East Texas rain leaves deer hunters with mixed emotions

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - General season for deer hunting opens Saturday, and if your hunting spot is along one of the major rivers, such as the Neches, Angelina, or Attoyac, and you're near the river bottom, your stand could be underwater.

"We wait all year long to hunt and that opening day and you can't go out there and do it, well that's pretty discouraging," said deer hunter George Woods.

Woods has his own wall of fame in the store he manages.  However, the hunters that made the wall may have a tougher time this deer season.

"Finding out their food plots are underwater," said Woods.  "Their stands are almost underwater, feeders are you know getting underwater, not being able to get to their stands."

Woods said it can be frustrating when you've spent a lot of time and money going into the season.

"Everybody's having hog problems," said Woods.  "It's getting worse now because the flood waters has run them out of the bottoms just like on us. Their on the food plots and they tear up the food plots."

One Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist, Micah Poteet, is also a deer hunter. He knows firsthand the trouble rain can bring.

"I had a deer stand and a camera and a feeder down in the bottom, not too far from the river and we actually went in there to my stand and camera this past weekend in a canoe to get my camera out because of the rising water," said Poteet.

However, Poteet said it all depends on the location where you hunt.

"If you're in an upland, that's going to improve your chances of killing a deer because a lot of those deer that would be in the bottom have been pushed out of the bottom into higher ground due to the high water," said Poteet.

A few dry days could change everything.

"Light at the end of the tunnel is hopefully this water is going to start going down and folks are going to be able to start getting in there," said Woods.

He's it's hoping before the games begin on Saturday so his wall can boast a few more hunters.

Poteet said it won't be as big of an issue for mobile hunters because they will move around the water.

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