If you’re an outdoorsman or rancher, you already know there’s a thriving population of wild hogs and predators in the Central Texas countryside. Destroyed croplands and loss of livestock are parts of life that are becoming way too common and expensive.
When it comes to the outdoors, Texas has just about everything — mountains, prairies, forests, desert, lakes and streams, an expansive coastline and more.
Some people don’t care a thing about football, but they never miss the Super Bowl; some only pay attention to college basketball when the madness of March rolls around. And it’s the same with fishing — for some, the only time they fish all year is in early spring, when the action knob gets turned up to 11.
There was no news release to herald the totem pole at Cameron Park — no artist reception with wine and cheese.
Watching sports can be a lot of fun, but participating in a sport affords fulfillment that the television set can’t provide.
Just about any red-blooded Texan can tell you that the bluebonnet is the state flower and the mockingbird is the official bird of the Lone Star State. But do you know what the state fish of Texas is?
If you’ve ever seen a map of Pangaea, you’d know that there’s technically no such thing as us and them.
With winter weather in the mornings and springtime temperatures in the afternoons, outdoor plans can get a little confusing.
It’s always the same — the good guys get punished for the stupidity of the bad guys.
Because of such unusually low temperatures in the first week of January, my wife, Nancy, and I decided to see if the frostweed in our wild frontyard garden exuded fresh sap (frost) daily in the consecutive days of below freezing weather. We discovered that it did, but only for three days in a row.
A pair of bald eagles that mate each year at Lake Waco have chosen to settle in a dead and possibly unstable shoreline tree instead of a new sturdier, man-made nesting pole for their mating season.
Clear, blue skies are pretty to look at and can lift your spirits after a string of cloudy days, but they don’t usually make for good fishing trips.
In Texas, skunks are about as common as churches and Starbucks — you’re never more than a few minutes away, whether you see them — or smell them.
Most people probably have their Christmas shopping about wrapped up, but for a last-minute gift to stuff in the stocking, how about an outdoor-related gift? A number of memberships are available that will, if used properly, get your loved one off the couch and into the fresh air.
In the old days, Texans had to travel to another state to set a hook into a rainbow trout, but thanks to efforts by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other entities, nearly 300,000 scrappy, tasty trout are within an hour’s reach of most metropolitan areas.
Cold, nasty weather is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to playing football and hunting ducks, and this weekend’s slate of college football games and duck hunting were providing hope and excitement to folks willing to brave the cold.
We made our annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage to the beach again last week, and, as usual, we found ourselves extremely thankful.
For decades, participation in outdoor sports among young people has been trending steeply downward.
What’s big, hairy, germy and can devour a 12-pound turkey without any help? No, it’s not that annoying uncle you’ll be sitting next to while he snores his way through the Cowboys game on Thanksgiving — I’m talking about an even bigger menace: the feral hog.
A 12-year-old girl adjusted her gun, yelled “pull” and easily shot two clay birds out of the air, to the applause of her teammates.
Sometimes, there’s a fine line be tween being predator and prey.
Urban expansion may be the reason a six-point buck was wandering the heart of Waco on Monday morning before it was hit and killed by a car.
It’s that time of year when so much is going on in the sporting world, that scheduling can become a real job. Football is in high gear, basketball is starting up, a number of other sports are humming along, and now hunting season is wide open.
The subject of Waco water used to leave a bad taste in the mouths of locals who were affected by the muddy-flavored fluid that came rushing out of faucets throughout the city. Restaurants had to resort to serving bottled water and serving soft drinks without ice, and the problem was so widely known that a number of travelers quit making restaurant or refreshment-related stops in Waco.
During an afternoon drive around Lake Waco last week, I saw several would-be fishermen cruising the access roads looking for an open boat ramp from which to launch their boats — but it wasn’t going to happen.
Tuesday’s government shutdown forced the closure of lakefront parks in the Waco area, while agencies like the Waco Veterans Affairs Regional Office braced for more significant disruptions if Congress does not reach a quick compromise on a federal funding bill.
If you’ve spent any time in the Central Texas fishing world, you’ve no doubt heard of Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir.
Just about everybody has heard of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, also-known-as “Johnny Football” — and a little further south of College Station is A&M’s Corpus Christi campus, where Dr. James Simons could easily be considered “Jimmy Ocean.” This week’s feature (a sort of “who eats who”) is courtesy of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
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If everybody on the football field played by the rules, we wouldn’t need legendary officials like Red Cashion or others dressed in zebra suits telling us what players had done wrong.
The Texas Autumnal Bifecta is upon us — it’s now officially both football season and hunting season.
Josh Poole achieved perfection on his sport’s biggest stage.
Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists and forecasters agree with area outdoorsmen’s predictions that this year’s dove season should offer plenty of shooting opportunities when the season opens Sept. 1.
Charlie Pack was a remarkable man who provided well for his family, was a good friend to many and brought the joy of fishing to generations of kids through his Tadpole Foundation — in addition to his sports and business accomplishments.
Central Texas fishing legend Charlie Pack, whose Tadpole Foundation introduced area children to the sport, died Saturday after a lengthy illness.
If I saw one of my neighbors mowing his lawn in August, usually I’d be tempted to call and check for vacancies at the Belton Home for the Bewildered.
Ted Dickie was spending his 101st day in Vietnam flying his 102nd mission, and suddenly, it didn’t look like he’d ever make it back home to Texas again.
Central Texans got a vacation from the hot, dry summer conditions last week, and on more than a few occasions, I found myself thinking, “This is football and hunting weather.”
It’s like coastal fishing without having to drive as far.
As I was checking the fence around our place Saturday morning, I saw a spot or two that needed patching, but more interestingly, I noticed that the grapevines that are woven through the back fence are popping with ripe grapes — perfect for cooking down into juice.
Before we headed south for our annual summertime trip to Port Aransas, I had arranged a guided bay fishing trip with one of the local guide services to satisfy the fish dinner requests by our spouses and children. They love freshly cooked seafood almost as much as they love the guys who catch it.
Ever been too lazy to fish? I found myself in that situation last week during our family vacation to Port Aransas.
You can go fishing just about every day in Texas. I don’t know much about drilling holes in an iced-over lake, but I heard enough stories from my dad about winter-time fishing the Great Lakes when he was growing up to know that I wouldn’t want to live up there.
When I was a kid, Pong was about the only video game on the market. And while controlling that electronic pingpong paddle on the television screen was amazing and somehow addicting, it didn’t hold my interest very long, and I was soon out the door to find some real-life fun.
Hundreds of boating accidents and injuries occur in Texas waters every year, and dozens of people die annually in those mishaps.
There are a lot of fossils around Central Texas. Take a walk down any rocky creek bed, and you’ll probably find fossilized remains of plants and animals that lived here millions of years ago.
Port Aransas has become a regular vacation destination for my family and friends, and we’ve established some comfortable routines that the kids will remember, and likely continue, when they grow up and plan their own trips.
The national spotlight is a strange thing. For better or worse, its focus brings widespread attention to accomplishments, tragedies, crimes and other events — but only for a short time.
If drivers were as careful as hunters, body shops would go out of business.
I heard a preacher talking recently about one of the firefighters from his congregation killed in the West explosion, and he drew a round of laughter and applause when he mentioned how much the man had loved his boat and loved his beer.
If you were considering a leisurely boat ride along the Brazos this weekend, you might want to steer clear of the Cameron Park area.