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Old 07-16-2017, 08:17 PM   #1
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Default Best draw hunt for whitetail bucks

With so many different options, and a lot I have never heard of, I haven't the slightest clue. WHo has hunted where? Did you have any success? Pics? Which is the best one to have a chance at a trophy whitetail? Rifle preferred
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:23 PM   #2
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I don't want to give away the good spots.... so I'll stay quiet......
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:27 PM   #3
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richland creek wma and matador are the ones im familiar with
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:46 PM   #4
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Where you get the kill. That is the best drawn hunt. LOL.

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Old 07-16-2017, 09:10 PM   #5
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Alrighty Then, I'll spill the beans!!!
There are no "trophy deer" or any deer on these draw hunts.
Just a money grab run by the state!!!
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Old 07-16-2017, 09:14 PM   #6
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The chap- no secret one of the best for seeing big deer, the bad. You may not get drawn for 20 years
I hunted there for archery once cool place.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:12 AM   #7
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Some of my favs...Daughtery WMA, Brazos Bend SP, Somerville WMA, Inks Lake SP and Enchanted Rock SP. Its luck of the draw. If you are lucky enough to get drawn do some research on the place before you go.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:37 AM   #8
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I don't want to give away the good spots.... so I'll stay quiet......
I already know what your vote is and I have applied
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:27 AM   #9
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Near Conroe Texas over hunted and over run with hunters.
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:00 AM   #10
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E-rock is an awesome one ive heard... nobody mentioning the big one up north of the state...

Haggerman, but no rifle

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Old 07-18-2017, 03:56 AM   #11
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E-rock is an awesome one ive heard... nobody mentioning the big one up north of the state...

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I haven't been real impressed with what I have seen from Hagerman on here. Lots and lots of hunts without seeing deer. Most everyone goes home empty handed. Maybe I haven't been watching the right posts? haha. I have seen some good ones come out of there though. I don't have much time to bowhunt these days. I still do on occasion and may set a new spot up on the family ranch this year.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:01 AM   #12
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I haven't been real impressed with what I have seen from Hagerman on here. Lots and lots of hunts without seeing deer. Most everyone goes home empty handed. Maybe I haven't been watching the right posts? haha. I have seen some good ones come out of there though. I don't have much time to bowhunt these days. I still do on occasion and may set a new spot up on the family ranch this year.
Its a public land bow hunt... nation wide success rate is like <5%.... hell rifle elk is like 10% with a rifle

Also bet 90% of haggerman crew doesnt post cause they dont want ppl to put in for the hunt and make it even harder... you dont share fishing spots if you get my drift

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Old 07-18-2017, 04:04 AM   #13
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Its a public land bow hunt... nation wide success rate is like <5%.... heck pub land rifle elk is like 10% WITH RIFLE lol

Haggerman is the best set up, best managed mainly, best chance at a TRUE GIANT in state draw.

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That elk statistic all depends on where you are LOL. I put in for the chap and JD. I know both of those crank out monsters. Id be so out of my element at Hagerman lol. Im a west Texas and central Texas dude. Never hunted in a tree stand or ladder stand. They would have knocked the tree over hahahaha. Spoot and stalk, box blind, ground blind and occasion tripod....and don't forget the high rack and the truck hunting LOL

And youre not comparing apples to apples on that public land. Hagerman is much more controlled than most other states public land.

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Old 07-18-2017, 04:22 AM   #14
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That elk statistic all depends on where you are LOL. I put in for the chap and JD. I know both of those crank out monsters. Id be so out of my element at Hagerman lol. Im a west Texas and central Texas dude. Never hunted in a tree stand or ladder stand. They would have knocked the tree over hahahaha. Spoot and stalk, box blind, ground blind and occasion tripod....and don't forget the high rack and the truck hunting LOL
Sub 5% might be a bit severe but
Look it up... public land, not private.(not reservation)

There are UNITS with higher aproaching 20%. But as far as constant numbers across the board you see sub 10% for sure on archery and constantly 12-15% on rifle hunts. Like i said public land man, it is what it is...

They way you sound like you like to hunt I would look into the davis mountain hunts... not sure whats all available but worth looking into

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Old 07-18-2017, 12:35 PM   #15
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Forget putting in for Matador. There are no deer at Matador. Nothing but hoot owls and polecats. You will end up with an empty cooler and chiggers on your privates!
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:22 PM   #16
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I haven't been real impressed with what I have seen from Hagerman on here. Lots and lots of hunts without seeing deer. Most everyone goes home empty handed. Maybe I haven't been watching the right posts? haha. I have seen some good ones come out of there though. I don't have much time to bowhunt these days. I still do on occasion and may set a new spot up on the family ranch this year.
Trophy hag can be one tough hunt, I drew several times, 20yr ago was easier, gues I helped w ruining it, too many bo ed classes taught, lol. but weather can be factor on suces I know my first buck shot on last day, and had to wipe sweat outta eyes to see pins. Seen a few giants.But tree hugging is preferredmethod of attack, or you could stalk w/ blue cooler .L O L. I woul go w/ chap. my 2 cent Good luck.BTW iam going n.w. of big D.
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Old 08-13-2017, 03:08 PM   #17
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Forget putting in for Matador. There are no deer at Matador. Nothing but hoot owls and polecats. You will end up with an empty cooler and chiggers on your privates!
Rattlesnakes every other step also. It is a desolate, dangerous place.
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Old 08-13-2017, 03:22 PM   #18
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Rattlesnakes every other step also. It is a desolate, dangerous place.
They just had a big wildfire, up there it probably condensed the snakes

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Old 08-13-2017, 06:33 PM   #19
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The chap- no secret one of the best for seeing big deer, the bad. You may not get drawn for 20 years
I hunted there for archery once cool place.
The 20 year part is so correct. It took me 20 years to draw.
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