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Duck hunting has been better than expected for most hunters. During the first sp

With temperatures above normal for this time of year, both fishing and hunting are two very good options here in Southeast Texas. Duck hunting during the second split has been better than expected in the coastal marsh and on flooded fields. Fishing on the Sabine continues to be excellent for flounder, reds and trout for boaters and waders.

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Just to give you an example of how good the fast approaching gun season on deer will be, check this out. Bow hunters recently tagged two huge bucks. One taken in the Pineywoods scored 163 Boone & Crockett points. Another taken in South Texas scored 183 B&C points. That’s a good indication this deer season could deliver some outstanding bucks.

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Fishing on Sabine Lake is nothing but one big guessing game these days. The fish that are on one day have lockjaw the next. Right now it’s tough to pin down birds holding over trout and reds, and if you do, most of the specks feeding under the birds are “cigar” sized.

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The cool front that blew through Southeast Texas this past Saturday morning, Sept. 13, pushed a ton of teal our way and set up many excellent hunts. Some of the best were south of Winnie and in the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. But like any other September teal opener, it was all about being in the right place at the right time.

Hackberry Rod and Gun Club reported excellent hunts in the marsh.

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Monday, Sept. 1, was the Central Zone dove season opener, and as usual the success rate was all about being the right field at the right time. One of the best fields for the opener here in Southeast Texas was just west of Beaumont. That’s where a small group of hunters had an excellent shoot over a 50-acre field that had been cut last week. The doves moved in a few days before the season opener, and even though the field was soggy from recent rains, the birds wanted in.

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The good news is that dove and teal seasons will be open before you know it. The bad news is that our hunting and fishing licenses will expire on Aug. 31. That means a new license for 2014-15 is needed prior to going hunting or fishing.

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Another lucky angler has caught one of the tagged reds released by the CCA/STAR tournament. At first he didn’t even know the fish was tagged and worth a truck, boat, motor and trailer. But when he took a closer look at the red that had been casually tossed up on the bank, Mike Capell soon realized the value of catch.

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This past Sunday morning delivered some seriously freaky weather for August. I stepped outside at daylight and the north wind was actually cool. Later that morning, Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris called to say that he had found calm water to the beach, and the trout were tearing up topwater Super Spook Jr.’s. It doesn’t get much better than that in August. So what did I do? Cranked up the pit and smoked two racks of ribs and a whole chicken, all without breaking a sweat.

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It’s been a long time coming but Sea Rim State Park has finally been rebuilt and is open to entertain the entire family with a variety of summer-time outdoor fun in the sand and sun.

To see exactly what Sea Rim has to offer check out the video news report now available at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website called “Sea Rim Rebirth.”

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One of the wackiest things I’ve ever seen a game warden do was to crawl up a tree so he could see where three young squirrel hunters were heading after a successful hunt. Those hunters were two buddies and me. We were around 12 years old at the time. We had bagged five big fox squirrels on family land in Polk County not far from Lake Livingston. We saw the game warden coming down the tree. As we stood there in complete disbelief, he asks to see our squirrels, and we pulled them out of our game bags and couldn’t have been happier.

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