Thank you so much for your story on bighorns in the August edition. A friend of mine shared their magazine with me to see this story, and it was absolutely amazing. The way you tied in your personal dream of encountering a bighorn and then tied in the conservation of these great wild sheep was wonderful. I appreciate someone who obviously would like to hunt them put as much excitement into photographing them. This is an important story for American conservation, and I appreciate Texas Fish & Game running it.
The Bighorn Heroes story was killer! I loved seeing the story of how hunters helped these animals and I was happy to know about the return of the desert bighorn to Texas. Keep up the great work!
I read Texas Fish & Game because of your dedication to conservation, and the bighorn sheep story may be the best yet. I am impressed when I see publications pushing the envelope and telling stories that are not just how to catch the next redfish.
The August story on bighorns was great but the photography was amazing. Kudos to Chester Moore on those shots. Did he also get the cover shot?
Editor: Yes I did shoot that photo. Being able to have the encounter that my wife and I were blessed to have back in June in the mountains of Colorado was great. Being able to have a bighorn cover story was a dream come true. Thanks for your kind words and thanks for the incredible feedback on this story.
Excellent column on the subject of Content (Inside Fish & Game, September 2019 issue).
Personally, I find little of value in the product manufacturer’s “marketing hype” style of content. To me it’s automatically a conflict of interest. I’m supposed to spend my time (or money) reading the details on their wonderful product performance that is, well, always wonderful because they sell the product and want me to buy it. You don’t learn much. You don’t get the good, the bad, and the ugly. That is a waste of my time.
Better for them to offer a half-page ad. I get just as much, or as little, out of it and takes just a moment to scan. I would never buy a full magazine on a single product line for the reasons stated above. Therefore, any advertising dollars invested in that kind of content are wasted.
Please keep up the great work at TF&G. Now THAT is high-value content!
Native Texan 66 years
I read your article and thought I’d tell you about my encounter. I’m staying at a hotel called Paradisus in Holguin, Cuba. My partner and I were snorkeling yesterday when I saw a snake that looked very similar to the snake in the sketch of your article.
My partner and I were snorkeling in shallow waters close to the shore when I stopped snorkeling to talk to him. When I put my head back in the water to start snorkeling again there was a snake about two feet away from me on the ocean floor — the snake wasn’t moving. I was terrified, and we ran back to the shore.
I googled snakes in the Caribbean and found your article because I thought there aren’t supposed to be snakes in this area. I love snorkeling and tried snorkeling in another beach in the area today, but I think I’m still traumatized by my experience yesterday and couldn’t snorkel for more than ten minutes today.
Your article said you’d like to know about other people’s experiences so I thought I’d share.
A friend and I were walking in very shallow water @ about 3:30 p.m. a couple weeks ago on the west end of the Gulf at Galveston, Texas. We both saw a black snake swimming out toward deeper water. It was not very large in width or length. The weather was very hot and humid. Any ideas?
Editor: The sea snake story from last year keeps generation questions and reports. There are definitely people seeing snake-like creatures in the Gulf and Caribbean despite there being no native population of sea snakes. I believe most are eels which people are not used to seeing, but there are some reports that are hard to ignore and could possibly be snakes. Per the Galveston report, a black snake swimming in the Galveston area could possibly be a water snake like a yellowbelly water snake, which are present on the island. They are rare swimming around beaches, but it does happen from time to time. I appreciate all of these reports because it gives a great platform to educate people about the Gulf’s wildlife as well as investigate an issue that interests many people.
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