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Old 10-19-2011, 10:59 PM   #1
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Got drawn for the Devil's River SNA Exotic hunt and it looks like my group has left me high and dry. Not sure I want to try this one alone, who else is going to Devil's River SNA 12/5.
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:50 AM   #2
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Got drawn for the Devil's River SNA Exotic hunt and it looks like my group has left me high and dry. Not sure I want to try this one alone, who else is going to Devil's River SNA 12/5.
I would not try it alone. I went on this hunt 3yrs ago and it was by far the most difficult hunt I had ever been on. There is a good herd of sheep on the place but getting them up/down the hills (BIG) is tough.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:26 AM   #3
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As tuff as it may be to hunt there alone, I would go anyway. Devils river is an amazing and rugged place. Very little infrastructure and very wild.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:40 AM   #4
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I would not do this hunt alone. I went on this hunt last year and as Kutnchute said "This was the most difficult hunt I had ever been on". Devil's River is an amaxing place to see and that is worth the trip alone.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:29 AM   #5
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there is aboslutly nothing wrong with going solo. just make smart choices during your hunt, have the right gear and carry a communication device, if cell phone does not work get a "SPOT" they are really cool. i carry one, when in the mountains.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:33 PM   #6
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Got drawn for the Devil's River SNA Exotic hunt and it looks like my group has left me high and dry. Not sure I want to try this one alone, who else is going to Devil's River SNA 12/5.
That sucks why are they leaving you high and dry after getting drawn? Exotic hunts are tough to get drawn for and they dont want to go?
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:00 PM   #7
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Schedule problems and this was the hunt they could not make.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:40 PM   #8
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Iíve hunted Devils River alone before. As mentioned itís a tough hunt and the country is rugged and remote. You just need to know your limitations and donít take any chances. Odds are they may pair you up with another solo party, but if not just plan on quitting early enough each day to make it back to the headquarters well before dark. Youíre never really alone on TPWD hunts. Keep in communication with the other parties and the park ranger and youíll be fine. If you kill something and canít get anyone to help pack it out, just quarter it up and pack it out one piece at a time (head first of course).

Also, the SPOT sounds like a good idea. Make your buddies pay for it since they are the ones that put you in this situation.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:47 PM   #9
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I've hunted across the road from the Devils river WMA and that country is indeed rugged but incredibly beautiful. Follow 30-06's suggestions and know your limits and you'll do fine.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:20 PM   #10
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We hunted there a few years ago on the gun exotic hunt. Everyone else has been giving you good advice.

We were a little disappointed because we expecting a lot of audad. The success percentage was well above 100%. What we didn't know was spanish goats are considered exotics. I don't mean down the hunt, we just went in with different expectations.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:03 AM   #11
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Sounds like some stand by spots will be available
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:12 AM   #12
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we hunted just down the Dolan Creek road from the WMA for 14 years. Rough country but beautiful. Just watch your step[literally] and you will be fine.one sugestion...try to hunt uphill from your vehicle....it's a lot easier to pull one downhill rather than uphill....
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:26 AM   #13
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Sounds like some stand by spots will be available
Negative. Devil's River doesn't take standby on these hunts. Says so in the book.

To the OP, I've always hunted the TPWD hunts alone and in some of the most remote places in Texas. Don't pass up the chance just because your buddies aren't going. Their loss. Go, be careful, and have fun!!!! You might not draw this hunt again for another 10 years.
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:50 PM   #14
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Never pass up a time to hunt. I would go alone just for the fun of it. GOOD LUCK.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:49 PM   #15
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Can't stand to give up the hunt. I'm going to go solo.
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:02 PM   #16
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Good luck on the hunt. I hope everything works out in your favor and you get something good.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:35 PM   #17
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Thanks and thanks for the advise.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:11 AM   #18
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You should go, meet some of the other hunters there and tell them your situation, offer to help them with a recovery and they will help you, have met some great people on these hunts from all over the place!
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:06 PM   #19
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Let me know how it goes. Got drawn for the hunt in Febuary. Good luck!!!
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:32 PM   #20
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Don't be a weenie!
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:14 AM   #21
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Please excuse my ignorance on this but are friends allowed to tag along on draw hunts??? I guess what I am getting at is are they allowed to go on the hunt or do they stay around the camp area???
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:35 AM   #22
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Please excuse my ignorance on this but are friends allowed to tag along on draw hunts??? I guess what I am getting at is are they allowed to go on the hunt or do they stay around the camp area???
Pretty sure neither.


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Old 11-08-2011, 08:14 AM   #23
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Please excuse my ignorance on this but are friends allowed to tag along on draw hunts??? I guess what I am getting at is are they allowed to go on the hunt or do they stay around the camp area???
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What he said. Only the names on the card are allowed access at all. Plus Devil's River usually doesn't do any standby.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:04 PM   #24
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Yep, no subs, no non hunting friends and no standbys.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:24 PM   #25
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Well got home late Friday. No animals shot but the hunt was good. Saw whitetails every day, but no exotics any where near bow range. I think the full moon messed us up. Got to meet a bunch of cool guys. Glad I decided to go.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:38 PM   #26
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Good for you. Sucks you struck out but that's tha way it goes sometimes.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:04 AM   #27
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Glad you ended up going! Tough luck though. I've heard that's a tough hunt.
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:01 AM   #28
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Nobody shot anything?!
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:04 AM   #29
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Wish I was drawn! I would go with you!
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:18 PM   #30
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Nobody shot anything?!
There was only one guy left when I left and as of the last morning nada. Maybe he got lucky that last hunt.

Oh well, on the the next one. James Daughtrey here we come.

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Old 12-13-2011, 08:21 PM   #31
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Did anyone see any exotics??
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:37 PM   #32
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devils river area is changing lots of high fencing now youll see a big change in years to come.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:34 PM   #33
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Very few animals were seen. I saw a few Audad up on the shear and a few whitetails.
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