Where do I begin...Our group leased a duck lease from Cory Anderson in Grayson County this year. The property was nice and it was easy to hunt however we harvested less than 50 birds for the season. Yes we could have done a little better shooting but ultimately we just didn't have the birds.
I like to give credit where credit is due. Our lease was for duck hunting only but Cory was nice enough to allow us to dove hunt on his dove fields. We didn't shoot many birds but it was nice for him to allow the bonus hunting.
Concerning the duck lease Cory lied to us from the start. I wish I hadn't been so gullible but initially you just take a guy at his word and believe what he says is true. We leased the property in the summer in anticipation of the upcoming duck season. He told me that would be draining the pond and planting millet for the ducks. Once the millet was planted they would slowly let water back in to the pond and that it would sprout just below the water's surface. This didn't happen. There isn't a control structure in place and the only way to pump water out of the pond. I was later told by the farm manager that water was never pumped out of the pond. What makes the situation worse is that he contacted me right before Teal season and said that we couldn't hunt the property because the water was still too low and that if we hunted the property we could arrested/fined for baiting. Again, millet wasn't planted and the pond wasn't drained. My guess is that he and his crew wanted to Teal hunt there and didn't want us out there. Shame on me for not being more diligent. The property is about an hour an hour from my house and I just took him at his word. I feel stupid now.
Next incident happened opening morning - we show up and another hunter showed up as well. He said Cory gave him permission. We wrote off to it being a mistake and let him hunt with us. We contacted Cory and he said it was just a misunderstanding. You have to keep in mind that our group are weekend only hunters with little or no ability to scout/hunt during the week. I am very confident that Cory was well aware of this and sent hunters out to our property during the week. Which in turn could be the reason why we had such a low duck harvest. I say this because we ran into another hunter the week after Christmas when everyone was off from work.
The temp dropped and we decided to hunt mid-week. Sure enough there was a truck at the gate when we arrived. It was guy and his dog that had driven from Fort Worth. Again, being nice we let him stay and hunt with us. I contacted Cory immediately and he said the guy was lost and went to the wrong property. I guess Cory is too stupid to think that I would talk to the other guy and Cory also begged me to let him hunt with us. I compared texts with the other guy and Cory gave him specific directions to our place and told him he will have the place to himself. He was obviously lying. Further, the gentleman that hunted with us was a member of his club and he said that there were numerous group texts/emails discussing our lease stating that it was open for business and could be hunted anytime during the week. After this incident I changed the lock on the gate which I should have done from the beginning - again I feel pretty dumb.
A week or two after I changed the lock Cory called me and said that he had to have the code to the gate because the landowner was locked out of the property and pissed off. I assumed he was lying but gave him the code anyway just in case the landowner was really locked out. I went out later that afternoon and changed the code again. I also called the farm manager and he told me that landowner was never locked out. Rather, it was just another lie from Cory who either wanted to let hunting buddies in or was showing the property in hopes of leasing to new suckers.
My intent is to get the word out about the guy - he is a liar and will tell you everything you want to hear to get your money. If you place trust in him you will get screwed. He hasn't even talked to us about leasing again because he knows that we now know he is full of crap.
The duck hunting community is a tight-knit group in North Texas so please forward to everyone you know. He is posting on Craiglist as well
advertising leases. Here are a few helpful links about Cory Anderson - I wish I had read them before leasing from him.http://texas.arrests.org/Arrests/Cory_Anderson_14058692/