Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) will be conducting a study this fall to find out how landowners can cope with mule deer.
TPW is partnering with Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas Tech University and Sul Ross University to conduct the study in the state’s eastern panhandle.
Farmers regularly complain to TPW about the deer eating their crops.
“It’s very easy to look out there and, you know, if you see 200 head of mule deer on your crop land to go, ‘We’ve got a problem, and they’re damaging the crops,’ which they probably are,” says Chadd Malone, wildlife biologist with TPW. “But if we find out how long those deer are actually utilizing those crops, that may aid those farmers in better managing when they plant the crops or maybe how they build their fences or what crops they plant during what times of the year.”
Once the two-year study is complete, hunters could have a better idea of where to hunt the deer.
The study will begin in October. Officials will track the migration patterns of 73 deer in Ochiltree, Hansford, Roberts and Hutchinson counties.
TPW chose the area for the study because of its high concentration of mule deer.