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Hunting In the Texas Hill Country

10 Point White Tail Deer
10 Point White Tail Buck

There are estimated to be over 7,000,000 White Tail Deer in the state of Texas. Llano County is called "The Deer Capitol of Texas" because of the large number of deer in the county. One day while on a trip through Llano County, a group of people counted over 125 deer spotted from the road as they drove through. During deer hunting season the deer hunters come to Llano County and the city of Llano by the hundreds, each hoping to bag the largest trophy buck.

Hunting leases are available on various ranches in both Llano and Burnet Counties. If you want a deer lease, be sure to reserve your lease well in advance of hunting season to be assured of a good lease.

White Tail Deer hunting season in both Llano and Burnet Counties is:
Archery Season - Sept. 28- Oct. 27
General Season - Nov. 2 - Jan. 5
Limit of 4 deer with no more than 2 bucks

Wild Turkey

Turkey hunting is also good in both Llano and Burnet Counties.

Turkey Seasons in both counties are:
Archery - Sept. 28 - Oct. 27
General - Nov. 2 - Jan. 5, gobblers or bearded hens
Spring Season - March 31 - May 13, gobblers only

Squirrel Season is year round with no closed season and no bag limit.

A new sport that has become very popular is hunting on exotic game ranches in Llano, Burnet and Blanco Counties for exotic deer, antelope, etc. This hunting is done year round.


Photo: rebecca johnston

3 Essential Safety Tech for Texas Hunters

Freelance contribution by Sally Perkins

Each year, well over half a million Texan deer are hunted, with Texas having the largest deer population in the country. For locals and visitors alike, hunting is a major perk of being in the state. 21st Century hunters are more equipped than ever for a successful trip out into the woods, but have you got the technology to keep you safe in the great outdoors? Hereís some of the essential tech you need to stay safe from hurricanes and help you find that game.

Emergency Radios

When severe weather hits, you could be a long way from civilization and require support. Keep yourself safe with a durable emergency weather radio. If a heavy storm, hurricane or forest fire knocks out your electricity supply and phone signal, a radio can keep you in contact with the outside world and reveal your exact location.

They can also be used to send you an alert if bad weather is on the way. This will give you the crucial head start to escape from your location before putting yourself in any more danger. For reliable safety, invest in a decent emergency radio.


The Texas countryside is vast and finding the way can be difficult, especially for beginners. If you get lost, you could be stuck until well after dark and have to spend a cold night in the dangerous grip of nature. Donít rely on the internet to provide maps, but instead get a separate GPS system.

Youíll want to invest in something which has a good satellite signal because your safety may be dependent upon it working. Choose something with a long battery life and a clear screen to make your hunt go as smoothly as possible. This can help you navigate the area quickly and keep track of where youíve been.


If you really want to get ahead of the competition and pinpoint animals on the ground, then consider using a drone. Some states such as Colorado have outlawed this practice on the basis of classifying drones as aircraft. However, Texas still allows hunters to use drones for the purposes of scouting prey.

If you want a successful hunting experience in this century, then technology is a must. Keep an emergency radio and GPS device close at hand to keep you safe from bad weather and getting lost. If you want to take your hunting the next level, use drones to your advantage to pinpoint game and end the hunt on a high.

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Photo: Rhett Noonan

The Best Hunt Starts with the Perfect Scope

Freelance contribution by Sally Perkins

A rifle scope is as much part of the rifle as shoelaces are to sneakers, and for Texans, only the best will do. According to a 15-year survey done by Texas Parks & Wildlife, there is a 95% chance hunters will use the rifle to hunt white-tail deer, regardless of the success rate of the hunt. With that in mind, it's only natural that the best rifle scope is in great demand. With the perfect balance between technology and efficacy, the evolution of the rifle scope has come a long way. For 2017, the following scopes seem to ruffle the right feathers.

Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40 BDC

To many, this is rated as being the hunting industry's stand-out rifle scope, and we couldn't agree more. The scope offers the answer to many a hunter's prayers: an anti-reflective scope. Not only is this the pride and joy of this latest release from Nikon, the reduction in reflection is at a whopping 92%. Furthermore, the scope is also known for its brightness and durability. The following are some of the features and benefits of the scope:
  • It comes in at under $200
  • It's lightweight, durable, and waterproof
  • The scope is clear, bright, and has an anti-fog feature

Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope

This all-American scope flashes more than just a Gold Ring Full Lifetime Guarantee. It also happens to offer a duplex reticle which takes a lot of guesswork out of lining up the crosshairs. For low-light situations, this scope offers one of the best contrasts which makes the hunt at dusk more possible than ever before. Although the scope is a bit more pricey than some of the other scopes out there, it is a lifetime buy. Some of the other features of this scope include:
  • The lens offers brightness and clarity
  • It has four lens coatings to provide crystal clear light transmission
  • Its click windage and elevation dials are finger adjustable

Vortex Diamondback 4x12x40 Dead-Hold BDC Reticle

A drop in price doesn't have to mean a drop in quality. This Vortex model might be confused with an entry-level model purely on the price, however, this little scope packs more punch than many of the higher priced scopes. The reticle offers sight ranges up close and far, and the adjustment of the scope is quick and simple. Its design is one piece, which allows further durability. Additional features and benefits hunters can look forward to, include:
  • The reticle is waterproof and fog proof
  • Pricing is good
  • High-quality viewing
The ideal scope doesn't necessarily have to carry a high price tag. For instance, some of the pricier scopes can be bulky, heavy, or even lack the crisp, clear imaging some of the more cost-effective scopes do. Those in the market for a new scope are recommended to handle and inspect their prospective buy to determine their level of comfort.

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