UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
White-tailed deer season starts Saturday for all hunters. Hunters are getting ready, stores are gearing up in Waco for the big day and Texas Department of Wildlife is making sure all hunters use safety when hunting. Local hunting stores tell us hunters are pumped up this season, and it's showing in sales. Texas Parks and Wildlife says that's no surprise. Last year, more than 500,000 deer were harvested in Texas.
In a previous interview, Natural Resource Specialist, Kyle Melton, told Fox 44 conditions will be ideal this season. "We should see a quality year this year as far as fawn production, antler size and just body conditions in deer over all," Melton said.
One concern for the Texas Parks and Wildlife is safety. They say they have already seen some accidents out there. Quint Balkom with the Texas Parks and Wildlife says to remember "...weapon safety, utilizing mechanical safety, not loading shells prior to entering the stand and of course, watching those youth we may be taking out in the woods to make sure we have a positive hunting experience for the child."
The bag limit this year is five deer with no more than two bucks. Permits aren't required for antlerless deer unless permits have been issued for that tract of land.