Deer

News, articles, updates and commentary about deer hunting in Texas

Texas is home to millions of acres of excellent wildlife habitat, providing exceptional hunting from the Red River to the Rio Grande. The rub for many hunters, however, is the sheer fact that the majority of that land is inaccessible, resting squarely in private hands and open only to...
Deer hunting in Texas is more than just a barrage of camouflage. For many folks deer hunting is life, and from Amarillo to Brownsville north to south and Texarkana to El Paso east to west, it’s easy to see why. It’s big business. It’s time-honored tradition. It’s family time. It’s a three-month season that...
The dusty breeze tickled the tops of spindly mesquites and thick bunch grass as I descended the steps of the tower stand. At the bottom, the icy chill of the late November morning hit me square in the face as binoculars were raised for what seemed like the 100th time. The...
It’s hard to get biologists and land managers to utter words such as “extraordinary,” “outstanding” or “spectacular” when discussing the Texas deer outlook. However, those terms certainly are applicable this fall and winter, and in the minds of some deer experts, the forecast has never been better. Here’s what you...
The Texas deer hunting forecast typically involves little in the way of new developments, but in a state with the largest whitetail population in the country, that’s nothing to fret about. However, the 2016-17 hunting frameworks will feature a number of big changes all aimed at improving access and opportunity,...
He slowly slid the truck door back in place, performed the ritual gear check adopted as habit and started down a rut in the meandering ranch road. The afternoon glow was a welcome departure from the previous two days when frigid north winds and light mist made the last week...
For the second time in as many months, a Texas deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. A free-ranging mule deer buck shot in Hartley County is the newest case, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials, who received confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa. Hartley County is located in...
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission is set to approve multiple deer hunting regulation changes for 2016-17 at its regular March meeting. The proposed regulation changes include: Elimination of the antlerless and spike-buck control permit Replacing the special late antlerless and spike-buck season and defining an unbranched antlered deer Implementing an archery-only and general white-tailed deer...
Exotics have been a staple on the Texas landscape for roughly a century, with game ranches stocking hundreds of thousands of antelope, deer and other horned critters of all shapes and sizes. In most cases, the exotics are welcome for the thousands of dollars per head they can bring via...
Chronic wasting disease has become a hot-button issue in the Texas white-tailed deer-hunting landscape, and the most recent positive test from a captive deer shot on a release site is only going to heat up the debate. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas Animal Health Commission are said to...