The forecast for the upcoming season is good, according to deer program coordinator Clayton Wolf. Ample rainfall provided good deer forage, setting the stage for above-average fawn recruitment and buck antler development. Fawn production in 1997 was outstanding, and those deer will be 61/2 years old this season. Last year 545,000 hunters harvested 437,000 whitetails from a 3.9-million deer population. For top public hunting spots this season, check Chaparral and Kerr WMAs. Contact: Texas Parks and Wildlife (800-792-1112; www.tpwd.state.tx.us/hunt).
Deer Forecast 2003