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Whitetail Hunting in Texas vs. Midwest

Whitetail deer. They’re the preferred game that millions of hunters across the country choose to pursue.

Chasing a monster buck requires a certain level of strategy and skill that gets the blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing. It’s a feeling like no other…especially when you’ve got a warmed up Winchester firearm in hand. 

Deer hunting strategies vary across the country. Chris and Casey Keefer are used to hunting whitetail in the Midwest…but January hunting in Texas looks a heck of a lot different. 


In their home state of Michigan, the redbearded brothers wear layers of clothing to combat the cold. Hats. Sweatshirts. Coats. It’s a necessary, bottom line. The crunchy snow and dipping temperatures add another obstacle—the cold, for example, can impact how long you can handle the sit—and must be taken into consideration when preparing for the hunt. 


Of course, whitetail hunters in the southern regions like Texas do not deal with those bitter cold temps quite as often. But they DO have other factors to consider. 


In Texas, ‘deer’ hunters may cross paths with feral pigs, which are a huge problem in the Lone Star state. With the largest wild hog population in the country, Texas land owners routinely deal with significant damage to land and the environment. Hogs can be hunted all year long. With a whitetail license and a hog license, you can be on the lookout for two types of game…which can be exciting, but can also be distracting. A bunch of hogs could help you take your eye of the prize of a big brute walking by your spot.  


There’s one thing that can remain the same for every deer hunter, regardless of the region: Winchester Deer Season XP ammunition. It is specifically designed to penetrate the animal’s hide and is made for deer hunters. The Extreme Point bullet features an oversized impact diameter, which means devastating trauma, high energy transfer and larger wound cavities for faster knockdown. The bullet has a tapered jacket for lethal penetration, a streamlined ballistic profile for flat trajectory, energy retention and supreme accuracy.


Whitetail hunting is a favorite past time for millions of people across the country…and Winchester has been the trusted tool that delivers the ultimate reliability…no matter where. No matter when. 

Chris Keefer
Chris Keefer
Chris loves to chase big game in Alaska with brother Casey and spends a ton of time doing just that. When not there or in the planning stages of the next hunt, he enjoys a sunny day round of golf back home in his native Michigan.

As co-host of Winchester Life, he feels it his responsibility to help you find your own definition of the outdoors. He takes this responsibility very seriously and will take the rest of his working life fulfilling this quest. He can go from adventurous woodsman to sharp-dressed dinner guest in no time at all.
Casey Keefer
Casey Keefer
Casey lives off of the adrenaline and the solitude he finds in the most remote corners of the world. Essentially, this charges his batteries. For him, it’s not about the end game, it’s about the journey. He considers it his duty to “pass it on,” so that hopefully you can experience the same in your very own way – wherever that may be, chasing whatever you may chase. Casey is co-host of Winchester Life. He and brother Chris find themselves pursuing big game a large amount of time in Alaska.
Nikki Boxler
Nikki Boxler
Nikki Boxler grew up on a large dairy farm in Western New York and continues to reside there today. This setting has shaped her love of the outdoors and is how she developed a passion which drives her to spend as much time hunting and fishing as possible. For her, hunting is not about the kill, it is about the experience, the memories, the moments and having fun. Her most memorable adventures take place not only in the woods but also around the grill. Nikki thoroughly enjoys her role as co-host of Winchester Life.