Hunting Report (cont.)
Hunting has been tough
with all the rain fall, which seems to have created a massive acorn
crop in many parts of Texas.
Prior to the archery opener trail camera provided us with proof of
deer in the area where our stands were set up.
Heavy rainfall and a large acorn crop after the opener has decreased
deer sighting; the game just don't have to travel with water and
natural food all around them.
Hunting trails and crossing may provide the best luck to harvest a
deer until the acorns are all gone or they sour. After the
availability of the natural foods decrease the deer will become more
predicable and visible since they will traveling out of their
comfort zones in search for food.
The other thing that is going to
create better odds for seeing deer movement is the cooler weather
and the rut.
For the past several years
Texas has been hot during the archery and into the general season,
leaving most all of the pre-rut activity for the cooler night time
So far the cooler temperatures have created a fairly comfortable
October for pre-rutting activity.
I have see and heard reports of younger bucks with their heads low
surveying the area for that hot doe.
With the passing of the full moon Nov. 2 and the cooler temperatures
the rutting activity is sure to increase and causing the does to
begin to cycle bring the bigger mature bucks out in the open.
---------Article Update Nov. 1---------
I've been playing close attention to other reports from hunters.
During the weekend of Oct 30-Nov 1 it seems like the folks have been
seeing more deer movement and a few more bucks have been killed.
This is significant change and shows the bucks are now becoming more
interested in searching out for does that may be coming into their
Now is the time we need to be in the woods and not watching those
good collage and NFL football games...
----------Update Nov. 22,
Well, the movement has picked up
across the entire state of Texas!
Deer are leaving the comfort of
the woods and venturing out now that the natural food sources are
dwindling down, plus the cooler weather is forcing the deer to move
a little more to keep warm.
Also, I have
been hearing the bucks are chasing the does from North Texas to
and deer rutting is starting to increase.
We expect the rut in Central Texas to start this week peeking around
Thanksgiving. It seems like every year Thanksgiving week is the time
to the Hill Country deer really start to rut.
What ever does don't get bred will cycle again in about 25-30 days.
Now, is the time to be in the
------ Last Report ------
Well, as I heard from other
hunters this year was terrible for
seeing deer and harvesting deer. Nocturnal has been the best way to
the deer's movement.
Texas has been under a drought for the past four years and this past
the worst! Area lakes were dropping at rates of 12" or more per day
dwindling them down to
rivers and dry creek beds. This super dry conditions has lead me to
believe the deer migrated closer to water sources and or there has
been a die off of the deer in certain areas.
Natural food sources were non existent until the late rains began to
fall in Mid December. When that happened there was a explosion of
The Texas Hill Country was some
of the toughest hunting I have seen in 20 years this season.
Our trail camera showed evidence of deer, but not the numbers that
would be expected to seen in the area and all at night or between
7:00pm and 6:00am.
The hogs were plentiful as well
as the turkey. The hogs were all nocturnal and the turkey came and
went as they desired and usually seen in the mid morning to early
afternoon time frame.
Now that the season has come to
an end we are going to take a break and start hunting hogs!
In the spring we will start after the Gobblers as well.