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Surely somebody has something to say about this area!!!.....
Nothing but outlaws in that area. If you're in a lease they will hunt it all week when you're not around...........
There's plenty of outlaws and they dont mind hunting other peoples leases. The deer are really small in that area also.. If you do join a lease in that area dont put out cameras and feeders and stands cause they will get taken..
What do you want to know. I've been hunting Rapides for 13 years. We hunt around Hineston, just about 13 miles from Elizabeth and Glenmora. Not a lot of big deer. Have taken some nice ones on a few occasions. The biggest is 8 pointers in 13 years. Starting seeing some 10 points last year for the first time on camera. Rapides/Vernon is the largest concentration of turkeys in the state. I tagged out this year for the first time. The hogs are really starting to get bad. You are always going to have your 10% local trash anywhere you hunt. Just comes with the territory. Deal with it.
Thanks for the comments. I hate to hear that you cant leave a stand or feeder out!I did just join a lease and from what I can tell the area looks good. May be just the people in this area that effect everything. Any recommendations to hunting this area due to the outlaws running around? Without feeder and stands in place, how do most scout the area to determine good places to hunt?
I hunted there last year. I was in a club that had about 8500 acres. There were about 92-93 members and a good 1500+ acres were recently cleared so everyone was hunting on top of one another. It was a good ole' boy club and if you weren't one of the good ole boys you were an outcast. One of the board members was running around on his Polaris Ranger outlawing during bow season and the evening before opening day of muzzleloader season another member and friend of mine was hunting in his secondary stand and someone walked up to him and said his stand was too close to his. That night we were driving around in my truck with a spot light looking for another place to put his ladder stand and wouldn't you know... The Board member that was outlawing just days before called the game warden on me and told them that I was spot lighting deer! Luckily the guy that told my buddy to move his stand came up and told the Warden what happened and matter of fact, he moved my buddies stand without his permission. We GPS'd it the following day and it was far enough away! That same board member killed a spike opening week. (The club was 3 point or better)The club was 8500 acres and you were only allowed to shoot 1 doe each but they frowned upon you if you did shoot a doe. Every day before the season I had 3 does on my camera and only one of the does had a fawn. The management there was pretty horrible. I only saw does and one shooter buck and I bagged and tagged the buck (6pt). No one put their kills on the record books and the rules said that you had to have a sign at the entrance to your trail but that was only for new members and people that weren't in the 'click'. There are 2-3 lakes (Hence the name of the club) on the property and there was a lot of duck hunting so every morning was like the 4th of July out there! There were about 20 Members that squirrel hunted during bow season and they even hunted in the area I was 'Trying' to bow hunt. Plain and simple... I am not in that club this year!!
I have been hunting on the Rapides / Vernon parish line and have noticed the deer tend to move around early in the season but become very nocternal after Thanksgiving. The rut is early in this area. You will notice the 2 breeding periods are mid October and mid November. The end of bow season, and first primitive weapon season were usually the best times for seeing a good bit of deer where I hunted. I would catch another good hunt from Halloween to about 2 weeks after that. The way I worked (14 and 14) prevented me from catching the main rut and would come home thanksgiving day to which all the chasing was over. If you could get everyone around you to use feeders and use very minimal corn to where the deer have to fight to get to a minimal amount of corn, then you may have a chance to see some bucks recovering after the rut to get some feed. most people though like to pile up the corn 3 ft high which makes the deer comfortable in coming only at night without running out of feed. this is allways a problem in any area after the rut. Good luck with the new lease.. Hogs are usually plentifull in these areas if you are near a large water source. they do not stray that far from a good water source that does not dry out. once rains starts more frequent they tend to travel a little further but primarily stay closer to rivers and large creek areas and bottoms that stay wet. Good luck again.
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