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Old 12-11-2018, 12:12 AM   #1
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I decided to start a thread mainly to chronicle what I'm doing and maybe help someone out along the way. I always enjoy seeing others set ups and how they hunt them, so I thought I would share mine as well.

The place I hunt is my dad's 100 acre farm. He runs a few cows and has 7 different pastures to rotate them...so lots of cross fencing and mostly open hay fields. There's a dry creek bed that has lots of cover and cuts the property basically in half. I have a micro food plot and feeder here. We fenced the creek off to keep cows out of there which left enough room to create that micro plot.

Then a second dry creek bed and 10 acres of hardwoods in the southwest corner where I mainly hunt and have a half acre food plot this year. Past years it's been much bigger. I also have a feed pen and added a gate this year for my dad to get in and out for easy hand corning.

Here is a pic of what I got going on at the micro plot. Which is wheat, oats, ladino white clover
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Back of the property food plot. Again Oats, wheat, and ladino clover

Here is my water tank bow/rifle blind. To the right is my pen, and 99% of the time the deer come out on the right side of the image anywhere from a 15 to 30 yard shot. The blind is set up for a north or northwest wind.
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10 panel pen, added a gate this year so my dad can easliy get in. Already regret not making it big enough for my dad to just drive his mule in and dump a bag or two of corn.
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#1 on the hit list is this old 7pt I call Plenty Wide. He was a 9 the last two years and around 20 inches wide. This is the best picture from this year and he lost some width and points but still a brute. (I will go back when I have time and find a picture from last year) He's been MIA but hoping he comes back to corn in late December like he did the last two years. My guess is he 7.5 this year.
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That is a brute!!!!
Nice plots. Ours did well in Leon this year also
Curious, why not auto feeder?
Not to say what you are doing won’t work!
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Here's a buck I hope I don't see this year or anyone else for that matter. I'm guessing he's 4.5 but will gladly take opinions. Split G2's have been very common with this herd.
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That is a brute!!!!
Nice plots. Ours did well in Leon this year also
Curious, why not auto feeder?
Not to say what you are doing wonít work!
I think this is the 12th year my dad has owned this place and starting off I used feeders but had only hogs, does, and small bucks using them. Ocassionaly a mature buck. So I added a pen with a feeder and only eliminated the hogs. Around 5 or 6 years ago I read what Garguy was doing and got the feeders out and started corn piles and hand corning. The older bucks came in more often, like daily in daylight compared to every once and awhile and mostly at night.

I've killed two the last two years. A 9 point with split G2's and mature wide 6pt. Before that I was zeroed every year, mainly because I was passing younger bucks and doing most of my hunting in Hamilton county.

There's been chances, I wounded a solid 8 point right in the front shoulder and blew it on a giant the second year we owned the property. I was stalking him while he fed in the hay field on vetch and he caught movement...ballgame

Long answer lol sorry.
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Buck on the right is called "Trashy". Split Brows and a few nobs on his bases. Probably just 3.5 and looking forward to see what he looks like next year and possibly year after.

Very killable this year. He's been on the corn non stop, every morning and afternoon and throughout the night.
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Old 12-15-2018, 07:31 PM   #9
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10 panel pen, added a gate this year so my dad can easliy get in. Already regret not making it big enough for my dad to just drive his mule in and dump a bag or two of corn.
I like that, need to do the same with mine, and maybe move the feeder elsewhere and just hand feed.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:41 PM   #10
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Updated December pic of Trashy bases. Short tines but I bet he makes a jump next year.
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Another pic of TB
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Tagged. Good luck. I have a buddy that hunts in the buffalo area and hog hunted a lot of freestone. Itís getting better and better for deer.


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Old 01-25-2019, 01:39 PM   #13
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Here's a buck I shot in 2016. I had him at 4.5 and teeth actually said 3.5 but very well could have been 4. He's on my wall now but the next season had me wishing he was still here and wondering what those horns could have turned into. I have pics of him the previous year to these and man he made a big jump. Will post them when I can find them.
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very nice deer
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great looking deer and great looking spot for sure, keep it updated this spring and i will try to do the same.
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Here is one of two Kiefer Pears I planted a few years back 4 or 5 years ago I think. Very hardy Pear, both around 10' to 12'. I believe they were 4' when I planted.
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Went out looking for sheds this past weekend and also to work on trails that lead to my food plot and feed pen. Haven't done this in awhile and they needed some work. The trail with moss was not a trail before, I cut out some trash trees and briars etc... because it was the perfect spot to have them come in and keep them downwind of my stand. As you can see they wear it out.

I have two trails that lead in from the west and two from the south and got them all cleared out to give the deer a path of least resistance.
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Went through a card I somehow never looked at and found some old treasure. This is a picture of the big 6 I shot the year before I shot him, g2 actually a little longer I believe.
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So your just piling corn up in a feed pen, no feeders at all?

I have tried to do this but keeping feed out consistent is tough sometimes.
I have thought about trying to hang a 30g feeder off a large tree with a hand winch just to get it high and out of sight.
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So your just piling corn up in a feed pen, no feeders at all?

I have tried to do this but keeping feed out consistent is tough sometimes.
I have thought about trying to hang a 30g feeder off a large tree with a hand winch just to get it high and out of sight.
i actually hunt down the road from J&M, not exactly sure where his place is but i know i'm within miles. I can tell you the best way to get mature bucks to come to a feeder is exactly as you stated, find a bit oak and a solid limb and winch the feeder as high out of the line of sight as possible. Otherwise, best bet is a free choice protein / corn feeder. That's my experience.
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great thread. looking forward to following
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So your just piling corn up in a feed pen, no feeders at all?

I have tried to do this but keeping feed out consistent is tough sometimes.
I have thought about trying to hang a 30g feeder off a large tree with a hand winch just to get it high and out of sight.
It works well for me because my dad can keep the pile consistent.
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I hand corn a lot just never set up a pen for hand corn. Still new to hunting the eastern TX areas in Navarro and with all the rain this yr in my second yr I know the activity was not the norm so still trying to figure out a consistent system for my deer.
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Trophy Rock is out and ready for some summer velvet pics, stay tuned.
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Interested in seeing what’s running around
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Interested in seeing whatís running around
Really hoping to see that buck with the split g2ís
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:34 PM   #28
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Bur Oak grown from acorn this year. Have 5 and this is by far my best one.
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Have two buckets of persimmon trees. I basically soaked the seeds in water for a few days and then cleaned and chilled them this past winter, and this spring put them in a 3gal container. Germination rate was pretty decent around 50%. This fall I will break them up and put them in 3gal containers.
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This Red Oak, along with the one next to it are a few years old. They were in my aunt's flower bed underneath some larger trees. After digging up in February and potting them they really took off.
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Where abouts in freestone are you?
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Good luck. I got a buddy that hunts in Donie that I hunt with. We hung Oklahoma together but occasionally Iíll go hunt his home ground. The quality of deer has sky rocketed in those counties since antler restrictions.


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Winkler area south of 416
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Old 08-20-2019, 12:18 AM   #35
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Pretty sure this is the old buck "plenty wide". Only pic of him so far and this was late June or early July. Not sure what happened to my date and time on the cam.
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Here's a small bachelor group and a few random doe pics followed by a buck I'm pretty positive is "Trashy Bases". Zoomed in I can see a split brow and a few knobs. He added a point on the left side and from pics of last year he was trying too so no surprise there.
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Are you still only hand feeding piles in the pens?
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[QUOTE=KactusKiller;14319183]Are you still only hand feeding piles in the pens?[/QUOTE

Yes I am, but havenít put any out yet. Just the trophy rock. Next time Iím down I will put out 50lbs and that should get me pics of most bucks in area.
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This stand is probably 12 years old, time for new bolts and a bed liner paint job.
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Tree stand is done, added new bolts and a can of truck bed spray liner. Going without the seat and instead using a butt seat that attaches to the tree.
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Mock scrape is in and ready for action. Water tank bow blind is in the red circle 20 yards from scrape.
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Got my T-Mate set up over the mock scrape, such an awesome product by Gunnyart. I have (5) T-Post set at different locations to move my cameras and T-Mate's as needed.
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The old Massey got it done two weeks ago before the rain. Very sandy spot at the micro food plot, my bigger plot was rock hard so that will get worked since rain has finally arrived. Seed will go down this weekend hopefully.
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Got oat and wheat seed from Capps Saturday morning and had them in the ground before 3:00 that evening. Had 1.20 inches of rain Friday and light showers early this week. Have not seen a hog on cameras in weeks, but they sure found my plot and did a little rooting Saturday night.
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Got oat and wheat seed from Capps Saturday morning and had them in the ground before 3:00 that evening. Had 1.20 inches of rain Friday and light showers early this week. Have not seen a hog on cameras in weeks, but they sure found my plot and did a little rooting Saturday night.
Yah hopefully the acorns will keep them busy.
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I have a few targets showing up, my scrape/licking branch tree got knocked over by the cows. I was able to get a few deer on camera before reseting it.
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Did the bucks actually use the scrape? What did you start it with, scents?
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Did the bucks actually use the scrape? What did you start it with, scents?
They did, or this little buck did. I didnít have a cam on it when I first set it up. Then when I did set up a cam I got these pics before a cow knocked it over. Will pull cards in the next week or two. Definitely using the limb as a licking branch. No scents used.
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