This book will aid their efforts in championing the preservation of waterfowl and wetland resources for the benefit of future generations. Number Twenty-three: Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Author: R. K. Sawyer
Publisher: Gulf Coast Books, Sponsored by
The days are gone when seemingly limitless numbers of canvasbacks, mallards, and Canada geese filled the skies above the Texas coast. Gone too are the days when, in a single morning, hunters often harvested ducks, shorebirds, and other waterfowl by the hundreds. The hundred-year period from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century brought momentous changes in attitudes and game laws: changes initially prompted by sportsmen who witnessed the disappearance of both the birds and their spectacular habitat. These changes forever affected the state's storied hunting culture. Yet, as R. K. Sawyer discovered, the rich lore and reminiscences of the era's hunters and guides who plied the marshy haunts from Beaumont to Brownsville, though fading, remain a colorful and essential part of the Texas outdoor heritage. Gleaned from interviews with sportsmen and guides of decades past as well as meticulous research in news archives, Sawyer's vivid documentation of Texas' deep-rooted waterfowl hunting tradition is accompanied by a superb collection of historical and modern photographs. By preserving this account of a way of life and a coastal environment that have both mostly vanished, A Hundred Years of Texas Waterfowl Hunting also pays tribute to the efforts of all those who fought to ensure that Texas' waterfowl legacy would endure. This book will aid their efforts in championing the preservation of waterfowl and wetland resources for the benefit of future generations. Number Twenty-three: Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
In this book, R. K. Sawyer chronicles the days of market hunting along the Texas coast and the showdown between the early game wardens and those who persisted in commercial waterfowl hunting.
Author: R. K. Sawyer
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
From its earliest days of human habitation, the Texas coast was home to seemingly endless clouds of ducks, geese, swans, and shorebirds. By the 1880s Texas huntsmen, or market hunters, as they came to be called, began providing meat and plumage for the restaurant tables and millinery salons of a rapidly growing nation. A network of suppliers, packers, distribution centers, and shipping hubs efficiently handled their immense harvest. At the peak of Texas market hunting in the late 1890s, Rockport merchants shipped an average of 600 ducks a day in a five-month shooting season, and in the last year of legal market hunting, an estimated 60,000 ducks and geese were shipped from Corpus Christi alone. Market men employed efficient methods to harvest nature’s bounty. They commonly hunted at night, often using bait to concentrate large numbers of waterfowl. The effectiveness of the hunt was improved when side-by-side double barrel shotguns and large-gauge swivel guns gave way to repeating firearms, with some capable of discharging as many as eleven shells in a single volley. Their methods were so efficient that, by the late 1800s, Texas sportsmen and others blamed the alarming decline of coastal waterfowl populations on the market hunter’s occupation. In 1903, after a long fight and many failures, the first migratory bird game law passed the Texas legislature. Though the fight would continue, it was the beginning of the end of the year-round slaughter. Most market hunters quit, and those who didn’t became outlaws. In this book, R. K. Sawyer chronicles the days of market hunting along the Texas coast and the showdown between the early game wardens and those who persisted in commercial waterfowl hunting. Containing an abundance of rare historical photographs and oral history, Texas Market Hunting: Stories of Waterfowl, Game Laws, and Outlaws provides a comprehensive and colorful account of this bygone period.
Then came the market men who saw waterfowl as a A HUNDRED YEARS pure
commodity to be harvested for profit . In the early 1900s , market hunting in Texas
was outlawed , and the ducks were left to sportsmen and businessmen , who ...
For visitors , there are two licenses available for hunt - ing Texas geese . One is
called a general hunting license and costs $ 100 . 75 a year . The other is for
small game only , and it costs $ 37 . 75 a year . Both require a $ 5 waterfowl
The playas of the Texas clay - lined depressions that collect runoff water . ... are
capable of overwintering more than oases for millions of one million ducks .
migratory waterfowl , A hundred years ago ... Until 1994 most species of ing hunting habitat . ducks were less abundant than they were in the mid - fifties and
were well ...
Author: Richard C. Bartlett
"This book about the conservation of Texas' diverse and beautiful land will be enjoyed not just by Texas conservationists, but by anyone interested in natural landscapes and the various efforts to protect them. Far from a radical or extreme environmentalist, Bartlett speaks rationally and eloquently about countless landscapes and the specific ecosystems which inhabit them. The book also offers stunning glossy photographs which make it that much more delightful." --Books of the Southwest With a deep belief in partnerships for conservation, Richard C. Bartlett, Chairman of The Nature Conservancy of Texas, explores the past and ongoing efforts of individuals and groups--private, public, federal, and state--to save the best of Texas' natural landscapes and the myriad species of plants and animals they support. Drawing on some 100,000 miles of backroads travel, Bartlett vividly describes many of the areas that, through a commitment to partnerships, have already been preserved in their natural state. Fine color photographs by Leroy Williamson provide a striking visual counterpoint to the text. These words and images give well-deserved credit to the people responsible for saving some of the best of Texas. They also highlight the need to continue to join together to preserve our natural environment so that the beauty and diversity we enjoy today will be available for future generations. It is the author's hope that Saving the Best of Texas will be a catalyst in that p
Chapters within this book cover dozens of topics, with special attention devoted to: Identifying the many and various species of waterfowl Methods for decoying and calling in a variety of situations Advice on how to choose the best gear for ...
Author: Tom Airhart
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Sports & Recreation
Waterfowling is one of the more challenging forms of hunting. Requiring an intimate knowledge of the quarry in specialized gear—from shotguns and ammo to decoys, calls, blinds, and boats—and taking place in a variety of terrains—from the fields of Manitoba to the flooded timber of Arkansas, it’s the type of sport that gets in your blood and stays there. In The Ultimate Guide to Waterfowl Hunting, all aspects of this sport are covered by three authors who have intimate knowledge of how to hunt ducks and geese successfully. Chapters within this book cover dozens of topics, with special attention devoted to: Identifying the many and various species of waterfowl Methods for decoying and calling in a variety of situations Advice on how to choose the best gear for the situation at hand Theories and practices of retriever training and handling Tips on hunting in different types of weather, from rain and snow to bluebird skies How to choose the correct guns and loading Plus tips on blind placement in water or on land With more than a hundred photographs expertly illuminating the realities of waterfowl hunting, The Ultimate Guide to Waterfowl Hunting is sure to help hunters of all skill levels bag their biggest catches yet.
... ducks, and sandhill cranes, and they are all hunted today. Three hundred years after the Spanish lost original mustang stock to Apaches and Comanches,
John Gregg treated us to an update on the state of the Plains mustang in his
They come to Texas each year by the thousands , along with other migratory waterfowl . While they ... They hunt from pits , blinds and just sprawling out on the
ground with a half - hundred white diapers or white cardboards scattered around
This Texas Parks and Wildlife Department photo was taken in the late 1940s of a
concentration of bluebills ( scaup ) wintering on ... The human element - hunting
ability and hunter conduct — will play a part in the quantity and quality of duck
and goose hunting in future years . ... I hope that a hundred years from now some
fellow picks up this book , reads it and then says : “ That guy was all wet ,
Though groundwater recharge from playas has been considered a possibility for years , the problem of preventing or ... The value of playa lakes as wintering
grounds for migratory waterfowl and for waterfowl hunting is being investigated
by researchers at Texas Tech University . ... and Texas Tech scientists have
found that a twenty - five acre playa will support a population of 100 to 150
The geese then were put in a "wilding pen," which had a high fence around it and
plenty of food available. ... keeps the geese on the refuge stirred up and they take
off to surrounding grain fields; the work thereby insures hunters of more action. ...
The Next Hundred Years by ERNEST SWIFT National Wildlife Federation.
Of these pioneers who discovered America some twenty-five thousand to forty thousand years ago. only a few artifacts have been discovered. ... is often hunting
magic – like the one thousand-year-old cave painting from the Pecos River area
of Texas which depicts ... Skeins of swans, geese, and ducks: curlews, plovers,
and sandpipers left their arctic breeding grounds and flew southward toward the
75 allows out - of - state hunters to take quail , dove , squirrel , pheasant , waterfowl , sandhill crane and other legal small ... native fishes in the years since
World War II have been slowed in their rush to the Gulf of Mexico by hundreds of
Author: Illinois. Information ServicePublish On: 2001-02
Snow geese hunting is gaining ground THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Snow geese
have become too nuinerous for their ... He began the serious pursuit of snow
geese two years ago when Illinois , along with all the other states and the L'. ...
goose seasons end and during the snow geese migration from Gulf Coast
Louisiana and Texas across the Midwest to Canada . ... a few hundred full body
snow and blue field shells , plus 25-50 " Goose Magnets " with winddrven
spinning wings .
... likely from stratigraphic and technological evidences , the span of occupation
at the site is somewhere between two and four thousand years . ... For a foraging
people , major food - gathering activities are hunting , trapping and netting of
animals or birds , fishing , shellfish ... probably about the same elsewhere in the
region as at this site - probably better for migratory waterfowl on the Sabine than
As a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church for 54 years , she has
served as its president , missionary , Sunday school teacher ... In some cases ,
land settled by these early families has been occupied , farmed or pastured by
the same families for over one hundred years . ... Settlers also raised chickens ,
turkeys , geese , and ducks ; and there was a lot of hunting and fishing in the
And throughout the years of persecution , with adult eagles being shot , later
even from airplanes , how many young must ... Also rarely , some ducks , birds ,
even carrion . ... Alexander Sprunt , Jr. , tells of the Big Bend Eagle Club , West Texas , ranchers who hired an airplane pilot to hunt ... It wasn't easy work ,
climbing trees 70-100 feet above ground , often daring snake - infested Florida
Zoo<>~~~~~~~~~~ R A RE Pheasants — Waterfowl O. G. WALLACE R. 1, Box
202, Dora, Alabama Phone: Ml 8-5301 Member of ... We specid'ize in a strong,
flight-conditioned bird for Shooting Preserves, Hunting Clubs and the individual
Hunter. ... Whitefronted, two years old, $35.00. ... $35.00 per 100 All hen chicks (
postage paid) $15.00 per 100 JOHN W. EBY SUSSEX, N.J. Tel. ... J. W. BAXTER
QUAIL FARM P.O. Box 322, No.cogdoches, Texas WILD TURKEYS Finest in Mid-
Joseph D . Mitchell , one merce in waterfowl and game mammals . Captain of the
first native Texan naturalists and a gifted ama - M . B . Davis , secretary of the Texas Audubon Society teur student ... This and the hunting of birds for efforts to
repopulate the wildlife of the state , with plumage took a frightful toll , along with ...
Author: Leo J. Klosterman
Science and technology have played an important role in shaping twentieth century Texas. During the one hundred years between 1886 and 1986 there occurred growth and change of revolutionary magnitude.
returned to my fishing lines , and in the fall of the same year I bought a double -
barreled shotgun for $ 12 . With it I killed quail , ducks and other small game , all
of which I sold on the streets of Austin . By the fall of 1870 I ... I used to hunt them
down the Colorado River , ten or twelve miles below Austin . The birds would ...
There was nothing silly about those geese , for they were smart enough to
frequent only the big islands , three or four hundred yards from any cover . It was