POSTED: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 6:10pm
Tyler, Texas — Power outages and flooding may have caused problems this weekend, but that same storm reason may help to make this year's hunting season a success.
The archery-only, or "bow season," started this past Saturday.
It runs until November 2nd giving bow hunters just more than a month to hunt before the rifle season kicks in November 3rd.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TPWD, reported that archery endorsements are now up 15.2 percent.
TPWD Game Warden, Brad Clark, "I'm sure it has something to do with the economy and the environment, we got a lot of rain as you saw this past weekend, and there's a lot more deer out there and healthier herds so I think a lot of people are taking advantage of that and getting out their early and getting a deer early in the archery season."
JJ Jackson, sales manager from Bob Lee's Archery in Jacksonville said that archery has been growing in popularity over the past ten years. He said, "A lot of guys just weren't interested in it, its a lot easier than most of them think and its just now getting to the point where most archers are having success with their equipment."
Being able hunt in the archery-only season is fairly easy.
Clark told KETK, "Everybody needs to have a hunting license, if you born on or after September 2nd 1971 you have to have your hunters education certification, and on top of your regular hunting license you have to have your archery endorsement stamp to hunt during archery season."
The stamp costs $7.00 at both TPWD and Porter's Sporting Goods.
But if you normally hunt with a rifle, we asked, why bow hunting?
Jackson said, "Here it's more tight spaces, closed in where a bow hunter could really have an advantage."
He gave a brief tutorial and explained why he believes, "it's a lot easier than you think," and after trying it we'd have to agree.
He said, "Really the only difference between hunting with a gun and hunting with a bow is with the bow you have to be in range, you have to have an animal twenty five to thirty yards or closer, where as hunting with a rifle you can be sitting out there at three hundred yards and just take care of business.