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Old 09-16-2020, 09:41 AM   #1
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I just got selected for the general in the Balcones Canyonlands NWR. Any new insight someone could give me about what to expect. I know what kind of deer are there and that they are super skittish. I actually live right around the corner from the bird sanctuary. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:39 AM   #2
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Tagged. Drawn for 12/11 block. Holding out for today's draw for a little closer to home.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:59 AM   #3
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I got selected too, trying to figure out if I should attend this one as I have Laguna and Big Bottom lake all around the same time period. Good to have options!
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Old 09-16-2020, 11:19 AM   #4
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I got selected too, trying to figure out if I should attend this one as I have Laguna and Big Bottom lake all around the same time period. Good to have options!
Wow you hit the trifecta. If you decide to go let me know. Like I said I pretty much live there and have a base of operations
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Old 09-16-2020, 12:14 PM   #5
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I got selected too, trying to figure out if I should attend this one as I have Laguna and Big Bottom lake all around the same time period. Good to have options!
I have been trying to get drawn for Laguna to chase Nilgai. If I had to chose between the two I would head south.
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Old 09-16-2020, 12:27 PM   #6
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Pending 2nd draw, hopefully I get a chance to head back out there.


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Old 09-16-2020, 03:34 PM   #7
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Here is a thread from last year.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=744543

My son and I hunted in Unit 12 last year. No deer for him that hunt but we did see a 130 class buck chasing a doe but he never slowed down for a shot. My son shot a bit pig and the other hunter in our unit shot two does and a turkey.
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Old 09-16-2020, 05:53 PM   #8
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Here is a thread from last year.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=744543

My son and I hunted in Unit 12 last year. No deer for him that hunt but we did see a 130 class buck chasing a doe but he never slowed down for a shot. My son shot a bit pig and the other hunter in our unit shot two does and a turkey.
Are units assigned at check in? Or are they predrawn to allow for scouting?
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:02 PM   #9
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Are units assigned at check in? Or are they predrawn to allow for scouting?

Once you pay for your permit they should send you the unit, I believe. You have time to scout.


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Old 09-16-2020, 07:17 PM   #10
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Once you pay for your permit they should send you the unit, I believe. You have time to scout.


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We were sent our unit a few weeks ahead of time last year and there were scouting days available. We never scouted but our unit (12) had two hunters and two blinds set up over food plots so there would not have been a ton of scouting to do.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:04 PM   #11
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I got drawn for this hunt too on the Dec 4-6 dates. Looking forward to it.
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Old 09-16-2020, 11:51 PM   #12
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I got selected too, trying to figure out if I should attend this one as I have Laguna and Big Bottom lake all around the same time period. Good to have options!
Honestly, I'd rank this one below BLB. I've never been to laguna but if I had to drop one it would be balcones. But I just don't know how to hunt that cover. It was primarily juniper and live oak. We saw bucks from the hill the first night and should have taken a shot (we were in Travis county which didn't have antler restrictions). My suggestion is to practice long shots as our opportunity was at 380 yards.

Beautiful country.
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Old 09-17-2020, 11:49 AM   #13
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Where is a good place to stay? From my house it's about 1.5 hr drive. Not totally out of driving up everyday but just checking?

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Old 09-17-2020, 03:15 PM   #14
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Where is a good place to stay? From my house it's about 1.5 hr drive. Not totally out of driving up everyday but just checking?
Last year after we got out unit number I booked an Airbnb that was only about 10 minutes from our unit. Nothing fancy but served its purpose and was inexpensive.

The NWR is pretty spread out so I would think you might want to wait until you get your assignment before booking a place.
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Old 09-17-2020, 09:05 PM   #15
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Last year after we got out unit number I booked an Airbnb that was only about 10 minutes from our unit. Nothing fancy but served its purpose and was inexpensive.

The NWR is pretty spread out so I would think you might want to wait until you get your assignment before booking a place.
This. We drew the unit right next to the headquarters. We were going to stay at a campground but they were closed due to flooding. We ended up staying at a motel in Bertram. Cedar Creek inn. It was about 20 minutes from our unit. Decent place but not many restaurants nearby open early or late.
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Old 09-17-2020, 10:33 PM   #16
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I also drew for the 12/11-13 Dates.

Fee is paid, hopefully we get the emails soon with our units so we can do at least some Google Earth scouting.

I have heard that it is very hit or miss depending on the unit you draw. Some report seeing nothing but birds where others have harvested decent animals. I am not picky. I will shoot a hog if it presents itself. Or a mature doe. Can't wait for sure!

My daughter also drew an Antlerless/Spike permit for The Chaparral! We'll be able to make both! Pretty stoked for her! This will be her first hunt!!!
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Old 09-18-2020, 12:55 AM   #17
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I got selected too, trying to figure out if I should attend this one as I have Laguna and Big Bottom lake all around the same time period. Good to have options!
I've hunted Laguna twice on Archery only. Never have hunted Balcones.

If your Laguna draw is for Rifle, I'd say go there for sure. There are plenty of shot opportunities and I'd love to get a chance down there with a rifle.

But if it's archery, I'd say maybe do the Balcones. Hard to say for sure since I've never hunted it. The reason I'm saying this is because LANWR is very big and very open in a lot of areas. there are animals but getting in range is tricky, especially with the Nilgai! They are very skittish and very fast to run away.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:24 AM   #18
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Tagged and following. I was drawn for Balcones and will be my first time hunting it. Hunt dates 11/13-15/20.
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