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#7041942 - 01/17/18 12:48 PM Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property
DQ Kid Offline
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Looks like I will be hunting a couple of hundred acres next season off the Brazos in Haskell county next season. Property is moderately brushed with some inter dispersed small wheat fields here and there. Ample numbers of deer, hogs, turkey and dove. More wanting to know if there are any tested and proven tricks to pulling deer more prevalantly off/over the river vs non-river hunting property. Also, any warning signs to look out for when hunting riverside property; poachers, excessive varmints, etc.

Thanks,

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#7041981 - 01/17/18 01:13 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Loc: Dallas, TX
I hunted a place on a river when I lived in Montana. I’m not sure about your setup, but the deer would feed on fields at night and filter back down into the river bottom at sunrise. The most effective way to hunt mornings for me was to get in a kayak and paddle to where my stand was located just off the river. It was a deadly stand in a 50 yard wide pinchpoint on a good wind. Had more issues with road hunters driving the edge of fields than anyone ever coming up from the river. The fishing is a bonus! Good luck- I think the advantages of hunting on a river far outweigh any drawbacks.

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#7042011 - 01/17/18 01:28 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
I hunted the 'salt fork' of the Brazos for years. My best stand overlooked the river, up in the cedar brakes. Deer seem to concentrate there, especially once the mesquite flats are bare. Elevated blind is the way to go. Rattling is very effective out there too.


Edited by Erathkid (01/17/18 01:29 PM)
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#7042055 - 01/17/18 01:56 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Loc: Fisher,Jones,Stonewall.
I'm not too far West of there lot of good hunting off the river.
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#7042228 - 01/17/18 04:02 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Near any river = feed pens around all feeders, the bigger the pen the better.
If you have hogs coming to your feeders the deer will go elsewhere, I don't agree with those that like wheat fields around them, deer eat all night in the fields & if they have semi decent cover nearby hardly move during daylight.

Take a chair & a few weekends & just go sit in different areas Am & Pm to see what happens / what the deer do naturally, then pick a spot.

I know a few that hunt around that area, none have mentioned poaching / trespassing problems, but it wouldn't surprise me to hear it about anywhere in the state.

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#7042294 - 01/17/18 04:58 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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You'll be glad you took that property. Just keep in mind that deer trails there aren't the same as central tx. The trails can be a 50 yard swath of land. Instead of a 3f wide trail.
Use treeless openings as a place to blow your scent into. Usually nothing will come from there and if they do you can see/shoot if you wanted.
Walk the river bank and look for crossings. See where they are headed when they get on your place. You don't need to be right on the river. Within 200 yards.
The area I had on that river had bluffs so we put our feeders down low and stand up on the bluffs. We could come in from up above and they could never have a clue.
There are tons of channel cats in that river. Find a good long deep run and they will be there

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#7042499 - 01/17/18 07:27 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
Erathkid Offline
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^^^This is good info. Feeders down low, stands up high if possible. Don't discount hunting the edge of a wheat field. Tripod or pop-up will help here. It usually takes a couple of seasons to figure out patterns. The sooner you can get access to start scouting, the better. Deer are making serious trails right now.


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#7042521 - 01/17/18 07:45 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
Fishercounty Offline
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Registered: 08/07/12
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Loc: Fisher,Jones,Stonewall.

Find a dropoff and throw a line the catfish are abundant.
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#7042550 - 01/17/18 08:06 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Great nuggets guys, thankfully I will be joining existing hunters that are doing many of these things already, so really just reestablishing the current hunting spots. Looking forward to my first Riverside hunting experience.

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#7042677 - 01/17/18 09:43 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Joining existing hunters (plural) on a couple hundred acres in that area can be crowded unless y'all have a couple hundred acres of above average deer habitat for the area.

Not at all trying to be negative, I hope it works out for you. up

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#7042712 - 01/17/18 10:16 PM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Sorry 3 of us total on 600 acres and lots of animals.

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#7044297 - 01/19/18 07:29 AM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Looking forward to next season, doing some fishing out there will be a nice added benefit too...

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#7044466 - 01/19/18 09:13 AM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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Loc: Watauga, TX / Eastland
Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Looking forward to next season, doing some fishing out there will be a nice added benefit too...


clap sounds awesome up
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#7044561 - 01/19/18 09:57 AM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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DQ, I hunted the Brazos for several years, best set up for us was a blind looking toward the tree line and river, food plot in between, would be the "bees knees"! We had deer come from everywhere in the mornings, as they where out all night, evening it was usually from the thicker areas, but the growth along the river was a major thoroughfare, so after 2 years, we moved out of it and did much better (bow and rifle). bow season we had stands just on the outside edge.

And talk about late summer dove hunting, best I have ever experienced, we sat where ever the water was down and provided a mudflat for the dove to land, insane amount of birds.
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#7044569 - 01/19/18 09:59 AM Re: Any Tricks to Hunting Riverside Property [Re: DQ Kid]
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FYI, you can look at the bark on the trees and see where the high water line has been sometimes, we lost 2 feeders the first year hunting in the trees by the river, water came up and ruined. Also had a ladder blind taken, followed the AH foot prints right to the waters edge, so they boated in.
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