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Old 12-10-2017, 09:31 AM   #101
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I have heard them both mornings in the scrub oak but they won’t come out. The scrub oak is 12–5 ft tall and thick so there is no seeing theough it or over it. Satelite photos show ways to get back in it but its all overgrown. This is tough stuff.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:30 AM   #102
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Yeah, I donít think my 12 ft tripod is even making that much of a difference where Iím at. Like you said, the brush is 12-15 ft high
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:36 AM   #103
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Ive hunted the refuge the past 7 years bow and rifle up till this year secondary to the TPWD drawing, it is NEVER an easy hunt but each year you go you learn how to hunt the terrain, what to look for, and how to be patient or aggressive when you need to. Hunt ON!!!
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Old 12-10-2017, 04:45 PM   #104
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Ground checked a piggie. Man these are some poor looking hogs.
Saw some by the check station yesterday around lunch time and they were poor looking as well.

My buddy put a stalk on a pig but it spooked before he could see it.


Definitely a hard hunt! First public hunt ever and it's been a blast.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:24 AM   #105
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Saturday Evening my youngest son Landon killed a 40#
Pig. Sunday morning my oldest son Logan called in and shot a 4 point buck. They have semester tests this week so I had to bring them home Sunday evening, and I have the rest of the hunt by myself. We have seen pigs but mostly small ones. I did see 5 180-200# pigs last night when I was driving to down burgentine rd.
I have seen deer on the roads every evening after getting in my truck. A guy staying in one of the cabins at hoppers has shot two nice bucks. I have seen alot of people packing up and leaving. Good luck to all of us for the remainder of the hunt. See yall out there I'm in the red and white pop up camper at hoppers and driving a silver F-150.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:33 AM   #106
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It has been slow tough hunting. But the boys are happy with their kills. I wish Landon could have gotten a deer, but we ran out of time. If they didn't have tests this week I would have let them miss school and hunt the rest of the week with me. Landon is 13 now and still has never shot a deer. I hope we can find a lease some day.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:22 PM   #107
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Looks like they did very well.
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Old 12-12-2017, 06:29 AM   #108
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Back in the blind this morning considering relocating this one after the morning hunt, have only seen pigs in this location. All the shots I have heard have been east of me. (Burgentine lake area) I also have a tripod just inside the hunt area to the right but there haven't been any deer there since Friday morning 9 does.
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Old 12-12-2017, 06:35 PM   #109
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Yeah its funny that there are deer all over the front gate but I couldn’t see a one in the field. After 3.5 days and seeing 5-10 seconds of deer in the hunt area I threw in the towel. I saw lots of javelina, some hogs on scouting day, a coyote, armadillo and more. Just no deer.

I have javelina pictures but can’t for the life of me figure out how to upload photos here.
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Old 12-12-2017, 07:22 PM   #110
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Does anyone know if they took any stand by hunters???
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:15 PM   #111
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Think the refuge Officer said they did not.
We hunted hard 4 days. I shot 2 pigs, didnt find 1 of them.

Saw 1 buck my buddy froze and didn't shoot. Buck spooked. Put my buddy on 3 hogs, he missed 2 and blew the stalk on 1.

Stalked 1 with My Fiancť, but I spooked it and she made a running shot. Hit it but didn't drop it. We looked for it but couldn't find it.

This public hunt was one tough hunt!!!
Found a couple spots that you could see a long ways. Just no critters. I covered lots of ground just to find areas that I could actually see. When the green screen says get a tripod, get a tripod. My group hunted off the ground.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:21 AM   #112
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Hunted tripod stand last night only saw 2 small pigs and 2 coyotes. Hunted, scouted, walked and stalked for 14 hours yesterday. Took down tripod and hauled it out from 350 yrds in. Moved popup blind to a new spotwhere I have seen some deer and pigs while driving in and out in the mornings and evenings.
Sitting in the blind now playing the waiting game. Good luck to everyone still here on the last day.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:31 AM   #113
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Thanks to everyone for all the tips, information, and updates/reports.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:56 PM   #114
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This was from rifle 2. We hunted Sunday afternoon thru Tuesday morning and were lucky to leave with a spike and a little 6. Those were the only deer we saw as well.
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