Important dates are upcoming in October. Youth-only weekends are set for duck and deer hunting. These early seasons were created so mentors can give their full attention to the kids they guide. Texas children are routinely introduced to hunting at early ages and often without the preparatory work necessary to ensure success.
Archery season for white-tailed deer, mule deer and Rio Grande turkeys begins Saturday and continues through Nov. 6. It’s hard to know how many archery hunters are out there, in spite of the fact that they must pay a $7 stamp endorsement to take advantage of the early season.
MIAMI, Texas — Delmar Smith and T. Boone Pickens have a lot in common. Both are Oklahoma natives, and both men have a reverence for good bird dogs. Not just bird dogs — good bird dogs, canine Geiger counters that sift the often dusty air for the subtle aroma of America’s finest game bird.
Several thousand shotgun shells have been fired since dove season started Tuesday in most of Texas. Even more will be shot up this weekend. If the 70-day season goes well, Texas hunters will bag about 5 million doves with 25 million shots — about a million boxes of shotgun shells.
Dove season begins in most of Texas on Sept. 1. That’s a Tuesday this year. I’m personally in favor of kicking off the first major hunting season on a Saturday, but Sept. 1 is the longstanding tradition and doesn’t appear likely to change anytime soon.
Every year at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, the future stars of pro rodeo competition get their chance at the 21-and-under youth rodeo. Tackling the same events as the professionals, with a couple of events added, the competitive drive and the cowboy spirit are on display as the contestants develop skills to take them to the next level.
The third and final performance of the 2015 North Texas Fair and Rodeo PRCA event played to another sold-out crowd at the fairgrounds on Sunday night. Cowboys and cowgirls from across the country and even a couple of international competitors were there to try to earn their share of the prize money.
The first rodeo performance of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo was held Friday night featuring the cowboys and cowgirls of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The first of three PRCA performances, its competitors included several world champions and National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.
One of my favorite birds became more visible with the heat of summer. Most people, even those who profess an interest in birds, have never heard of a yellow-billed cuckoo. They may have seen one, but they didn’t recognize it as anything special.
The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center celebrates 11 years in August with the opening of a new facility near Lucas. Widely known for its educational programs throughout North Texas, BPRC will open rehabilitation and flight centers Aug. 3.
The May floods were a mixed blessing. The tragic side was the loss of human lives and millions of dollars in property damage. The positive side was that Texas reservoirs went from 65.8 percent full three months ago to 83 percent full, and they were still collecting runoff early this week.
It’s Friday morning and Alicia Mathney calmly walks out the door with her two small girls on her hips. After getting them in the car, Mathney, a successful Mary Kay independent beauty consultant, slips into the front seat to begin a long day of running errands and dropping off orders. She checks herself in the rearview mirror to touch up her lipstick one last time before driving off.
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic was a muddy mess for fishing fans who planned to attend the festivities. Brent Ehrler liked it just fine. Ehrler could find only one fishing spot he was confident about. It was the only fishing spot he needed.
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic starts Saturday at Lake Fork and wraps up Memorial Day. Thirty-five of the world’s top professional anglers will find an entirely different Lake Fork than they saw last May.
Deavonte’ ‘DJ’ Hicks, a 2012 graduate of Denton High School and a member of the Centenary College basketball team, was recently named the Northwest Louisiana Christian Athlete of the Year and represented Centenary College at the 2015 NCAA Leadership Forum in Orlando, Florida. Hicks received all-district and all-region honors while playing at Denton High. Hicks, left, is pictured with Centenary coach Adam Walsh.
The revelation last week that a Dallas resident was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and restitution for trafficking dried hummingbird carcasses seems revolting to those of us who keep feeders to attract the tiny, supercharged birds to our backyards.
It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing, hiking, camping, birding, looking at wildflowers or hunting turkeys — spring is a good time to be outside. Remember to be careful out there. There are tiny insects that can cause serious health problems by carrying dangerous diseases like West Nile virus and Lyme disease.
FORT WORTH — Kevin Harvick knocked Joey Logano out of the way and thought he was about to pass Jamie McMurray for the lead with 15 laps to go, but Jimmie Johnson ducked underneath both of them and pulled away to win the Duck Commander 500 on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Marcos Castro was a Ryan tennis player looking to plot a course for college and beyond. The school’s guidance counselors weren’t sure how to help. “I want a career in motor sports,” he told them. “I got a couple of laughs. It’s in the ballpark of ‘I want to be an astronaut.’