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Forums >> Texas Hunting >> Texas Public Hunting Land >> LBJ National Grass Lands

LBJ National Grass Lands

graceNmercy
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Has anyone had any success, or seen anything so far up in the grasslands? I'm thinking about heading up that way on Thanksgiving week and check out some spots I hunted last season. Maybe I can bring home a buck or some turkeys. Question though...I'm used to hunting deer with a rifle. Since the grasslands are shot gun/ archery only, what are my chances with taking down a deer with buck shot? I have a 835 mossenberg pump and on the barrell it say's not for use with slugs, so I don't have too much of a choice unless I hunt with my bow.

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Muley4X4

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ANTLERS_3

Yeah. I have been up there a bunch of times. I have seen deer however most have been does. Which to my understanding unless you have a drawn tag from tfg you can't shoot. I have seen one small basket racked buck. I bought a muzzle loader this year and hope to get out there just been busy so far this year. The sign is there just get out there when no one is in the woods. Pick a area that is a little of the beaten path. Every year i hear of decent bucks shot. Put in some time and you'll reap the rewards. Happy Hunting.

 

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plan to head out to caddo in the morning any tips. new to public land hunting but if you dont own land the sport that we all love is pretty expensive now a days

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graceNmercy
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I know what you mean... As far as hunting public land I've found it's best to go during the week because there aren't as many people out there as there are on weekends.  It's best to scout out a few areas before you just head out and start hunting. I was up at LBJ the week of Thanksgiving and headed to a unit I planned on hunting just to find someone already there, so in order not to interrupt their hunt I went to another pretty good location where I don't see as much traffic. Minutes after I arrive at the other location I walked up on a flock of about 20 turkeys...2 toms and 18 hens. I spooked them, and after seeing where they landed I decided to walk through the timber and head them off. I changed the shot in my shot gun to 3 in. shells I use for turkey hunting since there is a fall season at LBJ, and about time I saw the turkeys again I bent down in the tall grass, and out of no where a huge old buck walked out on me. I couldn't even shoot him because I had the wrong shot in my gun, and he was too close for me to reload...the minute I tried he heard the gun and took off. He was the best buck I've seen all season long..especially on public land. Only thing about him was on one side of his wrack he had about 5 or 6 points, and on the other side was a point, but just above that it looked like the rest of the wrack had been shot off. He was still a huge old buck though. Went the next morning and heard about 4 or 5 turkeys gobbling on the roost. I've found that when deer or turkey hunting they move a lot when it's cold. cloudy, and even a lil rain or snow...there were light showers when I went that day, but they all seem to come out in the open..I think so predators won't sneak up on them in the dense stuff. Anyway, I'm headed back up that way on the week of Christmas.  I wish you the best up there at Caddo...... 

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Terrance - let us know how you do.

Thinking about taking a friend out to hunt LBJ or Caddo next year...where do you think is best?

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graceNmercy
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Well I just came back from LBJ and I'm still meatless. There are plenty of deer up there, and I saw deer everyday while I was there. I had several good opportunities to take deer this time, but most of what I saw were doe and I didn't have a doe permit for the grasslands. In one case there was a deer passing a few yards away and never knew I was sitting there right across from it, but I didn't have a scope and my eyes weren't good enough to tell if it was a doe or a buck, so I let it pass. I saw plenty of fresh rubs indicating that there are a number of bucks in the area...some probably made by that same big buck I lost the week of Thanksgiving. I've never hunted Caddo Natl. grasslands, but last few reports I've heard people were only seeing deer sign and no deer. I think LBJ is the best place if you want to bring someone, because there are plenty of deer, there is also a fall turkey season, and It's free...no $48 permit. If this wasn't the last weekend for the North TX season I'd make another trip up that way. I'm hunting private land in east TX on Friday, so I can't get back up to the grasslands to hunt this season. I'll be there turkey hunting in the spring, but I'm going to make sure I get a doe permit for next year.

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mudduck088

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GOOFY

Terrance,

If you dont mind my asking what unit were you seeing all those turkey on.

I'm new to the sport and wouldn't mind some pointers on where to find them.

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graceNmercy
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Jay,

There's a couple of units that I've seen a good number of them on, but one unit i've learned pretty well, so that's the one I normally hunt. I've learned that when hunting public land always scout and have two or three good locations that you know pretty well. Send me an email and I'll tell you where I was last hunting when I saw the turkeys.  TDJACK22@yahoo.com

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mudduck088

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Terrance,

I'm looking forward to hearing from you :)

As I said I'm new to the sport and the grasslands, i did make it up there with my wife and son yesterday, just poking around. We made it to unit 3 so I could let my son shoot some. He hit a turkey target at 35 yards with my Benelli Nova while kneeling! Not bad for his first shot with a shotgun!

We also poked around in some of the area ya know just looking saw a old pine stand that remided me of the pacific NW ahh..... to feel at home again :)

Happy new year!

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Thanks Terrance - hope you get a deer.

BTW, are any particular units at LBJ better than others?

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Maryland Import

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Terrance, I noticed your post regarding taking deer with a shotgun. On LBJ you may use a muzzleloader as well. I moved down here from maryland a few years ago and in most of the state, you're forced to use either shotgun or muzzle, no rifles. You can pick up a great muzzleloader for less than $300 (I prefer CVA...Connecticut Valley Arms) and find I am very accurate a little over 100 yards. True, you only get 1 shot, but that's never been a problem when shooting .50 rounds ;) If you go this route, I'd suggest spending a little extra and getting Powerbelt bullets or something similar. I've compared them with the cheaper sabot rounds at the range and find them to be more consistently accurate. If you want to go the more expensiver route, you can purchase a "slug gun" (a shotgun specially made for firing slugs). They have rifled barrels (instead of smooth bore like I'm guessing your shotgun has?) and you can really drive nails up to about 125 yards. Most I've seen are single shot though...you have to break the action and put in a new shell for each shot, so I'm not really sure if there's a huge advantage over muzzle for the cost. As for using your Mossberg as is, I'm not sure what to say. Likely you can throw slugs through it, but don't hold me to that! If it's smooth bore, I'd say you'll be accurate up to 40 or 50 yards with a slug maybe...beyond that I've whiffed on deer (including a nice 8 point while I was home for thanksgiving this year...ugh). However, if you plan to hunt in the thick stuff, 40 or 50 yards may be all you need!

Pulled a doe off of LBJ (my first TX deer!) in early November. I jumped several every time I went scouting, but when it came to being in the woods, they just wouldn't show themselves! I went almost every weekend since the start of bow season (another first for me) and it took til early November to finally put a deer in the crosshairs. Never been so excited about a doe haha. Tough luck about that buck you saw when heading off those turkeys...but we all know that's hunting!


Tried some turkey hunting this spring (yet another first) in the NE area of LBJ. Saw some just over the property line during deer season, went back this spring, saw nothing. I hear they're around though.

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graceNmercy
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Yea...I saw about 10 turkey scattered across three different units. All the long beards I saw I couldn't seem to call across the fence off private land though. I may give it one more shot on next week.

I'm thinking about getting a black powder or a slug gun. A friend of mine offered to sell me a black powder that he has that he's never used. If I don't get a slug gun before deer season starts I may take him up on it.

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elkoholic23

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ELK

I lived in Maine for years, and you can most certianly harvest a deer with buckshot.  Not poking fun at the deer in Texas but they are VERY small compaired to a Maine deer.  The first deer I ever shot was a 185lbs(dressed out) doe.  I shot her at 35 yards with buck shot.  The key to hunting with buck shot is to make sure the deer is broad side and standing still.  As for slugs out of a regualr smoot bore shotgun, it will be fine.  Like Todd was saying though you will lose your accuracy after about 60 yards.  If you shoot your shot gun enough with slugs you will learn how far you will be good for.

Back to the buck shot though...I have killed quite a few deer with buck shot and not had a single drop of blood.  Buck shot doesn't usually exit.  It hits good and hard, will kill them, but some times just a little blood will be found.  If you are going to be hunting in real thick bruch with no open areas around, buck shot is good.  Still hunting works best.  If the area has open areas, like shooting lanes, I would go with slugs.

I have also found that hunting deer with a shot gun, a reflex (red-dot) sight is very use full.  Hunting with a shot gun you will notice you will try to shoot it like you are bird hunting.  pointing and not aiming.  The reflex sight will instictivly make you aim.  It is nice for anything under 100 yards.

Good luck hunting.  I may pop back on here and ask question about where to hunt in Texas.  I am in the military and just got to texas.  I have lived and hunted in Wyoming and Maine my whole life.

Shoot Stright!ELK

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graceNmercy
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Just posting some of the pics of the gobbler I killed in the grasslands on last month.....

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jrowetx

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Maryland Transplant of 15 years - looking to hunt the LBJ Grasslands for the first time with 8 yr old son. We don't have a doe permit so will also be looking for hogs & turkeys. Could anyone give me some suggestions as to some Sections to begin with? Don't mind hiking in a bit for some seclusion. You can email me directly at jrowetx@gmail.com Thanks for any assistance! JRR

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wheelgun

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jrowetx

no more doe permits.they now let you harvest a doe on nov 26,27,28,29 and youth season.good luck.

"you skin griz pilgrim"

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emttex

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Has anybody been to the grasslands this season?  If so, can you let me know how the deer are?  I am going up there on Nov. 10th to a couple of spots.

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plumbmaster

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I have never seen a deer ther but the hog hunting is great after a hard rain shad wash out of the lake and the hogs go crazy feeding on them at the spillway .ther is alot of deer sign all around the creek and you can see wher they cross on a regular basis just havent ever deer hunted ther.

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stu19450

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I have been hunting up there several times this season and other than jumping a few walking in I haven't seen a thing.  So far I'm at 3 other hunters and 0 deer.  I'm definitely not a professional but I can kill a deer If anyone wants to go I'd love to know what I'm doing wrong I got 8 rubs within 20 yards of where I'm sitting and can't see a deer.  My next move is to set up early on a saturday and the crowd push deer to me.  I got on here looking for some pics of deer killed out there for some motivation so if anyone has any success stories I would love to hear cause I'm about ot resort to urban bow hunting.

 

 

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Bamennis
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The deer are plentifull this year and constantly on the move. A little hard work in scouting your areas always pays off. And what I've learned from hunting out there for 5 years is your "secret" spot is not so much a secret. I am looking forward to this coming doe weekend to finish out my limits. Rule of thumb for the grasslands. If there's a road threw the property be prepared for lots of hunters wanting to be lazy. I stick to the completly fenced in units. It's a long walk but pays off with better odds. Here is a doe I shot in bow season and the buck harvested last weekend with rut in full swing.IMG_0178.JPG.IMG_0172.JPG

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Bamennis
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Ok pics will come when I get on computer. Won't post from phone

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graceNmercy
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Bryan,

How'd you do this past weekend...did you get ur doe?

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jrowetx

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Went up after dinner on Thursday and stayed through Sunday afternoon. Jumped 3 does about 5:am Friday an that was it! Was confronted by a crazed armadillo on Sunday and it was him or us - we won! :) Looking forward to going again though and checking out a couple other sites.....

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graceNmercy
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Guys in our camp downed two that we weren't able to retrieve. One made her way onto private land and we couldn't get in contact with the land owner, and the other just vanished. About 8 guys combed the woods following a blood trail that started off good, but suddenly stopped. In the area we camped and hunted in some of our hunting buddies reported seeing I believe about 3 or 4 good bucks. A good sized 6 pt, an 8 pt, and a 12. Someone mentioned seeing a 14 pt but I wasn't sure if they were talking about last week or earlier in the season on the same unit. We roosted nearly 100 turkey on Saturday night so now I know where i'm turkey hunting in the spring.

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texsarg

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I just got done hunting the grasslands any good units to go to to find some deer??

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texas country boy

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ANTLERS_3

I found some good places at the grasslands. jumped two good bucks. one good 8 but not sure what the other was.

 

 

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jrowetx

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Is anyone headed out to the Grasslands this weekend? Taking my 9 year old son out for his first hunt.

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Chuy-pa Cavra

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Out at the Grasslands 11-30-10 no luck but still had a great time. I'm new out to the grasslands and haven't a clue about were to go. maybe some help?


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The Beast

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ANTLERS_2

Nice video , where was the coyote (unit) if you don't mind, cause I hunt varmint and maybe he's a resident coyote to that area.

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jfortn03

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I'm headed out to LBJ Grasslands this week (Wed and Thurs).  Never been before.  My father in law is going to scope out some places tomorrow.  Anyone have any tips on where I can direct him to start looking?  Thanks!  I'll post as soon I get back as well. 

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Mdematteo

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Hey there. New to this site so I think I'm just posting on this question. But does anyone know how to get to unit 3? I will be on 287 headed twords Decatur. I missed the office hours and wanted to try out my new shotgun with some skeet tomorrow. 

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