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Wildest East Texas Experiences #7427066 02/07/19 03:27 PM
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Moved here almost two years ago to the Dallas area, and started to hear about East Texas. I heard there are some places you definitely don't want to go hunt in. I also heard there's a different breed of people living out there in the boonies. I'm interesting to hear some of yall's wild stories out hunting in the East Texas country

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Hunted in walker county for about 5 years.

Different type of people there for sure, compared to the rest of the state.

Hunting at the time was fair.

Nothing really wild ever happened. I did jump what I believe was a black bear walking back to the truck one evening.

Also saw my first otter there in a pond.

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Bigfoot. They run in packs out that way



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The wildest things I ever saw out there were sitting around a camp fire!

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There are some great people in east texas. Then there are also liars thieves and meth heads

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Just got off a lease where land had sold this year north east of Clarksville. Had it for four years. Nothing weird other than a ton of rain and hogs. Other than loggers that stole a couple of gate cameras nothing else happened. Had 2 travel trailers, 2 atv's, tractor, 2 trailers and no issues.

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Originally Posted by Aggieman775
. . . . Then there are also liars thieves and meth heads


those are everywhere in every corner of every state.
they just get noticed more in east Texas

Re: Wildest East Texas Experiences [Re: SenkoSamurai] #7427297 02/07/19 07:56 PM
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Might as well add "People in east Texas are different " to the list that includes HF vs. LF, .223 as a deer caliber, etc.

I've known some of the best people and some real scum "behind the Pine Curtain ". I'm talking about true Deep East Texas (San Augustine/Nacogdoches, etc.).


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I had a few leases in East Texas in the 80's when it was all I could afford.

I actually walked up on poachers in my blind two different hunts in one season. I couldn't afford equipment they could steal, lol.


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Originally Posted by Pitchfork Predator
I had a few leases in East Texas in the 80's when it was all I could afford.

I actually walked up on poachers in my blind two different hunts in one season. I couldn't afford equipment they could steal, lol.


A blessing in disguise lol

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My wildest experience was to actually see a low fenced mature East Texas whitetail buck in the daylight, eating corn under a feeder. grin



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Originally Posted by stxranchman
My wildest experience was to actually see a low fenced mature East Texas whitetail buck in the daylight, eating corn under a feeder. grin



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I hunt near Caddo Lake and a few years back my son and I was coming out of the property and had an older couple pull up in a car and ask about Sasquatch. This was on a small muddy dirt road they really should’ve been on with a car. Said they were at a Sasquatch convention at Caddo State Park and we’re out driving back roads looking for signs. Wanted to know if I had seen or heard anything unusual . Couldn’t help but have some fun with them. My son was laughing and giggling in the passenger seat.

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My wildest experience was to actually see a low fenced mature East Texas whitetail buck in the daylight, eating corn under a feeder. grin



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"hunted" East Texas a couple times in the 80's on the Girl Friends family place. Will just leave it at that. do not want to send myself to banned camp cheers

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Originally Posted by stxranchman
My wildest experience was to actually see a low fenced mature East Texas whitetail buck in the daylight, eating corn under a feeder. grin



Funny man.



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Originally Posted by OHanlon87
I hunt near Caddo Lake and a few years back my son and I was coming out of the property and had an older couple pull up in a car and ask about Sasquatch. This was on a small muddy dirt road they really should’ve been on with a car. Said they were at a Sasquatch convention at Caddo State Park and we’re out driving back roads looking for signs. Wanted to know if I had seen or heard anything unusual . Couldn’t help but have some fun with them. My son was laughing and giggling in the passenger seat.

You are so right about the roads down there, that good old red clay gets slick after a rain. We used to hunt near Caddo Lake and there are a few good deer around there. I still hunt in Harrison county but over near Longview. So far all I have lost is feeder timers, batteries and solar panels. The place I owned just west of Marshall I constantly had to run people off of.

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Originally Posted by Creekrunner

I've known some of the best people and some real scum "behind the Pine Curtain ". I'm talking about true Deep East Texas (San Augustine/Nacogdoches, etc.).


Yes, that's where I am. Right in the thick of it.


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Our lease is pretty much on a straight line between Ft. Polk and Ft. Hood. For that reason, we often see Army helicopters flying between the two bases. Not sure why, but one Saturday a small group of Apaches flew right over our camp at treetop level. I think we felt the ground shake before we realized it was helicopters about to fly over us. Even when the Chinooks fly over at higher altitudes they create quite a racket in the otherwise quiet East Texas Piney Woods.

There was also a time when private land that borders the National Forest caught fire and threatened to spread into the Forest. It was something watching a helicopter on contract with the USFS picking up water from a nearby pond and dropping it on the fire. The fire never made it into the Forest. A USFS employee told me years later they have agreements with local landowners for access to water when needed to fight fires.

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Originally Posted by OHanlon87
I hunt near Caddo Lake and a few years back my son and I was coming out of the property and had an older couple pull up in a car and ask about Sasquatch. This was on a small muddy dirt road they really should’ve been on with a car. Said they were at a Sasquatch convention at Caddo State Park and we’re out driving back roads looking for signs. Wanted to know if I had seen or heard anything unusual . Couldn’t help but have some fun with them. My son was laughing and giggling in the passenger seat.

lol35 lol35


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Originally Posted by Texas Dan
Our lease is pretty much on a straight line between Ft. Polk and Ft. Hood. For that reason, we often see Army helicopters flying between the two bases. Not sure why, but one Saturday a small group of Apaches flew right over our camp at treetop level. I think we felt the ground shake before we realized it was helicopters about to fly over us. Even when the Chinooks fly over at higher altitudes they create quite a racket in the otherwise quiet East Texas Piney Woods.

There was also a time when private land that borders the National Forest caught fire and threatened to spread into the Forest. It was something watching a helicopter on contract with the USFS picking up water from a nearby pond and dropping it on the fire. The fire never made it into the Forest. A USFS employee told me years later they have agreements with local landowners for access to water when needed to fight fires.


Texas owns all above ground water in Texas. Even my pond water is owned by the state. At least that is what I have read in many different places, and they do that so they can use the water to fight fires. They don't need permission from the landowner.



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Our lease is pretty much on a straight line between Ft. Polk and Ft. Hood. For that reason, we often see Army helicopters flying between the two bases. Not sure why, but one Saturday a small group of Apaches flew right over our camp at treetop level. I think we felt the ground shake before we realized it was helicopters about to fly over us. Even when the Chinooks fly over at higher altitudes they create quite a racket in the otherwise quiet East Texas Piney Woods.

There was also a time when private land that borders the National Forest caught fire and threatened to spread into the Forest. It was something watching a helicopter on contract with the USFS picking up water from a nearby pond and dropping it on the fire. The fire never made it into the Forest. A USFS employee told me years later they have agreements with local landowners for access to water when needed to fight fires.


Texas owns all above ground water in Texas. Even my pond water is owned by the state. At least that is what I have read in many different places, and they do that so they can use the water to fight fires. They don't need permission from the landowner.


I was at a meeting during the middle of the Bearing Fire which at that very moment was devastating east TX and threatening our place and hundreds of others. There were heroes wearing themselves to the bone to get the fire under control. In the middle of progress/spread updates a (ahem) local gentleman stood up and asked the Task Force Commander if the state was going to pay him for the water they were taking out of his pond.

I honestly thought he was not going to make it out of that meeting alive....


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Originally Posted by Creekrunner
Might as well add "People in east Texas are different " to the list that includes HF vs. LF, .223 as a deer caliber, etc.

I've known some of the best people and some real scum "behind the Pine Curtain ". I'm talking about true Deep East Texas (San Augustine/Nacogdoches, etc.).


Whoa...don’t be lumping us in with San Augustine Co...that’s The Louisiana buffer.

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Our lease is pretty much on a straight line between Ft. Polk and Ft. Hood. For that reason, we often see Army helicopters flying between the two bases. Not sure why, but one Saturday a small group of Apaches flew right over our camp at treetop level. I think we felt the ground shake before we realized it was helicopters about to fly over us. Even when the Chinooks fly over at higher altitudes they create quite a racket in the otherwise quiet East Texas Piney Woods.

There was also a time when private land that borders the National Forest caught fire and threatened to spread into the Forest. It was something watching a helicopter on contract with the USFS picking up water from a nearby pond and dropping it on the fire. The fire never made it into the Forest. A USFS employee told me years later they have agreements with local landowners for access to water when needed to fight fires.


Texas owns all above ground water in Texas. Even my pond water is owned by the state. At least that is what I have read in many different places, and they do that so they can use the water to fight fires. They don't need permission from the landowner.


Interesting. The next time I see the landowner I'll tell him what the USFS employee told me and see what he says.


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Our lease is pretty much on a straight line between Ft. Polk and Ft. Hood. For that reason, we often see Army helicopters flying between the two bases. Not sure why, but one Saturday a small group of Apaches flew right over our camp at treetop level. I think we felt the ground shake before we realized it was helicopters about to fly over us. Even when the Chinooks fly over at higher altitudes they create quite a racket in the otherwise quiet East Texas Piney Woods.

There was also a time when private land that borders the National Forest caught fire and threatened to spread into the Forest. It was something watching a helicopter on contract with the USFS picking up water from a nearby pond and dropping it on the fire. The fire never made it into the Forest. A USFS employee told me years later they have agreements with local landowners for access to water when needed to fight fires.


Texas owns all above ground water in Texas. Even my pond water is owned by the state. At least that is what I have read in many different places, and they do that so they can use the water to fight fires. They don't need permission from the landowner.


I was at a meeting during the middle of the Bearing Fire which at that very moment was devastating east TX and threatening our place and hundreds of others. There were heroes wearing themselves to the bone to get the fire under control. In the middle of progress/spread updates a (ahem) local gentleman stood up and asked the Task Force Commander if the state was going to pay him for the water they were taking out of his pond.

I honestly thought he was not going to make it out of that meeting alive....


If that fire had jumped Hwy 287 and moved south, things would have gone to Hell in our neck of the woods.


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