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Old 09-04-2018, 06:36 PM   #1
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My little brother drew the chap for the spike and doe hunt. Did anyone else draw this hunt?


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Old 09-04-2018, 07:00 PM   #2
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Congrats. We've been down there many many times. Mostly youth hunts. My youngest is 17 so no more youth hunts for me...for 8 years when my grand son is 8.
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:45 PM   #3
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My kids got drawn for this hunt a few years ago. It worked out well for them. My daughter shot her first deer, which was a doe that field dressed 101 lbs. My son didn't get a deer on the trip but did score a javelina. It's a great place to hunt and the staff is top notch.
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:16 AM   #4
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Go standby on this hunt almost every year. Not sure we will go this year as we go drawn at James Daughtrey for the youth doe/spike. Donít know if have time to go two weekends. What weekend you going? Awesome place with great deer. Lots of Javi, some hogs and maybe even a warthog. Great camp area with bathroom and showers and separate rv area but no hookups. If tent camping come early to claim your spot. Fills up pretty quick. Always room to pitch a tent but might not get fire ring, shelter or table. Nice walk in cooler and cleaning station. Has ice machine on site.
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:51 PM   #5
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My little brother drew the chap for the spike and doe hunt. Did anyone else draw this hunt?


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My son drew it so we will be there.

MJ, I read there's no standby for youth at Chap. Is that new?

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Old 09-09-2018, 09:36 PM   #6
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Rules for Chap, Daughtrey, and Choke Youth all say that Stand Bys may be available. Call for info.

Last year there were 10/14/18 standbys available for the 3 hunts. Seems people just don't bring their kids when they get a conflict with schedules. Looking at all the data from previous years, they allow a LOT of standby youth hunters. Don't know why they would change now.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:10 PM   #7
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I stand corrected, it says no standbys positions for Youth Either sex! I read through the PDF that came with the permit too quickly and brain didn't register that's a different hunt. Thanks for pointing that out now I can invite a buddy and his son as well as sister and my nephew.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:17 PM   #8
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That could make an awesome hunt for the kids. They'd love it seeing all the game at the Chap!!!
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Old 09-10-2018, 12:25 AM   #9
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My daughter and I will be there for the second hunt..my son and I have both taken a javi there, hoping she can also..
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:02 AM   #10
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Nov 3 and 4 for us. We plan to tent camp and would love to team up with any other TBHers. Son is 14.
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:28 AM   #11
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We will be there on the 10-11. We will also be tent camping hoping to get there Friday evening. We have hunted the Chap before two years ago on youth either sex hunt. He shot his first deer. It was a great time. We didnít see many doe that year hopefully we can be successful with a doe or javelina.


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Old 09-17-2018, 04:10 PM   #12
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My son, 10yr, and I will be at the Nov 10-11 hunt. Driving down on Friday evening and tent camping as well. This is our first year hitting the public hunts hard.

He was also drawn for Abilene SP and we both drew antlerless tags at SHNF and both drew Granger.
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:09 PM   #13
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Both of my boys drew for the Nov 10-11 hunt. My oldest shot a javi there 3 years ago.
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Old 09-22-2018, 01:39 AM   #14
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Anybody going Nov 3-4?
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:42 PM   #15
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3 more years until my son and I can make it out there.
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:02 PM   #16
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Kiddo got a 4.5 year old doe. Lots of Javi's, didn't see a single hog or yote come in.
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:05 PM   #17
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My boy is excited. We'll either be in my black tacoma 4 door or a brown xterra.
Look us up this weekend!
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:54 PM   #18
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I don't know if it's been mentioned but the brush out there is THICK, very thick in most places. Wiped a couple ticks off us just walking to the blind. Not much visibility and a lot of territory. Also their blinds do not have chairs so bring your own, they will assign you a bucket chair if needed. They were passing out "hunter orange" packets for those that needed them. Orientation started at 10am and truck caravans didn't form until about 12:15 to escort to the hunting areas so don'tplan on going to orientation and leaving for lunch as it'll be a while longer. There were about 45 trucks in the caravan, impressive to see. They have a walk-in cooler and skinning rack but no water hose to spray just a stainless sink.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:17 PM   #19
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To add, the tower blinds are open air. No roofs. The floors are expanded metal, no carpet. Which can be loud.

You can borrow a bucket chair at HQ if they don't run out but the kids and I brought folding hunting stools (think what you use for dove hunting). If there was nothing on the blind sendero we'd bail out to check another sendero that we had corned. The folding dove stools make decent rifle rests, are lightweight and extremely mobile.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:26 AM   #20
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To add, the tower blinds are open air. No roofs. The floors are expanded metal, no carpet. Which can be loud.

You can borrow a bucket chair at HQ if they don't run out but the kids and I brought folding hunting stools (think what you use for dove hunting). If there was nothing on the blind sendero we'd bail out to check another sendero that we had corned. The folding dove stools make decent rifle rests, are lightweight and extremely mobile.
Just cut ya 4'x5' piece of carpet and use that. Worked well for us over the years.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:00 AM   #21
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How was deer movement overall? See any mature bucks?
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:35 AM   #22
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Just cut ya 4'x5' piece of carpet and use that. Worked well for us over the years.


Yes and carpet works good to keep cold air from blowing up from below when itís nippy out.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:16 PM   #23
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Really excited about this weekend. Got everything packed. Just need to pick up a few groceries in the morning and plan to hit the road about 3. We will be in a grey Tundra with a black Diamondback cover.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:51 PM   #24
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How was deer movement overall? See any mature bucks?
Son shot the only deer we saw and she was alone and pretty spooky. Not much visibility though, could have been covered up in deer and not known.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:09 PM   #25
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Son shot the only deer we saw and she was alone and pretty spooky. Not much visibility though, could have been covered up in deer and not known.


Was that because of the fog?


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Old 11-09-2018, 01:48 PM   #26
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The boy wants a warthog! I dare say that I'd like to see one as well.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:56 PM   #27
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The boy wants a warthog! I dare say that I'd like to see one as well.
that is the reason i go down on hog/javelina hunts...
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:09 PM   #28
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Got drawn for the 27th, 28th, and 29th of November, don't remember the category. Haven't paid that much attention to it, just know we are going on those dates. Never been there, hope its a good place.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:57 PM   #29
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Was that because of the fog?


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No there wasn't any fog. The unit we were in was incredibly thick brush and no sendero's seemed to be cut straight. They had one blind in there, zero visibility one way, about 60 yards the other way with a 100 yard random freshly shredded path behind it. I'd definitely recommend bringing portable tripod of some sort to setup better. You're not allowed to hunt from roads which are the only straight lines out there it seems.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:01 PM   #30
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No there wasn't any fog. The unit we were in was incredibly thick brush and no sendero's seemed to be cut straight. They had one blind in there, zero visibility one way, about 60 yards the other way with a 100 yard random freshly shredded path behind it. I'd definitely recommend bringing portable tripod of some sort to setup better. You're not allowed to hunt from roads which are the only straight lines out there it seems.


You arenít allowed to hunt roads? Thatís crazy and they allowed the corn?


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Old 11-09-2018, 09:31 PM   #31
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you can't hunt the paved roads for obvious reasons... but the senderos/roads in your compartment are fair game ...always have been.
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:29 PM   #32
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The boy wants a warthog! I dare say that I'd like to see one as well.
My oldest shot a junior warthog - aka javi - down here 3 years ago. There was a kid on the same hunt who shot 2 warthogs on the first day.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:41 PM   #33
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you can't hunt the paved roads for obvious reasons... but the senderos/roads in your compartment are fair game ...always have been.


Yeah I was a bit confused thanks for clarifying


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Old 11-09-2018, 11:44 PM   #34
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We are here and setup camp in front of bathrooms. Yee haw!
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:09 AM   #35
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good luck out there folks...
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:09 AM   #36
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Sorry for that. In my mind I draw the distinction between roads and senderos, you can hunt senderos. Our unit had a couple large roads in it that were not paved and the guys next to us drove them several times that we saw, one road they were on was inside our unit and not the boundary road they thought they were on (honest mistake I'm sure). I did not consider those huntable roads per the talk they gave us but I could have interpreted it wrong. Even if legal I would not have hunted those roads.

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Old 11-10-2018, 12:23 AM   #37
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Sorry for that. In my mind I draw the distinction between roads and senderos, you can hunt senderos. Our unit had a couple large roads in it that were not paved and the guys next to us drove them several times that we saw, one road they were on was inside our unit and not the boundary road they thought they were on (honest mistake I'm sure). I did not consider those huntable roads per the talk they gave us but I could have interpreted it wrong. Even if legal I would not have hunted those roads.
yeah... I would not hunt a boundary road...

but inside the compartment, yeah It is available. that being said... I have seen and myself have taken the wrong road in the early am ... usually honest mistakes and folks dont do it more than once. as always...use good judgement.
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:32 PM   #38
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We had a great weekend at the chaparral. Seen a lot of wildlife deer, bobcats,javelina and a coyote. We ended up harvesting one javelina and had some opportunities at a doe but the shots wouldíve been 200yds plus. Just not an ethical for a 11 yr old. Canít wait for dec4-7 for my bow hunt.


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Old 11-11-2018, 05:08 PM   #39
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Congrats. Were there many deer killed?
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:05 PM   #40
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We just got home. Had a great weekend even though we didn’t get anything. Saw several bucks, a couple of does and 1 javelina. The does and javi never came in close enough for a shot. Saw at least 5 does and a bunch of javis brought in to the check station.
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:29 PM   #41
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Big brass what compartment did yíall draw?


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Old 11-11-2018, 08:52 PM   #42
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We were in South Jay on the far west pasture. We saw 8 deer and 1 javi between Yesterday afternoon and this morning. We walked the perimeter just before we left and saw a LOT of javelina droppings and tracks.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:32 PM   #44
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We had 2 young yearlings, a 6 pointer, and a messed up one that was very thin and had a weird little clubbed rack. We saw 2 bigger 10’s that i think were at least 3 but they were on the move. The does we saw were at the last 10 minutes of light and close to 300 yards out. Too far for me to be comfortable to be 100% sure they were does and be sure he could make the shot.
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My son shot a Javi @ 165 yds, although it didn't look that far from the stand! When I stepped it off we almost fell over with awe!

We hunted North Jay 10 stand #336. Watched a small 7 eat all of our corn and walked within 5ft of our truck at 20 yds. 2 coyotes, 25 Javi's, 2 does and a 3ptr. When we pulled in Corning Saturday there was a monster buck just across the barbed fence in South Jay. Even at 250 yds he was still huge!
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My son shot a Javi @ 165 yds, although it didn't look that far from the stand! When I stepped it off we almost fell over with awe!

We hunted North Jay 10 stand #336. Watched a small 7 eat all of our corn and walked within 5ft of our truck at 20 yds. 2 coyotes, 25 Javi's, 2 does and a 3ptr. When we pulled in Corning Saturday there was a monster buck just across the barbed fence in South Jay. Even at 250 yds he was still huge!
Congrats on the Javi. Good shot at 165. Glad you saw some.
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