Texas Migratory Bird Hunting Report – 9/14/2011
North Zone Dove: Fields near Paris have seen fair shoots at best in harvested corn and soybeans. Amarillo fields of corn and milo have seen fair shooting as well. Outfitters there said it has been all or nothing concerning bird flights. Still very few playa lakes are holding water. Abilene saw half-limits to near-limits of mourning doves. Better shoots have been had in fields north of Dallas over tanks still holding water. Prospects are fair.
Central Zone Dove: Whitewing action has slow a bit for resident birds in San Antonio, but this area remains the best bet for action. Sabinal, Del Rio and Hondo have seen fair shoots at best. Sealy hunters continue to see plenty of whitewings around oak trees and milo on the outskirts of town. Hunters around Marshall and Longview have seen few birds. Katy, Hockley and Brookshire hunters have found half-limits in the afternoon around treelines. Hunting around Waller and Magnolia has been put on hold since wildfires have been burning. Prospects are fair.
Teal Season: Opening day of teal season on the coast was outstanding if you had access to water. Limits were the norm and not the exception around Wharton, Eagle Lake, Lissie, Garwood and Markham. The coast is dreadfully dry, with most marsh ponds and moist soil units reduced to dusty, large cracks. Collegeport hunters saw limits of teal over limited water supplies. Most water able to be purchased comes from the LCRA canal system, and “duck water” there, along with the rest of the coastal prairie has been cut off. Playa lakes in the Panhandle are holding a limited supply of water, so teal shoots have been poor to fair. Most teal in Northeast Texas are holding on shallow flats of reservoirs, however, many boat ramps are inoperable due to low water. Prospects are excellent on the coast if you have water, and poor everywhere else in the state