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#6813329 - 07/05/17 04:12 PM Draw Hunts Open for 2017-2018 Season
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Loc: Denton/Argyle
Drawn Hunts are open for the 2017-2018 season. Good Luck!
https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/public_hunt_drawing/
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#6813335 - 07/05/17 04:21 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
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Registered: 08/23/16
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Loc: Cypress, Texas
Yes, just got the email and pretty excited.

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#6813444 - 07/05/17 05:49 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
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Thnx for the update!
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#6813595 - 07/05/17 07:36 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: safdm44]
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Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 135
Loc: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Still trying to get back to the Palo Duro again, and look you up. Much harder when you are a group of four instead of two!

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#6813609 - 07/05/17 07:42 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
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Registered: 09/07/09
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Loc: McKinney, TX
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#6813658 - 07/05/17 08:22 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
mbavo Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 8516
Loc: odessa tx
Thanks for the heads up !

Let the fun begin !

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#6813710 - 07/05/17 09:07 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Got the email, entered a few. They took bighorn sheep off this year, something about restoration efforts interfering. It was as close as I get to playing the lottery.
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#6813743 - 07/05/17 09:32 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
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Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 21249
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Got drawn last yr and couldn't go bc of last minute truck problem. Not missing a hunt this yr if drawn
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#6813777 - 07/05/17 09:59 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Just applied for 12 hunts
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#6813918 - 07/06/17 08:21 AM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
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Haven't been drawn in 4 years. Most categories I have 8+ loyalty points, with the exception of GDA and GDM. Hoping this is the year I hit one or two.

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#6814040 - 07/06/17 10:38 AM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
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I apply for only a couple of hunts but noticed that the success was very low last year on those I'm interested in.

TPWD is really stacking the hunters on the NWRs as well; there is going to be 3,600 hunter days on Aransas. There is near 20,000 acres available for hunting but that means there will be a huge amount of pressure on the huntable habitat (about 50% of the hunt area). Under the old system, a large percentage of the hunters had hunted the refuge for years so they knew what they were getting into. Even then the attrition rules always held true; the rule of half. You loose about half of the previous day's hunters every day of the hunt. That rate will be higher with new hunters this year because it is now in the draw system and they will not understand what they signed up for. It is brutal country.
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#6814091 - 07/06/17 11:47 AM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: dkershen]
jae011 Offline
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Registered: 06/08/10
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Loc: eagle mt lake,TX
I put in for all the pronghorn and mule deer options as well as alligator. 4 points in each one now.

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#6814152 - 07/06/17 01:19 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: Ranch Dog]
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Originally Posted By: Ranch Dog
I apply for only a couple of hunts but noticed that the success was very low last year on those I'm interested in.

TPWD is really stacking the hunters on the NWRs as well; there is going to be 3,600 hunter days on Aransas. There is near 20,000 acres available for hunting but that means there will be a huge amount of pressure on the huntable habitat (about 50% of the hunt area). Under the old system, a large percentage of the hunters had hunted the refuge for years so they knew what they were getting into. Even then the attrition rules always held true; the rule of half. You loose about half of the previous day's hunters every day of the hunt. That rate will be higher with new hunters this year because it is now in the draw system and they will not understand what they signed up for. It is brutal country.


I don't really pay much attention to the success rate. It's always lower in the compartment style hunts because a lot of folks just don't know how to hunt if it's not with a corn feeder and a box blind.

I like your "rule of half". Makes perfect sense. The first day, you can't run in any direction and not hit someone in an orange hat.

Last year I saw two guys walking around through the grass at Laguna Atascosa wearing shorts and Crocs. That night I saw them at the motel I was staying in. They had gotten eaten up by ticks and chiggers and decided to leave the next morning. They are damn lucky they didn't run into any rattlers. It is an unforgiving place and a hard hunt.
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#6814215 - 07/06/17 02:34 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: Palehorse]
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Originally Posted By: Palehorse
They are damn lucky they didn't run into any rattlers. It is an unforgiving place and a hard hunt.

No kidding, or a gator! The closest I've ever come to being in real trouble has been on the Laguna. I got real close to being snatched off a spillway by a very large gator. On both the Aransas and Laguna, I've seen hunters pack up and leave, for good, within hours. Some, have driven as far as Dallas to get there.
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#6814230 - 07/06/17 02:48 PM Re: Draw Huns Open for 2017-2018 Season [Re: Palehorse]
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Originally Posted By: Palehorse
Under the old system, a large percentage of the hunters had hunted the refuge for years so they knew what they were getting into. Even then the attrition rules always held true; the rule of half.

Every time I go in or out at Aransas, I ask how many hunters are in the field. That's how I came up with the rule. I was talking to a Refuge Biologist, LEO, and the volunteer and they asked my why I ask that as everyone else wants to know what as killed. I told them the kill question makes no since, look at the kill board, but I've always been interested in the hunters in the field and I told them about my rule. All three said they had observed the same daily reduction in hunters.

I hunted the first hunt on the Aransas. I believe it was 1966, and I hunted there every year through 1972. In 1975, I started hunting the Laguna because I moved to Harlingen. I've hunted the Aransas about every 5 years. I told those at the check station that I wasn't going to come back. Every time I have returned over the 50 years, it is never better than the previous time I was there. The habitat is a mess and mismanaged. It is a great example of why you don't want the government involved with anything. They rob the resources from the land and don't put a penny back into it.
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