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Old 04-26-2019, 02:55 PM   #801
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less then an hour drive sure sounds nice yea its a long drive for me so i try to make the most of every trip and use a lot of cameras
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Old 04-26-2019, 09:55 PM   #802
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wish i was but im going next weekend hopefully but just to move some cameras i was wondering how far does everybody live from the grasslands that comment on here ? for me its 330 miles
I'm about an hour and 15 minutes out.
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Old 04-26-2019, 09:56 PM   #803
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I'll prob starting putting cams out in July.
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:33 AM   #804
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I'm about an hour and 15 minutes out.
yea you would never find me if i lived that close
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Old 04-27-2019, 09:54 AM   #805
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Man I wish I could get out more.
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Old 04-27-2019, 10:08 AM   #806
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^^^^^You and me both.^^^^^
Work gets in the way way to often...
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:41 AM   #807
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I'll prob starting putting cams out in July.
You normally hunt Grapevine right? Do you like it better? Is it draw or first come for tags?

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Old 04-27-2019, 01:54 PM   #808
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Grapevine deer is on a lottery system, so I've only hunted it in 14' and 17' when I got drawn. I've killed some deer and seen some absolute toads. But it's a hard place to hunt. Very few access points (that I'm aware of), you have to walk long distances to get to any good spots (that I'm aware of), and the topography is pretty hard to navigate through. Back in 15', that whole place flooded like 20ft high from the lake spillover. Since then, the ground is like 6 foot weeds everywhere. I prefer the Grasslands now.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:58 AM   #809
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Yall know any way to look up which units were burned last year?
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:49 PM   #810
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Yall know any way to look up which units were burned last year?

5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 30, 31, 60, 74
These are the units that were scheduled to be burned and I am pretty sure they got to all of them this year. Also might be worth making a stop by the USFS office in town. I plan to stop by next time I am out to start placing some cameras for summer scouting.
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Old 05-14-2019, 09:29 AM   #811
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Thanks brother!
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:53 PM   #812
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Anybody else self-film? I'm thinking about taking a stab at it this year.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:24 PM   #813
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I went to LBJ this week for the first time in several years. The last time was before Froggy retired so that should fix a timeline.
Just recently retired and now have the time to pursue things that make me happy like camping and bowhunting and fishing and bike riding.
I rode my bike for about 1 1/2 days on the trails out there and covered 20 times the amount of territory in comparison with hiking for several years prior. I could ride up on feeding deer and they would just look at me till I was about 20--40 yards away.
Needless to say I had an amazing time.

For you all who go regularly I invite you to stop and visit if you see me hanging out.
I have no special place to camp so I could be anywhere out there but here's a pciture of my outfit so you will know all are welcome.

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Old 05-17-2019, 07:24 PM   #814
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Pat! How have you been? Been missing you around here. And where did you get that camper set up?
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:46 AM   #815
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I'll keep my eyes open for you and come visit. I retired at the end of 2011 so you have been gone awhile.

Nice rig. What brand of bike is that?
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:45 AM   #816
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The camper shell is from California called Belair Camper Shells. It's easier to use than a tent so now I've been traveling to a lot of places I've just read about and don't really have to set up a 'camp'.

Hey Dave. The bicycle is a Sondors original fat tire. Price now is about $1100.00.
Top speed about 20 mph and I can go about 20 miles in between charges using pedal assist.
Going cross country is really hard on an old man but a lot of fun. There's all sorts of mods you cam do for more power, speed, and longer battery run time But I don't see the use in spending the money since it's all I can to to stay on it for the original time it provides.

Lots of changes to LBJ since I've been out there. But I only covered about 3 different sections in my 2 1/2 days of camping.
I rode up on several deer feeding where as if I were walking they would have been long gone. I did not see any hog sign but saw several ponds I had no idea that were there.
I did wonder it they were "fishable"?

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Old 05-18-2019, 10:24 AM   #817
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Anybody else self-film? I'm thinking about taking a stab at it this year.
i do i did get a doe shot on camera on opening morning last year but never recovered it so never posted it on my channel will again this year https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5f...h14xpnAUCYzkw?
mostly hog hunting with my cannon but will do some archery deer hunts this year
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:45 AM   #818
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I'll keep my eyes open for you and come visit. I retired at the end of 2011 so you have been gone awhile.

Nice rig. What brand of bike is that?
So what's the status on using motorized vehicles on usfs land? I was told no on Corps land. So is usfs open to motorized vehicles?
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:06 PM   #819
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It's considered a bicycle and not a strictly motorized vehicle like an atv or utv. Believe me when I say you are pedaling on the trails and not just randomly going cross country which is illegal, dangerous, and bone jarring-the trails are considered multi use for bikes, equestrian, hiking.
I did inquire at the head office in Decatur before riding and an officer did visit my camp while I was there. Nothing was said about the bike.

Another take on it is if it looks like a bike, rides like a bike it must be a bike. They aren't built like a motorcycle for speed and torque and tearing things up and believe me, trail riding is hard, bone jarring, slow, visual, and concentrating.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:08 PM   #820
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It's considered a bicycle and not a strictly motorized vehicle like an atv or utv. Believe me when I say you are pedaling on the trails and not just randomly going cross country which is illegal, dangerous, and bone jarring-the trails are considered multi use for bikes, equestrian, hiking.
I did inquire at the head office in Decatur before riding and an officer did visit my camp while I was there. Nothing was said about the bike.

Another take on it is if it looks like a bike, rides like a bike it must be a bike. They aren't built like a motorcycle for speed and torque and tearing things up and believe me, trail riding is hard, bone jarring, slow, visual, and concentrating.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:09 PM   #821
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I've posted more in one day than I have in years!
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:35 PM   #822
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It's considered a bicycle and not a strictly motorized vehicle like an atv or utv. Believe me when I say you are pedaling on the trails and not just randomly going cross country which is illegal, dangerous, and bone jarring-the trails are considered multi use for bikes, equestrian, hiking.
I did inquire at the head office in Decatur before riding and an officer did visit my camp while I was there. Nothing was said about the bike.

Another take on it is if it looks like a bike, rides like a bike it must be a bike. They aren't built like a motorcycle for speed and torque and tearing things up and believe me, trail riding is hard, bone jarring, slow, visual, and concentrating.
Yes I hear what you are saying. That is good. I'm trying to be legit. I was told no pedal assist whatsoever when I was inquiring about using one on Corp land. Didnt matter if the battery wasnt on it or electric motor was not working - could not have it on Corp land beyond the parking lot as it was termed a motorized vehicle
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Old 05-19-2019, 08:45 AM   #823
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Anybody else self-film? I'm thinking about taking a stab at it this year.
Iíve been trying the last two seasons! I harvested a buck at a lease but the filming was subpar. Itís a whole different beast. I have POV cams and digital. The hardest part for me was to constantly pan in and out or allow for focus while trying to work on an ethical shot.


I also attempted while on a mule deer hunt. My shot was forward and instead of following up with a second, I lifted my head and tried to follow the deer as it ran off. I initially thought it was a good shot but it wasnít. I was too busy trying to find the animal on my digital that I lost where it went too.

So all in all. Itís hard work and for me not that rewarding, YET!
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:02 PM   #824
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Today on the Grasslands I saw my first wild blackberries. I've been coming out here on and off for about 15 years and the new discoveries just amaze me.
I also noticed the wild plums are just about ripe. They make great jelly.
Saw a velvet buck this afternoon. Rode up to him about 15 yards before he bolted but he was young and still way under developed in mass.
I also found several good areas for tree stands. Lots of tall hardwoods, creeks & crossings, trails, and several ponds I had no idea they were there.
It was a good day.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:33 PM   #825
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Exploring always allows envision!
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Old 05-24-2019, 07:54 PM   #826
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Today was another good day. I Rode a section today that I'd never explored before. Came right up on 3 separate does within 15-20 yards before they spooked. I stopped at one and we had a staring contest for about 1 minute before she took off.
So far everyone has looked sleek and well fed and in good shape.
This section also had an intriguing pond on it that just looked "fishy". And surrounding the pond had the most deer sign I've ever seen in one section out here......it was way cool.

My time out here will be rather sporadic from now on thru the summer-at least till it's time for preseason scouting. It's getting even too warm to sleep at night even with a good breeze coming off a lake.

I am leaving on a trip out of the country at the end of June for 3 1/2 weeks. And when I get back I have a fishing trip to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Minnesota to do also.

Retirement has been a good thing.
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Great report Pat! Enjoy life! And let us know how the fishing goes when you get back. I'll be looking forward to all of your reports.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:16 PM   #828
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Glad to hear the deer are looking good. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 05-28-2019, 03:44 PM   #829
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I recently got a job in Denton and moved to a house that is very close to LBJ Grasslands, im assuming from reading this thread that LBJ is legit public hunting and you don't need to draw a tag to hunt there? sorry for the stupid question
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Old 05-28-2019, 04:07 PM   #830
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I recently got a job in Denton and moved to a house that is very close to LBJ Grasslands, im assuming from reading this thread that LBJ is legit public hunting and you don't need to draw a tag to hunt there? sorry for the stupid question


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Old 05-28-2019, 08:55 PM   #831
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10-4 my only concern is the traffic during the season? Iíve never hunted public land, Iíve hunted private land all my life and really have no clue where to start


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Old 05-28-2019, 09:13 PM   #832
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10-4 my only concern is the traffic during the season? Iíve never hunted public land, Iíve hunted private land all my life and really have no clue where to start


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Just go scout. There's definitely hunters but nothing I'd be concerned about. If you don't mind a short hike you can get away from 90% of them. Killed my first 2 archery deer out there 2 seasons ago. Good luck!

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Old 05-28-2019, 09:56 PM   #833
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10-4 my only concern is the traffic during the season? Iíve never hunted public land, Iíve hunted private land all my life and really have no clue where to start


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Old 05-28-2019, 10:24 PM   #834
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