Mule Deer Hunting In The Texas Panhandle


Published: November - 2005

Looking for a mule deer hunt? You might want to consider the Texas Panhandle. Some of the largest Texas mule deer bucks traditionally come from the sandhill country of the Panhandle, where agricultural crops in the region provide deer with plenty of high quality feed. In fact, non-typical mule deer bucks scoring over 200 B & C have come out of this area. One outfitter there whose clients annually harvest bucks between 150 and 180 B & C is Danny Swoap of Broken Wing Outfitters.

Based in Olton, Texas, Swoap has developed good relationships with landowners and farmers in the Lubbock area, gaining access to over 4,000 acres that range from sandhills to agricultural fields and playa lakes. His hunts are for mature bucks that are at least 6½ years old. Clients usually hunt deer that Swoap has pre-scouted and patterned before the season. Hunters often set up on one of the many sandhills in the area they are hunting to glass for bucks. The hunting is mostly spot-and-stalk, and Swoap has had clients take bucks as close as 40 yards, although most shots are between 100 and 200 yards. Sometimes they shoot bucks that are bedded during mid-day and sometimes they catch them moving from their beds to feed in the corn, milo and alfalfa fields early and late in the day.

Two of Swoap's clients, father-and-son team John and Brian Walter, have hunted six years with Swoap and report consistently harvesting mature mule deer bucks scoring 150 B & C or better, including a non-typical buck that scored 202 B & C two years ago. "Swoap goes the extra mile for his hunters, and we are looking forward to the hunts we have booked this fall," Brian Walter told The Hunting Report when we checked out this opportunity. He also described the deer as big-bodied brutes resembling those he has hunted in the Rocky Mountains more than the desert mule deer found down in the Trans Pecos.

Swoap's hunts run one to three days, depending upon how long it takes a client to........(continued)

 
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