2019-20 Hunting Season Forecast for San Saba County

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You know that old saying about Texas weather, the one about hang around a few minutes and it will likely change? Well nothing could be closer to the truth than the San Saba County rainfall pattern dating back to last fall. Of course you remember the incredible rains back in October 2018 with roughly fourteen inches of rain that month. You may recall that San Saba County typically receives 28” of rainfall in twelve months but in 2018, the total amount was almost 39”! November and December of 2018 ended with nearly four additional inches and the wildlife headed into the winter months in fine physical condition and the ground soaked up the moisture like a sponge. 2019 started out great with more than thirteen inches falling from January to the end of June. The habitat and the wildlife each had a great mid-winter and stored up their resources for the remainder of the late winter. As spring sprung, the rains arrived once again and the grass exploded, the brush put on new growth and wildlife had their babies. The table was once again set well for a banner production year. And then mid-July rolled in like a blow torch—hot, dry winds and less than one inch of rain the entire month. August saw roughly two inches and September was below average as well. The lush, green grass that was present in late spring and early summer quickly dried up. Wildlife species such as deer, turkey and quail started out perfectly and got off to great starts, antlers were growing well and hens hatched above average clutches of chicks just as the mid July heat arrived. As the insects and seeds disappeared, so did the surplus young animals that were unable to cope with the harsh conditions.



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