Organizations like ETWWF help fill local conservation needs

At a wildlife conference recently one of the speakers was discussing the role of hunters in conservation. Among the things hunters, as well as fishermen, do, he explained was provided more money for conservation than all other groups combined. He said that is done through organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Rocky…

Post Oak region can produce quality deer

PALESTINE — Think of the parts of the state that are best managed for white-tailed deer. Now think of the Post Oak Savannah. Stretching from the Red River south to Burleson and Grimes counties and shoe-horned in between the Pineywoods and the Edwards Plateau, the Post Oak region is not known for its annual production of quality deer. Like any

Local Fisherman still finds a use for antique tackle

There are days when Wade French feels like doing things just a little bit different. That is when the Emerald Bay resident pulls out his Luxor spinning reel to bass fish. Don’t look it up. They don’t sell them at any of the big box stores. If you can find one it is more likely to be on eBay, at a garage sale or

Spring turkey season opens, but not in a good way

RICKHAM — The trip was the first of several to hunt wild turkeys this spring. I hope it wasn’t an omen. My daughter-in-law, Mary, wants to shoot a turkey and who am I to say no. She came close last year, but no cigar, so we returned to the same pasture in hopes of righting that wrong. Because we encountered a

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Focus on the outdoors

Ashley Phelps, of Tyler, a coach at Andy Woods Elementary, took her first wild turkey this season hunting on the Stewart Ranch…

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Every case important to game wardens

When it comes to investigating cases involving deer being taken illegally, Smith County is not a hotbed of activity. It is just…

04 April 2015 [09:23 PM]
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TPWD looks to revamp MLD, LAMPS programs

To say the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Managed Lands Deer program has been a success would be a huge understatement. Involving…

22 March 2015 [12:20 AM]
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State legislature vs. TPWD

If Texas legislators want to do something really useful they would make a law that prevents them from filing bills concerning things…

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Send in photos Send your pictures of recent hunting and fishing adventures to Focus on the Outdoors. Send your high-resolution photos to…

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Emory angler leads Bassmaster Classic

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Japan's Takahiro Omori took the lead in the Bassmaster Classic on Saturday with a two-day catch of 31…

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