hunting

Some really good stuff is in store for both hunters and fishermen this week in East and Southeast Texas. 

First of all, we’ve got a Canadian front moving through this weekend with some pretty cold temperatures. That front will be moving plenty of ducks and geese into Southeast Texas. It’ll also jumpstart the rut in the Pineywoods. 

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Texas has a whitetail deer population in excess of 4 million.

The Saturday, Nov. 5, deer season opener across Texas will be hot to go, as in sweating hot, thanks to unseasonably mild weather. However, bucks in East and Central Texas are in the rut, and it’s a sure thing that this is the time to be in a stand and on point for a shot at what might be the buck of a lifetime.

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Sabine Lake guide Colby Denbow and Phil Brannan with a pair of nice reds

Catching a daily limit of three slot reds on Sabine Lake is about as easy as it gets. Just look for the birds that are holding over reds blasting shrimp and shad on the surface, and you are good to go.

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Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season

Opening day of dove season in the Central Zone is Sept. 1, the teal season opens on Sept. 10 and the bow season on deer is Oct. 1– Nov. 4. Just in case you want to get in on some alligator hunts, that season is open from Sept. 10-30 here in Southeast Texas. That’s how tight things are getting on the hunting scene. I’m seeing lots of deer feeders being loaded up at sporting goods stores, along with bags of corn and cases of shotgun shells.

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prospects for the 2016-17 hunting season are good to excellent.

The Texas dove season in the Central and North zones opens Sept. 1, and the word from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is that hunters can expect to see plenty of birds and have a lot more days to hunt them. That’s plenty of good news for over 415,000 Texas dove hunters.

We’ll have a 90-day season with 20 more days of opportunity compared with previous years.

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Fishing along the coast kicked into high gear this past weekend, with good numbers of trout, flounder and even king mackerel being caught.

One of the best fishing reports I’ve got is from Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris. His top catches of trout, along with a few reds, have been around the rigs east of the jetties in 20 to 25 feet of water.

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Buddy Oaks photo

Rayburn is good for bass and crappie. On Toledo Bend, catches of catfish on trotlines and jug lines are very good. The bass fishing there has been improving with fish up to six pounds being caught on jigs and Carolina rigged worms fished along shorelines in 3 to 5 feet of water.

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For the first time in over 80 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a 90-day dove season in Texas for 2016-17. That means we’ll be getting an additional 20 days of hunting during the fall, plus we’ll get to keep 15 doves per day. Also, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is recommending a later opener for duck hunting, with a shorter break between splits for the North Duck Zone and a later overall season in the South Duck Zone. This is all part of the statewide hunting proclamation for Migratory Game Birds that is up for public comment.

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One of the great things about wild pigs is that they can be hunted year round, day and night, and you can kill as many as you can haul away. Another good thing about pigs is that they are good to eat, and there seems to be an unlimited supply of them. 

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Lots of trout are being caught on the lower end of Sabine Lake.

There is no way you can complain about the weather here in Southeast Texas over the past week or so. The last weekend in August, a north wind set the stage for some excellent fishing in the surf from the Sabine jetties to the Galveston jetties.

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