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Drawn in Texas - Neches NWR #8398619 09/26/21 11:35 PM
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Drew the December Neches River NWR - Dead Water Unit buck only hunt.

Looking back I’m not entirely sure why I applied for this hunt. But what they hey, first draw in Texas.

Anybody hunted this one. Looks like thick River bottom forest. Not a tree stand guy, so going to do a little more looking into it before I pay for my tag. Have a busy season already. May not make it over there.

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Re: Drawn in Texas - Neches NWR [Re: Fitzwho] #8398699 09/27/21 01:06 AM
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If I am not mistaken this is the first year it’s been hunted. I live about 45 minutes from there. It’s not an easy hunt for sure.

Re: Drawn in Texas - Neches NWR [Re: Fitzwho] #8398744 09/27/21 01:46 AM
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I had a customer years ago that spent a week every November camping on the Neches below Palestine. He made his own pirogue, only took his handmade bow and arrows, and lived off the land, he said he always got a deer. He was a cool old dude. He was a Vietnam vet and worked as a mercenary for years after the war. He’s the kind of man that would survive anything and was a great mechanic. I met him every week at the liquor store by lake Palestine to pick up his parts to repair. I always bought him a case of Tecate when we met up. He helped me out with several projects at my house when I needed a hand. I hope he’s still alive. I’ve been out of east Tx a long time.

Re: Drawn in Texas - Neches NWR [Re: Fitzwho] #8398883 09/27/21 03:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Fitzwho
Drew the December Neches River NWR - Dead Water Unit buck only hunt.

Looking back I’m not entirely sure why I applied for this hunt. But what they hey, first draw in Texas.

Anybody hunted this one. Looks like thick River bottom forest. Not a tree stand guy, so going to do a little more looking into it before I pay for my tag. Have a busy season already. May not make it over there.


I spent a day there recently as my hog hunting place we call "The Pig Farm" is not too far from there. https://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/8342531 I have two leases I can deer hunt on, so I did not put in for the deer hunt. I was disappointed I did not draw one of the squirrel hunts though. Lots of forest. Not overly overgrown. Trails and closed roads throughout that are easy to navigate. In fact I got the feeling that is going to be the main purpose or use by the public for this NWR. The only way to get to the river within the refuge is at least a one or two mile hike, but it's an easy hike. I think the dead water is the north area were I was. It is a relatively new NWR therefore there is still a lot of land designated for it that has not been acquired yet and most of it is not open to vehicle access. I think this is the first drawn hunt there so there may or may not be some legal bucks on the place, but I am leaning to the may be more than may not. I did see a few does during my flooded water paddle deeper into the dead water unit that day. It's a long way coming from Midland and East Texas hunting is always tough, but if your wanting the East Texas hunting experience, this would be a good one. Most East Texas hunting is tough all around compared to west and central texas and done more for the experience IMHO, but I do enjoy it myself now and then to change things up. I see this one is not taking standby spots so like many east texas draws I suspect there will be a few that don't show, so you would likely have a very low pressure hunt. If you do go, be sure to bring more Tequila.

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Good luck sir

Re: Drawn in Texas - Neches NWR [Re: Fitzwho] #8403620 10/01/21 08:05 PM
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This is the first year that anyone hunts this NWR, therefore it's history! I encourage you to hunt it this year, be one of the first people to hunt it.

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