The Texas deer hunting outlook is always good. Even in what could be generally considered “average” or “down” years, Lone Star State hunters have plenty of opportunities to bring home multiple whitetails — and some good ones, too.
Alan Cain, the whitetail program leader for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, again said that this fall and winter will be on par with previous seasons in most whitetail hotbeds across the state.
“The statewide deer population is going to be right around that 4.3 million to 4.6 million range. If you look at statewide trends, it’s slowly creeping up each year,” he said. “The Hill Country still has the highest estimate at about 2.6 million. There’s one particular management unit in the Llano-Mason area that has the highest deer density in the state, roughly 285 per 1,000 acres. We always recommend hunters to use their tags, especially doe tags, in those areas with higher numbers. This should be another good year for hunters in terms of how much venison they can put in the freezer.”
Cain noted that weather patterns from the summer of 2017 through the summer of 2018 were inconsistent, with the obvious landfall of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 having an impact on some portions of the state deer herd.