Each year, for the November issue, we ask readers what they’re most thankful for about living on the Texas Coast. And we never tire of hearing the answers. Beautiful sunsets, sunrises, wildlife, beaches, bountiful seafood and a laid-back lifestyle always rank high on the list.
And, of course, the thousands of sportsmen and sportswomen in these parts are thankful for the abundance of waterfowl and fish.
This year, we’ve added to the Thanksgiving list the good people who work to conserve this way of life, preserving land and water for generations of hunters and anglers to come.
Todd Krampota is one of those people. As writer Michael A. Smith reports in our cover story, Krampota, manager of Hall’s Bayou Ranch, is fulfilling a mission to keep nearly 40,000 acres near Santa Fe as close to its original state as possible, which isn’t easy, as you’ll read. But with the help of serious hunters and some organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, Hall’s Bayou Ranch is able to enhance the wetlands and coastal prairie, making life better for the wildlife.
In this issue, you’ll also meet Lloyd and Cookie Pepper, islanders who have been married and fishing together for 60 years and who are considered the “Mayor and First Lady” of West Bay. The Peppers are legends. But you’ll also meet Max Conner, teenager who is becoming an angling legend in his own right.
The hunting and fishing themes extended to our artist features, including one on Texas City resident Roland Castanie, whose interest in wildlife and the outdoors began at an early age and plays a significant role in his art.
We’re also introducing a new feature, Dessert Island, in which island baker Phil Newton will sweeten our lives with a new recipe each month.
We have these features and more.