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#6438295 - 09/04/16 05:55 PM Is APH land shot out after opening day?
rawToes Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/05/16
Posts: 15
I hit some of the public areas (royse city, rockwall) on Sep 1. Picked a good location, but a tardy hunting buddy meant we had crap position. Birds few and far between at our end and out of range, but nearly non-stop shooting at the other end. So I go back out day 2 and nearly nothing, talking 4 or 5 birds seen in 2 hours and same today. More noticeable than the lack of birds, there was hardly anyone out compared to day 1.

So the question... do these kind of areas dry up that fast? I've been hearing "record dove numbers this year", "extended season", but even on opening day, it sure didn't look like it.

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#6438372 - 09/04/16 06:57 PM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: rawToes]
Gamblinman Offline
Tracker

Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 628
Loc: Yantis, TX
Yep...that kind of pressure will drive the birds away quick.
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#6438440 - 09/04/16 08:02 PM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: rawToes]
Booner1 Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 09/16/12
Posts: 1564
Loc: Terrell
There hasn't been anyone hunting on my farm farm near Kaufman until this morning but there are people hunting all around me and when I went out to hunt this morning the birds were gone. I had been seeing a bunch coming to my 2 acre lake for water but only saw one bird in 3 hours. They disappear quick.
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#6438486 - 09/04/16 08:41 PM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: rawToes]
Hopedale Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 5850
Loc: Central Texas
If you have a lot of pressure on a public spot day 1 and 2, they're pretty much going to avoid the area. It wouldn't get better until a front pushes new birds down.

I've got to lake sunk mid week after opening weekend and was excited on the drive in. Birds on the wire in and around the WMA. Got set up for the evening flight and never fired a shot.

They learn pretty quick to avoid the area.

That's when you need the push of new birds.
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#6438618 - 09/04/16 10:31 PM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: rawToes]
dove_buster Offline
Tracker

Registered: 07/24/07
Posts: 730
Yep by day 3 it's a dove ghost town. I dont even go back day 2 anymore bc it's so slow and that's after shooting my limit day 1

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#6438751 - 09/05/16 07:19 AM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: rawToes]
Hogflyer Offline


Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 282
Loc: Near Lake Somerville TX.
Same thing going on here in central texas! own property near Lake Somerville area, brenham tx. Zero to 3 birds flying,
went over to a place just outside of Brenham, off of 290 west towards houston, 0 birds there also, and sunday am went to
a location about 14 miles east of brenham, near Carmine, TX, 2 places there total of 400 acres to hunt on, saw 5 birds, water
is every where very little sunflower patches or food plots.

Believe all the extra rains we have had over last few months effects this..... maybe a good stiff norther may change this? im guessing
another month before that happens, aleast we are not 103 to 106 every day.......



hunt safe all.
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#6438798 - 09/05/16 08:01 AM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: Hogflyer]
Herbie Hancock Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/23/16
Posts: 451
Loc: Cypress, Texas
Originally Posted By: Hogflyer
Same thing going on here in central texas! own property near Lake Somerville area, brenham tx. Zero to 3 birds flying,
went over to a place just outside of Brenham, off of 290 west towards houston, 0 birds there also, and sunday am went to
a location about 14 miles east of brenham, near Carmine, TX, 2 places there total of 400 acres to hunt on, saw 5 birds, water
is every where very little sunflower patches or food plots.

Believe all the extra rains we have had over last few months effects this..... maybe a good stiff norther may change this? im guessing
another month before that happens, aleast we are not 103 to 106 every day.......



hunt safe all.


Are you talking about the Jozwiak Road Unit? We are going there this evening and hoping to see some birds after my brother in law saw one bird on the Hebert Unit opening morning.

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#6439502 - 09/05/16 07:38 PM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: rawToes]
BDB Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 326
two words of advise.....

West Texas!

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#6440294 - 09/06/16 09:58 AM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: Herbie Hancock]
hook_n_line Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 3929
Originally Posted By: Herbie Hancock
Originally Posted By: Hogflyer
Same thing going on here in central texas! own property near Lake Somerville area, brenham tx. Zero to 3 birds flying,
went over to a place just outside of Brenham, off of 290 west towards houston, 0 birds there also, and sunday am went to
a location about 14 miles east of brenham, near Carmine, TX, 2 places there total of 400 acres to hunt on, saw 5 birds, water
is every where very little sunflower patches or food plots.

Believe all the extra rains we have had over last few months effects this..... maybe a good stiff norther may change this? im guessing
another month before that happens, aleast we are not 103 to 106 every day.......
hunt safe all.


Are you talking about the Jozwiak Road Unit? We are going there this evening and hoping to see some birds after my brother in law saw one bird on the Hebert Unit opening morning.



How did ya'll do? I was out that way opening day and saw 4 birds. There was a lot of shooting east of us rumor was a baited field. I couldn't vouch for that. We went closer to Belliville opening afternoon and got on the whitewings. Lots of whitewings full berries.
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#6440327 - 09/06/16 10:11 AM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: rawToes]
Just Nate Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 4615
Loc: Austin, TX
I had 6-7 dozen parked in my backyard since Sat. Mostly whitewings, they eat all the dog fog and set on the water trough. It suck that I live in the city of Austin.

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#6440343 - 09/06/16 10:18 AM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: hook_n_line]
Herbie Hancock Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/23/16
Posts: 451
Loc: Cypress, Texas
Originally Posted By: hook_n_line
How did ya'll do? I was out that way opening day and saw 4 birds. There was a lot of shooting east of us rumor was a baited field. I couldn't vouch for that. We went closer to Belliville opening afternoon and got on the whitewings. Lots of whitewings full berries.


We saw two birds as we were walking through the no hunt zone, saw exactly one bird flying after sitting for two hours. That field is pretty crappy as far as being taken care of from an ag standpoint. We left before dark because it was a school night and the nephew needed to get to bed a decent time. We ran into a guy who hunts out there pretty regular and he said that field doesn't get good until the middle of the season and they don't start flying until an hour before sunset. Finding a bird will be pretty hard with how tall and thick all the weeds are.

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#6440987 - 09/06/16 06:32 PM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: Herbie Hancock]
L Ellis Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/03/16
Posts: 6
Originally Posted By: Herbie Hancock
Originally Posted By: Hogflyer
Same thing going on here in central texas! own property near Lake Somerville area, brenham tx. Zero to 3 birds flying,
went over to a place just outside of Brenham, off of 290 west towards houston, 0 birds there also, and sunday am went to
a location about 14 miles east of brenham, near Carmine, TX, 2 places there total of 400 acres to hunt on, saw 5 birds, water
is every where very little sunflower patches or food plots.

Believe all the extra rains we have had over last few months effects this..... maybe a good stiff norther may change this? im guessing
another month before that happens, aleast we are not 103 to 106 every day.......



hunt safe all.


Are you talking about the Jozwiak Road Unit? We are going there this evening and hoping to see some birds after my brother in law saw one bird on the Hebert Unit opening morning.

How was the birds at Jozwiak Road or Hebert? These are two on my list to scout this week. Having never hunted either of these where do yall hunt these?

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#6441013 - 09/06/16 06:52 PM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: Herbie Hancock]
Hogflyer Offline


Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 282
Loc: Near Lake Somerville TX.
Yep! didnt see a bird one..... sorry for late post....... too mand daxx things going on....... work is getting the way
of hunting again this year!.....


think im gonna west of austin the weekend.....

heard birds are plenty out past Llano , Mason, Brady area?

would lke some reports.....
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#6441027 - 09/06/16 07:00 PM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: rawToes]
Guy Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 25730
Loc: Lake X
Originally Posted By: rawToes
I hit some of the public areas (royse city, rockwall) on Sep 1. Picked a good location, but a tardy hunting buddy meant we had crap position. Birds few and far between at our end and out of range, but nearly non-stop shooting at the other end. So I go back out day 2 and nearly nothing, talking 4 or 5 birds seen in 2 hours and same today. More noticeable than the lack of birds, there was hardly anyone out compared to day 1.

So the question... do these kind of areas dry up that fast? I've been hearing "record dove numbers this year", "extended season", but even on opening day, it sure didn't look like it.


2006 hunting season, I had the exact same experience as you, same area, got there late, hunted it the next day.... These "all you can eat" leases are all the same, just public is worse. If you shoot half a limit on public that is pretty darn good. But dealing with Barney is another issue, you think duck hunting is bad, dove hunting they walk in and just sit right next to you. That's just dangerous, I value my life more than that.

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#6441771 - 09/07/16 09:01 AM Re: Is APH land shot out after opening day? [Re: L Ellis]
Herbie Hancock Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/23/16
Posts: 451
Loc: Cypress, Texas
Originally Posted By: L Ellis
How was the birds at Jozwiak Road or Hebert? These are two on my list to scout this week. Having never hunted either of these where do yall hunt these?


We saw one bird while hunting Jozwiak, we talked to a guy who hunts Jozwiak often and said it doesn't pick up until the middle of the season, also you don't see the birds until about prior to sunset.

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