Biologists, land managers and hunters knew this was going to be a tough deer season on many levels in Texas. Severe drought dating to last year has sucked life out of the state’s resources, drying up water supplies and leaving choking dust in its wake.
Heading into the summer, most outlooks said hunting was going to be average. Heading into the fall, most of the same folks said it simply was going to be bad.
However, as we head into winter, the forecast that once looked bleak has turned out to have more bark than bite when it comes to the health of our deer herds. While the season may not even end up being average by some hunters’ standards, it certainly isn’t as grave as what had been predicted.
Heading into the late summer and early fall, most areas of the Rolling Plains and Edwards Plateau looked desolate, with little vegetation and even fewer water sources. However, deer seemingly again have proved their resilience by finding and making do with whatever forage they could.