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Texas Fish & Game January 2017

December 25, 2016

TEXAS FISH & GAME Staff

Published by Texas Fish & Game Publishing Co., LLC. TEXAS FISH & GAME is the largest independent, family-owned regional outdoor publication in America. Owned by Ron & Stephanie Ward and Roy & Ardia Neves. PUBLISHER Roy Neves […]
December 25, 2016

INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves

You’re the Boss s we enter this new year, we want to begin by saying “Thank You” to our loyal readers. Without you, we literally could not do this work, which we consider a true calling and a blessing. […]
December 25, 2016

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Kudos for Kendal Just last week, I was attending the grand opening of a local Dick’s Sporting Goods in Katy. While standing in the hot sun waiting my turn to meet Uncle Si from the TV […]
December 25, 2016

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore

State of the Nation ast year we introduced the concept of the “Texas Outdoor Nation.” Texas is larger than many countries and in many social and natural ways is a nation unto itself. Our goal is to […]
December 25, 2016

DOGGETT AT LARGE by Joe Doggett

Yield to Nature enry David Thoreau famously called it “the therapeutic value of nature.” The mid-19th Century American philosopher and naturalist based this conclusion on the two years he spent living by Walden Pond in New England. […]
December 25, 2016

PIKE on the Edge

Play Date on a Bay Boat ince our nine-year old boys were barely eight, Andrew Cloutier and I have tried to coordinate a fishing trip for ourselves and the three of them. His are a matched set, […]
December 25, 2016

NUGENT IN THE WILD by Ted Nugent

The Politics of Hunting olitics! Bah Humbug! I’ve heard it over and over again and again for so many years. “That Nugent is just too damn political!” What a terrible shame that any American can reference politics […]
December 25, 2016

COMMENTARY by Kendal Hemphill

Trump .45 arring unforeseen events to the contrary, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America on January 20. Some Americans are happy about that, some are ambivalent, […]
December 25, 2016

Early Spawns and Other Reasons to Seek Big Bass

The vast majority of Texans lives within 90 minutes of world-class bass fishing. Whether it’s Lake Falcon to the south, Toledo Bend to the east, Alan Henry to the north or a host of lakes in […]
December 25, 2016

TOXIC TROUT by Danielle Sonnier

The Truth About Dioxins in Galveston Bay The Galveston Bay area has official warnings on the consumption of speckled trout in large portions of the ecosystem. According to the World Health Organization, dioxins are environmental pollutants. […]
December 25, 2016

Aoudad! by Chester Moore

Free-Ranging Across the State for More Than 60 Years, These Exotic Imports are Right at Home in Texas The aoudad may be the most challenging animal to hunt in North America. There I said it. Whitetail […]
December 25, 2016

TEXAS FRESHWATER by Matt Williams

The Lake Most Likely t’s hard to believe, but January 24 will mark the 25th anniversary of Texas’s current state record bass. Weighing a whopping 18.18 pounds, the heavyweight fish was reeled in on a chilly Friday […]
December 25, 2016

TEXAS SALTWATER by Calixto Gonzales

Cold Strategy here’s nothing novel if I were to tell you that wintertime is prime time for big speckled trout. Countless big yellow-mouths have been pulled out of cold Texas waters during the winter over the years. Ironically, […]
December 25, 2016

MUZZLE LOADERS And Other Late Season Options for Deer by TF&G STAFF

  January 2-15 marks the late muzzleloader season for whitetail deer in 90 counties across the state. It gives hunters an option to score on deer that eluded them during the archery only and general season. […]
December 25, 2016

CWD CONTROVERSY by Matt Williams

Hype or Deathly Seriously? Roughly five years have passed since chronic wasting disease first reared its ugly head on Texas soil. That’s when sample collections and testing of more than two dozen free ranging mule deer […]
December 25, 2016

IT’S BOAT SHOWTIME

This is the best time of year to see boats, boats and more boats! As 2016 becomes history, so do the 2016 model year boats. And if you’re in the market for a new boat, 2017 […]
December 25, 2016

LETS GO WINTER SURFING!

The least expensive and most accessible fishing opportunity in Texas lies along the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of miles of shoreline is available to anglers from Sabine Pass to Port Isabel. Despite the cool conditions some of […]
December 25, 2016

THE TF&G REPORT

Changing Lives, One Fish at a Time Can you see yourself walking into a church and being greeted by a smiling and caring young pastor’s assistant who two years ago was in prison for threatening his […]
December 25, 2016

TEXAS HOT SHOTS

Bass Bastrop Axis Winnie   Cobia Galveston   Post your own Action Photos and Check Out the TEXAS HOT SHOTS Photo Contest
December 25, 2016

THE DEPT. OF DEFENSE

Weatherby Accumark could see the forlorn muley’s head and antlers in the gap between a pair of flowering bushes. He was bedded down, the rest of his body stretched out flat behind the shrubbery. I probably would never have […]
December 25, 2016

THE DEPT. OF CONSERVATION

Man Made Freshwater exans are blessed when  it comes to freshwater angling opportunities. We’ve got hundreds of public lakes and reservoirs that are second to none for bass, catfish and a host of other species. However, […]
December 25, 2016

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine

Getting 2017 Started anuary 2017 has arrived. As we greet it with a nice Southeast Texas style welcome, we think about our goals, expectations and hopes for the next twelve months. Obviously, here on Sabine Lake those include, […]
December 25, 2016

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston

New Year Excitement anuary start us over on a new calendar, but it doesn’t have to be a blank one. Outdoorsmen are always planning ahead, even when they don’t realize it. Although the first month of a […]
December 25, 2016

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda

New Kayak Service atagorda has long been known for great kayak fishing, and now it has a business that offers kayak fishing rental, instruction, and guide service. Matagorda Adventure Company started in March 2016 with new […]
December 25, 2016

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast

Cold Water Trout he bay options for the  Port O’Connor and Seadrift area include Matagorda Bay, Espiritu Santo Bay, San Antonio Bay, and even Mesquite Bay. Coastal anglers who have fished these bays could probably offer endless […]
December 25, 2016

COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast

Red January n the lower Texas Gulf Coast, the end of federal red snapper season after a few too-short days in summer does not mean that fishing for the “rare” species is over. Red snapper, ironically, is no […]
December 25, 2016

TEXAS BOATING by Lenny Rudow

She Speaks hhh… of you listen closely, you can hear her talking. She’s trying to tell you something. Yes, your boat does have the power to communicate with you—but only if you’re willing to listen. Squeaking noises coming […]
December 25, 2016

THE PRACTICAL ANGLER by Greg Berlocher

Biting Whiting enticirrhus Americanus is a sleek fish with a humped back and sharply tapered snout. Their underslung mouth is small and designed for taking their meals on the bottom. Whiting are members of the drum family, […]
December 25, 2016

THE PRACTICAL ANGLER by Greg Berlocher

Favorite Deer Rifles killed my first deer in 1970, I think. I shot it at about 125 yards with my father’s custom Model 98 Mauser in 7x57mm caliber. I don’t remember the load I used, but it […]
December 25, 2016

TEXAS TESTED

Flextone Game Calls  One of the main reasons I hunt is to have fun and if I can call a deer within my known accuracy range, then I consider that the epitome of fun! Recently, I […]
December 25, 2016

FISH & GAME GEAR

Textron’s Bad Boy Off Road Bad Boy Off Road, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, has gone the extra mile so drivers can do even more with the new 80HP Stampede XTR 4×4. A gas-powered side-by-side, the […]
December 25, 2016

TEXAS TASTED

Roasted Cream of Five Pepper Soup This is a favorite soup of mine and my entire family. On a cold afternoon or evening, nothing will give you that savory and spicy warm feeling better than a […]
December 25, 2016

OUTDOOR DIRECTORY

TEXAS FRESHWATER Lake Amistad Lake Texoma DFW Metroplex   TEXAS SALTWATER Upper Texas Coast Mid Texas Coast Lower Texas Coast Louisiana HUNTING South Texas  
December 25, 2016

BARE BONES HUNTING by Lou Marullo

The Search Continues for your Trophy Buck ogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” And in Texas, it ain’t over! It is true that most whitetail bucks are taken the first week of the season, […]
December 25, 2016

OPEN SEASON by Reavis Z. Wortham

Cold woke up before sunrise tening to sleet rattle on the roof of the pop-up trailer. I could see my breath. My nose was cold, but the wool cap kept my head and ears warm. My sleeping […]
December 25, 2016

FISH & GAME PHOTOS

Whitetail Mason   Turkey Rocksprings   Catfish Lake Somerville   Black Drum Galveston   Crappie Spring   Redfish San Luis Pass   Redfish Aransas Bay   Whitetail Mason County   Crappie Lake Houston   Crappie Lake […]
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