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#6497572 - 10/16/16 10:31 AM Drawn - Balcones Cayonlans - Dec 9 - 12 Anyone else?
GPS Offline
Tracker

Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 970
Loc: Flower Mound
I was drawn for the General Rifle Hunt - Whitetail Either Sex for the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Last hunt for the area December 9-12th. Anyone hunted this place before?

Anyone else have this same weekend? Maybe we can work a plan? Let me know.
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#6498153 - 10/16/16 06:51 PM Re: Drawn - Balcones Cayonlans - Dec 9 - 12 Anyone else? [Re: GPS]
Erny Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 2031
Loc: Smith County
http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth...ref#Post6481929

There are a couple of threads below. Here is a link to one.

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#6546085 - 11/16/16 09:04 AM Re: Drawn - Balcones Cayonlans - Dec 9 - 12 Anyone else? [Re: GPS]
WTXDanny Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/15/11
Posts: 34
Loc: Texas
My brother and I were drawn for those dates. From what I've read it's a pretty tough hunt.

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#6547552 - 11/17/16 08:24 AM Re: Drawn - Balcones Cayonlans - Dec 9 - 12 Anyone else? [Re: GPS]
lunkerm Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/15/10
Posts: 58
it can be done! What unit did you draw? This deer was killed out there 11/13 on unit 7


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#6548351 - 11/17/16 05:41 PM Re: Drawn - Balcones Cayonlans - Dec 9 - 12 Anyone else? [Re: GPS]
WTXDanny Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/15/11
Posts: 34
Loc: Texas
I just recieved an email stating I drew Unit2. If anyone has any advice I will listen.

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#6549034 - 11/18/16 07:51 AM Re: Drawn - Balcones Cayonlans - Dec 9 - 12 Anyone else? [Re: WTXDanny]
lunkerm Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/15/10
Posts: 58
Originally Posted By: WTXDanny
I just recieved an email stating I drew Unit2. If anyone has any advice I will listen.


IF unit 2 is pretty similar to 7:

The grass was high. We hunted from a popup blind, and the first afternoon we had it located on a site that was too flat, and all we could see was the grass. When we moved it to a spot where the elevation was more favorable, we could see better.

This property is basically 100% off limits to day-use type people. It only exists for the GC warbler, so when you're in there, remember that you're hunting genuinely wild deer with limited interactions with people.

It has been burned off over the years, and on unit 7 there were a million foot-high cedar stumps in that waist-deep grass. If deer retrieval is going to be a problem for you, take an ATV to go get it from the field to your vehicle. We were a good ways "in the boonies" and had a long drag with the deer. You will not be able to drive a pickup off of the road without damaging it.

you cannot have bait or corn in your vehicle, period. You will get a ticket. You can use scents, but nothing that a deer can put in their mouth. You also cannot have alcohol in any shape form or fashion on the refuge, even if locked up in your pickup.

Unit 2 is in Burnet county. there are antler restrictions.

good luck

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#6552779 - 11/21/16 10:15 AM Re: Drawn - Balcones Cayonlans - Dec 9 - 12 Anyone else? [Re: lunkerm]
WTXDanny Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/15/11
Posts: 34
Loc: Texas
Thanks for the advice. Looking forward to seeing some different country.

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#6554207 - 11/22/16 08:52 AM Re: Drawn - Balcones Cayonlans - Dec 9 - 12 Anyone else? [Re: GPS]
texmet Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/22/16
Posts: 1
I'm on unit 8 on Dec 9-11. I've never been to Balcones, but I'm looking forward to learning more about what to expect.

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