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#6177944 - 02/10/16 03:40 PM Large wind turbines
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Registered: 11/13/04
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Loc: Texoma
The place just north of ours is about to get one of those big-honking wind turbines. For you guys that hunt near these eyesores, do the critters react negatively to them? Are they noisy?

Thanks.
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#6177948 - 02/10/16 03:46 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
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Registered: 03/09/09
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Yes, and yes, and yes to all of the truck traffic and then power lines being run through wherever the easement goes. These are industrial developments.

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#6177957 - 02/10/16 03:51 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
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Registered: 08/27/09
Posts: 9521
Loc: Forney, Tx
Only for a short period of time. They will get use to the truck traffic. I used to hunt an active pipe line, truck came through at least 2x a day. No deer cared when my truck was parked in sight
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#6177961 - 02/10/16 04:00 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
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Thanks guys. It is going in about a quarter mile from my north fence line along a county road. This is the eastern most turbine of the complex though, so maybe being on the end will minimize the impact to my place. Yuck.
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#6177968 - 02/10/16 04:05 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
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BP,

Like you, I've not noticed much issue with oil and gas activity in the long run, but these wind turbines are different. They are just horrible in my experience. There are places where they can be placed to minimize impacts, but the companies want them close as possible to the big city customers, which is also where there is more wildlife. About the only thing that benefits from them are predators who pick up the birds killed by them.

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#6177971 - 02/10/16 04:09 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
decook Offline
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Registered: 08/26/09
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Loc: Montgomery, TX USA
Eyesore is right. Even California didn't want them. Lucky for us we can contribute tax dollars to keep them afloat soap
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#6178019 - 02/10/16 04:24 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
YellowDog Offline
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Registered: 09/27/12
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Pros and cons on my Wind Turbines.

Pros
Make lots of noisy when making power.
Nice roads to drive around on.
Do not affect deer movement.
Not much road traffic from company trucks. Monitored from office in Houston
Don't see any dead birds

Cons
Eyesore
Shadow the blades produce. Think you see something moving. and its just a shadow
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#6178042 - 02/10/16 04:34 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: YellowDog]
chalet Online   content
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Originally Posted By: YellowDog
Pros and cons on my Wind Turbines.

Pros
Make lots of noisy when making power.
Nice roads to drive around on.
Do not affect deer movement.
Not much road traffic from company trucks. Monitored from office in Houston
Don't see any dead birds

Cons
Eyesore
Shadow the blades produce. Think you see something moving. and its just a shadow



We've had them about 4 years. Not a big fan of them because of the way they clutter up the landscape and the noise they make, but I don't think the deer care one bit.


Edited by chalet (02/10/16 04:34 PM)
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#6178043 - 02/10/16 04:34 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43786
Loc: Kingwood
Early AM, they'll put you to sleep watching them spin.

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#6178078 - 02/10/16 04:53 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Online   content
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6479
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I've killed two deer within 100yds of one, and they like the brush-free area around one of them-deer are nearly always there when I drive through. They get used to the mills very quickly. The service trucks don't come very often, just often enough for the deer to be used to an occasional vehicle.

As YellowDog pointed out, the shadows make you see things and they are noisy, that's about it.

The techs haul off the dead birds. We drove by one of our mills and there was a dead buzzard; 30 minutes and one service truck later he was gone.
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#6178084 - 02/10/16 04:55 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
Redskins4ever Offline
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Registered: 01/28/16
Posts: 30
Very much an eyesore but you should be fine

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#6178398 - 02/10/16 08:35 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
aggiegolfer09 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/14
Posts: 141
doesnt effect the deer at our place

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#6178514 - 02/10/16 09:24 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
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Registered: 09/17/10
Posts: 1763
Loc: Albany
This deer was killed less than 100 yards from one. I hunt in a huge wind farm and the deer are everywhere.
When they were building them you couldn't hunt around them but after 5 years the deer are used to them and totally oblivious to the noise they make and the traffic. If you drive a white gas pickup, which is what the wind farm workers drive, they just stand there and stare at you. I know of a lot of 150 to 180 inch deer and two 200 plus deer killed within a few hundred yards of windmills. And the noise they make covers any noise you make.

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#6178521 - 02/10/16 09:27 PM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
BP,

Like you, I've not noticed much issue with oil and gas activity in the long run, but these wind turbines are different. They are just horrible in my experience. There are places where they can be placed to minimize impacts, but the companies want them close as possible to the big city customers, which is also where there is more wildlife. About the only thing that benefits from them are predators who pick up the birds killed by them.


I have to ask anyone with this reply. Have you actually hunted any amount of time in a wind farm? I too hate the sight of them, they are a huge blemish on the land. But the deer don't give a care. In our county every ranch with a wind farm is also a top deer hunting ranch. And the real added benefit is that the roads are first class.

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#6178683 - 02/11/16 06:12 AM Re: Large wind turbines [Re: Choctaw]
decook Offline
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Registered: 08/26/09
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Loc: Montgomery, TX USA
I have never hunted near one. To me it isn't about the hunt. It is about the subsidies requires to make them viable and also the killing of Texas natural beauty. I long for the memories of a time before these robotic virus became common.

There. I said it.
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