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#5540660 - 01/13/15 02:40 PM MLD Land
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Registered: 12/12/11
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My buddy is considering starting this with the intent to extend his hunting season. I read a little bit about it on the TWPD site but it didn't state all that much. Any pro's and con's to this? Also is there a minimum amount of land to be eligible, does it have to be high fenced? Any additional info would be helpful, thanks!
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#5540698 - 01/13/15 03:06 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
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Loc: Cibolo, TX
understand that MLD is extended privelages that are for the betterment of the deer herd. you'll have to have (and maybe you do) a solid management plan in place. you will have to have relatively significant deer census numbers and such. they won't give them unless that is present. so you may end up incurring more effort and cost than you were intending for those tags and season dates.

also...MLD property only gets to harvest deer they have mld tags for. and you have to fill those mld tags. a guy I know who had about 200ac he was hunting on in a buck only county....he wanted to go mld so he could shoot some does. place was hunted hard...bucks were tough to come by. they had does though. they obliged him...gave him a few doe tags...said his buck numbers were too low. didn't give him any buck tags. hence he didn't get to shoot any bucks until numbers improved. eventually they did...but it wasn't the answer he was expecting.
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#5540717 - 01/13/15 03:17 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
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It does not need to be high fenced
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#5540725 - 01/13/15 03:23 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: Stevarino]
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We went MLD this year. There are several levels of MLD. You have to put in a decent amount of effort to get started, then there is a progression through the levels. I believe the extended season comes with level 3, so it takes several years of keeping up your end of the bargain (verified by site visits from the TPWD Biologist) to get to the extended season.

It is an excellent program, but you have to be prepared to really give in order to get.
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#5540850 - 01/13/15 04:19 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
Russ79 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/09
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Loc: Nacogdoches, Tx
First off, if your buddy has been hunting this land for a while he will need to start keeping records of harvests, animal sightings on each hunt, and any management work that is or has been done such as food plots. If you have some of these kind of records going in it will help tremendously and may allow you to jump a few levels. Be careful what you wish for though- as was stated above, you harvest off the permits you get not the tags on your license. I was on a lease one time where we went from LAMPS to MLDIII in consecutive years. There were eight members and we got eight buck permits only when we could legally kill two bucks each. MLDIII does let you gun hunt from bow season thru the end of February but there again you have to be careful. In many counties, by mid-January the bucks are shedding their antlers and you may mistake a doe for a buck with no antlers.

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#5541050 - 01/13/15 06:18 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
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It's a great program, especially for years like this one where a long season is necessary to try to meet your harvest goals. I've been hunting under it for 6 years and wouldn't change it for anything.
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#5541058 - 01/13/15 06:28 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
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MLD's, when used correctly and honestly, are a great management tool. However, I also believe it is one of the more abused programs.

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#5544218 - 01/15/15 07:59 AM Re: MLD Land [Re: Play Maker]
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Originally Posted By: Play Maker
MLD's, when used correctly and honestly, are a great management tool. However, I also believe it is one of the more abused programs.


Agree!
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#5544257 - 01/15/15 08:14 AM Re: MLD Land [Re: Play Maker]
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Originally Posted By: Play Maker
MLD's, when used correctly and honestly, are a great management tool. However, I also believe it is one of the more abused programs.


How so?
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#5551710 - 01/19/15 11:05 AM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
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A crossbow and muzzleloader can extend seasons without all the paperwork.
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#5552551 - 01/19/15 06:06 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 08/18/10
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Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
A crossbow and muzzleloader can extend seasons without all the paperwork.


true dat smile
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#5552990 - 01/19/15 09:31 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
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Why would anyone want it to extend the season using MLD? Most have 2.5 months with a rifle and add on a month with bow. I thought it was mgmt purposes to meet harvest quotas to achieve buck/doe ratio and be at or below carrying capacity. I don't know anyone on it that uses it to hunt longer just to hunt longer. They do it to remove extra mouths. Once rut is over they just shoot mouths into Feb.

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#5553323 - 01/20/15 06:43 AM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
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Registered: 04/18/10
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Loc: Cushing,Tx,
MLD level 3 tags, allows you to remove bucks that you could not normally take under AR regulations.
I have been under MLD level 3 for four years and like the program very much.

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#5555942 - 01/21/15 12:38 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: Gladesgator]
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Originally Posted By: Gladesgator
MLD level 3 tags, allows you to remove bucks that you could not normally take under AR regulations.
I have been under MLD level 3 for four years and like the program very much.


this but we are on MLD 2 and biologist give us a hit list that in some cases would not make ARs as well
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#5556035 - 01/21/15 01:09 PM Re: MLD Land [Re: wisco-hunter]
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Loc: Wichita Co.
Do you have to be in a high deer density location to participate in the MLD program?

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