On Sept. 30, Mike Myers, of Belton, harvested the largest buck ever taken from Fort Hood. The buck was a 24-point, non-typical that scored 176 1/8, and Myers used a bow.
Well, the general season is over now. However, kids ages 8-15 have another week to hunt as long as they are supervised by an adult.
“In this last part of the season, if the weather breaks, there should be some opportunities,” Myers said. “Harvest is your first opportunity, the rut is second and then the end, where we’re at now, is your third opportunity.”
The key to any success in the next week, besides the weather, is corn.
“Put some corn on the ground and that will greatly increase the chances,” Myers said. “The cold we’re enduring now kills every living organism — browse, vegetation, acorns — that the deer would eat. So corn on the ground is a big attraction to the deer because they don’t have anything else to eat.
“The deer are looking for any kind of food. Corn is a carbohydrate, not a protein, so it helps the deer as an energy source.”
Myers said conditions at Fort Hood should prove favorable.
“This is a good time for the kids that want to hunt at Fort Hood because they’re not competing with the adults.”
Myers said calls won’t be helpful at this time of the year.
“The calls won’t work at all,” he said. “Forget about them. You’re simply waiting for a deer that’s hungry. And, again, corn will attract them. Corn is the best way to attract.”