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Local bowhunters get ready for season opener 


Last updated 9/25/2018 at Noon

Capt. Chuck Uzzle

For the Record

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures becomes slightly more tolerable it is plain

to see that fall and hunting season are just around the corner. For local

hunters, the first taste of hunting season came in the form of the opening of

teal season which was followed shortly by the south zone opener for dove

hunters. Wing shooters and waterfowlers aside, the most anticipated event here

at home as well as all over the state will be the opening of deer season. On

Sept 29th the archery only season gets under way and another deer season in

Texas will have officially begun.

Light cool fronts and pleasant temperatures have sparked some serious activity

among local archers, especially those who are lucky enough to call Precision

Archery in Bridge City their home base for hunting. Each year during the summer

and all through the months of hunting season, the good folks at Precision

Archery are busily helping hunters prepare for a successful season. The shop

almost resembles a human ant hill, archers from all over the area and

surrounding states come here to get the best service and most professional help

around. Donnie Pickard and staff run a first class outfit that serves hunters of

all ability and skill levels with equal courtesy and knowledge. At this time of

the year it is rare that he gets out from behind the work area where the bow

press and assorted tools are kept, the rush of last minute hunters trying to

take care of their archery needs usually means long hours and not much free


With the official start of the season only days away the traffic at Precision

Archery has been predictably high to say the least. The worst enemy of any

hunter is procrastination and many archers are feeling that pressure. The well

prepared hunter has already taken care of all the little details and is ready

for legal shooting light on Saturday. For those that still have work to do

before the opener a trip to Precision Archery can help cure those problems.

Now as far as conditions go for local bowhunters the weatherman is not a friend

right now but help could be on the way. Temperatures that reach upper 80's

during the day and a big full moon right now are not the best way to

open the season. Projected cooler temperatures for later next week will

hopefully bring some relief from the current conditions because they are

borderline miserable for any hunter right now. East Texas has been the

beneficiary of timely rains at perfect spots during the antler growth period and

that will certainly show up in the caliber of bucks that will be taken this

season. Several bowhunters I know have shared some impressive trail camera

photos with me recently and it's easy to see why they are so excited about the

upcoming season.

Good luck to all the bowhunters and remember if you climb a tree to hunt be sure

to wear your safety harness, no deer is worth a fall or injury.


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