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#6062312 - 12/02/15 09:02 AM 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports
Brian C. Offline
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Registered: 11/14/14
Posts: 115
Loc: Location
Got a middle of December meat hunt drawn this year and was just curious if anyone had any updates/reports on how things were looking this year at the park?
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#6070552 - 12/07/15 08:16 AM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
12shotgun Offline
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Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 142
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Just came back from a 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, came at 94# dressed, so it was decent sized, and was aged at 3.5 yrs.
We left the hunt around noon on Sunday as we had to take the deer to a processor, and I 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, I'm sure you won't have any problem seeing deer.
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.
I'm going to try to resurrect my Photobucket account to load some pics and add to my original post from a few months back.


Edited by 12shotgun (12/07/15 08:18 AM)
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#6070558 - 12/07/15 08:21 AM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
kdkane1971 Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 1808
Loc: Mesopotamia
Looking forward to seeing the pics...

Congrats on a great hunt up texas

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#6070744 - 12/07/15 09:39 AM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
12shotgun Offline
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Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 142
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Here is the link to my original post back from September; added a few pics.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/6070786#Post6070786


Edited by 12shotgun (12/07/15 09:56 AM)
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#6070762 - 12/07/15 09:44 AM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
Chunky Monkey Offline
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Good job!
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#6070866 - 12/07/15 10:34 AM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
Brian C. Offline
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Registered: 11/14/14
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Loc: Location
Outstanding! Congrats! Looking forward to this next week. Thanks for the tip on sweet feed not all gone. Gonna by corn since its cheaper anyway!!!
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#6082742 - 12/14/15 07:53 AM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
oddjob142 Offline
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Registered: 09/24/15
Posts: 4
I just got back from the hunt. It was a great park and there are tons of deer. I used sweet feed mixed with corn. Ended up with two bucks, one being the largest of the three day hunt. First was a 8pt that one point had been broken off. Weighed in at 107lb, aged at 6.5 yrs. Next one was a 7 pt weighing in at 70lbs and 2.5 years. I was in compartment 2 with 4 other hunters. These were my first bucks ever besides a spike a couple years back. Overall the deer were smaller but I got pretty lucky. Be careful driving in to the park in the mornings, I ran over a bunny and got to one ft of a doe. Many deer are on the roads and will actually move into u or run across in front of you. The park staff called it deer derby driving to and from...

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#6085561 - 12/15/15 01:31 PM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
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...and why so many folks donw there have Ranch Hand "brush guards"...that look really funny strapped to the front end of a Mecedes Benz...
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#6085918 - 12/15/15 04:35 PM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
jg1078 Offline
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Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
My brother and myself also hunted Colorado Bend during the same hunt. We were fortunate enough to be drawn for the annex backpacking hunt. There were supposed to be 4 hunters on this hunt but the other 2 didn't show so that made us the first 2 to hunt this area in 30 plus years. The area we were given to hunt is 600-650 acres with only about 80 acres being huntable. We had to canoe across the river to get to our hunting area. Seeing how neither one of us have ever canoed it proved to be difficult the first couple trips but we ended up getting the hang of it and got to where we could paddle upstream easily. The huntable area was along the river and was about 100 yards wide. The rest of the 600 acres was on top of a 200 ft cliff. The first day there we opted to climb to the top to see what we could score up top...that was a mistake. After 45 minutes of climbing we reached the top only to realize it was so thick that you couldn't see more than 15-20 yards so we ended up climbing back down and hunting the bottom that evening. We ended up shooting 2 does that evening. The next morning I saw and shot a smaller aoudad ram (pictured) and that evening I shot another doe (pictured). All together is was a fun and physically demanding hunt. The deer here aren't monsters but the experience was well worth it and I would definitely go back. Not to mention the staff here is exceptional.


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#6101625 - 12/25/15 03:42 PM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
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Loc: bastrop county
are you required to utilize the aoudad meat?
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#6103269 - 12/26/15 08:36 PM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
jg1078 Offline
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Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
You are not required to keep the aoudad meat. It is up to your discretion.

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#6114318 - 01/02/16 02:06 AM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
quickerNu Offline
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Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 46
Loc: Bell Co.
Good to hear the deer are thick! I have the annex hunt coming up on the 6-8th.
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#6114675 - 01/02/16 11:08 AM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
jg1078 Offline
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Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
quickerNu, I think you will have 4 hunters total on the annex hunt. The park supervisor was thinking about putting 2 on the river and 2 on top of the cliff. We only hunted the river because the top was too thick to hunt. The top is where most of the land is but the longest opening we found was 20-30 yards. He may be able to put you in an area that is more huntable but we couldn't find any and we walked for a long time. I would recommend hunting the river bottom if he gives you the option. Good luck and keep us updated.

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#6114784 - 01/02/16 12:21 PM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
quickerNu Offline
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Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 46
Loc: Bell Co.
Thanks for the info, that is kinda what it looked like from google earth. How was the river crossing? I have a big inflatable raft, but I can borrow a kayak if needed. How far is it from parking to putting in? I'm pretty excited about this one, I drew the backpacking hunt at Pedernales Falls state park last year, but only got a hog. I haven't had much time to hunt this year, so I'm relying on this hunt and antlerless at Hill country state park in a few weeks for all my meat!


Edited by quickerNu (01/02/16 12:23 PM)
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#6118121 - 01/04/16 01:15 PM Re: 2015 Colorado Bend SP Reports [Re: Brian C.]
jg1078 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/08/15
Posts: 17
The river crossing wasn't bad. It was flowing pretty good the first day but slowed down by the last day. Since we haven't had much rain I'm sure its not flowing and low. It dropped at least a foot while we were there. I would recommend a kayak or canoe because you will have to paddle upstream a few hundred yards to get to a good landing spot. This may have all changed since we haven't had any rain. As far as parking goes, you can get within about 10-20 yards of the river. If it stays cold you should do pretty good. It was in the 70s when were there in mid december.

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