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 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...
The extended procession sprinkled with tinges of orange guardedly steps among crop stubble as a pair of wiggling pups bashfully scuttle along terrain flocked with patches of white. In an instant, what appears to be a spacious grin on one pointer’s face is replaced by a reserved stare as the...
The going rate for prime hunting real estate in Texas is just that – with prices continuing to rise for a variety of reasons and no real end in sight as to just how high they might escalate. With that in mind, few things in this world compare with a...
It’s about to be big buck time across Texas, something that should have you spending as many hours in the field as possible, no matter where you call home. The Lone Star State has long had the largest population of white-tailed deer in the country, but the only thing that...
This deer season may not be one for the overall record books, but in Texas that type of prognostication isn’t dire. In fact, even in what biologists and land managers would term an “average” or even “below average” season, we’ve still got some great hunting opportunities. The Lone Star State...
Revelations this week by Texas wildlife officials that more than 200 white-tailed deer were euthanized at a South Texas hunting ranch with a deer breeding operation highlight the threat of chronic wasting disease and the no-holds barred effort to keep it from creeping into the state. Texas Parks and Wildlife...