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Posted by lbenton on May 08, 2003 at 15:46:28:
In Reply to: Question about checking the cuts. posted by naker on May 08, 2003 at 15:12:00:
There are very few secrets in Val Verde County. The most popular localities are thoroughly hunted and well documented. On Juno road, 163, the famous S curves (there are 2, an upper and lower) are found south of bakers crossing. A lot of animals have been taken on these two sets of cuts, but in my opinion it is as much a part of focused effort as it is anything else. However, that part of the road south from Bakers Crossing is proven. I personally hunted Juno Road about 4 – 5 miles either side of Bakers in the past, but have not been on it in several years with any real effort there.
On hwy 277 I tend to stay south of town, down to the blinking light at 377 (past that and you will be making frequent stops or U turns at a border patrol checkpoint…. Not the best plan). However you can find them all the way up past the county line north of town.
Hwy 90, People have had really good luck near the Pecos River Bridge through the town of Langtry and out West well into Terrell County. I had a personal favorite cut on the far west side past the Pumpville Road (it was where I found my first Alterna). There is also the dirt road heading north out of Langtry, and many have been taken about 5 miles north on it. But I do not care for it myself, too many times I have watched them park a train across the road all night. It would suck to have drive 100 miles out of your way when you are already tired to just get back to your hotel.
The thing to do, if you are not familiar with the road is to look at during the day. Make note of the cuts in prime habitat, that are part of a large hill or rock outcropping. They are the ideal places to focus efforts. Also, you might want to take a peak at Herping the Trans-Pecos. Many people find Hollister strange, I prefer eccentric.. he has been out there a long time and has a lot of experience to share. Also, look at the breeders pages, many of them advertise very specific locality data and it can be found on a map.