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Old 10-08-2017, 07:59 PM   #151
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Public Service Announcement: I took a drive out to the refuge a little while ago. The only access to the refuge is from FM106. Buena Vista Road is still under construction and from the looks of it, will not be ready for a few months. Those staying in Port Isabel and Laguna Vista can get there by heading to Bayview on FM510, taking a right on Ted Hunt Rd., and then taking a right on FM106.

P.S. I saw some nilgai off 510, not near the refuge though.
Appreciate that info compadre! That's not to bad out of the way. Buena Vista Road was sure getting rough, glad they are fixing it. Do you know if they have done any repairs on the stretch leading right into the refuge? That road sure will test out a set of shocks.
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:23 PM   #152
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No luck on the road in. It's gonna get worse the more rain we get.

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Old 10-09-2017, 03:27 PM   #153
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No luck on the road in. It's gonna get worse the more rain we get.

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Yes I agree. Early this year, I noticed they actually had the road going into the refugee repaired (band aid) and it was smooth heading to the Hunter Check station/Visitor center, HOWEVER, towards the end of the summer, the condition of the road became worse.


The road inside the refugee that is 7 miles long north and south, County Road, was in excellent shape. No pot holes and solid.
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Old 10-09-2017, 05:47 PM   #154
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Looking forward to your report!
Its up, JackRyan. Around the Campfire.
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:08 PM   #155
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My Brother and I got drawn again, going out for the first archery hunt 11/17-11/22. Ready to go and scout and get a shot on a good buck or nilgai. After last year i been waiting for this hunt getting my bow tuned in im excited to get a LA buck
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:28 PM   #156
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My Brother and I got drawn again, going out for the first archery hunt 11/17-11/22. Ready to go and scout and get a shot on a good buck or nilgai. After last year i been waiting for this hunt getting my bow tuned in im excited to get a LA buck
Awesome! I'm impressed by the number of hunters that hunted last year that are drawn again this year! I'd expect alot more success and animals to hit the chalkboard this time! If I recall correctly, last year on the (Dec 1-6) 2nd hunt there were 17 successful hunters of a possible 252 total hunters...

I'm already going to say it...

GBludau is making the chalk board again this year! With a Nilgai! Place your bets!

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Old 10-15-2017, 04:28 PM   #157
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Awesome! I'm impressed by the number of hunters that hunted last year that are drawn again this year! I'd expect alot more success and animals to hit the chalkboard this time! If I recall correctly, last year on the (Dec 1-6) 2nd hunt there were 17 successful hunters of a possible 252 total hunters...

I'm already going to say it...

GBludau is making the chalk board again this year! With a Nilgai! Place your bets!

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Best of luck man, I hope you pull it off!
As a beginner I really can't imagine getting within bow range on a Nilgai. Their eye sight is unbelievable.

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Old 10-16-2017, 02:06 PM   #158
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Just drew the late archery hunt 12/1-12/5
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Old 10-16-2017, 02:39 PM   #159
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Best of luck man, I hope you pull it off!
As a beginner I really can't imagine getting within bow range on a Nilgai. Their eye sight is unbelievable.

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I know what you mean. It would be extremely difficult to spot and stalk a nilgai within bow range. Gotta be still and in the right place at the right time! I've actually been practicing up out to 100yards....I feel pretty confident!

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Old 10-16-2017, 03:44 PM   #160
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Won the archery only hunt on Nilgai Antelope, Dec 01, 2017 Dec 05, 2017.

I know it's going to be a hard hunt, I can only hunt until the 3rd, then I have to head to Chap for the archery deer hunt.

Do most of you guys hunt out there all day?
Can you just camp at the place?
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:18 PM   #161
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Won the archery only hunt on Nilgai Antelope, Dec 01, 2017 Dec 05, 2017.

I know it's going to be a hard hunt, I can only hunt until the 3rd, then I have to head to Chap for the archery deer hunt.

Do most of you guys hunt out there all day?
Can you just camp at the place?
This will be my first year but my Trad buddy and his brother hunted last year and stayed out all day, said there was good level of activity all day.

Campground is on the North side of LANWR, Adolph Thomae Jr. Park. The website says no reservations but they'll take them, I've got a tent site already reserved. I'll be in an old blue '88 Land Cruiser. I've seen a few guys talking campground on here. If anyone's out there feel free to swing by
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:56 PM   #162
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Won the archery only hunt on Nilgai Antelope, Dec 01, 2017 Dec 05, 2017.

I know it's going to be a hard hunt, I can only hunt until the 3rd, then I have to head to Chap for the archery deer hunt.

Do most of you guys hunt out there all day?
Can you just camp at the place?
I've only had two bow shots at nilgai at LA in the last 5 or so years. Both times while sitting in a tripod. Flew one over the back and last year stuck one cow good, but too high and never found her. Very little blood trail. I've seen one drop dead about 100 yards from me one time with the arrow in the middle of the torso and had to track down the hunters who were looking for her about 500-600 yards away. Tough critters.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:11 PM   #163
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Won the archery only hunt on Nilgai Antelope, Dec 01, 2017 Dec 05, 2017.

I know it's going to be a hard hunt, I can only hunt until the 3rd, then I have to head to Chap for the archery deer hunt.

Do most of you guys hunt out there all day?
Can you just camp at the place?
Plan on hunting all day. Nilgai move at all times of the day. I hunted out there last year and saw the most movement around 10am. I'm hunting there again this year and planning on sticking one. I had a few within 100 yards but my bow wasn't sighted that far. I feel pretty confident up to 100 yards now so I'm hoping to get a shot at one. Good luck out there!
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:25 PM   #164
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I'll be there the first archery hunt. We plan to camp out at the County park. I also plan to stay all day every day.

Stocked up on Permethrin and plenty of Thermacell! Will be using a crossbow! I'm feeling real confident with my shooting ability! I'm really hoping for anything I can stick an arrow in but especially hoping for a decent buck or a nilgai. I don't care if it's a bull or cow but I want some of that meat!
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:17 PM   #165
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Welllllll gentleman.... I fell from a ladder last Friday and broke my humerus. Looks like I'm not gonna make it. Keeping my hopes up though
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:40 PM   #166
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Welllllll gentleman.... I fell from a ladder last Friday and broke my humerus. Looks like I'm not gonna make it. Keeping my hopes up though
Dang sorry to hear that, cheers to a quick recovery!
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:14 PM   #167
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Welllllll gentleman.... I fell from a ladder last Friday and broke my humerus. Looks like I'm not gonna make it. Keeping my hopes up though
Sorry to hear brother. Hope for a speedy recovery and that you may make it to LANWR. I just shared this with another hunting partner of mine in hopes he wears a safety harness on our upcoming hunts.

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Old 10-18-2017, 11:37 AM   #168
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Welllllll gentleman.... I fell from a ladder last Friday and broke my humerus. Looks like I'm not gonna make it. Keeping my hopes up though
Sorry to hear that about you but luckily it was only a broken bone but keeping your hopes up is great!! Keep them up and it will all workout it always does.
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:12 PM   #169
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Sorry to hear that about you but luckily it was only a broken bone but keeping your hopes up is great!! Keep them up and it will all workout it always does.
Praying helps more than anything I think
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:34 PM   #170
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Dang man! Sorry to hear that. Praying for a speedy recovery for you!
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:21 PM   #171
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Welllllll gentleman.... I fell from a ladder last Friday and broke my humerus. Looks like I'm not gonna make it. Keeping my hopes up though
Bummer. Get well soon.
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Old 10-19-2017, 02:14 PM   #172
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Praying helps more than anything I think
Got you covered on that buddy.
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:34 PM   #173
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Dang man! Sorry to hear that. Praying for a speedy recovery for you!
Thanks guys. I feel better today than I have since it happened. Finally got a decent night of sleep. Hopefully tomorrow and each day after will be a little better!
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:56 PM   #174
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I need to read over the regs. You can use a crossbow on the archery hunt?
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:39 PM   #175
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I need to read over the regs. You can use a crossbow on the archery hunt?
Yes, but ....
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:24 PM   #176
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yes, but...????
As far as I am aware, you can use crossbow in archery season/, except for maybe a few counties (4 I think). I also believe you can use on the draw hunts as well, without any permit/permission needed.
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Old Yesterday, 04:00 PM   #177
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Get well soon txhoghunter.
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Old Yesterday, 05:50 PM   #178
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Thanks guys. I feel better today than I have since it happened. Finally got a decent night of sleep. Hopefully tomorrow and each day after will be a little better!


Get well soon buddy. Im sorry to hear about your injury.


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