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Posted by lbenton on May 08, 2003 at 14:57:40:
In Reply to: Question about checking the cuts. posted by naker on May 08, 2003 at 14:36:52:
: I plan on spending most of my time on 163 and 189. It looks good on a map....LOL! I'also plan on driving 277. I like picking a road and sticking with it. You have much better odds thet way. I'm going to try and get there befor dark so that I could check out the country first. I'm realy getting excited about this trip. I like a good challenge. I know herps are far and between there. A lot of country to cover and so little time. I plan on staying in Del Rio. In checking the cuts is there an easement you can walk. I don't want to tresspass on private property. I don't want to be mistaken as a drug carrier or illegal and get shot....LOL! Any one else going out this weekend? I'll be driving a 2003 Silverado Wht x-cab. We can share what we are seeing out. Later! John .
The easement is good for walking on all public roads. I personally have not heard of anybody being run over or anything while walking, so dare I say it safe too. Hwy 163/Juno is a good, well documented road for anything out west you may be looking for. Traffic tends to be fairly light on 163 in my opinion. Some people have had better luck on it than others, mine personally has been about average. 277/Loma when the bridge was out was a Godsend, no traffic and perfect habitat, now it is good for walking, but traffic makes anything from the car tough. Hwy 90/Langtry has better shoulders and visibility than 277, but I just like the animals on 277 and Juno better. Still have not collected a 277 animal personally, but that is not because they are rare. Hwy 189, we got bored and hunted it one year a couple of nights, saw a respectable quantity of snakes, but nothing more spectacular than a couple of Lepidus (1 DOR). I assume Alterna can be found there, I just have no judgment on how frequently.
Pick your spot and work the heck out of it, do not let boredom run you off. Be persistent, Be consistent. Hunt late and stay on one locality, do not leap frog. Frequently the one animal you see the whole trip is the one you were looking for. That is my 2 cents.
Do you know where the popular turn-around spots are for 163? I think most folks stay within 4 - 5 miles either side of Bakers Crossing / Devils River Bridge.