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Old 10-27-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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Ok guys, I'm going to be hunting at the LRGV National Wildlife Refuge Teniente Tract, I was able to draw a tag for a 4 day hunt 1-6-11 to 1-9-11. Its located west of Raymondville on 186 between county rd 10-30. Yesterday I drove down county rd 30, and I saw two Nilgai, a bobcat and a Spike. This was just one rd, I still have to go down rd 20 and 10, I know 10 runs to the Rio Beef Yard. This place is huge and I wouldn't even know where to start. Has anybody hunted here before? Any advice would help, brush is thick, but I know by the time I go the grass and brush will be less thick. It's a nice place out there. Any info will help. Should I use a ground pop up blind or tripod, and if a tripod where or who makes a light weight tripod, no vehicles are allowed in there. Appreciate the help guys.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:57 PM   #2
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Will be my first time also. I'll be there on Dec 9-12. I've heard of a place that sales an aluminum tripod. I think its around the laguna heights area. Do a search on here..Lates
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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Yippeeee!!!
Got lucky on a "re-draw" and will be hittin' it 2-5 Dec....
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:09 PM   #4
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South Texas Tripods make some awesome lightweight tripods. Never hunted there. Born and raised not far from there.
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:33 AM   #5
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:13 AM   #6
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first things first...glad to be on board with u guys...this is my first post on here. Have been a part of Texas Hunting Forum for several yrs now. Reason I registered here was because I was drawn for a hunt on Dec 10-12 @ LRGV Teniente Tract and noticed ur post...well drove out there yesterday at sundown with a buddy and came across 7 deer, a coyote, and a couple of raccoons simply driving up and down CR 10,20,and 30...so it was nice to see some action. i do have one question though...even though not all areas are thick...most parts (90-95%) are covered in tall grass...where exactly can we set up? can we set up along the road? where we have a clear view...or is a tripod recommended. i've just never hunted public lands before.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:39 PM   #7
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Like in other places in texas hunting is not allowed from a road so a tripod is recomended, you dont have to much time to setup and to scout, look at the area just east of 20 on the north part, try to get at least 350 yds from 20 towards 30 and no less than 200 from the north road
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Old 12-11-2010, 03:19 PM   #8
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For anyone else hunting this tract of land, just some advice. I have been lucky to get drawn a few times. Pigs anywhere near water. Deer, just sit and give them time, if you are there they will come. Plenty of game. Nilgai bedded in the tall grass will flush like quail if they don't smell you. Stalking after the prime hunting hour of 10:00am is a good way to find one. If you are a large group of 4 or more go to CR10 and everyone dump off to your west. Some work from north to south and the others work south to north.

You will push Nilgai into each other. Just wear your orange and don't shoot each other. Spread out 50 yards as you walk and keep sight of each other. We have flushed many nilgai this way, but the brush held back the arrow flight. People tend to stay away from that area because of the high 18wheeler traffic to the Beef yard. Also that area is not very wide, this helps funnel them and limits their movement east to west. A good pull cart is a must.
I have one but got lazy last week and didn't take it on the first day. I shot an 8pt. buck and had to drag him out 1/4 mile. Tough day that coulda been easier. If you don't have help or a cart, come out and ask for some help. More than likely someone will help.
I hunt off the ground and use all the dead grass to build a ground blind. Pull it or cut it and stack it around you. Also have a light weight tripod, but this was the first year to take it. Majority of hunting can be done by big fellas from a small chair on the ground, for small lightweights, plenty of trees to hide in.
Gamewardens do check you well there, so no funny stuff. If it warms up, wear snake boots. I have seen some big rattlers that worried me with the thought of them striking above my boots. Ran into a mountain lion a few years back, plenty of coyote's and bobcats(non-shootable). All in all the hunt is as easy or hard as you make it. Good luck.

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Old 04-15-2011, 10:22 AM   #9
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BTTT....
Just wanna get this near the front cause not too long before we get ready for another go at it...did it last year for the first time (unsuccessfull) and am just a little smarter for it this time...
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:38 PM   #10
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Who's got the go ahead for this tract yet?
Bueller....
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:54 PM   #11
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still gonna have the hunt out there even though 400acres was burned off a couple weeks ago...got the word from an employee at Sta. Ana...notifications of drawings were mailed out a couple of days ago, we will find out if we made the cut early next week according to this lady...good luck out there....
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:10 PM   #12
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Got drawn for the shotgun/muzzleloader hunt at the end of December. I'm pretty excited but don't have a clue what to expect. I sent my payment in and they said they would send out the scouting information along with my permit once they received the check. Any ideas when the scouting dates usually are? I am also curious as to how many hunters they allow at a time on the refuge.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:36 PM   #13
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I got drawn for the archery hunt for the first week of January. Got drawn last year but couldnt make it. So it will be my first time going also.

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Old 10-17-2011, 10:38 PM   #14
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closing time, i did the shotgun hunt a couple of yrs ago. they only allow i think about 10 hunters per hunt. I didn't have any luck. you can take the middle road which will lead you to the lake......might be dry. i took the road to the right went all the way back to the property saw a nilgai cow down the road about 150 yds. but no luck on a stalk. its a tough hunt bring plenty of water because it will still be hot down here in december.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:58 PM   #15
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I found out I am hunting the east lake tract and the hunt coordinator told me there would be 10 hunters. Anyone hunted the east lake tract?
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:16 PM   #16
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Teniente is awesome hunt. We usually set up halfway down cr 130 before the salt bed on the east side. That place has some monster bucks! we are not set up in heavy brush but have seen a couple of 140 class deer along with nilgai. I was drawn 4 yrs in a row and never changed location. Good luck!
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:41 PM   #17
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poco bueno, you were supposed to call me last year. u couldn't make it. well maybe this yr u can make it. I also will be there Jan. 5-8. if u get lost call me. 956-369-2304.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:46 PM   #18
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Im hunting the teniente refuge Jan. 5-8. Im trying to put a game plan together. Has anyone here had any luck stalking?
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:39 PM   #19
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Dont stalk if you dont want rouin someone else hunt. you wont know were they are at.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:46 PM   #20
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True... Does anyone know how many hunters are one the refuge at one time (during the archery hunt, Jan 5-8)?
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:00 PM   #21
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Dont know how many but i hunted here on Nov 3-6 and was never busted by another hunter like they are doing at Atascosa.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:08 PM   #22
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That would be hard to do cause everthing is really dry. It look like everything I step on was super crunchy just made to much noise.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:17 PM   #23
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towboater, how did the hunt go? I will do the hunt in Jan. 5-8.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #24
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bigrack...stalking here is hard. If you don't have a tripod or a pop-up let me know i have one you can borrow. i will also hunt Jan. 5-8. hunted atascosa this week.....saw more hunters than deer!
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:50 PM   #25
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The frist day had a small buck stop ten yards in front of my stand but he saw me when I started to draw my bow. I only hunted mornings and everyday that I hunted I had a group of doe and small bucks pass by the stand. They where 40 yards away using another trail nearby. So I would change spots closer to that trail and the they would use the opposite one just out of bow range again. Thats ok though I will be back out there for the muzzleloader hunt I will get them then.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:07 AM   #26
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Ive got a gorilla pop up that im thinking about setting up in a funnel between 20 and 30Thanks though. Im taking my 16 yr old cousin on the youth hunt on the east lake tract on Sunday. Wish us luck. I took him last year and he got nelgai fever and couldnt pull it off. Hope it goes better this year.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:09 AM   #27
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typing this while driving down with some buddies from Kingsville after watching the cardinals lose. good game.....
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:12 AM   #28
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ive never hunted this area during Jan. im assuming the rut will still be on or atleast on the tail end of it... Im going to try to rattle something in this sunday, hope it works.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:30 PM   #29
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Just finished my hunt today. Had been pretty slow At the start of The hunt but today they were moving around pretty good. Saw a few deer moving around but nothing I was interested in. Then this nilgai cow stepped out at about 25 yards. Perfect shot ran about 60 yards and died.

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Old 12-18-2011, 09:24 PM   #30
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Good Job!!!
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:56 PM   #31
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Awesome kill for a DYI hunt.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:11 PM   #32
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good job ds us that the area north of 186?
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:17 AM   #33
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Not to bad for a rookie nilgai hunter! Next time don't let your help drive all the way home because you thought it was just a little bigger than a deer! She's huge
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:26 AM   #34
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Awesome! Congrat's!




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Old 12-19-2011, 01:22 PM   #35
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Nilgai- Awesome!
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:49 PM   #36
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Sweet....i will be hunting there in Jan. cant wait, will be my first time hunting in South Texas.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:05 PM   #37
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thursday morning saw a huge 11 pt. buck at 15 yrds tried to draw but he knew something was up. buck walked about 3 steps and turned and faced me took another 2 or 3 steps towards me and stopped and looked up! game over. friday... tried to stop a nice 8pt but he ignored me and kept running with his nose to the ground. passed on a yearling doe about 15 yrds. Only hunted two days but very fun and exiciting. surprised I didn't see any nilgai.
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Anyone going this week ? Dec 3-6 2015
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Old 12-01-2015, 04:45 PM   #39
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here is the newer thread

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=396080
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