Two Whitetail Hunts Get Good Reviews


Published: May - 2003

The Texas panhandle isn't among the top 10 destinations for quality deer hunting, but after a recent hunt with Ken and Roseann Mayer of All American Outfitter, I am convinced the area is worth consideration. This is not only due to the size of the animals available, but also because this is one of the few places where you can take both whitetail and mule deer on the same hunt.

All American, I am told, produces 100 percent shot opportunities for whitetails up to 130 B & C points and 75 to 80 percent shot opportunities on bucks in the 140 B & C range. The largest buck this past season scored 162 B & C, and a 175-pointer was taken a couple of seasons back. The success rate on mule deer is 100 percent, with all bucks ranging in score between 130 and 160 B & C.

The country here is generally open, but it's laced with ravines and canyons that provide excellent escape routes for deer. The semi-arid landscape, interspersed with cedars, soap weed, yucca and wild plum, makes spotting the quarry quite a challenge. Most of the hunting is done from box blinds.

Texas has one of the more liberal whitetail seasons in the US, approximately 10 weeks, typically running from mid-October through the first weekend in January. The 16-day mule deer season runs concurrently with the whitetail, beginning around Thanksgiving. The nonresident license is a bargain at $250, which includes your general license, up to four buck tags, two doe tags and four turkey tags.

All American offers a combination mule deer/whitetail hunt that is a six-day affair conducted on a 1 x 1 basis. It sells for $5,500. Their "guide-assisted," four-day trophy mule deer costs $2,750. If you want to hunt with a friend, the rate for two "guide-assisted" hunters is $5,000. The difference between a guided and guide-assisted hunt is the presence of a guide on the stand with you.

There are several options for whitetail-only........(continued)

 
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