looked like crap but was going to be a ten. She said she hadnt paid any atttention but didnt know he wasnt an eight again. the whole thing struck me odd.

In sept, Bucky was back down at the house and sure enough, he was the 8pt that had been with the wide ten. I didnt see the wide ten again until Christmas eve. i had an old horse with no teeth that i fed senior feed along with sweet feed. I had just put out a bucket of feed and looked over to see a ragged old deer eating from the trough. It was him 21 inside and heavy ten. He didnt have much tine length and his body looked like death warmed over. He was really gentle and showed up every couple of days until Mid January or so.

The old deer was a total mystery until late Spring when I ran into Ms Molly at the post office. We chatted about deer a while an mentioned the strange appearance of that old ten. BOY DID SHE HAVE A STORY TO TELL!

She was a widow lady and lived alone.. She said after her husband died, she got a big german shephard to live in the fenced yard as a watch dog. one night around New years the dog was going crazy in the yard. A little later, something was banging on her back door and she thought someone was trying too break in. She got her gun and sneaked to the window. There on her back porch was a big old buck, slamming the screen door with his horns while totally oblivious to the dog. She opened the door and the deer walked right into the wash room! Ms Molly teared up telling me. It was a deer she knew well. A game warden had brought her a buck fawn(as they had several times) years earlier. She wasnt positive of the year but was sure it was over 11 and maybe 13 years ago. She had raised him in the washroom and let him run free with the other deer as soon as he was big enough. She said he stayed around until he was four or five and just gradually quit coming home. it had been at least seven years since she had seen him and presumed he had been killed in the DCNF. he stayed in her back yard most of the time as the spring progressed but eventually went back into the woods as things greened up. She hadnt seen him after that.

No telling how many hunters that old deer fooled over his long life in the DCNF yet he had little fear of me and walked right into her house!
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:40 AM   #1473
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Wow that's crazy. We raised several from the game wardens when I was young, but they never came back after 2-3 yrs.


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Old 08-14-2017, 06:04 PM   #1474
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Really enjoyed these recent additions Steve. Thank you for taking the time to pen these for us.
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