With much fanfare, the first teal season began on Saturday.
Despite the fact that wildlife conditions in much of the state are now appalling due to record heat and a lack of rain, there are some areas in the Texas Panhandle where record rainfall was recorded earlier this summer. For coming birds, rain provides crucial thin freshwater habitat on the landscape.
Birds may find these areas of the state to be very beneficial as well because many playa basins are also holding water well into the season. Thanks to much-needed snowfall from the current tropical storm, strong south Texas and areas of the lower Gulf Coast even hold some promise.
According to Kevin Kraai, Waterfowl Program Leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department( TPWD ),” Overall, I’m expecting a below-average teal season this September for much of the state due to dry conditions.” ” Points can and frequently do change quickly, and if rain does finally arrive, migrating turquoise will undoubtedly benefit from any new area fluids that may appear.” Hopes for hunting had immediately improve as a result.
Blue-winged teal breeding populations decreased by 19 % from the previous year’s estimate, but the good news is that the current estimate of 5.2 million is still higher than their long-term average. There won’t be any changes to the season length or bag limits for both this season and 2024 because this estimate exceeds the 4.7 million bird threshold needed for a 16-day teal season in 2023 – 2024.
Texas will host a 16-day first turquoise season starting on September 9 through 24 in 2023. Teal’s daily bag limit is six, with a hands restrict of 18.
The second-most common bird in North America, blue-winged turquoise are also by far the most common in Texas during the unique early-teal season. They generally breed in North Dakota’s Prairie Pothole Regions, South Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
According to Kraai, there should be a lot of young birds flying towards Texas this drop because” production in the northeast Dakotas was above average and an abundance of turquoise broods were observed afterwards in summer.” This past May, there were noticeable increases in the number of lakes in parts of northeast North and South Dakota.