2012-09-20 / Community News

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

If you woke up Saturday morning enjoying the cool breeze, you weren’t alone. Mother Nature always has a way of reminding us that she’s in charge and if we’re patient enough, times do get better. We can all look forward to cooler days ahead, although some rain would be nice too.

Unfortunately, She also dictates what path wildlife decides to take. After working several areas of the county, it was clear the north wind was holding birds down because very few hunters, if any, were encountered (college football may have had a hand in this as well).

On a good note though, I observed a lot of deer moving about feeding during the peak hunting period. However, one should exercise caution because they are dangerously close to the edge of roadways, camouflaged by waist high dove weed and other vegetation. I slowed down or stopped no less than 10 times during Saturday evening’s patrol.

Fall is fast approaching and hunting will soon be in full swing. Please exercise caution when afield with all hunters, young and old alike. Kids get excited, adults get excited, we all get excited, so be mindful of where you hunt, what you hunt and how you hunt.

Just last weekend, I received a report from West Texas of a dove hunting accident where a juvenile was wounded because another hunter violated his field of fire zone. When “swinging” on doves, one must always know their respective field of fire so this type accident does not occur. The victim will be ok except for taking a few pellets to the body.

I may be contacted at

979-540-0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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