Gus Engeling WMA GDE on 11/10-11/14 was a success for our group. The deer were in pre rut when we arrived and on the last 2 day they were in full swing. Total deer killed was around 13 for the entire hunt that included 39 hunters for 4 days. 5 Bucks and the rest does. 3 pigs were also killed. The success rate wasn't excellent but not bad for public land. I ended up with the biggest buck scoring 123"
my brother killed the second largest scoring 118"
I also ended up with a pig that had 3" cutters on both sides. He will make a great euro mount pig.
In my opinion this place is a morning hunt place. I saw 11 deer total and all but 1 doe were in the morning. We hunted compartment 4 since it had several cleared strips of land. We assumed the bucks would be chasing the does in and out of the clearings. It ended up paying off on the last morning. My brother shot his around 6:30 am and I shot mine around 6:45 am. These bucks responding to rattling very good the last 2 mornings. On the morning of 11/13 I passed on a tall but narrow 8 point and 15 minutes later I rattled in an 8 point and 10 point at the same time. They both came running and stopped within 40 yards but were both right at the ear tips so I opted to pass (which was hard to do). The next morning which was also the last morning is when I rattled in the buck I ended up shooting. This was the most fun and exciting public land hunt I've been on due to the fact they responded so well to rattling. I would definitely go back. The staff there is awesome.