Deer huneters always head to the field with optimism

I can still see it like it happened just yesterday. But it wasn’t. It was more than 40 years ago. I was sitting on a rock on a portion of the Sutton County ranch known as Horseshoe Ridge. It was a brisk morning with temperatures in the 30s. Frost covered what little vegetation grew among the rocks and on the prairie grasses in the valley below. T…

Mineola dedicates Texas paddling trail on the Sabine

Not all outdoor activity involves fishing and hunting. In fact one of the fastest growing segments of outdoor activities in the country is canoeing, kayaking and paddle boards.

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Age is one of the key ingredients in producing quality bucks

Deer antlers are fascinating. They are one of the, if not the fastest growing bones known.

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High school fishing organization draws crowd

BY STEVE KNIGHT, It may be harder for these high school students to get to the next level than it would if they were playing football, basketball or baseball. Then again, they may just not care. They may…

20 October 2014 [10:26 AM]
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18 October 2014 [08:39 PM]
Late season dove hunt a good way to end the season

COLEMAN — Now that was fun. It has been a long time since I have had a good tank shoot for doves. With most hunters having switched to morning hunting years ago, feeding fields have become the norm. So when…

15 October 2014 [11:28 PM]
Fishing report, October 9

NORTHEAST ATHENS: Water clear; 75-79 degrees; 1.72 feet low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin shakyheads, Texas rig worms and wacky…

08 October 2014 [09:08 PM]
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04 October 2014 [09:03 PM]
How far is too far?

A debate is once again boiling about hunting ethics. It concerns long distance shooting and how far is too far. It is…

04 October 2014 [08:57 PM]
Squirrel season open in East Texas

The purists prefer a .22. Others like a shotgun, maybe an old .410, but no more than a 20 gauge. But these days, as another fall squirrel season gets under way in East Texas, there are not many purists or…

04 October 2014 [08:51 PM]
Registration continues in Tyler Paper Big Buck contest

Mosquitoes 1, Hunters 0. That is the normal for the first week of October and the first week of the archery season and hunting with Managed Lands Deer permits. As a result there are no entries in the 35th Tyler…

03 October 2014 [07:46 PM]
Four Of A Kind

  EAST TEXAS HUNTER EARNS A RARE GRAND SLAM OF NORTH AMERICAN SHEEP Allen Findley crammed for what some hunters can be a…

28 September 2014 [09:52 AM]
ShareLunker program is starting it's 29th season on Wednesday

On the day Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Toyota ShareLunker program began, Nov. 26, 1986 the program did not even have a name. However, getting jump-started with Mark Stevenson’s 17.67-pound Lake Fork fish, sponsors came knocking and the Lone Star…

26 September 2014 [08:23 PM]
Texas fishing report 9/25

NORTHEAST ATHENS: Water clear; 80-85 degrees; 1.52 feet low. Black bass are slow on green pumpkin shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are…

24 September 2014 [07:38 PM]
Tyler paper offering goose, crane hunt

TylerPaper Outdoors is going interactive and inviting hunters and fishermen to go along on trips. The first adventure is a two-day trip Dec. 13-14 for eight hunters to the South Plains to hunt Canada geese, specklebellies and snow geese one…

24 September 2014 [07:36 PM]
Archery, MLDP season opens Saturday

Ready or not, deer season is here. Come Saturday morning bow hunters and hunters with access to Managed Lands Deer permits will…

20 September 2014 [09:21 PM]
Big Buck Contest registration starts

Registration is under way for the 35th Tyler Paper Big Buck Contest. Hunters can register for free at any of the contest sponsors: Army/Navy Store of Tyler, 1201 E.SE. Loop 323; East Texas Seed, Cotton Belt Rail Yard; Lynch’s Food…

20 September 2014 [09:19 PM]
Helpful Hunters

There probably isn’t a deer lease in Texas that doesn’t need more doe killed than hunters are willing to take. And for…

17 September 2014 [10:46 PM]
Here and Gone

The September teal season is to duck hunting what preseason football is to the regular season. With its hit-and-miss nature, the season…

11 September 2014 [12:15 AM]
Texas Fishing Report, September 11

NORTHEAST ATHENS: Water clear; 82-86 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are slow on shakyheads and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotline. BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 83-87 degrees; 2.30’…

11 September 2014 [12:12 AM]
Counts help hunters understand harvest

BY STEVE KNIGHT, YARD — It was a mild night for August in the Trinity River bottom. It was almost comfortable as…

08 September 2014 [09:16 AM]