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Fishing Forecast 2015

How's the fishing? Our experts give the outlook for freshwater and saltwater angling in this exclusive, digital-only magazine extra.

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This Month's Features

Living History

Re-enactors bring the past to life.

Words & Photos by Earl Nottingham

They come from all walks of modern life but share a common purpose: bringing history to life. Representing the soldiers and family members from the defining moments of Texas history, re-enactors don the trappings and channel the personas of individuals long since gone to give our current generation a look at what life was like during the tumultuous birth and evolution of this state. In front of large weekend crowds at historically significant sites, the percussion of cannons, flintlocks and ships’ guns punctuates the portrayal of the bloody price paid by soldiers and citizens throughout the conflicts and generations that created and preserved the state of Texas as we know it today. Their campfires, tents and settler homes become time machines by which we can see remnants of a rugged and unforgiving day-to-day life.

But who are these re-enactors? Why would an adult (or child) take time to pursue a historical alter-ego? The answer seems to be unanimous — because it’s fun and educational. James Glover, a living history re-enactor for more than 35 years, sums it up: “It’s like a big, traveling family where you can wear period ‘drag’ and just have fun.”  James and his wife, Linley, and son Jesse frequently attend events around the state.

Look into the faces — and lives — of living history re-enactors.

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Ready, Aim, Catch

Anglers satisfy an innate urge to hit targes while sight-casting for redfish.

By David Sikes

The game’s objective was to squarely strike a designated fence post with a smooth brown rock from Paw-Paw’s driveway. The irregularly shaped stones (slightly smaller than a golf ball) fit well in our young hands. I was maybe 5 at the time and my brother Phil was 18 months older.

The upright post supporting horizontal white planks stood about 25 feet away, beyond which stretched Paw-Paw’s pecan pasture. I can still recall the sound created by a well-thrown stone when one connected with the post. It was the solid knock of victory. Yes, we were keeping score.

The supply of ammo at our feet was as endless as a summer day. Who knows how long that innocent game of skill could have lasted if not for the all-seeing eyes of a grandfather?

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Three Nations, One Gulf

United States, Mexico and Cuba collaborate on marine life issues.

By Melissa Gaskill

The Gulf of Mexico represents one massive, interconnected ecosystem bordered by three nations: the United States, Mexico and Cuba. It takes a little mathematical calisthenics to assess how big it is.

From the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula to Cape Sable, Fla., the Gulf shoreline measures more than 3,500 miles — 357 of them in Texas — plus another 236 miles on the western end of the island of Cuba. Add in bays and other inland waters, and the total hits more than 16,000 miles of Gulf shore.

Inside the perimeters of this giant bowl, the Gulf contains 643 quadrillion (15 zeroes) gallons of water. Complex currents carry that water through the Yucatán Strait between Mexico and Cuba. There, it circulates in several loops before exiting the Florida Strait (between Cuba and Florida) and becoming part of the Gulf Stream.

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Texas Hunting 2014

Hunters are gearing up for the season, and our TPWD experts outline the prospects for deer, dove and more in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine digital extra: Texas Hunting 2014.

Deer | Dove | Waterfowl | Quail | Turkey | Squirrel
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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.