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Old 08-17-2018, 08:17 AM   #1
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My buddy and I just got drawn for Archery Deer at Kickapoo Caverns SP, Oct. 8 - Oct. 12. Did any of you guys hunt Kickapoo last year or the year before? We’ve never been there and any info you can provide would be appreciated.

I searched the forum for info and came up with old posts that date back to 2014, and earlier, but I was hoping for something a bit more current.

I look forward to thoughts and comments from anyone who’s been to Kickapoo Caverns SP.

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Old 08-17-2018, 08:21 PM   #2
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I’d like some info also, my girls got drawn for gde, it’s their first drawn hunt
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:10 PM   #3
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It looks like KactusKiller and I are the only forum members who were/are interested in Kickapoo Cavern SP.

It looks like we will be going in blind. I sure hope it turns out well for both of us.

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Old 08-19-2018, 07:37 AM   #4
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Not a real good hunt. Lots of goats and sheep to shoot but the deer hunting is poor


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Old 08-19-2018, 07:48 AM   #5
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I went standby last year and came home with some meat. A wheelchair bound young man shot a Nilgai. I hunted compartment 8 after the original hunters left after tagging some meat. Be prepared to hike some hills. Look for some semi open flats. I set up on an open flat once I moved. I saw probably 12-15 deer once I moved. I thought that was pretty good without any corn.
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:59 PM   #6
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It looks like KactusKiller and I are the only forum members who were/are interested in Kickapoo Cavern SP.

It looks like we will be going in blind. I sure hope it turns out well for both of us.

Andrew
I drew Gun anterless/spike there for 12/17-19. I have never been to the park but I hunt a place sometimes that is on the other side of 674 about 2 miles south of there. Place I get to hunt some has good deer numbers and quite a few exotics (lots of axis) so I’m hoping it is similar at the park.

No baiting is going to make it a little tougher for sure but hopefully just find a good trail and set up on it or do some walking.

Good luck on your hunt. I’ll be curious to get your feedback after you get back since your hunt is before mine.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:03 AM   #7
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Gentlemen,

I appreciate the information that y’all have provided thus far. The little bit I had read about the park was all geared towards the private cave tours and the bat flights which, in and of itself, are pretty cool but that’s not the main purpose in going, right?

Anyway, it sounds like it will be a tough hunt. I have seen some photos online that show quite a few exotics within the park. It would be sweet to have a chance to pull the string on an axis, or nilgai, or just about anything but I guess the conditions are the reason for last years success ratio being a mere 11%.

I will definitely post my impressions, and my hunt results, after I make the trip. Hopefully it will be useful for those of you who have been drawn for one of the hunts.

If anyone else has knowledge, or can expand upon what has been posted so far, please let us know. I look forward to the information.

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Old 08-20-2018, 03:49 AM   #8
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I would not go by last years success rate. There was a lot of very heavy rain the week prior to the hunt and a full moon. Some of the country is very thick with pinion pine. Staff is great. I would love to hunt it again.
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Old 08-20-2018, 03:51 AM   #9
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Bring bug dope
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Old 08-20-2018, 04:35 PM   #10
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The youth hunt was 39% last yr but you don’t know what all animals are figured into that. Most of the hunts I have ever been on have relatively low success rates but I also take that as the hunters were somewhat selective in some areas. Just depends if your going there looking for meat or a trophy of some kind.

Regardless it’s a great area and will be a fun hunt.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:25 PM   #11
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I didn’t check the results of last years youth hunt. 39% success is definitely nothing to sneeze at. The 11% I cited was for the Archery Deer which, when compared to rifle hunts, is always a bit lower. I’m sure the rain played a part in the low success. It sounds like Kickapoo will be a good place to hunt. I’m really excited about this opportunity.

Regarding bugs... it sounds like they may be a nuisance. Will bug dope do the trick or should I use a ThermoCell?
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:42 PM   #12
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I’d use thermacell just strap it to your pack, luckily we will be there in Jan so hopefully no bugs or rattkebugs
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Old 08-24-2018, 06:18 PM   #13
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I’ll take both, bug dope and ThermaCell, and in the interim I’ll pray for an early cold front. LOL

Schubert... do you recommend the use of a portable blind?
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:21 PM   #14
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Hunting the flats and open areas, Yes. However, a majority of the park is hilltops and canyons. I saw a very nice buck as I was walking down a hill and he was across he canyon on the next hillside. Couldn’t get a shot off standing free handed. I set up my pop up in front of a large cedar bush and only put some cut branches on the roof to break up the outline.

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Old 08-24-2018, 09:12 PM   #15
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Hunting the flats and open areas, Yes. However, a majority of the park is hilltops and canyons. I saw a very nice buck as I was walking down a hill and he was across he canyon on the next hillside. Couldn’t get a shot off standing free handed. I set up my pop up in front of a large cedar bush and only put some cut branches on the roof to break up the outline.
Was this a past hunt? Was there any success?
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:15 PM   #16
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Yes. Last year. Took home some meat.
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Old 08-25-2018, 12:34 AM   #17
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Hunting the flats and open areas, Yes. However, a majority of the park is hilltops and canyons. I saw a very nice buck as I was walking down a hill and he was across he canyon on the next hillside. Couldn’t get a shot off standing free handed. I set up my pop up in front of a large cedar bush and only put some cut branches on the roof to break up the outline.
Thanks for the reply and for the info. I’ll be sure to take a pop-up blind with me.

My buddy backed out on going with me on the trip. So, I’ll be on my own. I purchased my permit today. The deadline was Aug. 25, so I’m committed, and anxious to make the trip.

If anyone else has info to share I’d sure love to hear it.

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Old 08-25-2018, 06:22 PM   #18
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:33 PM   #19
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My buddy and I just got drawn for Archery Deer at Kickapoo Caverns SP, Oct. 8 - Oct. 12. Did any of you guys hunt Kickapoo last year or the year before? We’ve never been there and any info you can provide would be appreciated.

I searched the forum for info and came up with old posts that date back to 2014, and earlier, but I was hoping for something a bit more current.

I look forward to thoughts and comments from anyone who’s been to Kickapoo Caverns SP.

Thanks,
Andrew
I was also selected for this hunt. I've never hunted there before, but am familiar with this area. I drive through this general area several time a month. I've seen a few "shooters" several times (that's why I applied).
I guess we'll figure it out for ourselves, LOL.
Good Luck and I'll see you there.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:47 PM   #20
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We went on the rifle hunt last year I’m pretty sure we were in compartment 3. We did kill deer and see lots of deer. We were there during the rut and trying to see deer that weren’t chasing was the tough part. If you get drawn for rifle practice your long range shooting. As far as bow hunting I got nothing as far as advice maybe try to find a pinch point between some steep terrain and hope something walks through.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:22 AM   #21
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Moondog... I look forward to catching up with you once we get to Kickapoo for the orientation. Will you be staying in the park or in a motel in town? I plan on staying in the park. Best of luck to you too.

Filletem... thanks for the input. I may end up wishing I had a rifle but for now I’m looking forward to the challenge of using my bow.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:59 AM   #22
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One of the reasons I put my girls in on this hunt is it should have a good amount of exotics. For y’all that have hunted it did you see any exotics and were any taken?
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:43 AM   #23
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Moondog... I look forward to catching up with you once we get to Kickapoo for the orientation. Will you be staying in the park or in a motel in town? I plan on staying in the park. Best of luck to you too.

Filletem... thanks for the input. I may end up wishing I had a rifle but for now I’m looking forward to the challenge of using my bow.
I will be camping in the park (tent). We'll catch up then!
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Old 08-29-2018, 02:40 PM   #24
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I will be camping in the park (tent). We'll catch up then!
I look forward to it. Maybe we can share a campfire, assuming there’s not a burn ban.

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Old 08-29-2018, 03:23 PM   #25
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I hunted the property just South of the park years ago.
I haven't been there in years, but I would definitely take a look at the Western end of the Southern most fence line. There use to be some good bucks in that area.
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Old 08-30-2018, 01:01 AM   #26
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I hunted the property just South of the park years ago.
I haven't been there in years, but I would definitely take a look at the Western end of the Southern most fence line. There use to be some good bucks in that area.
Thanks for the tip. 👍
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:51 AM   #27
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FYI. There was a nilgai killed on the buck hunt last year and there were two more in the park roaming around.
Don’t know if they’re still hanging around.
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:01 AM   #28
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I had a lease several years ago just down the road and we saw all kinds of Exotics. Black Buck, aoudad, axis, unidentified white monstrosity that scared the hell out of me at daylight one morning, Etc
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:46 PM   #29
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It all sounds great to me. As I said before, “It would be sweet to have a chance to pull the string on an axis, or nilgai, or just about anything.”
I’m not too picky!!!

Although, that giant white Yeti/Chupacabra would look awesome on my wall! LOL

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Old 09-06-2018, 11:18 AM   #30
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Took my 2 boys on the GDE hunt there 3 years ago. First off.... don't even ask the head guy about baiting. He's didn't grow up in TX and definitely doesn't believe in it. He basically told us is blunt language when someone asked

First off, it's a tough hunt for kiddos. The compartment we were drawn for didn't have an access road or even hiking trails through it. We accessed it (hiking) off a road which ran through the edge of another compartment. Basically a stalk hunt or sit and glass type hunt. As mentioned previously, best to find a ridge with open areas below and glass. Tough for kids because some of the shots may be long. Also tough because of the short time frame.

We didn't see any exotics but one kid shot a real nice Black Hawaiian. Basically just kicked it up walking around and shot it. Also some axis were seen but not shot. Sounds like they have a pretty decent sheep population on the ridge tops. There is definitely alot of deer sign and they are there if you aren't picky. Beautiful piece of property and best of luck.
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:51 AM   #31
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First off.... don't even ask the head guy about baiting. He's didn't grow up in TX and definitely doesn't believe in it. He basically told us is blunt language when someone asked
That, right there, makes me want to ask about baiting during the orientation just to “stir the pot”! - LOL. (Its just the devil in me)

Your info and comments are appreciated. It sounds like it may be a difficult hunt but if it were too easy then that wouldn’t be as much fun.

I’m really excited and looking forward to my upcoming hunt. This is an archery only hunt for which I was drawn and, as such, the hunt spans five days. I intend to try hunting from a ground blind, and/or natural cover, and also employ a bit of still hunting during mid day. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a few shots on some animals.


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Old 09-07-2018, 12:17 PM   #32
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That, right there, makes me want to ask about baiting during the orientation just to “stir the pot”! - LOL. (Its just the devil in me)

Your info and comments are appreciated. It sounds like it may be a difficult hunt but if it were too easy then that wouldn’t be as much fun.

I’m really excited and looking forward to my upcoming hunt. This is an archery only hunt for which I was drawn and, as such, the hunt spans five days. I intend to try hunting from a ground blind, and/or natural cover, and also employ a bit of still hunting during mid day. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a few shots on some animals.


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BA, depending on the SIZE of that "devil in you", you might want to take a sack of corn to deposit in the bed of the "head guy's" truck.
Just a thought
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:10 PM   #33
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BA, depending on the SIZE of that "devil in you", you might want to take a sack of corn to deposit in the bed of the "head guy's" truck.
Just a thought
Moondog, I like the way you think! That would be funny! And that is a tempting idea.
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