Texas Antler Restrictions

John P. from Pennsylvania writes to ask: “Are there are any states or counties that use antler spread instead of number of points for their antler restriction requirements? I read a study that said that antler points, like we use in Pennsylvania, allows the best yearlings to be harvested, rather than protecting them. Is this true?”

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Shooting Sports Rising In Popularity

I do not know if outdoor enthusiasts are aware of it, but shooting sports are increasing in popularity at a very rapid rate. There are shooting events and activities available for anyone who is interested in firearms. And it does not matter what your skill level is because you will be welcomed into the ranks of the 21st century shooting clubs.

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Hunting Texas: Wild Hogs In Spring

My 9-year-old son, Forrest, has been fascinated by wild boars since he was a toddler. This was all the encouragement I needed to arrange a spring 2005 hog-hunting trip to Texas. After surfing the web for a couple weeks in the fall, I settled on 1A Hunting-in-Texas Guide Service, operated by Robert Steenbeke, which offered just what I wanted: hogs, javelina, and night hunting. We had a great hunt!

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Study Shows Bigger Lures Catch Bigger Bass

Everything is big in Texas. And now a new study from the Lone Star State shows that even big lures are better. Dr. Gene Wilde, professor of fisheries ecology, and two of his associates in the Wildlife and Fisheries Management Institute at Texas Tech University, conducted angling experiments in ponds stocked with largemouth bass. They wanted to see what difference lure size made on the number and size of bass they caught. The study found that the largest fish were caught on the largest baits.

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Fishing Stimulates Economy

Brush hangs over the shore; it looks like good cover. You deftly drop a Cotton Cordell Crankbait right where you wanted. Those little ripples on glassy water send big concentric rings into the economy. The value of bass fishing to the economy is quite large, as shown by research on what anglers spend on bass fishing at Lake Fork, Texas.

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South-Texas Slam

Southwestern Texas indeed has a flavor all its own, but faced with a four-day hunt, avid Midwestern whitetailer Matt Sullivan found that by applying sound hunting strategies, and a good dose of common sense, even the most-elusive Lone Star bucks could be had.

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Sandhill Cranes: Ribeye In The Sky

Ribeye in the sky? That’s what sandhill cranes are jokingly referred to by those that have been lucky enough to down a few of the big birds and convert them to the centerpiece of a most memorial waterfowl dinner.

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Ask Dr. Dave Samuel About Whitetails: Snorting Deer

A question comes from Ian C. “I hunt a small lease in East Texas and I heard a couple of deer snorting at me while on stand. I never saw them since the area is heavily wooded. Is there a way to draw them closer to my stand or should I move closer to them? Do you have any calling tips?”

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