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Old 10-10-2018, 12:42 PM   #301
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Just got my email: 7J on Nov 16-18. So, am I reading the above messages correctly? We will be allowed to hunt the entire unit, but will be obligated to park at "cone J"?
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:27 PM   #302
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Anyone notice that the draw said 5 deer; 2 can be bucks, but the brochure says only one can be a buck? Am I reading it wrong?
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:55 PM   #303
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Just got mine as well. We are in 9, which I suspected we would get since there are two of us and my son is under 17.

We are hunting Nov 16-18.

Anyone hunting 9 for the youth hunt, I would appreciate any information you gain. For those who draw 9 after us, we will play it forward if you send me a PM or post a message.

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Old 10-10-2018, 01:59 PM   #304
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Anyone notice that the draw said 5 deer; 2 can be bucks, but the brochure says only one can be a buck? Am I reading it wrong?
I noticed that as well. Will have to clarify with the NWR during our orientation. It is two bucks but one is a spike/unbranched antler if I understand it correctly.

We are in Travis County so I think the antler restrictions apply. Unit 3 spans two counties and my discussion with the NWR we are subject to the regulations where we shoot the animal, not what county the majority of the unit is in.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:47 PM   #305
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Yes they made a mistake. 8A it is. Re-sent the emails out today.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:47 PM   #306
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My son and I got 8A & 8B for Nov 30- Dec 2.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:47 PM   #307
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Just got my email: 7J on Nov 16-18. So, am I reading the above messages correctly? We will be allowed to hunt the entire unit, but will be obligated to park at "cone J"?
That is what I was told when I talked to the Refuge Assistant Manager
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:52 PM   #308
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The Federal Game Warden listed on my permit answered my email asking about number of bucks allowed and jnd1959 is correct:
“5 deer may be taken if the county allows but with the refuge that means only (1) 3pt or more buck, 1 spike, and the rest will be doe's.“
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:16 PM   #309
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The Federal Game Warden listed on my permit answered my email asking about number of bucks allowed and jnd1959 is correct:
5 deer may be taken if the county allows but with the refuge that means only (1) 3pt or more buck, 1 spike, and the rest will be doe's.
Wait..what? I got something right. Alert the press.

Thanks for confirming.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:17 PM   #310
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My son and I got 8A & 8B for Nov 30- Dec 2.
I'll give you any advice I can, once we complete our hiking trip.

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Old 10-10-2018, 06:36 PM   #311
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I'll give you any advice I can, once we complete our hiking trip.

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Old 10-10-2018, 06:52 PM   #312
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Area 11 here for Nov 29 - Dec 2


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Old 10-10-2018, 06:58 PM   #313
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I need to correct my post from above. the NWR is west of I-35 so it appears there are no antler restrictions for Travis county. 5 deer, 2 bucks. When I first saw we had drawn Travis county I was kind of bummed. Now I see that it appears to have the least restrictions I feel better...like I'm going to shoot two massive bucks in two days...one can hope though.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:47 PM   #314
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Area 13, 11/30-12/02 for me this year.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:42 AM   #315
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I got area #4. It appears to be split by Williamson and Travis County. Travis doesn't have antler restrictions so I should be good if I stay on that side?
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:30 PM   #316
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I thought the federal game warden, Lionel Castillo, meant that the permit is for 1 spike, 3 does and 1 buck; if the county allows it. So at most you can only kill one buck with more than 3 points. Is this correct?
I think it's funny that I'm so optimistic that I feel like I have to hammer this out beforehand.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:10 PM   #317
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I thought the federal game warden, Lionel Castillo, meant that the permit is for 1 spike, 3 does and 1 buck; if the county allows it. So at most you can only kill one buck with more than 3 points. Is this correct?
I think it's funny that I'm so optimistic that I feel like I have to hammer this out beforehand.
I'm not sure. I guess we will hammer it out at the orientation. Youth hunt is first then us so by that time we'll likely know.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:35 PM   #318
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Unit #15 December 7-9. Checked with the federal game warden; I will be the only hunter in that unit on those dates
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:51 AM   #319
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Anyone know how it is holding up with all of the flooding?
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:46 PM   #320
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Anyone know how it is holding up with all of the flooding?


Curious here also.


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Old 10-18-2018, 02:39 PM   #321
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I emailed the office and they said there was 4 feet on the FM road in front of the headquarters. I think it is FM 1431? Anyways, we have plenty of time for it to dry up if it ever will.
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Old 10-19-2018, 09:09 PM   #322
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Got my permit looks like unit 14 on Nov. 16 -18. Looking forward to checking this place out.
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Old 10-19-2018, 09:15 PM   #323
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Got my permit looks like unit 14 on Nov. 16 -18. Looking forward to checking this place out.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:24 AM   #324
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Game Warden told me there was extensive flooding. We are less than 3 weeks from our youth hunt. Wondering how this is gonna affect the hunt. Hmm...

If anyone is able to scout prior to that day I would appreciate any feedback.
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:50 AM   #325
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Just got a cancellation on our campsite at turkey bend. Guess we will have to move to Marble Falls. Looks like all LCRA campsites around Travis are closed.

Edited. We moved to a motel in Bertram. Not as close and more expensive but until I know LCRA has reopened or hear of another campsite nearby it will do. Sure hope they don't mind us skinning deer in the lobby.

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Old 11-04-2018, 08:39 AM   #326
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I see online that Balcones Canyonlands NWR is closed. No word on any hunts being cancelled........ yet.


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Old 11-04-2018, 09:28 AM   #327
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My sil hiked there this weekend. She said the hq entrance and office was closed but the some trails were open. Good luck


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Old 11-04-2018, 09:39 AM   #328
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Our unit is the closest to the lake. Lowest points are 20 feet above the tributary to lake Travis. We shouldn't be flooded. I'm going to scout Tues or wed unless they cancel the scouting dates.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:33 PM   #329
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Talked to the Balcones Canyonlands manager this morning. Units are open for scouting from dawn to dusk. Office is now open (it was closed because of access to the office only). I am scouting unit 9 on Wednesday. I asked if I could hang a stand for observation and he said yes. He also said my unit still had water on the roads seeping from the rocks but that unit 9 had a pretty solid base. There were a couple of places a 2wd would have issues. If anyone is scouting on Wednesday PM me. Maybe we can compare notes or observations.

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Old 11-05-2018, 02:28 PM   #330
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I hunted unit 14 two years ago. I have never saw any bucks, but saw lots of does. My son killed a nice doe. Out of all the hunters during my session only one buck was killed, but several does were killed. The wildlife officers there are awesome. They let me buy permit for my son at the orientation and allowed him to hunt same unit as me.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:29 PM   #331
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If anyone draws unit 14 please PM me. I have some good notes to share.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:57 AM   #332
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i am hunting unit 14 on nov 16th thru 18th. Would live some feedback.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:30 AM   #333
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How bout unit 11? My son and I will be there nov 30-dec 2


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Old 11-07-2018, 02:15 PM   #334
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Arrived at BCNWR about 8:30. Our unit is the southern most unit to be hunted. It has decent elevation change and is made up of limestone rock, junipers, cedars and live oaks. I did notice a stand of white oaks but decided not to approach. The land is similar to Palo pinto, hood and sumervelle counties. Early scouting was disappointing but after a while I figured out their movement patterns. Busted one shooter buck heading back to the truck.

The other units are further north and may have more oaks. I will try to take pictures on my way out. Didn't appear to be rut yet. Density isn't significant. Saw one rub. No scrapes. Identified some beds but didn't appear there was a single area of food.
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Old 11-07-2018, 05:40 PM   #335
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I got confused between Balcones and Barton Creek. Sorry

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Old 11-08-2018, 09:32 AM   #336
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We unfortunately won't be able to make the hunt this weekend. My son's football team is in their playoff run and doing extremely well so he doesn't want to miss the game as this is his last year of Little League Football. He decided to stay and play to help his team instead of hunting. He asked me what I thought about the decision and I told him I think he made the correct one. We will have many more hunting opportunities. Good luck guys I will check back to see what you guys kill!
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:35 AM   #337
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We unfortunately won't be able to make the hunt this weekend. My son's football team is in their playoff run and doing extremely well so he doesn't want to miss the game as this is his last year of Little League Football. He decided to stay and play to help his team instead of hunting. He asked me what I thought about the decision and I told him I think he made the correct one. We will have many more hunting opportunities. Good luck guys I will check back to see what you guys kill!
Good luck with the game. We had that delima as my son's by district playoff game is next Friday. Fortunately they have a bye due to their record. What unit were you in?
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:37 AM   #338
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Good luck with the game. We had that delima as my son's by district playoff game is next Friday. Fortunately they have a bye due to their record. What unit were you in?
We were assigned to Unit 8A.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:13 AM   #339
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We were assigned to Unit 8A.
Oh, and that's a good spot too.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:27 PM   #340
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Oh, and that's a good spot too.
I asked if I could transfer and was hoping to help someone out. They said no. No standbys either.
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Old 11-12-2018, 01:55 PM   #341
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For those of you that are hunting this weekend, looks like it will start off in the 40s and heat up to the high 60s on Fri and Sat. Sunday looks better with higher lows but lower highs. Cloudy with winds SSW 4-5 MPH. This is all subject to change and is centered in Lago Vista. For the people hunting further north, WU has a station in Bertram that my give closer results. I haven't heard from anyone that hunted the youth weekend. If anyone has reports they would be much appreciated. The south winds are not what I was hoping for since our only approach is from the south. All of our easy access is in the middle of the unit from the south. If we have to go to the east or west boundary it will be a slog to get to our setup point. Moving through those junipers is work and loud. Anyone that hunts the junipers (cedars) regularly and has some pointers would be appreciated as well. These are thick stands and it is hard to pinpoint deer trails through them.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:02 PM   #342
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Leaving tomorrow for this weekend draw. Who else will be there?
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:15 AM   #343
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My father and I will be there. We are 7I & 7J (the furthest away from the access point--far Northeast corner of the Unit). We scouted two weeks ago, and roads are relatively friendly, as long as you've got a 4WD with moderate clearance. Didn't see any deer (though we got snorted at hard by an unseen one that sounded like s/he had gotten to within about 10 yards of where we were). Lots and lots of hog sign. Scrapes here and there, but didn't find any that looked particularly active, though I'm sure quite a bit has changed over the past two weeks.

Speaking of, can anyone who resides in the greater Hill Country area confirm rut activity over the past week? I've heard there is quite a lot of chasing going on just north of San Antonio, but was curious if anyone else would be able to chime in as far as that goes.
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:57 PM   #344
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My brother and I will be in 3B this weekend. I didn’t get to scout, so I have no idea what to expect.
We’ll be the freakishly big guys at orientation if you want to introduce yourself
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Old 11-15-2018, 07:34 PM   #345
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Good luck to everyone this weekend . Im at Laguna Atascosa. Everything is yall and green here. Bumped a pretty nice buck while trying to find a place to set up. Backed and set up on good trail not to far from road. Well see.


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