So here I am, laid over in Marble Falls, and I can't remember seeing more deer in one spot next to the road. Sitting there back to the fence just relaxing and listening to the cicadas, here is a deer snorting right behind me. Walk to walmart and back, deer. More deer behind me now clearing their nose and trying to smell me. Is this a game ranch in the center of the city?
Dogcatcher to verify your comment on no fences, i seen more deer outside these fences than inside this morning.
Had deer grazing in the grass 25 yards from the forklifts running back and forth.
I was Too busy prepping my truck for pics. But yeah, no fences, that is what deer like. I am starting to think these high fences are to keep the deer OUT!
Yes thatís the reason because the only way for most hill county deer can grow to their potential is supplemental feed and browse management. The other driver is wanting Year round hunting so exotics were brought in. So many have escaped you will see many free range exotics in these neighborhoods as well, especially axis.
Not far from Marble Falls, past Horseshoe Bay, there is sub-division on the lake called "Deer Haven". Wanna guess how they got the name? When you drive through, there are deer on the front porches & meandering across the road everywhere. Almost scary!
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i drive a school bus thru a gated community "pecan plantation" every morning during the schoolyear thats located on the brazos river and not far from lake granbury..lots of deer in there in fact during the rut there are some huge bucks that are chasing estrus does..i saw a huge booner with double drop tines one morning..now ive been driving this area for a couple of years and have seen this buck twice..game warden has seen it too..probably 160+only when its dark during the rut
I grew up in Burnet but frequented all the surrounding towns like Marble Falls, Llano, Johnson City, Mason, Brady, etc. Most of the land owners back in the 60s were issued doe permits from the TPWD to disperse to their hunters but most LO held back giving them all out to protect their deer population, that was the mind set for years, a doe can produce twins which will keep the population growing. So anything with an inch of antler was shot on the spot due to the limited number of the doe permits handed out as most in that area were mainly meat hunters, not looking for anything to mount on the wall. This was also when you leased the ranch and could put 1 or 20 hunters on it, the land owner didn't really care, it wasn't a for profit business like it is these days and most of the city type hunters mainly were day lease hunters. This caused a drastic skew of buck to doe ratio. I was right there in the thick of it during my kill whatever I saw that was legal age. Most (not all) ranches have taken on a more proactive management approach over the last 20-30 or so years to try to bring things back into a better ratio mix.
Horseshoe Bay, Sunrise Beach plus a few others have restrictions on firearms and hunting around Lake LBJ .... Just like Sun City, Berry Creek, Country Club subdivisions in Georgetown, Lago Vista/Lakeway/Jonestown around lake Travis and all the hills on the west side of Austin, several around San Antonio. I know that Sun City tried the trapping and transporting, but most of the residents went ballistic on the "trauma" and squalling of the netted deer plus a number died during transport, so they quit trying to transport alive and just killed on site then transported to a processor for food for homeless shelters and other needy places.
I am not sure if the other neighborhoods around central Texas that have tried trapping/transporting have continued or not due to the outrage of the area home owners ...
here is a picture I took about 2 weeks ago in the older Country Club neighborhood of Georgetown.
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