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Old 10-07-2018, 08:15 PM   #951
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Ive been putting in for the last few years to build points and I actually won. GDE Inks/longhorns cavern with 4 points. Really excited for my 1st txpw hunt, but less so the more I read about the particulars, (escorted to the blind and picked up by park staff, assigned blinds, not allowed out of blind to hunt) but I'm still happy about getting to put a hunt on the family calender. Any info offered would be helpful (ive already read all threads on here) apparently I should bring Doritos and shake the bag?!?
Nice place, I maybe there for standby. Got out 18 of 22 times last year going standby.
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:25 PM   #952
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Any Hunts y'all are interested in, call and see if they have standbys available. I got out more than not last year. I win one hunt a year, I put it for a bunch. Went standby to kerr WMA and got picked 2 hunts in a row, 3 times in a row at Schneider park in Kerrvile. Learned about string jumping there.
The stand hunts aren't bad just be sure to bring everything you might need. Really sucks if you leave broadheads in your truck.
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:45 PM   #953
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Nice place, I maybe there for standby. Got out 18 of 22 times last year going standby.
are you retired?
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:01 PM   #954
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are you retired?
I had back surgery last year and really got the chance to apply myself to this system. Went 22 different places last year and got to hunt 18 times been awesome.
I been trying to kill something at Nails Creek SP, just to hot,the bugs are unbelievable.
Killed one doe last week in Granite Shoals at the city hunt. The season runs through Feb.

I might have to go back to work soon really sucks.
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:10 PM   #955
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Same here, not selected for GDE Inks Lake or National Refuge Balcones
Be sure to call them both the catalog sometimes is wrong about standbys.
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:31 PM   #956
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Please excuse me , I glanced ,your post and couldnít resist ,I had to say . Thank you lord for a really passionate hunter that is thinking out the box to preserve our culture . Iím told Texas started as a republic thatís why we donít have many public lands here . In the south east ,Florida, buys lands to provide for the Public ( the red blooded hard working hard playing American ) hunters. I believe this to be the most progressive method of attaining the above stated goal. Also I would like to also offer this little morsal of thought , letís make sure a working American family has access to hunt deer yíall . I mean walk in by seasonal traditional hunting. In the hill country folks complain about the netting and euthanizing of deer on mass. But they wonít allow folks to hunt deer to control them . The only driving distanced hunt for deer in Austin, is a draw system ( Post card hunts ) for deer in their PHL. Why ? Help me !
Instead of netting or trying to capture the deer we are hunting them in town. Its crossbow only, very restricted rules and hunting times, 4:30pm till dark Monday thru Thursday. 7:30 till 9:00am Tuesday and Thursday, through February. Doe only really sucks but I will take what I can get. Got a doe last week, rest of the time I spent throwing acorns or rocks at the bucks.
No limit on does, one guy killed 13 last year.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:55 AM   #957
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Ive been putting in for the last few years to build points and I actually won. GDE Inks/longhorns cavern with 4 points. Really excited for my 1st txpw hunt, but less so the more I read about the particulars, (escorted to the blind and picked up by park staff, assigned blinds, not allowed out of blind to hunt) but I'm still happy about getting to put a hunt on the family calender. Any info offered would be helpful (ive already read all threads on here) apparently I should bring Doritos and shake the bag?!?
I have hunted there 2 times, one was myself, another was youth hunt for my son. I have mixed experiences. Overall, Inks Lake SP is a beautiful park. It is very joyful to watch the scenes. Park ranger was great when Chris ran the office few year ago. He did everything he could to help each hunters to be success. He knew what this program was. My very last experience, 2 years ago, changed my opinion. It was youth hunt and new park range ran the office. This guy seems not quite sure what the main purpose of this program, esp. youth hunt. He didn't listen the feedback, just put people in the blind and his job was done. I stopped to apply this hunt since then. Hope they are changed.

For the hunting, there are lots of deer in that area. And you will be assigned to a well-built blind. They may set up a feeder as well, but I would bring one or two bags of corn just in case. The spots of setup are supposedly at a good spot. But, what I found out that it might depend on when your hunt would be. My son's last hunt spot was too close to park road. It could be a good spot in early fall when most leaves were still on the trees. But, when we hunted in Dec., lots of leaves were gone. The feeder was wide open to traffic road, so deer did not show up when it was light, even we saw deer moved in the thick woods. Hunting at an assigned blind is good or bad. The good is that you literally will do nothing except to pull the trigger; the bad is that you lose the "freedom" of your hunt. It is worth to try if you are new to Texas public hunt. If the park management gets improve, it would be more better.
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:27 AM   #958
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Instead of netting or trying to capture the deer we are hunting them in town. Its crossbow only, very restricted rules and hunting times, 4:30pm till dark Monday thru Thursday. 7:30 till 9:00am Tuesday and Thursday, through February. Doe only really sucks but I will take what I can get. Got a doe last week, rest of the time I spent throwing acorns or rocks at the bucks.
No limit on does, one guy killed 13 last year.
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They need this at lake belton around Morgans point, deer are way overpopulated there and corp land doesn't allow deer hunting. There is some park land in Williamson county that has a public hunting program as well.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:43 AM   #959
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Some of mine have drawn but I still have a few of the waterfowl that I am waiting on. Not sure what happened.
Same here, I emailed tpwd and they basically said they are waiting to see if some of the units will have enough water to conduct the hunts. They do not have a time frame on when or if the hunts will be drawn.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:02 AM   #960
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Same here, I emailed tpwd and they basically said they are waiting to see if some of the units will have enough water to conduct the hunts. They do not have a time frame on when or if the hunts will be drawn.
Good to know.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:14 AM   #961
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Texas has too many people and too little public land.
Huntable public land is going to disappear as population increases. State Parks are over run with bikers and hikers.

I'd like to see a system where private land owners are incentivized to open their land at certain times of the year to the public for fishing, hunting, and trapping. I'd like to see a significant property tax incentive or abatements given to those who allow managed public access to their land. I think that if the state offered these incentives and indemnified the property owner for the risk associated with this, then we would way more opportunities to hunt.
That program already exists. TPWD leases a lot of acreage every year for dove hunting. I would love to see it extended to other game or fish but I think it is a money issue.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:45 AM   #962
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October 16th can't get here fast enough....hoping I get drawn for one of the 7 draws I'm signed up for that have deadlines on the 15th
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:52 AM   #963
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October 16th can't get here fast enough....hoping I get drawn for one of the 7 draws I'm signed up for that have deadlines on the 15th
The 14th can't get here quick enough for me. Going on the private lands hunt I got drawn for 14th-16th. Would love to come back to see I got drawn for a mule deer tag.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:17 AM   #964
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The 14th can't get here quick enough for me. Going on the private lands hunt I got drawn for 14th-16th. Would love to come back to see I got drawn for a mule deer tag.
awesome....good luck
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