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Choccolocco WMA #2280345
11/03/17 07:53 AM
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Hey all, I'm usually in the Choc WMA so if you see my 2001 Red F150 stepside stop and say hi if you see me.
Not many red step-sides around here so if you see one it's probably me.
I usually drive in Rd 522/Hwy 9 right by the GW office there or at the 2nd to last road near the end of Baines Gap/Choc. Rd on the North side.

Gonna try tom. for the special gun hunt with my black powder even tho it's suppose to be near 80 both Sat/Sun.

Funny story:
I saw a nice 8+ last year that walked < 10 yds from me following a scent but I didn't get a shot. I was sitting on the side of the road down the hill with brush in front of me so I couldn't see directly below me. He walked right up thru it towards me then we about spooked each other at the same time lmao and he ran down and up the next hill. I was about 2 seconds from a shot then he walked on over the hill.
The next day someone else was there frown

Last Monday parked in a place I've never seen anyone park. Got all my stuff on, walked about 40 yds down the short semi grown road, stopped, walked over to see where this other path went down thru some thick stuff, dang deer standing down there and blew at me...ran 30 yds stopped, I couldn't see it, blew at me again..Wind was blowing at me so it didn't smell me I just spooked it.

I can't tell you how many times I've had deer bedded down < 40 yds of parking..Crazy stuff and it happens to me quiet a bit

Anyway, Good Luck everyone on the season.

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Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2280451
11/03/17 10:35 AM
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Im usually out there a lot but between kids basket games and the weather im gonna skip it.


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Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2280592
11/03/17 01:34 PM
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I've hunted there for years. I took advantage if the liberal doe limits. Then they stopped it. I'm not sure if everything got killed but it's hard to see a deer now. It's like a ghost town on the hunts now. You would think the population would bounce back by now.

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2280770
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You can still shoot a doe a day bow hunting in the WMA all season.
I've learned over the years in Choc., you have to get in the woods!
Because of the number of hunters that show up during the gun hunts, and like any other pressured area, the deer are gonna move further in..especially if you go to the parking places where you always see vehicles parked.

Or just be like me as I posted above..lmao just park and walk 40 yds and run over deer

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2280777
11/03/17 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted By: CVAwolf
You can still shoot a doe a day bow hunting in the WMA all season.
I've learned over the years in Choc., you have to get in the woods!
Because of the number of hunters that show up during the gun hunts, and like any other pressured area, the deer are gonna move further in..especially if you go to the parking places where you always see vehicles parked.

Or just be like me as I posted above..lmao just park and walk 40 yds and run over deer


Didn't you post earlier that you only saw 10 deer all last season? Doesn't sound like your method is working, ever consider that maybe there just are t many deer?

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2280781
11/03/17 04:52 PM
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Yes I did, but I also said cos of my back and right knee I can't track back in as far as I used to be able to with all my gear.
I have on occasion but only if I can walk an old road further in..

I can see how confusing I guess that sounded lol

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2280789
11/03/17 05:07 PM
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Wish I could be out there for the early gun hunt but Im hunting in NC with a friend trying to get him his first.

I hunt there at least once or twice a year. I still see deer out there but not as many in a sit as I have in the past. Just gotta get back there to them and hunt. Liberal doe days out a hurting on them but it isnt devoid of deer either.

Good luck to all that are going this weekend!

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2281013
11/04/17 04:39 AM
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And as I said I'll say it again. Parked in area no one else parks, walked in almost a mile, walked over a deer!

Funny thing tho, there's a bunch of people down the road at the Pinati trail making all kinds of noise in the woods.

Dumbass's didn't realize there's a gun hunt. THEY ALL SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO Wear ORANGE Or GET THE HECK OUT!

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2281079
11/04/17 06:19 AM
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Did you hear any shots

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2281131
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I m @ chocco, heard what I think is 3 different people shooting. 2 shot twice, the other just shot once. Last shot was around 9:30-10. I've seen two does (7:30)and just had a lil 3 point walk by. Beautiful place out here. My first time being here. I got a video of the 3pt but its sketchier than the Bigfoot footage. Here is my view from this morning.


Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2281254
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We must have been pretty close to each other cos I heard those, same 2 shots then about 1 hr later another shot.
I talked to GW @Hwy 9 on my way out. No one had brought any deer out. He said someone had one at other check station, a 8 pt. He said the guy who shot it said it was chasing a doe. Then the GW said they are rutting NOW!?!?

I've never ever heard anyone say the rut in Choc is first week of Nov. I think someone is full of ^{+{!|*

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2281255
11/04/17 10:06 AM
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I've been here for about an hr. Bunch of rubs and a few scrapes.

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2281266
11/04/17 10:18 AM
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ive been on muzzleloader hunts and seen tons of chasing. So the game warden ain't too far off by my experience. About another week I'd say. It's my opinion that early muzzloader season is worth taking off work for.

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2281588
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Ok thanks Sgiles.

I'm surprised it's happening now.. I read a lot of other forums and the census was towards the end of Nov thru Christmas then end of Jan..Guess where I'm hunting has more Northern deer since this area has so many deer from other parts of the country.

I saw a map somewhere that showed where the imported deer were put in and from where..Can't rem. where I saw that now

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: Powpow65] #2281589
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Wow it looks like you're up in the fog lol

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Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2281671
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Originally Posted By: CVAwolf
Guess where I'm hunting has more Northern deer since this area has so many deer from other parts of the country.

I saw a map somewhere that showed where the imported deer were put in and from where..Can't rem. where I saw that now


Choccolocco was stocked with North Carolina deer from Pisgah National Forest in the mountains. Bankhead was with Michigan deer. Both areas were some of the very first to be stocked in the early 1900s. Both areas were extremely remote and had virtually no deer when they stocked them so that's why both still have November ruts. Those stocked deer became the dominant herd. Several other areas in the state were stocked with northern deer, but it wasn't isolated enough to keep the native herd and other stocks from south Alabama from diluting the genetics. If only they had restocked all of northern Alabama with Michigan deer.......

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2284109
11/06/17 06:17 PM
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I keep threatening to drive up for the earlier rut but haven't yet. I usually stay on Hollins or Coosa and I drive a white wrangler with 35s and trailmaster on the hood. It is usually abandoned in daylight however unless I get an early kill.


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Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2284124
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Muzzleloader hunt and the Thanksgiving hunt are the best for rut activity year in and year out.

Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2289925
11/12/17 06:36 AM
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Anyone been this weekend? Was considering a drive up with my smokepole this week and was wondering how the rug was progressing.


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Re: Choccolocco WMA [Re: CVAwolf] #2290081
11/12/17 10:27 AM
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I'm here with my daughter now. My buddy saw 7 does in a spot I put him last weekend. No bucks around them. I don't expect much rut activity for 2 more weeks.

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