Sound deer and habitat management practices coupled with a budding interest in letting young bucks walk continues to pay off with some handsome whitetails for deer hunters across East Texas.
Texas waterfowlers could be in for some banner shoots later this fall and winter if the upcoming duck season turns out half as good as the early teal season did.
Not much epitomizes the rogue ways of Mother Nature any better than the vicious circle of life that frequently plays out in the wild. Making a living off the land is a constant fight for survival where guarantees of seeing another tomorrow simply don’t exist.
The 2020-21 statewide archery only season for whitetail deer opened Oct. 3. Folks in the know are saying it should be a good one thanks to good range conditions and the timely arrival of mild fall weather that has whitetails on the prowl.
It’s early fall and folks associated with the Virginia-based Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA) are making their annual push to remind deer hunters to be safe out there and avoid becoming a statistic.
Two Texas lakes not well known for producing double-digit largemouths recently kicked out a pair of Legend-class giants for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Toyota ShareLunker program.
The Sept. 18-20 Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash event a Lake Fork drew 2,430 anglers, but no one topped the 8.80-pounder weighed in on Day 1 by Danny Dulude of Grand Saline as biggest bass of the event.
Some of my fondest kid memories date back to the late 1960s when I roamed the woods and pastures of my grandparent’s farm in Collin County near Parker. Summer weekends were spent shagging grasshoppers and fishing in stock tanks, but come fall I always reached for a single-shot Winchester and…
Here’s an early-season deer hunting tale to whet the appetites of Texas hunters with opening day of archery and youth hunting seasons just around the corner.
Kentucky bass pro Matt Robertson and his wife, Kassie, were a long way from their home in Kuttawa last week when they got an unexpected crash course in dealing with cops, robbers and a whole bunch of adversity.
Licensed Texas anglers have through Sept. 30 to apply for a limited number of permits to harvest trophy-class alligator gar from the Trinity River in East Texas as the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Alligator Gar Harvest Authorization drawing application process enters its second year.
Sept. 1 marks the start of dove season for more than 300,000 Texas hunters in the North and Central zones. The South Zone season opens Sept. 14.
It was an unseasonably cool morning for late August and there was a touch of magic dancing in the air that every fisherman dreams of. Todd Driscoll and Brian Branum milked the moment for all it was worth.
We’re still 30-plus days away from the Oct. 3 start of the archery only deer season and more than two months shy of the general opener set for Nov. 7. Not surprisingly, plenty of Texans are already dreaming whitetail.
Since day one, the Trump administration has prioritized recreational access to public lands, particularly for hunting and fishing. These two great American pastimes have formed the bedrock of the nation’s wildlife conservation efforts, generating more dollars for habitat protection and resto…
HOUSTON COUNTY — Water level is at full pool, slightly stained and 92 degrees. Crockett Family Resort says bass fishing has been good to 7.10 pounds in about 15 feet of water at night. Several bass in the 4-6 pound range reported on spinnerbaits, Carolina rigs and cranks. Some schooling acti…
Marshall Hughes and Cole Stewart, both of Hemphill, weighed 21.86 pounds to top a field of 171 teams in the Bass Champs East Texas Division finale held Aug. 1 on Toledo Bend.
It’s early August and the clock is ticking down toward another Sept. 1 dove season opener. Dove season in most of Texas gets underway on a Tuesday this year. It’s not the best timing for working folks, so some may have to sit out opening day. Fields will probably be busier the following week…
Safety and social distancing protocols associated with the COVID-19 pandemic helped take a big bite out of Texas Parks & Wildlife’s overall freshwater hatchery production numbers this spring, but the setbacks didn’t stop one Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Lunker from making a slew of little ones.
It is no secret among crappie fishing buffs that sinking brush piles far from shore are a great way to forge some really good fishing holes while enhancing the habitat at the same time. Unfortunately, the practice has been known to stir up an occasional feud between fishermen, particularly o…
Tommy Ellis, of Athens, Louisiana, topped a record field of more than 1,800 anglers to grab the top prize in the Bass Champs Mega Bass big bass tournament held July 19 at Lake Fork.
Jake Norman and Todd Driscoll are Texas Parks & Wildlife Department fisheries biologists by profession and diehard bass junkies at heart. It’s in their DNA to always ask why, then turn to sound science to look for reliable explanations.
Branden Rannekleiv, of Reeves, Louisiana, weighed in a 12.41-pound bass on Day 2 of the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash held July 10-12 on Toledo Bend to take first place in the 34th annual event.
One of America’s favorite food fish that also ranks high on the hit list with freshwater fishermen all across the south is at the center stage of ongoing discussions between Texas Parks & Wildlife Department fisheries biologists and the state’s tightly woven catfish angling fraternity.
Bassmaster Magazine recently released its annual rankings of America’s top bass fishing destinations, only with a different twist from past.
Fishermen are among the world’s greatest storytellers. I have known very few who are not prone to stretch the truth every now and then.
Each summer, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department staff place leg bands on thousands of mourning and white-winged doves to monitor the factors that influence populations. Information from hunter-reported bands, or “recoveries,” provide estimates of harvest and survival rates, which are used…
Fall hunting seasons are still a few months away, but the time is just about ripe to ante up for shots at a slew of public lands hunting permits up for grabs this year through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s lottery-style drawn hunt program.
Veteran bass pro Tommy Martin, of Hemphill, has seen some strange things happen on the water during a decorated career dating back to the early 1970s. He is still scratching his head after what went down in his Nitro bass boat earlier this month.
Translocation is nothing new to the toolbox of strategies used in wildlife management. Experts have relied on the technique for years to help restore native wildlife populations of different kinds, cultivate new ones or to supplement those that already exist. It’s a laborious task that has w…
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is looking to expand public access to fishing and paddling on Texas rivers through leased access agreements with streamside landowners. Private streamside properties are essential to achieving this goal, and TPWD is requesting applications from lando…
Texas lakes, bays and rivers have seen a significant uptick in fishing traffic since early March, but not just because spring is a season that meets with some of the year’s best fishing prospects. With thousands of people off work during the coronavirus scare, many folks who don’t normally f…
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