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Texas Fish & Game August 2017

July 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 […]
July 25, 2017

INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves

Branding Irony s a media company in this Brave New World of digital everywhereness, texas fish & game is engaged in a constant effort to help the manufacturers of products aimed at people who fish and hunt […]
July 25, 2017

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Saving Sea Turtles While at Aransas Pass reader Greg Jackson noticed a sea turtle in trouble. Saving Sea Turtles “A boat washed this green sea turtle over the granite blocks along the channel. It wedged between […]
July 25, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore

Forgotten Sea he water was perfectly calm. Occasionally a light breeze would stir up a ripple, but there was no wave action to speak of and the waters were unusually clear. And as we pulled up to […]
July 25, 2017

DOGGETT AT LARGE by Joe Doggett

Know Your Snakes uring this past spring I  received three emails showing images of dead snakes. Each snake appeared well and truly hammered, limp and broken and bloody.  One was a hognose snake. One was a broad-banded water […]
July 25, 2017

PIKE ON THE EDGE by Doug Pike

A Good Checklist is the Procrastinator’s Friend s a proscrastinator, I’ve missed a few deadlines in my time, including the one for this column. Please forgive me, Chester Moore. In a concerted effort this past June to change my […]
July 25, 2017

NUGENT IN THE WILD by Ted Nugent

The Lyme Epedimic Clock is Tick-Tick-Ticking he two brothers lived to deer hunt. It was a major annual family ritual like no other. Like most of us deerhunters, they lived it year round, always scouting, planning, strategizing, […]
July 25, 2017

COMMENTARY by Kendal Hemphill

What Would Wiggie Think? e was a small, dried-up, looking old man with steel gray hair and black-framed glasses thicker than Coke bottle bottoms. I doubt he was over five and a half feet tall, or weighed […]
July 25, 2017

Unleaded Dove? By Matt Williams

Texans Will Fire 25 Million Shotgun Shells at Dove this Season. Thats a lot of Lead. Too Much? We Texans love our scatterguns. But we may love our dove hunting even more. Dove hunting is a […]
July 25, 2017

Treasures of the Flower Garden

The place is a true wonder of nature. Some call it a national treasure. It is certainly a place anyone who desires to learn about the ocean would be intrigued to learn about. The Flower Garden […]
July 25, 2017

Kayaks for Kids By Dustin Warncke

Kayaks and other small watercraft continue to grow in popularity with people of all ages, and they are one of the easiest and most affordable options for getting out on the water as a family. As […]
July 25, 2017

TEXAS FRESHWATER by Matt Williams

Shadow Captains ne of most debated aspects of night fishing for bass during the summer months is moon phases and the mountain lore around it. Is the fishing best just before, during or right after the full […]
July 25, 2017

Super Exotics by TF&G Staff

Remember “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?” Host Robin Leach would narrate an inside look at the homes and lives of the super rich, super famous and often the super spoiled. Consider this article our version […]
July 25, 2017

TEXAS SALTWATER by Calixto Gonzales

Fully Expo’d he sportsman’s life can be a difficult one. Logistics can be our ruination. In order to practice our pastime the way we want and need to, we need to be properly outfitted with the best […]
July 25, 2017

Saving Texas Oysters by Shane Bonnot

Anglers and Conservationists Rally to the Defense of Oyster Reefs on the Texas Coast Texas oysters have been the subject of much discussion for many years. The compounding effects of hurricanes, tropical storms, droughts, flood events […]
July 25, 2017

BARE BONES HUNTING by Lou Marullo

Words of Wisdom ive every day like it’s your last and one day you will be right!” My Mother used to tell me that all the time, and when I was a young teenager, I just shook […]
July 25, 2017

What is Killing Fawns? By Chester Moore

Whitetail fawns are stunning. With their burnt orange coat and white spots they not only blend with the forest floor but shine as one of nature’s true beauties. I came upon a fawn that was hidden […]
July 25, 2017

THE TF&G REPORT

Mysterious Black Whitetails Roam Texas Reader Charlie Hennigan sent in these images of a black deer he encountered near Luling, TX. At first glance (on my iPhone) I thought it was a chocolate-phase fallow deer. Texas […]
July 25, 2017

TEXAS HOT SHOTS

Bass Ray Roberts Speckled Trout Port Aransas Turkey San Saba   Post your own Action Photos and Check Out the TEXAS HOT SHOTS Photo Contest
July 25, 2017

THE DEPT. OF DEFENSE

Inside The AR-15   I have grown fond of the AR-15 rifle in the various roles it has come to play for American shooters. It has served America’s military for more than 50 years, but shortly […]
July 25, 2017

THE DEPT. OF CONSERVATION

Dove Hunting in Texas Keeps Getting Bigger exas ranks NO.1 in the entire country for dove hunting, including the overall numbers taken of mourning doves and white-winged doves. In fact, Texas typically has boasted fall populations in […]
July 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine

Fishing Top to Bottom on a Sweltering Sabine s we settle into what is typically our hottest month here on Texas’s northernmost stretch of coastline, we are reminded constantly that although the calendar says autumn is within our sights, […]
July 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston

The ‘Dog Days’ of August? es, August is so hot in Texas that the dogs prefer to stay in the shade and not move around a lot. Animals in general, and dogs in particular, are often wiser […]
July 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda

Let’s Fish the Beach hen the water temperature in the bay climbs to near 90°F, fish act like people on hot and humid days; they slow way down and look for a cool spot. So the best […]
July 25, 2017

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast

Red Hot August Action e have been fortunate enough these past few months to be able to take advantage of some great trout action. With the arrival of August, and with the full strength of summer now […]
July 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Rockport

Ten Mistakes Coastal Anglers Often Make article is in response to the many questions I am asked about fishing on the Texas coast. “Captain Mac, what do you see as some of the biggest mistakes people make […]
July 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Aransas to Corpus

Redfish + August s of the deadline for the August issue, the Upper Laguna Madre/Corpus Christi Bay area and Aransas Pass has given up two CCA Star Tournament-tagged redfish. One angler, Joey Mendoza, is deciding whether to […]
July 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Baffin Bay

Summer Bliss on Baffin Bay t’s the dark before the  dawn of a peaceful summer day on the Texas Coast. Another pick-up truck begins the backward crawl down the ramp to splash a bay boat into the […]
July 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast

A Bit of Variety s strange as it may sound, August can become pretty mundane. Trout and redfish have been in their summer patterns for more than two months, and anglers can pretty much find them moving […]
July 25, 2017

SPECIAL SECTION

The fall hunting and fishing season is just around the corner.  In Texas the action never really ceases even with hunting as we have year-round exotic and fears hog options. However the peak of the action […]
July 25, 2017

TEXAS BOATING by Lenny Rudow

Three Safety Blunders Many Boaters Make oating safety is, of course, paramount to all of us who head out onto the water. Truth be told, statistically speaking, boating is a rather shockingly safe activity. Still, as captain […]
July 25, 2017

THE PRACTICAL ANGLER by Greg Berlocher

Late Anglers Can Find Shallow Summer Bass he equatorial heat of August drives water temperatures to their highest readings of the year and drives legions of bass anglers to soak soft plastics over deep-water humps and rock […]
July 25, 2017

THE BASS UNIVERSITY by Pete Robbins

Bertrand Goes ‘Old School’ in Late Summer rizona pro Josh Bertrand is a self-described “fishing nerd.” He has mastered multiple niche techniques and seems to know even the most obscure offerings of the tackle trade, but […]
July 25, 2017

TEXAS GUNS by Steve LaMascus

My New ‘Custom’ Rifle ome time ago I purchased an old, but extremely well kept Remington Model 721 (The forerunner of the Model 700), in .270 Winchester. I bought the gun because it appeared to have almost never […]
July 25, 2017

INDUSTRY INSIDER

NWTF Banquet Set for August 24 in Conroe The Montgomery County Texas Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their first Annual NWTF Banquet on August 24, 2017 in Conroe, Texas. Mark your calendar […]
July 25, 2017

FISH & GAME GEAR

Scent-Safe 45L & 90L Duffel Bags Being scent-free will increase the success of every hunt.  That’s why the folks at Hunters Specialties developed Scent-Safe bags as part of the Scent-A-Way system to keep unwanted odors out […]
July 25, 2017

TEXAS TESTED

Redfish Throat Salad Whenever we go bay fishing, catching redfish is always a good time. They filet well, and are great on the half- shell. But on a good-sized redfish, there is a delicacy that is […]
July 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  
July 25, 2017

OPEN SEASON by Reavis Z. Wortham

Targeting Sportsmen portsmen are being targeted. It’s probably fitting, somehow, that those who spend valuable time squinting through scopes are in turn, in the crosshairs ourselves. Like the game fish that cruise slowly along structure in creeks […]
July 25, 2017

FISH & GAME PHOTOS

Redfish Port Aransas   Turkey Williamson County   White Bass Richland-Chambers   Bass Brazos County   Catfish Lake Somerville   Black Drum Port Isabel   Bass Lake Amistad   Speckled Trout Trinity Bay   Turkey East […]
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