2011-09-15 / Community News

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

The number one complaint at the end of the first week of dove season has been shooting times. Hunters are allowed to hunt dove 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Several properties have been identified where after hours shooting has taken place. To be compliant, hunters can watch their local newscast; pick up any regional newspaper, hunting magazine or surf the web at http:/ / www.sunrisesunset.com/ usa/ texas.asp to see legal shooting times.

Around our 10 county district, hunting is plentiful in the Sealy area. District wardens have come in to assist the local warden due to large hunting volume. In Lee County, dove are prevalent in sunflower fields, shredded croton patches and cleaned out stock ponds. I don’t see large numbers, but I drove a 50 mile line on Sunday morning and saw enough birds flying to warrant hunting activity.

I’ve received a handful of complaints regarding recent improvements to the boat ramp at Nails Creek state park. The complaints question why more work hasn’t been done such as dredging out creeks and channels while the lake bed is dry. Unfortunately, funding and manpower play a big part of this process and state and local entities are short on both.

Any questions regarding this issue should be addressed with U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Somerville.

I may be contacted at 979-540- 0194. or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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