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Fair Chase Part I: Whitetails

Fair Chase Part I: Whitetails

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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.


Texas Mule Deer

Texas Mule Deer

Wildlife Resources

As far as Texas deer, the desert mule deer is the less common cousin of Texas’ most prominent deer—the whitetail. Because its range is found in the least populated regions of Texas, many aren’t as familiar with the deer who roams chiefly in the Texas Panhandle and the mountains and basins of the Trans-Pecos. It’s a cousin to the more manic whitetail, and that’s part of the biological problem. The mule deer as a species isn’t as adaptable as the whitetail, doesn’t breed as quickly or as often as a whitetail, has a narrow range of acceptable habitats and doesn’t feed or breed as aggressively as the whitetail and therefore is more easily extirpated.


What Does Your  Trophy Score? Beyond the Tape Measure

What Does Your Trophy Score? Beyond the Tape Measure

Wildlife Resources

One well-known, self-proclaimed deer expert has defined a trophy whitetail as a buck with antlers that measure 150 or more inches, but for generations of hunters a true trophy hunting experience goes beyond the tape measure. By this definition, the animal itself, or rather the antlers, is the trophy without regard to the experience of finding, watching, hunting or harvesting the animal and without regard to how the antlers were produced.


What Do Mule Deer Eat?

What Do Mule Deer Eat?

Wildlife Resources

Every serious rancher and wildlife manager strives to learn what the animals on their land eat, using that information in turn to help make good land management decisions. Many landowners in West Texas are interested in mule deer including their food habits and how to manage the food supply. This article is about the feeding habits and management of desert mule deer in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas.


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