Recent weather sets high expectations for archery-only season
AUSTIN – Expectations are high for the archery hunting season opening day (October 3) thanks to recent rain events, mild temperatures and reported deer movement throughout the state. The archery-only season opened on Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 6.
“Recent precipitation throughout Texas has resulted in a flush of new growth on preferred native deer forages and should set the stage for good winter weed production, critical for deer late in the season,” said Alan Cain, White-tailed Deer Program Leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). “This is quite a change from the brown and brittle range conditions experienced in July and August.”
Cain said that hunters and landowners are reporting exceptional antler quality, as seen on trail cameras or while scouting their favorite deer hunting locale. He adds that even though the western Panhandle of the state is still experiencing somewhat dry conditions, significant impacts on deer season are not expected.
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