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Old 08-03-2015, 05:15 AM   #201
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LRGNWR already has hunt applications and harvest report online to download, fill out and turn in starting Aug. 1st. Follow link below for apps and all hunting info. Good Luck to everyone, this season!!!!

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_...t/hunting.html
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Old 08-08-2015, 07:44 PM   #202
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If we were to hunt out there is there camping available?
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Old 08-09-2015, 12:50 PM   #203
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No camping available on refuge. Closest is a few towns with hotels/motels (Raymondville, Edcouch, Elsa) 8-10 miles away. Just need to call ahead of time to check availability. Let me know if anyone needs help. I plan to take a drive out there to see how refuge looks. We had quite a bit of rain first 1/2 of the year, but not much the last couple of months.
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:54 PM   #204
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You can go to the refuge but can't scout until certain dates?
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:23 PM   #205
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Usually, scouting is the 2-3 days before the hunt starts. You can set up tripod or ground blind (only 1 per hunter) the day before your hunt starts. One way around around it is to go bird watching, but staying on the main roads/trails.
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:23 PM   #206
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Just got back from a quick run out to Teniente Unit. There are some ponds holding water, trees are all green and grass is kind of tall (knee high) and looks like it's starting to dry out. We haven't had much rain the last 2 months. Saw 2 does and 2 nilgai off county roads. Something my compadre and I noticed... there were a lot of rats/mice. Also saw 4 snakes on the roads, but none were the rattling kind. Temps were still in the mid to upper 90's at 7 pm. Hope to go out again next week and do some bird watching. Today I saw mockingbirds, road runners, harris' hawks, turkey vultures and 5 covies of 10+ bobwhites
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:23 PM   #207
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Thanks for the reports
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:28 PM   #208
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Here is map with some particulars on Teniente Unit.
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:40 PM   #209
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I went to Teniente yesterday, and I saw 2 nilgai off county road. they came out at about 150 yds and stayed walking back and forth for a couple of minutes. I was able to get a photo of one of them. No visible water in lakes, temp was 90 degrees at 7 pm, and had a brief sea breeze shower earlier in the day. There were A LOT of seagulls that were flying east, back to the coast! I saw a roadrunner, several quail and harris' hawks.
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:16 AM   #210
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No water huh? not even behind the house?
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:00 AM   #211
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The field south of refuge is holding water. Some of the deeper ponds off county roads are holding some water. I've just stayed on the county roads, so far.
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Old 08-20-2015, 01:50 PM   #212
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When do they pull names for the hunt?
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Old 08-21-2015, 12:29 PM   #213
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I believe in 3 weeks, labor day week....
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Old 08-21-2015, 12:36 PM   #214
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Dropped off my permits yesterday. Hope I get picked.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:36 PM   #215
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Dropped off my permits yesterday. Hope I get picked.
Good luck getting picked!!!

You need to drop another Nilgai so you can make more jerky
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:43 PM   #216
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You guys happen to know how much rain fell in middle Starr, just north of rio yesterday?? mas/menos...

I know we got a good dump middle & lower area.
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Old 08-21-2015, 03:53 PM   #217
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2.5 inches of rain northeast of Rio
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:33 PM   #218
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I can't find the address to send the apps to.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:14 PM   #219
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:33 PM   #220
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Thanks! I thought the apps had to go to Santa Ana NWR and I couldn't find the address.

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Old 08-29-2015, 10:39 AM   #221
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Just found this draw hunt mailed off my app today. Hopefully I get drawn and get to meet a few of you out there. First time applying anyone have any pointers on places to stay
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:11 PM   #222
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Any word when this drawing will take place for 2015 season??
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:20 PM   #223
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Just found this draw hunt mailed off my app today. Hopefully I get drawn and get to meet a few of you out there. First time applying anyone have any pointers on places to stay
few cheap hotels in Raymondville. If we get drawn this year we might try and stay at the RV park north of the refuge.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:23 PM   #224
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Any word when this drawing will take place for 2015 season??
looks like last year people started getting the permit around the 16th
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:54 PM   #225
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Here is map with some particulars on Teniente Unit.
I swear I had this map memorized by this time last year!!!!
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:54 AM   #226
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Who else has got their permits? First time hunting the area (Laguna Atascosa), I'd like to attempt to take a nilgai. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Drawn for Nov. 20-24.

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Old 09-06-2015, 03:59 PM   #227
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looks like last year people started getting the permit around the 16th
Do they come in the mail only, any email?
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:54 PM   #228
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Hey, D & B!! So far, it's been mail only. If drawn, you should get letter by 3rd week of September-the latest. You'll have til about 12th of October to send in payment. Once they receive payment, they'll send back stamped permit. It's all by mail, unless if you visit office to pay. Then they just take payment, stamp the permit and you're good to go.
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:44 AM   #229
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Who else has got their permits? First time hunting the area (Laguna Atascosa), I'd like to attempt to take a nilgai. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Drawn for Nov. 20-24.

Bowtech Tomcat, 70# draw, Montec 100 Grain broadhead.

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Believe you have the wrong hunt...This is for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Hunt not the Laguna Atascosa hunt..
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:00 PM   #230
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Who else has got their permits? First time hunting the area (Laguna Atascosa), I'd like to attempt to take a nilgai. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Drawn for Nov. 20-24.

Bowtech Tomcat, 70# draw, Montec 100 Grain broadhead.

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Hammy
Look for dung piles and hunt those. If you're lucky to launch an arrow don't and I mean don't push one after they get hit, they'll run into the next county and you'll never find it.
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:00 PM   #231
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Good luck to anyone that gets drawn.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:33 AM   #232
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I called office and they said they are working on drawing. If drawn, you should receive letter by 25th of September.
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:22 PM   #233
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Man I got to wait that long lol I'm going to drive my wife nuts
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:21 PM   #234
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I'm going to pull my hair out before I find out. I put in with a buddy and he won't stop asking me about this drawing, this is our 2nd try at a late date.

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Old 09-13-2015, 07:28 AM   #235
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Man I got to wait that long lol I'm going to drive my wife nuts
Your wife. What about me
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:24 AM   #236
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Lol that's part of hunting with me ahaha
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:51 PM   #237
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I just got my permit in the mail, today. I was selected for archery hunt on November 26-29.

WOOHOO!!!!!
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Old 09-15-2015, 06:05 PM   #238
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I just got my permit in the mail, today. I was selected for archery hunt on November 26-29.

WOOHOO!!!!!
Awesome!!!


Good luck!!!
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Old 09-15-2015, 06:10 PM   #239
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Thanks, RAGUIRREJR! I have a full week of hunting! 1st archery hunt at LA on 20-24. Rest Wednesday 25th. Then, LRGV NWR on 26-29. AWSOME!!
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Old 09-15-2015, 06:49 PM   #240
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Thanks, RAGUIRREJR! I have a full week of hunting! 1st archery hunt at LA on 20-24. Rest Wednesday 25th. Then, LRGV NWR on 26-29. AWSOME!!
That is awesome!

Getting rain in Raymondville right now, should be very green at both refuges

I'm gonna miss the LA hunt this year
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:31 PM   #241
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Just told wifey about archery hunts!! She's not too happy right now. Good luck to all!! If anyone needs any help, just pm me or holler through tbh.
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:43 PM   #242
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I just got my permit to hunt the shotgun hunt on Oct30-Nov 1 im super excited !!!
Any advice on huting nilgai with a shotgun and slugs lol? This is my first year putting in for the drawing and me and two friends were drawn!
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:50 PM   #243
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Just got my permits today, Dec 17-20
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:51 PM   #244
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Got drawn for November 12-15
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:26 PM   #245
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I just got my letter today. LGRV Teniente. Nov 5-8 archery. I am super excited.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:48 AM   #246
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good luck to you guys !!
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:52 AM   #247
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Got drawn for November 12-15
Got mine for the same dates in the mail yesterday!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:53 AM   #248
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I just got my letter today. LGRV Teniente. Nov 5-8 archery. I am super excited.
Got mine in today hunting the same dates an place as you
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:43 PM   #249
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well crap nothing in the mail for me......
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:44 PM   #250
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Me neither! I'm waiting anxiously.
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