Rain produces growth, boosting deer November 5, 2015 Texas,

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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 ...

... 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...

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 ...

'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...

Break in drought could mean record deer season October 5, 2016 Texas, Belton Journal
...  This year in terms of rain 2016 was a record one. It was cool for half of the summer months... less stress on the deer ... Those 2011-12 years were drought years... Three years in a row we have had the rains we needed to provide food for the deer population...

Counting down to deer season's opening day October 27, 2016 Texas, Huntsville Item
...  we’ve got more whitetails (about 4 million) than any other state and an army of deer hunters numbering around 700,000 who love to chase them ... much of the state has enjoyed back-to-back years of abundant rainfall to soak the soil and spur premium forage growth. Texas’ vast deer range in excellent shape ...


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