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Old 08-26-2017, 08:54 AM   #151
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Hey folks. Dunno if any of y'all will be out there today but figured it might be worth a shot. I was out hiking Grapevine yesterday, and I lost my 12 yr old blue heeler Bronx.

If you happen to come across a blue heeler out there, please PM me! He does have his collar on.

he's the blue one in back of the photo.

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Old 08-26-2017, 01:43 PM   #152
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Praise God!!! Some kind lady found him on FM 407. 6 miles from where I lost him!

Thank to those who PM'd me. I wouldn't trade any deer in the world for this dog.

Thank you Jesus!!!
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Old 08-26-2017, 02:06 PM   #153
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Man I miss hunting Grapevine.
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:05 PM   #154
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:58 AM   #155
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Any suggestions for a decent morning dove spot in the Lake hunting area?


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Old 08-30-2017, 11:22 AM   #156
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Any suggestions on a good Dove spot on Lake property?


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Old 08-30-2017, 01:55 PM   #157
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Understand we won't just give away spots
Please do scout, though

You could check on the west side of 35
Or you could could do the south eastern side
Under the bridge might be decent
Right now there's not much water out there

Basically, you need to start scouting
Unless you just want to walk out and get lucky
Then you could have a great day
This isn't really helpful, I wish I had more to offer
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:59 PM   #158
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In all seriousness, I'd try to find somewhere along the bank or any holes of water that have trees nearby. The dove will like to go to the trees for safety. I have seen plenty of dove out there but never shot one. They're tricky.
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Old 08-31-2017, 02:19 AM   #159
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When is the date for the redraw? November?
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Old 08-31-2017, 01:46 PM   #160
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Old 08-31-2017, 01:56 PM   #161
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Old 09-04-2017, 04:06 PM   #162
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Step 1: join Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Texas chapter
Step 2: email BHA chapter head about perceived grievances
Step 3: stop having the mindset of "well I don't want to cause a fuss and have a concerted voice as a group rather than individuals:

Until hunters start realizing that as individuals we are nothing but a nuisance, this crap won't change. Anti-hunters have realized that if they gripe LOUD enough and LONG enough, they'll get what they want. We need to have the same mindset backed up by data and representation. BHA is the closest I've seen to having that.

Grapevine needs to start requiring bowhunters Ed and have a qualification like Haegerman.

I even ran into a guy (and shame on you if you read this, you know who you are) who DOESNT EVEN OWN A BOW who got drawn to hunt out there.

The Corp of Engineers shouldn't have the mindset that "they allow hunting out of the kindness of their heart".

They're a government agency. Corp of Engineer property belongs to YOU, ME, and every other citizen of the United States. If you want change, hold people accountable, but it won't happen individually.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:01 AM   #163
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Very good points Kirby. Wish I could have made it to the Full Draw Film Tour that BHA hosted.

Was the bow less draw winner a hunter planning to take up archery last second or were they unaware it was archery only?
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Old 09-05-2017, 03:26 PM   #164
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Last second hunter. And no offense to the Film Tour but it wasn't that great!
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:24 PM   #165
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Last second hunter. And no offense to the Film Tour but it wasn't that great!
Agreed. I went to the FDFT event and it was just alright.

But yes, I like the requirement of Bowhunter Ed to apply for grapevine and a proficiency test as well. I really like having the ability to hunt there for the entire season as well (except for the first 3 weeks of bow season). Those first 3 weeks are kind of odd to me.
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:49 PM   #166
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Guess I shouldn't hoard all the previous years entry forms

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Old 09-07-2017, 02:24 PM   #167
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Step 1: join Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Texas chapter
Step 2: email BHA chapter head about perceived grievances
Step 3: stop having the mindset of "well I don't want to cause a fuss and have a concerted voice as a group rather than individuals:

Until hunters start realizing that as individuals we are nothing but a nuisance, this crap won't change. Anti-hunters have realized that if they gripe LOUD enough and LONG enough, they'll get what they want. We need to have the same mindset backed up by data and representation. BHA is the closest I've seen to having that.

Grapevine needs to start requiring bowhunters Ed and have a qualification like Haegerman.

I even ran into a guy (and shame on you if you read this, you know who you are) who DOESNT EVEN OWN A BOW who got drawn to hunt out there.

The Corp of Engineers shouldn't have the mindset that "they allow hunting out of the kindness of their heart".

They're a government agency. Corp of Engineer property belongs to YOU, ME, and every other citizen of the United States. If you want change, hold people accountable, but it won't happen individually.

GOOD info Shane , I believe non hunters have been applying for the Vine tags for quite some time now to keep hunters from being able to draw those tags. I agree about the Bowhunter's ed as well. Maybe even make it a prerequisite to even apply for the hunt so as to keep the less serious hunters and non hunters from applying for the tags. At this point I'm hoping that over 100 hunters don't pick up the tags again this year. Grapevine should also consider doing redraw's each season to fill that 250 tag quota instead of a 50 percent redraw.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:32 PM   #168
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Hey guys - is Grapevine Lake draw/special draw only? This area is new to me but it's close..
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:13 PM   #169
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GOOD info Shane , I believe non hunters have been applying for the Vine tags for quite some time now to keep hunters from being able to draw those tags. I agree about the Bowhunter's ed as well. Maybe even make it a prerequisite to even apply for the hunt so as to keep the less serious hunters and non hunters from applying for the tags. At this point I'm hoping that over 100 hunters don't pick up the tags again this year. Grapevine should also consider doing redraw's each season to fill that 250 tag quota instead of a 50 percent redraw.
A few years back a lady who was working there had told me that there were people that openly bragged to her that they were trying to draw a permit to keep hunters from drawing. I'm heading out there tomorrow to pick up my permit if I get my license in the mail today. If not, next Friday.

I agree with IBEP certification but I already have it anyway. That might keep the anti-hunters away.

I have tried for five years and finally got drawn so I'm going to give it my best shot.
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:16 PM   #170
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A few years back a lady who was working there had told me that there were people that openly bragged to her that they were trying to draw a permit to keep hunters from drawing. I'm heading out there tomorrow to pick up my permit if I get my license in the mail today. If not, next Friday.

I agree with IBEP certification but I already have it anyway. That might keep the anti-hunters away.

I have tried for five years and finally got drawn so I'm going to give it my best shot.
Congrats man , make that golden ticket count Brother ! I have places to hunt that hold great deer every season but I'm still hoping for the redraw in November. My tree at the vine is gonna miss me :-(
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:14 PM   #171
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IBEP AND qualification would keep antis out of the drawing. Kirby, PM inbound.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:34 PM   #172
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It's draw only which has already come and gone for this season. No deer at the Vine though.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:36 PM   #173
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Thanks Troy. I'll be in it next year.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:32 PM   #174
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I went out with a buddy this morning. We logged a few miles. Went to a spot I haven't been before and setup a trail camera. With all the rain, the open fields are sitting in about 4-5 ft of weeds. Very difficult to get through but makes it easy to see trails. Set up another camera near a familiar spot. We'll see what we get in a few weeks.

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Old 09-09-2017, 05:22 PM   #175
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I went out with a buddy this morning. We logged a few miles. Went to a spot I haven't been before and setup a trail camera. With all the rain, the open fields are sitting in about 4-5 ft of weeds. Very difficult to get through but makes it easy to see trails. Set up another camera near a familiar spot. We'll see what we get in a few weeks.
Have fun out there this year!
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Old 09-09-2017, 11:11 PM   #176
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Anyone wanta shoot teal. I've got all the gear and a mud rig if you've got a spot. I can hunt week days. Got a permit, just no experience out there
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:29 AM   #177
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Hey guys - is Grapevine Lake draw/special draw only? This area is new to me but it's close..
Yes you have to enter a drawing early July or June I cant remember. But its a lottery style deal. Good luck next year
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Old 09-12-2017, 02:35 PM   #178
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:23 AM   #179
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:46 PM   #180
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Kirby: glad your dog is back home!

I'd love to see a bonus point lottery. Everyone who applies has their name go in the hat, the more years you've applied without getting drawn the more times your name goes in the lottery.

Doesn't matter for me though, I drew this year and will be moving to CO next year. After a successful trip this year I would rather eat elk than deer!
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:51 AM   #181
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A few years back a lady who was working there had told me that there were people that openly bragged to her that they were trying to draw a permit to keep hunters from drawing. I'm heading out there tomorrow to pick up my permit if I get my license in the mail today. If not, next Friday.

I agree with IBEP certification but I already have it anyway. That might keep the anti-hunters away.

I have tried for five years and finally got drawn so I'm going to give it my best shot.
What!! I wouldn't think that would be possible considering you had to have hunters education certificate to apply for a permit. The corp office should do something to stop non hunters getting in the way of proper conservation practices.

LETS GO redraw!!
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Old 09-17-2017, 03:01 PM   #182
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Any of yall have any luck out at LG for teal? Went out today and didn't see a dang one
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:45 PM   #183
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I drew this year. Went to look around the lake shore yesterday but ran out of gas in my boat and had to swim in.
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Old 09-24-2017, 11:08 PM   #184
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Hey guys. This is my first year hunting back in the area and my first year bow hunting public lands. I drew in the lottery (I know, sore subject for some of y'all) and wondered if anyone that was a little more familiar with the area wanted to go scout some time. Thanks.
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Old 09-30-2017, 07:23 PM   #185
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Old 09-30-2017, 07:34 PM   #186
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:03 PM   #187
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Hogs....Turkey.....& Coyotes so far, but no deer.....
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Old 10-07-2017, 11:56 PM   #188
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Any kiddos have any luck at the Vine yet?
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:11 PM   #189
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To whoever put in the work to steal that game camera I put out, I have to hand it to you. You did an awful lot of work to climb that tree and cut that lock.

Only 3 people knew about it. Me, you and God. If you happen to be reading this, I forgive you, and I hope that there was something worth the effort on it.

I know it's against corp rules. But so is theft. And even moreso, it breaks God's law according to Exodus 20:15 "You shall not steal."

I forgive you for it, but only because I know all the things that Jesus has forgiven me for in sinning against him and my fellow man. God can forgive you of this transgression too, because one day you're going to have to stand before him and tell him why you took that camera. But you don't have to pay the penalty if you don't want to. Jesus died on yours and my behalf, and rose three days later. Because of that, eternal life can be yours too.

If you would like that forgiveness, you can have it by repenting of your sin, asking to receive him and make him Lord of your life. If by some small chance you already know Jesus, I pray that you would repent.

I doubt that anything will come of this, but I am praying for you, and if by some chance you read this, I don't want the camera back.

Sorry to derail this thread folks. Have a good evening and hopefully a great season.

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To whoever put in the work to steal that game camera I put out, I have to hand it to you. You did an awful lot of work to climb that tree and cut that lock.

Only 3 people knew about it. Me, you and God. If you happen to be reading this, I forgive you, and I hope that there was something worth the effort on it.

I know it's against corp rules. But so is theft. And even moreso, it breaks God's law according to Exodus 20:15 "You shall not steal."

I forgive you for it, but only because I know all the things that Jesus has forgiven me for in sinning against him and my fellow man. God can forgive you of this transgression too, because one day you're going to have to stand before him and tell him why you took that camera. But you don't have to pay the penalty if you don't want to. Jesus died on yours and my behalf, and rose three days later. Because of that, eternal life can be yours too.

If you would like that forgiveness, you can have it by repenting of your sin, asking to receive him and make him Lord of your life. If by some small chance you already know Jesus, I pray that you would repent.

I doubt that anything will come of this, but I am praying for you, and if by some chance you read this, I don't want the camera back.

Sorry to derail this thread folks. Have a good evening and hopefully a great season.


Just a heads up. The Core Rangers walk the fields and trails looking for stands and cameras. They told me directly they do it and will pull items off the land, bc as you noted, itís against the rules. It might not be another hunter, but someone responsible for governing those rules.


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Old 10-12-2017, 02:01 PM   #192
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Usually when a field agent pulls stands and or cameras they leave a calling card of some kind. Don't ask me how I know...
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:00 AM   #193
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I'm aware of that. But usually there's a note attached with them doing that. This guy cut the thing and left the lock.

While they're at it, I wish they'd catch folks hunting out there early or with no permit at all. I'm already getting pics of deer supposedly shot out there .
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:23 AM   #194
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Dang tough season for you Kirby. Hope thins turn around for ya. Lost a camera on Benbrook last year, have had stands and cams taken at Whitney. I use cheap equipment and consider it part of the price you pay. No problem if ACE takes it, but I'll never understand a thief. I had a new stand that was up nearly 30' and a 1/2" cable and lock. I carried the first 12' of climbing sticks out with me so whoever took it had some substantial bolt cutters and a way of getting 15' or so up to my fist climbing stick.

I wish someone could explain the rules on cams, they can't even be left up the 72hrs like a stand. What good is a trail camera at all if it's being physically attended LOL. Just make them 100% against the rules or not.

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Old 10-13-2017, 02:23 AM   #195
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We saw some does while scouting. No clue how you'd get to where we went. It was a 30 min ride on my mud rig at full speed. Hopefully il get a slot on the redraw, but not holding my breath. Thank God I own a place out west.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:53 PM   #196
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I met the GW the other day while scouting. I was out there for almost 2 hours and was just headed back when he came up about 30yrds behind me. I jumped about 10 feet in the air. He said I ruined his day because I was legal.
He was cool and gave me a ride, but said he was going back to track another guy. We talked about the poaching and illegal stuff going out there, I'm glad he is checking on things.

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Old 10-13-2017, 06:24 PM   #197
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Oops, I found your stand and your camera. I left you a present too.

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Old 10-14-2017, 07:32 AM   #198
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Not quite! But I'm guessing that's near the same place it was last year
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I found a nice tree stand and a camera . I also turned them into the Ranger. He went and took them down to put somewhere safe.
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