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#6568013 - 12/01/16 09:52 PM Richland Creek WMA
brandon f Offline
Tracker

Registered: 12/02/08
Posts: 805
Loc: Tyler
Anyone know what the scoop is on this place? Is it a draw hunt for ducks? I'm totally confused after reading so many things online and looking at the 16-17 Public Land Booklet...

I would like to make at least one trip over there this year if possible. I just cant figure out if its a draw or what...

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#6568085 - 12/01/16 11:02 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
GoBears870 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/04/12
Posts: 92
Loc: Dallas, TX
There are some drawn hunts in mid-Nov, youth hunts the week of Thanksgiving, and it's open to the public every Mon, Wed, and Sat beginning Dec 7.

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#6568152 - 12/02/16 06:07 AM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
Huntalot Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/09/05
Posts: 197
Last draw hunt of the season is this weekend. After that the schedule is as listed in the post above

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#6570331 - 12/03/16 07:34 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
TOMCAT21 Offline


Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 466
Loc: Keller, TX
My group was lucky enough to get picked on the draw hunt this weekend. We saw lots and lots of GWT in our compartment. We are staying in a cabin at Fisherman's Cove which is less than 10 mins. from the WMA and is a great place to stay - they even feed you breakfast.

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#6571923 - 12/04/16 10:30 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
brandon f Offline
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Registered: 12/02/08
Posts: 805
Loc: Tyler
ttt

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#6571996 - 12/05/16 01:11 AM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
Sniper John Offline
gumshoe

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16474
Loc: North Texas
Originally Posted By: brandon f
Anyone know what the scoop is on this place? Is it a draw hunt for ducks? I'm totally confused after reading so many things online and looking at the 16-17 Public Land Booklet...

I would like to make at least one trip over there this year if possible. I just cant figure out if its a draw or what...


Yes and no. E postcard draw hunt some dates, open for regular hunts others. Draw hunt deadline and draw hunts have already transpired this season. Rules and dates for waterfowl on the north unit are at the second link below.

https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/h....phtml?OCat=EPW
http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/resources/703N.pdf
http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/resources/703S.pdf
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#6585443 - 12/13/16 03:46 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
Patweldon Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/23/15
Posts: 88
I thought there was no hunts this year out there. How do I get to hunt out there. I didn't see any draws online for it. Also I'm wanting to know about deer hunting on the open days as well

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#6589968 - 12/16/16 01:22 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
bossbowman Offline
Tracker

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 661
Loc: Hill county
Been no deer hunts out there the last 2 YEARS, they claim due to the flood and infrastructure damage but they continue to allow waterfowl hunting? I've been calling BS, I hear stories from guys hunting the bordering property seeing the TPW guys deer hunting it themselves.


Edited by bossbowman (12/16/16 01:24 PM)

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#6590573 - 12/16/16 09:09 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
coachmas Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 407
Loc: East Texas
North unit open for waterfowl hunts mon, wed, sat. Get there early and get in in line. You can go in the gate starting at 5am. Line starts the evening before on Saturday hunts.

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#6597548 - 12/21/16 08:35 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
lms Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/27/15
Posts: 177
Loc: Blooming Grove TX
Don't believe their deer hunting, know for a fact they have been told to shoot every hog seen.

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#6597576 - 12/21/16 08:49 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
maximum Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 1617
jmo
i'd blow that place off and find another
more hunter friendly wma.
the folks that pay the dollars for a permit,
the ones that keep that place open should be
doing any culling and game management and
shooting game, not employees or paid trappers.
they've been trying to make that place into
Hagerman II for a long time now.
i could go on, but it'd take too much space.

good luck

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#6597689 - 12/21/16 10:05 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: maximum]
bossbowman Offline
Tracker

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 661
Loc: Hill county
Originally Posted By: maximum
jmo
i'd blow that place off and find another
more hunter friendly wma.
the folks that pay the dollars for a permit,
the ones that keep that place open should be
doing any culling and game management and
shooting game, not employees or paid trappers.
they've been trying to make that place into
Hagerman II for a long time now.
i could go on, but it'd take too much space.

good luck


Hagerman II is never gonna happen there, firstly the guys running the place hate bowhunters, shoot Gunnels said as much to our group during one of the draw hunts, secondly the bordering locals make it impossible they wack em good with rifles every year and will continue to.


Edited by bossbowman (12/21/16 10:06 PM)

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#6605477 - 12/28/16 11:12 AM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: bossbowman]
SpoonPlatoon Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 7989
Loc: Palestine
Originally Posted By: bossbowman
Been no deer hunts out there the last 2 YEARS, they claim due to the flood and infrastructure damage but they continue to allow waterfowl hunting? I've been calling BS, I hear stories from guys hunting the bordering property seeing the TPW guys deer hunting it themselves.


I have found that it is useful to call the WMA and talk to the biologist to get the facts. At Richland Creek WMA the deer density in the past has run about a deer to 7-8 acres. This year surveys indicated that deer densities decreased drastically after two consecutive years of flooding events. The surveys this year indicated a deer to approximately 32 acres.

Two years of no fawn crops and the bottoms being completely flooded had a huge impact on the herd. Unfortunately deer aren't born with webbed feet.

Originally Posted By: bossbowman
Originally Posted By: maximum
jmo
i'd blow that place off and find another
more hunter friendly wma.
the folks that pay the dollars for a permit,
the ones that keep that place open should be
doing any culling and game management and
shooting game, not employees or paid trappers.
they've been trying to make that place into
Hagerman II for a long time now.
i could go on, but it'd take too much space.

good luck


Hagerman II is never gonna happen there, firstly the guys running the place hate bowhunters, shoot Gunnels said as much to our group during one of the draw hunts, secondly the bordering locals make it impossible they wack em good with rifles every year and will continue to.


Thats quite a statement to make. I highly doubt the guys running the place hate bowhunters as the vast majority of the staff bowhunts. I know that all the WMAs under Gunnels have at least one archery hunt every year and you can bow hunt on any GDA or GDE hunt.
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#6605620 - 12/28/16 12:51 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: brandon f]
NewGulf Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 15143
Loc: New Gulf, Texas
i wish the lake and the hunting area had never come in there all its done is bring in a bunch of a####### to the community and ruined lots of good pasture land we'll never get back.

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#6605781 - 12/28/16 02:47 PM Re: Richland Creek WMA [Re: NewGulf]
swampthang Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 455
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: NewGulf
i wish the lake and the hunting area had never come in there all its done is bring in a bunch of a####### to the community and ruined lots of good pasture land we'll never get back.


There's plenty of pasture land elsewhere in Texas. We need more public hunting areas in Texas not less.

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