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#6412766 - 08/17/16 03:00 PM Max distance you would drive on a regular basis?
spoon33 Offline
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Registered: 09/12/11
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Looking at purchasing a small amount of land 52 miles away. Mapquest it would take 1hr and 5 minutes to the gate. I know right now, and early on in the season I would be very excited and eager about driving out there, however I wonder if that drive would get old and I would start making up "excuses" on why not to go.

I have driven longer distances for a day hunt, but of course like everyone else I would love to just walk outback and start hunting. So has anyone have bought/leased out some land an hour away only to slowly stop going as much and regret that decision over a longer period of time.

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#6412783 - 08/17/16 03:11 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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I drive 140 miles one way pretty much every weekend to get to my place. it's about 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic getting out of town.
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#6412787 - 08/17/16 03:13 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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I doubt your gonna find a property much closer than an hour away that you want to buy. Especially if near a larger city. I drive 4 hours once every six weeks to go to our place, granted i didnt have a choice of where the peoperty is(family owned). I would imagine most will agree that an hour drive to go hunt on a regular basis or getaway would be awesome and no big deal at all. Most of us probably drive more than 2 hours to our lease/property
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#6412795 - 08/17/16 03:16 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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It's almost 7 hours from my driveway to the lease cabin. Lamco 1500 lb feeder was a no brainer and has already paid for itself.
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#6412796 - 08/17/16 03:17 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
jshouse Offline
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Registered: 01/24/10
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Loc: Rockwall
An hour is my limit right now with work, kids, sports...I have a place 20mins away, a place 35mins away and a place an hour away and I find that the further one definitely gets less attention.
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#6412811 - 08/17/16 03:23 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
redchevy Offline
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We used to lease a place that was about an hour away. I had no problem with it, it was a nice drive, we would go for a morning hunt only load truck night before and drive up that morning early all the time same for afternoons etc. Always better if you can string a couple hunts together.

What is the purpose of the property? Strictly hunting or? I wouldn't want to make the drive in the middle of the week to go check cows etc.
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#6412834 - 08/17/16 03:32 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
BenBob Offline
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Have driven 3 hours one way to our place in the Hill Country, usually going every weekend of the season. One hour now is just a warm up. Sometimes I drive down and hunt after work now.
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#6412873 - 08/17/16 03:56 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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It's 1 hr in the morning and an hr in the evening just to get to work. I wish I could find a place to hunt within an hour from work.
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#6412880 - 08/17/16 04:01 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
spoon33 Offline
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It would be strictly for hunting. It's only 20 acres (gotta start somewhere right). My only concern is my wife and my two toddlers I have at the house. I would hate to leave my wife with them on most weekends just so I can go hunt. However, the positive thinking in me is in 5-6 years the boys will start going with me.

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#6412906 - 08/17/16 04:19 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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Originally Posted By: spoon33
It would be strictly for hunting. It's only 20 acres (gotta start somewhere right). My only concern is my wife and my two toddlers I have at the house. I would hate to leave my wife with them on most weekends just so I can go hunt. However, the positive thinking in me is in 5-6 years the boys will start going with me.



I'm slightly less than 2 hours to my hunting grounds. I will leave at 3:30 AM for a hunt and be back by lunch several times throughout the season. As for taking the kids, I started taking my son when he was almost 4. First year I took him twice. Last year he went 6 or 7 times with me and was opening gates for me last Spring. A charged IPAD, crackers, and juice boxes have now taken over all the space in my hunting bag. Wouldn't trade it for the world!
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#6412936 - 08/17/16 04:40 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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Registered: 01/22/11
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I drive 115 miles (one way) to work....was 2.5 miles from work til they closed our yard.

I drive 150 miles every 3-4 weeks to my uncles ranch in Adamsville to help him with feeders, chores, etc.
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#6412940 - 08/17/16 04:43 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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Loc: Central Texas
My situation is a bit different from yours, but to me an hour away is the minimum. I want to feel like I've gone somewhere when I get home, and you're far enough away that no one's gonna' bother you unless it's a sure'nuff emergency. Of course I'm single now and kids are all grown so like I said, diferent situations.
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#6412946 - 08/17/16 04:45 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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It's not a far drive for me, especially if I own the land. I really enjoy spending time improving and enjoying land that I own.

I would probably not buy 20 acres to hunt though, unless it was really nice land I enjoyed beyond the hunting aspect of it. It is very difficult to find property that small that has consistently good big game hunting. There are some out there, but they are few and far between. If you found one only an hour away you better buy it quick before someone like me buys it knowing how rare it is.
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#6413007 - 08/17/16 05:10 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
stxranchman Offline
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Driving is not a real big issue to me. So distance would be nothing to worry about. I drive 7 hrs to West Texas to hunt mule deer. I have driven 13 hrs to Western Kansas to hunt for 4 yrs. I drove 325 miles door to door to hunt for 3 season in the lower Panhandle and hunted every weekend.
I would think twice about buying a smaller place though and would consider leasing instead. More acres for more enjoyment. Is the acreage you are looking at in a subdivision?
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#6413019 - 08/17/16 05:15 PM Re: Max distance you would drive on a regular basis? [Re: spoon33]
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my last two leases were 55 minutes to an hour ... I would drive out in the morning and hunt till ~9:00, head home (10:00) work around the house until 2:00-2:30, back in the stand 3:00-3:30 ... home by 7:30 ... would do that every Friday/Sat and only Sunday afternoon (church in the morning, but did make it out a few times and back home for church but that was pushing it). That was if I had something pressing at home during the day or my wife needed me to help her do something, kids event, etc.

I have my own small place that is 40 minutes away, do the same thing or take my SIL out, put him in a stand, back home before daylight, then back to pick him up mid morning, 10ish ...
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