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#5394317 - 11/02/14 04:56 PM No activity at food plots and feeders
Texas Dan Online   content
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Registered: 07/28/08
Posts: 11232
Anyone else seeing little or no activity at food plots and feeders in East Texas? I saw more deer this past weekend while hunting trails and crossings than while sitting at my food plot. It looks fantastic but the deer aren't touching it.

Must be a bumper acorn crop and plenty of browse.
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Spring, Texas

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#5394398 - 11/02/14 05:36 PM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Bullhead45 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/29/14
Posts: 4
I hunted from two different stand only to see two Doe's and a fawn. The wind was a big killer for me. I was hunting in Elkheart Texas.

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#5394834 - 11/02/14 09:04 PM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Sader762 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/09/12
Posts: 88
Loc: Tyler, Tx
Not a thing for 2 seeks in Panola county - East Texas

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#5394937 - 11/02/14 10:02 PM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Troutfisch Offline
Tracker

Registered: 04/18/06
Posts: 658
Loc: Beaumont, TX
It was slow this weekend for us as well, only had a young 8 and a couple does hanging around. Hogs are staying nocturnal.

Shot a coyote this evening so at the very least one less dog roaming the woods.
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#5394939 - 11/02/14 10:05 PM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Cattleman Offline
Tracker

Registered: 02/09/13
Posts: 678
Loc: Palo Pinto county
They are looking for love . Get out of the stand and get on the ground and rattle . Or wait a couple of weeks. When the bucks are run down and hungry.

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#5394953 - 11/02/14 10:14 PM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
kagomez85 Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 12/07/10
Posts: 1873
Loc: Tyler,TX
Havent had anything coming into the food plots in the last 2 weekends, 3 weeks ago covered up. This weekend i seen alot deer all bucks but only 1 shooter,that i couldnt get a shot on. They are definitely chasing does, had a small four point cruise by me this within 10 yds while i was climbing into another stand around 10 he was nose down and didnt even acknowledge me.

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#5394979 - 11/02/14 10:31 PM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Jeep Beast Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 32
Loc: Collin County
Hunt County- nothing this weekend. Last deer seen on camera was Oct 25th. Bases on past years it usually picks up mid Nov for me.
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#5395322 - 11/03/14 07:30 AM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Texas Dan Online   content
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If my oats get any taller, I think I'll need to mow them.
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Spring, Texas

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#5395363 - 11/03/14 07:47 AM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
GHale Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/07/10
Posts: 289
Loc: Longview, TX
In Harrison County I saw one buck darting in and out of the woods on Saturday...too far for a shot. On Sunday evening I had 4 doe come to the food plot but didn't go near the feeder. They were nervous looking into the woods and finally left after 5 minutes. I had a bead on one doe but thought there was a buck getting ready to come out....which didn't happen. There will be more chances.

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#5395394 - 11/03/14 07:58 AM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Nogalus Prairie Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 19228
Loc: Corsicana
I have the same exact story. I am glad to read others are having the same issue simply because it lets me know it's not just my place. I saw decent activity the first two weeks but my place has been in "shut down" mode around the feeders and food plots for two weeks. I have never seen anything like it. Interestingly, I have few acorns this year. But the browse in the woods is amazing. The deer simply don't have to move to eat.

Am seeing a buck cruising here and there but with the does mostly remaining in the woods the usual "bucks coming to check the does feeding" is obviously not going to happen until after the first freeze. My daughter was with me this past weekend-but this upcoming weekend I am going to grab my .30-30 and stillhunt some if things remain the same.
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#5395411 - 11/03/14 08:07 AM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Kelly223 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 206
Loc: Panhandle. Tx
In the blind now 1 doe wind is blowing

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#5395413 - 11/03/14 08:07 AM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
rifleman Offline
Sparkly Pants

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43776
Loc: Kingwood
Does I saw were hanging tight to the thickets. Wouldn't cross the field, but would pop out and walk the edges of the highline or pipeline plots. The ones that crossed were on the move. Bucks I saw seemed to be intercepting does along the creeks and then does would just run circles and keep going back into the thickets where they came from. They didn't seem real interested in getting pushed off their routine.

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#5395425 - 11/03/14 08:12 AM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
rifleman Offline
Sparkly Pants

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43776
Loc: Kingwood
Also seems like every doe has twins and nubbins still hanging with their mamas, so does for the most part for us are going to be cycling a little later than usual. Did see 1 buck that seemed to be more in lock down mode with a single doe than chasing.

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#5395457 - 11/03/14 08:25 AM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
Texas buckeye Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 2949
Loc: Keller
Hunted Saturday only, but had both my stands filled with people so got a good idea of activity for early season. I had three bucks in the am at my stand, a young one started in the feeder before light and a spike joined him shortly after light. Had a 9 pt scraping and rubbing all around before he finally got in the feed pen and then the 9 pt and spike went nearly straight to the food plot where they were both shot. Same sit my other stand saw two young bucks go right past the feeder and food plot and not stop to eat.

Evening sit my stand saw two doe and a button buck with them hang around for about 2 hours while cows cleared in an effort to get to the feeder and food plot. They stayed in ts food plot until after legal time ended. Other stand that evening saw and shot a lone button buck at the feeder. Probably same one that by-passed the feeder in the am. He shot early and was out of the blind cleaning it before any real action started so hard to say what would have come.

Compared to a few weeks before when I had several shooter bucks at each stand regularly and many doe at each stand on a daily basis, activity has changed quite a bit, but this is pre-rut where I am and it will be full blown in a couple weeks so I expected things to change. I will hit it hard in a couple weeks and hope to see some of the bucks chasing doe or something, and if not then, maybe wait until after the rut to catch everything re-filling for winter.

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#5395501 - 11/03/14 08:40 AM Re: No activity at food plots and feeders [Re: Texas Dan]
SmallTownHunter Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 464
Loc: Palo Pinto County,Tx
Same story here very slow, I've shut all of my feeders off because the corn is piling up, wheat is 8 inches tall and hardly any tacks in it. They disappeared here about 2 weeks ago, glad I'm not the only one either.

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