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december 2023 texanist white-tailed deerQ:  Hunters in Texas kill a lot of white-tailed deer each year. What would happen if they didn’t kill any at all?K. McKay, AustinA: While the Texanist has been a trapper of raccoons, a shooter of birds, a stabber of feral hogs, and a hunter of good times, he has never been a stalker of deer. He can, though, affirm that the hunting of whitetail has been a tradition in Texas since before Texas was Texas. Indigenous folks relied on deer for food, clothing, and other necessities, as did Spanish colonists and Anglo settlers.Today the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages what is the largest white-tailed deer population in the country. Recent counts put the number somewhere in the neighborhood of five and a half…

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