The whitetailed deer “rut” – also known as breeding season – kicks off across much of Texas this month, triggering increased movement of deer as bucks pursue does, often with a reckless single-mindedness that short-circuits the animal’s natural wariness.
This is good news for the state’s 600,000 or so deer hunters, many of whom will head afield for the Nov. 2 opening of Texas’ general deer season. Increased deer movement means increased chances of a successful hunt.
It is not good news for the state’s 15.1 million licensed drivers, thousands of whom over the coming months will have their own encounters with some of the state’s 3.6 million whitetails. These encounters usually turn out badly for both parties.
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