South Texas hunters are preparing for what’s been predicted as a better than usual deer season. Rifle season kicks off Saturday.
The drought has taken its toll on the deer population, but hunters won’t be disappointed. Despite the drought, hunters say the deer are still out there, and they expect them to be easier targets than ever before.
Deer hunting is a family tradition for Aaron Cravy.
“I was raised up doing this, and I mean my whole family’s done it for years and years,” says Aaron Cravy.
His dad has been taking him deer hunting every season since he was five.
“I’ve toted him on my shoulders,” says David Cravy.
But this year, they’ve noticed the deer moving around in predictable patterns.
“They’re out, down to certain trails, if you’re out on the trails. They go eat, and they go right back and bed up by the watering holes,” says Aaron Cravy.
Capt. Rod Ousley with the Texas Parks and Wildlife says that movement is all because of the drought.
The dry conditions have forced the deer to move around more, searching for food and water. That makes them easier targets for hunters.