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Old 10-14-2018, 03:13 PM   #51
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So I'm curious, with all this rain thata going on especially what's predicted the next 2 weeks ... Will it be worth hunting the 11/1-11/11 draw?? Will it flood if we get much more rain?? Heard that's pretty dang flat and it all floods evenly and doesnt take much to flood it.
Also curious, but as I learned at Aransas. Deer wade through water, without any hesitation.

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Old 10-14-2018, 03:39 PM   #52
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Remember they will bed on high dry land. Find the bedding areas
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Also curious, but as I learned at Aransas. Deer wade through water, without any hesitation.

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Old 10-14-2018, 05:36 PM   #53
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I would think the flooded areas would help as long as there isn't too much pressure on them. It will narrow down the bedding areas for sure. Hunting beast has some videos on hunting swamp and marsh areas. Good info.
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Old 10-14-2018, 10:33 PM   #54
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So I hunted this weekend and won't be able to hunt during the week but plan on heading back for the final 2 days. Did see some deer and hogs, got stuck out Saturday evening in a pretty bad storm. Was doing alright for a couple hours of hard steady rain sitting in my pop up. However I did notice that water was pooling up all around me pretty good. My son and I finally decided to cut our losses and yeah back to camp before it got to bad to make it back. About a 30 minute ride on our 4-wheeler, we got soaked beyond soaked, boots filled up with water, gortex jacket soaked through, about 3-4 miles back probably and every bit of the way back was through water. Oh, like always the mosquitos were horrible
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Old 10-14-2018, 10:36 PM   #55
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So I'm curious, with all this rain thata going on especially what's predicted the next 2 weeks ... Will it be worth hunting the 11/1-11/11 draw?? Will it flood if we get much more rain?? Heard that's pretty dang flat and it all floods evenly and doesnt take much to flood it.
That last sentence sounds pretty accurate from what I saw this weekend
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:23 AM   #56
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That last sentence sounds pretty accurate from what I saw this weekend
well I got to work this morning and found out we have a turnaround starting either November 3 or November 4 and lasting 7 days.... So I am going to call TPWD and hopefully give some one else a shot.. Very unfortunate.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:55 AM   #57
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I hope things dry up a little before the November 30th hunt. As of now our group doesn’t have a four wheeler. Will be buck only for that period so hopefully there’s a few still around.
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:48 PM   #58
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How is it going out there? I can't imagine this rain isn't causing some major flooding.
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:21 PM   #59
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I hope things dry up a little before the November 30th hunt. As of now our group doesn’t have a four wheeler. Will be buck only for that period so hopefully there’s a few still around.
I will be there the 30th November but I will have a four wheeler. Coming from Killeen.

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Old 10-17-2018, 04:02 PM   #60
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I would not be surprised at all if they cancel some or all of the hunts. Even if the water will recede by then. They do it because of fawn loss I believe. They do not want to place more stress on the herd.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:45 PM   #61
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There are only 2 access points to this unit, so your options will be limited to how far you are willing to walk if you do not have a 4x4 or atv. Every year I was there it was super muddy gumbo. ATV was a must. But yes you could kill deer by walking in.


Do not use the old access point on the north east side of the WMA. They consider this illegal entry and it comes with a $300 fine.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:49 PM   #62
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Do not use the old access point on the north east side of the WMA. They consider this illegal entry and it comes with a $300 fine.
Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 10-17-2018, 05:58 PM   #63
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Do not use the old access point on the north east side of the WMA. They consider this illegal entry and it comes with a $300 fine.
Yea after i posted that i noticed that entry point was no longer shown on the wma map.

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Old 10-17-2018, 06:00 PM   #64
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Yea after i posted that i noticed that entry point was no longer shown on the wma map.

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I will be there November 30 less being cancelled

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Old 10-26-2018, 09:22 PM   #65
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A little FYI for you guys.... I called today to tell them I would only be able to hunt Saturday due to work so I went ahead and gave up my spot for a standby... I went ahead and asked what the conditions are, he told me u needed a boat to get around the WMA as of today... So you guys might want to reconsider heading out there.
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Old 10-28-2018, 07:12 PM   #66
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Well I will be there for the 30 November thru 9 December, should be dried up by then.

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Old 10-28-2018, 08:17 PM   #67
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Well I will be there for the 30 November thru 9 December, should be dried up by then.

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Same here. Not sure if I want to hunt from the ground and have the ability to move around easier, or carry a climber around and get a height advantage. Never been up to the WMA before.
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:07 PM   #68
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Spoke with TPWD today, he said that the WMA is completely under water (or at least last time he was there) and that you're going to need a kayak to get around and search for high ground. He also said the road crossing the hi-line was under water as well - which I thought was troubling, best I can remember that was the highest point on the WMA. He said they don't plan on cancelling it, but at this point I'm wondering if its even worth going out there.
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:30 PM   #69
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Depends on what the weather does Wednesday on the amount of rain. i have private property close to this WMA and our bottom land was flooded this weekend from the Trinity but it was dropping Sunday. The area will be WET even after the water falls. I would call the biologist to keep getting updates.

I would take a climber on this hunt to be mobile
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:49 PM   #70
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I crossed the Hwy 79/84 bridge this afternoon coming home. River is still out of it's banks. Since I crossed it last Thur., water hasn't gone down much. I don't know when the next hunt is, but I bet they will still need a boat.
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Old 10-31-2018, 02:05 PM   #71
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I went and scouted this morning and I am very reluctant to report that I'm going to throw in the towel. I just don't see any way it clears up by this weekend. Shallowest point I found was still under about 14" of water, and I kayaked around for about 3 hours. Folks that have been there will recognize some of the pics below

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The 1 mile road to the WMA - this was deep in places, over 5'



The first part of the WMA on the left of the gate - the green on the left is just tall reeds, still completely under water.



Down the fence line on the left side



I dropped my phone in the water after that pic and turned it off (fortunately not broken). Best of luck to anyone that heads out there - but with the rain today it's probably just going to be worse. If you head out there bring a yak/canoe. I didn't search the entire WMA by any means, but I went to the highest spots I knew of and they were floating - that doesn't mean there aren't areas that are above water, I just didn't find them. Also the bugs were relentless, I can't imagine how bad its going to be once the water clears out a little bit.

Best of luck, I'm still applying next year!

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Old 11-02-2018, 11:50 AM   #72
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:51 AM   #73
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Depends on what the weather does Wednesday on the amount of rain. i have private property close to this WMA and our bottom land was flooded this weekend from the Trinity but it was dropping Sunday. The area will be WET even after the water falls. I would call the biologist to keep getting updates.

I would take a climber on this hunt to be mobile
sounds like we need to do a flooded timber hunt for ducks on your private property! lol
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:06 AM   #74
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Does anyone have the phone number to who i can call about an update on the conditions there?
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:57 AM   #75
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Does anyone have the phone number to who i can call about an update on the conditions there?
(903) 928-2251
General line for Big lake bottom and Gus engeling
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:56 PM   #76
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:18 PM   #77
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Just talked to Kyle Of TPWL and he says it is flooded all way up to the camp site.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:03 PM   #78
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Any new so far on how the hunt there has been for those who went?
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:44 AM   #79
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I'd be surprised if anyone went. I've been checking in on this thread hoping someone braved it.
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:29 PM   #80
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I was suppose to go tomorrow on the 16th. Got a call from the ranger and it is still flooded. Only access is by canoe or other floating devices. Cancelled my hunt.
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:34 PM   #81
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River at Oakwood as of 1:40 today was at 40.07 feet, flood stage for this area is 35 feet, with the river still rising to expected 41 feet. Coffield prison grounds is partially flooded.
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:12 AM   #82
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Any thoughts on how the WMA will be for the Nov. 30th hunt?
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Old 11-25-2018, 03:40 PM   #83
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I'm planning on calling the park tomorrow, I will let you know what I find out.

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Old 11-27-2018, 04:44 PM   #84
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I just received a call from the Biologist asking if I was still planning on attending so I guess it is possible to hunt out there but he said it was still pretty much underwater.
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Old 11-27-2018, 05:51 PM   #85
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Cool no one was answering my calls. I'm will hunting the northeast corner. My first day will be scouting and second day will be setting up. Hopefully there's a good but cheap place to eat near by.

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Old 11-30-2018, 07:15 PM   #86
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Went and checked in / did orientation today because unless you were there today you could not hunt

Met birdsongty1 but he didn't mention TBH and I had a TBH shirt on

Looks like 15 hunters, handful have hunted it flooded before and the ones I talked to were willing to share what they know

Headed back down Monday if water has gone down a little.

Most everything west of the gate is under water but east is not too bad

Not going to be a picnic but will update as I can
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:07 PM   #87
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Headed back down in the morning to give it a shot

Water has gone down enough that maybe we can get around enough to get where we want to try

If signal allows I will update daily
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:28 PM   #88
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Good luck
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:22 PM   #89
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Cell signal was very poor (AT&T) so I skipped the update

Brief recap

Got back down there Tuesday around lunch, got camp set up and headed out for a look


Looks bad but it was maybe ankle deep for 50-75yds on the road between the gates

We hunted on the east end, lots of water on west end that you could see from where you have to go east or west

Everyone that I know of was hunting on the east end
There was one guy who was riding an ATV in on Tuesday morning. Saw him go out around 8:30 and never saw him again
There was a guy with 3 teenage kids that hunted several times while we were there
There was 1 more guy that came in and hung a stand Tuesday afternoon and was walking in. He hunted this morning but not sure if he stayed or went home too.

We saw deer, mostly does but a few bucks. A couple dad saw were “legal” but obviously young (biologist wanted mature bucks taken)

Dad and his friend were hunting opposite sides of Black Slough (big creek that crosses power line) and saw same doe and 2 bucks. Bucks were not “chasing” but shadowing her pretty close
She swam and they followed



Dad and I got about 100yds apart and hunted real slow the first evening, mostly looking for fresh sign to set up on

We had gone about half a mile and hit a road and were following it back to the 4 wheelers. There was a big log about 5yds off the road and it exploded with hogs. It looked like one of those clown cars, hogs just kept coming out from behind it. Must have been about 20
Of course neither one of us had an arrow nocked and they were gone pretty quick

Did find some good spots but no shots fired

We hunted until lunch today and packed up. With rain coming in and calling for 3-6” (depending on who you listen to) we decided it was time to go home

Few random pics








Ty, did you hunt any?


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