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Old 11-11-2018, 04:12 PM   #401
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A half hour of lecture and then another half to get signed off
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:35 PM   #402
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Also, if scouting is allowed the day before one hunts, why not go over as a park visitor on some other non hunting day to just look around?


No reason not to. They used language that implied they'd PREFER not getting out into the refuge until orientation. I took that as a you may at your own risk.


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Old 11-12-2018, 09:49 AM   #403
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May want to check their rules first. Not 100% but thought I saw where it said they didn’t want anyone attaching anything to the trees. Again I don’t remember exactly what it said but might want to check just to CYA.

Granger Lake rules also state no stands/blinds left over 72 hours but we all know that's a bust. Saw stands there from the 1990's.
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:04 AM   #404
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Granger Lake rules also state no stands/blinds left over 72 hours but we all know that's a bust. Saw stands there from the 1990's.
Yea true but LANWR staff is way way way less lenient on rule breaking. They will gladly show you your way off the premises and add you to the don't come back list. Them Federal wardens can be deeks if you make them mad.
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:16 AM   #405
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For those of you that went to the orientation last year how long did it last?

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I’d say it lasted about an hour. It should only last about 30 min but everyone seems to ask questions that were already answered which drags it out
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Old 11-12-2018, 11:51 AM   #406
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So I just called and confirmed that all of the hunter orientations will take place at 3:00pm. On the hunt brochure it says 9:00am but that has been changed for all hunts to 3:00pm.

BOW HUNTS ONLY!!
Be sure to go to the Los Fresnos Community Center location for orientation, NOT the actual wildlife refuge. Orientation address: 204 N Brazil st Los Fresnos, TX 78566.


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Old 11-12-2018, 02:26 PM   #407
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Anyone going out and looking around morning of orientation?


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Old 11-12-2018, 02:44 PM   #408
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So I just called and confirmed that all of the hunter orientations will take place at 3:00pm. On the hunt brochure it says 9:00am but that has been changed for all hunts to 3:00pm.

BOW HUNTS ONLY!!
Be sure to go to the Los Fresnos Community Center location for orientation, NOT the actual wildlife refuge. Orientation address: 204 N Brazil st Los Fresnos, TX 78566.


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Old 11-12-2018, 03:55 PM   #409
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No reason not to. They used language that implied they'd PREFER not getting out into the refuge until orientation. I took that as a you may at your own risk.


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In the past we were allowed to scout for three days about a week prior to the hunt. The rules have changed. There is no way you can scout this place in one day. Even for me, I have hunted this place for about 18 years and I will find different patterns and areas that are good and had not seen before. You can go as a visitor but I believe area 3 is off limits if you are not scouting. I could be wrong but that is how I interpreted the rule.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:57 PM   #410
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In the past we were allowed to scout for three days about a week prior to the hunt. The rules have changed. There is no way you can scout this place in one day. Even for me, I have hunted this place for about 18 years and I will find different patterns and areas that are good and had not seen before. You can go as a visitor but I believe area 3 is off limits if you are not scouting. I could be wrong but that is how I interpreted the rule.


Yeah I can see how a day or part of wouldn't cover much of that area. If I still lived in the area I would make more trips, but it's 8 hours for me so one day it is. Huntindad has been out there already well before his hunt. Just saying even with the rules looks like there's a way to get out there before the hunt. Just don't screw anything up out there, like a take a plant out to replant at home. Or chop down trees with thorns or poky things. About covers it I imagine.


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Old 11-12-2018, 05:23 PM   #411
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and drive slow on the road going in. it is one of the worst roads i have ever driven down. Will really blow up your shocks and front end.
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Old 11-12-2018, 05:33 PM   #412
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Yeah I can see how a day or part of wouldn't cover much of that area. If I still lived in the area I would make more trips, but it's 8 hours for me so one day it is. Huntindad has been out there already well before his hunt. Just saying even with the rules looks like there's a way to get out there before the hunt. Just don't screw anything up out there, like a take a plant out to replant at home. Or chop down trees with thorns or poky things. About covers it I imagine.


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yeah, I been out there...even before my hunt..oh my !!! I went to the visitor center and got a day pass like every one else and was a sightseer.

Didn't see a whole lot, but it gave me an idea of high the grasses was.

and if the road is still torn up going into the visitor center...drive slow and be careful.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:36 AM   #413
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Do hunters need a entrance pass each day in like visitors do? Another year I can get my lifetime national parks pass for $80. I see there is a $10 annual pass for LA and Santa Anna NWR.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:40 AM   #414
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no pass needed for hunters. your permit is your pass
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:53 AM   #415
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and drive slow on the road going in. it is one of the worst roads i have ever driven down. Will really blow up your shocks and front end.
Its more like a paved trail if nothing has been fixed since I was there in 2015.

Potholes big enough to fit your whole front end.

But still a small price to pay for a chance at a Nilgai.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:22 PM   #416
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Its more like a paved trail if nothing has been fixed since I was there in 2015.

Potholes big enough to fit your whole front end.

But still a small price to pay for a chance at a Nilgai.
You need to drive slow as heck anyway... running over an ocelot at 4AM is a good way to ruin your own trip real quick.
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:11 AM   #417
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I drew the 1/18 rifle hunt, I'll try not to run over any ocelots. Any one else headed to this hunt?
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:09 PM   #418
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Getting packed up. Hope everyone has safe trip there. Good Luck everyone.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:10 PM   #419
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Getting packed up. Hope everyone has safe trip there. Good Luck everyone.


Man I have to wait another few weeks. I'm excited for you all this weekend! Got you some blue bulls


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Old 11-14-2018, 06:10 PM   #420
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Wonder what this cold weather has done to the critters especially the ticks and mosquitoes. Did not quite freeze at LA but did in the western Rio Grande Valley
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:17 PM   #421
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Headed that way. 4.5 hours out. Anyone staying at Los Fresnos Inn?


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Old 11-14-2018, 08:38 PM   #422
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decided to leave in the morning, 3am, yay. Im staying at Port Isla inn, stayed there last year.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:55 PM   #423
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Old 11-15-2018, 12:30 AM   #424
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Just landed in Laguna vista. Ready to see the diffrence from last year.
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Old 11-15-2018, 02:04 AM   #425
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Wonder what this cold weather has done to the critters especially the ticks and mosquitoes. Did not quite freeze at LA but did in the western Rio Grande Valley
I hunted lower Rio Grande last week. Lanwr and there ain’t but like 45-60 minutes away. First day was hit and muggy and bugs were out. After that cold front hit, not a single but was to be see or heard. Cold air knocked them out bigtime. The cold wind made the Nilgai stay in the brush. Hunting got a lil harder but was still fun.

The lil buck I shot didn’t have any ticks on it at all. I didn’t get any on myself either. Maybe they aren’t as bad as lanwr but I still took the same precautions as I did there.
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:34 AM   #426
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:45 AM   #427
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Where’s the warm weather?
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:05 AM   #431
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I am set up. Saw a group of javis and later a bobcat with her kitten. Saw a gator and came across an indigo snake.
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:30 AM   #433
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:36 AM   #434
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Frosty on the ground this morning. All my spots set up, but can't hunt until tomorrow afternoon. Seen 6 deer and some geese. Orientation next at 3 pm. Good luck everyone. If anyone needs help the next few days, post it here. My service is spotty out there.

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Frosty on the ground this morning. All my spots set up, but can't hunt until tomorrow afternoon. Seen 6 deer and some geese. Orientation next at 3 pm. Good luck everyone. If anyone needs help the next few days, post it here. My service is spotty out there.

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Currently on 77 headed south to orientation. Ready to get after it in the morning!
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Ill be watching this thread hard for the next 2 weeks until my hunt, good luck out there, leave some for the rest of us!!
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:32 PM   #439
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The vegetation is raging here this year. Its twice as hard to bike in and fields are 3' or taller. Everything is green and thriving.
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Old 11-15-2018, 07:28 PM   #440
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Gotter done also. Found a nice scrape. WT are not rutting here are they? Ground all scratched up, limbed broken overhead. Looks like the real deal. Set up 22yrds from it.


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Old 11-15-2018, 08:43 PM   #442
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:07 PM   #443
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Gotter done also. Found a nice scrape. WT are not rutting here are they? Ground all scratched up, limbed broken overhead. Looks like the real deal. Set up 22yrds from it.


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No unfortunately not. About a month away still
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:13 PM   #444
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Yessir. Me and a couple others on here. You getting there early? I can't make it until late on the 5th.


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Old 11-15-2018, 11:25 PM   #445
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No unfortunately not. About a month away still


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Old 11-16-2018, 08:30 AM   #446
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Im hunting 11/30. Orientation is 11/29. They moved all the orientation to 3pm but said you “can” scout before orientation if you want. Anybody know if they will open county road that morning before orientation or make us wait until after orientation to use county road. What was the procedure for the 11/16 hunt?
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:34 AM   #447
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Im hunting 11/30. Orientation is 11/29. They moved all the orientation to 3pm but said you “can” scout before orientation if you want. Anybody know if they will open county road that morning before orientation or make us wait until after orientation to use county road. What was the procedure for the 11/16 hunt?


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Anybody seeing any movement this morning?
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:16 AM   #449
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:17 AM   #450
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Hopefully it freezes again before the 12/7


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