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Texas Fish & Game July 2017

June 25, 2017

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 […]
June 25, 2017

INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves

A Sporting Chance hether you believe that global warning, or Climate Change, is a real phenomenon or just a hoax cooked up in the back rooms of sinister New World Order conspiracy factories, there is one undeniable—if […]
June 25, 2017

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

More on the Hog Issue First, let me say that I appreciate the fact that effort is being made to control or eliminate these scavengers. I am over 80 years old; have hunted and fished for […]
June 25, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore

No Black Cougars, but How About a White One? ightings of “black panthers” are common throughout Texas. Many hunters, fishermen, birdwatchers, hikers and people of all walks of life reporting seeing large long-tailed black cats they label […]
June 25, 2017

DOGGETT AT LARGE by Joe Doggett

Like Mayberry he Andy Griffith was a favorite of mine when I was a kid during the early ’60s. I still recall the opening credits, when Sheriff Taylor and young Opie are walking along a road to […]
June 25, 2017

PIKE ON THE EDGE by Doug Pike

Boarders Mean Nothing to an Invasive Species t seems a good time to change the term “invasive species” to “entrenched species.” For the better part of 30 years, I’ve watched our Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and its […]
June 25, 2017

NUGENT IN THE WILD by Ted Nugent

Varmint Control is a Conservation Duty olitical correctness and its inherent scourge of dishonesty and denial are bad and dangerous wherever you find them. When people living in Detroit can spew their comfortable disconnect and resultant ignorance […]
June 25, 2017

COMMENTARY by Kendal Hemphill

Sticks and Stones and Snowflakes ecoming a full-time college student after age 50 is probably not for everyone, but it has its perks. A few months ago, during my last semester as an undergrad, I enjoyed an […]
June 25, 2017

Stealth Kayak Tactics

By design, kayaks are stealthy vessels, but hushed operation isn’t a foregone conclusion; it requires knowledge and practice.  Kayaks were invented by Inuits hunters longing to put more meat on the table.  The original kayaks were […]
June 25, 2017

Bass Awakening by Matt Williams

On a scale of one to ten, I’d have to rate Texas bass fishing a rock-solid eleven. I say that because a passel of top-notch lakes across the state have abundant bass populations, the fish are […]
June 25, 2017

The Art of Crabbing by Jeff Stewart

Growing up in Northeast Texas offered very few opportunities for crabbing. We enjoyed pulling monster crawfish from their holes with some bacon on a string, which I guess was a bit of little league practice for […]
June 25, 2017

The Most Exotic of Exotics

—story by AUTHOR Exotic hunting pioneer Thompson Temple once called the blackbuck antelope “the most exotic of exotics”. It is hard to argue that point. With spiraling horns, gorgeous contrasting black and white coat on the […]
June 25, 2017

BARE BONES HUNTING by Lou Marullo

Hunting South Dakota Merriams, Continued s promised the saga of my incredible South Dakota hunt continues (see Part One, in the June issue). After an unforgettable morning of hunting Merriams with no luck, we headed back through […]
June 25, 2017

TEXAS FRESHWATER by Matt Williams

The Smartest Trolling Motor Ever Made ne of the coolest perks of this business is I often get to check out some of the latest and greatest in fishing gear and boating accessories before they go main […]
June 25, 2017

Mammals of the Gulf by Chester Moore

The dingy waters of Cow Bayou wind through the southernmost reaches of the Piney Woods and empty into the coastal marsh near the mouth of Sabine Lake. The upper reaches north of FM 105 are lined […]
June 25, 2017

TEXAS SALTWATER by Calixto Gonzales

Black July uly was usually a special month for me because I would attend ICAST and marvel at the different and vast examples of innovation that the fishing industry had to offer. These days, my health prevents […]
June 25, 2017

My Old Friend by Steve Lamascus

There is a rule in writing: Never write about dead friends or dead dogs. Well get ready, because I am going to break that rule right now, and I think you will enjoy the result, especially […]
June 25, 2017

THE TF&G REPORT

Isn’t This a Fine Pickerel Did you know there are pike right here in Texas? Well, sort of. The chain pickerel, a close cousin of both the northern pike and muskellunge (musky) can be found right […]
June 25, 2017

TEXAS HOT SHOTS

Bass Lake Palestine Whitetail Brady Shark Part O’Connor   Post your own Action Photos and Check Out the TEXAS HOT SHOTS Photo Contest
June 25, 2017

THE DEPT. OF DEFENSE

Testing CZ’s P-10C Every year, the NRA Annual Meeting (NRAAM) provides a showcase for hundreds of new guns and shooting accessories to whet the appetites of America’s gun enthusiasts. In the coming months, I hope to […]
June 25, 2017

THE DEPT. OF CONSERVATION

Red Hot Snappers veryone seems to be  seeing red over snappers in the Gulf of Mexico. State fisheries officials claim that the majority of red snappers caught by recreational anglers come from federal waters while federal […]
June 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine

The Heat is On at the Rigs ummer has arrived in full force here on Texas’s uppermost coast and the heat is definitely on.  The arrival of one of our hottest months here on Sabine means that […]
June 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston

July Heats Up oastal fishing in July offers more action than any video game, and the Galveston area is as good a spot as any. The current state record tarpon, for example, came from a Galveston beachfront […]
June 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda

Bring Your Snorkel Gear f you fish offshore, youmay want to consider adding snorkeling to your day’s activities. The underwater life off the Texas coast is every bit as prolific and colorful as anywhere in the […]
June 25, 2017

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast

The Fish Get Hot, Too epending on the wind situation, the month of July along the coastline of Texas can be downright miserable.  If the high temperatures don’t get you, the heat index will!  The same goes […]
June 25, 2017

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast

The Specialist was hungry for breakfast and didn’t have a trip. My wife was out of town so I headed for a local restaurant. The coffee was hot and migas sounded right up my alley. As is […]
June 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Aransas to Corpus

Flounder Gigging at Night ooking for a way to catch fish and beat the summer heat? How about some flounder gigging? While most people are home in bed, the die-hard flounder angler is just getting started. Captain […]
June 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Baffin Bay

A New Beginning his summer, Baffin Bay is a shining jewel of trout-green water, crystal clear shorelines and grass growing in abundance. This new beginning for Baffin Bay has been long awaited and highly anticipated. Baffin Bay has […]
June 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast

Dawn Patrol here is a monotony to summer fishing in Texas. Trout and redfish have settled into their summer patterns and anglers can pretty much find them moving around among the same areas all through summer. You […]
June 25, 2017

TEXAS BOATING by Lenny Rudow

Five Boat Tricks f you own a boat you’re a bona fide captain—but not necessarily a good one. Although there’s truly no substitute for years of experience at the helm, a little bit of knowledge never hurts. […]
June 25, 2017

THE PRACTICAL ANGLER by Greg Berlocher

Midnight Madness uly on the Texas Coast is hectic, to say the least. Armadas of boats, towed by SUVs full of families converge on popular coastal destinations, and launching ramps. Fishing spots are all jam packed. One […]
June 25, 2017

THE BASS UNIVERSITY by Pete Robbins

How The Dean Revs Up School Spirit t’s a situation most Texas anglers dream of during the postspawn, a school of bass so large that it blacks out your sonar screen with oversized arches. In reality, though, […]
June 25, 2017

TEXAS GUNS by Steve LaMascus

Fire Forming ne of the facts about firearms and ammunition is that the cartridge case and the rifle chamber are never exactly the same size. If they were the same size, the rifle manufacturer and the cartridge […]
June 25, 2017

INDUSTRY INSIDER

Line Cutterz Sparks a Fishing Revolution One of the smallest but most innovative products to enter the fishing industry realm recently is Line Cutterz. The creator of this product, Vance Zahorski, started with the concept of […]
June 25, 2017

FISH & GAME GEAR

New Styles for Women from Costa Costa’s new women’s styles, the Riverton, Gannet, and Kare were designed with the Beachcomber persona in mind, where, “sun and saltwater fuel your soul, shirts and shoes are always optional.” […]
June 25, 2017

TEXAS TASTED

Sweet Chipolte Glazed Salmon BLT Sliders Fresh salmon is a favorite fish of mine to prepare. I love BLTs, so I decided to incorporate some of our products into an easy to make, but delicious tasting […]
June 25, 2017

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  
June 25, 2017

OPEN SEASON by Reavis Z. Wortham

Interview oc was the last to join the Hunting Club members gathered around the large corner table in Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café. “She here yet?” “Nope,” Wrong Willie sipped at his coffee. “But we […]
June 25, 2017

FISH & GAME PHOTOS

Feral Hog Dayton   Redfish Lower Laguna Madre   Redfish Galveston   Long Nose Gar San Saba   Redfish Port o’Connor   Bass Lake Austin   Bass Dennison   Bass Lake Somerville   Brown Trout Colorado […]
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