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Fawn Production: A South Texas Perspective

Fawn Production: A South Texas Perspective

Wildlife Resources

June, 2019, Texas Wildlife magazine cover story


Fair Chase Part II: Mule Deer

Fair Chase Part II: Mule Deer

Wildlife Resources

Mule deer will never replace whitetails as Texas’s most popular big game species. But to discerning hunters who love big country, big deer and broad horizons, the muley will always be a favorite.


Fair Chase Part I: Whitetails

Fair Chase Part I: Whitetails

Wildlife Resources

During rut, when bucks are on the move, a combination of careful still hunting and rattling can pay off. Sure, you’re likely to see a lot of deer while sitting in a stand watching a feeder, but you’re narrowing your real hunting time to the half hour the deer need to eat all of the dumped corn. Rattling tends to be most effective just before the rut’s peak when does are coming into estrus and bucks are looking for a fight. At the actual peak of the rut, the big boys are likely to be with does and can be impossible to call away.


Things You May Have Heard about Chronic Wasting Disease

Things You May Have Heard about Chronic Wasting Disease

Wildlife Resources

The prominence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the media waxes as new cases are discovered and wanes as the public’s interest fades once the disease’s presence ceases to be novel.  Chronic wasting disease is different from many other deer diseases in that its effects are initially subtle and take months to years to manifest in an animal.  The effects of CWD on populations take even longer to become evident.  In fact, CWD was first detected in free-ranging deer and elk in the early 1980s and only in the past 10 years have scientists been able to document effects of CWD on populations and even then, only in the areas of Colorado and Wyoming where CWD was first detected.


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