Archive for August, 2014

2014 Texas State Fair

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Texas State FairThe 2014 Texas State Fair kicks off September 26 – October 19, 2014 at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.

Each year more than 5,200 students participate in the youth events and leadership contests.  But you don’t have to show an animal in a livestock contest to enjoy this piece of the State Fair.  Check the daily schedule for contest times and come and support these students as they learn and earn money for college.

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Find Livestock Show information here, including entry forms, the 2014 Livestock Schedule, Exhibitor Information, and the 2014 Livestock Exhibitor Handbook.

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2014-2015 Major Livestock Shows

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

2014-Houston-Livestock-Show-and-Rodeo-Grand-Champion-Market-Lamb-Rachel-ChabotCondShow season is here and many students are working hard.  Here are the dates and locations of several major events around Texas in 2014-2015. 

State Fair of Texas: Sept. 26-Oct 19, 2014

Heart O’ Texas Fair (Waco): Oct 2-11, 2014

Brazos Valley Fair and Exposition: Oct 17-19, 2014

Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo: Jan 16-Feb 7, 2015

San Antonio Live Stock Exposition: Feb 12-Mar 1, 2015

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo: Feb 13-Mar 1, 2015

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo: Mar 3-22, 2015

Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo (Austin): Mar 14-28, 2015

South Texas State Fair (Beaumont) Mar 26-Apr 5, 2015



2014-2015 Quail Hunting Dates

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

quail09Texas Parks & Wildlife has released the 2014-2015 Quail hunting dates.  Please note that an Upland Game Bird Stamp is Required.

Regular Season Statewide   Dates: Oct. 25, 2014 – Feb. 22, 2015

For more information visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife website.



10 tips for your hunting dog

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

quail_huntingNow is the time to get your dog ready for hunting season!  Dove season has already started, and duck season is around the corner.  Start working with your dog now to refresh those hunting skills for a great start.

Ducks Unlimited offers up the following tips for you and your dog to start working on:

1. Obedience With a Twist

2. Steadying to Shot

3. Marking

4. Lining

5. Handling

6. Get Birdy

7. Be Cool

8. Land-Water-Land

9. Go Boating

10. Meeting Mr. Decoy

You can read the full article and tips on the Ducks Unlimited website.

6 Tips For Hunting Season

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

deer (1)Deer hunting season is weeks away for many of us. Now is the time to start preparing for the season by picking up your license & taking hunter education classes; clean and repair your equipment; check the lease and property and more. Here are 6 tips to help you prepare now for a great season.

  1. Get your hunting license – Save time and purchase your hunting license ahead of time. Don’t stand in line at the last minute waiting for your license. If you are a new hunter find out if a hunter education workshop is required. Check with your local Parks & Wildlife office or with your county extension agent. Many courses are now offered online which can save you time.
  2. Check dates & regulations – many state regulations are updated annually, take the time to check them and make sure you are in compliance. Find out the dates for opening season for the various types of deer you are hunting, and for the different hunting methods. In Texas you can check them at the Texas Parks & Wildlife website.
  3. Clean and repair your equipment – If your equipment has been set aside for some time, take it out and clean it. Check the sight and scope of your rifle. Clean your deer feeders, and check your blinds. Any repairs needed are best done now to save you time during hunting season. Make sure you have ammunition on hand, get it early as supplies can be limited at times. Don’t forget clothing! Make sure they fit.
  4. Test your equipment – If you haven’t been practicing at least once a month, it’s time to start. This keeps you in practice for aiming, shooting and handling your gun.
  5. Check your lease or property – Do you need to clear out some areas? Is your deer feeder in the right place? Put your deer blind up so the wildlife become used to it. Scout out patterns and be ready for hunting season
  6. Safety first – Have a first aid kit on hand in the blind, your truck or on the property. Refill it with any missing items. Consider having an emergency plan in place, it’s always best to be prepared.

Preparation is key!  Follow these simple tips for a successful hunting season.


2014-2015 Texas White-tailed Deer Hunting Dates

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Texas Parks & WildlifeThe 2014-2014 Texas White-Tailed Deer hunting dates have been released by Texas Parks & Wildlife.  See below what the dates are by type and by county.

Archery Statewide:  Sept. 27 – Oct. 31, 2014

North Texas (212 counties): Nov. 1, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015
South Texas (30 counties): Nov. 1, 2014 – Jan. 18, 2015
Special Antler Restrictions (117 counties): 13″ inside spread or one unbranched antler

Special Youth Season
In all counties that have an open season for these species: Oct. 25 – 26, 2014 and Jan. 5 – 18, 2015

Late Antlerless and Spike
North Texas (106 counties): Jan. 5 – 18, 2015
South Texas (30 counties): Jan. 19 – Feb. 1, 2015

Muzzleloader (57 counties): Jan. 5 – 18, 2015

For more information visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife website.


Enter to Win a Lifetime Super Combo License

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

FREELicenseHuntThis is your chance to win a Lifetime Super Combo License, giving you the right to hunt and fish in Texas without ever having to buy another state license.*

Only $5 per entry and you can enter as many times as you like!

Purchase your entries wherever Texas hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Find a retailer near you or purchase online now!

The next drawing will be held on December 30, 2014. Entries will be on sale through December 27, 2014. If you enter before December 27, 2014 and your name isn’t drawn in the December drawing, you will be eligible for the June 30, 2015 drawing.

The drawing package also includes a 1-year subscription to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. All proceeds from the Lifetime License Drawing fees go directly to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for on-the-ground conservation efforts that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish.

2013–2014 Official Rules 

Click here for more information on Lifetime Licenses.

Big Time Texas Hunts – Win the Hunt of a Lifetime

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Big Game HuntsNow’s your chance to enter to win one of 8 premium guided hunt packages on some of the finest private ranches and wildlife management areas in Texas. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, whitetails, waterfowl, birds, exotics, gators or wild hogs! Just $9 per online entry and proceeds support wildlife conservation, habitat management, and public hunting.

Find out more information on the Texas Park & Wildlife website here.

Click here to enter.

Purina Equine Senior Only $19.99

Monday, August 4th, 2014

EquineSeniorPurina Equine Senior horse feed is now on sale at Argyle Feed Store for only $19.99! As your horse ages, it is important to make sure that they continue to get the nutrition they need from their feeding program. Purina Equine Senior is designed to make sure that horses in their geriatric years continue to get the balanced nutrition they need in a formula that is easy to chew and digest. With the combination of Purina’s horse expertise and Argyle Feed Store’s low prices, you can’t lose on this feed for your senior horse. Stop by our store today to make sure your horse continues to get the energy, minerals, vitamins and fiber it needs. Don’t miss out on your chance to save on this great feed for your horse. If you would like to see more information on Purina Equine Senior horse feed, including a complete nutritional profile, then please click here to view the product on our website.

We want to make sure that you and your horse find exactly what you are looking for. If you have any questions about this great product, stop by our store or visit our contact page to ask one of our experts. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


Empty The Shelter Day

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Pet AdoptionYou are invited to add a member to your house in the largest pet adoption effort ever held in North Texas. “Empty The Shelter” Day is Saturday, Aug. 16 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Participating animal shelters across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex are waiving adoption fees. Other fees may still apply.

During the summer, many of the shelters swell with abandoned and surrendered pets after spring births or simply from people who give up their animals when they leave for vacation.

Please consider opening your heart and home to an animal in need.  Below is a listing of shelters that are participating in “Empty The Shelter” day.


Arlington Animal Services, 1000 SE Green Oaks, Arlington


Humane Society North Texas – Benbrook Waggin’ Tails Adoption Center, 9009 Benbrook Blvd


Burleson Animal Shelter, 775 SE John Jones Dr., Burleson


Carrollton Animal Services, 2247 Sandy Lake Road


Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, 1150 East Pleasant Run Road


Cleburne Animal Services, 2375 Service Drive, Cleburne, TX 76033


Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland Road

DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane Irving, TX 75038

SPCA of Texas – Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, 2400 Lone Star Drive



Farmers Branch Animal Services, 3727 Valley View Lane


Flower Mound Animal Services, 3950 Justin Road


Fort Worth Animal Care & Control Center, 4900 Martin Street

Humane Society of North Texas – Main Shelter, 1840 East Lancaster Avenue

Humane Society of North Texas – Southwest Adoption Center, 6708 S. Hulen Rd.



Garland Animal Services, 600 Tower Street


Grand Prairie Animal Services, 2222 West Warrior Trail


DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane

Irving Animal Services Department, 4140 Valley View Lane


Humane Society North Texas – Keller Regional Adoption Center, 330 Rufe Snow Dr

Humane Society of North Texas – Keller Welcome Home Adoption Center – 363 Keller Pkwy


Lake Dallas Animal Shelter, 687 North Lakeview


Lewisville Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, 995 East Valley Ridge


Mansfield Animal Care & Control, 407 Industrial Boulevard


Collin County Animal Shelter, 4750 Community Boulevard

SPCA of Texas – Perry Animal Care Center, 8411 Stacy Road/FM 720


Murphy Animal Control, 205 North Murphy Road


North Richland Hills Animal Adoption & Rescue Center, 7200-B Dick Fisher Drive South


Plano Animal Services, 4028 W. Plano Parkway


Richardson Animal Shelter, 1330 Columbia Drive


Richland Hills Animal Services, 7049 Baker Blvd.


Sunnyvale Animal Control, 371 Long Creek Road


Weatherford Animal Shelter, 403 Hickory Ln


Wylie Animal Control, 949-A Hensley Lane