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Aransas NWR Archery Hunt #8373960 09/03/21 08:31 PM
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I draw an archery permit for Aransas NWR for October 9 through 17. Did anyone else here draw? I've never hunted there and am looking forward to it.

I would like to take a trip down to scout some and I'm curious as to how the amount of rain we've received this year has the area looking.

I'm fully expecting snakes, gators, mosquitoes, thick brush, tall grass, etc.

Hope y'all have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.

Re: Aransas NWR Archery Hunt [Re: WestTN_TX] #8377469 09/07/21 02:23 PM
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Hunted it last year, I recommend taking a tripod to get off the ground. The mosquitoes are no joke, I have been to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, duck hunting in rice fields, and none of these places compare to the mosquitoes on this place. For some reason the mosquitoes do not get you as bad if you are off the ground. I have an 8 ft aluminum tripod I built, and this was plenty high enough. I only saw hogs, and we didn't hunt very hard because the rest of the people I was with were sitting on the ground and the mosquitoes ate them alive. My dad and brother both saw the same 8 point buck, but passed on it because we saw the monster that was hit on the road outside the park on 35. There are good deer there. Listen to the park people, and look for the older guys who have been there a while and talk to them, they know where to hunt.

Re: Aransas NWR Archery Hunt [Re: WestTN_TX] #8377849 09/07/21 07:50 PM
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I hunted the last December hunt a few years ago. It was in the 40's in the morning, and the mosquitos were still bad in the afternoons. I can't imagine how rough it would be in October. Best of luck though! There's definitely deer in there, and it looks like you get first crack at them!

Re: Aransas NWR Archery Hunt [Re: WestTN_TX] #8377903 09/07/21 08:42 PM
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"The mosquitoes are no joke, . . . ), in fact they are very serious & determined.

Re: Aransas NWR Archery Hunt [Re: WestTN_TX] #8378111 09/08/21 12:09 AM
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Thanks everyone for the feedback and additional information.

Re: Aransas NWR Archery Hunt [Re: WestTN_TX] #8386611 09/16/21 03:15 AM
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I drew this hunt from Oct 9-17th as well, any tips on how to stay clear of the mosquitoes? Is there some kind of repellant yall would recommend?

Re: Aransas NWR Archery Hunt [Re: TheHeadTurkey] #8387212 09/16/21 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by TheHeadTurkey
I drew this hunt from Oct 9-17th as well, any tips on how to stay clear of the mosquitoes? Is there some kind of repellant yall would recommend?

Congrats! I'd say the taller your tripod the better so you can have a better view and hopefully more breeze. Cover as much of your body as you can stand. I know october is warmer, but I'd try and wear light gloves, a light buff/face mask, and a long-sleeve lightweight hooded shirt. I've had pretty good luck with thermocell, but it's not going to keep them all away that's for sure.

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