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Old 10-12-2017, 10:04 PM   #1
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My fellow blood brothers,
Who else is headed out West next week? Also, does anybody know where the campgrounds are located at? The TPWD website does not have much information. The only directions on their website I could find just shows you how to get to the hunter check station. Are the campgrounds near that?
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:12 PM   #2
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Congrats on drawing that hunt! My Pops & I hunted it several years ago, didn't get anything but saw some nice bucks; Had a great time.

If I remember correctly the campground is due north of the WMA HQ, adjacent to Calamity Creek & the highway.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:33 PM   #3
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Congrats on drawing that hunt! My Pops & I hunted it several years ago, didn't get anything but saw some nice bucks; Had a great time.

If I remember correctly the campground is due north of the WMA HQ, adjacent to Calamity Creek & the highway.
Awesome, thanks for the info bro.
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Old 11-17-2017, 09:33 PM   #4
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My buddy and I were there! We didnít spot a shooter in our area and passed on a few marginal bucks. Super fun hunt and great country. Some guys saw a couple of bruisers in other areas. Hats off to the staff at Elephant Mountain.


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Old 11-17-2017, 10:55 PM   #5
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My buddy and I were there! We didnít spot a shooter in our area and passed on a few marginal bucks. Super fun hunt and great country. Some guys saw a couple of bruisers in other areas. Hats off to the staff at Elephant Mountain.


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By marginal do you mean younger bucks or were there size restrictions?



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Old 11-17-2017, 11:05 PM   #6
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By marginal do you mean younger bucks or were there size restrictions?



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They want you to harvest mature bucks and use antler restrictions to simplify your call in the field. You wouldnít get in trouble for harvesting an 7-8 yr old, regardless of rack measurement.

I saw one mature buck just before dark (not pictured) from a distance but couldnít tell if it would have made the 18Ē outside spread minimum size.




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Old 11-17-2017, 11:39 PM   #7
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Excellent pictures! Elephant Mountain is an amazing place
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Old 11-18-2017, 03:12 PM   #8
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Excellent pictures! Elephant Mountain is an amazing place


Thanks! I will forever put in for EM-WMA. Itís a gem.


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Old 11-18-2017, 04:27 PM   #9
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Congrats on the draw, wackmaster, been trying for 3yrs can't seem to get er. hHave fun get agood un. give us updates.
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:35 PM   #10
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Excellent pictures! Elephant Mountain is an amazing place
been trying to draw for three years, dangit good luck wack. Following.Best of luck
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:14 AM   #11
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Congrats on the draw, wackmaster, been trying for 3yrs can't seem to get er. hHave fun get agood un. give us updates.
Thank you sir. The hunt was actually last month. I did not kill a mule deer but I had a great time. I did however kill a javelina on the last day while I was walking back to my truck. I saw them down at the bottom of the hill and thought, 'if I can get within 10 yards, I am going to whack one', and if you have ever hunted javelina then you know it takes little to no skill to walk up to one undedected. Anyway, the hiking was not difficult at all compared to other mule deer hunts I have done and the scenery was absolutely beautiful. My only complaint about the hunt is that it was way too short. Three days is not nearly enough time to kill a mule deer, especially with antler restrictions.
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:24 AM   #12
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Glad you had a good time, beautiful country out there


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Old 11-20-2017, 06:36 AM   #13
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When i was there 15years ago our camping area was within our compartment and it was just a bladed off area about 40 ft X60ft. Do they actually have a central place to camp now?
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:57 AM   #14
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When the hunt states compartment, does that mean hunting in specific area or blind?
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:03 AM   #15
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When the hunt states compartment, does that mean hunting in specific area or blind?
Area. Usually a pretty large area of over a thousand acres.
Will vary in size depending on which WMA.
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