Outdoors

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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Last weekend’s teal opener was every bit as good as it was projected to be, and with the South Zone dove opener set for Friday, Sept. 21, this is shaping up to be one heck of a weekend to be outdoors with a shotgun.

Bobby and Alice Vaughan, who live just outside the Beaumont city limits, hunted a crawfish pond near China on Saturday’s teal opener and had quick limits for the entire family.

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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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It’s never too early to get into the deer-hunting mode in Texas. The bow-hunting season opens Sept. 29, and the regular gun season in 239 counties opens Nov. 3. And don’t forget about the kids. The Special Youth Season is open Oct. 27-28. One thing is certain – now is the time to start getting your deer hunting gear in order.

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Dove season opened in both the central and north zones of Texas on Sept. 1. Teal season then opens in Texas on Sept. 15. There is a lot of interest hereabouts in both of these openings. In fact, several of the local outfitters had their dove hunts booked for opening weekend for several weeks.

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Here we are, in the waning days of August, and the first hunting seasons are at hand. Besides that, there is still a lot of great fish catching going on. The only problem is deciding whether to go after the doves on Sept. l, the teal Sept.15-30, or to go fishing.

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Here in Southeast Texas, hunting and fishing rule. We have some of the best deer and duck hunting that can be found in the state, even the nation. And fishing is excellent just about any time of year. If you don’t like fishing inland lakes like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend for bass, crappie and catfish, head to the coast where you can catch trout, reds and flounder. Meanwhile, all of our hunting and fishing activity not only keeps us entertained, but also puts big-time bucks into the local economy.

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They are in our area again, and the tripletails are a welcome addition to most any angler’s cooler. Not only are the tripletails in the gulf and in Big Lake in Louisiana, but the redfish and speckled trout are showing up. The reds and specks are being taken mostly on live bait.

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Dove hunting seasons opens Sept. 1, and about two weeks later, we’ll be shooting teal. Shortly after that, the archery season on deer opens in October. But to participate in any of those very popular shooting activities, you’ll need to have the 2012-13 hunting license, which is available where sporting goods are sold as of Aug. 15.

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