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#7003069 - 12/19/17 03:53 PM Old Sabine Bottom WMA
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Im thinking about heading out there this weekend to try to bag a few squirrels and rabbits and also scout for hogs once the general season starts. Does anyone have any experience out there? Does it get very crowded? I plan to hunt/scout the west side which I understand is the non-ATV side of the WMA and hopefully its not going to be too drenched from this weeks rain.


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#7007145 - 12/22/17 10:03 AM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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It will be flooded after all the rain. Not crowded in late season. You must have the $40 dollar permit to hunt WMA's

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#7007375 - 12/22/17 12:21 PM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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I hunted on the west side about 5 years ago. It was next to a parking lot that you walk in from and there were no ATV's allowed. I saw several people in that area. That doesn't necessarily mean you will have the same experience though.

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#7008364 - 12/23/17 02:55 AM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: White Falcon]
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Originally Posted By: White Falcon
It will be flooded after all the rain. Not crowded in late season. You must have the $40 dollar permit to hunt WMA's


What White Falcon stated. It will be wet and slick. It will push the hogs out of the bottom some though.

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#7008544 - 12/23/17 08:43 AM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: pigplinker]
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Originally Posted By: pigplinker
Originally Posted By: White Falcon
It will be flooded after all the rain. Not crowded in late season. You must have the $40 dollar permit to hunt WMA's


What White Falcon stated. It will be wet and slick. It will push the hogs out of the bottom some though.


Now I kind of regret staying home this weekend. With all the rain and me being new to the area I figured it would be best to just hold off until next weekend when things dry out a bit.
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#7008827 - 12/23/17 12:02 PM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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Sun might be out, but water is still up!

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#7008832 - 12/23/17 12:06 PM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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Probably still rising with all the creeks flowing again. Every farm pond around is overflowing.
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#7010761 - 12/25/17 04:40 AM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: yotehater]
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Originally Posted By: yotehater
Probably still rising with all the creeks flowing again. Every farm pond around is overflowing.


And I like it too. It has been so dry this fall/winter. When I would go feed the cows the dang dust was ruff.

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#7010819 - 12/25/17 07:19 AM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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Boy ain't that right. I had hay rings from parched ground to mud holes. That was our first good rain since before Harvey.
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#7014796 - 12/28/17 02:33 PM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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River is down today. There were 5 trucks in the parking lot and by the boat ramp. I think they were duck hunters. Lots of booming going onat sun rise.

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#7016231 - 12/29/17 06:23 PM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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Im glad to hear its back down! Ill be out there over the long weekend to scout a bit and enjoy some fresh air.
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#7052536 - 01/25/18 10:38 AM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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How did the hunting/scouting trip go ?
As White Falcon mentioned it stays wet down their. Should be the hog only hunts going on... That's when did my hunt/scouting for next years archery hunts...
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#7054005 - 01/26/18 12:51 PM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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Scouting went well! I was on the west side of the WMA since my understanding its thats the no ATV side. I found hog sign gallore out there including a few ruts so deep I damned near fell into them. When those ruts get covered up with leaves they could actually be a little dangerous. I also got the drop on a group of two mama's and three to four babies. They were so slow to get out of my way I seriously considered trying my luck with the 22 I had with me since they were legal to harvest with a rimfire. I only had my day pack with me though and dragging a hog out of there seemed like a great way to ruin what was a pretty nice day so I passed.

I definitely want to get back out there once or twice before the general hog season is over. I really liked the area in general and its making me think about taking up bow hunting so I can get out there for some deer. Sadly things have been so busy I probably wont make it out until after the general is over. Hopefully squirrels will still be in season by then at least.
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#7054918 - 01/27/18 09:53 AM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: KeyLymePie]
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Glad you had a good experience. Just watch for snakes, of all kind!!

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#7055074 - 01/27/18 12:48 PM Re: Old Sabine Bottom WMA [Re: White Falcon]
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Originally Posted By: White Falcon
Glad you had a good experience. Just watch for snakes, of all kind!!


Tips his cowboyhat. Did i ever tell ya bout the time was down in the switch cain on a hog hunt ?
Nature was a callen, all them ru.ors bout people chooten at hem White tails in the thick stuff got me nervous, even with the bright orange, so found me a big ol tree, dropped me britches, ta make a deposit & do the paper work, went ta squat, looked behind ta make sure no poison ivy or oak when spotted a snake coiled up...
Took off a runnen (best could with britches down around ankles) sceamen & yellen, some say it sounded like a panther, others say, mating call of a squash, yet i know diferent.
Ya, got bout 20 steps till took a tumble, & when woke up from me nap, & back ta me truck, rumors started bouts panthers & squash. Ya, as pappy says: when ya huntsolo memories die with ya, stay safe, it's a jungle out their...
Get off beaten b path, thick stuff, you'll find the hogs, most of rooting up along old atv trails, mostly done at night. Less hunting pressure.
Best wishs, & stay safe.
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