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Federal Red Snapper Season Opened June 1

The private recreational angler red snapper season in federal water opened Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Bag and size limits remain unchanged. The regulations are 2 fish per person daily with a 16-inch minimum size limit in federal waters, and 4 fish per person daily with a 15-inch minimum in state waters. Red snapper caught in federal waters count as part of the state bag limit of 4 fish. No more than 4 red snapper may be in your possession while fishing in state waters and no more than 2 in federal waters.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Resumes All Operations

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is pleased to announce a return to full operational status. Due to the public health situation, TFFC, located in Athens, had limited operations and visitor services since March 2020. During the pandemic, in anticipation of reopening, TFFC personnel utilized the partial closure to focus efforts on renovations and upgrades to enhance the visitor experience.

“Bowhunter By Fall” Aims to Help Archers Get Ready to Hit the Field this Fall

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Community Archery Program wants to help Texans learn how to harvest their own meals, join a tradition in the outdoors, and improve on or learn a new skill through “Bowhunter by Fall”. Through monthly and bimonthly e-newsletters filled with videos and tips, archers can learn how to travel from behind the keyboard to behind the bow just in time for the fall hunting season.

Protect Natural Bee Habitats

Protect Natural Bee Habitats

Honeybees are humble insects that benefit the environment in various ways. Unfortunately, many people lump bees in with wasps and other seemingly “harmful” insects and do whatever is necessary to remove them from their properties. But it’s important to be mindful of the beneficial roles bees play and to take steps to maintain healthy habitats so they can thrive.

CELLULAR GAME CAMERAS HAVE MANY USES

Wireless cellular trail cameras allow you to monitor the woods from wherever you are. This photo came straight from the woods to Luke’s cell phone. Photo compliments of Luke’s Stealth trail camera.

CELLULAR GAME CAMERAS HAVE MANY USES

Trail cameras have come a long way since the first one I used several decades ago. A company out of Louisiana sent me a ‘flim’ camera that actually recorded photos on 35 mm film. A string was set across a game trail and when the animal came by and put tension on the string, the camera’s shutter was tripped! I remember using the camera for a few weeks and finally giving up on it. The photos were very bad if the game actually triggered the camera at all and then there was the cost of developing, etc., etc. It was simply more trouble than it was worth. But when digital trail cameras where images were recorded on SD cards became popular, I was quick to purchase one and set it up on trails and feeders in the woods where

Moving from Education to SPORTS History!

To a volunteer “FIELD OF EXPERTS” a task was given: Choose the eleven best baseball players in history and the best manager. Please choose nine “starting” positions, one “relief” pitcher, one “utility” player, and one “manager.” (no designated hitter) I made no specifications concerning choosing players out of their regular positions, how long they had played, what their levels were, or anything else. They just had to make total choices fit the above instructions (a difficult thing to do). I thank the responding people for participating.

Flag Day Is Fast Approaching
Flag Day Is Fast Approaching
Flag Day Is Fast Approaching
Flag Day Is Fast Approaching

Flag Day Is Fast Approaching

As I looked through my “stash” of material for future articles, I found the following: “History of the American Flag.” It had been sent to me by “who knows whom.” Thank you very much to “someone.” Readers, you are welcome to take all or part of this feature as total history! (I did do some more research beyond what was sent to me.)

I am sad the TURTLE died!
I am sad the TURTLE died!

I am sad the TURTLE died!

Those of you who know me pretty well know that I have always had a “soft spot” for “turtles,” especially those we once quite often saw walking along the country roads and even highways— we called them “box turtles.” Before I was married, when I lived on Pacific Street near the cemetery and railroad tracks and mobile home park, with the help of “secret” English students at FHS, I once amassed a collection of 13 at one time in my large, wooden “turtle box.” (Thank you, Wayland, Ricky, Mark, and Jimmy!)

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