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Old 12-14-2017, 06:56 PM   #251
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I shot a buck in 3 Tuesday morning and couldn't find him. Great blood to start and a pool of blood where he bedded down, it then slowly diminished over the next 1/3 of a mile. We lost it when he entered a thick draw. It appeared he was headed for water. I checked the closest water the next morning and didn't find anything. I walked up on two hunters down by the lake, again I apologize for that, I just had to check the water before I left.
Should've called in Caleb Hill for tracking

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Old 12-14-2017, 07:08 PM   #252
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I don't think you can use a dog at Amistad.
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:19 PM   #253
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I don't think you can use a dog at Amistad.
Correct, you are not allowed to use dogs even for tracking

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Old 12-14-2017, 07:23 PM   #254
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I don't think you can use a dog at Amistad.
I shot a ram that Friday after thanksgiving on private property, and he crossed into a park hunt area. Caleb made a call into the game warden, and park guy. They both gave us the green light to take the dog in to try and recover. Hope this helps you in the future.

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Old 12-14-2017, 07:26 PM   #255
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Well, I wish I would have known that, I had a dog available to me. I just figured it was one of those federal rules they wouldn't budge off of.
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:31 PM   #256
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Correct, you are not allowed to use dogs even for tracking

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Might wanna check with the GW, and Park Ranger. I was told it wasn't something they wanted to advertise, but it's kinda crazy to not extend every tool in recovering a wounded animal.
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Old 12-19-2017, 08:21 PM   #257
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I am interested in hunting Amistad with a partner that is familiar with the area. Iím not completely new to Amistad and have seen a lot of the hunt areas from the water. Anybody going to make a trip out there in the near future?


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Old 12-19-2017, 08:27 PM   #258
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I am interested in hunting Amistad with a partner that is familiar with the area. Iím not completely new to Amistad and have seen a lot of the hunt areas from the water. Anybody going to make a trip out there in the near future?


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I might be out there at the end of January, or middle of Feb. I would say hunt area 4 or 5, but go in by boat.

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Old 12-19-2017, 08:51 PM   #259
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Let me know if you would like some company. I have some time off from 16-22 in Jan and after the 5th of Feb.


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Old 12-20-2017, 12:01 AM   #260
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I don't think you can use a dog at Amistad.
You can for duck hunting.
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Old 12-20-2017, 02:20 AM   #261
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You can for duck hunting.
Did you make it back out? Any luck out there? Seems like there is still good deer movement in some areas of the county.
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Old 12-20-2017, 02:35 AM   #262
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Did you make it back out? Any luck out there? Seems like there is still good deer movement in some areas of the county.
I'm embarrassed to report we had plenty of deer movement but no connections. Every buck I have ever shot at out there has completely ducked my arrow so I finally decided I'd overcome my mental block and start aiming low just underneath them. So nice clean 30 yard shot I aim low, and the deer just stands there looking at me so my slick trick slams into the rocks under/behind him and he runs off. Fast forward a couple days and I get another opportunity, this time I'm sitting there staring at the clouds and hear a rock kick over, look over and a small buck is standing in my shooting lane 30 yards away kinda casually looking at me. I freeze, he stares for a minute then bounces over and down the hill right in front of a bush I'd ranged at 42 yards. No problemo! Put my 40 yard pin on him and let it fly... uhhh forgot to account for the steep downhill angle and it went over his back. I knew immediately after I released I messed up. 20 minutes later my wife gets a shot at a spike that she misjudged the yardage for, she had all the bushes marked for distance and mistook the 30 yard bush he was standing by for the 20 yard bush. That evening I hunted a different spot for a fresh start, heard chewing behind me and turn to my right to find a decent tall 8 point walking out from behind me... only problem he was about 3 yards away and if I were holding an arrow could have literally touched him with it if I leaned over just a tad. He stood there next to me for a full legitimate 2 minutes as I was afraid to breathe and scared to death. He was looking out over this flat I was hunting before he walked out into it, drool string hanging down from the corner of his lip and I could see the muscles flexing in his jaw though he wasn't chewing he was kind of grinding his teeth or something. For a moment I thought wow he might actually walk past me far enough that if I get a plane to fly over or a train goes by I could draw back and get a shot. Right about then he casually starts looking around, looks to his right looks down and casually looks over at me... then he does the "chicken head" and I swear he jumped like a kangaroo doing a backflip probably 10 yards out in a single dead leap and he was gone gone gone flames coming from the bottom of his hooves as he bolted away lol. Our other buddy got busted several times in a row over in his spot and I guess he got tired of it so walked around a bit without any opportunities presenting themselves.

edit: Oh, about the jumping the string/ducking thing. Neither of the deer I shot at moved at all when I let them fly this time. After my last trip I switched my arrows out from FOB's to NAP Hellfire fletching. It's looking like the FOB's air noise may have been the culprit for all the ducks I've experienced in the past. I wish I would have tried changing them out sooner as 3 years ago I let one fly at a real nice buck that did the "Bambi on ice" belly to the floor before my arrow flew over him.

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Old 12-20-2017, 02:47 AM   #263
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^^^^ Nothing to be embarrassed about. Sounds like there was a lot of action out there. Sadly, my back continues to keep me from going out there so it's been a forgettable season for me.
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Old 12-27-2017, 01:04 PM   #264
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Any mouflon showing back up? Heading there tomorrow.

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Old 12-27-2017, 01:25 PM   #265
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Any mouflon showing back up? Heading there tomorrow.
Last time I talked to the family, they said they were sticking to the creek bottoms

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Old 12-28-2017, 06:42 PM   #266
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^^^^ Nothing to be embarrassed about. Sounds like there was a lot of action out there. Sadly, my back continues to keep me from going out there so it's been a forgettable season for me.
Pm sent.

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Old 12-28-2017, 07:52 PM   #267
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We allowed to shoot axis? Saw some does today. Brown with white spots.

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Old 12-28-2017, 07:55 PM   #268
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We allowed to shoot axis? Saw some does today. Brown with white spots.

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Didnít know there were axis that far out there?

And as a exotic I would imagine so
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:02 PM   #269
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Didnít know there were axis that far out there?

And as a exotic I would imagine so
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:23 PM   #270
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Didnít know there were axis that far out there?

And as a exotic I would imagine so
I had never seen Axis deer at Amistad. They are not on the list but I don't see why not, they are exotics.

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Old 12-28-2017, 09:13 PM   #271
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I had never seen Axis deer at Amistad. They are not on the list but I don't see why not, they are exotics.

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I was very surprised to see them. There were about five. I had the wind right and put a stalk on them, but....dang rocks r noisy.

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Old 12-29-2017, 12:00 PM   #272
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I checked at the office about the axis. If they're not on the list, you cannot shoot. I asked them to put them on the list.

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Old 12-29-2017, 12:05 PM   #273
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That sucks but it's what I had been told in the past. What did they tell you about placing axis on the list of exotics allowed to be taken??
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Old 12-29-2017, 12:53 PM   #274
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Man i really want to go hunting there next year. Was beautiful driving past it from big bend. All i could think of was stalking sheep through the desert haha
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:34 PM   #275
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That sucks but it's what I had been told in the past. What did they tell you about placing axis on the list of exotics allowed to be taken??
She said she would pass the info along. Maybe some emails from all of us outdoor help.
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:11 PM   #276
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I'm back at it. Found another promising spot. Rubs and a scrape.

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