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#429524 - 09/15/08 08:31 PM Chaparral WMA
Lone Ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 1272
Loc: Irving, Texas
I have been applying for the gun deer either sex hunt on Chaparral WMA since 1989 and finally just got drawn for the hunt in January!

I was just wondering if anyone else has hunted there before and what you thought of it and what the place is like. I understand that it is one of the best WMA's to get drawn for if you are looking for a "trophy" buck. I am really excited about finally being drawn.

Any info would be appreciated.


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#429525 - 09/15/08 08:40 PM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 6699
Loc: Bandera, Tx
Drawing the chap is like winning the lottery. Hunted dove, quail and javelina there.I think they had a big fire there last year so I don't know what its like now, but when I was there it was very thick and everything had thorns. Some really big deer there. Good luck

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#429526 - 09/15/08 09:04 PM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: don k]
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Registered: 07/24/07
Posts: 693
I have only hunted quail, but the deer mounts are very nice that they have. All from deer they recovered that hunters never found. Apparently they are very willing to help you track your animal, which can be very difficult in that country, but most people dont know and dont ask. I saw a very nice buck during quail season last yr. Hold out for a big one if you can.


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#429527 - 09/15/08 11:38 PM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
FeederHelperGuy Offline
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Registered: 07/15/08
Posts: 147
Loc: Texas
Great hunting. No feed is allowed so break out and dust off any secrets you have such decoys, scent lures, rattling antlers, etc. Hold off for a mature animal, the recent fire should make for some good antlers if they got the rain to back it up. Find a water hole. Good luck

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#429528 - 09/16/08 10:08 AM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: FeederHelperGuy]
dove_buster Offline
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Registered: 07/24/07
Posts: 693
You can scout the area using google earth etc to find good funnel's/ponds etc to hunt.


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#429529 - 09/16/08 11:06 AM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: dove_buster]
Lone Ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 1272
Loc: Irving, Texas
Yes, I know they had a fire this past spring. I talked to them by phone and they said everything has come back beautifully, that they have had a lot of rain and everything is green and you would have to look hard to even know that they had a fire.

They also said that they expect a really good year for deer as they have seen a lot of good bucks. Needless to say, I am pretty excited!!!!


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#429530 - 09/17/08 10:50 AM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
Lone Ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 1272
Loc: Irving, Texas
I can't believe that of all the people on the THF that no one has ever deer hunted on the Chaparral WMA. Any information at all about the place would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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#429531 - 09/17/08 12:14 PM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
FeederHelperGuy Offline
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Registered: 07/15/08
Posts: 147
Loc: Texas
Hi LOne Ranger, I did reply and have deer hunted there with a bow. It is a true hunt and not shooting fish in a fish bowl. It will be a challenge, but a great hunt. Go prepared to hunt for your trophy and don't expect your trophy to come to you. I usually hunt over feeders and this won't be the case at the Chapperel. Enjoy your journey.

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#429532 - 09/17/08 03:06 PM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: FeederHelperGuy]
Huntalot Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/09/05
Posts: 195
Lone Ranger,

I hunted there during the gun deer either sex hunt in December 2006. I hunted the East Guajolote (sp?) unit. It is a GREAT hunt. However, as the poster before said, don't underestimate how difficult it is. My dad and I picked a unit that had deer sign all over it. You will get a letter that says you can scout the afternoon prior to the hunt if you come and sight in your rifle. During scouting, I saw 2 giant deer (150+ class deer) from a range of 40 yards the day prior to the hunt. I saw a TON of deer during the hunt and none of them were remotely close in size to these 2 MONSTERS. That is why it is called hunting. The terrain is real thick. Here are my tips for you.

1. Find Brandon (he is a biologist) and get some help from him on the unit to select. You select in the order you were drawn.
2. An escort will take you in on your first day. Ask the escort if they really know your unit. If they don't, ask another escort for recommendations. Our escort did not know our unit and I learned much more on day 2 asking someone else. Literally ask them what stand they would sit in if they were hunting.
3. Hunt ALL Day. Enough said. Take your lunch.
4. If you bring a portable stand, make sure it is on a tripod and put it at an intersection of 2 senderos with the most deer sign. Make sure you watch all 4 directions. Put a tremendous amount of camo on your tripod. I spooked a deer (not a shooter) due to lack of sufficient camo on the tripod.
5. The deer RUN across the senderos. Be ready with a grunt call or whistle to get them to stop so you can shoot. Many will cross and you won't have time if you don't have a call to stop them.
6. The escort told me that their hunters RARELY kill or see deer watching a water hole. Not sure why but that is what he told us.
7. There are two 640 acre sections that are high fenced by themselves. No one hardly hunts in these sections because they are small (relative to the rest of the property). After the hunt was over, the mgr of the Chap told us the biggest deer was in 1 of these sections (the section on the NW corner of the ranch - forgot the name)
8. WMA mgr told us to sit in a fence corner and watch down the fencelines in the middle of the day. Deer will roam out. Need a bipod in this case. Dad did this and saw several deer. Just not the right deer.
9. We camped in the tent section. They have a very nice/clean restroom. The ground area is sandy. If you can deal with this, it is a good place to camp and very affordable.

There are some fabulous deer there, but the hunt is very difficult. If you hit the rut right, you have a great chance. However, it got warm the first 2.5 days for us and deer movement was minimal. Put it this way, 6 deer were killed out of 23 hunters. 3 of those deer fit the cull guidelines (7 points or less). 3 of those deer were what I would call "trophies" (all were 130 class deer). Killing or seeing a great deer is not a given (I saw 3 great deer - all while I was scouting before the hunt began). It is a matter of timing the rut (that has been later 2 of the last 3 years).

If you want to know more information, PM me. It was a great hunt and I would do this again in a heartbeat. However, it will probably be 20 years before I get drawn (if ever).

Post up on how you do. We would love to hear it.

Wes


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#429533 - 09/17/08 05:05 PM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Huntalot]
Lone Ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 1272
Loc: Irving, Texas
Thanks Huntalot for all the information. It was very helpful and I will try my best to follow your advise. It is a long time until we go, but I will post results at the end of January. Thanks again for the info.


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#429534 - 09/17/08 06:44 PM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
batman Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 494
I got drawn for the Jan. hunt @ 5 yrs ago. The bucks had absolutly no interest in does. I only saw two mature bucks and I shot one. There were a lot of bucks shot. Most people just planted in one spot and stuck with it. As was said before get with a staff member who seems interested. I began with an employee who was just wanting to gripe about his job and give me a quick look around. After BSing with a biologist he told me a field in my pasture always attracted deer. I hunted day 3 on the edge of this field and saw a lot of deer and one mature buck, too dark to judge horns. Day 4 killed a good 19" inside spread 10 point by watching back in the brush away from the field out of a tripod. Sorry so long, just talk to the staff and listen listen listen!


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#429535 - 09/25/08 08:25 AM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
TurkeyWhisperer Offline
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Registered: 01/28/08
Posts: 583
Loc: Aledo, Tx
I have never hunted Chaparral, but I saw it last weekend from the road while driving by on my way to a hog hunt. It looked very "deer-y" to me. I could see several tower stands in the distance that were all at 4way intersections of small senderos (dirt roads. Looks like a great place. Congratulations and good luck!

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#429536 - 09/25/08 01:20 PM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
fishhuntgolfgeek Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 968
Loc: The Metromess
I hunted the Chap on a Javelina hunt about 5 or 6 years ago..I can't remember the exact year. But what Huntalot says about the WMA is correct. It is a high fenced WMA and my recommendation is to bring the highest tripod stand you can haul. There are some permanent elevated stands at the Chap but you'll be better off bringing your own. (If you look around with binoculars you'll see elevated stands all directions on surrounding properties). It is high brush and you'll have to be elevated to see in any direction. Put your stand along fencelines/dirt roadways and watch for deer crossing them. I saw a few nice cull bucks on my Javelina hunt but of course couldn't shoot them. It is a great draw hunt and good luck. I'm jealous and would love to hunt the WMA again.

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#429537 - 09/26/08 09:44 AM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
Lone Ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 1272
Loc: Irving, Texas
I really appreciate all the replies, I will definitely be taking a portable tripod with me. Can't wait!!!


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#429538 - 09/26/08 11:09 AM Re: Chaparral WMA [Re: Lone Ranger]
Crazyhorse Offline
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Registered: 11/05/04
Posts: 16474
Loc: Azle, Texas
Everybody has passed on great advice, one thing they did not mention, and I have not hunted down there since 2003 or 2004, is to make sure of your target, and don't be surprised if some illegal game walks out in front of you.

By Illegal Game, I mean Illegal Immigrants.

Since many of the interior roads were paved, it appeared to me the last time I hunted down there that there was a lot more traffic in Illegals crossing the WMA.

In fact the last morning of the last hunt I was on down there, 3 Illegals stepped right out in front of the muzzle of my hunting partners rifle at about 10 yards.

They just looked around at him, smiled and waved and took off into the next patch of brush.

The Chap is one of my most favorite parts of Texas.


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