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#6561753 - 11/28/16 07:33 AM Theft At Ozona Deer Lease
TheDman62 Offline
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Registered: 02/01/14
Posts: 67
Loc: Wimberley
I was unable to hunt opening weekend because I had to work. The guys at the lease woke up Sat and noticed that the lock and chain were gone from the gate. They looked all over thinking maybe someone forgot to lock it and it fell or some how it ended up in a pick up. It was never found so it was assumed that someone cut the chain and took it. We could not figure out who or why someone would do that. The landowner replaced the lock but kept it the same key.

I made it out that next Tues and hunted until the next Mon. I had an issue with my trail cam so took it down and put it in the glove box of the Polaris and forgot about it. My brother came out Friday night. On Saturday we were going to help my cousin at his stand and I showed him what the cows did to my camera and then put it back in the glove box. Sunday my brother left. That afternoon I was going to mess with my camera and it wasn't there. I thought my dad had taken it out but he hadn't seen it. When my brother got home he realized that the pistol that he had in his truck was gone. He thought it happened in Junction when he stopped to get gas but I realized someone had stole his gun and my camera Saturday night.

Again I couldn't hunt opening weekend of Mule Deer season (Im heading out tomorrow). My dad told his cousin who is the lease manager about the theft and told him to be sure and let everybody know not to leave anything in pickups and lock doors. Of course nobody listened and Friday night 12 guns were stolen. The sheriff and Texas Rangers are getting involved because that same night 2 other leases were hit in the area and another 18 guns were stolen. Counting my brother's gun thats 31 total stolen.

Our lease is on Hwy 137 NW of Ozona. Obviously now we know why the lock was cut. So they could make keys and come and go easily.

Other than reminding everybody to be vigilant about locking your vehicles and campers/cabins, do yall think they'll try to hit us again? My thinking is with this big of a haul they know LE will be crawling this area and theres not too much left to take. Im going to try and set up a trail cam to catch em. I don't really want to confront them knowing now they are highly armed.

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#6561769 - 11/28/16 07:39 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
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bang....hope they catch the scum...
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#6561776 - 11/28/16 07:43 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
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Yep, sorry and I hope everyone gets their guns back!
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#6561790 - 11/28/16 07:51 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
Kpaycheck Offline
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Registered: 10/08/16
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Im southwest of Ozona off 189. Several years ago neighbor got hit and claimed 26 guns taken. Not sure as to why he had that many or why hed ever leave them at camp.

Im guessing they hit while hunters were at deer camp, correct? If so, pretty ballsy IMO.

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#6561795 - 11/28/16 07:58 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
Auctioneer1 Offline
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So you guys left 12 guns out in your trucks? How did they get in and nobody hears them,if all else put up some game cams around your camp for a few days that sucks.

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#6561810 - 11/28/16 08:08 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: Kpaycheck]
TheDman62 Offline
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Registered: 02/01/14
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Originally Posted By: Kpaycheck
Im southwest of Ozona off 189. Several years ago neighbor got hit and claimed 26 guns taken. Not sure as to why he had that many or why hed ever leave them at camp.

Im guessing they hit while hunters were at deer camp, correct? If so, pretty ballsy IMO.


That's the scary part, they came in while everybody was sleeping.

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#6561811 - 11/28/16 08:09 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: Auctioneer1]
TheDman62 Offline
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Registered: 02/01/14
Posts: 67
Loc: Wimberley
Originally Posted By: Auctioneer1
So you guys left 12 guns out in your trucks? How did they get in and nobody hears them,if all else put up some game cams around your camp for a few days that sucks.


As I stated in the OP, I was not there but we told everyone what happened 2 weekends ago but apparently nobody listened and left their guns in the trucks with doors unlocked.

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#6561869 - 11/28/16 08:45 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
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#6561880 - 11/28/16 08:53 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
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A dog would go a long way to stopping these sort of things. It doesn't even have to be an aggressive dog. Just need a dog that barks when it hears something. I have a Beagle in camp with me and if I'm asleep a coon can't even come into camp without me knowing it.
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#6562095 - 11/28/16 10:48 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: DFW
I hope they catch the thieves but they unfortunately will get away with it...ugh.

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#6562096 - 11/28/16 10:49 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: DFW
Thanks for the heads Up!

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#6562111 - 11/28/16 10:54 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
WesTexHunter75 Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 383
Loc: Midland, tx
One of my friends in Reagan county had 2 ranch king blinds 2 all seasons 1000lb feeders and 2 Browning trail cams stolen last week. He thinks they went in during the week and at night. When he reported it the sheriffs and GW stated that this is happening a lot this yr. Better lock your stuff up.

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#6562156 - 11/28/16 11:16 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 7217
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
If our LO catches someone pulling that crap, I'm not sure they'd be seen again.

Thanks for the heads up. 'Like the dog idea, but, although we loved her, no way I'm having a beagle again. RIP Whiskey River Thunder.
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#6562170 - 11/28/16 11:21 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
Auctioneer1 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/04
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when I hunted in Ozona I never liked all the oilfield guys on the place always made me nervous even though all where good guys just did not like having them there when everyone else was gone.

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#6562225 - 11/28/16 11:56 AM Re: Theft At Ozona Deer Lease [Re: TheDman62]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Someone steals all the guns while people are asleep?
Sounds like someone needs to think about who their lease partners are!

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