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Deer Archery Season Already Under Way
General Gun Season Opens Nov. 4 Texas bowhunters have already taken to the field since last Saturday, when the state’s deer hunting archery season officially kicked off. Wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) expect good hunting.
Deer Archery Season Already Under Way-Texas Trophy Hunters Deer archery season is already under way. Hunting prospects are expected to be good, according to state wildlife biologists.
2017 - 2018 Hunting Season Dates
Archery Season Sep. 30 - Nov. 3, 2017
Youth-Only Seasons Early Season: Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
North Zone: Nov. 4, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
South Zone: Nov. 4, 2017 - Jan. 21, 2018
Special Late Season
North Zone: Jan. 8 - 21, 2018
South Zone: Jan. 22 - Feb. 4, 2018
Late Season: Jan. 8 - 21, 2018
Muzzleloader-Only Season Jan. 8 - 21, 2018
7 Factors When Deer Hunting New Properties
I love the challenge of a do-it-yourself roadtrip for whitetails. I suppose that’s why I have been on about two dozen of them in the last 15 years. I have had some exciting successes and some crushing failures during these hunts, but I have learned from each one of them. Hunting for mature whitetails, away from home, mostly on public land, is a challenge that will humble you, but the highs are so high in part because the lows are so low.
I have learned a lot from all those hunts and I would like to pass along a few tips that will help you learn from my experience. Do these seven things well and your chances of coming home with a nice buck in the back of the truck will go way up.
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7 Factors When Deer Hunting New Properties A DIY Whitetail Hunt Is a Challenging but Rewarding Adventure
The Toughest Whitetail Rut Hunt You Can Go On
It Ain’t Easy
Are you looking for the ultimate whitetail rut hunt? After a few decades of searching in states and provinces across North America, I believe I’ve found it — in the remote, northernmost stretches of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Canoes, paddles, and gear-laden dry bags may not be standard rut-hunt gear, but they’ve become a few of the integral ingredients that make this hunt so special. Other than your legs, human-powered canoes are the only way in or out of the BWCAW. Some other fringe benefits
are your remote wilderness lakeside campsite complete with ancient, towering white pines and dense cedar swamps patrolled by secretive Canada moose, as well as soaring bald eagles, abundant beaver colonies, and at least one a bit more obvious: bruiser north-woods bucks built like NFL linebackers, toting heavy racks with a rich dark chocolate.
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The Toughest Whitetail Rut Hunt You Can Go On It Ain’t Easy
Scouting for Deer with Topo Maps
Going In Blind Isn't All That Bad If You Use Maps to Scout
Speed scouting with maps can quickly put you on big bucks. It works. You just have to know how to get the job done.
Why Speed Scout?
Whether you’ve been drawn for a special hunt in an unfamiliar area, are hunting out of state or are just hunting a new location in your home area, maps allow you to quickly find strategic deer travel corridors. The best map to use is a topographical map, but aerial maps are also useful, especially on flat land. The following are the steps to use when scouting with maps.
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Something even the kids will eat
VENISON CHEESEBURGER SOUP
1 cup peeled, diced potato ½ cup canola oil 2 pounds ground venison** 1 cup onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped 1/2 cup jalapeno chile peppers, finely chopped (wear gloves) 1 cup flour 1 TBS homemade Italian seasoning 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1-1/2 quarts homemade beef broth 1-1/2 lbs white American cheese, sliced 1/4 cup chopped scallions
Directions: In a large saucepan, put the potatoes and enough water to cover them by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to the pan. Cover and keep warm. -
In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the venison burger and cook, breaking up the meat slightly with a wooden spoon, until the burger begins to brown, 6 to 10 minutes. Add the onion and the bell peppers and cook, stirring, for another minute or two. Add the jalapenos and then the flour, herb blend, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, until well mixed and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broth and bouillon powder, lower the heat to medium, and cook, stirring, until heated through, taking care not to break the meat up too much. You may also use 1 lb of ground venison and 1 lb of ground beef if you wish. Remove the pan from the heat, add the slices of cheese, one at a time, and stir gently until the cheese melts into the soup and the soup becomes creamy. Add the scallions and the potatoes and cook just until heated through. Serve hot. ** The best thing to make that goes hand in hand with this is garlic bread (or cheese bread). Enjoy. - See more at: http://outdoorchannel.com/article.aspx?id=25971&articletype=article&key=venison-cheeseburger-soup-recipe&p=mhm#sthash.7ppOAdgg.dpuf
"This is a great way to spice up venison for those who tend to shy away from it. It is similar to Carne Guisada, and goes well as a main course or a filling in a tortilla. Venison comes out moist and tender in a slow cooker or pressure cooker. This also works well with beef or pork."
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 ounce Mexican Oregano ASTA
4 pounds deer meat
4 hot red chile pepper, dried
4 cubes beef bouillon
Lightly season the venison steaks with 1/2 teaspoon of Papa's Seasoning Salt (see below). Cut the steaks into bite-sized pieces. Mix the flour with 1 teaspoon of Papa's salt; reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture and set aside. Toss the cubed meat in the seasoned flour.
Heat the oil in the pressure cooker or a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat cubes in batches and cook until richly browned on all sides. Remove the meat and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium, and stir the reserved tablespoon of seasoned flour and the ground cumin into the pan drippings. Cook and stir until the flour has lost its raw smell and is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the sliced onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.
Return the meat to the pan, along with the beef bouillon cubes, Mexican oregano, bay leaf, and chile peppers (remove the stems, but leave them whole). Pour in the water and seal the pressure cooker, turning the heat up to high.
Bring the pressure up to high and reduce the heat to maintain the pressure. Cook at high pressure for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the pressure drop naturally. Remove the lid. Remove the chile peppers and bay leaf; squeeze the pulp from the peppers, returning the pulp to the pan and discarding the skins and the bay leaf. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
How to Hunt Property Lines
Follow These Ethics and Strategies for Hunting Property Borders
In the outdoor world, few things are more controversial than hunting property boundaries. As time goes by, it seems greed drives more and more hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to do illegal or unethical things. It’s not because they can’t decipher right from wrong. It’s because people test and even stretch the limits, rationalizing stupid moves and seeing just how much they can get away with. Trespassing intentionally – regardless of how far one goes across the line – is illegal and irrational. Whether it’s hunting, snooping or otherwise, we simply have no business on private land for which we haven’t gained permission to be on. Not only is it illegal, but it’s liable to make neighboring landowners into enemies rather than friends. That’s a given.
But what about hunting near property borders on land we own or have permission to hunt on? This is perfectly fine since we’re not trespassing, right? That’s a loaded question. Before you hang a treestand or stake a ground blind on a fence line that separates properties, let’s discuss some ethics, strategies and considerations that will help you make advised decisions relative to the circumstances at hand.
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Nov. 1, 2016
Hunters hoping Saturday’s opener brings reprieve from warm temps
AUSTIN – Record high temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s from Amarillo to Austin left ardent bowhunters sweltering in their deer stands throughout October; a trend weather models project could come to a welcome end heading into Saturday’s general rifle season opening day.
Unseasonably hot weather over the last month may have hampered hunting during the archery-only deer season, but Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists maintain that prospects remain excellent.
“I’m still expecting an excellent deer season,” said Alan Cain, TPWD deer program leader. “It has been warm and a bit dry in October, which may have impacted early MLD (Managed Lands Deer) harvest and archery harvest. The deer are still there but some of the hunters I talked to said it wasn’t much fun sitting out in 80-90 degree weather, especially the afternoon hunts, so they’re waiting for the cooler weather. I expect hunting to pick up in November as cooler temps become more of the norm.”
Extended forecasts call for a reversal in weather patterns by mid-November, but even moderate temperature drops this weekend should be a welcome reprieve for hunters.
The general deer season opens statewide Saturday, Nov. 5 and runs through New Year’s Day in the North Zone and through Jan. 15 in the South Zone (see the TPWD Outdoor Annual of Hunting and Fishing Regulations digest for county-specific bag limits and season dates). Printed copies of the digest are available at hunting license sales outlets and in digital format as a free mobile app download on iOS and Android platforms at www.txoutdoorannual.com/app .
What can hunters anticipate seeing in the field during the early part of the season? According to TPWD field observations, acorns have been prevalent in October and will persist into early November and may influence deer movements, but as dry as it has become in the last month or so deer are still coming to deer feeders.
“Antler quality is excellent,” Cain noted. “I’ve seen photos of several big deer, including a low-fenced buck harvested in Webb County with a gross B&C (Boone & Crockett score) of around 198. Deer are in excellent body condition. I’ve seen a number of harvested deer with 1-3 inches of fat on their rump and across the back.”
Texas boasts a whitetail deer population in excess of 4 million and those numbers are climbing across much of the state due to high fawn production and survival this year. Parts of East Texas that have experienced extended flooding conditions over the last two years may be the exception.
Changes to deer season regulations this year include new provisions for the special late season in January, which now restricts harvest to antlerless and unbranched antlered deer. An unbranched antlered deer is one that has at least one antler with no more than one point. An additional 14 Panhandle counties were added to the general season, along with additional “doe days” in 26 East Texas counties.
Hunters are also reminded of new chronic wasting disease (CWD) carcass movement restrictions and testing requirements for hunter harvested white-tailed and mule deer this season. For details visit the CWD informational page online.
TPWD reminds hunters to check out the “My Texas Hunt Harvest” mobile app that allows Texas hunters to voluntarily report and track their harvested game from a smartphone or tablet. Hunters can log harvest for all resident game species, including white-tailed deer. The information collected will help TPWD biologists assess annual harvest and manage healthy game populations across Texas. Hunters should note that electronic reporting using the app does not fulfill tagging requirements for any game required to be tagged or requirements for the completion of the harvest log on the back of the hunting license as it applies to white-tailed deer. The app is available at the App Store for IOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. Harvest can also be reported online at https://apps.tpwd.state.tx.us/whs/.
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