Texas Coastal Fish ID

blue winged teal male in flightIn addition Dove season opens in September also – South Zone (South of Interstate 10) : Sept. 20-Oct. 27, 2013 and Dec. 20, 2013-Jan. 20, 2014

Approximately 400, 000 people in Texas participate annually in waterfowl and dove hunting and the Teal season is a special opportunity for early duck hunting. Teal migrate much earlier than many other duck species and with the dry conditions across much of Texas those places with water, and the right type of water will be attracting Teal. Chambers county has what Teal want.

Chambers County provides incredible hunting opportunities on both public and private lands! With the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and the US Army Corps of Engineers Wallisville Project on the Trinity River there are tens of thousands of acres of public land open to hunting waterfowl. In addition Chambers County hunting clubs and guides can provide private land hunting and wildlife recreation services.

Trinity River Island Recreation Area: For information about hunting on the USACE Wallisville Lake Project public lands please call 409-389-2285 Be sure to take a look at the Chamberswild.com hunting and boating maps for information on hunting and boat ramps for access to these areas.

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a 34, 000 acres made up of ancient flood plains which created expanses of coastal marsh and prairie. It is an important link in the chain of National Wildlife Refuges extending along the Texas Gulf Coast as well as being an important wildlife viewing site, bird migration and nesting zone. Its marshes and prairies are host or home to an abundance of wildlife: migratory birds, alligators, bobcats, and more. East Bay and Oyster Bayou offer good fishing to public. It is located south of FM 1895 in South Chambers County, south of Anahuac to the NW and Winnie to the NE. It is Northwest of High Island at Galveston Bay, and Bolivar Peninsula

At both of these locations you can find Green Wing Teal and Blue Wing Teal which are far more numerous in Texas than the Cinnamon Teal and you can learn to identify them quickly, at least the males. In Teal, and similarly with many bird species it is the males that are brightly and dramatically colored to show off for the females. The females are usually much more camouflaged with browns and small spots or stripes to hide while on the nest. The male Blue Wing Teal has a white half-moon crescent on the side of its head. The Male Green Wing Teal has an incredible green band on the side of its head. Below are some images of teal and more details about identification as provided by Ducks Unlimited.

Ducks Unlimited… Is an organization dedicated to preserving ducks and waterfowl the waterfowl hunting heritage through habitat purchase, protection and management and good hunting practices. Their web site provides lots of information about waterfowl including identification and call sounds. An excerpt is provided below.


Give the Gulf fifty years and your grandkids mig

2010-06-01 09:16:52 by GodAlmighty

Might see life returning to the waters and shores.
In the human timescale, though, for your life and your children's lives, Louisiana will be the new Bhopal.
Large areas of the Gulf of Mexico are now dead zones, and larger areas soon will be. Fish, bird, and mammal corpses will be washing up on the shore for years. The beaches will be wastelands in Louisiana, and a sticky, sickening mess in Florida, in the Carolinas, in Chesapeake Bay. As the Gulf Stream flows, oil and toxins from this disaster will wash up in the British Isles, in the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic shores of Africa


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