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Gun hunting on small property #8154769 02/04/21 12:08 AM
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What are your thought's on hunting small properties? I'm looking for 60-80 acres for my wife and I to gun hunt on. Can we realistically have two stands and hunt at the same time? The area we are purchasing is mostly heavy cover. Thanks

Re: Gun hunting on small property [Re: Reich] #8154777 02/04/21 12:12 AM
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Should be able to.

If my neighbors can each have a hunting blind on their 5 acre tracts, 2 blinds on a tract that size should not be a problem.

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Yes, I have that size property and two can safely hunt it given sufficient cover and line of sight breaks from each other.

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I don’t see any problem at all, if you have a clear line of site and beyond ,go for it. elmer

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I would be more concerned with your bullet crossing property line than what happens on your side. You should easily be able to manage the situation on your side of the fence.


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It will work fine if it is thick cover and your place is not going to be a long skinny rectangle. Is it flat or rolling or hilly terrain? I would use elevated box blinds to 8'-10' to make sure I was shooting at an angle that would put the bullet into the ground or with a treed or thick cover backdrop. Get you a crossbow and extend your season even more and not worry about shooting across a fence or safety on your side of the fence.


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Re: Gun hunting on small property [Re: stxranchman] #8155050 02/04/21 02:58 AM
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Originally Posted by stxranchman
It will work fine if thick cover and you place is not going to be a long skinny rectangle. Is it flat or rolling or hilly terrain? I would use elevated box blinds to 8'-10' to make sure I was shooting at an angle that would put the bullet into the ground with a treed or thick cover backdrop. Get you a crossbow and extend your season even more and not worry about shooting across a fence or safety on your side of the fence.


This is good advice. We have two properties, 32 acres and 44 acres. One of the most important keys to hunting small places safely is to use elevated stands and plan your shooting lanes to make sure no bullet will ever leave your property, period. No maybe's, probably's, shouldn't's, etc. No bullets leave the property.


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BigRon nailed it. We do it on 50 , no problems in thick east Tx.


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Re: Gun hunting on small property [Re: Reich] #8155323 02/04/21 01:28 PM
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Get to know your neighbors, never know when you might need their permission to retrieve a deer, or they might need to do the same.


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Re: Gun hunting on small property [Re: BigRon] #8155329 02/04/21 01:31 PM
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It will work fine if thick cover and you place is not going to be a long skinny rectangle. Is it flat or rolling or hilly terrain? I would use elevated box blinds to 8'-10' to make sure I was shooting at an angle that would put the bullet into the ground with a treed or thick cover backdrop. Get you a crossbow and extend your season even more and not worry about shooting across a fence or safety on your side of the fence.


This is good advice. We have two properties, 32 acres and 44 acres. One of the most important keys to hunting small places safely is to use elevated stands and plan your shooting lanes to make sure no bullet will ever leave your property, period. No maybe's, probably's, shouldn't's, etc. No bullets leave the property.

agree, we have 3 stands on 32 acres with enough elevation change to safely hunt all 3 at the same time and no shooting paths that would have a bullet leave the property.


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Yes, I have that size property and two can safely hunt it given sufficient cover and line of sight breaks from each other.

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I own 140 acres that is divided by a highway into 45 and 95. The 45 gets hunted a good bit. We used to run 2 stands on it, no problem. Feeders relative to the stands kept the hunters oriented away from one another.

As always, the thing about small properties, in general, is that you have to be mindful of your shots. Remember, that woods are not a backstop. Elevated stands will help make sure errant shots are grounded.


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All above covers it well. No ground blinds facing the perimeter. I try to be conscious of where neighbors' houses (and blinds) are too, no matter what size your property.


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Echoing other comments. Elevated blinds are the key. Don't shoot out of ground blinds unless they are positioned higher than the target.

Careful planning of blind placement and training hunters where they can safely aim is also very important.


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I used to own 28 acres (leased 102 that joined it) in East Texas and had elevated stands except for 2 places. Those 2 places had a feeder half way up a hill so the only place a bullet could hit was the deer or into the hill. Any stand placed close to a fence line was set up for shots only into the place we owned or leased. We also talked with all of the neighbors about the stands on fence lines and got approval from them before they were put up. They had the same set up, facing into their own property. Nice to have neighbors that you can get along with, we also helped each other recover wounded game that crossed fences on the rare occasion it happened. Usually kids on their first hunt. Dang I miss that place.

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in Bastrop county if its plated, must be at least 40acres, the only reason I bring this up, you should check with the county that you are in to see what the restrictions are


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Originally Posted by stxranchman
It will work fine if it is thick cover and your place is not going to be a long skinny rectangle. Is it flat or rolling or hilly terrain? I would use elevated box blinds to 8'-10' to make sure I was shooting at an angle that would put the bullet into the ground or with a treed or thick cover backdrop. Get you a crossbow and extend your season even more and not worry about shooting across a fence or safety on your side of the fence.


Definitely good advice for elevated stands

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I agree with what was said already. I own a small place and have successfully hunted 2 blinds for years on it with my old man and myself. One thing I do when gun hunting is to also shoot a larger caliber rifle. I use a 300 wm if I am rifle hunting hogs or deer. And when I bow hunt I shoot really big expendable's so I get good blood fast. Putting critters on the ground fast is the name of the game. I also stagger when my dad and I walk to our blinds. Usually him first, then me. That way we watch each other and have a second level of security knowing where each other are at. Same large pasture, different ends, different shot directions that we hashed out years ago.

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Small land keep things close. This is on 20 acres. I bow hunt but I let my family gun hunt. Noone has to shoot more than 75 yards.

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I hunt on 10 acres. I have had to pass on shots to to direction.

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