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Big Red was a regular at the All Seasons Feeder. After losing the lease, the hunters wonder what happened to him. (See story on Page 32) David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News

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Peace of mind with Leupold’s VX-6HD Marketing won’t save your hunt. But the Leupold VX-6HD just might. Most of us don’t get to hunt as much as we’d like. More rare are those epic hunts; the ones you spend years thinking about and months planning. You analyze every detail down to what shoelaces to wear. You lay out your kit and triple-check everything for a week straight. Then the moment arrives. The dew is heavy. Red and yellow leaves fill the landscape. The topo lines from a well-studied map finally become the mountainside under your boots. Your epic moment is at your fingertips. This is when a lifetime guarantee becomes more than a marketing ploy — when you’re miles from nowhere and just minutes away from needing to make the shot of a lifetime. This is when fogging inside your scope is unacceptable; when there’s no store around to replace a loose reticle; when you don’t have time to exchange a scope that couldn’t hold up to the altitude changes from the plane ride. When your epic moment is staring you in the face, no detail should be left to chance. That’s why we do what we do. The VX-6HD, like all Leupold optics, is purpose built for the wild — for situations where second chances are not an option. Its elite optical performance and rugged reliability mean it’s ready for any hunt, anywhere, at any time. The VX-6HD’s 6:1 zoom ratio gives you multiple magnification ranges for countless hunting situations. You can crank it down to two or three power while you pound the timber and up to 18

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power once you hit the open ridgeline. Leupold’s Twilight Max HD Light Management System provides crisp edge-to-edge clarity during the day while helping you see brighter, more distinct definition at dusk and dawn; when the animals are the most active. To top it off, the Guard-ion lens coatings keep debris, water, and fingerprints from fouling up your field of view no matter what weather you wake up to. To make accuracy easy, Leupold’s two-turn zerolock custom dial system (CDS) takes all of the guess work out of long-range shots. You give us your specific ballistic information, and we give you a custom dial that compensates for bullet drop at almost any distance. Simply range the target, turn the dial to the right distance, and aim dead-on. And if that’s not easy enough, Leupold’s FireDot Reticle Technology allows for quick target acquisition and precise shot placement when light is it a premium. The FireDot Reticle also acts as an internal leveling system, so you can ensure every shot is straight and true. At the end of the day, warranties are easy to promise, but the wilderness doesn’t care about marketing taglines. While some companies offer a lifetime of replacements, Leupold offers a lifetime of performance. If your scope bears a gold ring, we won’t let you down, even in the toughest conditions. We are 700 American craftsmen putting in the work every single day. You won’t outlast us. You won’t outperform us. We are Leupold. We’re American to the core.

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STRIKER-FIRED VP9 FROM H&K In development for more than four years, the VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s latest handgun and the first strikerfired HK since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s. Experience gained by HK engineers with the recent P30 pistol had a direct influence on the design of the VP9. The VP9 integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger results in trigger quality unequaled in any production striker-fired handgun. The superior trigger sets the VP9 apart. It has a short, light take-up with a solid, single-action-type break followed by a short positive reset. The VP9 accommodates all hand sizes, and molded finger grooves in the front of the pistol’s grip also instinctively position an operator’s hand for optimal shooting. Only HK handguns have such a customized grip. All controls are completely ambidextrous. Slide releases are present on both sides of the frame and the magazine release can be easily activated by left- or right-handed shooters.

The VP9 uses the proven P30 steel magazine (15 and 10-round capacity). The VP9’s proprietary captive flat recoil spring helps reduce the recoil forces effecting the operator and the handgun, improving shooter control during rapid firing and prolonging component service life. HK’s famous cold hammer forged barrel — made from canon grade steel — ensures long service life. “My first 9 millimeter handgun was the VP9,” said Lone Star Outdoor News Executive Editor Craig Nyhus. “I took it out, picked the perfect grip and fired 75 rounds through it in just a few minutes. I was amazed at its smoothness, accuracy and operation."

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Misconceptions

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For Lone Star Outdoor News When asked, years ago, about the best time to bag a trophy whitetail, Murphy Ray summed it up succinctly. “I’ll take the rut,” he said. “You can have everything else.” Ray was co-author, with Al Brothers, of “Producing Quality Whitetails.” First published in 1975, it’s the foundation of white-tailed deer management. Experienced deer hunters know what Ray means. Trophy bucks are mature bucks. The longer they survive, the more adept they become at avoiding hunters. Except during the rut, which is the whitetail breeding season. That’s the brief window when mature bucks come out in broad daylight and do things that could be considered downright suicidal. Like standing in the middle of a ranch road with a glassy-eyed stare directed at a truckload of hunters scrambling to load their rifles. Rutting bucks eschew eating for traveling and move around so much they lose as much as 20 percent of their weight. They are on a mission to spread their genes by breeding as many does as possible. James Kroll, aka Dr. Deer, has written a book of his own, “A Practical Guide to Producing and Harvesting White-tailed Deer.” He disagrees that the rut is prime time to bag a big buck. The rut is when mature bucks are roaming out of their home ranges, looking for does, Kroll said. That makes them unpredictable. He much prefers the pre-rut, when bucks are in a predictable pattern or the combat phase, when aggressive bucks can be rattled up. There are many misconceptions about the whitetail rut, particularly in Texas. In some areas, deer start breeding as early as September. Breeding continues well into January in other areas. “One of the biggest misconceptions,” said Alan Cain, “is that cold weather triggers the rut. That’s false. Photoperiod (day length) triggers hormonal events in deer that ultimately bring about seasonal reproduction.” Cain is the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s white-tailed deer program leader. The rut occurs at the same time every year, he said. Cold weather results in more daytime rutting activity. That’s what hunters see and that’s why they believe that weather is a factor in the breeding season. When it’s hot, the chasing behavior that hunters associate with the rut occurs at night. Kroll said most hunters are confused about what scent a buck is following when he trails a doe. It’s

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not estrus scent from urine, he said. “A buck approaches a doe giving behavioral postures suggesting she might be approaching estrous (breeding receptivity),” said Kroll. “She takes off and the buck decides to follow. He’s trailing her, alright, but using scent from her interdigital glands that are unique to her.” Does are only in estrous for a short time (24 to 36 hours), Cain said. If they are not bred during the initial cycle, they come back into estrus about 28 days later. A buck can breed anytime he is in hard antler. To further confuse matters, doe fawns may come into estrous late in the season but only in very healthy deer herds. Kroll said all he hears about these days is “lock down,” when all the mature bucks are supposedly somewhere in seclusion with estrous does. There is no lock down, he said. “What happens is a buck bumps into a doe giving off clues that she is approaching estrous,” Kroll said. “The doe coyly runs off with the buck in pursuit. This starts a cross-country chase that picks up steam and attracts other bucks. Picture a running battle

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across the landscape with the dominant buck in hot pursuit, stopping only to fend off rivals. “To the hunter, half a mile away, the bucks have disappeared and must be locked down. Since the does in a specific area tend to reach estrus at about the same time, it will take days for things to settle down.” A good hunting tactic during the rut is to hunt where you see the most does. A buck that’s with a hot doe will follow her anywhere she goes and she often returns to her home territory and her family. Even if the buck does not eat, he will follow an estrous doe to a feeder or a wheat field. Another misconception, according to Cain, is that mature bucks do all the breeding. Bucks 1 1/2 years old are not only capable of breeding, they are often successful, he said. “Research conducted by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute indicated that about 30 per cent of 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-year-old bucks sired fawns, even in a deer herd with a well-balanced buck age structure,” he said.


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Choice Ammunition Corporation is making a huge impact in the shooting world by offering 100-percent handloaded ammunition in stores across the country. With the tightest tolerances in the industry, Choice Ammunition emulates the same process passionate loading experts do in their own loading rooms — producing unmatched performance and reliability compared to “factory-loaded” ammunition. Choice Ammunition features most rifle calibers in Nosler, Barnes, Berger, Swift and Hornady bullets — using only the finest new loading components and powders. They are also manufacturing a full line of handgun ammunition ranging from target, defense and Cowboy Action rounds. “With the evolution of premium firearms and optics these days, our goal is to complete the package with premium hand-loaded, competitively priced ammunition to the consumer,” said Choice Ammunition President/ CEO Jon Wemple. “If shooters do not load their own ammunition for whatever reason, our ammo is a great option for them.”

Developed by avid hunters, Choice Ammunition products are designed and built to perform flawlessly each and every time you take that critical shot. Whether your passion is to hunt varmints, deer, hogs, moose and elk, dangerous game, or a once-in-a-lifetime species, such as stone sheep or kashmir markhor — Choice Ammunition’s passion and personal responsibility is to provide ammunition you will rely on and turn to, each and every time you take to the field. “If we as hunters carefully examine our overall expenses in a year of hunting, we realize that ammunition may be the smallest investment of the season,” Wemple said. “If you are not one of those talented handloaders spending countless hours in a loading room — you can now rely on Choice Ammunition to handload for you! Based in Victor, Montana, Choice Ammunition is expanding its dealer presence across the region, so ask for it at your local sporting goods store or place orders online.

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Whitetail anticipation By Larry Weishuhn

For Lone Star Outdoor News Three bucks to our immediate right were munching Tecomate’s Monster Mix. One was a great 10-pointer with beams spread beyond his ear tips. His tines surpassed the length from his eye to the end of his muzzle. I turned to look at Chris Treiber, sitting to my left behind a screening of live oak and cedar limbs we added to the Nature Blinds Stalking Shield used as the base for our ground blind. Slowly, he raised index finger to lips, then pointed to our extreme left. He formed a rack with his hands, then narrowed the distance between thumb and index finger, indicating a decent buck, but one that was very close. I moved nothing but my eyes as I watched the buck stride into view. Thankfully, all his attention was on the three bucks to our right. He passed within less than 6 feet of where we were hiding. The slight breeze blowing from the buck to us brought with it the sweet, musty odor of a rutting buck. The near buck, a very nice wide and massive 8-pointer, dropped his head, grunted several times and made an “airplaning” run at a doe. Immediately the three bucks stared in his direction and they, too, joined in chasing the doe. The four bucks chased the doe into the adjoining oak and cedar creek bottom. “It’s starting,” whispered Trelber, the hunt/wildlife manager for the Sandstone Mountain Ranch near Llano. I smiled and nodded approvingly. The afternoon before, I had rattled in five bucks aged from yearling to 3 or 4 years of age. I love rattling in

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bucks — to me rattling is the most fun way to hunt whitetails. I had my Rattling Forks at my side. After the bucks chased the doe off of the food plot, I tickled them softly. Within less than 15 seconds, two 3-year-old bucks appeared from opposite sides of the food plot. They stared hard at each other, cocked their heads upward, and laid their ears down alongside their rut swelled necks, hair standing on end they approached each other. The buck from the left, a big-bodied 8-pointer snort-wheezed a loud ‘Fit,fit,fit,ffffeeeeeeee.” The buck on the right a smaller bodied though bigger antlered 10-point, immediately turned, hair on his back slicked down and walked away. The big-bodied 8 point was the dominant buck. For the next hour, we watched six bucks and six does feed on the food plot; all were absolutely beautiful, but none tempted us. Our goal was to take at a buck 5 years or older. If he had big antlers, so much the better. When deer movement slowed, we backed out of our ground blind to head toward camp, there to see how my co-host with “DSC’s Trailing the Hunter’s Moon” and Brian Dungan had fared. On the drive, we spotted a wide, at least 24 inches, buck chasing a doe. We jumped out of the ATV and ran to a brushy knoll in hopes of seeing the buck before he disappeared in the creek bottom. I wish I could tell you I spotted him, got a good rest with my Ruger rifle and sent a Hornady Precision Hunter round his way. But it did not happen. “I want to hunt that deer,” I announced to Chris. “And so we shall!” he replied.


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WILD GAME SUPPER FOR A CAUSE

Tim Sharp

The Lone Star Outdoor News’ Wild Game Supper took place Oct. 4 at the Beretta Gallery in Dallas, and more than 300 of our friends came to help support the mission of the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation. With live music from Ole G, wild game prepared by Cinnamon Creek Wild Game Processing, free beer from Adlebert’s Brewery, free wine; the people kept busy with a number of hunts, including deer, duck and dove hunts, and fishing trips to Lake Fork and Rockport available. Dakota, the Lone Star Outdoor News’ newsroom dog, was on hand to greet all who came by, and Laura and Brie from the Texas Premier Agency kept busy selling tickets and describing the available items. A Beretta Xtreme A400 12-gauge was up for grabs, and was won by Mark Kielwas-

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ser, who graciously donated the shotgun back to the foundation to be auctioned, where it was purchased by Nic Drayovitch, raising even more money for the foundation. Thanks to all that came out, more than $17,000 was raised to help support the mission of “creating hunters for a lifetime” by providing hunting and fishing opportunities to people who have the desire but have lacked the opportunity. Three people at the event had never deer hunted. At least one will be selected for a future hunt with the foundation this season. Please check out and support all of the sponsors on the ad on the next page, and thank you from Lone Star Outdoor News to all who supported and attended the event! We’ll see you next year!


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Times given above are for Dallas. For other locations, subtract 1 minute per 12 miles east of Dallas, and add 1 minute per 12 miles west of Dallas. The table below gives adjustments for some Texas cities. Information provided is the longitudinal distance from Dallas and the time adjustment for sunrise and sunset. Abilene / 165 miles west / + 14 minutes Alpine / 405 miles west / + 24 minutes Beaumont / 160 miles east / - 13 minutes Corpus Christi / 35 miles west / + 3 minutes Austin / 55 miles west / + 5 minutes Del Rio / 235 miles west / + 20 minutes El Paso / 555 miles west / - 23 minutes Houston / 170 miles east / - 5 minutes Laredo / 160 miles west / + 14 minutes Lubbock / 280 miles west / + 24 minutes San Angelo / 215 miles west / + 18 minutes San Antonio / 95 miles west / + 8 minutes Tyler / 75 miles east / - 6 minutes

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Nov. 4 - Jan. 7 Nov. 4 - Jan. 21 Jan. 8 - 21 Jan. 22 - Feb. 4 Oct. 28 - 29 Jan. 8 - 21 Sep. 30 - Nov. 3 Jan. 8 - 21

MULE DEER Archery Only Statewide General Season Panhandle (40 counties) Southwestern Panhandle (14 counties) Trans-Pecos (16 counties) Brewster, Pecos, Terrell Counties

Sept. 30 - Nov. 3 Nov. 18 - 26 Nov. 18 - 26 Nov. 24 - Dec. 10 Nov. 24 - Dec. 10

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THE NEXT GENERATION OF DEER CORN Now in its second year with the 40-pound bag, The Bait Corn Company is showing hunters and dealers what sets it apart. The corn, in five flavors, brings in the deer. “Many people are trying to make the cheapest product possible,” said Bait Corn developer Robert Champion. “We’re trying to make the best.” The key is that they make their own attractant. “We use an oil-based coating at proper concentrates,” Champion said. “Most of the other flavored corn on the market uses less expensive water-based or powder coatings.” All of the Bait Corn is processed in Texas at the El Campo facility, and the corn is placed in 40-pound, easy-open bags. “I get the cleanest, healthiest corn I can find, then spray on the attractant. We only use the best ingredients.” Champion said. “Bait Corn takes corn to a whole new level.” This year, before the season began, the amount of sales exceeded last year, and Bait Corn has doubled the number of dealerships statewide. “Customers are starting to realize that Bait Corn can be used in a feeder,” Champion said. “They are filling their feeders with it and seeing more action.” Champion encourages people to go to

The Bait Corn Company Facebook page, where he is able to interact with his customers and they can learn how other people are using Bait Corn. “They are our best testers,” he said. Bait Corn currently comes in five flavors: Persimmon, Peanut Butter, White Oak Acorn, Green Apple and Red Delicious Apple. And watch for Vanilla in the future. “In testing, we’re having really good success with the new Vanilla,” Champion said. Each 40-pound bag costs $8.99, and the company’s website provides a list of dealers and one of the strongest guarantees in the industry.

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BOOK YOUR TEXAS ELK ARCHERY HUNT At Reata Ranch, elk hunts are available again this season at a super special rate. The hunter may hunt the biggest bull in the herd, with a minimum of 6x6, for $4,500. Glenda Bullard took her first elk at the young age of 82 at the ranch near Glen Rose. The greatgrandmother had endured two hip replacements, so a trip in the mountains wasn’t an option. Her son, Glen, and her grandson, Tyler, accompanied her on the Reata Ranch hunt. Glenda used a crossbow with a CO2 cartridge that allows it to cock automatically, and made the successful shot at 35 yards. Those who haven’t been to Glen Rose will marvel at the rugged, scenic beauty. The ranch house balcony overlooks a pond with a view for miles of hilly Texas country, where wild turkeys and white-tailed deer often stroll below. The hunt will be guided by ranch owner Roy Washburn, and includes a night’s stay, lunch, dinner and bass fishing in the stocked pond. Cow hunts, using either bow or rifle, also are available. Call Roy and book your hunt!

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CAMO WITH A MESSAGE Christian Camo Company, a faith-based company, stemmed from an idea and, in 2014, began in West Texas with Charlie Kirkpatrick, Beth Lynn Kirkpatrick, Len Redmon and Eli Garcia. Charlie had an idea of developing a camo pattern using Christian symbols. Garcia took the idea to the computer, and the two came up with the pattern for the original tan-colored camo. At first, it was about making camo for Christian-minded hunters and fishermen to wear in the outdoors, but it has become more about the message than the clothing. In July of 2016, Christian Camo received its patent and the owners were ready to introduce the pattern to the public. Based in Gardendale, by that August, the first clothes were ready in the original tan color; T-shirts, polo-style shirts, caps and tube bandanas. They were ready to set up at the gun shows. In August of 2016, pink was added for the ladies. Since then, a cinch sac has become a big seller and now everything is available in black. “We have grown quickly and are always looking for new items to create,” Charlie said. It’s the people they meet that keep the owners of Christian Camo going. “We travel to gun shows and expos pulling our 18-foot trailer that is wrapped in the black camo pattern,” Charlie said. “We are still growing and are proud of what we accomplished. We know that God is directing us and we are growing in our faith and sharing His word as we show and sell our products.”

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By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News It happens at many ranches and deer leases. That one buck, sometimes a nice buck, prefers hanging around a feeder to roaming around, chasing does or fighting yearling bucks. This buck, nicknamed Big Red, was one of those deer. As the 3-year-old, he was a regular at the new All Seasons Stand-and-Fill feeder placed on the Dimmit County lease. The feeder went off right on time each morning and evening, and Big Red was there. When hunters drove in to fill the feeder, he didn’t wander far off. Even when another deer was taken near the feeder, he stayed, only moving off a short distance when the deer was retrieved, and then returning to his favorite spot. On hot days, he stood in the shade of the feeder waiting for it to go off. As a 4-year-old, Big Red’s behavior didn’t change much, although he was seen chasing does, leaving hope that he bred a doe or two, although he still shied away from confrontation. His antlers grew, though, as did his body. During slow times in the blind 110 yards away, hunters headed to that blind, called the Strip Blind, as years ago the area had been used for growing vegetables. The hunters knew if no deer were moving or coming to feeders, Big Red would be there to watch. Then, as often happens, the hunters lost the lease and a new group moved in. “What happened to Big Red?” the hunters still wonder. “Did they let him grow to maturity?” “Did the first hunter at the tower blind near the feeder take him?” “Did the new group, recognizing Big Red’s docile nature, let him live out his life and get their enjoyment from watching him?” I guess we’ll never know.

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SIMPLIFY YOUR HUNT WITH NIKON’S RANGEFINDING BINOCULARS A deer has stepped into view, and it’s a nice one. How far away is he? There’s no more need to fumble around, looking for that rangefinder that may have fallen out of your pocket or is still in your backpack. And there’s no more need to hang a rangefinder from your neck to avoid that issue. It’s in your hand and you are looking through it — the Nikon LaserForce Rangefinding Binocular. Nikon Sport Optics’ LaserForce 10×42 binocular comes with a built-in, 1900-yard laser rangefinder. “I tried the prototype and ranged out to 2,100 yards,” said Waylan Owens of Owens Outdoor Sales, who represents Nikon. What is unique about the LaserForce? The glass, brightness levels, speed, size/weight, warranty, and, especially, the price. “This little thing has four brightness levels — you can see the readings any light and with any background,” Owens said. “And its reaction time is three times faster.” LaserForce features a laser capable of ranging distances from 10-1,900 yards with instantaneous readouts on a crisp OLED display that offers a four-step brightness adjustment, making it easily readable under any light conditions and against various objects.

Featuring Nikon’s ID (Incline/Decline) Technology to compensate for the effects that slope has on trajectory, LaserForce provides hunters and shooters with the compensated range necessary to make the shot, whether uphill, downhill or on level ground. The glass is top quality at a better price, using ED (extra-low dispersion) Glass. This superior glass corrects chromatic aberration that causes color fringing for high-resolution, contrast-rich images. The long eye relief design combined with turn-and-slide rubber eyecups facilitate a custom fit for users’ individual viewing needs, with or without eyeglasses. The new LaserForce rangefinder binocular combines superior optical quality, ergonomic single-hand control, technologically enhanced features and a 100-percent backing with Nikon’s No-Fault Policy. “A lifetime electronic warranty is unheard of,” Owens said. “The European models cost three times as much and don’t provide it.” And it is smaller and lighter than the competition. “It is 30 percent shorter in height and weighs 30 percent less,” Owens said. “It’s a game-changer in rangefinding technology.”

BEAUTIFUL PROPERITES AND HUNTING FROM THE EYES OF A THIRD GRADE GIRL My daughter wrote this story for her school newspaper a few years back. I thought it was good enough to share. “My dad and my grandpa and I went hunting at Sarpy Creek. We got up at 5 in the morning and we packed for two hours. Each one of us had two pairs of clothes, one pair of pajamas and two pairs of socks. I chose my green fuzzy jammies so the critters wouldn’t see me. I’m good at hiding, but the orange vest dad made me wear made it tricky. We needed tennis shoes because of the stickers. There wasn’t any snow. In the late afternoon, my dad shot a buck with his bazooka! We cut the guts out and dragged it 200 miles back to the truck. Then we drove to the cabin. Dad turned the deer into some steaks for dinner. We got beans too! When we got home, we made some jerky. We are saving some for Thanksgiving and taking it to my grandma’s house. My grandma has a pet squirrel and it loves to eat deer meat, too.” Have you dreamed about buying land in Wyoming or Montana? Land sales specialist Rocky Mountain Timberlands offers land for sale in each state, including 20-plus acre tracts with owner financing at $179/month O.A.C. Rocky

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