Doug Fox was hunting with a crossbow in Bosque County the first time he saw the odd-colored Rio Grande hen turkey. It was during the October archery season. It’s legal to shoot a hen turkey in Bosque County, so Fox, 80, let his arrow fly.
Deer hunters are afield by the hundreds of thousands this weekend, and many will end their first hunt without firing a shot.
Virgil Wilson of Euless won the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Texas Grand Slam hunt through the department’s Big Time Texas Hunts computer drawing. A total of 13,478 hunters bought entries at $10 apiece.
FORT WORTH — Brad Keselowski arrived at Texas Motor Speedway likely needing a win to advance to the championship round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. For the second consecutive year, six-time champion...
When John Hunter Nemechek was at Texas Motor Speedway in June, the Camping World Truck Series driver was a spectator.
White-tailed deer season is setting up as one of those memorable seasons that hunters will speak of in hushed and reverent tones for years to come. Abundant spring and summer rain over most of the state’s whitetail range created a lush growth of native food that left animals fat and healthy entering fall.
Though he doesn’t have a green jacket to show for it, Kyle Ratcliff likens his winning a drag racing championship in the Stock Eliminator class at September’s Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals to another popular, albeit slower-paced, sporting event.
This year, said Kevin Kraai, hunters should at least open the season with better habitat conditions than usual. Kraai heads the waterfowl program for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Thanks to heavy spring and early summer rains, most reservoirs in north and east Texas remain at healthy levels.
AUSTIN — Lewis Hamilton had quite a day at Circuit of the Americas. He spun in the rain during a rare Sunday morning qualifying session, eventually losing out on pole position to his teammate. He later forced that teammate, Nico Rosberg, off the track in the first turn of the race to take the lead. Faster cars passed Hamilton, and he found himself running second on the final restart.
AUSTIN — Fans danced in ponchos and mechanics horsed around on pit lane, but there was no on-track competition Saturday at the United States Grand Prix.
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.