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Best County in Texas #6923869
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This may have been ask before (i am sure it has) but I could not find it in the search.

What is your opinion on the best county to hunt in Texas year after year?
1) Top 5 counties for MOST deer?
2) Top 5 counties for Biggest deer?

I am going to say:
Quanity: kimble, kerr, gillespie, comal, real
Quality: Webb, Duval, LaSalle, Dimmit, Zavala

Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924186
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Most counties have good and bad areas.

Too broad a discussion I can be on one ranch in any of those counties and see big deer or a lot of deer and drive 10 min down the road and it be terrible

Way too many factors to go by counties anymore

But you left out Llano, menard, bandera and hays for most deer


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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924192
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That's right don't leave out Bandera County!

Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924270
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And maverick has more Boone & Crockett entries than any other county but it was left out



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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924319
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Well you can list all the major South Texas counties you want. But for most access unattainable or the price is financially out of most hunters price range. But for me give me Gonzales/Dewitt Co and am good.

Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924445
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You also left out the high fence, low fence option! woot

Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924454
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Yea I was thinking low fence. I did not know maverick lead the state with B&C.

Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924499
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I am a fan of Lampasas county, myself. Plus we see plenty of big deer on our farm in Tyler county, maybe not South Texas or Hill country numbers....but enough.


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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924548
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some bruisers come out of Armstrong, Donley, Briscoe also ...


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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924687
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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924716
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I have an East Tx bias......So Houston, Trinity, San Jacinto and Walker all hold dear to my heart


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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924722
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Traditionally the Edwards Plateau area counties will have the most deer in numbers, and the counties in what is known as the golden triangle of south Texas will have the larger deer.
There are exceptions to that rule due to management practices, but under the natural environment that usually holds true to this day.

Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924872
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Originally Posted By: dradkins
Yea I was thinking low fence. I did not know maverick lead the state with B&C.


I think Maverick leads the entire US. I heard that somewhere before.

Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924898
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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6924946
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I went back and found some old notes on the subject of B&C deer. Can't recall how old the data is, so may have changed a bit.

Webb County has more B&C entries than any other Texas County.

Best counties for typical B&Cs, in order, were Dimmit, LaSalle, Webb, Frio and Jim Hogg.

Best counties for non-typicals, in order, were Dimmit, Kleberg, Webb, Kenedy and LaSalle.

The Golden Triangle to include Dimmit, Maverick, Kinney, LaSalle, Webb, McMullen and Zapata counties have the second highest number of B&C entries of any region (Western Rio Grande Plains) in the US.

As for total number of deer, Edwards Plateau.

Texas is 5th in the nation for B&C entries. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa being ahead of Texas.

Re: Best County in Texas [Re: Drogers6771] #6924950
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Originally Posted By: Drogers6771
I have an East Tx bias......So Houston, Trinity, San Jacinto and Walker all hold dear to my heart
I lived in Huntsville for almost 30 years. Killed a lot of deer in the piney woods!


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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6925817
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Kleberg County, no contest.


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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6925824
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Are you sure about that?

Originally Posted By: fouzman
I went back and found some old notes on the subject of B&C deer. Can't recall how old the data is, so may have changed a bit.

Webb County has more B&C entries than any other Texas County.

Best counties for typical B&Cs, in order, were Dimmit, LaSalle, Webb, Frio and Jim Hogg.

Best counties for non-typicals, in order, were Dimmit, Kleberg, Webb, Kenedy and LaSalle.

The Golden Triangle to include Dimmit, Maverick, Kinney, LaSalle, Webb, McMullen and Zapata counties have the second highest number of B&C entries of any region (Western Rio Grande Plains) in the US.

As for total number of deer, Edwards Plateau.

Texas is 5th in the nation for B&C entries. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa being ahead of Texas.


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At my age, I am not into B&C scoring as much as I once was, now more into having fun hunting. In my opinion, the friends and family you are hunting with, camp (I kinda like to rough it) and big, open terrain make for a fun hunt. I admit that I will hunt a mature deer as that is all that I will shoot but don't go into depression if I don't find one.
I don't like to sit in a blind looking at a feeder. I prefer to walk or drive and glass, I guess that is why I now like to hunt more out west than my native South Texas or Hill Country. They say that old age will make one senile....
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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6925861
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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: fouzman] #6925869
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
Are you sure about that?

Originally Posted By: fouzman
I went back and found some old notes on the subject of B&C deer. Can't recall how old the data is, so may have changed a bit.

Webb County has more B&C entries than any other Texas County.

Best counties for typical B&Cs, in order, were Dimmit, LaSalle, Webb, Frio and Jim Hogg.

Best counties for non-typicals, in order, were Dimmit, Kleberg, Webb, Kenedy and LaSalle.

The Golden Triangle to include Dimmit, Maverick, Kinney, LaSalle, Webb, McMullen and Zapata counties have the second highest number of B&C entries of any region (Western Rio Grande Plains) in the US.

As for total number of deer, Edwards Plateau.

Texas is 5th in the nation for B&C entries. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa being ahead of Texas.



I do not think the above is accurate - I have the Boone and Crockett website where you can search all typical and non typical in Texas by counties. I have done it over the past ten years and the past thirty years. Maverick has the most entries in both categories for both sets of years. And Maverick is nowhere near the size of Webb.

Maybe we are looking at different catargories??


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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6925877
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I can't recall how old my data is, tlk. But it came from B&C. I remembered you saying Maverick led all counties last year, that's why I qualified with the "may have changed". I do know the data is more recent than 1987, though. I'll have to go back and research more when I have time.

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Originally Posted By: fouzman
Are you sure about that?

Originally Posted By: fouzman
I went back and found some old notes on the subject of B&C deer. Can't recall how old the data is, so may have changed a bit.

Webb County has more B&C entries than any other Texas County.

Best counties for typical B&Cs, in order, were Dimmit, LaSalle, Webb, Frio and Jim Hogg.

Best counties for non-typicals, in order, were Dimmit, Kleberg, Webb, Kenedy and LaSalle.

The Golden Triangle to include Dimmit, Maverick, Kinney, LaSalle, Webb, McMullen and Zapata counties have the second highest number of B&C entries of any region (Western Rio Grande Plains) in the US.

As for total number of deer, Edwards Plateau.

Texas is 5th in the nation for B&C entries. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa being ahead of Texas.



I just looked up on their site:

Past ten years: Typical - Maverick 27, Webb 26, LaSalle 20, Dimmitt 15, Kleberg 9

Non typical - Maverick 10, LaSalle 8, Cooke 6, Kleberg 6, Dimmitt 5

Past thirty years: Typical - Maverick 56, Webb 47, Dimmitt 36, LaSalle 36, and Klebert 19

Non typical - Maverick 19, LaSalle 12, Dimmitt 11, Kleberg 9 and Webb 8


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Re: Best County in Texas [Re: dradkins] #6925888
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Just sent you a PM.

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Just sent you a PM.


That explains the differences - thanks!


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