On Friday, it was prep day in Jourdanton. At local feed stores, supplies were leaving by the truckload.
"Everybody wants to have a good deer. The first -- versus waiting through the end of the season,” said hunter Ann Luckman.
Hunters from far and wide will soon claim deer leases across the south Texas plains. White-tailed deer season officially gets underway on Saturday.
"It’s going be busy this weekend," said hunter Tony Ridout.
"They’re all excited about the cam tracker pictures they have. They’re just ready to go this weekend -- you can feel the vibe," said the owner of Atascosa Taxidermy, Art Rivera.
Those who had already arrived to prepare believed it would be a banner season.
"It’s going to be a good season this year. The horns look good on the deer,” said hunter Doug Schwarze.
Deer season was once a large economic factor for South Texas towns like Jourdanton, but because of the emergence Eagle Ford Shale, the economy is now booming year-round, making deer season just icing on the cake.
At Jourdanton’s Rockhouse Café, the crowds arrived quickly Friday morning, but owner Clem Galindo believed Saturday would be even busier courtesy of deer hunters.
"Early in the morning, six o’ clock, they'll be standing here waiting to get something to eat and go out. They’ll be out all day and come back at lunchtime and come in and have some lunch,” said Galindo
White-tailed deer season lasts through Jan. 20.