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how many hunters on 20 acres safely?

hey guys  found a good deal on 20 acres of land with a small house 2 minutes from my house that i'm really thinking about buying. the house is questionable if we would tear it down or fix it up and maybe rent it out. i don't have the measurements of the property yet but it's basicaly a rectangle with i'm guessing 200 yards of frontange. it is mostly wooded with rolling hills we walked about 100 feet behind the house and crossed 4 different deer runs with fresh prints in the snow that we got last night so thats a good sign.i also now that the elk herd goes thru there all of the time (hopfully someday i'll pull a tag). my main use of the property would be early season bow hunting and late season bow/rifle. but for example thanksgiving weekend i'm not allowed to hunt at my work where i mainly hunt and i always seem to have family come up hunting for the weekend. so i'm wondering how many people i can safely have hunting on 20 acres? if i buy it i plan to build atleast  1 very nice elevated blind for my self and kids to use during rifle season so we'd be shooting at a downward angle which should make it a little safer.the most people i would ever need to accomadate would be 4 including myself for a 2 day period do you think it could be done?

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It's hard to give an exact

It's hard to give an exact number but I've hunted some places where each hunter had to be in a stand so all the shots were going down for rifle hunters. We have hunted smaller tracts with several people. the main thing is to ensure each person has shooting sectors to keep them from shooting towards their hunting buddy. As long as each understands there limits it should be a great place for a family outting. Also it could be just your secret spot away from the others. I'm looking for land also it's hard to find for sure good luck

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well we came to agreement

well we came to agreement with the owner a couple of hours ago i'm paying 300 more per acre then i hoped but i got a great interest rate on a land contractand i'm not required to insure it since the house is so run down. i must be crazy because i just paid off my house last summer now i'm commiting myself to 8 more years of payments. making everyone be in a treestand is a great idea 3 of us allready prefer them anyways. the 4th guy i'd like to run off but can't because he's my moms husband so i have to be nice to him. he also the one that i would question his shooting abilty he once took a 400 plus yard shot with a smooth bored 12ga i jokingly said that he would of needed to aim 2-3 feet over the deer to hit it so 2 hours later he did it agian and couldn't figure why he missed because he aimed 2 feet over it. anyways back to the property i plan to have multiple stands setup so i can always play the wind. what do guys recomend as far as food plots 1 good sized one in a central location so no matter what stand i'm in i have a chance of catching the deer on there way to feed. or small food plots in front of each stand? i know this is a little premature since i can't plant anything till spring but i'm just a little excited and brainstorming. i guess this shows how much i hate hunting on state land.were in a baiting zone btw so just baiting each stand is out as much as i'd like to be able to do it

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Location: Ft Hood, TX
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planning ahead

Sounds good. I have hunted both large plots and small. <u buddy in GA had a small plot tha ran don between a stand of pines. It was the coolest thing since the cover was so close the deer would just appear out of nowhere without making a sound. You have enough time until spring to get some new toys.lol I always jke with my wife about a new tiller or evenan atv with  plow and such. As far as the numebr of people I don't 4 would be an issue at all.  good luck

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I would not hunt more than

I would not hunt more than four people at one time on only twenty acres, although rolling terraine might permit more on occasion. Yes, a food plot in the middle of the property or two smaller plots in the middle would attract deer but the best practice would be to create bedding/santuarys that you never enter. Do not build food plots near property boundries but try to build elevated stands /tree stand close to boundries where you can watch trails through your property. A stand or two overlooking food plots as well.  The most important thing is NOT to let anyone, and that specifically includes your kids, run ATV's through that property. That would drive the deer right off that property!

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my kids won't like that

my kids won't like that they've allready pointed out that the property is close enough to home that they could ride there quads down there to play. were hoping to close on it within the next month i can't wait to get down there and walk the whole property and find the rest of the property lines. it's gonna be alot of work between marking the lines and clearing out some spots/ shooting lanes but my work is close enough (about 3 miles thru the woods) that i can barrow a tractor to get alot done quicker. i plan to buy a crossbow with my tax return this year and with this property being so close it will be no big if i only have an hour to hunt so come oct 1st noone will be seeing me around.

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