Deer

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

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...
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 massive nontypical buck was laying down. Better yet, he was facing away. Best of all, he...
The massive whitetail buck had evaded coyotes when he was a youngster, fought off antlered competitors in his middle years and outwitted a slew of hunters in the fading twilight of his life. However, in the end the monarch was found by ranch hands near a boundary fence parallel...
Chronic wasting disease is not prevalent in Texas, having only been discovered in the remote far western reaches of El Paso and Hudspeth counties, but as with other safety issues, deer hunters again are urged this fall and winter to take precautions to help curb the possibility of outbreaks...
In less than a fortnight, the Texas white-tailed deer season will be upon us. Archery hunters and those armed with Managed Lands Deer Permits have been able to hunt all month, but for hundreds of thousands of folks from the top of Texas to the bottom, the first Saturday sunrise...
Whether you’re hunting deer or hogs or strolling through the woods to admire the fall landscape, you’re in critter country. However, using common sense about the causes of danger and gaining knowledge of how to keep tiny things from developing into life-altering problems are the best line of defense. Ticks...