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DuramaxDude 10-12-2017 03:16 PM

Has anyone or does anyone hunt the Bonita Creek Archery/Shotgun only area?

Hi-Lonesome 10-12-2017 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by panhandlehunter (Post 12815060)
I'm hoping the lake keeps getting a little water. All that flooded vegetation makes for some fine duck hunting.

https://www.facebook.com/lakemeredith/
Looks like they are about to open up Blue West boat Ramp!


http://meredith.uslakes.info/Level/

The lake usually trends upward late summer / fall. The water release from Ute should keep it rising. I read an article that stated the spill way at Ute has so much volume that a lot of the water coming off the spillway flooded outside of the river channel. They were going to waiting until that settled down then open the gates slightly to capture as much water as possible inside of the river channel. It take 4 days to reach Lake Meredith from Ute, about 106 miles or so.

coldgas 10-12-2017 04:05 PM

It has come up 3 feet in the last week and I just read chicken creek is closed due to erosion from all of the water coming in. Good to see the lake coming back! Cant wait for the walleye fishing to come back also.

panhandlehunter 10-12-2017 04:29 PM

Gonna be some good duck hunting this year.


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jvela23 10-12-2017 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Dude Briggs (Post 12811853)
I got a mulie spike, spotted and stalked to 42yds,with a group of 4 other mulies. Saw a ton of deer but the only good bucks we've seen we're at night while driving. I'm on top of a canyon glassing now, will post pics when I get back. Finally sealed the deal on public land mule deer... Now to find big daddy. I'll post pics soon

Congrats on the mulie, I only wish I had more time or scouted before I went. I know I'll be back next year to try again for a mule deer. Also to Jackryan, I didn't see a single whitetail where I was at.

WItoTX 10-12-2017 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Hi-Lonesome (Post 12815084)
https://www.facebook.com/lakemeredith/
Looks like they are about to open up Blue West boat Ramp!


http://meredith.uslakes.info/Level/

The lake usually trends upward late summer / fall. The water release from Ute should keep it rising. I read an article that stated the spill way at Ute has so much volume that a lot of the water coming off the spillway flooded outside of the river channel. They were going to waiting until that settled down then open the gates slightly to capture as much water as possible inside of the river channel. It take 4 days to reach Lake Meredith from Ute, about 106 miles or so.

That's crazy. I lived in Amarillo in 2014, remember riding my motorcycle up there and the only launch open was on Sanford Yake Road.

Dude Briggs 10-13-2017 11:04 AM

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chastings77 10-13-2017 11:18 AM

Congrats on filling that mule tag at meredith, respect for you, that is tough! is that at evans canyon? Will be out there this weekend.

Dude Briggs 10-13-2017 11:18 AM

We had a great trip. We saw a ton of does and fawns and a couple of spikes. The bigger bucks were a mystery on this trip during the daylight. We spotted a group crossing the tops early in the morning from about 500 yards away and got the spotting scope out and verified there was a spike in the group so we followed them until getting busted by a close by mulie so we slowed down which caused us to loose the group with the spike, however we did have a good idea of where they were headed. We made our way and started glassing those canyons. From about 8am to 2:30 we didn't see much at all until my buddy spotted an ear in a bush at 300 yards... Upon closer inspection this was our spike! We watched for a lil while to see where the others were but they were just too buried up to spot. They were getting up and feeding in short periods and rebedding so we decided we needed to make a move on them. I stalked down to 60 yards from hand signals from my spotter. I could not see them but he put me in the perfect spot as we kept constant contact with one another. I sat down and waited them out for about an hour or so and he finally signaled they got up and I immediately spotted them slowly feeding towards me. I got my range finder on him at 42 yards, he slowly quartered towards me, I drew, picked a spot and settled my 40 yard pin and squeezed the trigger... As soon as it hit him I knew he was mine. I looked back and Justin yelled "YOU GOT HIM!!" He ran maybe 75 yards and crashed hard. It was just amazing. All the MILES of canyons we hiked over the years had finally paid off with a public land mule deer we got together. I couldn't have done it without him as this was a total team effort.

Dude Briggs 10-13-2017 11:19 AM

It wasn't Evans

chastings77 10-13-2017 11:42 AM

Sounds fun, thanks for the story Briggs!

Abcdj 10-13-2017 12:12 PM

Congrats!

Hi-Lonesome 10-13-2017 02:15 PM

Dude Briggs, Props on a Mulie Kill at Meredith with a bow. That doesn't happen often.

Dude Briggs 10-13-2017 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Hi-Lonesome (Post 12818286)
Dude Briggs, Props on a Mulie Kill at Meredith with a bow. That doesn't happen often.

Thanks

chastings77 10-15-2017 06:59 PM

Hiked in from Plum Creek ramp today, made it to the 3rd canyon before turning back. Did not see much. Don't know how you guys can make it to Evans hiking in!

Dude Briggs 10-15-2017 07:15 PM

It ain't easy that's for sure

jmack82 10-16-2017 11:26 AM

Congrats on the bow kill. I got a nice one with a gun but haven't scored with a bow yet. I didn't go this year due to shoulder surgery. Has the water made it to Evans yet, as far as actually coming in the canyon?

jvela23 10-16-2017 11:47 PM

Honestly, next year I plan on just hiking and staying out in Evans for the few days. It would be better than hiking in and out.

chastings77 10-17-2017 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by jvela23 (Post 12829537)
Honestly, next year I plan on just hiking and staying out in Evans for the few days. It would be better than hiking in and out.

Yessir, that would be the way to get it done!

Shake N' Bake 10-19-2017 06:22 PM

How is the cell phone coverage out there?

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Dude Briggs 10-19-2017 06:25 PM

It's good on top, crap on the bottom

Shake N' Bake 10-19-2017 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Dude Briggs (Post 12838598)
It's good on top, crap on the bottom

Thanks!

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chastings77 10-24-2017 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Dude Briggs (Post 12838598)
It's good on top, crap on the bottom

thats what she said! had to.. :D

Dude Briggs 10-24-2017 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 12852664)
thats what she said! Had to.. :d

:d:d:d

DuramaxDude 10-27-2017 05:37 PM

Well I crossed over the Canadian yesterday on Hwy 385 and it was running pretty good. I figure Meredith outta still be catching water???

DuramaxDude 10-30-2017 05:14 PM

Anyone hunt this past weekend??

Jboehle21 10-30-2017 08:38 PM

I’m going up there at the end of mulie season is it possible to camp at one of the trail heads then hike in early in the morning or is it better to camp in the back country

Dude Briggs 10-30-2017 10:43 PM

We've done it both ways.. as soon as you think you figure out the best way about it the mule deer teach you otherwise. We've learned to play it by ear and not be married to one area

chastings77 10-31-2017 08:50 AM

DuramaxDude - I was out last weekend, thought it would be good weather wise but didn't see much. Lots of sign and tracks around, I suspect there is a lot of movement at night.

The youth program was out in force last weekend, lots of campers and young hunters. They camped in upper plum creek. I never heard any rifle fire though.

Dude Briggs 10-31-2017 11:33 AM

It's big enough, umif they're in the next canyon over you won't hear a rifle

DuramaxDude 10-31-2017 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 12877584)
DuramaxDude - I was out last weekend, thought it would be good weather wise but didn't see much. Lots of sign and tracks around, I suspect there is a lot of movement at night.

The youth program was out in force last weekend, lots of campers and young hunters. They camped in upper plum creek. I never heard any rifle fire though.

How far back west towards to river was the water? Is it at or a little past Martins Canyon does anyone know?

texaslongshot 10-31-2017 01:11 PM

congrats

chastings77 10-31-2017 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by DuramaxDude (Post 12878670)
How far back west towards to river was the water? Is it at or a little past Martins Canyon does anyone know?

I hiked in from Martin's canyon week before last. I watched a boat go around towards Evans. Looked like the water might be in Evans now.

DuramaxDude 10-31-2017 01:23 PM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 12878693)
I hiked in from Martin's canyon week before last. I watched a boat go around towards Evans. Looked like the water might be in Evans now.

You hiked in from/at Martins Canyon or you hiked into Martins Canyon from Blue West or somewhere?

chastings77 10-31-2017 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by DuramaxDude (Post 12878726)
You hiked in from/at Martins Canyon or you hiked into Martins Canyon from Blue West or somewhere?

From blue west, the tiny cove just east of Martin's canyon to be precise. I went the normal route down the dirt road to the second gate and then on the trail all the way to Martins.

DuramaxDude 10-31-2017 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by chastings77 (Post 12878741)
From blue west, the tiny cove just east of Martin's canyon to be precise. I went the normal route down the dirt road to the second gate and then on the trail all the way to Martins.

Ok cool deal. How long did it take to get down to martins?

chastings77 10-31-2017 01:41 PM

Not long, if I had to guess I would say 30-40 mins. Did not look like many other hunters had been on that trail yet, saw one other foot print and tons of deer tracks.

There is a spot on that trail close to where you park where you pass the gas pump. I have not figured out why yet bet there have always been tons of fresh deer tracks in that area. I have never hunted it or seen deer there.. just a LOT tracks. Dude_Briggs have you ever noticed that? If you know about where I am talking about, you have any clue what is going on there? Here I have the spot marked with the yellow pin: https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/GRvD4tZ.png

Dude Briggs 10-31-2017 01:47 PM

I haven't spent much time in that area, not sure

DuramaxDude 10-31-2017 03:02 PM

Reckon they are coming down that road headed to that little canyon?

chastings77 10-31-2017 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by DuramaxDude (Post 12879171)
Reckon they are coming down that road headed to that little canyon?

I guess so, maybe that is where they are getting to water.


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