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Old 07-11-2019, 12:06 PM   #1
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Good luck to everyone here. Hope you get drawn for something?

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Old 07-11-2019, 12:25 PM   #2
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I hunted down there last year for the first time. Was a very different experience from normal blind hunting.

It was pretty wet and rained some(1st hunt)...but I enjoyed the hunt. Came close to a big bull and ended up shooting an old 5 point whitetail. Will put in again this year. Good luck to folks that get drawn.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:45 PM   #3
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Hunted the last rifle deer hunt last year, amazing piece of land. I like that they pushed the exotic only hunt back to April this year.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:55 PM   #4
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Hunted the last rifle deer hunt last year, amazing piece of land. I like that they pushed the exotic only hunt back to April this year.
I agree. A couple of years ago I drew exotic only hunt during deer season. I had so many shot opportunities at whitetails and all I could do was watch the deer run around.

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Old 07-13-2019, 06:22 PM   #5
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Good luck in the draw guys. Blood on the ground


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Old 07-13-2019, 06:53 PM   #6
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Drew last year and saw a whole bunch nothing for the three days I went. Hopefully this year will be different. Good luck to everyone
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:09 PM   #7
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Drew last year and saw a whole bunch nothing for the three days I went. Hopefully this year will be different. Good luck to everyone
Last year was the first for me where I didn't even get to draw my bow back. I'll probably apply, but I've been picked three years in a row. Zero points going in.

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Old 07-14-2019, 04:57 PM   #8
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A thread already?!

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Old 07-14-2019, 07:49 PM   #9
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Good luck to everyone here. Hope you get drawn for something?

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Your that guy who lives just down the street? I'LL put you on the prayer list. Like to see you get the big one and at least help me haul one out. Good Luck!
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:59 PM   #10
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Same to you. Yes, I live about 5 minutes from the Atascosa.

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Old 07-22-2019, 03:28 PM   #11
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Would be a nine hour drive for me to go, but still hoping I get drawn.
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:45 AM   #12
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I feel your pain. Everything else for me is at least 5 hours or longer.

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Old 07-23-2019, 07:08 AM   #13
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I was drawn last year for the last rifle hunt. I killed a cow and saw another the next day. I didn't get to see any bulls running around. I hope I get drawn and see a bull this year.

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Old 07-24-2019, 04:01 PM   #14
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Does anyone know if the refuge did helicopter culling of nilgai this past year?

I read there was a proposal that they were going to graze insecticide treated cattle on the refuge to try to reduce the infestation of cattle fever tick. Did this happen?
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Old 07-24-2019, 05:36 PM   #15
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I read and commented for the support of the study with cattle. Have not heard of any reports of helicopter extermination either.

I'd love to stick an arrow in a nilgai using cow decoys

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Old 07-25-2019, 06:47 AM   #16
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I read and commented for the support of the study with cattle. Have not heard of any reports of helicopter extermination either.

I'd love to stick an arrow in a nilgai using cow decoys

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If I am not mistaken, we cannot use decoys at the Atascosa, not sure about El Teniente.

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Old 07-25-2019, 10:01 AM   #17
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Lol I'll use a cow suit then. The decoy rule I understand. Too many numb nutz would shoot it.

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Old 07-25-2019, 11:17 AM   #18
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I remember when we didn't have to have blaze orange for bowhunts at the refuge. That changed when someone got shot at by another hunter. Hahahaha.

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Old 07-25-2019, 11:39 AM   #19
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Does anyone know if the refuge did helicopter culling of nilgai this past year?

I read there was a proposal that they were going to graze insecticide treated cattle on the refuge to try to reduce the infestation of cattle fever tick. Did this happen?
I don't know about helicopter hunts, but last year I saw feeders scattered along highway 106 and along the road in section 8. The feeders along 8 were on the private land, but near the fence. I can only assume the feeders were used to distribute the tick insecticide.

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Old 07-25-2019, 01:32 PM   #20
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I don't know about helicopter hunts, but last year I saw feeders scattered along highway 106 and along the road in section 8. The feeders along 8 were on the private land, but near the fence. I can only assume the feeders were used to distribute the tick insecticide.

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I believe that was the plan. I think they are going to remove the feeders before the hunts start. Don't want to make it too easy for all you bow hunters. Hahahaha

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Old 07-25-2019, 03:22 PM   #21
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I don't know about helicopter hunts, but last year I saw feeders scattered along highway 106 and along the road in section 8. The feeders along 8 were on the private land, but near the fence. I can only assume the feeders were used to distribute the tick insecticide.

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Yes, the corn is treated with Ivermectin. I know this was proposed but the concern was it might hurt birds that ate the corn. I guess those concerns were laid to rest. I hope it works!
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:32 PM   #22
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I remember when we didn't have to have blaze orange for bowhunts at the refuge. That changed when someone got shot at by another hunter. Hahahaha.

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I was right behind another TBHer when it came REAL close to happening. Luckily the other guy had his junk together enough to let down because at that range it wouldnt have missed.
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Old 08-01-2019, 08:57 AM   #23
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I’m going back after that buck I missed last year!
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:57 AM   #24
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I was there last year too - during the first bowhunt date and planning on putting in again - the place is awesome! I've never seen that many and kinds of birds, plus it has a wide range of different ecological zones.

Side note - I will not - nor recommend - Los Fresnos Inn they owner accused me of having more people than allowed in my room I asked him what was he talking about - he said I had "two or three girls staying with you" - I was like sh*t I wish!! haha - anyway after going back and forth it turns out he over charged me $15/night than the hotels in Port Isabel (Casa Rosa Inn) and it was the room next door that had more people than what was allowed (he didn't even apologize after realizing his mistake).
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:58 AM   #25
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Wow...I stayed at a little place in Port Isabel that wasnt much more per night than Thomae campground and was nice and quiet.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:16 PM   #26
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I know people get drawn on their first year, but how many preference points did everyone have before you got drawn?
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:44 PM   #27
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I know people get drawn on their first year, but how many preference points did everyone have before you got drawn?
None, I've drawn both years I've put in.

Odds have been around 75% so you have to suck to not get drawn.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:51 PM   #28
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I know people get drawn on their first year, but how many preference points did everyone have before you got drawn?
First year was 2 points then was drawn the next wit no points. Have no points this year again bc I was drawn fro Lower Rio Grande last year and not Laguna. Points do not help in TPWD draw system so never rely on that
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:33 PM   #29
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First year was 2 points then was drawn the next wit no points. Have no points this year again bc I was drawn fro Lower Rio Grande last year and not Laguna. Points do not help in TPWD draw system so never rely on that
then why do they have them?
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:51 PM   #30
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I know people get drawn on their first year, but how many preference points did everyone have before you got drawn?
My group got drawn first time we entered. great hunt...a hard hunt but a good hunt.

We put in again this year.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:08 PM   #31
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Wow...I stayed at a little place in Port Isabel that wasnt much more per night than Thomae campground and was nice and quiet.
Can you please tell me what hotel that was? If I get chosen I'd like to get a hotel that has a good track record - thanks
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:07 AM   #32
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Can you please tell me what hotel that was? If I get chosen I'd like to get a hotel that has a good track record - thanks
I believe this was the place. Lots of old people so it was nice and quiet.

Nothing fancy but it was a bed and it was clean

https://www.portislainn.com/
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Old 09-01-2019, 01:16 PM   #33
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Who will be getting one?https://www.google.com/amp/s/abcnews...%3fid=65293209
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:07 AM   #34
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Just got the email for Laguna atascosa 11/15-11/19
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:09 AM   #35
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Hell yeah! I'M BACK BABY!!

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Old 09-03-2019, 09:24 AM   #36
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Well, futch, there goes the hunt

But I'll be there too cuz.
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:32 AM   #37
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Headed back to Laguna 11/1 - 11/5. Hope to get another shot at Nilgai and a good buck.
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:34 AM   #38
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Im down for 11/22-11/26!
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:39 AM   #39
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11/15-11/19 me and the wife will be checkin for ticks haha
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:43 AM   #40
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I got drawn for Laguna for the first hunt and Teniente for 11/7 - 11/10. I can only go to one of them. Anybody been on both that can tell me which one you liked better or which one has better odds?
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:57 AM   #41
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I’m in! 11/22-11/26
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Old 09-03-2019, 10:04 AM   #42
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Congrats. What dates? I'm in 11-22 to 11-26.
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Old 09-03-2019, 10:06 AM   #43
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Congrats. What dates? I'm in 11-22 to 11-26.
11/1- 11/5

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Old 09-03-2019, 10:21 AM   #44
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I got drawn for Laguna for the first hunt and Teniente for 11/7 - 11/10. I can only go to one of them. Anybody been on both that can tell me which one you liked better or which one has better odds?
Which wkend at laguna?

I've done both hunts and Laguna has more opportunity in the first few weekends. Teniente is fun but a much smaller hunt area and is super thick. Too thick to hunt most areas.
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Old 09-03-2019, 10:27 AM   #45
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Im down for 11/22-11/26!


My wife and myself got drawn for the same hunt! Time to start learning what this is about.


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Old 09-03-2019, 10:37 AM   #46
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11/1- 11/5

I preferred the October date though

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Old 09-03-2019, 11:31 AM   #47
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The hunt brochure doesn't say anything about a mandatory orientation?Probably can't make it for first day of hunt, just want to make sure I don't make the drive for nothing if I can't make orientation.
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Old 09-03-2019, 11:47 AM   #48
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The hunt brochure doesn't say anything about a mandatory orientation?Probably can't make it for first day of hunt, just want to make sure I don't make the drive for nothing if I can't make orientation.
They’ve had it years past, but hopefully they got rid of it.

My dad and I will be there 11/22-11/26! Good luck to everyone

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Old 09-03-2019, 12:19 PM   #49
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I drew the third hunt. I canít wait!!!!


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Old 09-03-2019, 12:28 PM   #50
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Just got the email for Laguna atascosa 11/15-11/19


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