Both bounty programs will pay $5 per hog Caldwell County will pay hunters $5 for each feral hog taken from now until August 7. Hunters may claim the county’s 2019 feral hog bounties only on the first Wednesday of each month until the deadline. During that period, hog hunters can bring in feral hog tails and/or certified buying station receipts to Smith Supply Co., 1830 Colorado Street, Lockhart, between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tails and/or receipts must be from feral hogs killed in Caldwell County. Participants must complete a W-9 form and a participation form. These can be obtained

The greatest sounds for predator calling are those you can’t hear By Gary Roberson When I first started calling critters, I didn’t know there was anything you could use other than hand calls. It wasn’t until 1967 when my cousin introduced me to recordings on cassette tapes as an alternative to blowing through a call. My first thought when I heard about using recordings of rabbits or birds in distress was that I would never have to experience another dry stand. Unfortunately, while I have had success with animal recordings, I have found they, too, are not always effective. Without

Hard work gets rewarded By David Camilleri On the first Sunday morning in December 2017, I leaned over to let Erin know we would wait 10 more minutes before we wrapped up her first ever deer hunt weekend. Seconds later she leaned back to me and said, “Check this guy out.” But this story really started in the summer when Erin Casey, and my best friend’s youngest son, Austin Wood, came to our deer lease in Mason, Texas, to “help out with the chores.” Austin brought his fiancée Erin along so she could experience the Texas Hill Country and deer

South Zone youth-only weekend for Rio Grande turkey starts March 9 With lots of mature toms across the Rio Grande turkey range, persistent Texas hunters should have a good shot at a long beard this spring. Wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department say conditions are shaping up for a productive nesting season, which could also make for challenging hunting. The spring season for Rio Grande turkey gets under way March 9-10 with a youth-only weekend in the South Zone, followed by a general season that runs March 16-April 28 and then culminates with a youth-only weekend May

Texan banker pays $110,000 for markhor hunting permit A Texas hunter traveled all the way to Pakistan in order to take a rare mountain goat, called a markhor. The animal, also known as the screw-horned goat, is the national animal of Pakistan. The Dallas Morning News reported Bryan Kinsel Harlan as the hunter who killed the animal. Harlan bought a $110,000 hunting permit to do so. The paper reports 80 percent of the permit fee goes to the local community, while the rest goes to Pakistani wildlife agencies. The hunt took place in the Gilgit-Baltistan region in northern Pakistan. Harlan

Proposed changes include implementation and expansion of white-tailed deer “doe days;” experimental mule deer antler restriction in Lynn County; clarification on turkey harvest requirements; and season dates and bag limits for migratory game birds. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel recommend the following changes to hunting regulations for 2019-20: Refusal of program participation in Managed Lands Deer Programs (MLDP) for non-compliant properties in areas where chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing is required for all harvested deer. A four-day antlerless deer season in 21 counties in South Central Texas. Counties being considered include: Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe,