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Old 01-12-2019, 08:34 PM   #101
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Good luck on connecting on a doe. My last few hunts for a doe were tough. All that showed up were bucks. Looks pretty nasty out there.

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Old 01-15-2019, 04:03 PM   #102
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Year 1…complete. Year 2…activated. With the beginning of a chapter, so comes the end. We rolled up the turnpike for the last time of the 2018-19 season in Oklahoma last Friday night. It was gonna be a laid back, everyone there, build a fire, drink a beer, RELAX, kind of weekend, and it did not disappoint. Bryan (Wingnut) and I pulled into the drive way to see the warm orange glow of windows in the house that we would take up residency in for the next few days. Lights on and fires blazing, thanks to Rusty(SpiderMonkey), who had arrived several hours prior. We unloaded our gear to the warmth of the propane-fueled deerborn heaters that are scattered around the house, and dispersed our equipment to our respective bedrooms, as we had done so many times already this season. There was no room in the fridge for the bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos and box of Birthday Cake Little Debbies that we had brought, because Rusty's wife had sent him with enough food to host a Pentacostal church revival luncheon. We joined back up and plopped down in the recliners that were waiting for us, beer in hand for Bryan and I, Mountain Dew for Rusty. It was 9:30pm at this point and the tales began about the deer we'd see, the plans for 2019, and for the 1 millionth time, how nice this house was. Talks slowly died as the drowsiness kicked in and we just lounged there, with the only noises being the kicking on and off of the propane fireplace that was at our feet. Like the times before, the recliners claimed their victims, so I made it off to my bedroom, set the alarm, and fell fast asleep.

Let me take a second here and tell you about this house. He have had leases with houses before, some nice, and some would barely pass for a loafing shed. We have stayed in r.v.'s, some nice, and some, well, maybe good enough for the mother-in-law…almost. This house came with the property that Wingnut bought back last June. It had everything a person could ever want. Wood burning fireplace, two deerborn heaters, one gas log fireplace, t.v., couch, recliners, stove, refrigerator, microwave, dining room table, beds, sheets, fully furnished bathroom, silverware, pots and pans, and the list goes on and on…and on. When I say that we didn't have to bring one single thing, I mean not even paper towels or toilet paper, because it was already there. The previous owners did not want anything.

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Old 01-15-2019, 04:21 PM   #103
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Alarm goes off, coffee is made, showers are taken, and the glows of red headlamps disperse off into the pre-dawn darkness like fireflies in the spring as the engine noise from Ole Bessie, Rusty's faithful camper-shelled chevy fades in the distance. Rusty was off to hunt Pete, a mid forties to low 50s 10 point that he's been playing cat and mouse with since early November on public land that is 3.5 miles from the house. Well, Pete, or the high 30s 8 point, or the I-30 10 point, or a doe. All of the above have been regulars on his cameras that he has scattered about on about 150 acres of public ground that he has seemingly had all to his self this year. Herd management was the task at hand, and God help any doe that comes within striking distance this weekend. A few deer were seen that morning, but due to winds that rivaled only the winds of West Texas or perhaps the Kansas plains, deer were skittish to say the least. But no worries, because this trip had more in store than just seat time in a tree and storytelling around the fire. Darton was headed our way that morning and before you knew it, we were all off like a dress on prom night, to see new property that is in the process of being purchased. That's right brothers from another mother and sisters from another mister, a new land purchase is in the works, and this may be the absolutely best one yet. We made the trek just 25 short minutes west of McAlester to what I can only describe as heaven on earth. This property was dreamt up by the minds of a thousand hunters, daydreaming endlessly in the stand, hours upon hours, of what their perfect hunting paradise would be, and then God himself materialized this place in rare and true form, only to be placed just west of the infamous MCAAP. If you don't know what MCAAP is, then look it up on facebook and see their yearly TOP 10 hitlist of free-ranging bucks, many of which blew past the 200" mark a few miles back. Only 5.82347 miles of cow pasture stands in between the woods of MCAAP and the perimeter fence of what was recently named the Coal Creek Ranch. I sat in sheer wonderment and total amazement as I listened to Darton and Wingnut rattle off their plans for this already perfect place. It went something like this; "We'll make an S-curved driveway off the main road and clear this spot for the shop, the cleaning station will go here and I think this is the best spot for the fire pit, we'll put a food plot in over there and another up there, I think a feeder will go great here with a rifle/bow box here so that you can see down that pipeline as well as the road, county water and electric at the shop will put this place over the edge and I know just the guy to wire in the shop and cleaning station, how about a covered r.v. pad there just to have as an option, look at the size of that rub, I bet he was probably close to a booner," and so on and so on…You see, as I am quickly learning, when you dream something up, anything is possible, and with a dream that just continues, the details only get better, and better… So with heads full of ideas and pencil to paper, we quickly formulated a plan of action back at Taco Bob's in downtown McAlester. I'll say, once again, Darton, always a pleasure, and for you guys that have followed his threads, words on a page and pictures on a green screen could never tell the story of how extraordinary this man is. He has a passion and love for deer hunting and land management that I have not seen too many times in my short 40 years. He is as good as they get.

First pic is of Wingnut and Darton discussing how big the food plot should be where they are standing, just up from the creek bottom and along the old pipeline right of way.
Second pic is of the low water concrete crossing of afore mentioned creek (this creek bottom is as good as they come, lousy with trails, rubs and trees designed for loc-on carnage)
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:32 PM   #104
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...Last Installment
Back at the camphouse, we were running late to get in the stand so we hunted nearby setups to just be able to get a hunt in, which was hard when the fire was roaring in the fireplace, beer was cold in the frig, and the Mahomes Chiefs were spanking Indianapolis. But alas, we found our way to the stand. I saw 11 that afternoon, one nice up and coming 2 year old 8 point who had vanished most of the second half of season, and a slew of does. No shot presented itself so back to the afore mentioned amenities to watch the Cowboys and the Los An…I can't even bare to repeat what I saw that night. Another alarm at 5am, coffee, shower, repeat. Sunday afternoon, after cleaning up around camp, enjoying a fire in the fireplace post lunch (thanks Lana for keeping us well fed), we made it back to the stands. I had made some adjustments to how I chummed the corn this time, allowing for wind direction and the right side of the stand (I'm left handed in a right handed world), I put quick work on a doe. The 4 blade Slick Trick sliced through her last rib and came out in front of her left shoulder on a hard quartering away shot. Yep, you guessed it, you can leave the dog in the kennel, Ray Charles holding hands with Helen Keller could follow that blood trail. With a doe in the Ranger and sunset turning into darkness, our 2018-2019 season was in the books. Reflecting back, with a buck named Hollywood, scoring 158 and a nickel, taken by Wingnut on 11-11, a buck seen the following day that I could only describe as SHOOTER!! seen chasing a doe in and off the pipeline, the typical 3 year old perfect 6X6 that got a pass at 12 yards and on our cameras all season, the low 140's 9 point we named Tigger that bounced in and off our trailcams all season, and Eeyore, the crippled, heavy, long mainbeam 8 point that should not disappoint next season, I think The OneSixty is off to a spectacular start. Wingnut made a decision about this time last year that we were done leasing and that he was ready to buy. We got tired of having a knowledge of managing deer, growing big deer, leasing property that was absolutely perfect for big deer, only to have it pulled out from under us because your lease manager can't get along with the land owner. The stories of failed leases stack up higher than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The taste in our mouths was bitter, and sour, with a little more bitter sprinkled in. Wingnut traded in 7 hours of driving to a lease in for 2.5 hours driving to land that he owns, and I am lucky enough to share this journey. So to the Wingnuts and Dartons of the world, I salute you! And as a post script, it is not hard to do, just ask one of them…

pic 1 is of the back of the house and showing the shop
pic 2 is of bow hanging in the covered shop area where we shoot targets.
pic 3 is a view from the stand
pic 4 is herd management
pic 5 is a sunset back in October.
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:52 PM   #105
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Great write up, Cody. You, Sir, are a wordsmith of the highest order.



And this is only the beginning......
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:07 PM   #106
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Great caption of this past years hunt. Perfect place for lots more memories. Good job wingnut.

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Old 01-15-2019, 08:08 PM   #107
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Congrats buddy! Following for sure. GOD willing I will have a ranch in OK as well. It’s definitely a dream of mine and my family’s. I’ve already spoke to Darton through PMs. Again congrats! I PRAY I am making a thread like this one as well in the future.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:08 PM   #108
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You sir are an oracle! I am honored to know you and look forward to our many adventures in God's Country! Wonderful to hear of the success at the 160! The future will only get better
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:56 PM   #109
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Congrats buddy! Following for sure. GOD willing I will have a ranch in OK as well. It’s definitely a dream of mine and my family’s. I’ve already spoke to Darton through PMs. Again congrats! I PRAY I am making a thread like this one as well in the future.
Thanks! Great to hear that it's a dream of yours but its a dream that can turn into a reality, I promise! When Cody and me first talked about all the pros about buying land in Oklahoma the more I got excited. We had been following Darton since his beginning of his land adventures. I like you reached out to Darton and off we went running. Darton, is as good as they come and is a real person just like me and you. My experiences have been absolutely amazing here in Oklahoma! I look forward to your Oklahoma thread!
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:59 PM   #110
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Great caption of this past years hunt. Perfect place for lots more memories. Good job wingnut.

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Thank you! Looking forward to 2019 season!!
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:04 PM   #111
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That is awesome! Enjoyed the read! Look forward to this coming season!
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:48 PM   #112
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Awesome write-up Code! I will agree with ALL that is said, The 160 is an awesome place in more ways than I can count! Mainly because of the fellowship of like minded hunters just being able to enjoy God’s wonderful creation! As Cody mentioned, I mainly only hunt the public land, cuz I already feel indebted enough by the fact that I already get to stay in/utilize the cabin, much less hunt this awesome place! Don’t get me wrong, Wingnut has told me MANY times, “shoot a doe” or “you need to go try and kill Eeyore”... That’s just the kind of brother he is, and Cody too! I have hunted it a few times, mainly during the “dead time” in Oklahoma that is post gun season, so none of us were seeing much, but nonetheless it was still AWESOME!! I will never be able to fully express my gratitude to Wingnut, and Cody as well, for finally pestering this old fart enough to finally get me to cross the Red River, and hunt this awesome area! I’ve accused, and fully believe, they make me go sometimes just to have “Pawpaw” to pick on. Yeah, cuz I’m the senior member by bout 10 years or so, I’ve become Pawpaw. I actually started coming up “late” cuz I didn’t start hunting up there till the very last weekend of November. So your date on when I started chasing Pete was a little off Code... I know, even if I had started chasing him when you said, I still may have had the same end result. But we all walked several public land spots that weekend together, while I did my best to keep up, and found some promising areas. We set my first stand that weekend, then the chasing began! I went back the following weekend, got another stand up, some cameras, and continued to learn more. I went several times by myself, and always had a wonderful place to stay, thanks to my brother! I’m learning my public land area more each time, and know soon it will payoff! It’ll obviously be next season now, but I’ve already got 3-4 more areas I’m going to check in the weeks to come, scout em out, and put some cameras up. With that said, none of this prob would’ve happened without the prodding of my 2 brothers, and the dream that became The 160! I help trim a limb for a shootin lane here and there, maybe climb a tree to hand up a loc-on, and even help jockey feed sacks for feeder filling... But make NO MISTAKE, Wingnut and Code are the main men for the shaping The 160 to what it is! And I’m just thankful to be a microscopic part of the story! And Darton, sorry once again we didn’t get to meet, but guess I’m just always chasing that public land ghost! I know we will one day. Thanks again guys for letting me tag along, and cramp yalls style. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:18 PM   #113
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i know burj kahlifa. he has that llama ranch in palestine.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:32 PM   #114
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Great season guys. Enjoyed following this year. Looking forward to next one.
I got kind of confused, who bought the new property?
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:44 PM   #115
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Awesome, congratulations!
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:52 PM   #116
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Awesome write-up Code! I will agree with ALL that is said, The 160 is an awesome place in more ways than I can count! Mainly because of the fellowship of like minded hunters just being able to enjoy God’s wonderful creation! As Cody mentioned, I mainly only hunt the public land, cuz I already feel indebted enough by the fact that I already get to stay in/utilize the cabin, much less hunt this awesome place! Don’t get me wrong, Wingnut has told me MANY times, “shoot a doe” or “you need to go try and kill Eeyore”... That’s just the kind of brother he is, and Cody too! I have hunted it a few times, mainly during the “dead time” in Oklahoma that is post gun season, so none of us were seeing much, but nonetheless it was still AWESOME!! I will never be able to fully express my gratitude to Wingnut, and Cody as well, for finally pestering this old fart enough to finally get me to cross the Red River, and hunt this awesome area! I’ve accused, and fully believe, they make me go sometimes just to have “Pawpaw” to pick on. Yeah, cuz I’m the senior member by bout 10 years or so, I’ve become Pawpaw. I actually started coming up “late” cuz I didn’t start hunting up there till the very last weekend of November. So your date on when I started chasing Pete was a little off Code... I know, even if I had started chasing him when you said, I still may have had the same end result. But we all walked several public land spots that weekend together, while I did my best to keep up, and found some promising areas. We set my first stand that weekend, then the chasing began! I went back the following weekend, got another stand up, some cameras, and continued to learn more. I went several times by myself, and always had a wonderful place to stay, thanks to my brother! I’m learning my public land area more each time, and know soon it will payoff! It’ll obviously be next season now, but I’ve already got 3-4 more areas I’m going to check in the weeks to come, scout em out, and put some cameras up. With that said, none of this prob would’ve happened without the prodding of my 2 brothers, and the dream that became The 160! I help trim a limb for a shootin lane here and there, maybe climb a tree to hand up a loc-on, and even help jockey feed sacks for feeder filling... But make NO MISTAKE, Wingnut and Code are the main men for the shaping The 160 to what it is! And I’m just thankful to be a microscopic part of the story! And Darton, sorry once again we didn’t get to meet, but guess I’m just always chasing that public land ghost! I know we will one day. Thanks again guys for letting me tag along, and cramp yalls style. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
Absolutely sir Look forward to meeting you as well
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:19 PM   #117
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Hard to follow up after Cody's ending of the 2018 season! I think he truly missed his calling of being an author of some sorts I can't even express how blessed I am to be on this journey, I'm trying to soak in every trip, every experience, all the details, all the memories and all the friendships. I just never ever could have dreamed big enough for something like this! Thanks for following along with this new journey. We are going to be putting in a few new food plots this year along with moving some stands and feeders to new locations. Also I'm getting a new pipeline very soon and I plan on updating everything as it unfolds. Planning on making a new hunting spot with it as well. In case you missed HollyWood here is a link to him https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ight=Hollywood
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