Even though the thermometer doesn’t show it right now we are not far away from the first official day of fall. For hunters all over the state the fall season starts just a little earlier as we turn the page on the calendar to September. It all officially starts on Sept. 1 as your new hunting and fishing licenses take effect.

Yes the yearly ritual usually starts at the counter of your local sporting goods store with you standing in line with everybody else who waited until the last minute to get their license. Take advantage this year, buy your license on line, avoid the hassle, and do it at your own convenience.

Speaking of September, many local bow hunters have already begun to get all their gear in shape for the archery only season opener on October 1. The parking lot at Precision Archery looks like an ant hill right now with the amount of activity going on.

Precision Archery is basically the center of the bow hunting universe for hunters from all over this part of the state and beyond as their reputation for being some of the most knowledgeable folks in the business is well established.

Local bow hunters have been bagging trophy animals with their help for years and not just during standard archery seasons. One such hunter who recently took advantage of the off season hunting opportunities was Robert Bisson of Bridge City.

Robert just recently made a trip to Gillette Wyoming in search of a trophy pronghorn antelope and that’s exactly what he found. While hunting with Center of the Nation outfitters (307-687-0087) Robert connected with a great pronghorn.

“I watched this antelope for hours while he was out of range from where I was set up. Finally he got up and made his way to the water hole where my blind was and gave me a broadside shot. When the arrow hit him I couldn’t believe how fast he ran off, it was impressive. I was really happy with the size of his horns, he was tall, heavy, and just what I was looking for” said Robert.

The great buck scored 71” on the Pope and Young scale and should be plenty large enough to make the book. Congratulations to Robert on a great trophy.

The bow hunters still have a few weeks before the season starts but local water fowl hunters are just days away from early teal season. Sept. 10 is opening day for teal season and the prospects look good, especially if you are fortunate enough to have water on your lease.

The severe drought has plenty of hunters scrambling for areas to hunt, especially those that hunt rice fields or crawfish farms. Many of these areas that normally have water are dried up and have been dried up for months. Some farmers or land owners have been pumping water to their fields but without any substantial rainfall it’s difficult and incredibly expensive to try and keep up.

The hunters who have property leased in the marshes may have the upper hand this year. Normally early teal season in the marshes is really slow, this year that may be a completely different story.

I started getting a few reports of some teal showing up locally and that should only get better as we head for the next full moon. Most of the travel during the migration is done at night and that usually corresponds with the full moon.

Teal numbers are through the roof and the potential for a great season is certainly there.
We’ll know for sure in a few days.