Drought could help deer hunters this year

POSTED: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- There's no doubt the drought has had an impact on the animals.

"On average we see roughly 60 percent fawn production in this region of the state. This year we're recording anywhere from 15 to 20 percent," said Kyle Melton, a natural resource specialist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. 

But if you think those numbers will effect this season -- think again.

"Interestingly enough just because we've had a drought year this year, doesn't necessarily negatively impact our hunting season and the reason being is because that's going to -- the, the production this year is actually what we're hunting three or four years down the road," said Melton.

In fact, because of the drought, hunters may see more deer.

"Because of a lot of movement, deer moving back and forth trying to find food trying to find water, we should see a lot of movement we should see a lot of deer," said Melton.

A hunter himself Melton said he likes his odds this year.

"The ease of finding my game because of the lack of all those, those, those elements in the habitat, they're having to move. They're going to run across my path or somebody else's path that's in the field," said Melton.

But even with an easier hunting season the Texas Forest Service warns all hunters to be cautious since the terrain is still ripe for fires.


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