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Bassin’ time Big bass being caught north and south.

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Volume 10, Issue 10

North Zone wraps



Some big ones

By Conor Harrison

Trout anglers hooking large fish.

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New regulations? Trout, flounder could see additional restrictions. Page 11


FADING FAST: Hunters share the memory of the harvest last week in South Texas. The season is ending fast for non-MLDP ranches, and it has been a success for many hunters. Photo by Lili Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Singing the blues (in a good way)

Second split duck hunters searching for birds in many areas

Warden shot Delta County game warden recovering after being shot. Page 4

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BIG FISH TIME: Trophy stripers are being caught on Lake Texoma with big baits fished near structure. Nick Tedford holds one of the oversized fish. Photo by Striper Express Guide Service.

Trophy time Anglers catching big winter stripers


By Conor Harrison

Time Sensitive Material • Deliver ASAP

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Tougher for most

Quail hunters finding success this season. Page 4


Texas deer hunters experienced a “good to above average” season that wrapped up on non-MLDP ranches Jan. 5 in the North Zone. The season concludes Jan. 19 in the South Zone. “Overall, I would summarize the deer season as a little bit better than average,” said Alan Cain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s white-tailed deer leader. “Just from what I have been seeing and hearing at locker plants, from biologists and hunters,

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Anglers willing to brave the cold January temperatures in Texas are being rewarded handsomely when it comes to striped bass. January is the time the biggest stripers are usually hooked, and Lake Texoma is already producing some big ones. “December was great with an active bite and a lot of big fish,” said Bill Carey of Striper Express. “This is our Blakemore Bucktail Road Runner time. That is our go-to lure for big fish. “Seventy-five percent of our 20-pounders will come in the next 90 days.” Carey said half of his guides were deadsticking

and half were casting on structure. “We are having 10-plus pound fish being caught pretty much daily,” Carey said. “We use a 7- to 9-inch plastic on the bait. This is the time for big baits — 1-ounce heads. The stripers are putting on a lot of weight and January is their heaviest time of year.” Carey said Texoma was full of shad, although he focuses on artificials. “The really big fish are not in the schools,” he said. “You’ll see schools of bait and a bunch of boats chasing them, but the really big rogue fish are not there. There are a lot of box fish in the schools under birds, though.” See STRIPERS, Page 21

After a successful first split to the Texas waterfowl season, Katy-area guide Matt Friedrichs was looking forward to a great last half of the season. He’s still waiting. “The second split has been very slow, to put it kindly,” he said. “Around Katy, we got a hard rain the first weekend that came through and messed some things up. We’ve had some real mixed results.” Friedrichs said he found some birds in an oxbow of the Brazos River, but when he returned to hunt it, the birds had pulled a disappearing act. “We ended up not having a very good hunt,” he said. “I don’t know where the birds went. I had a buddy hunt Garwood on Sunday, and they saw nine ducks the whole morning. This weather has been tough. It was decently warm during most of the first split and the hunting was great. Friedrichs has heard reports from friends of

TOUGH SLEDDING: James Griffis retrieves a pintail drake harvested near Rockport, where duck numbers have been lower than in year’s past. Other parts of the state are reporting better success. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

lots of birds around the Nacogdoches area — mostly mallards and gadwalls. See DUCK, Page 19

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Dying of thirst? How deer find water on a frozen landscape By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

It was a frigid morning recently when a hunter was sitting in a blind watching a deer act funny. The buck was almost 800 yards away, but the hunter

could clearly see the buck jumping up and down on its front hooves, pounding a water trough that was frozen due to a recent ice storm. The buck did not succeed in getting through the thick ice, and the hunter spent the rest of the day and some of

the night driving around the ranch breaking ice apart with a See THIRST, Page 6 SLURPING SNOW: Deer can get moisture a number of ways, including eating snow when it is on the ground and no suitable water is available. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Happy hunters By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

When asked if he has been hearing good or bad reports about Texas quail hunting this year, Quail Coalition’s Jay Stine said, “a little bit of both, but more good than bad.” So it goes for Texas quail hunters, where any sign of recovery in bird numbers is cause for celebration. “I’ve got a place in Clay County that I have hunted this year and I moved about five coveys,” Stine said. “I talked to someone who just had a 20-covey day near Laredo and just saw something yesterday where a hunter had a 25-covey day in Concho County. “There are some nice pockets of birds out there this season.” Along with better numbers of the always popular bobwhite quail, reports of blue quail making a comeback in areas have also been heard. “There are lots of blue quail out west,” Stine said. “I’ve heard good reports out of Shackleford County and the Midland guys are seeing birds where they haven’t seen birds in a while. “Carrizo Springs also has good numbers of blue quail.” In South Texas, hunter Ronnie Howard said nobody is going to mistake the quail numbers for 20 years ago, but things are improving. “We are pleased with what we see,” Howard said. “It is not the good old See QUAIL, Page 6 LOOKING UP: Quail hunters are reporting good early-season shoots and many more birds than past seasons. Blue quail numbers also appear to be on the upswing. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Two arrested in warden shooting Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden last week. Booked into the Delta County jail in Cooper were Eli Stephens, 18, CHRIS FRIED and Dalton Haddix, 21, both of Illinois. Stephens has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — a second-degree felony. Haddix was charged with failure to report a felony — a Class A misdemeanor. The two men, who came to

Texas for the holidays, were taken into custody by game wardens following an investigation by TPWD game wardens, Texas Rangers and the Delta County Sheriff’s Office. The charges stem from the shooting of Game Warden Chris Fried, 31, of Cooper. Fried had been off duty and bowhunting on the Cooper Wildlife Management Area when the incident occurred. The warden was taken to the intensive care unit of Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound from a high-powered rifle

bullet that entered his upper right responded or came to his Smith, Fried was released shoulder and lodged in his chest. aid. Fried then used his from the hospital on Jan. According to investigators, Fried cell phone to call for help. 6, but faces a long road to had been sitting in a blind on the Investigators have full recovery. 14,160-acre wildlife management determined that the A stew and chili benefit area, hoping to take a deer, when shot came from private will be held at the Cooper he saw a light and heard what he property adjacent to the Convention Center on believed to be an electronic game WMA. Information from Jan. 18 at 5 p.m., with all call. Thinking someone might be a Delta County resident ELI STEPHENS proceeds going to help illegally hunting on the familiar with the Fried family. state property, the warden the area led wardens to “It will be a long road to recovwent into law enforcethe two defendants. ment mode and left his Fried is stationed in ery,” Smith said, “but this is going stand to investigate. Delta County. He grad- to cost the family a lot and we are Moments later, as he uated from the TPWD doing everything we can to help walked toward the light, Game Warden Academy them out.” To make a donation, call (903) Fried was struck by a bulin June 2009. let. The warden yelled, According to Delta 395-2146. “You shot me!” but no one DALTON HADDIX County Sheriff Ricky ­— Staff report

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HIGH-FLYING: For hunters still out chasing doves, success is coming easy with a little scouting. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Doves still flying The reports from South Texas could not have been better concerning the dove hunting since the second split opened late last month. Hunters reported shooting limits, or near limits, over winter wheat fields next to creeks. The cold weather has pushed the birds south, and the few South Zone hunters taking advantage are cleaning up. “They are doves, but they are definitely winter doves,” said Live Oak County outfitter Mark Katzfey. “They are all flying in flocks right now. If they move, they all move into or out of a field. “If you aren’t a fair-weather hunter, you can get some limits.” Katzfey said the hunting was better around ponds. “The field hunts are tougher, but the pond hunting is really fun,” he said.

In Central Texas, hunters found doves in large groups coming out of grain fields, but flying high — strong winds made the shooting more difficult. A reader report was sent to LSON by Wade Ringo. “I shot nine about a week after the season opened at Ray Roberts,” Ringo said. “I went back twice this past weekend and didn’t even pull the trigger.” The hunting remains better the farther south you go. — Staff report

DSC’s rhino hunt gets endorsement A global conservation organization affiliated with the United Nations is the latest wildlife author-

ity to endorse Dallas Safari Club’s upcoming auction of a black rhino hunt in Namibia. The International Union for Conservation of Nature is composed of scientists and experts representing more than 200 government and 900 nongovernment organizations. In a December letter, an IUCN committee chair wrote, “From a conservation perspective, we believe there are sound and compelling reasons to support this auction, and do not see any valid reasons for opposing it.” The letter noted numerous benefits of hunting along with Namibia’s excellent track record in conservation before concluding with the following paragraph: “We recognize that it is not immediately intuitive that trophy hunting, even for endangered species, can

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be a positive conservation tool that can be used to fight poaching and acquire more habitat for wildlife. We further understand that the very idea of hunting is abhorrent to many people. However, in a world that requires pragmatic conservation solutions, trophy hunting — where well managed — is frequently one of the most effective conservation tools available. Capitalizing on the humane demise of a post-reproductive animal in order to produce tangible benefits for the conservation of its species is a sound strategy worthy of strong support.” DSC will auction the rhino hunt during its annual convention and expo. Financial as well as biological benefits to rhino conservation efforts are at stake. DSC expects the permit to sell for at least $250,000, perhaps up to $1 million. All proceeds will be returned to Namibia for underfunded rhino-related projects such as anti-poaching patrols. — DSC

Hoffpauir No. 1 Polaris Ranger dealer in nation Hoffpauir Outdoor Superstore, located in Goldthwaite, sold more Polaris Rangers in 2013 than any other dealer in the U.S. “We were top in the number of new Polaris Ranger sales,” said General Manager Andy Witcher. “We had been battling a dealership in Tennessee the last few years. It’s pretty good for a dealership in a town with a population of about 2,000.” Hoffpauir sells the ATVs and UTVs all over the nation. “We shipped one to Pennsylvania last week,” Witcher said. The Goldthwaite dealership sold

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more than 900 Rangers in 2013, and also sells Haulmark Cargo Trailers, Big Tex Trailers, Cub Cadet mowers and New Holland tractors. — Staff report

Public comment sought The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing an amendment to the Parks and Wildlife Code that would make it illegal to use noxious or toxic substances to disturb or collect nongame wildlife as well as prohibiting the possession of nongame wildlife collected using these substances. The technique, often used to collect rattlesnakes, is commonly referred to as “gassing.” Persons engaged in structural or agricultural pest control activities would be exempted from the rule. Using noxious or toxic substances such as gasoline or ammonia to force wildlife from burrows, dens, and other places of concealment has come under increasing scientific scrutiny as questions arise concerning negative ecological impacts to associated ecosystems, populations and nontarget species. If the amendment is approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Texas would become the 30th state in which the practice is partially or completely prohibited, including the four states sharing a border with Texas — Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Meetings are being held on: Jan. 17: 10 a.m. at The Center, Texas State Technical College, 300 Homer K. Taylor Drive, Sweetwater. Jan. 23: 9 a.m. at Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin. Public meetings will also be held in San Antonio and Taylor. Dates, times, and locations for those meetings will be posted online. — TPWD

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ICEBREAKER: Helping crack through frozen ice might make a landowner feel good, but deer should be fine getting their moisture through other means. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

sledgehammer. That probably wasn’t necessary, according to biologists. “I’m not exactly sure how long

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days, but the best in five years. Covey size is huge — 15-25 birds. (We are) finding 10 to 18 coveys a day.

a deer can go without water, but it is probably several days,” said Jennifer Barrow, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist in

We have plenty of birds to repopulate next year, barring natural disaster. “Of course, all will depend on the magic ingredient this spring and summer.” Howard said he is

Decatur. “The ice storm that came through several weeks ago was worse than the most recent cold snap (on Jan. 5-6). The deer can lick

encouraging hunters to leave birds in the field. “We are still shooting lightly and dispersing our hunts widely,” he said, “and recommending others do the same to ensure a good breeding population

the ice or they can get moisture from plants and forbs.” Barrow said more northern locales where deer live see much more extreme cold weather than Texas and those deer do just fine, for the most part. “Some seeds have moisture,” she said. “We went hunting after the ice storm and were watching deer eating through the snow. After we shot a deer, we found out they were eating these tiny seeds, and when you popped them, they had a lot of moisture.” Barrow said deer will break the ice on a water trough if it isn’t too thick. “For sure, they will find water,” she said. Cleburne biologist Nathan Rains agreed. “Deer can usually find water someplace,” Rains said. “They can get it by eating snow or licking ice, from vegetation and by finding areas that are melting. Even in the hard freezes, they will find it.” Rains said a prolonged drought or high heat is much more damaging to white-tailed deer than a freeze, except when there is a sudden drop in temperatures. “That can kill animals,” he said. “Not so much here, but up north it can happen. You might lose some old or sick deer, but a drought is much worse.”

for the spring.” Reports from the Rolling Plains and southern Panhandle have been much better than the past few years. Internet postings by hunters in the Abilene area

showed great hunts after the new year with up to 20 coveys seen in a day. Other ranches in the area still report struggling with birds, but the numbers are definitely on the uptick in the area.

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Big bass emerging Anglers are taking advantage of some bluebird days to get out on Texas lakes and the results are speaking for themselves. Lake Fork produced its second big fish of the season on December 27, making it the second bass from the lake to head to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s breeding program. Blake Eppinette of Downsville, La., caught the 13.6-pound Lake Fork bass about 5 p.m. and took it to the Minnow Bucket Marina. The fish was in great distress from an overinflated swim

bladder after having been pulled from 30 feet of water. Despite valiant efforts by the angler, Minnow Bucket and TPWD staff, the fish did not survive. The fish was 21.5 inches in girth and 25.825 inches long. The first fish more than 13 pounds was caught on Lake Fork on Nov. 21 by angler Steve Proctor of Pryer, Okla. That fish weighed 13.29 pounds and was also collected at the Minnow Bucket by TPWD and survived the trip to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. On Dec. 30, Lake Athens pro-

duced its second ShareLunker ever, a 13.76-pound fish caught by Jason Lee Hanson, of Athens, shortly after 9 a.m. Hanson was fishing in 12 to 14 feet of water near the City of Athens water intake using a Norman DD-22 when the big bass hit. He had been catching good fish all morning, despite temperatures near freezing, and knew he had a 13-pounder when the fish surfaced. Length of the fish was 27.75 inches, and girth was 20.25 inches. The last 13-pound plus See BIG BASS, Page 11

BIG MOMMA: Jason Lee Hanson of Athens caught this 13.76-pound largemouth on Lake Athens on Dec. 30. Photo by TPWD.

Nothing easy about it Weather, trout bite turns chilly, but some big ones being caught By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

LONG AND SKINNY: BDS Outfitter’s J.R. Rodriguez with a 30-inch spotted seatrout caught and released near Port Mansfield. Photo by J.R. Rodriguez.

The wind has been biting along the coast recently. Unfortunately for anglers, the wind has been biting harder than the trout, although some big ones have been caught on days when the water and air warms a bit. According to Capt. Dewitt Thomas around South Padre Island, the trout bite has been hit or miss, but the fish he and his clients are catching have been good-sized. “Because of the weather and the clients I am fishing right now — winter Texans — we have been getting out of the wind and heading to the Ship Channel on a flood tide,” Thomas said. “With a north wind, the conditions can get perfect in there. We are targeting the last third of the ship channel for big trout.” Thomas said he is throwing natural baits like live shrimp to get the best results. “We are catching trout in the 22- to 23-inch range, with the occasional fish up to 25 inches,” he said. “When the wind calms down, we drift near Port Isabel with small scented plastics under a popping cork. We are catching big trout out there and a lot of them when conditions are right.” Thomas said South Cullen Bay is also holding trout, but he has noticed something about the trout he has caught. “Some of the trout are really mushy to the touch,” he added. “I’m wondering if they are See TROUT, Page 11

CHARTREUSE IS WORKING: Anglers targeting winter white bass should use small baits such as jigs, small soft plastics and spinners to entice schooling fish. Photo by LSON.

Go deep for white bass Schooling fish being caught with small baits By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

For anglers battling the cold and wind to find winter white bass, the consensus is to head for deeper water. According to Chuck Rollins of, the crappie fishing has slowed during the dead of winter, but the white bass fishing has picked up for his clients on Cedar Creek Lake and Lake O’ the Pines. “When the water temperatures get down in the 40s, the crappie get hard to find but the white bass fishing has picked up,” he said. “We are catching them really well in the main river channel in deep water. We are using small baits and basically holding the bait dead still.” Rollins said to find shad in the main channel between 30 and 45 feet of water. “It’s pretty simple fishing on calm days,” he said. “I don’t know why, but the fishing (for white bass) has been so much better on Cedar Creek than Lake O’ the Pines. Lake O’ the Pines has not been as good as last year. I don’t know if it is because of the water levels or what. We have a day where we really catch them and then the next day we don’t.

“It’s been a mixed bag.” The white bass bite has been tougher on Richland Chambers Reservoir, according to guide Royce Simmons. “In between the cold fronts, we’ve managed to get on the lake a couple of days each week,” Simmons said. “We’ve just all but given up on catching any aggressive white bass, as the water temperatures have stayed in the high 40s and the fish are not only tough to find, but tough to get to bite if you do find them.” Simmons said he has been catching catfish to kill the time until the water temperatures warm up and the white bass turn on again. Reports from Lewisville Lake have told of anglers catching lots of white bass near the dam between 45 and 55 feet of water. According to local anglers, the bite is better on windy days closer to the dam. Farther south, the white bass run has not started on the Angelina or Trinity rivers, but anglers are catching schooling fish on small jigs and Road Runners in deep water adjacent to main river channels. Chuck Rollins, (903) 288-5798 Royce Simmons, (903) 389-4117

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Good between cold fronts Sabine Lake crowded, but fish biting By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

Anglers descended upon Sabine Lake during the holiday seasons, catching good numbers of trout and redfish between battling other boats in popular spots like Coffee Ground Cove. According to Capt. Jerry Norris, the fishing has been good between cold fronts. “It’s been a good mixed bag of redfish and trout,” he said. “We are catching a lot of fish on (soft plastics) and Corkies by drifting in 4 to 6 feet.” Norris said water temperatures have been low, but when the sun comes up, head for shallower water. “The fish will get up in the shallow water when the sun hits it,” he said. “They start biting again once they warm up a little.” Norris said a 7-pound trout has been his biggest in the past few weeks, although some oversized redfish have been caught, along with flounder. “Up until last week, the flounder were really good in the Ship Channel,” he said. “I haven’t fished for them since then. This has been an unusually long flounder run. Usually, they are gone by this time. I caught a lot of fish with eggs in them — more than I’ve ever seen. “Over the holidays, the lake was

LUCKY LAKE: Sabine anglers have reported good catches of trout and redfish this month in the colder water. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

really busy.” Well-known Sabine Capt. Dickie Colburn said he has been on the trout and redfish, according to his report at “We are still finding some very nice trout in the afternoons, fishing everything from top-waters to mullet imitations,” he said.

“The morning bite has been slow due to the colder surface temperatures, but the evenings have been nice between fronts. They have to be catching at least a few trout in Coffee Ground Cove right now, but from a distance I can’t figure out how you can cast without hitting another boat with your lure.

“I have never seen that many boats in that one area in all the years I’ve spent on Sabine.” Internet reports have a solid sand trout bite in the deeper areas, along with a good black drum bite around structure. Redfish have been good in cuts and drainages, especially with good tidal movement.

Bull redfish are still being reported at the jetties, along with sheepshead, black drum and trout. Live shrimp has been the best bait, with crabs coming in a close second. Capt. Jerry Norris, (409) 718-8782 Capt. Dickie Colburn, (409) 883-0723

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catching fish. To contact guide Paul O’Bier, call (972) 816-2481.

LAKE O’ THE PINES — Spider rigging with chartreuse and white or blue in 28 to 35 feet of water has been putting some good crappie in the boat for guide Paul O’Bier. According to O’Bier, fishing the edges of the main river channels where drop-offs occur has produced bites. The fishing might not be as good as it will be later in the spring, but O’Bier said the fish are big. “We caught 46 the other day,” he said. “Our best seven went more than 14 pounds.” O’Bier said the cold weather could push the crappie a little deeper, but they won’t move far from the edges of the channels. Along with small jigs, O’Bier said live minnows are also

AMISTAD: Water fairly clear; 63–67 degrees; 35.74’ low. Largemouth bass are good on silver slabs, crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 31.09’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on pumpkin/chartreuse jigs, Texas-rigged weightless watermelon/blue flake Whacky Sticks and smoke/red flake grubs in 5–12 feet.

ATHENS: Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 0.70’ low. Largemouth bass are good on football jigs and lipless crankbaits in shad patterns. Catfish are good on rod and reel.

CADDO: Water stained; 46–49 degrees; 1.64’ high. Largemouth bass are slow on lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BASTROP: Water clear; 60–64 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on lipless crankbaits and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and liver. BELTON: Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 9.26’ low. Largemouth bass are good on lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on lipless crankbaits and live shad in coves early. White bass are good on chrome slabs on the bottom. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait, doughbait, hot dogs and summer sausage. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch. BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 4.52’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. BONHAM: Water stained, 44–47 degrees; 1.57’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on jerkbaits, crankbaits and shaky heads fished slowly around rocks. Catfish are good on chicken liver in 8–18’. BRAUNIG: Water clear. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait and cut bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 44–49 degrees; 20.49’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 9.77’ low. Largemouth bass are good on chartreuse jigs, crankbaits and watermelon red worms in 10–25 feet. Crappie are good on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10–25 feet. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows and frozen shrimp.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Largemouth bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits around reed beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp and cheesebait.

LAKE ALAN HENRY — Internet reports confirmed by local anglers have Lake Alan Henry fishing tough in the winter cold. According to angler Thad Rains on the Texas Fishing Forum, the spotted bass bite has been slow recently, with fish being caught on rattling jigs and shaky heads. The bite is slowed by water temperatures in the low 40s. Water clarity is average. Largemouth bass are being caught on Texas-rigged soft plastics

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. GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Largemouth bass are good on tequila sunrise soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 7.57’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads and Texas-rigged blue flake worms.

GRANBURY: Water stained; 57–61 degrees; 8.60’ low. Largemouth bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on chrome spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 3.57’ low. Largemouth bass are good on spinner baits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

GRANGER: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.84’ high. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass are fair upriver among shad. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are fair on shad and prepared baits.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 67–71 degrees; 22.99’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and weedless crankbaits in heavy grass. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 9.03’ low. Largemouth bass are very slow on deep crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 61–65 degrees; 15.52’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon and dark red soft plastics, lipless crankbaits and crankbaits. CONROE: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.47’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits in 20–30 feet. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. COOPER: Water clear; 60–66 degrees; 12.00’ low. Largemouth bass are good on bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. FAYETTE: Water stained. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolinarigged soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. FORK: Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 4.73’ low. Largemouth bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges. Catfish are good on

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HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 0.14’ high. Largemouth bass to 4 pounds are fair on red lipless crankbaits, motor-oil colored jigs, lipless crankbaits and jerkbaits in 5–7 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait. 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. JOE POOL: Water clear; 46–49 degrees; 0.95’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on weightless Senkos and wacky worms. Catfish are good on trotlines. LAVON: Water lightly stained; 45–48 degrees; 12.26’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on black/blue flipping jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines.

and chatterbaits. The catfish bite is also decent on prepared bait.

LBJ: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.21’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Bleeding Shad lipless crankbaits, watermelon crankbaits and wacky-rigged green pumpkin Whacky Sticks. Crappie are good on crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and shrimp. LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 43–48 degrees; 7.17’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and finesse jigs. White bass are good on jigs and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 62–68 degrees; 0.36’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 69–74 degrees; 0.03’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on white bladed jigs and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on minnows. MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 56–60 degrees; 0.47’ high. Largemouth bass are slow on flipping jigs and creature baits around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows. NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 55–59 degrees; 0.73’ high. Largemouth bass are good on spinner baits and crankbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam in brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cheesebait near the dam. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 47–54 degrees; 42.63’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

FALCON INTERNATIONAL RESERVOIR — The bass are full of eggs and hungry, according to local anglers. Lots of pressure on the lake has some of the bass a little shy, but a lot of big fish are still being caught on a prespawn pattern in 6 to 10 feet of water with slow-rolling spinner baits, crankbaits and flipping jigs. Water temperatures are between 56 and 58 degrees. Crappie are decent on tube jigs in deeper holes. —­Conor­Harrison

and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are fair to good on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad and Sassy Shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.


PROCTOR: Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 7.73’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and soft plastics. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp.

minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 44–48 degrees; 6.59’ low. Largemouth bass are good on suspending jerkbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 7.47’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on shaky heads and dropshot rigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 45–49 degrees; 7.24’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 3.41’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on spoons and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp and stinkbait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 44–48 degrees; 7.27’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on football jigs and Carolina rigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 62– 66 degrees; 4.16’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on worms. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 2.84’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 42–51 degrees; 21.12’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and Texas rigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 9.99’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and smoke grubs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 43–47 degrees; 0.44’ high. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chicken livers.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 43– 51 degrees; 22.62’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, jigs, lipless crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 46–54 degrees; 12.25’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, drop-shot rigs, crankbaits

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 46–49 degrees; 8.67’ low. Largemouth bass are good on bladed jigs and flipping jigs. Crappie are good on

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TRAVIS: Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 52.39’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crawfish crankbaits, watermelon worms and jigs. White bass are fair on white jigging spoons and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Largemouth bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs in the cove and at the hot water outlet. White bass are good on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on red wigglers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 11.01’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver and stinkbait. WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 47–50 degrees; 5.50’ high. Largemouth bass are good on black/blue jigs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. —­TPWD

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beginning to be affected by the cold.” Farther up the coast, well-known Baffin Bay trout guide Kevin Cochran

said nothing is coming easy with the cold temperatures, but the big trout are there to be caught if you fish the right times.

Possible trout, flounder regulations coming The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host a series of meetings to gauge interest in changing regulations for spotted seatrout and flounder. According to Art Morris at the Corpus Christi Field Station, the department is looking at ways to improve the fisheries of both trout and flounder. Possible changes could be going

“It’s all about soft plastics and twitchbaits right now,” Cochran said. “Those are about the only things that are working. We are catching a few on Catch 2000s and sinking Corkies with a slow presentation. Everything is

toward a 5-trout limit coastwide and extending the flounder-gigging ban into December. Currently, the Lower Laguna Madre is the only system along the coast that currently has a 5-trout limit. The limit is 10 trout for the remainder of the coast. “As of this morning (Jan. 6), we’ve had 303 online comments,” Morris said. “Fifty-six percent support the 5-fish limit and 44 percent disagree. We’ve also had 293 online comments on flounder and 54 percent agree with some sort of action, while 46 percent disagree.” The series of meetings will be held after press time, but Morris

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slowed down right now — lots of casting into small areas.” Cochran said the bite is hot and cold, with big schools of big fish concentrated in small areas. “They’ll turn on and feed and then turn off just as quick,” Cochran said. “There is nothing easy about it. It might look easy if you saw someone get into those feeding fish, but it is not.” Good reports emerged from Chocolate Bay and West Bay, with trout being caught when the wind laid down in 2to 5-feet of water using soft plastics in plum and chartreuse colors. Drifting with live shrimp in 5 feet over shell and grass has also been producing on an outgoing tide. Capt. Dewitt Thomas, (956) 551-1965 Capt. Kevin Cochran, (361) 688-3714

was quick to point out the process was still in the very early stages. After the scoping meetings, Morris said he will take the findings to the Jan. 23 TPW Commissioner’s meeting in Austin to make recommendations. “From the emails, there seems to be a lot of support from the midcoast and Upper Laguna Madre,” he said. “But the jury is still out. In 2010, it was split 50/50 when we asked for public response. By the end of next week, we will be closer to making a recommendation.” Go to for information on submitting online comments. — Staff report

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bass from Lake Athens was caught in 1987 and weighed 13.81 pounds. The lake record, 14.19 pounds, was caught in 1988. The LSON staff has also heard reports from Falcon International Reservoir of several bass more than 13 pounds being hooked in the past few weeks. LAKE FORK TOAD: Blake Eppinette of Downsville, Go to La., caught this monster that weighed13.6 pounds in Lake Fork on Dec. 27. Photo by TPWD. to read Founder David J. Sams’ report of a great slow-rolling spinner baits put day on Falcon in mid-Decem- the majority of the big fish in ber, when Sams boated lots of the boat. big bass in the 5- to 8-pound Sams’ best eight bass for the range from a creek bend. The bass along the border day went almost 60 pounds. are in prespawn patterns, and — Staff report

DFW Winter Boat Expo coming soon The Dallas and Fort Worth Winter Boat Expo will take place Jan. 31Feb. 9 at the Dallas Market Hall. Admission is free on Feb. 3 for each person who donates four canned food items to the North Texas Food Bank. Presented by the United Boat Dealers of North Texas, the DFW Boat Expo will have more than 450 all-new 2014 boat and watercraft models on display and available for purchase from 20 North Texas boat dealers on 10 consecutive days.

Nearly 100 vendors will have booths. New this year, the winter expo will open at noon Monday through Thursday for the convenience of the business lunch crowd. Food vendors will have lunch selections for purchase. “Boating is an affordable, familyfriendly recreational activity, and the winter boat show is the best time of year to buy a boat,” said expo Director Bron Beal. “All new models will be on display, with some models being unveiled for the first time. And great financial incentives are available.” — DFW Winter Boat Expo

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF FOR WARDEN Angelina County Game Warden Phillip Wood received information from a local state trooper about some poaching activity. At a deer lease, one of the members stated someone had just killed a hog and that was it. The man kept reiterating that it was just a hog that was killed, trying to get Wood to leave. Approximately 30 minutes later, two more hunters showed up on an ATV. Wood asked them about the hog they killed, and both men just looked down at the ground. One of the hunters had killed a 10-inch deer and had already taken a 13-inch deer in the county. Cases and restitution pending. MAN FINALLY FESSES UP TO VIOLATIONS At 11:45 p.m., Karnes County Game Warden Chad Moore received a call from the sheriff’s office about several shots fired from a county road near a residence where he had prior calls concerning hunting. Moore attempted contact but was unsuccessful. He did find two freshly killed rabbits and the head of a 6-point buck that was 8-inches wide and under the antler restriction. Later, Moore went back to the residence and made contact with an individual. The subject indicated it was he and a couple of friends that had been shooting, and he admitted to shooting the rabbits. When asked about the deer head, he said it was his friends. The subject informed Moore he didn’t have a hunting license for the rabbits but would for sure bring his friend in tomorrow to deal with the deer violation. The next morning, Moore received a call from the subject about the deer and it was urgent. Moore asked what it was about, and the subject stated he had indeed shot the deer around opening weekend and was afraid to admit it because he didn’t have a hunting license. Charges are pending.

BUYING LICENSE WOULD HAVE SAVED $18K While working another investigation involving breeder deer being released, Dimmit County Game Warden Gene Fernandez went to inspect a tattoo on one of those deer that had been hunted. After inspecting the deer, Fernandez found the deer had been tagged with a mule deer tag. He asked the landowner where the hunter was and when it was taken. The landowner responded the hunter had gone back to Midland and he harvested the deer the evening before on a Saturday. The tag dates were cut out for Sunday, and Fernandez figured the landowner was mistaken. After speaking to the subject on the phone and asking him when he shot the deer, the man said he took it Sunday morning and must have not had his glasses on when tagging the deer with the wrong tag. The man was advised Midland County Game FACEBOOK PHOTO FOILS SHOOTER OF ILLEGAL BUCK A Facebook post with a woman posing with her “first buck deer killed near Poth, TX,” got the attention of wardens, as the photo appeared to show an illegal buck with less than a 13-inch spread. With the help of the Department of Public Safety, Wilson County Game Warden David Nieto located the female subject and seized the antlers in the Facebook photo. Nieto determined them to be from an illegal buck killed in Atascosa County, and received a written statement from the female subject that she did not have a hunting license and that she killed the illegal buck. Cases and civil restitution pending. ILLEGAL HUNTING ACTIVITY WITH STOLEN GUN Pecos County Game Warden Mike Dushay and Brewster County Game Wardens Sam Anderson, Craig Newman and Coby Sanders responded to a road hunting call on the Brewster and Pecos counties line. Four individuals had been observed shooting from Hwy 67 out

Warden Carter Ball would meet with him the next day to obtain a valid tag. The next day, Ball met with the subject and asked again what happened. The subject said he had shot the deer that Saturday evening, but was unable to find his license and figured he had left it in Midland. He then said the next morning, he went and bought a replacement license and tagged the deer. Ball questioned whether the man had a license to begin with, and after placing a call to Austin Communications, it was discovered the man did not have a hunting license when he took the 204-inch buck, bought a license the next day, but tagged it with the wrong tag. The man later admitted to his mistake. The man paid his fine and is awaiting a restitution letter with a bill of approximately $18,600.

of a vehicle. Upon discovery, the two men who had gone to retrieve a mule deer buck ran and hid in the brush while the other two fled the scene in their vehicle. The wardens quickly made contact with the violator vehicle and the two occupants were taken into custody. The four game wardens, two Pecos County deputies and a Brewster County deputy then searched for the remaining two and found them after several hours. The illegal hunters also were arrested. A stolen firearm along with the illegally taken mule deer buck, the vehicle, a utility trailer, assorted hunting/camping equipment and several other firearms were seized. Multiple charges are pending. DEER DECOY BARELY IN PLACE WHEN SHOTS RING OUT After receiving a call reporting road hunting at night on a farm to market road, Henderson County Game Wardens Chad West and Shawn Smith teamed up with Cherokee County Game Wardens Brian Bearden and Eric Collins to place Willie, the decoy deer, into action. The wardens barely had time

to set up Willie before the first shots rang out. One subject stated he was just shooting to get the deer to run back into the woods. Cases pending. FATHER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE DURING SUNDAY DRIVE Leon County Game Warden Randy Harper received a call from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office regarding the driver of a vehicle who had shot a deer off the road. Harper contacted the complainant, who said he was sitting in his deer stand when the truck drove by, stopped, shot, drove down the road, turned around and shot again. The suspects then got out, drug the deer from the property, loaded it up and drove off. The complainant was not able to get a license plate. Harper contacted Mart PD with a hunch the truck would be headed in their direction. Officers found the truck with fresh blood in the bed and two loaded shotguns in the cab. Harper arrived and collected evidence, seized the shotguns and deer. A man, his two sons and his young daughter were on a Sunday drive “looking at animals” when the violations occurred.

Cases pending. MAN CALLS WARDEN TO HELP FIND DEER HE ARROWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY McLennan County game wardens received a call from a hunter to help locate a deer he had shot while bowhunting. Upon further investigation, it was found the deer was shot on China Spring ISD property and the hunter had been hunting this property for some time without permission from the school district. The large white-tailed buck had been seen on a few trail cameras in the area and was being hunted by many hunters. The deer was found on an adjoining landowner’s property a week later. Citation issued. Charges pending. GROUP NOT HUNTING HAD DOE HIDDEN IN GARAGE Austin County Game Warden Sonny Alaniz responded to a call at a local residence where a shot was heard. As he approached the house, he noticed three men standing outside the garage looking at him. Two other men soon came out of the garage and shut the door. The men claimed they did not shoot anything and that they were not hunting. After talking with the men and hearing conflicting stories, the shooter was identified and a white-tailed doe was found hidden in the garage. Citations were issued and the deer was seized. SOMETIMES KEEPING QUIET IS BEST In a parking lot, Real County Game Warden Clint Graham was talking to a man about the nice buck in the bed of his pickup truck. The man admitted that his buddy shot the deer but he put his tag on it. Realizing what he just told the game warden, the man said, “I guess I’m in trouble now.” Cases pending.

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT Golden days 61ST STREET PIER — Big golden croaker have been the catch of the week at the 61st Street Pier near Galveston. Croaker up to 19 inches have been caught from the pier. Live shrimp and dead shrimp have been working for anglers. Even though temperatures were nearing the freezing mark this week, anglers were still catching, along with croaker, lots of ribbonfish, a few bull redfish and Spanish mackerel. Some whiting have also been reported in the daily bag. To contact 61st Street Pier, call (409) 744-8365.

Still some flounder SAN LUIS PASS — According to multiple reports, anglers at San Luis Pass are still catching good numbers of flounder and some trout. Green water and visibility up to 2 feet have helped anglers, especially

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are fair to good along the drains on the outgoing tide. Black drum are fair around rock groins. Sand trout are good in the deep holes on shrimp. SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the deep holes and drains along the Louisiana shoreline. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. BOLIVAR: Sand trout are fair to good in the ICW on shrimp. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Redfish are fair to good in the bayous for waders tossing plastics on the incoming tide. Redfish are good at the Spillway on crabs and mullet. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair over deep mud and structures on twitchbaits. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

when the tide is moving quickly. Scented plastics in chartreuse colors, along with swimbaits have caught fish. Waders should wear warm wading gear, as water temperatures are low. Along with flounder and trout, sand trout have also been caught in decent numbers in guts.

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WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for waders 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 fair to good in the holes in Moses Lake on crabs and scented plastics. Sand trout are fair to good on peeled shrimp. FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous. Sheepshead are fair around piers and rocks on shrimp. Trout are good in the river while drifting.

Snapper, sheepshead and more BROWNSVILLE SHIP CHANNEL — A good mangrove snapper bite near pilings has been the ticket when the wind kicks up and the weather gets cold, according to anglers. With water temperatures in the low 50s, throwing live shrimp and chunked bait is producing large mangroves, solid numbers of sheepshead and the occasional redfish and trout. When the wind is right, boats have been pulling fish from the riprap on the south side of the channel. When the water warms up later in the day, try the mud banks for feeding redfish, but fish the baits slowly. —­Conor­Harrison

PORT O’CONNOR: Redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud and drop–offs near reefs on plastics. Redfish are fair at the mouths of drains on soft plastics and gold spoons. ROCKPORT: Redfish are fair to good at California Hole on shrimp. Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the channel on scented plastics and mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel. Redfish are good on the flats on the incoming tide. CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair good in the Humble Channel and around Emmords Hole on crabs and shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp, scented plastics and plastic shrimp. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and rocks on Corkies, MirrOlures and top-waters.

Redfish are fair on the edge of the Land Cut on plastics tipped with shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the spoils on soft plastics. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on plastic shrimp around grass holes. Trout and redfish are fair on muddy shorelines and on the edge of the ICW on Corkies and scented plastics. SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair 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: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics and scented plastics. Redfish are fair in the deep holes and along the edge of the channel on scented plastics and jigs tipped with shrimp. —­TPWD


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NATIONAL Apply now for 2014 Arizona pronghorn antelope and elk Hunters thinking of pursuing pronghorn or elk in Arizona next season need to mark their calendars for Feb. 11, 2014. Hunters may now begin applying for hunt permit-tags issued through the drawing process by downloading a paper application form at and submitting it by mail or by hand delivery. Paper applications may be submitted to Arizona Game and Fish Department, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. An online application service is anticipated to be available by midJanuary. The draw deadline for all applications is 7 p.m. MST on Feb. 11, 2014. A 2014 hunting license or combination hunting/fishing license is required to apply for the draw. Licenses may be purchased at the time you are applying for the draw, or separately online or at authorized license dealers or Game and Fish offices. Licenses are now valid for one year rather than just for the calendar year. You must have a valid license as of the date of application to be eligible for the draw. The 2014 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information regulations booklet has been posted online at —­AZGFD

Pheasants Forever hits record membership Pheasants Forever and its quail division, Quail Forever, the national nonprofit devoted to wildlife habitat conservation, has set an all-time membership record with 141,314 active members located throughout the United States and Canada. With upland habitat loss reaching historic modern levels in recent years, the record total indicates a growing concern for pheasant, quail and wildlife habitat conservation. PF said in 2013, about 1.6 million acres were removed from the federal Conservation Reserve Program and converted to cropland and the conversion of native prairie to crop-producing lands has accelerated in the upper Midwest, particularly the Dakotas and Nebraska, increasing habitat protection awareness. —­Pheasants­Forever

UCF Team Wins Bassmaster College Series Regional Kyle Oliver and Hunter McKamey of the University of Central Florida overcame a cold front to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional on Lake Okeechobee with a two-day total of 39 pounds, 12 ounces. In practice, the record field of

130 college teams enjoyed clear skies and 80-degree weather, but frigid temperatures and 25 mileper-hour winds the night before competition changed the bass bite and the anglers’ plans. Fishing a vast pad field with Zoom Speed Worms and Gambler Burner Worms, the UCF team caught fish that were preparing to spawn, as well as bass moving out of the spawning areas due to the cold. “The spot we were fishing had prespawn fish coming in, and the cold weather made the fish that were in the reeds come out,” Oliver said. “So all those fish merged in our spot. We probably caught 30 fish today and 40 fish yesterday.” Jake Gipson and Charlie Hurst of the University of Alabama finished second, followed by Kyle Smith and Shelby Concon of the University of Florida. —­­B.A.S.S.

Scot Storm Named 2014 DU Artist of the Year Wildlife artist Scot Storm, of Freeport, Minn., has been named the Ducks Unlimited 2014 Artist of the Year. A full-time wildlife artist since 1999, Storm won the 2004-2005 Federal Duck Stamp Contest and was also named DU’s Artist of the Year in 2005. His “Tranquil Waters” painting, which depicts a trio of wood ducks, took top honors in this year’s DU art contest. Storm’s passion for waterfowl,

however, stretches far beyond his canvas. For the past seven years, Storm and his brother have mentored young hunters by coordinating an annual waterfowl hunting trip to North Dakota. Ducks Unlimited’s art program has raised more than $300 million for the organization’s wetlands conservation mission over 40 years, $36 million of which has come from the Artist of the Year program. “Tranquil Waters” limited-edition prints and canvases will be available exclusively at Ducks Unlimited events beginning this month. —­DU

Bowtech acquires Excalibur, enters crossbow market Bowtech, the Eugene, Oregon compound bow and archery accessory manufacturer, has acquired Excalibur Crossbow, Inc., a leading crossbow manufacturer based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. “Excalibur is a perfect addition to our company’s product and brand portfolio,” said Ron Johnson, CEO of Bowtech. —­Bowtech

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state had not gone without at least one fatality in a year since it began tracking boating accidents in 1965, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The number of reported boating accidents also decreased, from 44 in 2012 to 31 in 2013. “That’s what diligent law enforcement, coupled by expanded, excellent boating safety education, can do,” said Herb Angell, Nebraska’s boating law administrator. The state has averaged five boating-related deaths a year since 1965. There were eight fatalities in 2012. The state certified 2,410 students in 169 boater safety classes in 2013. —­­NGPC

Reward offered for New Mexico poachers The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the apprehension of an individual or individuals believed to have illegally killed four deer and then dumped the carcasses near Alamogordo. The deer carcasses were found Dec. 1. Most of the meat and the head of one deer had been removed. Several bags of deer meat also were found at the site. The person who found the carcasses reported seeing a maroon Ford F-150 pickup in the area of the dump site. —­NMDGF

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Sun | Moon | Tides Texas Coast Tides Sabine Pass, north Date Time Jan 10 5:36 AM Jan 11 6:21 AM Jan 12 7:01 AM Jan 13 12:23 AM Jan 14 12:54 AM Jan 15 1:22 AM Jan 16 1:50 AM Jan 17 2:22 AM Jan 18 3:00 AM Jan 19 3:44 AM Jan 20 4:40 AM Jan 21 12:48 AM Jan 22 1:42 AM Jan 23 2:37 AM Jan 24 3:32 AM

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Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Date Time Jan 10 5:50 AM Jan 11 6:27 AM Jan 12 7:02 AM Jan 13 7:42 AM Jan 14 8:27 AM Jan 15 12:46 AM Jan 16 1:45 AM Jan 17 2:47 AM Jan 18 3:29 AM Jan 19 4:06 AM Jan 20 12:31 AM Jan 21 1:09 AM Jan 22 1:44 AM Jan 23 2:23 AM Jan 24 3:14 AM

San Luis Pass

Date Time Jan 10 6:29 AM Jan 11 7:12 AM Jan 12 7:49 AM Jan 13 12:02 AM Jan 14 12:39 AM Jan 15 1:17 AM Jan 16 1:56 AM Jan 17 2:35 AM Jan 18 3:16 AM Jan 19 4:04 AM Jan 20 12:18 AM Jan 21 1:12 AM Jan 22 2:08 AM Jan 23 3:04 AM Jan 24 3:59 AM

Freeport Harbor Date Time Jan 10 5:21 AM Jan 11 6:08 AM Jan 12 6:51 AM Jan 13 7:31 AM Jan 14 8:07 AM Jan 15 8:40 AM Jan 16 9:09 AM Jan 17 2:02 AM Jan 18 12:22 AM Jan 19 12:41 AM Jan 20 12:56 AM Jan 21 1:13 AM Jan 22 1:39 AM Jan 23 2:16 AM Jan 24 3:02 AM

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Solunar | Sun times | Moon times

Moon Phases Full


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Jan. 24

Legend: Major=2 hours. Minor=1 hour. Times centered on the major-minor window. F=Full Moon, N=New Moon, Q=Quarter > = Peak Activity. For other locations, subtract 1 minute per 12 miles east of a location, and add 1 minute per 12 miles west of a location.

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Port O’Connor Date Jan 10 Jan 11 Jan 12 Jan 13 Jan 14 Jan 15 Jan 16 Jan 17 Jan 18 Jan 19 Jan 20 Jan 21 Jan 22 Jan 23 Jan 24



Jan. 16

Time 8:01 AM 9:42 PM 9:36 AM 10:14 AM 10:48 AM 11:19 AM 12:07 AM 12:52 AM 1:51 AM 1:28 PM 2:39 AM 3:26 AM 4:13 AM 5:00 AM 5:51 AM


Date Time Jan 10 8:39 AM Jan 11 9:26 AM Jan 12 12:02 AM Jan 13 12:45 AM Jan 14 1:31 AM Jan 15 2:17 AM Jan 16 3:00 AM Jan 17 3:42 AM Jan 18 4:21 AM Jan 19 5:03 AM Jan 20 5:59 AM Jan 21 4:24 AM Jan 22 5:35 AM Jan 23 6:24 AM Jan 24 7:11 AM

Port Aransas

Date Time Jan 10 5:32 AM Jan 11 6:16 AM Jan 12 6:57 AM Jan 13 7:33 AM Jan 14 8:06 AM Jan 15 8:36 AM Jan 16 12:46 AM Jan 17 1:35 AM Jan 18 2:24 AM Jan 19 3:17 AM Jan 20 4:18 AM Jan 21 12:41 AM Jan 22 1:34 AM Jan 23 2:24 AM Jan 24 3:14 AM

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DOWN 1. A crab 2. An underwater growth 3. Female turkey 4. Underwater growth fish hide in 6. Long-armed tree dwellers 7. Fish to be 9. Treats hides 10. Angler’s name for large bass 12. Hunting, fishing permit 13. Valuable commercial catch 14. A method of preparing fish 16. The roe 18. The slot for the bowstring 20. Trapping gear 22. The fur seeker 24. Term for a man-made game trail 25. Name for a floating fly 26. Sage, blue or spruce

2014 Jan 10 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun 13 Mon 14 Tue > 15 Wed > 16 Thu F 17 Fri > 18 Sat > 19 Sun 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu Q 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 Sun 27 Mon 28 Tue 29 Wed >

2014 A.M. Jan Minor Major 10 Fri 12:48 7:00 11 Sat 1:31 7:43 12 Sun 2:14 8:27 13 Mon 2:58 9:10 14 Tue > 3:42 9:54 15 Wed > 4:27 10:39 16 Thu F 5:13 11:24 17 Fri > 5:59 ----18 Sat > 6:47 12:36 19 Sun 7:35 1:24 20 Mon 8:23 2:12 21 Tue 9:11 3:00 22 Wed 10:00 3:49 23 Thu Q 10:50 4:38 24 Fri 11:40 5:28 25 Sat 12:05 6:18 26 Sun 12:56 7:10 27 Mon 1:48 8:03 28 Tue 2:42 8:57 29 Wed > 3:38 9:53

2014 A.M. Jan Minor 10 Fri 1:01 11 Sat 1:45 12 Sun 2:28 13 Mon 3:11 14 Tue > 3:55 15 Wed > 4:40 16 Thu F 5:26 17 Fri > 6:13 18 Sat > 7:00 19 Sun 7:48 20 Mon 8:36 21 Tue 9:25 22 Wed 10:14 23 Thu Q 11:03 24 Fri 11:54 25 Sat 12:18 26 Sun 1:09 27 Mon 2:01 28 Tue 2:55 29 Wed > 3:51

Easy blackened redfish

39. Field area populated by quail 40. A shell that fails to fire 41. A type of fishing lure 42. Teeth can reveal this in some game

Major 7:13 7:57 8:40 9:23 10:07 10:52 11:38 12:02 12:49 1:37 2:25 3:14 4:02 4:51 5:41 6:32 7:23 8:17 9:11 10:06

P.M. Minor 1:00 1:43 2:26 3:09 3:53 4:38 5:23 6:09 6:56 7:43 8:32 9:21 10:11 11:02 11:54 12:20 1:12 2:06 3:00 3:56

Major 7:12 7:55 8:38 9:21 10:05 10:49 11:34 ----12:45 1:33 2:21 3:10 3:59 4:50 5:41 6:33 7:27 8:21 9:16 10:11

SUN Rises 7:17 7:17 7:17 7:17 7:17 7:16 7:16 7:16 7:16 7:16 7:15 7:15 7:15 7:15 7:14 7:14 7:13 7:13 7:12 7:12

Sets 5:38 5:39 5:40 5:41 5:42 5:42 5:43 5:44 5:45 5:46 5:47 5:48 5:48 5:49 5:50 5:51 5:52 5:53 5:54 5:55

P.M. Minor Major 1:05 7:17 1:49 8:01 2:32 8:44 3:15 9:27 3:59 10:11 4:43 10:55 5:29 11:40 6:15 12:04 7:01 12:51 7:49 1:38 8:37 2:26 9:26 3:15 10:16 4:05 11:07 4:55 11:59 5:46 12:25 6:39 1:18 7:32 2:11 8:26 3:06 9:21 4:01 10:16

SUN Rises 7:29 7:29 7:29 7:29 7:29 7:29 7:29 7:28 7:28 7:28 7:27 7:27 7:27 7:26 7:26 7:25 7:25 7:24 7:24 7:23

MOON Sets Rises Sets 5:37 1:41p 2:43a 5:37 2:24p 3:38a 5:38 3:09p 4:31a 5:39 3:57p 5:20a 5:40 4:48p 6:06a 5:41 5:40p 6:49a 5:42 6:33p 7:28a 5:43 7:26p 8:04a 5:44 8:19p 8:39a 5:45 9:13p 9:11a 5:46 10:07p 9:43a 5:47 11:02p 10:16a 5:48 NoMoon 10:50a 5:49 NoMoon 11:28a 5:50 12:59a 12:09p 5:51 2:01a 12:55p 5:52 3:03a 1:47p 5:53 4:06a 2:46p 5:53 5:06a 3:50p 5:54 6:01a 4:58p

P.M. Minor Major 1:12 7:24 1:56 8:08 2:39 8:51 3:22 9:34 4:06 10:18 4:50 11:02 5:36 11:47 6:22 12:11 7:08 12:58 7:56 1:45 8:44 2:33 9:33 3:22 10:23 4:12 11:14 5:02 ----- 5:53 12:32 6:46 1:25 7:39 2:18 8:33 3:13 9:28 4:08 10:23

SUN Rises 7:29 7:29 7:28 7:28 7:28 7:28 7:28 7:28 7:28 7:28 7:27 7:27 7:27 7:26 7:26 7:26 7:25 7:25 7:24 7:24

MOON Sets Rises Sets 5:51 1:54p 2:45a 5:52 2:38p 3:39a 5:53 3:24p 4:31a 5:54 4:12p 5:20a 5:55 5:02p 6:07a 5:56 5:53p 6:50a 5:56 6:45p 7:30a 5:57 7:37p 8:07a 5:58 8:29p 8:43a 5:59 9:21p 9:17a 6:00 10:14p 9:50a 6:01 11:08p 10:24a 6:02 NoMoon 11:00a 6:02 12:04a 11:39a 6:03 1:02a 12:21p 6:04 2:02a 1:08p 6:05 3:04a 2:01p 6:06 4:06a 3:00p 6:07 5:06a 4:04p 6:08 6:03a 5:12p

P.M. Minor 1:26 2:09 2:52 3:35 4:19 5:04 5:49 6:35 7:22 8:09 8:58 9:47 10:37 11:28 ----12:45 1:38 2:32 3:26 4:22

Major 7:38 8:21 9:04 9:47 10:31 11:15 ----12:24 1:11 1:59 2:47 3:36 4:25 5:15 6:07 6:59 7:53 8:47 9:41 10:37

SUN Rises 07:55 07:55 07:55 07:55 07:55 07:54 07:54 07:54 07:54 07:53 07:53 07:52 07:52 07:51 07:51 07:50 07:50 07:49 07:49 07:48

Sets 05:51 05:52 05:53 05:54 05:55 05:56 05:57 05:58 05:59 06:00 06:01 06:02 06:03 06:04 06:05 06:06 06:07 06:08 06:09 06:10

MOON Rises 1:40p 2:24p 3:10p 3:58p 4:48p 5:39p 6:31p 7:24p 8:16p 9:08p 10:01p 10:55p 11:51p NoMoon 12:49a 1:50a 2:52a 3:54a 4:54a 5:50a

MOON Rises 1:58p 2:40p 3:26p 4:14p 5:04p 5:57p 6:50p 7:45p 8:39p 9:33p 10:28p 11:25p NoMoon 12:23a 1:23a 2:26a 3:29a 4:32a 5:32a 6:27a

Sets 2:33a 3:27a 4:19a 5:08a 5:54a 6:38a 7:18a 7:55a 8:30a 9:04a 9:37a 10:11a 10:47a 11:25a 12:08p 12:55p 1:48p 2:47p 3:51p 4:58p

Sets 3:08a 4:04a 4:57a 5:46a 6:32a 7:14a 7:53a 8:28a 9:01a 9:33a 10:04a 10:36a 11:10a 11:46a 12:26p 1:12p 2:04p 3:02p 4:07p 5:16p


1 pound ground venison 4 large red bell peppers (red peppers retain their color and sweetness when baked) 1 1/2 cups tortilla or corn chips 1 can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup water 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 2 cloves garlic, mined or mashed 1 tbsp. chile powder 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. oregano leaves

29. The underside of a bow 33. To check game tracks for freshness 34. Term for a missed shot 36. A name for bait used for large bass 37. The gun safety

A.M. Minor Major 12:41 6:53 1:24 7:36 2:07 8:20 2:51 9:03 3:35 9:47 4:20 10:32 5:06 11:17 5:52 ----6:40 12:29 7:28 1:17 8:16 2:05 9:04 2:53 9:53 3:42 10:43 4:31 11:33 5:21 12:01 6:11 12:49 7:03 1:41 7:56 2:35 8:50 3:31 9:46

San Antonio

Venison-stuffed peppers

46. They fly in formation

A.M. Minor Major 12:35 6:48 1:19 7:31 2:02 8:14 2:45 8:57 3:29 9:41 4:14 10:26 5:00 11:12 5:47 11:58 6:34 12:23 7:22 1:11 8:10 1:59 8:59 2:48 9:48 3:36 10:37 4:25 11:28 5:15 ----- 6:06 12:43 6:58 1:35 7:51 2:30 8:45 3:25 9:40


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Craig Nyhus

Managing Editor

4 redfish fillets (about 6 oz. each) 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp. lemon pepper 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. salt 1 1/4 cups Italian-style salad dressing Preheat oven to 365 degrees. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low heat; cool to room temperature.

Cut the peppers in half lengthwise, discard seeds and stems. Arrange, hollow side up, in a 9x13 shallow casserole or baking pan. Cook the venison, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, and chile powder in a frying pan over medium heat until meat is done. Stir frequently, breaking the meat into small pieces. Break chips into small pieces and mix into the meat with the olives. Spoon mixture evenly into pepper shells, then pour tomato sauce evenly over top and sprinkle each with cheese. Pour water around peppers and bake, uncovered, in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes or until peppers are tender when pierced. —­ Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the cayenne pepper, black pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder and salt. Set aside. Dip the redfish fillets into the melted butter, then coat with the seasoning mixture. In a large skillet over high heat, sear fish on each side for 2 minutes or until slightly charred. Place in a baking dish and pour the Italian dressing onto each filet. Cover baking dish and bake in oven for 15-18 minutes or until flaky and tender. —­


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PROTEIN HELPS: Bucks looked good across much of the state, especially on ranches that practiced some form of supplemental feeding. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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there have been good harvest numbers and a good fawn crop, which led to people harvesting more deer because they realize they need to.” Cain said he had heard of several exceptional deer killed in South and East Texas, which he said reflected the good range conditions. “The deer were full of fat,” he said. “We didn’t see the big mast crops, so that helped pull deer to feeders and the rut is still going in South Texas. It really began about Dec. 20 and is still running. We had some cooler weather this season with some cold fronts in

November, so maybe that helped get deer moving and hunters out in the field.” Cain said range conditions in most places are favorable, which will help bucks after the rut and give them an edge heading into the spring. “It was another great year for Texas,” he said. “We are above our longterm averages for overall deer numbers.” South of San Antonio, biologist Matt Reidy said the rut was exceptionally visible in his area of Atascosa County. “It was really cool this season,” he said. “Obviously, the

deer always have a rut, but it was really pronounced and visible this year. It was really phenomenal right before Christmas.” Reidy said does and bucks are in good condition and a new growth of winter forbs will help. “We’ve had average rainfall this year, but it is still pretty good overall,” he said. “If every year going forward is like 2013, we will be in really good shape.” In East Texas, TPWD District Leader Gary Calkins said it was a weird year, but successful for many. “All in all, it was a little strange this season,” he said. “As far as buck quality, there were some

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fantastic deer killed. East Texas is really showing what it can do now that some of the bucks are getting some age on them. Antler quality was up throughout the age classes. We saw a lot of 2 1/2-year-old deer that had more than a 13-inch spread. “The age classes are showing fantastic antler development.” Calkins said the season got off to a slow start, but steadily picked up steam as the season went along. “It was a tough early season but very steady,” he said. “This year, the mast crop was very spotty. If you found a tree with acorns, it was loaded, but the deer were hitting feeders heavy. Now, hunting pressure pushed a lot of deer nocturnal pretty quickly, but if you had patience, it wasn’t too hard to shoot a deer. “Overall, it was a successful season.” Deer processors also reported a good year. Darrell Brizendine of Brizendine’s Deer Processing in Bertram said overall numbers remained similar to last season, but antler quality and body weights were up significantly. “It was a better than average year for body weight and antler quality,” Brizendine said. “Considerably better than last year, for sure. We had lots of big bucks come through. “It is amazing what a little rain will do.” Remaining season dates: North Zone — Closed. South Zone — Runs through Jan. 19. Youth Only — Runs through Jan. 19 across the state. Muzzleloader — Jan. 6-19 (58 counties). Late Antlerless and Spike — North Zone: Jan. 6-Jan. 19. South Zone: Jan. 20-Feb. 2. Check TPWD for more regulations.

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“The birds we have been killing are mostly pintails and shovelers,” he said, “although I saw a lot more pintails last season than this season.” Around Brownsville, Friedricks said hunters in that area are shooting some redheads and pintails, but the numbers are not what they have been in seasons’ past. “The goose hunters are hammering them on green fields,” he said. “Winter rye and winter wheat fields are pulling a bunch of birds.” In Comanche County, hunters saw waves of pintails coming to tanks after Christmas, only to have them leave the area by New Year’s Day. Farther down the coast, Daniel Kubeka of Run-N-Gun Adventures in Matagorda expressed similar sentiments on his hunting report. “Waterfowl season has been subpar for our standards,” he said. “Yes, we have had some awesome hunts, but we have also had some not-so-stellar hunts as well. Just when things start heading in the right direction, the birds or weather throw us a huge curve ball. Conceal, conceal and concealing some more has been the name of the game, and getting out of the comfy blinds and getting down and dirty with them has paid off the best. “Obviously, shooting ability plays a large part in the total.” In East Texas, there are plenty of ducks, but also plenty of unpressured water. The recent cold snap moved some birds out, but also moved some in, especially late-season mallards. Many hunters have reported good shoots ahead of cold fronts with limited numbers of decoys and light calling. Internet reports indicate good shoots in Stephens and Erath counties, along with solid action in the playa lakes still holding water in the Panhandle. — Staff report

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Prime Time | January OUTDOOR CHANNEL Western Extreme Whitetail Freaks Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector Gregg Ritz’s Hunt Masters Heartland Bowhunter Heartland Waterfowl Territories Wild Ultimate Buck Zone The Best of the West Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell Pro Hunt Journal RMEF Team Elk Ram Outdoorsman OUTDOOR CHANNEL Tecomate Whitetail Nation American Birdhunter ScentBlocker’s Most Wanted Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild Mossy Oak’s Hunting the Country Driven with Pat and Nicole Deadliest Hunts ATK’s Grateful Nation Eastman’s Hunting TV Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell Primos Truth About Hunting Mossy Oak’s Hunting the Country PSE’s Wild Outdoors OUTDOOR CHANNEL Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots The Best Defense Shooting Gallery Shooting USA American Rifleman TV Midway USA’s Gun Stories The Best Defense Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell Shooting USA Midway USA’s Gun Stories OUTDOOR CHANNEL Wardens Presented by Streamlight Jack Link’s Major League Fishing FOXPRO Furtakers Tecomate Whitetail Nation Bow Madness RMEF Team Elk PSE’s Wild Outdoors Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell Crush with Lee and Tiffany Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector Driven with Pat and Nicole OUTDOOR CHANNEL Trev Gowdy’s Monster Fish The Hunt for Big Fish Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show Bottom Feeders Arrow Affliction Alaska Outdoors Television Gold Fever RMEF Team Elk Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell Wardens Presented by Streamlight Heartland Waterfowl OUTDOOR CHANNEL Bottom Feeders Buccaneers and Bones Gridiron Outdoors Steve’s Alaska Adventures SCI Expedition Safari Trophy Quest The Best of the West Under Wild Skies Western Extreme Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild Cabela’s American Archer Arrow Affliction OUTDOOR CHANNEL Mathews TV with Dave Watson Crush with Lee and Tiffany Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures Wildgame Nation Realtree Outdoors Primos Truth About Hunting NRA All Access Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector Adventure Bowhunter Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures Realtree Outdoors Wildgame Nation

PURSUIT CHANNEL F&Ts Freedom Outdoors Avian X Sport Fishing TV The Hitmen Turkey Thugs The Outdoor Option Chasing Waters Make Ready TV Midwest Outdoors Northwest Hunter Trophy Time TV TNT Outdoor Explosion Winchester & Drurys Natural Born PURSUIT CHANNEL Fish PAA National Walleye Tour Lake Commandos Bob Redfern Outdoor Magazine Scott Martin Challenge Hank Parker Outdoor Magazine Cabelas Fisherman Handbook Fishing Texas Lake Commandos Bob Redfern Outdoor Magazine Scott Martin Challenge Hank Parker Outdoor Magazine Cabelas Fisherman Handbook PURSUIT CHANNEL Fish PAA Deer & Wildlife Stories Long Range Pursuit Man verses Elk Gamekeepers of Mossy Oak Get in the Game Avian X TomBob Outdoors Flatliners The Hunting Show The High Road w/Keith Warren The Hitmen Turkey Call PURSUIT CHANNEL The High Road w/Keith Warren Bowhunting Addiction Outdoor Edges The Great Outdoors Turkey Call Backland Outdoors Trophy Time TV KT Diaries Where in the World is Colorado Buck Big Boys TNT Outdoor Explosion Gamekeepers of Mossy Oak Carnivore American Trigger Sports PURSUIT CHANNEL National Bird Dog Circuit Make Ready TV Trigger Time American Airgunner American Trigger Sports Freedom Fighters - Blaine Goodloe - 3 Gun Nation Goodloe - 3 Gun Nation Ammo & Attitude The Right Stuff Fight Night Fight Night Fight Night PURSUIT CHANNEL Trigger Time Turkey Call Spur Chasers Turkey Thugs Avian X Fishing Texas Hunting with HECS Boondock Boys The Outdoor Shopper The Outdoor Shopper Backland Outdoors Turkey Thugs Gamekeepers of Mossy Oak PURSUIT CHANNEL Where in the World is Colorado Buck Make Ready TV Turkey Thugs The High Road w/Keith Warren Inside the Obsession Winchester & Drury’s Natural Born Turkey Call Get in the Game Brush Country Monsters Wallhanger TV Hunting with HECS Wingshooting USA

Good through March 31. Go to for up-to-date information. SPORTSMAN CHANNEL MeatEater-Hardest Hunts MeatEater-Hardest Hunts Guns & Ammo Guns & Gear TV Hot Shots Personal Defense TV TAC TV Gun Talk TV Guns & Ammo Guns & Gear TV Hot Shots Personal Defense TV TAC TV SPORTSMAN CHANNEL MeatEater-Hardest Hunts MeatEater-Hardest Hunts Realtree’s Monster Bucks Major League Bowhunter Elite Archery’s Respect the Game TV Whitetail Properties Dreams to Reality Savage Outdoors Brad Farris’ Game Plan Realtree’s Monster Bucks Major League Bowhunter Elite Archery’s Respect the Game TV

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SPORTSMAN CHANNEL Bullets And Broadheads Maximum Outdoors TV Pigman: The Series Predator Nation Petersen’s Hunting The Season with Justin Martin Dead Dog Walkin’ Dog Soldier TV Pigman: The Series Predator Nation Petersen’s Hunting The Season with Justin Martin Dead Dog Walkin’

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Jarrett Edwards Outdoors WORLD FISHING NETWORK Wild Fish Wild Places Guided with Mark Melnyk Fishing 411 Fish’n Canada Fishing With Joe Bucher World Fishing Journal BC Outdoors Sport Fishing Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing Fish TV IGFA Saltwater Adventures Guided with Mark Melnyk WORLD FISHING NETWORK Strikezone The Bass Doctor Inside Sportfishing Krappie Kings | Spider Rig Crappie of Reelfoot Lake John Gillespie’s Water & Woods Fishful Thinker | Cold Front Bassin’ Extreme Angler TV Big City Fishing The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons Kayak Bassin’ TV The Bass Doctor WORLD FISHING NETWORK Inside Sportfishing The New Fly Fisher Musky Hunter Fishing 411 The Next Bite TV Timmy Horton Outdoors Big Coast Sportfishing Fishful Thinker | Small Boat, Big Fun Valentine Warner: Coast to Coast Inside Sportfishing

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Quack Shack Duck Show airing on The Sportsman Channel The boys from the Quack Shack duck calls are relentless in their pursuit of migrating ducks. Join hosts Scott Keith and Cameron Kuenzer as they “Call’em & Kill’em.” The anticipation of whistling wings at sunrise is what these guys live for, and cutting up a flock of cupped mallards is what they do best. Tag along with the Quack Shack for duck calling advice, barrel-melting action, and plenty of fun and laughter from the duck blind. On Monday’s 7:30 a.m. and Wednesday’s 1:30 a.m. Episode: Join host Scott Keith and the Quack Shack Team as they hunt a hot duck hole on the opening day of the Texas duck season. On Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. and Monday’s 2 a.m. All-New Episode: Join host Scott Keith and the Quack Shack Team as they travel to Pottsboro, Texas, for the opening of big duck season. The Quack Shack boys have been hammering the ducks across the state recently, from the coast to Archer County to Wichita Falls, according to their Facebook page. Check out Scott Keith holding straps with everyone else’s ducks at shack. The crew from LSON hosted the boys from the Quack Shack earlier this season at the Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club near Rockport. Check local listings for the hunt to air on The Sportsman Channel later this year. Also, check out a short video of the guys giving calling tips at

NBC SPORTS CHANNEL NBC Sports Channel has moved their outdoor programming to mornings and midday time slots.

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Carey said it is pointless to leave the docks before 10 a.m., as the water temperatures are too low before then. “It is a get up late, stay late kind of fishing,” he said. “It got cold quick this year, but the ideal water temperature is about 45 degrees. We caught several fish in the 15- and 16-pound range yesterday afternoon.” On Lake Tawakoni, guide Tony Parker said the striper fishing is good when you can find the fish. “The bite has been a little bit off because the water temperature has been a little low,” Parker said. “I like to see it around 46 or 47 degrees. The fish are suspended right now near the big balls of shad. We have been deadsticking for them and been catching some good fish — it’s just a matter of finding them.” Parker said he is catching fish up to 12 pounds, with some big blue catfish mixed in the schools. “I’ve seen a couple bigger than that,” he said. Farther south, good reports have emerged from Lake Livingston, where the striper action has been very good the past few days. Deadsticking small chartreuse and white jigs have been catching eating-sized fish in 25-40 feet of water. The water temperatures remain in the low 50s and the schooling action has been good, according to multiple anglers. BIG BOYS: Denison anglers Chad and Mike Shaffer with their 11- and 12-pound Texoma stripers. Photo by Striper Express Guide Service.

Striper Express, (903) 224-8907 Tony Parker, (903) 348-1619

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TYLER ALLEN was hunting with his grandfather in Bandera County and harvested his first white-tailed buck.

DEREK STEFFEK with his 30-inch auodad ram taken on Nov. 30 at Riley’s Ridge on the Twisters Ranch in Llano County. BROOKE HANNASCH, 9, from Boerne, shot her first whitetail with her dad — this 9-point buck — on the family ranch in Brady.

FRANKIE SILVA caught two 24-inch speckled trout with a popping cork and live shrimp on the Laguna Vista Flats. KELLI THORNTON with her stunning Wyoming mule deer on a do-it-yourself hunt on public lands with her husband, Gray. AVERY LIARDON took this buck on the family ranch west of Waco this season after hunting one section of the ranch the past three seasons waiting on an old buck.


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LANE FERGUSON holds a big catfish he caught with his dad, Chad.


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DATEBOOK January 9-12

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

January 10-12

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

January 11

January 16-19

January 23

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

Premier Gun Shows Houston-Pasadena Gun Show Pasadena Convention Center (817) 732-1194

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

January 23-26

January 31-February 1

January 17-19

Kayak Angler Tournament Series Lake Conroe (512) 719-4386

Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show Austin Convention Center

January 17-18

Kayak Angler Tournament Series Decker Lake (512) 719-4386

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

January 11-12

January 18-19

Texas Gun and Knife Shows Abilene Show Abilene Civic Center (830) 285-0575

Magpul Industries moving to Texas Magpul Industries announced today that it is relocating its operations to Wyoming and Texas. The company is relocating manufacturing, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyo. Magpul is moving its corporate headquarters to Texas. Three North Central Texas sites are under final consideration, and the transition to the Texas headquarters will begin as soon as the facility is selected. The Texas relocation is being accomplished with support from Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Economic Development Corporation. “Magpul made the decision to relocate in March 2013 and has proceeded on an aggressive but deliberate path,” said Doug Smith, chief operating officer for Magpul Industries. “These dual moves will be carried out in a manner that ensures our operations and supply chain will not be interrupted and our loyal customers will not be affected.” The company began a nationwide search for a new base of operations after legislation was enacted in Colorado that dramatically limits the sale of firearms accessories – the core of Magpul’s business. Magpul plans on initially transitioning 92 percent of its current workforce outside of Colorado within 12-16 months and will maintain only limited operations in Colorado. “Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” said Richard Fitzpatrick, CEO for Magpul Industries. “This relocation will also improve business operations and logistics as we utilize the strengths of Texas and Wyoming in our expansion.” —­Magpul

Premier Gun Shows Mesquite Rodeo Gun Show Mesquite Rodeo Exhibition Center (817) 732-1194

January 25

Texas Deer Association Superior Genetics Deer Auction San Antonio (210) 767-8300

January 25-26

Safari Club International El Paso Chapter Safari Nights 11th Annual Gala El Paso (915) 478-8505

San Antonio Boat and Travel Trailer Show The Alamodome

Simmons Custom Boats Baffin Cup 2014 Bluff’s Landing Marina and Lodge, Corpus Christi (979) 299-8172

January 31-February 9 DFW Winter Boat Expo Dallas Market Hall (469) 500-6155

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