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Old 08-21-2018, 10:41 AM   #101
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Hope to meet some fellow TBH'ers on 12/7.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:43 AM   #102
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:52 AM   #103
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I’ll be there with two other TBH guys 11/16-11/20; looking forward to it!
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Old 08-21-2018, 01:27 PM   #104
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So the only access road is the one on 106?


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Old 08-21-2018, 02:37 PM   #105
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I drive by Buena Vista road almost everyday. It's getting close to opening up Buena Vista road to FM510.
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:14 PM   #106
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Only one entrance as of the last hunt, not a big deal though. Its pretty easy to navigate
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:15 PM   #107
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Only one entrance as of the last hunt, not a big deal though. Its pretty easy to navigate


Gotcha. Iíve been mapping the place out on my OnX map and just wanted to make sure. Thatís the road everyone has to park on? I might have to hit the pawn shops for a cheap bike after all


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Old 08-21-2018, 03:23 PM   #108
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Gotcha. Iíve been mapping the place out on my OnX map and just wanted to make sure. Thatís the road everyone has to park on? I might have to hit the pawn shops for a cheap bike after all


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There's a few split offs from the main road through the different units. The parking situation is pretty easy. The main thing is be prepared to walk past all the lazy suckas plopped 100 yards from the road! lol
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:30 PM   #109
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There's a few split offs from the main road through the different units. The parking situation is pretty easy. The main thing is be prepared to walk past all the lazy suckas plopped 100 yards from the road! lol


Yeah thatís not a problem I just didnít know if I needed to plan to walk 12 Miles round trip everyday


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Old 08-21-2018, 04:14 PM   #110
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Don't worry, I'll be walking as well. I decided not to deal with any flats and being stuck carrying a bike out of there.
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:30 PM   #111
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I went to the refuge a few weeks ago. Once you turn off 106, it like dodging land mines err I mean pot hole...biguns and a bad road in general. Wonder if that is gonna be repaved anytime soon? Did see a big bull and a cow.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:38 PM   #112
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In for Archery Deer !
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:15 PM   #113
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:48 AM   #114
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I’ve been to LANWR before but this is my first time to actually get drawn. This is also my first year getting into bow hunting. Really pumped for both! During the hunt do they open the gate on the main road that runs down along unit 8 and 5? Or do you have to park in one of the two designated parking areas and hike or bike in?
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:15 AM   #115
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Iíve been to LANWR before but this is my first time to actually get drawn. This is also my first year getting into bow hunting. Really pumped for both! During the hunt do they open the gate on the main road that runs down along unit 8 and 5? Or do you have to park in one of the two designated parking areas and hike or bike in?
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Old 08-22-2018, 11:29 AM   #116
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You can save your miles for the actual hunting but don't be afraid to put em in!
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Old 08-22-2018, 01:52 PM   #117
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We got drawn for 12/7-11 this year. Hunted the first archery hunt last year and it was HOT!!! We walked in and out. Hauled in a 6’ quad pod the first day and hauled it out the last day. It was a bit heavy but it was nice to hunt out of (didn’t move around much).
I got a shot at a cow the last evening and blew it. I shot a little under her. Hoping to get some redemption this year.
The worst part of these type hunts for me are the people who can mess up your hunt without knowing it (or caring). We were hunting trails back in the brush near the corner of a big field. Some guy set up his pop-up in the wide open (on the road) at that field corner. Needless to say the nilgai could see it hundreds of yards away from across the field and would turn and go the other way. He finally moved it on day three a short ways into the brush but did nothing to conceal it. The nilgai reacted the same. We just chalked it up to public land hunting and tried to adapt.
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Old 08-22-2018, 05:27 PM   #118
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Are the hunt areas that have trails in them open to hiking/biking daily ... before the hunts begin? I know I could call and ask the refuge folks, but figured I'd get good info from the green screen.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:04 PM   #119
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Heads up:

I just spoke with the park manager at Laguna. The orientation time is probably going to change. 9am isnít working out well with the facility. They are trying for 3pm, but have not received verification yet. They will notify us when they once they verify a time.
He also said that if I wasnít able to make it to the first orientation time, I could still hunt. There could be a delay in starting, since I would need to view somethings/orientation. So, it sounds like plans still pending, but they are willing to work with us.
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:35 PM   #120
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I got drawn for 11/16-20. It'll be my third hunt out there. Been once with my bow in 2016 and again last April with my gun on the "emergency" rifle hunt. I've killed two bulls, both reeeeaaaaally far from the main road. Got lucky this spring and staff came to pick me up, the federal game wardens weren't too happy with me killing a nilgai so far back but I like getting away from the crowd. Wasn't so lucky on the archery hunt, didn't get it to the check in station until 11:00 pm, seven hours after I shot it. When I was drawn for the archery hunt it didn't seem like there were 250 people there. You can get away from the crowds by putting on a little work. Bike with good tires definitely makes life easier. Killing nilgai with a bow isn't easy, only a handful of bulls killed when I was there and a few cows. They're incredibly spooky animals and if you see them they're usually running. Even if you shoot one they're tough animals and may not got down for a while, if at all. Fun hunt though. Congrats huntindad on getting drawn, I think you sent me a few pm's this spring about the hunt.
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:04 PM   #121
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Jacob,

glad to see you drawn again. I am really looking forward to the hunt. I want to get away from the crowds. We'll see how it goes. I will more than likely...once I find a spot I like will set up & camp out in it..least for a couple days. If I don't see anything, may move.

figure if they are in the area, should at least see them. I am gonna camp in the county park. They close the entrance at 10:00 p.m. No vehicle entry after that.

I have been reading older threads about LANWR and Nilgai hunting. Have learned alot.
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Old 08-23-2018, 08:24 AM   #122
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federal game wardens weren't too happy with me killing a nilgai so far back but I like getting away from the crowd.

Well they need to close that area off if they don't want to get their shiny white Raptors dirty driving back there! lol

That's unfortunate if they were hassling you over that... the ones we dealt with were super chill and shot the poo with us while Pepper cleaned his nilgai. Didn't check our paperwork or anything just came over to chat (they might have been check us out but they werent obvious about it if they were!)
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:26 PM   #123
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But hunt utilizing 4 wheeler.(i have the medical release). Wanna see what the backside of unit 1 looks like and maybe the west side of 3.
I'll bring my wake board and a rope, you can pull me out. No rules on sleigh rides right.

BUT SERIOUSLY, please don't run us walkers over and be mindful of the times you ride in and out. Animals there are skiddish.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:50 PM   #124
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Bike or walk===Walk, I have had several experiences of game sightings and stalk
opportunities that would have never happened on a bike. Also after several
days, *** hurts from sitting all day and riding bike.
Tripod or chair or tent blind.===Depends on your liking. Do you move a lot and eat
tacos wrapped in shinny aluminum foil all day, then a tent blind. If you have
a lightweight tripod that is secured and under 6'--8' and you won't be
bringing it by me at prime hunting hours to set it up, than it is the preferred
method.
Where to stay===Arroyo City has plenty of places on the water where one can fish for
trout under the lights if you want. Sea Way Village has apartments for rent.
If you don't go home with deer/nilgai, you can take momma some fish!

We are all sportsmen, so don't feel like your out there alone. I have helped many individuals get there deer and nilgai out of the woods. If your appreciative of help and you got a nilgai, some meat is always appreciated :-)
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Old 08-23-2018, 05:20 PM   #125
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I'll bring my wake board and a rope, you can pull me out. No rules on sleigh rides right.

BUT SERIOUSLY, please don't run us walkers over and be mindful of the times you ride in and out. Animals there are skiddish.
If I do end up bringing it... I plan to be the first in and last out...and not be riding it during the day.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:43 PM   #126
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:20 PM   #127
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Me and 3 buddies are staying at seaway rv park for the December 7-11 hunt. First time to hunt down there.
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:56 PM   #128
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3 of us got drawn in the second draw 11/16-11/20. This will be my second time drawing the hunt, but the first time going.
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Old 08-26-2018, 06:19 PM   #129
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3 of us got drawn in the second draw 11/16-11/20. This will be my second time drawing the hunt, but the first time going.
Congrats. I was drawn for that hunt on the first draw but had to let it go back. Not enough vacation time. I hope you drew my spot!

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Old 08-27-2018, 09:10 AM   #130
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My group got drawn for the hunt between 11/30 through 12/4. We attended the exotic archery hunt last year. We stayed in Harlingen last year in a hotel, this year we are thinking about staying at Adolph Thomae County Park. Has any of y’all stay at the park in the past, if so what are the amenities like? Such as shower and bathroom facilities, rv sites and tent sites. All help is appreciated, will help us to make our decision.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:30 AM   #131
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My group is staying in Thomae park. Our first time down. They told me one camper or one tent per spot. Have hookups. the primitive camping is first come. Park closes at 10 P.M. No entry after vehicle after that. Have showers/bathroom. Don't know about tables or fire pit.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:31 AM   #132
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Thank you for the insight Huntindad. I called to talk to the park office last week and it was very hard to understand the gentleman that answered the phone. Anyone else with experience or knowledge of the park?
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Old 08-27-2018, 01:41 PM   #133
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I got drawn for 11/30-12/4 as well. will be my second time hunting there. really looking forward to it!
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:42 PM   #134
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They just sent emails out confirming orientations at 3:00 in Los Fresnos for the Nov 30-Dec 4 hunt.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:48 PM   #135
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I got the email as well for the 11-16 hunt.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:52 PM   #136
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I received the same email. They recommend you do not scout prior to orientation but will allow you to scout all day.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:06 PM   #137
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yeah...i'll be out there by sunrise, if not sooner. However early I can go.
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Old 08-27-2018, 04:26 PM   #138
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My group got drawn for the hunt between 11/30 through 12/4. We attended the exotic archery hunt last year. We stayed in Harlingen last year in a hotel, this year we are thinking about staying at Adolph Thomae County Park. Has any of yíall stay at the park in the past, if so what are the amenities like? Such as shower and bathroom facilities, rv sites and tent sites. All help is appreciated, will help us to make our decision.
IF you run late and pack out a nilgai till past 10:00 (it has happened) YOU WILL NOT GET BACK INTO THE PARK UNLESS YOU WALK FROM GATE TO CAMP. they have one way tire spikes to prevent apter hour travel or backwards travel. Plus the after hour parties and music might not let you sleep. If there is rain prior to your hunt, mosquitoes will carry you off. There are several places on Arroyo Colorado that rent small fishing cabins, shacks or trailers. Do a web search, you might find something cheap at those dates.
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:24 PM   #139
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I got selected for the 11-16 through 11-20 hunt! This will be my third time hunting out there in 3 years. Got my first bow kill out there 3 years ago and stalked a nilgai within 40 yards on a salt flat last season but couldn't connect and it has haunted me ever since. Hopefully I can make it happen this fall. I've already started working out because it is one tough hunt. Can't wait to get back out there!
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:09 PM   #140
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IF you run late and pack out a nilgai till past 10:00 (it has happened) YOU WILL NOT GET BACK INTO THE PARK UNLESS YOU WALK FROM GATE TO CAMP. they have one way tire spikes to prevent apter hour travel or backwards travel. Plus the after hour parties and music might not let you sleep. If there is rain prior to your hunt, mosquitoes will carry you off. There are several places on Arroyo Colorado that rent small fishing cabins, shacks or trailers. Do a web search, you might find something cheap at those dates.
Good luck.
I am guessing they don't have "quiet" times ?
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:17 PM   #141
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Huntindad, are y’all planning on staying in a tent or in a camper? I wasn’t planning on pulling a camper 9 hours down there unless I have to. With the mosquitos comment from hound dog it has me rethinking the tent idea. Undecided now.
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Old 08-28-2018, 05:14 AM   #142
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A buddy is bringing his camper.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:17 AM   #143
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Airbnb has some pretty good deals if you spit the cost between a couple of hunting parties, and you have an entire house that is often less than a hotel.
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:29 PM   #144
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:07 PM   #145
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Airbnb has some pretty good deals if you spit the cost between a couple of hunting parties, and you have an entire house that is often less than a hotel.


Iíd be will my to split a house with TBHíers if yíall decide to go this route. Also interested if anybody knows about a cabin rental available. I donít feel like pulling the rv again this trip.


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Old 08-28-2018, 03:30 PM   #146
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OK, all this talk of shot placement has me wondering, "Who's got pics of where the vitals are on a nilgai?" Are they like deer or more like African game? Do they allow tracking dogs? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:37 PM   #147
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OK, all this talk of shot placement has me wondering, "Who's got pics of where the vitals are on a nilgai?" Are they like deer or more like African game? Do they allow tracking dogs? Inquiring minds want to know.
You'd run dogs with a possible other 249 hunters out there hunting?

Tip for everyone else: Y'all figure out this dudes plan really quick and move FAR FAR AWAY!

Tracking dogs will definitely not be allowed.

Just double lung them and get ready to die yourself while hauling them out!
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:50 PM   #148
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Is the "norm"to skin and quarter on the ground and haul out in pieces?
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:55 PM   #149
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Is the "norm"to skin and quarter on the ground and haul out in pieces?
Yes, pretty much what is required in order to harvest the meat before spoiling, especially in such warm temps. Unless your lucky enough to stick one near a road, have a team of people, or get fortunate enough to recover one near sunset and equally fortunate enough to receive vehicle support(don't count on it), after legal hunting hours.
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:56 PM   #150
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You'd run dogs with a possible other 249 hunters out there hunting?
Not in the daylight! Not that someone couldn't/wouldn't try shooting it/you in the dark.
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