Archery season opens Saturday
Oct 02, 2009 | 559 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Well it’s that time of year again! Dove season is in full swing and the archery portion of deer season begins this Saturday Oct. 3.

The winds have calmed down and this time of year makes for some of the best fishing. Redfish have been very abundant in most of our local waters and we are starting to see some speckled trout coming in as well.

There is no better time in Texas than now. Friday nights are reserved to cheer on our Eagles and Bobcats and Saturday is play day in the outdoors.

Some of us like to play on Sunday as well but, I recommend that you spend your Sunday mornings with “The Boss” before you go out to play. He will always make outings better for you.

The use of crossbows to take deer will be a legal means this year except in Grayson County. In years past, a hunter must have had an upper limb disability in order to legally hunt with a crossbow. This will no longer apply except in Grayson County in North Texas.

A couple of other changes that will affect most of us in Refugio County are the new flounder and alligator gar regulations. The flounder bag and possession limit is now five for a recreational fisherman. The size limit is still 14 inches.

Also, during the month of November, only two legal sized flounder may be caught and kept and only by means of pole and line (rod & reel). As for alligator gar, the daily bag limit is now one.

Wardens Pinky Gonzales and Danny Kelso advised me that most of our dove hunters experienced a slow start on opening weekend.

Most hunters had a few mourning dove, very few white-winged dove, and according to Danny, most of our hunters were well over their limit on mosquitoes! Well, you have to admit, we needed the rain more than the dove.

As more fronts start to make their way towards our beautiful county, we should see wildlife and fish activity pick up. It is always great to get out immediately after a front has made its way through. We are still hurting due to the lack of rainfall this year so, hopefully, these fronts will be accompanied by some heavy clouds.

If you have not made time to get out, please make the time. Find the time to support all of our local youths whether they participate in church, sports, band, cheerleaders, 4H, or a scouting program. These young people are always happy to see their community behind them and they are our future.

Speaking of youth, make some time to take one along with you the next time you go out in the field. Teach them about God’s beautiful world and the creatures He put here for us to manage. You will make a friend for life. Until next time stay safe and get outside.
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