Texas Deer News

Sixth white-tail deer diagnosed with chronic wasting disease February 5, 2016 Texas, San Antonio Express-News
...  a deer raised and harvested on a ranch in Medina and Uvalde counties has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the sixth case ... The discovery of the disease in captive-bred white-tail deer aggravated a rift between the state’s 1,300 deer breeders, who hold about 160,000 deer on fenced ranches, and other outdoor enthusiasts ...

TPWD Proposing Changes to Deer Hunting Regulations for 2016-17 February 5, 2016 Texas, Brownwood News 
... The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering expanding white-tailed deer hunting into 14 counties across the western Panhandle, and creating additional deer hunting opportunities in East Texas... available for review later this month ...

... Residents reported seeing a large buck roaming around the neighborhood with an arrow in its chest. The wardens found the buck, though it had to be euthanized because its injury was severe. The wardens determined the arrow was a crossbow bolt ...

Game wardens investigate deer poaching in Paris January 29, 2016 Texas, KXII-TV
... poached three deer and left their carcasses near Lake Crook Road earlier this month... around 8:30 Jan. 4 ...

I came upon this hog trap and there were two does trapped inside. I have heard about this type of thing, but never seen it before. This trap does not have a bottom, so I just lifted up one side and they both ran out. They were fine and not hurt, but this shows you a concern when trying to trap hogs. We are starting to see a lot of fence line damage from hogs. - January 28, 2016 Texas


San Antonio, Northside residents worry about deer poaching January 25, 2016 Texas, KSAT San Antonio
...  near Highway 281 and Loop 1604, said eight large bucks have been found decapitated over the past two months ... they're cutting the heads off and leaving the bodies in our yards ...

TPW Commission Takes Action on Deer Management Permit January 24, 2016 Texas, Gilmer Mirror
... The new rule establishes classifications for DMP facilities and imposes testing requirements at DMP release sites ... 

State eyes more liberal fishing, hunting regulations January 23, 2016 Texas, Chron
... TPWD staff recommends opening a white-tailed deer hunting season in 14 counties on the western side of the Panhandle. The proposal is triggered by an expanding whitetail population in that area  ... In 23 counties... in the Post Oak Savannah ecological region ... additional days during the general deer season during which they could take antlerless (doe) whitetails ...

Poaching can be a serious and dangerous problem January 20, 2016 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph
... A couple of weeks ago in Far West Texas one of the most brazen poaching cases occurred. It started with six hunters rolling down a remote ranch road ... The six were from Odessa and all were charged with class C misdemeanors for trespass with a deadly weapon and class A misdemeanors for hunting without a license...

U.S. Forest Service to conduct controlled burns for forest health January 17, 2016 Texas, North Texas e-News 
... controlled burns on the Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands  ... Burning underbrush promotes new growth of tender vegetation that is beneficial to wildlife such as deer, turkey and other birds...

10000 deer in Texas tested for deadly disease January 16, 2016 Houston Chronicle
... all tests so far completed on tissue samples collected since September from almost 10,000 free-ranging white-tailed deer have proven negative for chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... discovery of the disease in five whitetails held in two of the state's 1,300 or so captive deer breeding/rearing operations...
Game Wardens seek information regarding illegal dumping of deer January 15, 2016 Texas, Pleasanton Express
...  dumped during the nighttime hours of Jan. 8, or early morning hours of Jan. 9... They were dumped off FM 1549 and CR 314 approximately three miles northwest of Charlotte...

Testing for CWD negative thus far January 9, 2016 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph
... sampling deer in northern Medina and southern Bandera counties in close proximity to the breeder where the diseased whitetails were traced was a high priority.  The department wants about 300 samples from a 5-mile circumference of that farm... 

Two deer heads in the bushes outside the RaceTrac in Rockwall, Texas. January 9, 2016


... the negative impact an 8 foot fence may cause on foliage patterns of white tail deer and other South Texas game could possibly generate serious issues for all ... stopped all North/South wildlife movement along CR 2508 ...

... he used an electric winch hooked up to the car battery to pick up the buck and drive it on I-10. The picture went viral on Facebook with thousands of views ...

'Wet' whitetail deer season yields mixed results January 2, 2016 Texas, Chron 
... With abundant forage, winter survival was higher than normal. Does produced an above-average fawn crop. The wet spring gave bucks plenty of the high-nutrient forbs and browse crucial to antler development. The result was a 2015-16 deer season that opened with Texas' whitetail herd having grown to an estimated 3.95 million animals, the highest population in a decade...

Texas deer breeders think they are being discriminated against January 1, 2016 Texas Fish & Game
... At a TPWD meeting in Austin in November, deer breeders came from all over the state to protest the proposed extension of the emergency Chronic Wasting Disease rules into next summer. ...  no one was particularly shocked when the commission ratified the rules...

General deer season closes; muzzleloader season opens Monday December 31, 2015 Texas, Longview News-Journal
... The accuracy and range effectiveness has improved tremendously and these guns are no longer close range only. Although a 300-yard shot is still not advisable or ethical, a good muzzleloader is lights out in the 100-yard range...

War against feral hogs rages on in Texas December 30, 2015 The Miami Herald 
...  havoc feral hogs have wreaked in recent years on the agricultural industry by eating crops and digging ruts ... They defecate in and near the water ...  many hunters only slay swine so they can focus on their real targets, deer. The hogs often get into corn feeders meant to attract the deer ...Texans need to take down about 70 percent of the state’s feral hogs just to keep the number where it is...

... “For the wildlife itself, it’s not that good. The wildlife (are) covered in parasites, ticks, fleas, deer keds, and we need the ... cold, cold winters to kill some of those parasites to allow those animals to rest and recover without the parasites taking (away) from their body conditions,”...

TPWD wildlife biologists on statewide hunt for CWD in the wild December 13, 2015 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph
... Gathering samples from locker plants, roadsides, hunter donations, private ranches and anywhere else they can find them, the biologists have already sampled more than 7,000 of the 7,900 they hope to look at this year.

Lakeway, Residents and Lakeway staff face off over deer management policies December 8, 2015 Texas, Community Impact Newspaper
... Residents voiced concern over the lack of studies done to confirm the area’s deer population ... Lakeway trapped 125 deer in 2013-14 at a cost of $28,353 [$227 per deer]  ... city staffers were told by a TPWD biologist that a census of the deer population will not provide reliable information in an urban environment ...

Recovering deer populations give healthy start to hunting season December 4, 2015 Texas, Midland Reporter-Telegram
... The year’s drought-busting rains have led to an increased deer population across Texas ... West Texas is home to the mule deer ...  With fruitful vegetation and forage growth from the year’s abundant rainfall, the animals are expected to bear a more robust body size and antler growth ...

Texas Hill Country Spike stuck in a hot proof fence. Releasing the deer. - December, 2015


... Neighbors say some of the deer have been running around the area with arrows stuck in their body...

Deer Hunting in East Texas boosts the economy December 2, 2015 Texas, KYTX
...Larry LeBeau is a wildlife biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He says deer hunting has the biggest effect on the Texas economy. It's a $2.1 billion industry ...

...  found a decomposed deer on top of an arrow.  Other residents have found dead deer and arrows right in their front lawns... “They’re to the point where they’re almost tame,” Conley said. “For some idiots to want to hunt an animal you can walk right up to, it infuriates me. … It’s like killing your dog.” ...

Lakeway, Communities battle deer populations blamed for crashes, health hazards December 1, 2015 Texas, The River Cities Sunday Tribune
... for the city of Lakeway.  A trapper, once or twice per week, erects six to eight nets per night and catches 14-35 deer in that time period, Farmer said.  The city pays $125 per deer along with a $25 processing fee per deer ... Burnet City Council drafted a proposed ordinance currently under consideration to prohibit residents from feeding deer ...

Mule Deer Capture November 29, 2015 Texas, Odessa American
... Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) staff and graduate students participated in a recent mule deer capture near Turkey, located in the Texas Panhandle ... designed to look at the movements, body condition, and survival of all mule deer  ...

... starting this past winter, weather finally gave the land and wildlife a break. After a moderately wet winter and spring, heavy rains, sometimes in record amounts, fell over much of Texas in late spring and early summer, fueling a flush of vegetation that fed and offered cover to deer, quail, turkey and all other wildlife...

Groups make education of chronic wasting disease a priority November 21, 2015 Texas Water Resources Institute - Texas A&M University
... webinars, were meant to educate hunters on this disease, its history, symptoms and transmission ... For more information on CWD, visit Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s CWD webpage. Read the full AgriLife Today releases on July 17, 2015 and October 26, 2015.

... the deer poachers were then fined approximately $6,000 and are facing nearly $8,000 in civil restitution ...

Beyond the water and into the brush November 19, 2015 Texas, Valley morning Star
... Ranchers all over South Texas ... Since the 70’s ranchers and hunting lease owners have started and installed highly successful wildlife management programs. These programs have introduced deer species from other states that are bigger and genetically superior to the local strain...

Lakeway deer management plan drawing debate November 18, 2015 Texas, KXAN 
... Lakeway has had a deer management plan in place since 1999 ... every year, officials trap anywhere from 100 to 200 deer using remote nets ... new people moving into Lakeway and they are starting to question some of the deer management practices ... 

Mule Deer Outlook Promising; Hunters Reminded of Mandatory CWD Testing November 17, 2015 Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
... above average habitat conditions have bolstered body weights and antler growth this year... mule deer harvested in far West Texas are required to be submitted for testing under TPWD’s Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan protocols ... check station locations are illustrated on a map shown on TPWD’s main CWD web page...

Game warden seeks information on illegally killed deer November 17, 2015 Texas, The Gonzales Inquirer
... Nov. 7 at approximately 7:20 a.m., unknown suspects illegally shot and killed an 8-point white-tailed buck deer on private property in Gonzales County... a reward of up to $1,000 ... Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-792-GAME (4263)

... Patterson’s breeder pens now sit empty. He said killing the herd has had such a large impact on his livelihood that he’s had to lay off staff.  All the results from CWD tests conducted from Sept. 30 came back as not detected ... the department is hoping to adopt new, permanent rules during the May commission meeting...

Deer GPS Study Shows How Whitetail Bucks Really Travel During the Rut November 16, 2015 Texas, Outdoor Life Magazine
...Dr. Aaron Foley and his colleagues spent five years tagging and tracking bucks in South Texas... bucks typically followed one of three behavioral patterns ... about 60 percent ... had two or three focal areas where he would intensively search for does for 4 to 6 hours ... About 30 percent ... spent all their time intensely searching in one area...

2 more deer found with chronic wasting disease November 14, 2015 Texas, KSAT San Antonio
... found in Lavaca County ... now been seven cases of the fatal disease reported in Texas ...

Hunting in Texas: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs November 12, 2015 Texas, Newsmax
... The assistance of dogs is prohibited in the hunting of deer throughout the state of Texas. There are limited counties in which a limit of two dogs are permitted to assist in tracking a “wounded deer,” ...

Harvest now to protect deer population November 12, 2015 Texas, Denton Record-Chronicle
... As the season progresses, deer become more skittish because of hunting pressure. Those who avoid doe harvesting until late in the season often fail to fulfill their management objectives. Every county that has a deer season allows some harvesting of female deer, though rules vary by county....

Age, inadequate nutrition blamed for deer skull defects November 12, 2015 Texas, San Antonio Express-News
... “With the better management practices we are seeing now, big bucks are living longer and producing trophy racks at 6½, 7½, 8½ years or older. The old belief that all bucks are in their prime at 5½ years old is just not true anymore... “Some landowners in the area are spending $40,000 to $80,000 a year on supplemental feeding and they need to get the best results from their investments...

... The deer management program started in 1999. Deer are trapped, antlers are cut off the bucks and they're shipped to a processing plant ... We don't want them to continue to demolish the population to nothing ... public meeting ... on November 18th at City Hall...

How CWD Regs Affect Your Texas Deer Hunt November 10, 2015 The Hunting Report
... On November 5, 2015, just days before the Texas general deer season opened, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted rules for scientific breeder deer movement and testing for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...

State asks hunters to help screen deer for chronic wasting disease November 8, 2015 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
... State officials are asking hunters to provide samples of wild deer they kill to check for chronic wasting disease after it was detected in white-tailed deer last summer for the first time... roadside checkpoints set up around the state ...

With a great year expected, deer hunters ready to begin November 6, 2015 Texas, Sherman Denison Herald Democrat
... With so many deer, a variety of habitat types, top-end management practices on the state’s vast private lands (97 percent of Texas is behind lock-and-key), a good herd age structure and top end genetics, the deer hunting forecast for the Lone Star State is usually good... Although the (population estimate numbers) are from 2014, I would predict the deer population (in Texas) to be about the same if not break the four million deer mark for 2015...

Moisture brings hope for deer season November 6, 2015 Texas, Amarillo Globe-News 
... A study by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M-Kingsville found that spring rains explained 70 percent of the year-to-year variability in buck antler size — with wet years making a 20-inch difference in the way that bucks scored...

...Texas Parks and Wildlife says it’s seen a 11 percent drop in the purchase of hunting licenses this year which represents just over a $1 million decrease in annual revenue. The Agency’s Steve Lightfoot doesn't believe Chronic Wasting Disease is a factor.  Deer hunting season is beginning later this year, than it has in the past...

Whitetails plentiful as hunting season begins November 6, 2015 Texas, San Angelo Standard-Times
... Biologists contend that with deer numbers being the highest on record it’s important that hunters pitch in and help to keep sex ratios in balance. Cain is urging hunters to harvest some antlerless deer along with bucks... 

... " Potentially if it's a heavy rain, it could blur the vision of the scope,” Poteet said. “Just use common sense. Always use and treat the gun like it's loaded, and always be aware of your target." ...

Rain produces growth, boosting deer November 5, 2015 Texas, Denton Record-Chronicle
... In the Post Oak Savannah region east of Dallas ... research indicates a slow but steady deer population increase since 2008.... In the Rolling Plains north and west of Fort Worth ...deer numbers are recovering after three years of drought. Antlers should be above average ...due to abundant rainfall over much of the region this year... same story in the Piney Woods of East Texas ...

TPW traces CWD in index facility November 5, 2015 Texas, Bandera County Courier
... Despite being discovered in captive mule deer at the Colorado Division of Wildlife Foothills Wildlife Research Facility in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1967, CWD did not appear in Texas until 2012. At that time, it was diagnosed in mule deer in far West Texas. Both infected deer were taken from the Hueco Mountains of northern El Paso and Hudspeth counties...

Timely rainfall a boon to deer-hunting season November 5, 2015 Texas, Chron.com
... 700,000 deer hunters ... After more than a decade that saw only brief respites from drought that persistently parched all or parts of Texas, rains returned to much of the state in 2014, fueling a flush of vegetation that provided deer and other wildlife with excellent habitat conditions...

... Texas Wildlife Association joined a broad group of stakeholder organizations representing hunters, landowners, conservationists, and agricultural producers across Texas and the nation, to present Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) with a letter in support of their efforts and decisions in response to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)...

Battle brewing between deer breeders and state over new rules November 5, 2015 Texas, KXAN
... It all comes down to chronic wasting disease (CWD) — the deer version of mad cow disease... The Texas Parks and Wildlife is holding it’s Commission meeting at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning to talk about new regulations they want to implement ...

Timely rainfall a boon to deer-hunting season November 4, 2015 Texas, Chron
...rains returned to much of the state in 2014, fueling a flush of vegetation that provided deer and other wildlife with excellent habitat conditions. The state's whitetail deer population, already the largest in the nation, grew that year to an estimated 3.95 million, the highest estimated whitetail population since 2005...

Officials move to address spread of deer disease November 3, 2015 Texas, San Angelo Standard-Times
...  The state is concerned about the possible spread of chronic wasting disease, recently discovered in South Texas.  ... TPWD Big Game Program Director Mitch Lockwood. “We will be collecting samples from deer and elk and other cervid species in every county where hunting occurs.”... Hunters wishing to submit samples can go on line to find their local TPWD biologist

Warning comes after reports of headless deer November 2, 2015 Texas, Longview News-Journal
... It is illegal to possess a deer or any part of a deer taken from a public roadway ... they just take the head for trophy value ...

Big deer year expected across East Texas after wet spring November 1, 2015 Tyler Morning Telegraph
... removing excess deer this year will typically result in better fawn crops next year.  “Every year is a year to kill does.,, They are scared they are going to decimate their deer density, but the opposite happens. By knocking down the breeding population you are going to have more groceries available, and are going to have a better fawn crop,” Cain said. [Alan Cain, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s white-tailed deer program leader.]

One of the best deer seasons in years could be in store October 31, 2015 Texas, San Angelo Standard-Times
... the 2014 statewide deer population estimate was 3.95 million deer, the highest estimated population since 2005. Statewide population trends indicate a slow but steady growth in the deer population during the last 10 years.  “Although these numbers are from 2014 I would predict the deer population to be about the same if not break the 4 million deer mark for 2015 ...

... In the Post Oak Savannah Region just east of Dallas ... a slow but steady deer population increase since 2008... In the Rolling Plains Region north and west of Dallas ... deer numbers are recovering after three years of drought... It's the same story in the Piney Woods Region of east Texas ...

Big Time Texas Hunts Winners Announced October 31, 2015 Gilmer Mirror
... All told, 13,478 hunters bought Big Time Texas Hunt entries during this year’s sales period... which generated $681,407.30 in gross revenue—a seven percent increase from last year’s sales—to support wildlife research, habitat management and public hunting...

Outlook promising for Texas deer season  October 30, 2015 Texas, Your Houston News
... Although dry conditions returned in July and continued through late October the recent deluge of rain across the state may set the stage for an early winter weed crop and toward the mid to later periods of the hunting season ... Antler growth should be well above average ...

White-tailed Deer Management at Cordillera Ranch October 28, 2015 Texas, Cordillera Ranch Living
... The Wildlife Management Plan is the first step any landowner in Texas must complete in order to apply for any wildlife management permit ... Cordillera Ranch has a Trap, Transport & Process Permit (TTP) that allows the Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association (CRPOA), using a licensed contractor, to setup large traps (drop nets) throughout the community. The TTP is a permit mechanism to help reduce deer population densities in areas where white-tailed deer are overpopulated...

Texas' wild deer herd must be protected October 27, 2015 Houston Chronicle
... The threat of chronic wasting disease is real... Yet, the Texas Deer Association continues to downplay this disease ... breeders are also claiming ownership of the deer in their pens and challenging the centuries-old Public Trust Doctrine ...

Deer hunting brings in more than 2 billion dollars to the state’s economy each year and as fall comes to Texas, more than one million hunters are gearing up for another season. But just how is this year’s season shaping up for sportsmen and women now that we’ve seen a little rain? Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. For more information about Chronic Wasting Disease, including how to submit deer samples for testing, go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at www.tpwd.texas.gov/cwd - October 26, 2015


     Pursuant to Parks and Wildlife Code, §12.027, and Government Code, §2001.034, the executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (the department) adopts, on an emergency basis, new §65.94, concerning Chronic Wasting Disease - Deer Management Permit Provisions. The new emergency rule will be part of Subchapter B, Division 2, Chronic Wasting Disease - Movement of Deer. Under Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 43, Subchapters R and R-1, and Deer Management Permit (DMP)
regulations for white-tailed deer at 31 TAC Chapter 65, Subchapter D, the department may allow the temporary possession of free-ranging white-tailed or mule deer for breeding purposes. At the current time, there are no rules authorizing DMP activities for mule deer...

... The suspects have been charged in the illegal killing of at least 68 white-tailed deer and numerous other wildlife and livestock across Leon County... shot and killed five cows and hacked a sixth cow to death with a machete...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Texas October 21, 2015 Game & Fish
... “Habitat conditions have never looked better as a result of the ubiquitous spring precipitation that blanketed the state from the Red River to the Rio Grande,” ... Cain said spring rains and overall rainfall are critical considerations when offering predictions for an upcoming hunting season... The population estimate of 3.95 million deer works out to about 40.51 deer per 1,000 acres.

Archery-only deer hunting season opens October 21, 2015 Texas, Katy Times
... Except for deer taken under MLD permits, no person may take more than five white-tailed deer or more than three bucks (all seasons combined) in one license year. Bag limits in individual counties may be less...

With nearby chronic wasting disease case confirmed, meeting is Oct. 26 October 21, 2015 Texas, The River Cities Sunday Tribune
... In June, state officials confirmed a case of chronic wasting disease in a Medina County deer breeding facility ... three more cases of the disease linked back to the Medina County facility ... The program .. in Llano...

Deer Sought for Disease Sampling October 20, 2015 Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine
... Hunters are encouraged to assist with this statewide monitoring effort by voluntarily submitting samples this fall... Hunters wishing to submit samples can go online to find their local TPWD biologists, listed by county at tpwd.texas.gov/biologist. TPWD anticipates test results could take three to four weeks to process...

Rare white deer trots through North Texas October 16, 2015 Texas, WSLS 
... Denton resident Henry Evans said he was driving in the Southridge Drive area when he spotted the large animal walking down the road...  not an albino, but a white fallow buck, which is a species of deer in the area ...

Voluntary CWD testing on whitetails October 15, 2015 Texas, Bandera County Courier
... Former Precinct 3 Commissioner Richard Keese asked if sampling could be accomplished without killing the deer. "Rectal biopsies are not reliable," Cain said. "Although tonsil biopsies have a high success rate, the test is expensive and takes a skilled vet and anesthesia to do the procedure. At this time, there is no live test option."
At the Medina County breeding facility, of the 35 additional deer euthanized this summer, four tested positive...

Why One Dallas Bar Is Putting Deer Antler in Your Drink October 13, 2015 Texas, Eater Dallas
... The key component of The Jing isn’t the 17-year Suntory Japanese whisky — it’s deer antler extract... According to ancient Chinese medicine, dating back thousands of years, deer antler extract is one of the most potent ways to restore one’s "jing," or life essence.... a 2-ounce bottle of the high-quality deer antler extract used at Parliament costs around $100 ...

Mast availability impacts wildlife October 11, 2015 Texas, The Register Herald 
... When deer in Texas have acorns and scrub brush, they do not have to use the fields for feeding areas. They have food and shelter in the same area... , the amount of food available each year can affect the reproductive success of numerous species which will affect population sizes in following years ...

Ballot item to ensure hunting, fishing in constitution October 10, 2015 Texas, San Angelo Standard-Times
... Proposition 6 would add a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife — although conservation and security against hunting in populated areas would still be factors... Ashby said 18 other states have protected hunting and fishing as groups have tried to ban certain hunting and fishing...

Rules Killing Deer Industry, Breeders Claim October 9, 2015 Texas, Courthouse News Service 
.. They say their deer are usually healthier than wild deer ... Deer breeding helps prevent an imbalance in the deer population because bucks with large antler racks have historically been targeted by Texas hunters, the men say.    The complaint says the central issue in the case is whether captive-bred deer are the property of the breeder or the state...

Waco, Officers finally corral elusive elk in Texas October 8, 2015 Texas, WILX 
...  A bull elk that spent the morning wandering mainly along and occasionally on the railroad tracks that run through the center of Waco was finally darted and tranquilized early Wednesday afternoon following a slow chase...

Attorney In TPWD Lawsuit Hopes To Permanently Change State's Authority Concerning Deer October 6, 2015 Texas, Texas Public Radio
... Right now in Texas, deer and all other free-roaming animals are considered common property for all Texans to enjoy and the state manages and regulates that wildlife on behalf of the people. But a lawsuit filed by two Texas deer breeders seeks to limit the Texas Parks &Wildlife’s rule-making authority...

What is Chronic wasting disease and how it affects animals October 2, 2015 Texas, KSAT San Antonio
... Chronic wasting disease was detected in July in a captive, white-tailed deer at a Medina County breeding facility.  The positive test in Medina County marked the first case of CWD in a white-tailed deer in Texas... 

State of Texas to ramp up testing for deer disease October 2, 2015 The Daily Tribune 
...  ramp up their efforts to collect more tissue samples from hunter harvested whitetail deer for CWD testing ... Texas deer breeders filing a lawsuit against TPWD in Travis County District Court. The court document indicates that deer breeders feel the action plan violates their rights, and that the plan was developed “largely in secret, in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act ...

Defenders speak with TPWD about killing CWD-exposed herd October 1, 2015 Texas, KSAT San Antonio
... State and federal agencies hope they stopped the spread of chronic wasting disease by killing nearly 180 white-tailed deer Wednesday morning.  CWD is a deadly, contagious neurological disease that affects deer...

Deer Breeding takes the Big Country September 29, 2015 Texas, Big Country Homepage
... Four years ago the ranch began a scientific breeder operation that boasts close to 200 deer.  "We raise genetically superior animals with the intentions of releasing them out  onto the ranch itself to bring a genetic quality up with the existing heard," said deer breeder Steve Castille...

Outlook calls for big deer when archery season opens Saturday September 27, 2015 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph
... “Our surveys this year showed decent fawn crops. Good in some areas, but some areas in the bottoms along the rivers lost their fawn crop. Richland Creek (WMA) lost its fawn crop. They found a number of fawns drowned and dead on the area,” ... He explained that the doe attempted to move fawns to safety as East Texas rivers flooded ...

... Landowners can plant now in dry soil and hope for enough rain ... “This is not to say that white-tailed deer do not need supplemental nutrition,” Higginbotham said. “To the contrary, it’s critical, as much of the southeastern deer range, including East Texas, provides substandard nutrition for the white-tailed during the warm- and cool-season stress periods in July and August, and January and February, respectively...

Interesting facts about deer antlers September 25, 2015 Texas, Your Houston News
... Deer antlers are one of the fastest growing tissues known to man and can grow up to ½ inch per day.  While growing, which can take up to 4 months, they are covered in a soft, hairy skin called velvet. Velvet is a living tissue composed of a high concentration of nerve cells and blood vessels ...

State, Breeders Clash Over Fatal Deer Disease September 24, 2015 Texas, The Texas Tribune
... deer at a breeding facility in Medina County tested positive for a fatal and incurable disease [chronic wasting] ... Austin attorney Jennifer Riggs wrote parks department Executive Director Carter Smith notifying him there is "a substantial chance that claims will be filed" against the department by unnamed clients over the new rules, the question of who owns Texas deer ...

Hunters asked to submit samples for CWD testing September 24, 2015 Texas, Your Houston News
... With the recent discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in two captive deer breeding facilities in south-central Texas ... Hunters are encouraged to assist with this statewide monitoring effort by voluntarily submitting samples this fall... CWD information

Deer breeders may sue Texas Parks and Wildlife September 22, 2015 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
...  chronic wasting disease  ... the agency temporarily halted the transportation of captive deer and called for post-mortem testing of part of the affected herd...

Spring Rains Mean Extra Antler Growth in South Texas September 21, 2015 Field and Stream
... The landscape got drier in the summer, but the plants got lots of moisture earlier in the year. Probably the best year since I’ve been here for big bucks...

Texas bowhunters getting prepared for October season September 17, 2015 Tyler Morning Telegraph
... According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, about 175,000 hunters use a bow or crossbow at some time during the hunting year...

... another captive white tailed deer was found with Chronic Wasting Disease, this time in a 
breeding facility in Lavaca County... "There's not going to be an opportunity to eradicate it, now that we have it, we need to manage it appropriately,” says TPWD spokesman Steve Lightfoot...

... The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announced that a captive white-­‐tailed deer in a Lavaca County deer breeding facility has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)... a result of testing trace out animals that originated from a Medina County index captive white-tailed herd ...

Another deer tests positive for CWD September 11, 2015 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... A white-tailed deer born at the “index facility” in Medina County and tested at a Tier 1 facility ... has returned a suspected CWD positive from tests at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station.  The sample has been sent to the National Veterinary Service  Laboratories in Ames, Iowa for confirmation...

Deer Season 2015: The Year to Kill Your Biggest Buck Ever September 2, 2015 Texas, Field and Stream
... It started in fall 2010: An epic drought that has plagued the south central region. During 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons, fawn recruitment was low to non-existent, there was mortality of adult deer and antler size was average at best. The landscape across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma’s deer country looked like some catastrophic moonscape...

... deer with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) were found this summer near San Antonio ... "At this point we can't say if it's widespread in the captive herds or in the wild herds-- we don't know," said Dr. Galen Austin ... CWD can actually persist in soil for years ...

Deer Season 2015: The Year to Kill Your Biggest Buck Ever September 2, 2015 Texas, Field and Stream
... It started in fall 2010: An epic drought that has plagued the south central region. During 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons, fawn recruitment was low to non-existent, there was mortality of adult deer and antler size was average at best. The landscape across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma’s deer country looked like some catastrophic moonscape...

... Antlers come from cells on the head of the deer that are similar to embryonic stem cells. They are capable of turning into a variety of tissues — hair, blood vessels or bones... deer antlers may provide important information for treating human bone disease ...

Preserving our hunting heritage August 31, 2015 Texas, The Lufkin News
... the June discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease, an always fatal, highly contagious brain disease similar to Mad Cow Disease, in a deer breeding facility in Medina County. The shocking reality is that deer from this one breeder have been shipped to 66 Texas counties, and during that time, CWD went undetected in his pens...

... Currently, post-mortem testing of brain tissue is the only form of CWD testing approved by the USDA even though an effective, non-lethal alternative test exists.  A results of a study of rectal mucosa testing for CWD in white-tailed deer published by the USDA’s National Veterinary Research Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, shows extremely high diagnostic accuracy ...

Deer Appreciation Day August 26, 2015 Texas, Alice Echo News Journal
   The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host Deer Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the San Antonio Viejo Ranch. The ranch is located in Jim Hogg County (Hebbronville). The event is open to the public with a program cost of $15 ...

Is the deer breeding industry worth the risk? August 23, 2015 Texas, San Antonio Express-News
... deer from this one breeder have been shipped to 66 Texas counties, and during that time, CWD (chornic wasting disease) went undetected in his pens... Texas is the only state in the U.S. that allows captive-raised deer to be liberated into the wild, and on top of that, no visible external identification, such as an ear tag, is required to differentiate them from wild deer and aid in disease tracking...
     State agencies get deer breeders up and running again August 23, 2015 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... the state’s 1,300 deer breeders ... state animal health officials and wildlife biologists developed a testing plan  ...  “Our math shows that of the 1,300 breeders, 1,123 would have to test three or fewer deer. Of those 518 don’t have to test any and 380 owe one to testing,” said Clayton Wolf, TPWD Wildlife Division director...

... There is a unique research program going on over at Texas A&M Kingsville. It's an experiment to see whether deer eat better and are healthier if they are raised in an air conditioned environment...

Chronic wasting disease in deer can be managed August 20, 2015 Texas, The Times Herald 
... Years ago, mule deer were taken from northern Colorado — ground zero for CWD — and used in southern New Mexico to help declining populations of the animal. The first case of CWD in Texas came from animals that entered from New Mexico... Testing more wild deer and elk for CWD is a good first step. But researchers are working on live-animal CWD tests and vaccines...

Banner Year for Wildlife August 19, 2015 Texas, KGBT-TV
...  conditions are drying out fast in the wildlands of southernmost Texas, late winter and early spring rains produced prolific native plant growth providing an abundance of food and cover for whitetail deer ...

State mandated killing of Texas breeder deer ongoing August 19, 2015 Lone Star Outdoor News
... Piles upon piles of dead white-tailed deer with their heads chopped off. The reason for the killing is state-mandated testing for Chronic Wasting Disease...

Victoria, Council members talk deer population issues August 19, 2015 Texas, Victoria Advocate
... A nonlethal option ... would be to put up fencing, but he said that wouldn't be conducive to the layout of Riverside Park...

Texas Deer Breeder Movement Standards Plan finalized August 17, 2015 Lone Star Outdoor News
... Key elements of the plan include:  A framework giving breeders who met previous movement qualified standards an option to move and liberate deer ... Details of the plan are on this page at TPWD

Deer Prices Drop Following New Chronic Wasting Regulations August 17, 2015 Texas, Texas Public Radio
... this season’s CWD panic may have caused a 20 to 30 percent drop in the price of deer ...

4th case of chronic wasting disease confirmed in South Texas August 15, 2015 Washington Times
... A fourth case of chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in deer in South Texas... Texas is limiting release of captive-raised deer to properties enclosed by high fencing to protect against spreading the disease ...



     This information page contains a summary of current Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) regulations concerning permits to Trap, Transport, and Transplant Game Animals and Game Birds as they pertain to mule deer...

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine’s Hunting Forecast August 13, 2015 Texas, Your Huston News
...The Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine’s free digital hunting issue will be available starting Friday, August 15... It can be downloaded as a free app on iPad or iPhone or viewed as a digital version online starting August 15 at www.tpwmagazine.com/hunt/

Deer bred for large antlers. August, 2015



CWD emergency rule released August 12, 2015 Texas, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
...deer ranches exclusively containing animals with a five-year, clean record of CWD testing with the Texas Animal Health Commission will be allowed to release deer into any high-fenced property in Texas. This would make those animals available for hunting...

... The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory ...  does 15,000 CWD tests a year... deer at release sites are also going to need to be tested...

Officials Announce Testing Plan for Chronic Wasting Disease August 12, 2015 Texas, Timer-Warner Cable News
... Since a case of CWD was discovered at Hondo's Texas Mountain Ranch in June, all facilities that received deer from that ranch have been unable to move their deer... Under the new plan, most of the 1,300 deer breeders in Texas can gain movement qualified status by testing two or fewer animals...

Exotic animals thrive on ranches in Texas, Oklahoma August 10, 2015 Theadanews
 ... Some ranches are designed for tourists...  there are now more barasingha (an animal from India known as a swamp deer) and scimitar-horned oryx (a North African antelope) roaming local fields than left in their native countries ...

What is Our Wildlife Worth? August 5, 2015 Texas, Mason County News
... a weekend hunt for a Boone and Crockett rated buck starts at $3,000 ... These figures provide a powerful incentive for landowners to manage their lands to benefit these species... 

... Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage has joined with The Texas Wildlife Association, the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Boone & Crockett Club, Quality Deer Management Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Borderlands Research Institute, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas State Rifle Association and Texas Wildlife and Fisheries Management Council to support implementation of prudent regulatory protocols in response to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which was first discovered in a captive deer breeding facility in Medina County in late June, 2015. The groups were all signatories to a recent resolution initiated by the Texas Wildlife Association...


Two more deer test positive for chronic wasting disease August 1, 2015 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
...  two additional deer from a captive herd in Medina County tested positive for a contagious, degenerative neurological disease ... the state has banned most breeders from moving their captive deer around the state. But the vast majority of breeders — most of whom raise their animals to sell to ranchers ahead of hunting season — are hoping state officials soon lift the ban ...

Texas Data: About 3.95 million deer in 2014, higher in 2015 as result of significant rainfall, around 4 million. Increased hunting recommended for 2016 in the western Panhandle and Post Oak Savannah region. An estimated 3.8 million white-tail deer in 2013 before deer hunting seasons, 39 deer per 1,000 acres on average.  About 3.7 million in 2012.  The population rose or at least remained about stable in 2014 as a result of relatively good weather and a wet 2015 spring has likely increased the population.  Average fawn survival except in flooded areas.  For 2015 the mule deer population is estimated at 209,732.  South Texas had good rains and a mild summer in 2014 and 2015 with ample food that has increased fawn production.  Eastern Edwards Plateau had more rain than the west.  The mast crop was spotty in East Texas. Little fawn production in  2011 as a result of the severe drought, almost as low in 2008-2009.  About 160,000 deer raised by 1,300 deer breeders in 2016.  2015 Hunting Forecast.  About 700,000 deer hunters.
     The deer population trended upward from 2004 to 2010 with the white-tail population estimate of 3.46 million, a high point in 2005. The record setting drought that started in 2010 resulted in low fawn recruitment and the population dropped. Drought also into 2012, but a good acorn crop.  Improved weather in spring 2014 improved fawn survival and deer health. Generally good fawn recruitment, over 45 percent, in 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2013. No fawn production in the panhandle in 2011 and 2012.  A few hundred thousand mule deer, population generally on the decline.  About 6,000 Axis deer in the wild who have escaped from hunting ranches. Introduced in 1932 from southern India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.  
     The Hill Country has the highest deer population, an estimated 2.1 million deer, or 113 deer per 1,000 acres.  The Post Oak Savannah and Cross Timbers regions each have about 400,000, or 35 and 37 deer per 1,000 acres. South Texas has a much lower estimated deer population, about 230,000 deer.  The state average is about 39 deerf per 1,000 acres.  Texas maintains good deer demographics, with over 60 percent of bucks killed 3.5 years or older.  Before antler restrictions, this group was only 30-35 percent of the harvest.  Screw worms were a problem for deer, but in the mid-1950's they were mostly eradicated by releasing sterile male flies and the white-tailed deer population became abundant where they had rarely been seen.  The 1989 estimated population:  3.5 million.  About 110,000 deer in 1300 captive breeding farms in 2015.
     An estimated $1.5 billion annually related to Texas deer hunts, $2.2 billion including deer breeding and tourism according to a Texas A&M study.  A hunting success rate of about 70 percent in 2013.  Antler restrictions are in place for 117 counties requiring at least a 13 inch inside spread.  Spike bucks are also legal.
     Chronic Wasting Disease was first detected in far West Texas, the Trans-Pecos,  during the summer of 2012 in the remote far western reaches of El Paso and Hudspeth counties near the border with New Mexico. Many years ago in a effort to increase populations, mule deer were transported into New Mexico from norther Colorado -- ground zero for Chronic Wasting.  In 2015, a captive deer tested positive in a captive breeding ranch southwest of San Antonio in Medina county.
    Elk are managed as livestock by the Texas Animal Health Commission.

Useful links:
- Texas Hunting Regulations 
- DeerAustin.Org for information on deer management in Austin, Texas 
- American Deer & Wildlife Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth of the deer and wildlife industry, and to help educate the public and youth on conservation and wildlife issues.
- Texas Parks and Wildlife  

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