It’s been a while since I’ve written here and there is one reason for that. I’ve had absolutely nothing to say. Hard to believe isn’t it.
This time of year is very busy for me and every spare minute I have (when I’m not at work, church, or kids sporting events) I’m hunting so you would think I would have plenty to write about, but I don’t. You see, I haven’t seen a deer in almost two months. I don’t mean I haven’t shot a deer, I seriously mean I haven’t SEEN a deer since the opening weekend of rifle season and then it was only a couple small year and a half old bucks.
I hunt in east Texas but even for this area this lack of deer is highly unusual. It’s almost like we’ve been transported to the early 80′s again where seeing a few deer a year was a claim for a successful season. I know of a local meat processor that by this time last year had processed 300 more deer than they have so far this year, so I’m not the only one not seeing anything.
Personally, I think the drought last year had a greater impact on the deer population than was first anticipated. It is very likely that we could have lost a fawn crop and all the weaker deer in the herd last year due to the drought.
So let’s conduct an impromptu, very unscientific survey. Let me know where you hunt and how this hunting season has compared to an average season in your area. I’ll start.
I hunt East Texas (Wood County)
Deer sightings down significantly. An average hunt over the last few years would consist of a few does and small bucks coming by, this year nothing. I mean NOTHING. Zero mature bucks spotted, very few does and immature bucks.
Quality, all deer I have seen have looked healthy, one spike killed (by my wife) had a lot of fat on it. The racks on the few mature bucks I’ve seen killed where above average.