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Migration Alert: Texas Migratory Bird Hunting Report

Report posted September 2, 2011
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Teal Update: Most of Texas is dreadfully dry, especially the coast. Unless you have access to water wells or second-cropped rice fields, you probably do not have water to hunt teal. Due to the drought, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) canals are limiting water usage on the coast to agricultural practices only and not "duck water."

Marshes are parched flats of cracked earth. Salinity levels in brackish marshes are as salty as ocean water in most areas. Unless tides rise and flood flats, most marsh ponds will remain dry. Those leveed ponds and fields that are wet are holding impressive numbers of bluewings. Since the state is suffering from a severe drought, any watering hole is a prime teal hunt during the 16-day season.

Season dates run Sept.10-25 with a 4-bird limit.

This migratory bird report compliments of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Learn about the positive effects of drought.
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