I wished I’d gotten in that one at least once. Oh well I’m in happier hunting grounds now.
Good luck to you.
Good luck to you.
It depends on what zone you're hunting. Some zones have feeders lining the property line, others are a bit more secluded. Hunter harassment has become a real thing out there. A bunch of Edmond residents aren't happy about it.I always thought that Arcadia hunt would be a walk in the park with all the folks out there feeding them. Never applied though, we have enough deer at our place so just left it for those needing a place to hunt.
I wrangle with the cost every year when I apply, it was $50 for years. I told myself if they went up any I'd quit going, but it's been $75 now for 4-5 years maybe, and most years I hunt two weekends out there. I only hunt public so my only costs are my gear and gas, no leases, feeders, corn, etc. for me.I’ve thought the Arcadia hunt always to be interesting but at $75 a hunt it seems pretty steep. I always figured I’ll save my money and put it towards truck fuel and head to a wma, but to each there own
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So sorry I missed your comments (I can't believe it didn't notice). I hunted zone 7 last weekend 6-9th. It was tough, high humidity and I believe the full moon screwed with them. I saw 9 does, almost all of them in bow range, but no shots taken.
I've hunted zone 11 before. If I'd seen your comments I was going to tell you to walk all the way around to where 10 and 11 meet. There's a, kind of, valley back there with a pond in the middle. The deer transition through there and bed on that side. Several private properties next to that zone put out corn feeders and the deer simply walk back and forth across the private to either side of zone 11. I've seen plenty of deer and a couple really good looking bucks on that zone, 8 or so years ago.
Zone 11 is tough because it is so narrow between private and the water, but it's definitely huntable.
I'm supposed to be hunting zone 6 next weekend as a buddy hunter with a friend who drew that zone. You can still buy any open unit and hunt out there again if you want. I've hunted 5,6,7,8,11, and 24 over the years. Done a bunch of fishing in zone 4 and 9. Never set foot on 1-3, or 13-23. You can count on an opportunity to shoot a deer practically anywhere out there though. I like hunting 5-7 because it's behind a locked gate and the road has been closed the last 5 ish years due to a tinhorn getting washed out and the road has been demoed. It's a steep 30 foot embankment on either side you have to walk down, then back up. It makes for a real long walk. I shot a doe on 6 last year and I ended up dragging/pushing a cart, literally, a mile to get her back to the truck. A lot of folks don't want to work that hard for a deer though.
Apparently vandalism out there has run rampant. The hunt managers told us about all the gates that got ran over opening weekend. The lock to 5-7 was busted, but ODWC replaced it by the time I hunted out there. I don't understand what is wrong with people. Some pothead kids met me out there on the road as I was walking out Sunday afternoon. They were screaming and playing music real loud, smoking a joint. They about crapped their pants when I walked out of the woods in full camo, backpack with hunting saddle on, longbow in hand. The were so confused they couldn't speak. I said "Hi" and kept walking to the truck, didn't hunt that evening.
With all the urban development, I guarantee the hunt at Arcadia is in peril, will probably not exist in 5 more years which is just sad. I've had a lot of fun out there, shot several deer. The folks who work at the lake are always friendly and nice.
I know the right trees are tough to find in Oklahoma without some pruning, but is there a tree you could use a climber or hang on for?Archer22
THANKS. That is the best write up I’ve see on Arcadia, most of the time it’s just someone saying they’d been there.
I actually found that spot on 10/11 scouting after the first morning hunt. Tracks and sign everywhere but the undergrowth and sticker vines were so thick I couldn’t find a good shooting lane. I was ground hunting so the brush was a big problem. I found a decent clearing on the west side by the water and saw some does over there but no shots. After walking around and seeing the layout I plan to get a saddle after season and spend next year learning it. I think it will open a whole new world if opportunity.
I’m hoping to get in on 11 another time or two this season since I’ve scouted it and have an idea where to set up. I live in the area and it is a super easy zone for me to get to.
If my buddy hadn't drawn this weekend, I wouldn't be going back, too hot. The third or fourth weekend is usually my favorite time to go as it cools down a bit and pre-rut activity is usually popping off. Usually bucks are starting to scrape and show up in daylight. I barely got off work Friday so I'm planning to run out there after work Thursday for a short evening set and then hunt 3 days.I really wanted to go out this weekend but looking at the weather Thursday and maybe Friday morning are going to be the only decent weather. Still debating but hate to pay the $75 for a day and a half.