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#6883969 - 09/11/17 09:25 AM Laguna Atascosa NWR
yakinthebox Offline
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Hey, I know there were several guy's on here who were selected for Laguna Atascosa NWR. Let's let this be the official post for collaborating together and helping each other out with what we're learning and researching along the way!

My crew was selected for the first Archery Hunt- November 17th-21st. It is our first time to go down there. Trying like the Dicken's to get mentally and physically prepared as well as getting appropriately equipped for a hunt like this.

We will be staying at the Adolph Thomae County Park in tents. Anyone ever stayed there? How is it? Should we bring our fishing gear for nighttime? Are any of you going to be staying there?



Edited by yakinthebox (09/11/17 09:30 AM)
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#6883972 - 09/11/17 09:29 AM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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From what I've researched so far,

1. Bike is almost a necessity! Along with spare tubes or solid tires.
2. Snakeboots or snake gaurds
3. Some extreme bug repellent. Permethrin seems to be the popular choice.
4. The success rate is extremely low. Like 5% chance that you'll bag an animal. So if you have an animal in range, take the shot, you may never get another shot!
5. The Refuge does not manage for trophies but rather a healthy population. Don't pass on a buck because it isn't a wallhanger.
6. Be prepared for the toughest hunt of your life and get in shape starting yesterday!
7. There is a 50% rule! 50% of the people from the day before will be gone the next. Lol. Most people aren't going to hang it out. Be the one who toughs it out and you'll have better odds!
8. You will be required to use your own tags on this hunt. This needs to be done before you check your deer into the check station.
9. Bring a tarp to line the bed of your vehicle. This is a requirement by the refuge to prevent the spread of the fever ticks that are an epidemic down there.

I'll add more stuff as I think of it or learn it.

Feel free to add any advice! If any of you have gone before, even better, share that insight!


Edited by yakinthebox (09/11/17 12:15 PM)
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#6884022 - 09/11/17 10:14 AM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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Originally Posted By: yakinthebox
From what I've researched so far,

1. Bike is almost a necessity! Along with spare tubes or solid tires.
2. Snakeboots or snake gaurds
3. Some extreme bug repellent. Permethrin seems to be the popular choice.
4. The success rate is extremely low. Like 5% chance that you'll bag an animal. So if you have an animal in range, take the shot, you may never get another shot!
5. The Refuge does not manage for trophies but rather a healthy population. Don't pass on a buck because it isn't a wallhanger.
6. Be prepared for the toughest hunt of your life and get in shape starting yesterday!
7. There is a 50% rule! 50% of the people from the day before will be gone the next. Lol. Most people aren't going to hang it out. Be the one who toughs it out and you'll have better odds!

I'll add more stuff as I think of it or learn it.

Feel free to add any advice! If any of you have gone before, even better, share that insight!


Not a bad summary. The only thing I would add is, unlike the hunts on state properties, they do NOT issue tags. You use the ones on your license. Be sure to tag any deer you take and properly fill out the log on back of your license. When you bring your deer to the check station, they WILL check to make sure the deer is properly tagged and will give you a financial encentive to do better next time if you don't.
Another thing, be sure to bring a tarp to wrap the deer or nilgai in when you bring it to the station. They want you to do that to avoid bringing home any fever ticks and allowing them to spread.

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#6884026 - 09/11/17 10:20 AM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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One more thing I would add, go into YouTube and learn how to quarter an elk without gutting. It will save you a ton of work hauling that nilgai out if you're lucky enough to get one.

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#6884149 - 09/11/17 12:13 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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Thanks Palehorse! I think I've gathered that you've been before! Did you get selected this go-round?
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#6884182 - 09/11/17 12:40 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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Yep. I'll be there Nov 17th-21st.

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#6884279 - 09/11/17 02:21 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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Regarding #4 on your list, this is a pic of the board after last year's hunt. These are the success's out of 250 hunters.



Edited by Palehorse (09/11/17 02:21 PM)

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#6884293 - 09/11/17 02:37 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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Crazy!
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#6889152 - 09/16/17 12:01 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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I got drawn for the gun hunt December 22-24. Will definitely be watching this thread.

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#6889493 - 09/16/17 09:31 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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Registered: 09/07/17
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Loc: San Antonio
Got drawn for the last hunt, can't wait.

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#6895609 - 09/22/17 01:30 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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Congrats guys. Either of y'all been down there before?
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#6895971 - 09/22/17 08:03 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: Palehorse]
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Originally Posted By: Palehorse
Regarding #4 on your list, this is a pic of the board after last year's hunt. These are the success's out of 250 hunters.


Thanks for posting this Palehorse, that puts the hunt/success in perspective. Actually, you could remove two deer & one nilgai from the count as the three animals were killed by a fellow that has probably hunted the refuge more than any other hunter many times over. He is a bit of a legend and killed all three animals still hunting his favorite areas. He has hunted the refuge from the start, is local, and spends a crazy amount of time scouting the refuge.

The weights speak of the age structure that has been taken as well.
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#6896112 - 09/22/17 10:12 PM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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Registered: 09/07/17
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Loc: San Antonio
Howdy!

Yak, this is my first time applying for drawn hunts at all. I applied for 7 gun deer hunts thinking I'd be lucky to get one. Ended up getting Balcones Canyonlands and Laguna Atascosa and pending 2nd draw on 4 others. I put my brother on this hunt/application and can't do both so dropping the Balcones hunt. Internet scouting has been interfering with work, here's hoping they don't find out.


Edited by HankTheTank (09/22/17 10:13 PM)

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#6896348 - 09/23/17 10:09 AM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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No, I have never been down there. With as much time as I have spent on Google Earth, though I feel like I have!

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#6897010 - 09/24/17 07:43 AM Re: Laguna Atascosa NWR [Re: yakinthebox]
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I know fellows are also using drones on scouting days.
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