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From time to time, folks have asked what my favorite type of hunting is. Such a question does require some deep thinking. The only hunting that I did not enjoy was when I was first taken out snipe hunting at night.

Coming back to reality, I have always had wing shooting with ducks, geese and doves at the top of the list. Even quail and jacksnipe are great challenges, but at the very top is duck hunting.

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From time to time, folks have asked what my favorite type of hunting is. Such a question does require some deep thinking. The only hunting that I did not enjoy was when I was first taken out snipe hunting at night.

Coming back to reality, I have always had wing shooting with ducks, geese and doves at the top of the list. Even quail and jacksnipe are great challenges, but at the very top is duck hunting.

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There are many opportunities that are now taking place for both hunters and fishermen. Teal season will end this Sunday, Sept. 30, but dove season is open in both the central and south zones. The archery whitetail season opens annually on Oct. 1, followed closely by the regular waterfowl season and the regular deer seasons.

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As we move into the latter days of September and with both dove and teal seasons going full swing, it is also time for some great fishing. Both freshwater and saltwater action will begin an upward trend only to peak in late October or early November. Those anglers that do their thing in late September get in on the fall action before those who wait. With the water becoming a few degrees cooler, there will be some of the best topwater action since the early springtime. This is the case on both the freshwater and saltwater scenes.

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On Lake Sabine, many anglers have been reporting either hit or miss bird action or too many small fish. This is not uncommon for the early fall. Many times there will be huge schools of speckled trout and or sand trout, but the specks will be undersize. At least they are if the angler launches their boat in Texas.

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