White river NWR

Discussion in 'Bowhunting' started by Deerslayer 1384, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Deerslayer 1384

    Deerslayer 1384 Well-Known Member

    What's the acorn/ persimmon situation look like down there? The acorns are absent where I hunt in central AR. We are heading down for the weekend and I was curious what the mast looks like down there..Particularly around the Kansas lake area. Any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. mathews1012

    mathews1012 Well-Known Member

    Don't know about that area, but the area i hunt they are loaded. Shouldn't have a problem finding any.
     

  3. 1/4ing away

    1/4ing away Well-Known Member

    I was hunting near Dumas last weekend and the crop was excellent. Which, on the refuge, usually isn't a good thing for patterning deer because there is food everywhere.
     
  4. Was in the south unit last weekend and you couldn't walk anywhere without stepping on acorns. Only saw 1 persimmon tree with anything on it
     
  5. Deerslayer 1384

    Deerslayer 1384 Well-Known Member

    Thanks!
     
  6. ar_lawngod

    ar_lawngod Well-Known Member

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    I was in the Kansas Lake area last weekend. There are acorns everywhere. Even with the cooler temps the deer weren't having to move very far. There were quite a few people in there too. I saw 4 doe Sunday morning and 1 decent buck, but that was it. I wasn't able to get a shot on any of them. There are still a lot of leaves on the trees.

    Have you hunted that area before?
     
  7. Deerslayer 1384

    Deerslayer 1384 Well-Known Member

    Yessir! We have a friend that has a cabin close to st Charles, so we hunt both units quite a lot.
     
  8. Deerslayer 1384

    Deerslayer 1384 Well-Known Member

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1349996105.456516.jpg . Killed this one last year on the south side.
     
  9. ar_lawngod

    ar_lawngod Well-Known Member

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    Pretty nice one. I grew up down there. We have a place on Maddox Bay still, not far from the entrance to KL. That is where I hunted as a kid and go back every time I get a chance.

    Good luck to ya. If you see a white dodge with a Suk-O-Buck decal in the back window, say hello to my Pop. He is there every weekend
     
  10. BIG JIM

    BIG JIM Select Member<br>Ol Eagle Eye

    I've never been there but I'm planning on going one day next week and looking around. I got a cousin that lives pretty close to there but I don't think the warden would let him out to go with me. :banghead:
     
  11. Deerslayer 1384

    Deerslayer 1384 Well-Known Member

    Haha.I know a couple guys who have places over there actually:) I will certainly say hello!
     
  12. ar_lawngod

    ar_lawngod Well-Known Member

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    Big Jim- did you get a muzzleloader permit for The North unit? My older brother and his family drew, but the rest weren't as lucky.

    I asked the regional office if we can now hunt during the muzzleloader permit hunt. In the past you couldn't, but this year you can now hunt during the gun hunt. Not sure about the muzzleloader though.
     
  13. BIG JIM

    BIG JIM Select Member<br>Ol Eagle Eye

    No I didn't get one. I have some friends that bow hunt there in November when it's gun season here in zone 11. Also I have a couple of cousins that bow hunt in october every year down there. They have killed some nice ones and tell me about seeing some dandy's. I'm probably going to talk to them before I go so I can kinda get an Idea of where to look.
     
  14. ar_lawngod

    ar_lawngod Well-Known Member

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    They are so really good deer there. I saw a probably 120-130 on Sunday. Not huge, but he would have made me happy.
     
  15. mmcginty19

    mmcginty19 Well-Known Member

    Drew a muzzleloader permit last 2 years and didn't kill anything last year. Saw a bunch of does and a few small bucks. Hope this year is much better. Leaving early Thursday morning to head down. Gonna bow hunt a day and a half the muzzleload for 3.
     
  16. ar_lawngod

    ar_lawngod Well-Known Member

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    Mmcginty19- Good luck to ya. Seems a little hit and miss, but the deer are always there. They are just real skittish. Once the 4 wheeler start running the roads they are ever watchful and adapt quickly.

    Deerslayer- I would imagine we know some of the same people. Not that many that live there year around.
     
  17. Deerslayer 1384

    Deerslayer 1384 Well-Known Member

    Mcginty- good luck! Lawngod- I'm sure we do, im sure iv run into ya before- we are always there and are always social with folks. Good fellowship. Hope everyone has good luck!
     
  18. jd huntn

    jd huntn Well-Known Member

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    I hunt from crocketts bluff area... have to ride thru refuge to access some of our spots.. good deer real skittish good luck..and i sure miss the st charles store that closed down, what a good buffet they had.lol
     
  19. litlhitch

    litlhitch Well-Known Member

    Where is the regional office? I thought the permit hunts were only open to people that had a quota permit?
     
  20. mmcginty19

    mmcginty19 Well-Known Member

    We hunted the east side of the river in the south unit last year. I saw saw 15 deer on the first day and saw a total of 22 deer in the 2 1/2 days that we hunted. Had a few deer less than 20 yards from me and they even saw me but stayed around and fed. We are staying at merrisach this year and hunting that side this year. Somewhere around jacks bay.