Calendar:


Through Oct. 20 - Oklahoma archery bear season.


Through Oct. 31 – First split of dove season in Oklahoma.


Through Nov. 2 - Early archery deer season in Texas.


Through Nov. 12 – First split of dove season for Texas North Zone.


Through Jan. 15 – Archery deer season in Oklahoma.


Oct. 18-20 - Oklahoma youth deer gun season.


Oct. 24 - Bryan County Ducks Unlimited Dinner at Top Notch Turf Farms in Colbert from 6-10 p.m. For information, visit www.ducks.org/events/oklahoma or call chairman Chris Dorman at (405) 517-7187.


Oct. 26-27 - Youth-only whitetail deer season in Texas North Zone.


Oct. 26-Nov. 3 - Oklahoma muzzleloader deer season.


Oct. 26-Feb. 23 - Texas quail season.


Nov. 1-3 - Segment A bowhunt at Hagerman NWR.


Nov. 1-Dec. 15 - Oklahoma woodcock season.


Nov. 2-3 - Youth-only waterfowl hunting weekend in Texas North Zone.


Nov. 2-Dec. 1 - First split of Oklahoma Zone 2 duck season.


Nov. 2-Jan. 5 - General deer season in Texas North Zone.


Nov. 2-Jan. 5 - General deer season in Grayson and Collin Counties, with means and methods of take restricted to lawful archery gear and crossbows only.


Nov. 2-Jan. 26 - Texas light and dark goose season for Texas East Zone.


Nov. 2-Feb. 2 - Texas light and dark goose season for Texas West Zone.


Nov. 5 - Red River Fly Fishers meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at Sherman’s Baylor Scott & White Hospital (fly tying begins at 6 p.m.). For information, visit www.rrff.org.


Nov. 9-Dec. 1 - First split of Texas North Zone duck season.


Nov. 9-Feb. 15 - Oklahoma quail season.


Nov. 15-17 - Segment B bowhunt at Hagerman NWR.


Nov. 23-Dec. 8 - Oklahoma gun deer season.


Dec. 1-Dec. 29 - Second split of dove season in Oklahoma.


Dec. 1-Jan. 31 - Oklahoma pheasant season.


Dec. 6-8 - Segment C bowhunt at Hagerman NWR.


Dec. 7-Jan. 5 - Texas Panhandle pheasant season.


Dec. 7-Jan. 26 - Second split of Texas North Zone duck season.


Dec. 14-Jan. 26 - Second split of Oklahoma Zone 2 duck season.


Dec. 18-Jan. 31 - Texas woodcock season.


Dec. 20-Jan. 5 - Second split of dove season for Texas North Zone.


Jan. 24-25 - Red River Fly Fishers’ Fly Tying Extravaganza at Eisenhower State Park.


Notes:


The monarch butterfly migration continues across much of Texas, with several reports of weather radar screens picking up recent butterfly movement associated with cold fronts. According to TPWD, two migratory corridors exist for Monarch butterflies in the Lone Star State, one near the Gulf Coast and the other a 300-mile wide path stretching from near Wichita Falls to Eagle Pass. As many locals have observed in recent days, the beautiful orange-and-black Monarchs are passing through the area as the late September to late October journey through North Texas continues. By early next month, most Monarchs will be in Mexico for their annual breeding effort. To learn more about the Monarch butterfly migration through Texas, visit the TPWD website at www.tpwd.texas.gov…With the approach of Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31, Ray Roberts Lake State Park is getting into the spooky spirit with several upcoming events. First up is the Friday, Oct. 25th event called “Campfire and Spooky Storytime,” a campfire basics and storytelling event that begins at 6 p.m. The following day on Saturday, Oct. 26, the state park will hold a “Halloween Hike” beginning at 9 a.m., host a “Goin’ Batty” event at 5 p.m., and cap things off with a “Costumed Night Hike” beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website at www.tpwd.texas.gov or call the state park at (940) 686-2148 …


Hunting Report:


All is quite on the local hunting front as most dove hunters have hung up their shotguns for the fall and Texoma area waterfowlers wait for their turn beginning next month…Meanwhile, the recent full moon and mild weather has things a bit on the slow side as the early archery season continues…While last Saturday’s frosty morning was enticing to many bowhunters, the best bet right now is likely in an evening staging area situated just off a food source… No official word just yet, but the whitetail rumor mill has kicked into gear with a report of a very large low-fence buck reportedly taken in South Texas…As the mid-October lull winds down and the local whitetail rut approaches in the next few weeks, expect an uptick in big buck sightings and harvest reports…The 2019-20 quail season for Texas begins next Saturday, Oct. 26. Look for a report on upcoming quail prospects in next week’s Herald Democrat outdoors section…


Fishing Reports:


At Lake Texoma, water is stained; water temps are 80–84 degrees; and the lake is 0.27’ low. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are good on morning topwaters, Texas-rigged plastic worms, spinnerbaits and deep diving crankbaits fished around channels. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around structure. Striped bass are good on live shad over the deeper original river channel…ODWC reports that Texoma’s striped bass are good on Alabama rigs, live shad, and topwater lures fished around flats, on the main lake, and on points. Lake fishing is moderately successful right now for striped bass. Some surface feeding is still present, but the agency says that live bait is most effective for catching stripers at Texoma right now…At Lake Ray Roberts, water is lightly stained; water temps are 83–84 degrees; and the lake is 0.70’ low. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are fair on light Carolina-rigged worms and lizards, along with spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and crankbaits. White bass are fair on spoons and Alabama rigs throughout much of the lake. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows…At Lake Fork, water is stained; water temps are 80–83 degrees; and the lake is 1.71’ low. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwaters. The East Texas lake’s big bass appear to be starting the fall pattern in shallower water, something that could lead to some big bass catches in coming weeks. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the stumps or near man–made structures……At Oklahoma’s Lake of the Arbuckles, the elevation remains above normal, water temp is 79, and water is stained. ODWC reports that largemouth bass are good on topwater lures, Rat-L-Traps, and swimming a Carolina-rig with a soft plastic lizard around the main lake. Crappie are good on jigs fished around docks and at depths of 21-feet around brush piles…


Tip of the Week:


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is currently accepting applications for the state’s 64th Texas Game Warden and State Park Police Cadet class. TPWD says in a news release that applications are currently being accepted from Oct. 15-Nov. 15. For requirements or more information, check the state park police or game warden career pages online. Interested parties may also contact Texas game warden recruiters Kevin Malonson (kevin.malonson@tpwd.texas.gov); game warden Eric Howard (eric.howard@tpwd.texas.gov); park police recruiter Lt. David Modgling (512-915-4704, david.modgling@tpwd.texas.gov); or by calling (877) 229-2733.