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Texas Fish & Game December 2017

November 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 […]
November 25, 2017

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Hurricane Coverage Thanks to you guys for the amazing Hurricane Harvey coverage. Some of the things you brought up were things no one else in the mainstream or so-called mainstream media touched on like the dioxins […]
November 25, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore

‘Twas the nIght Before Christmas (at Duck Camp) (This fun rendition of the holiday classic has become a tradition for me every year since my newspaper days. I hope you all enjoy it and can share […]
November 25, 2017

DOGGETT AT LARGE by Joe Doggett

Double Up ost ducks are remarkably fond of water. Come to think of it, so are most fish. This happy coincidence provides an abundance of double-dip potential that more coastal hunters should utilize. Assuming weather conditions are […]
November 25, 2017

PIKE ON THE EDGE by Doug Pike

One Gun, Two Guns, Three Guns, Four… friend who doesn’t own a gun and has never fired a gun (who is still a friend despite those shortcomings) asked recently how many guns one man needed. In hindsight, I’d […]
November 25, 2017

NUGENT IN THE WILD by Ted Nugent

Be A Wildlife Army of One here is a vast, stunning, towering, soul cleansing forest in the swamplands of southern Michigan that an uppity guitar player planted by hand. With many indigenous coniferous and deciduous species of […]
November 25, 2017

COMMENTARY by Kendal Hemphill

A Christmas Story cold north wind took advantage of the opportunity when I opened the back door of the house, swirling into the warmth of the laundry room and giving me a taste of what my morning […]
November 25, 2017

Rattle Dem Bones

Rattling Up a Crafty Old Buck Fit, fit, ffffeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” I hissed, then slammed my rattling forks together with a loud crash and immediately started meshing and grinding them together like two big-bodied, mature whitetail bucks engaged […]
November 25, 2017

Winter Sheep and Black Drum

It’s time to catch sheepsheads. Texas coastal waters are filled with these hard-fighting, excellent tasting fish that get little respect despite the aforementioned attributes. These fish congregate in the greatest numbers in our jetty systems. Right […]
November 25, 2017

TEXAS SALTWATER by Calixto Gonzales

Dancing a Different Jig or years, jigs were a mainstay of offshore anglers up and down the Texas Gulf Coast. Deepwater anglers knew that the secret to pinning a larger than average red snapper or tempting a […]
November 25, 2017

Christmas Crappie

When winter sets in across eastern Texas, Jack Frost sends water temperatures on area lakes into a gradual nose dive. That’s when paper mouth junkies across the region know it’s time to bundle up warm and […]
November 25, 2017

A Crossbow for Christmas

Finding the Right Gift for the Archer in Your Life The realm of crossbows has expanded in so many wonderful ways in the just the past decade alone. Crossbows are easier and safer to shoot today […]
November 25, 2017

Waterfowl

There’s More to Waterfowl than Meets the Eye How many times have you argued with your friends in the blind about which duck species is the fastest or pondered just how quickly those specklebellies migrated down […]
November 25, 2017

TEXAS FRESHWATER by Matt Williams

A Good Way to Get Wet Feet in a Tournament f you’ve been thinking about trying your luck in bass tournament fishing, but have yet to take the leap, the time is ripe to get it done. […]
November 25, 2017

TEXAS BOATING by Lenny Rudow

Should You Get a Stepped Hull Boat? teps in the hull bottoms of boats are nothing new, with the concept dating back to the early designs of planing hull powerboats. Steps are, however, one of the most […]
November 25, 2017

LOOKING FOR LUNKERS

Year-Round Monster Bass Hunt After more than 31 years of collecting and spawning 13 pound or larger “lunker” largemouth bass, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker Program is announcing big changes and an […]
November 25, 2017

THE TF&G REPORT

Coyotes Are Making Headlines From numerous news reports of predation on pets and livestock to photos and videos posted all over social media showing the crafty canines everywhere from the deep woods to backyards, people pay attention […]
November 25, 2017

TEXAS HOT SHOTS

Redfish Bastrop Bass Bayou Land   Tripletail Galveston   Post your own Action Photos and Check Out the TEXAS HOT SHOTS Photo Contest
November 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine

Christmas Cleaning and Fishing ecember is a great time to take care of some much-needed fishing-related business that doesn’t necessarily involve the use of a rod and reel. It’s time for all the little things you kept […]
November 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston

The Gift of Good Weather exas coastal fisherman often get new fishing gear for Christmas. If they have been really good boys and or girls, they might be gifted a new boat—but very few of us would […]
November 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda

Fishing Heaven ecember this year is supposed to be warmer than normal, but the whole earth is warmer than normal, and that seems to be the new normal. In 2016, with the exception of a few really cold […]
November 25, 2017

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast

Mid-Coast Winter Transition ecember 21 is this year’s first official day of winter. Bay water temperatures, however, usually start dropping well before that which instinctively pushes the trout and the redfish into a winter fishing pattern weeks […]
November 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Rockport – copy

The Eye… of Tears t was not a question of if, just when. Those who live in the Rockport area knew this in spite of what appeared to be the area’s ability to deftly dodge a direct […]
November 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Aransas to Corpus

Shrimp Tail Story hen my family and I to Houston in the 1970s, the first chance I had to try my luck with artificials along the Texas coast was with the venerable Kelley Wiggler soft plastic shrimp tail. […]
November 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Baffin Bay

Trout & Ducks h magical combination of fishing and duck hunting in December is perfect for the outdoor adventurer on Baffin Bay. While you fish, it’s a great opportunity to scout for the next duck hunt. While […]
November 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast

Lully-Pop here is a lull in fishing on the Texas coast during December. Deer hunting rules the state. Most anglers have put away their boats and rods to look for Ol’ Mossyhorn. Anglers in the know realize […]
November 25, 2017

Fish & Game Christmas

What are your memories of Christmas as a child? I don’t remember many Christmas presents I received as a child. Sure, I remember the X-Wing fighter I got after “The Empire Strikes Back” came out, a […]
November 25, 2017

OUTDOOR DIRECTORY

TEXAS FRESHWATER Lake Amistad Lake Texoma DFW Metroplex Lake Livingston TEXAS SALTWATER Upper Texas Coast Mid Texas Coast Lower Texas Coast Louisiana HUNTING South Texas  
November 25, 2017

BARE BONES HUNTING by Lou Marullo

Merry Christmas Cannot believe it’s that special time of year once again. I am not talking about opening day. This is December and that means Christmas will soon be here. How fast a year rolled by. It […]
November 25, 2017

OPEN SEASON by Reavis Z. Wortham

One Icy Day rong Willie came around the pop-up trailer, buttoning his coat. The skies were dark and gray. “There’s no electricity.” “Probably the ice storm from two days ago. You know how rural electric is,” I […]
November 25, 2017

FISH & GAME PHOTOS

Speckled Trout Port O’Connor   Catfish Lake Conroe   Rainbow Trout Medina River   Crappie Lake Lavon   Redfish Galveston   Feral Hogs San Saba County   Bass Sweet Home   Crappie Sam Rayburn   Dorado […]
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