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Prize Redfish Release
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Jaguar
The last jaguar documented in the Rio Grande Valley was killed in 1946 near Olmito, but less than half a...
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Fly-Fishing Champ
There is a world class fly-fisherman that makes his home in the Valley and watching this champion perform is...
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Great Blue
This is a wonderful time of year to visit South Padre Island, and if you arrive early you just might...
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Restoring Habitat
There are hundreds of abandoned drilling sites scattered throughout the Valley, but the United States Fish and Wildlife Service...
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Gator Man
It is alligator season in the Rio Grande Valley, and Leroy Overstreet has been hunting the toothy creatures for more...
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Deep Sea Mural
Renowned South Texas artist Larry Haines specializes in saltwater fish, and he is about to complete the biggest task of...
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Redfish Limits
There is more good news for fishermen in the Lower Laguna Madre...in an unprecedented move, Texas Parks and Wildlife is...
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Prize Redfish
Some very valuable redfish have just been released into the Lower Laguna Madre as parrot of the annual CCA STAR...
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Boat Dedication
Nearly 500 Texas Game Wardens patrol the states back roads and waterways, a proud legacy of conservation enforcement that dates...
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Bird Islands
It is peak nesting season for colonial waterbirds in the Lower Laguna Madre, and for the birds to successfully...
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Sea Turtles
If you want to see one of rarest sea turtles in the world, your chances are increasing on South Padre...
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Fishing Time
It is a great time of year to get out on the bay and do a little fishing, and of...
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Green Island
Green Island is a paradise of birds and home to the nation's largest nesting colony of reddish egrets.
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Bluebonnet Bonanza
It is an annual rite of spring in Texas to enjoy fields of bluebonnets. This year the wildflowers have failed...
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Spring Fishing
The Lower Laguna Madre is the state's most productive bay system, and this year is promising to be...
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TPWD Offshore Fishing Workshops
ATTENTION-OFFSHORE RECREATIONAL FISHERMAN Texas Parks and Wildlife and NOAA Fisheries will be conducting five workshops in the South Texas...
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Fishing Report, Sunday, April 12, 2009 Courtesy Capt.Todd Casey
I fished everyday this past week. A strong North wind screamed in early in the week and...
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Fishing Report, Sunday April 5, 2009 Courtesy Capt. Todd Casey
The wake up alarm on my phone went off at 4:45 AM on Sunday morning. I walked outside as...
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Wonderful Wrens
Sometimes, you don't have to look any farther than your own backyard to find entertaining wildlife.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009 Courtesy of Todd Casey
I have been fishing the Lower Laguna Madre from Port Mansfield to South Bay since I was able to hold...
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Splendid Spring Fishing
Captain Hecotr Leal caught and released this 28 and a half inch red this week on a Texas Trout Killer...
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Fishing Report, Sunday March 22, 2009 Courtesy Capt. Todd Casey
It has been a while since I have written a report, but now that I am back to...
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Spring Day
Beautiful spring like weather and a secluded South Texas pond are the ingredients for a magical day in the South...
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Nilgai Kill
Several local landowners are angry about the recent killing of nilgai antelope on land east of Brownsville as they believe...
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Nilgai Infested
Efforts to combat the largest fever tick outbreak in more than 30 years has spurred the United States Department...
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Fever Tick Outbreak
Despite a permanent quarantine zone along the Rio Grande, the cattle fiver tick is spreading northward to near record acreages,...
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Early Season Fishing
If you can pick the right day between fronts, early spring fishing on the Laguna Madre can be very rewarding....
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Turkey Release
Don't be too surprised if you see a wild turkey strutting this spring in Cameron County, as the first group...
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Borderlands Controversy
Mexico and the United States share a rich natural heritage that is threatened by the construction of the border wall,...
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Bahia Grande
One of the largest wetland restoration projects in the nation is taking place right here in the Valley, and local...
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Raptor Renewal
Nesting has begun in the South Texas wildlands for various birds of prey, but dry conditions may hinder raptors chances...
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Ocelot Festival
There is only one place in the United States where you can see a wild ocelot, and there is...
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Dry Times
As dry conditions persist throughout the South Texas wildlands, any available water becomes a magnet for wildlife
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Spring Gators
You might be surprised to know just how big some of the Valley's wild alligators really are...
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Wildfire
ore than 80 wildfires have already swept across the Valley this year, but there is an elite crew of federal...
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Yucca Spring
Some old timers say that when the yuccas start to bloom then that signals the end of winter.....
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Valley Sportsmen Club
If you enjoy hunting and fishing and the Valley outdoors, then there is a special group of sportsmen...
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Tram Tours
If you want to see the Valley's largest wildlife refuge in a new way, now is your chance...and you may...
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Deer Season Finale
Whitetail deer season wrapped up Sunday, January 18th, and while it has been a great season, anticipation is already building...
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Winter Deer
Whitetail bucks frequently break their antlers when fighting, but it is unusual to find four bucks all in the same...
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January Morning
Foggy mornings bring a sense of magic to the South Texas wildlands, and it's always worth the wait to see...
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Nilgai Hunt
The best place in the world to hunt exotic nilgai antelope is the ranch country of Deep South Texas, so...
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Morning Vigil
outh Texas outdoorsmen spend countless hours in deer blinds during late December and early January....and a morning vigil can be...
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South Texas Bucks
The ranch country of Deep South Texas is renowned for its big bucks, and here are several that will definitely...
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Memorable Encounters
From birds to bucks to butterflies, 2008 was a year of memorable wildlife encounters.
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Christmas Colors
may appear a little drab in the Valley outdoors this Christmas season, but if you look a little closer you...
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Doe and Buck
It's the Christmas season, and that means bucks are chasing does throughout the South Texas ranch country.
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Rattling Time
It's prime rattling time in the South Texas brush country, and hitting those rattling horns together just might attract a...
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Resaca de la Palma
If you are looking for a great place to take the family for some outdoor adventure this Christmas season, then...
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Wintering Birds
The latest cool front has brought the vanguard of wintering birds to the Rio Grande Valley. Some will...
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Bucks on the Prowl
It's that time of the year in Deep South Texas, the weather is beginning to get a little chilly, and...
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Bucks
It is that time of the year, when majestic bucks begin to appear in the South Texas wildlands. ...
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Wild Turkeys
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you haven't already shopped for your turkey dinner, you might consider bagging...
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Canine Corps
They are man's best friend, and to select members of the Border Patrol, they are the best partner an officer...
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Refuge Manager
Kelly McDowell is the new refuge manager for all United States Fish and Wildlife Service property in the Rio Grande...
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Trashy Beach
South Padre Island is a beautiful place to visit, and within the town boundaries a daily cleanup program keeps the...
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Outdoor Report, Sunday, November 09, 2008 by Todd Casey
I am sitting in a deer blind right now looking down a gas line that stretches for what...
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Great Blue
This is a wonderful time of year to visit South Padre Island, and if you arrive early you just might...
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Dredge
A multi-million dollar dredging project is underway in Port Mansfield, and when it is completed recreational fishermen will once...
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Tick Outbreak
Despite a permanent quarantine zone along the Rio Grande the cattle fever tick is spreading northward to near record acreages,...
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Scout Honor
He was a fighter pilot in World War II, a prominent Valley doctor, and was recently honored in a proclamation...
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Butterfly Count
Where would you go in the United States if you wanted to set a record for number of butterfly species...
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October Bucks
Whitetail deer season opens soon, on Saturday November 1, and South Texas bucks are fattening up on abundant browse.
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Fly Shop
Imagine a place where you can get all the fly-fishing gear you have ever dreamed of, top flight kayaks, and...
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Boardwalk
If you are looking for a place to get out and enjoy a beautiful October day, take a stroll on...
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Peregrine Falcon
It is the peak of the annual peregrine falcon migration along the shores of South Padre Island, and biologists are...
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Refuge Week
If you haven't visited one of the Valley's wildlife refuges lately, now is the time, as during National Wildlife Refuge...
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Border Wall
With the recent appropriation of some 400 million dollars to continue border fence construction, the southernmost stretch of the...
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Gar Tourney
South Texas is renowned for its impressive alligator gar, and the winning "catan" in this past weekend's Tip of Texas...
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Fishing Report, Sunday, October 5th Courtesy Captain Todd Casey
  “What are we throwing today Captain?”  Says a man that is about...
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Summer Bucks
It is an exceptional year for antler development in the South Texas ranch country, the challenge is finding those handsome...
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Sabinito
Just a morning's drive south of the border lays the fascinating ruins of an ancient civilization....
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Creatures in Peril Part 4
For the past several weeks, Richard Moore has been presenting a series of stories on how the construction of the...
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Creatures in Peril Part 3
The construction of the border wall is creating an impenetrable barrier for many threatened and endangered species, and in Part...
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Creatures in Peril Part Two
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security waived environmental laws to speed construction of the border fence, and...
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Wildlands
Rumbling thunder, howling coyotes and an impressive buck make for a fine late summer afternoon in the South Texas outdoors...
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Creatures in Peril Part One
It has taken more than 30 years to develop at a cost in excess of 70 million dollars, but today...
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Dangerous Debris
There is an alarming amount of dangerous debris still scattered throughout the bay, and boaters are urged to proceed with...
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Seafood Safety
Elevated levels of mercury in some offshore fish have resulted in consumption warnings, but a new study underway may reveal...
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Hunting Licenses
Friday, August 15 was the first day to purchase your new Hunting and Fishing license, and there is good news...
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Thursday, August 14, 2008 Fishing Report Taplin Moore
Lee Gray and I went on a halibut fishing trip yesterday with three other guys from Minnesota. Captain Doug Judge,...
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Port Mansfield Tournament
Saltwater fishing is an important part of the South Texas economy, and the Valley's coastal communities are rebounding from the...
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Dolly Benefits
Hurricane Dolly brought destruction to much of the Rio Grande Valley, but the bountiful rainfall is a boon to wildlife,...
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Border Wall Begins
The bulldozers are rumbling and the clearing has begun for the border wall. Among the first properties to be...
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Dolly Aftermath
If you are headed out onto the bay, be extra careful... as there is a lot of debris from Hurricane...
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Sunday, August 03, 2008 Fishing Report Capt. Todd Casey
The hum of a generator on my back porch puts me to sleep. It is was more like a...
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Fishing Report, Sunday, July 27, Capt. Todd Casey
I didn't get much fishing done this week due to Hurricane Dolly. The storm created a lot more damage...
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TIFT Cancelled
Hello Dolly...Goodbye TIFT...in yet another economic blow to the Island economy the annual Texas International Fishing Tournament has been cancelled
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Bountiful Year
Rainfall has been plentiful throughout most of the South Texas ranch country this year, and with hurricane Dolly's deluge the...
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Giant Toad
The Rio Grande Valley is home to the world's largest species of toad, and not only is it big but...
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Port Mansfield Fishing Tournament
It's fishing tournament time in South Texas, and the angling is outstanding leading up to this weekend's annual Port Mansfield...
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Fishing Report, Sunday, July 20, Capt. Todd Casey
I fish everyday this time of the busy season. Sometimes I fish twice a day when I book a...
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Arroyo Colorado
For 90 miles the Arroyo Colorado courses thru the Valley on it way to the bay carrying the area's wastewater,...
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Hunters/Sportsman Expo
It only comes around once a year, and if you are an outdoors enthusiast you won't want to miss the...
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Fishing Report, Sunday, July 13, 2008, Capt. Todd Casey
"Mornin'... looks like we are going to have a clear day today." A rusty old man says to me...
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Fishing Report, Sunday July 6, 2008
Courtesy of Captain Todd Casey Have you ever had a good day and just foolishly sang alone to a song on...
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Duck Family
The Rio Grande Valley is famous for its tropical bird species, and one of those notable year round residents is...
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Turtle Release
A record number of endangered Ridley sea turtles have nested on South Texas beaches this summer, and several hundred hatchlings...
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Sunday, June 29 Fishing Report
Courtesy of Captain Todd Casey The bay was calm today. Glass like water blended with the horizon and there...
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Rancho Caracol
Just a few hours south of the Rio Grande in north eastern Mexico, there is an expansive swath of scenic...
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Mexico Dove
The largest nesting colony of whitewing dove is 150 miles south of the border where there are approximately a million...
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Owl and Snake
Extreme South Texas is home to several species of serpents that just don't occur much farther north, and every now...
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Pygmy Owls
They are one of the smallest owls in the world, and just about the only place in the entire United...
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Backyard Parrots
People travel from all over the world to see the Rio Grande Valley's tropical birds, and the parrots are particularly...
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Outdoors Day
Every day is outdoors day on my calendar but this Saturday was the official National Get Outdoors Day.
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Yellow-headed Parrots
Wild parrots and parakeets frequent many old neighborhoods in the Valley, and they aren't shy about being neighbors as they...
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Threatened Land
In a remote corner of Starr County along the banks of the Rio Grande an ancient oyster bed, historic artifacts...
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Brown-Crested Flycatcher
The Rio Grande Valley is home to a fascinating variety of tropical birds that just barely edge into Texas, and...
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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
The elegant and graceful scissor-tailed flycatcher has the longest tail of any songbird in North America, and these beautiful birds...
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Hooded Oriole
The secretive hooded oriole crafts one of the most carefully hidden nests in nature, but once discovered their secluded home...
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Century Plant
There is a remarkable slice of life three stories high in the towering bloom of the century plant, and Richard...
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Rainy Serpents
Recent rainfall throughout South Texas had the wildlife scurrying for higher ground and that includes venomous snakes.
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Vermilion
Imagine a bird so bright red its nickname is "little coal of fire." The vermillion flycatcher is indeed flaming...
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Shrike
There are always firsts for those who enjoy the South Texas outdoors, such as the recent discovery of a rare...
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Shrike II
Young birds are among the fastest growing creatures in nature, and you won't believe how rapidly the six loggerhead shrike...
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Tarantula
The Valley is home to a sizeable population of fearsome looking tarantulas, but the big spiders are no match for...
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Documentary
News Channel Five and outdoor reporter Richard Moore have teamed up to produce a documentary on South Texas wildlife, and...
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Mysteries of El Tajin
For centuries, since their discovery in 1785, the ancient ruins of El Tajin located along the Mexican Gulf coast in...
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White-tailed Hawk
The white-tailed hawk does not stray much farther north than deep South Texas, and this wary bird of prey is...
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Nest for Every Niche
South Texas is renowned for its impressive bird life, and there is seemingly a nest for every niche in the...
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Fishing Report Update April 23e
The full moon of the month of April is probably my favorite time to...
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Fallout
Nature photographers and birdwatchers wait all year for the event known as a "fallout", and when a late season norther...
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Grand Slam
Catching a bay grand slam is an anglers dream, and Captain Todd Casey of South Padre Island makes it look...
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Special Delivery
Most folks have letters delivered to their mail boxes, but lately mostly bugs have been arriving at this Valley address.
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Santa Ana
Paddle a scenic river, climb a treetop tower and see colorful birds...you can do it all right here in the...
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Ground Doves
It is peak nesting season for South Texas Birds, and the smallest dove in the Valley is busy raising young.
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CCA Banquet
One of the biggest events on the local outdoor calendar is set for later this week, as the...
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Remarkable Recovery
One of the most successful wildlife restoration projects in the nation is nearing completion in the Rio Grande Valley, as...
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Fire Aftermath
The recent wildfire that swept thru the Deep South Texas ranch country consumed some 50,000 thousand acres of habitat and...
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Killer Bees
It's springtime and the Rio Grande Valley's wild bees are on the move.
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Deadly Presence
With temperatures already hitting the century mark, wildlife is drawn to any available water....and so are shadowy predators that specialize...
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Rattlers
Its springtime in South Texas and the rattlesnakes are on the move.
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Tranquil Morning
There are sill a few places tucked away in the South Texas wildlands where you can escape the bustle of...
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Native Munchies
Throughout the year a variety of native flowers and fruits sustain wildlife, and the first courses on the spring menu...
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Signs of Spring
South Texas is way ahead of rest of the nation when it comes to showing signs of spring, and it...
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Breakfast Ducks
The first customers of the morning at a Valley feed store don't arrive in cars and pickups, but instead fly...
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Threatening Turbines
A massive wind turbine industrial complex is in the first phase of construction in South Texas, and the hundreds of...
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Native Planting
All Valley Arbor Month sponsored by Valley Proud Environmental Council is officially scheduled for the month of February, but a...
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Season Ends
Whitetail deer season wrapped up this past weekend, and some of the very best bucks waited until the final day...
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Winter Deer
Whitetail bucks frequently break their antlers when fighting, but on a recent afternoon I made an unusual discovery, four bucks...
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Goose Hunt
There are plenty of ducks and geese in the Rio Grande Valley this winter, and we are heading out with...
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Year Ender
2007 was a wonderful year in the South Texas Outdoors and these are a few of my favorite shots of...
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2007 in the Outdoors
It was an exceptional year in the South Texas outdoors. Late winter and early spring rains were ideal for...
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Christmas Count
Counting birds is a nationwide Christmas tradition that dates back more than a century, and the Valley has eight Audubon...
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Remarkable Region....A Year in the South Texas Wildlands
Deep South Texas is a magical place that is home to a fascinating diversity of wildlife from tropical birds and...
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Deer Music
Whitetail deer hunting season is in full swing, and Richard Moore has put some of his favorite buck video together...
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Celebration of Cowboy Cuisine...25th Annual Linn San Manuel Cookoff Nourishes Culinary Traditions
The mouth watering aromas of fresh corn on the cob, cabrito, pan de campo and a variety of steaming stews...
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Bountiful Butterflies Boon to Valley...International Butterfly Park Attracts Rarities
A cluster of photographers were bent over their tripods staring intently into their lenses. Other people stood by gripping...
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Cookoff
The grand-daddy of all South Texas cook-offs recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and there was ample opportunity to sample traditional...
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Historic Fall Roundup on the Yturria Ranch....Legacy of Land Stewardship
The annual fall roundup on the historic Yturria Ranch north of Raymondville is a tradition that dates back some 150...
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Rare Butterfly
A strikingly beautiful butterfly never before seen in the United States recently appeared in the Valley, and Richard Moore was...
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Turkey Time
If you really want to dine like a pilgrim this Thanksgiving then harvesting a wild gobbler is the way to...
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Thanksgiving Turkey...Gobblers Abound in South Texas Wildlands
An estimated 46 million turkeys will be cooked and eaten this Thanksgiving. According to the National turkey Federation, 95...
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Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers...Valley Organization Focusing on New Members
Whether you are a professional wildlife photographer or just want to learn more about nature photography, there is a Rio...
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TexNEP
If you are interested in nature photography there is a group of Valley folks who welcome you to join their...
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nestled within the heart of the city of McAllen is an urban oasis...take a few moments and discover the natural...
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Hunt Time....Stellar Year Expected
Stretching his neck to find the tallest mesquite branches he can reach, a mature buck rakes his antlers in...
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Hook Line and Sinker Closing its Doors...Last of Valley Tackle Shops Ends 25 Year Run
The old mom and pop fishing tackle shop is a thing of the past in most communities, but for nearly...
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Tackle Shop Closing
The last independent fishing tackle shop in the Valley is closing its doors, and it is the end of an...
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Primo Buck II
From velvet clad antlers to hardened rack, many days have been spent in the field documenting the antler development of...
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Towering Turbines Blow Ill Wind for Birds and Bats
The state's first coastal wind turbine industrial complex is under construction in South Texas, and it is generating a storm...
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Deer Breeder
Ricky Munoz has made his mark in the music business with his band Intocable, but Munoz is also rapidly becoming...
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Breeding for Big Bucks
When Ricky Munoz, the lead singer and accordionist for the Grammy award winning superstar group Intocable, is not recording or...
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Huge Gar
Imagine a fish so big that you have trouble just finding a scale big enough to weigh it...well, that was...
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Giant Gar...Fishing for Catan a Ruiz Family Tradition
When Leo Ruiz and his father Tacho recently headed out to one of their favorite gar fishing haunts they were...
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Teal Appeal...Waterfowl Season Promises to be One of Best
What could be more fun than crouching in a flooded grain field in the predawn darkness? It's the opening...
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Teal Hunt
The opening weekend of teal season was one of the best in years, and this year promises to be a...
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Intro Archery
When it comes to learning an exciting sport and having fun at the same time, there is a group of...
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Last Fishing Report
Last week's fishing report was the last of this summer. I am starting to wind down my fishing season...
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Primo Buck
Whitetail deer season is just around the corner, and there are some very impressive bucks roaming the ranch country this...
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Remarkable Retrievers Highlight Dove Season
Ominous gun metal dark skies loom across the distant horizon as we settle into our positions along a thickly wooded...
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Record Snook
It used to be a secret, but it is not anymore. One of the best places to catch big...
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Opening Day
A well trained dog makes dove hunting especially rewarding, and we are going to spend the opening weekend with two...
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September 2nd Fishing Report Courtesy of Todd Casey
I finished up my charters several days this past week longing for a hot shower versus some cool air conditioning,...
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August 26th Fishing Report Courtesy of Todd Casey
There were a lot of days this past week where the bite was non-stop early in the morning and it...
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Shifting Seasons
It may not feel like it, but the seasons are changing in South Texas. With temperatures still hovering around...
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Summer Bucks
It is an exceptional year for antler development in the South Texas ranch country, the challenge is finding those handsome...
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July 19th Fishing Report Courtesy Todd Casey
Mother Nature is playing a big part in a good or bad fishing day right now. I had to...
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Texas Tops Nation in Hunters and Hunting Expenditures...Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Watching Big Business in the Lone Star State
Texas led the nation with 1.1 million Texans going hunting during 2006, and the lone star state was also tops...
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August 12th Fishing Report Courtesty of Todd Casey
This season's LKT tournament has been fished and the LKT enjoyment is over until next year. Great memories from...
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Tops in Hunting
Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching are big business in Texas, and in 2006 their combined economic impact was 8.4 billion...
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Hunting Licenses on Sale August 15... New Regulations Effective September 1
New hunting and fishing licenses go on sale August 15 and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TPWD, is encouraging...
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License
The opening weekend of whitewing season is just a few weeks away and exciting Fall fishing is just around the...
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August 5th Fishing Report Courtesy Todd Casey
The 2007 TIFT tournament is over and done with and I am already looking forward to next year. My...
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Where Have All the Flounder Gone?
"This is the worst year I have ever seen for flounder fishing," said veteran angler Chuck Bothwell of Harlingen, who...
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TIFT Wrap
The big one got away, but a San Antonio angler still managed to win the offshore championship of the Texas...
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July 29 Fishing Report Courtesy of
The past few days have been very enjoyable out on the water. The wind has leisurely passed over the...
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Hooded Oriole
The secretive hooded oriole crafts one of the most carefully hidden nests in nature, but their secluded home is extremely...
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Ancient Live Oak Forests Vital Habitat for South Texas Wildlife
Scattered throughout deep South Texas along the...
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Wild Mustang Grapes...A Tasty Treat for Man and Wildlife
A special summer treat is ripening throughout the sandy soiled ranch country of deep South Texas. Timely rains have...
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Wild Grapes
It is an exceptional year for wild mustang grapes, and the ripe fruit is being enjoyed by a variety of...
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July 22 Fishing Report Courtesy Todd Casey
Mother Nature played a big part in me having a little time off this week. I had to cancel...
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July 15th Fishing Guide Courtesy Todd Casey
"The wind's blowing a little much, you think?" An onlooker said as I was getting my boat ready one...
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Texas Hunters and Sportsman's Expo
The biggest hunting and fishing exposition ever to be held in the Rio Grande Valley is set for this coming...
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Sportsman's Expo
The 17th annual Texas Hunters and Sportsman's Expo is set for this coming weekend in McAllen, and it promises to...
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Captain Catan
Alligator gar are challenging fish to hook, particularly if you are trying to catch them with light tackle
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Captain Catan
It was mid morning on a Wednesday when the phone rang, and the caller id read Charlie Buchen. I...
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July 8 Fishing Report Courtesy of Todd Casey
The water and fishing in our bay is going to be a little different for the next couple of weeks....
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July 1 Fishing Report Courtesy of Captain Todd Casey
The full moon was brilliant this past week and it was moving water high and low with some great force....
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Amazing Agave, Marvelous Maguey...Century Plants Sport Soaring Blooms
Thrusting its bloom spike some 30 feet into the South Texas sky, the century plant will bloom only once and...
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Century Plant
There is a remarkable slice of life three stories up in the towering bloom of the century plant, and Richard...
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Snake Bite
A strike from a diamondback rattlesnake can be lethal, but with quick medical attention victims have a good chance of...
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Deadly Even in Death
David Graves, a young wildlife biologist on a hunting lease north of Raymondville, shot and killed a rattlesnake recently, but...
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June 24th Fishing Report Courtesy Todd Casey
Dark skies and cool winds welcomed me and my clients most every morning this past week. Some days I...
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Scissor-tails
The elegant and graceful scissor-tailed flycatcher has the longest tail of any songbird in North America, and these fascinating birds...
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Bountiful Spring Boon to Wildlife...Deer, Turkey, Quail Thrive with Timely Rains
The sun has just cleared the towering oaks and gnarled mesquite in the ranch country of deep South Texas illuminating...
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June 17th Fishing Report Courtesy Todd Casey
My three year old son was on the boat eating some pancakes as the sun cleared the horizon. I...
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Spots Tourney
There is a new fishing tournament on the horizon, and the object is not to catch the biggest fish. ...
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Tournament Time in South Texas...Spots Tourney Targets Redfish
The thrilling sound of line zinging off his reel brings a broad smile to Captain Terry Neal. It is...
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6 - 10 - 07 Courtesy of Captain Todd Casey
I have never caught a 35 inch trout, but I know that every time I go fishing out on the...
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6 - 5 - 07 Courtesy of Captain Todd Casey
Throughout my years as a charter captain I have been asked a lot of questions while out on the water....
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Colorful Parrots and Parakeets Add Tropical Flair to Valley Neighborhoods
It was just past dawn when the male yellow-headed parrot landed above the nest cavity in an old palm in...
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Colorful Parrots and Parakeets Add Tropical Flair to Valley Neighborhoods 2
Wild parrots and parakeets frequent many old neighborhoods in the Valley, and Richard Moore has found a spot where the...
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parrots
Intro Parrots 2 Wild parrots and parakeets frequent many old neighborhoods in the Valley, and Richard Moore has found a spot...
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Threatened Property
The latest official word is that the border fence is not coming to the Valley until next year, but that...
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Land in Peril...Border Wall Threatens Private Property and Wildlife Habitat
Benavides swings his pickup off the busy highway leading...
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May 27 Fishing Report Courtesy of Todd Casey
Sometimes when we are fishing, there is a certain twinge that comes over us. It may be a small...
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May 21, 2007
Courtesy of Captain Todd Casey

Not much can compare to the emotion we sense in our body after seeing an angry, foam-covered blow-up on a...
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Cowboys
Some of the best cowboys in Texas are gathered at the La Paloma Ranch west of Sarita for a little...
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CCA STAR Tournament Offers More Than One Million Dollars in Prizes
The 18th annual State of Texas Angler's Rodeo (STAR) fishing tournament begins Saturday May 26 and runs through Monday, September...
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Border Barricade Threatens Wildlife Corridor and 100 Million Dollar Investment
The border fence is coming to the Rio Grande Valley, and no matter where it goes wildlife will suffer from...
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Controversial Coastal Wind Farm Set for Construction in South Texas This Year
The state's first coastal wind turbine industrial park is set for construction later this year in South Texas and is...
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Green Island...Lower Laguna Madre Sanctuary Home to World's Largest Colony of Reddish Egrets
"I ascended a gentle incline until I stood on the upper level, which must have been about twenty feet above...
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Dance of the Diamondbacks
"It is one of those heart stopping hold your breath encounters, and when it's over you are just like....Ahhhh! ...
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Trout Limits Halved by Texas Parks and Wildlife...Regionalization Lowers Limits for Lower Laguna Madre
When Kathie Lopez from McAllen went fishing in the Lower Laguna Madre several days ago she had an excellent trip...
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Airboat Adventure...Exploring Laguna Madre's Hidden Estuaries
The slough south of Port Mansfield is not an easy place to access, and you are probably going to have...
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River of Tradition...Bass Fishing on the Rio Grande
The Rio Grande winds thru South Texas and northern Mexico on its final leg of a journey that began high...
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Restoration Effort Underway for Valley Gobblers
Turkey season opens March 31 and runs thru May 13 in South Texas; the only problem is that there just...
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Fever Tick Outbreak Prompts Harvest of Exotic Nilgai
An outbreak of fever ticks is prompting the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to harvest an infested population of...
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Spectacular Spring Blooms... Local Naturalist Excels at Growing Natives
Sensory overload might be the best description for a stroll thru the South Texas chaparral this time of year. ...
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Inaugural Valley Alligator Season Opens April 1
Lurking in the resacas and canals of southernmost Texas, the largest reptile in North America has enjoyed a relatively safe...
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World's Fastest Creature Trained to Hunt for Man ...Ancient Art of Falconry Continues to Soar
The art of falconry dates back more than 4,000 years, but as Paul Juergens readies his peregrine for flight in...
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Super Dogs...Drahthaars are Pointers, Retrievers, Trackers and More
It doesn't take Angus long to discover a blood trail, and it's all Angel Martinez can do to hang on...
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Hope for a Neglected Harbor... Dredge Arrives in Port Mansfield
The harbor at Port Mansfield may soon be open to normal boat traffic if a dredge brought in recently by...
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Seismic Search for Oil and Gas Impacts Bay and Wildlife Refuge
More than 8,000 explosive charges are being set throughout the southern end of the Lower Laguna Madre, and 14,000 plus...
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Record Number of Whooping Cranes Wintering in Texas
A record number of whooping cranes are wintering along the Texas Gulf coast. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport...
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Deadly Duel
Sudden movement in the tall grass rivets my attention, and for a moment I hardly believe what I am seeing....
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Battling Gobblers
Locked in combat, a pair of gobblers emerges from behind a mesquite motte. One is gripping the other's beak in...
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You Can't Beat Drum...Especially When the Pitas are Blooming
There is a thirty mile an hour plus wind howling, and the sky is gray and threatening, so naturally Captain...
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What's in a Name?
If you had a boat, what would you name it? Sorry, the "Happy Hooker" and the "Hope it...
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Vanishing Seafood Presents Global Crisis...Vigilance Protects Texas Ecosystem
Imagine a world with no seafood. There will be virtually nothing left to catch form the world's oceans in...
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Sportsman...A Family Tradition for Valley Outdoorsmen
"There's one at 11 o'clock, says Captain Skipper Mock as he deftly casts toward a redfish swimming serenely across the...
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Snapper Smugglers Nabbed...Joint Law Enforcement Effort Curtails Illegal Commercial Fishing
When Special Agent Ken Blackburn boarded the Delfin IV in rough seas some 40 miles offshore from Port Mansfield, it...
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La Paloma Retrievers...Professional Trainer Brings Out Best in Man's Best Friend
Quivering with excitement, the sleek black lab sits obediently at Paul Cordova's side, and then with the command "Katie" she...
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Falcons on the Rise in South Texas
Crouched in their nest in a towering yucca, three hungry aplomado falcon chicks await their next meal. Soon their...
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Dangers of the Deep...Peligros de la Playa
Man eating sharks, venomous stingrays and deadly bacteria are just a few of the dangers lurking in the salty waters...
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Concerned Hunters Rally to Save Public Hunting Privilege
When Charles Leal of Brownsville pulled up to his favorite whitewing hunting location on the outskirts of town, he was...
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Bahia Grande Restoration Progressing with Cooperative Effort
The largest wetland restoration project in the state of Texas is a big step closer to completion. Three interior...
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Alligators Among Us
Lurking in the murky shallows of kidney pond at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge are some 52 alligators. ...
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South Texas Premier Destination for Exotic Nilgai Hunting
A chilly north wind gusts across the mesquite studded coastal plain, as the two hunters and their guide crouch low...
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Hunting Adventure of a Lifetime...Lost in the Woods
Secreted in their blind by first light, Rod Snell of Harlingen and his mother Maud wait patiently in the brush...
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Hunting Adventure of a Lifetime...Dodging Death
Editors Note...This is the final installment in a two part story of a hunting trip that turns into an unforgettable...
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The Allure of Antlers...Roberto Pulido Crafts Fishing Lures from Whitetail Deer Sheds
Roberto Pulido is a legendary South Texas Tejano singer, and when he is not on tour making music you can...
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Huge Alligator Gar Taken from Valley Resaca
Juan Hernandez and Fernando Torres knew they were pursuing an extremely large gar in a resaca near San Benito, they...
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Copyright 2007 Richard Moore