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The first split of the duck season closed with a bang on Nov. 25, with lots of great reports coming in from hunters at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area and the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge. The second half of the duck season will open Dec. 8 and run through Jan. 27.

Goose hunts have been hit and miss. Best shoots have been on windy days over rice or plowed fields west of Beaumont in the Winnie area.

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It’s no secret around my house that I love the holidays. From pre-Thanksgiving through the first of the New Year, I have decorations, music, ideas, plans and, so far, the energy to make them happen. I also celebrate a milestone birthday this year among all the other festivity. My home now has bright fall leaves in oranges, golds, rusts, reds and yellows, although they are silk and not real. They are carefully nestled among pumpkins, gourds, nuts and other similes of fall.

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It’s hard to believe, but the sweet potato plant is a cousin of the morning glory. Go figure! These big bright green vining leaves are what many gardeners are after. Whether you choose to use this savory beauty as an ornamental or as a crop is your choice.

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Joining Subaru’s lineup of crossover-utility vehicles is the new 2013 XV Crosstrek. Versatile and fun-to-drive, the XV Crosstrek debuts with a bold five-door design and impressive fuel economy ratings: 33 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city (28 mpg combined).

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There are a number of super things happening for local outdoors folks that we look forward to all year long. There are ducks, geese, deer and the fall run of flounder. Add to those activities the schooling speckled trout in Lake Sabine, Big Lake in Louisiana and East Bay, and there is plenty of action to keep us all busy.

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