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#5449343 - 11/30/14 07:02 AM At the half-way point, where do you stand?
Texas Dan Offline
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With this being roughly the half-way point of the general season, where do you stand with the harvest?

I've seen more deer than I remember seeing during any past season. Seen a couple of bucks that would have passed the 13-inch rule but we're still on the young side, and a lot spikes and lesser bucks. Took a doe and spike for a couple of the landowners. Expecting to get many more hours in the stand during the Christmas and New Years holidays.
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#5449371 - 11/30/14 07:42 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
Ryan81 Offline
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Registered: 07/31/11
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Nothing comes to the feeder regularly. Been a waste of my time so far.


I'll add that I'm currently wasting my time as well. But it doesn't help that the wind is 20-30


Edited by Ryan81 (11/30/14 07:47 AM)
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#5449372 - 11/30/14 07:44 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 02/25/09
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Loc: Burleson Texas
Worst year in 5 years.
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#5449376 - 11/30/14 07:48 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Ryan81]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ryan81
Nothing comes to the feeder regularly. Been a waste of my time so far.


A good friend of mine has food plots scattered all over his place and has not seen near the deer that I have this season. And our tracts are in the same general area with less than a half mile between our gates. I also know him well enough that I know he's telling the truth. His place mostly pines on high ground and he planted late in mid October. The tract that I hunt is hardwood creek bottom and I planted in mid September. And his place has seen less pressure.

As they say in the real estate business, when it comes to deer habitat, it's all about the location of your property that matters most.
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#5449380 - 11/30/14 07:50 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
Bill_OA Offline
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Registered: 09/09/10
Posts: 617
Loc: San Antonio, Rocksprings
Have not been in a deer blind yet.

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#5449383 - 11/30/14 07:55 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 08/19/09
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Loc: The Woodlands, Tx
Like WCallaway, I haven't hunted yet. I leave midweek.
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#5449386 - 11/30/14 07:59 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 10/11/09
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Loc: Wills Point
I have not personally saw a live deer since season started. But the cameras say they are here.

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#5449425 - 11/30/14 08:23 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
Ryan81 Offline
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Glad I'm not the only one then.


Over the last few hunts I've about seen as much yote activity as I have deer activity which is part of the problem. But even last year I was seeing a lot more deer so i don't know. I do know I'm about to start hitting the yote hunting. They're lucky I've been bow hunting instead of rifle hunting.
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#5449427 - 11/30/14 08:27 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 08/15/11
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Opening weekend I was absolutely covered up in small bucks.

I've tagged out for the year, though, on deer the owner wanted gone, mostly does. Now I'm just guiding for friends/family.

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#5449436 - 11/30/14 08:36 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Weird year. Deer are there and healthy but had plenty to eat up until recently so not as much activity in the plots. Feeders have been mostly ignored since about the second week of bow season.

That said, we have seen some nice deer with a little change in tactics.

Seems like there have been more "dead" days than usual with little/no movement. Only about a week of "magical" days during November when usually we have 2-3 weeks of excellent movement.

I have always really considered the season to be over after this weekend. I know that is purely a mental thing and I will continue hunting, but I just don't like hunting once the leaves fall. I start on the woodcock with my dog then. This year will be different though as my oldest daughter is still hunting so I'm looking forward to some more time with her.
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#5449454 - 11/30/14 08:45 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
B-Man Offline
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Registered: 11/20/11
Posts: 172
Still plugging away in Baylor county. Worst in 3 yrs that I have been on. Guys on the place that have been there for 14 yrs say its never been this bad. Land around us is now leased up and lots of shooting, at what we aren't certain. Possible thoughts of the drought finally affecting us, coyote issues etc.

Price you pay I guess.

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#5449499 - 11/30/14 09:12 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 08/27/12
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It's been bad for me in jack county. I've spent 40-50 hours in the blind and seen 4 deer. 2 were over 500 yards away, one I missed (scope ring issue that's since been fixed) and one buck who was a shooter, but was chasing so hard even when I yelled at him he wouldn't stop. I'm hoping the next couple weeks puts a deer in my freezer.
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#5449514 - 11/30/14 09:25 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 03/23/12
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Loc: San Marcos Tx
I have my buck tags filled. Seeing 15-20 does every morning in the stand.
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#5449517 - 11/30/14 09:28 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Texas Dan]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Reading all these reports, I'm blessed and need to give thanks!

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#5449525 - 11/30/14 09:33 AM Re: At the half-way point, where do you stand? [Re: Tff caribou]
Kingfisher77 Offline
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Registered: 10/27/13
Posts: 36
I'm seeing about the same number that we normally see in Coke Co, just not seeing any quality bucks. I harvested a 7 pt cull buck this weekend, going to give it a few more weeks and hopefully take a nice 8. If that doesn't happen I'll burn both tags on management bucks.

Judging from the amount of gunfire on our neighboring property, it's a pretty safe bet that our neighbors are taking the 2.5-3.5 year old 8's that we were seeing on cameras this fall. They have all disappeared over the last month.

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