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Photos in the June 2017 issue


Hold on to your hats as we kick off a year of celebration, culminating in December with the 75th anniversary of everyone's favorite magazine about the Texas outdoors (and the longest-running magazine in Texas).


This Month's Features

Quest for the King

‘Silver king’ tarpon are hard to find and prone to fight.

By Dan Oko

The “slabs” swim beneath us as the boat rocks, the inboard motor humming. Soon a group of large fish breaks in the distance. They’re “greyhounding” — a colossal display I have seen on a dozen fishing trips without considering that the leaping torrents were far-flung tarpon on the move while wheeling birds crashed down to catch scattered bait.

Scott Alford, a Houston lawyer and hard-core tarpon addict, patiently swings his 30-footer around for another pass to see if the tarpon beneath us will take the bait. No dice.

It’s early, and the sun hangs low in the sky. A few scattershot slicks stain the green Gulf waters, and I’m beginning to get itchy. I’ve never trolled for tarpon before and have little experience with deep-sea fishing, but I’ve been skunked enough times to wonder if we are on a wild goose chase.

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Mapping Texas

Explore the state’s history, geography and natural resources in 12 maps.

By Louie Bond (adapted from The Texas Landscape Project)

A map tells a story that can’t be told in a few words or photos. If you’re trying to describe Texas, great in size and diversity, you’ll need a lot more than a few words. What better way to comprehend a statewide situation than to see visual data across the entire area, all at once?

The 300-plus maps of The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) make up an atlas chronicling conservation and ecology across the state. “A breathtaking compendium of insights into the natural history, the environmental richness and the manifold conservation dilemmas confronting the Lone Star State today,” general editor Andrew Sansom writes in the foreword, “… an intimate rendering of both its treasures and its challenges.”

The Texas Landscape Project authors David Todd and Jonathan Ogren have been kind enough to share a dozen of these maps on our pages, selecting topics that fit with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department mission statewide. We’ve sorted 11 maps into sections focused on cities and suburbs, streams and lakes, weather and more, but first, we’ll take a trip back to the state’s earliest days, when maps meant the difference between life and death for travelers

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Keep Texas Wild

It's not just for kids. If you like nature-related topics in an easy-to-read format, you can find three years of our popular Keep Texas Wild issues and the teacher resources to go along with them.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine