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#6232581 - 03/22/16 10:58 AM New to East Texas Hunting
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Light Foot

Registered: 01/14/16
Posts: 44
Loc: Houston, Tx
Just got on a lease in Rusk county, I have hunted most of my life in South Texas. Two different worlds lol, any pointers to help me be a little more successful would be great. The guys on the lease before me protein fed year round, so that always a plus. I will be setting my stuff up in the next couple weeks.
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#6232591 - 03/22/16 11:09 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5424
Loc: texas
Pen your feeders, have good varmint cages, expect most of your deer activity to be at night. Food plots help a lot if you have the resources, fence the food plots also.

I also live in the Houston area, I hunt north of you in Cass county
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#6232593 - 03/22/16 11:10 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Your gona hate Nov-Dec lol
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#6232604 - 03/22/16 11:18 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: Navasot]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
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Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: Navasot
Your gona hate Nov-Dec lol


roflmao Yup. You should also be aware that east Texas turns into a war zone on opening weekend
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#6232660 - 03/22/16 11:57 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Light Foot

Registered: 01/14/16
Posts: 44
Loc: Houston, Tx
Thanks fellas..

I've gone and hunted in Pennsylvania on opening weekend for shot gun season, that was a war zone!! I imagine it will be the same where I'm at.
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#6233610 - 03/23/16 07:26 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: rickym]
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Registered: 08/06/14
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Loc: Tyler, TX
Originally Posted By: rickym
Pen your feeders, have good varmint cages, expect most of your deer activity to be at night. Food plots help a lot if you have the resources, fence the food plots also.


I made the mistake of leaving my feeder open to the hogs and it didn't take long until I wasn't seeing any deer at all. Just hogs. I shot plenty of hogs, but wanted more deer, any deer to show up. After putting a fence around my feeder, the hogs went away and the deer came back.

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#6233674 - 03/23/16 08:27 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Registered: 05/06/08
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#6233709 - 03/23/16 09:10 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
KP85 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/14/16
Posts: 44
Loc: Houston, Tx
We put pens around most of our feeders in south Texas..well I did, I was the oldest of all the boys so I got to work year round, dont mind though. I will be penning any feeders/food plots I put out.
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#6234944 - 03/24/16 07:50 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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90% of the harvest happens during the first two weeks of the season. If you can, take time off and hunt during the middle of the week during the later half of the season. Walk more and ride the ATV less because it doesn't take the deer long to learn that everyone's after them.
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#6235075 - 03/24/16 09:19 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Light Foot

Registered: 01/14/16
Posts: 44
Loc: Houston, Tx
Thanks Dan, will be walking a lot, only 88 acres, walked the property last week when I was looking at it.
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#6235213 - 03/24/16 10:54 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Corsicana
The stuff that works in central and south TX by and large does not apply nearly as well to east TX. Deer have plenty to eat most years in east TX. Mature bucks won't waltz into a feeder pen like they do elsewhere. Deer in general don't readily jump into feeder pens like they do elsewhere. Some will, but many won't. Some bucks (even mature bucks) will check feeders during the rut for does or even follow a hot doe to a feeder - but those are the exceptions. I can't get my deer on protein. I know many might disagree and even post up pics of big bucks eating from under a feeder, but it just doesn't happen on my place. And IMO for every nice buck that might eat under a feeder there are three avoiding the area entirely because it tells them hunters are there.

Food plots and corn on the ground are far and away the better approach in east TX.

I agree with Dan 100% on the 4 wheeler and midweek hunting. I see 3-4x more deer by walking everywhere and hunting midweek than on the weekends when my buddies are riding and hunting. Especially mature deer. Most of the mature bucks I have taken on my place are taken: 1)without a 4 wheeler ever cranking up, 2)during the week, and 3)nowhere near a feeder.

Learn your place. Learn your deer. Hunt travel areas, locate foodplots and hand corn accordingly.

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Edited by Nogalus Prairie (03/24/16 11:24 AM)
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#6235245 - 03/24/16 11:17 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Don't put out high dollar camera's till you know the people around you. Most of all, NO BIG DEER in East TX!!:) smile


Edited by White Falcon (03/24/16 11:17 AM)

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#6235258 - 03/24/16 11:26 AM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Registered: 11/25/10
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Rusk is the best area for deer hunting in east Texas in my opinion. I always saw plenty of deer in that area compared to anywhere else in the pine trees. That's just from running around every day calling on compressor stations.

I wouldn't however drive all the way from Houston to hunt there if it were free.


Edited by scalebuster (03/24/16 11:29 AM)

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#6235443 - 03/24/16 02:29 PM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Registered: 06/01/12
Posts: 1031
Loc: Wylie, TX
Don't leave anything out there that you don't want stolen.

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#6235461 - 03/24/16 02:44 PM Re: New to East Texas Hunting [Re: KP85]
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Registered: 09/02/09
Posts: 348
Loc: Lewisville, Denton County
Get you a Thermacell or 2. You'll need 'em!

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