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Posted: 10/25/2013 4:52:20 PM EST
I'm looking at getting a job in Gatesville and just wanted some opinions on the area. I know it's a pretty small town and probably not a whole lot to do but that's fine with me. The further out we are the better. Just looking for some first hand experience or opinions. Any good gun shops or ranges or anything like that? Thanks for the input.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:07:09 PM EST
My uncle moved there 30 years ago and never left. He just retired. It's been 15 years since I've been there. We used to hunt deer there. Small town then, don't know now.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:14:43 PM EST
I know it was a while back, but how was the hunting when you hunted there?
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:24:41 PM EST
A lot of prisons up here, if that's the job you want or you can drive into Coppers Cove or Killeeen for better jobs
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 5:33:16 PM EST
Actually it's a position for Heil and Kalyn Seibert working in their oilfield design. There are definitely a lot of prisons there though.
Link Posted: 10/25/2013 9:00:58 PM EST
And if you get in good with the bullet pickers, you can get some real cheap ammo
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:43:00 AM EST
Bullet pickers?
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:05:56 AM EST
A good range there (Hicksville), goes out to 600 yds, steel targets, several handgun ranges, can use Tannrite, machine guns, 50 cal welcome.

Only bad part is no brass pickup allowed.

Gatesville is nice, only about 20-25 miles from Waco (about 300,00 pop).

If you ride a m/c lot's of great riding country.

Friendly people
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:14:17 AM EST
Years ago, I was stationed at FH, there were a lot of people that would go out on the chopper range and pick up the belts of ammo that they tossed when the minis would jam.
You would see strings of ammo hanging from the trees, sorta like fruit. Grape pickers, cotton pickers, bullet pickers.



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Link Posted: 10/26/2013 5:17:21 AM EST
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Actually it's a position for Heil and Kalyn Seibert working in their oilfield design. There are definitely a lot of prisons there though.
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That's where all the naughty women go instead of Huntsville.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 6:45:00 AM EST
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I know it was a while back, but how was the hunting when you hunted there?
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We had a small 125 acre lease. NEVER saw any deer remotely close to Boone and Crockett record books, mostly just little basket rack deer.

It was leased out from under us for $12k a year. It was stupid kind of money for that place.

My former BIL worked for parks and wildlife as a biologist, most of that area was turning to high fence operations last time we talked.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:12:11 AM EST
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A good range there (Hicksville), goes out to 600 yds, steel targets, several handgun ranges, can use Tannrite, machine guns, 50 cal welcome.

Only bad part is no brass pickup allowed.

Gatesville is nice, only about 20-25 miles from Waco (about 300,00 pop).

If you ride a m/c lot's of great riding country.

Friendly people
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That's pretty awesome. Thanks for the heads up on that one. The no brass pick up sucks but at least there's a place to let a rifle stretch its legs as I'm wanting to get into the more long range stuff too. Thanks for the information.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:13:36 AM EST
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Years ago, I was stationed at FH, there were a lot of people that would go out on the chopper range and pick up the belts of ammo that they tossed when the minis would jam.
You would see strings of ammo hanging from the trees, sorta like fruit. Grape pickers, cotton pickers, bullet pickers.




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Originally Posted By We-rBorg:
Years ago, I was stationed at FH, there were a lot of people that would go out on the chopper range and pick up the belts of ammo that they tossed when the minis would jam.
You would see strings of ammo hanging from the trees, sorta like fruit. Grape pickers, cotton pickers, bullet pickers.



Originally Posted By Texanlife3:
Bullet pickers?



Haha that's awesome. I would definitely like to get hooked up with some of those guys if they still do that.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 7:21:51 AM EST
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We had a small 125 acre lease. NEVER saw any deer remotely close to Boone and Crockett record books, mostly just little basket rack deer.

It was leased out from under us for $12k a year. It was stupid kind of money for that place.

My former BIL worked for parks and wildlife as a biologist, most of that area was turning to high fence operations last time we talked.
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Originally Posted By Texanlife3:
I know it was a while back, but how was the hunting when you hunted there?


We had a small 125 acre lease. NEVER saw any deer remotely close to Boone and Crockett record books, mostly just little basket rack deer.

It was leased out from under us for $12k a year. It was stupid kind of money for that place.

My former BIL worked for parks and wildlife as a biologist, most of that area was turning to high fence operations last time we talked.


Sounds pretty much like the place I was hunting on down by Brady then. Every now and then a good buck would come up, but most of the time it was basket racks. Unfortunately it seems like most areas are turning to high fences. Any idea on the prices of land or availability down there? I'm just starting to really look into it.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:14:49 PM EST
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Originally Posted By We-rBorg:
Years ago, I was stationed at FH, there were a lot of people that would go out on the chopper range and pick up the belts of ammo that they tossed when the minis would jam.
You would see strings of ammo hanging from the trees, sorta like fruit. Grape pickers, cotton pickers, bullet pickers.




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Originally Posted By We-rBorg:
Years ago, I was stationed at FH, there were a lot of people that would go out on the chopper range and pick up the belts of ammo that they tossed when the minis would jam.
You would see strings of ammo hanging from the trees, sorta like fruit. Grape pickers, cotton pickers, bullet pickers.



Originally Posted By Texanlife3:
Bullet pickers?



yea, they used to dump it in any body of water remotely close to a range; had some dumbasses
throw some 4.2 mortar rounds in Cowhouse Creek whilest on their way back in from a range;
(mid 70's) they spent 2 weeks looking & only found 2 out of 3 rounds (IIRC),,,lotsa fun,,,,
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 4:55:17 AM EST
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yea, they used to dump it in any body of water remotely close to a range; had some dumbasses
throw some 4.2 mortar rounds in Cowhouse Creek whilest on their way back in from a range;
(mid 70's) they spent 2 weeks looking & only found 2 out of 3 rounds (IIRC),,,lotsa fun,,,,
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Originally Posted By We-rBorg:
Years ago, I was stationed at FH, there were a lot of people that would go out on the chopper range and pick up the belts of ammo that they tossed when the minis would jam.
You would see strings of ammo hanging from the trees, sorta like fruit. Grape pickers, cotton pickers, bullet pickers.



Originally Posted By Texanlife3:
Bullet pickers?



yea, they used to dump it in any body of water remotely close to a range; had some dumbasses
throw some 4.2 mortar rounds in Cowhouse Creek whilest on their way back in from a range;
(mid 70's) they spent 2 weeks looking & only found 2 out of 3 rounds (IIRC),,,lotsa fun,,,,


A hundred years ago when I was a kid my grandpaw took me to this dried up stock tank in Fort Hood. He set me out into the knee deep mud to retrieve strings of live 50 cal. I would grab a string, roll it up and throw it to shore. All was well until a bullet tip hit a primer and "kaboom" We skedaddled after that. Went to the house and pulled bullets to sell the brass. Powder was still dry.
Found a pallet of frozen fish fillets sitting out in the middle of nowhere there one time. Good times
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 6:36:56 AM EST
My family has land a couple miles east of Gatesville in the ghost town of The Grove. My entire family has gone to Gatesville high and even won a state championship in football.

The hunting is decent if the land owner does proper deer management, such as our family operation. There is a pretty good bbq joint there, but not a ton else. Some good motorcycling in the area though and lots of friendly people.

Welcome to the area!
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