Sound deer and habitat management practices coupled with a budding interest in letting young bucks walk continues to pay off with some handsome whitetails for deer hunters across East Texas.

Two of the latest to reap the rewards of keeping those itchy trigger fingers in check are Heidi Newman, of Maydelle, and Chris Barrilleaux, of Splendora.

Chris Barrilleaux

Splendora archer Chris Barrilleaux with a 61/2-year-old San Jacinto County 10-pointer bagged on the morning of Oct. 4. The buck led Barrilleaux on quite a chase that ultimately ended on the opposite end of the Trinity River from where it began.

Heidi Newman

Scoring 163, Heidi Newman’s main frame 9-pointer taken Oct. 3 joins a long list of quality bucks produced by 26 clubs that form the North Neches deer management cooperative in Anderson and Cherokee counties. Since 2015, the co-op has produced 64 free ranging bucks with B&C scores of 150 or more, including two in the 190s and one topping 200 inches.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email at