Article: Texas drought will harm wildlife habitat for years

Today the Associated Press published an article entitled, “Texas drought will harm wildlife habitat for years”.

As the state struggles with the worst one-year drought in its history, entire ecosystems, from the smallest insects to the largest predators, are struggling for survival. The foundations of their habitats – rivers, springs, creeks, streams and lakes – have turned into dry sand, wet mud, trickling springs or, in the best case, large puddles.

“It has a compound effect on a multitude of species and organisms and habitat types because of the way that it’s chained and linked together,” said Jeff Bonner, a wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

There have been reports in Edwards County of doe abandoning their fawns due to lack of food and water. It’s very important for land owners at Indian Creek to make sure that their water toughs are working and that you are putting out the necessary feed to help protect the wildlife of Indian Creek Ranch.

Read the entire article HERE 

Book: The Whitetail Deer Hunters Almanac by John Weiss

At Half Price books, found an interesting book this week called “The Whitetail Deer Hunters Almanac” by John Weiss.

The book is packed with over 800 no nonsense tips and tricks that will help hunters of all experience levels.

From the book description:
Here are more than 800 tips and tactics that can help any hunter be more successful.
THE WHITETAIL DEER HUNTER’S ALMANAC, is an easy-to-read reference and guide, loaded with helpful illustrations and photographs, that can help any deer hunter¾from beginner to expert¾take a buck this coming season. Written in a simple manner, the ALMANAC is just the type of book that hunters need¾packed with tips and tidbits that the author has picked up over a lifetime of hunting whitetails. Opening-day tactics, tips for hunting in cold weather, how to still hunt effectively, where to place tree-stands, suggestions for black-powder hunting, how to take whitetails in croplands, how to call and rattle¾it’s all here, along with much more.

From the Back Cover

By all accounts, the whitetail deer is the wiliest big game animal in North America, if not the world. To achieve trophy status, a buck has to make it through an adolescence fraught with dangers. He learns to survive any way he can: by becoming a nocturnal creature during hunting seasons, by bedding in areas where he can detect approaching predators and avoid them, by feeding on browse or fruits that give him the most nutrition for maximum growth, and by using all of his senses – in particular, his keen senses of smell and eyesight. Today, there are more than 25 million whitetails in the United States alone. They have proven to be an incredibly adaptable creature, learning how to live quite well in proximity to mankind. Just because there are so many deer doesn’t mean it is easy to hunt them, however. In fact, statistics generally show that only one in ten hunters is successful each year – despite light-gathering optics, rifles with more power and more punch, camouflage clothing that lets a hunter truly blend in with his surroundings – everything that technology has to offer. To take a whitetail deer, and especially a good-sized whitetail buck, a hunter must be woods smart. He has to know his quarry, know its habits, know the terrain it lives in, plus know how to use his weapon of choice efficiently and effectively. This book is aimed at the hunter who wants to succeed consistently. Loaded with an incredible array of tips, tactics, woods craft, and lore, the Almanac will make you a better woodsman, and a better hunter. It will enable you to hunt areas where you have a good chance of seeing deer, where you won’t, as legendary deer hunter Larry Koller observes, be a watcher of barren ground. (71/4 X 91/2, 284 pages, color photos, b&w photos, diagrams)

The book is out of print but you can get used copies on for around $2.