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Old 08-26-2017, 10:07 AM   #1
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Who has been? Drew January 10-12. Rifle. Any tips? What do I need to do? Expect? I know it is assigned blinds. Do I just take normal corn? Gonna haul dads camper there if Harvey was kind enough to leave it in beeville in one piece. First draw hunt so I'm a rookie here. Any help is greatly appreciated
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:35 AM   #2
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No help but should be high success rate.
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:41 AM   #3
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Congrats, no help here
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:41 AM   #4
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No help but should be high success rate.
Shows 20%....
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:43 AM   #5
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Never done it but believe people say you get dropped off in blinds and have to stay in them. Use to be high success rates but not anymore since they started whipping out the axis with choppers the last few years...

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Old 08-26-2017, 11:02 AM   #6
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Never done it but believe people say you get dropped off in blinds and have to stay in them. Use to be high success rates but not anymore since they started whipping out the axis with choppers the last few years...

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I'm happy to go. It's worth a shot for $85 lol
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:07 AM   #7
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I'm happy to go. It's worth a shot for $85 lol
Yes sir it is!
Best of luck also
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:04 PM   #8
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Thank you. I'm assuming all other exotics are not allowed. I know there's other stuff there. Bow hunts say unlimited exotic mammals. Rifle says unlimited axis with 1 fork antlered buck
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Old 08-26-2017, 02:39 PM   #9
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I went on archery exotic hunt there last year it was a hard hunt I saw a bunch of animals but not in bow range from a ground blind I should have taken a tree stand. I got drawn again this year for an gun antlerless / spike hunt with unlimited axis Jan 1st-3rd be sure to take some chaffhaye alfalfa that do like that you can get it in Leakey at the feed store Good Luck on your hunt.

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Old 08-26-2017, 03:07 PM   #10
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My son and I hunted it last year on an a/s hunt and he got an axis doe but I struck out. Take corn but apparently the best bait is fritos or other types of chips as they eat that alot when campers leave it behind.
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Old 08-26-2017, 03:46 PM   #11
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It has been a few years since my son was drawn. Now he was drawn on a rifle hunt. Back then, they would drive you to your blind, tell you which direction you could shoot and which shooting lane you could shoot down. You can only shoot down the allowed lanes. The staff really was not much help. I remember while I was helping my son clean his deer, the young man next to us was looking around. I think he grand dad or someone had brought him. The poor boy didn't have a clue what he needed to do to gut his deer and before I could get to him to offer help, he drive an 10" Bowie knife all the way in and was sawing his way up. What a mess! No help at all from the staff. They didn't even help load the amnimals. I didn't need or expect any, but I did see some other hunters struggle.
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Old 08-26-2017, 04:16 PM   #12
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It has been a few years since my son was drawn. Now he was drawn on a rifle hunt. Back then, they would drive you to your blind, tell you which direction you could shoot and which shooting lane you could shoot down. You can only shoot down the allowed lanes. The staff really was not much help. I remember while I was helping my son clean his deer, the young man next to us was looking around. I think he grand dad or someone had brought him. The poor boy didn't have a clue what he needed to do to gut his deer and before I could get to him to offer help, he drive an 10" Bowie knife all the way in and was sawing his way up. What a mess! No help at all from the staff. They didn't even help load the amnimals. I didn't need or expect any, but I did see some other hunters struggle.
That's sad. I'll certainly help anyone I can

Did y'all see a fair number of deer? What are the chances I'll get a shot at an axis?
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Old 09-02-2017, 07:46 AM   #13
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My buddy and I went last year. I never saw a deer. Not even a whitetail. 20+ hunters and only 4 axis does killed. Numbers are way down due to contract killing in the park over the last couple of years. It's like everyone else is saying...you are assigned a blind with very narrow lanes. My blind had about a 45 degree field of view and was about 40 yards long. Wish you luck but I'm afraid you will be as disappointed as we were.


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Old 09-03-2017, 06:26 PM   #14
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This has been the best discussion of the Garner hunt, last few pages are recent (last year). This hunt is run in a much more strict and restrictive manner than most of the other drawn hunts, which it OK, but you should know what to expect going in.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=498260
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:33 PM   #15
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:30 AM   #16
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I did the Archery hunt last year and got off a few shots but no kills. Try to get over by the group lodges(other side of the river). Plenty of axis there and by the entrance.
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Old 10-07-2017, 03:35 PM   #17
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Attached are pics of blind locations from Jan 2017Attachment 872601Attachment 872602


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Do you work there?
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Old 10-07-2017, 03:37 PM   #18
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Went there this summer with the kids. Tons of axis everywhere. Huge ones.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:19 AM   #19
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As stated, "search" for garner hunts on here and there are several threads. Different folks have had different experiences. If you are on the right hunt and in the right stand, you can kill a bunch of them. If not, it will be a long week. Earlier hunts generally have higher success rate as with most park hunts. Just like any other hunting, nothing is guaranteed.

Just know that they take you to/from assigned blinds and some of them have limited shooting lanes for safety purposes. Totally understandable. They try to concentrate the stands in areas where the axis are most commonly seen. My son hunted stand #2 on the map above. We could only shoot straight east in about a 40 degree window. Had 2 pass by on the left the first night (outside that window) and had a small herd go directly behind us at 40 yds. Just the luck of the hunt I guess.

The park has been culling axis but I was there recently and there are still alot of them. Good luck and just enjoy the hunt. There are lots of axis there and you may be one of the lucky ones that's in the "hot" stand....

Almost forgot, they recommend the molasses hay (chaff hay I believe) to draw them in. We picked some up in the feed store in Leakey after we checked in.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:54 AM   #20
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I stayed up there this summer as well. The Axis love love love marshmellows. I put them out everyday and watched them vacuum them up. Funny watching them eat them.
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:24 PM   #21
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Do you work there?


No, took pics of the maps during my hunt there last year. Slow hunt while I was there. Never saw an axis or even a whitetail to pass the time.


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