Outdoors

It’s never too early to get into the deer-hunting mode in Texas. The bow-hunting season opens Sept. 29, and the regular gun season in 239 counties opens Nov. 3. And don’t forget about the kids. The Special Youth Season is open Oct. 27-28. One thing is certain – now is the time to start getting your deer hunting gear in order.

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Dove season opened in both the central and north zones of Texas on Sept. 1. Teal season then opens in Texas on Sept. 15. There is a lot of interest hereabouts in both of these openings. In fact, several of the local outfitters had their dove hunts booked for opening weekend for several weeks.

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Here we are, in the waning days of August, and the first hunting seasons are at hand. Besides that, there is still a lot of great fish catching going on. The only problem is deciding whether to go after the doves on Sept. l, the teal Sept.15-30, or to go fishing.

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Here in Southeast Texas, hunting and fishing rule. We have some of the best deer and duck hunting that can be found in the state, even the nation. And fishing is excellent just about any time of year. If you don’t like fishing inland lakes like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend for bass, crappie and catfish, head to the coast where you can catch trout, reds and flounder. Meanwhile, all of our hunting and fishing activity not only keeps us entertained, but also puts big-time bucks into the local economy.

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They are in our area again, and the tripletails are a welcome addition to most any angler’s cooler. Not only are the tripletails in the gulf and in Big Lake in Louisiana, but the redfish and speckled trout are showing up. The reds and specks are being taken mostly on live bait.

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Dove hunting seasons opens Sept. 1, and about two weeks later, we’ll be shooting teal. Shortly after that, the archery season on deer opens in October. But to participate in any of those very popular shooting activities, you’ll need to have the 2012-13 hunting license, which is available where sporting goods are sold as of Aug. 15.

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There are now some seagulls showing up on Lake Sabine and on Big Lake in Louisiana. Some of the speckled trout that are feeding under the gulls are nice size, while some are small. There are, however, some nice size sand trout present. There are some larger specks that have been consistent in other places. This type of action will get better and better as the time goes by with October and November being the peak.

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Pig hunting in Texas is big time popular. We can hunt them year round, they multiply faster than roaches and can be trapped, shot with a gun or bow and, in some extreme cases, chased down with dogs then whacked with a big knife or even a spear. Better yet, we can shoot as many pigs as we want 24/7. There ain’t no limit on wild hogs.

For the discriminating hunter that is looking for something different, you might want to check out Tactical Hog Control. This is a company offering a hunting experience that is truly unique.

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I’ve written about some really good mid-day summertime speckled trout fishing, but everyone does not enjoy being out in the hot weather. More and more anglers have decided to do their thing during the nighttime. By doing this, their fishing success could be unparalleled without being exposed to the hot August sun. We should all keep in mind that the sun is a probable cause of many skin problems. By heading out during the dark times, those problems will be limited.So what equipment is necessary in order to switch from the typical daytime angling to doing it at night?

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Even though it’s been hot enough to fry eggs on the boat ramp concrete, crappie fishing is about as good as it gets on Sam Rayburn.

“This lake is in magnificent shape, about as good as I’ve seen it in 10 years,” said guide Bill Fondren. “This week I had the Lamar University football coaches out on the lake, and we caught enough crappie to sink the boat.”

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