There are only a few weeks left in the deer-hunting season.

“Interestingly enough,” said Master Sgt. Tim Rake, of Gatesville, an area outdoors expert, “these last few weeks can be the best time to hunt — because there are a lot of deer left.”

Rake said the expected cold front coming in may prove beneficial.

“If the weather gets colder, the deer burn a lot more calories so they must feed more often,” he said. “So if you hunt over some kind of food source that you know the deer are feeding on — be that a feeder or food plot — things could turn out well for you.

“A food plot is a man-made field, specifically used to provide food for wildlife. It can be clovers, grass, oats.”

Rattlers are no longer an effective lure, according to Rake.

“The rut is pretty much over,” Rake said. “Trying to rattle deer in this area, right now, is not really going to work. We’re done with that.”

Rake said Fort Hood should be a good place to hunt this weekend.

“Hunting will be good on Fort Hood,” Rake said. “The military will be on their holiday. Therefore, more training areas will be open to hunt.

“You also need to remember that private areas to hunt in Texas are hard to come by. So Fort Hood is still the best place to go in this area for people that don’t have private land to hunt.”

Contact Allan Mandell at or 254-501-7566 and read his column at

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.