Editor’s Insight

Fresh Start — Part II

Texans cherish our springtime weather as things begin to warm, grasses and forbs green, trees bud and a new phase of life is celebrated.  It is unknown how many rejoice in Texas’ second “fresh start” that begins some time in September, carries through the fall months and many times into winter, leaving the coldest time of the year as more of an afterthought than a reality.

This second fresh start may actually be anticipated by even more than spring.  It typically signals the slow ending to the hottest and driest part of the year.  Even the hint of cooler weather at daybreak puts a smile on one’s face and a thought of, “yep, its coming — it’s on its way.”

Once again that Texas optimism rears its head.  Even if it takes a few extra days or weeks before a significant and sustained cool down occurs, it is on its way, and its arrival will not be stopped.

Some years the northern chill that arrives may not be as frosty as some would like, but it is better than the sweltering heat endured through the three-plus months of summer.  We all survived and what is offered is certainly better than what was experienced.

Then there are other anticipated events.  Hunters that are afield mostly during traditional fall seasons are ready.  They have been ready.  Starting with dove season, early teal and early Canada geese hunting has arrived.

This annual harvest celebration continues in October as bowhunters get first shot at deer species in the Lone Star State.  Same for turkey plus opportunities for exotics species like axis or fallow deer, and wild hogs that will help replenish freezers.

There are more hunting opportunities before 2022 gives way to 2023.  Right now we are at the threshold of a great time of year.  Not only being afield without drenching ourselves with sweat, to nights when the evening chill makes the warmth of a campfire feel really good.

Anglers look forward to this time as well.  First a majority of fellow outdoors men and women that buy a combination each year will have left the water to join in the hunt festivities.  However, those that hang around inland lakes or anywhere along the coast will find the fishing to be some of the best of the year.

While air temperatures continue to cool, the water holds on to its warmth a bit longer.  Even though the fish can sense a seasonal change due to the shorter photoperiod of the day, inland and coastal gamefish alike begin to feast to build reserves to sustain them through the colder months.

This is also a time when many youngsters will have exhibited their maturity and take that first individual step as the join the ranks as a hunter.  It is another reason for family and friends to welcome the dawn of the next generation.

There are also days when the quiet solitude we each embrace surrounds us and we give thanks.  Not waiting for the designated day of Thanksgiving, or even sharing the gift given so long ago we celebrate at Christmas — this is the time when all that God has Bless us is so obvious.  Each sunrise, sunset, rustle of wind blown leaves, first sighting of migrating ducks and geese, or maybe a yearling buck sensing this special time and feeling frisky.

However it is best described, it is time to get outdoors to enjoy and embrace this fresh start.

Until next month: Pursue all of your outdoor activities in a safe and ethical manner.

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