Mike Leggett

Mike Leggett is the outdoor writer at the Austin American-Statesman.

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Troublesome wild hogs leave us searching for solutions
 I still remember, and vividly, the first wild hog I ever saw. I was in high school and was squirrel hunting in Panola County, where I grew up. The weather was cold as it is now, and there was a nice sunny afternoon that just called out for some time in the woods. I had spent a little time sneaking into a spot where I had seen a couple of...

Posted: 21 days ago

I still remember, and vividly, the first wild hog I ever saw. I was in high school and was squirrel hunting in Panola County, where I grew up. The weather was cold as it is now, and there was a nice sunny afternoon that just called out for some time in the woods. I had spent a little time sneaking into a spot where I had seen a couple of...
Lunker program gets a boost to benefit bass fishing
 In case anyone cares, I believe that Texas freshwater fishing is in good hands under the leadership of Inland Fisheries Division Director Craig Bonds. An able, curious and forward-thinking guy, Bonds has come into Austin and begun to push through some changes that needed to be made in programs and practices within the Texas Parks and Wildlife...

Posted: 21 days ago

In case anyone cares, I believe that Texas freshwater fishing is in good hands under the leadership of Inland Fisheries Division Director Craig Bonds. An able, curious and forward-thinking guy, Bonds has come into Austin and begun to push through some changes that needed to be made in programs and practices within the Texas Parks and Wildlife...
Humans at fault for many nuisance species spoiling state’s environment

9:29 PM Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

We should have our hands slapped over some of the things we’ve done in this state by letting plants and animals run wild. Think about it: We now have tens of thousands, probably more, of exotics — axis deer, black bucks, fallows, oryx, etc. — throughout the Hill Country. And while they do offer some income potential for...
Monster buck leads hunters on exhaustive search in Hill Country
 Anybody who drives in the Hill Country and counts the dead bucks along the highway should know that the serious part of the rut has been in full bloom for the past two weeks. The carnage has been great; the mangled bodies of bucks driven crazy enough on testosterone to try to cross the highway at night are everywhere. That includes well inside...

9:23 PM Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

Anybody who drives in the Hill Country and counts the dead bucks along the highway should know that the serious part of the rut has been in full bloom for the past two weeks. The carnage has been great; the mangled bodies of bucks driven crazy enough on testosterone to try to cross the highway at night are everywhere. That includes well inside...
Is your checklist ready for deer hunting season?

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Long ago, in a century before this one, I started deer hunting. Life was pretty simple then: Have a shotgun, buy some OO buckshot or a couple of slugs, slap on some warm clothes, put the extra shells in the pocket of my jeans and hit the woods. Things are a little more complicated today, but the essentials are still pretty much the same....
For hunters, a deer scrape can be an ideal place for a close shot
 Just after daylight on a recent morning, I was sitting in a blind on Bobby Parker’s Camp Verde Ranch when a really nice buck with 13 typical points and beams that turn down on the ends walked down the road in front of me. He walked toward a feeder where two small bucks were hanging out. The three greeted one another, and then everybody...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Just after daylight on a recent morning, I was sitting in a blind on Bobby Parker’s Camp Verde Ranch when a really nice buck with 13 typical points and beams that turn down on the ends walked down the road in front of me. He walked toward a feeder where two small bucks were hanging out. The three greeted one another, and then everybody...
It pays to be alert for snakes in the Hill Country
 It all started as a pretty routine call for help with a clinking air-conditioning unit at our house. Jones Heating and Air sent out Michael St. Cricq, and before he even got to the unit, he said, “I see what your problem is already,” pointing to a short wire connector that was hanging down and hitting the rotating fan. That was...

5:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

It all started as a pretty routine call for help with a clinking air-conditioning unit at our house. Jones Heating and Air sent out Michael St. Cricq, and before he even got to the unit, he said, “I see what your problem is already,” pointing to a short wire connector that was hanging down and hitting the rotating fan. That was...
Deer census a key step in permit process, population control
 “I’ve got a buck over here, but he’s lying down,” spouts Steve Knight. He swings the million-candlepower spotlight in a small arc, illuminating the eyes of a bedded deer about 50 yards off the caliche road. “That could be High Rack,” he says, using the name I’ve given to a quality buck that&rsquo...

5:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

“I’ve got a buck over here, but he’s lying down,” spouts Steve Knight. He swings the million-candlepower spotlight in a small arc, illuminating the eyes of a bedded deer about 50 yards off the caliche road. “That could be High Rack,” he says, using the name I’ve given to a quality buck that&rsquo...
Zebra mussels in area lakes likely to infest river systems downstream
 Tiny Russian aquatic invaders have found a home in Texas and have even set up shop in several of our picturesque Hill Country lakes — Canyon, Travis and Austin. Their movement downstream from those lakes through the Colorado and Guadalupe river systems is most likely unavoidable, according to one Central Texas expert. “Once a...

5:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

Tiny Russian aquatic invaders have found a home in Texas and have even set up shop in several of our picturesque Hill Country lakes — Canyon, Travis and Austin. Their movement downstream from those lakes through the Colorado and Guadalupe river systems is most likely unavoidable, according to one Central Texas expert. “Once a...
Leggett: Get ready to hunt with this checklist
 More than 20 years ago — when my son was just starting his college career and I was still angry at ducks — the two of us packed up for a teal hunt down on the prairies west of Houston. We were in a line of trucks leaving the field when traffic came to a halt and began moving up one vehicle at a time. I stepped out of the truck...

5:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

More than 20 years ago — when my son was just starting his college career and I was still angry at ducks — the two of us packed up for a teal hunt down on the prairies west of Houston. We were in a line of trucks leaving the field when traffic came to a halt and began moving up one vehicle at a time. I stepped out of the truck...
Redfish prove plentiful — if a bit picky — during Gulf fishing trip
 The gentle inshore breeze has been switching directions this morning, slowly sliding counterclockwise from southwest to almost purely south. Even though we’ve already caught fish today, Chuck Naiser wants to keep the wind at our backs as much as possible, and so he’s moved us behind a shell island well into Mesquite Bay, north...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017

The gentle inshore breeze has been switching directions this morning, slowly sliding counterclockwise from southwest to almost purely south. Even though we’ve already caught fish today, Chuck Naiser wants to keep the wind at our backs as much as possible, and so he’s moved us behind a shell island well into Mesquite Bay, north...