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Migration Alert: Water and Teal Abundant in Texas

One thing Texas waterfowlers won't have to worry about this season is water. Texas has plenty of it, maybe too much in many places, but it beats the alternative. Duck season opens on Halloween in the South Zone, and the outlook is promising for opening weekend.

Migration Alert: Texas Teal Hunters Enjoy Strong Start

Teal hunters along the Texas Coast are smiling. Last weekend’s opener met or exceeded expectations, and some are calling it the best teal season they have experienced in a decade.

Migration Alert: Texas Light Goose Numbers Up, LGCO Hunts Offering Sporadic Success

During the 1980s, Texas produced 600,000 to 700,000 acres of rice. Today, that number is less than a quarter of what it used to be due to water restrictions brought on by a five-year drought and the development of vast tracts of agricultural lands. Limited habitat has contributed to the ongoing decline of light goose numbers in South Texas, but those numbers increased this year, offering opportunities for hunters willing to put in the effort.

Migration Alert: Water and Cold Weather Shape Late-Season Hunting on Texas Coast

Soggy parkas, muddy waders, and deep, boggy ruts on secluded dirt roads have been the norm along the Texas coast as duck season nears its end. Parading pintails, gregarious greenwings, and gaggles of snow geese left their mark on waterfowlers over the past three months, and at the heart of all this activity were cold temperatures and rain.

Migration Alert: Duck-Rich Texas Coast and Prairie Prepares for Second Split

Driving across the landscape of Texas's coastal prairies and marshes reveals exactly what most hunters are reporting—lots of ducks. An early cold front dipped deep into the Lone Star State, causing temperatures to drop and bringing astounding numbers of ducks and geese.

Migration Alert: Texas Waterfowlers Find Early Arrivals Abundant

The first major winter weather system of the year is sweeping across the northern Central Flyway, bringing high hopes that the main waterfowl migration is on its way. Early migrants, such as teal, pintails,and gadwall, are abundant throughout much of central and southern Texas, and these species will likely provide most of the action as the 2014-2015 waterfowl season opens this weekend.

Migration Alert: South Texas Hunters Hope for Better Hunting Weather

After a solid start to the waterfowl season, many hunters in Texas's South Zone have reported lackluster results since the season reopened. It has been perplexing for many veteran waterfowlers and outfitters because the coastal prairies and marshes are full of ducks.

Migration Alert: Texas Waterfowlers Looking to Finish Strong

Texas coastal ponds, prairies and marshes rested for 14 days and an Arctic front pushed ducks in from the north. Unfortunately, the second split opener of the 2013-214 season coincided with a full moon, leaving hunters to watch empty skies as sat idle.

Migration Alert: Cold, wet, windy weather a boon for Texas waterfowlers

Soaking rains and unseasonably cold autumn temperatures have been tough on the extremities, but you'll hear no complaints from Texas waterfowlers. Cold air means fresh ducks on the coast.

Migration Alert: Texas Bluewings Arrive Just In Time

The Thursday Outdoors section of the Houston Chronicle, a barometer for many coastal hunters and fishers, painted a bleak picture for opening day teal prospects. What a difference a day makes.

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