Anyone who likes a good story about a young hunter and a salty ol’ whitetail buck is sure to love the tale behind the Rains County whopper Jared Bagley, of Emory, brought down with his bow and arrow during the early days of the 2020-21 archery only season.

ATHENS — Water level is about 71/2 inches high and fairly clear. Water temp in the low 50s, upper 40s.

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ATHENS — Water level is 9 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 50s.

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A magnificent whitetail buck shot during the 2020 youth only deer season in Kiowa County, Kansas, by 14-year-old Paslie Werth, of Cimarron, has been declared as the biggest free-ranging non-typical ever brought down by a female in North America.

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The 2020-21 general season for whitetail deer ends Jan. 3 in the North Zone and Jan. 17 in the South Zone, but hunters who still have tags to fill may be able to take advantage of some late seasons, provided their county allows for it.

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ATHENS — Water level is four inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 50s.

ATHENS — Water level is 4 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 50s.

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I don’t know how you’ll remember 2020, but I’ll always recall it as the year most of us had just as soon forget.

ATHENS — Water level is about 4 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low-to-mid 50s.

ATHENS — Water level is about 3 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 50s.

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Plenty of folks were stoked about the cooler temperatures ushered in by a blustery cold front that raced across Texas on the heels of the Thanksgiving holiday, but no one may have been happier to feel the brisk air than Carl Kittel was.

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A photo of a monster whitetail buck that began circulating on Facebook and texasbowhunter.com in late November has the northeast Texas’ deer hunting community abuzz, especially those who play the game in and around Bowie County, where the big non-typical was reportedly shot near Simms someti…

ATHENS — Water level is nearly 3 inches high and clear. Water temps in the low 60s ahead of the front.

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East Texas deer hunters have collected some remarkable bucks this season, but John Peterson’s Polk County 14-pointer is the best free-ranging whitetail reported from the Pineywoods region thus far.

PINES — Water level is about 10 inches low and clear. Surface temp in the upper 60s.

ATHENS — Water level is 2 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 60s.

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In a classic example of modern-day video game bass fishing, South Carolina bass pro Patrick Walters relied on forward-facing sonar technology and suspending jerk baits to crack the code with finicky Lake Fork bass and bring home the win in the Bassmaster Elite Series Texas Fest benefiting Te…

SAM RAYBURN — Water level is about 4 feet low and clear. Water temp in the upper-60s.

PINES — Water level is normal and clear. Surface temp dropped to the low 60s. Jim Tutt says bass are good up north using small swim baits and Flukes around grass. A few in the 3-pound range, most are smaller. Fishing is excellent to 6 pounds down south using Whopper Ploppers on bare shore li…

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When it comes to ducks and duck hunting, most waterfowlers will agree that mallards rule. There’s something about the big guys with the vibrant green heads, stately neckbands and flashy yellow bills that turn the heads of duck hunters like no other.

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Texas’ 2020-21 quail season got underway Oct. 31 and the season outlook is hardly worth cheering about as the dapper little game birds continue to struggle across much of their native range.

NACONICHE — Water levels about two inches high and stained. Water temp in the low 70s.

PINES — Water level is about five inches low and clear. Water temp in the low 70s.

TOLEDO BEND — Water level is 31/2 feet and clear. Surface temp in the upper 70s.

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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.

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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.

ATHENS — Water level is 5 inches high and clear. Water temp in the upper 70s.

FORK — Water level is about 1.55 feet low and clear. Water temp in the low 80s.

ATHENS — Water level is 6 inches high and clear. Water temp in the low 80s.