Deer season opening Saturday in Milam and throughout area

General deer season opens Saturday in Milam County and throughout the area.

Milam County will be a twobuck county for the first time, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

"You can now take two bucks but only one can have a spread of 13 inches or more," Mayer said.

"The second buck can be a spike or have one unbranched horn or slick on one side," he said.

Hunters can kill two bucks with less than 13-inch horn spreads but not two bucks with spreads more than 13 inches, he said.

Reports from TP&W field biologists indicate above average mast crop production and an early bucks are becoming more active due to the onset of the rut in the Hill Country, so they'll be moving around as they typically do during the rut, regardless of the condition of the range, he said.

A lthough the range conditions are good to excellent right now, the rains came too late to help with this year's buck antler grow th which is probably no better than average throughout the Edwards Plateau region, or with the fawn production that is also no better than average, Krueger said.

"But if it continues to rain throughout the fall and winter, the stage is being set for better antler growth and fawn production next year," he said. acorn drop.

Recent rains across much of the state have also helped generate forb production, adding to the availability of native food sources for deer.

"It's been at least three years since ground moisture has been this good at this time of year," said Mike Krueger, TPWD district wildlife biologist in Kerrville.

"There is an abundance of food sources for deer right now, and deer movements are reduced because they don't have to move as far or as often to keep their bellies full," Krueger added. "Deer don't appear to be coming to feeders as often or as regularly as they would if it were still dry."

The only consolation is that

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