The general deer season has only 11 days left. 

“For me, it’s been tough hunting deer,” said Donnie Mathes, a 29-year game warden on Fort Hood. “There is only so much daylight now and that makes things, generally speaking, kind of difficult. You get 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset — and that’s it. You’re just not seeing that many deer in the daylight these days. But some people are having some success.”

One such person is Gary King, of Killeen.

“I just brought in the best deer I’ve ever taken with a bow and arrow on a lease that scored 164 6/8.”

King said he thinks hunters have reason for optimism in these final days of the season.

“Right now, with it getting colder, the last part of the rut is about to start,” King said. “This is the last chance they’ll have to breed so some big bucks will be looking for the young does.”

On Dec. 20, the season reopened for duck hunting.

“The duck hunters were doing well in the past few days,” Mathes said. “When I was out hunting deer, I heard a lot of people shooting ducks.”

Mathes said conditions are perfect for duck hunters.

“The ducks are migrating here right now,” he said. “They won’t go back up north until the spring. Right now, with all the little lakes we have on Fort Hood, it’s rather easy to get ducks.”

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