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Old 03-17-2021, 10:34 PM   #1
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Iím about to go look at a lease North of Laredo off Camino Columbia (255) close to midway between the border and I-35. Does anyone hunt around there? I believe this area will have good hunting but Iím a little worried about the foot traffic. Does it get a lot of activity? Iíve never hunted that far south and Iím pumped about the hunting but I donít want to worry about bringing my kids to the lease.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:45 PM   #2
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I’m a newbie to south Texas. I hunt close to Mirando City SE of Laredo and we had pretty high foot traffic as the season wore on. I never worried about taking my wife or daughter to the stand, until we had a group of wetbacks walk out in front of us one afternoon. We still hunted a lot, and will continue to hunt a lot. I will just make sure we are well armed, and go from there.
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Old 03-17-2021, 11:14 PM   #3
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We hunt just west of Encinal. Lots of illegals coming through. Been that way for years. Border Patrol is on our place pretty much every weekend. We are close to the check point on 83, so they skirt that and come through our place. Multiple trucks driven through the fences over the past couple years.
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Old 03-17-2021, 11:29 PM   #4
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We're close to the area you are talking about. We go down 255 to Mines Rd. Then back up and in a few miles. We see some from time to time. There is a pretty heavy BP presence most of the time. Send me a PM if you want to chat more about the area.


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Old 03-17-2021, 11:41 PM   #5
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Is it along FM255 or in along Tiendas Road or Jeffries road. You will have some foot traffic around the area since those groups travel to get around both Border Patrol checkpoints the one on Hwy 83 and I35.
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Old 03-18-2021, 05:26 AM   #6
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Pretty much anywhere in Webb county has traffic. I’ve hunted Webb, Duval, Zapata and La Salle counties. Oddly enough Zapata had the lowest and La Salle was a close 2nd. You’ll be alright just stay alert. I wouldn’t pass the opportunity over it!
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Old 03-18-2021, 06:32 AM   #7
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I would call BP and ask about that particular ranch
I agree that every place in Webb has foot traffic, but
BP are everywhere. I wouldn’t not lease it because of
Illegals. They have been there since the 70’s when I started hunting and working in S Tx.
I would rather have that problem than poachers/trespassers/meth trash in east Texas.

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Old 03-18-2021, 07:50 AM   #8
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Is it along FM255 or in along Tiendas Road or Jeffries road. You will have some foot traffic around the area since those groups travel to get around both Border Patrol checkpoints the one on Hwy 83 and I35.
Along 255
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Old 03-18-2021, 08:12 AM   #9
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I would call BP and ask about that particular ranch
I agree that every place in Webb has foot traffic, but
BP are everywhere. I wouldnít not lease it because of
Illegals. They have been there since the 70ís when I started hunting and working in S Tx.
I would rather have that problem than poachers/trespassers/meth trash in east Texas.

BP
I agree with all of this. Except for the meth and tresspasser problems in East tx.

That's like saying every ranch in south TX has illegals. I've been on at least 10 different ranches from bracketville to Kingsville. Some have problems and some don't.

Either way I wouldn't let some herd of Berni supporters dictate where I hunted

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Old 03-18-2021, 08:22 AM   #10
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Was a guest on a place for years until I finally landed a spot off Columbia and down an old County road. Hunting is awesome, it was a big place and we were about 50%. high fence, but illegal traffic especially drug traffic was on the high side. Often seen lines of people all dressed in black with back packs and the last dude with a semi auto long rifle. They did not mess with us but on occasion they would stop and stare you down which wasn't all the fun. Never be first the camp by yourself and just walk into the house, chances are you are no alone. Couple of other lease folks found a backpack full of Marajuana just dropped where they were climbing the high fence, and not unusual to walk up on or a special ops type guy pop out of the brush and he was tracking the smugglers. We got off the place about 7 years ago and I miss the heck out of it even with the perceived danger.
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Old 03-18-2021, 08:26 AM   #11
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We were the last ranch at the end of Jeffries Road, backed up to the Los Tiendas. And yes that's the area they would come through to avoid the checkpoints.
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Old 03-18-2021, 08:39 AM   #12
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What ever it was the last four years under Trumps leadership it will be 20 times worst under the idoits in Washington now ruining our country
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Old 03-18-2021, 08:49 AM   #13
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Illegal immigrants and drug trafficking is a fluid thing, from the mouth of the rio grande in Texas to the beach in San Diego in California
Sometimes it’s heavy then it changes, but it never goes away
Hunt , enjoy your time on the ranch , it is what it is
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Old 03-18-2021, 09:25 AM   #14
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We had practically zero traffic on our place in far southeast Webb county until last Fall... as it got closer to the election, traffic picked up... Now it's wide open... I fear with the DemoKrauts in charge, it ain't gonna get no better... Prior to this, I had a place with 8 miles of Rio Grande river frontage and never felt unsafe or threatened in any manner. I did however always keep my eyes open and remained vigilant and armed. I'm pretty much the same way now in this new place... Long as they don't approach me or threaten me in ANY way, they will be fine and so will I. When I see them, if possible I take pics. I then send a pin drop to the BP for our sector (Hebbronville). With a little head's up, their capture rate has been pretty good as we are in the middle of downtown NOWHERE and in the thick brush the illegals pretty much have to use major travel routes (powerline right-of-way, or roads) and BP is able to set up a trap for them.
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Old 03-18-2021, 09:40 AM   #15
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I hunt right in the middle of 59, 35 and 44. I have never personally seen any illegals on our place, but have game cam pics and found 4 abandoned trucks that where busted by BP. Last year we saw a big increase of activity. We are on the major power line.
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Old 03-18-2021, 09:53 AM   #16
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I would truly be more worried about getting ripped off on leasing a cruddy place then the traffic in the area , I call it the “south Texas turnaround group A. Leases it’s cruddy so they blast everything and leave, group B. Leases is disappointed and blast every thing and leave, and the wheels on the bus go round and round!!
Lots more stuff to prioritize then walkers
Good luck hopefully place has good hunting and good lease mates
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Old 03-18-2021, 09:54 AM   #17
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There's not as much traffic in that area ( 225 ), as there is a huge BP presence. It's also a very visible area and there are other routes that keep them more hidden. You'll see a few but not near as much if you were out in BFE brush county.

Lease it and enjoy!
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Old 03-18-2021, 12:46 PM   #18
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There's not as much traffic in that area ( 225 ), as there is a huge BP presence. It's also a very visible area and there are other routes that keep them more hidden. You'll see a few but not near as much if you were out in BFE brush county.

Lease it and enjoy!
I just spoke to the Ranch Liaison Agent and he said the same thing. He said its rare for them to have operations there because most of the illegals don't go that way. The landowner and a guy who hunted it last year have said they never see them either so I'm feeling pretty good about it. It wouldn't particularly bother me unless the place was just crawling in them. But it would freak my wife out. And I like taking her to the lease.
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Old 03-18-2021, 01:27 PM   #19
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You should be OK. Ranches that are closer to Mines Rd and FM255 get the most foot traffic, Such as the Need More and La Zacatosa. Then past Las Tiendas and FM255 most groups tend to take a N to NW line to avoid the Border Patrol Checkpoints.
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Old 03-18-2021, 01:42 PM   #20
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We were the last ranch at the end of Jeffries Road, backed up to the Los Tiendas. And yes that's the area they would come through to avoid the checkpoints.
Were you at the Chupa Hueso Ranch?
The biggest ranch that backed up to Las Tiendas and neighbors ranches near Jefferies Road is the Spohn Ranch. Lost of foot traffic around there that tends to go around the Hwy 83 BP Checkpoint and some go in between to also avoid the I35 Checkpoint to get picked up near Hwy 44 or close to Encinal, Tx.
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Old 03-18-2021, 01:44 PM   #21
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I've hunted as a guest on a place near the triangle of Webb, Duval, and Jim Hogg...they see enough illegals to make sure everyone is carrying while filling feeders, checking cameras, etc. And the amount of back packs cached around every clump of thick brush let me know they weren't kidding about making sure you have your sidearm on you however, I wouldn't let that stop me from joining a lease down there.

That being said, the new "leadership" that we are under, may increase the traffic exponentially and give the illegals more of a "you can't do anything to me" attitude. I wish I had a better idea of the current traffic, but I haven't been down there since the first week of January...hope you find someone who is more up to date
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Old 03-18-2021, 07:52 PM   #22
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Just hunt south of the border and you dont have to worry about illegal wetbacks.........
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Old 03-18-2021, 07:59 PM   #23
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Were you at the Chupa Hueso Ranch?
The biggest ranch that backed up to Las Tiendas and neighbors ranches near Jefferies Road is the Spohn Ranch. Lost of foot traffic around there that tends to go around the Hwy 83 BP Checkpoint and some go in between to also avoid the I35 Checkpoint to get picked up near Hwy 44 or close to Encinal, Tx.
Yes sir, my brother was on it for many years and I was blessed to finally get a spot the part of the group fell apart. I think some of the guys we hunted with still have. Great group of guys for sure and one heck of a place

“The Chup” I surely miss.
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