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Balcones Canyonlands NWR #8417903 10/14/21 03:17 PM
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My son got picked for this deer hunt. Has anyone been there and what is your expert advise? Where is the best place to stay around there?


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Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8417984 10/14/21 03:57 PM
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Congrats on the draw. My nephews drew it as well. It’s been 10 years since I hunted there so I am in the dark as well.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8420517 10/17/21 01:33 AM
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My son and I drew the bow hunt this year. Hunted and scouted our [censored]** off and maaan… We have all of October to hunt, but won’t be back. The 2 units they opened for archery are PATHETIC. You can’t even hunt the biggest unit due to the cedar thickets and everyone started piling up on the smaller one “which held Zero deer”. We just chalked that hunt as a loss but got to see some beautiful country and spent some good time with my boy.
We stayed at the creek side cabins, about 20 min from our units. Good luck, I’ve heard the rifle hunts are a little more put together.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8421144 10/17/21 01:42 PM
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Sorry to hear about the Hunt conditions at this location as I had considered putting in for a Gun Hunt here simply to go see something different. Sounds like the time spent with your son was well invested though . Better luck next year.
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Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8421356 10/17/21 05:35 PM
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My buddy and I drew General Deer there last year. We were assigned Unit 4, off CR 284. There were two other groups hunting with us, which each given a defined section of the unit.

We were in the rear of the unit. It was a mixture of heavy brush and tall grass with a stand of trees somewhat in the middle. There were some shooting lanes cutting through the brush. There was deer and pig sign everywhere, especially pig. We scouted the place and felt pretty confident about our chances.

In the end we struck out. I saw two does together but there wasn't a shot. My buddy saw nothing. And that was pretty much it. We talked to the other hunters and they had equal experiences. Given what I've read on other forums, our hunt was par for the course.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8423667 10/19/21 06:51 PM
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My son and I are drawn for a December hunt. I only applied because it is close to where he lives and gives us a chance to hunt together. I have low expectations since it is managed for endangered birds and it is late in the season. Hunted there on the youth hunt a few years back with my daughter. We saw some hogs right after arriving but she didn't feel comfortable with a shot because they were moving so much. Then later saw a couple of average Hill Country 8pts she shot one of those. Only saw 1 one more deer, a spike, the next morning. Some units are definitely better than others and it is more like a random hunt being dropped in a unit without much scouting, though some do have blinds. Now that we're drawn, we wait until we hear what unit we were drawn for...

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8423790 10/19/21 09:11 PM
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We got picked for the youth hunt in November. My son is picked excited. Hopefully, we draw a decent unit, have some good weather and some luck


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Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8426133 10/22/21 03:17 AM
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My son and daughter drew this hunt a few years ago. Any injury kept us from hunting, but one of our close friends hunted it that same time period. The report back was limited deer sightings and the country was just so thick, there was no real opportunity for a shot. They came up empty.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8443352 11/09/21 12:22 PM
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My wife and I hunted the area off 286 a couple years back and the only deer we saw was at a high fence place across from the hunting area.

Re: Balcones Canyonlands NWR [Re: TxDiver] #8449503 11/15/21 09:05 PM
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We had almost the exact experience, but only one doe. As I would say, been there, done that, won't be back.

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