, Port Arthur, Texas

September 21, 2013

Chester Moore column: It's time for more reader questions

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News


   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.

    Q: Now that the canvasback limit has been raised, where are the best places in Texas to hunt them?

    A:  Choke Canyon, Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. All three of those lakes hold many canvasbacks and the hunting is typically the best later in the season.

    Q: Is it true you hunted with the Duck Dynasty guys?

    A: Yes. In 2006, I had the honor of hunting with Phil, Jase, Godwin and several family friends. I stayed at Phil’s house, at Miss Kay’s duck gumbo and sat on their couch and talked about our faith in Christ for a couple of hours. There will be an excerpt from the interview I did with Phil in the next edition of Real Outdoors of Southeast Texas.

    Q: I can only take one buck where I hunt and I am bowhunting for the very first time. I have a big spike that I have seen while sitting on the stand videoing several times. If it comes out opening day, would you shoot it or let it walk to get a bigger one?

    A: Any deer is a trophy when taken with a bow. Shoot it and enjoy some tasty friend backstrap.

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