Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine - October 2013

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October 2013 - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

The Smith family's Hill Country ranch gives enthusiastic youngsters and their dads a memorable hunting weekend through the Texas Youth Hunting Program. Long after naturalist writer John Graves’ passing this summer, his eloquent “Goodbye to a River” will find the universal in the local.  Firewise landscaping combines beauty and peace of mind when wildfire is an integral part of nature.  Learn about Laredo and art activities in state parks. West Texas' aspens rely on underground root systems for survival, and caves at Colorado Bend delight those who venture in.  Get image exposure right with these tips from photographer Earl Nottingham. 


Feature Articles

Deer Hunt on the Dobbs

Six young hunters and their dads spend an unforgettable weekend hunting in the Hill Country.

young hunter with buck

By Carter P. Smith

Our family knows the place as Dobbs Run. It is a 5,100-acre patch of hardscrabble that sits at the western edge of the Hill Country on the Kinney/Edwards county line. Bisected by the West Nueces River bottom, the ranch has the kind of steep, dissected canyons, extensive oak-juniper woodlands and limestone hills characteristic of this part of Southwest Texas. Read more.


Goodbye to a Writer

John Graves’ writings about rivers and Texas’ other natural resources live on beyond his passing.

John Graves fishing on Llano River

By Mike Cox

There’s something intangible about the river that flows in most people’s souls, rising in the prolific spring of the mind, coursing through the veins of our experiences and pooling in our hearts. Not surprisingly — given that the ancient bond between man and river formed the very nexus of civilization — some of the world’s greatest books have to do with rivers. Read more.


Firewise Landscaping

Choose and place plants with care to decrease your danger from wildfires.

gayfeather stem  native plant

By Mark Klym

Sept. 4, 2011, started like any other Sunday morning with people hustling about their business, shopping and going to church. Nothing seemed out of place. Around 2:30 that afternoon I left the house, noticing that the air had a slight smoky smell, but nothing seemed unusual until I got to the main highway. Read more.


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