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#7222207 - 07/11/18 09:18 PM Archery Exotic
safdm44 Offline
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Registered: 08/03/10
Posts: 1416
Loc: Texas
whats with this category? I didnt put in for it last year since they only offer a hunt which most know is not successful. Garner park for exotics? I was told first hand they had people come in and shoot them to get rid of them... kinda like Kerr WMA told us point blank on a hunt that they themselves spotlighted them at night and showed us the "bone yard"... what gives TWPD? one category to put in for? I want to build points but dont want to waste them on 0% chance. Anyone else heard differently or other info? I have 9 PP in that category.
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#7240813 - 07/31/18 11:36 AM Re: Archery Exotic [Re: safdm44]
TexasATC Offline
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Registered: 05/24/14
Posts: 91
Loc: Abilene, Texas
Been wondering the same thing. I'm a little confused as to how the success rate can be so low at GSP? I've been through there a few times and it seems like the Axis are everywhere.

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#7242977 - 08/02/18 11:22 AM Re: Archery Exotic [Re: safdm44]
Coastalquacker Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 32
Loc: H-town
i wondered about that, too. i'm not a big bow hunter but would go if i thought the odds were good. Boys were drawn at Garner for an axis hunt and didn't see a thing except in the campsite and on the drive out near the office.

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#7254388 - 08/13/18 03:17 PM Re: Archery Exotic [Re: safdm44]
DonPablo Offline
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Registered: 09/20/11
Posts: 189
I remember back when there were around a half dozen different options for archery exotic. I remember complaining about this (public draw opportunity decreasing for archers) back when I was involved with the LSBA. But most of them (like most archers) have access to private land and didn't feel like it was worth the energy.

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#7254747 - 08/13/18 08:45 PM Re: Archery Exotic [Re: DonPablo]
sqiggy Online   content


Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 2066
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
Yep, and what happen to Devil's River. I drew that hunt a few years ago and had a blast. Missed a Auodad at 20 yds., then shot somekind of cross sheep at 32.

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#7256091 - 08/14/18 09:26 PM Re: Archery Exotic [Re: safdm44]
wtjim Offline
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Registered: 07/18/12
Posts: 636
If you've noticed most all hunt categories, locations, amount of actual hunt blocks and the amount of hunters for each block have shrunk dramatically over the years. GSP is no good because they developed a well deserved reputation for not caring about the hunt because the park makes too much money other ways that the hunt is considered a mandantory negative for staff. I know they have tried to reverse this the past few hunts but it doesn't help when government hunters are brought in to kill the exotics enmass...TPWD really put the screws to the native texan public Hunter when they went to the online system and offering limited hunting opportunities.

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#7256734 - 08/15/18 09:32 AM Re: Archery Exotic [Re: wtjim]
Herbie Hancock Offline
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Registered: 08/23/16
Posts: 2394
Loc: Cypress, Texas
Originally Posted By: wtjim
If you've noticed most all hunt categories, locations, amount of actual hunt blocks and the amount of hunters for each block have shrunk dramatically over the years. GSP is no good because they developed a well deserved reputation for not caring about the hunt because the park makes too much money other ways that the hunt is considered a mandantory negative for staff. I know they have tried to reverse this the past few hunts but it doesn't help when government hunters are brought in to kill the exotics enmass...TPWD really put the screws to the native texan public Hunter when they went to the online system and offering limited hunting opportunities.


That’s one thing I have noticed at GSP over the last 5 years is the decline of the axis. We go there at least twice a year and you don’t see them like you used to hanging around the entrance or in “new Garner”.

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#7259124 - 08/17/18 08:30 AM Re: Archery Exotic [Re: wtjim]
Legend LE-195 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 866
Loc: Hill county
Originally Posted By: sqiggy
Yep, and what happen to Devil's River. I drew that hunt a few years ago and had a blast. Missed a Auodad at 20 yds., then shot somekind of cross sheep at 32.

I hate they did away with devils river archery, that is a really cool place. I'm sure they are just keeping the archery exotic carrot there with Garners 8 permits going to get the cash from us with built up points because they know we are gonna continue applying. I'm somewhere in the teens on points on that category now.

Originally Posted By: wtjim
If you've noticed most all hunt categories, locations, amount of actual hunt blocks and the amount of hunters for each block have shrunk dramatically over the years. GSP is no good because they developed a well deserved reputation for not caring about the hunt because the park makes too much money other ways that the hunt is considered a mandantory negative for staff. I know they have tried to reverse this the past few hunts but it doesn't help when government hunters are brought in to kill the exotics enmass...TPWD really put the screws to the native texan public Hunter when they went to the online system and offering limited hunting opportunities.


Its dramatically down from what it used to be, especially the archery category, I have the old books and can prove it.


Edited by bossbowman (08/17/18 08:31 AM)

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