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Hunting In Texas: Top Reasons To Go There!

Texas is the state which boasts that everything they do is the best in the whole country! Hunting and fishing is on the list of possibilities in Texas. The state of Texas currently supports over four million deer. Game management is in place for the deer, so you don’t have to worry about affecting the natural balance. Texas is a great place to consider hunting.

The weather in Texas is very unique, you have to be prepared for it to not be predictable. You really have to be ready for anything. November and December are very cold in during the mornings (normally around 30 degrees), then it warms up in the afternoon (around 70 degrees), and light rain and wind in between.

Each experience with Texas hunting will be different than the others! This is because it’s so changeable. Texas is a big state, and so traveling can get you a very different experience. In different parts of Texas, you can find whitetail deer and mule deer. Many types of terrain can be found in Texas, from deserts, hills, streams, and even wooded areas.

When you’re not hunting deer, there are all types of fowl available. Small game hunting and even hog hunting are all great year round activities that can be enjoyed by all.  Nothing says “Good hunt” more than a fat pork roast on the grill for dinner.

Caution must be exercised when hunting in Texas. The federal government does not allow you to hunt anywhere you want. Much of the land is owned by private individuals, and so you must ask permission. Texas penal code makes it a crime to be trespassing on any land in order to hunt. It does not matter if the owners have posted a sign. If you try searching, you will be able to find a private land owner who will allow you to hunt for a fee. You may get lucky and find a generous owner who will let you hunt for free. You can try searching on the internet, or possibly contacting the landowners individually.

You may want to play it safe and spend your money on a private land deer hunt. Most of these landowners offer a deal that if you fail to bag anything, you do not have to pay anything. The landowners offering these types of deal usually have a large and healthy stock of deer. Remember, if you get one, then you pay. The usual amount for a whitetail buck is around $200. These are better options because you are on legal hunting land, and you know that they actually have deer.

You won’t be wasting time and money trying to hunt deer in Texas and may also have something to bring home!

If you have your heart set on bringing down a deer on your trip to Texas, consider a guaranteed deer hunt on a private ranch. There are more and more of these types of leases available all the time, offering you a no-kill, no-pay deal on private land that usually has an abundant stock of well-managed, healthy game. Now, if you do shoot a deer, it won’t be cheap – generally about $150 to over $200 for a whitetail buck. But you’ll know you’re not trespassing on anyone’s land, you’re sure to be in an area that sees lots of deer, and if you don’t get a deer you don’t pay. With the hunting in Texas for whitetail deer so spectacular, it’s a reasonable price for sure thing.

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Deer Hunting 101

As a young (or even older) individual new to the deer hunting game, the whole concept might sound a little challenging, especially for those people who have little in the way of hunting experience of any kind.

However deer hunting is hardly the most difficult activity in the world, especially for those individuals willing to inject the time necessary to master it.

+Deer hunting essentials

Successful deer hunting requires preparation; you cannot afford to wander off into the woods before ascertaining that you have every item you might need to carry out the hunt, essential items crucial for deer hunting including the following:

-Gloves

Whether you choose to use lightweight mesh gloves during warm weather or glomitts during colder seasons, these items will protect your hands, allowing you to proceed without worry.

-Mask

Dear hunting requires some stealth; and to avoid being seen and spooking your prey consider using camouflage makeup to blend into your environment. Face masks are also just as effective.

-Batteries

Batteries are essential tools while in the field; and whether you need them for your flash light, range finder or GPS unit, a couple of spare batteries might make all the difference in the world while you are out deer hunting.

-Bottle

You are free to urinate in the woods if you want to; however there is no telling how the deer will react to the scent. To avoid such complications, keep a bottle on hand that you can urinate into.

-Flagging

You will need flagging to mark trails, downed animals, stands and the like. You must be careful about how you utilize flagging. You can never tell who might make use of it. While deer hunters rarely have to worry about thieves, one cannot rule out the potential threat they might pose.

-Ammo/Arrows

Going deer hunting without extra arrows or ammo is very foolish, especially since you can never know how many shots it will take to kill your prey. You need extra ammo and arrows for emergencies.

-GPS

Most relatively experienced hunters can get around in the woods without assistance; however a GPS unit can simplify matters in ways you might not be able to imagine.

-Hunting pack

When you are selecting a hunting pack, you need to favor camouflage a model, the kind that is unlikely to stand out in the field. You should also take into account the space and number of pockets your chosen pack boasts, this determining the ease with which you can store your essentials.

-Compass

A compass is essential for any individual that intends to venture into the woods for any purpose; deer hunting is no different. When your GPS unit fails for whatever reason, you need to know that you have a compass to rely upon.

-Water

You will need some clean drinkable water not only to quench your thirst but to also wash your hands, possibly even to rinse out a wound. You can use your empty water bottle as a pee bottle.

-Lighter

A lighter or matches are very handy tools to keep on hand, proving effective for a number of purposes, from checking wind direction to starting emergency fires.

Along with the right tools, this including knives, rope and a flash light, you need common sense and some quick thinking to partake in deer hunting successfully, some tips that might prove useful in the field including the following:

-You need to keep in mind the impact your odor can have on the deer; which is why you should only shower with scent free soap prior to your hunting trip. There are scent killers you can use to mask your odor altogether.

-Do not wait until deer hunting season begins to practice setting up and taking down a tree stand. You must learn to get into and out of your spot expediently before venturing out into the woods.

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