Near press time, Texas correspondent Ray Sasser dropped us a note about a deer outfitter near Dallas who is offering some unusually late hunts this year. He writes: "Thanks to a Texas program called Managed Lands Deer Permits (MLDP), outfitter Randy Oldfield will be offering some whitetail hunts. Oldfield Outfitters has leased a large ranch in Jack County, about 100 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Jack County is not generally considered big-buck country, but the property has been unhunted for years, and Oldfield has an ongoing protein feeding program that's produced some bucks that surprised even him. Early hunters took a 161 B & C gross 10-pointer and three other bucks that grossed in the 130s. Oldfield shot a deer for a management buck and discovered it had four kickers he had not seen before the shot. The 12-pointer grossed 166 B & C.
Even more surprising is how much weight the protein feed put on these deer. The smallest buck Oldfield's hunters took in October field dressed 141 pounds, and the heaviest was 187 pounds. Trophy buck hunts here are $3,250, while management buck hunts are $1,350 (for deer that gross under 125 B & C) and $1,750 (for bucks grossing above 125 B & C). You can reach Oldfield Outfitters at the address and phone number listed below."