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Old 07-19-2016, 08:27 PM   #1
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Here is the info I have for the Aransas Archery hunt
Fee will remain the same 65.00 for 9 day archery hunt. Hunt dates are October 1 thru 9. Scout days September 24 and 25.

IBEP class and bonus scouting for those taking the class or who already have IBEP certification is September 10 and 11.

If you have questions please contact me 361-222-1151 Danny
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Old 07-19-2016, 08:29 PM   #2
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Permits should be available thru kinsal in a week or so.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:30 AM   #3
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Ok just spoke with refuge personal about archery permits. Kinsal went live this morning with permits and refuge is putting up a link to kinsal today.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:33 AM   #4
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Link is now activated. just did my rifle dates. They are paid for and permits received. This year Youth hunters are FREE. I will be taking my 15 year old.

http://www.kinsail.com/results.asp?p...ItemName=Rifle

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Old 07-28-2016, 02:43 PM   #5
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whats the age limit for youth? My son is only 7 yrs I guess i should call




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Glad I saw this got my son a permit

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Old 07-28-2016, 03:39 PM   #6
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whats the age limit for youth? My son is only 7 yrs I guess i should call




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Glad I saw this got my son a permit
Glad to hear it. This is a memory building event!
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:41 PM   #7
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I will contact you later with some helpful info
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Old 08-01-2016, 03:30 PM   #8
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Gonna go out on a limb and say Achery must be sold out casue the link for that permit purchase is no longer up. Rifle hunts still listed.
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Old 08-01-2016, 04:25 PM   #9
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It is not sold out. I had trouble finding the archery side as well then it came up I don't know what I did different but it just appeared the 4th try.
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:07 PM   #10
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It is not sold out. I had trouble finding the archery side as well then it came up I don't know what I did different but it just appeared the 4th try.
It is back up again....AGGGGG! I am so confused!
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:16 PM   #11
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I need to get back out there and try it again. It's been a few years but I think I'm ready to feed the skeeters again. Danny how was the hunt last year?
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Old 08-09-2016, 02:42 PM   #12
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Dont know I hunted Kansas
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Old 08-09-2016, 10:06 PM   #13
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That's awesome. Do any good? Did jj and the boys hunt aransas?
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:54 PM   #14
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Last year I got a old 6 and a doe. JJ and the boys hunted the refuge believe they did good.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:44 PM   #15
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Good luck - not going to be able to make it again this year......keep us posted on how it goes - and pics of the big one....bet there will be hardly no sketters.......not ! wouldn't that be great....maybe a cool front will make it down and keep them at bay.....every year there are more trophy bucks that die of old age at Aransas than are killed.... there are some good ones in that place..... may a big one walk slowly up and stand broad side at 20 yards....... do what you do.....
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:09 PM   #16
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....every year there are more trophy bucks that die of old age at Aransas than are killed.... there are some good ones in that place..... ..
Killed two BIG ten points here. Getting too old now to do the bow hunt but I am hitting the rifle hunt this year...twice!
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:31 PM   #17
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My son and I will be there for the first rifle hunt. hoping for good weather..
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:40 PM   #18
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just bought a bowhunt tag for this. First timer there. I've already scouted the satellite like a madman, but any pointers would be great.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:24 PM   #19
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Ok....First Rifle hunt is official sold out. Still open are the Archery, 2nd and 3rd rifle hunts.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:03 PM   #20
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....... Did jj and the boys hunt aransas?
Yes they did, also got a couple hogs!
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:36 PM   #21
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Hunting condition reports?

Rain, ponds/standing water, fawn crop, helicopter hog removal, burned areas? Lets not talk about the snakes and mosquitoes.....
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:49 PM   #22
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Will know more about conditions when I get there on the 10th for the IBEP class. Can say that we got 7.5 inches of rain yeaterday in Aransas Pass and Rockport areas
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Old 09-11-2016, 09:44 AM   #23
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Scouted yesterday and the Refuge looks really good for this years archery hunt. It's dry at this time, ponds are holding good water but the hog wallers, ditches,and pools are dry. Acorn crop is good, grass is tall and green because of this years thunder showers. Found plenty of rubs and even a few scrapes. Sheeters were not that bad but they will be if there's some rain and cooler weather before the hunt. Only snake I saw was a 5' Coachwhip. I'm very excited about this years hunt.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:03 AM   #24
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Thanks to all who came to the IBEP course this weekend. Deer on the refuge look to be in great shape. Even saw a couple young bucks messing with does. But also some bucks still buched up. Good luck to all and be safe.
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Old 09-19-2016, 05:50 PM   #25
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Who's scouting this weekend?
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:36 PM   #26
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I'll be there Saturday bright and early!


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Old 09-27-2016, 12:03 PM   #27
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Good luck to all you Aransas hunters.......you have to be a really hard core archery hunter to want to go back to Aransas..... got to be one of toughest places to hunt deer in the state.... post some updates on how its going during the week if y'all can --- may the Karankawa spirits bring you good luck...... hope this cool spell makes it all the way down there this week - bucks should be chasing more if it does......
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:24 AM   #28
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Is the government budget deadline going to delay Aransas opening the gates tomorrow? Hope not - but it has happened in the past......
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Old 10-01-2016, 02:49 PM   #29
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Is the government budget deadline going to delay Aransas opening the gates tomorrow? Hope not - but it has happened in the past......
Yes they have, that's why your question is valid!
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Old 10-01-2016, 03:48 PM   #30
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I've got an UTI with an enlarged prostate, hope to head down Tue morning.

Scott got a really nice 6pt, weighed 95-lb.
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:18 PM   #31
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Hope you get well Thumper! There's nothing wrong with that deer especially for the refuge! Some very tough hunting!


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Old 10-03-2016, 05:26 PM   #32
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I'm set up over looking a pond and just had 7 pigs come to the water! Holding out for a deer.


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Old 10-06-2016, 11:29 PM   #33
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Any one having any luck?
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:31 AM   #34
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As of yesterday at noon there had been 20 bucks taken, which is very good for the archery hunt.


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Old 10-08-2016, 06:59 AM   #35
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No animals taken fri.

I made it down Wed afternoon. Thursday evening stuck to big hogs. Not much moving again this year during daylight hours, lots of activity at night. There are a few bucks following doe, couple of guys have killed two bucks.
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:52 PM   #36
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Here's a picture of the kill board. Only critter added to it is one 6pt buck.
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:58 PM   #37
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This evening I'm setting on a fire break where I stuck the two hogs. One crossed the fire break about 25yrds out, the other one woke me up when it bumped the leg of my tripod.

If my photo is misaligned would someone please turn it for me, Thanks!
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:53 AM   #38
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52 bowhunters hunted today and only two doe were added to the board.

About 5pm today I saw a 6pt buck down the fire lane about 300yds so I hit the fawn bleat can. Instantly he started headed my way at I trot. I hit the bleat can a few more times to keep him trotting. This was a mistake as he locked in on my location and circled around down wind, never saw him again. 30 min later with my recurve on my lap getting a drink of water a nice 8pt trotted in from my blind side and crossed the fire break. By the time I was able to shoot he was was out of bow range and lost in the tall grass.

Then just after 6pm I picked up sight of a big doe heading to where she'd cross the firebreak about 30yds out. Had plenty of time to get ready as it took her 15min and when she stepped out of the tall grass on to the firebreak I took the shot. Sounded like a clean miss but she ran off with her tail down. Lost sight of her about 80yds out then picked her up again about 200yds out with her tail up, ????. While waiting before I checked for blood a smaller doe appeared in the firebreak from the opposite direction, at 25yds I hit her right elbow knuckle. I saw her run and go down in the tall grass out about 75yds. Waited 15min and went to check for blood, there was a bucket full blood spilled the first 20yds of trailing the smaller doe then the blood like stopped, but I found her where I saw her go down and she still had my arrow.

Checking on the first shot I didn't find the arrow or any blood so I went to the last spot I saw her running with her tail tucked and found a blood trail. She layed dead after running a little over 100yds. Hit her a little far back but caught one lung and the liver. She weighed 70lbs and the second one was 42lbs. I'm guessing the big body deer flagging out around 200yds out was a buck trailing behind the doe. My eye sight along with my hearing are both pretty poor, didn't see or hear the arrow hit the first deer, smh.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:56 AM   #39
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Dang Chris two does in one evening . That's a lot of work for an old man .
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:21 AM   #40
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Way to go Thumper! Looks like you had your work cut out for you!


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Old 10-09-2016, 05:29 PM   #41
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Dang Chris two does in one evening . That's a lot of work for an old man .
Yea......lol
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:17 PM   #42
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gitter done. congrats.
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:02 AM   #43
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Nice.
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:16 PM   #44
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Sounds like a very good year down there...... guess the cooler weather paid off.... anyone have any other pics of the 8 or 9 pointers? where any really big? way to go chris....
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:30 PM   #45
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Tom, I do not have any pictures but didn't see any bucks killed that were even close to making P&Y. Field dressed weight on the two largest bucks I saw taken was 118lbs and 120lbs. Harvest on second half of the hunt was almost non existent. Sunday evening I hunted, really scouted for the 1st rifle hunt about a mile from Conoco #2 and the noise was deafening, oil and gas production has greatly increased on the Refuge.
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:19 PM   #46
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Anyone hunting the first rifle hunt? I'm taking my son (6 yrs) and any tips would be great. pop up, ladder stand or just sit in the brush? He really would like to put a pig down.
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:55 AM   #47
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All three Rifle hunts are now officially sold out.

We will be there for #2 and #3
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Old 10-31-2016, 09:07 AM   #48
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So who's all hunting the first rifle hunt? We are not going to make it Friday for scouting. We will be there Sat after my Sons Soccer game. Hopefully its not too crowded and we can still find a place to setup. We will be in a white ford F150 with a twisted horn taxidermy sticker on the back glass.
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Old 10-31-2016, 06:27 PM   #49
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My son and I will be there Friday around noon..
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Old 11-04-2016, 07:34 PM   #50
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Got my stand in place where I wanted, lets just hope I do not get walked over all morning. Got to the gate at 5:30am this morning, Friday scout day, and was number 28 in line. The first truck got in line at 10:30am on Thursday, the 12th truck got there at 5pm on. Over 50 trucks were in line by 7:30am when the hunt gate opened to let us in.

Going to hunt with a rifle at first to shoot one buck, then bowhunt the rest of the hunt to take another buck. Some of them public land rifle hunters are something else... most have their act together.
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