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The waterfowl hunting outlook in Texas typically rests mostly on water, but even with lingering drought across some of the best duck and goose territory in the country, we still should have a good fall and winter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service conducted their annual...
It has been at least nine months since most hunters could head out to their favorite spot, but now that Texas hunting seasons again have commenced, it’s time to look at what to expect when it comes to doves, deer, ducks and geese. Here’s a hunting season preview, focusing on...
Waterfowl hunters are birds of a different feather. Rising long before the sun hints at making a rosy appearance to slog around in muck fit for a water buffalo while hauling around a gaggle of decoys in often less-than-stellar conditions may seem bird-brained to the average human. But for the...
The Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that would raise the price of the annual stamp to $25 from $15, has been introduced into each chamber of Congress. It has been 24 years since the last duck stamp increase, which raised the price to $15 -- the longest...
I was the same age as the youngster when I first heard the chilling tale. In fact, I was in the same area of Brown County, hunting the same game bird that nearly cut his life short in the time it takes for a covey to get out of sight. One...
Texas hunting seasons again are here, and with a little help from Mother Nature things are looking up for doves, deer, ducks and a host of other wildlife. With that in mind, here is a preview for fall hunting seasons, including the best areas of the state for a variety...
From Panhandle playa lakes and Cross Timbers irrigation ponds teeming with rafts of mallards and wigeons to East Texas river bottoms lousy with wood ducks, the opportunities that come during fall and winter frameworks on the Central Flyway are second to none. The variety of Lone Star State waterfowl...
It was a good year in 2013 for those of us who took part in all the hunting and fishing pursuits that Texas has to offer. And not simply because Dick Cheney didn’t shoot anybody — that we know of. With that in mind, here are 10 things hunting and...
Texas will continue to see liberal hunting season dates and even more liberal bag limits under waterfowl frameworks issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The duck count remained well above the overall long-term average coming in at just less than 46 million birds during this year’s summer report....
If you haven’t already had an opportunity to spend a chilly morning in search of waterfowl, there’s still time, but you must act quickly during this Texas hunting season. By now ducks and geese have migrated in and out of various areas, encountering a variety of decoy setups and hearing...