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#5930200 - 09/15/15 05:35 PM Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex
12shotgun Offline
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Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 140
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Well my son was drawn for Colorado Bend deer either sex; if anyone has hunted there before and can share their experience I'd greatly appreciate it.
Last year he was draw for Bastrop but we didn't see any deer, just some pigs on the last day; he's on a lucky run, hopefully this year he will have the chance to get a deer.


Edited by 12shotgun (09/15/15 09:24 PM)
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#5930836 - 09/15/15 11:26 PM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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Registered: 09/22/10
Posts: 179
Loc: Houston
I was on a hunt there back in '06. The area was pretty thick with cedar. As you drive into park, the area to your right (farthest west), has the more open land. I saw a lot of does and a big, big buck in that area.I was on a doe hunt and got a doe. Back then no baiting was allowed. If they allow it now, I would spread plenty of corn(couple of bags).

The camping area is really nice, right by the river. Town is a pretty long drive, try to take everything you need.

Have fun, I hope your son gets a couple of deer!

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#5930948 - 09/16/15 07:03 AM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 140
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Will definitely pack everything and then some plus a few bags of corn. Thanks!
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#5931059 - 09/16/15 08:16 AM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
jmh004 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 386
I use to lease the private land right across the river from the park. Lots and lots of deer. You may be able to get a decent buck as well. Good luck!

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#5931094 - 09/16/15 08:31 AM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9277
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
Me and a buddy got to hunt it in 07/08 (I think it was), our area was the one with the waterfall. We saw several deer but I was holding out for a buck (didn't see anything good), my buddy shot at 2 does at 2 separate times and missed both. Camping area was real nice. Make sure you are allowed to bait, we couldn't.
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#5931108 - 09/16/15 08:37 AM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: jmh004]
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Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1878
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
When you look at the map of the compartments, the compartment to the left of the campground and along the river (can't remember the number), ask for that one. Then, the 2 places I would hunt, (1) Right behind the dump that's on top of the hill before you drop down to the camp ground and (2) work your way down the trail that leaves from the campground and along the river and past the other "walk-in" campsites. You will thank me later!!! up

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#5931485 - 09/16/15 11:44 AM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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Registered: 11/22/05
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I've hunted there three times, I found the best area is on the western side just as you come into the park. There had been some Auodad seen there as well and at the time you could shoot every one you could see. The rangers don't like them. Good luck to your son, he'll enjoy it. Take a rod and reel, some dang good fishing there too.

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#5931763 - 09/16/15 03:04 PM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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Woodsman

Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 140
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Good info here. Thank you!
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#5933767 - 09/17/15 07:01 PM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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yep its thick, corn the spots sit and wait

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#5933938 - 09/17/15 08:48 PM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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Woodsman

Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 140
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Baiting is allowed so I'll definitely will be dumping a bunch of corn.
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#5937348 - 09/20/15 12:24 PM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
Brian C. Offline
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Registered: 11/14/14
Posts: 115
Loc: Location
Congrats on the Draw!!! My wife was drawn for an Either Sex tag last year for the second hunt and I was fortunate enough to get a Standby permit. Unfortunately I became very sick the first day but we pressed on anyway. We had an awesome time! My wife shot a spike the first afternoon while scouting the place and I shot a HEAVY bodied fork horn at dark. The following day around 1:30pm while eating a sack lunch in the field we had several deer run through the clearing. A short stalk and she got a nice 7 pnt. After that we decided to go with enough deer meat for ourselves. All together we saw probably around 25-30 deer. The deer are relatively small in the San Saba area with a few 130-140" popping up at the local taxidermist every year. Yes baiting is allowed with aflatoxin free corn (< 20 ppm). It is thick and rugged country. Rolling hills with deep draws and canyons covered mostly in cedar. Most hunters didn't go too far from the truck. Last year on the first hunt a guy did get an Audad in the steep canyon to the south of the main rd. which are free for the taking with hogs. A note on the hogs, last year the staff were entering anyone who shot a hog into a drawing for a new shotgun. So knock'em dead if you see one. (Presuming they repeat). The Staff last year were world class!!!!! Hands down Texas hospitality at its finest and everything TPWD stands for. Note on the terrian and staff, there are like over 200+ known caves/manholes in the park so DON'T go looking for a wounded deer at night too far. The staff have lights, ATVS, and Climbing/Repel gear to retrieve your animal. Yes I said repel and yes deer have fallen into caves out there after being shot. Best of luck to your son Sir! As luck would have it we applied as a group this year and were drawn for the Antlerless/Spike hunt in the middle of December. Let us know how it goes. Good Luck and Godspeed to all!
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#5938373 - 09/20/15 10:28 PM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: Brian C.]
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Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 140
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Awesome. Thanks for the info. We're planning to take a couple trips before the hunt to familiarize with the terrain as we haven't been to that park before.
We had a blast in Bastrop last year although he didn't shoot any deer; the staff was also first class.
Congrats on the draw as well and hope you guys have a great time.
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#6070786 - 12/07/15 09:55 AM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 140
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Well it finally came... just came back from the youth weekend hunt and it was a very successful one, there were 26 kids and the first night there were about 14 deer taken, not sure about the doe/buck ratio but there were some good bucks I heard; my son took a doe Saturday evening just before end of LST. The GW aged it at 5.5 years and weighted 62# dressed, and on Sunday he took a nice 8 pt buck which came at 94# dressed, decent sized.
We left the hunt around noon on Sunday as we had to take the deer to a processor, and heard some other deer had been taken, some kids filled their 3 deer tags, but not sure of the final count as the hunt went on until 6pm.
We corned the opening we were hunting on, and also dropped some sweet horse feed (Park staff told us the deer liked horse/mule feed); Sunday morning all corn was gone, but the horse feed seemed to be all there, maybe they didn't like the brand...? Park staff was awesome with the kids.
We were in compartment 2, which is the Gorman Falls/Conference Center area; a kid got a nice big Auodad as well, not sure in what compartment he was; no pigs that I'm aware off.

Here are a few pics from the doe/buck, these are his first deer harvested:

First deer/doe:


Second deer/buck:




Very proud, my heart was probably racing more than his.... grin


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#6070860 - 12/07/15 10:30 AM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
Brian C. Offline
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Registered: 11/14/14
Posts: 115
Loc: Location
Outstanding!
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#6070893 - 12/07/15 10:46 AM Re: Youth Colorado Bend - Deer either sex [Re: 12shotgun]
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