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Old 08-28-2018, 05:09 PM   #151
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This was a cow I killed last year at Teniente I shot her while she was looking at me from about 150 yard and she didnít go anywhere


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Old 08-28-2018, 05:23 PM   #152
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Yes, pretty much what is required in order to harvest the meat before spoiling, especially in such warm temps. Unless your lucky enough to stick one near a road, have a team of people, or get fortunate enough to recover one near sunset and equally fortunate enough to receive vehicle support(don't count on it), after legal hunting hours.
I bet it takes 3 guys just to ruck out a quartered bull. The areas I plan on hunting are not anywhere close to the roads. I guess that sucks for me. lol
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:34 PM   #153
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Heading down on 11/30-12/4, with Pepper, Chief, Sneaky and others. Looking forward to it.
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:40 PM   #154
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Tagged now. Was drawn for the 11/16-20 and permit purchased. Have a house locked in where I'll be staying. Considering bike but don't mind putting miles on the boots. Will research lightweight packable tri if not, I'll go with brush blinds and a comfy chair. Looking forward to the adventure and harvesting an animal will be a bonus. Excited
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:44 PM   #155
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Any of y'all hunt LANWR last December? How bad were the rattlers?
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:08 PM   #156
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Any of y'all hunt LANWR last December? How bad were the rattlers?
Expect rattlers down here all year. Lol
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:32 PM   #157
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I stayed in port Isabel last year, plan on staying there this year. Itís not a bad drive.

Has anyone received an email about the 11/16 orientation time changing? The park manager said they planned on changing it from 9am
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:39 PM   #158
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yeah, they sent one out a few days ago... think it is at 3:00 P.M. Said you could scout earlier, but advised against it.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:41 PM   #159
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Hmm. Didnít get it. Glad I asked. Thank you
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:44 PM   #160
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Expect rattlers down here all year. Lol
Well, then it looks like I'm buying some snake boots.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:17 PM   #161
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I bought snake chaps last year, never wore them. We didnít see any rattlers, though I know a few did. However, ticks are everywhere, little tiny ticks. Thorns! Every bush seems to have thorns. Those yucca plants are the worst, I had a limp for a week after a good stab from them.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:49 AM   #162
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:35 AM   #163
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I hunted there last year rifle.
Thome Park- gate locks, hard to get back in. We had some fishermen leave and we got back in the out side.
If you kill one plan about 5+ hours from ground to cooler
Bring good knives, sharpeners, and a sawzall with a couple of brush blades.
We hunted end of December a couple weeks after the snow. Cold, drizzle,dreary and large rattlers were still seen out, not by us thank God. Ignorance is bliss I guess.
4-wheeler-had a young man with the permit that drug out 5 nilgai one afternoon saying heíd walk the high grass and flush them out. I did not know him but he did not look or sound like there was any handicap by the way he hunted or cleaned the animals he shot. But he did have the permit so guess there was proof of something.
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:24 PM   #164
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Just curious, I know it says no motorized vehicles, but is that just gas motors they are talking about or what.
Can you get away with an electric bicycle like a quiet cat?
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Old 08-29-2018, 02:23 PM   #165
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Just curious, I know it says no motorized vehicles, but is that just gas motors they are talking about or what.
Can you get away with an electric bicycle like a quiet cat?
Someone said no elec bikes. I asked earlier but have not confirmed with the park office.
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Old 08-29-2018, 02:57 PM   #166
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No electric or motorized. Walk or pedal only. This trip is strenuous. Many people have explored options of getting places faster, walk or pedal Is the option. Also, you will be reported if caught entering from campsite ion north side. You must enter from main road and pedal the 5ish miles to back top corner. Game wardens last year were after people entering from camp site side. I also think they were after an electric bike as well. People who bike or walked the miles in, will report those who don’t follow rules. At least that was rules last year. They will cover at orientation.

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Old 08-29-2018, 03:14 PM   #167
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Bring band aids for your foot and heel blisters. Lots of walking at Laguna. Bring a bottle of New Skin to repair those blisters. Then suck it up and keep on hunting.
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:20 PM   #168
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No electric or motorized. Walk or pedal only. This trip is strenuous. Many people have explored options of getting places faster, walk or pedal Is the option. Also, you will be reported if caught entering from campsite ion north side. You must enter from main road and pedal the 5ish miles to back top corner. Game wardens last year were after people entering from camp site side. I also think they were after an electric bike as well. People who bike or walked the miles in, will report those who donít follow rules. At least that was rules last year. They will cover at orientation.
Sounds like I better get my fat butt in shape!

Thank you for the info!
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:22 PM   #169
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Padded bike seat!!! I’m not a bike rider, I became one for the trip. My butt was sooo sore, i didnt get gel seat till 2nd day. life was waaaay more bearable

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Old 08-29-2018, 03:27 PM   #170
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I got drawn for 12/7 to 12/11. Anyone gonna walk it in instead of taking a bike? Thinking about doing that to challenge myself a bit.
I'll combo bike and walk, last time I biked several miles in, then walked from there.

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Same dates, I’ll be walking the whole way. Does a bike actually make it easier? I feel like carrying a bow and other gear a bike would make it difficult lol

A bike definitely gets you in farther. I added a couple gun mounts to my handle bars to hold my bow.

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rattling antlers? You get picked for the late hunt? I'll be there 12/7 as well
me too, me too, I can't wait!!
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:30 PM   #171
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I'll be there too, look for a grey 2012 crewmax tundra
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:31 PM   #172
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I'll be there too, look for a grey 2012 crewmax tundra


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Old 08-30-2018, 12:08 AM   #173
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For those that have hunted out there before, where was the parking area? Were you allowed to drive as far as the osprey overlook or will we be parking at the ranger station?
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:16 AM   #174
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For those that have hunted out there before, where was the parking area? Were you allowed to drive as far as the osprey overlook or will we be parking at the ranger station?
There is a parking lot that you have to park in if you're hunting unit 1. Other wise you are able to park off the side of any road within the refuge as long as you are not on or blocking the road.
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Old 08-30-2018, 04:14 PM   #175
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My group got drawn for the hunt between 11/30 through 12/4. We attended the exotic archery hunt last year. We stayed in Harlingen last year in a hotel, this year we are thinking about staying at Adolph Thomae County Park. Has any of yíall stay at the park in the past, if so what are the amenities like? Such as shower and bathroom facilities, rv sites and tent sites. All help is appreciated, will help us to make our decision.
The facilities at the park are super nice, the attendant when we were there was super chill, we were running 3 tents in our spot and he was cool with it but ymmv
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:34 PM   #176
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I don't know what the county park availability is. We've decided to split the cost of a house close by and will cancel my county park RV spot. if they are full & you need a spot...let me know & we'll coordinate cancelling and you picking it up.
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Old 09-01-2018, 12:26 AM   #177
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Thanks for the offer Huntindad. We ended up booking a hotel in Harlingen today. Didn’t want to pull the trailer down and wasn’t looking forward to staying in the tent in the off chance that there were a lot of partiers at the camp grounds that week. It only added about 8 to 10 minutes to our commute to hunt.
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Old 09-01-2018, 03:39 PM   #178
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Hope to meet some fellow TBH'ers on 12/7.
See ya there! Myself and three others will be staying at the campground.

STOKED!
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Old 09-01-2018, 08:46 PM   #179
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This will be my first trip back since they decided to had the permitting over to TPW, but we have always stayed that the executive inn. It’s the closest to the refuge, there is a stripes on the way for breakfast tacos, and super affordable. Now it is not the Marriott, but for $300 including tax for 7 days with double beds it’s an works for us. The sheets are clean and the bathroom is clean. Other than that after humping it between 6 & 10 miles a day. Shower dinner and bed is all I am looking for. Already booked mine for Nov 30-Dec 4.
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Old 09-01-2018, 10:22 PM   #180
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Hey Manuel,

I just typed you a rather elaborate pm but I couldn’t send it being a nubbin’ buck and all..

Highlights were:

•Bull was killed North of Raymondville
•I’ve preffered patterning and sitting on trail versus a stalk
•Heavier tackle, I shoot 340/125 grain
•Extremely elusive, beyond keen senses!
•Shot placement and be ready ALL day

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Old 09-04-2018, 08:55 PM   #181
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So after watching videos of guys trying to shoot nilgai with a bow Iíve come to the conclusion I need to be ready to take a 60 yard shot. It looks almost impossible to get within 30 yards of a nilgai without a lot of luck


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Old 09-04-2018, 11:21 PM   #182
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So after watching videos of guys trying to shoot nilgai with a bow Iíve come to the conclusion I need to be ready to take a 60 yard shot. It looks almost impossible to get within 30 yards of a nilgai without a lot of luck
Last year I was there for the exotic only archery hunt. The most enjoyable 5 days I've ever spent hunting. Had a family unit of cows & calves trot by at 70+ yds. Just a matter of luck, if they had come around the other side of the brush I was set up in, they would have been 15 yds. Later I set up in a funnel and had a nice bull trot by at 20 yds. Unfortunately, he came from behind me and I had my bow laying down. You can bet I spent the next days with bow in hand and looking at the close cover not the big field. My bad.

There were some big herds feeding out in the open areas, but they were a long way from any usable cover. Note the theme, trotting. Just about every Nilgai there close to brush was moving with so many hunters wandering about, but use that as an opportunity. Find your self a natural funnel, set up, and stay alert for a quick shot at a moving target.

I drew again for the early Dec archery hunt. Will be getting excited for it soon. Right now I'm excited for the Aransas hunt I also drew. Fun times!
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Old 09-04-2018, 11:30 PM   #183
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Last year I was there for the exotic only archery hunt. The most enjoyable 5 days I've ever spent hunting. Had a family unit of cows & calves trot by at 70+ yds. Just a matter of luck, if they had come around the other side of the brush I was set up in, they would have been 15 yds. Later I set up in a funnel and had a nice bull trot by at 20 yds. Unfortunately, he came from behind me and I had my bow laying down. You can bet I spent the next days with bow in hand and looking at the close cover not the big field. My bad.



There were some big herds feeding out in the open areas, but they were a long way from any usable cover. Note the theme, trotting. Just about every Nilgai there close to brush was moving with so many hunters wandering about, but use that as an opportunity. Find your self a natural funnel, set up, and stay alert for a quick shot at a moving target.



I drew again for the early Dec archery hunt. Will be getting excited for it soon. Right now I'm excited for the Aransas hunt I also drew. Fun times!


Iím also in for the early December hunt. Think Iím gonna train to potentially make a 70 yard shot but work to set up in funnels and try to catch one slowly moving. From what it looks like people shoot big white tails out there but everyone forgets about them once they see a nilgai lol


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Old 09-05-2018, 11:08 AM   #184
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Last year I was there for the exotic only archery hunt. The most enjoyable 5 days I've ever spent hunting. Had a family unit of cows & calves trot by at 70+ yds. Just a matter of luck, if they had come around the other side of the brush I was set up in, they would have been 15 yds. Later I set up in a funnel and had a nice bull trot by at 20 yds. Unfortunately, he came from behind me and I had my bow laying down. You can bet I spent the next days with bow in hand and looking at the close cover not the big field. My bad.



There were some big herds feeding out in the open areas, but they were a long way from any usable cover. Note the theme, trotting. Just about every Nilgai there close to brush was moving with so many hunters wandering about, but use that as an opportunity. Find your self a natural funnel, set up, and stay alert for a quick shot at a moving target.



I drew again for the early Dec archery hunt. Will be getting excited for it soon. Right now I'm excited for the Aransas hunt I also drew. Fun times!


Very good explanation of what to expect out there.


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Old 09-05-2018, 12:49 PM   #185
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I got drawn for Laguna Atascosa 11/16 -11/20. This will be my first time down there. Gonna start getting preparations in order.



Any advice / suggestions are all welcomed and appreciated. Gonna try to scout next month with bike, But hunt utilizing 4 wheeler.(i have the medical release). Wanna see what the backside of unit 1 looks like and maybe the west side of 3.


Iím drawn for the same hunt/ same dates. Just seeing this so I have lots of reading to do. Will be back if questions are not all answered here. Hopefully we can meet up.


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Old 09-05-2018, 12:54 PM   #186
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The orientation was the evening before the first day of hunting last year. Itís at 9:00am this year the day before?


So, 9am on the 15th. I read conflicting reports. One said day before and other said on 1rst day...?


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Old 09-05-2018, 12:59 PM   #187
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So, 9am on the 15th. I read conflicting reports. One said day before and other said on 1rst day...?


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You should have got an email. Orientation is 3 p.m. the day before the first day of the hunt.
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:29 PM   #188
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I shot a nilgai with my bow in that angle and it never went down. Aim at it on that spot but shoot only if its quartering away. On the nilgai vitals are between the shoulders not behind the shoulder .
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:40 PM   #189
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You should have got an email. Orientation is 3 p.m. the day before the first day of the hunt.


Thanks, didnít get it or missed it.


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Old 09-05-2018, 01:46 PM   #190
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So it looks like I will be bringing my bike. Looking for my old wheeled tripod I used years ago at Aransas. And booking a room somewhere. Why did I put in for this hunt solo? Looking forward to meeting yíall on the 15th. Also glad someone finally mentioned WT. what are numbers and quality like?


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Like some 1 else said, if its raining, going to rain, or there is a chance of rain, leave your bike and walk it in. The dirt turns into clay and you will be carrying your bike.
Been there and done that!
Chiggers, and ticks are everywhere.
Rattlesnakes are out there, get some snake boots or snake chaps and keep your eyes open.
Aluminum tripods are worth every penny.
Game carts; get one or get a friend that has one, you can leave it at the truck if you want and go get it once you killed something but have one handy, just in case. At the moment of truth they are worth their weight in gold.

MOST of all BE mentally ready for the idiots! Lots of them out there. Had a few of them walking around at prime time, trying to sneak in on deer. That happened a bunch of times to me last time I was out there. I had deer feeding near me and getting closer. Suddenly somebody (on 3 different occasions, guys & at one point a woman also) trying to sneak in, they had not seen me. Deer was about 50 yds from me and they were further out they were sneaking in and had a two of them take some hail mary shots. Who knows maybe the high cost of registering for the refuge hunts now has helped to keep them away.
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So it looks like I will be bringing my bike. Looking for my old wheeled tripod I used years ago at Aransas. And booking a room somewhere. Why did I put in for this hunt solo? Looking forward to meeting yíall on the 15th. Also glad someone finally mentioned WT. what are numbers and quality like?


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Old 09-05-2018, 03:08 PM   #193
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Like some 1 else said, if its raining, going to rain, or there is a chance of rain, leave your bike and walk it in. The dirt turns into clay and you will be carrying your bike.
Been there and done that!
Chiggers, and ticks are everywhere.
Rattlesnakes are out there, get some snake boots or snake chaps and keep your eyes open.
Aluminum tripods are worth every penny.
Game carts; get one or get a friend that has one, you can leave it at the truck if you want and go get it once you killed something but have one handy, just in case. At the moment of truth they are worth their weight in gold.

MOST of all BE mentally ready for the idiots! Lots of them out there. Had a few of them walking around at prime time, trying to sneak in on deer. That happened a bunch of times to me last time I was out there. I had deer feeding near me and getting closer. Suddenly somebody (on 3 different occasions, guys & at one point a woman also) trying to sneak in, they had not seen me. Deer was about 50 yds from me and they were further out they were sneaking in and had a two of them take some hail mary shots. Who knows maybe the high cost of registering for the refuge hunts now has helped to keep them away.


Thanks, ok, get ready for idiots. Mmmm thatís a tough one. Just hope being my first trip I donít end up being one of those. Lots of good info. I will be as prepared as I can. Thanks again.


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Old 09-05-2018, 06:53 PM   #195
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I know we cannot bait, and cannot install trail cams. Can we use scent attractants? Or cover scents?
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:20 PM   #196
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I keep reading that people who have done this before use aluminum tripods, but I can't seem to find an actual aluminum one anywhere on the market.

So who makes them and where do you get them?
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:05 PM   #197
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I know we cannot bait, and cannot install trail cams. Can we use scent attractants? Or cover scents?
Yes.

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Old 09-05-2018, 10:27 PM   #198
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I keep reading that people who have done this before use aluminum tripods, but I can't seem to find an actual aluminum one anywhere on the market.

So who makes them and where do you get them?

I have the Millenium T-100 and it's a fine tripod. I've used it in LANWR as well as other places. Easy to transport over the shoulder, sets up quick and quiet. There are 4' leg extensions available if you wanted to get up higher somewhere else.
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:52 AM   #199
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I keep reading that people who have done this before use aluminum tripods, but I can't seem to find an actual aluminum one anywhere on the market.

So who makes them and where do you get them?
There are people who sell them on facebook market place. Look them up in RGV Market Place in face book.

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Old 09-06-2018, 11:48 PM   #200
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how big or how many ice chest do you need for a medium size bull or cow? I have 2 coleman 120's I was gonna bring.
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