Drought has varying effects on game

Faced with sparse vegetation in central Texas after this summer’s intense heat and ongoing drought, San Antonio-based hunter Kenneth Drummond has been working to keep the feeder full on part of a ranch he rents for white-tailed deer hunting.

He flashed a few pictures on the screen of his phone showing just how skinny this year’s deer are. Of three white-tailed bucks waiting at the feeding station, only one has full nine-pointed antlers – a sign of suboptimal nutrition. Another has only six points, and his weaker opponent only four.

“You can see they’re already waiting at the shuttle to get going,” Drummond said. “You can tell they’re very hungry because they’re just sitting there waiting.”

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