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Old 08-16-2019, 07:38 PM   #1
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If you couldn't tell, I'm pumped! This is only my 3rd year doing the drawn hunts and somehow I was blessed to draw the freaking Chaparral WMA for the first bow hunt this year! I've never been down there or hunted anywhere remotely close to there.

Any tips or advice are wholeheartedly appreciated!

-I will be solo on this hunt.
-I will be using a crossbow.
-I have a pop up ground blind (but I understand they have some box blinds there?)
-Looking at deer harvest pics from last year and older have got my adrenaline flowing already.
-I see the success rate for last year was only 13%, is that normal?

Thank y'all for any info you care to share.

Ps, y'all can hate on me if you'd like. Lol
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:59 PM   #2
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I got drawn as well and the first hunt too. This was my second time to ever apply there. The odds just aren't in my favor, but since they made it where you can apply to more than one place, I figured what the heck. And I applied to just one other place, so I'm out a whooping 6 bucks plus the permit fee!!!
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:16 PM   #3
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Congrats! Hopefully the deer cooperate with us!
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:47 PM   #4
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I'll be there.ive hunted it once.
I'm 12/10-12/13 and going solo as well. My family doesn't bow hunt so I apply solo for it.

They have a nice camp area. I camped out in a tent last time. No electric at individual camp sites but theres a bathroom/shower area. Park hosts are good folks. Great country. I passed a few young bucks last time, passed does, shot a Javi I couldn't run off. I did see a few really nice bucks when driving back to camp but none in now range in my area but they are there

The success rate is low because everyone's waiting on a big buck. They do t want you shooting young bucks at all. If you shoot the first doe/javelina etc you prob won't have a problem brining meat back but most folks are waiting for one of those old ghosts to step out.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:46 AM   #5
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Good to know, thank you...

Do the deer actually respond to corn out there? Seems lime they'd barely have enough time to locate the corn before you're hunt is winding down.
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:55 AM   #6
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Have drawn and hunted the Chap 3 times in the last 10 years, Gun, Archery, and Youth. Killed some very nice buck deer, a few does, and a Javi. The comments above are pretty much right on. People want to hold out for a big one, and don't tend to shoot hogs, coyotes, or does early in the hunt to keep from messing up the area. Finding a good spot on a sendero will allow you to shoot does or javis pretty quickly, but the mature bucks know every inch of the place and don't spend much time in the open. Get back in the thick stuff and find a well used trail or low travel corridor in a creek bottom, set up off the side for a 15-20 yard shot. They don't want you cutting brush, but there is plenty of dead stuff to brush in your blind. They do come to the water sources, but really spooky on them in the open.

Make sure your pop up or tripod is brushed in and really hidden well. Even hunting with a crossbow, you have some movement to worry about for deer. The javis won't care and you can even shoot them out of the elevated Youth box blinds. Those little vacuums will eat every kernel of corn you put out on a road.

We found the Record Rack Golden Deer Nuggets or Purina Antler Max pellets to work better for the deer. Broadcast it lightly in the heavier grass and weeds, and it will make them hunt harder for it and spend more time in front of you.
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:12 AM   #7
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Good stuff Blank. Thank you!

I thought the only allowable bait was corn? No?
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:13 AM   #8
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Is there any truth to the pasture selection being based on the order you were drawn? If so, I was 4th...

So, what are the prime pastures?
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:30 AM   #9
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Corn was not allowed for many years, then once they started certifying the aflatoxin levels were below a particular setpoint, they allowed it. The processed pellets were actually preferred. Both managers David Synatsky and Steven Lange allowed the processed pellets when we hunted it before. They will cover it during the orientation, and it is available in both Cotulla and Catarina.

Every compartment is good, and you are just as likely to see a big one by the headquarters as you will on the back. They will go by order of draw, plus size of the group. Big groups can hunt the larger pastures better but they all have good deer in them. I'd be looking for water myself. The two fenced ones (Baldy and Mare) have good ones also. The west side is right up against Jack Brittinghams Rancho Encantado fence and you will probably see sable and huge 200" deer over there.
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:06 PM   #10
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last couple 3 years the Mare pasture has been closed due to low deer density.
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:54 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info! Iíll be there for the 12/10 to 12/13 hunt.
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:26 AM   #12
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Last yr they did not regulate the size of pasture by size of group like the previous managers did. Anyone could pick any pasture they wanted.
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:47 AM   #13
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I haven't been I a couple of years but the above is good info. When I was there you were allowed to pick by order drawn and encouraged but not forced to take a single pasture due to party size.

Search here heavily, lots of good info.

The early hunt will will be food and water centered. There's really no bad pasture other than 1 or 2 which was closed due to low numbers. They were out of control hogs if memory serves.

I heard a theory which I'd be inclined to try. It would work better if rifle hunting but could work with a bow. That is to locate one of the tall blinds which are usually set up on a sendero crossing. This is something to discuss as you pick your pasture. Then the first evening corn all senderos as far as you can see. Then go do a little scouting else where returning to the blind for the last couple of hours of light. Repeat this process the next morning hoping you see a shooter or good group of deer. You can then set up on the spot where those deer were feeding.

If using a ground blind treat it like a day lease brushing in beyond recognition having one window open and one small shooting lane. Lastly, consider a short or adjustable tripod. There's not many fall trees for a 12 foot plus tripod.

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Old 08-18-2019, 09:55 AM   #14
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Do they have a camp area that you can stay on site?
And if so, what's the earliest you can arrive to set up camp?
About how many pastures are there?
Think rattling would work during this time frame, Dec 3-6?
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:52 AM   #15
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Here's a map from this year, showing all the roads, senderos, and blind types and locations. There is lots of info out there, if you just look for it.


https://www.facebook.com/ChaparralWM...type=3&theater
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Old 08-18-2019, 12:57 PM   #16
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Do they have a camp area that you can stay on site?
And if so, what's the earliest you can arrive to set up camp?
About how many pastures are there?
Think rattling would work during this time frame, Dec 3-6?
you can arrive at camp around noon the day before your hunt.

there will probably lots of info when you send in your payment and get your permit.
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:26 PM   #17
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you can arrive at camp around noon the day before your hunt.

there will probably lots of info when you send in your payment and get your permit.
Not sure what I was expecting, but figured there would be more. When I paid this morning I received my permit and the generic brochure that can be found online.
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:29 PM   #18
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They will go over a lot of do's & don't during orientation.
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:45 PM   #19
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I harvested this buck last year. I recommend to bring a couple of pop ups and a few cameras. We were allowed to use corn last year if you are allowed to use corn I would bring quite a bit and feed in multiple spots. I also used google earth once I knew which compartment I was in. Also try and spend as much time In Your stand as possible. If you have any other questions I will be more then happy to help you. Good luck


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Old 08-19-2019, 03:19 PM   #20
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That's a nice buck dude! Congrats!
My plan is to hunt all day every day. Lol

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Old 08-19-2019, 04:46 PM   #21
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That's a nice buck! Congrats!

Thanks for the info...
My plan is to stay out there every minute of allowable time!

Do you know if scents are allowed there or any baits besides corn? Also, any idea when approximately the rut is in that region? Would I be wasting space by bringing rattling antlers?
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:44 PM   #22
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Rut should be the first and second week of December. Scents are allowed. I'd for sure take rattling antlers.
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:55 PM   #23
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Rut should be the first and second week of December. Scents are allowed. I'd for sure take rattling antlers.
Thank you!
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:54 PM   #24
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That's a nice buck! Congrats!

Thanks for the info...
My plan is to stay out there every minute of allowable time!

Do you know if scents are allowed there or any baits besides corn? Also, any idea when approximately the rut is in that region? Would I be wasting space by bringing rattling antlers?
The rut is when the Youth GDE hunts are scheduled. A quick check of the youth dates shows Dec. 27-30.

Yep, that's about right for that part of the brush country. Late December/early January.

That being said, if you get some cold weather during your hunt, the bucks will likely be moving.
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:52 PM   #25
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I'm thinking about getting a hotel in Cotulla? Anybody on here ever do that or do y'all all just camp?
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:59 PM   #26
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I stayed in Cotulla at a hotel. I got my reservation early. The drive is not bad, and you will sleep well. The hotel will have wifi to use google maps to scout once you are assigned.
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Old 08-21-2019, 01:34 PM   #27
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Do a search on Chaparral here and you’ll get a good idea of what to expect from previous live hunts. Was drawn last year for first time. Success rate is low but it one of the few public hunts u have the possibility of shooting a really nice deer. Lots of guys hold out for a true trophy. Good luck.
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:15 PM   #28
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Do a search on Chaparral here and youíll get a good idea of what to expect from previous live hunts. Was drawn last year for first time. Success rate is low but it one of the few public hunts u have the possibility of shooting a really nice deer. Lots of guys hold out for a true trophy. Good luck.

Did you harvest anything last year?
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:33 PM   #29
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I'm thinking about getting a hotel in Cotulla? Anybody on here ever do that or do y'all all just camp?
If you have the means and with a group I would stay on site, for us thats a big part of the trip is the cooking and hanging around camp talking with other groups and having a drink or two. Especially if you have a camper. At the tent camp area they have showers and restrooms so if the weather is nice a tent camp is good to go also.
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:32 PM   #30
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I'm thinking about getting a hotel in Cotulla? Anybody on here ever do that or do y'all all just camp?
I have done both... prefer camping with friends. As I get older, a bed sounds nice.


When I have gotten a room in Cotulla it has been with
Whitten Inn Cotulla and RV Park
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145 FM468, Cotulla, TX 78014ē(830) 879-3100

you can enter your room thru the hotel or thru the parking lot. nice.

they have 4:40 breakfast buffet and beer bash afterwards

if you are there to work it is cheaper than if you are there to hunt.

good luck. I may try to go down on standby.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:19 AM   #31
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If I wasn't solo, I'd be more inclined to camp. On past drawn hunts it's been my brother and I. He couldn't go this year and camping solo sounds like too much work. Lol
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:49 PM   #32
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If I wasn't solo, I'd be more inclined to camp. On past drawn hunts it's been my brother and I. He couldn't go this year and camping solo sounds like too much work. Lol
Unfortunately, you're on the first hunt and we are on the 2nd otherwise I would invite you to camp with us. I'm dragging my big 16'x20' outfitters tent down. We currently have 4 folks but probably have enough room for 2 more solos or a single pair.
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Old 08-25-2019, 06:14 PM   #33
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I just saw your comment on the other Chaparral post. Too bad... Man, I hope y'all do good! I will definitely keep this post updated throughout my hunt so y'all will be in the know...
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:21 PM   #34
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For those that have been out there, what's cell service like?
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:41 PM   #35
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Like every other place in S. Texas, AT&T is great and Verizon and T-Mobile sucks. We could occasionally get a text out, but forget actual voice calls until we got back to Cotulla.
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:55 PM   #36
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I will be joining for the second archery hunt, planning to set-up at campsite as well. Don't be a hater...first time I applied in recent memory! I remember applying for Bighorn and Antelope in years past. Been an honest 10-12 years since I put in an application at all. I am as surprised as anyone. Super Excited!!

Probably be solo...got mixed up on days and included my 14yo thinking this was over a weekend. Not certain if I will be able to pull him from school for an entire week. Gonna try...Kinda bummed, the kid likes to archery hunt.

Look forward to seeing all of you there...

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