September in Texas means get out the shotguns! Between dove hunting season and teal season, the ninth month of the year is always a fun one. Reports indicate that the opening day of teal season on the coast was steady on the coastal prairies, though many hunters said the best flights occurred later in the morning, as the sun got up in the sky. Sunday, the second day of season, was much slower as blue-winged teal seemed to have vanished from their local haunts.
Many bluewing hens were harvested right off the bat, giving rise to the notion that the first wave of adult drakes had already continued south. Good teal hunts were posted in Wharton County rice fields and leveed ponds. In addition, Eagle Lake and Garwood hunters reported good shoots on some teal birds. Collegeport hunters shot limits, too.
Up in the Texas Panhandle, playa lakes hunters reported good numbers of teal in the area. Water supplies there are in good shape from summer rains. How about Texas’ wildlife management areas? Along the coast, TPWD biologist Matt Nelson said Mad Island WMA near Bay City averaged around 3 birds per hunter for the weekend. And an average of 3 birds per hunter means the guys that could shoot definitely got their teal.
Justin Hurst WMA near Freeport saw lower bird numbers and slower results with just over 1 teal per man. The Guadalupe Delta WMA near Port Lavaca is closed due to flooding, but prospects remain good for that location and the rest of the Texas coast throughout the season.