deer

There is some very good news coming from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and it centers on the fact that white-tailed deer are in good condition, with above-average numbers of mature bucks in the herd. That translates into better trophy potential than last season, and more venison for the freezer.

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Saturday, Nov. 3, is one of the most anticipated days of the entire year. On that morning at first light, Texas deer and waterfowl seasons open. It’s a day when many of the estimated 500,000 deer hunters head out with rifles in hand looking to tag a big buck. It’s also the morning when thousands of waterfowl hunters will lock and load to begin what could be one of the best seasons we’ve had in many years. But the big question is this – just how good will our deer and duck hunts be?

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For those of you who haven’t heard, there has been a proposal brought forth that would effect Texas whitetail deer regulations. Scott Vaca of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin verified the proposal in response to an e-mail that I sent to him. It has been proposed that it to be legal for licensed whitetail deer breeders to slaughter and sell whitetail deer meat. The average hunter or rancher will be excluded from this proposal. Only the elite will be able to sell for meat the animals that were once the property of the Texas taxpayers and hunting license holders.

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