Hunting Wildlife Information

Deer Quick Facts: Axis Deer Fallow Deer  Mule Deer  Sika Deer  White-tailed Deer Wapiti or Elk

White Tail Deer 

A Hunter's Guide to Aging and Judging Live White-Tailed Deer in the Southeast
Mississippi State University Extension Service

Antlers — The Stuff of Dreams by Ken Gee   For most white-tailed deer hunters, antlers are what make the world go 'round. Since these head ornaments are so alluring, I thought we'd take a closer look at what they are and how they develop.

Can White-tailed Deer be Aged by their Teeth? by Ken Gee   A generation of wildlife biologists has been taught a method of aging white-tailed deer using teeth wear and eruption patterns from the lower jaw.

How Do You Measure the Success of Your Deer Season? by Grant Huggins   The Boone and Crockett score of your biggest buck? The pounds of venison you put in the freezer? The number of deer you harvested? The number of days you spent hunting? There are probably as many answers as there are hunters.  

Passing the Buck by Grant Huggins   Every time hunters pull the trigger or decide not to, they are making a management decision affecting the future of the herd they are hunting. In deer management circles, "passing the buck" has a positive, rather than a negative, connotation.

Mule Deer 

Mule Deer Foundation - Ensuring the conservation of mule deer, black tailed deer and their habitats.

Mule Deer Wiki - Wikipedia's Mule Deer entry

Waterfowl

Ducks at a Distance Identifying waterfowl gives many hours of enjoyment to millions of people. This guide will help you recognize birds on the wing - it emphasizes their fall and winter plumage patterns as well as size, shape, and flight characteristics. It does not include local names. Recognizing the species of ducks and geese can be rewarding to birdwatchers and hunters - and the ducks.

Puddle Ducks

Mallard

Pintail

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Shoveler

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Green-winged Teal

Wood Duck

Black Duck

 

Diving Ducks, Geese and Swans

Canvasback

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Goldeneye

Bufflehead

Ruddy Duck

Red-Breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Whistling Ducks

Scoters

Common Eider

Oldsquaw

Harlequin

Swans

Canada Geese

Brant

Snow Geese

White-fronted Geese

 Fried Wild Duck Can Be Delicious by Mike Porter   Some people are reluctant to hunt duck, or they try to give away their harvested ducks, because they think duck tastes bad. However, wild duck is like many meats: It can taste delicious when properly prepared, or it can taste terrible when poorly prepared.

Wood Duck Nest Boxes by Mike Porter   Guidelines for construction and placement of wood duck nesting boxes.

Exotics

Texotics  - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.  The booming exotics business has led to a population explosion of species such as sika and axis deer.

Handbook of Texas; Exotics - The term exotic is commonly applied in Texas to foreign big game acquired by private landowners and released within fenced enclosures or allowed to range free.

NilgaiBoselaphus tragocamelus; BlackbuckAntilope cervicapra;

TPWD Exotics Publications:

Turkey

Quick Facts: All About Wild Turkeys

National Wild Turkey Federation - The NWTF is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with 545,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.

Predators

Quick Facts: CoyoteGray WolfRed Wolf,  Swift or Kit FoxRed FoxCommon Gray Fox

Predator Guards for Nest Boxes by Mike Porter   Predator guards for nest boxes minimize predation of eggs, nestlings, and adult birds at the boxes. Predation is a major cause of mortality among cavity nesting birds.

Quail & Upland Birds

Quail Unlimited® - America's Leader in Quail Conservation

Quail Species - Quail Forever - Different Quail Species

Bobwhite Quail in Texas
Texas Agricultural Extension Service

Where Have All the Quail Gone? - The Texas Quail Conservation Initiative: A Proactive Approach to Restoring Quail Populations By Improving Wildlife Habitat

Dove

Know Your Doves - Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.

Dove Species - Dove Species Found in North America

Dove Field Preparation - There's More Than One Way To Skin a Cat
Tim White, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Hogs & Javelina

Learn About Javelina - Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.

Feral Hogs - Texas Parks & Wildlife

Stay Healthy on Your Hunt - This brochure produced by federal agencies aimed at helping to prevent human brucellosis infections from wild hog hunting.

History and Distribution of Feral Hogs in Texas - Richard B. Taylor

Abstract: Feral hogs are old world members of the swine family whose ancestors date back to the ice age. Early explorers and missionaries brought the first swine into Texas, but the feral populations originated during colonization. In the twentieth century, introductions of domestic hogs and European boars into the wild by landowners and sportsman further enhanced the population. Changing land use practices, improved animal husbandry, and eradication of diseases have enabled the feral hog to adapt and disperse throughout most of Texas. With an estimated population of one million animals, feral hog numbers rank second behind the white-tailed deer as a large mammal population and are an intregal part of Texas fauna.

Varmits 

Varmint Hunting Wiki - Varmint Hunting from Wikipedia

Varmint Hunters Association - The club was founded in 1991 for the benefit of those shooters who seek the highly refined accuracy necessary for the taking of smaller game at longer distances. Predator hunters are also a primary area of focus for the organization and its magazine.

Alligator

Quick Facts: American Alligator  American Crocodile

Mammals of Texas - Online edition; In The Mammals of Texas, Drs. William B. Davis and David J. Schmidly bring together over 70 years of experience in the study of Texas mammals. A completely revised and updated version of William B. Davis's classic text, which was first published in 1947, The Mammals of Texas is a perennial favorite, going through four reprints and revisions during the past 47 years.


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