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Will Leschper

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.
The dusty breeze tickled the tops of spindly mesquites and thick bunch grass as I descended the steps of the tower stand. At the bottom, the icy chill of the late November morning hit me square in the face as binoculars were raised for what seemed like the 100th time. The...
Texas has its own running of the bulls each fall and the most savvy of anglers know that when it's time to lock horns with a beast, you need look no farther than man-made passes that intersect the Gulf of Mexico for a stampede of fishing action. October is big...
This is my favorite time of year in Texas. And I don’t think I’m alone. Dove and teal seasons are under way and there remain fantastic angling pursuits from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast. No matter if you’re a first-timer or die-hard veteran, there’s something for everyone, and the opportunities...
Dove hunting in Texas is inexpensive, accessible and inclusive of every species of hunter in the Lone Star State, catering to anyone and everyone willing to brave a steamy September afternoon from the Red River to the Rio Grande. And thanks to the longest dove season in eight decades, maybe you'll...
Texas hunters and anglers make a pilgrimage this time of year to their local sporting goods stores, hoping to beat the rush before September dove hunts and picking up plenty of gear along the way. Texas habitat conservation organizations greatly thank you and urge you to again remember that 100...
It’s a safe assumption the majority of hunters are fully aware of the regulations associated with dove hunting, but there remain common violations that game wardens continue to see each September. Most of them are easily avoidable, and in all reality, these issues rest at the heart of conservation:...
September wingshooters can count on one thing in years like this: The probability for a good dove or teal hunt goes sky-high if you’ve got consistent water in your flight path. The ongoing drought that has affected most of the state hasn’t been as bad in East Texas and North...
Texas is waterfowl country, and again this fall and winter, all of the Lone Star State will harbor ducks and geese of all shapes, sizes and colors. The counts again should be favorable, too. Dave Morrison, small game program leader for Texas Parks & Wildlife, said waterfowl counts in recent seasons...
It’s hard to get biologists and land managers to utter words such as “extraordinary,” “outstanding” or “spectacular” when discussing the Texas deer outlook. However, those terms certainly are applicable this fall and winter, and in the minds of some deer experts, the forecast has never been better. Here’s what you...
The Texas deer hunting forecast typically involves little in the way of new developments, but in a state with the largest whitetail population in the country, that’s nothing to fret about. However, the 2016-17 hunting frameworks will feature a number of big changes all aimed at improving access and opportunity,...