On the subject of management buck hunts, the bargain in a Texas deer hunt remains the King Ranch's management buck hunts. About 12 of them remain to be sold for the 1999-2000 season. This is a $2,500, 2 1/2-day, safari-style (vehicle) hunt for an eight-point buck on the most famous ranch in Texas. "We've gotten a lot of calls about our management buck hunts, but people seem put off by the fact that they're restricted to eight pointers," said the King Ranch's hunting manager Butch Thompson. Think of it this way. A 140-inch eight-pointer is a much more impressive buck than a 140-inch 10-pointer. The King Ranch has a lot of very high quality whitetails, including a lot of long-tined eight pointers in the 125 to 140 class. Moreover the deer are as gentle as any wild deer I've ever seen. During a 2 1/2-day hunt, you'll see dozens of nice bucks and have a good shot at most of them. Contact Butch Thompson, c/o King Ranch.
(Editor Note: At press time, we asked Sasser for an update on the drought that wreaked such havoc on the Texas deer herd last year. "The overall Texas whitetail forecast is much improved from last season," he said. "Right now at least Texas is having a much better weather year. By that I mean it's wetter and cooler. That's good news for Texas deer hunters.")