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#6708120 - 03/17/17 06:39 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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TexOddball, how did you do????

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#6709778 - 03/20/17 01:09 AM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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Registered: 10/05/16
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Loc: Aggieland
Had a great hunt out here this past week! What an awesome area! We drove out from Dallas on Tuesday morning, hit the woods later than we wanted, about 9am, and started in on the trails along the Sabine on the north side. We were moving too fast and too noisily at the start, and bumped a sounder in the first hour. Never saw them, but heard them moving away fast, obviously spooked. We didn't connect with any pigs on Tuesday, but we did get a squirrel in a weird circumstance. While walking down the trail, we came upon a juvenile squirrel playing possum, right in the middle of the trail. We walked right up to him, could clearly see him breathing, but no movement, no attempt at escape. I slipped the shell out of the chamber on my shotgun, and smacked him in the head with the buttstock, and he made a great appetizer for dinner that night, spit-roasted over coals with some Tony Chacheres for seasoning. About 45 minutes after getting the squirrel, somewhere between 2-3pm, we saw three whitetails, no obvious antlers, but maybe they had already shed.

We were sleeping in hammocks that night, and were NOT prepared for overnight temps in the low forties. I dozed and shivered until midnight before giving up and getting in the truck. My brother made it to 4am before joining me.

Wednesday morning we tried a different trail, running east, and found a small sounder about 8:30am. My brother was primary shooter, and as soon as he had a clear shot, he made a great miss on the big sow of the batch. He's still new to hog hunting, so I didn't tease him too hard on that. After his shot the pigs started milling around in confusion about which way to run, and a trio of little 20-30 pounders ended up trotting right towards me. They paused at about 20 yards, I nailed one, and then made three clean misses trying to pick up another as they scattered into the underbrush. A 1ounce 12-ga slug hits like the hammer of God himself, and dropped that first little pig in her tracks.

It actually worked out really well that I got a smaller pig, because I was able to quarter it up, cut the loins, tenderloins, ribs, heart, and liver out, pack everything in gallon ziplocks, stuff it all in my backpack, and keep on hunting. If my brother had scored too, we probably would have called it a morning, and packed them back to the truck, but instead we kept right on. We saw two more deer that afternoon, but never did catch up with any more pigs.

At the risk of letting the cat out of the bag on a great spot, I will say this: Go! Go there! If it's not unreasonably far away for you, don't miss an opportunity to hunt this place! There isn't a single square yard of dirt out there that doesn't have pig tracks or rooted-up holes. In two days we saw five deer with only minimal stealth in our movements. I didn't keep track of the amount of squirrels and rabbits we kicked up, but if small game is your thing you won't be disappointed here. The acorn crop was incredible last year out there, even now in March you could fill a five gallon bucket in one scoop. I can't even begin to imagine what such an abundant mast crop will do for the wildlife populations in the coming years. I've already got a second trip planned for May, and I might squeak in another trip between now and then.

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#6712207 - 03/22/17 04:05 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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Glad you had a great time and hunt, I'll be looking for ya on my trail camera's
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#6736305 - 04/16/17 09:04 AM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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angel Happy EASTER ta all who wonder bye...
Stay Safe... flag
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#6736583 - 04/16/17 04:31 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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You to SIR!

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#6768802 - 05/19/17 01:33 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: TexOddball]
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started in on the trails along the old Sabine channel on the north side.

FIFY... if ya was hunten on north side of sabine ya was on private land... sabine is North boundry, theirs few acres south of old sabine channel but land locked... If ya headed west, on trail close ta river, used to archery hunt an area, seen a yote caring baby hog threw woods, good area...
Thinking reason why WF posted: be looking for ya on trail cams...
Should be hog hunts going on now down their... Early morning hunts are the best... Safe hunting flag
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#6769223 - 05/19/17 08:51 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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Ya, North side is private and land owner will press charges for trespassing. South side is all yours!

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#6778878 - 05/30/17 03:44 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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Registered: 10/05/16
Posts: 40
Loc: Aggieland
No, we were on the south side of the river, just the north side of the WMA is what I meant.

I followed up on my plans to go back this past weekend, and had a delightfully miserable time. High eighties, ridiculous humidity, no breeze. Saw fifteen pigs all told, and didn't manage to bring a single one home. Hiked just over 11 miles, from my knees down is just one solid chigger bite, and I got poison ivy on my lower lip. I have no intention of going back until it cools down this fall.

Still a hell of a time!

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#6779633 - 05/31/17 10:22 AM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: TexOddball]
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rofl chiggers & ticks O-my... Thanks for update...
Jan., Feb., & March are best for hog hunts...
edit: if it was an easy hunt, everyone would be doing it... flag


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#6781001 - 06/01/17 12:58 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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Rub some white solid stick deodorant on them chigger bites, couple times a day. Most will stop itching, others will take a week. What do you drive, I will stop if I see you in the parking lot on 1804. Grant

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#6784386 - 06/05/17 02:24 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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I hunted OSBWMA and it sucked. If I lived on that side of Texas then I'd probably do it again. I drew a lottery tag for that place and there were guys walking around and hunting my compartment that weren't even a part of the lottery hunt. To much human traffic for those odds IMO.

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#6784520 - 06/05/17 04:56 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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Sorry ta hear bout your bad experiance CM ... Have hunted OSBWMA ever since it opened ta public & always found people ta be friendly... Never done the draw hunts, had a set up behind house if wanted ta take deer just 15 min drive away... The crew that work their were always friendly, suprised they didnt help out, specialy if it was people not their for draw hunts...
Did the Archery deer-hog hunts.. The third hunt was same time as one of the squirrel-hog hunts, rest time they were seperate... Archery then had ta wear orange cause rim, shotgun, & muzzleloader... i got in stand, climbed one reach up, hung my orange vest then down one & settled in... Squirrel hunters could see the orange & would avoid, some had dogs, my out look, kept things moving, had a big herd of hogs pushed, just out of bow range, & some chatted, apolagized & moved on... bang my bad, guess i sbould have kept it a secret... scratch Then i'm not the only one who cant aford the high price leases & was looking for a good value for the buck for hunting... As pappy says: even low class hunters pay taxes on their hard earened dollar... Gov. set up for the Rich so they dont bitch ... It is some good hunten... flag


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#6784764 - 06/05/17 08:51 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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LOL. I was bowhunting there in october several years ago and another bowhunter had taped a hand-written note on the board at the entrance that read "SQUIRREL SEASON IS OVER,CLOSED!!". I guess he was quite pizzed at squirrel hunters tromping through his set-up.

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#6784985 - 06/06/17 07:33 AM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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"I hunted OSBWMA and it sucked. If I lived on that side of Texas then I'd probably do it again." So where did you drive from?

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#6785308 - 06/06/17 12:48 PM Re: The Best kept secret [Re: colt.45]
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rofl One of the biggest let downs with Public hunting, Ya don't have that cosy box stand ta keep out of the bad weather... Have seen some fancy stands on leases, my first was just climbing in tree with a fork in it ta rest in an area with good sign... Ta me that's part of hunting, rofl failed n doing the home work when came ta grammer, got A+ for outdoors... as pappy once said if it twas easy every one would be doing it ... finding the sign is easy when not riding the trails on an ATV, but sure are nice when ya way back in their, & have ta backpack that's easier than dragging... Hunting buddy helps... Yagh, its not an, as pappy says exccative hunt bang bang bang miss my wondering about the woods ... Even low class hunters can afford the price... Just gotta do the homework... flag
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