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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby SKFOOTER » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:27 pm

And TWRA could very well penalize the individual whose name is on the card they draw in the second drawing if they don’t acknowledge their name when its called. That could be a real possibility.
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby tickweed » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:22 am

l just dont think twra legally can make a person or group take a blind, nor fix up a blind. that's like drawing a quota deer hunt, then not going. l guess draw alternate groups.
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby Gad Father » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:06 pm

When the drawing nears the end and your card is pulled and you don't want any of the blinds left you can decline. The blinds that are not spoken for will be on a first come first serve basis.
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby SKFOOTER » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:25 pm

Gad Father wrote:When the drawing nears the end and your card is pulled and you don't want any of the blinds left you can decline. The blinds that are not spoken for will be on a first come first serve basis.

Is this an official TWRA reply?
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby RUGER » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:26 pm

Gad Father wrote:When the drawing nears the end and your card is pulled and you don't want any of the blinds left you can decline. The blinds that are not spoken for will be on a first come first serve basis.

First come first serve at the drawing?


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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby Dodge Man » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:46 pm

Gad Father wrote:When the drawing nears the end and your card is pulled and you don't want any of the blinds left you can decline. The blinds that are not spoken for will be on a first come first serve basis.


If someone is not drawn for a blind. Most likely the blind will not be in a hunt able condition come hunting season. Most of the lower blinds need new floors and possibly roofs along with brush. Nobody will do that if they don’t hold a card for the blind. The state definitely is not going to make the blinds in hunting condition.


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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby Gad Father » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:58 pm

My hunting partner is part of TWRA and he is in charge of one of the drawings he said that you could decline a blind with no penalty. The blind or blind spot if there is not a blind will be available the morning of the hunt at a first come first serve basis.
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby SKFOOTER » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:19 pm

So if a blind spot is not claimed at the drawing how can someone legally hunt it if they get there first during the season ? Doesn’t a blind have to be in place for the spot to be legally hunted?
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby RUGER » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:31 pm

SKFOOTER wrote:So if a blind spot is not claimed at the drawing how can someone legally hunt it if they get there first during the season ? Doesn’t a blind have to be in place for the spot to be legally hunted?

Check my question in the twra forum


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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby Dodge Man » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:51 pm

RUGER wrote:
SKFOOTER wrote:So if a blind spot is not claimed at the drawing how can someone legally hunt it if they get there first during the season ? Doesn’t a blind have to be in place for the spot to be legally hunted?

Check my question in the twra forum


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Making the left over blind sites wade in or boat blind for the season doesn’t seem like a good idea. It could cause some argument at places like Gooch.

At places like Tigrett most of the blinds require one main boat in the river. Then you have to pull a 2nd boat over the levee and go several hundred yards to the blinds. Nobody will go through all the trouble of a 2nd boat and lots of decoys to hunt one day.

On top of that most of the sites at Tigrett have some type of blind already. It could need work and for sure will need brush.


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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby SKFOOTER » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:39 pm

Exactly my point.
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby elk » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:31 am

I don't mind having 2 drawings but don't like leaving the less desirable blinds open to first come first serve. While I know there are many people who don't want to put in the work of getting a garhole huntable (myself included), there are groups still praying for their names to be drawn at the end of every draw just to have a place to hunt they can call their own for the season. In my opinion, there should be some alternate groups drawn or a third drawing for the "leftovers".
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby Dodge Man » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:45 am

elk wrote:I don't mind having 2 drawings but don't like leaving the less desirable blinds open to first come first serve. While I know there are many people who don't want to put in the work of getting a garhole huntable (myself included), there are groups still praying for their names to be drawn at the end of every draw just to have a place to hunt they can call their own for the season. In my opinion, there should be some alternate groups drawn or a third drawing for the "leftovers".


I agree, leaving the less desirable blinds open to first come is either going to end up in some people camping out to keep a spot. Or who knows what else . Places like Gooch you can not normally boat blind hunt but if a blind spot is not taken people can boat blind hunt that spot. What if they hunt the opposite side of the hole and get too close to other blinds. I can just see several issues coming out of this.


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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby BlackEagle1 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:35 pm

If they are boat hunting the spot where the blind is supposed to be they shouldn’t be on the opposite side of the hole. Any spot worth camping for will have a blind I imagine.
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby elk » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:39 pm

Many of the holes where I hunt are not huntable if no one does anything with the old blind and/or cuts out the hole. Granted most places that this would be an issue are not very desirable but a place to set up shop is something. Hopefully they will get a group in every blind.
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby drake799 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:46 pm

I would imagine every blind site would have someone held accountable for it. But these days who knows lol
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby scn » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:59 pm

drake799 wrote:I would imagine every blind site would have someone held accountable for it. But these days who knows lol


Blind sites have never really had anyone "held accountable". By Rule, if a group that chose a blind did not have it hunt worthy and brushed by a certain date in October, it was taken away from them and the first alternate could build/brush it if they wanted it. There were no repercussions to the first group for the next year's draw if they had their blind taken away. It should be the same way this year, except from information posted by TWRA it looks like there may not be alternates.
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby drake799 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:14 pm

I know a group that didn’t do anything to a site one year and they weren’t allowed to draw at that particular draw the next year
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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby scn » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:54 pm

drake799 wrote:I know a group that didn’t do anything to a site one year and they weren’t allowed to draw at that particular draw the next year


You may very well be correct and I may be wrong. The Rule was revised in 2018, and may have changed from when I was dealing with it. Here is the current Rule:

https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rul ... 180903.pdf

It now does state that if the blind permittee or sign-ons fail to build the blind, they can be banned from drawing the next year.

I see nothing in the rule that requires anyone that is drawn to have to take a blind.

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Re: Proposed changes to this years hand held duck blind draw

Postby RUGER » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:07 am

I guess IF we get drawn twice we will take a spot (gar hole) if it already has a blind in place. If not, we will just go to the house.
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