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#5459822 - 12/05/14 01:19 PM To shoot a cow?
Gangly Offline
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Registered: 10/14/13
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The lease I am on is approximately 14k acres unfenced and is loaded with wildlife. I'm a meat hunter so it works out well for me as far as deer are concerned. However, I may hunt it 5 days a year because of work and family so the little time I get out there is important for me on a number of levels.

Problem:
There are wild cattle, hogs, a few wild horses, etc on the property that run up and down the river that runs through the property. These animals are feral, have lived there for the past 50 years since the prior owner of the property dissolved all ownership and released EVERYTHING. The cows are a nuisance and have begun tearing down feeders, wrecking food plots, and costing us a lot of money. I have purchased multiple feeders and hunting equipment as a result and its getting very costly very quick.

Last night I went to check on the feeders again and I spooked off 4 wild cows: 1 bull and three heifers from my feeder. They emptied out 300lbs (for a second time), but I managed to salvage the feeder.

I called the Lease Manager and he informed me that they have tried to round them up in the past but the woods/swamp are too thick and the dogs haven't been able to pin them. The LO could care less what happens to them and doesn't mind if we "remove" the cattle from the property as long as we don't leave carcasses laying about.

I'm thinking I could fill up a freezer and then some if I drop one of the older calves, but Im not sure how I feel about shooting a cow. I know it would be good meat, but jeez, its a cow, and there is no way I would be able to quarter and carve it out in the woods and make maximum use of it. I have no way of getting it out of the woods in time to save all the meat, I only have one ice chest and Im an hour away from the house so I know for a fact I wont be able to salvage it all. But man, 30 lbs of filet mignon sure sounds delicious.

So, I'm kind of in a conundrum. Do I:
Shoot a nuisance cow and take what meat I can, then remove the carcass?
Try to scare them off and hope they don't come back?
Do nothing and hope they eventually move off?


What are your thoughts?

Again, I have permission to "remove" them so that's not the issue, the issue is whether or not I should considering a) its a cow, and b) there will be wasted meat.

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#5459828 - 12/05/14 01:22 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
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Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 2148
Loc: Mineral Wells, Texas
Look at the price of cattle right now and I bet you will find a way to get them in a trailer.
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#5459830 - 12/05/14 01:24 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
Capt. Andrew Offline
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Registered: 04/12/11
Posts: 2355
Loc: Texas, South Padre Island
Post a ad on craigslist for free cows and I bet you have a cowboy with a trailer there in a hurry.
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#5459831 - 12/05/14 01:24 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
landsurveyor Offline
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Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 4572
Loc: Annetta TX
I would do it in a heartbeat. No more meat to pack out than an elk or moose. May have to make two trips to the truck but would be well worth it in my opinion.
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#5459832 - 12/05/14 01:24 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
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Registered: 10/03/13
Posts: 602
Loc: Sugar Land
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#5459836 - 12/05/14 01:26 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: aggiehunter03]
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6490
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: aggiehunter03
Look at the price of cattle right now and I bet you will find a way to get them in a trailer.


I'm willing to bet you can get a group of cowboys to haul them on the halves if they do all the wrangling. We sold two borderline downer cows a few weeks ago for $1200 each. It adds up in a hurry.
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#5459837 - 12/05/14 01:27 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
YellowDog Online   happy
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Registered: 09/27/12
Posts: 688
Loc: No Place to Hunt/Fish
Wait for a cool or cold day and put one down. Then you would have time to work with the meat
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#5459840 - 12/05/14 01:27 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 9433
Loc: Lewisville, TX
<<<<< Have gun, will travel! Let me know, and I'll come help you! I know a traveling butcher, and I would give him a call to meet me and be ready to process the meat. I'd schedule a time for him to be there and have the cow on the ground already. A head shot on a cow will maximize the take home meat. If you don't plan to sell them, I'd have no problem dropping a cow for the beef.
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#5459841 - 12/05/14 01:28 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
txhunter64 Offline
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Registered: 01/14/14
Posts: 6
There are people who are in the business of capturing wild cattle. You don't say what area you are hunting in but if you check at the local feed store or livestock auction you will probably find some names/numbers. Personally I don't think shooting just one is going to fix your problem.

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#5459844 - 12/05/14 01:29 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: landsurveyor]
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9297
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
Originally Posted By: landsurveyor
I would do it in a heartbeat. No more meat to pack out than an elk or moose. May have to make two trips to the truck but would be well worth it in my opinion.


yep, and buy a couple more coolers.
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#5459849 - 12/05/14 01:32 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
dee Online   content
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Registered: 04/10/10
Posts: 4665
Loc: Red River way
Sounds like you need a dart gun.
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#5459864 - 12/05/14 01:41 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
TexFlip Online   content
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Registered: 08/18/12
Posts: 8645
Loc: Harris County
You can fit a calf in 2 150s no problem.
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#5459876 - 12/05/14 01:49 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
DQ Kid Offline
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Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 4080
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Shoot the cow but be ready for the rightful owner to coming looking for them...

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#5459881 - 12/05/14 01:54 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
Classic Rocks Online   content
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Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 1850
I'll shoot one of those baby cows right in the face for a freezer full of veal. Let me know the time and place.

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#5459991 - 12/05/14 03:12 PM Re: To shoot a cow? [Re: Gangly]
bhatx89 Offline
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Registered: 11/23/14
Posts: 32
Loc: Central Tx
lets see sirloin...rib eye...filet mingont...beef ribs...porter house.. food
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