Area deer hunting has been very slow this past week, according to area expert Donnie Mathes.

“The deer hunting hasn’t been worth a darn,” said Mathes, a 29-year game warden on Fort Hood. “Nobody seems to be seeing any deer out there.”

The general season for deer hunting ends on Sunday.

“It’s really bleak right now,” Mathes said. “And I don’t see it improving in the next few days because it’s supposed to rain. The deer seem to only be moving after dark. This is pretty typical of deer hunting in this area for this time of the year.”

Mathes said the deer are sensing “hunting pressure.”

“You have to keep in mind that, by now, the deer are feeling that ‘hunting pressure,’ ” Mathes said. “They have seen a lot of hunters moving around the woods. They also see the vehicles out there. Plus, the deer can hear the hunters, smell the people and it all adds up to them being extra cautious. It isn’t like there are zero deer out there. But the deer that are out there are very, very cautious right now.”

On the bright side for hunters: Ducks are plentiful.

“The duck hunters are having a great time right now,” Mathes said. “Duck hunters love this weather. The lower the cloud ceiling — when it’s overcast, like it is now — the more likely it is that the ducks will fly lower. When they fly lower, it’s a lot easier to call them. The ducks are here now because of the cold weather up north.”

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

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