_Rut Reporter Brandon Ray is an expert on the region. Ray was born in Dallas and shot his first deer with a bow in Central Texas at the age of 15. The full-time freelance writer manages his family's Texas Panhandle ranch, is a licensed New Mexico guide, and last year took a 184 gross P&Y non-typical trophy. States covered: TX, OK, NM.
So what are deer doing when it's 105 degrees and were in the middle of a 100 year drought? Judging from my daily observations on our ranch, during daylight hours you would think the country was void of life. When the sun is high, everything is bedded in the shade. I see a few bucks out feeding before sunrise in the morning, when I try to beat the heat and go for a run or hike. And again from sunset till dark, when the temperature starts to drop.