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#6746668 - 04/26/17 12:23 PM Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management
Tjack28 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
Posts: 659
Loc: Houston, TX
I was curious as to whether or not anyone does any predator hunting or trapping in or around the Moore Plantation? Today I spoke with Cody Dunagan who manages Moore Plantation and I told him about some of the things that we've started at Gus Engling WMA to help with the turkey population, and wanted to see if we could get something going out at the Moore for the same reason.

Each year our NWTF chapter hosts a youth event at Gus Engling to teach the youth and their chaperones about wildlife management through predator control and why it's important for eastern wild turkey. Jason Harden and Kyle Hand teach about eastern wild turkey subspecies and their habitat, and we have Don Hightower and Kieth Jackson from the Texas Trappers and Fur Hunters Association to come out and teach about trapping, and they actually take the group out to set traps and trap a few predators. The trapping segment also includes feral hog eradication through snares, traps and shooting off baited sites.

Don Hightower volunteered to go back and train the staff at Gus Engling in the various methods of trapping and snaring and they've been putting a hurting on the bogs and coyotes as their main focus is turkey survival. Don is supposed to go train at a few more WMA's later this year and has said that he doesn't mind training on other Wildlife management area and Co-ops, so that's why I contacted Cody to see if there was already a predator management plan in place.

Moore plantation doesn't have the staff that Gus Engling has, but Cody is interested in getting something going. For those of you like who love turkey hunting like I do, you know predator control plays a big part in increasing those turkey numbers, and with all the great habitat work taking place on the Moore thinning out a few predators will make the turkey hunting even better.

I'm looking to connect with any trappers, predator hunters, organizations, or people just wanting to learn how, so we can get something started annually to go into the Moore and put a hurting on the coyotes, hogs, bobcats and coons. I know we can't get ride of them all but if we can manage the population to some extent to make a difference in the turkey and even the quail population out there. I actually heard my first quail on the Sabine on last week.

Let me know if any of you are interested or know someone who is so we can collaborate with Cody and the guys from TTFHA to get something going..
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T. Jackson
NWTF, Harris County Wildlife Group
P.O. Box 91227
Houston, TX 77088
http://nwtf-harris-county-wildlife-group.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NWTF-Harris-County-Wildlife-Group/111234152254353

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#6752280 - 05/02/17 11:13 AM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Tjack28]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9986
Loc: wondering about the woods
cheers awesome... First got on forum got to know member from that area threw pm's... Was planning a trip their, bang money got tight... Cool info Best wishes... flag


Edited by colt.45 (05/02/17 11:14 AM)
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#6752326 - 05/02/17 11:51 AM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Tjack28]
Tjack28 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
Posts: 659
Loc: Houston, TX
Hope to drum up a lot more interest and get a few volunteers who don't mind learning trapping methods and going out on a trapping/predator hunting excursion for a few days once or twice a year. Even if you're an experienced trapper who just wants to get out and volunteer your skills and put the smack down on some predators, we need some folks who can make themselves available to make this happen. If anyone wants more info and would like to discuss further just send me a message to my inbox and we'll swap contact info. Heck anyone who like to hunt turkeys on public land should be interested in helping to make this happen.
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T. Jackson
NWTF, Harris County Wildlife Group
P.O. Box 91227
Houston, TX 77088
http://nwtf-harris-county-wildlife-group.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NWTF-Harris-County-Wildlife-Group/111234152254353

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#6823203 - 07/15/17 12:18 AM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Tjack28]
Tjack28 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
Posts: 659
Loc: Houston, TX
Still looking for participants...
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T. Jackson
NWTF, Harris County Wildlife Group
P.O. Box 91227
Houston, TX 77088
http://nwtf-harris-county-wildlife-group.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NWTF-Harris-County-Wildlife-Group/111234152254353

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#6823233 - 07/15/17 05:25 AM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Tjack28]
Mike Mathena Offline
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Registered: 12/30/16
Posts: 308
Loc: Brazoria county
I bet i can get my hunting buddy and myself to help out. I can probly get my son and a couple of co-workers talked into it. You mentioned volunteers which is fine but, is there any cash out of pocket on our end to do this?
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#6823422 - 07/15/17 12:21 PM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Tjack28]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9986
Loc: wondering about the woods
Any updates ?

When OSBWMA opened up ta public... They had plans ta flood area, even had maps of what it would look like.... Sabine river is N boundry & the old channel pretty much S boundry...
They released turkeys, the flooding hurt more than the coins, yotes & such... Not sure if they allowed trapping or snares on WMA, they did have coon hunts, not sure of yotes, hunts, scratch think it was under the fur regulation, each WMA is different...
Volunteered my time Jan-March hog hunts, back then, hunters were the eyes & ears, jad ta fill out form going in & out... Not as exterminator, lots of people were looking for hog hunts, still are...

Do they also allow fur hunts their ? flag
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#6823597 - 07/15/17 04:43 PM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Mike Mathena]
Tjack28 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
Posts: 659
Loc: Houston, TX
Gas to get there and if you're not up for roughing it and camping out in tents, I know folks up there with a Marina on Toledo Bend who might be willing to work a deal with us on cabins, but can't accommodate a very large group.

Typically on these type of events, as our chapter members has put together multiple group hunts/events, we usually chip in on food items and a few of us will contribute some of our wild game harvests such as venison, turkey, hogs and fish...etc. It's still in the very early stages, but this event will evolve based on the input of both trappers and volunteers, so we're open to suggestions.

Moore plantation doesn't have the staff that other WMA's have so this is en effort to both help them out as well as the resources that we utilize, namely turkey and deer. This is a decision that a few of us made due to a need including the trappers coming out to train other volunteers, but many of us are always looking for a reason to get back out in the woods. Heck I guess if you trap a few yotes, foxes and cats maybe those furs will help out with the gas...

Originally Posted By: Mike Mathena
I bet i can get my hunting buddy and myself to help out. I can probly get my son and a couple of co-workers talked into it. You mentioned volunteers which is fine but, is there any cash out of pocket on our end to do this?
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T. Jackson
NWTF, Harris County Wildlife Group
P.O. Box 91227
Houston, TX 77088
http://nwtf-harris-county-wildlife-group.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NWTF-Harris-County-Wildlife-Group/111234152254353

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#6823601 - 07/15/17 04:50 PM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: colt.45]
Tjack28 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
Posts: 659
Loc: Houston, TX
I need to check the annual and public lands regulations, but fur trapping is allowed there as far as I know, and the WMA manager said he was on board with it.

Originally Posted By: colt.45
Any updates ?

When OSBWMA opened up ta public... They had plans ta flood area, even had maps of what it would look like.... Sabine river is N boundry & the old channel pretty much S boundry...
They released turkeys, the flooding hurt more than the coins, yotes & such... Not sure if they allowed trapping or snares on WMA, they did have coon hunts, not sure of yotes, hunts, scratch think it was under the fur regulation, each WMA is different...
Volunteered my time Jan-March hog hunts, back then, hunters were the eyes & ears, jad ta fill out form going in & out... Not as exterminator, lots of people were looking for hog hunts, still are...

Do they also allow fur hunts their ? flag
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T. Jackson
NWTF, Harris County Wildlife Group
P.O. Box 91227
Houston, TX 77088
http://nwtf-harris-county-wildlife-group.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NWTF-Harris-County-Wildlife-Group/111234152254353

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#6823619 - 07/15/17 05:22 PM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Tjack28]
Mike Mathena Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/30/16
Posts: 308
Loc: Brazoria county
So, its trapping and snare only? I'll have to take that course myself, which isn't a bad thing. I think it would be a cool weekend, camping aint a big deal
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#6830959 - 07/22/17 01:58 PM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Mike Mathena]
Tjack28 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
Posts: 659
Loc: Houston, TX
You can predator hunt a well.

Originally Posted By: Mike Mathena
So, its trapping and snare only? I'll have to take that course myself, which isn't a bad thing. I think it would be a cool weekend, camping aint a big deal
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T. Jackson
NWTF, Harris County Wildlife Group
P.O. Box 91227
Houston, TX 77088
http://nwtf-harris-county-wildlife-group.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NWTF-Harris-County-Wildlife-Group/111234152254353

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#6831497 - 07/23/17 10:22 AM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Tjack28]
Rickybobby8 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 07/17/17
Posts: 30
I am really thinking of choosing Moore as my public hunting land this year. It's my first year on public land. Reading about it appears to be big enough and not as much hunting pressure as say SHSP.

I do not know much about predator hunting, or what is even allowed. However depending on the date I may be able to make it up that way and learn. Will be going out there one of these upcoming weekends for a little scouting.

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#6843222 - 08/02/17 08:38 PM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: Tjack28]
SpawnofChesty Offline
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Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 77
Love the idea Terrance. Let me know when your going.

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#6862277 - 08/19/17 10:41 PM Re: Moore Plantation - Turkeys, Predators, Wildlife Management [Re: SpawnofChesty]
Tjack28 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
Posts: 659
Loc: Houston, TX
Will do...most likely sometime between February and March. Will post actual dates once we know for sure what works best...

Originally Posted By: SpawnofChesty
Love the idea Terrance. Let me know when your going.
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T. Jackson
NWTF, Harris County Wildlife Group
P.O. Box 91227
Houston, TX 77088
http://nwtf-harris-county-wildlife-group.webs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NWTF-Harris-County-Wildlife-Group/111234152254353

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