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Old 08-12-2017, 09:02 AM   #1
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How many TBHers got drawn? I guess we lucked out and got it on the second drawing. Just got the email notification. I drew it a few years ago also. We'll be there 9-14/15.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:08 AM   #2
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Good luck....hope you get a big one.....
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:09 AM   #3
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Struck out so far
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:15 AM   #4
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:20 AM   #5
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I went 5 or 6 years ago and got a gator. Have fun it's a blast
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:35 AM   #6
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I had 4 points and still didn't get drawn. My friend had 0 points and got drawn them didn't go. Smh. One day I guess
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:44 AM   #7
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:56 AM   #8
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I had 4 points and still didn't get drawn. My friend had 0 points and got drawn them didn't go. Smh. One day I guess
I think I had 2 points and my wife had 2 points. I drew the first year I put in there with 0.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:37 AM   #9
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I just checked my email and I'll be there as well same dates as you. Received the email at 5:03 am this morning so I was also part of the 2nd draw. We had 5 points
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:56 AM   #10
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Nice. I had given up on getting drawn. Wife called this morning and told me to check my emails. She was on the app and got the email. Quite a surprise. Just hoping my boat is out of the shop by then. Lol
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:49 PM   #11
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Was drawn in 2007. Harvested a 12'6" gator with bowfishing equipment. Used a 20' center console to get to the area we hunted with a 10' Jon boat riding side saddle. Banked the CC and used Jon to push pole around inside the compartment. At the time we it was the biggest gator ever taken with bowfishing equipment at JD Murphree. You will have a great time.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:06 PM   #12
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Nice. I had given up on getting drawn. Wife called this morning and told me to check my emails. She was on the app and got the email. Quite a surprise. Just hoping my boat is out of the shop by then. Lol
I don't have an aluminum but you'd be welcome in mine. I'm actually gonna start hitting up a few buddies to see if anyone has any old small aluminum' hanging around. Figured I could drag with my boat then put a troll motor on to get around. Mine won't get most the places around there from what I see but it's better than nothing
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:07 PM   #13
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Was drawn in 2007. Harvested a 12'6" gator with bowfishing equipment. Used a 20' center console to get to the area we hunted with a 10' Jon boat riding side saddle. Banked the CC and used Jon to push pole around inside the compartment. At the time we it was the biggest gator ever taken with bowfishing equipment at JD Murphree. You will have a great time.
This is a good idea.im running a small 17 center console and what I'm gonna do if I can find one
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:12 PM   #14
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If mines not out of the shop I'll probably take my brothers. He has a 19' Carolina skiff. It floats real shallow and he has a trolling motor on it. I may look around and see if I can find an aluminum boat as well.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:32 PM   #15
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You don't need a huge boat, but if you don't have a smaller aluminum they will assign you to a compartment that's fairly open & deep. My 16' aluminum we took several years ago had issues last year, so I borrowed a buddies boat. It was a 14' aluminum with 25hp tiller and we had no issues fishing with 3 people and holding a 9' and nearly 11' gator.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:05 PM   #16
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You don't need a huge boat, but if you don't have a smaller aluminum they will assign you to a compartment that's fairly open & deep. My 16' aluminum we took several years ago had issues last year, so I borrowed a buddies boat. It was a 14' aluminum with 25hp tiller and we had no issues fishing with 3 people and holding a 9' and nearly 11' gator.
When we got drawn, a guy showed up with a pontoon boat/ party barge , we snickered at him , till the next day when his whole group docked 4 gators about 10ft each, I got a 7 1/2 in a Jon boat , my buddy a 4ft . So we asked him how?
He said anywhere the pontoon could get had big gators

We arrowed our bigger gators the next year by scouting first then hanging a large strip of aluminum foil on a pole and letting it blow around, and when they came to check it out, bam
That was the advice we got and it worked for all three of us

And the dude in the pontoon boat as back the next year and was successful again

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Old 08-12-2017, 07:18 PM   #17
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Hunted there 2 years ago was a blast. My wife shot a gator, but I struck out.


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Old 08-12-2017, 08:01 PM   #18
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How many TBHers got drawn? I guess we lucked out and got it on the second drawing. Just got the email notification. I drew it a few years ago also. We'll be there 9-14/15.
We got drawn for the same dates. Can't wait!
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:07 PM   #19
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I got drawn and this is the first time I applied. I got 19th and 20th. Does anyone know if they rotate where people hunt or will I be hunting the same areas that's been hunted all week?
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:31 PM   #20
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I got drawn and this is the first time I applied. I got 19th and 20th. Does anyone know if they rotate where people hunt or will I be hunting the same areas that's been hunted all week?
The answer is it depends. They have a lot of areas to hunt, but sometimes certain areas may be inaccessible. Last year the majority of the area they normally hunt was taken over by hyacinth and only accessible via airboat and some mud motors. I promise the guys working there will try to put you in the areas that you have the best chance for success. They want you to be successful and they work hard to make it happen.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:34 PM   #21
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2 years ago everyone hunted the big hill area.


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Old 08-14-2017, 02:00 PM   #22
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You should try at all costs to bring a small aluminum boat, something that you can pull over levees and get into the compartments. This opens up a bunch of new areas for hunters and likely a lot of places that haven't been hunted yet. A small boat shouldn't be an issue as all of the water you will run is protected from the wind. If you bring a large boat that you can't pull over levees you will only be allowed to hunt the bayou or the ditches on the outsides of the compartments. The bayou and outside ditches can be good places to hunt but depending on the number of people that have showed up with large boats throughout the season, those areas may have been hunted. The guys working there will try to put you in areas where there are gators and areas that haven't been hunted yet but sometimes the vegetation may cause issues. This year should be better with the vegetation but there is still a bunch of hyacinth on the banks. If you have any questions call the office at JD Murphree WMA
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:22 PM   #23
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Struck out again on gators for the 6th year in a row....
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:45 PM   #24
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Our group will be there 9/18-19. Sounds like we have secured a 14' jon boat, and I ordered some 12/0 hooks and twine from some place in LA so we should be good to go. Might have to give the aluminum foil trick above a try and see if we can't shoot something with archery gear.

We have 7 points, so we're definitely looking forward to it.

Where do most people stay out there? I booked a room at the Holiday Inn Express in Port Arthur, but would prefer something a bit more 'rustic'...
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:32 PM   #25
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My wife and I stayed at the Mc elegante in Beaumont that have a good bar and plenty of parking with a boat.


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Old 09-03-2017, 10:20 PM   #26
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Gator folks,

This weather sure is gonna mess things up. I was wondering if it would even still be on.

Everyone got their gear? What are y'all planning to use? I've been researching and I'm trying to do it without a hanging line but if I don't find one I'll definitely set one out and wait
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:53 AM   #27
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Gator folks,

This weather sure is gonna mess things up. I was wondering if it would even still be on.

Everyone got their gear? What are y'all planning to use? I've been researching and I'm trying to do it without a hanging line but if I don't find one I'll definitely set one out and wait
TP&W still held the hunt when tropical storm Alison was in full blow it did scatter the gators some , we where successful with rotten chicken on hanging line that year
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:24 AM   #28
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Saw where looks like they are pushing the dates back on the gator hunts due to flooding...
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:58 AM   #29
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Saw where looks like they are pushing the dates back on the gator hunts due to flooding...
Where did you see this? Link? Haven't received anything on it yet and would need to get someone to cover work for me.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:01 PM   #30
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Where did you see this? Link? Haven't received anything on it yet and would need to get someone to cover work for me.


They made a post on Facebook.


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Old 09-04-2017, 12:05 PM   #31
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gator hunts are the best!! work but a blast
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:12 PM   #32
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Im now following their page so I can watch for updates
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Old 09-04-2017, 02:25 PM   #33
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Oh man, I hope they don't cancel it...Harvey already cancelled my Port Mansfield blast and cast this weekend!
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Old 09-04-2017, 02:31 PM   #34
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Harvey cancelled a lot of things for me, this would just be the cherry on top.
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:50 PM   #35
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Hunts cancelled....thanks harvey
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Hunts cancelled....thanks harvey
Yep, just got the email...hopefully I don't have to wait another 7 years to get drawn...
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:04 PM   #37
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The state honored our permits after TS Alison ! So my group got to hunt two years in a row, I hope they honor your draw
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:14 PM   #38
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The state honored our permits after TS Alison ! So my group got to hunt two years in a row, I hope they honor your draw
Huh?
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:20 PM   #39
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I said the TP&W honored our permits after tropical storm Alison, i hope they do the same for you
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:07 PM   #40
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I said the TP&W honored our permits after tropical storm Alison, i hope they do the same for you
They cancelled the hunt, are giving our loyalty points back, and issuing refunds for the permits...
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:03 PM   #41
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Sorry to hear that guys!
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:49 PM   #42
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I am really disappointed with how this is being handled in comparison to how it was handled during Alison according to what was posted here. I emailed TPWD. I doubt it will make a difference but at least they know how I feel.
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:57 PM   #43
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That is a bummer for sure. Why not just reschedule you guys for next year? You drew the hunt.


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Old 09-06-2017, 09:01 PM   #44
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That is a bummer for sure. Why not just reschedule you guys for next year? You drew the hunt.


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Because if they reschedule this years winners for next year they won't be able to sell entries for next year. All about the dollar my friend. Welcome to Merica
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Because if they reschedule this years winners for next year they won't be able to sell entries for next year. All about the dollar my friend. Welcome to Merica
I don't disagree with you at all but.... 1204 folks put in for the draw last year, assuming it would be about the same for next year we are only talking about $3600. That seems like a drop in the bucket for an agency that size.

Also, I would suggest they could contact all the folks who drew this year and I bet a small percentage of people would not buy permits for next year. Because of that there would still be permits that people could attempt to draw, thus replacing some of that lost income.
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:55 PM   #46
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I am really disappointed with how this is being handled in comparison to how it was handled during Alison according to what was posted here. I emailed TPWD. I doubt it will make a difference but at least they know how I feel.
I emailed as well, as did a buddy, and we received prompt responses. Something to do with mortality rates and unknown harvest data for next year.

I understand their reasoning, but I don't have to like it.
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Old 09-06-2017, 11:47 PM   #47
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They likely didn't award the same permits for the following year because they don't know how many permits will be issued for 2018. The number of permits drawn is based on population surveys conducted yearly and no one knows what effect Harvey will have on the alligator population (if any) and subsequently how many permits will be issued for the area in 2018.

The hunt was likely cancelled because the levees around the compartments are still underwater and there isn't a boat ramp on the WMA that isn't under a foot of water.

It sucks for sure, but it's the way of the world. Good luck to everyone in the future.

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Old 09-07-2017, 05:05 AM   #48
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I am really disappointed with how this is being handled in comparison to how it was handled during Alison according to what was posted here. I emailed TPWD. I doubt it will make a difference but at least they know how I feel.
Are you serious??? That whole area has been hit with one of the greatest regional disasters we may ever see. The ENTIRE town of Port Arthur was under water. Every game warden, state biologist, trooper, sanitation worker, average joe with a boat has been down there for over a week just trying to either get people out, or bring them basic supplies to survive. Forget rebuilding right now, they're still just trying to survive. If it's a lack of communication that upset you, I'm sure 'gator hunts' fell way down the incident priority tree.
There's a better than average chance that when you eventually do go for that hunt, whoever is out there busting their hump so you can have a good time and stay safe lost EVERYTHING they have, and to this day are still out there working to help others being a state employee, they haven't even thought about their own dire situation yet. So I'm sorry for your disappointment, I drew a gator hunt as well, waited a long time, but if it gets cancels too I am in no way going to be disappointed with how it was handled.
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Old 09-07-2017, 07:31 AM   #49
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Are you serious??? That whole area has been hit with one of the greatest regional disasters we may ever see. The ENTIRE town of Port Arthur was under water. Every game warden, state biologist, trooper, sanitation worker, average joe with a boat has been down there for over a week just trying to either get people out, or bring them basic supplies to survive. Forget rebuilding right now, they're still just trying to survive. If it's a lack of communication that upset you, I'm sure 'gator hunts' fell way down the incident priority tree.
There's a better than average chance that when you eventually do go for that hunt, whoever is out there busting their hump so you can have a good time and stay safe lost EVERYTHING they have, and to this day are still out there working to help others being a state employee, they haven't even thought about their own dire situation yet. So I'm sorry for your disappointment, I drew a gator hunt as well, waited a long time, but if it gets cancels too I am in no way going to be disappointed with how it was handled.
Whew, hope you feel better now!
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Old 09-07-2017, 07:44 AM   #50
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Whew, hope you feel better now!
What I think he meant to say was that these are special circumstances and they are not sure if there is going to be anyway or anything to hunt anytime in the near future. So rather than giving false hope and kicking the can or should I say those that were drawn down the road, it was better to just issue refunds.
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