TPWD predicts outstanding year for deer hunters
With deer season underway, hunters across Texas can enjoy what the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expects to be a great year for deer.
The TPWD estimates 5.3 million white-tailed deer in the state.
“Good fawn production this year should help maintain the overall population and provide an abundance of deer for hunters to pursue,” said Alan Cain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s white-tailed deer program leader, in a press release. “We’ve seen a slow but steady growth in the statewide population over the last 15 years, particularly in areas such as the Hill Country, Oak Prairies and portions of the Cross Timbers.”
South Texas counties will have a four-day antler-less deer season from Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Those counties include Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Waller, Washington and Wilson, along with Goliad, Jackson, Victoria and Wharton counties north of U.S. Highway 59 and Comal, Hays and Travis counties east of IH-35.
Despite a reportedly slow start to the archery season, cooler temperatures should lead to an above average harvest as open season continues.
“I’m hearing of some exceptional bucks being harvested including an incredible 214 gross Boone and Crockett score low-fenced buck from La Salle County,” said Cain. “I’ve talked to a number of hunters and landowners who have been scouting at their lease or hunting property for the upcoming general season and are reporting good antler quality as well.
The season runs to Jan. 5, 2020, in north Texas and Jan. 19, 2020 in south Texas. There will also be a late youth-only season from Jan. 6-19, 2020.
For additional regulations and scheduled events, visit tpwd.texas.gov.