As gumbl3 said they are near impossible odds to draw. Best bet to hunt West Texas mule deer would be pay a guide on private property or trespass fee and do self guided to save some cash.Has anyone here ever had the opportunity to hunt the mule deer hunts in the borderlands of Texas? Big Bend Ranch SP, Elephant Mountain, Black Gap...etc. I'm curious to see if anybody has any success stories of a hunt in that area.
Pretty much sums up my thought on ALL draw hunts from TPWD. How they expect you to be successful with 3-4 days and no scouting is beyond me. Plus having to check in every night and some hunts you cant even apply for by yourself for "safety reasons".I hunted elephant mountain 2 years ago. The hunt is really 4 days and they do not allow any scouting. There are some great deer on these properties but the odds of drawing and super short hunts don't make it worth it. They do not allow camping in the unit and there are allot of stupid rules.
I'm right there with you Felix. Kind of pisses me off that Texas prides itself on being unique and having the spirit of the old west, yet I have to have my hand held by the powers that be on public land when trying to hunt in a way that most symbolizes the western spirit. Drives me nuts.Pretty much sums up my thought on ALL draw hunts from TPWD. How they expect you to be successful with 3-4 days and no scouting is beyond me. Plus having to check in every night and some hunts you cant even apply for by yourself for "safety reasons".
Sorry, not following you...$3 hunt. New country and an opportunity to take a Mulie and elk.
Ya talking about those, Sierra Diabolo, matador, etcSorry, not following you...
You talking about some of the WMA draw hunts mentioned that have some elk? I think those are what we're all frustrated with. Terrible draw odds and hunt format.
I've looked into Lake Meredith a lot more the last week. While it is cool that we have an option here in Texas to just go hunt mule deer, it's still unfortunate that that's all we've got. The very limited options around the state to hunt deer without a bunch of restrictions funnel lots of hunters into those places and most of them aren't big enough or spread out enough to really allow you to get some solitude.
I haven't drawn any of those lol. That's part of what we're talking about. My reference to solitude meant that I can't get a few miles from a road or almost all other people and stay there. If you've drawn hunts out there, then you know better than I do that you get to hunt for the day and then you have to come back to home base and check in with the powers that be. And you can't scout and you only have 3-4 days to fill your tag.Ya talking about those, Sierra Diabolo, matador, etc
It cost 3 dollars to enter the drawing.
I got no complaints. Solitude? Lol which draw hunts did you draw...where you didn't have solitude? If you are hunting from the bathroom of the ranger station, you are right Ain't much solitude there
Hind sight I should probably just shut my mouth and let everyone think Texas Public and draw hunts sux. God forbid you have to burn some boot tread and brake a sweat.
Meredith can be crowded but so are the southern Rockies in CO 2nd rifle season.
I know this thread isn't about whitetails but got drawn for one last year in January. Cool thing about that was it was so far south that they were rutting that week.Wasn't trying to be hostile. It's just aggravating, I know some many that have done well on public including myself, then you read about how bad it is and then some guys won't even apply because of the bad comments when infact there are some great hunts.
From 12' alligators to bighorn sheep and every thing in between
WMA are different then Meredith. Meredith is unique due to location. It's close to the largest city in the panhandle. Which as you know is wide open pairies and crop land.
I look at the WMA as just a cheap vacation from the norm. Places like sierra diablo, are just breathtaking but really really rough country. Seen elk taken of private that border it that scored 380" and mulies in the 180's.
My advice apply to as many as you can and also look at Oklahoma.
Between NM,TX,Okla draws you can hunt from Aug to Jan