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Old 04-13-2018, 07:15 AM   #1
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Almost gave up on the play by play. Had some issues yesterday trying to log in to TBH. Hopefully thatís behind us and thereís no more hiccups. Kept getting this message.



Hopefully I can bring yíall along with the three of us as we attempt to cross off this bucket list creature for us all. Iím especially excited that I get to share this with my son!!! Hope all goes well.

Iím pretty beat after running around all day trying to get things ready but in all that craziness I saw a familiar sticker on the highway about 3:30 yesterday.



Iím still not 100% ready and thatís why Iím up at 7a. Lots of things to do so we can make our 3p mandatory orientation.

Did pick up our home for the next few days from my brothers.



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Old 04-13-2018, 07:21 AM   #2
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Sounds like fun. Good luck. I recognized that retaining wall pattern immediately. I'm from CC and hunt outside of Concepcion as well. Small world. Following along...
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:35 AM   #3
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:36 AM   #4
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Awesome, good luck. Those things are a whole lot harder to get a bead on than you'd think given how massive they are.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:39 AM   #5
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Is this at Laguna Atascosa? If so, let me summarize the "orientation" for you. "Don't ask for help, because we won't give you any. We don't care for hunters in general, and we really would prefer that you weren't here."
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:49 AM   #6
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Is this at Laguna Atascosa? If so, let me summarize the "orientation" for you. "Don't ask for help, because we won't give you any. We don't care for hunters in general, and we really would prefer that you weren't here."


Lmao! Sounds a lot like the speech my FIL gave me many years ago. J/K


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Old 04-13-2018, 07:49 AM   #7
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Am I the only one that keeps reading the thread title incorrectly? Keep trying to put an a where the u is!
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:19 AM   #8
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And weíre off. Just realized itís Friday the 13th


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Old 04-13-2018, 09:20 AM   #9
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:01 PM   #10
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:03 PM   #11
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Towards the end of our 4 hour scouting I felt like this guy could have easily passed me while I was on my bike.


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Old 04-13-2018, 08:04 PM   #12
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Good luck. Really jealous here!

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Old 04-13-2018, 08:04 PM   #13
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Board from the last hunt!


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Old 04-13-2018, 08:05 PM   #14
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Was pretty funny watching them give everybody and their mother a warning for not logging their harvested deer on license.


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Old 04-13-2018, 08:08 PM   #15
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We did about three hours of scouting then headed to the orientation. When I got out of orientation to go scout again we noticed that my brand new tire and tube had exploded while we were in the meeting. A first for me but oh well. Guess it was over inflated and the heat that did it in. First of many troubles with tires I presume.


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Old 04-13-2018, 08:10 PM   #16
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Momma and baby nilgai!




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Old 04-13-2018, 08:11 PM   #17
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Good luck! Nilgai are pretty high on my list!


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Old 04-13-2018, 08:11 PM   #18
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Good way to round out the day!


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Old 04-13-2018, 08:41 PM   #19
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Good luck out there.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:37 AM   #20
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Front rolled in with powerful winds!!!



Our traditional hunting selfie!



Didnít take long at all! Maybe 30 min in and already drew blood!



Great day to be alive!


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Old 04-14-2018, 07:40 AM   #21
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congrats...............
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:43 AM   #22
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:53 AM   #23
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Wow good job !! Go get some more " no limits "
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:19 AM   #24
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Front rolled in with powerful winds!!!



Our traditional hunting selfie!



Didnít take long at all! Maybe 30 min in and already drew blood!



Great day to be alive!


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Awesome, way to go!

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Old 04-14-2018, 10:21 AM   #25
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That is a freezer filler!
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:25 AM   #26
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:31 AM   #27
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Good job! You sure made that look easy, congratulations on the Nilgai. Now the work begins.
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:09 AM   #28
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Bad as! Congrats
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Old 04-14-2018, 01:27 PM   #29
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Made quick work of her! Had her quartered and on ice by 10a then back at it.




Did some more looking around but not much else moving.

Getting a bite and taking a mid day siesta under a very nice mesquite!




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Old 04-14-2018, 01:30 PM   #30
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:49 PM   #31
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Old 04-14-2018, 04:50 PM   #32
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Good job! Keep going!
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:11 PM   #33
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:39 PM   #34
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Congrats. Post pics when you can
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:58 PM   #35
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Iíll try to summarize todayís events best I can.

We had a cow dead to rights at 20yds and son couldnít find it in the scope while it was feeding with its back to us. I tried everything possible to get him lined up but it just wasnít happening. After it realized we were there and stared us down for what seemed like an hour I look over at my buddy and without missing a beat I gave him the nod to take it and he throat punched it. No tracking job needed.

We spotted a bull a ways off and my buddy decided to put a stalk on it. Instead of slowing him down my son and I went another direction to set up elsewhere. We get settled into a good looking spot about an hour and a half later and about 30 min into our sit a gun goes off behind us. A hunter that we didnít see before hand dropped a cow and I knew our sit was over. We relocated to another spot a couple hundred yards away from there and just as we sit I get a call from my buddy saying he dropped the bull. So we start the trek back in the other direction to give him a hand. By this time light was fading and we werenít going to make the ďall outĒ time. He caped it and got all the meat he could carry off of it. Ranger picked us up halfway on the walk back to our truck and that was the end of day one. Feet are killing us and we will recharge and do it all over in the morning. My boy was just excited to get his photo with the cow. It made his day! Hopefully I can get him on a nilgai tomorrow. Itís all he talks about now!



The bull was better than we originally thought. Buddy is going to get it mounted.




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Old 04-15-2018, 12:10 AM   #36
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Very cool. Congrats so far
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Old 04-15-2018, 04:47 PM   #37
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Sounds like a good hunt. Congrats!

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Old 04-15-2018, 06:11 PM   #38
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I guess y'all are on the road now... Let us know how today's hunt went.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:54 PM   #39
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Congrats man! I'll post my pics and story tonight.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:51 PM   #40
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Well. We didnít get anything the last day. My boy was beat and did a half a day then slept back at the truck the rest of the day. Have to admit that I was impressed he kept up with us men for that long. He showed a lot of heart. We walked and biked a good amount of miles in three days. I ended up shooting a cow around 3p yesterday but could not find her after she hit the brush. Just got too thick and had zero blood to go by. I took a shot at her from what I thought was around 300 yds(I suck at judging distance) and held over for that distance. Ended up sailing the shot over her. Good thing was she ran straight at me(I was hiding on the brush line). So I reloaded and put the crosshairs right on her chest(zeroed at 200yds) and I heard the impact and she shrugged it off and darted into the brush. Really wish I had that first shot back but oh well, you live and you learn. I was all over unit 3 and 5 and gained much knowledge from this trip. The bites ALL OVER my body and blisters on both feet are not going to let me forget this trip anytime soon. Overall just a great experience with great company and canít wait to get back to that beautiful(but unforgiving) country!



Sneaky guy!




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Old 04-16-2018, 09:58 PM   #41
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thanx for taking us along on your hunt. Was this the special draw hunt?

How far did most folks go in from the road? I have a deformed hip joint...don't know how far I could go.i did the carts help much?

again, congrats on the hunt.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:19 PM   #42
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Yes sir ďemergency draw huntĒ.
Hip should be good. Just walk in as far as you can and set up on a game trail and hope for the best. You can do as much as you want or as little as you want. There were lots of people hunting close to their vehicles.


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Old 04-16-2018, 10:26 PM   #43
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I will not be biking again. Too many things to worry about that take away from the hunt. Iím just going to do the walking and maybe a cart next time. Already looking for a great pair of boots to upgrade to. I would also zero rifles at 100 and know your hold for 200 and you will be good. Most shots will be close and probably on a moving target. Jumped plenty of whitetails on this hunt also. Was pretty cool seeing all the wildlife this place had to offer. Bowhunt will be interesting this year!


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Old 04-16-2018, 10:50 PM   #44
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thanx for taking us along on your hunt. Was this the special draw hunt?

How far did most folks go in from the road? I have a deformed hip joint...don't know how far I could go.i did the carts help much?

again, congrats on the hunt.
If you have a disability waiver you are allowed to use an ATV within the unit. Should help you out in the event you get drawn.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:51 PM   #45
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Congrats on the successful hunt! The Laguna is definitely a tough but rewarding experience.
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Old 04-17-2018, 03:19 AM   #46
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Congrats. Looks like a great time was had.
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Old 04-17-2018, 05:29 AM   #47
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If you have a disability waiver you are allowed to use an ATV within the unit. Should help you out in the event you get drawn.
naah...don't have a disability waiver. If I walk too much, my hip & back let me know about it. I like the idea of biking in to get further from the other folks though.

Gonna try my best to get on one of these hunts this year.
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:41 AM   #48
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Congrats on your Nilgai!

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Old 04-19-2018, 10:46 PM   #49
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naah...don't have a disability waiver. If I walk too much, my hip & back let me know about it. I like the idea of biking in to get further from the other folks though.

Gonna try my best to get on one of these hunts this year.
You don't need a handicapped sticker, just a letter from your Dr stating you can't walk far distances due to pain.

Biking is normally the way to go, but the roads can be tough.
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:08 PM   #50
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tempting... But I am a tad bit bit stubborn and long as I am able to get around I will without assistance.Will just have to pace myself and hunt smart.

Really admired a gentleman I met at Walter Buck WMA several years back on a spring turkey hunt/exotic hunt. He had driven 3 - 5 hours to get to Walter Buck to hunt. He was alone. He hunted with an old muzzleloader in blind 7 I think(good location). He ended up shooting an Audad close to dark. He tracked it and field dressed it and drug it back to his truck and loaded it up.

the man was 81 years old. He did forget his knife at the gut pile and got turned around in the dark and could not find it.

Back at headquarters, he said he was done and needed to head home.I asked him about his knife, he shrugged his shoulders like...it is gone. I told him I was hunting in the morning and would swing by his blind and do some looking. I got his name and addrress . Sure enough, after my huntI drove over to were he was hunting.After A little walking, I found the gut pile...and his knife.

brought it in to show Gilbert Guzman(biologist) and told him I would mail it to the gentleman.

The old boy was sure appreciative of what I did for him...Just hope that I am that capable in 21 years.

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