Don’t get caught with that old license.
Back in the early ’90s, I first began to learn how useful the internet could be when it came to planning my hunting and fishing trips.
Water levels continue to drop and water temps continue to rise, but the good thing is that a lot of our area lakes are clearing up some.
I’ve done a bit of outdoor cooking recently and thought I’d share a couple of easy summer recipes you might wish to try. Since I use game meat in one of my recipes, this should fit nicely into the outdoors category.
These items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Chisum ISD students seeking a future in high-growth, high-demand occupations will be able to get a head start thanks to a pilot program with Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas.
House Resolution 3742, known as the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, would provide $1.3 billion annually to state initiatives, and $97.5 million to tribal nations, to support at-risk fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Texas would get an estimated more than $50 million per year.
It will be interesting to see how the use of real-time live viewing of the water under a fishing boat catches on.
At Pat Mayse and our other area lakes, water temps are on the rise and water levels are dropping, and that brings changes in the locations of the fish. Right now and up until fall, you’ll find the fish will spend much of the time suspending up into the water column.
The Hunting Club membership was gathered in the large round corner booth in Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café. We were trying to schedule the first dove hunt of the season, and conflicts ran rampant.
Hunters looking for a new opportunity or simply a change of scenery this fall are urged to check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawn hunt permits program.
Pat Mayse water temps are in the mid to high 80s, the water is fairly clear and about a foot high. Crappie have slowed some, but it sure was great for awhile.
If catching big catfish is your goal, you’ll want to opt for the slower bite (during the summer) on the blues, but if lots of action and some mighty fine eating is your desire, consider a summer trip for channel catfish.
Conditions are changing on Pat Mayse as well as all our area lakes. Since water levels are dropping, the fish will fall back to a little deeper water.
At first glance, the little 12-by-20-foot building nestled in the trees behind the house might look like it’s used to house lawn equipment and stuff that will eventually wind up donated to a resale store.
‘Are you people ever going to pay off on my trailer repairs?”
I am continually amazed at what I don’t know about the outdoors. Oh, I’ve spent a very active life in the woods and on the water, learning about the patterns of fish and wildlife.
Here we go again, more rain, high water and lower water temps on most area lakes. I think this is why there are a lot of fish remaining in shallow water.
You might recall I broke a toe a few years ago. I clumped around in one of those awkward boots for six weeks, suffering the indignity of hoots and howls from supposedly close friends. One of the most irritating things was going through airport security on my way to Washington D.C.
Last week I wrote about all the plants I ate when I was a kid, and that brought back other memories as well, memories of trees. Now I’m no tree hugger, and I’ve cut down my share of them in the past, but trees were an important part of my kiddom.
It’s great to have friends that share your interests, friends you can bounce ideas off of and discover and perfect new ways of doing things. I have such a friend in Deryl Markgraf.
Pat Mayse’s conditions have not changed very much, except we have more water. The water levels have risen some and Mayse remains stained to muddy. The bass seemed to have picked up some, but that was before the last Sunday rains and storms.
I’m often asked for gift ideas by friends who share my interest in the outdoors. Finding that perfect gift can be a daunting task, especially if the shopper doesn’t hunt and fish.
On Pat Mayse, crappie and white bass (sand bass) have been the main choice for a lot of fishermen, even though water levels are still somewhat high and stained. Crappie jigs and minnows have been best bets for the crappie, and spoons and lipless cranks have been good baits for the Sand Bass.
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
More rain and run-off has kept Pat Mayse water levels high, and the water color is stained to muddy.
Through the years, I have been designated cook in camps from the wilds of Canada to south of the border. I absolutely love cooking outside and preparing meals that are simple and tasty.
Rain and high winds have kept Pat Mayse water levels high and stained, and the stained water has left the fish shallow.
A fly-in fishing trip to a remote lake in northern Saskatchewan is an experience that anyone who loves the outdoors and fishing should consider doing.
We’re not sure how it happened, but when the Bride and I took our 36-foot fifth wheel trailer out for a camping trip back in January, we somehow tore the rubber roof along the front edge.
Randy Horton was the winner of this year’s Uncle Jesse’s Big Bass Fishing Classic. Horton brought in a 7.75 pound bass representing Team Coston & Son. Tippi Pyles, widow of Actor Denver Pyle, founder of the event, was in attendance enjoying the day and signing T-shirts. A total of 310 an…
Sitting on the front porch of the old country store was a great way to get an education when we were kids. Back in the mid-1960s, the remaining little stores on bodark posts were the evolutionary result arising from similar, more primitive businesses that were once scattered throughout this …
To recognize the service and sacrifice made by Texas law enforcement personnel, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will offer the first-ever “Free Fishing for Law Enforcement Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday during National Police Week.
The Hunting Club membership was gathered around the large corner booth in Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now café, drinking coffee and watching a steady rain flood the ditches out front. After about five hours of watching it fall, we’d consumed an equal amount of coffee.
When I was a kid, I was finished with school by this time of the year. Oh yeah, I know there was still a month to go until they released us on an unsuspecting world for the summer, but the weather was great and I wanted nothing more than to be out of that desk.
All our lakes are above pool and the forecast is calling for even more rain. Keep in mind rising water will usually scatter fish, but it’s spring and the spawn is underway on our lakes.
Fall remains my favorite time of the year, but spring runs a very close second place. In early fall, we have all the hunting seasons to look forward to, with the exception of spring turkey. But, right now we can enjoy some of the best fishing of the year for many species during a period when…
Have I mentioned that I absolutely despise today’s bubble gum rock and roll pseudo country music rap crap? Well I do. George Strait and Alan Jackson hit the nail on the head when they released “Murder on Music Row” back in 2003. They saw it coming all right, but none of us truly knew the dis…
As you know, more rain and of course, more run-off have helped to cloud-up our lakes. We now have some mighty big females on beds in the shallows.
In my humble opinion, wild turkeys are the crappie of the hunting world.
It hasn’t been that long since the vast majority of folks who raised me dried their wash on a line, clothes that absorbed the sunshine and wind to come in smelling sweet and clean. I wonder if all that pollen that came inside when the ladies took in the wash was beneficial in building up our…
The Hunting Club membership was gathered in the large round corner booth in Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now café. We’d been solving the world’s problems that morning, and it was the consensus of the group that if they’d put us in charge of all the problems we were seeing on the news, we’d have ev…
Yes it’s here. Spring spawning is happening right now on Mayse as well as our other area lakes and we have fish on the beds.
I was full of confidence we would have plenty of fresh fish fillets for ourselves and the other three buddies who trickled in to partake of what we decided will be called our “Annual Buck and Bass Spring Fishing Extravaganza.”
The Hunting Club assemblage was gathered at the big round corner table in Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café. The place was busy for a weekday, with three boats on trailers parked out front.
With this past week of sunshine, the water on our area lakes has warmed up a little. Most of them have water temps in the high 40s in the mornings and they rise to high 50s by afternoon.
I began fishing with “cane” poles as soon as I was big enough to tag along with my mother and Dad on fishing trips to local ponds around our home in rural Red River County.
The Hunting Club assemblage was gathered at the big round corner table in Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café on a sunny, windy morning. Conversation was soft and limited as we studied the parking lot through the large windows.
The Old Man found himself between seasons. It was too wet and early to plow, and there wasn’t much to do that warm, sunny spring day except spend time with his eight-year-old grandson.
With $2 million dollars up for grabs, many world champions all vied for a piece of the winnings, but it was Texas high school breakaway roper Madison Outhier who became the star of the show in Arlington this weekend.
Have you ever wondered how to predict if the fish are going to bite or if the deer are moving? I’ve been hunting and fishing all my life and have picked up on several tips that usually let me know. Some of these tips are ancient, and I’m sure that most of you have heard them, but maybe some…