The deer hunting season officially concludes Sunday. Currently, only kids ages 8-15 are permitted to hunt deer.

“I think these final few days of the season can prove successful for the youngsters,” said Mike Myers, of Belton.

In the fall of 2014, Myers harvested the largest buck ever taken at Fort Hood.

“I plan on taking out some kids hunting this weekend and so I’ve been checking, and the deer are eating all of the corn right now,” Myers said. “The natural foods are completely gone. The deer need their carbohydrates and so corn is the one thing that can work in these final few days.”

Myers took his record-breaking buck with a bow.

“But cross-bow hunting is very hard for the kids,” he said.

“You can’t usually use a bow now because kids normally don’t have the strength to pull that bow back.”

Myers said timing will be critical in these last few days of the season.

“The best time to go hunting for deer now is early in the morning or right before dark,” he said. “My best suggestion is go from 7 to 9 a.m. and then come back at 4 p.m. and hunt until dark. The evening is actually a little better right now. The deer are getting on their feet more often closer to the night.”

Once deer season concludes, Myers said hunters in this area will prepare for spring turkey season.

Said Myers, “The spring turkey season starts late in March, lasts about 45 days — and there is nothing more fun than the spring turkey hunting.”

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

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