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Old 11-04-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
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Had a good time hunting at South Llano River SP this week and met some great people. Everybody but one person scored on axis with most getting two or three each and one couple killed 5 together. Tpwd hunt staff were very friendly and helpful. I saw at least a dozen axis altogether but only had shot opportunities on two does. Saw a couple bucks but they didnt stop or stick around long enough to get a shot. Two very nice trophy class bucks were killed by other hunters. I think the final tally was 21 or so axis killed. I was covered up in whitetail and could have easily tagged out if they were included. This was my second time to hunt there and I hope I get drawn again someday. Got one of my kills on video.
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:58 PM   #2
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Heck yea. Congrats
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:31 AM   #3
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Nice

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Old 11-05-2017, 04:28 PM   #4
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Nice
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:30 PM   #5
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Nice job filling that freezer! Good eats there
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:55 PM   #6
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I'll be headed there at the end of the month!
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:59 PM   #7
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congrats!
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:01 PM   #8
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Congratulations ... That is 1 of the places I put in for every year ... Maybe one of these years .. Been 3 years now ..
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:02 PM   #9
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congrats!
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:11 PM   #10
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Nice! And congrats!

Tell me about the blind. Do they use that for nature observation also? Dose is stay in the park year round?
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:56 PM   #11
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Do they still let you hunt in the hills which was the Walter Buck WMA?
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:12 AM   #12
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Do they still let you hunt in the hills which was the Walter Buck WMA?
Yes, they do.
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:13 AM   #13
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Nice! And congrats!

Tell me about the blind. Do they use that for nature observation also? Dose is stay in the park year round?
It's new and was donated by someone. They keep it locked when not used for a hunt.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:45 AM   #14
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I love that place. When you draw a hunt like that it keeps you applying forever.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:00 AM   #15
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nice! love the blind!
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:02 PM   #16
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Any preference on a specific area for the axis?
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:15 PM   #17
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Try to get one of the blinds in the lower area of the park. That's where most of the axis are taken. Stand #33 is historically their most productive blind for axis but the guy in #31 got the most with four taken.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:23 PM   #18
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I go
January 23-26 hope it’s same
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:20 AM   #19
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Well done


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Old 11-16-2017, 09:33 AM   #20
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Try to get one of the blinds in the lower area of the park. That's where most of the axis are taken. Stand #33 is historically their most productive blind for axis but the guy in #31 got the most with four taken.
Thanks for the info! How far of shots should I expect? I'll take my .223 and my .270 and might switch it up depending on shot distance.
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Old 11-16-2017, 02:32 PM   #21
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Very cool. That's one of the hunts that is on my list of application hunts. Hopefully I'll get drawn one day.

Do you just take your own corn and corn your own stand? I guess you draw for a stand the entire hunt so your not in a different stand every day?
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:57 PM   #22
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I was drawn and hunted there for the first week of December 2014 and was drawn again this year, going the 2nd weekend of January. Most of the axis had gone nocturnal or were pushed back in the Walter Buck hills by that point as there were a couple of rounds of youth hunts prior to ours where they really got tore up. There were plenty of whitetail doe. I ended up shooting 3 WT does and the only Axis I saw hunting which was a spike. Great hunt with a lot of animals. Looking forward to going back!
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:58 PM   #23
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I don't think that place offers any shots over 100 yards.
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:01 PM   #24
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I don't think that place offers any shots over 100 yards.
Just depends on what stand you get. Some of the stands down by the river have shots probably out to 200-250 yards. You can see a long ways down some of the pecan tree flats. Some of the stands are a lot less. One of the stands in the walter buck part only gives you about 35 yards at the most.
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:33 PM   #25
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So how does blind selection work? Do we draw for numbers or do we get to pick ourselves?
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:16 PM   #26
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Thanks for the info! How far of shots should I expect? I'll take my .223 and my .270 and might switch it up depending on shot distance.
Minimum caliber allowed is .243
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:17 PM   #27
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So how does blind selection work? Do we draw for numbers or do we get to pick ourselves?
You draw a number for what order you pick blinds in. #1 gets first pick and so on.
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Old 11-16-2017, 11:09 PM   #28
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I was drawn and hunted there for the first week of December 2014 and was drawn again this year, going the 2nd weekend of January. Most of the axis had gone nocturnal or were pushed back in the Walter Buck hills by that point as there were a couple of rounds of youth hunts prior to ours where they really got tore up. There were plenty of whitetail doe. I ended up shooting 3 WT does and the only Axis I saw hunting which was a spike. Great hunt with a lot of animals. Looking forward to going back!
We were on the same hunt. I hunted in stand 5 then. Did you draw antlerless/spike in January?

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Old 11-17-2017, 09:29 AM   #29
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Minimum caliber allowed is .243
Welp, .270 it is then!
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:22 PM   #30
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:43 PM   #31
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