Outdoors

Roy Euper of Lufkin caught Toyota ShareLunker 564 from Sam Rayburn on Nov. 2. Th

Opening weekend of deer season and the north zone opener on ducks was on the soggy side, but at least we got our first good cold front that should set the stage for excellent deer hunting this week.

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The South Zone duck season opens Oct. 31. The youth duck season was last weekend

A whole lot of wind and rain has brought a flood of water to East and Southeast Texas that will likely slow the fishing down on Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay. But Sam Rayburn guide Bill Fondren says the crappie and bass fishing there is still pretty darned good.

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It’s been a slow season for bow hunters, but things will pick up big time once w

Bow season on deer is in full swing across Texas and will continue through Nov. 6. The regular gun season in most Texas counties will run from Nov. 7 – Jan. 3. The South Texas season runs from Nov. 7 – Jan. 17.

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Kids racked up the money for college scholarships by making some great catches i

The summer-long Coastal Conservation Association STAR tourney posted some impressive stats that were topped off by solid trout caught from one end of the Texas coast to the other. But even more important is the catch by Laken Bellanger of Orange.

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The chances of getting a shot at a buck like this one, this season, are very goo

The bow season on deer opens Saturday, Oct. 3, and based on what I’ve seen in local sporting goods stores, hunters are gearing up with new bows, arrows, feeders, game cameras and plenty of camo for what is being touted as one of the best seasons we’ve had in years.

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Kenny Vaughan reports that his crew, consisting of Faith, Grace, Kennedy and Sno

Last Saturday’s teal season opener was about the best many hunters had seen in years. Based on field reports that I’ve heard, lots of teal began showing up about a week prior to the opener on flooded crawfish ponds and rice fields west of Beaumont and on over toward Winnie.

Kenney Vaughan and his kids hunted on a flooded field near China for the opener, and they had plenty of birds coming to the decoys.

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Now is the time to kick off some excellent fishing on Sabine Lake, Sam Rayburn a

September is the month of opportunity for anglers and hunters here in Southeast Texas. It’s got a little bit of everything to offer. On the hunting menu, we’ve got doves, teal, gators and as of Oct. 3, bow hunting for deer comes. On the fishing menu, we’ve got bass, crappie and catfish on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. Along the coast, trout, reds and flounder are never easier to catch than what you’ll find during September and into October.

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One way to beat the heat during August and September is to fish at night aboard

August is among the best months to be fishing the surf for trout and reds on the upper Texas coast. This past week was outstanding with calm winds, green tides and excellent catches of trout by waders and boaters in the surf from the Sabine jetties down to Galveston. Trout were best on topwaters early, then switching over to soft plastics like a 5-inch Egret Wedge Tail, in either chartreuse or pearl. Reds were best on gold spoons worked in the first gut on a green tide.

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Dove and teal seasons are fast approaching with the Sept. 1 opener in the Centra

Opening day of the Central Zone dove season is Sept. 1, followed up by the Sept. 12 teal season and the South Zone dove opener Sept. 18. It’ll all be happening before you know it, and that’s why now – as in today – is a good time to start getting everything together.

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Big tripletails, like this one caught near the Calcasieu jetties, are not only t

Fishing on Sabine and Calcasieu lakes is gradually improving, even with water temperatures holding at a sizzling 89 degrees. Both of these “hot” fishing locations are producing fair numbers of trout and reds, along with one of the weirdest fish on earth – tripletails.

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