Hunting seasons are well underway in Texas, and the action ramps up in November with the opening of the general deer season, waterfowl seasons and quail season.
Many Dallas-Fort Worth residents share their neighborhoods with wild carnivores so elusive they are seldom seen. An urban bobcat study conducted in Tarrant County indicates that the wild cats readily adapt to an environment that includes more than 220,000 people, fast cars and housing developments.
In Texas, we tend to take children hunting at a young age, sometimes too young. They may be unprepared for what can be an intense experience. Some states have a minimum age for hunting, but not Texas. I’ve heard of kids as young as 5 shooting a deer. My son bagged two deer when he was 7.
The 2016-17 Toyota ShareLunker program begins Saturday with a few important tweaks and possibly significant changes planned for future seasons. ShareLunkers are largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more that are donated by anglers to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s selective breeding program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
If dove hunting is the most fun you can have with a shotgun, and I’m inclined to believe it is, a good waterhole hunt is dove hunting at its best.
Alan Haynes is not as mobile as he once was, but the Tyler sportsman still hunts doves every chance he gets. He derisively calls himself “No Talent Alan,” but he’s being modest. Haynes, 77, still hunts doves with a .410 Remington 1100 auto-loading skeet gun that won’t fire anything but 2 1/2-inch shells. That means he’s shooting a half-ounce of pellets, as opposed to the full ounce of shot that most good 20-gauge loads hold.
Wednesday night was the second night of the annual 21-and-under rodeo at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, featuring youths from around the region competing in the same rodeo events as the professionals.
The topwater lure landed with a soft splash, and I allowed it to sit until the ripples played out and the surface was again slick as a mirror. I was just about to move the lure when that mirror surface fragmented and the eponymous maw of a largemouth bass inhaled the lure.
The future stars of rodeo were at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo for the first of two nights of 21-and-under rodeo competition Tuesday.
North Texas Karters will host the International Karting Foundation 4 Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals on Thursday through Saturday at the North Texas Kartway, 3738 Memory Lane, north of Denton.
About 1.25 million Texas hunting licenses were sold during the 2015-16 license cycle, which ends Aug. 31. New licenses go on sale Aug. 15. The state has many more potential hunters who cannot afford to pay private landowners for a hunting lease.
Whether it’s just before the sun rises or long after it has set, Denton High School’s Ben McAfee can be found running. Committed to his dream of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, McAfee knows how much work is ahead of him. On Monday in Sacramento, California, he will take a major step toward accomplishing his goal as he competes in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.
FORT WORTH — If it has a motor and wheels, Brent Harper is willing to race it.Harper, 47 and a Denton resident, has made a name for himself racing competitively in everything from karts to motorcycles.
Add Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Livingston to the list of Texas lakes infected by zebra mussels. Since these east European invasive mollusks were discovered in Lake Texoma in 2009, six lakes and three river basins are fully infested.
FORT WORTH — A Verizon IndyCar Series race that was rained out Saturday did get started Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, but an extended caution period after a scary crash saw the return of heavy showers and another postponement.
ALLEN – Less than two minutes into Saturday’s Game 1 of the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals between the defending champion Allen Americans and the Wheeling (W. Va.) Nailers, fans in the Allen Event Center leapt to their feet in excitement thinking their team had scored, but it was a shot off the side of the net that triggered a false horn as the referee waived his arms emphatically to signal no goal. Despite the tease, the Americans gave their fans several more opportunities for celebration as they rolled to a 4-1 lead in the second period behind a pair of goals from defenseman Tristan King and fended off a late, penalty-infused rally by the Nailers for a 5-3 victory to open the best-of-seven series.
ARLINGTON — Ranger manager Jeff Banister will be facing his past when he looks across the field this weekend at something he has never seen in more than three decades in professional baseball. “It’ll be...
The seventh annual World Championship Bass on the Fly Fishing Tournament was Saturday, with headquarters at Lake Fork Marina. “This tournament is exclusively for fly fishing anglers,” fly fishing instructor Ted Warren said. “Only rods, reels, lines and lures made for fly fishing can be used."
FORT WORTH — The rain fell, the sparks flew and a Saturday night hunt bled into Sunday morning. In the end, fresher tires made the difference and Kyle Busch won the weather-delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. With his second win of the season, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion clinched a berth in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff.
Three stalwarts of the Dallas outdoors community will host fundraisers this month. It starts with the Dallas Ecological Foundation’s Rendezvous of the Guardians on Thursday, followed by the Dallas Woods and Waters Conservation Club’s 37th Annual Dinner and Benefit Auction on April 16 and the Dallas Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association’s 35th Annual Banquet and Auction on April 21.
ARLINGTON — I looked at my son for a brief moment Sunday night and wondered who was the bigger fan — him or me? We were at WrestleMania 32 and we were so excited that we couldn’t catch our breath.