I looked at a place a few years back in late spring in that general area, maybe a few miles farther south, right at 8 miles south of hwy 84, west side of 116 at the end of Vista Road. There are a ton of smaller acreage tracts in the general area, which I would assume has pretty heavy hunting pressure. From talking to the owner, he seemed very pleasant and was trying to do a lot of improvements to the ranch for wildlife but had cattle too. Seems like it was in the 140-180 acre range. I spent the better part of a day driving and walking the property and saw very little sign of deer. He said previous hunters pulled out in mid January after the extended season and had been there a few years. I asked if he had any pictures of their kills (harvests for the PC
) or game camera pictures from previous years. He had a few but not many, mostly young 6-8 point bucks (maybe 100-110 class) that should have been left alone for a few more years, but meat hunters take what they see until tags are filled most often. This place was a nice treed covered with creek forming a funnel between some pasture/farm lands and slightly higher elevations that had been covered in cedars, recently cleared though. The owner was asking a bit heftier price than I wanted to pay with the little amount of sign I saw and only jumped a few deer while walking around.
with that said though, every year, there is typically a true good deer (140+ class) taken from around Pidcoke just a little farther down 116 that I see when using Miller's processing in Belton, there might be others roaming around, especially during rut.