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Old 09-25-2019, 07:35 PM   #1
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Once again I have been invited to south Texas on a hunt, the ranch is 9000 acres low fence and not managed for deer. It is a quail lease and they bring a few deer hunters down every year. Last year I was expecting senderos and the kind of hunt you see on TV. These deer do not know what a feeder is and only get corn a few weeks a year. I really like the place because it is undisturbed and probably has never changed in its history. But my hunt date is Nov. 20-22, my question is when is the rut in that area, I plan on bringing my horns and doing a lot of rattling. The place just looks like there should be a true south Texas trophy somewhere.
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Old 09-25-2019, 07:38 PM   #2
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My family ranch is in the area. Peak rut is relatively late. Typically the week after christmas. Doesn’t mean you won’t see deer obviously.


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Old 09-25-2019, 07:53 PM   #3
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Yep. Last week of December. Rattle anyway, u never know. Good luck
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:02 PM   #4
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The rut starts later than most of the state of Texas here in the deep South. I was on a refuge hunt this past year and saw and heard from other hunters of rutting activity during our hunt which was in the beginning of December. I've seen bucks with does in the end of December also. I attached a chart I got of the TPWD website on the breeding dates for the South Texas plains. Hope this helps. Im sure you should still be able to rattle some bucks in.
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:19 PM   #5
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I quail hunted Hebbronville one weekend years ago. The thing I remember most is we limited out on birds and four of us killed 24 rattlers in a day and a half.
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:33 PM   #6
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I hunt that area and have never even seen a hint of rut activity until early December and the peak is usually last week in Dec-early January. In my experience trying to rattle outside of any rut can run off deer.
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:34 PM   #7
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you probably won't even see pre rut. bring a bunch of corn and feed the roads. The deer on my lease don't hit feeders very well either, but they smash the corn on the roads. You could try rattling, but honestly I think it's way too early for that. the deer should be very relaxed and just eating like normal.

If you can find a good caliche road to corn, even better.

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Old 09-25-2019, 08:40 PM   #8
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you probably won't even see pre rut. bring a bunch of corn and feed the roads. The deer on my lease don't hit feeders very well either, but they smash the corn on the roads. You could try rattling, but honestly I think it's way too early for that. the deer should be very relaxed and just eating like normal.

If you can find a good caliche road to corn, even better.


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Old 09-25-2019, 08:57 PM   #9
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The roads here are just 2 tracks in the sand it is thicker than I have ever seen, last year was cold and the deer were not moving. One afternoon it warmed up and the deer really came out to feed, I seen about 30 in a really short time. I just know there are some monsters in that country that won't come out of the brush. This place truly looks to me like it did probably 150 years ago.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:22 PM   #10
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After 12/15.
In Zapata they would run pretty heavy around Christmas into January for us
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:22 PM   #11
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Corn the sheet out of the roads, spend a $100. on corn, that's the cheapest thing you'll buy during the trip.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:23 PM   #12
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The roads here are just 2 tracks in the sand it is thicker than I have ever seen, last year was cold and the deer were not moving. One afternoon it warmed up and the deer really came out to feed, I seen about 30 in a really short time. I just know there are some monsters in that country that won't come out of the brush. This place truly looks to me like it did probably 150 years ago.
last year we had about 25" of rain in october and november. The deer weren't moving very well at all, and didn't come to the feed like they would normally. It's very dry now, depending what side of hebbronville you're hunting.

corning roads will still be your best bet, I think.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:52 PM   #13
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Mid to late December
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Old 09-25-2019, 10:13 PM   #14
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Old 09-25-2019, 10:36 PM   #15
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last year we had about 25" of rain in october and november. The deer weren't moving very well at all, and didn't come to the feed like they would normally. It's very dry now, depending what side of hebbronville you're hunting.

corning roads will still be your best bet, I think.
We are 20 miles south, Puesta Del Sol if anyone recognizes it. I will corn the roads heavy anything to upy chances.
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:26 PM   #16
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Between Christmas and New Years


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Old 09-25-2019, 11:30 PM   #17
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Grain the roads especially ones that give you 200 to 300 yards of shooting in several directions, tripod or pop-up, but like they said grain, grain, grain and then grain some more. They will come.
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:57 PM   #18
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:08 AM   #19
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A ranch that big and not pressured you should be good feeding the roads very heavy in the evening then drive back through and never have to get off the truck. Even better if you have a high rack and a driver. If there's a good buck in there you'll definitely see him then. Our rut kicked up last year around Christmas. I'm about 22 miles south west of Hebbron.

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Old 09-26-2019, 08:21 AM   #20
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Its easy to rattle bucks up in Heb around Christmas when you rattle close to a buck who wants to fight
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:31 AM   #21
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When you go. Plan on putting 50lbs of corn on the ground per hunt, per road or what ever area you are wanting them to come out in.
Get up High and hunt all day.
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