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#6006796 - 11/02/15 02:28 PM Gus Engeling WMA
jg1078 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
I was fortunate enough to be drawn for the gun deer either sex hunt at gus engaging wma next week. I haven't had the chance to scout the area. Good compartment numbers? Is the rut usually going on around this time? Last year we hunted Richland Creek WMA and the rut was in full swing at the end of october. These WMAs are not far apart so I am hoping to be in the middle of the rut again. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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#6006853 - 11/02/15 03:06 PM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
sqiggy Offline


Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1881
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
Been there 3 times on a youth hunt. Always seen deer. My son killed his first 2 deer there. That was a doe/spike hunt but did see 2 shooter bucks, one 8 and a MASSIVE 10.
Once you find out your compartment, just do a speed scout. You'll find lots of trails. Just have to pick the right one to hunt.

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#6009849 - 11/03/15 10:05 PM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
djs303 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 171
Loc: Jackson County
I wish I could help with info, but I'm trying to find out some info on the area also. My son got picked on Youth either sex hunt for Nov 21 and 22. I hear its pretty hard hunting and the deer are super smart. Good Luck! Let us know how it turns out for you.

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#6009878 - 11/03/15 10:34 PM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
Sniper John Offline

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Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16317
Loc: North Texas
They may ask what your driving and assign your compartment related to that and the size of your group, or they may let you pick in the order you were drawn or from a hat draw. If you get to pick, when it is your turn just let them know what your driving, what your shooting, how you prefer to hunt, what is important to you and ask the biologist to pick for you. They usually have you follow one of them to your compartment after the orientation or they will get with you on the compartment map and point things out for you. I did the bow hunt out there for several years, but that was a very long time ago so I don't have any specific location advice. The biologists on that place both back then and now have always been very helpful and want you to be successful. On a gator hunt a couple years ago, biologist Tucker went a few hours into unpaid overtime helping us to get my son's trophy alligator out from a difficult spot. Pick their brain for current advice and you can't go wrong.
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#6010294 - 11/04/15 08:59 AM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: Sniper John]
sqiggy Offline


Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1881
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
Originally Posted By: Sniper John
The biologists on that place both back then and now have always been very helpful and want you to be successful.
Ditto on that. Once they take you or show you the compartment you will be in, just ask them what they know about it. They will tell you. That's how my son got his first 2 deer there. The guy worked on the place all the time and told me right where to go.

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#6013816 - 11/05/15 10:06 PM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
jg1078 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
Thanks for all the info. We are excited to go next week. I will hopefully be able to post some pics next weekend.

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#6014333 - 11/06/15 09:11 AM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
HOU Razorback Offline


Registered: 07/21/09
Posts: 838
Loc: Cypress, TX
Awesome! I was drawn for an anterless in December. So curious to see how you do. Please post pics!
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#6014893 - 11/06/15 02:24 PM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
HER-MAN Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/29/08
Posts: 43
Loc: Inez TX
Got back from the doe and spike hunt. Very wet no driving in comp . everything is walking.

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#6015110 - 11/06/15 04:44 PM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: HER-MAN]
jg1078 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
How was the hunting? Are they in the rut yet? Thanks

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#6015918 - 11/07/15 07:45 AM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
HER-MAN Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/29/08
Posts: 43
Loc: Inez TX
Young ones pushing does around. The older ones not yet.

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#6015925 - 11/07/15 07:47 AM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
HER-MAN Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/29/08
Posts: 43
Loc: Inez TX
Around 30 does and spikes taken in 2 days.

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#6016117 - 11/07/15 09:22 AM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
jg1078 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
Hopefully this small cold front will kick it off.

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#6021924 - 11/10/15 04:54 PM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
HER-MAN Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/29/08
Posts: 43
Loc: Inez TX
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#6030382 - 11/15/15 09:54 AM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
jg1078 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
Gus Engeling WMA GDE on 11/10-11/14 was a success for our group. The deer were in pre rut when we arrived and on the last 2 day they were in full swing. Total deer killed was around 13 for the entire hunt that included 39 hunters for 4 days. 5 Bucks and the rest does. 3 pigs were also killed. The success rate wasn't excellent but not bad for public land. I ended up with the biggest buck scoring 123"


my brother killed the second largest scoring 118"


I also ended up with a pig that had 3" cutters on both sides. He will make a great euro mount pig.


In my opinion this place is a morning hunt place. I saw 11 deer total and all but 1 doe were in the morning. We hunted compartment 4 since it had several cleared strips of land. We assumed the bucks would be chasing the does in and out of the clearings. It ended up paying off on the last morning. My brother shot his around 6:30 am and I shot mine around 6:45 am. These bucks responding to rattling very good the last 2 mornings. On the morning of 11/13 I passed on a tall but narrow 8 point and 15 minutes later I rattled in an 8 point and 10 point at the same time. They both came running and stopped within 40 yards but were both right at the ear tips so I opted to pass (which was hard to do). The next morning which was also the last morning is when I rattled in the buck I ended up shooting. This was the most fun and exciting public land hunt I've been on due to the fact they responded so well to rattling. I would definitely go back. The staff there is awesome.

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#6030415 - 11/15/15 10:12 AM Re: Gus Engeling WMA [Re: jg1078]
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Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4034
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
Congratulations! Very nice!
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