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#5503719 - 12/28/14 07:09 AM Need Some Help or Advice Please
johnhdz21 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/14
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Ok so I got a 65 acre ranch. On the north and south side it is high fenced by the other ranch owner. The east and west side is low fenced. Also, got 6 feeders running throughout the ranch. This season we have only been able to see only (1) 8 pointer on camera and in person but only seen this 8 pointer once. There has only been doe and wild hogs running around. Some days we go hunt and it is completely quiet and dead (no movement). Do we have too many feeders? Are we maybe just in a bad location? It's weird that we have only seen that buck once on camera and in person.

FYI - the ranch has not been used to hunt in about a good 5-8 years. So this is the first year we feed and start hunting.

any advice to what we can do to maybe lure in some bucks for next year or improve our ranch to where we can have more movement?

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#5503722 - 12/28/14 07:18 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: johnhdz21]
stxranchman Offline
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What is on the east and west sides of you as far as cover or food? How thick is your cover on your land? Do you have water on your land? Do you stay on the place when hunting? How often do you hunt? Do you ride around the place after or before you hunt your feeders? IMO 6 feeders is way to many and only spreads out the deer you are trying to draw in. The odds are in the deer favor to pick a feeder you are not at. I would have one blind location with one feeder or two feeders that are good in any wind direction. I would be able to access it with minimal disturbance. I would also have a selected dense area on the place as a sanctuary that is a no travel zone. 2cents
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#5503727 - 12/28/14 07:25 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: stxranchman]
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[quote=stxranchman]What is on the east and west sides of you as far as cover or food? How thick is your cover on your land? Do you have water on your land? Do you stay on the place when hunting? How often do you hunt? Do you ride around the place after or before you hunt your feeders? IMO 6 feeders is way to many and only spreads out the deer you are trying to draw in. The odds are in the deer favor to pick a feeder you are not at. I would have one blind location with one feeder or two feeders that are good in any wind direction. I would be able to access it with minimal disturbance. I would also have a selected dense area on the place as a sanctuary that is a no travel zone. 2cents [/quote)this
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#5503796 - 12/28/14 08:26 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: colt45]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Southwest TX
As said before, 6 feeders may be too many. How many hunters on property? How much activity on property? Do you walk to stand or ride? Cut it to 2 feeders, one stand that you can walk to without getting busted getting in and out . On 65 acres, that's too small to risk getting busted because they can run plumb off your property in a hurry. I would think you may be able to make it a honey hole if worked correctly but very little room for error.

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#5503810 - 12/28/14 08:40 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: johnhdz21]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9984
Loc: wondering about the woods
welcome ta THF. cheers u been seeing more than me confused2 best wishes flag
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#5503822 - 12/28/14 08:48 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: johnhdz21]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
I have one feeder on 134 acres. Deer movement is good.
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#5503870 - 12/28/14 09:14 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: johnhdz21]
Western Online   content
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Loc: Wise County Texas
What STX and Therock said, need answers to most of those questions. 65 acres IMO is 1, maybe 2 feeders and definitely a food plot or 2.
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#5504011 - 12/28/14 10:42 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: johnhdz21]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9984
Loc: wondering about the woods
bucks range is usualy lot bigger than a does. were my set up is. will get & see the does raisen the fawns coming inta feeders & food plots. it recently went 4 deer county. LF all around. been concentraiting on hogs, the other wild game . havent seen a deer this year, cant complain. each set up & place is different. lots of rain here, & warmer weather. just gotta make due with what ya have. economy bad. price of meat tis going up. wages, just getting by here. got 5,727 acres ta hunt just down the road, cant aford insurance rofl best wishes, manage it right, be Thankful ya have place ta hunt. Best Wishes flag
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#5505693 - 12/29/14 06:47 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: therock]
johnhdz21 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/14
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we got 6 hunters on this property. and we drive to our blinds and park about 30-50 yards away.

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#5505695 - 12/29/14 06:49 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: stxranchman]
johnhdz21 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/14
Posts: 17
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
What is on the east and west sides of you as far as cover or food? How thick is your cover on your land? Do you have water on your land? Do you stay on the place when hunting? How often do you hunt? Do you ride around the place after or before you hunt your feeders? IMO 6 feeders is way to many and only spreads out the deer you are trying to draw in. The odds are in the deer favor to pick a feeder you are not at. I would have one blind location with one feeder or two feeders that are good in any wind direction. I would be able to access it with minimal disturbance. I would also have a selected dense area on the place as a sanctuary that is a no travel zone. 2cents



There are certain areas on the property where it is open and then there are other parts where there is alot of brush. At least one of us hunts every weekend. We are 6 hunters.

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#5505710 - 12/29/14 07:05 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: johnhdz21]
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Registered: 10/22/12
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Loc: Winters
Originally Posted By: johnhdz21
we got 6 hunters on this property. and we drive to our blinds and park about 30-50 yards away.


On 65 acres? Might have something to do with it.
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#5505729 - 12/29/14 07:19 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: Sneaky]
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Originally Posted By: johnhdz21
we got 6 hunters on this property. and we drive to our blinds and park about 30-50 yards away.


On 65 acres? Might have something to do with it.


Ah yeah!! Like 5 to many!
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#5505749 - 12/29/14 07:36 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Originally Posted By: johnhdz21
we got 6 hunters on this property. and we drive to our blinds and park about 30-50 yards away.


On 65 acres? Might have something to do with it.


Ah yeah!! Like 5 to many!


A general rule of thumb is one hunter for every 100 acres.
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#5505779 - 12/29/14 08:00 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: johnhdz21]
8pointdrop Offline
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Registered: 12/16/11
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Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
WAY too much pressure and disturbance. Y'all will never get very far with that many people on the place, unless most of you don't intend to shoot a good buck every year.

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#5505787 - 12/29/14 08:05 AM Re: Need Some Help or Advice Please [Re: 8pointdrop]
Western Online   content
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
WAY too much pressure and disturbance. Y'all will never get very far with that many people on the place, unless most of you don't intend to shoot a good buck every year.


Just having that many will make it tough for one guy to get it done, but your neighbors will like it.
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