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A comment titled: No Warnings in response to a report titled: Deer Hunting Issue.Need some advice

Good luck with that. He's not going to care that you're upset, because if he did he wouldn't be shooting deer on your land. It's not like he expected you to be OK with it, but he probably didn't expect to get caught.

He'll also interpret your compassion for weakness, and just be more cautious. So the next time that he does it (and there will be a next time), you might not catch him. You may NEVER catch him again, because he'll figure out when you aren't there.

I grew up hunting in open woods where you could walk for a whole day and hunt anywhere you wanted and never see another person. Now different people own the land around me and I have to respect their boundaries. I expect others to do the same.

My hunting club prosecutes anyone found trespassing unless they are under 18 and it's the first time they're caught. There are a few rare cases where people get lost on certain spots, but our borders are pretty well marked and hard to just wander on.

If you don't show you mean business, you'll never get rid of him.

January 17, 2013 at 8:05pm
A comment titled: .35 Whelen in response to a report titled: Primitive Arms season

Point taken, but you are incorrect about the muzzle energy of a .35 Whelen. It's 3500 ft at the muzzle, not at 200 yards. THe .458 Win is that powerful.

Either way, it is in no way 'primitive.'

March 06, 2012 at 11:03am
A comment titled: CBHC in response to a report titled: Looking for a Dog Hunting Club

Cat Branch runs dogs on some of the properties, but it's not what you'd really call a 'dog club' anymore. We mostly run beagles that do a better job of stirring the deer up to make them move than actually flushing & chasing them. They also tend to stay on the property.

Losing the property in Springfield was a big blow because it took away 2 additional weekends and it was possible to hunt it several times in different areas.

I think the type of club you're looking for would be more like Lizard Creek or Gum Swamp. They have a lot of land and do a lot of dog running.

December 06, 2011 at 10:56am
A comment titled: Club in response to a report titled: Still Need Help find a Hunting Lease/Club

I have a club that is trying to expand and could use some more members.

email me at for more information

July 02, 2011 at 11:37pm
A comment titled: EMAIL in response to a report titled: Where did all the deer go?

sayboi email me at

February 11, 2010 at 8:21pm
A comment titled: Burris! in response to a report titled: Best scope for the dollar?

Burris Fullfield II. Goes for under $200, has a lifetime warranty. Sometimes you can get a pair of binoculars thrown in with it.

I have beat mine up for 3 years and it has never needed re-sighting. Last day of the season, I shot at a button buck's head running at 125 yards. Guy next to me killed it and we found a .30 caliber hole in its ear 2 inches above where my crosshairs were.

It sits on the bottom shelf at Bass Pro, and none of the slaesmen know much about it because they are trying to push the high-dollar stuff or the store brand. Trust me, it's the best scope for the price.

February 11, 2010 at 8:11am
A comment titled: Guys in response to a report titled: Where did all the deer go?

Just so you all know, the club we are talking about has 4000 acres on 4 different properties. There are 60 members, which sounds like a lot. However, I hunted four properties and never saw more than 4 or 5 people in still season. There MIGHT be 4 of us that bow hunt.

During dog season, we never had more than 12 standers and two small packs of dogs. Two of the properties, including the largest tract, were only driven one time all year.

Basically, a lot of people join, and only a few actually hunt with any regularity.

February 10, 2010 at 1:05pm
A comment titled: River in response to a report titled: Where did all the deer go?

I know a deer is capable of swimming the river at flood stage. It happened twice this year in dog drives. However, I wouldn't expect them to do it in the course of daily travel.

The neighboring club did really well this year, but they (allegedly) do not shoot does. That's good news, since we'll get some of their deer when the fawns disperse later in the year.

I wouldn't mind going up to a 6 pt rule on that side. We've seen several spikes and 3 / 4 points, which is probably the norm for 1 1/2 year olds on that property.

FYI: All the deer sign is now on the Vaughn Rd side. Go figure.

February 10, 2010 at 12:57pm
A comment titled: Barren! in response to a report titled: Where did all the deer go?

Went to the camp side in Springfield Saturday. It was so windy that I didn't see any point in swinging in a tree all day, so I went looking for some sort of deer sign.

I walked almost every trail on that side. Despite the recent rain, I found NOTHING. Not even a set of tracks. I did find a couple of old rubs in the swamp that cuts across the road by the pond, but nothing fresh.

The best looking place in there seems to be the stands up front, where there is a path cut across the swamp into some hardwoods. May try bowhunting there next year when the acorns start to drop.

February 08, 2010 at 9:39am
A comment titled: Yep in response to a report titled: Where did all the deer go?

There is a trail that follows the river that is cleared fairly well, but it was inacessible for most of the season. I was able to get to the very last stand on the north side (there's 2 of them right by each other)about 2 weeks ago, but that was it.

As for Independence, your guess is as good as mine. It should be a good area, but I have yet to find a place where the deer are concentrated. It's always a few tracks here and there, but nothing indicating heavy activity.

Lizard Creek HC runs dogs pretty hard on the property near Springfield all season, so the deer were probably reacting to the pressure. There is so much swamp there that they can retreat to, in addition to the woods being very thick.

I'm still going to go bowhunting there Saturday, and maybe early Sunday to avoid 12 hours of Super Bowl pregame.

Not to stir up rumors, but I also heard that someone may have been night hunting on one of the places when no one was there. Nothing to substantiate that, but even if a member wasn't doing it, local outlaws probably were.

February 03, 2010 at 1:19pm
A comment titled: CBHC? in response to a report titled: Where did all the deer go?

I assume we're in the same hunting club, given the property locations.

The Tickfaw River borders the Holden property, not the Amite.

I'm still seeing a lot of sign on the creek side in Springfield and river side in Holden. Less people have hunted the big side in Holden and Independence, which are larger and less accessible, and only 1 dog drive happened on either of those, so that might be why less deer have been taken.

I've hunted all 4 properties this year. Email me if you want to know more:

Can't answer til after work, since our firewall now blocks webmail

January 27, 2010 at 10:28am
A comment titled: Was thinking the same thing in response to a report titled: .44 mag handi rifle?

I was thinking about getting one for my dad. He wasn't interested in using my 45-70 after he saw my shoulder.

January 13, 2010 at 1:30pm
A comment titled: A few good spots in response to a report titled: Sandy Hollow WMA

People show up on rifle days, but during primitive and bow it is almost deserted.

There are deer along the creeks and ridges, but the population is not that large.

January 08, 2010 at 11:06am
A comment titled: Great deer in response to a report titled: West Texas Hill Country Bucks

I spent most of my young adulthood in the Hill Country (it's really in Central Texas, not West), but never got the chance to hunt there. Saw plenty of deer, though. In a lot of places they are overpopulated.

Those are some good bucks. Glad you guys had a good time.

What town were you near?

January 07, 2010 at 9:34pm
A comment titled: Fence in response to a report titled: LDWF Commission's "political" views on deer dog hunting

The problem with a high fence is that it robs the deer of its main line of defense against the dogs: the ability to bust loose and outrun them into the next town. If you think it's unsporting to shoot a deer in front of dogs, how would you feel about someone doing it in a big game pen?

Unfortunately, that's also why the dogs end up where they aren't supposed to be.

Aside from a wholesale ban, which I think would be a sad end to a longtime tradition in this state, the only way this is going to get worked out is if hunters from both sides try to cooperate with one another.

As an occaisional dog hunter and proponent, I think that starts with us re-evaluating our methods. It's our dogs that sometimes get loose, it's up to us to work it out with the neighbors as to what can be done when, not if, that happens.

December 29, 2009 at 5:03pm
A comment titled: And... in response to a report titled: tangipoa school board wma

So is shooting across the WMA boundary without a WMA license and self-clearing permit.

December 28, 2009 at 4:35pm
A comment titled: Confused in response to a report titled: LDWF Commission's "political" views on deer dog hunting

I am confused about what you're saying. It sounds like you mean LDWF allows dog hunting anywhere, regardless of property boundaries and ownership. Is this an official policy or an "unwritten" policy?

To my knowledge, dog hunting is allowed only on the property belonging to the hunters, or on approved public land.

December 28, 2009 at 9:54am
A comment titled: Diplomacy? in response to a report titled: Hunting with Dogs

Have you tried talking to them to see when they plan on hunting there? At least then, either you or they could make the adjustment, unless they run the same place all the time. If they do, enjoy shooting all the deer they pressure to you.

Just don't take it out on the dogs. They're just doing what they've been trained to do (which does not include reading property signs.)

December 26, 2009 at 10:18pm
A comment titled: No they won't in response to a report titled: Low Life Thieves On HOOD RD.

People that do that don't have any sense of remorse or justice. Their minds aren't programmed to care about anyone but themselves.

December 23, 2009 at 3:10pm
A comment titled: North - South in response to a report titled: Rut stages?

The northern part of Area 1 is early, southern is late.

December 22, 2009 at 4:16pm
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