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Old 05-20-2016, 10:41 PM   #1
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Wont be a whole lot longer and TPWD should come out with their draw hunt opportunities. Isn't like July and they are online?
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:42 PM   #2
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Wont be a whole lot longer and TPWD should come out with their draw hunt opportunities. Isn't like July and they are online?
I believe August
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:58 AM   #3
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I believe they end in August


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Old 05-21-2016, 08:08 AM   #4
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It was July 1st last year, I happened on it and posted a link to it.

Been on my mind as well but unfortunately I'm on Zero points for the Rifle buck hunt after drawing Matagorda Island. Can't complain it was a great hunt.

Really hoping to get back to the Chap or Daughtry on a Javi hunt to stretch out the long guns.
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:10 AM   #5
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It was July 1st last year, I happened on it and posted a link to it.

Been on my mind as well but unfortunately I'm on Zero points for the Rifle buck hunt after drawing Matagorda Island. Can't complain it was a great hunt.

Really hoping to get back to the Chap or Daughtry on a Javi hunt to stretch out the long guns.
If you have the free time, go to the area and do standby. A lot of people don't show up for the hunts.
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:24 AM   #6
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I thought about goin and standing by for a hunt but always afraid people would claim their tags or be last in line and not get one and i live a long way from most of the hunts i would try for.... anyone ever scored a tag by standing by? If so do a lot of people show up to try and get one by standing by?
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:13 PM   #7
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I thought about goin and standing by for a hunt but always afraid people would claim their tags or be last in line and not get one and i live a long way from most of the hunts i would try for.... anyone ever scored a tag by standing by? If so do a lot of people show up to try and get one by standing by?
Depends where u go. Not many standby spots anymore, since they changed the system.
You can look at last years standby spots vs applicants numbers online. Some places it's almost a shoo in. Others it's a one 10 chance
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:32 PM   #8
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Depends where u go. Not many standby spots anymore, since they changed the system.
You can look at last years standby spots vs applicants numbers online. Some places it's almost a shoo in. Others it's a one 10 chance
This...the standby spots aren't as prevalent as before. It also depends on what hunts. Ones like Brazos Bend have a ton of people show up for standby due to the close proximity to Houston. It's easy for someone to take the day off and drive an hour for the chance, unlike trying to go on standby 4+ hours away.
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:51 PM   #9
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Ok thanks... yeah I hear ya most of the hunting I would be like a 4 or 5 + hour drive for me

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Old 05-22-2016, 01:57 PM   #10
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Very excite. Not sure if I will have any time this year between NM bear and Elk but I'm anxious to see what's up for offer.

Does anyone know of you lose your preference points if you don't apply in a category every year?
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:58 PM   #11
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Very excite. Not sure if I will have any time this year between NM bear and Elk but I'm anxious to see what's up for offer.

Does anyone know of you lose your preference points if you don't apply in a category every year?
The only way to lose your points is to get drawn.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:02 PM   #12
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Ok thanks... yeah I hear ya most of the hunting I would be like a 4 or 5 + hour drive for me

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I think the hunts are during the week too, which sucks. The guy that taught me to bow hunt has been on almost all the hunts. As others have said, in the past the standby worked better. He quit when the system went online. Evidently, when it was mail-in, it was very probable to get on hunts.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:52 PM   #13
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I think the hunts are during the week too, which sucks.
It sucks for a lot of people, but this is one of the few perks of working shift work that I enjoy. Nearly everything (parties & events) is held on weekends, causing us to miss out.
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:17 PM   #14
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:34 PM   #15
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Anyone on here hunted Grainger before?

Thinking about putting in this year.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:49 PM   #16
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Anyone on here hunted Grainger before?

Thinking about putting in this year.
Grainger lake WMA? There's a few folks on here who have been out to Grainger.

Last time I was out there chasing pigs I saw probably 30 deer.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:52 PM   #17
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Can someone explain these draw hunts. Isn't it hunting on public land?
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:59 PM   #18
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How do you check your points?
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Old 05-23-2016, 03:01 PM   #19
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How do you check your points?
Go here and click "Check Status" button. Sign in with your info, and it will show all your stuff.

https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwi..._hunt_drawing/
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Old 05-23-2016, 03:11 PM   #20
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Go here and click "Check Status" button. Sign in with your info, and it will show all your stuff.

https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwi..._hunt_drawing/

Loyalty Points by Category? or the Individual Loyalty points?
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:14 PM   #21
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They really need to create a points only option...it would help everybody out in the end.
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:25 PM   #22
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Loyalty Points by Category? or the Individual Loyalty points?
Your points are kept by category (Archery Deer, Gun Deer; Either Sex, etc....). You don't have to apply for the same hunt area in a category every year. Your category points are kept, no matter what area you apply for year to year.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:45 PM   #23
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Even if you aren't going to hunt this year, it's good to sign up for each category anyway if you felt like you might hunt it in the future. Odds are you won't win, but I would still want to build up the points.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:06 PM   #24
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Even if you aren't going to hunt this year, it's good to sign up for each category anyway if you felt like you might hunt it in the future. Odds are you won't win, but I would still want to build up the points.
I used to think this...I guess it depends on how lucky or unlucky you are. I knew I couldn't make any of the hunts two years ago, so proceeded to apply for all my usual categories, while making sure to put in for the locations usually difficult to draw. Of course I was drawn for Chaparral (which we drew a little over 5 years ago too), and a couple other long shots were drawn. It sucked because I lost all my preference points in those categories.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:29 PM   #25
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Even if you aren't going to hunt this year, it's good to sign up for each category anyway if you felt like you might hunt it in the future. Odds are you won't win, but I would still want to build up the points.
That's why they need a points only option. Those that don't want to hunt get to buy their points anyways and those that do want to hunt get their chance. I put in and hope I don't get drawn every year.

Other states do it, why can't Texas?
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:44 PM   #26
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I'm excited for the draw hunts. I look forward to the draw every year. I agree that I don't want to be drawn every year. But it's exciting for my kids to get picked.
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Old 05-24-2016, 03:12 PM   #27
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Can't wait to start reviewing dates, hunts and locations. Good luck everyone.
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:15 PM   #28
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Can't wait to start reviewing dates, hunts and locations. Good luck everyone.
Same here!
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:43 AM   #29
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This...the standby spots aren't as prevalent as before. It also depends on what hunts. Ones like Brazos Bend have a ton of people show up for standby due to the close proximity to Houston. It's easy for someone to take the day off and drive an hour for the chance, unlike trying to go on standby 4+ hours away.
Agreed on the standby spots being pretty sparse now with the second draw, which I am a big fan of. You can call the WMA or park a couple days before the hunt and they can usually tell you how many standby spots they think they will have.
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:18 AM   #30
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wish they'd pick a new guy to draw the names out of the hat. he hasn't picked me yet. I have been trying for 3 years
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:23 AM   #31
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wish they'd pick a new guy to draw the names out of the hat. he hasn't picked me yet. I have been trying for 3 years
Hate to tell you bud but theres been people waiting alot longer than that, we're going on year 13 in the gun deer GDE category...
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:25 AM   #32
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The only way to lose your points is to get drawn.
Mine are adding up for that jewel in your avatar.
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:36 AM   #33
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wish they'd pick a new guy to draw the names out of the hat. he hasn't picked me yet. I have been trying for 3 years
You haven't even hit the average yet..I'm sitting on 6-7 I believe in most categories but I also got drawn for the chap with only a few so it's all luck I apply solo for archery and believe that's what helped me get drawn for the chap
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:42 AM   #34
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You haven't even hit the average yet..I'm sitting on 6-7 I believe in most categories but I also got drawn for the chap with only a few so it's all luck I apply solo for archery and believe that's what helped me get drawn for the chap
Why do you think applying solo helped?

I've got around 5 PP in most categories. As of right now I'm not to concerned about getting drawn, just wanting to accumulate points.
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:42 AM   #35
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Mine are adding up for that jewel in your avatar.
Man, I hope you draw it!
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:45 AM   #36
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Man, I hope you draw it!
I've enjoyed seeing all of the TBH'er success on sheep. I'd love to keep that ball rolling!
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:59 PM   #37
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I need to start putting in again this year. Been about 15 years since I gave it a shot
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:32 PM   #38
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On the Matagorda island hunt last year, they said they were going to pull one card for standby. Three groups of 3-4 and one single were including 1 group that hired a guide for transport.

Of the 4 cards, guess which one was picked, the single. I told that group of 3 to pair up with the single as it would have increased their odds....they looked at me like a cow staring at a new gate.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:16 PM   #39
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That one guy hunted both hunts on the island.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:51 PM   #40
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Why do you think applying solo helped?

I've got around 5 PP in most categories. As of right now I'm not to concerned about getting drawn, just wanting to accumulate points.
Well I originally thought it helped like this...if they draw 50 names and there down to 2 and your a single and others have 3 on their card you increase your odds? But they draw cards not by number of people so I think I'm wrong....either way only times I've been drawn I applied solo(archery). All the years applying with my dad and brother in law we haven't been drawn but my dad's name will go on the gun hunt card with me u til he can't hunt anymore..want to make a draw hunt with him.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:50 AM   #41
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Hate to tell you bud but theres been people waiting alot longer than that, we're going on year 13 in the gun deer GDE category...


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Old 05-31-2016, 10:07 AM   #42
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That one guy hunted both hunts on the island.
Imagine that Seen it happen many a time at RC and GE, good 'ol boy system...
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:02 PM   #43
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Oh, please don't go there.

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Old 06-01-2016, 01:05 PM   #44
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wish they'd pick a new guy to draw the names out of the hat. he hasn't picked me yet. I have been trying for 3 years
Hit and miss. There are some hunt categories that I have been drawn on multiple times in the last twelve years (like GDE) but some I haven't (like Antlerless). I still like the new system.
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:12 PM   #45
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And yeah, the hunts should roll out around the first part of July. Some have due dates early in August, so pay attention to those deadlines.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:58 PM   #46
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I am looking forward to see what changes they made to the drawing system. Last I heard they were trying to implement a drawing system to increase odds for the guys with lots of points. Really hope this happens!
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Old 06-01-2016, 04:35 PM   #47
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If you typed that co-rectly you have larger problems than drawing a public hunt....
Lol, no doubt. Banned camp!!

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Old 06-01-2016, 05:07 PM   #48
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Old 06-01-2016, 06:38 PM   #49
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I am looking forward to see what changes they made to the drawing system. Last I heard they were trying to implement a drawing system to increase odds for the guys with lots of points. Really hope this happens!
Its all heresay at this point but it sure would be nice to see this in place for 2016, but 2017 is more realistic.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:01 PM   #50
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I can't wait to go hog hunting in the morning though
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