East Texans not worried about rain on opening day of deer season

East Texans not worried about rain on opening day of deer season
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - To say deer hunting season is a big deal here in East Texas would be quite an understatement.

 "Everybody is geared up for opening day of deer season," said avid Lufkin hunter Jason Johnson.

"Oh it's a huge tradition," said Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Micah Poteet. "There will be lots and lots of folks out Saturday chasing the white tail deer."

Although skies only looked overcast Thursday, there is some rain in the forecast over the weekend. Will it be enough to this affect the deer and keep hunters out the woods on Opening Day?

"It's probably not going to affect the deer," Poteet said. "If it's a severe storm with high winds and heavy rains, the deer will probably hunker down and wait it out. Just a steady light rain which looks like what they're calling for this Saturday. I doubt it will affect movement much."

"Eventually, they'll come out, and eventually the rain will stop," Johnson said. "It's not going to stop hunting, I guarantee you that."

Businesses like Massengill's Meat Market, whose revenue depends heavily on deer season and opening day, aren't worried either.

"We're not concerned at all," said Chris Ward, the owner of Massengill's Meat Market. "It's East Texas; they're used to the weather. If you give them a license to go shoot something, they're going to do it."

However, even in the light rain, Texas Parks and Wildlife urges hunters to use caution, especially when taking aim.

" Potentially if it's a heavy rain, it could blur the vision of the scope," Poteet said. "Just use common sense. Always use and treat the gun like it's loaded, and always be aware of your target."

Regardless of the weather, East Texans are ready for hunting season to kick off.

"There's a lot of work that goes into it," Johnson said. "We'll be up at 4:30 in the morning going after it, rain or shine."

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