This year’s hunting season began as usual, with mixed results. Warm, summertime weather was a handicap to most of the hunters, especially deer and waterfowl. The best reports came from far North Texas and the northern part of East Texas.
Quail on the other hand provided some excellent hunts, as the warm temperatures did not affect their movements nearly as much as other fowl and game.
Waterfowl hunters along coastal areas had mixed results, with the marshes along the middle coast producing some good hunts.
Perry Hancock of Houston hunts from a marsh blind in the Seadrift area and reported taking a limit of ducks, mostly bluebills and teal. Hancock said that while it was good to just get some ducks, it will be the second half of the divided season before the big ducks arrive in that area.
Low to fair numbers of geese are beginning to show in the Eagle Lake area, according to Sam Ramsey who hunts the Lissie area. Ramsey said that there were not enough geese around his lease to warrant going out last weekend and it will take a few more northers to get the geese there.
While goose hunting was, overall, on the slow side along the coastal prairies, good numbers of light and dark geese are arriving in grain fields above Denton. Area lakes around there are attracting smaller Canadian geese, and it will be just a matter of time before they are pushed farther south.
What we used to call a normal migration of ducks and geese just a couple of decades ago has been interrupted by winter food sources in areas above Texas. Golf course lakes and other small bodies of water where well-maintained vegetation grows year round have been attracting and holding a lot of geese and large ducks.
This is especially true in parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and far north Texas. The waterfowl in fact have become a nuisance in many areas and efforts are underway to drive them away.
Deer hunters, for the most part, had opportunities to take deer opening weekend, with some making a harvest and others deciding to wait for colder weather to get the big bucks to run.
Reports from processing houses in the Hill Country indicated good numbers of doe and other antler-less deer coming in along with smaller bucks.
Similar reports came from South Texas where hunters with patience passed on smaller deer in hopes of a huge buck to show. Most South Texas hunters agree that it will be a few weeks longer before a rut gets underway.
John Holloway hunted a corporate lease near Falfurrias and took a 12-point buck last Sunday. Holloway said that he was hunting a ravine from a natural blind when the big buck appeared.
While we get farther along in the hunting seasons, action will pick up, especially for coastal waterfowl hunters.
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