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Long story short, William Oliver bought an airgun for shooting pigs from Airguns of Arizona. That led him to taking one of the company’s staff, Kip Perow, on an East Texas pig hunt. Perow returned the favor with an Arizona dove and quail hunt, and Oliver fell in love with the desert mountain…

Hunting is a lot more than just being a successful shot. Whether they see themselves that way or not, hunters are actually conservationists. Tax money they pay on equipment, along with their hunting license fees, goes back to support management, underwrite law enforcement and preserve habitat.

For 37 years Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist Rick Ott worked out of a cluttered office on Bascom Road just outside Tyler. His office was piled with everything from fisheries’ research papers to motorcycle helmets to the occasional lizard, but in a building originally …

On my first dove hunt as a kid I carried a now-rare 16-gauge shotgun. A double-barrel. It kicked like the proverbial mule. Maybe it was the lack of not only a recoil pad, but any butt plate at all. Maybe it was that pocket full of paper shells I was handed was a bit much for either doves or …