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Hunting season end #7702078 12/30/19 01:49 PM
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Due to acorns, it was the worst since I bought the property in 1985. Now hoping for rains to keep the ponds/tanks wet enough to cover the backs of my fish.

The deer ought to be healthy with all the acorns they ate. That’s a plus.


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Hopefully it will continue to rain... Bucks are hitting the feeders hard here.


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No surprise I'm still learning the patterns of the deer on the new place I started hunting this year. Still a few days left to see if the buck that tore up trees before and during the rut is still in the area. I have been able to take three hogs, including one large boar the landowner wanted badly.


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I spent some time in the stand this past weekend and noticed that the bucks and does seemed to be in great shape, fat even.

If we can get some rain, 2020 should be a great year for the deer


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I has been really really bad here in Boerne for deer. I had 12 bucks on camera in September including two nice shooters. Nada since October. I was able to take 2 6 point culls but didn't see any real shooters

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Pretty much our story too. Slowest season I've ever had here. 3 shooters opening weekend but didn't want to shoot the first thing I saw. Deer are absent now. This will be a year for the deer. I'm OK with it.


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I agree, worst season in years

Good thing is the acorn crop like we had is abnormal

And I am curious to see what next year brings because of it


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Originally Posted by Erathkid
Pretty much our story too. Slowest season I've ever had here. 3 shooters opening weekend but didn't want to shoot the first thing I saw. Deer are absent now. This will be a year for the deer. I'm OK with it.

Same here. Two big bucks opening day but wanted my wife with me. Did take a decent 9 two weeks later. No shooters since. Wife and I are going for a few days starting New Years day.

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It was a good year in the Concho Valley. I saw some really nice bucks, and over all the herd was in good shape. Still waiting on results from the fly over, but it looks like we had a good fawn crop too. Also two of the processors that I visited say they are having a good year, way better than last year.


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I'm still at it. Behind the house right now. My nephew had one of our target culls within 50 yards yesterday evening. Gun didnt fire, twice. Bad ammo? I think not. The deer have some mojo beads.


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Re: Hunting season end [Re: Dave Davidson] #7702646 12/31/19 01:21 AM
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Dave...just think about what a great fawn crop you're going to have in a few months....next year will be great! up


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Re: Hunting season end [Re: SnakeWrangler] #7702711 12/31/19 02:29 AM
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I had a great fawn crop this year. I saw 8 or 10 together in September. But, I figure coyotes will probably get 75% of them. That’s just Mama Nature at work.


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Had my boy finally shoot a doe yesterday. No bucks taken so first ever! Went duck hunting today and saw more deer than ducks! Someone was having a good hunt nearby. Dropped her off at Fischers and they are down 30% this year on deer processed. We have lots of doe though.

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With that much nutrition throughout the season they should be healthy next year.

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Coyotes are that bad up there?

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Originally Posted by Brother in-law
Coyotes are that bad up there?


Yes but don't think so on the deer. Every doe has a young one or two with them I see. When the yotes go nuts deer don't even flinch.

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Yep, coyotes have rebounded in my area. Went for years without hearing them but they are back.


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Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley, Rancher Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
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Well, I finished the season with 1 deer killed. Shot it first day in the stand and literally did not see another deer. Very rough year. But, the one bright spot was my 6 year old got to go hunting for the first time. He absolutely loved it. He hunted with my dad so I could take the oldest. He was actually the only one to see deer. My dad said he took this binos out a d spotted deer. After hunting he took his BB gun and walked all over our place exploring and shooting his gun. I think he is hooked.

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I never went hunting this per se this season. I did see several deer on a daily basis in the field beside the house and plenty of them while moving about and doing work. However, once those acorns dropped I have not seen much of anything, but I do find a lot of tracks after each rain, so they must be somewhat nocturnal.

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We also finished out the season with one deer down. It has been the strangest season we’ve had in many years. First year that we have gone hunt after hunt without seeing more than a sporadic sighting of deer. Unheard of in the Hill Country. Neighboring ranches are reporting the same thing. Nothing coming to the feeders. Lots of available natural food sources. Still a very enjoyable season. Love to see kids showing an interest

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Strange. On about 350 acres where I raise my Ibex I had six 8 point bucks and one 11 point buck and 3 does taken. And I still know of a couple of eights, two 6's and a ten point still around. Way too many deer.

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We’re done also for the year. My wife took two does, both in December, which will be enough meat for us to get through the next year (still had a bit left from last season). First season in at least 10 years where we will not shoot a buck.

Same story for us as many others on here have noted: an unusual abundance of acorns kept most of the deer away from the feeders and much more nocturnal than in previous seasons.

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Our hunting season in the hill country was terrible.

Lots of deer and some good bucks on camera in September.....opening day of bow season acorns started falling and never stopped. Put in some time, not a great amount but more than a few hunts and didn’t see one bonafide shooter. Did see a few up and comers and some nice young bucks but no mature shooters I had seen on camera.

Once during a cold snap in October and during another one a few weeks ago I took opportunities to kill some junk bucks with my bow. Had several sits myself where I didn’t see a deer one.

Had a good time in the woods as always but it was a bummer season. I may go down south to a friend of mines place in live oak county over the weekend but I’m on the fence at the moment. I wouldn’t mind trying to take a south Texas buck before it’s all over but I’m not dying to either.

I’m already looking forward to the DSC show, the SCI show, booking a trip for 2021 and getting ready for my October Moose & Bear Hunt.

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It was a decent year in Runnels county.


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Anyone have a theory on why so many are reporting a below average season? The weather has been far better this year than last in East Texas with little or no flooding. I think I had five water marks in my deer blind last season.

Just for grins, I'll throw out the theory that a booming economy has put fewer people in the woods looking for meat. Fewer hunters means less pressure on the deer so they don't move as much. And when they don't have to move, you're far less likely to see them.

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