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Wes Ferguson grew up in the Piney Woods of East Texas, but he ranges across the state while looking for stories about history, culture, true crime, travel, the outdoors, and anything else that catches his interest.

A contributor for Texas Monthly since 2016, Ferguson was a senior editor at the magazine from 2019 to 2022. His 2019 article “When ‘Angels in America’ Came to East Texas” was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. Ferguson was also a finalist for Writer of the Year at the City & Regional Magazine Awards in 2022; his story “How Texas Hunting Went Exotic” was also a finalist in the Leisure/Lifestyle Interests category that year.

Ferguson is a former managing editor of Texas Highways, where he has received two national awards for his travel writing. He has authored two nonfiction books, The Blanco River and Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine, both from Texas A&M Press. Early in his career, Ferguson reported on the crime beat for his hometown newspaper, the Longview News-Journal. More recently, he created the true crime podcasts Devil Town and Standoff, about the 1974 Huntsville prison siege.

A council member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Ferguson lives near Austin with his wife, Laura. You can also find him on their desert spread at the foot of the Guadalupe Mountains, where he was the artist in residence at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in the fall of 2017.

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Hunting & Fishing|
January 20, 2021

Where to Hunt, or Photograph, Exotic Animals in Texas

From the Big Bend to East Texas, the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas ranches have been transformed in recent decades by the proliferation of exotic game animals, many of them rare and endangered in their native habitats. With the rise of “Texotics” has come an army of

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