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Old 07-08-2018, 01:15 AM   #51
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Donated around $150 this year.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:54 AM   #52
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Going to make my donation again this year. I have 9+ loyalty points in every category I apply for except GDA and GDM
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:41 AM   #53
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Looks like I'm in for an even 60 this year for $272. Various levels of LP's from 0 up to 22 for pronghorn. some of the higher ones are 10 for archery mule deer, 15 for exotic, 12 for gun deer management, 11 for mule deer, and 12 for private lands either sex.

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Old 07-08-2018, 11:16 AM   #54
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Texas has too many people and too little public land.
Huntable public land is going to disappear as population increases. State Parks are over run with bikers and hikers.

I'd like to see a system where private land owners are incentivized to open their land at certain times of the year to the public for fishing, hunting, and trapping. I'd like to see a significant property tax incentive or abatements given to those who allow managed public access to their land. I think that if the state offered these incentives and indemnified the property owner for the risk associated with this, then we would way more opportunities to hunt.
My thoughts exactly.
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Old 07-08-2018, 01:01 PM   #55
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Texas has too many people and too little public land.
Huntable public land is going to disappear as population increases. State Parks are over run with bikers and hikers.

I'd like to see a system where private land owners are incentivized to open their land at certain times of the year to the public for fishing, hunting, and trapping. I'd like to see a significant property tax incentive or abatements given to those who allow managed public access to their land. I think that if the state offered these incentives and indemnified the property owner for the risk associated with this, then we would way more opportunities to hunt.
There is less public land in texas no doubt but there is plenty that is under utilized or not at all, look up BLM land on the red river. The public areas in texas that do allow deer hunting all season are federal lands, some of the NWR don't but their prerogative is more preservation not conservation. Any state lands are very restrictive on hunting they allow usually, the philosophy in this state on deer hunting is just different and very protective for whatever reason, there is plenty of resource.
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Old 07-08-2018, 01:33 PM   #56
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there is less public land in texas no doubt but there is plenty that is under utilized or not at all, look up blm land on the red river. The public areas in texas that do allow deer hunting all season are federal lands, some of the nwr don't but their prerogative is more preservation not conservation. Any state lands are very restrictive on hunting they allow usually, the philosophy in this state on deer hunting is just different and very protective for whatever reason, there is plenty of resource.
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Old 07-08-2018, 01:37 PM   #57
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There is less public land in texas no doubt but there is plenty that is under utilized or not at all, look up BLM land on the red river. The public areas in texas that do allow deer hunting all season are federal lands, some of the NWR don't but their prerogative is more preservation not conservation. Any state lands are very restrictive on hunting they allow usually, the philosophy in this state on deer hunting is just different and very protective for whatever reason, there is plenty of resource.
It all boils down to money. The state cant incentivize Private land owners enough to even come close to what they can make on private leasing, nor does the state want to lose the business from ALL people wishing to use the public land in order to provide to the hunters. They do what they can to make everyone share and play nice, but we are fighting a losing battle in the Lonestar state for sure.
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Old 07-08-2018, 02:36 PM   #58
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I get it that folks get mad that other folks are applying for the same spots you want but wow. Because you want the spot others shouldn't be allowed to? What am I missing? And raising the prices might make it so that not everyone can afford to apply. I'd love to apply for all of the hunts but can't afford that now so you make it more expensive and now i can barely afford to apply for one hunt. Lets not make hunting any more of a rich mans game than it's already becoming.


Just apply and be happy when you get drawn.
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:11 PM   #59
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I get it that folks get mad that other folks are applying for the same spots you want but wow. Because you want the spot others shouldn't be allowed to? What am I missing? And raising the prices might make it so that not everyone can afford to apply. I'd love to apply for all of the hunts but can't afford that now so you make it more expensive and now i can barely afford to apply for one hunt. Lets not make hunting any more of a rich mans game than it's already becoming.


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Old 07-08-2018, 03:24 PM   #60
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I get it that folks get mad that other folks are applying for the same spots you want but wow. Because you want the spot others shouldn't be allowed to? What am I missing? And raising the prices might make it so that not everyone can afford to apply. I'd love to apply for all of the hunts but can't afford that now so you make it more expensive and now i can barely afford to apply for one hunt. Lets not make hunting any more of a rich mans game than it's already becoming.


Just apply and be happy when you get drawn.
It has nothing to do with that. No one is mad because other people are applying to where they want to apply, that's always happened. It's that Texas has one of the worst hunt lottery systems in the entire U.S. and it would be so easy to make it one of the best by just making a handful of common sense changes.
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:11 PM   #61
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I think it is funny that everyone complained back in the day when you could only apply for one hunt per category. Now people complain that you can put in for all of them. I like the new system. Would rather have the option of putting in for as many as I want.

I get the argument for being able to buy a point in a category. Makes sense.

But I would much rather be able to put in for multiple hunts in one category. If you have other hunting options and are only putting in for a handful of premier hunts then it benefits you to have the old system to increase your odds, but if you don’t have your own place and are a meat hunter like me who is going to load up on doe/spike and hog applications then the new system is much better.

I think the fact that it is online now is affecting the odds much more than the number of hunts one can put in for per category.

But like others have said, no one gets picked so save your $ and don’t apply.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:42 PM   #62
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I put in where i could with my schedule. 60 something dollars between me and my dad as my partner.
havent applied for gator yet, trying to figure out who i can get to apply with. thats one i dont want to go alone for and buddy will be out at work in september.

if anyone has some points built and in the same boat pm me. ill be at 5 or 6 points this year on gator

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Old 07-09-2018, 12:25 PM   #63
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I have 22 in Pronghorn. Other categories range from 1 to 16. Only have 4 in Bighorn. They deleted all my previous points and made me start over at 0 for that one a few years ago. That sucked.
Oh yeah, I remember when TPWD screwed you over that time. You poor fella!

I drew an elk tag for Colorado, so I'll be applying for 1 hunt in every category this year and hoping to NOT get drawn. Sure wish they would just add a LP only option. Also, I saw that the Powderhorn WMA was added to the list this year. I bet that one will be nearly impossible to draw.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:20 PM   #64
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Oh yeah, I remember when TPWD screwed you over that time. You poor fella!

I drew an elk tag for Colorado, so I'll be applying for 1 hunt in every category this year and hoping to NOT get drawn. Sure wish they would just add a LP only option. Also, I saw that the Powderhorn WMA was added to the list this year. I bet that one will be nearly impossible to draw.
I saw the Powderhorn in there this year also. I admit I didn't know anything about it prior to that. I've looked around on line and learned a little bit about it. I'll put in for it for grins and giggles.

And congratulations on your elk tag!!!
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:31 PM   #65
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I saw the Powderhorn in there this year also. I admit I didn't know anything about it prior to that. I've looked around on line and learned a little bit about it. I'll put in for it for grins and giggles.

And congratulations on your elk tag!!!
Don’t mention it and less people will know about it LOL
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:44 PM   #66
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Call TPWD, they can give the answer you seek. Yeah, I wouldn't want to lose my points either.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:14 AM   #67
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Call TPWD, they can give the answer you seek. Yeah, I wouldn't want to lose my points either.
They will change your status if you ask, in the scenario where you find you can't go on a particular date and the draw hasn't taken place yet, TPWD will remove your entry so that you don't lose acquired points from the past, in case you are picked.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:23 AM   #68
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I saw the Powderhorn in there this year also. I admit I didn't know anything about it prior to that. I've looked around on line and learned a little bit about it. I'll put in for it for grins and giggles.

And congratulations on your elk tag!!!
Haha, there's only 12 permits. They need to up their permit #'s, I remember when they would draw 180 permits just for archery at Gus Engeling and the antlerless gun as well as management gun was well over 100 permits, now it's way less.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:10 AM   #69
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Haha, there's only 12 permits. They need to up their permit #'s, I remember when they would draw 180 permits just for archery at Gus Engeling and the antlerless gun as well as management gun was well over 100 permits, now it's way less.
That’s something a lot of people don’t look at is how many fewer permits places are giving out every year.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:09 PM   #70
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put my daughter in for a few hunts not holding my breath
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:48 PM   #71
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put my daughter in for a few hunts not holding my breath
If your daughter is 17 or younger you should really check out the Texas Youth Hunting Program. It is a fantastic program.

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Old 07-12-2018, 06:54 PM   #72
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x1000 on TYHP, took my son on his first deer and turkey hunt. First time kids get priority, both hunts we ate like kings, great company, highly recommend it. Scholarship available also.


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Old 07-12-2018, 10:03 PM   #73
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I hope luck is on my side! I have to keep my fellow TBH'ers entertained and glued to the GS! Not applying to anything yet. See how work plays out this year. Applying early is not a smart move. Keep your cards in hand til the dealer is ready!
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:24 AM   #74
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I hope luck is on my side! I have to keep my fellow TBH'ers entertained and glued to the GS! Not applying to anything yet. See how work plays out this year. Applying early is not a smart move. Keep your cards in hand til the dealer is ready!
Actually talking to the people that wrote the computer program the earlier you put in the better your chance, it rotates throught the applications in order of entry, the earlier you put in the more times the wheel spins by your name so to speak.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:09 AM   #75
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Last fall my son got drawn for a mule deer hunt. I think I was more excited about it than he was. It was a chance at the Holy Grail.

A few weeks after we received that news I got the dreaded email. I was finally drawn for a Gun Deer Either Sex hunt. Yep, you guessed it, the hunt was scheduled the same weekend as my son’s youth hunt.

It pains me to type this, but that was the first time I was drawn for a buck hunt. Twenty six years of applying and 26 preference points down the drain.

Oh well, I don’t regret it and that’s how the system rolls. After all, I was the one who double booked!
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:04 AM   #76
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Yep that really sucks. That's happened to me before. Most of the time now I apply for specific dates and not "Any date".

How did the muley hunt go and where was it?
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:55 AM   #77
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It was at Big Bend Ranch State Park and it was awesome. We hunted in snow the first morning. We pretty much hunted all 2.5 days non stop. And saw one deer that was about 600 yards away. Unfortunately our compartment had limited vehicle access. If it had a road bisecting it we could have covered more ground and probably seen more deer. Still a great hunt. My son passed on javelina, we bumped a few coveys of blues and found some nice sheds.

Out of the four kids who showed up to hunt, a girl was the only one to score and she got a buck for the wall.

The mule deer hunt was a first for both of us and even though I wasn’t hunting, the thought of hunting West Texas for them, well, it gets in your blood.

Considering that my buck hunt was at Honey Creek SNA (next to Guadalupe River State Park), I wasn’t too torn up about missing it as I might have had a chance at a hill country buck and possibly an exotic. I did pay the $80 for the hunt as insurance though, in case my son got sick or something came up to where he couldn’t make the trip west. Yet another donation to TPWD!
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:43 PM   #78
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I got my kids applications put in for their hunts.

I'll put my dad and myself in for ours at some point tomorrow.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:09 PM   #79
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I’ve got a bone to pick with a buck in Fort Boggy. He slipped right by me last year after almost running head first into my blind. Maybe I’ll get lucky and draw that place again.


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I’ve got a bone to pick with tpwd about fort boggy. They messed up last year and drew too many names for the anterless and let us know about 5 days before the hunt that we’d been “undrawn.”

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Old 07-15-2018, 09:49 AM   #80
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I’ve got a bone to pick with tpwd about fort boggy. They messed up last year and drew too many names for the anterless and let us know about 5 days before the hunt that we’d been “undrawn.”
Thats just wrong. Sorry to hear that happened. They should have honored the hunts. And only 5 days notice is unacceptable, people make plans.....take off work arrange around other events, school.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:32 AM   #81
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I’ve got a bone to pick with tpwd about fort boggy. They messed up last year and drew too many names for the anterless and let us know about 5 days before the hunt that we’d been “undrawn.”
did they give you your points back too?
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:25 PM   #82
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did they give you your points back too?


We’re you in the second group of hunters? I think I remember them telling us about that when we got there.


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Old 07-26-2018, 05:15 PM   #83
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Entered my two youngest for the youth either s#x hunts last night. Hopefully they get drawn.

My oldest never got drawn for the either s#x hunts while he was eligible (8 yrs old thru 16 yrs old).

Wish he could have carried over the youth preference points to the adult hunt pool.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:48 AM   #84
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[QUOTE=uncle jesse;13509424]Entered my two youngest for the youth either s#x hunts last night. Hopefully they get drawn.

My oldest never got drawn for the either s#x hunts while he was eligible (8 yrs old thru 16 yrs old).

Wish he could have carried over the youth preference points to the adult hunt pool.[/QUOTE

Friend of mine at work said both of his kids did carry over their preference points when they moved to the adult category.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:56 AM   #85
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Entered my two youngest for the youth either s#x hunts last night. Hopefully they get drawn.

My oldest never got drawn for the either s#x hunts while he was eligible (8 yrs old thru 16 yrs old).

Wish he could have carried over the youth preference points to the adult hunt pool.[/QUOTE

Friend of mine at work said both of his kids did carry over their preference points when they moved to the adult category.
Thats odd just assumed they lost them. Never heard that considering you can already put kids into the adult hunts, just has to be a supervising adult on the card. If they have points in both gun deer antlerless and youth deer antlerless, will they add the two together once they turn 17?, I currently have this exact scenario.

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Old 07-27-2018, 08:59 AM   #86
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Thats odd just assumed they lost them. Never heard that considering you can already put kids into the adult hunts, just has to be a supervising adult on the card. If they have points in both gun deer antlerless and youth deer antlerless, will they add the two together once they turns 17?, I currently have this exact scenario.
I'd call in and check. Don't take my word for it but just this week I was looking at the hunts with him and he commented that his son had carried over points. I didn't actually see his account though
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Old 07-27-2018, 10:53 AM   #87
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I checked on the accounts for my two oldest and neither of them had points carried over from youth hunts to adult hunts
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Old 07-27-2018, 12:22 PM   #88
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I checked on the accounts for my two oldest and neither of them had points carried over from youth hunts to adult hunts
Thats what I figured. In a way its good they capped the youth applications per area to 3 but in a way its not because the last year they were eligible I was going to put them in for everything Also can look at it this way, why should those points carry over, they didn't cost anything.

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Old 07-27-2018, 01:27 PM   #89
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Anybody archery hunt deer at Gov Canyon, Kickapoo, or Lake Brownwood. I have not so looking for some thoughts from those who have.


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Old 07-30-2018, 11:41 AM   #90
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I've never heard of this program. Definitely gonna check it out for my son who is starting to hunt this year.
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Old 07-30-2018, 12:00 PM   #91
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I've never heard of this program. Definitely gonna check it out for my son who is starting to hunt this year.
Kids have to be 9 years old and have completed their Hunters Safety. It is an awesome program.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:22 PM   #92
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Perfect. My son is 10 and enrolled for his hunters safety course in August.


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Old 07-30-2018, 09:29 PM   #93
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Old 07-31-2018, 05:30 AM   #94
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Entered my two youngest for the youth either s#x hunts last night. Hopefully they get drawn.

My oldest never got drawn for the either s#x hunts while he was eligible (8 yrs old thru 16 yrs old).

Wish he could have carried over the youth preference points to the adult hunt pool.[/QUOTE

Friend of mine at work said both of his kids did carry over their preference points when they moved to the adult category.
Ya I think your friend is telling stories lol. I’m 32 and still show to have 7 loyalty points in youth GDE. A lot of good they are doing me
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:28 AM   #95
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Ya I think your friend is telling stories lol. I’m 32 and still show to have 7 loyalty points in youth GDE. A lot of good they are doing me
Yeah, I'm curious to get him to show me now. Think he's mistaken. Maybe he's seeing that they still have preference points in the youth categories....
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:39 PM   #96
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I put in for all the antelope hunts (yesterday was the deadline). I'm sure hoping I get drawn. Was hoping they would draw this afternoon for those hunts.
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:32 PM   #97
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They've done the gator draws. I'm going to JD Murphree!!

Got drawn there last year too but it was canceled due to the hurricane.
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:41 PM   #98
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They've done the gator draws. I'm going to JD Murphree!!

Got drawn there last year too but it was canceled due to the hurricane.
Right on. I'm pending 2nd for Gator. so no gator hunt this year.
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Old 08-02-2018, 02:20 PM   #99
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They've done the gator draws. I'm going to JD Murphree!!

Got drawn there last year too but it was canceled due to the hurricane.
Us too...9/12-13!
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Old 08-02-2018, 02:26 PM   #100
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Yep, same here.

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Right on. I'm pending 2nd for Gator. so no gator hunt this year.
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