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Old 01-21-2022, 09:18 AM   #12651
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I went out yesterday all day. Wind wasn't too bad inside the woods.
Saw 9 deer, 1 coyote, 1 bobcat and an armadillo. No hogs. Though I found two farrowing beds. I sat over one until dark. Lotta sign though.

How often are they coming back to these beds?

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Old 01-25-2022, 08:39 PM   #12652
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So I was trying to kill a hog tonight. First time Playing pig sounds. Two does came in to check it out for about 25 min and the yotes on the other side of the river loved it. **** pigs are pretty much nocturnal. I'm finding sign just ain't seeing them yet

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Old 01-26-2022, 12:53 PM   #12653
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Found a big bed under some of the brush trees at the North end of the open field near Primitive campground. Laid my 60" recurve lengthwise in it. Think they come back during the day, but it almost impossible to get near it without them hearing, smelling or seeing you.
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Old 02-27-2022, 09:51 PM   #12654
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Hunted Willis Creek today (Sunday). (around the grey marker on the photo). No pork seen, and very little fresh sign. Have to admit it was a poor day to hunt. Planned the hunt with a friend on Monday when the forecast was for overcast all morning today. Alas the weatherman changed his mind and started calling for sunshine after 8am, and he was right. Ground was damp after sprinkling and mist on Saturday which made for quiet walking; which was good as the north winds were not strong enough to cover the sounds of our movement. Odd note, have never seen Willis Creek so clear. Could see 4 feet to the bottom.

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Old 02-27-2022, 09:59 PM   #12655
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Also saw TONS of deer. At least three dozen. They need to up the draw hunt bag limit.
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Old 02-28-2022, 02:03 PM   #12656
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I went Sat and Sun morning at gate 5 down to the river and then gate 7 from the boat ramp on the right side where I walked basically all the way to the Steps. i saw 26 deer in total. Only hog I saw was Sat evening in the field right past the rail road tracks. Will try in a couple weekends, maybe head out down to the primitives' camp ground, long 3 mile walk.
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Old 03-01-2022, 09:26 PM   #12657
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Yes, that is a hike, even longer if you are successful and packing out 30 lbs of pork.
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Old 03-02-2022, 09:07 AM   #12658
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Need to start getting up there more, only a 3 hour drive to parking. Camping overnight is the only real option. 2-3 guys could work the briar patches and when they bust out maybe one will get a shot.
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Old 03-03-2022, 08:37 AM   #12659
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Also saw TONS of deer. At least three dozen. They need to up the draw hunt bag limit.
Na you get 3 deer each if you get drawn. What needs to happen is the people that get drawn actually need to show up hunt and kill some. Or just go back to the old post card hunts. There were plenty of deer killed during those they switched it to the computer and the numbers went down. Got people from out-of state getting drawn and people from hundreds of miles away getting drawn that show up for a hunt or two during the season and that's it.
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Old 03-03-2022, 08:53 AM   #12660
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Na you get 3 deer each if you get drawn. What needs to happen is the people that get drawn actually need to show up hunt and kill some. Or just go back to the old post card hunts. There were plenty of deer killed during those they switched it to the computer and the numbers went down. Got people from out-of state getting drawn and people from hundreds of miles away getting drawn that show up for a hunt or two during the season and that's it.
Exactly. Needs to be a drive time limit or something on that draw.
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Old 03-03-2022, 08:58 AM   #12661
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Na you get 3 deer each if you get drawn. What needs to happen is the people that get drawn actually need to show up hunt and kill some. Or just go back to the old post card hunts. There were plenty of deer killed during those they switched it to the computer and the numbers went down. Got people from out-of state getting drawn and people from hundreds of miles away getting drawn that show up for a hunt or two during the season and that's it.
Couldn't agree more. Also, you get four deer, since they'll let you take a third doe if you wish.

If it was my show to run, this is what I would do:

1. Impose a $5 fee to enter. This is chump change, but it will immediately deter people who are just "putting in for free hunts".

2. Lower the number of draws in the computer and increase the number of standby spots. Give locals who will hunt more (and therefore harvest more) preference.

Just these two moves would have a big impact for those of us who take this hunt seriously.

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Old 03-10-2022, 08:58 AM   #12662
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I was out at granger and ran into someone hog hunting that told me about this forum. Unfortunately I donít remember their name. It was on March 4th.

Here is from a shot I took yesterday, the arrow went straight through and I hit him a bit high. It wasnít a kill shot unfortunately.


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Old 03-10-2022, 09:03 AM   #12663
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Bunch of dead hogs layin around from chopper shoot. I counted 7 in a 5 mile hike
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Old 03-10-2022, 09:06 AM   #12664
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Bunch of dead hogs layin around from chopper shoot. I counted 7 in a 5 mile hike

At granger?


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Old 03-11-2022, 09:51 AM   #12665
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Yup. They do it every year I believe


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Old 03-11-2022, 10:27 AM   #12666
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Isnít that illegal as you are not allowed to shoot hogs with guns? I would report that to the game warden


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Old 03-11-2022, 10:32 AM   #12667
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It's performed by TPWD in coordination with ACOE.

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Old 03-11-2022, 06:32 PM   #12668
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I wonder if it is posted when and what area it occurs. Seems it would be? Be nice to be out there to maybe intercept the stirred up runners? But not any stray bullets from the chopper! let me think a bit more on this one??
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Old 03-11-2022, 07:19 PM   #12669
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Really shouldn't take a lot of thought. Bullets flying from the air.
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Old 03-12-2022, 07:17 PM   #12670
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Lol the gw would laugh at you. They do it almost every year and knock down quite a few both on public and private land. We've been out there when they are doing it and they just wave and point us towards free meat!
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Old 03-12-2022, 09:48 PM   #12671
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The TPWD shoot results in several shots at dead pigs for a couple weeks afterward.
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Old 03-14-2022, 07:33 AM   #12672
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The TPWD shoot results in several shots at dead pigs for a couple weeks afterward.

Hahaha. Iíve definitely stalked in on a few. Thought I was being real sneaky too. Pretty embarrassing


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Old 03-14-2022, 07:53 AM   #12673
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The TPWD shoot results in several shots at dead pigs for a couple weeks afterward.
Have yet to sink an arrow into putrid piggy, but I've seen a few of the dead ones over the years.
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Old 03-14-2022, 10:54 PM   #12674
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Usually the dead ones I see are obviously a dead pig. Just stubbled onto 10 Centaur Battle Axe heads that will be great for hogs.
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Old 03-16-2022, 03:27 PM   #12675
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Just stumbled into 10 Centaur Battle Axe heads that I need to push through some hogs. Hope my PT job schedule and kitchen passes line up.
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Old 03-17-2022, 02:18 PM   #12676
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I was out at granger and ran into someone hog hunting that told me about this forum. Unfortunately I donít remember their name. It was on March 4th.

Here is from a shot I took yesterday, the arrow went straight through and I hit him a bit high. It wasnít a kill shot unfortunately.

I think that was me, met you close to that feeder barrel. Walked in a lil further and showed you the hog nest, then the sow jump not even 20 yrds from us. If not, welcome to TBH anyways. 👍
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Old 03-17-2022, 02:19 PM   #12677
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I'll be heading out there tomorrow am.
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Old 03-17-2022, 10:22 PM   #12678
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Another unsuccessful hunt yesterday. Beautiful weather so we knew it was a spot N stalk or a game drive hunt. I wanted to hunt a new area with my buddy (who has a boat) so we hit Sore Finger. Landed at A on the photo, and walked to B. Wind out of the SE at 12 mph in mid afternoon.
Saw some fresh rooting and tracks, but not overwhelming quantities. The trees on the peninsula are ALL willows and the walking was terrible. Lots of downed limbs. No clear game trails, impossible to move quietly. Saw . . . . . nothing. Well, not absolutely nothing, saw two deer. Will not hunt this area again.
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Old 03-30-2022, 10:55 AM   #12679
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Unsuccessful hunt today. Decided to hunt the far west edge of Willis Creek. Rain was supposed to end at 4 am but did not actually end until 7 am which delayed the start of the hunt. Damp ground made for silent walking. Hunted the red and orange paths shown on the map. Saw some fresh rooting but not much. Flushed one good sized boar at the spot marked with a yellow B, but he saw me first, so no shot taken on the frantically running animal. Saw 4 squirrels, one opossum, and 30 deer. While the brush was starting to green up, visibility was good, in places I could see 50 yards into the woods.

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Old 03-30-2022, 04:00 PM   #12680
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Thanks for posting. Keep meaning to get out there before it hits 100 degrees but it hasn’t happened yet this year. Good luck
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Old 03-31-2022, 08:52 PM   #12681
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Hope to get one more in before the cooker starts. We'll see.
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Old 06-14-2022, 06:03 PM   #12682
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Anyone local who has river flow info for the San Gabriel?
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Old 07-19-2022, 02:17 PM   #12683
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Anyone been pushing pigs in this heat?
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Old 07-19-2022, 02:35 PM   #12684
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Why? So I can die of heat exhaustion?
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Old 07-20-2022, 10:28 AM   #12685
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This heat would definitely slow your stalking speed!!!
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Old 08-05-2022, 10:50 AM   #12686
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I started working Granger last fall time frame. I've taken a break with the heat, but before then I'd had pretty good luck stalking. We had a couple times with squirrel hunters coming in and causing chaos, but I was able to work the situation in my favor and come up on some hogs while they were worried about the shotguns going off elsewhere. I've picked up on a few other tricks just from going out there enough, but I wouldn't want to give all that away for everyone to see It seems like we have a few regulars in here, so maybe one of these weekends we'll have to meet up and exchange notes. I do have some questions about Granger for some of you more experienced guys/gals:

-Can anyone give me any backstory on the area? It's obvious there used to be a community of some sort there at one point. What used to be in the area? Are there any old maps or pictures?

-I'm assuming the tree stands out there are on public land, so it's fair game if the public uses them. But this is my first public land I've hunted, so what's the general etiquite in regards to those stands?

-Do y'all hear of there being any problems with people having game cameras stolen? As much as I think I have a process figured out, I think a camera could help me keep an eye on a few other areas to potentially modify my route.
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Old 08-10-2022, 05:53 PM   #12687
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-Can anyone give me any backstory on the area? It's obvious there used to be a community of some sort there at one point. What used to be in the area? Are there any old maps or pictures?
So the town of Friendship used to exist where the lake is now...there's a historical marker real close to the dam itself, you can read the historical marker and see a picture of it here (I can't post links as I'm too new, but Google "friendship texas granger historical marker" and the first link should be a website like WilcoHistory and that is the place). There's also an old map of Friendship on that website.

Seems the San Gabriel river used to flood a lot leading to construction of the dam. The old fence lines in Willis Creek and the pool in San Gabriel probably were just rural country houses that got condemned when they started working on the dam in the 70s-80s.

In full disclosure I'm not a local so someone else here might know a lot more. I spent a lot of time hunting up there during the drawn deer hunt last year, so I did some research on it.
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Old 08-10-2022, 08:40 PM   #12688
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So the town of Friendship used to exist where the lake is now...there's a historical marker real close to the dam itself, you can read the historical marker and see a picture of it here (I can't post links as I'm too new, but Google "friendship texas granger historical marker" and the first link should be a website like WilcoHistory and that is the place). There's also an old map of Friendship on that website.



Seems the San Gabriel river used to flood a lot leading to construction of the dam. The old fence lines in Willis Creek and the pool in San Gabriel probably were just rural country houses that got condemned when they started working on the dam in the 70s-80s.



In full disclosure I'm not a local so someone else here might know a lot more. I spent a lot of time hunting up there during the drawn deer hunt last year, so I did some research on it.
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I started working Granger last fall time frame. I've taken a break with the heat, but before then I'd had pretty good luck stalking. We had a couple times with squirrel hunters coming in and causing chaos, but I was able to work the situation in my favor and come up on some hogs while they were worried about the shotguns going off elsewhere. I've picked up on a few other tricks just from going out there enough, but I wouldn't want to give all that away for everyone to see It seems like we have a few regulars in here, so maybe one of these weekends we'll have to meet up and exchange notes. I do have some questions about Granger for some of you more experienced guys/gals:

-Can anyone give me any backstory on the area? It's obvious there used to be a community of some sort there at one point. What used to be in the area? Are there any old maps or pictures?

-I'm assuming the tree stands out there are on public land, so it's fair game if the public uses them. But this is my first public land I've hunted, so what's the general etiquite in regards to those stands?

-Do y'all hear of there being any problems with people having game cameras stolen? As much as I think I have a process figured out, I think a camera could help me keep an eye on a few other areas to potentially modify my route.
Re: tree stands. Regulations say you have to remove blinds and stands at end of season, but a lot of people don't. There are some old permanent stands you'll come up on, been there for many years. I think technically, you can hunt in any stand. That said, if the actual owner shows up, then you should vacate out of common courtesy. I would not climb or get into any tree stand that looks new, placed there in last year or so. If it looks like it gets occupied. Move on, or put up your own stand. There are some old blinds/stands out there that at this point, its first come first serve, but i've been hunting out there for 15 years and know which ones they are.

Re: game cameras. Unlocked game cams will get stolen occasionally...at least so i've heard. Even ones chained up and in boxes. It happens. That said, I see them frequently out there. I have put some out myself, but they are in a locked game cam box, chained around tree. It keeps the honest folks, honest. That's about all. I wouldn't hesitate to put out game cams, locked up. But I'd just set your expectations, they have a chance of getting nicked.
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Old 08-20-2022, 06:13 PM   #12690
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Going to get back at it. I would never climb a stand I did not errect. I made several ground blinds and found them "kicked" down??? No where near any visible other blinds. Never worried, just another day. Share be nice and enjoy. I hope to get drawn on the postcard entry. Been several years as caregiver to multi family serious issiues many still active but we must continue in our sport and have some fun. I turn 70 soon but still wear regualr undies and can out work many youngster in this unfreakin real heat. And many I can NOT. Best to all and to all a New night.
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Old 08-20-2022, 06:34 PM   #12691
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Anyone been pushing pigs in this heat?
why? I can not hardly push the lawn mower and there aint no grass to cut. Oh well if stuck a pig, it would be very lean and fall over dead even if just hit the ear. Probably tough bacon? Doubt even have any ticks. They are sufferin too poor little bugs.
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Old 08-20-2022, 10:03 PM   #12692
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Thanks Endo and Toomuchsun! That all sounds about like my line of thinking, so I'm glad to get a little outside confirmation on that. I didn't know there were locking game camera cables/boxes. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 08-23-2022, 12:47 PM   #12693
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Anyone who lives close by have any information about the water level currently? Is the San Gabriel flowing good? Has the recent rain helped?

Thinking about driving up there for some fishing this week...last fall/winter the fishing was always great following rain and it didn't take much to get the water really flowing.

I live just shy of two hours away but don't mind the drive for some good fishing. All I've got to go off of is the water level and fishing report. Any insight on current conditions would be appreciated, thanks.
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Old 09-02-2022, 06:34 PM   #12694
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Anyone who lives close by have any information about the water level currently? Is the San Gabriel flowing good? Has the recent rain helped?

Thinking about driving up there for some fishing this week...last fall/winter the fishing was always great following rain and it didn't take much to get the water really flowing.

I live just shy of two hours away but don't mind the drive for some good fishing. All I've got to go off of is the water level and fishing report. Any insight on current conditions would be appreciated, thanks.
I went out to pretend to dove hunt. Today and opening day was insane so MANY folks. I left. I did ck the river and it was horrible yuck. Poor darn fish. I bet the crawfish are seeking a spring to referesh. Its so dirty. I am fro
m Georgetown and the rains sorta cleaned up the river here but need lots more water to fix this mess.
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Old 09-03-2022, 09:59 PM   #12695
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I'm in similar boat, 135 miles South and 2 1/2 hour drive. Looking to yak into primitive then up and down river to hunt. Want some water but not ragin' Any intel would help.
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Old 09-15-2022, 12:47 PM   #12696
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I'm probably going to be out stalking pig this weekend. Anyone been out there recently with any luck or anything to report in general?
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Old 09-17-2022, 07:35 PM   #12697
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Went out to Granger this morning. Sunrise was 7:15 so I was pushing in right at 6:45. A small game hunter showed up right as I was putting my gloves on and he said he'd been coming out but hasn't seen any hogs lately. Other than about 10 deer and a few cows, it was dead. I went to all my usual hog spots and there was nothing. I went a little outside of my usual boundaries and still had no luck, so I was out of there by 11.

I'm wondering if the hogs relocated with how dry the summer was. I have a different area I'm going to go try out next time and see if I have any better luck.

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Old 09-18-2022, 01:49 PM   #12698
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I've always passed this old house to/from the hunting area and it's been very distinctive to me. I thought it was just an old plantation house, but this past trip it just kinda clicked why I keep noticing the house. It's the house from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre!! I also went and checked out a local haunted Bridge south of the lake.
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Old 09-18-2022, 04:21 PM   #12699
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I hike across that bridge almost every time I hunt Granger, coming in for the park.
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Old 09-18-2022, 05:08 PM   #12700
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https://www.google.com/search?q=road...Jx1bW-FjM%253A

This is a good read about Granger
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