Hunters of all experience levels make final preparations for the upcoming general deer season with a variety of expectations.
Story and photography by Bob Zaiglin
October is a dynamic time for Texas deer hunting enthusiasts, as they prepare for another deer season. It is a highly anticipated event, particularly after enduring a long, hot, sultry summer. The arrival of the more comfortable fall temperatures lures sportsmen back into the environment they like best. Some will conduct preseason scouting activities along with performing required repairs on that camp house or old deer blind, even plant a food plot or two. Others may simply use such activities as an excuse to search for shed antlers or test their scatter gun skills from underneath a shade tree at their favorite stock tank.
But regardless the amount of time spent preparing for the season, the one concern they have permanently etched in the back of their minds is just how good will the upcoming season be, particularly when it comes to those calcified appendages referred to as antlers?