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#3447954 - 08/06/12 03:06 PM DUVAL COUNTY WTH???
daniel25s Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: houston/burton Texas
i have a place in Freer TX
i have been running feeders since April
I have game cameras on all of my feeders and when i went to pull my SD cards last month i had ONLY 2 pictures of deer on the cams and the rest where hogs I see everyone else on here posting great pics of bucks and have tons of deer at their feeders. is this typical for south texas?? Is Duval county shot out???
I have 500 acres that i share with no one
i cant understand why i am not seeing any deer

HELP

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#3447976 - 08/06/12 03:12 PM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: daniel25s]
dstrong Offline
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I believe Freer has gotten an unusual amount of rain fall so far this year.... They should have plenty to eat elsewhere. As far as being shot out... I'm not sure, but I've heard it can be hit or miss in that area. Especially around San Diego.


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#3448008 - 08/06/12 03:17 PM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: dstrong]
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lets hope thats all it is

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#3448036 - 08/06/12 03:25 PM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: daniel25s]
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I dont know much about the hunting off 339, but I have driven through there a couple times. How many deer blinds can you see from yours? I have seen 4, 5, and 6 blinds all within a couple hundred yards of each other off 339. There is probably ALOT of hunting pressure. Best bet is to keep pressure and activity down on your place and feed as much as you can.

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#3448492 - 08/06/12 05:19 PM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: redchevy]
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There are some places in Duvall Co. that are heavily poached, road hunted and subsistence hunted year round. Everything I've heard is that it's better west of 16.

Hopefully they're just not coming to corn because they've got plenty of groceries growing in the pasture.

Go knock down some piggies before the season arrives.

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#3448504 - 08/06/12 05:23 PM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: LandPirate]
stxranchman Offline
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Your problem is your locations. One of the most poached and most sub-divided areas in South Texas. You can't see what is not there.

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#3448566 - 08/06/12 05:40 PM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: daniel25s]
1RancherAg Offline
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Hogs could be eating all your corn and keeping the deer away from your feeders. Sounds like you might need some good feeder pens. Also, as mentioned above, if you've had a lot of rain, the browse could be in good shape and the deer are passing on the corn for now. Maybe set up some game cams along some trails and see what happens. Hopefully you don't have bad neighbors.


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#3449901 - 08/06/12 11:15 PM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: 1RancherAg]
cruzing Offline
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not so much the poachers out there you may have a high population of predators or just a kitty and cubs you know they get very hungry


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#3450178 - 08/07/12 07:02 AM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: cruzing]
daniel25s Offline
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well hopefully its that they have plenty to eat with all the recent rains. its about 6 miles off any paved road so i wouldnt think poaching would be a problem but you never know

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#3450438 - 08/07/12 08:52 AM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: cruzing]
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Originally Posted By: cruzing
not so much the poachers out there you may have a high population of predators or just a kitty and cubs you know they get very hungry


Dude, it's Duval Co. Road hunting and poaching is a birthright there.

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#3450734 - 08/07/12 10:17 AM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: LandPirate]
Stevarino Offline
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Loc: Mckinney, TX
How many locks are on your gates for the landmen to check the oil pumps?

Lots of predators!..
Several bad summers in the past few years with low fawn survival.

Its the perfect storM!


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#3451288 - 08/07/12 01:27 PM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: Stevarino]
daniel25s Offline
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looks like i have a great hog and dove lease if nothing else

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#3453636 - 08/08/12 12:40 AM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: daniel25s]
AO2000 Offline
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This is hard to read since our family ranch is located in Duval Co. I've been hunting there all my life. Never had a lease anywhere nor did I need one. Also never had any personal problems poaching but I can't help what I can't see.

My dad and I are the only ones that hunt the ranch and, from experience, know that we don't have consistent big deer there, although we have caught a few game cam pictures of some way above average deer, for us anyways, but nothing consistent. I've always assumed that it was the leasers around our property that shot up everything. We'd always see new blinds and feeders on the properties next to us year after year.

We bought the property next to us and try to do what we can to help the growth and well being of the deer pop. there, but we can only do so much, plus we can't go around buying all the land around us you know... wink


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#3453688 - 08/08/12 03:19 AM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: AO2000]
nice shot Offline
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Loc: Kingsville Texas
To the original poster:

All the comments about over hunting (insane number of blinds) road hunting / poaching ARE ALL TRUE. I work in the northern part of Hebbronville (on the Jim Hogg Duval county line) and primarily work in both of those counties. . . its one of those things that is going to be the death of this place.

Everyone thinks they are the next Aldo Leopald and they know everything about wildlife ecology and how to manage land. So they lease their property out to unsuspecting people looking for a quality lease. . . then the person getting the lease sees next to nothing for their money.

One of my best friends has a lease that he had for 3 years because "the bucks are just shy" and all this other crap they told him. He barely even shot hogs. . . the land owners family would sneak out there and shoot everything.

Unless your purchasing day hunts from a high fence ranch, you will more than likely get robbed here. I havent met two people in Jimm Hogg or Duval that give a rats hairy [censored] about the ecosystem here. They throw car batteries in their burn piles, litter everywhere and over hunt the land to the point a "big" doe is a 1.5 year old. . .

I hope you are experiencing some sort of luck and your deer are just "being shy". Keep us posted with info, I work with the game warden from time to time helping with poachers, maybe I can help you out in someway.


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#3453740 - 08/08/12 06:03 AM Re: DUVAL COUNTY WTH??? [Re: nice shot]
Don Dial Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
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So. Texas deer don't always come to feeders this time of yr...You
should see more as the winter starts..Freer, Encinal, Miranda City, ect..try Christmas Week..when they are usually rutting and
see what you have..DD


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