By John Jefferson

DEERIn August, I contacted Alan Cain, TPWD’s capable white-tailed deer program leader, asking about deer season prospects. Cain expected an average year for quality of deer harvested (meaning antlers and body weights), and an above-average year for the number of deer harvested. That last part meant that Texas had plenty of deer – over four million – as previously reported.

Cain’s crystal ball didn’t include how balmy the opening weeks of deer season would be. Nor did he have any inkling of the rain Hurricane Harvey would drop on eastern, central, and some of South Texas.

Many of us knew the full moon was working against us opening weekend, but we, too, were in the dark about the warm weather and monsoon. We had hunted in Texas before, and knew to pack shorts and t-shirts in our war bags, and even mosquito repellent, but the rest of it was a surprise. Consequently, the harvest was down some at the start of the season.

That’s all past, now. Cold weather, frosts, and even snow have knocked back vegetation. It now looks like winter. Deer visibility is much better. The moon won’t be bright again until the end of the month. Our excuses are gone; now it’s up to us.

The deer that Alan Cain predicted are finally coming in. With over three weeks of hunting remaining in the north zone and five and a half weeks in the south, there’s still time to bag that buck.

Along with the deer, game violations…

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