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Hank Hill 10-17-2017 01:41 PM

Gus Engeling 10/31/2017 - 11/04/2017
 
Anyone else get drawn? Was going to bring the grill and some oryx meat, if there are gonna be any other mouths to feed.

GBludau 10-17-2017 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Hank Hill (Post 12831247)
Anyone else get drawn? Was going to bring the grill and some oryx meat, if there are gonna be any other mouths to feed.

My group of (4) will be going. Utilizing free hotel rooms courtesy of Holiday Inn reward points from one of the guys going, so we won't be cooking very much. Perhaps they may all agree to join, can't say for sure. I've never had Oryx.

Looking forward to the hunt! I've been packing and organizing gear, clothes, stand set ups, video cameras and game cameras this morning! Picked up a 2nd hand climber for $65 and works great, bringing (1) hang on and a couple of ladder stands.

What stand arrangements are y'all bringing?

Katch66 10-18-2017 08:18 AM

Didn't get drawn this year. Hope y'all have a great hunt.

Hank Hill 10-18-2017 01:37 PM

I'm bringing a climber, and possibly a ground blind just to stow away if I see the perfect spot.

I was told you can pre scout pretty easily with a mountain bike so I might bring one of them as well.

GBludau 10-22-2017 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Hank Hill (Post 12834551)
I'm bringing a climber, and possibly a ground blind just to stow away if I see the perfect spot.

I was told you can pre scout pretty easily with a mountain bike so I might bring one of them as well.

I called to visit with the manager of the GEWMA. I asked him about the usefulness if a bike, he replied sandy soil would make it difficult to use. [emoji848]

I am planning on going there tomorrow to get a feel for the area and scout several units to help in my selection of 3 preferred units. I plan on splitting a few of us up and covering as much ground as possible in search of sign and hopefully see some deer. The weather looks like its going to br GREAT!

Has anyone had any experience in a specific unit to share?

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OleTomTalker 10-22-2017 11:07 AM

I'm pretty sure my buddy will be there weekend before y'all for youth hunt. Will see if can get y'all any info


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GBludau 10-22-2017 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by OleTomTalker (Post 12846407)
I'm pretty sure my buddy will be there weekend before y'all for youth hunt. Will see if can get y'all any info


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You the man OleTomTalker!

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OleTomTalker 10-22-2017 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by GBludau (Post 12846418)
You the man OleTomTalker!

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He said he'll get me a report on that Sunday


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bossbowman 10-22-2017 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by OleTomTalker (Post 12846407)
I'm pretty sure my buddy will be there weekend before y'all for youth hunt. Will see if can get y'all any info


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It will be slow, that place is struggling.

GBludau 10-22-2017 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by bossbowman (Post 12848445)
It will be slow, that place is struggling.

10-4. I'm curious to know why do you think it is struggling?

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bossbowman 10-22-2017 10:43 PM

Deer density is down from what it used to be.

GBludau 10-22-2017 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by bossbowman (Post 12848475)
Deer density is down from what it used to be.

I hear it is a difficult hunt and that success rates are low. What do you believe contributes to low deer density?

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bossbowman 10-22-2017 10:49 PM

Not really sure, could be predation, bordering private land pressure, hogs. Remember they include hogs in the success rate and last year they accounted for most of it, last year was pretty rough out there, not many deer brought in period, maybe this year will be better.

GBludau 10-22-2017 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by bossbowman (Post 12848494)
Not really sure, could be predation, bordering private land pressure, hogs. Remember they include hogs in the success rate and last year they accounted for most of it, last year was pretty rough out there, not many deer brought in period, maybe this year will be better.

Good insight. Thanks for sharing

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GBludau 10-24-2017 02:50 PM

A buddy and I scouted GE yesterday. We walked through a couple of compartments, then drove the rest of the WMA almost through all units. We saw tons of hogs and walked up on several groups. Not a lot of deer sign. We bumped one unknown deer. It looks like it can be a difficult hunt due to the impenetrable vegetation.

I was extremely impressed with the WMA staff and how much work the are doing and have already accomplished just to keep the place in a condition making it easier for hunters to access areas and hunt.

killbirds 10-27-2017 08:36 AM

TPWD Gus Engeling Archery Draw Hunt 10.31.17- thru -11.4.17
 
So myself and a few friends won the archery hunt for Gus Engeling next week. I have a few questions if you guys have any experience with the area. Any help would be much appreciated!

I will also try my best next week to upload as many photos as we can. Are there any feller’ TBH guys that will be there next week?

1. Does the group that was chosen for the drawn hunt, hunt one single unit? Or is it every man for himself?

2.Orientation is Tuesday at 12pm.
Is there any scouting before orientation?
Are we allowed to scout after orientation or do we go strait to set up a stand?

Feel free to share any information that could be helpful to the success of our hunts. Thank you in advance!


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Beleg 10-27-2017 08:45 AM

I’ve been on drawn Bowhunts at Gus. My hunt was by compartment. My group was all assigned to one compartment of a few hundred acres. You won’t be assigned a compartment until orientation. Pre scouting could be done with a Annual Public Hunting permit when Gus is open before your hunt but you won’t be guaranteed any particular compartment. You can request a particular compartment at orientation but no guarantee you’ll get it.

HogHunter34 10-27-2017 08:59 AM

I hunt just east of Gus WMA on private land. Try and spook out as many deer my direction :D
I've seen some beasts in there over the years growing up right beside it. My dad has fished catfish creek over the years. There's tons of hogs & can be hard to hunt. Lots of bottom land with sloughs around the creek. I've heard they are pretty good on advice where to hunt within the compartment. You should see activity. Best of luck!

killbirds 10-28-2017 02:19 PM

Sounds great! Thank for the input guys!


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GBludau 10-29-2017 11:38 PM

Heading out to GEWMA tomorrow.

Haven't seen any youth hunt sucess stories yet

I expect a slow hunt. Hope something csn come together.

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OleTomTalker 10-30-2017 06:38 AM

From my buddy's hunt this weekend:

Well, came home empty handed. Believe it or not my nephews gun misfired not 100 yards from where my brothers did a couple years ago, on a doe, broadside at 30 yards (I'm thinking there may be an old Indian burial ground there, lol). Hunted pasture 22, saw 3 does, 3 shooter bucks, 1 young buck, 8 hogs


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SolocamShooter 10-30-2017 07:47 AM

Good luck to y'all! The rut is in full swing in that part of the country!

bossbowman 10-30-2017 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by OleTomTalker (Post 12873657)
From my buddy's hunt this weekend:

Well, came home empty handed. Believe it or not my nephews gun misfired not 100 yards from where my brothers did a couple years ago, on a doe, broadside at 30 yards (I'm thinking there may be an old Indian burial ground there, lol). Hunted pasture 22, saw 3 does, 3 shooter bucks, 1 young buck, 8 hogs


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Thats pretty good, I've hunted there multiple times and don't think I've seen that many deer combined but hogs bet I've seen over a 100 there.

bossbowman 10-30-2017 12:19 PM

Looks like rain...

GBludau 10-30-2017 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by bossbowman (Post 12875009)
Looks like rain...

Yeah, its going to be wet!

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killbirds 10-30-2017 11:24 PM

Let the games begin!
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Gettin everything set up! I’m headed down in the morning!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...2c4ebf099f.jpg

Stopped at Brookshire’s to load up! https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...be229b31e2.jpg

bullets13 10-30-2017 11:25 PM

Good luck!

WTJim 10-30-2017 11:33 PM

Good luck!

BTLowry 10-31-2017 06:49 AM

Good luck

Keep us updated

SKLOSS 10-31-2017 07:15 AM

TPWD Gus Engeling Archery Draw Hunt 10.31.17- thru -11.4.17
 
I hunt less than a mile from the entrance. Get in early, stay all day, and hunt til dark. The bucks are cruising hard and you’ll probably see rutting activity by the end of the hunt. Good luck! There’s some bigguns out there


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OleTomTalker 10-31-2017 07:42 AM

Good luck!

gemini2759 10-31-2017 07:49 AM

Good luck.

texas shag 10-31-2017 07:54 AM

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Originally Posted by SKLOSS (Post 12877456)
I hunt less than a mile from the entrance. Get in early, stay all day, and hunt til dark. The bucks are cruising hard and you’ll probably see rutting activity by the end of the hunt. Good luck! There’s some bigguns out there


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I hunt about 5 miles from the entrance myself, and the bucks have been pushing does hard the last two weeks. Does are gobbling up the acorns. Find a good oak tree and sit all day. If you do that and the ladies show up, you should have quite a few buck sightings!

Good luck!

SKLOSS 10-31-2017 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by texas shag (Post 12877602)
I hunt about 5 miles from the entrance myself, and the bucks have been pushing does hard the last two weeks. Does are gobbling up the acorns. Find a good oak tree and sit all day. If you do that and the ladies show up, you should have quite a few buck sightings!



Good luck!



Absolutely. Watched 2 does eat acorns for 25-30 min yesterday afternoon. And I mean face down azz up never came up for air eating [emoji23] Unfortunately no bucks came out to play.

Hank Hill 10-31-2017 08:31 AM

I'll be out there in a white Toyota. Holler if you see me.

LeifBarnes 10-31-2017 12:53 PM

good luck

BuckSmasher 10-31-2017 01:43 PM

In for pics!

GBludau 10-31-2017 04:48 PM

Knocked and loaded!!

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bullets13 10-31-2017 08:26 PM

Anything moving?

GBludau 10-31-2017 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by bullets13 (Post 12880710)
Anything moving?

It rained periodically for the first evenings hunt after orientation/ set up. Everyone one saw wildlife. The staff at Gus is impeccable, their preparations for hunters and the work they do far exceeds anything I've previously experienced before. Undoubtedly a knowledge and expereinced
staff!! I'm impressed. Cant wait for the morning!

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OleTomTalker 10-31-2017 09:38 PM

Good luck in the morning!


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Hank Hill 11-01-2017 08:27 AM

I'll be headed out there Thursday, can't wait to see some LDPs, good luck out there!

LeifBarnes 11-01-2017 08:36 AM

come on now....

furtrapper 11-01-2017 08:42 AM

Try to find where the deer are getting water

Hank Hill 11-01-2017 09:13 AM

I'll be out there Thursday, there were a lot of hunters at orientation there should be some LDPs!

TexasArchery_27 11-01-2017 09:17 AM

If they allow you to shoot any hogs and you do get one, make sure you toss the hog if you see blue when you gut em!

bossbowman 11-01-2017 09:23 AM

Which compartment did you get? Hope yall get one early, record high temps are gonna kill movement later in the week.

killbirds 11-01-2017 09:28 AM

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37 hunters at Orientation on Tuesday at Noon.

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Out of the 3 areas we picked we ended up getting unit #1

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...dad2d1327b.jpg Pretty much rained all night. That won’t stop the chef from making fried blackstrap,beans,potatoes with onions and sweet gravy! Lordy that was worth the trip right there! Yessir!

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killbirds 11-01-2017 09:29 AM

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37 hunters at Orientation on Tuesday at Noon.

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Out of the 3 areas we picked we ended up getting unit #1

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...dad2d1327b.jpg Pretty much rained all night. That won’t stop the chef from making fried blackstrap,beans,potatoes with onions and sweet gravy! Lordy that was worth the trip right there! Yessir!

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5e18e90810.jpg boy oh boy!!!!

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killbirds 11-01-2017 09:30 AM

Sorry I think this sent twice...


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