The extended procession sprinkled with tinges of orange guardedly steps among crop stubble as a pair of wiggling pups bashfully scuttle along terrain flocked with patches of white. In an instant, what appears to be a spacious grin on one pointer’s face is replaced by a reserved stare as the...
Black drum aren't a sexy saltwater species in Texas, playing second and even third fiddle to speckled trout, redfish and flounder. However, you won't find a fish more fit for the dinner table, and even in the dead of winter these fish pack a punch on conventional tackle. These cousins of...
The deluge of frigid weather that has sunk its fangs into chunks of Texas and the rest of the country this month again has brought with it a silent beast. This predator is the No. 1 killer of outdoorsmen and women and isn’t selective in other scenarios, and it slowly...
Christmas in Texas is a time for family and for the outdoors. Sometimes the latter is the best excuse to get away from the former. However, the most fruitful of days involve both, bringing together those whom you most emulate and the joy of a shared pursuit that’s as much an...
Can you believe it's already December ... T-Minus three weeks until Christmas Day to be exact? While there is no shortage of outdoor gear to buy that special someone, there are pitfalls to purchasing hunting and fishing products this time of year. Big-ticket items such as guns, reels and GPS units...
Dressed to the nines and sporting a license to confound canines, the rooster pheasant is the James Bond of the outdoor world. Just when you think you and your German shorthair know exactly where he’s cloaked, the old boy breaks from distant cover and throws out resonating cackles as he...
The first weekend in December remains a special time filled with cold morning jaunts and warm local hospitality as pheasant hunters from near and far look for their picture-perfect moment. Perhaps it’s that first rooster that rises against the glowing eastern horizon, its kaleidoscope of plumage glistening in the brilliant...
There’s no place like deer camp. It’s hallowed ground, whether the accommodations include meager trappings and tent stakes or a full-service kitchen and prime cuts of steak. I’ve been in my share of them, each holding a sentimental quality for a variety of reasons, and not simply because of the proximity...
The iron sights glow faintly on a frosty afternoon sit. Rays from the setting run dance along the barrel as the old whitetail doe feeds closer. The shot lines up perfectly. The West Texas breeze rises slightly as the deer steps broadside at 60 yards. An instant later the trigger eases the...
Chicken-fried steak is unabashedly Texan, the kind of dish that unites billionaire oil baron, the average working man and everyone in between at the lunch counter, dinner table or weekend picnic. It is simple. It is tasty. It is Texas wrapped up in one savory bite, coated always with cream gravy, but...