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#6934473 - 10/26/17 09:59 AM Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge
TexasElkMan55 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/25/17
Posts: 7
I am new to the Texas Hunting Forum. I am looking for information from those who have hunted Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge. My 13 year old daughter has drawn a hunt in Unit 4 in November.

Has anyone hunted this unit? We are from far West Texas and have never been fortunate enough to hunt the Hill Country of Texas. Any advice?

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#6934747 - 10/26/17 01:11 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
lunkerm Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 11/15/10
Posts: 65
yes. We loved balcones last year. We were on a big unit that was subdivived (unit 7, I think.) Balcones is a refuge for birds, and the area we were on had no public access, except during the draw hunts. No stands and no feeders on the place, and no bait allowed. The deer were actually wild and we had to really hunt. There are a ton of oak trees and thats where they were. That being said, we found lots of sign, but only saw one buck- an awesome 10 point with an extra main beam. She killed him at about 150 yards. We hunted out of a popup ground blind.

that place is rough and tough- they've done cedar remediation with fire and cutting, so lots of stumps. They don't mow. lots of tall grass. A two wheel drive pickup can make it - at least on unit 7- but a 4x4 would be better. if it rains it will be a muddy mess.

The federal fish and games guys were really nice and helpful, but dead serious about no bait, corn, or alcohol allowed on property. That big unit we were in was divided into about 10 sections or so. As you drove the road, there were cones with letters on them. each of us had a big area, and they said they used the cones to keep everyone from driving just inside the gate and all hunting the same 200 acres.

We stayed in Marble Falls at a motel. What else would you like to know? Remember, we were not on the same unit, so its possible my info will not apply

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#6935412 - 10/26/17 10:14 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
TexasElkMan55 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/25/17
Posts: 7
I believe I saw your daughters photo of her buck. Cool extra main beam. Thanks for the information. We are excited to hunt some new land. Iíve asked and we will be sharing unit 4 with3 other hunters. Did I understand right that each unit will be divided for each hunter?

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#6935852 - 10/27/17 11:00 AM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
quackedup Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/18/05
Posts: 56
my 15 year old daughter is also drawn for the youth hunt and we are in unit 2. she is pretty excited!

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#6936041 - 10/27/17 01:36 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
hungry_hunter Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/12/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Mason/McCulloch Counties
I used to work there, but I can't remember where Unit 4 is exactly. When I worked there (and I think they still do it this way), each hunter would be assigned a placed to park and then they could hunt where ever they wanted to. This tended to separate the hunters well, but there was always the chance of getting too close to each other.

Unit 2 is one of the more open units and should provide a good hunt.

Lunkerm is spot on on the rest of it. I've seen hunters get in trouble for having loose corn in the bed of their truck...
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#6936121 - 10/27/17 02:51 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
TexasElkMan55 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/25/17
Posts: 7
Thank you for the feedback! We are looking forward to this hunt!

This was the buck my daughter killed last year on a youth hunt in West Texas!

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#6936142 - 10/27/17 03:17 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
hungry_hunter Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/12/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Mason/McCulloch Counties
Very nice deer!

I did a little digging and figured out which one was Unit 4. The north half is long and skinny, but fairly open. The south half is a mix of scattered brush and trees with a large area of thick brush in the middle. There's also a large area in the very south of the hunt unit that had all of the brush cleared and burned about 5 yrs ago. That might be an ok place to hunt, but I think you'd need to get up high in order to see over the brush and grass. The northern half should be huntable on the ground. Access through the northern half of the unit is easy w/ 2wd and the south half is a solid road, just rocky.
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#6939710 - 10/30/17 02:46 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
Nathan74 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/21/13
Posts: 22
Loc: Cedar Park
My son was drawn for the youth hunt as well, we will be in Unit 3. Without the use of bait does anybody have any advice or tips to help the chances for a successful hunt? I have a pop up blind and I spoke to one of the rangers about our hunt area and he explained where he typically sees deer and hogs. Is it best just to find a spot and sit or should we spend some of our time stalking. Not sure if the deer will spook if there is increased activity going on out there.

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#6941141 - 10/31/17 02:45 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: Nathan74]
12shotgun Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 163
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Although you canít use food baits you can use scents, if that helps; check with the staff anyway to see if this has not changed. Tehy are strict about the baiting. Enjoy your hunts!
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#6941264 - 10/31/17 04:12 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
TexasElkMan55 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/25/17
Posts: 7
Thank you for the feedback. It is greatly appreciated!

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#6945551 - 11/03/17 09:33 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
Let The Air Out of 'Em Offline
Tracker

Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 737
Loc: East Texas
I will be out scouting there in Unit 7 this weekend, I drew the hunt on Nov 17-19.
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#6948392 - 11/06/17 11:53 AM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: Let The Air Out of 'Em]
TexasElkMan55 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/25/17
Posts: 7
How was your scouting trip this past weekend?

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#6951477 - 11/08/17 10:22 AM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
Nathan74 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/21/13
Posts: 22
Loc: Cedar Park
Thanks for the info 12shotgun.

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#6952994 - 11/09/17 10:33 AM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
Let The Air Out of 'Em Offline
Tracker

Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 737
Loc: East Texas
2 days saw 1 little buck. Lots of sign, they are there. I think the hot weather and full moon rise/set time had them shut down in daytime. We went everywhere that vehicles are allowed in a 2WD Suburban, but there are 2 gully or creek crossings that are steep and 4WD would be an asset if it rains close to your hunt days. Typical Hill Country with lots of cedar, and live oak concentrated in some areas. It will be an interesting hunt, not going to be easy for sure.
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Originally Posted By: TurkeyHunter
What you really need is a 300 Winchester Magnum. That is the best caliber on the planet, probably even in the solar system and maybe the universe.

Originally Posted By: STX Hog Hunter
Go get him! Shoot him in the face!

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#6953632 - 11/09/17 07:34 PM Re: Youth Hunt @ Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge [Re: TexasElkMan55]
ScooterG Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/13/06
Posts: 193
Loc: Brazos County
Whack em buddy!

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