Texas Deer News

Growing bigger trophies October 23, 2014 Texas, Brownwood Bulletin
... Restrictions in East Texas counties are leading to better antler production...  Fragmented property lines and a small deer population that allowed for only a single buck harvest per hunter in most counties . ... Prior to antler restrictions many hunters in the area would shoot any buck just to harvest a deer ...  the department suggested that a buck whose antlers have a spread that grows beyond both ear tips meets the minimum width requirement ...

Texas Crop Report October 21, 2014 The State
...Southwest:  The condition of wildlife and livestock was on the upswing. Quail numbers and deer antler growth looked good. However, deer body condition scores were below normal but improving...

Corpus Christi pair plead guilty to illegal deer breeding October 21, 2014 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... a decade long series of criminal and wildlife disease investigations involving a former South Texas deer breeder ended recently when a Corpus Christi area couple pleaded guilty to 50 charges of Unlawful Possession and/or Sale of Live Game Animals...

TPWD: Prospects good for deer season October 17, 2014 Texas, Your Houston News
... Texas hunters should see deer in good condition and above average numbers of mature bucks when the general season kicks off Nov. 1 statewide... wildlife biologists use rainfall as a barometer for gauging hunting season because of the direct correlation between rainfall and impacts to habitat ... mast crops (acorns, mesquite beans, etc.) ... in good supply this year...

TPWD reminds hunters about proper deer carcass disposal October 17, 2014 Texas, News Center 23 KVEO 
... CWD (chronic wasting disease) was first found in Texas in Hudspeth and El Paso counties two years ago ...  “One possible way that disease can spread is by the transportation and improper disposal of carcass parts.”  Deer can become infected with CWD if they come into contact with other infected deer or an environment contaminated with CWD prions ...

Deer fight outside my office near the Arboretum in Austin, TX. - October 13, 2014



Coyote population in East Texas due to increase of pig population? October 11, 2014 Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... Alan Cain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s white-tailed deer program leader said, for example, there are individual instances where coyotes may be an issue with a deer herd, but that isn’t the case across the state.  “From a statewide perspective coyotes are not an issue. We have too many deer as it is... states in the Southeast that believe coyotes are impacting their deer populations, but ... the states are just now seeing coyotes for the first time...

... The newly elected board of directors for 2014 include Mark Hubbard of Mark Hubbard Ranch Properties in Boerne, Texas; John Hueske of Triple Threat Ranch in Somerville, Texas; Jeff Jones of Brown Trophy Whiteteail Ranch in Ennis, Texas; Zach Kennedy of JZ Whitetails in Gonzales, Texas; and Craig Wilson of Wilson Whitetail Ranch in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas ... 

Texas Deer Hunting Forecast October, 2014 Game and Fish
....an “average” or even “below-average” season ... The Lone Star State still has the largest whitetail population in the country ... lingering drought heading into this fall’s season didn’t lay the groundwork for as optimistic an outlook as in years past ... South Texas, the Hill Country, Panhandle and the western region of the state were not so lucky in the annual rainfall lottery...

... This is the first year the USDA has issued a quarantine for cattle fever tick at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. In order to keep the pests from spreading to outside areas, all hunters will have to bring their animal or kill right here a single station to be checked...

... A dispute over a deer lease near the Hillister community in Tyler County turned violent Sunday afternoon, and as a result, 42-year-old woman is dead...

Texas deer season underway — big bucks falling September 29, 2014 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... Reports from hunters in South Texas, where lots of rain fell in some places, including more than three inches in Dimmit County, were not great. It was hot, muggy and bucks were not hitting feeders thanks to plenty of green forbs due to recent moisture...

Welcome Rains Boost the 2014 Hunting Forecast September 24, 2014 Texas, Insurance News Net
... Biologists look at rainfall as a major predictor of the hunting season because there is a direct correlation between rainfall, habitat (the nutrition and cover that deer need) and antler quality and fawn production... Statewide population estimates for 2013 were 3.8 million white-tailed deer. Those statistics work out to about 39 deer per 1,000 acres on average...

Communicating for Positive Change in the Industry September 19, 2014 Texas, Texas Deer Association
... , at the TPWD Commission’s quarterly meeting, Big Game Program Director Mitch Lockwood proposed rules changes governing deer permits in compliance with the provisions of SB 820. The main purpose of the proposed changes were to consolidate TPWD’s processes for refusing issuance or renewal of various deer permits and the review of those decisions...

As fall comes to Texas, more than one million hunters are gearing up for another season, which will bring more than three-billion dollars into the state’s economy. 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. A new app is now available that allows hunters to carry the Outdoor Annual with them on their mobile devices. You can download at http://www.txoutdoorannual.com/app Texas Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters they need game bird conservation stamps to hunt dove, waterfowl, turkey and quail and to check the local regulations where they will be hunting. - September 19, 2014



Deer crashes likely to go up as temperatures drop September 16, 2014 Texas, KENS 
... When it comes to deer related car crashes, Texas ranks in the top 10 in terms of how often they happen... "It's really important to fight against the urge and the nature to try to swerve, it's really important that you remain steady," ...

Looking out my back door at my new Texas back yard. Deer is 60 yrds. (180 ft.) away! - September 15, 2014



Texas reports 2nd animal anthrax case this year August 22, 2014 Outbreak News Today
... Anthrax has been confirmed in a whitetail deer in southeastern Edwards County. This is the second confirmed case of Anthrax in Texas this year; the first in a deer. In June 2014, Texas reported a confirmed anthrax case in a goat in Kinney County...

Cover your bases when testing for hemorrhagic disease in deer August 21, 2014 Texas, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laborator
... If  EHD is suspected, it is advisable to also test for another virus, bluetongue (BT).  “The clinical signs and histological lesions for EHD and BT are indistinguishable,” said TVMDL Assistant Agency Director Terry Hensley, DVM ...

... My objectives were to analyze white-tailed deer population dynamics as influenced by deer density and nutrition, model the population dynamics on simulated 20.2 km2 pastures in order to analyze the effects on trophy buck ... In south Texas's highly variable nutritive environment, monitoring for a decrease in mature deer body mass was the first indicator of density-dependence available to managers. Nutrition is clearly limiting in the south Texas landscape, as improving the nutritive state with enhanced nutrition resulted in improved performance in individual deer and their population dynamics...

Keith and crew swing by the Triple JJJ Ranch outside of College Station in East Texas. They've got some amazing deer ... August 20, 2014



Texas Deer Density August 15, 2014 Beaumont Enterprise
...  the number of deer in Wast Texas should hold steady from last year, when it was close to 18 deer per 1,000 acres on average.  Statewide, the 3.8 million deer estimated last year equated to nearly 39 deer per 1,000 acres ... "Deer population trends in most regions of the state are stable or in some cases increasing at a slow rate," ...

State prepares disease response August 11, 2014 Texas, Amarillo.com
... Chronic wasting disease, better known to deer breeders and hunters as CWD, has not been detected in Texas [two deer tested positive for CWD in the summer of 2012 near the New Mexico border, see more information at the TAHC site], Mitch Lockwood ... big game director at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, said after speaking last week at the annual convention of Texas Deer Association in San Antonio...

Looking Ahead, Texas Deer Herd July 31, 2014 Tyler Morning Telegraph
... For parts of North Texas in the Cross Timbers region and areas east of I-35 habitat conditions in the early spring were in decent shape, and were expected to provide deer the resources they needed to stay in good shape over the summer ...   South Texas, the Hill Country and lands to the west received some reasonable rains this spring giving the habitat and vegetation a much needed boost to stay green as we headed into summer... 

... more than $850,000 ... The funds will be used in part to construct a dedicated research facility for the project. The facility will be used to investigate drug residues, insect-borne disease transmission dynamics, and study nutrition and genetics of white-tailed deer and cervids... 

Texas hunters look forward another strong deer season  July 27, 2014 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
... The Lone Star State has long had the largest population of white-tailed deer in the country... “In years with poor fawn production, hunters should expect to see fewer bucks in that particular age class in each of the future years as that group matures. Looking back into the culmination of deer survey data over past years we see statewide fawn crop estimates were good in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013...

Study looks at human, deer bone similarities July 27, 2014 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... White-tailed deer antlers might someday hold the key to curing bone cancer ... “What we are doing is using antlers as a model of bone grown,” said Dr. David Hewitt, one of the CKWRI researchers involved in the project ... He would also like to see it explain why different Cervidae species grow unique antlers ...

Longleaf Pines Flourish on an East Texas Ranch July 25 2014 United States Department of Agriculture
... In deep East Texas ... The reduced number of longleaf pines has not gone unnoticed by landowners and conservationists... Prescribed burns are a conservation practice used on longleaf pine forests. Fire reduces moisture and nutrient competition. The elimination of brush and other woody species also allows for native grasses and foraging plants to thrive. In turn, wildlife are drawn to the understory of longleaf pine forests.  “We’re getting wild plums and seeing more deer. There’s something for them to eat and for the birds to nest in,” ...



... The TDA announces its 16th Annual TDA Convention & Fundraiser will be held on August 7, 2014, through August 9, 2014, at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas...

... deer can indirectly benefit hardwoods by reducing competition with palatable forbs (ch. 3). In general, these results show that fire suppression in central Texas oak-dominated woodlands is causing a shift not to more mesic-adapted species, as observed in the eastern US, but to J. ashei, which is at least as xeric-adapted as oak, a process I termed 'juniperization'.

... The Mule Deer Foundation, Brown County Texas Chapter, invites the public to attend their annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, August 2nd at the Grand Starz Hall, located at 2323 Belle Plain in Brownwood...

What's the Oldest Deer on Record? July 9, 2014 Texas, QDMA.com
...  The oldest captive deer record we found was from Joe Hamilton, QDMA’s founder. Joe recounted a captive doe in Texas on the Kerr Wildlife Management Area that was 23 to 24 years old. Amazingly, she had a fawn at that extended age...

Watch Out for More Deer Roaming the Streets July 3, 2014 Texas,  Everything Lubbock 
... “We've been in a drought for over four years and wildlife has been coming into town for food and water,” Barnes said. “Plus Lubbock is expanding and taking over their habitat.” ...

... After a decade that, with the exception of a couple of brief respites, saw the state's landscape and its wildlife struggle under severe and even record-breaking drought and heat, this spring and early summer have seen conditions that bode well ...  crucial nutrition for deer during the pivotal spring months when quality and quantity of forage is crucial in determining if pregnant does will deliver healthy fawns and bucks get the minerals and nutrients that play important roles in antler development...

Whitetail Deer Texas Deer Association June 19, 2014 AmmoLand.com 
... “The Texas Tech research facility is working to combat EHD and other fatal diseases that claim the lives of thousands of deer in Texas and across the country every year, and the Texas Deer Association is proud to support this research,” ...

Invasion of the Axis Deer June 18, 2014 Texas, Texasbowhunter.com
... Originally from southern India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, the axis deer was introduced to Texas in 1932, ideally as a game animal... They were restricted to farms and controlled hunting sites ...  as often happens with animals in captivity, many axis deer eventually escaped to run wild around Texas. While the vast majority of axis deer remain in captivity, over 6,000 of them now roam freely ...

The other deer season is open, Axis Deer June 16, 2014 Texas, North Texas e-News
... whitetail deer season is not open but axis deer are plentiful in much of Texas and summer is prime time to hunt them. The Hill Country and southwest Texas has a large number of free ranging Axis and, because of stocking on low fence ranches across the state, there are pockets of free ranging axis in areas outside the Hill Country. Axis deer are very popular game animals for high fence hunting ranches across the state...

TPWD Public Hunt Drawing System going paperless June 11, 2014 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s popular Public Hunt Drawing System will be online-only... Non-refundable application fees for drawn Special Permit hunts range between $3-10 for each adult applicant 17 years of age or older. Selected adult hunters pay an additional permit fee of $80 for regular hunts and $130 for extended hunts...

Despite some predictions, deer season should be good June 8, 2014 Texas, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 
...  it appears that 2014 will be similar to the last three years ... related to the drier conditions Texas continues to experience ...  South Texas, the Hill Country, Panhandle and the western region of the state were not so lucky in the annual rainfall lottery. As a result, forbs which are preferred by deer and are important from a deer forage and nutrition aspect were in limited supply ... Alan Cain, white-tailed deer program leader ...

Close-up of a fawn eating on the Hale Lake Loop at Brazos Bend State Park. - June 8, 2014



EHD Research Documentary - Texas Tech Deer Research Facility - May 21, 2014



Illegal deer, not disease, pose greatest threat in Texas hunting May 11, 2014 Texas, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 
... The only cases of chronic wasting disease in Texas were discovered in hunter-harvested mule deer in 2012 in far West Texas near the New Mexico border... The real threat remains the unscrupulous individual attempting to make big bucks by illegally smuggling deer ...Chronic wasting disease originally was discovered in captive Colorado animals 35 years ago...

... Fred Rich, the man arrested Wednesday for allowing someone to enter a deer breeding facility and kill a 22-point buck while it was still inside a pen ...  could face up to six months in jail...

... About 200 whitetail deer were confiscated and euthanized...  a deer breeding facility, and it has not met state requirements...

... the 2600 acre ranch has over 40 different types of exotic animals and wildlife that are used for hunting purposes... Investigators say the facility has not met their requirements and for that reason have decided not to renew their permit, essentially shutting down the deer breeding portion of the ranch...

... Folks in the Kentwood Manor say the situation is awful, as deer are starving and dying in yards... Many have large tumors and are grossly malnourished, their ribs bulge from their bodies... Some residents have put out troughs filled with corn trying to help [feeding corn can be harmful] ...

Port Mansfield, Poachers Strike TX Town Where Deer Roam Free April 29, 2014 Texas, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
... The tiny fishing village of Port Mansfield is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a bow-and-arrow toting deer poacher...

Port Mansfield, Officials keep an eye out for deer poachers April 27, 2014 Texas, Valley morning Star
...  Poachers have killed a large buck and wounded at least three deer in recent months in this tiny fishing village where residents’ feeding of the animals has made them easy targets ... “He knew his name,” Lavelle said. “I would call him a half-mile away and he would come running to me.” ...

Fake buck nets real citation April 26, 2014 Texas, Your Houston News
... game wardens ... using a decoy deer to deter night hunting, when a small car passed their location a couple of times ... Once the suspects located the “deer” with their headlights, the passenger fired a small caliber rifle at the decoy...

Port Mansfield, Deer Are Disappearing from a Texas Town April 25, 2014 Texas,  wideopenspaces.com
... semi-tame deer in the area, could even be hand fed. Christmas would allow Norman to scratch his ears on occasion, and could be seen chasing does in his front yard.
That was until last week, when Christmas was found shot dead in a nearby field...   “This year we have had several deer disappear,” ... Several citizens in the area have pledged reward money ...I think it’s up around $3,500 dollars ...

Mule Deer Foundation builds guzzler in Big Bend region April 25, 2014 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... Volunteers from the Mule Deer Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Sul Ross University, the Texas Bighorn Society and the Dallas Safari Club worked together to build a 4,600-gallon wildlife water guzzler in the Big Bend region of Texas in March...

Role of Thermal Environment in Habitat Selection by Male White-Tailed Deer during Summer in Texas, USA DW Wiemers, TE Fulbright, DB Wester, JA Ortega-S… - Wildlife Biology, 2014
... Male white-tailed deer selected areas with taller vegetation in morning and midday activity periods but selected shorter vegetation during evening and nighttime. Forage quality was important in habitat selection in all activity periods. Male white-tailed deer did not select areas with greater concealment cover during any activity period...

Texas Data: An estimated 3.8 million white-tail deer in 2013 before deer hunting seasons, 39 deer per 1,000 acres on average, about the same at 3.7 million in 2012.  The population is expected to rise or at least remain about stable in 2014 as a result of relatively good weather. The population trended upward from 2004 to 2010 with the white-tail population estimate of 3.46 million. The record setting 2011 drought 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.
     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. 
     Chronic Wasting Disease was first detected in far West Texas during the summer of 2012.

Useful links:
- Texas Hunting Regulations
- Texas Deer Association
- 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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Snowflake has a new home at Hearts Afire Deer Rescue and Christmas Eve was her first day to walk around (run around) to explore & meet new friends - Texas, December 26, 2012