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Where do you hunt?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by onemilmhz, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. onemilmhz

    onemilmhz Ten Ninety Five

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    I'm a lucky guy. My father-in-law is friends with a guy who owns almost 1K acres of woodlands where we hunt. The old guy is very selective about who he lets use his property and I am one of only a few non-family members allowed access. While this is a great privilage for me it does have a few drawbacks. Eventhough I know the owner pretty well now (he recently gave me a key to the access road) my father-in-law is under the impression that he needs to be with me if I go out there. This isn't so bad as my f-i-l and I get along great. It's just annoying if our schedules conflict and I want to hunt. Another issue is that the guy is very religous so working or hunting out there on Sundays is discouraged. Also not that big a deal, although I'm of the opinion that being out there is exactly what the Lord had in mind when he told us to rest that day! I guess the biggest problem is the fact that I can't take anyone else out there. I have a few friends who hunt and I would love to be able to show them where I take deer out of the woods. All this has me thinking about investing in some hunting land somewhere. My f-i-l has also expressed intrest in some property someday soon. I've thought about a club but that can get expensive every year. Property of our own would be a better investment I think. The WMA's in my area of Georgia, although nice, are way over hunted so that's out. So where do ya'll hunt? Private/Public land, clubs, WMA's? Pro's and Con's?
     
  2. DWavs

    DWavs Moderator Moderator

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    My father-in-law, myself, and a friend lease 100 acres of land that is about 5 minutes from my house. My father-in-law put 10 head of cattle on it and my buddy an me use the land primarily for hunting.

    60 acres of it is cedars and fields and the other 40 acres is wooded. We have 3 permanent tree stands built, 2 ladder stands, and 2 blinds.

    We posted it when we first came into the lease 2 years ago and called it KCD Hunt Club...each of our initials of our last names. We also drew up a contract stating that we each are only allowed to have one guest at a time and they must be with us. We sorta have an oral contract stating we only ask guests after we get our first kills. That came up this year when we discovered a bear roaming the property. We didn't want to invite a guest and have them take the bear! ;)

    The whole situation worked out well cuz my father-in-law has plenty of other places he hunts so he mostly uses it for the cattle and we use it for hunting rights. Best 200 bucks a year that I have ever spent. :)
     

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    f1b32oPTic R4d104c71v3

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  4. onemilmhz

    onemilmhz Ten Ninety Five

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    Looks alot like Georgia! That picture could have been taken from one of our creek stands.
     
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    Dan

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    580 acres West Virginia.
     
  6. TheSniper

    TheSniper Projectile Mgr.

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    Radium,Colorado;f ;c
     
  7. vart

    vart

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    Millions of acres of forests. Next weekend, my brother, my son, and I are going up into the floodwoods area near the Idaho/Montana border.
    Lots of grizzlys, wolves, and hopefully elk up there. It is about a two hour drive from my house ;) .
    <img src="http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-3/14007/elkhunt2.jpg.JPG" width=640 height=480>
     
  8. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    vart, nice spot! I edited your picture a bit… hope ya don’t mind.
     
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    Here's just of the many area for me.

    http://www.glocktalk.com/attachment.php?s=&postid=1493977

    Bunch of Pine Flats and palmetto brush all provided FREE by the state of FL. Some as small as 8K acres and some as large as 40-60K acres and all within 60-150 miles of my door. Plus I have Fresh/Salt water within 2-15miles.

    Life is sweet in Fl.;f
     
  10. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    My main hunting property is 5 minutes from my house. It’s private farmland that consists of 500+ acres. It has a little of everything (hardwoods, brush, ponds, fence rows, drainage ditches, small fields, large fields, etc., etc…) with like properties surrounding it… i.e., too much to list & try to describe!

    The land is not mine. My sister-in-law’s grandfather owns this farm, although I have been hunting the land before my sister-in-law was my sister-in-law. Long story short, her brother is my best friend/hunting comrade, which actually ended up playing a big role on how my sister-in-law became my sister-in-law! ;) I pretty much have the place to myself.

    I really wish I had snapped a picture of my area here a few weeks ago. The brighter colors were out then & it was very nice. Some good winds have stripped those leafs & all we mostly have left are the darker colors… not too much green left currently. On the up side, visibility in the woods is increasing more & more!
     
  11. ithaca_deerslayer

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    I just walk out my back door.

    20 acres of my own. Plus, the neighbors on both sides allows me to hunt on their land. Nearest road behind me is a couple miles.

    Joining a club is definitely cheaper than owning your own land. Most of the guys, most of the time, will be good eggs. Public areas, while free, tend to be more crowded and get some bad sorts.
     
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    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    I have (just sort of 30 acres) the same chief... just "The Farm" always seems to be the better place. ;)
     
  13. Menehune

    Menehune

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    Middle Georgia for me. Mostly in Jones county, on about 400 acres. Only three people out there, and i am one of them. The other two are the owners of the land, one of whom I am good friends with.

    Trophy every year out of there, and that happens through good management. A couple areas were cleared for fields and are taken care of year round, so the deer have a food source. The wooded areas are filled with oaks dropping acorns all over the ground. The undergrowth gets cleared out regularly. Have a small cabin on the property, so extended hunts are a bit more comfortable.

    Lots of deer, lots of turkeys also.
     
  14. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

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    There's a 650,000 acre national forest right outside my door. Adjoining it is a 55,000 acre county forest, and next to that is a 100,000 acre state forest. It's all open to the public, but other than during the 9 day gun deer season, it's rare to encounter other hunters. It's just so damn huge. I've only ran into one other grouse hunter all season... and I knew him. Same with duck hunting. I have not encountered other hunters on "my" particular marsh since opening day. I have not encountered another bow hunter in the woods in over 5 years.

    But, it does get crowded with "flatlanders" during the gun deer season, but us locals have a few tricks up our sleeves, and use this to our advantage. :) Some of the best hunting areas of the public land do not have any road access from the public highways... and they are adjacent to private land. Getting permission to hunt on private land during gun deer season is rough (especially opening weekend), mainly because just about everybody here hunts their own land, or has relatives who do. But getting permission to cross this private land, to access the public land beyond, is much easier... if you're a "local". When all the flatlanders start pounding the public land near the public roads, the deer head deeper into the woods, towards the private land on the other side of the public forest, where we're waiting for them. :)
     
  15. trapfan

    trapfan Got Glock?

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    My cabin lies on 3 acres that joins up to the Huron National Forrest in Michigan by Grayling containing thousands of acres. With 7-sq miles on the back side and 5-sq miles across the two-track just head out the cabin door and start hunting. ;f
     
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    45acp4me Pissed puppet

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    I hunt on state game land in Jackson County. On my way out to the swamp, I pass about three guys that are too chicken to get their feet wet and go where the deer are. :)

    Cheers!
    Glen
     
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    I have a lease in Southwest Georgia in a town called Leary. We (10 firefighters from Miami) have about 1000 acres of mixed farmland and hardwoods. So far in the last two years we have mounted five beautiful bucks and there are more turkeys that you can shake a stick at.
     
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    I hunted on a prime farm in northern Kentucky for the past three years or so. I have always gone home with a deer, but he sold the farm and moved to Indiana. His new farm has more deer on it, but the out so state tags are phenomenally high.

    Now, I have permission to hunt on the game warden's farm in Kentucky. Only, I will miss this year's season due to 15 months of unemployment. I live in Ohio and cannot afford the out of state license and deer tags this year. Unfortunately, I have not found a place to hunt in OH yet (have only lived here 3 years now). I may have a place to hunt next year though.

    Matt
     
  19. TJC

    TJC "No Compromise" Millennium Member

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    I belong to a club that has 4 spots, all around 200 acres a piece. Also do some hunting of pheasants on state lands, tons of acres in different areas for that.
    When I feel like just filling the freezer with deer and haven't already scored at the club, I hunt in a development of homes. I hunt 3 back yards and take more deer than I know what to do with. Besides filling the freezer, the home owners like to see the pests gone as they put it. There are so many it's not funny.
     
  20. NoVAlooker

    NoVAlooker What Me Worry

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    This is a great thread. I live in NoVA but there is little hunting right around DC. My inlaws have property in North Georgia (Walker County) and the hunting is pretty god there. We know most everyone around so i can pretty much meander from my property to others.

    But I am looking for something closer and have been trying to organize a hunting club with some like minded friends. We have about 8 of us willing to chip in and are now searching for the perfect piece of land. Some of the guys favor staying in VA, they want to look somewhere around the Blue Ridge. I favor West Virginia, I think the bang for the buck is better there (yes, the pun is intended), plus if we build a cabin we can use it for skiing in the winter too :)

    If anyone has leads on property (100 acres, more or less) within 4 hours of DC in WV (if its near Corridor H, even better), please send me a heads up.