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Old 07-05-2017, 03:16 PM   #1
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Arrow It's that time of year

Let the ciphering of draw / success / VAC availability odds commence.

I just started to browse for a few minutes and no real surprises but like I said I've just given it a once over.

Alligator and Pronghorn are less than a month away....
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:00 PM   #2
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I'm tuned in and excited. Have already read over lots of changes to hunts, dates, # of permits, etc!
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:02 PM   #3
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Sweet.

I was just about to start digging to see if this had been released yet

Have a lot of places with 7 or 8 points so somewhat excited yet not really expecting
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:16 PM   #4
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:57 AM   #5
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I got my kids put in for several of the youth hunts.

Now I gotta figure out which hunts I wanna try to draw for myself and apply for those soon.
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:25 PM   #6
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Put in for my two older boys and myself. Now for the wait.
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:30 PM   #7
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Has anyone taken the time to clear a path to a spot deep in an area on public grounds during the offseason? If so, how much do you clear out? Risk of tipping off other hunters?
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:15 PM   #8
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Has anyone taken the time to clear a path to a spot deep in an area on public grounds during the offseason? If so, how much do you clear out? Risk of tipping off other hunters?
Well, I guess if you could gain access to it during the off season, and knew for a fact you will get drawn and somehow know the exact compartment you will select, then you might be a step ahead of the others!!!
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:34 PM   #9
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Not all hunting is done like you just described. General public land hunting for instance is what I referred to.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:46 PM   #10
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Not all hunting is done like you just described. General public land hunting for instance is what I referred to.
But this thread isn't about general public hunting ground. It's about the draw hunts.
But to your question, yes you could but why? I mean, once you clear out a path, other people will use it.
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:42 AM   #11
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I know it wasn't the right place. The moderator said I couldn't start any new threads until I had mad (5) posts. So this was my only option. Sorry for inconvenience.

As for the path. I'm asking because trying to get back to a spot I found would be so noisy it would disturb the deer as I approached with any hunting equipment. I'm not talking about making a highway back there. But something inconspicuous.
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Old 07-17-2017, 11:02 AM   #12
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I know it wasn't the right place. The moderator said I couldn't start any new threads until I had mad (5) posts. So this was my only option. Sorry for inconvenience.
Got'cha!! Was not aware of that. No problem.
You can do what I sometimes do at my place. I take my foot and rake out a trail the last 100yds to my stand. Then, as the leaves start to fall, on my way out, I clean it up again. Also, you can take some clippers and clip any brush back that will rub or catch on your clothes.
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:46 PM   #13
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It's that time of year...pass over....

Pronghorn drew today.

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Old 08-16-2017, 01:48 AM   #14
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:10 PM   #15
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jeez, no draws yet ?? Isn't this way later than normal? for the 15th due date, I mean ?
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:14 PM   #16
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August 15th draw is in. Struck out this year...again.
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:26 PM   #17
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just seems like in the past, it was noon or so, for the drawing results.
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:40 PM   #18
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Drew Nannie stringfellow for second time and black gab for mule deer for the first time I'm excited


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Old 08-16-2017, 04:43 PM   #19
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Drew Javelina at the Davis Mountain SP! Let the planning begin.
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:36 PM   #20
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0/24 so far for this year between me and my son. Few more to go...


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Old 08-16-2017, 10:45 PM   #21
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I'm done with tpwd draw hunts haven't been drawn in 9 years. Have better odds of drawing premier tags out west.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:16 AM   #22
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I drew richland creek - bow
They haven't hunted it the last two years due to flooding and they moved the bow hunt to December vs October so it should be good. The first Rut will be long over but if we have cold weather There should be some prime opportunity


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Old 08-17-2017, 08:18 AM   #23
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I too went o-fer yesterday but after drawing 3 and being selected for a standby last year I'm not holding my breath this year.
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Old 08-17-2017, 03:01 PM   #24
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Drew Nannie stringfellow for second time and black gab for mule deer for the first time I'm excited


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Black Gap is one tough hunt. Did it three years ago and they were recovering from the drought. Saw 3 deer in 3 days of hunting. Staff said 2 groups left early because they never even saw an animal. Got close to some javelina but didn't want to pull the string on them at that time.

Possibly the best camping trip I've ever been on though. It is DARK at night and sunrises/sunsets are awesome on the mountains. Our compartment was over 10,000 acres!!! A couple primitive roads and a bunch of walking and glassing. Hunted over guzzlers a couple times but saw nothing and got tore up by mosquitos. I guess any bit of water in the desert attracted those dang things.
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