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#7170371 - 05/15/18 09:16 AM Zapata County
BMag Offline
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Registered: 06/17/16
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I'm currently looking at a lease in Zapata County. Any info on the quality of deer down there, and maybe how many acres per hunter we should look at having?

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#7170392 - 05/15/18 09:42 AM Re: Zapata County [Re: BMag]
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Registered: 02/20/12
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Sure, hunted Webb/Zapata county line for 30-35 years. Some really good hunting, can be lots of deer, hogs and varmints. Decent dove too, quail has gone down over the last 20+ years as most places had. With most places, really depends what is surrounding you ranch wise and especially hunting pressure wise. We were a mile to mile and half from the East ranch and within a mile of a large Bruni pasture and our immediate surrounding neighbors seemed to hunt responsibly as well. Was not uncommon for us to see 10-25 deer per sitting, several of those being nice to mature bucks.

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#7170519 - 05/15/18 11:58 AM Re: Zapata County [Re: DQ Kid]
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Sure, hunted Webb/Zapata county line for 30-35 years. Some really good hunting, can be lots of deer, hogs and varmints. Decent dove too, quail has gone down over the last 20+ years as most places had. With most places, really depends what is surrounding you ranch wise and especially hunting pressure wise. We were a mile to mile and half from the East ranch and within a mile of a large Bruni pasture and our immediate surrounding neighbors seemed to hunt responsibly as well. Was not uncommon for us to see 10-25 deer per sitting, several of those being nice to mature bucks.


We had about 200-250 acres per hunter and did not feel crowded at all...

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#7171012 - 05/15/18 08:41 PM Re: Zapata County [Re: BMag]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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If you want to have good hunting for years to come then I would not put more than 1 hunter per 400-500 acres depending on deer density and ratio.
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