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#6495298 - 10/14/16 12:49 PM Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer...
Astater Offline
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Registered: 06/10/11
Posts: 606
Loc: Forney, TX
Alright fellas. I'm not new to deer hunting but I am new to it in Texas and on my land. I've never set up a feeder but just purchased 19 acres to build a house on and put up a feeder 4 weeks ago. Got the pictures below in the first 8 days but here are my questions.

1) Since I only have 19 acres, should I be letting anything I like "walk" for next year?
2) There seem to be a lot of deer in the area, so should I be concerned with filling my tags on just 19 acres?
3) I've never shot a "big" buck. I've always hunted for meat and the fun. Some of these look like good deer and are certainly more trophy worthy than anything I've ever shot. Are any of these "big" and what would they score? I have no idea on how to score a deer.

Thanks in advance gents.



Snaggletooth. Not shooting him, I just thought he looked cool:





The ladies fighting over food...

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#6495306 - 10/14/16 12:57 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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Registered: 11/02/09
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Congrats on your place! Nothing like owning your own land!

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#6495310 - 10/14/16 01:00 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: DUKFVR]
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Loc: Forney, TX
Originally Posted By: DUKFVR
Congrats on your place! Nothing like owning your own land!
Thanks man...It's a lifelong dream to own a property like this. Now my wife gets to build the house she wants (within our budget). Life is pretty good right now!
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#6495327 - 10/14/16 01:07 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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Congrats. Nice deer.
I would hunt it, but being selective. Cull the bad ones. Doe here and there....

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#6495345 - 10/14/16 01:20 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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Loc: Weatherford, Texas
Congratulations, you certainly do have your own little piece of Texas Heaven! There are two 10s in your pics. that look to be quality trophy deer for a 19 acre place. If the opportunity presents itself I would take it unless your neighbors are managing their property to build genetics, then I would meet with them before deciding. texas cowboy
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#6495349 - 10/14/16 01:21 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25909
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
SCORE! If you don't hunt it let me know! lol go off of age and you cant go wrong... I live on 38acres and hunt it.. its turned into one of my best spots.. take about 2-3 deer off of it every year for the last 5 years
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#6495350 - 10/14/16 01:22 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Red Cloud]
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Originally Posted By: Red Cloud
Congratulations, you certainly do have your own little piece of Texas Heaven! There are two 10s in your pics. that look to be quality trophy deer for a 19 acre place. If the opportunity presents itself I would take it unless your neighbors are managing their property to build genetics, then I would meet with them before deciding. texas cowboy


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#6495351 - 10/14/16 01:22 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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That last buck is a stud!
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#6495353 - 10/14/16 01:25 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 2214
Loc: Buda Texas
Congrats on your land. What county are you in? My dad has 100 Acres but it doesn't hold a lot of deer. I would figure out how many deer you pull to the feeders and then figure out how many you can take out.

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#6495401 - 10/14/16 02:15 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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That buck in the slightly daylight photo is a stud. I can't say I'd pass that deer especially on 19 acres.

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#6495422 - 10/14/16 02:33 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
Astater Offline
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Registered: 06/10/11
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Loc: Forney, TX
About 35 minutes to downtown Dallas...this place is out east.

I'm getting 10+ does per day. Maybe more...hard to tell those gals apart from morning and evening visits but at least 10 different ones. Bucks are hit and miss and almost always at night.

I've got 3,000 acres behind be that is timber, so I'm pulling off of that land. 400+ directly behind is for sale so no one is managing it now. (Let me know if you're interested and I'll connect you with the seller).

I plan on being selective but I've never taken a buck as big as most of these and my boys have never taken a deer at all. Any worries with me taking a buck and then my two boys taking a doe or buck each?
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#6495428 - 10/14/16 02:35 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Navasot]
Astater Offline
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Registered: 06/10/11
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Loc: Forney, TX
Originally Posted By: Navasot
That last buck is a stud!
That's my thought as well. He's got some mass. Any idea on what he'd score?


Edited by Astater (10/14/16 02:40 PM)
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#6495444 - 10/14/16 02:43 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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You cannot manage deer on 19 acres, so shoot any deer you like and don't worry about. I wouldn't take more than one deer per year. At MOST one buck and maybe a doe. You shoot any more than that and you'll have zero deer in no time at all. Not that you will shoot them all, but they'll learn pretty quickly to stay off your property - and that will be very easy to do with 19 acres.

And BTW, I'd shoot that big one in a heartbeat and keep quiet about it with your neighbors


Edited by John Humbert (10/14/16 02:45 PM)

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#6495445 - 10/14/16 02:45 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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Registered: 10/25/11
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Loc: Texas
Congrats, looks like lots of excellent opportunities.
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#6495447 - 10/14/16 02:47 PM Re: Bought my own little slice of heaven and there are deer... [Re: Astater]
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Registered: 10/16/07
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Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
very nice and congrats on the place!!
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