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Knox County Whitetails #8527651 02/09/22 09:03 PM
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Have thought about trying to purchase some land in Knox County (Eastern) around the Brazos River (Vera, Goree, Etc) . I'm not very familiar with the size bucks in Knox County because I live in the DFW area. I know absolutely no one in Knox County. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks You.

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Look about 6 threads down and PMnitro can probably fill you in

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I'd research the surrounding properties. The deer, in areas can be very nice, but the size of the properties around will most likely have the most affect. Pressure can cause them to go nocturnal.
I've hunted in the general area for years and bought a small place north of Seymour. You'll want more brush, with water, most of the time. Unless you have large neighbors, then agriculture can pull more animals to your property. Google Earth is your friend for checking fence lines and stands and feeders around the place you're looking at.

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Originally Posted by BOLT GUY
I'd research the surrounding properties. The deer, in areas can be very nice, but the size of the properties around will most likely have the most affect. Pressure can cause them to go nocturnal.
I've hunted in the general area for years and bought a small place north of Seymour. You'll want more brush, with water, most of the time. Unless you have large neighbors, then agriculture can pull more animals to your property. Google Earth is your friend for checking fence lines and stands and feeders around the place you're looking at.

Great advice Bolt and again a great buck off your place this year!!!!

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I just didn’t know how much hunting pressure exist in Knox. 170s possible along the river?

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Good luck. I hunted purt near all of texas. Some nice deer in Knox. My opinion - definitely, the hardest mature bucks to hunt. The 2 to 3 yo are available. When they hit 4yo. They go nocturnal.


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Be glad they are there now. We had no whitetail in the area growing up in the 60's.. unless...you caught a glimps of one dwon in the breaks by tha river.. doing pretty good now


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Originally Posted by Gunter3540
I just didn’t know how much hunting pressure exist in Knox. 170s possible along the river?

I'd say 170's are possible, but again it comes down to the neighboring properties. 20 years ago not uncommon to find a place and not have much competition, nowadays you'd be lucky to find a place without hunters pretty much all around you.
How big of a place are you looking at? For a small place it will have to have a lot of the right criteria to hold or draw in the kind of deer you're hoping for.
I looked for my place for over 10 years, messed around and missed a few that i should have jumped at, before I found one that fit the bill and I was able to scoop up. If you find something you really like, be prepared to make an offer quick. Places keep going up in price and if they are even remotely attractive they are being locked down pretty quick. Make sure you know what exactly features you want on the land and then be vigilant in checking for new properties coming on the market.
I know for a fact that there are deer larger than 170 around my place, but in two years have yet to see one in person. I've killed a couple of really nice bucks, but nothing that large yet. I'm completely satisfied though knowing it can happen anytime and just appreciate the fact of harvesting deer from my own place.

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Thank you Bolt. I'm looking for 400-500 acres close to the river. Just not much cover around the areas I'm looking at due to the amount of farm land. I've seen a few places come up with a few creeks and good cover, but just wasn't ready financially to pull the trigger. I just know, that I would like to be around the Brazos. I guess I have in my mind, that the bigger deer will be hugged up to the river. I appreciate all of your info.

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One of the most important criteria for me was to be in an area with large neighbors, to limit the small properties and being over hunted. It took a while but was able to find pretty much a perfect place for me.
Surrounded on three sides by a 40k acres ranch. The ranch sold this past summer to a larger ranch outfit and now hearing of the possibility(likely) of a solar farm going in. It's a big place so hopefully it won't be anywhere around me.

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The solar company that was planning a solar farm in Foard County were only interested in areas with massive wheat fields and close access to power lines. Thankfully their plans failed.


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You were next to la escalera I assume

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Originally Posted by Gunter3540
Thank you Bolt. I'm looking for 400-500 acres close to the river. Just not much cover around the areas I'm looking at due to the amount of farm land. I've seen a few places come up with a few creeks and good cover, but just wasn't ready financially to pull the trigger. I just know, that I would like to be around the Brazos. I guess I have in my mind, that the bigger deer will be hugged up to the river. I appreciate all of your info.

I wouldn't put to much emphasis on the value of the river.......it's very salty water the majority of the time.......what's most important is cover and a good water well......


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Have owned two places in Knox County. Old place was north of 82 in the South Wichita River basin. There were fewer deer in that country, but hunting pressure around us was very low (large neighbors on three sides) and buck age class structure was great. Killed 150s and had 170s on camera. Had a few mule deer and javelina.

Current place is near Goree. Lake Creek runs through our place. The deer population in this part of the county is better where there is cover. The hunting pressure is greater, not as many mature bucks, but they are there. The creek holds lots of game. A lot more turkeys for sure. The entire county is overrun with hogs and coyotes and rattlesnakes. Lot of good deer around Miller Creek Reservoir as well. It’s technically Baylor County.

Like Bolt, I used Google Earth to check for the number of blinds/feeders on surrounding properties.

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Thanks Big Ag! Have you heard anything about the hunting north of Goree and Munday around the river?

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North of Munday you want to be north of the Brazos. Around Goree, you want to be along or close to Lake Creek. It runs from Miller Creek Reservoir, flows north and empties into the Brazos.

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The Salt Fork of the Brazos only value for deer is the cover along its river bank. Like others have said it is to salty to be a preferred water source for animals. So if the place you are looking at has the river and the river bottom is thick with cover it would be a benefit. Our place has a 1/2 mile of river frontage in western Knox Co.

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I've hunted this part of the country most of the 2000's. I've killed two bucks over 160 since and I've seen a handful of others larger. If your expectations are in line with this, you won't be disappointed. If you're expecting an opportunity at this caliber deer every year then you'll likely be disappointed. Just depends on what you're looking for.

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Originally Posted by tShawnB
I've hunted this part of the country most of the 2000's. I've killed two bucks over 160 since and I've seen a handful of others larger. If your expectations are in line with this, you won't be disappointed. If you're expecting an opportunity at this caliber deer every year then you'll likely be disappointed. Just depends on what you're looking for.

I think this is good advice. He killed two 160s in about 20 years and probably was leasing several 1000 acres. “Most” would be happy with that. It’s all about realistic expectations. OP thinking about a few 100 acres then expectations need to consider that. Yes, 170s are possible in lots of places but lots of factors keep the odds very low of happening with ANY frequency. Just my 2 cents and best of luck.


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Thanks Feeerange! I am ware that 160-170 won’t be killed every year, I just want to sit knowing that it’s possible. I’ve hunted where I knew they weren’t around and it’s deflating in a way. What about south of Vera? Good hunting?

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I've hunted this part of the country most of the 2000's. I've killed two bucks over 160 since and I've seen a handful of others larger. If your expectations are in line with this, you won't be disappointed. If you're expecting an opportunity at this caliber deer every year then you'll likely be disappointed. Just depends on what you're looking for.

I think this is good advice. He killed two 160s in about 20 years and probably was leasing several 1000 acres. “Most” would be happy with that. It’s all about realistic expectations. OP thinking about a few 100 acres then expectations need to consider that. Yes, 170s are possible in lots of places but lots of factors keep the odds very low of happening with ANY frequency. Just my 2 cents and best of luck.

I killed a 167 on a 3000 acre lease and had pics of one bigger, probably in the 180's. I killed a 194 on a 20,000 acre place and had pics of larger and hunted a larger buck on this same place with no luck. I'm on a 1300 acre place now for the last 5 years and biggest killed is a 151 8 point. We have seen a few bucks in the high 50's pushing low 60's but again, they've been smarter than us. All of these places were and are intensely managed. I've come to the conclusion after 17 years of hunting this area of the rolling plains/panhandle that a mature 150" buck is a very good trophy and shouldn't be passed. There are bigger bucks for sure, but in this big country, and I've seen it, these mature bucks will seek low pressure areas during hunting season often leaving the place they reside from January thru October. My suggestion is to stay low key, corn the roads, fence lines, Sendero's, etc... and hunt from a truck blind if you've got enough property to do so. I love hunting this country btw. Oh, also, having river bottoms are great, but they are also highways for deer. These buck will get on these highways and might be in the next county by morning but, you might catch bucks you've never seen on these highways as well you just gotta be there when they come thru.

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