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BIRD HUNTING REPORT
AUSTIN -- The following information was reported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and dated Oct. 19. TPWD provides a weekly report through February. For more information, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
South Zone: An influx of birds was noticed across the region with last week’s cool front; and, this week’s stronger blast of north winds should redeposit birds. Limit shoots were posted across the Rio Grande Valley. Port Mansfield, Raymondville, Devine, Three Rivers and George West hunters saw steady flights as well. Bay City, El Campo and Port Lavaca shoots have been best in the afternoon around goatweed and sunflowers. Palacios fields have steadily held birds throughout the season. The season runs through Oct. 30. Prospects are fair to good.
Waterfowl Migration: Teal continue to dominate coastal fields and flats. More pintails, shovelers, and green-winged teal showed along the coast this week with the cool front. Water continues to be an issue for waterfowl, as ponds that were pumped for teal season are quickly evaporating. More birds have shown on bay shorelines earlier, probably due to the absence of water on the high ground. Flights of teal have readily buzzed hypersaline shorelines in the morning hours. Marsh ponds have been dry from the drought and even drier due to abnormally low tides for this time of the year. Shallow flats on East Texas reservoirs have held birds. More specklebellies should show this week. Duck and goose season opens Nov. 5.
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