Capt. Chuck Uzzle

For the Record


As the days grow shorter and the temperatures becomes slightly more tolerable it is plain 

to see that fall and hunting season are just around the corner. For local 

hunters, the first taste of hunting season came in the form of the opening of 

teal season which was followed shortly by the south zone opener for dove 

hunters. Wing shooters and waterfowlers aside, the most anticipated event here 

at home as well as all over the state will be the opening of deer season. On 

Sept 29th the archery only season gets under way and another deer season in 

Texas will have officially begun. 

Light cool fronts and pleasant temperatures have sparked some serious activity 

among local archers, especially those who are lucky enough to call Precision 

Archery in Bridge City their home base for hunting. Each year during the summer 

and all through the months of hunting season, the good folks at Precision 

Archery are busily helping hunters prepare for a successful season. The shop 

almost resembles a human ant hill, archers from all over the area and 

surrounding states come here to get the best service and most professional help 

around. Donnie Pickard and staff run a first class outfit that serves hunters of 

all ability and skill levels with equal courtesy and knowledge. At this time of 

the year it is rare that he gets out from behind the work area where the bow 

press and assorted tools are kept, the rush of last minute hunters trying to 

take care of their archery needs usually means long hours and not much free 


With the official start of the season only days away the traffic at Precision 

Archery has been predictably high to say the least. The worst enemy of any 

hunter is procrastination and many archers are feeling that pressure. The well 

prepared hunter has already taken care of all the little details and is ready 

for legal shooting light on Saturday. For those that still have work to do 

before the opener a trip to Precision Archery can help cure those problems. 

Now as far as conditions go for local bowhunters the weatherman is not a friend 

right now but help could be on the way. Temperatures that reach upper 80’s 

during the day and a big full moon right now are not the best way to 

open the season. Projected cooler temperatures for later next week will 

hopefully bring some relief from the current conditions because they are 

borderline miserable for any hunter right now. East Texas has been the 

beneficiary of timely rains at perfect spots during the antler growth period and 

that will certainly show up in the caliber of bucks that will be taken this 

season. Several bowhunters I know have shared some impressive trail camera 

photos with me recently and it’s easy to see why they are so excited about the 

upcoming season. 

Good luck to all the bowhunters and remember if you climb a tree to hunt be sure 

to wear your safety harness, no deer is worth a fall or injury.