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Old 01-27-2021, 01:09 PM   #1
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I was selected for a gun deer antlerless hunt at Inks Lake. Our quota is two deer antlerless of spike and unlimited hogs and exotics. They said that exotics really arenít around here. Got here a day early and set up camp. Itís a Beautiful park. Met the staff for orientation and drew for blinds. They usually take you to and from your stand, but due to the Ďrona they show you your stand location and you drive yourself. They are a great group of guys and are very helpful. Even provide ice for your cooler after you skin your deer.

We are hunting the hiking trails away from the camp sites as they are still open. My stand is about 3 miles from the park entrance. Feeders have been running all season and they throw corn twice a day. You can bring anything else you would like to put out as well.

These blinds are amazing. They use them for their ADA hunts. 8x8 box blinds With a large shooting bench and gun rests. Story on these is that a local taxidermist and processor in Burnet has a daughter who was injured in a vehicle accident and he wanted to do something in her honor. So they host these hunts each year.








The first afternoon was warm and hunting was slow. I shot a pig at last light. It was the only thing I saw. He weighed a little over 200 and had some decent cutters.



The next morning was cooler and the deer were moving. I saw two young bucks around 7:30am and then a group of doe showed up. I picked out the largest one and squeezed off a round. She spun and ran towards a tree line. I found her piled up just a few steps inside the trees. She weighed 80 lbs and they aged her at 4.5 years old.



Blood trails like this are always a good sign.



Pancakes and bacon for brunch and Iím getting ready to head back out soon.

A guy and his lady friend showed up to a camping spot across from me as I was finishing up eating. He was struggling mightily with his tent. I walked over and asked if he wanted some help. He said he had never set up a tent before and would love some assistance. We got it set up in no time flat. Now heís trying to light a charcoal grill. My assumption is this is a new venture too. Heís almost used an entire container of lighter fluid.


More to come.


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Old 01-27-2021, 01:31 PM   #2
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Great write up & pics!
Congrats & thank you for sharing!
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Old 01-27-2021, 01:57 PM   #3
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Awesome, thanks for sharing. May need to put in for this gem of a setup for the boy.
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Old 01-27-2021, 03:31 PM   #4
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Wow they are doing those hunts late in the year
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Old 01-27-2021, 04:53 PM   #5
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Sounds good hope you get more animals


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Old 01-27-2021, 07:56 PM   #6
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Good times! Thanks for sharing the adventures! I'm looking forward to more.
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Old 01-27-2021, 10:04 PM   #7
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Those guys do a great job
Nice blinds, feeders and friendly staff
One of the best hosted hunts Iíve attended with tpwd



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Old 01-27-2021, 10:29 PM   #8
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Nice write up. Keep us posted.


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Old 01-28-2021, 09:16 AM   #9
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With one doe in the cooler, I needed one more to fill my quota. I got in the stand around 3:00 and at 4:30 2 doe made their way into the field and headed towards the feeder. I settled into shooting position and waited for the biggest of the two to give me a broadside shot. She did and I squeezed off the on the old .270. She ran about 30 yards snd dropped.

I got her loaded up and headed to HQ. She weighed 88 pounds snd was aged at 1.5 years old.






Since I couldnít shoot another deer, no exotics are in the area, and with temps going to drop to freezing, I decided I could break camp and be home before 11:00pm.

All in all, it was a very successful hunt for me. I shot something on each of the three times I was in the stand. The only other deer I know that was killed while there was a yearling doe a lady shot on the first morning.

The staff and volunteers at this park are top notch. They really work hard for you and provide a nice, well lit skinning area and ice for your cooler after the kill. One of the volunteers kept a fresh pot of coffee available at HQ for all of us as well.





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Old 01-28-2021, 09:30 AM   #10
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Great trip! Congratulations on your success!
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Old 01-28-2021, 09:35 AM   #11
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Wait, a 1.5 year old doe that weighed 88 pounds?

I need my deer to eat what that deer was eating!
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Old 01-28-2021, 09:38 AM   #12
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Wait, a 1.5 year old doe that weighed 88 pounds?

I need my deer to eat what that deer was eating!

The guy aging her prefaced this with ďIím not the best at agingíĒ.

Her teeth looked like she was young.

She did not have much fat like the other one I shot that was aged at 4.5.


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Old 01-29-2021, 01:29 PM   #13
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Wait, a 1.5 year old doe that weighed 88 pounds?

I need my deer to eat what that deer was eating!
We shot one early January that was 80lb and aged 1.5, was it aged correctly, not really sure
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Old 01-29-2021, 03:31 PM   #14
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Congrats! Looks like a good time.


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Old 01-29-2021, 03:47 PM   #15
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Was 88 lbs live weight ?
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Old 01-29-2021, 03:58 PM   #16
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Was 88 lbs live weight ?

Yes. Not field dressed.


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Old 01-30-2021, 08:39 PM   #17
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Nice recap bud!



I did a race in that park back in '98. Used to be a biologist that lived in the park. She was studying what the deer ate. dissected any that were found dead. And told me they have a diet of over 300 items. Some prefer certain items over others just like people. I found it funny later to have deer stakes on the grill in the evening eight feet away, while a doe was eating corn chips off the opposite end of the picnic table I was sitting at.
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