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Old 05-25-2017, 04:40 PM   #1
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Ok here is what I have so far. The hunt will be Sept. 30 thru Oct. 8th. They will be using the state draw system this year. So you will need to do that when the state does all there public land hunt stuff. IBEP class will be held Sept. 9th and 10th. Anyone taking this class or already holds their IBEP card will be allow to early scout. The gates will not open for sxouting until the class is released each day. If anyone has questions feel free to call me 361-222-1152 Danny.
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Old 06-03-2017, 01:55 PM   #2
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Dumb question. What's a IBEP card?

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Old 06-04-2017, 07:21 AM   #3
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International Bowhunter Education Program

TPWD- http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/hunt...nter-education
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Old 06-09-2017, 02:17 PM   #4
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So, Aransas will need IBEP card? I've never been hunting anywhere where I needed it.

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Old 06-11-2017, 09:20 AM   #5
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No you dont need to have the IBEP to hunt Aransas. Already having the class or being enrolled gets you the ability to scout early.
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Old 06-11-2017, 12:53 PM   #6
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Old 06-24-2017, 01:51 PM   #7
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So the fee for the hunt has now doubled to $135 plus $5 drawing fee?

Any stand-by permits available?

When do we put in for the drawing, when is the drawing, and how many drawings is it going to take to fill the hunt?

So the refuge went with the state drawing to make thing more simple for them, but there's still a butt load of unanswered questions. Why are there so many unanswered questions?

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Old 06-24-2017, 01:53 PM   #8
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Refuge phone number (361) 286-3559. There's a lot of questions that need to be answered.

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Old 06-24-2017, 01:58 PM   #9
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So the fee for the hunt has now doubled to $135 plus $5 drawing fee.

Any stand-by permits available?

When do wevput in for the drawing, when is the drawing, and how many drawings is it going to take to fill the hunt?

So the refuge went with the state drawing to make thing more simple for them, but there's still a butt load of unanswered questions. Why are there so many unanswered questions?
I imagine it will be like everything else and be extremely hard to draw. Since they changed the draw people now apply for everything, to up their chances, even if they don't know anything about it.
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Old 06-29-2017, 01:42 PM   #10
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Worst thing that could have happened for the refuge and its hunters. Down where I live, Laguna Atascosa did the same thing last year....went to the state lottery. First time in over 12 years that I did not hunt the LANWR. Didn't get drawn. Live 15 minutes away and was a for sure chance to hunt archery every year without having a lease. From what I understand, they had a lot of trouble with knuckle heads not not knowing their rules and people not showing up to hunt because of the distance and helicopter nillgi shoots. I hope this doesn't negatively impact the Aransas NWR
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:20 PM   #11
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Laguna duck, I agree!

TOWD Draw info is out.

https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwi...phtml?OCat=NAD
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:48 AM   #12
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I was able to take my son hunting last year and it was fun.... This year TPWD got involved and now they have an age limit and hes not old enough to apply this year. wont be for another 2 years....
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:17 AM   #13
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Budget fight coming up in Oct, wonder if the hunters will again be used as political pawns and dumped on again?
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:03 PM   #14
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Looked like Aransas took a direct hit......doubt the hunt will take place -- a lot more issues to worry about down there than a hunt I would suspect.... I hope the wildlife on the refuge survive..... I know back in the 60's I think it was Allison came through, a lot of the herd died of hove rot.... anyone down there know what the terrain looks like after the storm?
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:35 PM   #15
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The strong side of the eye(east side) crossed the lower third of the point Pasture RD. No leaves on the trees and about 20" of rain.













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Old 09-04-2017, 01:13 PM   #16
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Dropped a RV Camper off in Holiday Beach just NE of the refuge yesterday. Lots of wind and tidal surge damage, not that much rain. On the way back checked Hoppers and was able to drive to the locked refuge gate. On the refuge there were pushed over trees but couldn't really see any damage to any of the buildings. Hoppers was not that lucky. Most of the buildings have some damage, they also lost a good many building. Gave Butch an extra 20 gallons of gasoline I had with me. The pavilion built to replace the one destroyed in last year's storm came through unscathed. The new houses along the bluff didn't look they suffered any major damage.


I saw 1000's of power company trucks from all over the country working to restore the electricity. Almost of the power grid will have to be rebuilt.

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Old 09-07-2017, 07:03 PM   #17
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�� Per TPWD website: Archery hunt is cancelled due to Harvey.
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Old 09-27-2017, 07:02 PM   #18
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Rifle hunt drawing is over, some hunters have been slected, no other details...????
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Old 09-27-2017, 08:43 PM   #19
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Old 10-04-2017, 01:53 PM   #20
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According to the manager, lots of water and mosquitos.

We got drawn for the second rifle hunt. I debated real hard wether to go or not but decided to go since I've been there before.

I heard there is storm debris all over the refugee. Refrigerators, building material, etc. Hard to believe the damage done.

Rubber boots and mosquito spray will be in order.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:24 PM   #21
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Did anyone get selected for first rifle?
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:38 AM   #22
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Dec 9-13? If so I'll be there.
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:51 PM   #23
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New guy here. I got drawn for the third rifle season in Aransas NWR and I found this place while looking for information. I tried to contact the refuge directly but I haven't gotten a response from the phone number or email that are on the hunt brochure...

Does anyone know how to get a hold of maps for the hunt? Maps for the refuge aren't in the regular public hunt maps book. I assumed they'd maybe send some more information along but I don't know.

Either way, I look forward to maybe seeing some of you out there!
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:27 PM   #24
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Metal man, I searched around also and could not find hunt area maps. In the past the rifle area was in the middle of the refuge, outside the public loop area and outside the bay marshes where the whooping cranes hang out.
In the past they've sent the maps out. Maybe Harvey affected the hunt area, I don't know. I do know that damage was done to the offices, that maybe why they don't answer the phone.
Stay tuned.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:17 PM   #25
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Metal man, I searched around also and could not find hunt area maps. In the past the rifle area was in the middle of the refuge, outside the public loop area and outside the bay marshes where the whooping cranes hang out.
In the past they've sent the maps out. Maybe Harvey affected the hunt area, I don't know. I do know that damage was done to the offices, that maybe why they don't answer the phone.
Stay tuned.
Thanks for the info L C. No doubt Harvey affected the area. I assumed more information would be sent eventually. I just don't like to assume...
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:15 PM   #26
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I am in Rockport didn't get drawn or my neighbor we thought maybe it was canceled. Can't believe that many bow hunters entered. This was the only hunt we would have been able to make this year figured if they had it it would be a shoe in. I have Bees near there and it is torn up bad. That's why we figured canceled.
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:16 PM   #27
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I am in Rockport didn't get drawn or my neighbor we thought maybe it was canceled. Can't believe that many bow hunters entered. This was the only hunt we would have been able to make this year figured if they had it it would be a shoe in. I have Bees near there and it is torn up bad. That's why we figured canceled.
The archery hunt was indeed canceled. As of now, according to the website the 3 gun seasons are still on... I guess we’ll see if that changes.
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