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#5999925 - 10/29/15 08:23 AM Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting
Hog Slayer Offline
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Registered: 11/26/11
Posts: 40
Loc: West Texas
Hello,

Was wondering if anyone has any experience with oil trucks picking up oil during deer hunting season and disrupting hunting.

I have heard some people have had luck contacting the oil company and scheduling the pickups, but just wondering if anyone has had any problems with this.

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#5999993 - 10/29/15 08:53 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
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For a while at first, then it becomes routine and deer are not bothered by it.
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#6000003 - 10/29/15 08:57 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
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I hunted several years on a place in west Texas with "lots" of oil trucks coming and going all the time. Even 2am. It never seemed to bother the deer at all. They were use to it and it was a normal way of life for them.
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#6000017 - 10/29/15 09:01 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
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Agree with the routine. It shouldn't be much different than when being next to a highway I would think. I think I would be more concerned if one of the workers was trying to hunt or poach while out there. Then I could see a bigger issue.
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#6000018 - 10/29/15 09:04 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
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What bothers deer the most is changes from normal day to day activity. As a lease hunter you will not get the truck routine changed, the LO might or might not have a bit more luck (depending on big his mailbox money check is).
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#6000034 - 10/29/15 09:10 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
For a while at first, then it becomes routine and deer are not bothered by it.
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#6000075 - 10/29/15 09:24 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
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Registered: 06/26/14
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I almost hesitate to admit this, but for a while I had a chance to hunt a big oil lease in Wyoming. The mule deer were so accustomed to the oil traffic that they would just sit and look at you. We would drive around until we saw one we liked, then get out and shoot it while the deer were standing there looking at us. It wasn't really true hunting, but it sure was fun. The place where we were didn't get much hunting pressure, so it was like hunting in the wild game park. As someone else said, anything that happens regularly the deer get used to. Where we were, the trucks drove through there every day and the animals thought it was normal.

One target range near me sometimes has deer come and feed near the targets. One year I was sighting in my rifle about three days before opening day, and deer were feeding behind the targets while we were shooting. They got so used to the gunshots that they didn't pay any attention. We were joking about saying "oops, I missed the target and hit a deer. What a shame. Guess I'll have to take it home."


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#6000088 - 10/29/15 09:29 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: HS2]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Originally Posted By: HS2
I almost hesitate to admit this, but for a while I had a chance to hunt a big oil lease in Wyoming. The mule deer were so accustomed to the oil traffic that they would just sit and look at you. We would drive around until we saw one we liked, then get out and shoot it while the deer were standing there looking at us. It wasn't really true hunting, but it sure was fun. The place where we were didn't get much hunting pressure, so it was like hunting in the wild game park. As someone else said, anything that happens regularly the deer get used to. Where we were, the trucks drove through there every day and the animals thought it was normal.

One target range near me sometimes has deer come and feed near the targets. One year I was sighting in my rifle about three days before opening day, and deer were feeding behind the targets while we were shooting. They got so used to the gunshots that they didn't pay any attention. We were joking about saying "oops, I missed the target and hit a deer. What a shame. Guess I'll have to take it home."

We hunt Mule Deer in West Texas on a low traffic pretty large ranch. Only traffic is the cattle guy in his white ranch truck checking cattle and water daily. If you have a white truck the deer will not pay attention to you, if it is any other color they start to ease off if you stop.
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#6000094 - 10/29/15 09:30 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
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I hunted a large lease West of Sterling city with a lot of O&G traffic along with ranch traffic, didnt bother the deer one bit, get out and walk, you'd get the normal deer reaction.

2 summers ago around here, they started putting in wells, deer moved big time. All the new traffic, tall drilling rigs and 24 hr operation was totally new and the deer moved to areas with less activity, now, this are back to normal and I frequently see deer around the new pad/holding sites.

I wouldn't hesitate hunting a O&G lease.
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#6000337 - 10/29/15 11:47 AM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
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They get used to it. I've seen them not even stop eating corn as the truck drives by.

I wouldn't fret over it because oil is gonna get priority over hunting with land owners.
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#6000352 - 10/29/15 12:01 PM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
For a while at first, then it becomes routine and deer are not bothered by it.
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#6000355 - 10/29/15 12:02 PM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
They get used to it. I've seen them not even stop eating corn as the truck drives by.

I wouldn't fret over it because oil is gonna get priority over hunting with land owners.


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#6000376 - 10/29/15 12:19 PM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
BenBob Offline
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Registered: 01/27/06
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Loc: Undercover
It doesn't bother the deer and I also think that the oil company will laugh at you big time it you try to reschedule the trucks.
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#6000517 - 10/29/15 01:47 PM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
bp3 Offline
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Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 848
Hunted on a lease along Palo Duro canyon and would drive the inside of 400 acre wheat field and the mule deer ( does and small bucks ) would be bedded in the field about 150-200 yards from road and some would stand up and watch you drive by. Continue down the road 500 yards to gate. When you stopped to open gate they would leave the field for the canyon. Like Stx said they were used to rancher using the road on a regular basis. rifle

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#6000553 - 10/29/15 02:10 PM Re: Oil Trucks Disrupting Deer Hunting [Re: Hog Slayer]
ndhunter Offline
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Registered: 09/03/05
Posts: 3309
Loc: Dallas, TX
I have been told that low flying helicopters don't bother them, I doubt oil trucks would be any different

They were putting wells all around my lease last few years, I think there was more disturbance from workers hauling [censored] up and down the county roads. That is over for now.

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