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East Texas public land hunting #7885446 06/30/20 12:18 AM
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Hey guys. I’m thinking about getting back into deer hunting. I live on Sam Rayburn. I’ve been looking around. Seams to be a lot of Corp land and also some units around to hunt. Anyone got any input from experience hunting this area? Places to avoid. Places to try? Just wondering if it’s worth messing with. I’ve hunted public land in the past and had great luck. But that was a long time ago. Thanks

Re: East Texas public land hunting [Re: Coolarrow2] #7885637 06/30/20 06:46 AM
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Welcome to the THF. Lots of annual public hunting permit lands and national forest as well in your area. Pick up maps to Sabine and Angelina National Forests and an APHP permit from TPWD when they become available. You will be mailed a book with the hunting area maps in it. My best advise since you live near where you would be hunting is to scout often. Keep hunting pressure in mind when your scouting and find alternate places to hunt be it locations on an individual area to completely different hunting areas near you. If access seems really easy, it means it is really easy for everyone and you will encounter other hunters. During season if the hunting pressure is bad in one place, move to another. I like to look for pinch points where game naturally gets funneled and escape routes where game pushed by other hunters get's funneled. This goes back to keeping hunting pressure in mind. Where are hunters entering from and going to and where is the game get's pushed to. Look for saddles between hills, fingers of cover between fields or next to water, etc. Of course the ideal is to find places that are hard for other hunters to get to or farther than most are willing to walk and find those scrape and rub lines, food sources and trails to and from them. Weekdays if possible. Old school hunting. If you just show up somewhere opening day and weekends and wonder around like many do, you probably will not be very successful. Do your homework and it is definitely worth messing with. Either way, you would still have a good time IMHO. I enjoy the scouting walking the woods as much as I do the hunting.
Good luck!

Re: East Texas public land hunting [Re: Coolarrow2] #7885654 06/30/20 10:11 AM
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Hey John, thanks. Yes sir I hunted public land in the past. If you willing to walk a 1/2 mile you see way less people! Lol I’m going to get a map of the area and start looking. Thinking I might use the boat and access some places walking is not an option. Google Earth is awesome! I bow hunted for years, between work and life just had to quit. Time was just not there. Getting close to retirement age. Getting a little more time and wanting to enjoy the outdoors more. Plus a little back strap sounds awesome!
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