Thanksgiving is not exactly a turkey’s dream come true. But for deer hunters it’s always nice to get lucky and harvest a turkey for the holidays. 

If it wasn’t for the Rio Grande turkeys, we wouldn’t have much of a turkey hunting season. The Rio Grande turkey is by far the most populous and widest-ranging wild turkey subspecies in our state. The other two subspecies with populations in Texas are the eastern turkey and the Merriam’s turkey.

Diego Gomez of Monroe, North Carolina

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at approximately 09:15 am, the Vidor Police Dispatch Center received notification that the Louisiana State Patrol was in pursuit of a black Acura bearing North Carolina license plates at speeds in excess of 100 mph westbound on Interstate 10, according to a VPD press release.

Texoma Shoreline | TPWD file photo

AUSTIN — Invasive zebra mussels have been positively identified in Richland Chambers Reservoir, one of the state’s largest inland reservoirs.

TPWD fisheries biologists confirmed the presence of six adult zebra mussels in the reservoir Oct. 18 after receiving an identification report from a couple of young anglers fishing near the dam. The young anglers identified the zebra mussels based on a warning poster they had seen advising boaters to clean, drain and dry.


The 2016 Texas quail season served as a renaissance reminder of how good hunting can be when all the right elements converge. Specifically, weather and habitat aligned to create a “super boom” year for quail production that led to exceptional hunts the likes of which had not been seen in many years.


Police in Vidor caught up to one of two men reportedly fleeing on four-wheelers after stealing one from a local wrecker service Oct. 18.


A box truck attempting to make a U-turn flipped over after being struck by another vehicle on Highway 62 near Tulane in Orange County on Oct. 6, DPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis reports. 

Charles Hooks

After hearing a loud crash, an Orange police officer discovered a suspected drunk driver had struck a pickup truck from behind, leaving debris in the roadway that caused damage to another vehicle, and then fought police attempting to draw his blood to test for alcohol.

According to Officer James Roy, he was patrolling in the 1900 block of North 16th Street at about midnight Oct. 1 when he heard the crash and then saw the wreck. He immediately responded and notified dispatch.

Deer are in good shape in most regions of Texas.

Thanks to our latest cold front, all kinds of good things are happening. Plenty of ducks have started their migration down the Central Flyway, dove hunts have improved, bass fishing is excellent and best of all, we had an excellent season opener for bow hunters.

The bow season that opened last Saturday across the state was perfectly timed with cool temperatures and clearing skies in most areas of Texas. The cool air definitely had plenty of deer on the move, especially in the Hill Country.

MLK at the Irving Street underpass (JCSO/Facebook.com)

Update 8/28:

Bevil Oaks and Northwest Forest are now under mandatory evacuation orders, according to County Judge Jeff Branick as of 11:15 a.m. on Monday, August 28. 

Lamar University classes scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 have been canceled.  This cancellation is in addition to those announced for Monday and Tuesday. The university hopes that classes can resume on Thursday, August 31. 

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The City of Beaumont is providing sandbags to city residents beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, until 7 p.m. this evening and again Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.