It’s a busy time of year for Texomaland outdoors enthusiasts, with a number of activities crowding the late September and early October calendar.


And that’s not to even mention the fact that the official start of fall happens this afternoon with the 2017 autumnal equinox at 3:02 p.m. local time.


In addition to being the official start of the fall season, this weekend also marks the end of the 2017 early teal season in both Texas and Oklahoma. On both sides of the Red River, the waterfowling campaign for early migrating blue-winged teal and a few early bird green-winged teal concludes on Sunday, Sept. 24th at official sundown.


Also this weekend is the season’s biggest bass tournament out on Lake Texoma, the 2017 Costa FLW Series event, which began on Thursday.


With several local anglers like Denison’s Chris Bobo near the top of the season long standings, the event continues with second and third round action today and tomorrow out of Highport Marina.


The Sept. 21-23 event is sponsored by the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce. Daily takeoffs at Highport Marina continue today and tomorrow at 7 a.m. followed by daily weigh-ins at 3 p.m. For information, visit www.flwfishing.com.


Next up, North Texas quacker backers are gearing up for the 2017 Lake Ray Roberts Ducks Unlimited fundraising dinner this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 23. For information on the Sanger-based event, call Kasey Kruger at 940-390-6369 or Wayne Bengston at 214-226-9390.


As September ends next weekend and October begins, it will be time for Red River Valley whitetail bowhunters to start hitting the local woods.


That’s because the Sept. 30-Nov. 3 Texas early archery season for deer is around the corner for hunters on the south side of the river, followed by the Oct. 1-Jan. 15 early archery deer season in Oklahoma.


After another year of good precipitation, expectations are high for local archers in Grayson County and beyond — look for a full preview of this year’s bowhunting campaign in next week’s Herald Democrat Outdoors section.


As the month of October deepens, the fourth annual fundraising dinner for the Durant Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is just around the corner. Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, this year’s Durant DU event returns to the Choctaw Resort and Casino Event Center.


After several years of award winning action, this year’s Bryan County DU fundraiser will see the doors opening up at 6 p.m. with the dinner, silent auction, live auction, and raffles continuing through 10 p.m.


For information on this southern Oklahoma event, visit www.ducks.org or call Durant DU chairman Chris Dorman at 405-517-7187.


And finally, don’t forget the annual quacker backer event here in Grayson County. That’s coming up quickly according to Eric Kloppers, chairman of the local Texoma Ducks Unlimited committee here in Denison and Sherman.


Kloppers reports that the local DU committee is putting the finishing touches on preparations for the 2017 DU fundraising dinner, the 42nd such event in the group’s history.


This year’s Texoma DU event — including a barbecue meal, a silent auction, a live auction emceed by Doug Rodgers, and raffles — will take place at Ray Davis’ Hangar at North Texas Regional Airport on Tuesday, Oct. 17 beginning at 6 p.m.


For information, visit www.ducks.org or call Kloppers at 903-815-2229 or Jim Salling at 903-463-1151.