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Old 09-16-2020, 11:27 AM   #1
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We (CHarrell71, gwellstx, and I) got drawn for gun deer either sex Jan 12-14! Woohoo!!!!

How does this hunt work? Assigned compartment I assume.

Would a .257 Weatherby spitting out 115 Berger VLD be enough for a big Sambar stag?

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Old 09-16-2020, 11:29 AM   #2
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Congrats! How many points did y’all have?
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Old 09-16-2020, 11:29 AM   #3
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Old 09-16-2020, 02:50 PM   #4
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Don't forget about my dad, tferg51, he's going as well! Can't freakin' wait for this hunt. Come on January!!

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Old 09-16-2020, 02:59 PM   #5
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Awesome, my daughter drew the youth hunt next month. Excited to get down there!


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Old 09-16-2020, 03:17 PM   #6
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Don't forget about my dad, tferg51, he's going as well! Can't freakin' wait for this hunt. Come on January!!

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LOL, couldn't forget about your pops. He's the comic relief. Just didn't realize he was on tbh.
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:18 PM   #7
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Awesome, my daughter drew the youth hunt next month. Excited to get down there!


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Congrats to her!!! Keep us posted on conditions and getting around. The draw hunts there are so new that there isn't much info available.
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:23 PM   #8
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You lucky SOBs. Congrats and good luck. I am probably going to be in POC the same week duck hunting if yall want to grab some beers.
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:27 PM   #9
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You lucky SOBs. Congrats and good luck. I am probably going to be in POC the same week duck hunting if yall want to grab some beers.
Sounds like a plan
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:31 PM   #10
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Like Fargus said in a text message earlier today.... "Not gonna be able to sleep for 4 months!"
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:55 PM   #11
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:55 PM   #12
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Congrats guys, I met yall at the Chap . If i remember right your dad has some good luck. Look forward to the live hunt
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:56 PM   #13
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CONGRATS & good luck!
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Old 09-16-2020, 04:02 PM   #14
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Congrats I'm jealous!!! Can't wait to see how yall do. Remember my place is pretty close if you need anything.
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Old 09-16-2020, 05:41 PM   #15
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Did NOT draw again this year. Will be trying again as a standby though since it’s only a few miles from the house.
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:21 PM   #16
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Compartment. My BIL and I did this hunt last year. There were two stands in our compartment. Luck of the draw my BIL shot a nice Sambat stag the first morning. I didn't see anything but cows where I was. Moved to his stand with him the last morning and saw a Sambar cow but couldn't get turned and on her before she went back in the brush.

Saw axis, sambar, and white tail brought in. High percentage that you will get something.
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Old 09-18-2020, 10:11 PM   #17
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Don’t sit it the stands as they are not in good spots. Walk the roads in your compartment slowly and quietly paying special attention to any water and any big openings in the brush you can see, they love to have there feet wet. Don’t shoot the first Sambar that you see because you will see more.. They are loaded. It’s the best hunt I’ve ever been on and I’m telling you from experience don’t shoot the first stag you see Unless he’s a great one because you will see more. Axis are they but not as many and not in every unit. On the 2nd and 3rd day don’t be afraid to ask the staff if you can switch units because a lot of hunters will leave after getting there stag and you can get into other areas that may have axis.
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Old 09-18-2020, 11:21 PM   #18
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I read the thread about hunting Aransas National Refuge with its big gators, big snakes, and clouds of mosquitoes. Is the Powderhorn any different?
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Old 09-18-2020, 11:22 PM   #19
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They are not far from each other and they are both coastal.
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Old 09-20-2020, 10:51 PM   #20
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I read the thread about hunting Aransas National Refuge with its big gators, big snakes, and clouds of mosquitoes. Is the Powderhorn any different?
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They are not far from each other and they are both coastal.
Did you get drawn for Powderhorn also?
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:14 PM   #21
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Guess no one else on here got picked for Powderhorn this year?
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:21 PM   #22
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The .257 will likely be good enough. Even with bigger Guns the biologists there will tell you to neck shoot them. They have had better recovery rates doing that.
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:23 PM   #23
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Guess no one else on here got picked for Powderhorn this year?
i wish instead we are all gonna live the dream thru you!
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:25 PM   #24
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Did you get drawn for Powderhorn also?
No, not I. Just wondering if there was much difference.
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:02 PM   #25
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i wish instead we are all gonna live the dream thru you!
I'll do my best to go as live as possible. Guess I need to download tapacrap and get familiar with using it. I have plenty of time to figure it out. Being only 5 miles outside POC we should have pretty good cell service.
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:10 PM   #26
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I'll do my best to go as live as possible. Guess I need to download tapacrap and get familiar with using it. I have plenty of time to figure it out. Being only 5 miles outside POC we should have pretty good cell service.
That will be good! My phone usually works fine in that area. Where yall staying?
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:52 PM   #27
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That will be good! My phone usually works fine in that area. Where yall staying?
In Brunner's barndo. We had stayed in it once before during a WORP hunt.
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:55 PM   #28
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In Brunner's barndo. We had stayed in it once before during a WORP hunt.
Awesome! Good plan!
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:59 AM   #29
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Guess no one else on here got picked for Powderhorn this year?
Nope, one more.
I got drawn for the 10/27-29 hunt. 27 points used so super excited after applying for GDE all those years. Normally put in for the Chap, but switched over the the Powderhorn due to the Sambar opportunity.
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:58 AM   #30
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Nope, one more.
I got drawn for the 10/27-29 hunt. 27 points used so super excited after applying for GDE all those years. Normally put in for the Chap, but switched over the the Powderhorn due to the Sambar opportunity.
Nice! Congratulations and good luck!!!
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Old 10-05-2020, 04:57 PM   #31
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Nope, one more.
I got drawn for the 10/27-29 hunt. 27 points used so super excited after applying for GDE all those years. Normally put in for the Chap, but switched over the the Powderhorn due to the Sambar opportunity.
that is the way I was also. Now I put in for both. Would be happy with either, but I really do want to get a Sambar deer. Congrats on getting on down there
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Old 10-10-2020, 02:27 PM   #32
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My group will be there on the October hunt. We are looking forward to the opportunity.
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Old 10-12-2020, 10:34 AM   #33
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We are getting our list checked off for the youth hunt this weekend. Will be taking my youngest daughter on her first tpwd hunt. Seems like itís a very short hunt for the youth, basically a day and a half. Anyone thatís been on the youth hunt have any tips or suggestions on things we need to make sure and bring other than the usual.


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Old 10-12-2020, 01:33 PM   #34
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No tips for but we all wanna hear a full report with pics!!!!

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Old 10-12-2020, 01:48 PM   #35
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Will do, we went to the range last night one last time to make sure it was all dialed in still!




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Old 10-14-2020, 05:31 PM   #36
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Awesome, my daughter drew the youth hunt next month. Excited to get down there!


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Y'all packed and ready for the weekend?
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Old 10-14-2020, 07:46 PM   #37
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Sure are! We unpacked everything got it washed and treated then repacked from hunting LANWR this past weekend. We will be bright eyed and bushy tailed!


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Old 10-14-2020, 07:51 PM   #38
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Sure are! We unpacked everything got it washed and treated then repacked from hunting LANWR this past weekend. We will be bright eyed and bushy tailed!


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Excellent! Good luck y'all!!!

Do any good at LANWR?
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Old 10-14-2020, 07:53 PM   #39
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Son got a cow and lost a Bull. Passed up other cows along the way. We had lots of fun!

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Old 10-14-2020, 09:01 PM   #40
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We are, will be driving in Friday afternoon! She is excited!


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Old 10-15-2020, 11:47 AM   #41
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Has anyone been on the youth portion of this hunt before. Was curious if it operated a little different than the regular hunt. Paperwork says we will have assigned blinds and to bring corn.

Are we required to stay in the blinds or are we allowed to hunt our compartment. Sitting over a pile of corn gets boring after about 30 seconds. All questions I can ask once I get there but just wondering.

Iíve got my bug spray packed and mud boots, anything else thatís essential beyond the usual?


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Old 10-15-2020, 03:35 PM   #42
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I get so! Good luck to her!!

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Has anyone been on the youth portion of this hunt before. Was curious if it operated a little different than the regular hunt. Paperwork says we will have assigned blinds and to bring corn.

Are we required to stay in the blinds or are we allowed to hunt our compartment. Sitting over a pile of corn gets boring after about 30 seconds. All questions I can ask once I get there but just wondering.

I’ve got my bug spray packed and mud boots, anything else that’s essential beyond the usual?


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Not sure, but it does say by blind and not compartment. If you have that evil bookface, then you can shoot the staff at the WMA a message. Dan is a good guy and will answer promptly even if he does give grid coordinates to a small island off the coast of Antarctica.

Backstory: He had posted a pic of several sambar in a water tank. I popped off in jest asking about coordinates for the water tank. He said he doesn't usually do it, but made an exception. They were coords for a remote island.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:12 PM   #43
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Appreciate the reply, Dan is the one Iíve been in contact with, Iíll just shoot him an email. Hopefully they give us a little bit of freedom!


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Old 10-17-2020, 09:31 AM   #44
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We made it here!



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Old 10-17-2020, 10:39 AM   #45
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I hope yall have a great hunt!
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:51 AM   #46
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Love that place, been driving by it for many years while fishing at POC.

I went down for standby in January of 19 which was one of the first hunts along with 50 of my best friends for 2 standby spots.

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Old 10-17-2020, 10:56 AM   #47
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Old 10-17-2020, 02:02 PM   #48
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Well we made it a whole 20 minutes into the hunt. She spotted him bedded down right at 100 yards. He stood up and she dropped him right where he stood. Needless to say she was a little excited!




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Old 10-17-2020, 02:04 PM   #49
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Awesome job!!!

Mudmauler, did y'all make it down?
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Old 10-17-2020, 02:40 PM   #50
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Sure did. We saw a stud Sambar on the initial drive into the unit but we jumped him. Congrats bigharge! Iíve heard several shots within an hour of making it to our unit.


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