Weekly Texas Migratory Bird Hunting Report – 9/17/2008

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Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early September through early February.

North Zone Dove: Best hunts have come around sunflowers and milo. Good hunts were posted near Sweetwater and Abilene. Soybeans in the northeast corner of the state have held birds. Amarillo and Dumas have had good hunts over milo, corn and watering holes. Knox City hunters have enjoyed strong afternoon shoots. The recent cool front pushed a few northern birds to the region. Prospects are good.

Central Zone Dove: The San Antonio corridor was spared from the rains of Hurricane Ike. Hunting continues to be steady around corn, milo and sunflowers. Hondo, Uvalde and Castroville have been steady in the afternoon around water. A new group of birds showed up with the recent cool front. Harrison County fields remain steady around plowed ground and goatweed. Marion County fields have been fair, but new birds have arrived on the winds of the front. Fields along the coast on the east side of Houston have seen few hunters since Hurricane Ike. The region was inundated with water and several agricultural fields were overrun with saltwater from the storm surge. Sealy, Katy and Brookshire have been fair to good. Prospects are fair to good.

South Zone Dove Prospects: The Sept. 20 opener should be a good one in South Texas, especially around the border of the South and Central zones. Fields around Uvalde, Del Rio and San Antonio are loading up with birds moved by hunting pressure in the Central Zone. Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen and fields around Port Mansfield are holding strong concentrations of birds. El Campo and Bay City fields look good for both whitewings and mourners. Large storm surges along the middle coast moved some birds farther inland from agricultural fields near the marsh and along the bayfront. Prospects are good.

Teal Season: Steady shoots have been posted across the coastal prairie on the west side of Houston. Eagle Lake, El Campo, Garwood, East Bernard, Chesterville and Egypt have seen good concentrations of teal. Some areas of Wharton County received as much as 12 inches of rain over the weekend. Good hunts were had around Nome on the east side of Houston. Few hunters have ventured in the marsh near Anahuac and High Island since Hurricane Ike’s catastrophic storm surge. Best shoots near Port O’Connor have come around freshwater impoundments. Prospects are good.