Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast
from North Texas e-News
Spring turkey season opens in a few weeks and once again, many of us will be out in the field in hopes of bagging a longbeard gobbler. Much of the Lone Star State has been in dire need for moisture for the past year and, after visiting with several biologists with TPWD (Texas Parks and Wildlife), the author believes last yearís turkey hatch was less than optimal was verified. More
Elk are Few in Texas yet are Prized by State Hunters
from the Dallas Morning News
There may be few elk in the Lone Star State, but there are plenty of elk fans. Anyone who witnesses the majesty of an aspen park ablaze in fall colors, watches a bull elk with huge, sweeping antlers and listens to the haunting siren-like bugle of a rutting bull defending a harem of cows is immediately hooked. More
TPWD Officials Clarify Proposed Hunting Policy Changes in State
from the Lufkin Daily News
A public hearing last week at the Angelina Courthouse in Lufkin, Texas, concerning new proposed hunting and fishing regulations has both sides of the argument talking. Officials at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spoke recently to clear up any misconceptions and ensure that people have the facts straight regarding what could change if the new policies are approved this month. More
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Hunting Wild Hogs in Southern U.S. on Columnists' 'Bucket List'
from the Worthington Daily Globe
For those that hunt them regularly, hunters describe a feral hog with senses that rival those of a white tail deer. With hearing and smelling that can detect danger from great distances, these animals are no easy take when running open on the landscape. For the author of this article, hunting these hogs is definitely on his hunting and fishing wish list.
Waterfowl Seasons Tougher than Expected
from The Examiner
Though the forecast for duck and goose seasons seemed on par with those of the past few years, time spent in the field likely tested the positive thinking of a great deal of waterfowlers as a number of things stacked the odds against hunters in many areas. Dave Morrison, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department waterfowl program leader, said Mother Nature certainly didnít do hunters any favors. More
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Living the Thrill of the Hunt
from the Victoria Advocate
As hunters, we all have something out there that we haven't experienced in our hunting career. For some, it might be that opportunity to harvest a deer over 140 inches, for others it might be goose hunting in a coastal plains rice field. The author says he now had the opportunity to fulfill one of his hunting dreams, actually two of my dreams, on the same day within a four hour period. More
Small Lease, Big Texas Buck
This past year was tough on hunters. With all the rainfall we had in East Texas, the deer just didnít have a lot of incentive to get up and move around, except, of course, at night. That said, the author got on a small lease, about 130 acres, in Morris County, about two hours east of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, in late August and began to scratch out some sort of plan to hold and maintain the deer that might be in the area. More
States to Receive $740 Million for Wildlife Projects
from NRA Hunters Rights
Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced that more than $740.9 million will be distributed to the fish and wildlife agencies of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to fund fish and wildlife conservation, boater access to public waters, and hunter and aquatic education. These Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program funds, better known as Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson funds, come from excise taxes and import duties on sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, sport fishing equipment, electric outboard motors, and fuel taxes attributable to motorboats and small engines. More
Obama Should Not Reinstate Assault Weapon Ban, Gun Enthusiasts Assert
from the Los Angeles Times
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder said during a news conference last week that the Obama administration ought to consider renewing a 10-year ban that expired five years ago. Naturally, hunters, target shooters, general gun enthusiasts and supporters of the 2nd Amendment cringed. Many countered that the ban did not reduce crime in the U.S. and that any spike since the expiration cannot be attributed to the resumed sale of semiautomatic weapons to private citizens.
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