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Old 08-12-2017, 09:02 AM   #1
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How many TBHers got drawn? I guess we lucked out and got it on the second drawing. Just got the email notification. I drew it a few years ago also. We'll be there 9-14/15.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:08 AM   #2
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Good luck....hope you get a big one.....
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:09 AM   #3
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Struck out so far
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:15 AM   #4
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Good luck!

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Old 08-12-2017, 09:20 AM   #5
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I went 5 or 6 years ago and got a gator. Have fun it's a blast
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:35 AM   #6
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I had 4 points and still didn't get drawn. My friend had 0 points and got drawn them didn't go. Smh. One day I guess
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:44 AM   #7
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:56 AM   #8
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I had 4 points and still didn't get drawn. My friend had 0 points and got drawn them didn't go. Smh. One day I guess
I think I had 2 points and my wife had 2 points. I drew the first year I put in there with 0.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:37 AM   #9
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I just checked my email and I'll be there as well same dates as you. Received the email at 5:03 am this morning so I was also part of the 2nd draw. We had 5 points
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:56 AM   #10
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Nice. I had given up on getting drawn. Wife called this morning and told me to check my emails. She was on the app and got the email. Quite a surprise. Just hoping my boat is out of the shop by then. Lol
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:49 PM   #11
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Was drawn in 2007. Harvested a 12'6" gator with bowfishing equipment. Used a 20' center console to get to the area we hunted with a 10' Jon boat riding side saddle. Banked the CC and used Jon to push pole around inside the compartment. At the time we it was the biggest gator ever taken with bowfishing equipment at JD Murphree. You will have a great time.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:06 PM   #12
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Nice. I had given up on getting drawn. Wife called this morning and told me to check my emails. She was on the app and got the email. Quite a surprise. Just hoping my boat is out of the shop by then. Lol
I don't have an aluminum but you'd be welcome in mine. I'm actually gonna start hitting up a few buddies to see if anyone has any old small aluminum' hanging around. Figured I could drag with my boat then put a troll motor on to get around. Mine won't get most the places around there from what I see but it's better than nothing
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:07 PM   #13
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Was drawn in 2007. Harvested a 12'6" gator with bowfishing equipment. Used a 20' center console to get to the area we hunted with a 10' Jon boat riding side saddle. Banked the CC and used Jon to push pole around inside the compartment. At the time we it was the biggest gator ever taken with bowfishing equipment at JD Murphree. You will have a great time.
This is a good idea.im running a small 17 center console and what I'm gonna do if I can find one
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:12 PM   #14
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If mines not out of the shop I'll probably take my brothers. He has a 19' Carolina skiff. It floats real shallow and he has a trolling motor on it. I may look around and see if I can find an aluminum boat as well.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:32 PM   #15
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You don't need a huge boat, but if you don't have a smaller aluminum they will assign you to a compartment that's fairly open & deep. My 16' aluminum we took several years ago had issues last year, so I borrowed a buddies boat. It was a 14' aluminum with 25hp tiller and we had no issues fishing with 3 people and holding a 9' and nearly 11' gator.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:05 PM   #16
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You don't need a huge boat, but if you don't have a smaller aluminum they will assign you to a compartment that's fairly open & deep. My 16' aluminum we took several years ago had issues last year, so I borrowed a buddies boat. It was a 14' aluminum with 25hp tiller and we had no issues fishing with 3 people and holding a 9' and nearly 11' gator.
When we got drawn, a guy showed up with a pontoon boat/ party barge , we snickered at him , till the next day when his whole group docked 4 gators about 10ft each, I got a 7 1/2 in a Jon boat , my buddy a 4ft . So we asked him how?
He said anywhere the pontoon could get had big gators

We arrowed our bigger gators the next year by scouting first then hanging a large strip of aluminum foil on a pole and letting it blow around, and when they came to check it out, bam
That was the advice we got and it worked for all three of us

And the dude in the pontoon boat as back the next year and was successful again

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Old 08-12-2017, 07:18 PM   #17
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Hunted there 2 years ago was a blast. My wife shot a gator, but I struck out.


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Old 08-12-2017, 08:01 PM   #18
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How many TBHers got drawn? I guess we lucked out and got it on the second drawing. Just got the email notification. I drew it a few years ago also. We'll be there 9-14/15.
We got drawn for the same dates. Can't wait!
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:07 PM   #19
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I got drawn and this is the first time I applied. I got 19th and 20th. Does anyone know if they rotate where people hunt or will I be hunting the same areas that's been hunted all week?
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:31 PM   #20
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I got drawn and this is the first time I applied. I got 19th and 20th. Does anyone know if they rotate where people hunt or will I be hunting the same areas that's been hunted all week?
The answer is it depends. They have a lot of areas to hunt, but sometimes certain areas may be inaccessible. Last year the majority of the area they normally hunt was taken over by hyacinth and only accessible via airboat and some mud motors. I promise the guys working there will try to put you in the areas that you have the best chance for success. They want you to be successful and they work hard to make it happen.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:34 PM   #21
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2 years ago everyone hunted the big hill area.


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Old 08-14-2017, 02:00 PM   #22
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You should try at all costs to bring a small aluminum boat, something that you can pull over levees and get into the compartments. This opens up a bunch of new areas for hunters and likely a lot of places that haven't been hunted yet. A small boat shouldn't be an issue as all of the water you will run is protected from the wind. If you bring a large boat that you can't pull over levees you will only be allowed to hunt the bayou or the ditches on the outsides of the compartments. The bayou and outside ditches can be good places to hunt but depending on the number of people that have showed up with large boats throughout the season, those areas may have been hunted. The guys working there will try to put you in areas where there are gators and areas that haven't been hunted yet but sometimes the vegetation may cause issues. This year should be better with the vegetation but there is still a bunch of hyacinth on the banks. If you have any questions call the office at JD Murphree WMA
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:22 PM   #23
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Struck out again on gators for the 6th year in a row....
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:45 PM   #24
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Our group will be there 9/18-19. Sounds like we have secured a 14' jon boat, and I ordered some 12/0 hooks and twine from some place in LA so we should be good to go. Might have to give the aluminum foil trick above a try and see if we can't shoot something with archery gear.

We have 7 points, so we're definitely looking forward to it.

Where do most people stay out there? I booked a room at the Holiday Inn Express in Port Arthur, but would prefer something a bit more 'rustic'...
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:32 PM   #25
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My wife and I stayed at the Mc elegante in Beaumont that have a good bar and plenty of parking with a boat.


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