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  1. TexAg09

    Rugged Smart Phones

    Hey everyone, I am looking at getting a new smart phone, and I've been doing some research on "rugged" smart phones that have a level of water resistance/proofing, sealed from dust and some extra shock absorption. Right now I'm looking into a BV9500 Plus and a Doogee S90 Pro. Does anyone have...
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    Stalking Reds on the Texas Coast

    Howdy everyone, I just wanted to let y'all know that Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is organizing a trip to fish for redfish Oct 18-20. That time of year is the peak time for reds, so if you didn't draw the tag you wanted or aren't busy with archery season in TX come get after some bull...
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    DIY Texas Coast - Kayak Fishing Trip Interest?

    Hey everyone, the Texas BHA chapter is looking into organizing a kayak fishing trip on the Texas coast for reds and trout. Fishing for reds are at their peak in October, so we thought this might be an option for people who didn't draw this year. We are looking at possibly Oct 18-20 at Rockport...
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    Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Troutfest, Public Lands Clean Up & Pint Night

    Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Troutfest, Public Lands Clean Up & Pint Night Hey y'all we have a lot of upcoming events all over the state of Texas! I just wanted to invite everyone join us for any or all of the events. February 23-24 - We will be at the Sportsman's Finest booth at...
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    Portable Shed, Poor Man's Wall Tent??

    Hey guys, I'm still a few years off from really needing a wall tent or anything like that, but I've always got my eye out for cheaper items that work but might not be branded for hunting. I saw one of these portable or temporary sheds for pretty cheap, and was wondering if it might work as a...
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    Remington 11-87 12ga Help

    Hey Y'all, I have a Remington 11-87 12ga shotgun, and have started having issues where the third shell will stay stuck in the magazine. It won't feed into the chamber when I'm shooting or when cycling it manually to unload the gun. I have taken the gun apart to get the shell out twice, and it...
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    Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Pint Night

    I hope everyone had a great holiday break. We'd love to hear about your hunting stories from 2018 and share a beer with you! Please come out to Orvis in Austin, TX on January 17th starting 6pm for the Texas BHA Pint Night. https://www.backcountryhunters.org/austin_pint_night_with_orvis
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    Used Truck Sticking Points?

    My company changed their personal use policy on my work truck in December, so I'm slowly/patiently looking to buy a used 4WD crew cab truck within the next year or so for hunting, etc. A few questions I've had are how many miles are too many miles on a used truck? What are your thoughts on a...
  9. TexAg09

    Which gun? Sell it or keep it? Varmint gun decisions

    I have an older Remington 788 in .22-250, and a Ruger M77 Mark II in .223, and I'm trying to decide on what I should do for an all around varmint gun. Both guns are tack drivers. Most shots will be under 300 yards (likely around the 100-150 yard range). It will mostly be used for coyote hunting...
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    I swear he was THIS big! - BHA Storyteller's Night - Austin, TX

    I just wanted to invite everyone out to the Texas Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Storytelling Night on Nov 29th in Austin, TX. I'm really looking forward to it, and it should be a good time. Info can be found at the link below, but feel free to respond or PM me for more info. Only 50 spots are...
  11. TexAg09

    Utah General Season Rifle Mule Deer Recap w/ Pics

    Here's a (maybe not so) quick recap from my general season rifle mule deer hunt in Utah. I also figured I'd talk about a few gear items that stood out as well. I left Texas on Friday around noon, and picked up my buddy (Casey) half way at the Albuquerque airport that night. We drove through the...
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    Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Oct Pint Night

    Hey y'all, I just wanted to welcome anyone and everyone to the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Pint Night on Oct 18th at Mesquite Creek Outfitters in Georgetown, TX. We'll be out there from 6-9pm, but feel free to reach out with any questions. I hope to see you out there...
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    Useful Knots?

    I'm always trying to make sure I'm somewhat prepared for any reasonable situation when I'm packing in a decent ways. In that vein I've realized I only really know how to tie a bowline knot. What are some other useful knots to know for backpack hunting? When/how do you use that particular knot?
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    Dirty Water/ Gummed Up Filter

    Hey guys, on my last scouting trip I came across a seep not far from our planned camping area in red dirt Utah. The only thing is that the water is really dirty and gummed up my Katadyn Hiker Pro pretty quickly. While this is not our only water option it is a lot better than dropping down into a...
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    Mystery Ranch Marshall vs Stone Glacier Sky 5900

    Hey guys, I'm sorry for another backpack post, but I'm having a hard time making up my mind. It's getting crunch time to order any new gear, and I need your help! (Plus my wife said yes, so I don't want to wait in case she changes her mind haha!) I live in TX, so there isn't anywhere close to...
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    Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Pint Night - Austin, TX

    Hey guys, I just wanted to invite everyone to the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Pint Night on August 28th at the Yeti Flagship Store in Austin. It starts at 6pm. It should be a good time! Feel free to PM me or post on this thread with any questions...
  17. TexAg09

    DIY Privacy Fence Help/Tips

    Hey guys, I figured since we're DIY hunters that there are probably more than a few DIY handymen/women lurking around here too. My neighbor and I are replacing our privacy fence, and have agreed to try to do it ourselves and split the material cost.He's done it before, but I haven't. The snag is...
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    Jungle Blanket or Down Blanket for Warm Scouting Trips

    The only sleeping bag I have that is packable, and not some giant coleman bag, is a 15F bag. When I go on scouting trips in the summer I get pretty hot despite leaving the bag unzipped. I'm thinking about using one of the Snugpak Jungle Blankets in lieu of my bag. Has anyone used one of these...
  19. TexAg09

    Gear Storage and Organization

    Since I'll have an extra day this weekend I'm going to clean out and reorganize my gear closet. Do you have any storage or organization tricks that are unique? I'm just trying to see if there is a better way than what I'm already doing. (Which I'm sure there is.) I've just got a closet to work...
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    Handgun Barrel Break In?

    Hey guys, I just bought my first real handgun, but I'm not near as experienced with pistols as I am rifles. (I've got a .22 pistol, but just bought a S&W .357 Mag. I figured I could start out with .38 Special until more comfortable.) I know in rifles there is a break in period for the barrel. Is...
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