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#7105476 - 03/08/18 06:46 PM Advice Needed
Jep777 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/25/17
Posts: 11
Hi there, THF. Looking for some advice as a novice hunter. A friend of my father has given us permission to hog hunt on his land. It is an awesome piece of land. About 800 acres with several hunting stands and a beautiful pond. Very gracious of him.
My question is this: What are some things I can do to help improve his land or help him out with upkeep. Iím relatively new to all this but Iíd like to contribute in a way that letís him know Iím willing to do some work as a thank you. Any ideas? I know the obvious thing would be to ask but having met this guy only once I know heíd tell me not to worry about it.

Thanks.

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#7105488 - 03/08/18 06:56 PM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
colt45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 8055
Loc: bastrop county
if there are fences, volunteer to help upkeep, be watchful for things that are out of place, leave gates like you find them or ask land owner how he wants the gates kept. volunteer to help out with any chores, any time you have free time. if you see him working at something, stop, just start helping, with out asking.
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#7105565 - 03/08/18 07:37 PM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
Russ79 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/09
Posts: 547
Loc: Nacogdoches, Tx
You said he has several hunting stands. If there are feeders as well offer to maybe put some corn in the feeders, paint the stands, trim shooting lanes or along the roads, stuff like that.

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#7105571 - 03/08/18 07:39 PM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
My place is 1/10 of the size of his and I'm up to my [censored] in alligators when it comes to brush clearing, and fence building. A man can help tremendously with a chain saw and pole saw.
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#7105622 - 03/08/18 08:23 PM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 5891
Loc: Helotes, Hext
That free time between morning and evening hunts, is work time.
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#7105745 - 03/08/18 09:50 PM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
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If he has livestock on it, buy him several sacks of feed after asking him what he feeds this time of year. If he has a feeder on his pond, pick up a bag or two of catfish feed. Tractor Supply also carries feed for bream, bass, and other fish people commonly stock in their ponds. If he owns a tractor, bring a 5 gallon container of diesel, given he has a diesel tractor. Simply put, provide him with something to help with his operating expenses, and do it every time you hunt his place.

Also, if you have special maintenance and fix-it skills, offer them when the opportunity presents itself.
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#7105826 - 03/09/18 05:23 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
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Registered: 01/22/11
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Loc: Over yonder.....
Simply ask him what you can do to help...offer to fill feeders, paint stands, trim brush etc.

Ultimately he will appreciate most what he is asked what he needs done....

Sounds like an awesome deal! Good luck!
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#7105836 - 03/09/18 05:38 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Registered: 06/24/06
Posts: 4621
Loc: Hurst, Tx
Agree with Snake. The last thing I would want is somebody/anybody doing stuff on my place without checking with me.
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#7105886 - 03/09/18 07:00 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
Jep777 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/25/17
Posts: 11
Thanks for the great advice guys. Awesome info.

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#7105898 - 03/09/18 07:09 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
Flashprism Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 466
Loc: Corpus & Dickens
each visit is worth 100.00 or more Find out what he drinks and give him a bottle or 2 not just one time Leave every thing as you found it Don't ever leave anything behind, Offer him a portion of your success. Let him know when you are going and
thank him after each visit. Give him an update of your success.

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#7105987 - 03/09/18 08:23 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
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Registered: 06/15/09
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Loc: Huntsville, AL
Always carry a large trash bag and pickup any trash you find.
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#7106004 - 03/09/18 08:32 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
PoppinPiggies Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/08/18
Posts: 50
Loc: North Texas
Don't do anything without permission, but like stated by others it seems with me that there is always an unlimited supply of brush to clear. Bring some loppers and a saw and ask what he needs done. Also suggested was buying corn, this is extremely cheap and if that is what he is feeding I would buy it without asking and just give it to him while offering to help fill feeders.
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#7106047 - 03/09/18 08:59 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
Brother in-law Offline
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Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 27578
Fill the feeders

If you get something give him the processed package meat

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#7106166 - 03/09/18 10:44 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Jep777]
Bbear Offline
Tracker

Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 878
Loc: West Texas
What everyone says is true. Proof of the rewards for your efforts:
I hunted the same lease in Llano county for over 20 years. I was out there, by myself, one summer day and saw some fences that needed fixing. So, I got MY fence repair stuff and was in the process of fixing it. The landowner came by and remarked on it more in passing than anything else. Another time, that same year, a friend and I were out to do some fishing/hog hunting and saw a steer with a bloody foot dragging about 10' of barbed wire fence and a 2-3' piece of fence post. Being Saturday, we corralled the steer, filled a tub with water and tossed out some hay we found. We then went into town and found the only vet that was open and told him our situation. The vet stated he didn't normally do work for our landowner but would come out anyway. He came and we helped him fix up the steer and we all went on our way. Later that week I got a call from the landowner thanking me for it.
When I took over as 'Lease Manager' I went and spoke with the landowner. He stated that we had been his best lease-holders by far. He was going to raise everyone's lease fee from $1500 per family to $2000 per family but would keep ours at $1500 since he figured we'd saved him at least that much in the past years.
Help in whatever way you can. It will be repaid in spades.
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#7106167 - 03/09/18 10:44 AM Re: Advice Needed [Re: Dry Fire]
Buccaneer Offline
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Registered: 08/01/10
Posts: 265
Originally Posted By: Dry Fire
Always carry a large trash bag and pickup any trash you find.


X2 !

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