Wingshooters have pick of what to target in mid-DecemberThe middle of December begins what can be a pleasant misery for many of Texas' half-million or so wingshooters. Over the next several weeks, picking which direction to go and the fowl on which to focus can challenge Texas shotgunners' decision making just as much the birds they pursue challenge their shooting skills. Texas "winter" dove season opens Dec. 15 in all three of the state's dove zones. Three days later, woodcock season opens.
This week's cold front, which is dropping temperatures to freezing in the north half of Texas, serves notice that winter is on its way, if not already here. But if the history of the past three decades or so holds true, this winter is likely to continue a trend that has changed, and continues changing, the face and the fisheries of Texas' coastal estuaries.
On the first day of December, water surface temperatures in bays along Texas' upper and middle coast hit 70 degrees and even a degree or two more in some shallow bays. It was close to that in some of the west-facing coves and shorelines of East Texas reservoirs. In a normal year - whatever that is or, more correctly, used to be - those water-temperature readings would be nudging into the 50s. Winter may be coming, but it certainly is not here yet.
That Butterball today at center stage on so many tables traces its roots directly to a now-extinct subspecies of wild turkey native to south-central Mexico. Thankful the fate of other North American wild turkeys has not followed the same dark path.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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