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Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 04-12-2018, 06:07 AM
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Posted By onthetake
Last time it was public comments that stopped the...

Last time it was public comments that stopped the helicopter slaughter. Stopping the helicopter shoots is why there is why there are so many nilgia right now as evident by the success hunters...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 04-12-2018, 05:58 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,582
Posted By onthetake
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Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 04-12-2018, 05:54 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,582
Posted By onthetake
They plan on resuming nilgia helicopter...

They plan on resuming nilgia helicopter eradication after the "emergency hunt" is over.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 07-17-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 746
Views: 50,054
Posted By onthetake
They definitely messed up a good thing. Refuge...

They definitely messed up a good thing. Refuge was my favorite hunt. Very challenging and rewarding. Refuge staff have changed and they changed what was great about the hunt. Less access, less...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-25-2017, 06:58 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
Thanks for your effort. I hate to be skeptical...

Thanks for your effort. I hate to be skeptical but up till now hunters opinions/complaints haven't carried much weight with Boyd. Amazing how many decades things ran smooth and consistent at the...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-24-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
It is obvious Boyd isn't going to fix these...

It is obvious Boyd isn't going to fix these issues unless pressured to do so. He caused/allowed these problems to manifest. Hopefully the members of txbowhuner take the time to have their voice heard...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-24-2017, 07:50 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
According to the tick guy the ticks are a very...

According to the tick guy the ticks are a very real issue. Unfortunately the refuge has forbidden any means of dealing with the ticks other than killing off the animals (deer & nilgia) that are...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-23-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
Boyd definitely seems genuine and personable. He...

Boyd definitely seems genuine and personable. He always tries hard to sell the reasons why he makes changes that negatively effect the refuge hunting. The other employees at the refuge don't try to...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-23-2017, 06:14 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
Here ya go. Robert Jess at ...

Here ya go.

Robert Jess at
robert_jess@fws.gov

Boyd Blihovde
boyd_blihovde@fws.gov

Kelly McDowell
Kelly_mcdowell@fws.gov
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-22-2017, 10:07 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
Yep. Unfortunately so few actually speak up it is...

Yep. Unfortunately so few actually speak up it is probably a lost cause. The problems have been posted here plenty. The only response txbowhunters have generated is the "I got drawn tell me where...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-15-2017, 06:45 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
Gemini I hope you are right but I'm guessing he...

Gemini I hope you are right but I'm guessing he has more important issues to tackle than dealing with the anti hunting regime at our refuge. His sons are hunters maybe you can contact them. I'm sure...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-14-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
There aren't many public land hunters to start...

There aren't many public land hunters to start with. To make it worse so few of us voice our opinion it makes us easy to ignore. The refuge views the hunters as an burden. They will continue to...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-13-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
Should any of you care to contact the fws about...

Should any of you care to contact the fws about the refuge shooting the nilgia out of helicopters rather than allowing the public to hunt them. Here is the contact email.

Dr. Benjamin Tuggle...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-13-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,127
Posted By onthetake
Here's how they are going to increase funding to...

Here's how they are going to increase funding to remove the nilgia from the refuge. Seems ridiculous that they don't just increase public hunting access and add more nilgia hunts. Seems like it would...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 12-18-2016, 10:34 PM
Replies: 594
Views: 33,296
Posted By onthetake
Refuge will shoot the nilgia off the hunt areas...

Refuge will shoot the nilgia off the hunt areas out of helicopters after this hunt season. Good luck to those who still have hunts this year. Much rather see hunters have a successful nilgia hunt...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 12-01-2016, 09:02 AM
Replies: 594
Views: 33,296
Posted By onthetake
Not that many deer out there but the biologist...

Not that many deer out there but the biologist really wants does shot. He says the buck to doe ratio is bad. Im really suprised they chsnged the rules to more than 1 buck. Most hunters are lucky to...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-30-2016, 07:58 AM
Replies: 594
Views: 33,296
Posted By onthetake
4% success rate overall. Less than half of 1%...

4% success rate overall. Less than half of 1% success rate for for a decent buck or nilgia. No doubt a challenging hunt but very rewarding when you are in that .5% of successful hunters.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-30-2016, 07:41 AM
Replies: 594
Views: 33,296
Posted By onthetake
Not kilograms. Lol. Just very small nilgia calves...

Not kilograms. Lol. Just very small nilgia calves and young deer. Somebody got a decent buck. Congrats, not an easily done.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-29-2016, 04:32 PM
Replies: 594
Views: 33,296
Posted By onthetake
I'm sure Gemini will come through with the board...

I'm sure Gemini will come through with the board pic this evening.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-24-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,885
Posted By onthetake
This was the nilgia/hog only hunt. The next 2...

This was the nilgia/hog only hunt. The next 2 hunts will include deer. Yes they will keep a log on the same chalk board. The chalk board will have all deer/nilgia/hog kills listed in the order they...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-24-2016, 08:13 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,885
Posted By onthetake
For years it was 600 permits per hunt. Then...

For years it was 600 permits per hunt. Then dropped to 400. Now 250. Sucess rate has not improved by allowing less hunters. It is the unsuccessful hunters are the ones who keep driving the "allow...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-24-2016, 07:16 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,885
Posted By onthetake
250 permits for this hunt at $130.00 each....

250 permits for this hunt at $130.00 each. $32500.00 for 3 calves and 2 cow nilgia. Refuge made $6500.00 per nilgia. 2% hunter sucess rate. 100% refuge manager sucess rate.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 10-13-2016, 06:23 AM
Replies: 594
Views: 33,296
Posted By onthetake
If you didn't know iLaguna existed you haven't...

If you didn't know iLaguna existed you haven't looked very hard for public land hunting options. You might like Aransas refuge and or NRA Amistad. They along with Laguna have been extensively...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 10-09-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 594
Views: 33,296
Posted By onthetake
Not always just the last 10 years or so. Oh well...

Not always just the last 10 years or so. Oh well not an issue for me this year anyway. Can't wait to read some of the good times stories the new to Laguna hunters post. Lol
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 10-05-2016, 07:59 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,985
Posted By onthetake
"Yup I hate that they went to the online system...

"Yup I hate that they went to the online system too. Sucks that the people that were already putting in and hunting there odds of drawing went so far down."

Odds will be much better in a couple...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 10-05-2016, 07:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,985
Posted By onthetake
I won't be hunting Laguna for the 1st time in 20...

I won't be hunting Laguna for the 1st time in 20 years thanks to the new draw system.
Success rate is very low and the majority of that "success" has always been hogs and fawns. Definitely some...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 07-05-2016, 02:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,098
Posted By onthetake
I recieved a call from "Sonny" refuge...

I recieved a call from "Sonny" refuge representative who explained to me that the refuge only recieved feedback from about 20 people (I know 15 of those 20) those 20 were all against the change but...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 05-16-2016, 09:20 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,985
Posted By onthetake
Last word I recieved from the refuge manager was...

Last word I recieved from the refuge manager was they were still pushing to make the transition to TPWD but it probably wouldn't happen this year. I made several request to have the "public input"...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 04-19-2016, 09:03 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,985
Posted By onthetake
I sent another email requesting an update on what...

I sent another email requesting an update on what they have decided. I also requested that the hunters input they recieved be published as public record once this process is done. I'm assuming like...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-10-2016, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,068
Posted By onthetake
Unfortunately I'm pretty sure this is going to...

Unfortunately I'm pretty sure this is going to happen no matter what we say. I believe the "public input" is just a must do part of the process. I've sent at least a dozen emails so far on this...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 03-07-2016, 09:37 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,985
Posted By onthetake
I have been told the regional guy that we need to...

I have been told the regional guy that we need to be talking to is RDTUGGLE@FWS.GOV
There aren't many responses to this thread. I hope that texas bowhunters are taking a few minutes to send...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 02-23-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,985
Posted By onthetake
My experience with getting picked on TPWD hunts...

My experience with getting picked on TPWD hunts is not good. Then sitting thru the redundant orientation is annoying. Plus you lose a full day of hunting because of the noon start and end times....
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 02-20-2016, 08:21 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,985
Posted By onthetake
I have hunted chap and Daughtrey on tpwd draw...

I have hunted chap and Daughtrey on tpwd draw hunts. Because they severly limit the number of hunters it takes years to draw. The refuge is saying that they will have to change the hunt rules and...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 02-20-2016, 07:10 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,985
Posted By onthetake
Laguna Atascosa wants to let TPWD run the hunts

Ok Laguna Atascosa is considering turning the refuge hunts over to TPWD to run. This would drastically change the cost, days allowed to hunt and hunt rules. Please send an email to each of the below...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-25-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 21,096
Posted By onthetake
As usual lots of fawns and yearlings taken. ...

As usual lots of fawns and yearlings taken. Guess a man's gotta eat.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-22-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
As has already been stated and was pretty clear...

As has already been stated and was pretty clear at the hunter input meeting change is coming like it or not. The 2 options that refuge staff openly discussed were "earn a buck" which means you have...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-22-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
I've hunted the refuge for a week plus every year...

I've hunted the refuge for a week plus every year for the last 17 seasons. I can tell that there has been a slight decline in overall numbers but more importantly that there has been a larger decline...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-17-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
This is exactly what I what I took away from...

This is exactly what I what I took away from meeting with the biologist. In my opinion short of stopping all buck hunting antler restrictions would be the best tool to accomplish this balance. The...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-17-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
That's your opinion. This year the refuge was my...

That's your opinion. This year the refuge was my only hunt opportunity. Sometimes I get drawn for a tpwd hunt. Most years I only hunt the refuge and possibly amistad. Most years I am successful in...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-17-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
It's definitely the attitude that it's not a...

It's definitely the attitude that it's not a successful hunt unless you kill something that has created the need for regulations that protect the young deer. Every year at the refuge I walk up on...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-16-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
I'm not a biologist but I have taken the time to...

I'm not a biologist but I have taken the time to look at the numbers and as already stated the population is down with the biggest drop being bucks. I don't have a degree in game management but...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-15-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
Here we go. Lol. If you really need meat in the...

Here we go. Lol. If you really need meat in the freezer your going about it all wrong. Figure the your cost to hunt the refuge even for a few days now divide that by the few pounds of meat that fawn...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-15-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
Strange I always thought it was the other way...

Strange I always thought it was the other way around. Seems like to me that the guys coming from a long ways away stayed most of the hunt and the locals were there mostly on the weekends and some...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 01-14-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
I hope the antler restrictions are put in place....

I hope the antler restrictions are put in place. I'm sure that a few people will choose to ground check small bucks that don't make the restrictions but I'm sure a lot more responsible hunters will...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 12-08-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
Cold weather, no moon, start of the rut and if...

Cold weather, no moon, start of the rut and if you can see em you can kill em range. The odds of success are definitely looking up.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-25-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
I was told the biggest buck ended up being the...

I was told the biggest buck ended up being the 60lb 5pt that is in the pic of the board from Tuesday. I'm sure a few more under 45lb fawns found there way to the board.
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-20-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
My son and I are headed home. We both shot does....

My son and I are headed home. We both shot does. The deer activity was near zero. Neither of us saw a decent buck. The hot weather and full moon plus being a month before the rut sure had them shut...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-12-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
My dad and I hunted the refuge together for years...

My dad and I hunted the refuge together for years till the getting in and out got to be to difficult for him. A couple years ago my son started hunting the refuge with me at the age of 12. He looks...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-09-2013, 09:00 AM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
Fawn shooting increases later in the hunt. The...

Fawn shooting increases later in the hunt. The results of the first 4 days of the hunt don't accurately depict the results of the overall harvest. The first few days the fawns are still with their...
Forum: Public Hunting Opportunities 11-09-2013, 07:05 AM
Replies: 649
Views: 67,636
Posted By onthetake
The fawns are definitely being shot because they...

The fawns are definitely being shot because they aren't smart enough to avoid hunters. That doesn't make it right. That's exactly why rules are needed. The hunters shooting fawns obviously won't self...
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