Fall is coming. If you’re sensitive to it you may have been able to catch a hint of it in the air on most mornings for several weeks now—especially if you make the effort to detect it before the temperature has the chance to climb into the triple-digit range later in the day.
With the coming of autumn also comes cooler temperatures and more opportunities to venture outdoors. There’s something about autumn in North Texas that has always invigorated me. The cool, brisk air. The big blue sky. The vivid fall colors. The season of change.
If the ground stays dry you will soon be able to get to places ordinarily unreachable. As the weather cools, the vegetation pulls back and the reptiles and insects hibernate. Passage through the cross timbers becomes easier and less daunting as a consequence.
Being outdoors at this time of year can certainly make you feel like all is right in the world—at least until it doesn’t. Nothing will spoil your time outside faster than discovering evidence of poaching and other illegal hunting activities.
The North Texas area—to the surprise of many—actually has a wealth of nature preserves, parks, and public lands that are readily accessible. Quite a few are only minutes away from most places in the metroplex.
Many of these places are true wilderness areas which only the hardiest outdoorsmen will venture into. And it is exactly this remoteness that emboldens poachers and other criminals to take liberties on these lands that ruin these places for the animals that live there and the law-abiding people who want to visit.
What animals are poached in the the DFW Metroplex you might ask? White-tailed Deer, Feral Hogs, Wild Turkey, Mourning and White-winged Doves, ducks and geese of various kinds, varmints like Coyotes, Eastern Cottontails and the like. Some killing occurs just for the sake of killing. Non-game animals are often the victims in these cases. More....