On Oct. 30, Mike Myers, of Belton, set a record at Fort Hood.

“I used a bow and took the biggest deer ever off Fort Hood,” he said. “The final score was 176 gross and 173 5/8 net.”

Myers offered some advice to area hunters regarding this weekend.

“With the rut not in full swing anymore, you need to bring rattling horns, grunt calls, bleat calls — anything at all you can do to get those bucks off their feet to come in,” he said. “And, then, I urge patience. Friday, especially, should be a pretty good hunting day.”

Donnie Mathes is a 29-year game warden at Fort Hood.

“Typically, this time of year, there should be a lot of land available for hunting on Fort Hood,” he said. “The deer are starting to come back to the feeders. People hunting around feeding areas are now more likely to see bucks.”

Last week, according to Mathes, hunting was difficult.

“The weather rained a lot of people out,” he said. “On Sunday, a lot of people chose not to hunt because it was so windy. Wind tends to make the deer more cautious. You take away their scent when it’s windy and you also take away their hearing when it’s windy — and so the deer become very, very cautious.”

Conditions will soon change.

“By mid-December, the deer start to become nocturnal and then it’s really hard to hunt,” Mathes said. “You’ll have five minutes of daylight in the morning and the last five minutes of daylight in the evening to see deer. That makes things very difficult.”

Myers had a final pointer for this weekend.

“You can’t harvest a deer from your couch,” he said. “You have to get out in the woods.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566 and read his column at KDHPressbox.com

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