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Wile E. 09-01-2020 09:40 AM

Grapevine 2020-2021
 
Little later than normal this year kicking off a new thread but we gotta do it sometime, figure the start of a new hunting season is as good a time as any. Hopefully get a nice clean break from the old thread.

Good luck to everyone in the Ď20-Ď21 season

WildThroneberry 09-10-2020 07:55 PM

Following..
weíll be out there this weekend! Early teal

Buck Smacker 09-10-2020 08:11 PM

Good luck!

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TonyP 09-10-2020 09:40 PM

I look forward to following this thread, and contributing to it. My girlfriend and I drew whitetail permits and got our general hunting permits for hogs.

Good luck to all y'all

Wile E. 09-10-2020 09:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WildThroneberry (Post 15092389)
Following..
weíll be out there this weekend! Early teal

I will too, although the numbers Iíve been seeing donít have my hopes up too high.

justhrowit 09-10-2020 10:26 PM

Wait... When is the draw? <sarcasm>

wytex 09-11-2020 11:00 AM

Good luck all, grew up in Grapevine and ran around that lake lots during high school.
Deer are even into the neighborhoods near NW highway, I see tracks about a block from my mom's house.

Buck Smacker 09-12-2020 10:18 AM

Anyone here been dove hunting at the vine before?

GBludau 09-12-2020 01:41 PM

This place is a JUNGLE!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...15a024eb51.jpg

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Buck Smacker 09-13-2020 03:43 PM

Welcome to the Vine, where mosquitoes are as big as hummingbirds and swarm like bees!
Found someone's nifty little setup [emoji849]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...cd1eea9721.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...fa6422d3c8.jpg

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troy_w_7 09-14-2020 12:31 PM

Interesting setup. I can't fully knock it though; I've killed a few deer including 1 buck sitting about that high off the ground. I don't like the mesh though.

Regarding the growth, I wish they could do some burns out there to knock down some of the vegetation that's overgrown the past 4-5 years. I'm not sure how that works being semi-close to some houses and roads but I feel like it'd help the huntability.

Buck Smacker 09-14-2020 12:37 PM

@troy_w_7 for real, the undergrowth and grasses are thick

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Buck Smacker 09-15-2020 03:20 PM

Has anyone been able to use the map on ARCGIS? I'm about to call the corps office. I registered and logged in, but says I don't have access.
The "printable map" is not detailed at all.

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Wile E. 09-15-2020 08:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Buck Smacker (Post 15101662)
Has anyone been able to use the map on ARCGIS? I'm about to call the corps office. I registered and logged in, but says I don't have access.
The "printable map" is not detailed at all.

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I use a free app called Explorer, it has one map called USACE SWF Hunting Map which has the hunting area outlined. At least on iPhone if you search in the App Store ďArcgis explorerĒ you should find it, icon is green with a white arrow.

Buck Smacker 09-15-2020 09:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wile E. (Post 15102360)
I use a free app called Explorer, it has one map called USACE SWF Hunting Map which has the hunting area outlined. At least on iPhone if you search in the App Store ďArcgis explorerĒ you should find it, icon is green with a white arrow.

Thanks, I used that a few years ago when I got drawn and forgot what it was called.

GBludau 09-15-2020 09:11 PM

Does anyone have factual information of how many applicants apply for 250 permits?

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firemedic731 09-16-2020 08:01 AM

This was my first year applying for the vine, didn't get picked though sadly. But, if anyone shoots a really nice, big P&Y and needs help dragging it out, just give me a text and drop me a pin with On X to your EXACT location and ill be out there in about an hour to help you drag it out.

125Dad 09-16-2020 08:26 AM

Me and my son both got picked. It’s nice to be able to go hunt after work During the week.
Good luck everyone.

mattram17 09-16-2020 05:27 PM

Put 7 miles on the boots today, made a couple nice finds. Looks like someone is afraid of heights...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...29b31ac2d1.jpg
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Buck Smacker 09-16-2020 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by mattram17 (Post 15104727)
Put 7 miles on the boots today, made a couple nice finds. Looks like someone is afraid of heights...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...29b31ac2d1.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...1545a053fc.jpg
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Wow. Are people that lazy? The short one didn't even take the tags off the screw in steps. Nice spot with plenty of cover too[emoji1787]
Cool shed though, it must be from a Grapevine fawn.

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mattram17 09-16-2020 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Buck Smacker (Post 15104746)
Wow. Are people that lazy? The short one didn't even take the tags off the screw in steps. Nice spot with plenty of cover too[emoji1787]
Cool shed though, it must be from a Grapevine fawn.

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I was a pretty annoyed by both of them.. some peopleís kids... and better watch out walking past the screw in steps guy, I might hit my head on the platform! The shed was a fun find even if it was small, maybe Iíll run into his older brother or dad sometime


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jph11 09-17-2020 10:11 PM

Anyone have eyes on how the water looks out there? Hoping to get out this weekend to scout for waterfowl and if any of the slews and side ponds have any water in em. If we happen across some teal we can jump then great.

Donít have a boat so the creek is out of the water is high at all. But hoping we can trudge through the jungle to a few key spots.


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Bad2TheBone 09-17-2020 10:15 PM

Might as well hunt from the ground. haha
The stuff I have seen out there never seems to amaze me

Lumberjack15 09-17-2020 10:17 PM

I was lucky enough to get drawn this year. I'm usually not that lucky with draws, but plan on taking full advantage. I've been out there several times over the past month and have seen deer every time, including a small buck at 1:00 in the afternoon last weekend when I walked up on a bed. There is no shortage of deer and pigs out there, but there's also no shortage of people so that will make things interesting to say the least.

When I got back to my car I think I had between 30-40 mosquito bites. Needless to say I will be purchasing a Thermacell and Permethrin for bow season. I recommend everyone else that will be hunting out there do the same if they haven't already. lol

Bad2TheBone 09-17-2020 10:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Lumberjack15 (Post 15108051)
I was lucky enough to get drawn this year. I'm usually not that lucky with draws, but plan on taking full advantage. I've been out there several times over the past month and have seen deer every time, including a small buck at 1:00 in the afternoon last weekend when I walked up on a bed. There is no shortage of deer and pigs out there, but there's also no shortage of people so that will make things interesting to say the least.

When I got back to my car I think I had between 30-40 mosquito bites. Needless to say I will be purchasing a Thermacell and Permethrin for bow season. I recommend everyone else that will be hunting out there do the same if they haven't already. lol

There is NO DEER at the vine. Plenty of KILLER mosquitos and Meth heads though

stephenosborne0 09-17-2020 10:44 PM

Hunted the vine last year pretty hard. Saw a lot of deer October and November but saw almost nothing in December. Good luck! Fun to be able to hunt close to home.

Buck Smacker 09-17-2020 10:47 PM

Have you seen the movie Jumanji? Remember the mosquitoes? Yeah a thermacell might help.

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TrophyClubHntr 09-18-2020 05:54 AM

Looks like some people are disregarding the 24hr rule on stands... The Corp sends guys in multiple times and they will pull those stands.

Also deer are still around in December and late December but you cant hunt acorn producing trees anymore. Those only work Oct. & Early Nov. gotta hunt thick cover transition edges. I saw my two biggest Vine bucks Dec. 11th and Dec. 29th.

mattram17 09-20-2020 01:57 AM

Drove down 377 tonight around 12:30 and pulled over for what I thought was a cop with their lights on. Turned out to be a GW turning into the lot at Bobcat/377 where there was already another GW with their lights on and a couple other cars. Any of yíall know what was goin on?


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hooligan 09-22-2020 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattram17 (Post 15111792)
Drove down 377 tonight around 12:30 and pulled over for what I thought was a cop with their lights on. Turned out to be a GW turning into the lot at Bobcat/377 where there was already another GW with their lights on and a couple other cars. Any of yíall know what was goin on?


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at the vine who knows. I've stumbled upon some meth camps before

Bad2TheBone 09-23-2020 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by hooligan (Post 15117232)
at the vine who knows. I've stumbled upon some meth camps before

I have had plenty of those encounters myself

SPaw 09-25-2020 12:17 PM

I'm new here and was lucky enough to draw a tag out at Grapevine for the first time. I'm certainly not asking for anybody's secrets, but would anyone care to share tips on parking?

Can you park along US 377 where there aren't any no-parking signs?

The Corps Fort Worth District Hunting guide states the following:

"Vehicles must be parked on Corps designated areas or along roadsides on Corps
property
without blocking the passage of other vehicles or gate openings. Parking on
other public roadways is at your own risk and contacting local law enforcement is
recommended."

According to the maps, there is Corps land along 377, so the above statement makes me think I can park there as long as there is not a no-parking sign.

Any tips/pointers would be appreciated.

troy_w_7 09-25-2020 03:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SPaw (Post 15124765)
I'm new here and was lucky enough to draw a tag out at Grapevine for the first time. I'm certainly not asking for anybody's secrets, but would anyone care to share tips on parking?

Can you park along US 377 where there aren't any no-parking signs?

The Corps Fort Worth District Hunting guide states the following:

"Vehicles must be parked on Corps designated areas or along roadsides on Corps
property
without blocking the passage of other vehicles or gate openings. Parking on
other public roadways is at your own risk and contacting local law enforcement is
recommended."

According to the maps, there is Corps land along 377, so the above statement makes me think I can park there as long as there is not a no-parking sign.

Any tips/pointers would be appreciated.

I've never parked off of 377 but I've seen a lot of cars parked there with nobody getting paid. And that message above would tell me you're good. The problem is there's not a ton of places to park off of 377 but you should be able to find a spot.

Buck Smacker 09-25-2020 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SPaw (Post 15124765)
I'm new here and was lucky enough to draw a tag out at Grapevine for the first time. I'm certainly not asking for anybody's secrets, but would anyone care to share tips on parking?

Can you park along US 377 where there aren't any no-parking signs?

The Corps Fort Worth District Hunting guide states the following:

"Vehicles must be parked on Corps designated areas or along roadsides on Corps
property
without blocking the passage of other vehicles or gate openings. Parking on
other public roadways is at your own risk and contacting local law enforcement is
recommended."

According to the maps, there is Corps land along 377, so the above statement makes me think I can park there as long as there is not a no-parking sign.

Any tips/pointers would be appreciated.

There's a parking lot on the corner of 377 and Bobcat Blvd.
Check the threads from previous years for other tips.

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Buck Smacker 09-25-2020 03:24 PM

This map is awful by the way.

The one on Arcgis is a little better, but I think I'm going to sign up for the Basemap app.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...79d1a04d99.jpg

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Buck Smacker 09-29-2020 03:08 PM

Who else is ready for opening day?! The weather looks BEAUTIFUL!

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pervis 10-01-2020 10:59 PM

Beyond thick out there. Went out today. Smh..what was ankle tall last yr is now hip to chest high. Game changer.

troy_w_7 10-02-2020 10:01 AM

A few years back I was drawn and wanted to get to a few spots that looked open/shorter grass on aerials but had to walk through 6-7 foot high weeds to get there. After I ran up on 2-3 cottonmouths, I retreated and decided it wasn't worth it. I hate snakes. There's got to be a way to hunt that place now that the vegetation has changed over the past 6-7 years. Hopefully you guys figure it out because I want to see a big one hit the ground! I personally think using a canoe or boat of some sort would be the ticket now.

pervis 10-03-2020 05:20 AM

I will get thru it on sun. Gona hunt the afternoon w my son and a buddy. Gona have to machete thru it.

pervis 10-04-2020 09:18 PM

Twas on and crackin this evening. Saw lots of animals. No shooters.

Oca_Jim3 10-06-2020 08:42 PM

Hello, I am new to this forum. Iíve been in the area for about 6 years now. I came from the panhandle and hunted private land up there. Iíve touched my bow once since Iíve over here(Flower Mound) and I miss bow hunting! Iíve always been nervous about hunting public land but there are many opportunities to hunt public near me. I plan to get out next year and give it a go.......anybody willing to pm me so I can pick your brains on the matter. Iím not asking for your best tree to kill deer, I just have some questions about getting started on public land bow hunting around Grapevine and Lewisville.


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troy_w_7 10-07-2020 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Oca_Jim3 (Post 15149687)
Hello, I am new to this forum. Iíve been in the area for about 6 years now. I came from the panhandle and hunted private land up there. Iíve touched my bow once since Iíve over here(Flower Mound) and I miss bow hunting! Iíve always been nervous about hunting public land but there are many opportunities to hunt public near me. I plan to get out next year and give it a go.......anybody willing to pm me so I can pick your brains on the matter. Iím not asking for your best tree to kill deer, I just have some questions about getting started on public land bow hunting around Grapevine and Lewisville.


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PM me!

pervis 10-07-2020 07:44 PM

Gona try to hit it again thurs afternoon if i get off work in time. Gona roll home grab my son and gear and roll. If my sons safety wasnt stuck on his xbow last week he could of easily took a doe or a 3 hogs. I passed on a spike. Saw more though. It was a great opener.

GBludau 10-08-2020 12:05 PM

Well, I reckon its time I go ahead and dust of the cobwebs and test myself out at Grapevine this coming weekend/week.

Anyone know of primitive campgrounds? I will probably haul my camper up there later, but for now I will be using the suburban as homeless camp.

Dextera Frugis 10-09-2020 09:54 AM

Drew grapevine this year for the first time. Went out scouting before the season just to check it out. Went out twice this week to a couple of spots and one of the locations I was going to hunt someone left his stand but removed his sticks. It was too low to setup below and I have a climber so I couldn't just use his. What is the acceptable etiquette for that. I've been surprised how much equipment is left up out there. Aren't they afraid someone will just take it?

hooligan 10-09-2020 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pervis (Post 15152137)
Gona try to hit it again thurs afternoon if i get off work in time. Gona roll home grab my son and gear and roll. If my sons safety wasnt stuck on his xbow last week he could of easily took a doe or a 3 hogs. I passed on a spike. Saw more though. It was a great opener.

Been a lot more movement out there lately than I expected

troy_w_7 10-12-2020 08:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dextera Frugis (Post 15155619)
Drew grapevine this year for the first time. Went out scouting before the season just to check it out. Went out twice this week to a couple of spots and one of the locations I was going to hunt someone left his stand but removed his sticks. It was too low to setup below and I have a climber so I couldn't just use his. What is the acceptable etiquette for that. I've been surprised how much equipment is left up out there. Aren't they afraid someone will just take it?

Lots of stands get left up out there. I don't think the law messes with until season is over. They'll starting pulling stuff down and confiscating it once season is over but I don't think they do much during season. As far as etiquette, I'd say hunt the spot. If they aren't there, hunt the spot; it's public land. Putting and leaving a stand up doesn't claim stakes to anything. However, know that if someone else is hunting there, they may be blowing the spot out. So maybe you want to find another spot all together. May be hard finding many good trees with a climber.

skelsey 10-12-2020 08:54 PM

Yep lots of stands out there I just move on and find another spot Im not taking a chance of the area being blown out already

pervis 10-12-2020 09:03 PM

Gona hit it in the am.

Buck Smacker 10-12-2020 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by pervis (Post 15163930)
Gona hit it in the am.

The weather is a little nicer this week. Good luck.
I might be out there around 12 to check a new spot.

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