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Expectations high for archery-only hunting season

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The hot, dry conditions that have been gripping most of Texas could make archery-only white-tailed deer season a challenge for bowhunters, yet those who know how to work the conditions can still find good hunting.

“Although dry conditions should encourage deer to frequent feeders more consistently and more often, the hot temperatures may curtail movement during much of the day except for the periods around dawn and dusk,” said Alan Cain, TPWD white-tailed deer program leader. “Until cooler temperatures arrive and deer movement picks up, hunters may consider using game cameras to narrow down peak deer movement near their favorite hunting location and increase chances of success.”

Texas boasts a robust white-tailed deer population of about 5.3 million deer which should contribute to hunter success this season. Despite the deterioration in range conditions over the last several months with the 100-degree weather and wind, Cain notes “Hunters should expect an excellent deer season with above average antler quality and fawn recruitment.”

While the archery-only season opened on Saturday, Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 1, the general gun season opener is less than a month away on Nov. 2. A special youth-only weekend season is set for Oct. 26-27.

The general season runs through Jan. 5, 2020 in North Texas and Jan. 19, 2020 in South Texas. A late youth-only season is also slated for Jan. 6-19, 2020. For additional late season deer hunting opportunities and county specific regulations, consult the 2019-2020 Outdoor Annual of hunting and fishing regulations.