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Old 08-15-2021, 10:16 PM   #1
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the deadline passed on Friday and they posted the lucky winners today. We got lucky and got Hunt 6 This year. A good time but out annual crane hunt falls that first weekend.
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Old 08-16-2021, 09:53 AM   #2
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No luck for me getting drawn this year. Good luck to the rest of y'all!
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Old 08-16-2021, 06:23 PM   #3
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Sorry Kev, better luck next time.
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Old 08-16-2021, 06:54 PM   #4
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Bill, let me know when and where the crane hunt is. I'll volunteer to do it for ya.
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Old 08-16-2021, 07:59 PM   #5
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Old 08-16-2021, 09:43 PM   #6
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I just drove through Dutch Branch Park and saw about 30 deer. One nice group of 5 bachelor bucks with a couple looking like they'd push 140".
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I just drove through Dutch Branch Park and saw about 30 deer. One nice group of 5 bachelor bucks with a couple looking like they'd push 140".
Yah, those are a long way from the legal hunt areas.

They getting crowded into tiny zones with all the development that's been going on out there over the last 20 years. More so over the last 10 with the golf course and development going in on the west side. And all the housing on the east side along Old Granbury Rd. City of Ft Worth city limits extends all the way down to 1187 on south end. It will be all houses one day. And that area on west side of 377 is the last of the true prairie lands of the area. Going up in housing.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 08-17-2021, 02:58 PM   #8
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Yah, those are a long way from the legal hunt areas.

They getting crowded into tiny zones with all the development that's been going on out there over the last 20 years. More so over the last 10 with the golf course and development going in on the west side. And all the housing on the east side along Old Granbury Rd. City of Ft Worth city limits extends all the way down to 1187 on south end. It will be all houses one day. And that area on west side of 377 is the last of the true prairie lands of the area. Going up in housing.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
The only thing keeping the west side from becoming housing is the Sid Richardson foundation owning the surrounding property. I talked to The Texas Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers about trying to contact the Sid Richardson foundation to try to get them to hang onto it because the foundation has donated public land to Texas Parks and Wildlife in the past, but I never have heard anything back from BHA.

Its definitely weird/annoying to apartments going up off Alsbury where you used to see deer on that hill by the Chisolm trail tollway. But thats progress I guess.

That said, I don't think theyll ever develop the 377 side, but I could be wrong. It does sit below the flood plane though.
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Old 08-17-2021, 04:30 PM   #9
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I got drawn for hunt #4. I guess it's time to get serious with the scouting!

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Old 08-17-2021, 06:38 PM   #10
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West side of 377 is what I'm mostly talking about. Between the Clear Fork/FM 1187 and White Rock golf course or 2871. And west of there. It was designated some of the last of the prairie lands in the area many many years ago. It's all been surveyed now and being dozed for streets and development.



The old ranch on the east side of 377 between Dutch Branch and Tiger Trail will probably stay intact for a while.


The dove used to follow the roads going south out of Ft Worth till they hit the valley that feeds into Richardson Slew drainage. Before the pump house was built, you could sit along the creek and kill tons of dove every year during the first two weeks of the season. They would funnel right down that drainage on the east side of the tracks, going to the lake in the evenings. After two weeks of being shot at, they learn to skirt the tops of the drainage along the fence lines. Or fly at 500 feet up.


Lots of area I miss out there since it's no longer on the hunting map. Benbrook was the first public lands I ever hunted back in the early 1980s. Because it was all I could afford. I eventually became friends with one of the long time rangers there (25 years), Scott Tackett, before he moved back to Arkansas. But he would write his mother a ticket if she parked wrong out there . By the book sort of feller.

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Old 08-17-2021, 07:01 PM   #11
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Itís tough to see all of these developments take shape. Benbrook Lake was just down the road from us when I was a youth. It sure felt like going Ďway out in the countryí to get to the lake back then. Urban sprawl has been like lava flow out that way for a while.

Not sure if I got drawn this year. Good luck to those who do!
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Old 08-17-2021, 09:58 PM   #12
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West side of 377 is what I'm mostly talking about. Between the Clear Fork/FM 1187 and White Rock golf course or 2871. And west of there. It was designated some of the last of the prairie lands in the area many many years ago. It's all been surveyed now and being dozed for streets and development.



The old ranch on the east side of 377 between Dutch Branch and Tiger Trail will probably stay intact for a while.


The dove used to follow the roads going south out of Ft Worth till they hit the valley that feeds into Richardson Slew drainage. Before the pump house was built, you could sit along the creek and kill tons of dove every year during the first two weeks of the season. They would funnel right down that drainage on the east side of the tracks, going to the lake in the evenings. After two weeks of being shot at, they learn to skirt the tops of the drainage along the fence lines. Or fly at 500 feet up.


Lots of area I miss out there since it's no longer on the hunting map. Benbrook was the first public lands I ever hunted back in the early 1980s. Because it was all I could afford. I eventually became friends with one of the long time rangers there (25 years), Scott Tackett, before he moved back to Arkansas. But he would write his mother a ticket if she parked wrong out there . By the book sort of feller.

Good grief, I meant the EAST side of the lake, not the west. Iím getting old!

Mike, do you know John Nicholson? Heís a tough old bird, but he used to work the Richardson place back when they ran cattle on it regularly.
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Old 08-18-2021, 12:49 AM   #13
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Congrats Pio
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I struck out this year...very disappointed.
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Old 08-18-2021, 07:23 AM   #14
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I know where the old dairy was. I haven't been back to the dairy office building in a while. But last I saw it, it was growing trees. I imagine it's a pile of rocks now. The foundation to the barn can still be seen when the lake level drops 2 or more feet. It let's one of the corners stick out of the water along the shore.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 08-20-2021, 01:09 PM   #15
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Struck out this year too. Second year in a row of not getting drawn. Bummed about that cause I had finally dialed a good spot on my last year of hunting and had a target buck that never quite got close enough. Congrats to everyone drawn!
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Old 08-21-2021, 02:01 PM   #16
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Kev, Was that picture you took of the water line on the East or West side of the lake?
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Old 09-03-2021, 09:50 AM   #17
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Anyone on here running wildgame innovations mirage cameras? On the 377 side of the lake?

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Old 09-10-2021, 08:53 PM   #18
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Ainít no deer there, hunting Number 3 so started today scouting. The challenge is finding a legal buck


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Old 09-10-2021, 10:39 PM   #19
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Old 09-17-2021, 05:52 PM   #20
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Iím a Dutch branch and if you have a tea lock and game protector cable I may be that guy. But there should have been 2 of us


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Old 09-19-2021, 06:58 AM   #22
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Old 09-19-2021, 09:02 AM   #23
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Sure are big 6ís this year out there


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Old 09-19-2021, 09:14 AM   #24
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I would like to see even that. All I have seen is fawns. Full spots. I guess they had a LATE rut last year.

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Old 09-19-2021, 09:17 AM   #25
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Not sure what this year will look like but scouting some seemed to have less sign then previous years. Maybe they are does still hiding on private land and havenít crossed over yet.


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I guess we will see. I've got hunt 3 so hopefully we get a couple fronts before then.

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Old 09-19-2021, 11:37 AM   #27
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I would like to see even that. All I have seen is fawns. Full spots. I guess they had a LATE rut last year.

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I didn't know Dutch Branch Park had any hunting area. Did they open something up? It's not on the hunting map.
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Old 09-19-2021, 11:43 AM   #29
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No. Just commenting on which side of the lake we were looking at. (West side)


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Old 09-21-2021, 04:15 PM   #31
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I didn't get drawn this year either, unfortunately. Had decent luck there last year. I put in every year, with hopes of getting drawn. Hope to hunt it a couple of more times before its no longer any good.
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Old 09-27-2021, 07:48 PM   #32
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Only 4 more days to start the season.

Anybody have a horn stretcher?


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Old 10-01-2021, 02:45 PM   #33
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Blinds set this morning and ready for Saturday.


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Old 10-02-2021, 06:52 AM   #35
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Going to start my spot and stalk game soon. Just waiting for daybreak.


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Fog rolling in thick at my spot, but hopefully lift quickly


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Old 10-02-2021, 10:18 AM   #37
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Does this belong to any of you on here on the west side of the lake


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Not sure what this poor guy has growing on him but looks like might have an infection.





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Old 10-05-2021, 04:46 PM   #39
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Well I got it done this morning!!!
Arrived in stand at 5:50 to make sure I donít bump whatís in the area as they seem to disappear if you do. 6:45 rolls around and I hear something walking in from behind, canít see but looked racoonish when in front of me but way to dark to see as those deer blend in perfect. Start adjusting and getting my hood on and got blown but it was very mutted and week and seemed it just walked off and spooked. At this point I was thinking about turning it in but figured I would wait it out some more. 7:20 rolls around and a single doe steps out and grazing around the trail. Finally got a window and told myself not to shoot high, but I sent an arrow and now Iím low and slightly back. Took a bit to track her down, and jumped her twice before I finished her off but got it done and took 400 yards to find her. Decent blood trail after I jumped her but was a liver shot, which I hate, but stuck with it and success at last.





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Congrats!

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 10-06-2021, 10:14 AM   #41
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Glad to see that someone is getting something out there.
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Congrats! Good job staying on her!
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Old 10-15-2021, 01:22 AM   #43
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Not so patiently waiting for hunt 6
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Everything's set and ready to go for the morning!

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Good luck to the next group, it was a ghost town and camera went blank except for occasional night pic.

Few pointers: donít walk in with a white flood light on 20 minutes before shooting. Every time Iíve seen that happen I havenít even seen the squirrels want to move that day.

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Old 10-16-2021, 08:14 AM   #47
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Good luck All I hope you get one this morning. Public land has once again humbled me and I walked out with only poison ivy


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Waiting on group 6. Will be putting out cameras mid day tomorrow.
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I hate thieves! Went out to check the one camera that is not cell connected today and the camera was there but someone had taken the card. We have had a camera in the same site for several years with no problems. I made sure the camera was secured with a cable lock but you could not lock the card area. I replaced it with one that is cell connected in case the thief comes back.
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