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Old 01-31-2015, 03:39 PM   #101
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Dang - sorry to hear that. Thought 19 would be a good blind given my Dad was seeing them the last 2 hunts eating at the feeder and did not shoot.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:23 PM   #102
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Five standbys openings about 15-20 waited
I was one of the standbys. They numbered the cards as people signed up. They changed my card to #11 from #10. Ranger called #10. Thought it a good day.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:26 PM   #103
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10-4. Here now I was the third one here to put in for the two open spots. Hope no one else shows up before the drawing at 11! Wish me luck!!
I was there for that drawing too.
Not selected. Went back to Concan area to work on camp house. I did take a pig at my lease.
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Old 12-18-2015, 12:29 PM   #104
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Resurrecting this thread because I am headed there January 13-15 for the exotic hunt.

Any tips on what to bring is appreciated. Do the blinds have chairs? I'm bringing a camp chair just in case.

What other essentials will I need that are outside the normal hunting stuff I am bringing?
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Old 12-18-2015, 01:05 PM   #105
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Word is Garner SP Supervisor sees the hunts as a major inconvenience because he is mandated to do them. Garner SP generates its money from camping and day use fees....experience is sub-par at best...
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:29 PM   #106
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Word is Garner SP Supervisor sees the hunts as a major inconvenience because he is mandated to do them. Garner SP generates its money from camping and day use fees....experience is sub-par at best...

I'll make the experience as good as I can. All I want to do is kill an or some axis.

I'm not letting anyone rain on my parade.
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:50 PM   #107
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Good luck man, I put in for that hunt and would have the same outlook as you. Keep us updated, or start a new post with your results!
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:54 PM   #108
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I have never hunted garner state park but I drive right by the park several times each summer. There are plenty axis out there. Hopefully you have a good time and get to fling an arrow or three.
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I think this is the way a lot of state park hunts go.

I have been on 2 this year and they were similar. I will still go back, my son had a blast and it was good practice for him and he got up close to the deer, even though the are semi tame.

I look at these as a meat hunt.
Exactly. Take it for what it is and you'll be better off.

Me and some friends got drawn for Brazos Bend back in '09 and had a blast. One of my buddies hunted a blind the second afternoon that was smack dab in the middle of a black-topped road at a three-way intersection. He said he just kept twlling himself "they're senderos. They senderos. They're senderos."
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:43 AM   #110
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No rain here. You asked for information so I passed some along. Hunt is what you make of it, good luck.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:55 AM   #111
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No rain here. You asked for information so I passed some along. Hunt is what you make of it, good luck.

Sorry if I implied you were the rain maker. Not at all what I intended.

That's not the first time I have heard that about him. He can't dampen my spirits! I'm super pumped about having a chance to kill some axis.

Thanks.
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:39 AM   #112
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Resurrecting this thread because I am headed there January 13-15 for the exotic hunt.

Any tips on what to bring is appreciated. Do the blinds have chairs? I'm bringing a camp chair just in case.

What other essentials will I need that are outside the normal hunting stuff I am bringing?
I would def take a comfortable portable chair and shooting sticks. Other than that you hunt out of a blind, they pick you up and drop you off. I took chafhay and I had a few stop at it. My first area was ok, I put chafhay way in the back (150 shot) away from the feeder(80 yards away). I got one axis doe to stroll through and stop there. She was real skiddish and so I don't think she would have come to the feeder. Take something to bait with and put piles far back away from the main areas. That's how I shot mine. Goodluck
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:49 AM   #113
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Word is Garner SP Supervisor sees the hunts as a major inconvenience because he is mandated to do them. Garner SP generates its money from camping and day use fees....experience is sub-par at best...
I have also heard that but I have to say I met and personally talked to the supervisor throughout the hunt and never received that vibe. Everyone was very nice and helpful, they want you to shoot axis. Matter a fact the reason they had an archery exotic draw at Garner this year was because he requested it. For some reason tpwd took it away at some point and didnt really say why. Half way through we were given the option to redraw blinds with whoever wanted to switch. I thought that was cool. All in all we had a great hunt and would do it again anytime.
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Old 12-19-2015, 09:36 AM   #114
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How many axis were harvested? How many hunters? Thanks
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Old 12-20-2015, 01:53 PM   #115
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If I remember correctly we had 20 hunters and around 17 axis killed. Some people saw many at their blinds, others saw none so I think it's just luck of the draw.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:07 PM   #116
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I hunted at the Guadalupe River State Park and got a axis doe to come to some molasses I poured out. The deer and axis did not eat any of the alfalfa I put out but did eat some of the corn.
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:33 AM   #117
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I hunted at the Guadalupe River State Park and got a axis doe to come to some molasses I poured out. The deer and axis did not eat any of the alfalfa I put out but did eat some of the corn.

Just plain ol' molasses from the grocery store?
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:09 PM   #118
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I lucked in to a gallon of black strap molasses a a garage sale for 2 dollars and I poured it out in 3 locations around the blind and had a four point and an axis doe come to it, I took them both. Don't think I would use it at a deer lease but on park hunts where the deer a fed by the onlookers,. It worked for me!
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:53 AM   #119
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Just got back from the youth hunt at Garner with my two kids. We had a great time, and I'll say that all of the negative reviews I have read about staff and the experience were completely wrong. Shooting lanes and shooting times are strict, but I understand why. You don't get to trail your animals if they fall out of sight of your blind but that's pretty common and I felt that the staff had plenty of experience and desire to track animals. There were a couple of mistakes made by hunters and I felt that the staff handled them in a very common sense manner. They definitely want the axis off and aren't crazy about the whitetail harvest right now because their whitetail numbers are pretty low. I felt like the staff and volunteers were GREAT with the kids and very personable. Hunting is from pop ups that have chairs in them and feeders with defined shooting lanes that you can not shoot outside of. It was really no big deal. They have some a frames up to clean animals but no cover over it and not on cement. Cleaning animals in 38 degree rain sucked but we made it work and the staff was helpful of those with little experience cleaning deer.

The bad part is that deer numbers are low and they are not coming to bait at all. There were only 9 animals killed by 21 kids and several never saw a deer the entire weekend. I think it was 5 axis and 4 whitetails. After last years hunts they had government shooters come in and wipe out the axis so numbers are way down. Add in the fact that everything is still green and you have some tough hunting. Still plenty huntable numbers of axis but they just don't need to move much with green grass and less competition for food. I felt like baiting was a waste of time and money but that could change later this month. Everyone that killed said they were just passing thru for the most part and ignoring feeders and bait. I did heavily corn the shooting lanes, especially along deer trails, and that seemed to work to get them to stop long enough for a kid to shoot.

On the plus side, my kids got 3 of the axis and I called my daughter off another one. They both killed spikes and my daughter killed a stud buck. My son shot the only axis he saw all weekend, but my daughter was in the hot blind and we saw axis every hunt except for one. My son saw a giant whitetail buck outside of his shooting lane and a handful more whitetails, my daughter never saw a whitetail all weekend. We had a great weekend in some terrible weather and left anxious to go back.

Hope this helps others hunting later this month!
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:09 AM   #120
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Got any pics? We would love to see the stud buck!!
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:58 PM   #121
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Just got back from the youth hunt at Garner with my two kids. We had a great time, and I'll say that all of the negative reviews I have read about staff and the experience were completely wrong. Shooting lanes and shooting times are strict, but I understand why. You don't get to trail your animals if they fall out of sight of your blind but that's pretty common and I felt that the staff had plenty of experience and desire to track animals. There were a couple of mistakes made by hunters and I felt that the staff handled them in a very common sense manner. They definitely want the axis off and aren't crazy about the whitetail harvest right now because their whitetail numbers are pretty low. I felt like the staff and volunteers were GREAT with the kids and very personable. Hunting is from pop ups that have chairs in them and feeders with defined shooting lanes that you can not shoot outside of. It was really no big deal. They have some a frames up to clean animals but no cover over it and not on cement. Cleaning animals in 38 degree rain sucked but we made it work and the staff was helpful of those with little experience cleaning deer.

The bad part is that deer numbers are low and they are not coming to bait at all. There were only 9 animals killed by 21 kids and several never saw a deer the entire weekend. I think it was 5 axis and 4 whitetails. After last years hunts they had government shooters come in and wipe out the axis so numbers are way down. Add in the fact that everything is still green and you have some tough hunting. Still plenty huntable numbers of axis but they just don't need to move much with green grass and less competition for food. I felt like baiting was a waste of time and money but that could change later this month. Everyone that killed said they were just passing thru for the most part and ignoring feeders and bait. I did heavily corn the shooting lanes, especially along deer trails, and that seemed to work to get them to stop long enough for a kid to shoot.

On the plus side, my kids got 3 of the axis and I called my daughter off another one. They both killed spikes and my daughter killed a stud buck. My son shot the only axis he saw all weekend, but my daughter was in the hot blind and we saw axis every hunt except for one. My son saw a giant whitetail buck outside of his shooting lane and a handful more whitetails, my daughter never saw a whitetail all weekend. We had a great weekend in some terrible weather and left anxious to go back.

Hope this helps others hunting later this month!

Congrats on the hunt. I'm leaving in a little over a week. Hoping for at least one axis to cruise by.

I was planning on bringing a chair for the blind, but it sounds like it may not be necessary.

What blinds did y'all hunt?
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:19 PM   #122
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I can't get pics to load on the site, but I posted a bunch on the B&C Facebook page if someone wants to look it up. Search Blast & Cast Men's Ministries.

The hot blind of the weekend was my daughter's, number 9. My son was in 19. I'm not sure it matters though since they draw numbers out of a hat for blind assignments and there are axis throughout the park. As far as I know though, we were the only blind that saw axis bucks... And we could have killed a second buck easily on Saturday morning had we been allowed an additional fork antlered buck.

Personally, I'd go back in a heartbeat even with the tough hunting. It's gorgeous! The skyline in the moonlight is out of this world.
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:29 PM   #123
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Here you go! Congrats on the kiddos getting some axis! Nice buck!
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:37 PM   #124
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That is awesome!!! Congrats to your little ones, that is a bucket list animal for me, I have 2 preference points, maybe I'll draw next year!
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:23 PM   #125
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I am proud of em. Their experience showed and they made perfect shots in narrow windows and poor weather. The Lord blessed us with opportunities and they both remembered their training when it counted.

The buck grew on us big time once it hit the ground. I had no clue how big it was as we were both so focused in on finding an acceptable window for a shot. There were 12 or 13 animals packed together and I was focused on a smaller buck since I couldn't see that lane well from my position. She said "Daddy, there's another buck behind them. He's bigger." I shifted to see him and then we went to looking for the shot. The does and fawns were being jumpy and I was worried she'd get nervous and almost had her shoot the smaller one at one point. Finally the does spooked at something and jumped out of the lane. He looked back at them and was about to do the same. I told her it had to be right now and she didn't hesitate. For a 10 year old girl to have a split second opening on an animal at 98 yards and drill him through the shoulders... Proud daddy! He grew big time when we put hands on him. Won't ever forget that uncontrollable smile she had!
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:36 PM   #126
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Congrats to your family. Great Looking Axis
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:39 PM   #127
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Congrats to you and your kids!!! Your daughter sure did kill a nice one!
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:45 PM   #128
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Congrats that was a really cool place to go hunting
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:44 AM   #129
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Congrats to you and your kids, great memories for all!
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Wow!!!! that is an awesome story right there!
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:22 PM   #131
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Congrats. Nice Axis. My son was drawn for the Whitetail/Axis hunt this weekend, then I was drawn for the Exotic gun hunt the following 3 days. Looks like it will be 5 days trying to bag Axis and whitetail for us. Anyone else gonna be down there for either of those hunts?
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:49 PM   #132
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Congrats. Nice Axis. My son was drawn for the Whitetail/Axis hunt this weekend, then I was drawn for the Exotic gun hunt the following 3 days. Looks like it will be 5 days trying to bag Axis and whitetail for us. Anyone else gonna be down there for either of those hunts?

Any luck in the youth hunt?

I'll be there Wednesday thru Friday.
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Old 01-13-2016, 01:52 PM   #133
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No. Only 1 out of 10 kids even saw deer, and that kid shot an axis doe. They could have shot white tail too, but there were none to be seen. We didn't see anything other than jack rabbits. My advice, is pray you draw blinds 9 or 10. The other blinds are set up right on camp sites and no one was seeing any deer. They do have feeders, but nothing came to our feeder and there was still corn under it everyday. Good luck to you on your hunt.
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I drew stand 12. Hoping for the best.

I'm trying some Vanilla corn.

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Congrats to your kids, capn!
That's the way to do it!

Good luck to all this weekend!
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Some really tough hunting here at Garner. Everything is green and the deer aren't moving. One spike was killed last night.

Truck comes by at 10. Not sure if I am going to sit here all day or go back and redraw for a different spot. The spot I'm hunting is at sown campsites near the river. The wind is in my face, so it seems prime, but I just don't know. It's truly just a guessing game right now.

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Some really tough hunting here at Garner. Everything is green and the deer aren't moving. One spike was killed last night.

Truck comes by at 10. Not sure if I am going to sit here all day or go back and redraw for a different spot. The spot I'm hunting is at sown campsites near the river. The wind is in my face, so it seems prime, but I just don't know. It's truly just a guessing game right now.

Goodluck. I redrew after my first day and picked up a good blind that happened to have axis moving through. You just never know.
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It's a crap shoot for sure. Just had some turkey move through.
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A guy killed a velvet buck out of 9 this morning.
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Only 2 deer killed during our hunt. Camp ranger said 27 have been killed and they usually kill over 80.

One guy I talked to got drawn on standby for Both hunts this week and didn't see a single deer.
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Only 2 deer killed during our hunt. Camp ranger said 27 have been killed and they usually kill over 80.

One guy I talked to got drawn on standby for Both hunts this week and didn't see a single deer.
Wow. Sorry to hear that. I'm not sure why they hire someone to come in and clear out herds in the off season, not tell anyone in the drawn hunt book and then sell hunts. If you want more killed sell more hunts to the people that keep you in business, which include drawn night hunts, etc... I know that the park camping is most of their revenue but I would think that 90% of drawn hunters also camp and visit throughout the year. Jmho.
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If they have government degradation hunters come in do they just kill and leave them or do they utilize the resource efficiently? Meat, hide and antlers utilized to clarify
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My understanding is that the government hunters come in with the USDA and kill the animals. The hunt is under the guidance and supervision of park staff and the meat is used. Not sure about hide/horns.

TPWD views the axis as a nuisance especially since the whitetail numbers are down and want them eradicated.

There is nothing left "in the field" there. In fact, there is little or no signs that hunting took place.
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Despite the poor hunting conditions, the hunt was fantastic. The park staff were amazing even though they had been there for several weeks. The hunt master answered any questions we had and really worked to help us be successful. He wanted us to kill deer.

I'd go back in a heartbeat.
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If they have government degradation hunters come in do they just kill and leave them or do they utilize the resource efficiently? Meat, hide and antlers utilized to clarify
We were told at the end of the season last year that they had an outfit scheduled to come in and hunt/trap right after the last hunt. They did say that they bring in a usda inspector so they can donate most of the meat. Still think they should give hunters a chance since we are paying to be there, as opposed to paying someone.
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:17 PM   #147
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These are part of the TP&W draw hunts that start in the summer. Everything is online.

You can go online and see all of the hunts that were available and the stats. It's under the Public Hunting area on their website
So you can only hunt if you get drawn? Luck of the draw on when and where?
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:33 PM   #148
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good luck
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:52 PM   #149
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So you can only hunt if you get drawn? Luck of the draw on when and where?


You can go to the park prior to the hunt and try to get on a standby spot if they are available. Some parks have stand by and some do not. Otherwise, yes only if you get drawn.

Most hunts have multiple dates for hints. You can prioritize your preferences, but there is no guarantee for your preferred date. So in the end you're at the mercy of the draw.
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Old 11-14-2016, 12:09 PM   #150
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I got drawn for Archery Exotic at Garner SP Dec 5-9 any advice?
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