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Scottb226Scottb226 Posts: 235 Deckhand
So I've been doing some scouting at Lake Monroe WMA and I've noticed that place is beyond loaded with Pigmy Rattlesnakes. I see them all over the place. The last time I was out I stepped on a 2 footer and he barely missed my leg. Watch your step out there if you plan on checking that place out. I haven't seen any cottonmouths or Diamondbacks but I'm sure there are plenty out there. Has anybody noticed the same thing out there?


  • nofishtodaynofishtoday Posts: 1,343 Officer
    That's a sign of no hogs
  • Scottb226Scottb226 Posts: 235 Deckhand
    You're right and that doesn't surprise me. I've seen very little sign of hogs out there. I know there are some out there but I think the population is very low
  • FlredbonesFlredbones Posts: 261 Officer
    Beware of everything at Monroe. By far worst wma I've been to.
  • Scottb226Scottb226 Posts: 235 Deckhand
    Flredbones wrote: »
    Beware of everything at Monroe. By far worst wma I've been to.

    Everybody seems to say that about that place. Why is that? I know it's very small so that's already a strike but are there any other reasons? It's the closest non quota WMA to me so it would be nice to hunt it but I'm putting most of my efforts on other places. I hear that place is very crowded with hunters. Is that true for bow season too?
  • awFSUducksawFSUducks Posts: 258 Deckhand
    The piece of land next to Monroe wma does some pretty extensive hog control from what I've been told.
  • FlredbonesFlredbones Posts: 261 Officer
    It's the closest non quota wma to me as well. But there are several reasons I wouldn't hunt the place again. The biggest reason as you said is its very small and has a high hunter density during all seasons. There are quality animals there but they're so pressured they're **** near impossible to get a shot at. Another reason is poachers frequent the area quite often. Two seasons ago i ran into an fwc officer trying to get details on a button buck and a doe poached on opening day that seemed to be dragged half way out and just left there. If you want to be successful there you need to either go in from the lake or walk far and deep into the swamp in the back. But then that presents the problem of having to drag an animal out several miles through the thickest of the thick. Good luck to ya though.
  • Lc-hunter86Lc-hunter86 Posts: 2,927 Captain
    Place is a zoo. If the river is high, hunt able land is cut in half, too many people is now an understatement. Opening day will see 10+ vehicles at each of the 3 parking spots. most vehicles will have more than one hunter so you do the's depressing how that placd has been ruined in only a few years. There are nice deer there but good luck.
  • Scottb226Scottb226 Posts: 235 Deckhand
    Thanks for the info guys. So are there any non quota WMAs that are not so pressured? I hear three lakes has some quality deer but is also a zoo.
  • Lc-hunter86Lc-hunter86 Posts: 2,927 Captain
    The ocAla national forest honestly isn't that bad. It's so large that you can always get away from people.
  • Scottb226Scottb226 Posts: 235 Deckhand
    Thanks i'll have to check out Ocala. It's quite a drive but if it means less hunter traffic i'm sure it will be worth it
  • Captjohn5150Captjohn5150 Posts: 1,698 Captain
    In the last 5 years manrows as I call it has been arm to arm....if you hunt there have a flashing hat on at all times, spray paint yourself bright hunter orange....and with a loud speaker that you are holding on one arm, gun over shoulder not ready to need to...just repete loudly.....don't shoot, don't shoot, don't shoot.....non stop until you get back into your is a zoo with hunters and very little animals.....
    For the love of all outdoors recreational activities....what my spelling is off, that will learn ya. Pimping ain't easy unless u went to FSU, its a BS course.
    What do u get when you can connect the dots, color inside the lines, and get your release papers.....sentence served, times up at Felon sentenced university.
    Floridas first woman's college.
    The only difference between FSU and all the other colleges are other colleges accept you into the university's. At FSU you are taken into custody.
  • bean79bean79 Posts: 26 Greenhorn
    I've hunted there the last two years. Everything that has been said is absolutely true. I'm extremely surprised FWC isn't all over that place enforcing the laws. I've seen everything from salt licks to PVC corn bait stations in the area. Not to mention the sketchy characters I've seen walking through.
  • Scottb226Scottb226 Posts: 235 Deckhand
    Well I think it's pretty safe to say that I won't be hunting there. All I've heard is negatives about that place. Thanks guys for saving me the trouble and possibly from getting shot lol.
  • huntmstrhuntmstr Posts: 6,290 Admiral
    Lake Monroe is a prime example why you can't do away restictions on hunters. People just don't know how to behave without lots of rules to keep them from destroying a good thing. Sad...:puke
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    I had you pissed off at hello.
  • Jonny on the SpotJonny on the Spot Posts: 39 Greenhorn
    Sounds like Corbett.
  • flattitudeflattitude Posts: 536 Officer
    Sounds like Corbett.
    The statement about wearing orange and having a flashing light yes. I have on more than one occasion had a bullet whiz past me while in blaze orange. I now only hunt archery and muzzle there and if it keeps up it will be archery only for me.
  • bean79bean79 Posts: 26 Greenhorn
    I will still hunt there this year. If anything it gives me a chance to go out there and pick up trash and clean up the area.
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,340 AG
    bean79 wrote: »
    I will still hunt there this year. If anything it gives me a chance to go out there and pick up trash and clean up the area.

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