Trinity River - Brierwood Number of Permits - 32 Number of Hunt Dates: 2 Number of Permits Per Hunt Date: 16 Total Area: Approximately 1,440 Acres Min. Distance From Trails/Roads/Boundary Lines/Etc.: 100 Yards Min. Distance Between Hunting Parties: 200 Yards
Total Legal Hunt Area: Approximately 885 Acres
The "RED" outline is the entire hunt area (Approx. 1,440 acres) Now, I've taken a map of the area and mapped the "legal" hunting area out - that is the "YELLOW" areas. By legal hunting area, I mean the area that you can actually hunt in, taking into consideration min. distance from the boundary line, trails, etc.. I do this because the map is used by my GPS so I know when I'm in the "yellow" area - just makes ensuring I'm in a legal hunt area easy There are basically 6 areas within the whole zone that one can legally hunt (well really 5, but I broke off that 0.5 Acre to show how small the area between the trails at the start is - because you know some lazy person is going to want to hunt as close as possible to their parking spot LOL). The size of those areas (from largest to smallest) are as follows:
You bet - always nice to have an idea of the size of the hunting area. The map they provide is about worthless. I'll pinpoint my hunting spots this season after I'm done and let everyone know it went. Hopefully, it'll be an area people want to go to (if they get drawn for this hunt some other year) and not one they want to avoid LOL.
I would reconsider telling people your spots. I'm generally pretty free with recommending spots I've used in private messages. But if you post them on here it's a good way to get that spot overloaded and ruined. Especially if a guy that doesn't know now what he's doing gets in there and ruins it for everyone. You do what you like. Like I said I'm not a super secretive guy, but I try to control the availability of the information.
I mean normally I wouldn't tell people my hunting spots, if it was like an open hunting area (like Sam Houston or Davey Crockett) - then every Joe Schmoe with a rifle is going to show up and I'll have to find a new spot. My thoughts on this one though were that you can't hunt it unless you win a draw and what are the odds of me winning a draw for the same area again anytime soon? I doubt they'll ever increase the number beyond the current 32 (or 10 for Mcguire, my other win) draw winners every year hunting it and odds are that I'm not going to be one of the 32 most years. So, I was kind of considering this as more of a public service announcement concerning an area that I either had luck or didn't have luck in during my draw year - you know, to kind of give the few other draw winners next year and beyond some valuable information about a place they aren't going to get to hunt often. Was just my thoughts on it. But you still make a good point, maybe I'll just keep that information in PM.
I agree with you 100%, that's why I like giving information to THF members in PM. If a guy scouts hard and finds a good spot because he put the work in and shows up to find 3 "Google warriors", that put no work in, sitting in the middle of an opening looking at facebook, it could really ruin getting a coveted tag with only 32 openings. I assume that most of the members on this website are willing to put in some work. I guarantee next year if you google "Trinity River - Brierwood" this thread will come up. Those are the people I would prefer not see the locations. I'll absolutely follow up after the hunt with some tips in this thread about the conditions, deer populations, movement, etc. I'm not sure if this will be a coveted tag, but here's hoping.
I spoke with the people at the refuge today to try and get some information on the hunts. They did say everything is pretty thick, so it will be difficult to find a good clearings. They also said a lot people haven't paid. I also confirmed no stand by availability or 2nd draws on these hunts. They said they anticipate less than 50% of the people that drew will show up based off of this. They said roughly only 50% of the payments have been made for the permits.
Thick brush doesn't bother me too much, it's the wading through standing water or mud that annoys the piss out of me LOL.
But man, that is good news about people not paying for their permits. Assuming each area is equally lacking in permit purchases - it'll be closer to only 5 people hunting Mcguire (2-3 each hunt period) and 16 at Brierwood! Woot! And with the Page closed, that's basically 16 people - or around 8 during each hunt period - for an area that exceeds 3,000 acres (even though you can't technically hunt on the Page area - invisible lines don't stop deer). Hopefully, they don't all last minute pay for their permits today/tomorrow. And with no standbys... these draw wins were already looking good, but they're looking better every day - we may have scored some pretty sick draws. I mean with the tag count they are handing out for these areas, there has to be a good deer population and now fewer people hunting them... I can hardly wait another month
I agree. They said they won't give out any prior hunt statistics because they don't want tons of people calling. But it sounded like they have good deer populations. But with a lot of thick brush visibility may be tough.
That certainly sounds promising. Hopefully, the trees aren't thin little sticks - those small ones that sway back and forth in the wind scare the sh$t out of me if I get too high in the climbing tree stand. I normally limit myself to 10 - 15 ft on those twigs... if they got some nice big trees though, I'll move on up to 20 - 25 ft ...makes that brush hunting a lot easier.
I'm cautiously optimistic about it. Hasn't been hunted in since 2018, great location to produce good dear, and the small number of hunters. The only downside is they offer squirrel hunts before november. Hopefully they don't run anything out.
I'm actually this "-" close to putting in for those Trinity River muzzleloader hunts and buying a muzzleloader. Almost bought one last year because I wanted to hunt in Jan. but I got too busy. I bet the odds of winning the muzzleloader hunt dates for Trinity River are pretty good.