• Bucks like this will be coveted trophies as hunting season opens Saturday around Gillespie County and the state. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Hunting season fires off this weekend

The start of November marks opening weekend for the white-tailed hunting season.

General season for hunting white-tailed deer starts Saturday, Nov. 4 and runs through Jan. 7, 2018.

The season is open in all counties where there is a general open season for white-tailed deer.

All legal hunting means and methods are allowed. Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties require an archery endorsement.

Hunters may take no more than five white-tailed deer and no more than two bucks (all seasons combined) in one license year.

The area still posts the state’s largest deer population in terms of volume.

The TPWD’S big game harvest survey report for the 2016-2017 hunting season estimated 172,599 hunters bagged 215,632 deer in the Edwards Plateau ecoregion, which includes Gillespie County.

According to Outdoor Life Magazine’s 2017 hunting preview, the ecoregion is one of the state’s potential hotspots for hunting and boasts and estimated white-tailed deer population of 2.6 million deer, which comes out to a ratio of 130 deer per 1,000 acres of land.

Statewide, 61.83 percent of estimated hunts were successful and led to 720,645 harvested deer in 2016-2017.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac website predicts “rainy periods” mixed in with cool weather for Texas during the start of the season.

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