"We are predicting a target rich hunting environment in 2013, where opportunities to harvest a deer are high," added Cain. "Considering that we have over 636,000 hunters and the harvest rate average is around 0.91 deer per hunter, the odds of bagging a deer aren't bad."
This year hunters will be allowed to use up to two dogs to trail wounded a deer in 12 more counties. Counties where the use of dogs to trail wounded deer is still prohibited include Angelina, Hardin, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby and Tyler. And it's still illegal to use dogs to hunt, pursue or take deer.
While public land hunting is by draw-only, there are many good wildlife management areas (WMAs) that offer a good opportunity at a mature buck. They include the Chaparral, Gus Engeling, Kerr and Matador WMAs.