Texas Deer News

To deer breeders' opposition, Texas increases disease test requirements June 25, 2016 San Antonio Express-News
... Support is widespread for using live tests on rectal or tonsil tissue to detect CWD, though many commercial breeders oppose the new rules that also tightened restrictions on when captive-bred deer may be relocated to hunting sites and, for the first time, prohibit all releases onto low-fenced properties...

Elk brought back after being hunted to extinction in state June 25, 2016 Texas,  San Angelo Standard Times
... Historically, elk could be observed throughout the Trans-Pecos and western Panhandle regions of Texas ... hunted to extinction in this state by the turn of the 20th century... in the late 1920s, Judge J.C. Hunter transported more than 40 Elk from North Dakota and subsequently released them into the Guadalupe Mountains...

Texas Wildlife Association supports CWD regs June 22, 2016 Texas, Texas All Outdoors official logo
... Broad support for the rules came in from dozens of conservation and wildlife champions ... fundamental issue is how best to protect our state’s deer herds from a deadly disease. The overwhelming amount of interest this issue has generated illustrates just how passionate Texans are about deer ...

CWD rules adopted to curb threat June 22, 2016 Texas, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
... Comments spoken during Monday's hearing in support of tighter restrictions seemed to carry a majority, though the only vote that mattered came from the governor-appointed panel of commissioners... Monday's commission vote was unanimous...

...“In a show of unprecedented unity, the Texas deer industry walked out of today’s special TPWD commission meeting after explaining to commissioners why rules ... would potentially force “hundreds of family-owned agribusinesses” to shut down ...

Deer Breeders Concerned Over New Regulations June 21, 2016 Texas, TWC News
... “Deer breeding and deer farming and high-fence hunting ranches are one of the last ways to make a profitable living out in rural Texas,” ... Many deer breeders around the state are up in arms about being forced to test their deer, since CWD is only affecting wildlife in Central Texas...

...  new regulations to address how the state is going to deal with chronic wasting disease...  There will be limited movement of breeder deer across the state, increased postmortem testing for chronic wasting disease and more live testing for the disease, too...

Chronic Wasting Disease Threatens Deer Population June 17, 2016 Texas, Texas Agricultural Land Trust
...Texas is the ONLY state to allow liberated deer to be comingled with free-range deer.  Transportation of cervids, whether they be breeder deer, or deer from the pasture increases the risk of spreading the disease to more populations...

Texas eyes new rules over fatal deer disease June 17, 2016 Valley morning Star
... Advocates aligned against deer farming say the spread of CWD threatens the $2.2 billion Texas hunters pump into the economy every year pursuing wild deer.  Most of the 1,300 permitted deer farms in Texas, unlike some other places, have more to do with trophy bucks than they do with processing and selling venison... 

Lakeway, Nonprofit pays for deer census June 16, 2016 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
...  Citizen Advocates for Animals received approval from Lakeway city staff to have a deer survey performed within the city, provided they pay for the process themselves. The biologist may then propose a nonlethal deer population control method alongside the city’s current trap, transport and process system ... our goal is to raise $75,000 to do the sterilization ...

Help fight this fatal disease threat to Texas wild deer herd, chronic wasting disease, June 15, 2016 Texas, Fort Worth Star Telegram 
... the department held a series of professionally mediated stakeholder forums ... The result was to be a report with recommendations for new guidelines to protect Texas deer herds from CWD. Unfortunately, a small group of deer breeders who participated in these forums chose not to honor their commitment to consensus ...

... part of the second episode, when he partnered with Jasper County warden Morgan Inman in a stake-out of a robotic deer decoy for illegal hunting...

Granite Shoals, Town hall meeting to cover planned bowhunting of deer in Granite Shoals June 14, 2016 Texas, The River Cities Sunday Tribune
... June 18 ... Simpson said the program is greatly dependent on volunteer bowhunters, who will use their own equipment and purchase their own supplies...

... According to a Facebook post made by the Leander Fire Department, responders found a pregnant deer killed in a crash and immediately worked to save her baby...

KHOU 11 photographer John Gibson captured two deer swimming through a flooded plain in Fort Bend County near the Brazos River on May 31, 2016.


Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners hold off on deer disease vote May 26, 2016 Texas, MyStatesman.com
... table a vote for 30 days — made to give commissioners more time to meet with hunters, property owners and breeders ... new rules meant to prevent the spread of a contagious, neurological disease affecting deer... But a property-owners group endorsed the new rules, concerned their herds might be affected...
... Many times she [doe] will leave the fawn there by themselves but the fawn will get up and mill around a little bit and lay back down ... if there is a concern it is best to call your area game warden ...

100% No Test deer at Stockerbuck.com May 5, 2016 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... Texas ranches will be labeled as TC1, TC2 or TC3, and your ranch’s label is determined the testing category of the seller of the deer. It is designed as a first-time pass through. This is a new CWD Harvest Deer Testing Category...

Comment on CWD plan May 3, 2016 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... the new chronic wasting disease (CWD) management plan ... The facilitator’s official report is available on TPWD’s website http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/ .... Proposed rules are available for review in the April 22, 2016 issue of the Texas Register http://sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/0422/0422is.pdf and public comment may be made online at http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/public_comment/ ...

It was trapped in a storm drain under a 183 overpass near MoPac in Autsin, Texas. - May 3, 2016


Three charged with white-tailed deer importation April 28, 2016 Texas, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Durrett owns and operates a 9,000-acre enclosed ranch in Stonewall County, Texas. According to the indictment, deer were moved from Durrett's ranch to Dewayne Slade's enclosure, "...for the purpose of breeding and killing trophy white-tailed buck deer." ...

Game Wardens Investigating Deer Found Dead in SW Lubbock April 12, 2016 Texas, EverythingLubbock.com
...  the deer was discovered dismembered in plastic bags alongside the road off Quaker and County Road 7500...  Calls to "Operation Game Thief" can be made by dialing 800-792-4263....

Brain disease could impact food chain April 5, 2016 Texas, Denton Record-Chronicle
... a total of 10 white-tailed deer infected with CWD have been diagnosed in Texas since 2015. They have all originated from breeding operations that provide man-made feed to the deer...  CWD had never been discovered in the Texas deer population until 2012 when free-ranging mule deer in far West Texas ...

...  chronic wasting disease in Texas captive deer... One of those affected includes a captive raised white-tailed doe that was born and raised on-site and died on-site of natural causes at a deer breeding facility in Medina County, where the disease was not previously detected...

Texas Parks & Wildlife expands whitetail deer hunting April 4, 2016 Amarillo Globe-News
... “The white-tailed deer population expanded westward towards that New Mexico border and we’re starting to have issues ... As those two species overlap, there’s some landowners that are concerned that the whitetails will displace those mule deer in those regions, so this is another opportunity to manage those populations,” ...

... TPWD added four “doe days” in Burleson and Milam counties ... The harvest of antlerless deer in these counties was previously only permitted by a special permit ...  “As the [deer] population grows and the sex ratio gets out of whack, we will open up doe days to help address some of those problems.” ...

...  Two new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Texas captive deer ... With these new confirmations, 10 white-tailed deer in or originating from deer breeding facilities have been confirmed positive for CWD in the state since the original detection in June 2015...

Commission Approves Changes to Deer Hunting Regulations for 2016-17 March 29, 2016 Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 
   The Commission adopted the following changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, the details of which will be incorporated into this year’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Annual:  Elimination of the Antlerless and Spike-buck Control Permit due to lack of demand;  Define “unbranched antlered deer” to clarify what constitutes a legal buck across seasons ... Allow the take of antlerless deer without a permit on certain U.S. Forest Service Lands during youth-only seasons [see more]

Texas adopts liberalized hunting, fishing rules for 2016-17 March 26, 2016 Chron.com
... Increasing deer densities and significantly skewed doe/buck ratios in the state's Post Oak Savannah region triggered state wildlife managers to recommend liberalization of antlerless deer-harvest rules in 23 counties and portions of two others ... Under the rule change, any buck with at least one unbranched antler will be considered legal game during the antlerless/spike season...

Partners Continue Mule Deer Restoration Effort in the Big Bend March 10, 2016 Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife
      In a continued effort to boost a struggling mule deer population in parts of the Big Bend region of far West Texas, 75 female mule deer were recently relocated from Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area ... Partners involved in this important project include the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), ECLCC, Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University ...

Official Video about the Relocation Project from Texas Parks and Wildlife


Mule Deer Foundation banquet coming March 9, 2016 Texas, The Fort Stockton Pioneer
... The Pecos County Texas Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) annual fundraising banquet is Saturday, March 19. Civic Center (Airport Road) doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m.; and live auction follows...

Tahoka will host public hearing Monday for TPWD March 5, 2016 Texas, Pressreporter
.... White-tailed deer populations are expanding westward toward the New Mexico border ... the proposed seasons would provide additional hunting opportunity and flexibility for landowners in this region to manage the increasing white-tailed deer populations, which are encroaching in traditional mule deer range...

Wasting disease case prompts investigation March 3, 2016 Texas, Amarillo.com
... Texas wildlife and animal health experts are investigating a mule deer found in Hartley County that tested positive for chronic wasting disease last week.  The discovery of the infected animal marks the first time the disease has been found in the Texas Panhandle ...

Lakeview, Citizens petition for deer survey March 1, 2016 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
... Deer advocates presented Lakeway city staff with a petition during the Feb. 16 meeting, which they said contained the signatures of more than 1,000 Lakeway residents asking the city to cease its current deer management program while recruiting a biologist to perform a survey ...

Two arrested in illegal hunting case February 29, 2016 Texas, KVUE
... arrested for hunting without landowner consent. A search warrant of a home in Burnet County in late January resulted in the seizure of nine sets of antlers ...

Hunting regulation changes proposed for area counties February 26, 2015 Texas, Rress Reporter ·
... According to information from TPWD, the background behind the proposal is that the staff has received requests to open a white-tailed deer season in several counties in the western panhandle...

Spicewood residents argue deer-trapping process is 'cruel' February 26, 2016 Texas, The River Cities Sunday Tribune
... “Veterinarians tell me 15 percent of them (net-captured deer) have fractured limbs and vertebrae. That doesn’t seem to concern people, but it does concern a lot of people who are animal lovers,” Freidewald said. “We don’t want to see animals needlessly suffer. We’re trying to control nature. We come out here and then say let’s get rid of the deer?”  ...

Deer cull to stop wasting disease near San Antonio proceeds slowly February 25, 2016 Texas, Dallas Morning News
... State hunters shot more than 30 deer near San Antonio since Monday to test them and see if chronic wasting disease has spread from captive animals to the free-ranging herd....
Granite Shoals approves bowhunting of female deer in city February 24, 2016 Texas, The River Cities Sunday Tribune
... A select group of bowhunters will be aiming for deer in Granite Shoals this fall after the city council adopted the wildlife management harvesting program for the deer population during its regular meeting Feb. 23...

Meeting on Proposed Changes to Deer Hunting Regulations February 24, 2016 Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Texas Parks and Wildlife is considering expanding white-tailed deer hunting into 14 counties across the western Panhandle, and creating additional deer hunting opportunities in East Texas. The recommendations are among a slate of proposed deer hunting regulation changes for 2016-17.  A public hearing on these proposed changes is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, in Cameron at Bea’s Kitchen.  More information about this event
...  it's part of the final herd agreement for the facility where chronic wasting disease was first discovered... "Several of these deer were liberated from those same pens where we found the CWD positives. So in order to minimize further transmission in a contaminated environment, we're looking to reduce numbers," ...

... Efforts continue to bolster the West Texas pronghorn population with 112 animals recently relocated and freed near Marfa. [not deer, but shows these relocation efforts can be successful] ...

This week on Deer & Wildlife Stories, Keith Warren heads home to Texas to visit the biggest man in all of the whitetail breeding industry, John Hueske. John and his wife own and operate T3 Whitetails, a ranch who in less than a decade has been able to acquire the largest typical framed whitetail buck in America. - February 22, 2016 Texas



Hunters battle harmful exotic deer February 18, 2016 Texas, Denton Record-Chronicle 
... Park officials said axis deer are so common at Garner State Park and South Llano River State Park that the agency is conducting a pilot program using professional shooters to kill the spotted deer at night and sell the meat for restaurant consumption...“Our biological carrying capacity is 16 acres per deer,” [40 deer per square mile] ...

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Presentation – March 28, 2016 February 17, 2016 Texas, Mason County News
... Meetings are open to the public. UGRA Lecture Hall, 125 N Lehmann Dr, Kerrville, TX ... Because eradication is thought to be impossible once CWD becomes established in a population, it is imperative that a sound CWD management program is established to reduce the severity of implications resulting from the disease ...

Council approves deer feeding restrictions February 17, 2016 Texas, Burnet Bulletin
... "You can feed deer if its more than 100 feet from a public roadway" ...

Lakeway group fights to stop deer killing February 17, 2016 Texas, KVUE
... Cross and other CALD members put together a petition, which calls for two demands:  Find a way to control the deer population in a humane way that doesn't trap and kill the deer,  Push for a deer census to calculate the population of deer in this community...

Contractors lured and trapped terrified “surplus” deer and pinned them to the ground. Men sawed off their antlers. They were hauled in a trailer for hours and finally shot in the head and butchered. - February 16, 2016 Texas



TPWD proposes expansion of doe days February 14, 2016 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... The biologist said that while some individual landowners may not buy in, it is the best way for the department to meet its goals of managing the deer herd on a large scale basis. And while not every property has seen an increase in deer numbers, they are up substantially across the region. [East Texas] ...

... Frasier, who lives in the Austin area, calls the contract hunts "slaughter hunts" that steal free-ranging game from surrounding private ranches and public hunters alike. Because of the contract hunts, Frasier said he and some of his fellow hunters will not apply for another Garner State Park permit...

TPWD regs centered on Sabine River bass, East Texas deer February 12, 2016 Texas, Texas Examiner
... Due to a lack of demand, the department is seeking to eliminate the antlerless and spike-buck control permit. TPWD staffers are also proposing to create a definition of “unbranched antlered deer” for the purpose of identifying a legal buck across seasons and to alleviate confusion among hunters ...

The Tragic Saga of a Texas “Superbuck” February 12, 2016 OutdoorHub
... They determined that the deer would score over 200 inches at four ... a pact was made among the hunters that the buck would be allowed to live out its natural life and spread its genes into the gene pool for as long as it lived... After a few weeks, it became clear that Superbuck was missing... above the fireplace, where Superbuck’s mount hung for all to see ...

Meeting on Proposed Changes to Deer Hunting Regulations February 11, 2016 Texas Parks & Wildlife Department - Texas.gov
     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.  A public hearing on these proposed changes are scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 in Groesbeck at the Groesbeck Convention Center.  More information about this event…

Join Matt and Hannah Moore of SandJack Whitetails and learn how CWD affected their small deer farm in East Texas. February 10, 2016


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 ...

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 and 2016.
     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, hunted to extinction in the early 1900's, previously found in the Trans-Pecos and western Panhandle.   In the late 1920's, 40 elk were transported from South Dakota and released into the Guadalupe Mountains.  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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