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#5569571 - 01/28/15 02:54 PM What's the "best" county you know of?
GoBears870 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/12
Posts: 85
Loc: Dallas, TX
A few years ago we had a lease in Coleman County that was pretty incredible - good deer numbers and quality, had some awesome dove hunts, ducks loaded up the ponds in December, wild quail were abundant, and there were turkey everywhere in the spring. The only thing it didn't have was hogs (which is good or bad depending on what you want).

We're looking in Coleman again for next year and further down the line would like to buy some land, too, but wondered what other counties in the Cross Timbers region people have experienced the same variety of wildlife. What do you think is the "best" county for having as many hunting opportunities as possible?

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#5569601 - 01/28/15 03:12 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
1riot1ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/08
Posts: 608
Loc: Occupied Clear Lake City
Edwards County, especially if around water. You never know what you will see....

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#5569752 - 01/28/15 04:35 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
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Registered: 12/29/14
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What area is considered "cross timbers". Sorry for the ignorance.
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#5569753 - 01/28/15 04:36 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
stxranchman Offline
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McCulloch or Menard County would be a very good choices. Pretty good deer numbers and quality in a lot of areas of the county. Lot of axis in the county and a few blackbucks. Turkey, quail and dove for bird hunting. Throw in a growing hog population along with predator hunting.
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#5569809 - 01/28/15 05:14 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
McCulloch or Menard County would be a very good choices.


These and parts of Brown County can produce some great hunting also.
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#5569942 - 01/28/15 06:25 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: titan2232]
GoBears870 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/12
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: titan2232
What area is considered "cross timbers". Sorry for the ignorance.



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#5569979 - 01/28/15 06:52 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
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Seen very good deer come out of Throckmorton and even Young counties.

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#5569988 - 01/28/15 06:58 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Grayson.. Webb

None around here peep
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#5569992 - 01/28/15 06:59 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
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Oh your not talkin about just deer.. Head west..
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#5570098 - 01/28/15 08:09 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
lonestar1995 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/14
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Best lease I have ever been on was In brown county right outside of trickham

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#5570134 - 01/28/15 08:22 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: lonestar1995]
HillbillyDeluxe Online   content
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Registered: 12/23/07
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Loc: North Texas
Originally Posted By: lonestar1995
Best lease I have ever been on was In brown county right outside of trickham


Trickham....does that bring back memories. The best dove place we ever had was just west (like 700 yards west) of Trickham in Coleman County just west of the cemetery. This was back in the mid '90s. We leased directly from the landowner for a few years and had some outstanding dove hunting, then some lease broker got wind of it. The price tripled and so did the hunters. Was great while it lasted though.

Sounds like you were close to Brookesmith?

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#5570142 - 01/28/15 08:27 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
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Registered: 12/23/07
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Loc: North Texas
I'm with the OP on Coleman County....had several good spots there over the years and loved the overall hunting opportunities. Good deer, great dove hunting and pretty good waterfowl on a few places. Also had some great tank fishing. Other counties in the area that I really like are Brown, Mills, Hamilton and Comanche.

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#5570233 - 01/28/15 09:23 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
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Jack county also has a nice variety of wildlife and some good bucks. The problem with the closer in Cross Timber counties to the metromess can be the higher hunting pressure which often pushes deer movements to more nocturnal in nature. Can definitely be a tradeoff. I've heard good things about Shackelford and Callahan counties, both a little further out from the metromess.

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#5570237 - 01/28/15 09:27 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Jones and Haskell too..

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#5570242 - 01/28/15 09:28 PM Re: What's the "best" county you know of? [Re: GoBears870]
jaymz Offline
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Registered: 11/22/06
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Loc: Collin, Erath and Bosque
Cross Timbers is nice for variety.. Turkey, Ducks, Deer, Hogs..

Deer don't get very big though..
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