Texas Whitetail Hunts

How to Get a Superior Trophy Head With the Help of a Taxidermist Jun 08, 2015
One of the biggest accomplishments for a beginning hunter is shooting your first trophy whitetail deer. The memories of the successful whitetail hunt will long live on as a great hunting experience. As a way to celebrate a wonderful hunt, having your whitetail deer produced into a mounted trophy head will give you a tangible souvenir from your first Texas whitetail hunt.

With your help, a knowledgeable and highly-skilled taxidermist will craft your animal into a superior trophy head. When choosing a taxidermist it is important to conduct research and choose your taxidermist before you actually go hunting. If you begin looking for a taxidermist after your trophy whitetail deer hunt you will be on a deadline which often results in making rash decisions. When scheduling your hunt at a Texas ranch check to see if a taxidermist is already on-site. Many ranches are beginning to offer these services on property.

If your ranch does not have offer taxidermy services, ask them if they have a taxidermist they recommend to hunters. Additionally, you can find taxidermists on your own. When doing your own research it is very important to view the previous work of your chosen taxidermist. When inquiring with various taxidermy services ask questions regarding their process, price and typical time frame for completing a project.

Once you have chosen the taxidermist you want to produce your superior trophy head it is important that you ask what material they need to produce the strongest trophy head for you. According to reports, taxidermists claim that at least 60% of the skins they receive for mounting has a problem.

One of the most common problems associated with taxidermy is not having the right amount of sufficient skin for the project and having the skin cut by a careless skinner.  For most whitetail trophy heads it is recommended that you leave a minimum of 1.5 feet of excess skin on the cape. As a general rule of thumb, it is always easier for taxidermists to have too much material to work with than to not have enough.

Taxidermists can work wonders on animals. In fact many taxidermists can even repair broken antlers. It is important to note all of the extensive skills that your taxidermist offers so that you can have the best mounted whitetail trophy head possible.

Once you have received your mount, a fitting tribute to your trophy whitetail deer hunt, it is important to maintain the quality of your trophy. Once you have mounted the head it is important to regularly clean the eyes and antlers. To ensure that you are as careful as possible use Q-tips and Windex.

Whitetail trophy hunts are a long standing tradition in Texas that provide great memories to hunters of all ages. If you are looking to schedule a trophy whitetail deer hunt in Texas this fall choose Big Rack Ranch.
 
 
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Importance of Scent Detection in Hunting May 11, 2015
Have you ever found yourself sitting in the calm and quiet of the woods waiting for a trophy whitetail buck to come your way, and suddenly once he appears you notice that he quickly stops and smells the air and retreats in the other direction? If you have found yourself in this situation you have fallen victim to scent detection.

While you can be a great hunter who is barely seeable through the thicket of the woods decked out in camouflage it means nothing if your scent can be detected. Deer are remarkable creatures who have a very sensitive nose and strong sense of smell. On average, Whitetail deer have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose. The more receptors a mammal has the stronger their sense of smell is. In comparison dogs have around 200 million while humans have just 5 million receptors. In their brains, deer have two large processing centers where they can analyze scent. The processing areas of deer are 10 times larger than the scent processing area that a human has.
For humans we can barely imagine how strong deer’s sense of smell is. With such strong noses it is important to ensure that you control your scent during a trophy whitetail deer hunt. It is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that your body and clothes remain as scent free as possible.

To ensure that you are scent free it is best to wash with scentless soap. Although many soaps claim to be “fragrance free” they still have a distinct smell. When showering, opt to make your own soap solution by dissolving ½ a cup of baking soda in 3 cups of water. This solution allows you to clean yourself while removing and minimizing scents.

Once you are scent free it is time to make your clothes scent free. When cleaning and preparing your hunting attire it is important to wash your clothes in a washer with scent free detergent. However if you typically wash your clothes in a washer with various scented detergents, it is best that you wash your uniforms by hand. To wash your clothes by hand, soak your clothes in cold water with a hint (around ¼ cup) of white vinegar. Vinegar is a powerful liquid that neutralizes odors and removes stains. Once you have soaked your clothes, wring your clothes dry and air dry them either indoors or outdoors. To ensure your clothes stay fresh it is important to seal them in a plastic bag once they are washed. On the day of your hunt you are ready to pull out your fragrance free clothes and head out to the woods.

In addition to taking the personal steps needed to ensure you have minimized your odor you can also invest in a variety of scents that mask human odor and smell of deer. Several scents and brands are on the market to help hunters when it comes to preparing for a trophy whitetail hunt.

It is important to keep in mind that human odor is a very strong scent to animals. If you are looking to hunt a trophy whitetail do your best to mask your scent. To schedule a superior Texas hunt call Big Rack Ranch at 979-777-9107.

   
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5 Ways to Prepare for Hunting Season This Spring Apr 09, 2015
Avid hunters know that hunting season does not start on opening day, it starts months in advance. Before opening day, hunters use the prior months to prepare for their first day of shooting. There is a large amount of research that must be done before a hunter can go out and shoot a trophy whitetail deer.
Spring is a great time to prepare for your fall deer hunt. Some of the most important tasks to complete prior to deer season include:

Buying the proper licenses and tags needed for your hunt

Depending on which type of game you plan to hunt, what state, and when you’re planning to hunt will require you to purchase a hunting license. According to Texas Parks &Wildelife, In Texas,” a hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle.” The price and terms for each license vary and can be found on Texas Parks & Wildlife’s website.

Get to know ranch and land owners

Some of the prime hunting spots in Texas are on ranches and private land. With the warmer weather of spring, it is a great time for hunters to scout out new hunting areas. Many ranches are open to having hunters come and lodge at their ranch for a chance to shoot a trophy whitetail deer. If you are looking to schedule a hunt at a ranch do your research. Call and visit various ranches to see what they offer and if they have any hunting packages available.

Practice shooting

The offseason is a great time for hunters to practice their shooting. Whether you plan to take down a trophy whitetail with a rifle or a bow, it is important that you continue to improve your skills. As the old adage says the more you practice, the better you are. Use the spring to hone your skills and see which shooting method works better for you. Other popular shooting methods include muzzleloaders and shotguns.

Organizing your equipment and bags

Nothing can ruin a whitetail hunt like leaving an important piece of equipment at home or find it in unusable condition. Prior to opening day make a checklist of everything you will need when you are hunting. Lay out all of your equipment and ensure that it is in good quality. Equipment maintenance and organization can be a time-consuming process, but is crucial when it goes to preparing for the perfect whitetail hunt.
 
Review the regulations for hunting


Hunting regulations for Texas can be found on Texas Parks and Wildlife’s website and should be reviewed frequently as the information can change from year-to-year. Overlooking the regulations can ruin a hunt. Prior to opening day make sure you review the regulations for the area you are going to hunt in and the species you are planning to hunt as this information is crucial to a successful hunt.

Although opening day for deer season is months away, the preparation for the big day starts months in advance. Prior to hunting a trophy whitetail it is important to research, study and ensure that you have all of the needed equipment.

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Controlling Your Scent to Improve Your Whitetail Experience Mar 04, 2015
Whitetail deer are particularly adept at using all of their senses in order to avoid danger. Among the most refined of their senses is their sense of scent. Deer use this sense of smell to protect them from adversaries such as wolves and coyotes as well as hunters. While we all know that a dog has a tremendous sense of scent, a whitetail deer's nose is one hundred times more sensitive. Deer that have not had that much exposure to humans may not be that wary, but a mature buck is certainly well aware of the dangers associated with humans. This means that you absolutely must control your scent in order to get near a buck on a Texas deer hunt. There are several methods you can use for controlling your scent.
 
First, it is important to consider the use of scent control clothing. Such clothing may use activated carbon or other elements for the purpose of eliminating odor. Regardless of the type of clothing that you opt to use, make sure that you do not dress in it until you are already in the field. Otherwise, you run the risk of your scent control clothing taking on the smells of your home, which will certainly be enough to trigger an alarm in a wary buck. You also need to ensure that you care for your scent free clothing properly. Do not use normal detergent, but instead use phosphate free, scent free detergent. You might consider running an empty load in the washing machine with the laundry to ensure that all smell is completely eliminated before you actually put your hunting clothing through a cycle.  Finally, make sure that your clothing is stored in a sealed container when it is not in use.
 
A de-scenting shower is another good option to help you eliminate odor. This is important because your body is continually creating odor. Scent killing soap can help to eliminate the bacteria that are the primary source of human body odor. Prior to dressing, be sure to apply a scent-free antiperspirant. Some hunters also prefer to use a scent-eliminating spray. This type of spray can be used effectively on yourself as well as your decoys, equipment and anything else that you use.
 
Finally, consider the use of specific scents to further cover up your own scent. There are two types of scents available. They are lures and cover scent. While there are commercially available cover scents, you can also use natural cover scents as well. For instance, if you happen to have certain types of trees growing near your hunting area, branches from these can work well.
 
Keep in mind that it is virtually impossible to completely eliminate scent. Still, it is important to do all that you can to control it as much as possible. Even if you are not able to completely control your scent, you can at least mask it, thus giving you a greater opportunity.

 
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Tips for Improving your Whitetail Deer Hunting During the Off Season Feb 02, 2015
Opening day may be awhile off, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get in some activities now that will help you on your next whitetail hunting trip. While temperatures may be heating up around the Lone Star State, now is the ideal time to pay attention to your weapons and ensure they are in good working order. Considering buying a new gun or bow? With the temperatures heating up outside, this is an excellent time to do some research to find the ideal weapon to add to your stash.
 
Now is also actually a good opportunity to get some time in at the range. Did you notice that your aim seemed to be a bit off last year? Have you recently bought a new weapon that needs to be sighted in? This is the perfect time to hone your skills, sight in a new shotgun, and even chat with other hunters in the process.
 
You might also be surprised to find that the off season is a good time to try your hand at predator hunting. This is about much more than just keeping your skills strong during the off season. It’s also about eliminating predators that could serve as a danger to newborn fawns. Some estimates indicate that as many as 75% of new fawns are killed by predators within three days of birth. Remember, today’s fawns are tomorrow’s bucks. Coyotes, in particular, are a serious danger to newborn fawns. By successfully hunting predators, you can reduce their impact on deer while also improving several important skills that will help to make your next whitetail hunt more successful when the season opens. For instance, predator hunting is a great way to improve your ability to hunt the wind. This is because coyotes have a tremendous sense of smell. In fact, the coyote’s sense of smell surpasses even that of the whitetail. Coyotes are known to actively circle downwind. Each time you hunt predators, you must take the wind into account.
 
Predator hunting also allows you to practice your concealment and stealth. Both of these skills are crucial to whitetail deer hunting. Predators tend to have superior hearing and sight. When hunting predators, you must learn how to be absolutely silent and still. Finally, predator hunting gives you the opportunity to practice accurate shooting. With targets that tend to be small and elusive, predator hunting is the ideal opportunity to practice your skills with a shotgun or rifle. Add in the fact that you are shooting at live targets and at a distance, and this is an excellent chance to hone your skills.
 
You might also consider picking up some new skills during the off season? Have you always wanted to give bow hunting a try? If so, now is the time to practice. Bow hunting is significantly different from firearms hunting, so whatever time you spend practicing now will certainly benefit you when the regular season opens.
 
If you happen to be in Texas, then do give us a call and book your hunting trip with Big Rack Ranch for a memorable hunting trip.
 
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Everything Hunters Need to Know About Whitetails Jan 02, 2015
The cooler weather is a sign that hunting season is in full swing.  With an overwhelming amount of trophy whitetail deer in Texas, Texas has become one of the preferred states for trophy whitetail hunting.  While whitetail deer are the prized game in south Texas hunts, it is important for hunters to learn more about the creature they are working so hard to hunt.

The whitetail deer, native to America, ranges in size. Male deer can range anywhere from 60 to 400 pounds. While the female deer can round up to nearly 200 pounds. These large whitetailed deer make for a great trophy after an afternoon of Texas whitetail hunting. Whitetail deer are very adaptable. Whitetails can adapt to a variety of habitats that occur in different regions of the world and in different temperatures. In addition to living in forests, whitetail deer can be found living in Mexico, Canada and other states within the United States.

When it comes to diet, whitetail deer are known to be herbivores, which mean that their diet is based primarily on plants found within nature. Some of the foods that whitetails enjoy eating are blades of grass, legumes, plants and acorns. Although whitetail deer are known to be herbivores, they have been known to occasionally eat field mice and small birds when available. Throughout the day, whitetails can often be found nibbling at the ground eating anything they can get their paws on.

When hunting whitetail deer it is important to take into account the deer's sense of smell. The sense of smell is by far the most powerful sense that deer possess. Compared to humans, deer show a heighted sense of smell. Deer have around 300 million olfactory receptors, while humans only possess around 5 million olfactory receptors. Animals are often known to have stronger sense of smell than humans, but deer not only possess a stronger nose than humans, but also dogs and cats. In order to accommodate a deer's sense of smell, it is best to mask your scent when hunting. For hunters it is important to lay off the perfume and cologne and hunt in conditions where wind is prevalent.

Whitetail deer are able to communicate to one another in a variety of ways. The most common use of communication occurs in the form of marking, scent, sound and the deer's body language.
When it comes to trophy hunting, humans are not the only ones on the prowl for whitetail deer. In their habitats, whitetails run into many predators. Some of the most common predators of whitetails include bobcats, wolves, cougars, bears, foxes and alligators.

When you are looking for a whitetail trophy deer to make for a one-of-a-kind hunt, visit Big Rack Ranch.
 
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Whitetail Scouting Success Tips Dec 01, 2014
 
When it comes to bringing home that trophy whitetail deer, your success is often just as much about what you do before the season opens as what you do after it opens. Scouting is largely considered one of the most critical elements of the hunting process. Sure, you could happen on blind luck, but in most cases, the more time you put in scouting, the better your results will be. As is the case with anything else, it is important to know how to scout correctly.
 
Among the most common mistakes that many people make when scouting for breeder bucks is that they fall into hunter mode. What does this mean? They often fall into the same behavior that they would exhibit if they actually were on the hunt. This can easily spook deer and could even cause them to move to another area. When scouting, it is important to make a point of walking normally. Avoid sneaking around.
 
One thing that does remain equal between scouting and hunting is that you need to control your scent as much as possible. Scent blocking clothing, rubber boots, and scent eliminator can all work wonders on keeping your scent under control.
 
It is also a good idea to consider keeping a scouting journal. While you might think you will remember everything later on, it's better to write it down. Be precise about everything you see during your scouting trips. For instance, write down when you see deer and what the weather conditions were like at the time. It's also a good idea to make note of the moon's phase as well as the thickness of nearby foliage, available food sources, wind direction, and anything else that might seem relevant. Remember that a lot of factors can play into the travel patterns of deer, including food sources, bedding sites, scrapes, escape routes, and more. By recording this vital information, you can begin to gain keen insight into the behavior of deer into the local area. You might even be able to see patterns that otherwise you would never have noticed.
 
Of course, as any experienced hunter knows, it is also important to pay attention to deer tracks while scouting. The size of the tracks can be vital in helping you to determine whether the deer trafficking that particular area are bucks or does. Additionally, deer droppings can be helpful in discerning the difference among the does as well as separating out fawns. Larger droppings typically indicate the presence of bucks.
 
The ability to locate scrapes can also assist you in tracking bucks. Remember that bucks will often use their hooves to scrape the ground when they are trying to attract does. The presence of scrapes is a good indicator of the bucks in the nearby area.
 
Just as there is often a good time for whitetail deer hunting, there are also times that are better for scouting. Ideally, scouting should be conducted near dawn and dusk, the times when deer tend to be most active.
 
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Texas Exotic Hunts Offer a Host of Benefits Jun 16, 2014
Texas has become the preferred hunting location in the country for a variety of reasons, most notably due to the stunning number of trophy whitetail deer that seem to thrive in the state. While Texas may be well known for its whitetail deer population, the state is also home to a variety of other species of deer, including ever increasing herds of exotic game animals. First introduced to Texas almost a century ago, these animals are now a growing part of the state's varied ecology. In fact, exotic deer hunting in South Texas is becoming just as popular as whitetail hunting
 
Among the most well-known of the exotic animals in Texas is the Axis deer. Rapidly gaining a reputation for being the most graceful and beautiful of all deer, the Axis is often a featured part of many exotic hunts in Texas. Even seasoned hunters are often surprised at how easy it is to enjoy a hunt with Axis deer.
 
When handled by a quality and experienced hunting operation, such as Big Rack Ranch, hunters of all ages and skill levels can enjoy a hunting experience of a lifetime. The Axis species originated from India. During the 1930s, this beautiful species was introduced to Texas. Males are noted for their magnificently long, forked antlers that far exceed those of whitetail deer. Additionally, both male and female Axis deer can be recognized due to their tawny colored fur highlighted by pristine spots of white.
 
Unlike native deer species, Axis males often intermingle with and even travel with females. Another difference that sets Axis deer apart from whitetail deer is the fact that they do not adhere to a specific mating period. In fact, females within an Axis herd may go through fertility cycles at any time. Experienced Axis hunters know that the location of a herd can often be identified by the distinct bellows that are issued by the males when they are in pursuit of a fertile female.
 
This is completely different from whitetail males, which are known for becoming loners while traveling in the rut. Additionally, whitetail deer often travel in completely unpredictable patterns, making a hunt even more challenging. Axis deer hunts; however, due to the different characteristics of the species, are far different. An Axis herd can include dozens of animals. Mature males usually form the center of the herd. While an Axis herd may be somewhat easier to track than a whitetail herd, it should be kept in mind that these animals tend to be naturally wary, which means that hunters must learn to move silently when on the pursuit.
 
If you are looking for a unique hunting experience, an exotic hunt for Axis deer can certainly help you to meet your goals. Axis venison has quickly become known as being the most delectable and tender of all meats. Unlike meat from other animals, Axis meat does not feature the sharp gamey taste, which means that you can incorporate it in a larger variety of dishes.
 
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Getting Acquainted with Trophy Whitetail Deer May 16, 2014
Whitetail deer have quickly become highly sought after in Texas as well as other parts of the country. If you are interested in bringing home a trophy whitetail deer, you might find it beneficial to learn a little more about these fascinating creatures. 

Native to North America, whitetail deer tend to vary in size. Males can weigh up to around 300 pounds while females can weigh up to around 200 pounds. Known for their big racks, male whitetail deer shed their antlers annually. The length as well as the branching of a whitetail deer's antlers is usually based on a variety of factors, including genetics, nutrition, and age. 

Whitetail deer  are herbivores and they will consume practically anything they can find. They are particularly fond of grasses, plants, berries, and acorns. If you have heard that deer are not able to see well past about 20 yards, you need to understand that this is largely a myth. There are plenty of deer that are quite capable of seeing well at much farther distances. Deer are able to see better in low light conditions. This is why deer tend to be most active during the night. In terms of hearing, many researchers believe that a deer's hearing is not dissimilar to our own. The primary difference is that deer are able to pick up on some ultrasonic frequencies. In addition, deer also have the benefit of a pivoting ear, which means they are capable of pinpointing the direction of sound in a much faster manner than we can.

Of course, the one sense that deer have which is certainly superior to our own is the sense of smell. It's a well known fact that deer have an extraordinary sense of smell. While we as humans only have about 5 million olfactory receptors, deer have nearly 300 million olfactory receptors, much more than even dogs. Basically, this means that a whitetail deer is able to smell about 60 times better than we can. This is precisely why it is important to hunt in the wind and make sure you manage your scent while you are out on a whitetail deer hunt. You should also be aware that deer are actually quite capable of memorizing scents and then associating them with important events. Therefore, if you take a shot at a deer and miss, you can rest assured that he will associate your scent, whatever that may be, with danger in the future. Furthermore, deer can also actually distinguish and even recognize people by their individual scents, so do not be fooled; if you have shot at them and missed, they will know you next time.

Whitetail deer also have incredible agility. If you have ever seen a whitetail deer at a breakneck run, you probably already know this. In some states, whitetail deer have been clocked at approximately 47 miles per hour. They also have the ability to jump quite high, clear obstacles of up to 9 feet, and jump distances of more than 30 feet. 

So if you plan to go for a hunting trip for some trophy whitetail deer then do visit our Big Rack Ranch today!
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Devising a Successful Deer Stand Placement Strategy Apr 15, 2014
Are you already thinking about tagging a trophy whitetail deer when the next season opens? If so, you certainly are not alone. If you are like many people, you may also be thinking about scouting some future hunting spots now that the weather is beginning to warm up. One of the most important things you can think about right now is where you are going to position your deer stand, if you plan to use one. 

In determining where you are going to place your stand during next season, it is important to keep in mind the importance of scent to a whitetail deer . This is how most deer gather information about their surroundings. They locate food, opportunities for mating and even sense danger through scent. If you have been hunting even for a little while, you probably already understand the importance of making sure that you hunt downwind and ensure that the wind is to your face. While those are important tips, it is also a good idea to evaluate the surrounding terrain when devising a strategy regarding where you are going to position your deer stand. 

When you hunt flat land, you really do not have a variety of options regarding where you place your stand. Wind tends to remain the same on flat land. The best you can do in this situation is to ensure that you do plenty of scouting in advance so that you are familiar with common bedding areas. 

It becomes a bit more complicated when deer hunting an area with hills. The valleys between the hills tend to attract deer, so it is important to be aware of that when deciding where you will set up your stand. The critical piece of information here is identifying the direction from which the deer will arrive. Once again, scouting the area can provide you with a wealth of information, including where and when the whitetail deer feed. In most instances, your best bet is to set up your stand at the top of the hill. 

In determining an effective location for setting up your deer stand, it is also important to make sure you put some position between your stand and core areas. Ideally, your stand should be positioned about 100 yards away from areas where deer tend to gather. Otherwise, there is a significant chance that the deer will hear you climbing in and out of the stand or smell you.

Finally, consider your effective shooting range based on the type of weapon that you are using. Your stand should be positioned just inside your range. Remember that an effective shooting range can vary from one hunter to another. This can be a bit of a balancing act and it will require that you have ample experience to be familiar with your comfortable shooting range. 

The proper positioning your deer stand can go a long way toward increasing your chances that you will nab a trophy whitetail deer this season. 
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Mistakes to Avoid When Tracking Hit Deer Mar 24, 2014
In a perfect world, the trophy whitetail deer you have been tracking would drop immediately after you have fired your shot. As we all know, we do not live in a perfect world, and more times than not, your target is going to run at least a short distance. The distance a deer will run is based on a variety of factors, including placement of your shot. In order to avoid losing your deer, it is imperative that you know what to do next.

One of the most common mistakes that many people make while on a deer hunt is failing to follow up with a second shot. This is usually due to over-placed confidence that a perfect shot was fired and an unwillingness to waste good meat. Unfortunately, this can result in no meat at all if your shot was off, the deer runs away, and you are not able to track him. Remaining calm and following up with a second shot can help to prevent this type of scenario. It is also important to be aware of your surroundings and note exactly where the deer was located when you fired your shot. Additionally, you need to exercise patient and wait a period of time after the last shot is fired, to prevent pushing the deer even further along the escape route.
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Why Is it Important to Age Deer During Hunt? Jan 25, 2014
Hunters are typically concerned with the age of trophy whitetail deer, but there is no doubt that estimating the age of a deer can be difficult. This can be particularly problematic when the deer in question is moving, obscured or quite a distance away from you. Nevertheless, it is important to make a proper age determination when you are trying to decide whether or not to take down that deer. If you are a hunter who wants to harvest a mature buck, then you must be willing to learn how to properly age deer and even be willing to pass on a deer and give him time to mature another year.
 
Overall, whitetail bucks usually produce the best quality antlers once they have completed their long bone growth. This typically occurs once they have reached about the age of four. Of course, this can vary. For instance, some bucks complete their skeletal growth by the time they are three while others will not reach maturity until they are five. Regardless of age, the growth of the body will always take priority over the growth of the antlers. Needless to say, if you want to harvest a trophy buck with big antlers, you need to give him time to mature.
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2013 Should be a Great Year Dec 12, 2013
Overall, the 2013 whitetail deer hunting season is shaping up to be a good one. Habitat is relatively good throughout most parts of the state and there are a good number of fawns, which predicts good hunting for several more years to come. According to state wildlife officials, the population throughout the state has remained stable. In fact, the statewide deer population is estimated to be at or even slightly above the average and is hovering around 3.6 million. There is also a decent carryover of deer from the previous year, due to the fact that the 2012 harvest was somewhat low.

In 2011, dry conditions also contributed to a significant decline in fawn production. Around the state, fawn production declined to about 29%. The following year; however, fawn production rebounded. Some landowners have estimated that fawn production may have hit as high as 80% in the Hill Country. While those fawns may not mean much this year in terms of harvesting, when looking at the long-term, the fawns of today will be the adult deer you are scouting in a few years. In light of all of the current evidence, hunters should expect there to be plenty of excellent opportunities for harvesting a trophy whitetail deer this year.
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Tips for Tracking Wounded Game Nov 19, 2013
Everyone dreams of scoring a big trophy whitetail deer, but what do you do when you do not land a kill shot? Learning to trail wounded deer is an important part of any successful deer hunt

One of the most important things you can do after you take the shot is to wait a moment and wait for a response from the animal. Continue to watch the deer until it is actually out of your sight and carefully listen for any further responses or actions. Make a note of any landmarks in the area that can assist you with marking the trail that a wounded animal might make. 

How long should you wait? Different hunters have different theories regarding the most appropriate amount of time to wait before trailing a wounded deer. If you wait for a little while, it will give the deer time to lie down. On the other hand, if you begin tracking immediately, you can ensure that the wounds do not have enough time to begin coagulating thus allowing for a steading trail for tracking. Keep in mind that at times, the trail for downed game can be lost if the animal decides to double back. Walking in concentric circles can aid with re-establishing the trail. 

If you want to experience trophy whitetail hunting at its best then contact Big Rack Ranch today at (979) 777-9107.
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Optimizing Herd Conditions with Proper Harvesting Nov 01, 2013
With trophy whitetail deer hunting season about to hit its peak, you may find yourself wondering exactly why hunting season occurs in the fall. Certainly, the weather is cooler, but there is also a much more important reason. Hunting in the fall provides the perfect opportunity for harvesting animals prior to the arrival of winter. Cold weather is the most significant limiting factor in regards to deer capacity. Proper harvesting is crucial for optimal herd management. Areas with higher whitetail deer densities will typically produce significant die-offs, lower crops of fawns, poor quality antlers, and smaller body weights. 

Naturally, these are all things you want to avoid when it comes to an optimal Texas deer hunt. All of these symptoms frequently occur as a result of a rangeland that has been overused. Not only does this occur with whitetail deer but also with exotics. When an area has been cleared of all available browse and forbs, it will often exhibit poor diversity of plants and may even reflect the presence of nuisance plants. Proper harvesting of breeder bucks and other deer each fall help to maintain sufficient browsing conditions, thus improving the quality of the herd overall. 
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Staying on Top of Regulations Sep 18, 2013
As hunters around the state begin to make preparations for the upcoming whitetail deer hunting season, there are still a few tasks left to handle. Many hunters will be focusing on replacing old stands, adding new feeders, conducting surveys, and clearing hunting areas. It is also time to make sure you are aware of current hunting regulations for your area. One regulation that has received quite a bit of discussion is that of antler restriction. Antler restriction regulations currently apply to 61 counties in Texas. In counties where such restrictions apply, there are two types of legal bucks. There are those bucks that have a minimum of one unbranched antler and those bucks with an inside spread of at least 13 inches. 

The goal of such regulations include improving the buck herd, increasing opportunities for hunters, and encouraging hunters and landowners to become more involved in improved habitat management. The problem many hunters face; however, is the difficulty in determining an inside antler spread while in the field. While this can certainly be frustrating, the good news is that research indicates that only about four percent of all bucks actually have an inside spread measuring less than 13 inches. Happy hunting!
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Getting Ready for Opening Season Aug 19, 2013
Although temperatures may still be warm, it is never too early to begin thinking about deer hunts. This is particularly true when the trophy whitetail deer you will be seeking are nearing the end of their yearly cycle of antler growth. In fact, spending some time scouting now can give you a good idea of what to expect from your next hunt season. 

Texas has developed a strong reputation as one of the best locales in the country for deer hunting. Considering that the state has a whitetail population of around four million, it is little wonder that so many hunters from all over the country flock to Texas each year.  One of the reasons that have certainly contributed to the excellent population of whitetail deer in Texas is the superior deer management program that has been incorporated in properties all over the state. Now is certainly the time to begin planning for the opening of the upcoming hunting season. Archery season will open around the state on September 28th, with the general hunting season opening in both North and South Texas on November 2nd. 
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Learn to Identify Preferred Food Sources for a More Successful Hunt Jul 23, 2013
If you did not accomplish your goals during last hunting season, there is still plenty of time to develop new techniques for harvesting trophy whitetail deer during the upcoming season. One of the most important things to consider when developing new strategies lies in understanding what drives the movement of deer. The answer may be much more simple than you might think. Most people would argue that the rut affects the movement of most bucks. Although this is technically true, while the bucks are searching for does, you must understand what is driving the does in order to track the wildlife you are seeking during a Texas deer hunt. That one critical factor is food. 

Deer typically feed multiple times per day and it is the need to fill their stomachs that will drive most does and ultimately the movement of bucks. By identifying the movement patterns of deer, you can take advantage of more successful hunts. In order to do this, you need to develop an understanding of the food sources your local deer are using and learn how to position yourself in a location near preferred food sources. One of the most effective ways to determine what it is that deer are seeking in terms of food sources is to spend some quality time in your skinning shed. By studying the contents of the stomachs of harvested deer, you may be able to gain vital information that can help you in the planning of next hunting season.
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Resolving Supplemental Feeding Problems Jun 13, 2013
One of the most critical elements of good habitat management is proper nutrition. While providing supplemental feed and planting food plots can help to aide your habitat’s food sources, they should not serve as a substitute for proper management. An effective supplemental feeding program should ideally be incorporated into your overall management program. Corn is typically the most common supplemental food; however, due to the low protein level of this food, it should not be used as your only supplement food source. At most, corn contains only 10% protein, which is simply not sufficient for the adequate development of muscle and bone in trophy whitetail deer. The preferred choice is a protein pellet food that contains a minimum of 16% protein. In addition, this food should be placed in feeders that are evenly distributed over the total habitat. 

It is certainly true that Texas breeder bucks and other deer find corn appealing. To compensate for that, you might try mixing corn in with pelleted feed until your trophy hunting herd becomes more accustomed to using feeders. Over time, you can gradually reduce the amount of corn you mix in with the pellet food.

If you have any question regarding whitetail deer supplemental feeding then feel free to contact Big Rack Ranch at (979) 777-9107.
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Understanding Antler Growth of Whitetail Deer May 13, 2013
Do you know when trophy whitetail deer shed their antlers? Whitetail deer shed their antlers on an annual basis prior to re-growing new antlers. Even seasoned whitetail hunters might be surprised to learn that it only takes three weeks, at the most, for the shedding process to take place. The re-growth phase occurs during the summer and lasts into the early weeks of fall. Texas breeder bucks typically shed their antlers at some point between January and April after the rutting season has concluded. During this time, bucks do not need their antlers because there is no need to fight off other bucks in a battle for does or territory.

Deer antlers are actually much different from the horns sported by cattle, which are hollow. Instead, deer antlers are comprised of solid bone tissue and feature a honeycombed structure. The base of antler growth is comprised of skin-covered nubs known as pedicles, which are located on the skull of the buck. A young buck fawn will begin to grow pedicles during the first eight to nine months of life. As a yearling buck, he will begin antler growth and then go through the shedding and regrowth process once per year for the rest of his life. Antlers do typically increase in terms of point length, beam length and mass as the buck matures. 

If you are looking for some big antler trophy whitetail deer hunts then contact Big Rack Ranch today at (979) 777-9107 and book your next hunting trip.
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The Effect of the Weather on your Hunt Apr 15, 2013
Myths often abound when it comes to Texas deer hunting, but one of the most commonly recited is that the success of your hunt depends on the weather. Many hunters often seem to feel that their chances are poor when it’s raining. The truth of the matter is that trophy whitetail deer are actually far less concerned with the weather than the people tracking them. Generally speaking, deer tend to go about their business regardless of the weather. In fact, the hunting can actually be quite good when it is raining because deer are often not as wary as they would be normally. This makes it possible for you to move about far quieter, especially when the leaves underfoot are wet. While deer do not seem to mind a light drizzle, they will frequently run for cover during a blustery day or during a downpour. 

If you really want to tap into the opportunity to take advantage of excellent texas deer hunting, consider planning a hunt the day before a storm front is about to move in. As is the case with many other wild creatures, whitetail deer possess the uncanny ability to sense an approaching front as far in advance as 48 hours and will often begin making preparations for it. This can often provide the opportunity for excellent hunting.
 
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Cultivating your Child's Interest in Hunting Mar 14, 2013
Deer Hunts not only make for great vacation memories, but can also provide you with a great opportunity to spend quality family time together. As an avid hunter, some of your most cherished memories are likely related to your first successful hunt. Taking the time to get your kids involved in Texas Exotic Hunts  can pave the path for memories that will last a lifetime. Although all kids are certainly different, there are a few things you can do to help get your kids involved in hunting and cultivate a lifelong passion. 

The most important step you can take is to get your kids involved from an early age. Kids will generally take an interest in anything you are interested in from the time they can string together a few words. Even if they are not yet ready to go on a hunt yet, be ready to talk to them about what you are doing and answer the questions they will certainly have. The question regarding the right age to take them along varies from one parent to another. Hunting is serious business and it should be taken seriously. When you are ready to bring them along, recognize that you will likely need to change the way you hunt when they accompany you. This will likely mean making your trips brief and being ready to answer a lot of questions. At the same time, you need to be prepared to make the trip fun. Taking the time now to cultivate your child’s interest is something that will pay off in the long run with a passion that you and your child will be able to share through the years.
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Preparing for Next Hunting Season-Learning from this Season Feb 27, 2013
Did you meet your goals for this season? There is certainly not much more depressing for a hunter than to realize the sun has set on the last day of deer season without taking advantage of all available opportunities. Regardless of how this season may have turned out, it is now time to turn your attention to preparing for your next whitetail deer hunting season. 

One of the best things you can do to prepare for deer hunts next season is to learn from what took place in the last season. Take some time to sit back and think about the deer activity you observed during the last season. Think about what went right and what didn’t. Is there anything you could have done differently to see both the number and the quality of deer you hoped for? Were you able to pinpoint critical feeding and bedding areas? Did you notice that deer movement and sightings changed as the season progressed? What actions can you take next season to stay on top of the deer if that happens again? Did you overlook any areas you want to check out next season? By carefully considering these questions, you can be ready for an exceptional season in just a few months!
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How Cooler Temperature Helps in Deer Hunting Feb 14, 2013
Cooler temperatures always translate to better hunting and many hunters across the state have reported harvesting some of the best trophy whitetail deer ever. This is likely due to habitat conditions that are above average along with superior deer management practices. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to get in some excellent deer hunts, there are a few tips to keep in mind. 

First, make it a point to use the weather to your advantage when possible. The problem many hunters encounter is that they are only able to hunt when they can get time off from work or on weekends. This may not always be the best time to see the trophy whitetail you are hoping to encounter. When the temperatures are mild, deer activity is often affected. If you are fortunate enough to live near a great Texas deer hunting area, make it a point to take full advantage of the days just after a cold front. The lower the temperatures, the more activity you are likely to see and that will usually make a big difference in your ability to harvest a trophy deer. 

Big Rack Ranch has wide variety of Deer hunts like whitetails, exotics, red stag etc. Contact us today at 979-777-9107 and reserveyour hunts.
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Making the Most of the Full Moon Phase Jan 03, 2013
As most experienced hunters are aware, moon phases can contribute heavily to how deer behave. This applies not only to trophy whitetail hunts, but to other game animals as well. While there are some people who will not hunt when the moon is full, you can still take advantage of a great Texas deer hunt during any phase of the moon with a few tips. 

One of the most difficult times to hunt is when there is a full moon at night and clear to partly cloudy skies during the day. During this time, almost all game animals will be on the move just after dusk and return to their bedding area just before dawn. The key to making the most of this time is in knowing that they will also be on the move again for a brief period sometime between mid-morning and the middle of the day. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to see deer moving around between 9 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. This includes not only does but bucks as well. Generally, you shouldn’t expect to see them near the major feeding areas, as they typically remain closer to their bedding areas. 
 
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How to Measure a Whitetail Deer Nov 21, 2012
Whitetail deer are definitely among the most popular targets on many Texas deer hunts. With the opening of this year’s hunting season, it is a good idea to make sure you have all of the basics for the proper way to measure a trophy whitetail deer. Begin by counting the points present on each antler. A point must project a minimum of one inch from the main beam in order to qualify. Beam tips can be counted as points, but they should not be measured as points. Measure all points from the edge of the beam to where the point adjoins the beam. Points should be recorded separately for the left side and the right side. Remember, all measurements should be taken in inches to the nearest one-eighth of an inch. 

Non-typical points should also be measured. These are the points that make their way out from the bottom or the side of the beams instead of upwards. After you have measured the length of each of the non-typical points, you can then add up the total length of the points and record. Happy hunting!

At Big Rack Ranch you will find best trophy whitetail in Texas. Contact us today at 979-777-9107 to book your next hunting trip.
 
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Whitetail Deer Antler Growth Oct 22, 2012
There is nothing like bringing in a trophy whitetail deer, and an exotic hunt provides the opportunity for bagging some of the biggest whitetail deer in the state. For hunters planning upcoming an upcoming deer hunting trip, it can be a good idea to brush up some basic facts about those much sought after antlers. Among the top locations for deer hunts, Texas is a good choice. 

When you stop to think about it, deer antlers are some of the most amazing tissues in the entire animal kingdom. During the peak antler growth season, they can grow up to half an inch in a single day. Much of a deer’s antler growth depends on age, genetics, and available nutrition. The living tissue that covers the antlers is referred to as velvet because that’s just what it feels like. What you might not know is that during the development of the deer’s antlers, they are highly sensitive to the touch. Most of this growth takes place during the months of March and April. By the end of September, antler growth has pretty much come to a stop. 

At Big Rack Ranch we have whitetail deer with fully grown antlers to make your friends jealous. Contact us at 979-777-9107 to book your next hunting trip.

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Little Known Whitetail Deer Facts Sep 25, 2012
While deer hunters often spend a lot of time scouting and hunting on deer hunts, there is still quite a bit to learn about trophy whitetail deer. This can be particularly important when you are searching for the best breeder bucks or you are planning an exotic hunting trip. 
 
For instance, were you aware that according to research, whitetail deer can detect human scent on underbrush up to several days after a human has left the vicinity? A smart, mature buck will respond very negatively when he encounters the scent of a human and will frequently be wary of that area for even weeks later. The hair color of a whitetail deer during the winter will appear almost bluish-grey. During the fall, new hair provides the whitetail with additional insulation for the coming winter months. It is the tips on this new hair, which are dark, that give the deer’s winter coat its richer color. If you have tracked a deer on a hunt and lost its trail, you may not be looking far enough ahead. When fleeing danger, a whitetail deer can take extremely long strides with tracks that can be spaced up to 25 feet apart. 
 
If you are looking for a similar whitetail deer hunting incident then visit Big Rack Ranch in Texas and we will ensure that you get the highest quality Texas whitetail hunts.
 
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Texas Exotic Hunts Offer Biggest and Best Hunts Aug 15, 2012
Exotic hunting has become a popular pastime throughout the country. No longer is it necessary to travel to far off lands to enjoy exotic hunts. Avid fans will discover that Texas exotic hunts offer the biggest and the best hunts possible. Hunters will find there to be a wide variety of animals available throughout the year, including trophy whitetail deer.

In fact, the Texas Hill Country has become well known for Texas deer hunts and other exotic hunting experiences. The rolling hills in this region are ideal for numerous types of exotic game species. Along with Texas breeder bucks, exotic hunts can include a wide array of both native and exotic animals, such as Axis, Fallow, Whitetail Deer, Sika Blackbuck Antelope, Red Stag, Corsican Rams, Elk, Black Hawaiian sheep, and Gemsbok. As a result of the sheer number of exotic animals in this region, year-around hunting is possible with a state hunting license. Licensed guides can help hunters get started on their first Texas deer hunts or provide advice for experienced hunters.

If you have any query about our deer breeding program or hunting, please feel free to contact Big Rack Ranch at 979-777-9107.
 
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