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Old 09-02-2021, 04:05 PM   #1
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My son got drawn for his first TPWD hunt at Enchanted Rock this December. I have never been on one of these drawn hunts and no idea what to expect. I have read very mixed reviews of Enchanted Rock, but it seems like last year there were great numbers.

Are their blinds there already set for us? Are some spots better then others? Will they give out that info if you call before?
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Old 09-04-2021, 10:03 PM   #2
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I’ll be there in October for an archery hunt. If you remember reach back out and I can hopefully provide you with some insight
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Old 09-06-2021, 06:18 PM   #3
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I went on the rifle hunt last year with my dad. We both ended up with 3 deer (basket rack, spike, and a doe).

The hunt has a new person running the hunt from the last few years. It was a great hunt. They had pop up blinds set up for us. Just needed to bring chairs and shooting stick/tripod. Most shots are under 150yards. They do pre bait the spots with a week before the hunt starts. With this being a public park that has ALOT of visitors they do take a lot of caution to make sure no blood or any sign of hunting took place on the last day of the hunt. The roads are rough they will take you out in ATVs to the blinds.

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That’s awesome futureagg! Wish TPWD did things like that more often!!
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Very Cool! Thanks for the info. We are looking forward to it.

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I went on the rifle hunt last year with my dad. We both ended up with 3 deer (basket rack, spike, and a doe).

The hunt has a new person running the hunt from the last few years. It was a great hunt. They had pop up blinds set up for us. Just needed to bring chairs and shooting stick/tripod. Most shots are under 150yards. They do pre bait the spots with a week before the hunt starts. With this being a public park that has ALOT of visitors they do take a lot of caution to make sure no blood or any sign of hunting took place on the last day of the hunt. The roads are rough they will take you out in ATVs to the blinds.

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Old 09-07-2021, 07:13 PM   #6
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I went on the rifle hunt last year with my dad. We both ended up with 3 deer (basket rack, spike, and a doe).

The hunt has a new person running the hunt from the last few years. It was a great hunt. They had pop up blinds set up for us. Just needed to bring chairs and shooting stick/tripod. Most shots are under 150yards. They do pre bait the spots with a week before the hunt starts. With this being a public park that has ALOT of visitors they do take a lot of caution to make sure no blood or any sign of hunting took place on the last day of the hunt. The roads are rough they will take you out in ATVs to the blinds.

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We drew for Enchanted Rock Antlerless-Spike for 11/9 - 11/12. Sure hope the same person is running the show this year. Did you bring your own corn? I am bringing some just in case. It has to Certified Aflotoxin free I know.
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I drew 11/9-11/12 antlerless/spike for this year also. Looking forward to it!


What type of exotics if any?
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I drew 11/9-11/12 antlerless/spike for this year also. Looking forward to it!


What type of exotics if any?
A buddy said he has seen Mouflon Rams, Fallow Does, and a small herd of Aoudad. There are some nearby Ranches with exotics that escape from time to time so you could see most anything from Axis to Blackbuck to Sika. We will see what happens.
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Other than going to the top of the dome, is there cell service in the park?
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Old 09-20-2021, 10:18 PM   #11
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Should not have a problem limiting out. There are a few exotics but only in certain units.
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Other than going to the top of the dome, is there cell service in the park?
Absolutely not! No cell service what so ever once I got outside of Fburg
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We drew for Enchanted Rock Antlerless-Spike for 11/9 - 11/12. Sure hope the same person is running the show this year. Did you bring your own corn? I am bringing some just in case. It has to Certified Aflotoxin free I know.
I hope it is too for you.

Yes we put a bag of corn out a day. And it was all gone the next day. They do check the corn on this hunt so make sure that it is certified.
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I hope it is too for you.

Yes we put a bag of corn out a day. And it was all gone the next day. They do check the corn on this hunt so make sure that it is certified.
Certified corn? Never heard that one
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Absolutely not! No cell service what so ever once I got outside of Fburg

Thank you for answering. I was hoping ya would. This may make a difference in whether I camp there or some place else.
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I hope it is too for you.

Yes we put a bag of corn out a day. And it was all gone the next day. They do check the corn on this hunt so make sure that it is certified.
I plan on Scattering a Bag of Corn everyday. My Academy has less than 20 ppb Aflatoxin certified corn on hand. At least the bag is marked that way.
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Thank you for answering. I was hoping ya would. This may make a difference in whether I camp there or some place else.
We are pulling an RV to Oxford Ranch Campground about 15 minutes north of Enchanted Rock. Rates are very reasonable.
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Thank you for answering. I was hoping ya would. This may make a difference in whether I camp there or some place else.
The Lady at Oxford Ranch Campground said AT&T and Verizon has good Service at their Campground. I have T-Mobile so will have to see if I have a Signal or not. Hope at least Texting works.
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:05 PM   #19
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Iíll be there in October for an archery hunt. If you remember reach back out and I can hopefully provide you with some insight
Give us an update when you get back home. Looking forward to hearing how it went!
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:25 PM   #20
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Absolutely not! No cell service what so ever once I got outside of Fburg
Att works in random spots my wife did a internship there 2 years ago got service in one of the parking lots and by the office at times
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Old 10-21-2021, 10:22 PM   #21
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Service is really spotty all over the park. Wouldn’t count on having service out there.

The park people are great and really work hard on this hunt. It’s a jam up group. They said there are 3 big groups of Aoudad running around, plenty of deer, pigs, small group of axis, and even a couple Mouflon. The limit was five deer plus the exotics. 4 doe and a buck or 3 doe and two bucks with one being a spike. Everyone saw deer. Plenty of people shot. They have been putting corn out since September. Bring corn to put out while your there. They take you to the blinds but you need a chair. It’s a tough ride out. Climbing rocks, going three tight spots, etc. but not to bad. But man it’s a pretty place. With tons of deer.

My story wasn’t so fortunate. First day, within the first 10 minutes of settling in the blind, I tried to see if I had room to draw my compound and got halfway back, hit the release by accident and dry fired. ****. Everything looked fine though. About an hour before sunset a doe wakes out broadside at 20 yards. Drew back and figured out my string had twisted and my peep sight was sideways. Skipped the next morning hunt and drove to stonewall to the closest bow shop and got my string fixed.

Hunted that evening and a doe walked out at about 30 yards. She spotted me about halfway through my draw back. I had hurt my shoulder two weeks ago in the gym and it just started feeling better. She looked back down and I drew the rest of the way back and right when I did I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder. Let the arrow fly and heard it hit. Arrow passed through and had good blood but couldn’t find her. So I only got two hunts in and now I need time to let me shoulder heal up. Thinking real hard about trying in the morning anyway. We’ll see how it feels in the morning.

But it’s a great hunt with good opportunity. I would love to draw it again. Especially the archery hunt. I’m not sure how all of the blinds are but mine the furthest shot you could take is 60 yards. No need for a rifle. Can’t say enough good things about the guys and girl operating the hunt.
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Old 10-22-2021, 07:21 AM   #22
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Thanks for the update sir!

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Service is really spotty all over the park. Wouldnít count on having service out there.

The park people are great and really work hard on this hunt. Itís a jam up group. They said there are 3 big groups of Aoudad running around, plenty of deer, pigs, small group of axis, and even a couple Mouflon. The limit was five deer plus the exotics. 4 doe and a buck or 3 doe and two bucks with one being a spike. Everyone saw deer. Plenty of people shot. They have been putting corn out since September. Bring corn to put out while your there. They take you to the blinds but you need a chair. Itís a tough ride out. Climbing rocks, going three tight spots, etc. but not to bad. But man itís a pretty place. With tons of deer.

My story wasnít so fortunate. First day, within the first 10 minutes of settling in the blind, I tried to see if I had room to draw my compound and got halfway back, hit the release by accident and dry fired. ****. Everything looked fine though. About an hour before sunset a doe wakes out broadside at 20 yards. Drew back and figured out my string had twisted and my peep sight was sideways. Skipped the next morning hunt and drove to stonewall to the closest bow shop and got my string fixed.

Hunted that evening and a doe walked out at about 30 yards. She spotted me about halfway through my draw back. I had hurt my shoulder two weeks ago in the gym and it just started feeling better. She looked back down and I drew the rest of the way back and right when I did I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder. Let the arrow fly and heard it hit. Arrow passed through and had good blood but couldnít find her. So I only got two hunts in and now I need time to let me shoulder heal up. Thinking real hard about trying in the morning anyway. Weíll see how it feels in the morning.

But itís a great hunt with good opportunity. I would love to draw it again. Especially the archery hunt. Iím not sure how all of the blinds are but mine the furthest shot you could take is 60 yards. No need for a rifle. Canít say enough good things about the guys and girl operating the hunt.
Sorry about the shoulder, that really sucks! Do they have a skinning shed or a place to skin and quarter and ice down in your Ice Chest? Do they want you to Field Dress in the field or bring them in whole. Was not sure if they had a facility that you could process your own deer inside the park. Your report has me pumped up now! Thanks for the update! Will be there Nov 9 thru Nov 12 with Rifle in hand!
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I have another question also. What type of blinds did/do they provide? Just a drug up brush blind? And what if the wind is not favorable? Can someone move to the other side of an area or bait?
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Sorry to hear about the shoulder and busted hunt. It is good to hear that they bait the way they do. I grew up in the midwest. If people dont kill the deer then starvation will. Sounds like they really need animals off the property.
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I have another question also. What type of blinds did/do they provide? Just a drug up brush blind? And what if the wind is not favorable? Can someone move to the other side of an area or bait?
I think I am going to bring my Pop Up Blind just in case.
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How is the acorn crop inside the park? I assume since they have been feeding inside the park since September that they are hammering the corn!!
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I think I am going to bring my Pop Up Blind just in case.

Rodger that. I'll be bringing one in case it rains. And my rain gear.


Last time I got drawn, I broke my chair. Went to Gibson's in Kerrville and bought another/different kind. It broke on the first sit too. That was for a different hunt in the area.


I've lost some weight since. And have a chair set up for this hunt that's rated for 400lbs, even though I'm half that now.

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Sorry about the shoulder, that really sucks! Do they have a skinning shed or a place to skin and quarter and ice down in your Ice Chest? Do they want you to Field Dress in the field or bring them in whole. Was not sure if they had a facility that you could process your own deer inside the park. Your report has me pumped up now! Thanks for the update! Will be there Nov 9 thru Nov 12 with Rifle in hand!
They do have a place to hang and skin/quarter deer. They do have ice on site. You can field dress in the field or when you get back to the camp site. The hunt manager is a hunter himself and tryís to run a great hunt. He really prides himself on his tracking skills and has a great find rate on the archery deer.
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I have another question also. What type of blinds did/do they provide? Just a drug up brush blind? And what if the wind is not favorable? Can someone move to the other side of an area or bait?
They provide pop up blinds and try to brush them in. At least the one I had was. They know where the deer are coming in so I would think twice about moving it around. The hunt manager says they get 400,000 visitors a year. The deer are not worried about your scent. But that seems so foreign to me I donít know. Luckily the wind was always favorable for me.
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Sorry to hear about the shoulder and busted hunt. It is good to hear that they bait the way they do. I grew up in the midwest. If people dont kill the deer then starvation will. Sounds like they really need animals off the property.
Man I had no idea but they said gillespie and llano county have more deer than the rest of the counties combined. They want the population reduced badly.
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How is the acorn crop inside the park? I assume since they have been feeding inside the park since September that they are hammering the corn!!
I wasnít around any oaks. Theyíre at different areas in the park so I cant say for sure.
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Thatís a good idea on the height adjustable legs. For the bow hunt the pop up blinds just werenít tall enough for me. Or my chair was to high and not adjustable. Made for an awkward shot trying to bend down below the window opening.
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Just some other pictures I took. They donít do it justice the place is gorgeous. The first two are where I was hunting. Next to the pond.
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Just some other pictures I took. They donít do it justice the place is gorgeous. The first two are where I was hunting. Next to the pond.
Beautiful looking place! Thanks for the pics and the feedback sir. Hope you get your shoulder injury resolved quickly. I had one in 2007-2008. And had to reduce my poundage to 32. Made it back to 40 by Oct 2008. And up to 60 by end of that season. I'm still at 58-62 pending the bow I'm shooting.

I hope you can still get out and hunt some this season. It doesn't really matter how.

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