Tips for hunting whitetail deer

Whitetail deer are some of the most iconic deer of Texas.  With their beautiful, multi-pointed antlers, large dark eyes, and graceful movements, they are a hunter’s favorite. The following are some tips for having successful whitetail deer hunts in Texas.

Tips for Having Successful Whitetail Deer Hunts in Texas

  • Make sure you have a hunting license. This rule applies to hunters of all ages.
  • Hunt in season. Checkup the local rules to find out when hunting season begins and ends. Which type of weapon you can affect the hunting season as well.
  • Stock up on ammunition. The last thing you want is to run out of bullets right when that big buck shows up in plain view.
  • Hunt for does earlier in the season. Early season does produce better venison because they are in better condition. This also leaves more food for the remaining animals with less competition for the same food and space.
  • Hunt early or late in the day. That is when deer are most active. Just remember that legal shooting times are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after the sun sets.
  • Hunt on still, cool days. Deer tend to bed down during rainy and windy days. When bad weather comes to a stop, this is also a great time to go hunting because the deer are restless by then and start moving around right away. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and get ready to go at a minute’s notice.
  • Don’t transport a deer in the back of your pickup truck on a hot day. The meat will not be fresh if you have a long drive ahead of you. Some towns have locker plants where you can pay to hang the deer in a cooler. Otherwise, just skin and quarter the deer.
  • Bring plenty of ice chests. Ice by itself is not good for fresh venison because it makes it too moist and promotes bacterial growth. Instead try freezing water in containers such as large soda bottles or milk jugs and placing those in the ice chest.
  • Deer have a really great sense of smell. Try to avoid being detected by deer by staying downhill of where you expect the deer to be, based on wind direction. You could also purchase a scent-killing spray and apply that to yourself. Shooting from high above is another possible solution to avoid detection by scent.
  • Don’t shoot at a moving deer. The most humane shot is in the fold behind its shoulder, halfway down its body.

Whitetail deer hunts in Texas can be a very satisfying experience. It’s a great way to get fresh, high-quality meat in a time-honored tradition that respects the natural rhythms of life.