Valerie Lizcano, 12, of Pharr, Texas showing off her first trout, 20 inches. Valerie caught her speck using Gulp Shrimp and popping cork for the first time. She was fishing with her dad off South Padre Island.
I was all prepared to send a glowing account of our West Texas mule deer hunt but, alas and alack, that was not to be. On approximately 22 sections and an estimated 24 hunters at various times during the 17-day season, this was one of only two deer killed. (the other was a 13-point with a 15-inch inside spread).
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This deer, killed on our property 15-miles off Hwy 90, 6-1/2 miles east of Sanderson, TX, was taken by Forest Canion of Port Lavaca, TX, the opening weekend, and was 10-point with a 17 1/8″ inside spread. Forest has hunted our property a few times in the past and has taken deer in Texas, Mexico, and other states.
We were disappointed that no one was seeing deer on our four sections, but, in talking to a game warden in Terrill Co., this appeared to be the norm. The drought has taken its toll on vegetation and wildlife. Last year there were quail everywhere you stepped. This year we saw ONE LONE BLUETOP and that was it!
During the 17-day hunting period, Forest and his partner saw one more better buck, but were unable to get a shot, and I got a 3-second glimpse of a buck moving up a hill in the mist late in the evening. Did see lots of spikes and forkhorns, so, if we get sufficient rain this coming spring, there should be better hunting in 2012.