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OUTDOORS: Dove season expected to be strong, officials say

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Monday marked the start of dove season in the North and Central Zones here in Texas.
Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife biologists have reported dove hunting this season should be good.
Both mourning and white-winged dove populations are seeing an increase in population, those biologists said.
In any given year, Texans shoot between 4-5 million mourning doves.
TPWD Dove Program Leader Shaun Oldenburger doesn’t expect that to change during the 2014-15 season.
“Based on rural and urban dove surveys by TPWD, the 2014 estimated breeding mourning dove population is about 26.55 million birds, which is a five percent increase over 2013 and nearly eight percent above the long-term average,” Oldenburger said.

Hunter education course set

The Northwest Texas Field and Stream Association will have a one-day hunter education class on Sept. 20 at the facility on Southwest Parkway in Wichita Falls.
The class will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Club director Lee Boedeker is the chairman for the class.
The charge for the course is $15.
Hunters ages 9-17 may complete part of the course online, print out a certificate and complete instruction on this day. All hunters are required to take a hunter education class before hunting.
For information and registration, call 692-1141.

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Summer workouts starting up

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Several Montague County schools, like Bowie shown above, start summer workouts for junior high and high school athletes next week.

With the arrival of June comes increasing temperatures, camps galore for kids and for high school athletes making time to get ready for next school year.

For Bowie, incoming boy’s 7th-12th graders will practice Monday through Thursday starting June 12.
On Mondays and Wednesdays high school will do football skills and junior high athletes will do basketball drills from 7:30-8:30 a.m. They will switch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Workouts will follow and go from 8:30-9:30 a.m. except on Tuesdays which will be before the skills at 6:30-7:30 a.m.
The Bowie girl workouts will start the same week for incoming 7th-12th graders. The workouts are scheduled every day for 7:30-8:30 a.m.
On Mondays and Wednesday’s, the high school girls will practice basketball and junior high volleyball from 8:30-9:30 a.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be reversed.
Bowie is expected to take the week of July 4th off to give athletes a break before ramping back up for the start of August.
For Nocona athletes, incoming 7th-12th grade boys and girls will start summer workouts on June 5. The workouts will be Monday through Thursday and go from 8-10:30 a.m.
They are scheduled to take the week of July 4th off and are expecting to take another week or two off at some point during the summer.
At Saint Jo, workouts start on June 5 and will be Monday through Thursday for incoming 7th-12th graders. The week of July 4th and the final week of July athletes will have off.
Every day strength and conditioning will go 8-9 a.m. On Monday through Wednesday, there will be an hour that follows for sport specific skill work. On Mondays and Wednesdays it will be football and volleyball. On Tuesdays it will be basketball.
At Prairie Valley, incoming junior high and high school athletes are scheduled to start summer workouts on June 6. Sessions will be from 8-11 a.m. and cover weight training, cardio training along with basketball and volleyball training.
Workouts will be Monday through Thursday. There will be a two week break in the middle with the last week of June and the first week of July athletes getting off.
For Forestburg, its incoming boy athletes have completed their first week of summer workouts this week. The girl athletes will join them at the beginning of next week on June 6.
They will go Monday through Thursday every week and also will take a break the week of July 4. Instead of the morning, workouts are scheduled for 6-8 p.m.
At Gold-Burg, some new coaches are expected to be hired but until then there are no plans for official summer workouts in the meantime.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Forestburg hosts its Lift-A-Thon

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Forestburg hosted its Lift-A-Thon on May 22 to raise funds for its boy’s athletic programs. (Photo by Cindy Roller)
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Bowie hires new coach McCoy

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Jason McCoy was named Bowie’s new head baseball coach last week, coming from Seymour. (Courtesy photo)

With eyes already looking towards next school year, Bowie Independent School District has hired their first new varsity head coach in Jason McCoy.
McCoy was hired as the new baseball coach and comes to Bowie from Seymour where he served in that role for one season. Before that he also served time at Paradise, Granbury, and Notre Dame Catholic School while he was still in college.
It is new Bowie athletic director Tyler Price’s first varsity head coaching hire and McCoy also takes over the role Price has served the past three seasons.
“All of the hires are important to me, but this one definitely is, its one I’ve been a part of more than 15 years as a player and a coach so it’s close to my heart,” Price said. “At the end of the day it’s putting good coaches and good people around our kids. I think that is a huge thing Jason has got.”
Price had a record of 70-41 with each season winning in the bi-district round of the playoffs and the 2022 season seeing the team make an unprecedented run to the regional finals.
Price is confident McCoy cannot only keep the success going, but do it in his own way while keeping the values of the program similar to what he did during his time.
“I’ve always respected him as a coach and a man,” Price said. “Just playing against his teams in the past, they are always well coached, acting right on and off the field. I just like the style of coaching and the style of play he brings to the team.
McCoy is a 2007 graduate of Windthorst before going on to graduate from Midwestern State University.
He and his wife Emily, a teacher who taught at Graham in 2022-2023, are expecting their first child soon.
Besides baseball, McCoy also was named co-defensive coordinator in football and is expected to teach world geography.
McCoy has family in Bowie. That, along with the chance of working with Price, were the main motivating factors for McCoy to apply for the job.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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