Teal season opens Saturday, Sept. 10, and prospects look solid if you have access to water. New flights of teal arrived ahead of the front and should continue to arrive with the forthcoming full moon.
To say that water is a commodity is an understatement. Many of those who can afford the high price tag to pump ponds have been hindered due to water restrictions brought about by the year-long drought. Many water agencies and authorities have limited the sale of water to agricultural practices and not recreational uses like duck hunting, thereby limiting the number of ponds available on the coastal prairies in towns like Eagle Lake, Garwood, El Campo, Wharton and East Bernard.
Higher tides associated with Tropical Storm Lee filled marsh ponds, and ponds on the east side of Houston received 1-2 inches of rain from Lee. The west side of Houston remained dry during the storm. Hunters along the bay have seen a noticeably large number of pintails and shovelers along the coast. Teal season runs Sept. 10-25. Prospects are excellent if you have water.
Teal migration reports compliments of TPWD.
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