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Texas Hunting 2014

Hunters are gearing up for the season, and our TPWD experts outline the prospects for deer, dove and more in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine digital extra: Texas Hunting 2014.

Deer | Dove | Waterfowl | Quail | Turkey | Squirrel
Firearm safety | Game meats | Chef recipes

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This Month's Features

Growing Bigger Trophies

Restrictions in East Texas counties are leading to better antler production.

By Russell A. Graves

“That’s five mature bucks we’ve seen so far,” my brother whispers to me as we hunt through the wet understory, watching a nice eight-point drift through the woods.

Since Thanksgiving Day, rain has slowly fallen, soaking and softening the otherwise dry and crunchy oak and ash leaves that carpet the creek bottom. Just two days past the holiday, the Fannin County whitetail rut is in full swing. Conditions for a mobile and active hunt are perfect: the dappling rain and wet vegetation hide our sound and our smell while the frenzy of the rut has deer paying attention to everything else but us.

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First Hunt

Youth hunting event changes the lives of young participants, including my son.

By Karen Loke

As we drive up a dirt road into a sea of orange, I glance at my son Eli, 12, sitting quietly in borrowed camouflage. It’s his first deer hunt, and he’s more than a little apprehensive.

“But, mom, why do I have to shoot a deer?” he asks me.

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Hooking Poachers

Game wardens thwart illegal long-line fishing in the Gulf.

By Mike Cox

Game warden Carmen Perez stood outside the wheelhouse of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department patrol vessel Captain Williams, salt spray flying into her face as the 65-footer cut through a choppy sea.

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2014 Fall/Winter Birding Calendar

In addition to our resident birds, migrating birds make Texas a prime spot to watch for avian friends. Find a bird-watching event to suit every taste in our online-only 2014 Fall/Winter Birding Calendar.

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Texas Fishing 2014

How's the fishing? Our experts give the outlook for freshwater and saltwater angling in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine digital extra: Texas Fishing 2014.

Freshwater forecast | Saltwater forecast |
Fishing through the year | Invasive mussels | Freezing and cooking fish

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Keep Texas Wild

It's not just for kids. If you like nature-related topics in an easy-to-read format, you can find three years of our popular Keep Texas Wild issues and the teacher resources to go along with them.