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Old 09-08-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default My Daughter Was Drawn at Chaparral WMA

This was our first year applying and she was drawn for Youth GDA/S at Chaparral. She's almost 9 and this will be her first deer hunt. This is also the first time I will have been on a drawn hunt. We live near Dallas and haven't been down the WMA before either. If anyone has been on a hunt there before, I would certainly appreciate any info you are willing to share. I'd also like to know how camping/lodging is handled for these hunts.

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Old 09-08-2016, 12:02 PM   #2
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:09 PM   #3
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They have some covered tent campsites and a bathroom and showers beside the WMA headquarters. If you stay in a hotel it is a good haul back to the WMA. Congrats. True south texas hunt
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:53 PM   #4
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They have primitive and camper campsites available.

Take corn and a pop up down there. They have blinds, but pop ups are good on the sendros. They have a walk in cooler and cleaning area.
Yall will have a good time.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:28 PM   #5
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It's a great WMA for youth hunters. Lots of game- paved roads around the ranch. Camping onsite is basic- but there is a bathroom. Lots of folks camp so it's fun for the kids. The first year we went the road noise was unbearable in the campground but better since then. It's about 30 minutes to cotula.
You will assigned a hunting area so don't worry about picking a unit.
Bring a pop-up and corn. They will take you to your unit the first hunt. Take a GPS- it's a huge place. Ask if they have pre-baited an area. Don't be afraid to look around before you set up. Bait a couple of places incase one doesn't get discovered.

We were drawn as well but turns out are not available that weekend. Hopefully someone on here will get the second draw.


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Old 09-08-2016, 01:34 PM   #6
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Camping is onsite. Plan on 30 minutes to Cotulla if you decide to stay in a hotel.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:40 PM   #7
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bring a chair, they have a few open top blinds scattered around the place. Long straight senderos, tons of javalina and deer with some hogs too. some of the back roads will get sloppy if it rains while you are there, 4wd truck would be nice. big bucks there if you have patience to pass on the smaller ones
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:49 PM   #8
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I did that hunt with my son a couple of years ago. I had the dates messed up and we ended up being a day late. He didn't shoot anything, but we saw the biggest buck either one of us has ever seen down there. I have camped at the campground many times and it is save, but a little noisy sometimes.

You can use the elevated stands but the deer might be educated to them. I put up a ground blind on the edge of one of the senderos so we could see. The buck popped out right in front of the blind as we were walking to the truck.

Driving down I always bypass Austin and take 130/45 down to I-10 and shoot across to SA and the bypass. It takes about six hours from Frisco with little traffic.

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Old 09-08-2016, 01:50 PM   #9
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Cotulla has hotels and is about a 30 minute drive from the headquarters. The camp ground is good. There are two private bathrooms on the campground and plenty of space to put up a tent. The weather should be mild (if it doesn't rain.) Bring corn to throw out. They do have a nice walk-in cooler to hang your deer/hogs. They have paved roads going to all the compartments. A 2wd truck is perfect to take. Good luck!
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:52 PM   #10
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Oh, and the biologists may tell you to shoot any warthogs if you see them.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:14 PM   #11
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Awesome deal you have in front of you there. Heard nothing but great thinks about Chap.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:18 PM   #12
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Not much to add except congrats and good luck! Best youth hunting experience I've encountered! The last time we went, all of the covered spots were gone when we arrived about midnight before the hunt. Go early if you want a covered table.

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Old 09-08-2016, 02:33 PM   #13
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It's a great WMA for youth hunters. Lots of game- paved roads around the ranch. Camping onsite is basic- but there is a bathroom. Lots of folks camp so it's fun for the kids. The first year we went the road noise was unbearable in the campground but better since then. It's about 30 minutes to cotula.
You will assigned a hunting area so don't worry about picking a unit.
Bring a pop-up and corn. They will take you to your unit the first hunt. Take a GPS- it's a huge place. Ask if they have pre-baited an area. Don't be afraid to look around before you set up. Bait a couple of places incase one doesn't get discovered.

We were drawn as well but turns out are not available that weekend. Hopefully someone on here will get the second draw.


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When we were there 2 years ago you picked your area based off of what number your ticket was drawn. Ours was drawn second, so we basically had to decide on the entire area! It might have changed since then, im not sure.

OP, this will be one of the most exciting hunts you'll go on. When you get there and see some of the bucks that have came off the WMA, it will surely get the blood flowing. Look at a map that shows drainages and try to set up near those. Best of luck.
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:17 PM   #14
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Congrats

No email so guess we didn't draw
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:34 PM   #15
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Congratulations. I have seen some great deer at Chaparral WMA. I've seen the best deer in South Jay and Rosindo pastures but I'm sure there is great potential in all the pastures.
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:19 PM   #16
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Been down there for Javelina with my son several times.
One year they let us shoot does too.
One of my favorite WMA's and you always see wildlife.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:21 PM   #17
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I checked, we applied for the either sex hunt where you can kill a big buck. Has not been drawn yet
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:44 PM   #18
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The chairs that seem to work the best for their blinds are the ones that fold flat because they sit higher.
She will have a great time.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:45 PM   #19
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Good luck to her. I put my middle kid in for Chap, too. Guess she didn't draw.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:52 PM   #20
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Well, it wasn't for Chap, but she still didn't draw. Showing loyalty point.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:56 PM   #21
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When we were there 2 years ago you picked your area based off of what number your ticket was drawn. Ours was drawn second, so we basically had to decide on the entire area! It might have changed since then, im not sure.

OP, this will be one of the most exciting hunts you'll go on. When you get there and see some of the bucks that have came off the WMA, it will surely get the blood flowing. Look at a map that shows drainages and try to set up near those. Best of luck.
I think they were drawn for antlerless hunt. They will assign areas for that cause there are so many standbys, they really slice up the hunt areas.

On the buck hunts, yep you pick your poison.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:44 PM   #22
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Thanks everyone. Yeah, she was drawn for antlerless/spike. I put her in for some either sex hunts, but also some antlerless hunts that had decent hunter success rates and draw rates.

Since I hunt bigger pieces of public land and don't have an "easy hunt" for her to cut her teeth on, I really just wanted her to get a chance to hunt. What (or if) she gets to shoot isn't as important as getting out there and seeing some wildlife. At 8 years old, a mile walk with gear and a long day of sitting and seeing nothing isn't going to provide the kind of experience that will help her enjoy hunting. She's already hooked on duck hunting and I think it won't be too tough to hook her on deer hunting as well. She just needs the right spark. A few more years and I figure she'll be walking in to places like Caddo NGL and Pat Mayse with me.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:58 AM   #23
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That's not a good place to "cut their teeth" with.........If that's their first real hunting experience it will ruin them for life.

Good luck and have fun!
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:19 AM   #24
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My boy and I got drawn for A/S at the Chap 11/5-6. We are pumped! First time hunting the Chap and looking forward to it!
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:31 AM   #25
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My son was drawn there last year. The staff is top notch and the facilities are great. We slept at the campground and were very comfortable. He missed a doe but did shoot a nice boar javi. One youth hunter shot 2 warthogs on the first day of the hunt. Take an electronic caller and thin out the coyotes. They are thick.
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:51 AM   #26
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Been there many times. You will have a blast. If you want you and your girl to see a lot of deer, find a few senderos that cross and hand corn all directions out to a comfortable shooting distance. If you want a better chance at a mature deer, get off the roads and look for rubs/scrapes along the edge of the clear cuts (aeration strips). Good luck!
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:57 PM   #27
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I used to get drawn all the time, one string of good luck had me drawn 5 yrs in a row at Richland Creek, it has now been 7 yrs since being drawn. Payback I guess!
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:20 PM   #28
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I worked on the WMA as an intern. During my intern and doing my normal routes i would see lots of in the West Guajolote and East Guajalote, along with both blocker pastures. Their is a pretty good sized pond in East Guajalote pasture that i would go sit at in the evenings just to watch and would see several deer come down to water. Hope this info helps and good luck to your and your daughter.
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