Let's Look at Some Deer!!!
Someone pinch me. I don't know that life could be any better ! Cooler nights, plentiful rainfall, green pastures, and full tanks. The redfish are herding up, tarpon are rolling at the jetties, dove and quail populations look great, and the deer antlers are awesome on all well managed properties !! I had forgotten what deer can look like with a little help from mother nature after these last three horrible drought years. Anyway, I won't bore you with any more chatter, let's get to it.
You will find a link below that will take you to a photo album of some pretty good trail camera photos. These photos are all from one ranch that we have been working with for a number of years. This is a high fenced ranch in South Texas. The deer are exposed to supplemental feed year around. Two DMP pens have been used for seven years now, these are not pen raised breeder deer. The DMP permit, for those who don't know, is a permit used to temporarily retain native does, and breed them to native bucks and/or breeder bucks. This ranch has used breeder bucks from Berry Whitetails, as well as some outstanding native bucks.. It is a selective breeding program that is being used fairly widely in Texas, to help reduce the negative effects of unintentional, long term top grading of the native deer herds. The oldest fawns from the pens are now seven years old. The permittee has the option of tagging the fawns prior release, which they have chosen to do on this ranch. Tagged deer are not for everyone, and thats ok, but at the very least we can all benefit from those who do use tags, because we can actually know the age of a given deer, instead of guessing. Trust me when I say that guessing is highly inaccurate, more inaccurate than you would like to think, especially with regards to does. I hope you enjoy the pictures, you can click on any photo to enlarge it, and then arrow through the rest. I have included captions at the bottom of each photo. Enjoy, and please don't ever hesitate to call us if you want to talk deer !