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Make your outdoor dreams come true

November brings shades of russet and ochre to our woodland palette and the chilly fingers of a northern breeze to cool the sizzle of that Texas sun. Excitement mounts as a new season of deer hunting begins.

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The State of Whitetails

White-tailed deer are the ultimate survivors. Highly adaptable, the charismatic species was nearly eradicated from its historical range across much of the country. A century of western expansion coupled with a free-for-all market hunting ethic almost wiped out the deer and most other game species. Whitetails were all but gone from their historical haunts.

In the early 20th century, a new ethic took hold. Led by men like President Theodore Roosevelt and, later, Aldo Leopold, the concept of "wise use" was applied to the nation's wildlife resources.

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Big Bore Air Guns

A new tool in the quest to take big game.

Camaraderie and competition go hand in hand for outdoor enthusiasts eager to see who can land the biggest bass or redfish, the highest-scoring buck or the spike with the longest tines.

One particular informal challenge between two long-term friends, though, may be destined for the record books — who would legally shoot the first white-tailed deer with an air gun after the weapon (along with the arrow gun) was approved for hunting big game and nonmigratory game birds in Texas last season?

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Early Morning Vista

South Texas ranch wins coveted conservation prize.

On a clear day, you can see forever.

Those words might have been written especially for the Killam Duval County Ranch, 125,000 acres straddling Duval and Webb counties near the South Texas town of Freer.

Its story is familiar in the pantheon of other Texas ranches that’ve claimed the coveted Leopold Conservation Award — an overgrazed place with poor grass and little water that became a conservation showpiece through decades of dedication.

“That’s really one of the most impressive things about this ranch and this part of South Texas, the fact that you can literally see so far,” says ranch owner David Killam, squinting into a red sun rising. “Having that sense of room and scale and vista, I think, is something unique and wonderful.”

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Keep Texas Wild

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