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#7010089 - 12/24/17 12:57 PM Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year
pmnitro Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 06/22/08
Posts: 254
Loc: Lake Palestine, TX
We hunt SW of Llano, our 8th year. Quality of deer and antlers getting better each year. We took the credit for it. Letting better bucks mature, year round feed. Free choice protein, discussing with surrounding hunter with same practices.
We left good bucks the last weekend, and knowing this year will be even better.

Fast forward to this year = can't find a deer past 3 years old. Nothing seen to make any of us to sit up, much less take the gun from the corner of the stand. Lots off deer on the place, just no good horn or mature deer.

We are mostly mesquite with scattered large live oak trees. Some trees loaded with acorns - some with none.

No good buck on any game cameras. Any of you hunting the same area and experiencing the same results???

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#7010097 - 12/24/17 01:06 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 43467
Loc: Metroplex
Ive seen a very good upper age class representation but this year mass is way down for some reason. Lots of pencil horns. I hunt the Mason border

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#7010161 - 12/24/17 02:28 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
majekman Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 2570
Loc: Tha Rock
My Cuz has a place near Cherry Springs in Llano co. He thought he was gonna have some good mature ️️deer and that simply hasn't been the case. He's had the place 20yrs and says this may be worst year ever for mature deer. Had some good uns on cameras and they all went POOF in Oct

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#7010180 - 12/24/17 02:47 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
huntincoach Offline
Tracker

Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 578
Loc: Marble Falls
I think it's a low fence mid to upper State problem this year. Drought of 2011 decreased this yrs 5-6.5 yo deer. We left some good ones walk last yr and can't find any as well.

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#7010312 - 12/24/17 04:18 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 8789
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Mills county here, we have a ton that are a 1-2 years away. I haven't seen one yet I thought was older than 4.5. I shot a doe and a spike and will likely take another doe next week.
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#7010358 - 12/24/17 05:04 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
Deerhunter61 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7675
Loc: DFW
As I stated before...it's been an off year this year for sure! In the mornings I usually see 15-20 bucks but they are all young and a lot of them are culls. I've shot 1 cull but might shoot another if I don't see a decent buck in the closing weekends!

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#7010488 - 12/24/17 07:03 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
jmh004 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 509
I hunt in Mills County. I've seen a few mature bucks, but nothing to write home about. Ended up taking an old 9 point that never grew any eye guards, and a couple doe. Will take one more doe this week, then start getting ready for turkey season.

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#7010666 - 12/24/17 10:24 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: jmh004]
TAT Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 5700
Loc: good ole texas
Originally Posted By: jmh004
I hunt in Mills County. I've seen a few mature bucks, but nothing to write home about. Ended up taking an old 9 point that never grew any eye guards, and a couple doe. Will take one more doe this week, then start getting ready for turkey season.



I would like to see that deer! Sounds like a awesome cull/trophy to take!
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#7010680 - 12/24/17 10:46 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
jmh004 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 509
He was a main frame 10, but with no eye guards. He had a little nub that was scoreable where a G1 should have been, but it wasn't a true eye guard. It was a cool looking deer, I'll try to post later.


Edited by jmh004 (12/24/17 11:00 PM)

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#7010689 - 12/24/17 10:59 PM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
jmh004 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 509


Kids were super pumped about me bringing home a deer.

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#7010884 - 12/25/17 08:21 AM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
Wilhunt Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 3657
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
We hunt north of llano and it has been disappointing. Too many young deer.

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#7010892 - 12/25/17 08:34 AM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: jmh004]
majekman Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 2570
Loc: Tha Rock
Originally Posted By: jmh004


Kids were super pumped about me bringing home a deer.

Fine looking buck and even better looking family. Congrats! You are a blessed man.

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#7010903 - 12/25/17 08:56 AM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: jmh004]
TAT Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 5700
Loc: good ole texas
Originally Posted By: jmh004


Kids were super pumped about me bringing home a deer.



Awesome all the way around! You have some rifles to buy in the future!
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#7010908 - 12/25/17 09:00 AM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
jmh004 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 509
Thanks a lot.

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#7010946 - 12/25/17 09:38 AM Re: Hunting the Hill country - a bust this year [Re: pmnitro]
REALKILLER Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 02/19/15
Posts: 1716
If I may, I cant find a 5 yr old to save my life in east Tx. Good news is that I have seen a lot of 4 and under bucks. Been waitin on the heavy 10 with points all over his bases to come out that I saw last Febuary, no deal yet. Had him at 10 yards last year in Jan. Passed him for B&C hopes.
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