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Outlook good for Texas early teal hunting season
AUSTIN – Texas duck hunters should see more action during the upcoming early teal season, Sept. 13-28, thanks to near record numbers of birds and an anticipated typical migration pattern. Prospects for early teal season are looking very good, especially compared to the last few years, according to Texas... Read more
Game Warden Field Notes 09/18/14
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. A Toy Story A Smith County game warden was stopped at a red light when he noticed the driver of a car in front of him waving a pistol around. The driver was pointing... Read more
Lawmakers call to remove race, ethnicity questions from ATF firearm forms
Calling the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives firearms purchase record forms “highly intrusive and unnecessary” two members of Congress announced legislation Thursday to change them. The measure, sponsored by Reps. Diane Black (R-TN) and Ted Poe (R-Texas), would place a prohibition on the Federal government’s current practice... Read more
Drinks at Texas gun shows? Maybe not after all
AUSTIN — The uproar over a proposal to allow alcohol sales at Texas gun shows is prompting state regulators to reconsider the idea. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s staff recommends that the commission drop the proposal, according to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. “We proposed the rule and got... Read more
Alien-like fish captured in rare photographs
New pictures of the rarely-photographed black dragonfish (Idiacanthus atlanticus) have surfaced online. First described in 1906, the black dragonfish is a “sexually dimorphic” species, meaning that there are obvious physical differences between males and females. While the males are just 5 cm long and have no teeth or chin... Read more
Court hears update on feral hog initiative
Hill County commissioners were updated on the county’s feral hog eradication program during a regular meeting held Tuesday, September 9. The proposed county budget includes $10,000 for the program, which will be implemented in lieu of hiring a county trapper. The court chose not to fill the position after... Read more
Freighter sunk off Texas coast for artificial reef
PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has scuttled a derelict freighter in the Gulf of Mexico for use as an artificial reef and a new home for marine life. A Parks and Wildlife statement says the 155-foot Kinta S was sunk Wednesday in 75... Read more
Feds forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity
The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling. With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)... Read more