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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 2, 2010 8:15 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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Do you hunt on your own land? A lease? What part of the country do you hunt in?

My husband, Rick and I are on a lease in Kountze, Texas. It's called the Texas Peace Officers lease.

We've set up a trailer to stay in on the weekends. You may have seen us fixing up the trailer. For those that haven't seen it, we're quite proud of how it's turned out. It's not new by any stretch of the imagination, but it's comfortable. And at our age (both just passed the 50 mark) we do enjoy comfort.

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Janet

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rucky
Feb 2, 2010 1:20 PM CST
Name: Ron Case
Huffman, Texas
I did see you fixing up the trailer on Daves good job. Right now I hunt in Blanco Tx in the Texas hill country just a few mile from Leukenback ( worth a trip out some day just to hear the singers) I also watched you build your husbands deer stand another great job. I was very intrested in your husbands design. Before this lease I hunted in Dryden which is 95 mile from no where. When you get to Del Rio you are still 100 miles away (loooong Drive) but spectacular hunting tons of wild life you never knew what you would see. You could literally see the deer comming way before they were in shooting range. Very desolate country. Desert country if you went down out there you would be long dead before anyone found you hence the move to blanco. Before Dryden I hunted in Tarkington prarie about 30 mile away. It was typical east Texas hunting, either a dust bowl or a mud hole. Hogs everywhere and some good deer. Even though I hunted in those exotic leases and in several other states the only deer I have mounted and hanging over my fireplace was shot on that East Texas lease. With out a doubt it was the most fun lease I have ever hunted and I hunted it for 7 years. But as with most of the leases around here the logging companies ruined it and finally closed it down.........Ron P.S. I live on the North end of Lake Houston and besides today (didn't catch nutten) I have been catching crappie regular I didn't put it on the fishing forum because crappie are small compared to alot of other fish but they sure eat good.....
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 2, 2010 3:08 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hi Rucky! It's great to meet you. Sounds like you've hunted all over Texas. I grew up in San Antonio so am familiar with the places you mentioned out that way. My husband used to hunt out in Uvalde with his brother and his Dad. They really enjoyed it out there, but the terrain was so much different than hunting in the Pines of East Texas.

We hunted duck down at McFaddin Wildlife Refuge for several years and really had a great time with that. I remember the first time he took me out there... We left the house at about 2:30 am. 30-45 minute drive to the Refuge. Got to the Refuge and waited in line for our spot. We parked a ways down the road and walked in. It seemed like it took about 30 minutes of walking knee deep in the marsh. I asked him at the time if there were any gators in the water. He said no, they were hibernating. Well we hunted and didn't see any ducks, but he did manage to call in some geese. Anyhow, on the way back out, we were walking and I thought we were going to have to call Air Rescue to get me out of that place. Good Lord my thighs hurt from walking through that marsh (high stepping). Anyhow we finally got back to the truck. I sat on the seat and he was helping me to get the waders off when a couple of guys pull up next to the other side of the truck. One of them asked if we sat that HUGE gator out there. Yeah uh huh, hibernating huh? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Oh well.... we went to a few other spots out at the Refuge other times and one morning we had just got set up. First light in come the teal. I took a shot and my brother in law went in after the duck. He brought it back with a strange look on his face. When he handed me the duck, it had a band on it. Came from Wisconsin. He said in the 20 years he'd been duck hunting he'd never shot a banded duck. My husband shot a banded wood duck this year. I think I wrote about that too on DG. What a beautiful animal he was.

Now that the kids are grown and gone from home, it's much easier for me to get out there and hunt with him. He says he enjoys having me there. Sometimes I think he just enjoys having someone there to make him coffee! HAHAHA

I'd love to do some exotic hunting some day. I love animal skins, but haven't got a clue how to go about tanning them properly.

ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 2, 2010 3:10 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Oh, and crappie were my Dad's favorite fish to catch. He sure loved to fish. His brother had my aunt put a fishing hook into the rose he wore on his suit at his funeral so he'd have something to do when he got to Heaven. :-)
Imageeweed
Feb 5, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Hi Janet can't hunt anymore for medical and other reasons but still have four Golden Retrievers and a couple beautiful Browning Autos and an over and under from the 60'sI hunted corn fields and walked the creeks when I was young.I hardly ever hunted more than two miles from home.The weather is the factor that helped me decide where to hunt.

Oh how I loved the first snow of the year. The ducks flew crazy and you could shoot them, then call them back some times.I loved the raging storms that froze the lakes because the ducks took to the creeks.Temps in the 20"s with N.E. winds 30 to 40 with higher gust made me grab a gun and a dog and head out. I was nuts because I mostly went alone and you know the story one turned ankle, and no cell phone in those days. Anyway back to the good part.I allways hunted facing the storm. The ducks could not hear me because of the wind nor see me because of the blowing snow. When the ducks got up they were forced to flush into the wind and could only go up. The wind pushed them back towards me and they were as they say sitting ducks in the air.

Some times I used decoys but usually just hid in a ditch,tall grass,or knealed behind a fence post.Also it was pretty effective to just set out a few deeks and lay in the middle of the corn rows and is it ever neat to watch them deploy those orange feet.

In those years when I went out my door I could see ducks moving almost anytime of the day but no more. The State Game Dept started planting large plots of grain and corn that is left for the ducks. This just emptied the rest of the area for birds.I still hunted it was just harder and farther from home. The final blow came when the state passed a no tresspass law that says if you don't have permission to hunt you can be arrested. Well thats ok for me except thanks to the state for taking most of the ducks away and taking away leadshot now this I just quit with the ducks. Those were great years while they lasted.

We tried very hard to only shoot mallard drakes but in the wind and rain and early morning darkness we got the odd one. Oh I wanted to shoot a wood duck drake since I was a kid but would not because there are and were very few around.

Ok I am quitting now in hopes it will keep you from calling the cubit police. Really this is all your fault janet because I was enticed to write by the banded duck your bil got.Truefully I shot 150 -200 ducks a year when I was young and I only shot one banded duck.

Sheesh in reading this it looks like I am from Texas ha ha .

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 5, 2010 11:31 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Ohhh Ernie,

What a delightful read this morning. And your dogs are absolutely beautiful. I love reading "duck lies" (as my old codger neighbor Harry calls them).

Your avatar reminds me of a time when I'd made my husband a sandwich. The grandkids were here that day at lunch. He'd just sat down to eat and he had a crowd (including Grace, his hunting dog) hoping for a bite of that sandwich.

Did you hunt deer also? I've just begun hunting deer with hubby. After seeing them week after week on the deer cameras, I don't think I could bring myself to shoot one, unless it was with my camera. He tells me that I'd get over that really quick, knowing it would put meat in the freezer. I don't know about that. There's something about seeing those beautiful eyes that just isn't there when bird hunting. Now coyotoes... I think I could shoot. They are running off the deer at our lease.

I'd give anything to have some land some place wheret we could hunt from the back yard. That is our dream at the moment. To have acres of woods behind the house.... a big shop to work in.... land to plant a veggie garden. Some day my friend.... Some day.

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Dann_L
Feb 7, 2010 1:59 PM CST
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
Hello everyone!

I hunt mule deer and elk in Arizona. All of my hunting is either on public land or, on a couple of occassions, I have purchased a permit to hunt elk on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. I don't know of anybody that has a hunting lease for private land and have yet to meet anyone that has built a food plot. I guess that just hasn't caught on out here yet.

Although I don't hunt them, there are lots of javalina, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, buffalo and several species of turkey.

Quail and dove are plentiful but pheasants are nonexistant in this state. There are a few areas where waterfowl are hunted but none close to me. Cottontails are everywhere and there are plenty of squirrels up in the mountainous areas.

For big game my primary rifle is a Weatherby Mark V chambered for Rem 7mm Mag. My back up is a Remingtom .30-06 and I reload my own ammo for both of them.

Had to give up archery years ago because of an injury to the elbow.

Last year I bought a Taurus Judge revolver. If you aren't familiar with this pistol it is chambered for 45 Colt and .410 shot shells. I find this comforting to have out here because we have a lot of mountain lions and rattlesnakes. So far I have been able to avoid confrontations with both of these critters but you just never know when you might get painted into a corner.
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 7, 2010 8:40 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hi Dann, Thanks for stopping in. Welcome to the Hunting and fishing Cubit.

I'm in the middle of watching the Superbowl at this very moment. Just stopped in for a quick peek on the pitt stop. I will reply to your post tomorrow. Sounds like you have some super exciting hunting going on. Do you have photos of some of your trophies? I'd love to see some of the big elk.

I'm going to have to talk to hubby about the weapons you use. He's the expert in our family. :-) He's always reading about this and that.

Anyone is welcome to start a new thread with your photos so they don't get lost in the chatting.
ImageMidnitedog
Feb 7, 2010 9:02 PM CST
Name: B Kisner
Bradford county Pa.
Greeting's all from Northeastern Pennsylvania. I live in Bradford county, about 15 minutes form the New York state border. We seem to have more turkeys than deer anymore but there's lots of both. My wife an kids all hunt but my wife an I are the only turkey hunters in the family an most of the neighborhood. I am a dedicated archery hunter but I do go along in rifle season just to get out with the family an neighbors an listen to the excuses an the story's. Lots of good times.
Any day my feet hit the floor is a good day
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 7, 2010 11:48 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I remember driving from Virginia to Connecticut in 1997. We drove up the highway through Pennsylvania and I was saddened to see how many deer were on the highway dead. It's no wonder you are running short of deer. Didn't anyone tell them not to cross the highways!!??!!

My husband Rick is an archer. He loves it and prefers to bow hunt over gun hunting any day of the week. He shot his deer this past year with his bow, breaking the string as he took the shot. He knew for some time that the string needed to be replaced. Well, it has now been replaced and the season is over.

He's seen some turkeys at the lease, but I haven't seen any. I'd love to cook up a fresh wild turkey. I bet it tastes much different than Butterballs. Drooling
Imagehaighr
Feb 15, 2010 4:52 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
We have a cabin in far western MD and it was the site of the first and second Mid-Atlantic RU. We don't go up there in the winter, located on End of Earth Road and believe me it is. The property borders Sideling Creek and we have a pond (half full of spatterdock) - lol, learned quick on DG that spatterdock is nothing like water lilies!
Our son loves to bow hunt and Steve loves to do his Davey Crockett muzzleloader.
WE had a piebald deer at our cabin for a few years, unfortunately they are a bit slower than whitetail and he was taken one year just behind our cabin by a coyote or mountain lion. We called him Snowball.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 15, 2010 5:50 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hi Candee! Welcome to you and your bunch! It's great to see you here! I'm still hoping to see your beautiful woodwork in the Artisan's Nook some day when things aren't mellow out.

What a beauty Snowball was. Thanks for sharing him with us!

Janet
Imagetmar
Feb 16, 2010 7:53 AM CST
Name: Tom Marschall
Fredericksburg Tx
Maker of fine custom furniture
I have hunted all over central Texas. Mostly in Gilespie and Comal county. During the past 2 years of drought, our back yard provided lots of venison... well... had to recycle the rose bushes they ate! By far, my favorite place to hunt has been the East Kootenay mountains of south eastern British Columbia. My first trip up there many years ago was on an invitation from a resident of BC I met thru a computer hunting game. The second day of the season and the party bagged 2 elk. We were up til 3 am getting them off the mountain and back to camp. The ironic part of this trip, the second day of that elk season was Sept 11, 2001. My buddy gave me the trophy in the pic to haul back down here. That was an experience in itself... considering the travel issues 4 days after the towers came down.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 16, 2010 8:03 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I grew up in San Antonio and can remember going to Fredricksburg for "outings". You're so fortunate! I can only imagine (and dream of) being able to hunt from the back yard.

That is one magnificent animal on the wall. Well actually both are beautiful! That is one hunting trip that I'm sure will be told many times in your lifetime and will be passed on, as well. I shudder to think about the issues you must have had getting your trophy home. That elk looks as though he has a few things to say about the experience as well. Big Grin

I traveled by air about a month after the attack and remember it being quite different than it had been shortly before. We Americans had been quite complacent about homeland security until that day.

I'm so glad you decided to join us here. Please feel free to post more photos and start new threads. I'm hoping more hunters will show up when the site goes public next week.

Janet
Imagetmar
Feb 16, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Name: Tom Marschall
Fredericksburg Tx
Maker of fine custom furniture
I have been following a similar forum called Hunt BC, all about hunting in British Columbia. Some interesting information there, including some about the beaurocracy that we dont have to put up with here, mostly concerning "gun control".
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 16, 2010 9:34 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I'm glad I live in the good ol' USA! I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment.

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Imagetmar
Feb 16, 2010 7:54 PM CST
Name: Tom Marschall
Fredericksburg Tx
Maker of fine custom furniture
I have a place to hunt Axis deer now close to Luckenbach. I stopped by this afternoon on my way back from San Antonio to scout a field that borders the place where I hunt. I counted about 40 Axis deer Crying .... if I could just get them over the fence!!
Imagehaighr
Feb 16, 2010 8:27 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
We have a good friend who hunts in Africa every year and he has a vast array of mounts from everything from zebra to kudu and they are huge. Whish I still had my webpage so I could link the photos.
Here is one.

That is quite the mount on your wall tmar, much bigger than anything we see here in west md.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 16, 2010 9:03 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Whoa Candee!!! That is a monster!!! I sure wouldn't want to be the one to lug him back to camp!

Tom, you need to get yourself a female axis deer decoy and park her on your side of the fence. They'd be jumping over it to get to her! Lovey dubby

Imagetmar
Feb 16, 2010 9:06 PM CST
Name: Tom Marschall
Fredericksburg Tx
Maker of fine custom furniture
I hunted Eastern Md many years ago. APG military base actually. Shot a spike that field dressed bigger than most bucks down in this part of the country. I shot a nice 8-pointer one day, dropped it in its tracks. Ten seconds later it got up and ran like the wind. Two weeks later I saw a buck at the check in station that looked very familiar, and it had an old wound high on its back above the shoulder, was glad to know the end of that story.

Hunting Africa is one of my dreams, maybe some day it will come true. Hunting central Texas is a hunter's paradise for sure..... if you have the dollars to pay for it. This past summer I hunted a free range ranch where they have shot about 40 different species of wild game animals, most of them exotics of course. I bagged a nice mesopotamian Fallow buck. Similar to the european fallow except very little palmation. Pics to follow when it comes back from the taxidermist.

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