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#6402449 - 08/10/16 03:24 PM Tell Me About Motley County
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Registered: 08/09/05
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Loc: Grayson County
We're getting on a new lease in northeastern Motley county. I've hunted ranches from just north of Childress to east of Shamrock but I've never hunted anywhere southwest of Childress.
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#6403007 - 08/10/16 09:07 PM Re: Tell Me About Motley County [Re: MikeC]
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Registered: 10/12/11
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Loc: West Texas
I have hunted in cottle and dickens county but never hunted in motley county. I would suspect it's very similar to cottle and dickens. Good WT with a few mules in the canyons. Have had great rains this year and currently had good rains within the last few days. Haven't seen a mule bigger than a fork in cottle area within the last 3-4 years. I would assume because anything with horns get shot around our area. Quail should be good this year. Hogs will start moving more once the first cold front hits unless you have water.

The big WT are usually only seen in daylight during really cold times. I shot the biggest buck I've ever killed in cottle during the big cold front in 2013. It was 6 degrees out when I shot him. Scored 152. The next week they saw a 160+ buck within 200 yards of the buck I killed. Unfortunately, they were driving down the county road and could shoot him.

Hope this helps.

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#6403469 - 08/11/16 09:48 AM Re: Tell Me About Motley County [Re: MikeC]
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Thanks for the reply. We have one stock tank and two wells with solar pumps that keep the big round water troughs filled so we have plenty of water. We were told about a 50/50 mix of whitetails and mule deer but we all know about being told something that may or may not be accurate. Should be interesting anyway. I don't care much about the mule deer. I've killed a pretty good mule deer buck in the past and I'm more interested in the whitetails. Hogs are just smoker fodder!
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#6406613 - 08/13/16 12:36 PM Re: Tell Me About Motley County [Re: MikeC]
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Registered: 09/02/12
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Loc: Texas
I've hunted a big ranch just north of turkey 4 or 5 times. It may be a bit northwest of you about 20-40 miles depending on where your lease is. Anyways the years I hunted it the mule deer were plentiful and whitetail scarce. I did see about 20 white tail one year though but I was trying to concentrate on white tail. They claim they have seem a couple of 170 class white tails and they had an 8 point that was supposedly 150 class on camera. So we know there are some good white tails there. Just hard to hunt. The muleys on this ranch ranged from young forks to good size. Haven't seen anything of the giant class but plenty good ones. They are there we are just more about having a good time when we go haha. Good luck keep us posted on what you see or kill!!!

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#6412342 - 08/17/16 10:46 AM Re: Tell Me About Motley County [Re: MikeC]
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Registered: 03/02/09
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Loc: lubbock
From My experience 3 years on current Motley Lease, and 1 year before that on Motley Lease, Mulies 80% WT 20%, With that being said Buddy killed 157" WT last year off our place, I havent pulled trigger on WT in 3 years, Did shoot 140" Mulie last year though, I think it is very spotty on WT population but i would expect to see alot of mulies anywhere in the county. My father in law hunts 15 miles south of us in South Motley and he has alot more WT, Good Luck post em up...

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#6412859 - 08/17/16 03:46 PM Re: Tell Me About Motley County [Re: MikeC]
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Loc: Grayson County
Went up Sunday to get a better look at things. Jumped a whitetail doe that was bedded down within 10 yards of the gate. Did more driving and looking and come to find out there are 2 stock tanks and 7 of the solar pumps with troughs. This place is all pretty thick cover but there are cultivated fields just across the county road to the north. It's going to be different from what I'm used to in other parts of the panhandle.
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