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Shackleford County #8426259 10/22/21 11:37 AM
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What’s going on in this county lately? Texas Buck Registry on Instagram posts absolute monsters every day just about? Why is this such a random hot bed?

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That county has always had really good genetics and with the larger ranches, has had great deer. Most never reported or entered those deer in any contest or on social media. I suspect they had really good and timely rainfall this spring into summer. With todays management practices it is understandable why they are killing some great deer.


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Highly managed large ranches.


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Far from random, large++ ranches, light hunting pressure, intensive range management, supplemental feed, bucks allowed to age, and infused So. Tx genetics. Some high fence places, but not needed in most of the county, especially west of Albany. Most ranches maintain a low profile & cater to a few friends and high profile clients. It would be interesting to discover where those nice bucks reported on TBR were killed.

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Originally Posted by Dodge_Rock
Far from random, large++ ranches, light hunting pressure, intensive range management, supplemental feed, bucks allowed to age, and infused So. Tx genetics. Some high fence places, but not needed in most of the county, especially west of Albany. Most ranches maintain a low profile & cater to a few friends and high profile clients. It would be interesting to discover where those nice bucks reported on TBR were killed.

Those ranches that are LF are all native genetics, not introduced and many do not feed either.


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Originally Posted by stxranchman
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Far from random, large++ ranches, light hunting pressure, intensive range management, supplemental feed, bucks allowed to age, and infused So. Tx genetics. Some high fence places, but not needed in most of the county, especially west of Albany. Most ranches maintain a low profile & cater to a few friends and high profile clients. It would be interesting to discover where those nice bucks reported on TBR were killed.

Those ranches that are LF are all native genetics, not introduced and many do not feed either.


Hey stxranchman, I think you'll enjoy this read. I've been fortunate to hunt on some of the large ranches and have definitely "fallen in love" with that country. Mostly rolling, mesquite covered hills, but there is some wildly rugged terrain, with deep draws as well. There is an incredible amount of wildlife on those enormous places.

https://www.texas-wildlife.org/files/publications/2008_west_texas_deer_study_group.pdf

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Originally Posted by Dodge_Rock
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Far from random, large++ ranches, light hunting pressure, intensive range management, supplemental feed, bucks allowed to age, and infused So. Tx genetics. Some high fence places, but not needed in most of the county, especially west of Albany. Most ranches maintain a low profile & cater to a few friends and high profile clients. It would be interesting to discover where those nice bucks reported on TBR were killed.

Those ranches that are LF are all native genetics, not introduced and many do not feed either.


Hey stxranchman, I think you'll enjoy this read. I've been fortunate to hunt on some of the large ranches and have definitely "fallen in love" with that country. Mostly rolling, mesquite covered hills, but there is some wildly rugged terrain, with deep draws as well. There is an incredible amount of wildlife on those enormous places.

https://www.texas-wildlife.org/files/publications/2008_west_texas_deer_study_group.pdf

I've hunted there also. Thanks for the read.


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Nothing new for Shack, Several of the deer came from 1 ranch with a great history of producing trophy deer, this is a result of some feeding but letting deer reach maximum potential and age.

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I love that area

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Originally Posted by Dodge_Rock
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Originally Posted by Dodge_Rock
Far from random, large++ ranches, light hunting pressure, intensive range management, supplemental feed, bucks allowed to age, and infused So. Tx genetics. Some high fence places, but not needed in most of the county, especially west of Albany. Most ranches maintain a low profile & cater to a few friends and high profile clients. It would be interesting to discover where those nice bucks reported on TBR were killed.

Those ranches that are LF are all native genetics, not introduced and many do not feed either.


Hey stxranchman, I think you'll enjoy this read. I've been fortunate to hunt on some of the large ranches and have definitely "fallen in love" with that country. Mostly rolling, mesquite covered hills, but there is some wildly rugged terrain, with deep draws as well. There is an incredible amount of wildlife on those enormous places.

https://www.texas-wildlife.org/files/publications/2008_west_texas_deer_study_group.pdf


My dad is Ricky Linex, and my Mentor my first two years with the NRCS was Steve Nelle. Both top notch experts in their fields and I was fortunate to accompany them on some youth hunts on the Nail. Awesome country!


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Originally Posted by PigMoney
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Far from random, large++ ranches, light hunting pressure, intensive range management, supplemental feed, bucks allowed to age, and infused So. Tx genetics. Some high fence places, but not needed in most of the county, especially west of Albany. Most ranches maintain a low profile & cater to a few friends and high profile clients. It would be interesting to discover where those nice bucks reported on TBR were killed.

Those ranches that are LF are all native genetics, not introduced and many do not feed either.


Hey stxranchman, I think you'll enjoy this read. I've been fortunate to hunt on some of the large ranches and have definitely "fallen in love" with that country. Mostly rolling, mesquite covered hills, but there is some wildly rugged terrain, with deep draws as well. There is an incredible amount of wildlife on those enormous places.

https://www.texas-wildlife.org/files/publications/2008_west_texas_deer_study_group.pdf


My dad is Ricky Linex, and my Mentor my first two years with the NRCS was Steve Nelle. Both top notch experts in their fields and I was fortunate to accompany them on some youth hunts on the Nail. Awesome country!

Steve Nelle is an expert and a great guy. I really enjoyed field days or seminars he spoke at, the best ones were field days. Steve even took off a day from work to come down to visit me on a ranch back in the mid 90's. I was managing that ranch and he gave me advice on habitat work I was wanting to implement. I heard all of those gentlemen who are in that publication give talks before at field days or seminars.


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I dont think I disagree with anything said so far. Definitely been happening for a long time and its getting better it seems. Ive hunted that country and been on it for other reasons as well as leasing country the next county up. Some of the most fun country to hunt that I know of.


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Originally Posted by PigMoney
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Far from random, large++ ranches, light hunting pressure, intensive range management, supplemental feed, bucks allowed to age, and infused So. Tx genetics. Some high fence places, but not needed in most of the county, especially west of Albany. Most ranches maintain a low profile & cater to a few friends and high profile clients. It would be interesting to discover where those nice bucks reported on TBR were killed.

Those ranches that are LF are all native genetics, not introduced and many do not feed either.


Hey stxranchman, I think you'll enjoy this read. I've been fortunate to hunt on some of the large ranches and have definitely "fallen in love" with that country. Mostly rolling, mesquite covered hills, but there is some wildly rugged terrain, with deep draws as well. There is an incredible amount of wildlife on those enormous places.

https://www.texas-wildlife.org/files/publications/2008_west_texas_deer_study_group.pdf


My dad is Ricky Linex, and my Mentor my first two years with the NRCS was Steve Nelle. Both top notch experts in their fields and I was fortunate to accompany them on some youth hunts on the Nail. Awesome country!


Your dad did a great job editing that publication. Awesome country, words & photos don't do it justice. You have to see it.

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Steve is by far the greatest biologist NRCS has had. He is a walking encyclopedia of deer and plant knowledge. Very respectable man and I'm honored to know him. Him and dad are both doing private consulting in their retirements. NRCS is losing a wealth of knowledge with the old school employees retiring and leaving behind massive shoes to fill. I'm trying my best to keep it old school with a focus on management and plant ID but all the NRCS administration cares about now a days is spend that $$$.


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The Big country had big rain this year. Shackleford has been cranking them out for 30-40 years.


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Originally Posted by PigMoney
Steve is by far the greatest biologist NRCS has had. He is a walking encyclopedia of deer and plant knowledge. Very respectable man and I'm honored to know him. Him and dad are both doing private consulting in their retirements. NRCS is losing a wealth of knowledge with the old school employees retiring and leaving behind massive shoes to fill. I'm trying my best to keep it old school with a focus on management and plant ID but all the NRCS administration cares about now a days is spend that $$$.

Jerry Turrentine was pretty good also, but I agree that Nelle was in a league of his own. He worked very closely with a friend who had a ranch in Tom Green County with his forage samples.


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Originally Posted by PigMoney
Steve is by far the greatest biologist NRCS has had. He is a walking encyclopedia of deer and plant knowledge. Very respectable man and I'm honored to know him. Him and dad are both doing private consulting in their retirements. NRCS is losing a wealth of knowledge with the old school employees retiring and leaving behind massive shoes to fill. I'm trying my best to keep it old school with a focus on management and plant ID but all the NRCS administration cares about now a days is spend that $$$.

So, are you with NRCS?


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They are having a great season out there already for sure.

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Hunted a couple places in the past that i could see where one that scored in the 190s was killed and where I was hunting shred property lines with the 1200 acres that one came off of. One of the guys got a typical 10 that scored in the upper 150s. That place is right on the southern county line not far from Moran. Some dang good deer out that way and lots of hogs.


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Been hunting Shackelford for 20 years and protein feeding since 2007. We've killed lots of 150"+ deer but have yet to break 165". Our lease is only two sections, but Hubbard Creek runs right down the middle so its pretty thick. Hopefully we get one of these 190's to show up on our place someday. Btw, kmon1, if youre referring to the Moran Monster, we are really close.

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Shackleford has always had good genetics . This year is also an iconic year in Texas for deer!! We had a ton of rain over the summer, great browse conditions, In alot of areas-Its still green for crying outloud! Lol
I think youre going to see alot better deer this year than what a given area typically may produce. The downside to this(depending on conditions where you hunt)is that an area may have too much browse and the deer arent reponsive to the feeders! If this is the case- eventually with some cold weather, things will change later in the season.

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Great area

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I looked at leases years ago in Shackleford and Throckmorton - at the time I thought it was the up and coming area in Texas - is Throckmorton as good as Shackleford?


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Originally Posted by tlk
I looked at leases years ago in Shackleford and Throckmorton - at the time I thought it was the up and coming area in Texas - is Throckmorton as good as Shackleford?


Throckmorton has some good deer but smaller tracts of land. Shackleford has a lot of really big ranches that have been managed intensively for decades — much more like south Texas in that regard

In the 90s I hunted the Lambshead. We had 10k leased along the Brazos. It had some incredible deer.

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