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#7018881 - 12/31/17 06:07 PM Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017
Jake08 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/30/17
Posts: 3
I just returned from a youth hunt at CBSP with my 9-year-old son. I spent a lot of time doing research before the hunt and thought I would share some info after returning.
1. Safety first - wear orange at all times and remind kids. I also put an orange fly over our pop up for extra identification purposes. Be sure to sign in and out. Make sure to use the safety appropriately and unload the gun as needed.
2. You can find trail maps online that will load into Google Earth. Search for open areas (which are limited) as this will help you find an appropriate hunting location.
3. Setup asap on the first day. Get the food out to start attracting animals (we used horse and mule feed - recommended by staff). Be sure to brush in your pop up blind so it doesn't stick out too much. We did our best and didn't get busted. We trimmed a lot of Juniper trees to help clear the lanes and used the trimmings. NOTE - if you can't find a good spot, ask staff for help asap.
4. Gear - we used Ameristep Caretaker with an orange fly for id and for rain protection. Caldwell SureShot is fantastic for youth to help stabilize the gun. Be sure to have branch cutters and gloves - juniper pokes a bit.
5. Keep your youth warm - I bought snow pants, ski coat, mittens, hand warmers, boots, etc. I even bought a small propane heater but decided it would be a bit iffy to use inside the tight pop-up.
6. Fun part - we saw pigs and deer. My son shot a very small doe, a spotted pig, and a larger doe. He fired (and likely hit) a huge buck, but after waiting 15 minutes, we spooked it and never saw it again. That was sad, but couldn't keep our spirits down. We did search for about 4 hours with no luck.
7. Know the difference between a pig and a javelina. They also have aoudad and Spanish goats. Our group killed a 175 pound Spanish goat.
8. The drive from the entrance to the river (cleaning station) takes about 20 minutes if you go the 20 mph speed limit.
9. Cell phone reception is sketchy. Higher elevation caught us one bar at our stand, which I appreciated.
10. Zone map and other photos attached.

Hope this helps someone else. The hunt was a fantastic experience for my son and me. The staff was exceptional. They answered several of my questions before the hunt. They really added to the whole experience.

If you happen to win a hunt at CBSP, be ready for a great time!
Let me know if you have questions. I'm so excited about the trip that I probably won't stop thinking about it for months.




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#7019474 - 01/01/18 03:34 AM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
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Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 1508
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#7019492 - 01/01/18 06:29 AM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
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Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 541
Loc: DFW
That's what it's all about my friend.Sounds like yall had a blast.

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#7019781 - 01/01/18 10:33 AM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
wfontjr Offline
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Registered: 07/16/06
Posts: 229
Loc: orange
How did you come up with Jake?

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#7020866 - 01/01/18 09:16 PM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 2099
Loc: Smith County
Cibgrats on a great hunt.

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#7020984 - 01/01/18 10:48 PM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
brianaustintx Offline
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Registered: 10/19/17
Posts: 51
Loc: Katy, TX
Awesome!! Looks like a great hunt!
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#7021201 - 01/02/18 08:44 AM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
Buchanan8492 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/16/15
Posts: 8
Thanks for the Info. My son and I have a hunt 1-10-2018 there.

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#7021204 - 01/02/18 08:46 AM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
Buchanan8492 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/16/15
Posts: 8
How many groups per compartment?
What compartments were the best?


Edited by Buchanan8492 (01/02/18 08:46 AM)

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#7022329 - 01/02/18 08:04 PM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
Jake08 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/30/17
Posts: 3
They have 5300 acres, split into 5 compartments. Each compartment gets 4 hunters I believe. From what I could tell you cannot get a bad spot. Animal sign all over the place. Some spots require more hiking in and out of the hunting spot. With all the gear, I was glad to hunt the north most edge of compartment 5. Easy access.

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#7022333 - 01/02/18 08:06 PM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Buchanan8492]
Jake08 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/30/17
Posts: 3
Best of luck. Enjoy the experience!!

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#7022674 - 01/03/18 06:23 AM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
Buchanan8492 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/16/15
Posts: 8
Thanks, let u know how it goes..

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#7029192 - 01/08/18 06:27 AM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
NDN98 Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 10580
Loc: McKinney, TX
Congrats!

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#7040348 - Yesterday at 12:09 PM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
Astrobeerman Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/11/18
Posts: 2
Me and my nephew were the other hunting party in this group. We had a blast! We saw Aoudads, Spanish Goats, Hogs, Deer, birds, armadillos, everything basically. We hunted in the most southern portion of the park (nearest to the water) and had a 30-45 min hike into our area (then another 30-45 min out). The hike was TRETUROUS with gear (especially with a 50lb bag of feed). In general, it was tough. I would not recommend this particular hunting area to older people/younger youth. I cannot express enough the physical demand required for this particular hunting spot (especially since we had to wake up early to be in our blind before sunrise).

Jake08's post is spot on. Staff was exceptional. Other hunters willing to help with our first ever cape was exceptional. Jake08 himself helped as well. I'm not sure what else to add to his post. He covered everything. I probably wont stop talking about it forever. SERIOUSLY!!! Pics to follow.








Edited by Astrobeerman (Yesterday at 12:22 PM)

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#7040352 - Yesterday at 12:11 PM Re: Colorado Bend State Park - Drawn Youth Hunt 2017 [Re: Jake08]
Astrobeerman Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/11/18
Posts: 2
The second picture is a panoramic view from the ridge, near our blind. Not sure how to fix it. It was a beautiful park and fantastic experience.

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