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Crafting fish art from old car scraps By Julia C. Bunch

For Lone Star Outdoor News As a boy, Roy Perry spent a lot of time drawing on a notepad while sitting in a pew and listening to church sermons. After more than two decades working in the oil field as a mechanical designer, Perry opted for a job that allowed him to flex his creative muscle and spend most of his time outside. Today, the 62-year-old sells sculptures made from old cars and metal scraps that he builds out of his Pearland shop. In the last decade or so, Perry has made more than 1,000

pieces of art. “I’m kind of a guy who always has to be building and making,” Perry said. And while he’s from Humble originally, Perry spent countless hours fishing on Bastrop Bay as a kid and young adult. Perry combined his tinkering tendencies, fondness for drawing and love of the outdoors to create his art. Perry’s website (fishartz.com) and Facebook page (Metal Arts) are the closest thing this low-key artist has to a gallery, and he uses them to display bass, marlin, mallards, crabs and more. Marine and animal cutouts Please turn to page 9

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: Ray Perry of Pearland creates sculptures from old vehicle hoods and scrap metal. The outdoorsman creates several species of fish and crabs in his Pearland shop. Photos by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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South Texas turkey hunters celebrated when the season’s start was moved up a few weeks in 2007. In some areas, despite the early spring, the birds are still grouped up and have yet to really get going, suggesting the best hunting is still to come. “The gobblers are still grouped up in our area,” said Marco Gasch, who hunted in Atascosa County. “A few started straggling off but the birds are quiet as can be. We saw 30 birds in a bunch. My buddy is a really good caller and they didn’t shoot any this weekend.”

Dustin Bishop of Canyon Lake took advantage of the youth weekend in South Texas March 11-12 with his 10-yearold son, Jessie. “The hunt was pretty cool,” Bishop said. “I reached GROUPED UP: Toms in parts of South Texas are out to a guy on still grouped up, making it harder for hunters to Facebook who coax one away from the group. Photo by David had 200 acres in J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. the middle of noblers the first morning, but where in Jim Wells County. the birds headed the other We showed up Friday night direction. and slept in the car.” “We moved closer to Bishop, a self-described where we heard them at turkey nut who hunts in about 9 a.m.,” he said. Texas, New Mexico and “We saw some tracks, came Louisiana each year, said around a bend and there they heard four of five gob- were about eight hens

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Lone Star Outdoor News Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials met recently with the North Texas Municipal Water District to discuss ways to improve fishing when the proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir opens in Fannin County, which is slated to start construction in the spring of 2018. “We’re hoping to get them to leave some standing timber,” said Dan Bennett, Denison district supervisor for TPWD’s Inland Fisheries. “We’d also like to create brush piles with any timber that is cut. When a new reservoir comes online, we do a management plan from a fishery perspective. Of course, that’s kind of a rare occurrence nowadays.” How rare is evident from the headlines made in 2013 when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved a water-rights permit request by the Upper Trinity Regional Water District to build Lake Ralph Hall, also in Fannin County. It was the first major water supply reservoir authorized in Texas in almost 30 years.

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Big trout drought

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Octogenarian enters golden age of deer hunting By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

When it comes to trophy deer hunting in Texas, 81-year-old Don Holden is golden. In the past 5 years, he has surpassed the wildest expectations of most deer hunters half his age by bagging five bucks scoring 200-plus inches. “I don’t believe anybody in the world has (done it),”

he said in an interview with LSON. “I killed two this year.” Not only that, but he bagged three of his 200-plus inch bucks with a crossbow. Don said he is blind in one eye, so he needed to use a bow with a scope. He said it took him a day or two to bag each monster buck after putting down some corn and waiting for his chance. Don hunts on the family’s lease on the Nunley Chittim Ranch in Maverick County,

which is a 1,500-acre lowfence ranch that is surrounded by other low-fence ranches. He said all the deer are native and that they have managed their lease without introducing genetics or getting into a MDL program. For the past 16 years his son, Brett, has been developing a method to increase the antler growth, which he attributes to his success. That includes putting out Double Down Deer feed, which the

family sells. “We drop over $100,000 of feed a year.” Don said. Brett is obviously proud of his dad. In an October 2014 post on 2coolfishing.com, he told the story of how his dad got a deer scoring 203-204 inches with a crossbow. The buck his dad shot showed up on the camera and the family recognized it as one that had scored around 180 four years previously. The buck’s horn growth fell off for Please turn to page 17

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The unknown game bird By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

LISTEN: The chachalaca lives in heavy cover along the Texas-Mexico border, and is very difficult to locate. The bird’s loud call can give its location away. Photo by Chase Fountain, TPWD.

The chachalaca, a little-known game bird of Texas, is hard to find, harder to hunt and nearly impossible to get information about. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department doesn’t keep any data on the bird, which is about the size of a pheasant and named for its raucous cry. The small game harvest survey results dating back to 1996 don’t include it, although other less hunted game birds such as the woodcock, rail, and gallinule are on the list. So why does this bird with the strangesounding name get such scant attention? For one thing, it’s only found in a few areas near the Texas-Mexico boarder, which is the northern most range of the bird commonly hunted for food in Central America. Another is that they are notoriously hard to hunt. Robert Perez, upland game bird program leader with TPWD, said the reasons so little information exists about the chachalaca is that there’s no market for them on private ranches, and because of their limited range in Texas. Generally, they can be found in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties and their hunting season is the same as for quail. Perez and a buddy have the distinction of actually hunting them, with each bagging one about three years ago. Texas hunting areas for the chachalaca mainly consist of public lands on the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Areas on the Baird, Anacua, Carricitos, Longoria, and

Tucker Units, according to TPWD. Hearing them is the easy part. Actually seeing them and hunting them is another story. Basically hunters are faced with fighting through a tangled thicket – think ocelot territory. “I shot one. It’s not easy,” Perez said. “The habitat they live in is dense brush. You’re not going in there. Everything is covered in thorns.” Perez said the birds flit between the dense brush and thick tree canopy, often hanging upside down while eating fruits and berries, which makes for a difficult target. Perez said the best way to hunt them is to listen for their calls. He took his shot into a canopy of trees to bag his bird. “There’s no technique. The how-to isn’t really written out,” Perez added. Jeff Raasch, Joint Venture Program leader for TPWD, was with Perez on the hunt. At first, the chachalacas appeared to be unafraid and even curious when they encountered the hunters. “You think, ‘Oh, yeah, this won’t be hard.’ We didn’t know what we were doing,” Raasch said. “They just sort of appeared,” he added. “We could hear them. They would just poke their heads up.” After a fleeting glimpse, Raasch got one like Perez. Luckily, the hunters found one bird laying on a branch and the other on the ground. But afterward, the birds quit calling and stayed out of sight. “They learned extremely quickly. We spent a lot of time walking those paths,” Raasch said. Please turn to page 6

Predator hunters compete for premier prize pot Lone Star Outdoor News The West Texas Big Bobcat contest has taken predator hunting to new economic heights. The contest, in its ninth year, was created as a calling contest that gives everyone a shot at the grand prize. The payout for the heaviest cat is now in the tens of thousands of dollars. Its growth has been tremendous. The first contest in 2008 had 21 teams. The February contest last month had 695 teams. “I think the reason this one has grown so much is it’s any-

one’s game,” said Jeremy Harrison, one of the contest organizers. “The money’s gotten so big.” Contestants must kill either five gray fox or five coyotes to qualify for the heaviest bobcat jackpot. Participants cannot mix coyotes and gray fox to qualify for the bobcat weightin. The harvested animals must be weighed at a central location and the contest lasts 23 hours. The entry fee is $200. Of that, $170 goes toward 1st-5th place. The remaining $30 is divided between each of three jackpot prizes: most bobcats, most fox, and most coyotes.

Teams can have a maximum of four hunters but they must hunt together and can’t split up. The contest has three hunts per year in the winter months after deer season. The latest contest was held Feb. 25. The first place winners were Justin Scrivner and Trey Hodgkins, who received a whopping $48,650 for bringing in a bobcat weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces. They edged out second-place teammates Laddan Ledbetter, Brody Bolton, Lance Lightfoot and Shawn Hogg, who brought in a cat weighing 30 pounds 10 ounces. That 1-pound difference meant

a second place payout of $27,800. Third place ended up being a two-way tie, meaning money for 3rd and 4th place totaling $34,750. It was split between two teams for bobcats weighing 29 pounds, 7 ounces each. One team was made up of Jim Sivells, along with family members Brad, Carson and Please turn to page 7 BIG BUCKS FOR BIG BOBCATS: The West Texas Big Bobcat contest offers big prizes for the heaviest cats. Photo by Chase Fountain, TPWD.


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College student wins $50,000 deer farm By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdor News

Derik Kubenka was just your average 20-yearold college student until March 1. But in an instant, he became a new deer farmer via a live Facebook event. Kubenka had entered the contest, like so many people do, not thinking he would ever be lucky enough to win. He signed up with his email after seeing it advertised on The High Road with Keith Warren. So on the day it was supposed to be given away, Kubenka went online to watch the live drawing. He was a little late and didn’t hear the result, but suddenly saw his name. “You never expect to win anything. I saw people saying congratulations Derik. I started getting nervous,” he said. The contest, a joint venture between Warren and Texas Deer Association and sponsors, was designed to increase awareness of deer farming. The only stipulation for winning the contest was that participants must own land in Texas. Kubenka was one of several thousand to sign up for the prize package, valued at $50,000. The package consisted of: • Materials and labor to construct up to a one half acre size deer pen to include one gate and 8-foot wire, provided by San Antonio Steel Company. • One supplemental deer feeder from Thunder Valley Whitetail Feeders. • Two tons of bagged protein deer feed to

be picked up at the nearest Record Rack dealer. • Two mature whitetail does and two straws of semen provided by Texas Hidden Springs Ranch. • One dart projector provided by PneuDart. • A one-year membership to Texas Deer Association. Kubenka said the operation will be set up on his parent’s 10 acres in Halletsville in about 30 days. He has always hunted and works on a ranch near his home, which gives him a good background to get started. Warren said he decided to promote the giveaway to raise awareness for one of the best ways for small landowners to make money and help build deer genetics. The signup of nearly 3,000 people exceeded his expectations, he said. “What makes me really happy is he’s an enthusiast. I’m excited because demographically, this is the best person we could have picked,” Warren said. Patrick Tarlton, executive director of the Texas Deer Association, said the contest went extremely well. The idea was to get the word out that for small acreage farms, deer breeding could be one of the most profitable businesses in agriculture today. “Sometimes people think it’s really hard to get into the deer industry. We put this out there. It was pretty exciting for us. This exceeded all our expectations,” Tarlton said.

Game wardens find yard filled with dead game Henderson County game wardens received several calls on a local taxidermist and processor in the City of Log Cabin, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s agency Facebook page. The calls indicated that numerous unprocessed deer had possibly been allowed to spoil while in his possession. During the course of the investigation, 19 deer were found lying in the yard after a walk-in cooler was sold and removed from the property. Further investigation revealed a total of 24 deer that had been allowed to reach a condition where they were no longer safe for human consumption. Numerous violations were noted by investigators and several alligators found at the site will undergo DNA analysis. Twenty four cases for Waste of Game — White-tailed Deer were filed. —TPWD

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Craig Nyhus, executive editor of Lone Star Outdoor News, will serve a 1-year term as the new president of the Dallas Safari Club, while continuing to work at LSON. Nyhus’ stint began March 16. Board members are volunteers from the local community. As board president, Nyhus wants to continue to fulfill the club’s mission. In today’s society, it’s important to get the facts out — especially to nonhunters — concerning the crucial role hunting plays in conservation. “Sustainable hunting isn’t just good for wildlife conservation, it’s absolutely necessary. It supports all management efforts. It supports communities. It increases wildlife numbers. It preserves habitat. Without it, wildlife has been, can and will be lost,” Nyhus said. Nyhus will also represent the organization in conservation and antipoaching efforts abroad.

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Man killed by axis buck Lone Star Outdoor News A 50-year-old Sunset area man died from injuries inflicted by an axis buck inside a pen on his property, according to authorities. Montague County Chief Deputy Chris Hughes said a 911 call came in about 11 a.m. on March 12 about an injured man, Charles Sean Talley, on Denver Road. His father, Charles Talley Sr., made the emergency call and contacted the family after he saw his son lying inside the pen. The Sunset Volunteer Fire Department and an ambulance responded to the scene, along with Deputy Phillip Greneade. Hughes said when the fire department arrived they found the injured man in a highfenced area where several deer were located. The man appeared to have several punctures in his abdomen. They pulled him out, but Talley was dead. The body was sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner for autopsy, which confirmed wounds from the animal were the cause of death.

The deputy’s report states family members told him Talley had said a few days earlier one of the bucks was in rut and getting aggressive, so they should not go into the pen alone. Jeff Massey of Argyle Photo from was best friends through Jeff Massey high school with Talley. “We raised our families together,” he said. “Sean loved raising those deer. It was a bad, freak accident.” Massey said Talley was in the feed pen that held both axis and fallow deer. “He had one aggressive axis,” Massey said. “He was opening a feed sack and it came from behind him and got him — he had just lost track of him.” Massey said many of the reports on hunting forums were incorrect. “It wasn’t a bottle-raised deer, it was just one of the deer he loved raising,” he said.

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Steve DeMaso used to be the upland game bird leader at TPWD years back, but now works in Louisiana. He said the chachalaca has always flown under the radar. However, its novelty appeals to a certain type of hunter. “There’s not a huge contingency. But it seems like certain hunters have a life list,” he said. Like others, DeMaso said hunting the bird was difficult in terms of the habitat. The one time he hunted them some 20 years ago, the brush was just as thick as nowadays. So he and his hunting buddies found a trail and sat there waiting for them to pass by. “We killed four birds in one afternoon,” he said. It’s not really a sport for dogs either, but he took his with him. The dog sat with them on the trail and went into the brush to retrieve the birds. Considering the bag limit is 5, DeMaso may be in an elite realm of chachalaca hunters. “There’s not a big clientele,” DeMaso said. “It’s pretty much the die-hards and people crazy enough to try.”

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Dylan. The other team was: Zach McCormick, Chad Meeks and Chase Hensley. Fifth place went to Casey and Cody Green for a bobcat weighing 29 pounds, 6 ounces for $6,950. Jackpot prizewinners received $6,950 each. Scrivner, who is a Fort Worth firefighter, was euphoric with winning first place in the big hunt. He and Hodgkins have been hunting together for 20 years and never won a contest like this one. All his buddies want to try it now because they figure if he can do it, then anyone can, Scrivner said. Of course, he now has bragging rights at the station for being the king of bobcat hunting, which earned him lots of teasing as well. “It was just dumb luck,” Scrivner said. Scrivner said he and Hodgkins got the fifth coyote and the bobcat right around 11:30 at night where they hunt in northwest Texas. So they took off and drove down toward the contest weighin and got a hotel room. “The cat went into the hotel with me,” he said, adding Hodgkins thought he had lost it. “I said, ‘We’re not leaving him in the truck. That could be a $50,000 cat.’” Scrivner said he’s eying a new gun and wants to pay off a jeep he just bought with his winnings. Harrison said he thinks the contest is popular for several reasons. One is that varmint hunting is relatively inexpensive when com-

pared with other types of hunting, such as deer hunting. It’s also something people can do at night after work. People have come in from all over the state and even beyond to participate in the contest, Harrison said. While some may see varmint and predator hunting in a negative light, the animals don’t go to waste. State officials, for example, come to the weigh-in to test fox carcasses for rabies. Fur buyers attend the contest, as do researchers. And during times of good rainfall, for example, predators are abundant and can affect game animal populations. “We’re doing a service to the ranches, the deer hunting community and bird hunting community,” said second-place team member Laddan Ledbetter. Ledbetter, of San Angelo, said the contest is one of the best ones he’s been involved with over the years because of its professionalism. As for getting squeezed out of first place, Ledbetter’s perspective was one of the glass is half full instead of half empty. He surmised not much could be better than hanging out with friends all night hunting and getting paid to do it. Plus the money will allow him to buy things like a new gun and a two-seat stroller. “I’m not complaining,” Ledbetter said.

standing there. We placed a decoy and crawled back.” After 30 minutes, a jake came by, trying his best to gobble. When they moved again, they spooked another jake. After lunch, the pair set up in a blind and began calling. “Nine gobblers walked out at about 150 yards,” Bishop said. “The lead gobbler was massive. Two of the toms peeled off and came back — walked the whole 150 yards to the decoy without making a sound. When they got to 5 yards away, one of them strutted, and Jessie made the shot with his 20-gauge Mossberg.” Bishop said the bird was a 2-year-old with an 8-inch beard. “The highlight was being with my son,” he said. “I was shaking.” Bishop continued his hunting opening weekend, guiding his wife, Jenna, to her first turkey in Blanco County. “We had two hours of silence, then the jakes and hens came,” Bishop said. “Finally, a gobbler sounded off, came in and she folded him. He had a 10.5-inch beard and weighed 22 pounds.” Jarrett Howell of Victoria is a junior at Texas A&M University studying agricultural science, and headed to the family property near Lake Corpus Christi for opening weekend. “The birds were all grouped up,” he said. “On opening morning, they came down from the roost about 400 yards from me. They responded to the call but didn’t come my way — I thought they may have spotted me.” Howell scored during his afternoon hunt. “I was in a different stand with my bow,” he said. “I called to two gobblers with five or six behind them, but they wouldn’t come in. I glassed and saw where they were going and got on a sendero that was ahead of them and on the way to a protein feeder. A few responded to the call and one came close enough — I got him at 23 yards with my bow.” On hunting forums, a few reports of success were seen, although the reports didn’t describe whether the birds came to calls or were taken near feeders.

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FISHING

Shortage of big trout baffles Baffin anglers

SIZE SHORTFALL: Anglers who pursue big trout in Baffin Bay each winter have seen fewer big fish this year. Guides say the lack of cold water is to blame. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Much to the dismay of many anglers, the big trout that Baffin Bay is so well-known for are temporarily out of the picture. “I know a lot of fishermen are looking for a silver lining when fishing for trophy trout on Baffin, but the truth is the lack of a cold winter has set up some pretty slow

fishing,” says Capt. Paul Braly. “Typically, we look for big trout to move through the Land Cut and then into Baffin. But, so far, that’s not happening.” That’s usually because the water temperature has not hit the 50-degree mark. When the water is that cold, it’ll move lots of trout to the Baffin flats and its mud and rocks. “The way it is right now the trout haven’t moved into Baffin

from the deeper water like they normally do,” Braly said. “When everything is right we’ll be catching lots of the bigger trout over the mud flats on Baffin. But when they stay on hard sand and vegetation that makes it tough to find them. One thing that might help right now is to get a heavy sustained south wind that will move the tide out of Mansfield and push more trout into Baffin Bay. My gut feel-

ing is that things are not going to get much better this year for big trout on Baffin.” Capt. Gerad Merritt says it’s just a weird year for Baffin Bay. “We haven’t had a winter,” he said. “We need the water temperature to get down around the lower 50s at least one or two times. This winter the water temp has been running anywhere from 67 to 73 degrees. Another factor is the low

water we’ve had for the past couple of months. With low water, the trout will leave because there is no bait.” One way to catch more trout on Baffin during tough times is to go with live shrimp, according to guide Lance Self. “I don’t do a lot of lure fishing on Baffin,” he said. “It’s easier for my customers to use live shrimp. That way I’m not totally dependent Please turn to page 11

A student surpasses her teacher

Benbrook angler tops at Mega Bass

By Autumn Bernhard

For Lone Star Outdoor News When William Foree taught his wife, Danya, how to fish “in the weeds,” he didn’t think she would one day beat him in the record boards. However, that is exactly what happened. For less than a year, William held the black crappie record on Twin Buttes Reservoir, but on Feb. 18, Danya caught a 2.45-pound black crappie, beating his record by almost a pound. “Any crappie over 2 pounds is a special catch,” said Lynn Wright, San Angelo Inland Fisheries district supervisor. “Mrs. Foree’s catch is unique in that most of the lakes in our area are dominated by white crappie. So to catch a black crappie that large when most in the lake are white crappie is a very unique record.” When Danya caught the fish, she and her husband had been on the lake for about half an hour when she got her first bite. “As soon as I put my line in the water, something sucked it in and spit it out,” she said. “I knew it was a good one, so I put my line right back where it was and sure enough, it hit.” Her rod went down in the water leaving Danya to believe it was a bass since it was so big. As she

WIFE TOPS HUBBY: Danya Foree beat her husband’s crappie record on Twin Buttes Reservoir with her 2.45-pound black crappie. Photo from William Foree.

reeled it in, she was trying to stay calm in her head because she “didn’t want to lose it.” When she got it close enough to the surface, she grabbed her net and caught it. “I almost couldn’t lift it out of the water with my left hand,” she said. “I was shaking when I got it up on my boat and could look at it. It took my breath away.” William thought it had to be a record, but Danya didn’t believe it. “I didn’t want to be disappointed,” she said. “I figured if I kept saying it wasn’t, maybe it would be.” When they first brought in the fish for weigh-in, they thought it was a white crappie, which would Please turn to page 11

John Newkirk of Benbrook was the big winner at the Sportsman Auto Network 9th Annual Mega Bass tournament held on Lake Fork March 19. Newkirk landed a largemouth weighing 12.35 pounds in the second hour of the event, topping more than 1,800 participants from Photo from Bass Champs 24 states. “I was fishing with my brother Rodney and his best friend, Brandon,” Newkirk said, adding that he was fishing in 6- to 8-feet of water with a chatterbait. “Rodney missed her with the net, and she lunged under the boat, doubling my rod over. I got her to the boat again, and she turned on her side. She was too big for the net, so Brandon reached down and lipped her in the boat.” The wait to see if anyone could top him wasn’t without a scare, though, as Sam McCollum of Corsicana, during the 6th hour of the event, brought in a 12.22-pound largemouth. Each of the hourly winners took home $15,000 in cash. With his overall win, Newkirk also won a Skeeter ZX 200 Yamaha SHO bass boat. More than $20,000 was awarded each hour at the event, with 12 places being paid each hour. Hourly winners: 1st hour 9.06 pounds Richard Page of Fort Worth 2nd hour 12.35 pounds John Newkirk of Benbrook 3rd hour 9.96 pounds Lonny Pierce of Whitney 4th hour 10.97 pounds Letitia Sprayberry of Kemp 5th hour 9.12 pounds Cody Pratka of Whitney 6th hour 12.22 pounds Sam McCollum of Corsicana 7th hour 2.6 pounds Billy Pritchett of Kerens —Bass Champs


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underperforming retail locations will begin a shutdown process in the next several weeks. The company has obtained a committed debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing facility underwritten by Wells Fargo. Subject to court approval, this DIP financing, combined with cash from operations, is expected to provide sufficient liquidity to support the company’s continuing business operations and to minimize any disruption during the reorganization process. Texas stores to be closed: Houston, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, Round Rock, San Antonio, Sugar Land, Texarkana, Waco, West Houston —Staff Report

Fish attractors add structure to lakes By Mark England

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Gander closing ten Texas stores Weeks after rumors surfaced concerning financial problems, Gander Mountain announced it filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Gander Mountain experienced challenging traffic patterns and shifts in consumer demand resulting from increased directto-customer sales by key vendors and accelerated growth of e-commerce. The company generally expects to conduct normal business operations during the pendency of its restructuring. Employee pay and benefits will continue and retirement accounts are intact and protected. As a product of the company’s strategic review, 32

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Texas lakes with fish attractors

Carl Bostick isn’t one to Amistad Reservoir Lake Granbury gush. But rest assured that Aquilla Lake Lake Holbrook he’s a fan of the fish attracArcher City Lake Hords Creek Reservoir tors placed at Lake Conroe. Lake Arrowhead Inks Lake “They’re not going to put Lake Austin Lake Livingston any more fish in the water,” Brandy Branch Reservoir Mill Creek Reservoir the veteran guide said. “But Lake Brazos Lake Nasworthy they will give them a place Lake Brownwood Pat Cleburne Lake Lake Buchanan Possum Kingdom Lake to go.” Canyon Lake Proctor Lake The Texas Parks and WildLake Cisco Sam Rayburn Reservoir life Department with ample Lake Conroe San Augustine City Lake help from groups such as the Lake Cypress Springs Stamford Reservoir Seven Coves Bass Club, the Lake Fork Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir San Jacinto River Authority Fort Parker State Park Lake Lake Waco and Texas Black Bass UnlimLake Welsh Fort Phantom Hill Lake ited created four fish attracLake Georgetown tor “reefs” at Lake Conroe. See more info at http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/ A look at TPWD’s Web recreational/lakes/fish_attractors.phtml page for the lake tells you why. Two words are used to describe the aquatic vegetanumbered. The latitude and longitude of tion: “low density.” “This is a lake that doesn’t have a lot of each are given along with a brief descripstructure,” Bostick said. “It’s got ledges, but tion of its placement, such as “Mouth of not much else. So pretty much anything Turkey Cove on east main lake point along they put out here will hold fish. The fish river channel drop” for Canyon Lake fish attractors work fine. They’re at the right attractor number 1. Anglers, though, sometimes learn that depth and in areas the bait frequent. They a map may not be enough information did their homework.” TPWD has been putting out fish attrac- when it comes to fish attractors, Dodd said. “At some of them, I’ve never caught tors in recent years as the state’s reservoirs age. Many were built in the 1950s and ’60s crappie, only bass, catfish or perch,” he and didn’t have much structure to begin said. “At others, only crappie, never bass. with. And even a world-beater like Lake Experience helps. It’s my job to know Fork that was awash in trees at impound- where the fish are.” Placement of fish attractors is something ment became a candidate for fish attractors of an art, although there are some tried as its timber deteriorated. Common fish attractors are recycled and true practices. A key factor taken into Christmas trees weighted with concrete account is a lake’s thermocline: the transiblocks; cut bamboo stalks dropped in con- tion area that separates warmer surface wacrete, known as crappie condos; and the ter from colder deep water. “You definitely don’t want to place fish so-called Georgia cube, a square frame made of PVC pipe crisscrossed with plastic attractors below the thermocline because corrugated drain pipe. It provides spaces the fish need oxygenated water,” Terre for smaller fish as well as spaces for larger said. “And you definitely don’t want to fish to hide and ambush them. The cube, place them where they’ll be a hazard to developed by the Georgia Department of boaters and anglers. You especially have Natural Resources, also quickly becomes a to be careful when you’re dealing with a breeding ground for periphyton, a mixture reservoir that has fluctuating water levels. “On a ledge before a drop-off is usually of algae, fungi and bacteria that attracts ina good spot. A lot of the time we depend sects and baitfish. “The periphyton attract the baitfish,” on our partners — as well as our biologists said Dave Terre, chief of management and — for advice on where to place fish attracresearch for TPWD’s Inland Fisheries. “The tors. They fish the lakes and know where baitfish attract the predator fish, and the they’re needed.” Although fish attractors draw a wide vapredator fish attract the anglers.” Guide Barry Dodd acknowledges prof- riety of fish, not every angler keeps track iting from the fish attractors installed at of them. Don’t ask guide Billy Imboden where to find them at Possum Kingdom Canyon Lake near San Marcos. “I think they’re wonderful,” he said. “I Lake, for instance. It’s nothing personal. He’s a striper guide. wish they’d put more of them out here. “These stripers run the ridges, humps Most of us who fish out here regularly pretand points, places like that,” Imboden said. ty much know where they are.” TPWD notes the lakes with fish attrac- “They’re moving fish. The ones we’re after tors on its website. Viewers can call up a have probably moved a mile since yestermap showing the fish attractors, which are day. They don’t hold in a spot like bass.”

make up the bulk of Perry’s work, but he creates Texas flags, crosses, ships, surf boards and the occasional Houston Texans logo. About 70 percent of his materials come from Parts Unlimited auto yard in Pearland. Through Parts Unlimited, Perry met his close friend Bill Rogers, who encouraged Perry to pursue art about 14 years ago by gifting Perry with money to buy a plasma cutter. “To this day, he won’t take one penny back when I try to repay him,” Perry said. “I pray for him everyday.” Perry uses the plasma cutter and a cutting torch to repurpose old car hoods, fenders and scraps into fish of all colors and sizes — some of them imaginary species made up by the artist. Some pieces are mounted on driftwood Perry finds on the Texas coast. Fish eyes are made with marbles, glass and light bulbs. “I’m a documentary freak with fishing shows,” Perry said. “I try and copy every species in the Gulf of Mexico, but I used to make up my own fish.” About half of Perry’s pieces are special order by people wanting a custom size, color or fish. Recently, people have been ordering replicas of their best catch. CREATING: Roy Perry uses his cutting torch to “That’s stressful because the fins have help turn scrap metal into pieces of art. Photo by to be shaped this way, the dimensions Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News. have to be spot-on, and everything has to be just right. But it’s so much fun when you finish,” he said. “Every piece I’ve himself fully as an artist and scale back done like that, the customer has been re- on his other income streams — boat really happy with the result.” pairs and building custom motorcycles. Pieces smaller than 1 foot run about “Art is good stress relief and, for me, $25 and pieces up to 6 feet run closer to that’s pretty important because I’m a $500. stressed guy,” Perry said. “All of us have Perry sells a few pieces off his website a talent, but we don’t always figure out and attends the occasional art show, but what is it and how to use it. God gave me gets most of his sales on Facebook and at the ability to do this.” fishing tournaments and benefit events. Eventually, Perry hopes to support

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained toward the river; 60 degrees; 1.75’ low. Black bass are good on shaky heads with trick worms, 7-inch worms, swim jigs and mediumand deep-diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are good on minnows. Catfish are excellent with cut bait and punch bait on baited holes. AMISTAD: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 20.90’ low. Black bass are very good on jerkbaits, soft plastics, crankbaits, spinner baits, swimbaits and jigs. Striped bass and white bass are good on slabs, deep-running crankbaits and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on live minnows up Devil’s River in the trees. Catfish are fair on stink bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers over baited holes. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 55–61 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, stick baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 61–64 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are good on Texasrigged creature baits, weightless stick baits and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BASTROP: Water stained; 65–69 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and chicken livers. BELTON: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.25’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, shrimp and stink bait at night. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 60–64 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. BONHAM: Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 2.88’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good drifting cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and lipless crankbaits near the jetty and dam. Striped bass are fair down-rigging silver and gold spoons and marble spinner baits near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch, shad, tilapia, crawfish and shrimp near Dead Tree Point. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cheese bait and cut bait near the discharge. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 58–63 degrees: 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on shaky-head worms, square-billed crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are good on craw and black/blue jigs, crankbaits, and 4-inch worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on spinner baits and crankbaits off lighted

docks. Crappie are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.96’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin craws, jerkbaits and chartreuse stick baits in 12–20 feet. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits and striper jigs, and drifting live bait in 20–30 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Catfish are slow. CADDO: Water stained; 60–65 degrees; 0.80’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and jigs near the dam, and on cut perch and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are fair downrigging silver spoons near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and cheese bait. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon hair jigs, drop-shot worms and jerkbaits along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging minnow or shad lures. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 57–62 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, Texas-rigged craws and weightless flukes. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reels. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 19.79’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits and heavy jigs in grass. White bass are good on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait and live perch. COLEMAN: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good 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 stained; 80 degrees at the hot water discharge, 68 degrees in main lake; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinner baits in 6–8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch and shad in 8-10 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 65– 69 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, cut bait and frozen shrimp. FAIRFIELD: Water lightly stained; 64–74 degrees; 0.15’

low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas-rigged creature baits, spinner baits and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. FALCON: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 29.89’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and shallow-running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, stink bait and cut bait under cormorants. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina-rigged soft plastics, crankbaits and wacky-rigged worms in reeds. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and shad. FORK: Water lightly stained; 60–64 degrees; 2.07’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, spinner baits and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 57–62 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait and nightcrawlers. GRANBURY: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. GRANGER: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs and lipless crankbaits in timber along the river channel. White bass are fair near Dickerson’s bottom. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver at night. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait in 10–20 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, shallow crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. GREENBELT: 30.98’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and 5-inch worms. Crappie are fair on live minnows. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are very good on plum soft plastic worms and black/chartreuse neon lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows from piers and over brush piles. Bream are good on live worms. Yellow catfish are very good over brush near the dam. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 56–62 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair on split-shot rigged flukes, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. JOE POOL: Water lightly

stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless worms, bladed jigs and shaky-head worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 60–65 degrees: 0.83’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. LAVON: Water stained; 58–63 degrees: 2.02’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, spinner baits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue jigs and watermelon tubes. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver minnows and shad near the power plant. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 59–64 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, bladed jigs and flukes. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are very good on watermelon crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MACKENZIE: 74.05’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 72–77 degrees; 0.93’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, hollow-body frogs and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. MEREDITH: 60.39’ low. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.64’ high. Black bass are good on spinner baits, weightless Senkos and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. NASWORTHY: 57–63 degrees; 1.29’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, jigs and Texasrigged lizards. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.47’ high. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are good on stink bait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and shrimp. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 55–61 degrees; 33’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texasrigged creature baits and Yum

Dingers. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 56–62 degrees; 7.99’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, stick baits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 59–64 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 55–62 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs, shaky heads and chatterbaits. 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; 64–68 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good trolling watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live shad and shrimp. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 59–64 degrees; 0.59’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, Texas-rigged worms and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged creature baits and spinner baits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 58–62 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged craws and flipping jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 1.33’ low. Black bass are good on Carolinarigged green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and watermelon spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver and cut bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on silver/blue striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. STAMFORD: 0.57’ low. Black

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bass are fair on Senkos, splitshot rigged flukes, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on minnows and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 0.63’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 59–64 degrees; 2.87’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, flipping jigs and Texas-rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. TEXOMA: Water stained; 59–63 degrees; 2.58’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, spinner baits and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.49’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait and stink bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.04’ high. Black bass are good on soft plastics and crawfish crankbaits in 5–15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on white grubs, watermelon crankbaits,and minnows in 8–20 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 8–18 feet. Catfish are slow. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and punch bait. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 55–62 degrees; 19.62’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 2.59’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinner baits and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and stink bait.

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have tied the record. “She was kind of let down,” William said. “So I mentioned to him that it might be a black crappie, so he counted the spines and it was.” After checking the record books again, it was determined that Danya had broken it. When she asked who held the record, he pointed at William. “I was hoping it was a white crappie where she would have that record, and I would have the black crappie one on the same lake,” William said. “But that didn’t happen. I told her that if it was broken, I would rather it be her than somebody else.” When William first met Danya,

she was only a bank fisherman. He introduced her to water wagons giving her the ability to go offshore creating a “total turn around” for her. “I was raised a fisherman, but I didn’t understand the concept of how to go and find them until he taught me,” Danya said. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to catch them. He taught me all of what I know.” “I would like to break the record again; that would be awesome,” she said. “He already warned me that crappie are fixing to start spawning so he’s going to break it. I told him, ‘In your dreams.’”

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on catching trout. A box of black drum, reds and trout makes everybody happy. Overall, the water on Baffin is looking good. But, to be perfectly honest, trout fishing is on the slow side.” Some guides are reporting good catches of trout up to 7 pounds when the tide is high. The big trout bite on Baffin Bay, though, is not nearly what it normally is, according to guide Dwayne Lowrey. “Last year at this time we had racked up good numbers of big trout,” Lowrey said. “But that’s not the way it is so far this year. In fact, it’s much slower than normal. Almost all of my fishing is done while wading with top-waters and soft plastics. The places that we normally wade in Alazan aren’t holding numbers of trout. In that

area last year we did real well with trout in the 29-inch class. Plus, we had steady numbers of fish in the 5-, 6- and 7-pound range. Based on what we caught last year, the fishing is much slower on Baffin right now.” Lowrey hopes things will change and says that could happen with strong southerly winds. Meanwhile, he’ll be wading in 3 to 4 feet of water. His top lures include Super Spooks in bone/silver and chrome/blue. His go-to soft plastic is a 5-inch paddle tail in plum/ chartreuse. His style of fishing is to move around a lot. If one area is not holding trout, he’s back in the boat and moving on. “I like to cover a lot of water,” Lowrey said. “That’s about the only way to stay on fish when the fishing is slow, like right now.”

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on top-waters and Corkies and in the river on shad. 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. Redfish are good around pods of shad. 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 pods of shad and mullet on MirrOlures and Corkies. Waders have taken better trout on the shell along the east shoreline. Redfish are fair to good on shad at the spillway. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on MirrOlures and She Dogs. 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. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair on reefs on live bait. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum are good in the channel on crabs. 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 for drifters on live shrimp 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 on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics and live

shrimp. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over grass 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 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 in grass and rocks on Corkies and top-waters. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs. Trout are fair in the Land Cut on live shrimp. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on top-waters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics under popping corks. Black drum, redfish and sheepshead are good at the jetty on shrimp. PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair to good around bars and guts on live 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 PLAYING POSSUM A Bowie County game warden patrolling U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public hunting land noticed a truck parked on the side of the road and a man wearing hunter orange lying face down in the woods. Fearing the man might be injured, the warden stopped to render aid. The man didn’t respond when the warden called out, but once he got within 5 feet of him, the man sat up. The man stated he was hiding so people would not know where he was hunting. A quick check of the man’s criminal history revealed he was a felon, and he was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. DRIVE-BY QUAIL HUNTING A Bailey County game warden received a complaint about alleged road hunters. During the search, the warden got a call that a vehicle matching the description had been stopped by a county sheriff’s deputy at a major highway intersection and was being detained. The warden interviewed the two subjects in the vehicle, who admitted to hunting quail from the roadway, which they claimed to believe was legal. Charges were filed for hunting from a public roadway and discharging a firearm from a public roadway, as well as possession of a small amount of marijuana. Cases and restitution pending. TROPHY DEER SEIZED Game wardens conducted an interview of a poaching suspect regarding a large white-tailed buck that had been seen regularly in the county. The suspect lives less than a mile from where images of the huge deer had been captured on

RAINING REDHEADS Responding to a call from a Williamson County landowner about excessive shooting taking place on a neighboring property the last day of duck season, wardens located three hunters and set up surveillance. The wardens observed one of the hunters carry two handfuls of ducks to a parked vehicle and then drive to a house on the property. Upon gaining access to the property, wardens made contact with the individual and found he was over the daily

a game camera. Apparently, this individual was in possession of a set of antlers that closely resembled the buck, although he claimed to have killed the deer in southern Oklahoma. During the interview, the suspect initially denied any wrongdoing, insisting that he killed the deer on public hunting land in Marshall County, Oklahoma. Once the wardens executed a cell phone search warrant they had obtained before the interview, the suspect changed his story. He admitted to shooting the deer off a public road on property he did not have permission to hunt, did not have a hunting license and killed the big buck with a rifle in a county that allows use of archery equipment only. The deer, a 25 1/2-inch wide, 19-point buck with a gross score exceeding 200 inches, was seized. Numerous cases and civil restitution are pending. Investigations into additional offenses in Texas and Oklahoma are ongoing. GAME CAMERA TRAIL Texas game wardens were able to make a case against four individuals in Wilson County last season for

bag limit on redheads by 13. He told wardens he knew he was wrong but they were flying and kept coming. The other two hunters showed up shortly thereafter and upon seeing the game wardens, one immediately confessed, “We are over the limit on redheads.” A total of 39 redheads were confiscated, 12 citations for daily bag limit and 39 cases of civil restitution were filed.

hunting without landowner consent after the landowner provided photos of the subjects he captured on a game camera. With photos in hand, the game wardens checked a camp on an adjacent property and made contact with the same four subjects who appeared in the game camera images taken a couple of weeks earlier. After a short interview, the subjects admitted to hunting on the property and killing three hogs and a white-tailed buck. Several firearms were seized and all four individuals were arrested and transported to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. Cases are pending.

not support his weight. Plan B was scratched after the Kingsland Fire Department explained they didn’t have a 40-foot ladder available. The warden then tried to dislodge the bird using several lengths of PVC pipe fashioned together, but that, too, was ineffective. That’s when he employed a last resort option. Using a .22 rifle and his sharpshooting skills, the warden shot the limb the heron was hanging from enough times that the limb broke, allowing the heron to fall through the tree where it was safely caught and transported to an awaiting wildlife rehabilitator.

SHARPSHOOTING SKILLS SAVE BLUE HERON A Llano County game warden had to resort to extreme measures in order to rescue an injured great blue heron stuck in a tree in the Kingsland area. Upon arrival, the warden quickly realized he faced a significant challenge as the heron was hanging from a limb by his right wing approximately 40 feet up in the air. Climbing up to the bird was ruled out after the warden determined the tree could

DIGGING UP TROUBLE Kerr County game wardens apprehended two individuals who were trespassing and digging up artifacts from a well-known Indian mound on private property. Wardens had been monitoring the mound for an extended period of time and with fresh activity at the site, it was just a matter of time before someone was caught. After several stakeouts, the wardens’ patience finally paid off when they observed a flashlight shining around the site

and two individuals heard talking and laughing. The wardens closed in and watched as both individuals climbed into the hole and began sifting for arrowheads. Under the cover of darkness, both wardens were able to make their way up to the two individuals digging in the hole without being seen and caught them red-handed. Charges are pending. FACEBOOK HUNTERS FACE CITATIONS Game wardens routinely check social media sites for game law violations and a series of suspicious photographs on Facebook recently caught their attention. The images were of several proud hunters posing with white-tailed bucks killed during the last two hunting seasons. A short investigation uncovered the identities of the individuals, and also revealed that many of them did not have a hunting license. Wardens questioned all individuals involved and concluded that many of the deer posted were taken illegally. In total, the racks of five white-tailed bucks and two rifles were seized, seven citations were issued and many warnings were given. Cases and restitution are pending.

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Two fishermen drown in separate incidents Texas game wardens are continuing a search for a Rowlett fisherman in what has been termed a recovery mission. Mark Jordan, 50, was reported missing after failing to come home after a fishing trip on Lake Ray Hubbard on March 15. Rescuers found Jordan’s capsized boat about 1/2 mile south of the Highway 66 Bridge on March 16, while searching for him in the lake. In a separate incident, authorities recovered the body of Matthew Meinert,

38, of Trophy Club, after he was reported missing after fishing on Denton Creek on March 6 with his 2-year-old son. After both were reported missing, Meinert’s son was found wandering in the woods the next day. Meinert’s body was found on March 10. According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, Meinert had been struck by the boat’s propeller. —Staff report

Angler lands state record on fly A state-record hybrid striped bass caught with a fly rod was hauled in March 9 on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The striper weighed 9.83 pounds and measured 25 inches in length and 19.5 inches in girth. Yue Jiang Li of Irving caught the fish just below Lake Ray Roberts Dam. The previous state record of 8.99 pounds dated back to Feb. 24, 2005. Mitchell Benway caught the hybrid striped bass at Lake Tawakoni. Li’s catch also shattered the water body record for Elm Fork, which was 6.45 pounds, set in 2010 by Carey Thorn. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocked Ray Roberts Lake and Lewisville Lake with hybrid striped bass several years ago. But the fish likely swam upstream from the Lewisville Lake headwaters. —Staff Report

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Tim Hervey caught his first kingfish trolling 60 miles offshore. Marshall Cole Busse took this buck with a shot from 137 yards.

Tristan Cirelo, 19, of Cypress shot this aoudad in Brackettville with a Browning .300.

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Kason Kolle, 9, harvested this free-range axis buck while hunting with his dad, Wes, on his grandfather’s ranch near Kerrville.

Michael Ogles took a 272-inch whitetail with a crossbow on the Triple H Ranch outside of Rockdale in Milam County.

Approval tough for new lakes Continued from page 1

The 2017 State Water Plan by the Texas Water Development Board shows more than 20 proposed reservoirs. Its 1984 water plan featured 44. Texas’ shrinking number of proposed reservoirs can be traced to more stringent environmental permitting, the fact that even in a state as big as Texas there are a dwindling number of viable sites for reservoirs, and the cost of construction exceeding the rate of inflation. An NTMWD spokeswoman told LSON that the amount of time it takes to get state and federal permits brings its own problems. She noted planning for the LBDC Reservoir began in 2003. “When a process takes that amount of time, there’s going to be turnover in staff on both sides: the people pursuing permits and the people processing them,” Janet Rummel said. “There are new people who have to be brought up to speed and who may have different ideas of their own on how to proceed. All that factors into stretching out the permitting process.” Three reservoirs have gotten state approval since 2006. Besides Lake Ralph Hall, the LBDC Reservoir and the Turkey Peak Reservoir near Mineral Wells received the go-ahead. All of the proposed reservoirs, however, are still awaiting their Section 404 permit, a stringent environmental review from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rummel said the NTMWD bought the Riverby Ranch in northeast Fannin County (at a cost of $35 million) to help meet the mitigation requirements of a 404 permit, which requires usurped bottomland hardwood or wetlands be replaced by similar land within a reasonable distance from the new reservoir. Besides spiraling expenses, proposed reservoirs these days face well-organized opposition. Plans to build Lake Fastrill in East Texas were quashed when campaigning by conservationists led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service to designate the wetlands as the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge in 2006. And the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir led to a showdown between two of the TWDB’s 16 regional water planning groups. Region C (Dallas-Fort Worth) wanted to build the reservoir. Region D (Northeast Texas), where Marvin Nichols would be built, did not. The upshot was the reservoir was kept in the state water plan but its construction pushed back to 2070. Some believe only a handful of reservoirs will be built this century. Former legislator Ken Armbrister, who was Gov. Rick Perry’s legislative director, pegged the number at three in talking to the North Texas Water Summit. “Which three? It’s anybody’s guess,” he said. The heyday of reservoir construction is over, said Janice Bezanson. “It seems likely that at least a couple more reservoirs will be built,” said Bezanson, executive director of the Texas Conservation Alliance. “But I definitely think it will be on the low end of the numbers being discussed.” Although Lake Ralph Hall got its state permit first, most see the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir starting construction first. Rummel said the NTMWD expects to get its 404 permit next year and construction on the $1 billion reservoir to begin in the spring of 2018. Rummel said the agency is working with TPWD on putting fish attractors and nursery ponds in the reservoir’s footprint. The plan is to put Florida largemouth fingerlings in several ponds. “We’re looking to prestock them a couple years prior to the lake filling,” Bennett said. “That would give the fish a jump-start. We did that on Lake Fork. I believe one of the state-record fish caught there was traced back to one of those ponds.”


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NATIONAL Former Texas warden wins national award Gary Young of Portland, Oregon was named the national 2017 Guy Bradley Award winner by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for his superior federal law enforcement career accomplishments in the protection of wildlife and natural resources. The award is presented by NFWF each year to one state and one federal agent for outstanding lifetime achievements in wildlife law enforcement. Young graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He began his wildlife law enforcement career in 1982 for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department before joining the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement in 1993 as a special agent. He has worked in various law enforcement positions in Kansas, Utah, Alaska and Texas. —NFWF

Delta Waterfowl stresses need for duck hunters ALEXANDRIA SIMPSON, 18, OF SAN A NTONIO, SHOT THIS 1 0-POINTER AT THE BACK PORCH RANCH IN SA BINAL, SCORING 153 7/8 GROSS. SIMP SON SHOT HER BUCK W ITH HER FATHER’S .30 -06 AT 125 YARDS A FTER A THREE-HOUR WAIT IN THE BLIND.

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S.D. men caught baiting mountain lions Two men are facing charges for illegally baiting mountain lions, using dead deer as bait. South Dakota Game, Fish, And Parks first caught wind of the operation when they came across a blood trail in Spring Creek Canyon. Agents followed the blood trail to find a young mule deer buck that had been cut open in the belly. Suspecting that the deer was being used as bait, the agents set a trap. A roadkill doe was placed aside the road. Unknown to the two men, the deer had been outfitted with a radio transmitter. A week later, the doe was tracked and found lying near the dead buck. Unsatisfied with their evidence, agents set another trap. Surveillance footage showed a vehicle picking up another roadkill deer. This deer was also later found in the canyon. A few weeks later, one of the men called GF&P agents to report a mountain lion he had killed. The two men are being charged with multiple counts of illegal possession of a big game animal and aiding and abetting prohibited hunting. —SDGFP

DU announces wetland awards Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2017 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Spokane, Washington. The winners: Federal agency employee: Kevin Norton, Louisiana state conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
 State/Provincial agency: Dr. Jim Gammonley, avian research leader and chief waterfowl biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Parks.
 Research/Technical: Dr. Douglas Johnson, senior scientist for the United States Geological Survey.


Conservation/Private Citizen: Judge Jeff Branick of Jefferson County, Texas. 
 Communications: The late Wade Bourne, editor-at-large for Ducks Unlimited magazine, co-host of Ducks Unlimited Television.

 In addition, a special award was given to 43 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers who enforce wetland and grassland easements in the Prairie Pothole Regions of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.
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Grant awarded to obtain snapper data Due to an effort by Sen. Richard Shelby (RAla.), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide a competitive grant toward innovative Gulf of Mexico reef fish survey assessments and technologies. The American Sportfishing Association said it believes will result in a more accurate estimate of the Gulf red snapper and lead to improved fishing access. The $9.5 million grant program was authored by Shelby and directed by the Congress in the 2016 Appropriations Act. —ASA

Pipeline protesters charged with poaching The Morton County, North Dakota state’s attorney’s office has filed criminal complaints against four men who were identified in two separate incidents of unlawful possession of deer in November and December, 2016. Both incidents took place in southeastern Morton County, either in or near the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp that was located near the mouth of the Cannonball River. In the first incident, Sean Carney of Center Conway, New Hampshire, and Danny LeClaire of Pocatello, Idaho, are charged with unlawful possession of big game. Carney and LeClaire were identified in a photo, skinning a deer for which they allegedly did not have a license to possess. In the second incident, William Larkin of Olean, New York, and William Bighorse of Freeville, New York, are charged with unlawful possession of big game for their alleged participation in dragging a whitetail buck from the Cannonball River in November and killing it by stabbing it with a knife and then suffocating it in the mud. —NDGF

Michigan offers $1M to solve carp problem A global search for new and innovative solutions to prevent invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes is offering up to $1 million in cash prizes. The effort will focus on the most cost-effective way to prevent the movement of Asian and bighead carp. Silver carp and bighead carp are within 10 miles of the three electric barriers built to prevent invasive carp from entering Lake Michigan through the Chicago Area Waterways System. The carp can grow to more than 100 pounds. They jump out of the water to threaten boaters, out-compete native species for food, and can take over an entire river system. —Michigan DNR

California shooter wins first World Cup medal Ashley Carroll, of Solvang, California, claimed the first World Cup medal of her career when she won gold in Women’s Trap at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico. Carroll secured her spot in the final following a 11-person shoot off and won the gold in a shoot off against Natalie Rooney of New Zealand. —USA Shooting


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Louisiana high school anglers Hunter Courvelle and Alex Erickson won the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School Central Open on Toledo Bend last week. After being among the first few dozen of 181 duos to weigh in, they occupied the top of the leaderboard for nearly two hours. None could knock the Sam Houston (La.) high schoolers from the winner’s seat with their bag of 23 pounds, 3 ounces, although it was close. The 2015 Bassmaster High School National Champions Alex Heintze and Justin Watts, of the Livingston Parish (La.) Bassmasters, came to the scales at Cypress Bend Park with a 22-pound, 3-ounce bag. Carter Pourciau and Zach Naquin of Assumption High (La.) were third with 20 pounds, 14 ounces. “It’s a great feeling,” Erickson said. “We fish here almost every weekend, so we know some of the spots where we should go.” The duo located a flat in practice that they fished on Saturday, and it was extremely productive. They were fishing in about 6-8 feet of water with Carolina-rigged flukes in watermelon red color. They had five keepers in the boat by 9 a.m. and Erickson landed the lunker of the creel about 12:30 p.m. That big fish weighed approximately 7 1/2 pounds, but it wasn’t the biggest bass he’s ever landed. “We fish up here every weekend this time of year,” Erickson said. “It’s about an hour and half drive from home (in Lake Charles). So we see some big bass.” Toledo Bend is known for lunker bass, and Courvelle said the set-up they used in the Central Open was productive for a couple of reasons. “We were fishing some deeper water and in the wind. It was easier to use that Carolina-rigged fluke,” he said. “It was about 5 inches long, and it was easier to get it down in the water.”

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Courvelle and Erickson couldn’t celebrate their catches too loudly, however. That’s because Saturday’s honey hole was only a couple hundred yards from the Cypress Bend Marina and there was ample traffic through that area during the day. Erickson’s big fish came out of Housen Bay on the Texas side of the reservoir, said boat captain Keith Courville. “There was a lot of adrenaline, but we didn’t want to make much noise,” Erickson said. “Someone might see our spot.” The pair of high school juniors clinched a spot in the upcoming Bassmaster High School Classic, which will be held in Houston at the end of March, in conjunction with the GEICO Bassmaster Classic. The top five teams at the Central Open earned spots in the High School Classic, and the top 19 teams advanced to the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship to be held in June. Courvelle and Erickson also earned $1,500 for their high school bass team with the win.

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raised more than half a23-million dollars for 5 5 3 5 5 22- 3 quail research and education 5 5 20-14 at5 its 5 annual fundraiser this 19- 5 5 5 19- 3 month. 5 5 18-14 Jay Stine, director of Shared 5 5 18- 4 5 5 18- 2 the group raised Services, said 5 5 17-11 $556,221 at its 11th annual 5 5 17- 7 banquet and 5 5 17- 4 fundraiser March 4 16-14 2.4 Money raised in the past 11 5 5 16- 3 years totals $6.6 million. 5 5 15-14 5 The 5money 15-13 will be used for 5 5 15- 4 conservation and education 5 5 15- 3 5 5 14- 5 consistent with the group’s mis5 5 14- 5 sion to sustain and restore hunt5 5 14- 1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5

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able wild quail populations and advocate youth education in the sport. Stine said the group will seek request for proposals through April 15. Interviews will be conducted and the group hopes to award grants by June 1. The group will also administer $127,500 in grant money for veterans made possible by a donation and auction item from Tom Browkaw, recipient of the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award this year. Browkaw was the former anchor of NBC Nightly News.

Mature hunter, bucks Continued from page 4

two seasons, but bloomed in his seventh year. “The only way we could hunt the buck this time of the year, not being regular deer season, would be to bowhunt him…. I really wanted my dad to have a chance at this buck before he broke tines,” Brett wrote. “Well yesterday morning my dad and I headed out on our 2nd day looking for the big buck. The deer came in at 22 yards and my dad nailed him with a perfect shot.” Another key to his success is waiting longer than most to harvest big deer. Don said most people shoot trophy bucks that are 5-6 years old, but on their lease, they target those that

are older because of the antler growth spurt after seven years. Holden said the quality of the bucks has steadily increased over the years. They started seeing 180-class bucks some seven years ago, and since then the scores have increased. His son also has a rule that no one can shoot a deer until they take a picture of it first, which helps with the management. Holden said he has hunted Africa, British Columbia and other distant locales, but nothing beats his experience on the family lease. “It’s the best place I’ve been on in my life. It’s the best lowfence ranch in Texas,” he said.


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By Aaron Anderson, For Lone Star Outdoor News

SeaArk expands production SeaArk Boats’ production facility in Monticello, Arkansas is currently undergoing expansion and renovation to accommodate growing sales demand.

Yamaha receives Silver Star Yamaha Marine Group was awarded the 2017 Silver Star of Excellence from the American Technical Education Association and the National Technical Honor Society.

Morris earns first Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris was the first-ever recipient of the Elk Country Lifetime Achievement Award during the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2017 National Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Duck films launching Ducks Unlimited is launching another season of its acclaimed online film series, “DU Films,” in March. Watch a preview of this year’s series, at www.ducks.org/dufilms.

Heartland DSC active DSC welcomes the seventh group to join its chapter affiliate program – DSC Heartland, headquartered in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It will encompass the states of Iowa and Nebraska.

Butler gets award Shoot Like A Girl President Karen Butler was named the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama’s Entrepreneur of the Year at the Entrepreneur Awards in Huntsville, Alabama.

Lewis promoted SCI Foundation announced that Matthew D. Lewis, former conservation manager, has been promoted to the position of director of conservation in the Washington D.C. office.

Museum honors McGuane The American Museum of Fly Fishing announced that it will honor influential author Thomas McGuane with its 2017 Heritage Award.

Martincich moves to director Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have announced the promotion of Jordan Martincich to director of development.

REMF gets award The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is the recipient of the Boone and Crockett Club’s third Conservation and Stewardship Award.

FOR THE TABLE *email LSON your favorite recipe to news@lonestaroutdoornews.com.

Thai turkey spring rolls 1 pound wild turkey breast Cucumber strips Olive oil (for frying) Tomato, thinly sliced Extra-virgin olive oil (for seasoning) Carrot strips Fresh-squeezed lemon juice Endive or lettuce leaves Fresh ground pepper Thai rice spring roll wrapper (round) Salt Sweet chili sauce Watercress sprigs Peanuts, crushed Cilantro sprigs Lightly pound wild turkey breast to 3/4-inch thick. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Pan-fry it in olive oil until

both sides are lightly browned and meat juices run clear. Let cool, slice into 1/2-inch strips and soak turkey breast in dressing made from three parts lemon juice, one part extravirgin olive oil, pepper and salt. Refrigerate meat until chilled. Soak one rice wrapper in water until soft, lay on plate or cutting board and assemble roll. Use turkey meat, watercress, cilantro, cucumber, tomato and carrot combinations as filling and use lettuce and rice paper as the outer layers of the spring roll wrap. Chill spring rolls in refrigerator and serve with sweet chili sauce and crushed peanuts. —NSSF

Snapper almondine 4 (6-ounce) snapper fillets 2 tsps. cayenne pepper Sea salt, to taste Ground black pepper, to taste 1 cup rice flour 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 tsp. flat-leaf parsley, chopped Parsley sprigs for garnish (optional) Sprinkle fillets with seasonings then dredge in flour. Melt butter in shallow skillet

over medium-high heat; add fillets and cook 3 to 5 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Remove fillets from skillet and keep warm. Add almonds to butter in the skillet; cook until almonds are browned. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Spoon sauce over cooked fillets and garnish with fresh parsley. —Florida Department of


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Ducks Unlimited Lake Lewisville Sporting Clay Fundraiser Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, Decatur (417) 576-5582 ducks.org/texas Ducks Unlimited Montague County Bowie Civic Center (940) 366-1880 ducks.org/texas Quail Forever State Convention Wellington Conference Center (907) 750-2600 pheasantsforeverevents.org

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Great Outdoors Expo Lubbock Civic Center (806) 253-1322 goetx.com Rinehart R100 Archery Shoot Cinnamon Creek Ranch, Roanoke r100.org

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Ducks Unlimited Lone Star Flyway Shoot Westside Sporting Grounds, Katy (713) 724-2237 ducks.org/texas

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Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation Banquet Westin Galleria, Dallas dallasecologicalfoundation.org Texas Team Trail Lake Belton (210) 788-4143 Texasteamtrail.com West Bay Blackjack Fishing Tournament West End Restaurant and Sandbar Fishwestend.com

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Quail Forever Brazos River Prairie Banquet & Fundraiser The Swinging Door, Richmond (713) 516-5244 pheasantsforeverevents.org Costal Conservation Association Greater Sugar Land Chapter Banquet (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org Costal Conservation Association Prairie Chapter Banquet Cat Spring Hall, Cat Spring ccatexas.org Costal Conservation Association Houston Builders Chapter Banquet (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

Costal Conservation Association Colorado Valley Chapter Banquet Knights of Columbus Hall, LaGrange (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

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Hoffpauir Expo Lampasas (512) 748-2810

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Costal Conservation Association Dallas Chapter Banquet Frontiers of Flight Museum (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

Texas Trappers and Fur Hunters Association Spring Rendezvous, Jacksonville (806) 847-7562 Taxidermy King Taxidermy and Western Art Auction Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth (512) 451-7623 taxidermyking.com

Costal Conservation Association Fort Bend Chapter Banquet Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Rosenberg (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

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Costal Conservation Association Tri-County Chapter Banquet (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

Outdoor Women Gone Wild South Llano River State Park, Junction (325) 446-3190 junctiontexas.net

Dallas Safari Club Monthly Meeting, Trophy and Photo Awards Omni at Park West (972) 980-9800 biggame.org

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2. Spring is a good time to search for these [SHEDS] 3. TPWD director [SMITH] 5. Texas' state tree [PECAN] 6. Lake used to be called Granite Shoals [LBJ] 8. An offshore target [AMBERJACK] 10. Some hunters eat this duck organ [LIVER] 11. Command to stop a pointing dog [WHOA] 14. A beaver project [DAM] 16. One who takes game illegally [POACHER] 17. Rifle case hung from saddle [SCABBARD] 18. Tackle box manufacturer [PLANO] 20. Fatty tissue around turkey's neck [WATTLE] 21. Favorite Texas bay for winter trout [BAFFIN] 23. State mammal of Alaska [MOOSE] 26. River that flows through Granbury [BRAZOS] 29. When these bloom, the white bass run [DOGWOODS] 30. The H in H&K [HECKLER] 32. A quail species [MEARNS] 33. A lure manufacturer [STORM] 35. Another name for the rumen [PAUNCH]

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