IF YOU CHECK THE CONTENTS TABLE for this issue (on page 4), you’ll see that we’ve begun Volume Number 40. The actual Fortieth Anniversary issue of Texas Fish & Game won’t be until next May/June 2024, but this issue is the beginning of our 40th year of publication. It’s like when you celebrate your 39th birthday, you begin your 40th year of life (young whipper-snapper).
Way, way, way back in May of 1984, we rolled Volume One, Issue One off a rickety newsprint press housed in a metal building on the outskirts of Marble Falls, Texas, beginning our first year of publication as Texas Fish & Game. We—Ardia selling ads, and Roy helping with design and circulation—had no idea that this venture would turn into our life’s work. We also had not a clue what lay ahead of us and the path we would follow through the last two decades of the previous century (and millennium) and the first two-and-almost-a-half decades of the current.
So here we are, beginning our fortieth year, our fifth decade, and our 425th issue. (The math of issue counting gets a little dense because the number of issues per year has varied).
We’ve experienced a lot during the past 39 years, and this fortieth year is certainly keeping us on our toes. As we move through these next twelve months, we’ll devote some of this space to recollections of our history. That history has been filled with challenges, successes and failures, and no shortage of interesting and rewarding relationships.
We’ve witnessed and covered dramatic changes in the worlds of fishing and hunting, and in the business that we’re in—both the narrow category of Outdoor Publications and the larger landscape of media in general. We’ll share some of the stories that got us—for better or worse—where we are in this fortieth year of existence.
We hope you stay tuned…
BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, copies of the 2023 Edition of our Texas Lakes & Bays Fishing Atlas will be shipping out to your nearest newsstands and racks in many of the state’s Academy locations.
Lakes & Bays has been around for almost as long as Fish & Game. It has evolved and grown over its long life and that evolution continues with the new edition.
The 2023 Texas Lakes & Bays includes four new lakes, pushing the total number of fresh and saltwater fishing locations up to the nice, fat figure of 75. Another tweak is the addition of a lake level trend chart on most of the fresh water bodies.
Look for the new edition in stores soon, or go online to FishGame.com/FishGameGear and order your copy now.