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Old 10-01-2015, 10:03 AM   #1
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Got confirmation i got selected for the Gun Deer Antlerless/Spike Hunt Nov. 10-12. Anyone else get selected or ever hunt here before? Looking for any insight.
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:06 AM   #2
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I have hunted before. It is a great hunt, if it is still the same way it was when I went. I think Josh is the hunt director. He is a cool guy. Make sure you sign in everytime. They will get you for that if you don't and give you a stern talking to.

I hunted the first Sendero on the left side, right after you enter the park. It is where the power lines are. I don't know if it is still there or not. It was not too good. I saw one animal crossing the sendero while I was there. I told Josh and he moved me to a better spot. This was in a tripod, that is inside the main area of the park, right off the road, about a mile from the hunter check station. The tripod is in a big cedar tree you have two openings to shoot. One is to the east and one to the north. I killed two does there. One on the east about 100 yards away and one on the north about 50 yards away. There is some power lines there as well. I threw out a bag of corn and the deer came to it. On the third day, I asked if I could move to another spot, because most of the hunters had left and there were a lot of openings. Josh took me back into the woods, across the river and put me way, way, way back in a brush blind. I saw two nice, nice aoudad. I had two guns with me and didn't think my .25-06 would put one down (it was a new to me gun, so I was not sure of the capabilities with my 100 grain bullet), so I grabbed my .30-06 and rushed the shot and missed.

If these spots are still there, I would try to get them. This was 4 years ago though, so they may have changed it up. I was told that across the river backs up to a high fence ranch and that is how the exotics got out.

I went on 2 hunts and the first was gun deer any sex. There were 4 bucks shot (9 point, 8 point, 7 point, spike), 3 does, and a super nice Sika buck that the guy immediately took to the taxidermist. Some people missed some nice bucks (so they say) and one couple got into trouble because the man shot 2 deer and claimed one off his wife's permit. The park rangers found out and wrote him a ticket and kept his deer. So, make sure you follow all the rules, wear your orange while walking, and take an extra firearm.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:32 AM   #3
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I didn't actually hunt the PF state park last year(I hunted the PF annex), but it looked pretty straight forward. The have brush blinds build all over the park. Most are U-shaped and overlooking section of camping or trail areas. They take you to the stand the first afternoon, but after that you are on your own.

Josh was not in charge last year, it was a new guy that really didn't understand the difference between antlerless and antlered game. I killed a nubbin that didn't break the fur and he insisted it was a buck because of the nub height. Not sure what the issue was, since the park is overrun with deer.

Pigs, Pigs, Pigs. The park is overrun with pigs. They are not afraid of humans and will come out at any point in the day. Exotics....Don't hold out for an axis or fallow. They are ghost or folklore in my opinion. There is a herd of sheep that roam the property.

Hope this helps, you will have a great time.
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Old 10-01-2015, 12:02 PM   #4
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aggie_archer, I will hunt there during Nov. 10-12 as well.

Thank you, coach_em_up and budman68, for your helpful information.
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Old 10-01-2015, 06:24 PM   #5
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Great information guys! Thanks!

CY100 look forward to meeting you.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:46 PM   #6
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:47 PM   #7
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I hunted this same hunt last year. I hunted spot 7 which was right at 2 main roads by the maintenance building. Saw tons of deer and no pigs in my spot.

I had a fawn almost get in my blind with me. Also, had 3 huge bucks fight about 30 yards out. I killed 1 doe and missed another.

Other than it raining for 3 straight days it was great. They have clean facilities.

When you get there and go to orientation, take all of your gear and be ready to hunt.

I think Lynn and John ran this hunt last year.

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Old 10-01-2015, 08:48 PM   #8
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Also, I had to keep running the does out of my campsite.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:50 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info! Getting me real exxited, this is the first time getting drawn for any of the tpwd draw hunts.

What distance should I expect to be shooting. I can't decide what gun(s) to take with me. Will they allow me to us my supressor?

Any gear in particular anyone would suggest bringing? Chair, pop up blind...etc.?
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:01 PM   #10
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I killed my doe at 30
I had up to a 100 yard shot
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:44 PM   #11
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Small chair
The blinds are low.

I brought a 30/30 and a 243 as a back up. I doubt they would allow the suppressor
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:55 AM   #12
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I took my .30-06 and my .25-06. When they dropped me off, they asked what caliber I had. I told them and he told me "Good. Flat shooting calibers is what you need out here". You certainly don't need a .300 win mag and I would leave it at home. Negative on the suppressor.

I brought a chair and my popup, but only used the chair. Get there early and start making small talk with the park rangers and get in good with them. Just saying.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:37 AM   #13
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How would you get to your spot in day2 and 3? Will they drop you off every day? If not, how far did you park?

I may have to remind myself to hold my trigger, if there are too many deer . I hunted at Inks lake few years ago. My 3-day hunt was finished after the first afternoon. Since I shot 2 does within 5 minutes and reached my limit
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:15 AM   #14
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I drove my truck to my spot. Park farther down the road and away from your blind

Depending on where the put you, you could easily be done on day 1
Stick around and shoot some pigs
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Old 10-02-2015, 12:00 PM   #15
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I was two spots down from Freight Mover on the hunt last year overlooking a field just across the street from some bathrooms which was convenient. Really fun, even with all the rain. There are tons of hogs in the park, so there are lots of targets. I shot two hogs and a doe and my friend shot two doe and a hog.

There are some really nice bucks running around that are fun to look at too. Bring lots of corn and put it out.
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Old 10-02-2015, 03:08 PM   #16
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Kill your limit. The goal is to thin the herd and get called back for future hunts. If they don't think we are doing a good enough job with population control they will hire professional hunters.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:14 PM   #17
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Great. There must be fun to have more games to chase.
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:32 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the info! Guys are getting me excited for this hunt! Never had a shot at an exotic befire, I know the chances are low but any chance is good!
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Old 11-08-2015, 07:33 PM   #19
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Ttt...Starting to get ready tonight for this hunt on Tuesday. Only struggle is finding the Aflatoxin free corn. Any last minute suggestions or advice welcome. Excited for my first public land draw hunt!
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Old 11-09-2015, 03:18 PM   #20
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Good luck. Can't wait to hear how you do. I was thinking about trying for standby for this one but the park said all spots were filled. You should get some shots at pork and venison.
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:03 PM   #21
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Please post pics of stands, game, and successes. Thanks
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:38 AM   #22
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Any updates?
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:45 AM   #23
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how do u enter for these hunts? On the website?
I really want to enter as much as i can to go on one of these state park hunts. My buddy went and they sound like a blast!
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:02 PM   #24
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Was a great hunt, was able to take 2 does during 3 sits. Saw a lot of other deer could of limited out earlier if I had wanted too. Meet 3 other TBH'ers while out there as well. Lots of deer out there, saw some hogs as well but always while driving out never in the stand, no exotics either.

To apply just go to.... https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwi..._hunt_drawing/
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:10 PM   #25
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Great job on the hunt. Not sure I buy into their whole exotic folklore, except for goats and pics.
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:33 PM   #26
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While I didn't see any out there, it wouldn't have surprised me either. On the road in there are two high fence ranches, 1 of them I know to contain exotics because driving home I saw a bunch inside the fence. Wouldn't be hard to believe that some may have got out at some point...but also think it would be very rare to have a shot on one.
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Old 11-13-2015, 03:31 PM   #27
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Wow, I have been to PSP many times, but never to hunt. That would be cool.

How decent are your chances being picked for these drawn hunts? Any successful bidding tips?
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Old 11-13-2015, 03:35 PM   #28
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Congrats. I always enjoy the SP hunts.
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:18 PM   #29
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aggie_archer, I think I talked to you during the hunt.
I took the same hunt as aggie_archer did. It was a good hunt and I enjoy it very much. Park rangers are very helpful. I shot 2 does in the first evening, so I was able to focus on feral hogs and exotic animals in the second day. Park ranger put me on another spot which may produce more hogs. But, no hogs or exotic were seen in the second day. Saw deer every time I sit. I didn't make the 3rd day hunt. The weather was not cooperated. It was humid, hot, windy. Giant mosquito almost made me to quit in the first afternoon. I brought Thermacell in the next day . Except these, it was a joyful time.
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:25 PM   #30
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:21 PM   #31
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Congrats

Looks like the spot I hunted last year
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Old 11-13-2015, 10:24 PM   #32
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I was hunted at unit 8 first, then moved to unit 9. The first night, only 2 does came out 15-20 minutes before I had to leave. Kill them all. Next morning, I went back to unit 8, saw a doe with a fawn and a buck. Tried unit 9 in the evening, only saw a spike (or maybe doe) walked through.
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Old 01-08-2017, 05:53 PM   #33
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I will be headed out to Pedernales Fall State Park in the morning. I will be hunting this Tuesday thru Thursday for does and spikes plus any exotics or piggies. Anybody else going or any advice on hunting spot to select in the draw? Can't wait to start hunting.
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:51 PM   #34
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No advise on specific units as its been a long time since ive been there. Its a great place to hunt, lots of targets. I always liked the duck blind area

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Old 01-08-2017, 08:29 PM   #35
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Thanks TXOUTLAW
I have had my truck loaded since last week. I have purchased a game cart, caldwell shooting rest and a tent blind chair. I borrowed a tent bblind in case it rains. I also have bought a couple bags of Bait Corn that is peanut butter flavored. I a sucker for gimmicks. Thanks again for the blind information.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:27 PM   #36
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Ive always liked tripods there, grass can be high

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Old 01-13-2017, 09:34 PM   #37
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Got back late last night from pedernales hunt. My group had a great hunt. Our three man group killed five whitetail does, one pig and a bonus Aoudad ram. I got the aoudad Thursday morning. We did see a mountain early thursday morning. Too dark for a good picture.The hunt coordinator said he was the biggest he has ever seen. I plan on mounting him in a full shoulder mount with his legs on. I will try to attach a picture on the aoudad ram. I can't say enough good things about the hunt coordinator and staff at pedernales state park. Again top notch people who work hard to put people on animals. Cannot paste the picture. Can someone pm me. I will text a picture if someone will post.
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Old 01-14-2017, 01:47 PM   #38
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T-roy66's Aoudad

Awesome!

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Old 01-14-2017, 07:48 PM   #39
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Congratulation, Nice!
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:29 PM   #40
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Thanks Cy
The information that you and others shared on this site helped. It was a hunt of a lifetime.
Good Hunting
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:36 PM   #41
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Great ram! Congrats!


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Old 01-14-2017, 08:39 PM   #42
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Wow
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:58 PM   #43
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:05 PM   #44
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Cool
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Old 01-18-2017, 05:07 PM   #45
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I thought Ped. Annex is archery or muzzle loader only????
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:03 PM   #46
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I thought Ped. Annex is archery or muzzle loader only????
My bad hall were at SP not Annex
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Old 01-19-2017, 05:14 PM   #47
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I saw Hall when they came out of the annex on Thursday afternoon. I think they killed three Spanish goats. We hunted the park area.
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