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Balcones Canyonlands NWR #7289100
09/17/18 05:12 PM
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Does anyone have any information regarding this location for the upcoming deer hunts?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: Cherokee Mingan] #7289114
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Im guessing you got picked?

That looks like an awesome hunt congrats. I know i wanted that hunt also. Looks fun!!!


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Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: Bigfoot] #7289135
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
Im guessing you got picked?

That looks like an awesome hunt congrats. I know i wanted that hunt also. Looks fun!!!


Yes sir I got picked and thanks. Although, I don't know anything about this area.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: Cherokee Mingan] #7289400
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my daughter drew last year and was in Unit 2. we had a blind so we sat. i think others may have had to bring pop ups or tripods. no corn, so things move through pretty quick. Within 30 minutes of getting in blind, pigs appeared and were gone before she could get steady. saw 3 deer and ended up with a typical hill country 8pt. good times.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: Cherokee Mingan] #7291061
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My son and I drew Nov 16-18. What I've seen on other forums is that the deer numbers are lower than other areas. Evidently we will find out our unit number before the orientation. Scouting and blind set up is the day before. As I understand, we use our existing tags. The NWF is in three counties with different antler restrictions.

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Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: Cherokee Mingan] #7291630
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The areas they allow hunting are widely spread out. So, you may have to wait to make Reservations at a private campground or hotel till you find out what compartment you are hunting. I have been hunted it several times. Some of the compartments have decent deer numbers and some it is very low. I have always enjoyed hunting there. Have fun!

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: Cherokee Mingan] #7292967
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do they require the hunters to take a doe and hog before get a buck? i have read this on some old post on some old forums. Just wondering if they still did this.
do they have any exotics at this place? never been around that area so i don't know. also read that some people were stuck in blinds were others were able to roam their compartments, i guess this is due to pasture size and safty reasons. how is the terrain if it is raining?
debating on going, it's a 5 hour drive one way, my dad and i also drew out, but we have some other places to hunt

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You will have to buy the tag before you know the unit number. Exotics aren't on the list as I remember so even if you see one it's off limits. Don't know if they will require a doe/pig first or not. Deadline for purchase is 25th so we will know units shortly after that, as I understand it.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: okjhutch] #7294898
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Originally Posted By: okjhutch
do they require the hunters to take a doe and hog before get a buck?

They used to have this rule for all hunts except the last one. I think they did away it but they change the rules every year.

Originally Posted By: okjhutch
do they have any exotics at this place?

Yes, but you can't shoot them.

Originally Posted By: okjhutch
how is the terrain if it is raining?

Some of the roads are pretty rough and you need a high clearance vehicle. Some of the roads are not. It's the closest thing to a western style hunt and you need to be prepared to walk and get an animal out that's far from the road.

Originally Posted By: okjhutch
debating on going, it's a 5 hour drive one way, my dad and i also drew out, but we have some other places to hunt

That's up to you but deer hunting in the hill country without bait is pretty tough and the success rates are very low.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: Cherokee Mingan] #7297277
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My daughter drew out last year and shot 1 doe. Tough hunt! Do not remember the unit, but it was wide open country. Not much visability from the ground. Highly recommend a tripod stand if you have one. We walked alot, saw a ton of deer, but mainly with their tails in the air as they were running off.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: Cherokee Mingan] #7298451
09/26/18 09:07 PM
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We drew this year for the 11/30-12/2 hunt. I've heard it's pretty tough hunting depending on what unit you hunt. The weather plays another factor too.

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I've hunted there before about 8 years ago before the state took it over. I was in #2 and had an assigned blind. My wife and I drew out for 11/30-12/2 hunt. I hope to get 2 again as my wife is handicapped and can't walk very far for very long, busted ankle.

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My daughter and son in law are on 11 30 thru 12 2.Just wandering were to camp.I will be there the whole week.Thanks

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Originally Posted By: bullnettle
My daughter and son in law are on 11 30 thru 12 2.Just wandering were to camp.I will be there the whole week.Thanks
Try Turkey Bend Rec Area, there's camping there and it's close to the area.

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We're camping at turkey bend although we may move depending on what unit we get.

Has anyone found out their unit yet? Thought they would come out about the 5th.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: jnd59] #7307192
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Originally Posted By: jnd59
We're camping at turkey bend although we may move depending on what unit we get.

Has anyone found out their unit yet? Thought they would come out about the 5th.
I contacted the management area yesterday to find that out. The person I spoke with advised the names that were picked will go into something like a lottery and will be picked that way. My wife and I have the 11/30-12/02 hunt. She's handicapped so I was hoping to get a unit with stands. She's busted her ankle 8 years ago and it's been fused. Hard to walk on uneven ground. He did say he will make a note of that fact for TPWD when it comes to unit assignment. Good luck.

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Did they say how we will be notified? Email or letter? Will it be from TPWD?
Thks.

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I received our unit assignment. We are in unit 9 hunting November 16-18. If anyone is hunting the youth weekend in that unit I would appreciate any information you can forward after your hunt. If anyone is assigned that unit after our hunt let me know and I will play it forward.

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My wife and I were assigned Unit 12, 11/30-12/02.

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we used Homeaway.com and stayed in Bertram about 10 minutes from unit 2.

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Has anyone ever hunted Area #4? Looks like the county line runs through the middle of it.

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We were assigned Unit 8 for 11/30-12/2.

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My Son and I have 7 for 11/30 - 12/2. Has anyone hunted this area before.

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We have unit 1 any info would be appreciated.

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Greetings, My daughter got drawn for the youth hunt on November 9,10,and 11. She will be hunting in unit 7 section I. Question, does any one know of an RV park close to this unit or the vicinity of the office head quarters? I emailed Lonny Castillo,the game warden and he told me about Turkey Creek Park. I called LCRA to make reservations but the park is for primitive camping only. I've tried google but i would sure hate to book a spot that is 40 miles away and on the wrong side of the unit.I did call one RV park but they informed me that due to the heavy flooding they are having right now that they are evacuating all RVs and not even thinking about making future bookings.I haven't talked to Lonny recently about the hunt. As of now,I'm assuming that the hunt will still go forward for Nov 9-11. Last note for anyone hunting this unit and section in the future.I was told this unit has no blind so bring pop up or such. This unit is accessible by 4x4 vehicle and ATVs are for game retrieval only.A hunter can harvest only (1) 3pt or more deer and possibly a spike buck and then the other 3 must be doe’s.

Thanks to any tips on hunting and assisting on finding an RV spot. HAPPY HUNTING...

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