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Opening day of deer season in Texas is Saturday, Nov. 3. That’s the most anticipated opening day of hunting for over a million hunters in the Lone Star state. It’s estimated that Texas has around 4.6 million white-tailed deer, which are among the most popular big game animals in the nation. Deer hunting brings in more than 2 billion dollars each year, and as fall comes to Texas hunters begin gearing up for another season. The general gun season runs through Jan. 6 in North Texas and Jan. 20 in South Texas.

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The season opener on teal and doves was pretty much  a wash out. But all that changed with a full moon and a north wind last weekend. Instead of getting hammered by rain, a whole lot of hunters on ponds and in the marsh dropped easy limits of teal.

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 With the dove hunting opener fast approaching it’s time to get geared up with everything from a new hunting license to shotgun shells.

The new 2018-19 hunting and fishing licenses went on sale last week. Now is a good time to go ahead and renew. If you wait until the day before dove season opens you could be stuck standing in line for a good while. The most popular license is the Super Combo that includes both hunting and fishing and stamps. That way you’ve got everything on one piece of paper.

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Another season of dove hunting begins Saturday, Sept. 1. That’s when the North and Central Zones will open, and the regular season of the South Zone will open Friday, Sept. 14. One thing is certain: It’s not going to be much cooler then. With that in mind, you might want to start making short walks around the neighborhood to kind of get yourself in shape for hunting in steamy weather. Ditto that for your retriever.

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Buddy Oaks photo

This past weekend was one to forget if you had plans on being outdoors. With temperatures in the 40s and a gusting, cold and wet wind, it was the perfect weekend for watching the Masters golf tournament. But believe it or not, if the weather is not topsy-turvy, there’s some pretty good fishing to be had.

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