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Old Yesterday, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default Laguna Atascosa 2018

I got drawn for Laguna Atascosa 11/16 -11/20. This will be my first time down there. Gonna start getting preparations in order.

Any advice / suggestions are all welcomed and appreciated. Gonna try to scout next month with bike, But hunt utilizing 4 wheeler.(i have the medical release). Wanna see what the backside of unit 1 looks like and maybe the west side of 3.
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Old Yesterday, 07:04 PM   #2
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Congratulations brother! I got drawn for early December, first time hunting there. Family friend said to expect a lot ticks and snakes. Also mentioned they had a Nilgai cull to check for disease. I'll post more as I find information. Going to be a helluva hunt!!
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Old Yesterday, 07:18 PM   #3
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Congratulations brother! I got drawn for early December, first time hunting there. Family friend said to expect a lot ticks and snakes. Also mentioned they had a Nilgai cull to check for disease. I'll post more as I find information. Going to be a helluva hunt!!
hunh?

I figure to have clothes sprayed down with the tick killer stuff and will get snake boots.
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Old Yesterday, 07:20 PM   #4
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Congrats to all hunting Atascosa. I got November 16-20. Depending on the weather, permethrin (sp?) is a must on your clothes. The chiggers are unreal. if you're bringing a tripod, it should be no more than 8'. Lots of low brush and mesquites. Hopefully, I'll get a crack at that big buck I hunted last year.
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Old Yesterday, 07:23 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, LANWR is still under a tick quarantine. Deer and nilgai must be skinned out there and you cannot take your animal until it is checked by USDA. You will get some type of paper work that lets you travel with the meat.
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Im on 2nd draw, hoping for a miracle


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Old Yesterday, 08:17 PM   #7
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Can someone tell me what is the deadline to purchase the permit that way i know when to check on the 2 drawing


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can someone tell me what is the deadline to purchase the permit that way i know when to check on the 2 drawing


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Old Yesterday, 08:26 PM   #9
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Thanks, and some advice from laguna, the best thing is to find a good trail and sit on it, a good 5-7ft tripod will be ideal. If you really want nilgai unit 3 or 5 would be best especially if you can use a 4wheeler get to spots before anyone can.


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Old Yesterday, 08:27 PM   #10
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You have a HUGE advantage with the 4 wheeler


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I'll be out there 11/16 - 11/20. This will be my third year to hunt out there. Had a great time the past 2 years
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I will bring a tripod. it telescopes up from about 6' to 8' or so. anyone know the scoop on unit 1. looks like it may be decent way back along the creek. I do pretty good sitting for long durations. Like you said, I want to find a good trail...poop area and wait in ambush.
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Old Yesterday, 09:04 PM   #13
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I'll be out there 11/16 - 11/20. This will be my third year to hunt out there. Had a great time the past 2 years
where bouts you hunt at... where do folks normally stay down there? campground...motels?
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Old Yesterday, 09:12 PM   #14
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where bouts you hunt at... where do folks normally stay down there? campground...motels?
I just stayed at a hotel lat 2 years, but will probably camp this year. I hunted area 3 the most, but did some walking around some in several areas
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How did y’all get drawn???? I guess I applied for something else? Mine still says “application received” and the available dates are in January-February.


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Old Yesterday, 09:14 PM   #16
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I'll be out there 11/16 - 11/20. This will be my third year to hunt out there. Had a great time the past 2 years


Have you got one yet?


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Old Yesterday, 09:17 PM   #17
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Not yet, I've seen a lot though and did get a shot off at a Nigel last year but shot just over the top of it, made me sick to my stomach
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Old Yesterday, 09:22 PM   #18
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Not yet, I've seen a lot though and did get a shot off at a Nigel last year but shot just over the top of it, made me sick to my stomach


Man that sucks. Sorry. Maybe you’ll have better luck this year!!!


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Old Yesterday, 09:26 PM   #19
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How did y’all get drawn???? I guess I applied for something else? Mine still says “application received” and the available dates are in January-February.


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this was for archery... you may have applied for the gun hunt.
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Old Yesterday, 09:32 PM   #20
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this was for archery... you may have applied for the gun hunt.


Yeah I think so. I’d rather have the archery tag!!! I just looked it up. There’s 750 archery tags available. Is it super crowded out there???? How do they have that many permits for 3 hunt dates???


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Old Yesterday, 10:58 PM   #21
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Yeah I think so. I’d rather have the archery tag!!! I just looked it up. There’s 750 archery tags available. Is it super crowded out there???? How do they have that many permits for 3 hunt dates???


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I’ll be out there this year. Got drawn the 12/7-12/11. Can’t wait to get back out there!
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Old Yesterday, 11:10 PM   #22
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Got drawn for 11/16-11/20. Remember mandatory orientation on the day before hunt starts at 0900 at Los Fresno's community center. Scouting allowed after orientation
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Old Yesterday, 11:31 PM   #23
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The orientation was the evening before the first day of hunting last year. It’s at 9:00am this year the day before?
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Old Yesterday, 11:43 PM   #24
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Good luck you y’all hunting lanwr. My favorite place to hunt. Unit 3 is huge and wide open. I think having the 4 whlr will help you get in deep and much faster. Look for water. I hunted 3 on all but one hunt last year and saw tons of Nilgai. Just too wide open to make a good sneak on them
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Old Today, 12:02 AM   #25
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Ya it looks like they changed the mandatory orientation time on the hunting info PDF for this year
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Old Today, 12:42 AM   #26
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Wonder ... during the pre hunt scouting session, they will allow stand placement?
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Old Today, 12:50 AM   #27
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You have a HUGE advantage with the 4 wheeler


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Unless you have a disabilty along with your paperwork, you can not use any motorized vehicles in there. Unless the rules have changed it is bicycle access only.

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