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#6924516 - 10/18/17 07:55 AM South Texas Border Illegals
Brian C. Offline
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Headed down that way this winter for the first time hunting the border. Just curious what experiences others have had? I've worked down south but never further than Alice to Cotulla. This will be first time stomping around the brush. I'll be west of Raymondville and way south of Ozona.
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#6924753 - 10/18/17 11:08 AM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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That covers from Del Rio to Brownsville

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#6924755 - 10/18/17 11:10 AM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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Not just the illegals you got to watch for.
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#6924908 - 10/18/17 12:56 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: hook_n_line]
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Originally Posted By: hook_n_line
Not just the illegals you got to watch for.


How do you mean?
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#6924931 - 10/18/17 01:20 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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I have never hunted right on the river but I did have a lease near Batesville for several years. When we got the lease the rancher told us to never leave camp without a firearm, never leave our camper or truck unlocked and if possible never confront an illegal. We never saw any illegals but they did break in to our camper and tore it up.

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#6924945 - 10/18/17 01:40 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: DirtNapTET]
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Originally Posted By: DirtNapTET
Originally Posted By: hook_n_line
Not just the illegals you got to watch for.


How do you mean?


Even the people here legally can be a problem. Had some guys (not illegals, pipeline workers) hunting at the end of the season who thought all the regulars were gone. They got caught in the stand. Apparently one was a felon in possession of a firearm. Could have gone wrong quick.


Edited by hook_n_line (10/18/17 01:43 PM)
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#6924948 - 10/18/17 01:43 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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Goodluck and be safe down there. Stick your barrel in your stand first.

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#6924956 - 10/18/17 01:56 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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I can tell you that in our area of NE Webb County, which is very remote, we've had multiple encounters. Don't leave your house or your vehicles unlocked and ALWAYS take the keys with you. Don't leave weapons unsecured, especially in the pasture. Don't leave anything like knives, machetes, etc. laying out for easy access. We've never had a "problem" but last Saturday evening at 8:30, I had three bad hombres from the Dominican Republic come walking into camp. First group I've encountered that really had me nervous. Also, don't go anywhere without a sidearm for quick, up close encounters. Always have a phone on your person that works and in it have the number for the County Sheriff and Border Patrol. Know how to drop a GPS pin from your phone so LE can get to you more quickly.

Have the GPS coordinates for your camp area in your phone, too. Also a good idea to GPS all your stands and feeders plus other notable landmarks on the property.

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#6925041 - 10/18/17 03:38 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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I used to hunt close to eagle pass. One day I stopped to open a gate, heard a noise and turned around. there were 8 illegals in the back of my truck. I grabbed my sidearm and they all ran. They were gone as fast as they showed up. I have never had a really bad experience with them. I always figured most were trying to find work to feed their families, however, I never encountered a drug mule in my time there. I have been told that is a different story.
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#6925112 - 10/18/17 04:42 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: phantom]
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Originally Posted By: phantom
I used to hunt close to eagle pass. One day I stopped to open a gate, heard a noise and turned around. there were 8 illegals in the back of my truck. I grabbed my sidearm and they all ran. They were gone as fast as they showed up. I have never had a really bad experience with them. I always figured most were trying to find work to feed their families, however, I never encountered a drug mule in my time there. I have been told that is a different story.


They prolly followed directions to were a hand was picking them up to take them further north.. herd of similar pick up points like that... you just happen to fit the description lol


Edited by Navasot (10/18/17 04:43 PM)
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#6925124 - 10/18/17 04:55 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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#6925382 - 10/18/17 09:15 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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Man, thatís crazy stories!

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#6925421 - 10/18/17 10:03 PM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
Brian C. Offline
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Sound advice fouzman.
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#6925599 - 10/19/17 07:43 AM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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Originally Posted By: Brian C.
Sound advice fouzman.

Indeed. I have a good friend whose father was killed by illegals on their ranch near Laredo. He asked us to always carry a side arm while on their place, his dad didn't.
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#6925789 - 10/19/17 10:04 AM Re: South Texas Border Illegals [Re: Brian C.]
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I've had many encounters with illegals on our family places in southwest Texas but have been fortunate to never have a bad one. The vast majority are working/suffering to feed their families and are usually just hungry. But I guess all you need to find is one bad apple for your day to go very badly.

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