Cody Permenter, Texas Tribune

Allison V. Smith via Texas Tribune

TERRELL — In the early 1980s, when the deer breeding industry was in its infancy in Texas, Robert Williams bought his first deer, Old Bambi, for $250. He had no plans for the deer; he simply knew that he enjoyed nature and wanted to watch the buck’s antlers grow. “I just wanted deer, I loved deer,” he said. Williams, 74, now owns a 1,200-acre white-tailed deer breeding and hunting operation here in Terrell, about 35 miles east of Dallas. The industry has grown statewide, generating an...