Texas Deer Hunting

The season for Texas deer hunting is in full swing. The bucks have entered the rut and now is the perfect time to bag a trophy and fill your freezer with fresh venison. Texas deer hunting is as much a part of the culture as ranching, cowboys and the Republic of Texas itself. Each year more than 650,000 hunters take to the field and harvest one-half million whitetails.

Texas Deer Hunting
Texas White-tailed Deer

I was fortunate to spend five days before Thanksgiving near Sonora, Texas to try my luck. Although I did not harvest an animal, I was presented many opportunities. I had specific criteria for the buck I was looking for and I came very close to selecting one. In the end I chose not to pull the trigger, but that did not diminish the experience. I saw many, many good deer and other wildlife during my time in the stand over 5 days.

Texas Deer Hunting
Jumping the Fence

A strong Arctic airmass settled over Central Texas on the second day of the hunt, and the morning temperature dropped to 28 degrees F. Fortunately this time of year, clear skies prevailed after the frontal passage. The days were warm and sunny with brilliant blue sky and low humidity.

Texas Deer Hunting
This guy almost got put to sleep!

 

Along with the search for a suitable buck, there are Rio Grande Turkey, exotics, and wild hogs that can become part of the quest. Other wildlife includes many species of birds, snakes, jack and cottontail rabbits, skunks and the diminutive gray fox.

Texas Deer Hunting
A gray fox
Texas Deer Hunting
White-tailed deer and an Indian Blackbuck doe
Texas Deer Hunting
White-tailed deer and Indian Blackbuck doe
Texas Deer Hunting
Jumping In
Texas Deer Hunting
Rio Grande Turkeys
Texas Deer Hunting
Rio Grande Turkeys
Texas Deer Hunting
Close up Rio Grande Turkey

Once the Thanksgiving Turkey has been enjoyed by all I’ll make another trip before the season ends. While I may or may not choose to bring home the venison, and regardless of the outcome of the hunt, It will be an experience that I’ll enjoy. The kill may be the culmination of the hunt, but it only counts for a small portion of the experience. I have included some images. Perhaps I’ll follow up this post with another on how to prepare a healthy and tasty venison dish.

1 Comment

  • Kasey

    November 24, 2016 at 20:20 Reply

    Nice!

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