Outdoors

The first bass tournament of the year was held Jan. 14 at Sam Rayburn by Bass Champs, and out of 397 teams entered, John Iles and Brian Shook won with 30.75 pounds and took home $20,000.

When it was all said and done, 794 anglers caught a total of 646 bass with an average weight of 3.11 pounds. Right at 123 limits were caught, while 266 teams didn’t weigh in a single bass.

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One of the most exciting birds we can hunt in Texas is the bobwhite quail. A goo

Texas hunters have it made. We have big numbers of white-tailed deer, turkeys, wild pigs, ducks and geese, as well as doves. We’ve got huge chunks of land that produce bobwhite and blue quail, and if that’s not enough, check out a hunt for snipe since the season is open through Feb. 12.

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Robert Sloan photo

Waterfowl hunters are not that techno crazy when it comes to gearing up for success. It’s basically like football – you get suited up with the essentials and go at it full speed. The crazy thing about duck and goose hunters is that we have to go afield prepared for just about anything that can be thrown our way here in Southeast Texas – rain, cold, mud, ice, sleet, mosquitoes, snakes and even alligators. It can be a true test of one’s perseverance on any given hunt.

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Roy Euper, TPWD photo

It was Roy Euper’s lucky day. Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, he went fishing on Sam Rayburn and hooked up with a largemouth bass. He was fishing with a crankbait in 30 feet of water when a 13.2-pound bass inhaled the lure. 

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Robert Sloan photo

The thing that draws millions of deer hunters into the wild is the element of surprise – you never know what’s going to show up at any given moment.

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Being a Texas game warden is not all that easy. In fact, from one day to the next, the job is totally unpredictable. How crazy does it get? This is what wardens have been doing for the past couple of weeks.

Outlaw hunters with a spotlight, guns, drugs and wounded deer

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The good news is that cold weather is finally here. The bad news is that gators

Most people won’t understand this unless they live in Southeast Texas – the best thing about a cold front is that it rids us of mosquitoes, at least for a little while. The one thing cold weather won’t do is run off alligators and snakes. It’s widely believed that a blast of cold air will send reptiles into a state of hibernation. That is definitely not true on the right side of Texas. Keep in mind that the first day of winter is Dec. 21. Even then, snakes and gators will be out and about.

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Catches of flounder are excellent on Sabine Lake and in Sabine Pass on Berkley G

Fishing on Sabine Lake is about as good as it gets, according to guide Colby Denbow with Sabine Lake Lodge.

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The Vaughan gang had a blast during an early season youth duck hunt on Nov. 5. F

Saturday’s duck season opener in the South Zone was fantastic if you had water and happened to be set up where ducks wanted to be. A lot of hunters reported excellent hunts – especially in parts of the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area in Port Arthur. Ditto that in flooded fields near China. But others came up high and dry, with virtually no birds.

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The September teal season has been great for a lot of hunters. Best hunts are on

Fishing on Sabine Lake and at the jetties is good for trout and reds, with more bull reds showing up each day along the rocks and in the surf. Both trout and reds are good under the birds on the lake. Trout are on the small side, but if you fish long enough, you’ll box enough to make it worth your time. Reds are best on the upper end of the lake under small groups of birds feeding on shad pushed to the surface by reds. Best lures for catching the reds are glow/chartreuse paddle tail jigs on 1/8-ounce heads.

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