Usually one of the biggest hunting weeks of the year, locker plants around the state were strangely quiet between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Although the season is closed in the North Zone, hunters with Managed Lands Deer permits and youth may continue to hunt until Jan. 15 as part of the late youth-only season. The South Texas season remains open until Jan. 15. All deer must be entered in the contest by Jan. 22.
Tyler’s Bill Blomdahl leads in the South Texas Adult Division of the contest with a 10-point McMullen County scoring 173 3/8 gross. Blomdahl’s son-in-law, Dalton Spivey, of Katy, a Tyler native, is second with an 11-pointer from the same lease that scored 155.
Mason Barker, of Bullard, leads the North Texas Youth Division with an 8-point Smith County buck scoring 138 6/8. Andrew Bergfeld, 10, Tyler, is second with a San Saba County 10-pointer scoring 135 6/8 and Austin Tarrant, 16, LaRue, is third with a Henderson County 10-point buck scoring 126 2/8.
Sydney Morris, 10, Flint, is first in the South Texas Youth Division with an 8-point buck on the same ranch that scored 128 5/8.
Contest sponsors are: Army/Navy Store of Tyler, 1201 E.SE. Loop 323; East Texas Seed, Cotton Belt Rail Yard; Lynch’s Food Store, 3400 E. Fifth; Mac’s Gun Shop, 213 E. Elm; Noonday Gun Trader, 14674 U.S. 155 South; and Still Life Taxidermy, 1415 E. Tyler St., Athens.
All deer to be entered in the contest must be taken to either Still Life Taxidermy or Lynch’s Food Store.