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Bottle cap art

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Restaurant murals of redfish, trout By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The bar and restaurant is usually full of regulars, but newcomers stop and stare at the art on the walls. At Pop’s Tavern and Café on the north side of Rockport, owner Tracy Goodwin said the idea came during a remodel. “When we were doing an add-on to the bathrooms, we knew we wanted a mural,” Goodwin said. “But we wanted something different. We wanted a fish, so we started saving bottle caps from the bar and about seven of us did the work.” The bottle cap art murals include a large redfish and speckled trout, along with a U.S. and Texas flag. Goodwin, who has owned what locals call “Pop’s Place” since 1993, said out-oftowners especially notice the murals. The regulars consist of locals, fishing guides and many of the airboat guides who operate out of Goose Island State Park. Bill and Janet Hughs of Sachse took a trip to the coast to view whooping cranes and see the Aransas National Wildife Refuge, and stopped at Pop’s for lunch before they headed back to the refuge. “We noticed the mosaic-looking

CREATIVE: Tracy Goodwin and friends used discarded bottle caps to produce murals of redfish and speckled trout at the restaurant she has owned since 1993, Pop’s Tavern and Café in Rockport. Photos by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Scanning the Top 50 Largemouth Bass list compiled by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department brings to mind a renowned Merle Haggard lyric: “Are the good times really over for good?” Almost 74 percent of the largemouths on the list were caught pre2000 (with the first taken in 1981). Since then, only 14 of the top 15 trophy lunkers have been caught. The top 15 heavyweight bass were all caught before the turn of the century. That’s not to say largemouth bass fishing in Texas reeks. In 2014, Texan Keith Combs won the Toyota Texas Bass Classic at Lake Fork by toting 110 pounds to the scale — shattering a nationwide record for a 5-bass limit tour event by 26 pounds, 11 ounces. “I’ll put our fishing against any state’s,” said Dave Terre, TPWD’s chief of management and research for Inland Fisheries. “It’s still outstanding.”


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Lone Star Outdoor News Praise for the Texas quail season that ends Feb. 26 has been unending. Adjectives like “best ever,” “jubilee” and “incredible” are discussed around the campfire and online. Phil Lamb has hunted in the Roby, Aspermont and Hermleigh areas. “We’ve seen more quail than I’ve ever seen in my life,” he said. “Rick Snipes has more than two birds per acre near Aspermont. We’ve rarely gone longer than 20 minutes without finding a covey.” Please turn to page 5

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GOOD TIMES: Pat Kaufman laughs after receiving a bird from his friend’s dog, in an unusual fashion — between his legs. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.


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Hunting deaths up in 2016 By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

But even Lake Fork, a relative youngster among reservoirs at age 37, doesn’t churn out behemoths like it did. Twenty-eight of its largemouths on the top

Hunting-related fatalities for 2016 spiked over the previous year, mainly because hunters mistakenly thought the victims were game. Preliminary data from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department show that five people were killed due to discharge of a firearm or bow while hunting in 2016. That number is up from two deaths in 2015. Besides mistaken identity, factors contributing to the spike in deaths were shooters swinging outside a safe zone of fire, shooting while moving, and not pointing the muzzle of a loaded gun in a safe direction. Overall, there were 19 nonfatal hunting incidents, and 24 total, counting fatalities last year. Two more hunters died during 2016 in incidents that didn’t involve a firearm or bow when they fell from elevated tree stands while deer hunting. Dove hunting continues to lead the way, accounting for 29 percent of the injuries and fatalities last year. Steve Hall, hunter education manager for TPWD, said that while the fatality rate is higher this year, overall the trend has steadily decreased over the decades. Data backs

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Where do the bones go?

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According to multiple reports, St. Paul, Minnesota-based Gander Mountain Co. is preparing to file for bankruptcy. Gander Mountain spokesman Jess Myers, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Gander Mountain has “taken a vow of silence.” Gander Mountain is privately owned and operates roughly 160 stores across 27 states, including stores in Amarillo, Arlington, Beaumont, College Station, Frisco, El Paso, Houston, Lewisville, Mesquite, Round Rock, San Antonio, Sherman, Killeen, Lake Worth, Laredo, Lubbock, Sugar Land, Spring, Texarkana, Tyler, West Houston and Waco. Nearly 60 of the new stores opened in the last five years as part of an aggressive expansion plan. The company released a statement Feb. 15 discussing its financial hardships, but did not mention whether bankruptcy was imminent.

Popular guide dies James John “JJ” Kent, of Pottsboro, died Feb. 17 at UT Southwestern Medical Center following complications from heart surgery. He was 45. Kent founded Kent Outdoors in Pottsboro, where he outfitted waterfowl and deer hunters. He also was a committed supporter of Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl. Kent underwent open heart surgery on Feb. 8 but developed complications, according to family members. Hunters across the state and country posted comments on Kent’s passing. —Staff report

UNCOMMON SIGHT: Hunters are perplexed that they don’t find bones off of deer carcasses. Scavengers and other factors are reasons. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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With the multitude of deer, hogs, and other game in Texas, hunters may wonder why they rarely see old bones lying around. Chris Huey, a biologist and

longtime ranch manager at the 90,000-acre Chaparrosa Ranch, said it’s simply because deer don’t normally die out in the open. When wounded or sick, deer go to cover or water. “I hardly ever see dead carcasses in the air,” said Huey, who is often surveying the deer.

It’s not common to see antler sheds either, he said. There are 3,500 deer on the Chaparrosa, with about half being bucks, so that’s potentially 1,500 shed antlers that are out there. But Huey said he’s lucky to find half a dozen. Finding a deer carcass is even

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Angler reels in big buck out of Lake Texoma By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

When Blake Wilson went bass fishing on Lake Texoma last month, he never thought he would haul a monster buck out of the water instead of a bass. Wilson and his father-inlaw, Dane Coker, were getting in a little practice for a February fishing tournament when he saw what looked like a brush pile about 2 miles out in the lake. When the anglers got closer, they realized it was a buck. Wilson said he figured the buck could make it out by himself, but as Wilson looked back over his shoulder, he didn’t see the buck, which had slipped under the water.

more rare, he said. Coyotes and rodents are attracted to the bones. Another reason they aren’t found is because ranches are big places and walking up on a carcass might be like finding a needle in a haystack. “They’re hard to see walking

They decided to help, and the buck went under a couple more times before Wilson could grab his antlers. Wilson, an avid deer hunter, could tell the deer was exhausted. “During the rut, when bucks chase does, that’s exactly what he looked like,” Wilson said. While he held the antlers, his father-in-law guided the boat to shore. Once they were close, he jumped out into the water and dragged the buck to shore. He was alive but his breathing was shallow. “I’ve worked on a couple of deer ranches. Their chests go hard. He just didn’t seem right,” Wilson said. So while the buck was on his side, he tried giving him Please turn to page 7

Ranch owners perish in helicopter crash Lone Star Outdoor News The town of Center, Texas, and the deer breeder community suffered a giant loss after a helicopter crash took the lives of Terry and Pam Bailey, owners of High Roller Whitetails. “Our entire industry family is devastated by the news,” said Texas Deer Association Executive Director Patrick Tarlton. “Terry and Pam Bailey of High Roller Whitetails were friends to so many within TDA. Their commitment to our industry and to breeders across the country will be truly missed.” The Baileys also owned High Roller Wells, which provides water disposal and hauling services for oil and gas companies. The Baileys both perished in the crash after leaving the Shreveport Downtown Airport in their helicopter around midnight on Feb. 15, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The helicopter crashed over a swampy area of Wallace Lake in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. ANGLER TO THE RESCUE: A video showing Blake Wilson saving a large buck from drowning received more than a million hits. Photo from Blake Wilson.

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WEAPON AGAINST PIGS: A warfarin-based pesticide may be used under state-limited-use provisions to control feral hogs. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Lone Star Outdoor News At a press conference on Feb. 21, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced approval of a warfarin-based product as a state-limited-use pesticide for control of feral hogs. State-limited-use pesticides may only be bought and used by a licensed applicator or someone under the direct supervision of a licensed applicator. The pesticide, “Kaput Feral Hog Lure,” is the first toxicant to be listed specifically for use in controlling the feral hog population.

According to experts familiar with the issue, warfarin is a logical choice because it is effective in swine but requires much higher dosage levels to potentially affect other wildlife populations or livestock, according to Miller’s release. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service is supportive of the rule change and the use of warfarin for feral hog population control. The warfarin-based pesticide is different from a sodium nitrite toxicant currently being researched by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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BRINGING IT IN: Hunters are sad to see the last points and retrieves of the season, for many the best ever. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

The birds are starting to figure out the hunters, though. “This late in the season, the coveys aren’t holding as well,” Lamb said. The excellent season has Lamb, a strong conservationist, wanting to keep it that way. After 14 years of practicing law, he’s trading his suit and tie for jeans and boots at his new position of director of development at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation. Lamb also cochairs the Dallas chapter of the Steward of the Wild, a young professionals program within the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. “We’re excited to have Phil join our growing team,” said Rick Snipes, president of the RPQRF board of directors. “Our goal is to be the preeminent quail research and conservation organization in the world, and to do that we need the financial support of the quail hunting community. Phil is a passionate sportsman and conser-

vationist with a proven track record as a volunteer.” A trio of hunters in Shackelford County found the weekend of Feb. 18-19 a little tougher going, but managed seven coveys each day. Dr. Neal Leavell of Lampasas, Pat Kaufman of Belton and Maj. Murphey Morgan of Abilene hunted with pointers and a retriever, over birds that were pretty well-educated. Their hunting conditions were described as strange, with high humidity, a little drizzle and fog, but no wind. A skunk sprayed and the scent cloud was in the air for several hundred yards in each direction,” Leavell said. “It was real difficult for the dogs to hone in on the scent; I guess like the skunk spray it just hung in the air.” Lynn Perkins hunted the same weekend for blue quail near Marathon, and his group took 100 birds before noon.

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HRCH Lucy’s High Octane Ethel November 1, 2003 — February 6, 2017 Ethel, a well-known yellow lab in Dallas dove- and duck-hunting circles, made her final retrieve on Feb. 6. Owned by Liz Foster, a caterer who owns Three Rivers Catering and former Dallas Ducks Unlimited Committee chairwoman, described Ethel as a hard-working retriever with a storied life, a turbulent past and an everlasting future. Foster’s Dallas home, especially the large front porch, is a gathering spot for friends and neighbors. Originally from Louisiana, she hosts a Mardi Gras party each year, and Ethel, greeted each guest as they arrived. Ethel will miss her favorite this year, the King Cake, a Mardi Gras tradition. “A friend sent me a King Cake from Louisiana,” Foster said. “It was in a box inside of a priority mail box. I came home and it was gone. In the back yard, I found a shredded box — she had eaten the entire cake. Two days later on our morning walk, she

pooped the baby (a small toy included in one piece of each King Cake) out.” The adventures of Ethel didn’t stop there. “She was a horrible puppy,” Foster said. “She got into everything. She took an entire bail of 18 rolls of paper towels out the doggie door, one at a time through the garage and into the yard and tore every one of them up. She survived tearing up and eating one of the big, black box rat traps you see along buildings and lived to tell about it.” When it came to hunting, though, Ethel was a star. “I learned from Ethel to trust the dog’s nose,” Foster said. “A dove went down and must have walked off. Ethel kept going into a stand of prickly pears and wouldn’t give up. I pulled her away. A few minutes later, while we were pulling thorns out of the dog, I turned around and that dove walked right out of the prickly pear.” When it came to ducks, Ethel was a hard charger, Foster said. “Ethel went for a duck and it dove under,” she said. “Ethel went under to get it and didn’t come up. I was about to crawl out of my skin. Right when I was about to go in after her, she popped up 10 yards away with the duck in her mouth.” Ethel and her dog friends would hunt critters of any size when left to their own devices.

“She and her friend Hank brought a road-killed deer up to the house once,” Foster said. Foster’s previous yellow lab, Lucy, was Ethel’s mother. “They were guardians,” she said. “In the yard, one would look east and the other would look west.” After Lucy died, her ashes were spread at friend Murray Stacy’s pond at his place called Big Hill. “We were scattering Lucy’s ashes in the pond and as we were finishing the circle, Ethel had followed us in and swam through her mother’s ash cloud in the water,” Foster said. “The sun was just right and the cloud appeared yellow.” At 94 pounds in her heyday, the long and lean Ethel was huge for a female yellow lab. “The dog was fearless,” Foster said. “She was hard to snake train because she wasn’t afraid of the snakes. She lived her life like that.” Finally, Ethel’s arthritis took its toll and she couldn’t get up and down. “I thought maybe some of it was in her gut because she had gotten into and eaten a bag of rice, but it wasn’t. I could tell she was miserable,” Foster said. “It was time.” Ethel’s ashes will join Lucy’s in the same pond. “She’s picking up ducks, eating King Cakes, and surfing the counters of heaven,” her owner said. “It never sucked to be Ethel.”

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that up, showing the number of fatalities has remained under 1 per 100,000 licenses since 1992. “This is one of those years we could have prevented one or two of those incidents with hunter orange,” Hall said. In two fatalities, data shows the victims may have been more recognizable as people if they had been wearing blaze orange or if the shooter had used binoculars to clearly identify the target. One of the incidents happened last February when a 74-year-old hunter in Maverick County shot what he thought was a feral hog near dusk. It turned out to be a person wearing camo crawling under a fence and running into a nearby pasture. Another case of mistaken identity happened in April when a 56-year-old hunter in Young County mistook the victim for a red stag standing in the field next to another hunter. The shooter claimed he thought it was the two stags he saw earlier. He shot the victim near dusk, striking him in the center of the body through the spine and heart with a .30-06 bullet. The victim was wearing camo. Hall cautioned hunters to clearly identify what they are shooting at. “You can’t take a shot back,” he said. “We call that the ‘blurred vision,’ where you’re seeing what you want to see instead of what’s actually there.” Hunters swinging on game or failing to follow safety guidelines proved deadly as

well. Last January, a fatality occurred when a 45-year-old hunter swung and shot at a flushing quail in Mitchell County. The hunters had moved into thicker cover, and the victim was covered from view by a small juniper. The pellets struck the victim in the face and shoulder at about 20-25 yards away. Another incident involved dove hunting last September in Parker County. A 44-yearold hunter had just fired a shot from his double-barrel shotgun, when he turned toward the victim with a loaded second barrel. The shot discharged into the victim’s right back torso at extremely close range. The fifth fatality happened in Wise County during July. Two people were riding horses when a 56-year-old man took a shot at an armadillo with his .380 handgun, spooking the horse and causing a second shot to fire as the horse jumped. The bullet struck the victim in the elbow through the left side of his chest. Of the five deaths, only one of the shooters had taken a hunter education course. Hall pointed out that the importance of education can’t be overlooked, to which he attributes the steady decrease in deaths over the decades. “Every year has to be treated as it’s own. It’s the overall trend you look at. That’s what gives you a better indication,” Hall said.

Applications open for next game warden class Applications are being accepted through March 31 for Texas’ 62nd Texas Game Warden Cadet class. Applicants must be 21 years of age before the projected graduation date of Aug. 2018, and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to Sept. 1, 2017. Applicants must also undergo a preliminary interview, background investigation and physical skills tests focusing on agility and swimming. All cadets are required to live at the Game Warden Training Center near Hamilton for the 30-week training period. —TPWD

More pronghorn head south The Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Project completed its fifth year with 109 pronghorn transplanted from healthy populations in the Texas Panhandle to the Trans-Pecos. The pronghorn were trapped in the Pampa area and moved to an area northeast of Marfa, where pronghorn populations are depleted. —Borderlands Wildlife Research Institute


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a few chest compressions. “He grunted and spit up quite a bit of water,” Wilson said. “It worked. I was actually surprised.” He helped the buck stand, but he was too weak and collapsed. Wilson situated the buck’s legs under his body so the buck could sit up. He was able to hold his head up by himself. Wilson said he wasn’t afraid the buck, which he estimated at 180 inches, would hurt him. “I think he was in more trouble than I was,” Wilson said. That’s the last time Wilson saw his buck. After watching him from the boat for about five minutes, he and his father-in-law went fishing. They caught 11 or 12 largemouth bass that day. About five hours later, when they went by the spot they dropped off the buck, he was gone. Later, he said game wardens in the area told him they found the buck’s tracks near the beach. Jerry Shaw, an Oklahoma wildlife biologist

program supervisor, said it’s hard to say if the deer ended up surviving. “It depends on how much water and how far down in the lungs it got,” Shaw said. It also depends on if lactic acid built up in the struggling deer’s muscles and caused “capture myopathy,” a condition where the heart muscle slowly dies and affects the kidneys. It can result in death after several days. Deer are really good swimmers because their hair is hollow. Something, no doubt, scared the deer into the water, he added. Shaw said he generally doesn’t advocate people handling or trying to help wild animals because of the risk of injury to themselves. For Wilson, it has been a learning experience. Since posting the video of his rescue on Facebook, it received more than a million hits. For the most part, the attention has been positive. However, he got some hate mail, mainly from Californians who cursed him for interfering with nature and saving the deer. He figures one of them complained which

resulted in his video getting flagged on Facebook with “Warning —Graphic Video.” “These people were mad,” he added. Some people posting about the video thought the “warning” was ludicrous. “LOL to all 30 people that are mad at this! He was obviously saving the animal! You idiots!!” one woman posted. On the opposite end of that, a few people in Oklahoma admonished him for not bagging such a nice buck. But Wilson is taking it all in stride. He’s made the local TV and radio, and his video has made the rounds on Internet news sites. Now, he’s hoping his 15 minutes of fame will help him get a foothold in the hunting video business. “It actually opened quite a few doors,” Wilson said. Wilson’s video may be viewed on Lone Star Outdoor News’ Facebook page.

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Youngster aspires to be a pro By Julia C. Bunch

For Lone Star Outdoor News People know Brenten Szekely as a fisherman, and not just because his YouTube channel, Bass Finatic, is all about bass, lures and tackle equipment. “Fishing isn’t just a hobby, it’s all I do,” the 14-year-old Highland Village resident said. Szekely fishes virtually every day after school or during early mornings with his buddies. He frequents Lewisville Lake because it backs up to his house, but he’s no stranger to Lake Monticello, Lake Ray Roberts and other North Texas lakes. And for someone who only picked up a rod about four years ago, he looks like a natural on his YouTube channel. Bass Finatic videos range from tips and tricks, such as how to organize tackle, how to catch fish in cold weather fishing, product reviews and a B-roll of Szekely fishing with a GoPro strapped to his chest. Szekely says his mom, Melissa Szekely, didn’t let him play video games like other kids and encouraged him to spend time outdoors. About four years ago, one of Szekely’s friends convinced him to give fishing a try. “I thought fishing was all about patience, which I don’t have,” he said. “One day, my buddy forced me to come out to the lake and I actually caught one. After that, I was hooked.” Szekely researched techniques, fish species and lakes through other YouTube channels. “I learned almost everything I know from YouTube,” he said. “From there, I started using my own techniques and added to my arsenal.” Melissa also took note of her son’s interest and gave him fishing gear. For every holiday and birthday, Szekely asks for fishing equipment. Last year, he started reaching out to companies on social media to inquire about sponsorships. After partnering with DEDICATED ANGLER: Brenten Szekely fishes every day, often with his best friend, Carter Reed, and hopes to fish competitively in high school, college, and beyond. Photo from Melissa Szekely.

Reds and trout on the Victoria Barge Canal By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News The Victoria barge canal is one of those off-the-wall places that you don’t hear about, unless you happen to live in Victoria, work at one of the nearby plants or live in Seadrift. It’s well-known as a winter fishing hotspot for reds and trout. But truth be known, it’s a good place to fish just about any time of year. The opening of this canal can be located a mile or so south of Seadrift. From there it winds its way up through the South Texas brush for 35 miles. It was first dredged back in 1968. Since then it’s been widened to 125 feet with a depth of 12 feet. It was built so that barge traffic could move from the Intracoastal Waterway all the way up to the DuPont refinery. Since then it’s become a favorite place to fish for a lot of local anglers. The best way to access the canal is to put in at Seadrift and head south along the shoreline. You’ll see the mouth of the barge canal on your right. Once you’re in the canal, you are protected on both sides by land.

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New camp sites on Devils River

On your left will be Mission Bay. A few miles up the canal you’ll see a small barge canal on your right. That’s one place to fish. But the most popular area is the barge cut at the BP dock several miles north of the Highway 35 Bridge. “The BP dock is the best place to find winter trout and reds,” said angler Jeff Coffey. “The thing about fishing anywhere along the canal is that it’s protected from the wind. And once you idle into the BP dock, you’ve entered into a wide-open area to fish.” HIDDEN GEM: Jeff Coffey fishes the Victoria Barge Canal regularly, The winter option is especially in winter, with good results. Photo by Robert Sloan. usually the best at the BP dock. Trout and reds “I like to start fishing along the will move out of the main canal into windward shoreline,” Coffey said. “If this area of protected water. It’s big you can see mullet along the shoreenough for several boats to fish on line, fish it. That’s when I’ll start with any given day.” a top-water like a Super Spook Jr. But During the winter months, bottom if that doesn’t draw a few strikes withbumping jigs rule at the BP dock. in 30 minutes or so I’ll go to a jig on Please turn to page 11

It is on the bucket list of many Texas kayak fishermen — a trip down the Devils River to fish for smallmouth Photo by TPWD and largemouth bass in super-clear water, view ample wildlife and enjoy the rough, natural beauty of the mountainous area 66 miles north of Del Rio. Access to camp sites, though, has been a problem, as sites are often 15 miles apart. “Due to the remote location of the Devils River, safe, reliable and legal camp sites on the river are in short supply,” said Joe Joplin, Devils River State Natural Area superintendent. “The average paddler doesn’t make 15 miles in a day, and if they do, it’s not enjoyable.” To help create safe conditions for the recreational use of the Devils River and help minimize trespassing issues, the TPWD River Access and Conservation Area Program will open two paddle-up-only camp sites March 1. According to Timothy Birdsong, habitat conservation chief for TPWD’s Inland Fisheries Division, the new pack-in, pack-out camp sites aren’t designed to add more paddlers to the river, but rather to provide safe and legal stopping points for the daily limit of permitted paddlers. “The reaches of river between Baker’s Crossing, and the Del Norte and Dan A. Hughes Units of our Devils River State Natural Area are relatively long distances, so we strategically added these camp sites roughly middistance to create a more safe and enjoyable experience for paddlers,” Birdsong said. —TPWD

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Falcon’s big bass worth the drive By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Making a run to catch big bass on Lake Falcon is no big deal if you happen to be in the hunt for super-sized largemouths. That was the case with Phil Brannan who happens to live in Lumberton, just north of Beaumont. “It was a haul to be sure,” said Brannan, a longtime bass fisherman who will go just about anywhere he can to get a wall-class bass. “This was our best trip by far to Falcon. Amazingly most of the fish on this trip were from 5 to 8 pounds with one over 9 and the heaviest over 10 out of three boats. We caught very few in the 2-3 pound range.” John Hope, also on the trip, once lived in East Texas and now has a ranch in South Texas. A former guide on Houston County Lake, Hope would catch double-digit bass and implant tracking transmitters in them. He wrote columns for Honey Hole Magazine about what he found out about the daily feeding and moving habits of several bass that he ended up tracking. On this particular Falcon fishing adventure, these anglers were in windy, cloudy, foggy conditions. “The lake is down significantly, and we had to fish secondary brush lines that were normally in deep water. We used crankbaits almost exclusively except for a 10inch worm now and then,” Brannan said. “We focused most of our fishing down a 9-foot ridge that dropped off to about 25 feet. We would dig the bills down into the rocks, then let them blow off the top of the ridge and they would grab it as it came off the drop.” Brannan said many of the fish had already spawned. “A few TroKar_LoneStarOutdoorNews_TK170_LMB_2.24.17.pdf were on nests on the Mexican side 1 of the lake — those ate the big worms,” he

MAKING THE TREK: Anglers travel long distances to fish Falcon Lake, with good numbers of big bass as the reward. Photo by Phil Brannan.

said. Falcon Lake, in Starr and Zapata counties, straddles the border about 40 miles east of Laredo. The waters of the Rio Grande River formed this 28-mile-long lake behind the dam in 1954. It spans 84,000 acres. Falcon has produced 20 ShareLunkers, five over 14 pounds, and the lake record weighing 15.63 pounds was caught by guide Tommy Law in 2011. Brannan stayed at the Beacon Lodge, where they have cabins that will sleep two to three people and trailers that will sleep four to five anglers. Falcon Lake Tackle has a great lure selection and you can get your (required) Mexican fishing license there 2/9/2017 too. 3:15:55 PM

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained toward the river; 50 degrees; 1.74’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel with punch bait on a treble hook up the river. AMISTAD: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 20.34’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, crankbaits, jerkbaits and soft plastics. Striped and white bass are good on slabs and small crankbaits under birds. Catfish are good over baited holes. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 49–56 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigs and slow-rolled spinner baits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 53–57 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged worms, bladed jigs and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BASTROP: Water stained; 63–67 degrees. Black bass are very good on watermelon and watermelon red spinner baits, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers. BELTON: Water stained; 55–60 degrees; 0.81’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad and horsehead jigs. White bass are good on slabs and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and live bait. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 52–56 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, lipless crankbaits and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. BONHAM: Water stained; 51–54 degrees; 2.82’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good drifting cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on liver and shad near Dead Tree Point. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp, cheese bait and cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 51–55 degrees: 0.38’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are good on black/ blue jigs, crankbaits and worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on jigs and spinner baits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.64’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/ black jigs and Carolina-rigged black lizards along ledges in

12–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on white/chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on small spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Catfish are slow. CADDO: Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 0.70’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are good on silver spoons and jigs near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and cheese bait. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon/black Texas-rigged worms and lipless crankbaits off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on white spinner baits and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 51–55 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, Texas-rigged craws and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 20.12’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch. COLEMAN: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.31’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stink bait and cut bait. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 81 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 1.98’ low. Black bass are good on dark spinner baits and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs at Coletoville Bridge in 8–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch and shad in 8–10 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, liver and frozen shrimp. FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained; 67–75 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, spinner baits and soft jerkbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. FALCON: Water murky; 65–69

degrees; 30.75’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp and cut bait. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina-rigged soft plastics, spinner baits, lipless crankbaits, stick baits and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FORK: Water lightly stained; 52–55 degrees; 2.20’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 50–56 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and slow-rolled spinner baits with a Colorado blade. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. GRANBURY: Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are slow. GRANGER: Water stained; 62– 66 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on prepared baits in 8–18 feet. GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 51–54 degrees; 0.56’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. GREENBELT: 31’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow-running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 63–67 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are very good on black, dark blue, green, plum or plum/apple worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and shad. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 51–55 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 51–55 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 54–57 degrees: 0.75’ high. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, bladed jigs and

weightless flukes. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAVON: Water stained; 52–55 degrees: 2.74’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. LBJ: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 2.21’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon lipless crankbaits and wacky-rigged green pumpkin stick baits in 6–12 feet. White bass are fair vertically jigging under birds. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows under docks. LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 51–54 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon/white spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. MACKENZIE: 73.68’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 78–83 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, bladed jigs, and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. MEREDITH: 60.46’ low. Reports of black bass are rare. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 76–82 degrees; 0.53’ high. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, flipping jigs and Texasrigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 49–55 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and crankbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are fair chartreuse lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are slow. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 49–56 degrees; 33.6’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, swim jigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 48–56 degrees; 8.91’ low. Black bass are fair on drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on

chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 51–55 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and black and blue jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 48–55 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10–18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live shad and goldfish. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 51–54 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 50–53 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 50–54 degrees; 0.61’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged craws and weightless stick baits. White bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.43’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on liver and stink bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait. STAMFORD: 0.36’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs.

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Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 52–56 degrees; 2.65’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water stained; 50–53 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and weightless Flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 2.95’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait and stink bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 1.41’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and crawfish crankbaits in 12–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and chrome jigging spoons in 25–40 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cut shad. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 45–52 degrees; 19.59’ low. Black bass are very slow. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.99’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stink bait.


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of another species and a small bass, and I’d still be happier with the bass,” Szekely said. Two summers ago, Szekely was fishing in the San Marcos River when he caught his personal best — a 9.8-pound largemouth., while his family floated down the river. Eventually, Szekely wants to go pro after attending college, hopefully Texas A&M University, on a fishing scholarship. Making a living off fishing is his ultimate goal, but for now he’s focused on saving up for a bass boat, with dreams of fishing all day with one of his friends catching bass. “Not everyone gets to experience the outdoors,” Szekely said. “Fishing is an absolute blessing.”

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bottom.” Coffey said the water isn’t clear. “With that in mind, you’ll do best with a chartreuse or red/white paddle tail rigged on a 1/8- or 1/4-ounce jig head,” he said. “The water along the shoreline will be 2 to 4 feet deep. That’s where you can find some good trout once the sun warms things up on a cold morning. But on a cloudy day, the middle area of the BP dock will hold more trout. I’ve had the best luck by slowly bumping jigs along bottom.”

As the water begins to warm up, especially during late winter and early spring, you can fish in the main canal. The best structure will be patches of clam shells. That’s where soft plastics on bottom rule, especially for reds. Another tactic is to troll jigs or crankbaits along the shoreline. If you have a trolling motor, you can ease along the shoreline just about anywhere and catch a mix of trout and reds on topwater plugs and crankbaits year-round.

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on top-waters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on top-waters. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on Bass Assassins Corkies and MirrOlures. Redfish are fair at the spillway and in the marsh. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Soft–Dines, MirrOlures and top-waters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout are fair in the mud and shell on top-waters and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Black drum are good in the channel on crabs. Sand trout and whiting are good from the piers on fresh shrimp. FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp and soft plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake and at Shell Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics.

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50 list were caught before 2000. Since then, only five Lake Fork bass have been added. “Some of the issues affecting Lake Fork are affecting other reservoirs,” said Kevin Storey, a TPWD biologist whose district includes the celebrated lake. “We’ve had droughts, which reduced the available habitat for a while. All the reservoirs are aging. They’re all losing timber. I think that’s the pattern you’re seeing with our reservoirs.” Texas’ reservoirs were primarily built in the 1950s and ’60s to furnish water to communities. As writer Larry D. Hodge noted, “Stocking fish into this alien world creates a fishery, but not one likely to be sustainable.” The problem came in damming dry land lacking in aquatic vegetation. That wasn’t a problem at first. Decaying terrestrial vegetation and timber jump-started Texas’ fisheries for years. It’s begun to give out, though. Fisheries are losing not only food but cover. “Unfortunately, it’s a natural progression,” Storey said. “One thing that’s helped Fork maintain its edge for so long, is at the time Lake Fork was impounded, it was a common practice to go in and strip all timber from a reservoir. The manager at the time lobbied to leave all the timber in place. Also, from day one, it’s been under restrictive management (slot limit).” Jeff Boxrucker, head of the Friends of Reservoirs, said the story is the same everywhere as reservoirs age. “Habitat degrades, the growth rate of fish slows and recruitment is not as good,” he said. Sedimentation also plagues many reservoirs, Boxrucker said. At Lake Texoma, for example, the mouths of coves are silted in, hindering spawning. “The crappie can’t get up to spawn unless the lake’s in the flood stage,” Boxrucker said. “The white bass run has just about been eliminated. Fortunately, the bread and butter

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Consumed with bass Tennessee-based Nunley Custom Lures, Szekely reached out to Pilot Point-based Xcite Baits about a junior pro staffer position. Xcite Baits had already closed applications when Szekely connected with them earlier this year, but, after emailing with the company, Szekely gained another sponsor. Although Szekely has learned plenty, he has a pretty singular focus: bass. Szekely spends most of his time on the water trying to reel in largemouth bass, and he hopes to fish for smallmouth bass farther north of Texas. He has aspirations to fish in Lake of the Woods in Canada and Clear Lake in California. Deep sea fishing, though, isn’t on his list. “I could catch a heavier fish

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of that lake is striper, and they still run up the main stem of Texoma to spawn.” TPWD isn’t standing idly by. The agency garnered a lot of ink over the years by stocking Texas’ lakes and reservoirs with Floridastrain largemouth bass. A few years back, though, officials came to a realization. “Just stocking fish is not going to make much of an impact if there is nowhere for them to survive,” Storey said. TPWD has joined a nationwide movement to restore fish habitats by planting native aquatic plants along shorelines to provide fish both cover and food. The plants also generate oxygen, slow wave action and filter water. “And we’re working with partners across the state to put more structural habitat in reservoirs,” Terre said. “We’re trying to fight back against the natural aging process of reservoirs.” A couple of factors hamper such efforts. For one thing, fishery management is still in its infancy. “We haven’t been doing it long enough to say if you do A, B and C, you’re guaranteed that catches will increase by this percentage,” Storey said. For another, planting vegetation, building artificial habitats and dredging to remove silt at reservoirs can be cost prohibitive. “It’s not something that Texas Parks and Wildlife is going to fix by itself,” Terre said. Wichita Falls’ residents are raising funds privately to renew Lake Wichita, the state’s third oldest reservoir (1901). It covers approximately 1,200 acres. The estimated cost is $55 million. “Dredging alone is going to be about $30 million,” said Boxrucker. “Now, blow that cost up to cover 50,000-acre impoundments. That’s what we’re facing.”

Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in Morris-Cummings Cut on free-lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, black drum and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on scented plastics and live shrimp. Black drum are good in the Humble Channel at night on crabs and table shrimp. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair while wading mud and grass on Corkies and top-waters. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on top-waters around sand and grass at Green Island. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes on scented plastics and

shrimp. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp in 3-4 feet of water. Black drum and redfish have been taken at the jetty. PORT ISABEL: Snook are fair in the Brownsville Ship Channel on free-lined shrimp. Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at Three Island on small top-waters and soft plastics under rattling corks. —TPWD

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER SOCIAL JUSTICE A Comanche County game warden received a call from a man who said he found signs that someone was poaching on his property. The warden suggested he put up a game camera and shortly thereafter, the game warden received an email from the landowner showing a clear image captured by the game camera of a man holding a rifle. The landowner posted the image on Facebook asking for information and within an hour had the suspect’s name and address. That night the suspect called the warden and said that it was him in the picture. Case is pending for trespassing with a gun. JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS A Jim Wells County game warden received a call from a landowner who had seen an image on a Facebook post of his neighbor posing with a white-tailed buck. The photo showed a blood trail from the deer to a fence and two rifles leaning against that fence. The landowner expressed concern that the neighboring hunters had killed the deer on his property. He also said this was an ongoing problem. While interviewing the hunters, they admitted to shooting the deer and said the deer had jumped the fence onto their property and taken a few steps before one of them shot it in the neck. They then said the buck turned around, jumped back over the fence and died immediately upon landing on the other side. Further investigation and trail camera footage showed that this was not the first time that the hunters had trespassed or harvested a deer on their neighbor’s property. Cases and restitution are pending.

KILLING IT IN THE KITCHEN Comal County game wardens got an Operation Game Thief call about an individual shooting white-tailed deer near Canyon Lake from a kitchen window at night. During questioning, game wardens started to find discrepancies with the individual’s story. When asked how an artificial light affixed to a deer feeder near their home had gotten broken, the subject’s wife said that a deer “bowed up” and broke the light; indicating an instinctive reaction by the animal to having been shot. In addition, before their visit the wardens conducted a quick scan of the subject’s Facebook page and found an

HARD OF HEARING A Val Verde County game warden responded to a call from a landowner concerning trespassers who were fishing on his private pond. The individuals had been warned several times previously that the pond was private and that fishing there was prohibited. The warden cited the individuals for fishing without consent of landowner. All fish were released back into the water. ONE IN THE OVEN Game wardens were checking a group of hunters leaving a winter wheat field in Crosby County during the opening weekend of mule deer season and noticed evidence of blood and turkey feathers in the bed of their pickup. The wardens learned that a dad and his two teenagers had killed six turkeys and failed to tag any of them. The wardens accompanied the group to a nearby residence where the hunters were staying for the weekend and inspected the untagged turkeys, one of which was cooking in the

image posted of a 9-point buck. However, during a check of the subject’s hunting license, the wardens noted the date of the Facebook post did not match up with what was noted on his harvest log. The suspects eventually confessed to killing the deer with a .22 caliber rifle, through a cut in the kitchen window screen, underneath a feeder with an artificial light. They had also killed a doe under the feeder. The antlers from the 9-point buck were seized, as well as the meat from the buck and doe. Cases and restitution are pending.

oven. The father was cited for possession of two untagged turkeys and the wardens showed the young hunters how to properly tag the birds. Cases are pending. DEPOSIT SLIPUP A landowner’s agent in Bailey County discovered a bank deposit slip on a dirt road on their property that appeared to contain blood and deer hair on it. The agent was not familiar with the person nor the company listed on the deposit slip. A game warden was notified and using the information on the deposit slip, made a trip to the company address in neighboring Parmer County. Upon his arrival, the warden noticed a truck with blood on the tailgate parked in front of the business. A closer look revealed a bag of guts and an untagged 8-pointer mule deer buck head in the bed of the truck. The warden spoke to the vehicle’s owner and, during the interview, he admitted to shooting the deer. He said he didn’t know who the landowner was and that the deposit slip belonged

to him. In addition to citations for possession of an untagged deer and not having completed hunter education, charges were filed for hunting without landowner consent. Cases and restitution are pending. TALKING TURKEY A Sutton County game warden was checking a deer camp during the special white-tailed deer late season when he discovered a Rio Grande turkey beard in the same cooler as an axis deer that had been killed. When asked the whereabouts of the rest of the turkey, one hunter said that it had been hit by a car on the county road and all they took was the beard. After asking if they could show the warden where the turkey was hit, the other hunter in camp said it was in the back pasture. The story quickly fell apart from there and one hunter finally admitted to shooting the turkey the previous day and taking only the beard when he realized the season had closed two weeks prior. The hunter showed the warden where he had shot and dumped the turkey

carcass. Cases and civil restitution are pending. DUMPED GATOR A Harris County game warden received an Operation Game Thief tip regarding a man catching and keeping a 5-foot alligator off the Surfside Jetty in Freeport. After tracking down the suspected gator snatcher and conducting several interviews, the warden recovered the carcass of a 5-foot alligator from a dumpster as well as a full confession from the fisherman. Charges have been filed and are pending in Brazoria County. HAWKING A HAWK An Operation Game Thief call in Harris County alerted game wardens of an individual selling a falcon on Craigslist. After several phone conversations, a warden arranged a meeting and purchased the Cooper’s hawk for $200 as another game warden swooped in for the bust. Charges have been filed for the illegal possession and sale of the hawk and a separate investigation of the suspect’s quail raising operation is still underway.


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Kirk Moody caught this 9-pound speckled trout on a corky while fishing with Capt. Javi Castillo.

Thomas Chiang shot his first buck in Mills County with a .308 rifle.

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The J.R. Wagner Benefit Trout Tournament attracted 550 anglers and a boatload of fundraising events Feb. 18, raising an estimated $225,000. The tournament was a grassroots effort to help Wagner’s widow, Katie, who is pregnant with his son, Jaxson. Wagner was an avid fisherman. He drowned while wade-fishing alone Dec. 11 at Christmas Bay. He was 30 years old. Joshua Smith, an organizer with Reel Hard Saltwater Fishing, said Wagner was a member of the Facebook group. Wagner, who was also a teacher and coach, touched many lives, Smith said, so it only made sense to help out. Lone Star Anglers also pitched in to help with the event. The tournament had an amateur category, which had a $50 entry fee per person, and open category, with an $80 entry fee. Teams were allowed. The tournament was held at Captain Mark’s Bastrop Marina in Freeport. In the open competition, Rossco’s Prostaff took first place with 28.68 pounds total weight, winning $2,500. Second-place’s $1,500 payout went to Team Wright Transmission, with a total weight of 28.55 pounds. Coming in third place was Team Zebcos Only, with a weight of 27.13 for $750. The top prize of $1,000 in the

amateur division went to Rippin Lips with a total weight of 19.74 pounds. Second place went to The Pot Lickers with a weight of 18.63 pounds and a payout of $750. Third place winner Remax Galveston received $500 for 17.41 pounds. Thanks to an anonymous donor, there was even a kid division. The first place angler was Peyton Brown, who won $150 and prizes. “They can go to Toys R Us and go crazy in that place,” Smith said. Smith said interest in the tournament was overwhelming after he posted it the Internet. Soon, it became a Brazoria County event with live music, barbecue, bake sales, auctions, and even a raffle of a new Ford F-150 truck donated by Gulf Coast Auto Park at $100 per ticket. Many others in the community donated items for the auction. Kristina Booth, a friend of the family, helped organize the day. “All the proceeds are going to Katie and Jaxson,” Booth said. “Students are coming out to help. Coach Wagner had a huge impact.” Wagner’s father, Ray, said the event snowballed after an outpouring of support from the community. Ray said some 3,000 people turned out for his son’s funeral. “If J.R. were here, he would say this is awesome,” Ray said.

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Murals created from beer caps Continued from page 1

BIG FISH: A mural of a speckled trout, made from bottle caps, adorns the wall of Pop’s Tavern and Café. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

things,” Hughs said. “Then we looked closer and saw they were made of bottle caps — I didn’t think anyone would believe me so we took a picture of it.” Pop’s has been described by others as a “bar that serves food,” and by one publication as “The best seafood dive in Texas.” Goodwin said either title is OK with her. “We sell more food than beer,” she said. “In a way, we’re more like a hangout.” The outdoor patio is a big hit, and locals know where it is on Park Road 13. Burgers and fried seafood highlight the menu.

Goodwin said the growth of Rockport has been good for business. “We liked it staying small,” she said. “But we like having more customers.” Brittney Domashck lives down the road and likes to head over to Pop’s, especially after a day of fishing. “They are very friendly, with great food, and our service has always been great,” she said. Bill Hughs provided a similar review. “The hamburgers were great and, the beer was good and cold,” he said.

Registration open for Texas Collegiate Anglers Challenge The Association of Collegiate Anglers and the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series announced that the registration for the series’ Texas Collegiate Challenge presented by Abu Garcia is now open. The creation of the new event offers college anglers a fourth opportunity to compete in the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing

Series and earn valuable points towards the Cabela’s School of the Year event April 30 on Lake Texoma. The event will consist of a standard tournament format of two-angler teams fishing for victory with their best five bass. —Association of Collegiate Anglers

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Fishing around 15 feet of water, I used a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Brush Hog on a Carolina rig and caught 12 to 15 bass.” Mackey also fished an outside grass line. Shane Howell of Franklin finished second with 23 pounds, 2 ounces, followed by Stephen Johnston of Hemphill with 21 pounds, 7 ounces. Chris Sims of Houston won the co-angler division with 16 pounds, 11 ounces, earning $2,991. —FLW BFL

Finding deer bones Continued from page 4

up on them. I very rarely find deer carcasses,” Huey said. “Even when it doesn’t rain for two years, you still don’t see them.” Alan Cain, white-tailed deer program leader for TPWD, said a myriad of factors play out in bone decomposition. The amount of sun, whether they are in brush, and exposure to elements make a difference. Rain, temperature and whether other animals chew or drag off the bones would also be a factor.

Dr. Melinda Merk, a forensic veterinarian, said the biggest factor would most likely be if other animals remove the body parts and bones. Bones actually take a long time to breakdown, she said. The mass of the animal is a factor, too. Drying and time will make the bones more brittle. “But as you know, skeletons can be recovered centuries later,” she said.

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2017 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Feb./Mar. Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

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Time 4:49 PM 4:59 PM 5:10 PM 5:26 PM 5:45 PM 6:01 PM 1:15 PM 3:07 PM

Height 0.8H 0.7H 0.7H 0.7H 0.6H 0.6H 0.4L 0.6L

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0.6H 0.7H

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Time 3:42 PM 8:15 AM 8:58 AM 9:48 AM 10:40 AM 11:33 AM 12:35 PM 7:48 AM 9:33 AM 11:11 AM 12:35 PM 1:31 PM 2:15 PM 2:52 PM 7:49 AM

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Time 10:04 PM 4:01 PM 4:20 PM 4:39 PM 5:00 PM 5:23 PM 5:46 PM 2:17 PM 4:17 PM

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Time 7:36 AM 12:49 AM 1:49 AM 2:50 AM 3:55 AM 5:01 AM 6:12 AM 12:18 AM 1:12 AM 2:16 AM 3:23 AM 4:35 AM 5:52 AM 6:56 AM 12:23 AM

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Cuellar joins Aquila

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Texas Armament & Technology and Aguila Ammunition added Patty Cuellar as the companies’ marketing coordinator.



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DoubleStar Corp., manufacturer of U.S.-made AR components, rifles and pistols, has retained Laura Burgess Marketing to help build brand awareness.


Mammoth Coolers appointed Schooler Associates as their new sales agency of record for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.


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DoubleStar hires Burgess

New agency for Mammoth Coolers



Keywest Marketing Ltd. has acquired the Canadian interest in the World Fishing Network from Insight Sports of Toronto.


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RGS Seeks director of conservation policy The Ruffed Grouse Society is seeking a director of conservation policy to work with the Administration, Congress and the wildlife conservation community.

New conservation director Jared Mott has joined the Izaak Walton League of America as conservation director.

Pradco hires Blue Heron Pradco Fishing has retained Blue Heron Communications as its marketing and public relations agency.

Promotion at Daniel Defense Matt Allbritton has been promoted to vice president of marketing with Daniel Defense.

Pulsar wins night vision award Pulsar was chosen by the readers of Predator Xtreme Magazine as the 2017 Gold Award winner in the category of Night Vision/Thermal.

National sales position open Kai USA Ltd, manufacturer of Kershaw Knives, Zero Tolerance Knives and Shun Cutlery in Tualatin, Oregon, has an immediate opening for a national account sales specialist.

Carter wins African award Ivan Carter, host of Carter’s W.A.R. on the Outdoor Channel, received The Ox of Okavango award from the African Professional Hunters Association for his conservation work.

New COO at NSSF Hugh C. Wiley was named the chief operating officer of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.

Skeeter wins CSI award The National Marine Manufacturers Association has recognized Skeeter for the 15th consecutive year with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Freshwater Fiberglass Outboard Boat category.

FOR THE TABLE *email LSON your favorite recipe to

Gobblin’ good chili

Nature’s Calling

By Aaron Anderson, For Lone Star Outdoor News

1-pound deboned turkey breast and thighs, cut into 1/2-inch cubes Any white chili fixing packet Diced tomatoes Diced green chiles 2 jalapenos 1 cup water 1 can white beans 1 tbsp. oil Over a medium-high heat in a large skillet, sauté the cubed

turkey in oil until the juices run clear. Stir in the seasoning, water and beans along with tomatoes and peppers and bring to a boil. Cover and slow simmer. The finished meal can be served as chili; used as a dip ingredient; or it can be drained and used to make great burritos. —

Wild tuna macaroni salad 1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked 12 ounces of cooked tuna, chopped 4 eggs, hard cooked, finely diced 1/4 cup celery, chopped 3/4 cup carrots, grated 1/2 cup salad dressing, 2 tbsps. onion, minced 1/4 tsp. pepper

and bring to boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain. Combine macaroni, tuna, eggs, celery, and carrots in a large bowl. Stir together salad dressing, onion, and pepper. Spoon dressing over salad; toss until evenly combined. Chill until ready to serve. —

Place water in large saucepan

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HRIVE 365 CROSSBOW: PSE Archery’s new 6.6-pound crossbow can shoot an arrow up to speeds of 365 fps. Built on a precision-machined barrel, the crossbow features a split-limb system for greater stability and accuracy. The Thrive 365 comes packaged with a five-bolt quiver, six carbon bolts with points, and a 4x32 illuminated scope. The crossbow costs about $500. (888) 234-5450

HP314R LED FLASHLIGHT: This Coast flashlight, with a light distance of more than half a mile, is dual-powered and works with either rechargeable lithium batteries or standard alkaline batteries. The flashlight with the powerful and clear beam features long-range focusing optics, high and low output modes, an unbreakable LED, and a rubberized O-ring for water resistance and durability. The flashlight has a run time of up to 94 hours (when on low power). It costs about $500.


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MICRO S-1 SIGHT: Aimpoint’s sight, made for use on a shotgun with a ventilated rib, greatly enhances hit percentage for waterfowl and upland bird hunters and provides a compact, low-profile optic for turkey hunters. The innovative carbon fiber reinforced mounting system positions this sight on the lowest possible optical axis without adding unnecessary weight. The optic may be attached directly at any point along the ventilated rib, and includes interchangeable adapter plates to fit most Browning, Beretta and Benelli shotguns. Its big, bright 6 MOA red dot provides an optimal combination of target acquisition speed and visibility. It is expected to cost about $700. (877) 246-7646


DARKHORSE SHOE: This fishing shoe by Korkers is a remastered classic with traction: Its OmniTrax interchangeable sole system allows anglers to adapt the shoe’s traction for any fishing condition. Features include an innovative lacing system for quick on/off and custom fit; a fastdrying hydrophobic upper material with ultra abrasion resistance and tonal camo pattern; and a molded toe cap for durability and toe bump protection and protected stitching for prolonged thread life. The shoe also has a drainage system that allows water to flow through internal channels then out midsole ports, removing excess water and weight. Available in men’s sizes 5 to 15 and women’s sizes 5 to 12, the shoes cost about $180. (800) 524-8899


414 CC BOAT: MAKO says its newest saltwater sportsfishing boat takes power, storage and range to the next level. The boat, which is available in three editions, boasts a quad-outboard capacity of 1,675 horsepower; an oversized, cushioned bow lounge with a 275-quart insulated and drained cooler; tech features that include Garmin electronics; and interior and underwater LED lighting. At 41 feet long with a 143-inch beam and a fuel capacity of 562 gallons, the MAKO 414 also features a 24inch deadrise hull with set-back transom and bow thruster. Versatile enough to please hard-core anglers or families who just want to have fun, this beauty runs about $480,000. (417) 873-4555

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NATIONAL Oaks and Prairies region gets funding The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service selected the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture to receive federal funding through the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was created under the 2014 Farm Bill. According to Gene Miller, NWTF district biologist for West Texas and Oklahoma, the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partners will receive $2.9 million to address significant declines in grassland wildlife populations and the loss of natural water-cycle conditions through the improvement and restoration of native grassland habitats in the Southern Great Plains. “This will result in restored grassland habitat for declining bird species like northern bobwhite, and will greatly benefit wild turkey and white-tailed deer populations,” Miller said. “With private landowner and partner dollars, we will spend a total of $6 million on this effort to benefit grasslands over the next five years.” —NWTF


Nikon will send your 10x42 ProStaff 7 binoculars. You can check out the entire line at the nearest dealer:

See a full selection of Nikon products at:

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Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) was recognized as the 2016 SCI Federal Legislator of the Year for his efforts in Congress on behalf of hunting, Second Amendment rights, and wildlife conservation. Daines was a key cosponsor of S. 556, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. Ron and Jackie Bartels received the Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award for demonstrating extensive international hunting experience and a lifetime of commitment to wildlife conservation and education though volunteer service and philanthropy. —SCI

Hunting fatality in N.D.

The heaviest dressed bear weighed 555 pounds, and 25 tagged bear were taken, including six bears originally tagged in Pennsylvania, five from New Jersey and one from Vermont. —NYDEC

Perfect score leads to World Cup archery win Tanja Jensen won the Indoor World Cup archery championship in the women’s compound division with a perfect score of 900 over the three-day event. Jensen, Sharon Carpenter and Holly Larson swept the podium at the 2017 Las Vegas Championship. Jesse Broadwater also successfully defended his compound men’s Indoor Archery World Cup Champion title. —Staff report

Possible world record desert bighorn On November 21, 2016, Tony Loop of Appling, Georgia, closed within 30 yards above the largest ram he had ever seen while hunting in Arizona. After the arrow was released, he and his guides knew that they may have just arrowed a potential new world record desert bighorn. Loop’s desert bighorn has an initial entry score that could surpass the existing record by more than 10 inches. The current archery record bighorn scored 175 3/4 inches, and was taken by Tom Foss in 2012. Loop’s desert bighorn has an initial entry score of 186 1/2 and is still subject to Panel Judging verification, which could change the official score. —Arizona Game and Fish Department

Maryland approves airbows for deer hunting

An apparent hunting accident claimed the life of a 57-year-old man in North Dakota. Sheriff Bob Ferndandes said the man was hunting coyotes on Feb. 7 with two friends in LaMoure County when he was shot. —Staff report

The airbow has been approved for use in the firearms season for whitetail and sika deer in Maryland. Arizona, Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington allow big game animals to be legally taken with the airbow. —Crosman

Carbon Express Blade crossbow recall

New board chairman at Delta Waterfowl

About 3,800 Carbon Express Blade crossbows have been recalled. The two models, black (model 20292) or camouflage (model 20240), sold from JulyOctober 2017, could fire unexpectedly when the safety is engaged, posing a potential injury hazard. Both crossbows have “Blade” printed on the sides of the bow. The bows have a half-aluminum rail and a die-cast riser. All models have a black pistol grip with a black butt stock and weigh about 6.5 pounds. The model number is printed on a metallic sticker on the bottom left limb of the crossbow. Customers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled crossbow, and return them to Carbon Express to receive a free repair. There has been one report of a crossbow firing unexpectedly, resulting in a thumb laceration. —Consumer Product Safety Division

DEC announces 2016 bear harvest results Bear hunters in New York State took 1,539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. “New York has excellent bear habitat and vast, accessible public lands that offer exciting opportunities for bear hunting,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “Black bears are thriving in New York currently, and are a great resource for both out-of-state and local hunters.”

William M. Yandell III has been appointed chairman of the board for Delta Waterfowl. Yandell, 61, is a lifelong waterfowl hunter and businessman from Memphis, Tennessee. He has served on Delta’s board since October 2012. —Delta Waterfowl

Arkansas elk harvest up Arkansas hunters harvested a record 55 elk during the 2016-17 hunting season, according to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The total represented a 15 percent increase in harvest from the 2015 season and was the result of the statewide elk season established in 2016 to prevent further expansion of the herd, according to the commission. —AGFC

Pheasant Fest draws big crowd Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic, held Feb. 17-19, drew a record-setting 30,462 supporters to the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson voiced his support for raising the national acreage cap under the Conservation Reserve Program from the current allotment of 24 million acres to 46 million acres. —Pheasants Forever

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North Texas Chapter Safari Club International 22nd Annual Dinner, Banquet & Auction Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Fort Worth (817) 271-9858 Ducks Unlimited Kerrville Banquet Hill Country Shooting Sports Center (830) 377-2838 Mule Deer Foundation Parker County Chapter Banquet (817) 565-7121


Texas Gun and Knife Association Gun ShowKerrville Event Center


Park Cities Quail 11th Annual Dinner and Auction Flight Museum, Dallas (214) 632-7460 Coastal Conservation Association Sabine-Neches Chapter Banquet Bob Bowers Civic Center, Port Arthur


Exotic Wildlife Association 50th Anniversary Celebration YO Ranch Hotel and Conference (830) 367-7761


Texas Dove Hunters Association 4th Annual Shooting for Scholarships National Shooting Complex, San Antonio (210) 764-1189

Texas Trophy Hunters Association Bucks and BBQ National Shooting Complex, San Antonio (210) 688-2542 Ducks Unlimited Chisholm Trail Dinner Blessed Oak Farm, Marlow (580) 230-9848 East Texas Outdoor Fest Sabine County Rodeo Arena Lubbock Sportsman’s Club, DSC Chapter Hunter’s Banquet & Auction Lubbock Memorial Civic Center (806) 789-2441

MARCH 10-11


Dallas Safari Club Annual General Meeting Stonebriar Country Club (972) 980-9800

Ducks Unlimited Lake Lewisville Sporting Clay Fundraiser Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, Decatur (417) 576-5582

Texas Gun & Knife Association Gun Show Amarillo Civic Center (830) 285-0575

MARCH 25-26

Texas Gun & Knife Association Gun Show Abilene Civic Center (830) 285-0575


Mega Bass Lake Fork Marina (817) 439-3274

Great Outdoors Expo Lubbock Civic Center (806) 253-1322

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Mule Deer Foundation Kimble County Chapter Banquet, Roosevelt (817) 565-7121



MARCH 18-19


Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival Plano Center, Plano (703) 402-8338

Whitetails Unlimited North Texas Deer Camp Myers Park Show Barn, McKinney

Mule Deer Foundation Pecos County Chapter Banquet (817) 565-7121

Texas Deer Association Spring Gala and Deer Auction Hampton Inn Rodeo Expo Center, Mesquite (512) 499-0466

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1. The young bear [CUB] 2. Central American destination for dove hunters [URUGUAY] 3. A hook manufacturer [TROKAR] 4. Mountain range in the Big Bend [CHISOS] 5. A Canadian province for waterfowlers [SASKATCHEWAN] 6. The unfinished fishing rod [BLANK] 9. State fish of Wisconsin [MUSKELLUNGE] 11. Keep on hand while fishing [PLIERS] 14. Nonmigrating ducks along Texas coast [MOTTLED] 17. A good lure for white bass [SLAB] 18. A fish fin [DORSAL] 19. It controls the shotgun's shot distribution [CHOKE] 21. Added to soft plastic lures [SCENT] 22. A type of fishing reel [SPINNING] 23. River along Texas/Oklahoma border [RED] 26. The African hunting guide [PH] 29. Duck with a big beak [SHOVELER] 30. The largest turkey species [EASTERN]

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4-12x40 Matte BDC 150 3-9x40 Matte BDC 150

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