LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's that time of the year again.
As hunters prepare their bows and arrows to hunt white tailed deer
Game Warden Timothy Walker said hunters need to be prepared.
"Archery season for deer open on 0October 1st an what's required in the state of Texas is a valid hunting license along with an Archery stamp." Walker said.
Those who are planning on hunting this season are expected to have the proper equipment.
"Cross bows are legal and as far as the broadheads go or the hunting points, the point has to have a cutting blade width of at least seven eights of an inch wide." Walker said.
Those using crossbows also need to take into account the proper draw weight.
"A cross bow has to have a minimum draw weight of 125 pounds, there's no minimum draw weight for bows and it also has to have a stock at least 25 inches long." Walker said.
Those who are planning on hunting on private property or who have in the past also need to take into account.
"Just because they had it last year doesn't mean they have permission to hunt it this year because land ownership changes often." Walker said.
Experts are expecting this to be a good season for deer hunting.
"We've got good deer populations here in East Texas, we've got a high deer density and so archers generally have adequate opportunity to harvest deer here in East Texas." Walker said.
Bow hunting season kicks off October 1st and runs through November 4th giving them a leg up.
"It gets them in the woods early before the rifle season or the general season opens and so it gives them a full month ahead of all the other rifle hunters." Walker said.
Hunting times begins 30 minutes before sunrise and ends 30 minutes after sunset.