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#5719246 - 04/27/15 09:50 PM Erath/Hamilton area deer?
CHASE CURTIS Offline
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Loc: Alvarado / Port O'Connor
I'm thinking of buying some property in and around Hico / Stephenville / Bluff Dale / Hamilton...

How is the deer population in this area? Good numbers? Tough hunting?

Thanks!
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#5719292 - 04/27/15 10:25 PM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Registered: 07/30/09
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Loc: mesquite tx
It's pretty good west of Stephenville where we are.

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#5719352 - 04/27/15 11:47 PM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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I hunt around Hico and the population is not super high but you will see deer. There are some really nice bucks out there. Last year we took a 153 and 142

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#5719763 - 04/28/15 09:07 AM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Had a ranch North of Hico, there aren't a lot of deer, like you will see West of Evant, but there are some real nice bucks, a few turkey. We didn't have a hog problem then, but I hear that is changing fast.

North side of Stephenville used to have the highest deer numbers. Northwest of Chalk mountain had quite a few as well. Will depend on how big a place you buy, some places get hunted pretty hard and many have been leased for a long time since it is close to the metro.

Been some time since we had the place, but I have a few friends still there and the hunting is pretty much the same.

May contact Erathkid on here and get his thoughts since he is still a resident type old guy in Erath county LOL
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#5719829 - 04/28/15 09:39 AM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Tough hunting a lot of pressure, there are some good deer mostly nocturnal, AR counties as well.

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#5719852 - 04/28/15 09:52 AM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Registered: 01/19/11
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Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Good hunting. Can be really good. A mature buck will dress out at 125-135 lbs. Not as many deer in Erath as in Hamilton, at least where we are. Chalk mountain area is HOT. Hico has good numbers but more as you get towards Evant. I see deer steady during the rut. After that it gets harder. Places are tough to find around here. They bring top dollar too. Close to the metro-mess. Lots of hogs. It is gorgeous country, not a bunch of junk everywhere. Good luck. If there's anything I can help you with, PM me.


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#5719896 - 04/28/15 10:21 AM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Thanks for the info guys... sounds like it can kinda be hit or miss... I wouldn't be buying strictly for hunting.. thinking of moving out that way.. so for me as long as there is SOME hunting on the property and I don't have to go lease more land and can hunt from home.. I will be good to go. right now looking at a place between bluff dale and stephenville..


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#5719925 - 04/28/15 10:41 AM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Chase, that's a nice area. You'll love it I promise. We were looking at land up in Palo pinto when we found our place. I'm so glad we bought here. Lots of stuff to do around Stephenville-Bluff Dale. If you're married, the Wife will LOVE Granbury, mine does. Kenny Freds deer processing in Bluff Dale is a fun place especially during deer season. Wilfongs Cajun shack next door has fantastic Cajun food. BYOB. I've never looked back. This place is home. If you're looking for a small place check out 'Mountain lakes' near Bluff Dale. Bowhunting is allowed too.
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#5719932 - 04/28/15 10:45 AM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Originally Posted By: CHASE CURTIS
Thanks for the info guys... sounds like it can kinda be hit or miss... I wouldn't be buying strictly for hunting.. thinking of moving out that way.. so for me as long as there is SOME hunting on the property and I don't have to go lease more land and can hunt from home.. I will be good to go. right now looking at a place between bluff dale and stephenville..


Look south of Bluff dale on 2481 that runs down to 3way, good country right there and decent deer. More hilly and a lot of ceder s and mesquit mixed in.
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#5720418 - 04/28/15 03:41 PM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: Western]
Erathkid Offline
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: CHASE CURTIS
Thanks for the info guys... sounds like it can kinda be hit or miss... I wouldn't be buying strictly for hunting.. thinking of moving out that way.. so for me as long as there is SOME hunting on the property and I don't have to go lease more land and can hunt from home.. I will be good to go. right now looking at a place between bluff dale and stephenville..


Look south of Bluff dale on 2481 that runs down to 3way, good country right there and decent deer. More hilly and a lot of ceder s and mesquit mixed in.
Yep. Although lots of good elevation change near Bluff Dale. Closer to Stephenville is more sandy soil with postoaks and blackjack with mesquite mixed in. Good deer though even close to town. Larger ranches are south of the 'ville, generally speaking.
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#5720617 - 04/28/15 05:42 PM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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When you say larger ranches south of stephenville... Meaning more undeveloped areas etc?

Yeah I'm sure my wife would love the area. She is game to move out there... So am I!
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#5720626 - 04/28/15 05:56 PM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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my land is at the corner of Comanche Eastland Erath, I have good deer #,
decent size bucks (large 8 points, have not seen 10 pts ), turkeys, ducks, hogs, lots of dove
foxes, bobcats, coyotes

I also have a lease at Eastland Erath line, lots of hogs, some deer/ some 10 pts, some large 8pt;
mostly nocturnal deer, turkeys, ducks, doves, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lion, aoudad

I don't think you'll go wrong with Erath Co.

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#5720955 - 04/28/15 09:12 PM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Loc: Alvarado / Port O'Connor
Aoudad? I didn't know there were any that close... Hmmm.. Good deal!
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#5720981 - 04/28/15 09:26 PM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Originally Posted By: CHASE CURTIS
When you say larger ranches south of stephenville... Meaning more undeveloped areas etc?

Yeah I'm sure my wife would love the area. She is game to move out there... So am I!
We're about 5 miles south of Bluff Dale and have a 12k acre ranch close, within 2 miles, another that's 4k acres just to our north (Mountain Lakes), a 3k acre place that we share a fence with on our west side. Closer to the 'ville they get cut up into smaller places. Look up 'Same stars ranch'. They're close to us. I think they have a 100 acre tract, a 37 acre tract and a couple of 20-25 acre tracts available. Good hunting with some nice bucks. I also know of some tracts near Chalk mountain for sale. 'Panther cave ranch' 20-50 acre tracts. We might end up being neighbors up
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#5721035 - 04/28/15 09:56 PM Re: Erath/Hamilton area deer? [Re: CHASE CURTIS]
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Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Chase, check out 'Bluff Dale getaway ranch', they're close to us and have quite a few beautiful tracts available.
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