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#5631305 - 03/02/15 08:49 PM Deer in the Suburbs
SWtexashunter Offline
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Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 185
Loc: Uvalde, TX
I live in a suburban neighborhood in Austin. There are woods to the North and South not that far away. A couple of weeks ago I poured a little corn in my front yard and poured a little vanilla for a scent. It was untouched for weeks but all the sudden we had 5 bucks appear on Sunday. I purchased a Trophy Rock nutrition block and this morning 2 more bucks came and began to eat the corn and block. So my real question is, "how could I hunt these deer?" I have an acre backyard with maybe 13 trees bordered by a fence and a row of shrubs facing the road. The shrubs are about 6-7 feet tall. My only weapon would be a bow or crossbow. They need to be dropped or slowed down.
What are yalls suggestions?
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#5631321 - 03/02/15 09:02 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
Beaubien Offline
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Registered: 02/18/15
Posts: 473
Loc: In the mountains east of ABQ
The only way I know to drop one in its tracks is a neck or spine shot. Anything short of that and they may be on your neighbors property.

If you miss with a cross bow your arrow might leave your property. Don't ask how I know that.

How well do you know your neighbors?
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#5631326 - 03/02/15 09:07 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
SWtexashunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 185
Loc: Uvalde, TX
A spine or neck shot is very reasonable because it'd be around a 10-15 yard shot. Unfortunately I am surrounded by some very irritable neighbors. I have lived here for a while and we know the neighbors pretty well but I might end up asking them.
Thank you Beaubien
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#5631339 - 03/02/15 09:15 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
SWtexashunter Offline
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Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 185
Loc: Uvalde, TX
I would also like to note that I am outside of City Limits so it is legal
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#5631353 - 03/02/15 09:27 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
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IMO, hunting on one acre is risky business. Forget about the safety for a moment - the problem is that you can NEVER be sure your shot is going to drop the deer right there. Can't even do that with a BIG gun, let alone a crossbow/bow. Therefore, you ARE going to run into a situation - sooner or later - where a wounded or dying deer is going to exit the property. Then you have a problem. The deer could be several properties over.

Plus the fact that on only an acre, your neighbors are going to be seeing what you are doing. With this day and age, there's a good chance at least one of your neighbors is going to be upset when you kill Bambi in front of their young child, PETA wife, etc. And they WILL make your life miserable.

I hunt a small parcel of 30-40 acres, with cool neighbors on three sides - and I've STILL had some issues. One neighbor, who is usually pretty cool - got upset when a deer walked through their backyard one morning as he and his wife were having their morning coffee. Cross overs onto my parcel and BOOM, dead buck. Wife saw the deer and heard the shot. Nothing illegal, no safety issues, but he still came out and had some words for me (probably his wife made him do something). I was polite and non-confrontational, and simple said "Yes sir". But my landowner still got a call, and now that section if off-limits to hunting. And what is really nuts is that we have taken 4 deer off that exact spot (3 axis and 1 whitetail) in the past three years and none of those caused any comments (one even when he was standing within sight), concerns, or complaints. It was just this one time for some reason.

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#5631362 - 03/02/15 09:32 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: John Humbert]
wtr Online   content
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Registered: 09/25/12
Posts: 479
Loc: West COMMA Texas
Originally Posted By: John Humbert
IMO, hunting on one acre is risky business. Forget about the safety for a moment - the problem is that you can NEVER be sure your shot is going to drop the deer right there. Can't even do that with a BIG gun, let alone a crossbow/bow. Therefore, you ARE going to run into a situation - sooner or later - where a wounded or dying deer is going to exit the property. Then you have a problem. The deer could be several properties over.

Plus the fact that on only an acre, your neighbors are going to be seeing what you are doing. With this day and age, there's a good chance at least one of your neighbors is going to be upset when you kill Bambi in front of their young child, PETA wife, etc. And they WILL make your life miserable.

I hunt a small parcel of 30-40 acres, with cool neighbors on three sides - and I've STILL had some issues. One neighbor, who is usually pretty cool - got upset when a deer walked through their backyard one morning as he and his wife were having their morning coffee. Cross overs onto my parcel and BOOM, dead buck. Wife saw the deer and heard the shot. Nothing illegal, no safety issues, but he still came out and had some words for me (probably his wife made him do something). I was polite and non-confrontational, and simple said "Yes sir". But my landowner still got a call, and now that section if off-limits to hunting. And what is really nuts is that we have taken 4 deer off that exact spot (3 axis and 1 whitetail) in the past three years and none of those caused any comments (one even when he was standing within sight), concerns, or complaints. It was just this one time for some reason.
roflmao that's pretty funny

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#5631378 - 03/02/15 09:40 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
John Humbert Online   content
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure they were still watching when he was on this side of the fence saw it get hit and it wasn't pretty.

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#5631425 - 03/02/15 10:08 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
22hemi13 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/24/14
Posts: 166
Loc: Central tx
Shoulda grilled a lil bit up and taken them a plate food

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#5632458 - 03/03/15 03:14 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
I have almost 5 acres where we live outside of the city limits, fairly heavily wooded to where you can't see another house from mine. We have quite a few deer, some pretty decent bucks too at times throughout the year and I have considered a bow/crossbow but then I think of it running after the shot and dying on one of my neighbors front door step or beside their pool. Just can't bring myself to going thru what the uppity neighbors might think or say. There is a fairly large, very dense ranch catty corner across a major highway that goes by in front of our place and the deer frequently cross between our properties. The picture below is of one of my bucks that I fed for 4-5 years prior to the opening weekend of deer season '13 and I found him down in a ravine on my property by following the buzzards. He was too far gone to determine if it was shot with gun/bow or possibly hit by a car on the highway but a good 75 yards into my property. Decent 5 1/2 year old 9 point...
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#5632876 - 03/03/15 07:00 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: PMK]
SWtexashunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 185
Loc: Uvalde, TX
Thats a shame that it died that way. Did you just feed it corn?
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#5633537 - 03/04/15 08:01 AM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 8196
Loc: Texas
I've told this story on here several times, but a guy I know hunts his parent's 10 acres in a subdivision.

He shot a nice 8pt with a bow right around Christmas and the buck took off, jumped the fence, and dropped dead right, smack-dab in the middle of the neighbor's Christmas party.

They let him have it but were not pleased.

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#5633602 - 03/04/15 08:42 AM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
Originally Posted By: SWtexashunter
Thats a shame that it died that way. Did you just feed it corn?

we keep a water (blue cattle molasses tub) with fresh water out just behind our chain-link fenced yard for all sorts of critters and toss various things like lettuce, carrots, watermelon/cantaloupe rinds, peaches, pears, etc. plus corn. This 9 point was the middle sized of 3 bucks that grew up coming to our back yard. We had a nice 10 point, this 9 point and an 8 point that were buddies. We really enjoy watching all the various wildlife that frequents out back. Sorry for the crappy mobile phone picture.


point of reference why I am leery of shooting in a neighborhood. At our old house, we used to have a bunch of barn cats, some tame, some not. Well one of the not so tame ones started using my boat cover (on boat in garage) as his personal port-a-potty and I could not catch the dang thing, stunk up the garage awful. One day I caught it outside the garage while I had my .22 handy, blap in the head, but the sucker took off, bleeding like a stuck hog, flopping down the driveway, across the street, to the neighbor's front porch a couple hundred yards away. A couple days later I saw my neighbor and he said "hey, one of your cats got hit by a car and died on my front porch." ... I never blinked and said "oh well, I have several more to keep the mice at bay" ... never told him any different. In our current neighborhood, I don't think some of my uppity neighbors would be quite so down to earth to find a deer.
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#5635114 - 03/04/15 11:16 PM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
wtjim Online   content
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Registered: 07/18/12
Posts: 512
If you aren't in City Limits you are good to go. To my knowledge Travis County Commissioners haven't adopted minimum acreage requirements for hunting. I would shoot from an elevated stand and use frangible ammunition from a suppressed platform. IMO the last thing you should do is ask your neighbors. You have already eluded that they are "irritable"...Just quietly enjoy your little piece of heaven.

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#5635487 - 03/05/15 09:21 AM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
SWtexashunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 185
Loc: Uvalde, TX
That makes sense wtjim... Most people in my neighborhood are in the 50's and older and wouldn't really hear a shot at 7ish in the morning. eek
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#5635489 - 03/05/15 09:22 AM Re: Deer in the Suburbs [Re: SWtexashunter]
SWtexashunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 185
Loc: Uvalde, TX
What kind of rifle do you guys suggest? I won't need a .270 and that high of a caliber because the shot will be around 15 yards and elevated
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