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#7186992 - 06/02/18 08:33 PM New-ish Hunter
remingtonTX Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/30/17
Posts: 4
Loc: South Texas
Hey y'all,

I've only been deer hunting the past two seasons, but I've got the bug HARD. I can't believe I've gone thirty something years without hunting! Now I'm not at the point of searching for my own lease because I don't know enough to know what I don't know. However, I am looking for opportunity. This summer I'm going to put in for a few of the Texas Public Hunts and I've got a friend that's taken me out to his lease this past season and hopefully will continue to do so. Moving forward, what's the best way to get access? I don't want to depend solely on one person to open the gates to deer camp, but we don't have the wide open opportunities for public hunts as they do out west. Are there any good resources for hunting opportunities? I don't have a problem with outfitters, but I don't want to drop a couple grand on a hunt just yet. I feel like those hunts aren't the best learning opportunities...but maybe I'm wrong?

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#7187065 - 06/02/18 10:30 PM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
TXHOGSLAYER Offline
goatboy

Registered: 01/12/12
Posts: 15361
Loc: Katy, TX
welcome

Go to the land and lease section on here. Find something or post what you are looking for.
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Also, I wonder why you guys are arguing if you have not tried it both ways.

Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I got 3 inches.

Originally Posted By: nsmike
you haven't seen anything, until two gays go at it.

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#7187169 - 06/03/18 07:21 AM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
maximus_flavius Offline
Tracker

Registered: 04/24/13
Posts: 910
If you want hunting access on your own terms, your wasting time until you get on a lease.

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#7187177 - 06/03/18 07:33 AM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
remingtonTX Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/30/17
Posts: 4
Loc: South Texas
Thanks for the responses guys... I'm definitely looking into leasing.

Are hunting clubs even a thing anymore? While reading I've come across them as a potential way into hunting but not finding much info on them these days.

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#7187232 - 06/03/18 08:34 AM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
snake oil Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 1760
Loc: Graham
I think they are mostly east Texas and you want to stay outa there.......

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#7187276 - 06/03/18 09:21 AM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: maximus_flavius]
colt45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 8246
Loc: bastrop county
Originally Posted By: maximus_flavius
If you want hunting access on your own terms, your wasting time until you get on a lease.
this, so it sooner than later
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#7187434 - 06/03/18 01:10 PM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
SnakeWrangler Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 36302
Loc: Over yonder.....
Originally Posted By: TXHOGSLAYER
welcome

Go to the land and lease section on here. Find something or post what you are looking for.
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"Death is permanent...everything else is temporary!"

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#7190365 - 06/06/18 02:44 PM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
Creekrunner Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 10352
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Welcome. If you want something affordable, then you'll probably have to look outside of south Texas; further west or up into the hill country. As stated, go to the lease section on here, plus, use any friend connections at work, church, etc. Just let them know you're looking. Also, some towns have deer leases listed on the Chamber of Commerce websites. I know Ozona used to. Try to avoid the "pay to play" "lease finder" sites. They've been discussed on here a lot and they're usually just a few lease "brokers" listing less than ideal ranches, day leases, etc. I wouldn't go the day lease route either. There are lots of shysters in the hunting lease business, so proceed cautiously. And if something doesn't seem right, trust your gut and you can also ask about it on here. We know everything!


Don't necessarily rule out an outfitted hunt for a learning experience. 'Depends on the guide. I've hunted most of my life, but learned a helluva lot from couple of guides. Other ones, not so much. Enjoy the journey!
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#7190753 - 06/06/18 09:00 PM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
Russ79 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 12/04/09
Posts: 556
Loc: Nacogdoches, Tx
I resent the trashing of east Texas for lease opportunities. It may not be the best choice for someone new though- you may go several hunts without seeing anything. I have hunted east Texas for about the last 20 years with little to no problems...other than getting skunked on many hunts. Many leases in most other parts of the state can be more productive but will cost you three to four times per year what it will cost you to hunt east Texas. You will have to be more selective in looking into hunting leases in east Texas.

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#7190802 - 06/06/18 09:55 PM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
Nogalus Prairie Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 24680
Loc: Corsicana
Let them trash east TX. Keeps folks away.

East TX sucks. Donít even look over here. No deer. Just methheads and poachers. up

smile

Good luck with your new passion. Itís a good one!
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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.



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#7191172 - 06/07/18 09:52 AM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
Russ79 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 12/04/09
Posts: 556
Loc: Nacogdoches, Tx
I'm sorry NP...I forgot we are supposed to be following along with that theory about east Texas....That's right...nothing to see here...keep moving....

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#7191736 - 06/07/18 08:25 PM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
Flashprism Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 489
Loc: Corpus & Dickens
Welcome!!!!
Using TPW opportunities is a good start. It's a bit of a ride but the National forest north of Houston was an option. Lots of area and deer. Been several times when I first moved to Texas in early 2000 and was successful in getting venison. Get their early enough and they had doe tags over the counter. As luck would have it I never used the doe tags as I scored with Bucks. Being covered in large pines a tree climbing stand was a valuable tool that helped greatly. It's a wonderful way to spend your free time I've been addicted since I was 16 that's about 54 years in the field and still counting until October.

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#7192146 - 06/08/18 10:30 AM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: Russ79]
TXHOGSLAYER Offline
goatboy

Registered: 01/12/12
Posts: 15361
Loc: Katy, TX
Originally Posted By: Russ79
I resent the trashing of east Texas for lease opportunities. It may not be the best choice for someone new though- you may go several hunts without seeing anything. I have hunted east Texas for about the last 20 years with little to no problems...other than getting skunked on many hunts. Many leases in most other parts of the state can be more productive but will cost you three to four times per year what it will cost you to hunt east Texas. You will have to be more selective in looking into hunting leases in east Texas.



SSSHHHHHHH!!!!!!! East TX is already crowded enough.
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Also, I wonder why you guys are arguing if you have not tried it both ways.

Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I got 3 inches.

Originally Posted By: nsmike
you haven't seen anything, until two gays go at it.

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#7192179 - 06/08/18 11:01 AM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: remingtonTX]
snake oil Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 1760
Loc: Graham
That's right go to East tx and get all your stuff stolen by those hillbillys....

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#7192813 - 06/08/18 09:05 PM Re: New-ish Hunter [Re: snake oil]
TXHOGSLAYER Offline
goatboy

Registered: 01/12/12
Posts: 15361
Loc: Katy, TX
Originally Posted By: snake oil
That's right go to East tx and get all your stuff stolen by those hillbillys....


Or south Texas and have it stolen by illegals. Been in East TX for a few years and haven't had any trouble, knock on wood.
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Also, I wonder why you guys are arguing if you have not tried it both ways.

Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I got 3 inches.

Originally Posted By: nsmike
you haven't seen anything, until two gays go at it.

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