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#6610540 - 01/01/17 08:17 AM slow year?
Big Stan Offline
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Registered: 05/02/14
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We have seen many young bucks right at the ears from 6 to 8 and a couple tens but we pass on them to let them grow to mature trophy bucks. We have 5 hunters and each has bagged 2 trophy bucks each the last 3 years but this year we saw less trophy bucks. Few of us have bagged one trophy. Even neighbors and friends that hunt in other ranches and counties reported its been a slow season and we have felt that its a slow season as well. Has the same issue happening with you guys as well?

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#6610583 - 01/01/17 08:46 AM Re: slow year? [Re: Big Stan]
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Registered: 03/04/16
Posts: 65
Loc: Wise County/Stephens County
We saw something similar in Stephens County this year. We had about borderline bucks we passed on last year, this wouldve been the year to take them. All but one has disappeared. It is possible that they where shot on a neiboring lease, but it seem unlikely that they where all killed. It was a frustrating year.

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#6610595 - 01/01/17 08:52 AM Re: slow year? [Re: Big Stan]
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: DFW
I got a nice one opening week but that was the only thing I got....not complaining but we had hoped to take a few culls, big ones, but they absolutely disappeared once the season began. It was kind of a weird year.

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#6610608 - 01/01/17 09:02 AM Re: slow year? [Re: Big Stan]
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Loc: Breckenridge Tx
In Stephens county also and only one mature buck taken. Very slow year for us. Drought in 2010-2012 we had very low fawn crop, I suspect that's the reason.
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#6610653 - 01/01/17 09:39 AM Re: slow year? [Re: Big Stan]
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Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
30 Trophy bucks over the last 3 years? How many acres are you hunting?
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#6610757 - 01/01/17 10:51 AM Re: slow year? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
30 Trophy bucks over the last 3 years? How many acres are you hunting?
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#6610766 - 01/01/17 10:58 AM Re: slow year? [Re: Jkd106]
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Originally Posted By: Jkd106
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
30 Trophy bucks over the last 3 years? How many acres are you hunting?
my first thought. Why would you need to kill 2 trophy bucks a piece to start with?
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#6611023 - 01/01/17 01:47 PM Re: slow year? [Re: SapperTitan]
Big Stan Offline
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Originally Posted By: Jkd106
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
30 Trophy bucks over the last 3 years? How many acres are you hunting?
my first thought. Why would you need to kill 2 trophy bucks a piece to start with?


Maybe you misunderstood my meaning of "trophy" meaning as shooters, 8 points or more plus an inch or more outside the ears is what we shoot here. We don't shoot bucks that are right at the ears or smaller like most people do. It's why many deer leases are not good or great places to hunt because everyone shoots small bucks and they never have chances to grow into big mature deer. Here are a few pics of shooters that we have here. Plus we don't shoot does either. Plus only 2 hogs can be harvested as well.




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#6611030 - 01/01/17 01:50 PM Re: slow year? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
Big Stan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
30 Trophy bucks over the last 3 years? How many acres are you hunting?


350 acres low fenced that borders big ranches like Jones and a few others. One of our 5 hunters is hunting on another section outside of our 350 acres, he is allowed to by owner's permission. So its 4 hunters in 350 acres.


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#6611073 - 01/01/17 02:28 PM Re: slow year? [Re: Big Stan]
603Country Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
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Loc: Central Texas
It was definitely a slow year for me. Normally I see plenty nice bucks, but this year I only saw a couple. I just put it down to a big acorn year and the deer didn't need to move around much. I hope that's the reason.

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#6611092 - 01/01/17 02:39 PM Re: slow year? [Re: Big Stan]
ErnestTBass Offline
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Registered: 08/12/16
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We had a lot of young bucks and only a few mature ones. It's because of the drought. I got lucky and shot a pre-drought 10 that was a real nice deer for us. I probably only shoot a buck every five years or so. Try to put kids on deer and fill the freezer unless I'm gonna hang one on the wall.

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#6611342 - 01/01/17 05:41 PM Re: slow year? [Re: Big Stan]
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Registered: 12/16/06
Posts: 29
Loc: Hubbard Creek Lake,Stephens Co...
I could be wrong,but it sounds like way too many mature deer being taken off a smaller size place,large neighbors or not.I would think that's why you are not seeing the deer.JMO
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#6611415 - 01/01/17 06:30 PM Re: slow year? [Re: B.K.S.]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: B.K.S.
I could be wrong,but it sounds like way too many mature deer being taken off a smaller size place,large neighbors or not.I would think that's why you are not seeing the deer.JMO
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#6611450 - 01/01/17 06:57 PM Re: slow year? [Re: Stompy]
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Registered: 10/29/09
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Loc: Parker County
Originally Posted By: Stompy
In Stephens county also and only one mature buck taken. Very slow year for us. Drought in 2010-2012 we had very low fawn crop, I suspect that's the reason.
we hunt on 3100 acres in Stephens and Eastland and it was a great year. Had 2 ten points and 4 eight point taken that were all at least 4.5 years old. Passed on numerous younger bucks. Not enough doe taken off though which we hope to do the next 2 weeks.
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#6611524 - 01/01/17 07:48 PM Re: slow year? [Re: Big Stan]
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It was slow as far as mature up an coming bucks. I got a 164" and buddy on lease got 174". Which is good. Only saw few deer that will be good in next couple years.
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