PORT ARTHUR —
We are at the beginning of the best time of year for outdoors activities in our region and everyone seems super enthused this year.
Q: I’m excited about this year’s deer season because I saw three nice bucks on my game camera on our Sabine County lease. What do you think my chances are of shooting one?
A: I honestly know very few people who find big bucks on game cameras and end up shooting those exact deer. Deer behavior before the season is much different than after it starts due to their hormonal changes and the presence of hunters in the woods. Your best chance is to bowhunt if you are so inclined and pay close attention to rub lines in the area you got the buck photos from. If you have active rub lines, there is a good chance you can set up and get a shot. The peak of the rut in East Texas is early so stay in the woods during the peak time. After that, the chances are slim.
Q: Is it true striped bass were stocked into Sabine Lake years ago?
A: Yes it is true. Striped bass were indeed stocked into the Sabine area ecosystem but that ended well over a decade ago. In our area, we think of stripers being in Toledo Bend but we have to remember they are a saltwater species and there are some historical records to suggest there might have been native striper populations along the Gulf Coast man years ago.
Q: Why don’t we get as many pintails as we used to flying into local marshes?
A: There are two reasons. The first is there aren’t nearly as many pintails as there used to be. They have pitifully low nesting success in prairie Canada and are facing a host of other problems. Secondly, like all other duck species they were drawn to the rice agriculture. The combination of marsh and rice agriculture is alluring to ducks and when one of those two parts of the equation virtually disappears the number of ducks decline.