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Al Brothers, of Berclair, Texas, views hunting as an outdoor experience; the opportunity to harvest deer is simply bonus.
Mr. Brothers, a ranch manager, values thoughtful white-tailed deer management on private land, and recognizes that sound conservation practices lead to sound economics.
52—The whole idea of quality deer management is: let’s maintain a healthy herd; and what you would term as a trophy animal is basically a by-product of maintaining a good, healthy herd. When you have a good herd, and have good buck doe ratios, good age structure, good recruitment, and the numbers are in tune with the habitat, and then you have quality animals out there.
Not that you’re necessarily going to get them…
And that shouldn’t be your primary objective, although it is for a lot of people. To me, the outdoor experience – camping out or being with your friends in hunting camp, the camaraderie, and you going out and knowing what plants to look for that deer prefer, knowing how to track, knowing how to read signs and decide where is the best place for you to hunt — all of those things go into the hunting experience to me.
I have a quality experience every time I go out. And occasionally I’ll fire a shot.
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For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.