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#3533974 - 09/01/12 06:33 PM Spike Box Ranch
notamtchance Offline
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Registered: 09/17/09
Posts: 2343
Loc: Denton, Tx., USA
I'm looking into a lease at the Spike Box Ranch. Can anyone tell me anything about that ranch? It is in Knox/king county.
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#3534806 - 09/02/12 07:48 AM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: notamtchance]
bowhunterTX Offline
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Registered: 04/16/07
Posts: 420
Loc: Aledo, TX
from a previous post on THF in regards to the Spike Box. Not my comments


we leased the SB for 5 years, but the owner has turned over the hunting operation to his son and it's going to pot. The son thinks he's going to turn it into King Ranch North, which is great in theory, but he's jacked up the lease prices and is making a ton of changes that finally made us say we'd had enough. We'd spent 5 years feeding like crazy and building our numbers back up because the previous guy on our pasture didn't feed at all, and his jacking up the prices came in the same year when we lost probably 40-50% of our herd to the drought. His changes aren't supported by the current condition of the ranch. I wouldn't do it if I were you.

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#3536305 - 09/02/12 07:33 PM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: bowhunterTX]
jackcountyhunter Offline
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Registered: 12/13/07
Posts: 727
I have a friend who used to hunt at the SB buy they now have the land directly across from the SB leased. They have seen some really great deer though

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#3536571 - 09/02/12 09:15 PM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: bowhunterTX]
Grayson Offline
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Registered: 11/27/07
Posts: 559
Originally Posted By: bowhunterTX
from a previous post on THF in regards to the Spike Box. Not my comments


we leased the SB for 5 years, but the owner has turned over the hunting operation to his son and it's going to pot. The son thinks he's going to turn it into King Ranch North, which is great in theory, but he's jacked up the lease prices and is making a ton of changes that finally made us say we'd had enough. We'd spent 5 years feeding like crazy and building our numbers back up because the previous guy on our pasture didn't feed at all, and his jacking up the prices came in the same year when we lost probably 40-50% of our herd to the drought. His changes aren't supported by the current condition of the ranch. I wouldn't do it if I were you.
Notamchance, in response to your PM, these are my comments quoted above and I stand by them. It's a cool ranch, but I strongly disagree with the new manager's changes. We did have several deer in the 130-140 class and a few 150-160 class over the years.

What pasture are you looking at leasing?

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#3540047 - 09/04/12 01:42 AM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: Grayson]
notamtchance Offline
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Registered: 09/17/09
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Loc: Denton, Tx., USA
There are two different ones. Not sure the names of the pastures, but one is in Knox county and the other is in king county. It is through myBIL the lease is going through. I told that before I/we go any further I wanted to check on here to see if anyone on the THF has had any dealings with them. I thought I had read something negative about them on here before.
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#3540648 - 09/04/12 10:26 AM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: notamtchance]
Grayson Offline
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Registered: 11/27/07
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If one is 3100 acres in King County on the Knox County line, that was ours.

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#3540844 - 09/04/12 11:40 AM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: Grayson]
Wreckem04 Offline
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Registered: 07/25/11
Posts: 329
Loc: Frisco, TX
we were on SB till a year ago PM me if you want to know more...
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#3542896 - 09/04/12 10:24 PM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: Grayson]
notamtchance Offline
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Registered: 09/17/09
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Loc: Denton, Tx., USA
Originally Posted By: Grayson
If one is 3100 acres in King County on the Knox County line, that was ours.


I think it might be.
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#3547085 - 09/06/12 09:07 AM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: notamtchance]
Grayson Offline
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Registered: 11/27/07
Posts: 559
PM me your email address, I can send you some pics of representative deer. Don't get me wrong, it's a really cool ranch and has potential to produce great deer, just had a rough year last year with the drought and I really don't think now's the time to raise the rates. They also run steers during the spring and summer, but left them on into bow season and they really hurt our hunting.

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#3619410 - 09/30/12 04:24 PM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: notamtchance]
ntxhunt Offline
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Registered: 09/30/12
Posts: 1
Proceed with caution... helicopter hog hunts pushed deer and hogs off the pasture we leased for 3 years. Also something that was worse than any was guided hunters allowed to hunt our leased ground anytime but when we were not present. A rule of checking in and out so we would not catch a guided hunter in our personal blind? I will not be back to sp box ever again.

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#3619586 - 09/30/12 05:50 PM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: ntxhunt]
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Registered: 01/06/08
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Loc: Duncanville, Tx.
Originally Posted By: ntxhunt
Proceed with caution... helicopter hog hunts pushed deer and hogs off the pasture we leased for 3 years. Also something that was worse than any was guided hunters allowed to hunt our leased ground anytime but when we were not present. A rule of checking in and out so we would not catch a guided hunter in our personal blind? I will not be back to sp box ever again.

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#3622889 - 10/01/12 06:04 PM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: notamtchance]
Carpetman Offline
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Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 2
I hunted there last year and year before. Got the place set up fed corn and protein all year. Never shot a big buck. Then owners son and new wildlife manager and WOW thing changed. These people talk out of both sides of their mouth. You can't trust a thing they do or say!! I would never hunt there again. Stay clear you will be glad you did!!!!!!!!

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#3626986 - 10/02/12 07:33 PM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: notamtchance]
cbarn Offline
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Registered: 10/02/12
Posts: 1
I would not considered it, you will be dealing with a very difficult owner that has a lot of intolerable rules and has very limited people skills. We were on the sb for 5 years killed some nice deer but drought devastated the herd. Hunted 2011 saw very few mature deer compared with year before. When Mike Kelly (wildlife manager) was there it was good place he was great guy but retired in 2011. The general area has got some nice deer.

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#3628315 - 10/03/12 08:45 AM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: cbarn]
Branden Offline
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Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 738
Loc: Aledo, Tx
To many negatives then positives, I say keep looking sounds like you will be better off.

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#3629237 - 10/03/12 02:13 PM Re: Spike Box Ranch [Re: Branden]
bu2herndog Offline
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Registered: 02/01/10
Posts: 2991
Loc: Burleson, Tx
Originally Posted By: Branden
To many negatives then positives, I say keep looking sounds like you will be better off.


Agreed. Sounds like I would steer clear!

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