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Texas Fishing 2014

How's the fishing? Our experts give the outlook for freshwater and saltwater angling in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine digital extra: Texas Fishing 2014.

Freshwater forecast | Saltwater forecast |
Fishing through the year | Invasive mussels | Freezing and cooking fish

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This Month's Features

Courage and a Rope

Big Bend canyoneering provides high adventure for expert rock climbers.

By Russell Roe

Ky Harkey pointed to an unnamed canyon in one of the most remote corners of Big Bend National Park and said that was where we were going.

In the satellite map image, the canyon sliced a dark, jagged gash across the Mesa de Anguila on the westernmost edge of the park. The tall, narrow walls of the gorge blocked out any light, keeping hidden any mysteries inside.

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Staying Alive

If you’re lost in the wild, these seven survival tips could save you.

By Dawn Bello

Though the park was unfamiliar territory, the couple had hiked rugged backcountry in a nearby area many times.

The weather was pleasant — sunny and warm during the day, with an evening chill necessitating jackets and warm sleeping bags. Their annual trip out to West Texas began like all the others but ended in life-or-death drama.

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2014 Spring/Summer Birding Calendar

In addition to our resident birds, migrating birds make Texas a prime spot to watch for avian friends. Find a bird-watching event to suit every taste in our online-only 2014 Spring/Summer Birding Calendar.

Purple Martin Majesty

Unlocking the secrets of a songbird’s amazing journey.

By Elaine Robbins

The air is filled with a sweet chirruping as purple martins wheel and glide in the sky above a complex of birdhouses set on the gently rolling brushland property northwest of Corpus Christi. Other martins skim a nearby pond for insects or perch on the front stoops of their houses, gossiping with their neighbors.

At a long table, a team works quickly to tag one of the birds. Canadian biologist Kevin Fraser takes measurements, extracts blood for DNA samples, then snips feather samples for isotope studies before handing the bird to a volunteer to set it free.

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Texas Hunting 2013

How's the hunting? Our experts give the outlook for deer, dove and more in this Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine digital extra: Texas Hunting 2013.

Whitetail forecast | Turkey, dove, quail forecast
Hunter education | Rifle prep | Camouflage

HTML5 version | Flash version

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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.