Deer

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

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,...
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...
Without a doubt, Texas is blessed with the best hunting opportunities in the country. We’ve got the largest white-tailed deer herd in the nation – numbering roughly 4 million in moisture-rich years – and our bird hunting ranging from ducks, geese and doves to pheasants, sandhill cranes and quail offers...
Texas hunting seasons again are almost here, and with a little help from Mother Nature things are looking up for doves, deer, ducks and a host of other wildlife. With that in mind, here is a preview for fall hunting seasons, including the best areas of the state for a variety of...
Deer hunting and hunting in general are big business in Texas, but landowners are reminded that to lease out their tracts for those purposes they must have a hunting lease license, which must be renewed yearly. The owner of a hunting lease or the landowner’s agent may not receive pay...