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#6924005 - 10/17/17 04:51 PM Public Land Deer
BradleyMcCaw Offline
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Registered: 10/10/16
Posts: 25
For all the public land guys out there, what age deer are y'all pulling the trigger on? I've seen some 3.5 year old but unlike private land I'd wait on those. However, seeing that its public land would you pull the trigger on them or let them go.

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#6924008 - 10/17/17 04:56 PM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
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Taking Requests

Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 22601
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I've killed 2 public land deer the last 2 yrs. a 5 yr old 10 point and a 6 yr old 8 point both verified by biologist. Passed on multiple legal 3 and 4 yr old deer.
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#6924216 - 10/17/17 08:26 PM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
Bigfoot Offline
Tracker

Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 930
Loc: Galveston Bay
I guess that depends on what you want. If you are after a freezer of meat then the younger the better and usually easier.

This year I wont have a lot of time to hunt so I will kill whatever is legal and gives me an opportunity.


Edited by Bigfoot (10/17/17 08:29 PM)
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#6924258 - 10/17/17 09:12 PM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
swampthang Offline
Tracker

Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 513
Loc: DFW
Kinda depends on what public area you're talking about.The quality of hunting varies widely from one public area to the next. Some areas are loaded with mature bucks and you can afford to be more picky/selective,Haggerman,Richland Creek, Chapparel,etc. While other areas might not even have a 3 year old buck on them. If you get a shot at a 3 year old buck on one of the latter areas you might as well go ahead and kill it.Because if you dont some other guy probably will.

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#6924404 - 10/18/17 05:33 AM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
Palehorse Offline
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4593
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
It depends on the management goals of the WMA. Some are managed for quality deer so it's better to wait for an older buck. Most of the WMAs though are simply trying to get the population down to carrying capacity for the area. In that case, I don't feel one bit guilty about dropping the first legal deer I see. A two year old 13" buck eats the same amount of browse as a 7 year old, so biologically it makes no difference.
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#6924521 - 10/18/17 07:57 AM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
Cherokee Mingan Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/24/17
Posts: 162
Loc: Callahan County
I agree with Palehorse that it depends on what the biologists are trying to accomplish.

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#6924557 - 10/18/17 08:22 AM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
SapperTitan Online   content
Taking Requests

Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 22601
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I just passed a 3 yr old 8 point about 16 inches wide he was at 20 yards broadside. This is on Ft Hood public land hunting.
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#6924955 - 10/18/17 01:54 PM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
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Registered: 05/03/09
Posts: 240
Loc: North Texas
This'll be my first year chasing deer on public (chasing deer period really), and I drew a doe tag. I'll be popping the first doe that walks out. I'm new to deer hunting, trying to learn how to do it on public land, so I'm not going to be too picky. If I keep doing this year after year I might get picky, but for now I'm just looking for a meat deer.
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#6924991 - 10/18/17 02:39 PM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: TomBaty]
swampthang Offline
Tracker

Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 513
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: TomBaty
This'll be my first year chasing deer on public (chasing deer period really), and I drew a doe tag. I'll be popping the first doe that walks out. I'm new to deer hunting, trying to learn how to do it on public land, so I'm not going to be too picky. If I keep doing this year after year I might get picky, but for now I'm just looking for a meat deer.


Right on brutha,bust a cap in her azz!

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#6934484 - 10/26/17 10:04 AM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
charner Online   content
Pro Tracker

Registered: 12/07/09
Posts: 1009
Loc: forney
i have hunted on multiple public land units... I have had only one shot at a legal buck other than spikes... i let my wife shoot and she pushed the shot. that was 5 years ago... where I am hunting now I have 2 really nice deer on camera, a 3.5 yr old 6 point (no brow tines) and really nice 10 with alot of trash points that looks to be around 5.5. the 10 would be a trophy buck on private land and I really would like an opportunity to take him, that being said... if the legal 6 point walks out, ill probably take the shot still
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#6935786 - 10/27/17 10:05 AM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
Paul W Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 101
Loc: Mansfield, TX
I'd pass on younger deer regardless.
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#6935854 - 10/27/17 11:02 AM Re: Public Land Deer [Re: BradleyMcCaw]
quackedup Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/18/05
Posts: 56
all depends on the management goals, as previously stated. My kids were able to hunt the Chaparral and killed 6.5 and 7.5 deer. Drawn at Mason Mountain management and it was spikes. South LLano was numbers.

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