Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Migratory Bird Report No. 7
AUSTIN, Texas –-(Ammoland.com)- Weekly migratory bird hunting reports are posted from early September through early February.
North Zone Dove: Hunter participation has slowed to a crawl. More birds moved into the region with light north winds. Rains over the weekend recharged ponds and puddles. Afternoon watering holes have produced lately with the drought conditions. Lubbock and Abilene fields have produced good shoots in scouted fields. Fields near Paris and Red River County have been fair around treelines. Dallas area fields have been fair in the afternoon. The season runs through Oct. 23. Prospects are fair to good.
Central Zone Dove: Birds have been best over corn, milo and watering holes in the afternoon. Fields around San Antonio, Castroville, Hondo, Uvalde and Del Rio have been fair to good in the afternoon. Hunter participation has waned of late. Fields around Hankamer, Sealy and Waller have been fair to good. The region received much needed rain over the weekend. Dayton fields of goatweed have been good. Waco and Georgetown hunters have seen best flights in the afternoon. The season runs through Oct. 23. Prospects are fair to good.
South Zone Dove: Harlingen, Brownsville and Laredo hunters have seen mixed flights of whitewings and mourners in milo and sunflowers. Milo and sunflowers near Raymondville and Port Mansfield have been good in the afternoon. Devine hunters have scored easy limits. El Campo, Bay City, Blessing, Danevang and Palacios fields have been best in the afternoon around shredded fields and goatweed. Milo crops along the middle coast have held birds. Areas along the middle coast enjoyed as much as five inches of rain over the weekend. More whitewings have shown in fields east and west of Houston during the past two weeks. The season runs through Oct. 30. Prospects are fair to good.
Waterfowl Migration: The coastal prairie received anywhere from 2-5 inches of rain over the weekend. Many ponds that were evaporating after being pumped for teal season were recharged with “free water.” Pintails, shovelers, teal, gadwalls, wigeons and redheads are showing on the coast. More specklebellies and ducks showed with the light north winds coupled with the bright moon. The North and South zones open Nov. 5.
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