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Old 01-14-2019, 09:44 AM   #1
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for those of yall that enter the drawings How many do you normally enter per year and how many of yall have been drawn/never been drawn. I am planning on entering several for the first time this year. Also when do they normally open to register for. I know nothing about them other than what little I have found online Thanks
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:50 AM   #2
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Through TPWD they show the 19-20 season catalog will be posted this summer. I look forward to getting into this as well.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:51 AM   #3
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I put in for around 50 each year and get drawn for 1-3 hunts per year. In the last 5 years, I've been drawn for 8 hunts.

I double-checked, I've put in for 241 hunts in the past 5 years to get drawn the 8 times. That works out to getting drawn 1 time for every 30 hunts applied for.

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Old 01-14-2019, 10:36 AM   #4
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Don't do it
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:46 AM   #5
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There are no deer on the draw hunts
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:47 AM   #6
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Been putting in for them for 20 something years, been drawn around 8-9 times. Going on a javelina hunt next month on the Chap.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:47 AM   #7
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I have put in for several years. Never been drawn.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:51 AM   #8
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I put in for all the mule deer hunts, pronghorn, and some exotics. So not the best odds. I've only put in for two years. I drew for archery deer at Teniente LRGV last year but was unsuccessful. I did not put in for any of the LRGV hunts this year, but they have very good draw odds.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:13 AM   #9
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You will have better chances of getting drawn on the least popular WMA. Starting out you will have no preference points to up your odds. The odds of getting drawn will depend on how many permits the state issues vs number of hunters. Good luck.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:15 AM   #10
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Since the rules changed might as well enter in all of the ones youd be available to go on
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:16 AM   #11
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I put in for around 50 each year and get drawn for 1-3 hunts per year. In the last 5 years, I've been drawn for 8 hunts.

I double-checked, I've put in for 241 hunts in the past 5 years to get drawn the 8 times. That works out to getting drawn 1 time for every 30 hunts applied for.
Going back to the beginning, in 25 years I've applied for 384 hunts and have been drawn 16 times.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:19 AM   #12
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Don't listen to the crybabies, you can't win if you don't play!

I've been putting in for 3 years, have drawn at least one every time. I put in for 10-15 or so every year.

Worst case scenario you donate a little bit of cash to wildlife conservation if you don't win.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:23 AM   #13
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Put in for all mule deer and exotic hunts for myself and son for three years and haven’t been drawn.
I’ve got a friend that has put in for three years. Him, his wife, and 2 kids all have been drawn two years in a row. Him and one kid were drawn the first year.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:46 AM   #14
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I Put in for all the hunts I’d like to go on which is usually about 30 a year. I have never been drawn in 18 years...

There seems to be a pattern with the draws I have noticed. Getting the first draw is tough, but once you get that first draw, it seems like your chances of getting drawn again are higher no matter the preference points. I’m still optimistic I’ll get drawn one of these years, I don’t complain too much cause the draw hunts would just be a bonus hunt and at 3$ an entry I spend much less on apps here in Texas than I do other states.

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Old 01-14-2019, 11:55 AM   #15
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Put in for 4-5 each year, never drawn. Been putting in for quite some time.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:59 AM   #16
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Good luck! Your gonna need it
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:03 PM   #17
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I just started last year also, and pulled a blank with all of them. Good Luck to those that have been drawn!
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:13 PM   #18
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I Put in for all the hunts Iíd like to go on which is usually about 30 a year. I have never been drawn in 18 years...

There seems to be a pattern with the draws I have noticed. Getting the first draw is tough, but once you get that first draw, it seems like your chances of getting drawn again are higher no matter the preference points. Iím still optimistic Iíll get drawn one of these years, I donít complain too much cause the draw hunts would just be a bonus hunt and at 3$ an entry I spend much less on apps here in Texas than I do other states.
Nah, there's no pattern other than having more points gets you slightly better odds.

It's just random chance.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:55 PM   #19
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I put in for 12 categories, about 20 hunts total a year. In 7 years I drew 2 hunts, both were coveted hunts though.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:07 PM   #20
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Daughter, Son and I put in for all but Mule Deer, but not every location. Son and I drew Balcones, Daughter drew Martin Dies. Her hunt is this weekend and if we don't freeze to death, should be a good time. As was said earlier, the cost of the Texas draw is less than I spend in Colorado and Wyoming.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:11 PM   #21
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I've never been drawn, but I've only been applying for a couple of years and only for really high demand hunts.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:20 PM   #22
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Personally I gave up after 10 years of trying. Never drawn a single time.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:48 PM   #23
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I've put in for every hunt on the same WMA for several years (bow and gun) and have been drawn for at least 1 hunt every time and sometimes 2 hunts if I'm lucky.
I like the place I put in for because it's convenient to where I live, I know it fairly well now after several years, and I like the people that run it.
I've also shot several deer there.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:45 PM   #24
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I've been drawn 1 time in 12 years, typically put in for about 10 a year.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:24 PM   #25
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I've put in for every hunt on the same WMA for several years (bow and gun) and have been drawn for at least 1 hunt every time and sometimes 2 hunts if I'm lucky.
I like the place I put in for because it's convenient to where I live, I know it fairly well now after several years, and I like the people that run it.
I've also shot several deer there.
That is an interesting strategy, thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:19 AM   #26
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Been entering 12 years. Put in for about 25 hunts per year. Drawn 2 times. 1ea. Enchanted Rock archery and 1ea. Gun Hunt Devil's River Dan Allen Hughs unit. Both times I saw animals, but no opportunity.
Both times had to cut hunts a little short, due to life, the mother inlaw was put in the hospital and the other time it snowed and the roads were very icy, so the hunt started late.
Had a good time on both hunts and I like they way they are ran.
Love the fact that you don't have to use your own tags.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:13 AM   #27
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You can't win if you don't apply but until they change the preference points system the odds are so bad now its basically a donation...
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:03 AM   #28
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I have been applying since 1992 when I lived in Bay City and worked at the nuke plant. Most of the time, I have had between 6-10 points for each draw.

Have been drawn for the following WMA's:
Chaparral (3)
Mason Mountain
Matador
Caprock Canyon
Palo Duro
Choke Canyon (2)
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:18 AM   #29
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I put in for every category. Been drawn for archery deer once, gator once(was cancelled due to hurricane)private land doe once. I've been drawn on standby as well. This year was 3 years in a row of striking out on getting drawn and able to hunt (drew gator 2017 and it was cancelled) I'm sitting around 8 points(ish) I believe in most categories

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Old 01-24-2019, 04:28 PM   #30
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Before the web applications I used to draw one every year. Goose egg since, but as mentioend your best bet is to go for the areas not known for big deer, or go for the Antlerless hunts. Also don't forget trying for Stand By if you have any areas close to you. Every hunt Ive done has been able to take a few stand bys since guys didn't show up.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:50 PM   #31
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Been applying for 8 years and have drawn something every year but one. Have drawn in the Wma areas three times and killed a Nilgai cow and had to cancel a bow only hunt. Drew 3 this year
Private lands, archer deer, and exotic. I only put in for the harder ones but seams like I just get lucky


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Old 01-24-2019, 04:59 PM   #32
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I've put in for 4-5 the last 4 years. I've been drawn twice, both times for gator at JD Murphee and once it got cancelled because of Harvey.
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:54 PM   #33
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Been putting in for 8-10 hunts per year for 10 years. Got drawn this year for the first time.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:34 PM   #34
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I usually put in for 10 or 12 hunts a year. I have 6 or 7 preference points in most categories. I have been drawn for one hunt for myself and my dad so far (after our fourth year of applying). Having said that though I usually only put in for what I consider to be the more premium hunts. These hunts also have lots more applications so it's gonna be harder to draw a hunt for these locations. I'm okay with that because I feel like it's worth the wait on a better higher percentage hunt with a chance for bigger critters to shoot and animals I have never hunted (like mule deer).

I've put my kids in for several hunts the last couple of years. My son drew a mule deer hunt this year and killed a nice mule deer buck and doe. Only hunt they have been drawn for so far. The location only had one person (permit) allowed to hunt so I had to put him and my daughter in separately.
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:19 AM   #35
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Put in for 21 this last year and got drawn for three.I usually put in for more but drew the three hunts in August so after that I was just managing preference points. I will usually put in for 40ish hunts and most years get drawn for something. Some of those hunts are low odds hunts some high odds.
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