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#5574857 - 01/31/15 11:44 AM Hamilton county?
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What is your opinions on hamilton county? Only 5 deer shot on 900 acres this year. We hunt off of county road 216 on the leon river. Anybody have any insight on this area?

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#5574859 - 01/31/15 11:44 AM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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And lots of hogs

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#5574979 - 01/31/15 01:16 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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Should be a good area. Hamilton isn't known for #'s unless you get towards Evant. There are some great bucks in Hamilton though and should be allot of turkey along the Leon.
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#5575012 - 01/31/15 01:33 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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There are tons of turkey. My concern is I personally only saw 2 basket rack bucks through the entire season.

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#5575151 - 01/31/15 03:09 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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Some areas of the county, 5 deer is a big hit on a place, depends on how much ag is going on and what the terrain like. Also how hard the place has been hunted the last few years. There are some BIG bucks in Hamilton, just not all that thick, but they are there. I have seen "book" deer several times. Hamilton seems to be one of those counties that can be hot or cold.
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#5575157 - 01/31/15 03:15 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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According to the landowner it is common to take 30 deer a year on this place. I just don't see that being possible with the numbers we have seen. The terrain is hilly with a lot of cedar tress with a few hardwoods mixed in

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#5575160 - 01/31/15 03:16 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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This was our first year on this place

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#5575170 - 01/31/15 03:25 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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According to the landowner it is common to take 30 deer a year on this place.


I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's full of it. Most of Hamilton Co. is tough to hunt and then throw in AR on top of that, good luck.

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#5575185 - 01/31/15 03:34 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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I was under the impression that hamilton county had pretty high deer density. I guess I heard wrong? Is it really that bad?

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#5575203 - 01/31/15 03:42 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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I agree that Hamilton county in general is very hit and miss. The southeast part of the county, say Aleman, is entirely different from southwest Hamilton county, along FM 2005 towards Pecan Wells. Like wise, the northeast part of the county is very different as well with mixed terrain in between. The entire county is very diverse in terrain.

My family's place in western Hamilton county has two creeks and 5 tanks. Also has large pecan tree bottoms, cedar infested hilltops, and mesquite flats. 10 years ago I counted 42 deer in one afternoon on a 10 acre oat field but those years are definitely a thing of the past. Hogs and pressure from metroplex area hunters seems to be to blame in our situation. 10-15 years ago there were no hogs on the place at all.

The 30 deer claim would be more believable if it was along FM 2005 near the Mills county line. I find that hard to believe in the CR 216 area.
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#5575246 - 01/31/15 04:07 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: TxAggie10]
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I have been hunting the same place in Hamilton Co for twelve years. Our deer kill (does) was down this year. Most years we shoot 18-20 does, this year we harvested six. The deer are there just a difficult year for the hunter, good for the deer. Lots of natural food all year long deer were hard to pattern. We've had lots of hogs last four to five years and this year hardly any. It was a very unusual deer season.

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#5575266 - 01/31/15 04:18 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: lonestar1995]
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I know a guy that hunts a few miles north of us around hico and he sees tons of deer. I figured with the river running through the place that the deer would be more abundant than surrounding areas

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#5575269 - 01/31/15 04:19 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: MoTex]
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Originally Posted By: MoTex
I have been hunting the same place in Hamilton Co for twelve years. Our deer kill (does) was down this year. Most years we shoot 18-20 does, this year we harvested six. The deer are there just a difficult year for the hunter, good for the deer. Lots of natural food all year long deer were hard to pattern. We've had lots of hogs last four to five years and this year hardly any. It was a very unusual deer season.

Our hunting was just about the same as yours in South San Saba county. Hoping next year will be better. Maybe just too much natural food for them.

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#5575299 - 01/31/15 04:33 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: dgilbert]
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Originally Posted By: dgilbert
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According to the landowner it is common to take 30 deer a year on this place.


I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's full of it. Most of Hamilton Co. is tough to hunt and then throw in AR on top of that, good luck.


I would have to agree, at least at a sustainable level.
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#5575322 - 01/31/15 04:44 PM Re: Hamilton county? [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: dgilbert
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According to the landowner it is common to take 30 deer a year on this place.


I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's full of it. Most of Hamilton Co. is tough to hunt and then throw in AR on top of that, good luck.


I would have to agree, at least at a sustainable level.

That could be very dependent on the size of the ranches around it and their hunting pressure.
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