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Flounder gigging still strong, even after cold fronts By Conor Harrison Lone Star outdoor newS

After a tough fall gigging flounder due to high tides and stained water, midcoast guides are reporting a resurgence in big flounder. “We are hammering them,” said Capt. David Dupnik near Rockport. “We are still getting

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bigger fish this late in the month, which didn’t happen last year. After the first cold front last year, it went downhill quick. The tides have receded and water clarity is great. “I am gigging fish in 4 feet of water when everyone else is up shallow.” Dupnik said his average size

is 4 pounds and up, with lots of 8-pound fish and the occasional 9-pounder being gigged. Farther north in Galveston Bay, Capt. Greg Verm is still See FLOUNDER, Page 25 GIGGING BIG ONES: Flounder giggers are still finding big flatfish on sandy bottoms during December nights. Photo by Capt. Greg Verm.

Lots of hunters, mixed bag on ducks. Page 4

Dove season reopens

Cover curse Another buck previously on the LSON cover hits the ground. Page 27

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Late-season dove hunting can be fantastic across the state and the few remaining serious dove shooters will be out looking for birds. According to Shaun Oldenburger, Migratory Game Bird leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the percentage of doves killed during the second split drops off significantly from the first. “Harvest numbers go way down during the second season,” Oldenburger said. “For mourning doves in the North Zone, only 2 percent are harvested in the second split. In the Central Zone, it is 8 percent and in the South Zone, it is 12 percent.” Those numbers are even lower for white-winged doves. “Percentage of the harvest for white wings during the second split is zero percent in the North Zone, 2 percent in the Central Zone and 7 percent in the South Zone. In the Special Whitewinged Dove Area, only 1 percent of the birds are harvested in the second split.”

What a morning Falcon produces epic catch.

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Slaying the reds Redfish action in LLM is on fire.

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LOOKING FOR DOES: Big bucks are moving in South Texas in search of does, which spells opportunity for the hunter. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Busting wide open South Texas rut peaking By Conor Harrison Lone Star outdoor newS

The buck crisscrossed the road 150 yards away from the hunter seated in a ground blind strategically placed to look down the cut walled in by the almost impenetrable South Texas brush. The buck paid no attention to the corn on

the ground as he zigzagged from one side of the road to the other like a bird dog on the scent of a quail. When he came to a spot in the road he froze, locked in on an invisible trail. Head up, he took off grunting at a dead run into the brush. Twenty minutes later, a doe burst from the brush with the big buck right behind her. So it went beginning around December 14 See RUT, Page 21

OFTEN FORGOTTEN: Some great dove hunting remains during the second split, which opened Dec. 20. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.


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HUNTING Scenes from Texas

Looking for bass, found a buck

GOING FOR A SWIM: This buck was photographed by LSON founder David J. Sams on a recent fishing trip to Falcon Lake. The buck, originally thought to be a stump in the water until the fishing party got closer, was swimming across the lake — probably heading to a sweet-smelling doe on the other side. After swimming the entire way, the buck, mouth agape, emerged on the far shoreline and ran into the brush a little tired and wet, but none the worse for wear.

Mixed bag on the coast Lots of duck hunters shooting mostly divers

By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

Coastal duck hunters have been hitting the bays and marshes in large numbers this season, but success has been mixed, according to area biologists. “The upper coast has been a mixed bag so far,” said Mike Rezsutek, TPWD’s upper coast biologist. “The J.D. Murphree WMA hasn’t had as many ducks as expected. We flew a survey recently and saw a lot of ducks on

the coast near Anahuac. Overall, there are just as many or more waterfowl as there were last time this year.” Rezsutek said inland from the coast, a lot of good food exists for the ducks. “There is just a lot of water,” he said. “The divers are having a field day in some areas. It has been a better-than-average season during the second split.” Rezsutek said from November See DUCK, Page 14

NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE: This monster, 204-inch buck was taken by Wylie hunter Waylan Langford on a lease near Vernon chasing a doe across a wheat field. Photo by Waylan Langford.

Small acreage, big buck Hardeman County hunter connects on giant low-fence deer

By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

Wylie hunter Waylan Langford has been hunting on a piece of property he leases from a good friend’s family near Vernon for many years. Eight years ago, he and a friend that leases property across the street began a management program that consisted of letting young bucks walk and

not shooting anything under 150 inches. That can be tricky on only 320 acres, but Langford said the results have been eyeopening. “We are just trying to not shoot any deer less than 5 1/2 years old and less than 150 class,” Langford said. “Letting the deer age is what I believe is working for us.” Proof came last year

when a friend killed a 163-inch buck. But for Langford, the real proof came when he harvested a giant, 204 5/8inch buck on his small acreage on Nov. 15. “I had put out trail cameras in September,” he said. “I had three pictures of one buck that was on my hit list. The deer I killed was not on any of my pictures. To my knowledge, the neighbors

hadn’t seen him and the ranch foreman who is out there everyday said he had never seen him.” Langford was sitting in his stand when a doe burst out of a wood line 800 yards away on the other property. “She ran out of the tree line on a dead sprint and ran 20 yards right past me,” he said. “I picked up the binocs See BIG BUCK, Page 19

BYPASS THE BAYS: Bay hunters are having a tougher time this season, with lots of new hunters along the coast and birds with plenty of unpressured places to go. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.


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More dollars heading to quail research, education

PUTTING FUNDS TO WORK: Almost $2 million dollars has been allocated for quail research and education to study the decline of Texas quail. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

After the Texas Legislature granted $2 million to Texas A&M University for a twopronged quail initiative covering education and research, 13 grants have been approved. “Quail research awards have been made and instructions given to the investigators,” said Dr. Jim Cathey, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist and project leader for the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative. “Applied research proposals were submitted on Nov. 11, and award notifications made Dec. 2.  Work on funded projects will be starting soon.” The $2 million initiative over two years includes dedi-

cated research efforts as well as targeted education for landowners.  Of the 13 projects funded, those involved represent elements of Texas A&M University System, as well as the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University and the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch. The funded projects include work on fire ant control; a statewide Geographic Information Systems quail decline landscape model; work on aflatoxins relating to chronic low-level exposure, development of an easy-to-use aflatoxin detection method and control of aflatoxins; parasite treatments; “soft-release” of wild quail into new habi-

Federal duck stamp could increase A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to increase the price of the federal duck stamp to $25. The current price of $15 was set more than 20 years ago, in 1991. “We appreciate the introduction of a federal duck stamp increase bill by Senators Begich, Baucus, Coons and Tester to meet very real on-the-ground wetland habitat conservation needs. We are committed to seeing this legislation signed into law and look forward to working with senators on both sides of the aisle to enact this,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall. Since its enactment in 1934, the federal duck stamp program has protected more than 6 million acres of wetlands — an area the size of Vermont — through expenditures of more than $750 million. This has contributed to the conservation of more than 2.5 million acres in the Prairie Pothole Region, including the protection of 7,000 waterfowl production areas totaling 675,000 acres. — Staff report

Hips Archery Targets relocates The nation’s oldest operating archery target manufacturer, Hips Archery Targets, has relocated its corporate headquarters to Canyon Lake, from its previous base of operations in San Antonio. Manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution of all current Hips Archery Target models will be managed in partnership with Austin Foam Plastics at a separate state-of-the-art facility located in Pflugerville. “This is another stage of our overall strategy to streamline and refocus each aspect of our business,” said Darrin Brown, owner of Hips Archery Targets. “The new headquarters in Canyon Lake gives us the room to expand and

tat; feral hog ramifications; quail genomics; insecticide impacts; and measuring the success of translocating bobwhites and scaled quail into their former ranges. Cathey said their specific charges include organizing a statewide quail symposium in 2014, assisting in implementing Texas Quail Index demonstrations statewide, identifying desirable locations to host upcoming Quail Appreciation Days and providing ideas for research to enhance quail abundance.   Cathey told LSON the money will go toward education and research — a little more skewed toward research but pretty close to a 50/50 split. — Staff report

focus our sales, customer service, and new product development efforts, while allowing the facility in Pflugerville to do what it does best: efficiently and cost-effectively manufacture our industry leading Hips Archery Targets.” — Hips Targets

Mule deer, elk now included in TB testing Texas Animal Health Commission and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are seeking input on a cooperative effort to monitor for Bovine Tuberculosis in Texas, which would include sampling hunter-harvested mule deer and elk. The tissue samples used for this effort would be the same samples currently collected as part of the ongoing Chronic Wasting Disease monitoring effort. The expanded TB surveillance is in response to a bill passed during the 83rd legislative session charging the TAHC with conducting a study regarding the current risk level for TB in parts of El Paso and Hudspeth counties. As part of the study, susceptible animals in these counties will be tested for TB. Testing will include cattle, goats, sheep, swine, exotic hoof-stock, captive deer and free-ranging deer. Bovine TB is a bacterial disease found in cattle, but can also be found in deer. CWD is a progressive disease that attacks the brain of affected animals. Hunters are being urged to take advantage of the opportunity to provide valuable test samples. All mule deer and elk harvested within the CWD Containment Zone, which covers portions of Hudspeth, Culberson, and El Paso counties, are required to be submitted for testing at mandatory hunter check stations within 24 hours of harvest. — TPWD


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FISHING

Mother Falcon Border lake produces a morning for the ages

By David J. Sams

Lone Star Outdoor News The bow of the boat slipped quietly into the murky water of the submerged senna bean field that months before had been dry ground. Ducks exploded from the water between plants in a cacophony of sound and movement. When the sounds of alarmed ducks weren’t ringing in our ears, the excited howls of multiple coyote packs on shore added to the orchestra in this wildlife mecca. Underneath the water in deeper creek channels bordering the flooded flats, prespawning bass were stacked on the ledge waiting for the water temperature to warm up. Falcon guide Stan Gerzsenyi cast a 3/4ounce spinner bait to the left, center and right like a radio operator sending radar pings into the abyss, waiting for the hit he knew would eventually come as he maneuvered his Phoenix bass boat into the perfect position only an expe-

rienced angler would recognize. Coming to an area he knew held bass, Gerzsenyi cast to a spot that had produced for the past three weeks, although he had been careful not to overfish the spot. He slowrolled his spinner bait so the skirt dragged the bottom, feeling for the fish he knew were there to hit. The bass would bump the willow leaf blade two or three times before engulfing the lure. With a sudden jerk, an 8-pound largemouth exploded across the surface with a loud splash that added to the other sounds echoing across the cove. The fish was quickly landed and the process repeated itself in that hole and at another bend in the creek. Six fish were quickly put in the livewell. Moving to a different point in the cove, a few more small fish were added, but for some reason, the big fish were stacked in one spot. We returned to that spot several times, each time pulling a big fish from the ledge.

WHAT A DAY: Falcon guide Stan Gerzsenyi and LSON’s David J. Sams spent a morning together on the border lake and found the big bass honeyhole. David and Stan’s eight biggest fish weighed an estimated 60 pounds. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

A former B.A.S.S. pro, Gerzsenyi fished the tour for years before coming to guide on Falcon and act as unofficial ambassador for the lake, extolling its virtues to anyone who will listen. Over the past three weeks, he has patterned the fish and knows when the water temperature gets warm enough, the big fish will head to the flats to spawn. The water temperature of 56 degrees told him the bass were still in a staging position. It is common for the bass to spawn on Falcon in December, and the full egg sacks on the fish caught gave testament to that.

Gerzsenyi said the fish get harder to find once they get on their beds amongst the senna bean — there is just too much water to cover and too much vegetation hiding them. See FALCON, Page 19

Cold, but biting Redfish action in Lower Laguna Madre is on By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

SKINNY-WATER REDS: Redfish in the Lower Laguna Madre are finding skinny water, where anglers are waiting and catching big numbers, including some oversized fish. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Skinny-water reds are where the action is at, according to guides in the Lower Laguna Madre. Capt. Sammy Mock said the redfishing has been outstanding between cold fronts. “I’ve been out the past three days and it has been fantastic,” Mock said. “The numbers of redfish have been phenomenal. We lost a lot of mullet when the water temperature dropped, but it hasn’t affected the reds or the trout, for that matter.” Mock said one unusual thing is happening in the bays right now for this time of year. “There are quite a few oversized

reds still in the bay,” he said. “We hit three schools of oversized reds today. We could have caught several limits, but we were just having fun catching and releasing.” Mock said scented plastic shrimp is the best bait right now, but other soft plastics are also catching a lot of redfish. “All of those baits have been on fire,” he said. “I use dark colors in dirty water and the sparkly light colors in the clearer water. The fishing has just been on — it has been great.” Mock said it was an off year in the LLM, so he is glad the redfish have picked up late. “This was an off year, but it has swung the other way,” he said. “The reds are in the skinny water, but they are coming up off the deep water when the sun comes out to the flats. We have been sight fishing for them, which is the ultimate, but anyone chunking bait could probably catch a limit.” See REDFISH, Page 27


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Public comment sought for seatrout, flounder The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Coastal Fisheries Division will host seven public scoping meetings Jan. 7-Jan. 9 in several communities to discuss potential changes to Texas saltwater fishing regulations. At these meetings, TPWD will be scoping several items for the upcoming 2014 statewide hunting and fishing proclamation process. The department is considering changes to the current flounder and spotted seatrout regulations to improve overall numbers in these fisheries. The option of applying a sunset date to potential regulation changes also may be considered by TPWD.  All of the following scoping meetings will be from 6-8 p.m. on the dates shown: Jan. 7, 2014, Port Lavaca: Bauer Community Center, 186 County Road 101. Jan. 8, 2014, Rockport: Aransas County Court Room, 301 N. Live Oak St. Jan. 8, 2014, Corpus Christi: Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, 3209 S. Staples St., Room 106. Jan. 8, 2014, San Antonio: Lion’s Field Adult and Senior Citizens Center, 2809 Broadway. Jan. 9, 2014, Port Isabel: Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria. Jan. 9, 2014, Port Arthur: Gallery Room of the Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 9th Ave. Jan. 9, 2014, Dickinson: TPWD Dickinson Marine Lab, 1502 Pine Dr. (FM 517). For more information, go to TPWD.state.tx.us. — TPWD

Llano River gets trout Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries stocked 2,400 rainbow trout into the Llano River near Castell on December 18. The trout will be dispersed among three public access sites along the Llano River down from Castell to ensure a wide distribution along this five-mile river stretch. The stocking sites will be the three river crossings at RR 2768, CR 102 and CR 103. “This partnership will open a new fishing venue for anglers seeking rural fishing experiences in the Hill Country of Central Texas,” said TPWD District Fisheries Supervisor Marcos De Jesús. This fishery will suit all angler types, offering great opportunities for fly-fishing and those wishing to float the river for more than just trout. The Llano River is home to other species, such as the Guadalupe bass, largemouth bass and white bass.  — TPWD

EverStart series changing names FLW has announced the tournament trail formerly known as the EverStart Series has been renamed the Rayovac FLW Series. The Rayovac FLW Series serves as a qualifying circuit for the FLW Tour with the top 10 pros and co-anglers from each division receiving priority entry for the 2015 FLW Tour. The Rayovac FLW Series makes several stops in Texas next season. Jan. 23-25: Sam Rayburn Reservoir. March 20-22: Toledo Bend Reservoir. Oct. 2-4: Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Rayovac Championship: Oct. 30-Nov.1: Wheeler Lake, Alabama. — FLW

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT Throwing traps LAKE HOUSTON — Anglers should key on shad and throw lipless crankbaits around the bait to get bites. According to area anglers, the bite has been great with mediumsized fish being caught on the edges of flats with lipless crankbaits, small crankbaits and drop-shot rigs. Anglers said the bass are targeting the edges of the shad schools and hammering baits. Crappie are also being caught on live minnows and catfish are being caught on punchbait.

Jig bite LAKE FORK — According to local guides, the jig bite has turned on at Lake Fork. “Right now, we are catching most of our bass in 24-30 feet of water,” said guide Andrew Grills. “Each day I look at a series of spots until I find them. When I do, I have a flutter spoon, umbrella rig, Carolina rig, and football jig to throw at them. Most of our fish over 7 pounds have been on Mark Pack’s weedless football jig.

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 44–52 degrees; 13.3’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers. AMISTAD: Water fairly clear; 63–67 degrees; 36.08’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jerkbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs, spoons and jigs. White bass are good on slabs, spoons and jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp, chicken livers, nightcrawlers and cheesebait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. ARROWHEAD: Water off-color; 44–51 degrees; 15.83’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on drop-shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. ATHENS: Water clear; 46–50 degrees; 1.52’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on shaky heads with green pumpkin finesse worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on white jigs. BASTROP: Water clear; 60–64 degrees. Largemouth bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp.

White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and crawdad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and tube jigs over brush piles in 12–15 feet. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 31.62’ low. Largemouth bass are good on black jigs, watermelon red curl tail grubs on jigheads, and suspending crankbaits along ledges and points in 8–20 feet. White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps and Pirk Minnows. CADDO: Water stained; 48–51 degrees; 0.98’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on lipless crankbaits. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. CALAVERAS: Water clear. Largemouth bass are fair on small crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Redfish are fair on live perch and shad. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp and nightcrawlers. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 7.52’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged watermelon worms, pumpkin drop-shot worms and tubes on jigheads in stickups. Striped bass are fair trolling Gizz 4’s or Shad Raps on downriggers over humps. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs, chartreuse tubes, and small spinner baits.

bass are chartreuse soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and frozen shrimp. COOPER: Water clear; 60–66 degrees; 12.81’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on bladed jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs and minnows.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 47–50 degrees; 1.56’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on weightless Senkos and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 48–51; degrees; 0.04’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 45–52 degrees; 12.18’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over structure. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

LBJ: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.44’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on black/blue jigs and green pumpkin tubes on docks. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles under heated docks. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon red spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 47–50 degrees; 5.56’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on lipless crankbaits and weightless wacky worms. Crappie are fair on minnow. White bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 22.84’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on heavy jigs and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and punchbait.

GRANGER: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 1.20’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are good on prepared baits.

BONHAM: Water stained, 44–48 degrees; 2.16’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on jerkbaits, crankbaits and shaky heads fished slowly around rocks. Catfish are good on cut shad.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 61–65 degrees; 15.56’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, liver and frozen shrimp.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 45–49 degrees; 20.60’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits.

COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 75 degrees at hot water discharge; 4.60’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. Tilapia to 5 pounds are fair using cast nets near the hot water discharge. CONROE: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.56’ low. Largemouth

GUADALUPE RIVER — The crappie are biting in the Guadalupe River near Seguin, according to web reports. The big slabs are holding in clear water around 10 feet deep and near structure like fallen logs, drop-offs and ledges and river bends with overhanging trees. The baits of choice have been shad and Crappie Magnets in red and yellow. Brush piles are also holding fish if you know their locations. Mornings have been producing more than afternoons, and night anglers are also reporting good success. — Conor Harrison

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 47– 50 degrees; 12.56’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. White bass are slow on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 9.07’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon red/ blue flake soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and liver.

BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 9.82’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits, jigs and crankbaits.

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FALCON: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 26.54’ low. Largemouth bass are fair slow-rolling spinner baits and on large worms with light weights in 12–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 44–49 degrees; 4.50’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnow. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad.

BELTON: Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 10.08’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows.

“The type of structure these fish are relating to are the ends of points, edges of humps and roadbeds.” Water temperatures remain in the upper 40s. Crappie anglers are having success with minnows over brush piles and in creeks, and catfish anglers are having success on trotlines and punchbait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 45–48 degrees; 9.84’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on deep crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Crappie are slow near floating docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and rod/reel. HUBBARD CREEK: Water off color; 46–52 degrees; 21.85’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on shallow-running pearl crankbaits, Texas rigs, shaky heads and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around deep water structure. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 8.08’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits near rocky points. White bass are fair on jigs and slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers. MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 0.06’ high. Largemouth bass are good on white bladed jigs and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch. MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 57–60 degrees; 0.40’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on flipping jigs and creature baits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 0.35’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and doughbait. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 47–54 degrees; 42.63’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on minnows and

jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 42–51 degrees; 21.12’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 0.43’ high. Largemouth bass are good on shaky heads. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 46–54 degrees; 12.25’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, drop-shot rigs, crankbaits and Texas rigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and Sassy Shad. PROCTOR: Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 7.83’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon lipless crankbaits, crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad. RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 45–48 degrees; 6.97’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 7.73’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 46–50 degrees; 7.85’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on deep crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 4.83’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon red and watermelon gold soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and chartreuse spoons. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp, and liver. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 2.92’ low. Largemouth bass are good on silver spinner

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n Saltwater fishing reports: Page 16 baits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows. STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 10.17’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 47–50 degrees; 8.98’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are fair on slabs. TEXOMA: Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 6.82’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads and drop-shot rigs. Suspending jerkbaits along main lake points are effective as well. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 3.75’ low. Largemouth bass are good on chartreuse blue and chartreuse green soft plastics, spinner baits, and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and stinkbait. TRAVIS: Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 52.79’ low. Largemouth bass are good on chrome jigging spoons, black jigs and white grubs. White bass are good on minnows and Charlie slabs. WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits and crankbaits. WHITNEY: Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 11.37’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on green pumpkin and tequila sunrise spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on live bait, nightcrawlers and stinkbait. — TPWD


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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER DISAPPOINTED WITH ARCHERY SEASON, MAN SHOOTS, FAILS TO TAG THREE DOES Sabine County Game Wardens Sam Smith, Henry Alvarado, and Doug Williams were dispatched to a scene where U.S. Forest Service officers had a subject detained for various violations. The subject shot three white-tailed does, all of which were untagged. The wardens seized all the deer, and numerous charges are pending. The subject said he had not been happy with the way the archery season went and that he took his frustrations out on anything that he saw that morning. NEIGHBOR SHOOTS, DRAGS DEER FROM HUNTING LEASE Jasper County Game Warden Brooks Yeates received a call from a landowner saying he had found a large pool of blood on his deer lease. At the location, Yeates found the blood and noticed faint drag marks leading to the main gate and across the county road. The landowner suspected a man living across the street was probably the guilty party, as he’d had problems with him before. Yeates made contact with a male subject later that evening who said he knew why they were there and he wouldn’t lie about anything. A full confession was obtained. Cases pending. MAN CARRIES TWO ILLEGAL 8-POINT BUCKS ON ATV Jasper County Game Warden Brooks Yeates was patrolling the national forest and observed a man riding an ATV on an adjacent deer lease. On the back of the ATV were two 8-point bucks. Contact was made. Both deer were less than 13 inches wide. The man said he had been hunting his whole life, and for 10 or more years on this lease. He was not aware that he couldn’t take two 8-pointers. Regulations were discussed. Cases pending.

SON’S INSTAGRAM PHOTOS COST DAD Bastrop County Game Wardens Kris Bishop and Andrew Alexander interviewed a local man suspected of overharvesting large bucks in the county. Pictures had been circulating for a week of a large low-fence buck the man had killed near the Colorado River, and TPWD biologist Meredith Longoria informed the wardens that she heard there were pictures of the man with at least one other large buck taken earlier in the season. The wardens located pictures of the man with MAN SENDS GIRLFRIEND TO GET LICENSE FOR HIS SECOND BUCK Angelina County Game Warden Tim Walker pulled into a deer camp to check hunters, and checked a man who killed a 14-inch, 6-point buck on opening day. As Walker continued to check camp, he saw that a deer had been freshly dressed at the skinning rack. The man told Walker his girlfriend killed her first buck. The deer nor the hunter were in camp. Walker asked the man if he had a picture of the buck. The man showed Walker a picture on his phone of the big deer hanging from the skinning rack by the antlers. Walker asked if he had a photo of the happy hunter with her first deer. The man said no. After further investigation, Walker found that the man killed the buck then called his girlfriend and asked her to purchase a hunting license and tag the deer. Citations were issued. UNTAGGED TROTLINES CLAIMED BY COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN Game Wardens Albert Flores and Nicole Spatz picked up 4,800 feet of illegal trotlines in Nueces Bay. None of the lines were marked and they appeared to have been left out for several weeks. Flores had a good idea who they might belong to, and the next morning he arrived at the boat ramp area. Soon after, he was

two large bucks on his son’s public Instagram account. When presented with the evidence, which the man didn’t know his son had put on Instagram, he quickly confessed and showed the wardens where the deer heads were being kept. He had failed to tag the first buck earlier in the season in hopes of killing the bigger one, which he did two weeks later. Citations were issued and the second buck seized. It had a gross score of 171 5/8.

approached by one of the local commercial fishermen asking if he had heard of some lines getting stolen. Flores told him no. The man then asked if he had picked up any lines. Flores asked why, and man said some of the lines were his. After long stares and some interrogation, the man claimed all of the lines. Multiple citations issued. DOE SHOT, HUNG FROM TREE ONE DAY BEFORE ANTLERLESS SEASON Red River County Game Warden Daniel Roraback received information about a doe hanging in a tree behind a residence. The season for antlerless deer did not start until the following morning. Roraback arrived at the residence on foot and found the deer hanging in the nearby woods. The subject denied even having a deer on the property. After realizing the warden had already seen the deer, his new story was that he found the deer in a creek behind his house. Finally, the subject admitted to shooting the deer, mistaking it for a spike. Cases pending. SPOTLIGHTERS SHOOT WHILE WARDEN WATCHES While on a county road, Burnet County Game Warden Braxton Harris observed a truck coming toward him spotlighting from the roadway. The truck stopped, someone shot a doe

hoe. A full confession was obtained. When asked why he used a backhoe, the suspect said he could drag the deer to the fence and lift the bucket over and hook a chain to the deer and lift it back over — that way he didn’t have to cut the fence. Numerous cases filed.

with a .22 rifle, and after loading it, the occupants continued down the road in the truck, spotlighting. Harris pulled in behind the truck and stopped them. There were three occupants and three guns in the truck. Cases pending.

MEN SHOOT COWS BECAUSE EATING UNDER FEEDER Real County Game Warden Clint Graham received a call from the Sheriff’s Office to assist a deputy on a call that involved some cows being shot. Retired Game Warden Shane Hohman was called for assistance in locating the individuals responsible for the shooting. The investigation revealed the hunters shot three cows because they were eating under their deer feeders.

NEIGHBOR USES BACKHOE TO SHOOT ACROSS HIGH FENCE SO HE WOULDN’T HAVE TO CUT IT Bandera County Game Wardens Robert Greenwalt and Mark McQueary responded to a hunt without landowner consent call. McQueary went to the complainant’s ranch and Greenwalt went to the suspect’s ranch. Both ranches are high fenced. The complainant had guests who observed a man on a backhoe on the neighboring property shoot three times at a white-tailed buck on their side of the fence. When the guests were spotted by the shooter, he quickly left the area on the backhoe. McQueary recovered two small-caliber bullets in the buck that was shot and located a .22 magnum shell casing in the road on the suspect’s side of the fence. Greenwalt located a suspect on the adjoining ranch with a backhoe parked in his driveway. The suspect still denied any involvement until Greenwalt discovered another .22 magnum shell under the brake pedals in the floorboard of the back-

THEY DODGED THE SHOOTING FROM ROAD QUESTION BUT DOE SEASON CLOSED ACROSS COUNTY LINE Red River County Game Warden Daniel Roraback received a call from a hunter stating a doe was shot off the road and was loaded into a truck. The hunter followed the pickup to a locked gate. Roraback contacted Bowie County Game Wardens Shawn Hervey and Daniel Kessler to assist.The hunters denied shooting from the road and said they had pulled onto an abandoned lot to shoot the deer. They informed the wardens they’d contacted the landowner prior to hunting. That was later confirmed. While the wardens had no proof of the hunters shooting from the road, the deer was killed in Bowie County where antlerless season was closed. At the scene, the hunters did shoot from the abandoned lot but not before shooting from the road. A shell casing was found 100 yards from the lot in the middle of the road matching the gun used. Cases and civil restitution pending.


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DIVERS GALORE: Coastal hunters are seeing a lot of divers, as puddle ducks remain in large numbers inland from the coast in marshes. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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through Dec. 15, 1,496 hunters had hunted J.D. Murphree WMA, averaging 2.58 birds per trip. “Gadwalls have been the bread-and-butter ducks,” he said. “Hunters are also shooting a lot of green-winged teal and there are maybe a little more blue-winged teal around. There are not as many mottled ducks, but there are a lot of divers.”

Hunter Robert Montalbano hunted the Port Arthur area and said the hunting was average. “The species count is pretty good, but the numbers aren’t very high,” he said. “The weather is nice, but not for duck hunting.” TPWD’s Matt Nelson, who oversees several WMAs along the coast, said hunter participation has been the highest he has seen. “We have had a ton of hunters,” he said. “And success has been pretty good. We call it the ‘Duck Dynasty’ affect. We have a lot of

first-time hunters out here. We are getting close to turning hunters away — the marsh is full.” Nelson said the average bird count was a little more than three birds per hunter at Mad Island and more than four birds per hunter at Guadalupe Delta. “The hunters in the Delta are shooting mostly divers,” Nelson said. “Redheads, scaup and ringnecks make up the majority. Normally, hunters are killing blueand green-winged teal, shovelers and wigeon out there. On Mad

Island, the typical bag has been teal and shovelers.” Hunters have complained about a lack of grass in the bay systems, which is pushing ducks elsewhere. “I have heard those same reports of not a lot of grass,” Nelson said. “They aren’t seeing many birds around Matagorda Island. I spoke to hunters in the Baffin Bay area. They were covered up in redheads last week, but the birds shifted to the Port O’Connor area. “There just aren’t a ton of birds in the bay.”


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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT Lots of black drum

Red and white curly-tailed grubs are catching plenty of flatfish, along with trout and redfish. Fish the deeper drop-offs up to 15 feet before switching closer to the docks in 5 feet of water. Many fish are up tight against the seawalls. An outgoing tide around midmorning was the ticket last weekend.

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PORT BAY — Anglers are having success targeting eating-sized black drum up to 20 inches where Copano and Port bays meet. The clear water has made the fish easier to find, and anglers are throwing live and dead shrimp under a popping cork to feeding schools in

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GALVESTON SHIP CHANNEL — Flounder are being caught when fishermen can stay out of the wind and find water moving with a tidal change, according to local anglers.

GOOSE ISLAND STATE PARK — Clear water has given anglers at Goose Island State Park something to smile about, with good catches of trout and sheepshead. Fishing live and dead shrimp near the bottom has produced fish. Night fishing at the pier has been producing for anglers, although a better trout bite has been reported during the afternoons. For lure anglers, scented plastics and spoons have been catching some fish. — Conor Harrison

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow–sinking plugs. SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow–sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on plastics. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on twitchbaits. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for waders

guts and around shell on plastics. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist–deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and top-waters. Redfish are good at the mouths of drains. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on scented plastics and mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel. CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are best on the edge of the flats on live shrimp and DOA Shrimp. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on plastics. Trout are fair to good in

about 3-feet of water. An outgoing tide is preferable to find feeding fish.

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in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Redfish are good in Moses Lake on the outgoing tide on shrimp and mullet. Sand trout and sheepshead are good around the rocks on shrimp. FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp and plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous on soft plastics. Trout are fair in the

the guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits. PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair to good on mud along the edge of the ICW on twitchbaits. SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics. Redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are fair to good in the channel on shrimp. PORT ISABEL: Redfish are fair in the Brownsville Ship Channel on free–lined shrimp. Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. — TPWD

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Prime Time is a new section for our readers. Here at LSON, we got tired of searching the Internet, TV Guide or menus on our digital cable boxes to find the latest hunting and fishing shows. So, we decided if we don’t like it, our readers probably don’t either. Well, here it is. A handy guide to allow you one easy step to find the best outdoors shows in primetime. If you are looking for Saturday and Sunday morning shows, along with programming during other hours, go to lsonews.com as we are out hunting and fishing during those times. If you have any suggestions, please send an email to news@ lonestaroutdoornews.com.

Dominant Bucks moves to Sportsman Channel in 2014 Whitetail hunting pro and host, Stan Potts, and his team of SoloCam pros take viewers into the what, where, when, why and how of big buck hunting with season five of Mathews’ Dominant Bucks to premiere on Sportsman Channel on Wednesday, January 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Potts leads a cast of top hunters in this exciting “how-to-hunt mature bucks” television series produced by Tom Miranda. A SoloCam Pro is a pseudo acronym for a Solo Cameraman Producer — or a hunter who videos his own hunt. Viewers will be able to see these expert hunters bow hunt the giant Midwestern whitetails they have patterned all summer and they’ll learn strategies that will help get them in bow range of dominant bucks. With the SoloCam team, viewers also will learn how to record their own buck hunts for a chance to be on the series. “It’s an honor to work with Tom Miranda as we start this new season,” said Potts. “The response to the show, especially the educational aspects, has been tremendous. The Solocam Pros have really laid down some great footage and some big, dominant bucks.” — Dominant Bucks NBC SPORTS Whitetail Diaries Eye of the Hunter North to Alaska Territories Wild Deer Hunting TV Outdoor Secrets North American Hunter


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ALEX ARELLANO, 15, from Fort Worth took this hog at 20 yards with his dad in the blind with him. It was his first bow kill.

Arlington hunter VINCE TREBILCOCK took this 35-inch aoudad in South Texas.

Temple resident SARAH EICKENHORST with a nice king salmon caught offshore near Sitka, Alaska. CHARLIE BRADLEY took this big 160-class buck in Stonewall County.

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The Woodlands resident BRAIN WHITE with an Alaskan pink salmon caught on a fly rod about 50 miles north of Sitka, Alaska.

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Weatherford hunter SHANE WILHOIT took this bruiser on the Malouf Ranch this season.

MARTI HARRELSON with a scimitar-horned oryx.


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and looked at the tree line. When he came out I knew he was a big deer immediately. I put the binocs down and picked up the rifle. “He was coming hard.” Langford had to tell himself to relax as the deer ran toward his stand. But he was still on the neighbor’s property. “As soon as he hit the fence at 250 yards I shot,” Langford said. “He changed course slightly but didn’t act like he was hit. I’ve made that shot hundreds of times. I shot again and he just kept trucking like he wasn’t hit. I shot again — no reaction. He was now about 180 yards away and I shot one more time. “All I saw was a white belly and legs.” Langford said he wasn’t waiting for the traditional 30 minutes before going to look at the buck. “I jumped down and ran,” he said. “I got about halfway and realized I had forgotten my rifle. As I got closer, there was no ground shrinkage. He was the most amazing animal I had ever seen.” Langord said two shots connected — both right behind the shoulder.

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Not only does Gerzsenyi guide, he also regularly consults with the Zapata Economic Development Corp. to improve the infrastructure and fishing habitats on the lake he guides. Currently in the works is a new resort/ marina and efforts to address the lake’s growing gar population that could have negative effects on other game fish. His years of fishing around the country, along with his love for the lake, will no doubt benefit and enhance those efforts. After several hours, the fishing slowed on the spinner bait, and Alabama and Carolina rigs were tried to entice bites, to no avail. By the end of the morning, the ducks and coyotes had gone silent, as had the fishing. We returned to the dock with eight fish totaling an estimated 60 pounds — an epic morning on one of the best bass lakes in the world. The fish were all released after photos. Mother Falcon had taken care of her children once again.

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“I think the first and last shots were the ones that hit him,” he said. Langford called his dad, Bo, who was hunting nearby. “I told him to get over here, I just shot the biggest buck we’ve ever seen,” he said. “When he got there he just looked at me and said, ‘Oh son, what have you done?’” “We shared a few father/son hugs and some high-fives and just stood there in amazement,” Langford said. Langford, who works as a fireman but also runs his own taxidermy shop — Langford Taxidermy in Wylie — is mounting the buck himself. “I can’t wait to have him mounted,” he said. “My friend jokingly told me my lease price just tripled.”

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NATIONAL World record moose A new world record Alaska-Yukon moose has been recorded by the Boone and Crockett Club. The moose was harvested on Sept. 25 by Heinz Naef of Dawson City, Canada. The big bull scored 263 1/8 inches, besting the previous record bull scoring 261-5/8 taken by John Crouse near Alaska’s Fortymile River in 1994. Naef dispatched the animal at 35 yards with an old rifle chambered in .303 and netted about 1,250 pounds of moose meat. It was the meat that Naef was after, and he paid little attention to the animal’s massive antlers. The moose was dressed and headed to his freezer while its headgear were lopped off with a chainsaw. It was not until later that Naef thought about submitting the antlers for a record. — Staff report

Ouachita WMA adds acreage The Ouachita Wildlife Management Area has expanded to 13,931 acres through a lease arrangement the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries now has in place with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission officially adopted the acreage as part of the WMA at their December meeting. The 2,954-acre Kennedy Tract extends the southern boundary of the WMA to Bosco Lane with the eastern boundary of the new area following Bayou Lafourche. Game species available for hunt-

ing during their respective seasons include deer, squirrel, rabbit, snipe, dove and waterfowl. Among the ducks wintering on the area are blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, mallard, shoveler, pintail and wood ducks. Trapping is permitted with available furbearers including raccoon, mink, nutria, muskrat, opossum, beaver, coyote and bobcat.

gally killed two cow elk and left the meat to rot during a November hunting trip in Caribou County, the Idaho State Journal reported. He received a 30-day suspended jail sentence, was fined more than $2,100 and ordered to pay $2,750 in restitution. — AP report

January 2014. The Texas events are: Jan. 13, 2014 6-9 p.m. University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas. Jan. 14, 2014 6-9 p.m. Bass Pro Shops, Houston. — GMFMC

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Pennsylvania teen Oklahoma looking attacked by bear hunting for public comment while Camille Marie Bomboy, 18, sufSportsmen have the opportunity to log on to wildlifedepartment.com to voice their thoughts on a list of Oklahoma hunting and fishing related rule change proposals. Most notable is a proposal to expand the opportunity to hunt elf on private lands statewide. A recent survey showed that at least 30 of the state’s 77 counties are home to elk. The proposal will allow elk hunting opportunity in every county of the state. In fishing, a proposal to give the Wildlife Conservation Commission authority to set individual harvest limits on paddlefish annually would effectively lead to a two-fish harvest limit per angler next spring. — ODWC

Idaho conservationist pleads guilty to poaching Marv Hoyt, Idaho director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, apparently will lose his job after pleading guilty to charges he ille-

fered severe bites on her arms and shoulders and a deep cut on her head when attacked by a black bear while deer hunting with a large group Monday in Porter Township, about 75 miles northwest of Harrisburg. The incident is under investigation by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. — Staff report

Gulf Council sets RAP session The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of Recreational Angler Participation sessions — or RAP sessions — to hear about the issues Gulf of Mexico recreational anglers have regarding current federal fisheries management, and to explore potential solutions to those issues. Who should attend? Anyone with concerns about recreational fisheries regulations who would like to play a role in shaping the future of recreational fisheries management. The meetings will take place throughout the Gulf coast in

Guilty plea in rhino smuggling case Idaho hires wolf Zhifei Li, of China, pleaded guilty hunter to being the organizer of an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which 30 rhinoceros horns and numerous objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million were smuggled from the United States to China. Li, 29, of Shandong, China, the owner of Overseas Treasure Finding in Shandong, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark, N.J., to a total of 11 counts: one count of conspiracy to smuggle and violate the Lacey Act; seven counts of smuggling; one count of illegal wildlife trafficking in violation of the Lacey Act; and two counts of making false wildlife documents. Li was arrested in Florida in January 2013 on federal charges brought under seal in New Jersey and shortly after arriving in the country. Before he was arrested, he purchased two endangered black rhinoceros horns from an undercover United States Fish and Wildlife Service agent in a Miami Beach hotel room for $59,000 while attending an antique show. Li was arrested as part of “Operation Crash” — a nationwide effort led

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by the USFWS and the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute those involved in the black market trade of rhinoceros horns and other protected species. In papers filed in Newark federal court, Li admitted that he was the “boss” of three antique dealers in the United States whom he paid to help obtain wildlife items and smuggle them to him via Hong Kong. — Staff report

took this first buck at the rdon is 7 years old and Clifton hunter James Lia h at the time. The hunt wit whom he was hunting same age as his father, n. The ranch has been ranch just outside of tow took place on the family s the fifth generation ent res rep es 100 years. Jam in the family for nearly on an evening hunt at en ranch. The buck was tak the t hun to ily fam the of er’s gun. m Remington mag, his fath about 70 yards with a 7-m

Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game has hired a hunter to eliminate two wolf packs. The killing is necessary because wolves and other predators are eating too many elk calves, and the population has not recovered to the agency’s goals, said Jeff Gould, Idaho Fish and Game wildlife bureau chief. Sport hunters have a hard time getting into the area, Gould said. They hired hunter-trapper Gus Thoreson, of Salmon, to see if he can be a cost-effective method of population control. “The whole goal is to alleviate some of the impacts wolves are having on the elk herds,” Gould said. Fish and Game prefers that sport hunters kill enough wolves to allow the elk population to be productive. “If you’re looking for cost benefits you remove an entire pack,” Gould said. “It’s going to have a longer-term benefit than removing members of the pack.” “We’re trying to stabilize the trend here with the long-term goal of (elk) recovery,” he said. — Idaho Fish and Game


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SMELLING THE ACTION: Many bucks, like this one performing a lip curl to test the readiness of does, are searching in South Texas, putting them in hunter’s sights. Photo by James Richards, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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for many hunters watching bucks in South Texas. The rut is kicking off in the famed brush country, according to biologists and hunters. However, many of the big bucks were still more interested in scraping and rubbing than breeding at press time. “We are definitely on the front end,” said Steve Lang, manager of the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area in Dimmit County. “A lot of the smaller deer are chasing and the bigger bucks are making scrapes. The deer are in very good shape this year. We just had a buck that field dressed 160 pounds.” Lang said antler quality this season is better than the past few years, but the area is still recovering from drought and an almost entire age class of bucks is missing. “In 2006, we had a drought that caused an 8 percent fawn crop,” he said. “That entire age class of deer that would all be mature bucks this season is missing. In 2007, it only went to about 26 percent. Contrast that to 2010, where we had 100 percent fawn crop.

Those bucks are only 3 years old.” So far on the Chaparral, 10 spikes and 10 older bucks have been taken, with the biggest scoring 138 inches. “We haven’t had any real big deer yet,” Lang said. ‘The habitat is so good that the big bucks don’t have to move much. I think between Christmas and New Years, we will see the mature deer in the rut.” Near Pearsall, TPWD biologist Ashton Hutchins said the bucks are starting to cross roads searching for does, a sure sign the rut is starting. “We didn’t get the rain they got farther south, so the bucks in this area are coming to corn more consistently,” he said. “We’ve had a light freeze, but it is still pretty green out there. I have heard some reports in the last week or so of some good deer shot so far.” Hunter reports from south of Interstate 10 said much of the same thing — big bucks beginning to show themselves and hunters taking advantage.

small game, waterfowl, varmints Texas Youth and other species. — TYHP Hunting Program has January hunts Perry appoints More January hunts have Hughes to chair been added this week to the Texas Youth Hunting Program. Check them out on the TYHP website, texasyouthhunting.com, and apply — first-timers in particular. Apply for any hunt that is on a date and in a location that you can attend. It is OK to apply for more than one hunt on a weekend. The Texas Youth Hunting Program was established to increase the numbers of youths participating in wildlife and hunting activities and to promote the hunting heritage in Texas. The Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have joined forces to offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and very affordable. They sponsor introductory, instructive youth hunts for deer, turkey, hogs, javelina, exotics, dove,

Gov. Rick Perry has named Dan Allen Hughes Jr. of San Antonio chair of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. He has also designated Thomas “Dan” Friedkin of Houston chairman emeritus of the commission. The commission oversees the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “With Dan Hughes as the commission’s new chairman and Dan Friedkin as chair emeritus, the conservation and stewardship of Texas’ parks and wildlife will be ensured for generations to come,” Gov. Perry said. “Friedkin has led a unique strategic vision in his eight years on the commission, and has been a consistent and effective champion for increasing outdoor recreational activities for Texans of all ages and backgrounds. With his

extensive business background and deep knowledge of Texas’ conservation needs, his leadership has been instrumental in ensuring commission regulations are grounded in the strongest and best available science, while simultaneously allowing jobs to flourish and providing ample opportunities for sportsmen to enjoy Texas’ bountiful fish and wildlife populations.” Hughes is president of Dan A. Hughes Company LP, Hupecol Operating LLC, and Hupecol Italia LLC, and is a member of the board of directors for Maverick American Natural Gas, Hupecol Italia LLC and Raven Pipeline Company LLC. He is a member of the Texas A&M University College of Geosciences Advisory Council, Sul Ross State University Borderlands Research Institute Advisory Board and All American Wildcatters. Hughes received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. — Office of Gov. Rick Perry

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12. The striper is one 13. Part of a lure that attracts 14. The hunter’s cover 17. The formation flyers 19. A popular game bird 20. A rough fish 22. Fish with wing-like fins 24. A duck

DOWN 1. Angler’s fish here at times 2. An area of trolling 3. A long-legged, longbeaked bird 4. A large gathering of animals 5. The guide is one 6. A predator of small game

Solution on Page 26 7. The _____ Walton League 8. Male is the gander 15. Speed at which a bullet travels 16. Name for the freshwater sunfish 18. Code letters for a gun safety 19. A fish species 20. A salmon 21. Reeling in a game fish 23. A small sailboat 25. A sea duck 28. To put game fowl to flight 29. A type gundog 30. A method of fishing 33. To still fish from anchored boat 35. A handy item to have along 36. A small game 39. A game pathway 40. To construct a fly lure 41. A popular commercial fish

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MOON Rises Sets 2:01a 1:29p 3:02a 2:15p 4:06a 3:07p 5:10a 4:04p 6:13a 5:07p 7:12a 6:14p 8:06a 7:22p 8:55a 8:30p 9:40a 9:36p 10:21a 10:39p 11:01a 11:40p 11:40a NoMoon 12:19p 12:39a 12:59p 1:37a 1:40p 2:33a 2:24p 3:27a 3:10p 4:19a 3:58p 5:08a 4:48p 5:54a 5:39p 6:38a

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MOON Rises 2:14a 3:15a 4:19a 5:23a 6:26a 7:25a 8:19a 9:08a 9:53a 10:34a 11:14a 11:53a 12:32p 1:12p 1:54p 2:38p 3:24p 4:12p 5:02p 5:53p

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Major 7:20 8:09 9:01 9:55 10:53 11:53 12:24 1:27 2:29 3:29 4:25 5:17 6:07 6:53 7:38 8:21 9:04 9:47 10:31 11:15

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FOR THE TABLE Catfish cakes 1 pound catfish fillets 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tsp. prepared yellow mustard 1 tbsp. creamy salad dressing (e.g. Miracle Whip) 1/2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning, or to taste 2 1/2 cups coarsely crushed buttery round crackers 1 egg 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying) Place catfish in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain off water and mash up the fish. Stir in the onion, mustard, salad dressing, Old Bay, cracker crumbs and egg. Mix until evenly blended. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Form the fish mixture into patties, and fry in the hot oil. Drain on paper towels, and serve hot. — easyfishrecipes.com

Slow cooked goose 2 goose breasts, deboned and halved 1–2 tbsps. butter 1 packet onion soup mix 1 can Diet Pepsi 1 tbsp. spicy brown mustard If using a Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the goose and brown on all sides. If using a crockpot, melt the butter

in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the goose and brown on all sides. Place meat in crockpot. Add the onion soup mix, soda and mustard. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook on low 2–4 hours or until the meat starts to fall apart. Serve with long grain or wild rice and fresh green beans. — backwoodsbound.com

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2014 red snapper season set

Texas has maintained a yearround state waters red snapper season, four-fish bag limit, and 15-inch total length minimum size limit for numerous years. In Texas, federal waters begin nine nautical miles from the coast and extend 200 nautical miles. More than 95 percent of all snapper caught in Texas come from federal waters, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. — Staff report Based on catch Ba rates in previous years and considering the catches expected in state waters, NOAA Fisheries projects the Gulf-wide red snapper federal recreational season can be 40 days long. Therefore, federal waters of the Gulf will open to red snapper recreational harvest at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and close at 12:01 a.m., July 11, 2014. This is up from the 28-day season for the 2013 season, although a supplemental season was added from Oct. 1-Oct. 14.

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doing well on good-sized fish. “It’s been pretty good and we are still on some good numbers,” he said. “Last night I had a 9-pounder. Water clarity is perfect. We are targeting sand bottom adjacent to deep channels and main bay drains, especially when the fronts move through.” Verm said each front is pushing more fish from the marshes. “It has just been really good,” he said. “We are seeing some big fish. With each front there is a push and then they come in smaller waves between the fronts.” Back down the coast, Capt. Joe Clouse said he has had good success targeting flounder north and south of Port Aransas and along Mustang Island. “It’s been nonstop this December,” Clouse said. “It hasn’t always been quick limits, but they are all goodsized limits. I’ll be honest, there wasn’t a lot of fish through the summer. The Laguna was loaded with flounder, which might have had something to do with the high tides we had up here. With those tides, we couldn’t see the fish. “There was lots of dead grass in the cuts, as well.” Clouse said a good push of water in the winter from the Upper Laguna Madre pushed a lot of fish up toward him. “I’m intercepting them down Mustang and St. Joe Island,” he said. “I had 11 last night and the biggest was 24 inches. We also gigged six sheepshead and one drum. I’ve had some nights where we put almost 40 fish in the boat.” Clouse said the most recent cold snap dropped temperatures in the bay down into the high 40s. “When the water gets that cold, the flounder say good-bye,” he said. “We are getting the stragglers now. When it got cold, they went out in huge wads. It is all about conditions, conditions, conditions.” Capt. David Dupnik, (361) 790-3271 Capt. Greg Verm, (409) 739-8526 Capt. Joe Clouse, (361) 463-3217

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DATEBOOK December 28-29

January 10-12

January 8

January 16-19

The Original Fort Worth Gun Show Will Rogers Center (817) 732-1194 premiergunshows.com

Weatherby Foundation International Hunting and Conservation Award Dinner Dallas, Omni Hotel (866) 934-4976 weatherbyfoundation.org

January 9-12

Dallas Safari Club Annual Convention Dallas Convention Center (972) 980-9800 biggame.org

Texas Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show Mesquite Convention Center (918) 785-7447 montgomeryproductions.com

Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show Austin Covention Center austinboatshow.com

January 17-18

Deer Breeders Corporation 6th Annual New Year’s Auction Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott (972) 289-3100 dbcdeer.com

January 17-19

January 31-February 1

January 23

Texas Brush Country Chapter SCI Annual Banquet American Bank Center, Corpus Christi (361) 877-9872

El Paso Chapter SCI 11th Annual Gala, Auction and Expo El Paso Convention Center (915) 478-8505 scielpaso.org

January 23-26

February 6

Houston Safari Club Annual Convention The Woodlands Waterway Marriott (713) 623-8866 houstonsafariclub.org

San Antonio Boat and Travel Trailer Show The Alamodome saboatandrvshow.com

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The LSON cover curse continues

Photo by LSON.

Dove Continued From Page 1

Even though harvest numbers are low, plenty of birds remain in the state. “In the last three weeks, I have been to East Texas, West Texas and South Texas,” Oldenburger said. “I have seen lots of doves wherever I have been. In some spots, there are more doves than there were during September, and they are very visible. It is easy to spot concentrations — just drive any county road and look at the power lines. “The place we hunt near San Marcos had 120 birds on the line this week.” — Staff report

Dove Late Season Dates

n North Zone (105 counties): Dec. 20-Jan. 5 n Central Zone (138 counties): Dec. 20-Jan. 5 n South Zone (32 counties): Dec. 20-Jan. 20 n Special White-winged Dove Area (27 counties): Dec. 20-Jan. 20 Bag limits: 15, with no more than 2 white-tipped doves. *See TPWD for more regulations.

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Capt. Ben Paschal said he has also been finding big redfish in skinny water. “The last few days the fishing has been really good,” he said. “We are mostly sight fishing on the flats in between cold fronts. It has been pretty cold down here most of December, but the redfish have been biting.” Capt. Craig Woolly reiterated the solid bite for redfish. “It’s been pretty cold,” he said, “but we have found a bunch of reds. There are tons of redfish in real skinny water when the sun comes up a bit. I mean real skinny — less than a foot of water.” Woolly said wade fishermen could get to them, but it would be a long wade. “There are a lot of redfish on top of the bars,” he said. “We’ve had some really low tides in the mornings, but in the afternoon, the redfish are all over the top of them.” Woolly said the cold front killed mullet, hardheads and a few snook, but nothing too serious. “The water temperatures at one point was 46 degrees,” he said. “That is pretty dang cold for down here. But it was up to about 57 degrees yesterday and the redfish have been really good.”

After two huge bucks were harvested last season shortly after appearing on the cover of Lone Star Outdoor News, the cover curse continued with the latest buck to grace the cover of the Dec. 13 issue. The latest cover photo was taken in Stonewall County by LSON’s founder, David J. Sams, during the early December snowstorm that dumped ice across much of North and West Texas. Sams was photographing when the 9-pointer came out and was displaying his dominance toward other bucks that were feeding around him. A doe came into the field and all of the bucks immediately chased her

through the snowy landscape. The mature buck was killed the day after the last issue hit newsstands by one of the ranch owners. When Sams heard the news, he asked the ranch owner to check the cover of the last issue and see if it was the same deer. Confirmation came to the office recently that indeed it was the same buck. The LSON staff had another photo slated to run on the cover, but decided on a last-minute switch because of the timely winter storm photo. The LSON cover curse is alive and well in 2013. — Staff report

TOUGH BREAK: After making onto the cover of the Dec. 13 issue of LSON, this buck, like several last year, was taken by a hunter the day after the issue came out. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.


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