Outdoors

The white bass run is getting stronger by the day on the Sabine and Angelina rivers with the falling water level and the clarity just about right, according to guide Bill Fondren. The boat ramps that were underwater last week are in the process of being cleaned up and by the middle of this week should be ready to use.

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One of the great things about wild pigs is that they can be hunted year round, day and night, and you can kill as many as you can haul away. Another good thing about pigs is that they are good to eat, and there seems to be an unlimited supply of them. 

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Reds are gamefish that will eat just about anything that won’t eat them first, which is why they are so much fun to take on artificial lures. You can catch redfish on the flats, backwater estuary lakes, in the surf, jetties and bayous, all of which we have here in Southeast Texas. One of the more unique things about reds is that regardless of their size, they will eat anything from an inch-long fly-fished streamer to a magnum-sized topwater plug.

But there are some lures that reds definitely like over other baits.

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The power of deer, like this trophy class buck in velvet, can sometimes overpowe

Although most deer hunters abide by the rules of fair chase, there are always a few outlaws that can’t play by the rules. A good example is what recently happened in East Texas.

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Hunting ducks and geese can be tough, but regardless of age, some of us can’t re

Duck and goose hunters risk misery on any given day, but there are times when we know better than to go but still choose to roll the dice in an effort to scratch out one more memorable hunt.

That was the case this past Saturday, Jan. 2, when Old Man Winter tossed us some of the worst weather we’ve seen so far this season. It rained all day. The temperature was in the low 40s, and unfortunately, I had agreed to join a few buddies on a combo goose/duck hunt on a flooded field and marsh.

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The South Texas rut  is in full swing and high scoring bucks like this one are r

It took a while, but old man winter is finally here, and just in time for deer hunters to get in on the movement of bucks that are just now beginning to come to feeders. If you’re lucky enough to have a South Texas lease, bucks are definitely in the rut, and now is when some of the highest scoring racks will be tagged.

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So far, the second split of duck season has been much better than what we had during the first few weeks of November. Good numbers of gadwall, teal and pintails are being seen by hunters in flooded fields and in the marsh and backwater estuary lakes along the coast.

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This is the reason so many folks in Texas spend so much time hunting deer. You n

The crazy thing about deer hunting is that you never know what to expect from one minute to the next. That’s the big draw for the well over 700,000 hunters in Texas.

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Phil Brannan harvested this solid 8-pointer last week while hunting in the Hill

We’re well into the deer season at this point and, as predicted by wildlife biologists, there are some very nice bucks being tagged. Some of the best are from South Texas, but I’ve seen a couple of big bucks from the Hill Country that have better-than-average antlers. And as of last week, some of those Hill Country bucks were in the rut.

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The 30th annual Los Cazadores deer contest is getting plenty of entries, with so

Deer hunting across much of Texas is better than expected with some pretty decent bucks being tagged, and the does that I’ve seen while deer hunting in East Texas and the Hill Country are in great shape. Also, we’re beginning to see more ducks settling into the Southeast Texas marsh and along the middle Texas coast.

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