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Old 05-15-2018, 01:37 PM   #1
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How many of you actively put in yearly for the draw hunts? This will be my first year applying once registration opens.
What are some of your experiences from applying all the way through the end of the hunt? Hopefully, i can get drawn for one or more and maybe see some of you in the field. Probably going to spend a small fortune just in application fees


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Old 05-15-2018, 01:42 PM   #2
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Tagged. This will be my first year to apply also since I probably won’t be on a lease.
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:06 PM   #3
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It's nothing more than a lottery with long odds for some mediocre hunts. The good hunts have terrible odds now that TPWD has put the process online and allowed everyone to apply for as many hunts as they want.
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:30 PM   #4
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This will be my third year to submit...hope to draw by year 15!


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Old 05-15-2018, 02:31 PM   #5
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Yeah, good luck drawing anytime soon.


I've applied for a bunch of hunts for 7 years now. I've only drawn once.
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:37 PM   #6
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when can you apply for them?
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:40 PM   #7
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when can you apply for them?


TPWD website says summer ‘18 they will be posted. So any time now.


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Old 05-15-2018, 02:41 PM   #8
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when can you apply for them?
First part of July typically
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:42 PM   #9
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Yeah, good luck drawing anytime soon.


I've applied for a bunch of hunts for 7 years now. I've only drawn once.


A gentleman here from work applied for the first time last season and got picked for James Daughtry rifle hunt a d was successful in taking home some meat.


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Old 05-15-2018, 02:44 PM   #10
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Have 19 preference points in the rifle buck category without drawing a hunt. We have drawn some decent archery hunts but not since they changed the rules for entering. Haven't drawn a hunt since.
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:46 PM   #11
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Thank you
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:24 PM   #12
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I've put in for 7-8 years. Drew rifle exotic at Devils river w/ 3-4 points and drew gator at JD Murphree last year but hunt was cancelled due to aftermath of Harvey.

Odds of getting drawn are minimal at best, and really the system could use a revamp, but I still enjoy the opportunity to put in for the hunts. Preferred the old paper system for some reason.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:33 PM   #13
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Great news. I have put in for the last 15 years or so. I have been drawn 5 or 6 times. Actually been drawn every year for the past 3.

I have a co-worker who drew on 3 hunts this year and another that drew 4. Last year one of those drew 7
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:38 PM   #14
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If you just want to hunt something there are decent odds on a lot of the antlerless hunts. If you put in for those you will greatly increase your odds of getting drawn.
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:56 PM   #15
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I put in for multiple every year, I’ve drawn 1 in 9. I’ll still put in because it gives the chance at places I’ll never get to hunt otherwise
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:25 PM   #16
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I put in every year and am 0 for 20 “ I only apply for special hunts though “
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:42 PM   #17
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Been putting in for 16 yrs and been drawn a total of 5 times. In the 7 years I put my son in for youth hunts he never got drawn. In the 6 years I put my nephews in youth hunts since my son got too old they have been drawn on 2. Crazy how some get drawn most years and multiple times. I must not have the touch. I have got lucky on standby 2 times and one led to my avatar buck.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:01 PM   #18
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There are some nice TPWD hunts but they don't come easy. I am selective about the places I put in for Draw Hunts .. Haven't been drawn for 3 years but I now have 30 +/- Acres to have fun on .. Still put in for draw hunts.. High-End Lease prices with 2 + pages of rules and High $ day Lease prices with low sucess .. I stay away from now ..
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:04 PM   #19
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Depends what you put in for as far as your odds.

I’ll have anywhere from 6-9 points in 8-10 different hunts this year and I’m kinda half arse expecting to maybe get drawn for a single hunt... maybe lol

I don’t really start paying attention until I’m in the 9-10 range

But in the 3 hunts I’ve been drawn for I’ve been lucky enough for a 150” 11, a 130” nine, and skunked on another.

It’s alot of fun but for your first year I would keep my expectations very low. However that, once again, depends on what you are applying for
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:08 PM   #20
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Put in last year and got drawn for Archery hunt @ Laguna Atascosa. Was a blast. Planning to put in for a lot more this year. Well worth it if you are looking for an challenging hunt.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:11 PM   #21
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Long odds for mediocre hunts, once in a lifetime odds for a good hunt in the adult category. Idk why but it seems like if you do draw one you have a better chance of drawing another in the same year. Overall TPWD has ruined the system.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:27 PM   #22
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I have been for the past three years. Put in for 2 hunts the first year and 4 hunts the next couple years. Drawn, not yet.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:48 PM   #23
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0 for 2, this will be my 3rd year to apply
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:31 PM   #24
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I've put in for 7-8 years. Drew rifle exotic at Devils river w/ 3-4 points and drew gator at JD Murphree last year but hunt was cancelled due to aftermath of Harvey.

Odds of getting drawn are minimal at best, and really the system could use a revamp, but I still enjoy the opportunity to put in for the hunts. Preferred the old paper system for some reason.
Did you get your points back due to the hunt cancelling?
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:40 PM   #25
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I miss spoke I have drawn @ jd murphy for alligators two years in a row with 100% successful hunts
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:45 PM   #26
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I’ve been hunting TPWD draw hunts for over 15 years and been fortunate enough to draw all over the state of Tx in multiple categories. Haven’t been drawn in the last few years though with all the changes but it doesn’t stop me from applying. Best of luck to all.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:49 PM   #27
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37 years on rifle hunts and never drawn
26 years on archery never drawn
So your wasting your time putting in
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:58 PM   #28
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I choose to spend my time and energy scouting and hunting spots that don't require being drawn although I do put in for some of them every year. Still no luck on any draws and I have been doing it for 6 years now. At least the entries are cheap so you don't have to put out a bunch of cash up front. If that where the case I would just assume not enter at all.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:04 PM   #29
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We have been putting in for about ten years and have been drawn for at least one every year.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:28 PM   #30
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Did you get your points back due to the hunt cancelling?
Yes. Still feel like they should’ve just let us hunt this calendar year, but oh well.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:28 PM   #31
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37 years on rifle hunts and never drawn
26 years on archery never drawn
So your wasting your time putting in
Have you checked with TPWD to make sure you’re not filling out the applications incorrectly?!
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:43 PM   #32
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Yep filling it out correctly
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:52 PM   #33
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I have 9+ points in a lot of categories except GDA.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:06 AM   #34
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I apply every year, the hunts are great. You have much better luck going on standby if you can swing it. I've been drawn for gator (last year, cancelled during hurricane) and archery either sex. Not sure how many points I have without checking but guessing 7-8 more almost every category.
I've walked in and been drawn on standby though

Better odds at lower success/lower quality places. I only put in for what I consider the good ones. My archery draw was at the Chap
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:15 PM   #35
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I apply every year, the hunts are great. You have much better luck going on standby if you can swing it. I've been drawn for gator (last year, cancelled during hurricane) and archery either sex. Not sure how many points I have without checking but guessing 7-8 more almost every category.
I've walked in and been drawn on standby though

Better odds at lower success/lower quality places. I only put in for what I consider the good ones. My archery draw was at the Chap


That was kind of my thinking as well trying for the first time. It does not bother me if its either sex or just does. I’m just interested in new experiences and getting a chance to hunt a new place.


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Old 05-16-2018, 02:46 PM   #36
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:54 PM   #37
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I've put in for 5-6 years
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:04 PM   #38
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I cant even draw an antlerless tag on the Sam Houston. 0-3 and I thought that was pretty much guaranteed.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:17 PM   #39
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I've got 5 points in a lot of categories. My fourth year of applying my dad and myself drew a management buck hunt at Mason Mountain WMA. I killed a small buck. My dad didn't kill anything but he had fun. Only hunt I've been drawn for so far. I only put in for hunts that would be considered harder to draw (higher success rates and a couple with a chance for bigger bucks and therefore more people applying).

My kids have 2 points in a few youth categories. They have not been drawn as of yet.

I've got a lease but I enjoy hunting diffrent parts of the state. Also I put in for the mule deer hunts (not any on my lease). This allows me the chance to do that.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:19 PM   #40
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O.P. if you have any questions shot me a p.m. I'll be happy to share what little bit of knowledge I have with you.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:34 PM   #41
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I have 5+ points in all draws. Haven't been drawn yet. I half arse expect to be drawn for multiple hunts one year and burn all of my vacation.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:00 PM   #42
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How are points acquired?
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:20 PM   #43
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You apply for whatever hunt category and location for that category you wanna try and draw a hunt for (for example: management buck hunt at Mason Mountain WMA). If you don't draw for that category then you will get one point for said category.

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Old 05-16-2018, 08:24 PM   #44
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We’ve drawn an anterless hunt pretty much every two years since we started putting in 7 or 8 years ago. One nice buck hunt to the chap, one turkey hunt, and one hunt to balconies where we had to shoot two pigs or does before we could shoot a buck. If you liberally apply you have a decent shot at getting drawn, and you have a higher chance on bow hunts. I think we’ve drawn 5 gun hunts in 8 years, maybe 6 hunts
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