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Old 04-29-2021, 10:14 AM   #1
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The Neches refuge is working on a plan to allow hunting. Comments in support would help greatly.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/neches_ri.../huntfish.html
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:30 AM   #2
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Done!

I'm all for more public hunting opportunities here, so this is great news.
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Old 04-30-2021, 07:53 AM   #3
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Working on it and excited for another hunt opportunity.
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Old 04-30-2021, 07:54 AM   #4
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Done!!
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Old 04-30-2021, 08:46 AM   #5
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Will comment! Would this be good to go for this upcoming season, or would it be implemented into the draw system for next season?
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Old 04-30-2021, 09:33 AM   #6
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I wonder if it will be put on the tpwd draw hunts like hagerman or if it will be a stand alone process.
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Old 04-30-2021, 12:16 PM   #7
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I wonder if it will be put on the tpwd draw hunts like hagerman or if it will be a stand alone process.
Looks like it would be an e-postcard hunt like the Trinity River NWR.
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Old 05-01-2021, 03:57 PM   #8
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Thanks for the heads up! More public land is always better. Anybody ever been on the other side of one of these public comment periods? It's interesting to see how much weight "the public" is given in different fields (e.g. neighborhood street design proposal, regulatory rulemaking, pipeline approval, etc)
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:31 AM   #9
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Interesting, added!
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Old 05-03-2021, 11:02 PM   #10
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Thanks for sharing this. I wrote and expressed my support.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:03 AM   #11
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Positive move.

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Old 06-03-2021, 09:36 AM   #12
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Bump as the 60day deadline for comments is approaching.
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Old 06-03-2021, 10:20 AM   #13
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Thanks for posting this , I’m a public land hunter and would love to see more of this
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Old 06-03-2021, 07:51 PM   #14
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Wasn’t this previously a WMA?
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Old 06-04-2021, 09:25 PM   #15
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Wasn’t this previously a WMA?

Still is. And still will be. It's a Federal WMA opening up more opportunities.
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Old 06-04-2021, 09:41 PM   #16
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Still is. And still will be. It's a Federal WMA opening up more opportunities.
Unless I misread it, it is currently a wildlife refuge, not a WMA.

Wasn’t it a state WMA at one time.

For some reason I remember running some roads in that area MANY years ago scouting out a state WMA that was of pretty significant size.

It was a LONG time ago though.
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Old 06-04-2021, 09:46 PM   #17
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Old 06-04-2021, 09:55 PM   #18
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From what I had read, never a WMA, was private hunting leases.
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Old 06-07-2021, 04:57 PM   #19
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That is correct, Razorback01.

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Old 06-07-2021, 05:01 PM   #20
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Great news!!!

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Old 06-09-2021, 04:23 PM   #21
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Actually it was not a deer lease but rather multiple deer leases, on both sides of the river, swallowed up by the nature conservancy and then taken over by the USFW as a refuge. Great public hunt opportunity for some but a lot of folks lost their private hunting ground that had been leased for decades because of it. It’s not gonna be hagerman quality deer.
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Old 06-09-2021, 07:20 PM   #22
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Anytime tpwd is involved the quality will go down
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Old 06-10-2021, 07:02 AM   #23
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Actually it was not a deer lease but rather multiple deer leases, on both sides of the river, swallowed up by the nature conservancy and then taken over by the USFW as a refuge. Great public hunt opportunity for some but a lot of folks lost their private hunting ground that had been leased for decades because of it. Itís not gonna be hagerman quality deer.
From what I understand, it was going to be a new lake until it was blocked. So, either way it was going to be "lost".

Encompassing the upper Neches River, the unit preserves a pristine waterway. After the city of Dallas proposed constructing a dam along the body of water, conservationists petitioned the federal government to protect the river, which resulted in the 2006 creation of the refuge. The Texas Water Board sued to prevent this acquisition, but in 2010, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Fish & Wildlife Service.[2][3][4] Although the river is served by several canoe outfitters, the mainland portion of the facility is closed to visitors.[5]
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:35 AM   #24
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From USFW hunt plan.

A. Hunter Permit Application, Selection, and/or Registration Procedures Hunters wanting to participate in hunts must apply online through the TPWD website (www.TPWD.texas.gov). TPWD is responsible for handling all applications and conducting the drawings and collecting fees. TPWD will notify hunters when selected for one of the hunts and a complete package with permits and instructions sent to the hunters. Persons with disabilities (meeting TPWD qualifications) may be provided accommodations as practicable.


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