hunting season

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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Nothing perks up bow hunting for deer like an October cold front. This week’s blast of cold air is exactly what bow hunters in East Texas needed to jumpstart the rut in the Piney Woods. Timely rainfall across much of the state that began during winter 2011 and continued through the first half of this year generated much needed habitat recovery, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists. Those important food sources resulted in increased deer antler growth, improved body conditions and higher fawn production and survival.

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