Autumn 2016 Feature Story: Paradise of Birds in Texas

By on July 5, 2016
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Story by John N. Felsher

An excerpt from Paradise of Birds: Texas Offers Incredible Opportunities for Bird Hunters…Once an independent republic bigger than France, Texas spreads across about 269,000 square miles. Straddling the South and the Southwest at the bottom of the Great Plains, terrain types vary from tidal marshes – where anything dry at high tide constitutes a “ridge” – to the 8,800-foot-high Guadalupe Peak in the southern Rocky Mountains about 90 miles east of El Paso.

Between the Gulf of Mexico and the West Texas deserts, sportsmen can hunt salt marshes, freshwater cypress swamps, piney forests, rolling plains of grass, scrubby hill country, deserts and mountains. Not counting eastern and Rio Grande turkeys, which many people consider big game animals, wing shooting enthusiasts may chase numerous other bird species. From kicking up tiny snipe in brackish marshes to flushing pheasants in the Panhandle, Texas sportsmen enjoy incredible bird hunting opportunities for many species, including some found nowhere else in the United States.

“Texas is a hunter’s paradise,” proclaimed Jason Hardin, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) upland bird biologist in Oakwood. “We have one of the highest number of bird species in the country with lots of variety of things to hunt. We also have long seasons and some things people on private land can hunt all year long.”

Read the rest of the story in the Autumn 2016 Issue of Upland Almanac.

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