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#3326522 - 08/18/13 10:34 AM Current Presidents Island Conditions
2in1shot
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After 8 years, I finally got drawn. Beginning to plan my hunt of the decade. Does anyone know the current conditions (flooding and crops) this year. Also any advice will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks.
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#3326570 - 08/18/13 11:33 AM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: 2in1shot]
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I finally got drawn also!! Also, lodging, and isn't there a scout day?
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#3326703 - 08/18/13 02:03 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN hunter]
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The river did not get very high this year so there should be no flooding issues this year. I don't know what kind of crops were planted.
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#3326740 - 08/18/13 02:55 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ]
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Ill second southaven.
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#3326745 - 08/18/13 03:11 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: muddyboots]
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
Ill second southaven.


X3. You can also pull a camper and stay beside the TWRA guys. The scout day is the day before the hunt starts. You will get a permit but also a packet in the mail. I also highly recommend bringing an ATV if you can.
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#3326822 - 08/18/13 04:12 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN Larry]
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Southaven is nice but T.O. Fuller State Park is only about 5 minutes away, I lived and worked there for 3 years and that park is as safe as it gets
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#3326854 - 08/18/13 04:33 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: easy45]
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
Southaven is nice but T.O. Fuller State Park is only about 5 minutes away, I lived and worked there for 3 years and that park is as safe as it gets


Yeah, that would really be the thing to do. You'll save a lot of money, you can leave your hunting gear safely in your truck (you can't do that at any hotel anywhere), and they have shower facilities.
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#3327024 - 08/18/13 07:17 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Poser]
banjo
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I was thinking of camping on the island myself. Does anyone know if they will let you camp on wed night or do I need plan on staying at a hotel wed
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#3327168 - 08/18/13 09:07 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: banjo]
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Thanks for the great info everyone. Do they have cabins in the park or do you have to have a camper?
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#3327920 - 08/19/13 12:47 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN hunter]
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If you don't camp I would recommend Southaven too. I had a Memphis police officer recommend to me a "safe" hotel close to downtown and someone still tried to bread into my truck. Luckily all they did was damage the door/handle.
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#3327958 - 08/19/13 01:11 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: TN hunter
Thanks for the great info everyone. Do they have cabins in the park or do you have to have a camper?


No, it would be camping only
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#3328005 - 08/19/13 02:05 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN hunter]
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I think I already know the answer to this question but does anyone know if you can take a camera man on the PI hunt with you?
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#3328006 - 08/19/13 02:07 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: 2in1shot]
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 Originally Posted By: 2in1shot
I think I already know the answer to this question but does anyone know if you can take a camera man on the PI hunt with you?


Don't think so
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#3328021 - 08/19/13 02:21 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: 2in1shot]
muddyboots
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 Originally Posted By: 2in1shot
I think I already know the answer to this question but does anyone know if you can take a camera man on the PI hunt with you?


Not unless he has a permit also.
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#3328162 - 08/19/13 03:59 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: muddyboots]
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That's what I figured. Looks like I will be my own cameraman.
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#3328418 - 08/19/13 07:41 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: 2in1shot]
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Another Southaven vote from me. A lot of guys left their atv's and trailers with the game wardens at night. Take a video camera with you. Especially on the scouting day.
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#3328424 - 08/19/13 07:48 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: bullshooter]
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I been through Southaven. Seems to be a nice area !
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#3329545 - 08/20/13 04:51 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: 2in1shot]
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Awesome! Best wishes!
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#3329591 - 08/20/13 05:54 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Boone 58]
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i live here on the outskirts of memphis and i would definatly prefer camping if you could but if you want to stay anywhere southhaven would be close off of goodman rd. Or you can go east and stay around poplar walnut grove area but anywhere inbetween there and PI you will find out what memphis is all about!!!!!
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#3329695 - 08/20/13 07:40 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Thirty-06]
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We stayed off the exit on goodman road. Lots of restaurnats right there. About 15 minutes to the island from there with just a couple turns. Good luck its awesome.
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#3329745 - 08/20/13 08:18 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: muddyboots]
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OK guys Millington is a Great Place to stay! 20 min north. And for your Permit you can stay at my house and eat my food while i hunt for you. LOL. Loan me your camera and i'll video it for you.
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#3330764 - 08/21/13 04:20 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: usanglure]
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Do the places in Southaven book fairly quick?
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#3331623 - 08/22/13 10:06 AM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ]
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What does the deer heard look like now? Is there still alot of good bucks on the island? The reason I'm asking is I seen the harvest from last year and there was just 5 bucks killed
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#3338267 - 08/27/13 05:32 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ELL]
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#3338286 - 08/27/13 05:50 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ELL]
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 Originally Posted By: ELL
What does the deer heard look like now? Is there still alot of good bucks on the island? The reason I'm asking is I seen the harvest from last year and there was just 5 bucks killed


General consensus is that PI is a tough but exiting hunt. Tough because you are bow hunting during the high rut. Some years, the chasing is reportedly INSANE (exciting), but the deer are running, which makes field judging and shooting tough. If you don't sit all day on that hunt (I.e. take a lunch break), then You are crazy. If you are going to move, do it between 2 & 3 pm. Having terrain funnels to work with is tough, so you'll have to think in more subtle terms like using field edges and standing water to your advantage. The common problem with bottomland hunting, which PI essentially is, is picking one spot over another. It is really hard to find "the" spot, or even a spot that screams "potential." What you'll find are multiple spot that look ok ( I.e. "better" than the immediate surroundings). To some extent, trust your gut instinct when finalizing your options.
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#3338497 - 08/27/13 08:17 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: 2in1shot]
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Another vote for Southaven MS, we stayed at the comfort suites two years ago, but we hunted the Ensley unit, Hey good luck to you fellows that got drawn, can't wait to go back.
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#3342337 - 08/30/13 07:47 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN hunter]
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Thanks to all who have commented!!
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#3342436 - 08/30/13 08:59 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: TN hunter]
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I have hunted the island twice and will be close to 70 before I get the chance again. Something I'll look forward to if I can still climb a tree. The first time I had no idea of the opportunity I was given. The island was a hunter's dream come true. I had bad luck with giant 13 point I shot right under my stand and lost in the egyptian wheat along the river on my first hunt. I spent the remaining two days looking for him and I will share what I learned. BIG GROUND! You must have a ATV to access a lot of the hunting (about 4 miles to the back) The scouting day is the day before you hunt BE PREPARED! Can get very muddy! Most will have talked to people that have experience with the ground and will be at the gate when it opens @ 4am to race to a spot where they will place a stand to claim a spot then take to finding plan B with a second stand. Deer and Deer sign will be everywhere! These deer are not hunted enough to develop the fear of hunting pressure and will make remarkable displays,giant scrapes and rubs and trails that will confuse you as to where is the "best" spot. Look for funnels and plan to sit all day! "Willothewisp" will wander during the day and might likely push the buck of a lifetime right by you. I witnessed extremely mature bucks checking scapes along the edge of open fields during mid-day. My second hunt I was better educated. I camped along with the officers that stay overnight at the gate one way in and out(Great Guys by the way)and hunted an area along the river I found on the first hunt. I saw bucks all day each day (monster 8 pts) and took an average 10pt in the last 3hrs of the last day. I know the floods have affected the herd but don't let that affect your attitude. I have deer hunted all over, have lots of trophy deer, all fair chase, with guides and without and now you have the best opportunity Tennessee offers. Good Luck!
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#3342492 - 08/30/13 09:37 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Poser]
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10-4 I hunt the surrounding bottoms. Stick with it. Best dates I have are the week before pi hunt. And it is always on. 230 is when I got my best buck to date11/28/12.
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#3343094 - 08/31/13 09:24 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Turkey J]
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Thanks for all the advice. We booked a room in Southaven. Are there any certain areas to concentrate on?
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#3343780 - 09/01/13 03:54 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ]
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#3343782 - 09/01/13 03:54 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Turkey J]
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#3348003 - 09/05/13 10:20 AM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: Boone 58]
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Question for my PI Education to be used in the future hopefully. Stand set? Can you set a stand during the scouting day or day of hunt and leave the stand for the duration of the hunt or do you have to remove the stand at the end of each day?
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#3348210 - 09/05/13 12:57 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: ]
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Alberts Cabins on Hwy 51 just minutes north of Memphis. Free movies.......
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#3351040 - 09/07/13 08:25 PM Re: Current Presidents Island Conditions [Re: beechnut]
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Thanks Camaro12
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