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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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any expert north texas white tail hunters

Anyone hunt in the area around i-20 west of weatherford. First year doing the hunting thing and didn't see any deer but lots of turkeys last weekend. Curious for any pointers and curious if you could even tell from an aerial view good locations to consider.


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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 05:31 AM
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Bait with Soda ash, it is an unprocessed pure form of salt. mix about 3oz. in with about a twenty oz bottle of water and pour on ground. Deer can smell it from almost a mile away and will eat a 3 ft hole in the ground trying to get all of it.

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Stay down wind from the way you are facing. Go out dry (no smell goods). Don't smoke and be vewy vewy quiet with as little movement as possible. Also, most sporting stores sell doe urine that you can put out, or you may choose something sweet. They love acorns too. Get you a big burlap sack full and spread it in a area that you'll be hunting. Corn feeders work too.
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i tried corn and acorns with no instant success yet. Just gotta be more patient i guess
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my grandpa shot a 4 point buck last week that was jet black. Everyone at the deer camp kept telling him that it was an axis deer. I did some research and found out it was a melanistic buck. A genetic defect that is even more rare than an albino deer. He saw an albino doe while he was hunting too. Evidently there are 5 or fewer of these black deer killed each year and most experienced hunters have never even heard of them. I wish now he would have kept the hide or taken a pic of it. Here is a couple of links that i found while researching it.

http://www.northamericanwhitetail.co...s/ww_0904calf/


http://www.tpwmagazine.com/archive/2005/nov/scout4/


Thought some of you hunters might like to read those articles. I will probably never get to see one.

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i tried corn and acorns with no instant success yet. Just gotta be more patient i guess
And a lot of patience it sometimes takes. Scouting areas is a must for success as well. You need to try and find where they go from day to day. Find fresh tracks and see where their source of water, food and bedding is. Otherwise, you are just hoping that one will catch scent of your corn and acorns.
I'd say at this point that you are better off looking for lots of fresh tracks and set up down wind from there and put your corn/acorns out.
The area you are at actually has quite a few white tail, but its hunted alot and the deer are probably low keyed. They are not very big in that area, but plentiful.
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i tried corn and acorns with no instant success yet. Just gotta be more patient i guess

Black eye peas work really well.



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one issue im having is there are cows on the property so feed is often robbed by cows
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Are you in a stand? If not, are there any straight, taller trees that you can put a tree stand in? There are some decent ones at Cabalas in the 150.00 / 250.00 range. Just make sure that you buy a full harness for safety. My guess is that if you are on the ground, you are missing some with a poor view. 10 to 12 feet in a tree is plenty high enough.

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Personally I'd spread the corn in long scattered trails, don't leave it in piles as the deer will hunt for each and every morsel of corn whereas cattle usually just work on large piles of it... a 50 lb bag usually will cover 100 or so yards of a trail in a 1 foot wide scattered path.... I've had success in the past hunting a "cold"(unprepared) area by scattering the corn across several paths that show deer travel (tracks and droppings) I try to get within a couple of hundred yards of heavy thick brush, and find a small clearing..... the use of tree stands isn't really necessary, but does open up your areas of view....Deer try to move trough brush and in cover, but also will travel down dry creeks and gulleys... Get out to your hunting area at least an hour before daybreak, don't smoke or chew, drink coffee or carry stuff that is noisy or smelly... My secret weapon is a rabbit squaler.... If I hunt a cold area and know deer are around, but I'm not seeing any or many, I'll let a few squeels out like a wounded rabbit, a domionant doe and most young bucks will come to see what is going on.... just squeel for 15-30 seconds, put it down, pick up your rifle and watch.... Also, the nest 10-14 days in North Texas are gonna be fun, the bucks are coming into the first rut, and they get stupid, so just sit down and wait.... DO NOT try to walk around and find deer, you'll scare more than you'll see. Patience is the key....

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the only thing that worries me is i don't have much in the way of tracks or rubbings on the lease. I def need to improve my day of the hunt tactics. I've been driving my truck with flowmasters within 100 ft of my stand making way more noise than i should. I am using scent killer but im not sure how useful it really is
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the only thing that worries me is i don't have much in the way of tracks or rubbings on the lease. I def need to improve my day of the hunt tactics. I've been driving my truck with flowmasters within 100 ft of my stand making way more noise than i should. I am using scent killer but im not sure how useful it really is
I have a Suzuki Eiger, but still walk about 500 yards to my box blind.... Scent killer works to kill the scent, but a cover scent helps too, we have sheep there, We all walk in fresh piles of sheep dung to cover our scents.... I use unscented laundry soap, ivory bar soap, then a scent killer after I'm clean...
Some places just don't have much traffic, but believe me, when they go in rut, the deer go crazy, this weekend will be crazy on our lease, the younger bucks are already trying to run does, and the mature bucks will be going off in the next week or less.

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so i certainly should pick up some rut products? I only have a grunt at the moment.
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I've rattled in several younger bucks so far this season, any type of rattling (buck antler) sounds are gonna get response.... this time of the year, pack a sandwich or two, stay in the blind all day... I get in my blind before 515, and stay until it's too late to get out without a flashlight.... usually after 645... I'm no expert, I just get great enjoyment from the pursuit of game animals.... I've taken a desert Mule deer buck at less than 30 yards with a bow, after spending almost 4 hours moving in on his bedding area... and enjoyed every joint creaking, thorns in the hands minute of it... I believe that persistance pays off in hunting, the guy that gets up at 6, gets to the blind at sunrise, and gets back to camp by 8 is lucky to see a decent deer unless he's hunting a high fence or zoo.... Good luck and stick with it....

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Well great news last night about 540 i layed down my first deer. Young but very large doe taken at about 180 YDs(never shot more than 100 yds before) Shot was a little back and high because i thought it was further than it was. But i did not take a step after I shot it. It only took about 4 hours to get it from the shot till it was in the cooler.(no breaks of course) Now that i have the first one out of the way hopefully a nice buck will move into my territory.

Thanks for all your help guys i used alot of the previous mentioned tactics with decent success i might add.
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Congrats.
Everybody tells me the weather has been too hot for deer hunting.
So we are waiting till December.

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the doe was a loaner and at the very end of the day but i wasn't about to wait around for my first deer.

Hopefully a nice buck will come my way in the near future
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much appreciated. it was a nice feeling and it will be even nicer when i get it back from the processor...
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The weather has been really warm for hunting . The best hunting is early morning when its cold out side and there has not been a bright moon out all night . The deer will be moving to stay warm and to eat since they couldn't much of anything the night before .
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Update...... The weather wasn't too warm over the Thanksgiving weekend.... we had just a little luck.... I shot the eight (my rifle is in his rack)Friday morning, my buddy went to my blind yesterday afternoon and bagged this one less than 50 yards from where mine went down.... I was a little jealous.
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Nice! We almost bagged out yesterday morning on duck and it all fell apart this morning.
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