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Largest Hunting and Fishing Newspaper in Texas

April 22, 2016

Volume 12, Issue 17

Fishing with hellgrammites

Lake Alan Henry on the mend

Invertebrates make great river bait By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Tyler Moore grew up in New Braunfels, and as a youngster, a man in the neighborhood took him fishing on the Guadalupe River — and taught him about hellgrammites. “His name is David Meckel, but we called him Opie,” Moore said. “He was kind of like a surrogate grandfather.” On the trip, Meckel explained they would be catching and fishing with hellgrammites. Like most people, Moore had no idea what he was talking about. “We went to the river, and he taught me how to catch them and fish with them,” Moore said. “Catching them is half the fun, as long as you don’t get bitten.” The hellgrammite is actually the larval form of the dobsonfly, is one of only a few carnivorous insects in Texas, and has oversized mandibles at its head that pack a punch. “It hurts, and they’ll draw blood,” Moore said. Catching the 2- to 3-inch invertebrates isn’t a difficult process. “You can turn over rocks and catch them in a screen (Moore uses a swimming pool leaf skimmer) or you can dig with the screen kind of like sifting for gold,” Moore said. Once the hellgrammites are found, they are carefully moved to a plastic water bottle he keeps in his pocket. “You have to grab them right behind the head, there is a tough part there,”

BIG GIRL: Bruce Butler caught this 13.13-pound bass at Alan Henry Reservoir on April 13. According to TPWD, the ShareLunker was returned to the lake, as it had already spawned. Photo by TPWD.

Lone Star Outdoor News When Alan Henry Reservoir started to fill up after years of drought, anglers wondered if fishing on the lake would bounce back. If the last week for Bruce Butler of Amarillo is any indication, the 2,880-acre lake southeast of Lubbock, once known for producing loads of giant bass, is on the road to recovery. At the end of March, he landed a 12.64-pound largemouth on the lake. On April 13, he topped that with a 13.13-pound fish landed at

TURNING OVER ROCKS: Catching bait can be half the fun. Here, Tyler Moore uses a leaf skimmer to catch hellgrammites hiding under rocks in the Guadalupe River. Larger rocks often hold more of the invertebrates, and the skimmer is used to keep them from flowing downstream. Photos by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Eastern turkey season rolling

Tracking sharks

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Austin Sewell works at the LBJ National Grasslands in Wise County, but helped out at the Caddo National Grasslands in Fannin County over the opener of the eastern turkey season on April 15. “We had a few people shoot an eastern over the weekend,” Sewell said. “Both birds had 10-inch beards.” Sewell said the bird numbers are good at the grasslands. “Especially since they are easterns on public land,” he said. Another group didn’t fare as well but plans to return. “A few of us came close, but no birds killed due to various reasons,” said Terrance Jackson, a member of the NWTF Harris County Wildlife Group, who helped guide three hunters at the Sabine National Forest in Sabine County. “I stumbled across a roost near an area

Wahoo and mako sharks are Chris Sessions’ targets when he heads offshore each winter. This year, the researchers from OCEARCH donated four satellite tags to his boat. The first tag was put to good use, and the anglers can watch the movement of the shark every day. “On February 24, we went out of Packery Channel and fished about 45 miles out,” Sessions said. “Ricky Torres got a 6-foot mako trolling a skirted ballyhoo, which is odd. We were fishing for wahoo but we caught both on the same lures, Islanders in purple and black and green and yellow. Ricky caught three makos, I missed

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one.” The satellite tracker was placed on the shark’s dorsal fin. “We used a battery-operated drill,” Sessions said. “They (OCEARCH) have a template. You drill four holes in the dorsal fin, then use stainless steel bolts, washers and a nut to tighten.” Since the shark is out of the

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Turkeys and cows

Dirt research

Cattle can mess up a good hunt.

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CHARTING THE PATH: After this mako shark landed by Ricky Torres was equipped with a satellite tracking device, everyone can follow his travels on the Internet at Photo by Chris Sessions.


Reds in the mud

Teacher and guide

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The turkey hunter’s nemesis Cattle often frustrate efforts

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News They knock over your turkey decoys. If you’re in a ground blind, they’ll sniff the blind, stick their heads in or even try to eat parts of the blind. If you’re on the ground, they’ll check you out. The dreaded cows. Meanwhile, most often the turkeys stay away. Cody Roberts, the ranch manager at the JL Bar Ranch in Sutton County, is familiar with turkey hunts gone awry at the hands of cattle. “It happened to us about eight times last week,” he said. “It never fails, if they are around they seem to cut you off.” Roberts sets up in staging areas cut out of the thick brush. “The cattle come into the openings,” Roberts said. “I’ve had them come into a call, being curious, and walk in on you. Usually, if they are there, the turkeys won’t come in. Plus, the cows usually associate a man around with being fed, so they come up even if you’re sitting in some brush. “And, when you move, they’ll follow you.” If the cows don’t really like turkeys, many think turkeys like cattle being around. The birds are known for flipping over dried out patties to get at bugs and grain. Some hunters say they have seen gobblers strut through cows to get to the decoys, while others have seen even more bizarre behavior. “I was hunting by a patch of grass,” said EXASPERATING: Cattle have foiled many a turkey hunt, and most think it is their curious nature that leads them to investigate turkey decoys and turkey hunters. Photo by Clay Wiatrek.

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Plant your dove field now Lone Star Outdoor News With spring already in full bloom across Texas, now is the time to start planting food plots for dove hunting. Food plots should be composed of species that produce large seeds or grains as dove are seed eaters. Common species planted for doves include sunflower, millet, sorghum and sesame. Planting in April–May allows the seeds to mature and be available to dove a couple of weeks before September, conditioning them to visit the field when dove season starts. The plots can vary in size depending on your property and the surrounding habitat. If you have a smaller tract of land, a few acres may be adequate, as long as it is strategically placed on the property. A good location, regardless of size, is between good roosting habitat (mature trees) and a water source such as a stock tank or small pond. When planting, multiple species can be used as they will have different maturation rates and provide food throughout the season. Mourning dove prefer to feed on the ground, so it is a good idea to plant your dove food plot in rows leaving bare ground

PLAN AHEAD: Plant now to make sure the food for dove is ready before the season opener in September. Discing fields of exotic grasses also can help spur growth of native plants dove prefer. Photo by TPWD.

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Soil’s influence on deer size, antler growth shown SANDY SOIL, SMALLER DEER: Deer captured and studied from four areas in South Texas helped researchers learn that different soil types are a major factor in deer growth. Illustration by CKWRI.

Lone Star Outdoor News White-tailed deer body and antler size is determined by a combination of three things: age, nutrition and genetics. Recent research findings at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute give insight into why nutritional deficiencies, rather than genetics, may cause the body weight and

antler size differences seen in deer across South Texas. CKWRI researchers, led by Kory Gann, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist in Kingsville and a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, captured 2,775 whitetails from 2011-2014 on four East Foundation properties that range in location from the Gulf Coast to 90

miles inland. The tracts were working cattle ranches where the deer were unmanaged and not subject to harvest. The properties ranged from the Coastal Sand Plain ecoregion, where deep sands have been deposited by winds blowing inland for thousands of years, to the Texas-Tamaulipan Thorn Scrub ecoregion that tends to have finePlease turn to page 19

Study examines mountain lion, human contact at Big Bend Price Rumbelow spent his days looking for mountain lions. He figures one to two dozen roam the Big Bend National Park, and has been studying the potential for humanmountain lion conflicts in the park. The park receives more than 300,000 visitors each year. The Sul Ross State CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Mountain lions live in rugged Texas University graduate country, but tracking their movement shows they utilize student has been low areas more often than originally thought. Conflicts using trail monitors between lions and humans at Big Bend National Park is and GPS collars on rare. Photo by Price Rumbelow. captured lions to obtain information on the times and frequency that the paths of lions and humans may cross. And he’s learned a few things along the way. “Lions used the low areas more than we expected,” Rumbelow said. “Mountain lion is a misnomer. “Lions don’t need mountains, just rugged terrain. When hiking the lower desert trails, keep your eyes open and cameras ready.” In the last 10 years, more than 1,000 lion encounters — which range from seeing tracks to actual attacks — have been reported in the park. In the 70-plus-year history of the park, only eight actual attacks have been recorded, none fatal. Rumbelow’s research included placing 20 trail monitors to measure human activity on a seasonal basis. The monitors shoot lasers from transmitters to receivers. A break in the laser indicates passage, and records the time of day. Trails were measured for two-week periods

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Benefits of safari hunting stressed by IUCN The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) issued a report that educates European decision-makers and the public on the benefits of hunting abroad. An IUCN briefing published this month discusses in great detail how legal, well-regulated hunting can and does generate critically needed incentives and revenue in order for government, private and community landowners to maintain and restore wildlife as a land use and to carry out conservation actions, including much-needed anti-poaching interventions. A group of members of the European Parliament have called for the signing of a declaration to ban imports of trophies. IUCN urges that their findings be incorporated into any discussions calling for partial or full bans on trophy importations. IUCN’s findings show the widespread benefits resulting from trophy hunting and provide scientific research as a basis for policy decisions. The facts listed in the brief illustrate the increased wildlife populations, the increased habitat and the improved livelihoods of surrounding communities

brought about by hunting revenues. Restrictions on importation of trophies can make hunting programs economically unviable at local levels. This loss of local and national revenue may remove incentives for entities to properly manage and protect wildlife and would likely cause serious declines in populations of a number of threatened or iconic species. Dallas Safari Club and other groups praised the report. “As a member of IUCN since 2015, DSC is pleased to see the IUCN’s findings align with our mission to better inform those in charge of making decisions and implementing policies that can forever affect our natural resources,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “We support science-based decision making − not emotion-based − and the IUCN’s findings demonstrate how trophy hunting not only improves wildlife populations and habitat but also the surrounding communities.” —DSC

Delta Waterfowl research for 2016 Throughout the organization’s history, Delta Waterfowl has conducted waterfowl research that has helped shape the direction of waterfowl management and programs across North America. In 2016, Delta Waterfowl’s slate of research projects — many in collaboration with leading university waterfowl scientists and conservation partners — seeks solutions to a diverse set of waterfowl management issues. While much of the work is focused on breeding ducks during the three-month nesting season, researchers will also delve into wetland protection questions and attempt to better understand hunter recruitment and retention. In 2016, Delta Waterfowl will conduct studies on the following subjects: • Predator reduction for over-water nesting ducks 
 • Effects of oil production activities on nesting ducks 

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Testing predator reduction and hen houses in Alberta Parklands 
 Vetch cover for mallards in California 
 Hen houses for nesting mottled ducks in South Carolina 
 Drones and thermal imaging as duck research tools 
 Counting diving ducks using drones Managing invasive phragmites 
 Hotspot trapping in North Dakota 
 Hunter recruitment and retention in Prairie Canada 
 Banding canvasbacks at Delta Marsh Farmer feedback on Delta’s Working Wetlands Pilot 
 Hunting impacts on mallard survival and reproduction 
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Operation Strong Safety Surge 59 members and Forensics Reconstruction and Mapping Team Members For their work in investigating a watercraft collision between a U.S. Border Patrol vessel and a Mexican national’s boat. Director’s Awards These awards are presented to private citizens, first responders from other agencies and TPWD personnel who assisted in Texas game wardens’ life-saving efforts. Jacob Boaz Bastrop fireman and swift water technician who assisted Texas game wardens with the rescue of nearly 40 residents during the Halloween 2015 floods in Bastrop and Travis counties. Luis Canales TPWD park police officer who assisted Game Warden Brad Whitworth with the rescue of three individuals, all of whom could not swim, from a capsized vessel in high winds and oversized waves. Martha McLeod Youth outreach volunteer for Texas game wardens. Brian McDaniel Commercial fisherman who rescued three stranded boaters. Richard Flood Bosque County Sheriff’s deputy who assisted Game Warden Matthew Bridgefarmer in rescuing two fishermen from their sinking boat. Stephen Horn Mason County Sheriff’s deputy who was first to respond to a victim in cardiac arrest. Along with Game Warden Randall Brown, Horn administered CPR until emergency medical services arrived.

Vance and Emily Smith Private citizens who assisted with rescue efforts during the May 2015 floods. Houston Law Enforcement Communications For their dedication to serving Texans by providing quality customer service during emergencies.

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These awards recognize support staff for their years of service to the law enforcement division. Leo Villa Region 8 Boat Mate – motor vehicle technician. Chris Heyse Region 8 Boat Mate – motor vehicle technician.

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These awards are presented to game wardens whose search and rescue efforts saved lives. Matt Waggoner and David Pellizzari (Palo Pinto County) Rescued an elderly couple from rising floodwaters in the May 2015 floods. Luett McMahen and Tyler Reed (Wichita County) Rescued an elderly couple from their vehicle, which had been swept off the road during the May 2015 floods. Chris Dowdy (Wise County) Rescued a father and son stranded in floodwaters. Colt Gaulden (Coryell County) & Michael Hummert (Grayson County) Provided life-saving first aid to a victim who had jumped into shallow waters and broken his neck. Matthew Bridgefarmer (Bosque County) Rescued two fishermen from their sinking inflatable raft. Jon Kocian (Victoria County) Rescued two women from swift currents after their kayak overturned. Michael Hoffman (Dewitt County) Rescued two men clinging to trees in the Guadalupe River after flooding caused the river to rise and their canoe to capsize. Jamie Sanchez (Dallas County) Rescued family from burning boat and steered boat away from other watercraft in the harbor. Brad Whitworth (Starr County) Rescued three individuals, all of whom could not swim, from a capsized vessel in high winds and oversized waves. Trent Herchman and Grant Moore (Van Zandt County) Rescued a man clinging to a tree in rising floodwaters. The man’s truck had been swept off the road. Randall Brown (Mason County) Administered CPR to a victim in cardiac arrest until emergency medical services arrived. —TPWD

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Michael Shouse, a regional director with the National Wild Turkey Federation. “I called a gobbler in and he started strutting. Then the cow marched into the same patch and began lowing (mooing) around. They went back and forth for a half an hour — I guess they were fighting for the same spot.” MD Shurley, who raises cattle and goats in Sutton County, said he thinks it’s the size of the decoy that bothers the cows. “Their predators are small,” he said. “The cows don’t like the turkeys, small goats or other small critters. They will trap a newly born kid in a corner until it starves if you don’t go get it.” Most hunters believe it’s the cattle simple curiosity that can sabotage your setup. “You can go park your ATV and they’ll come up and sniff and lick it,” said Jason Hardin, the Upland Game Bird Specialist at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “I think they have the same curiosity with the decoys.” Of course, if you can’t beat them, you can try to join them. The people at Montana Decoy suggest trying a cow blind decoy. “The cattle around you are no longer a nuisance and become a live character in your ruse,” the company claims. The cattle, being curious creatures, may come and check out your decoy, though.

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Muddy water reds and trout on Sabine Lake By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Just about the time Sabine Lake fishermen were gearing up for the spring run of trout fishing, a wall of water came rushing down the Sabine River that was muddy enough to walk on. That was mid-March, and for a time it made fishing a little tough. “For a while the fishing was completely shut down,” says Jerry Norris, who has been guiding on Sabine Lake for over 30 years. “We couldn’t find the mullet and without them trout and reds were just about impossible to find.” But even with all that muddy water, it didn’t take long for mullet to show up, and sure enough trout and reds weren’t far behind them. “Coffee Ground Cove, on the far upper end of the lake, is usually where we’ll have good concentrations of reds and trout in March,” Norris said. “But that water was so too muddy to fish. A few miles south of that area is the mouth of Johnson Bayou. The water was not quite so muddy there, and that’s where we found a few mullet.” That was near the end of March. Since then, catches of trout and reds have been fair from Johnson’s and on down toward Blue Buck Point while drifting and working jigs on the bottom. “Up until about April 15, we were catching fair numbers of fish up in the bayous and cuts along the Louisiana shoreline,” Norris said. “The water was a little cleaner off the lake.” Also around April 1, waders up around Johnson’s Bayou and on over to the Gator Hole started stringing trout up to about 5 pounds. The best lures were slow sinking Corky’s in black/chartreuse and Sea Shad Assassins in electric chicken and chartreuse/pepper/fire tail. Flounder started showing up along the lower lake shoreline and in the pass during the first Please turn to page 9

FUN IN THE MUD: Sabine Lake guide Colby Denbow caught this big red and more in very muddy water on a Down South soft plastic rigged on a 1/4-ounce jighead. Photo by Robert Sloan.

Catching fish, changing lives Guide and Outdoor Adventures teacher takes students fishing

were able to experience a guided trip with their teacher. “It was tough to pick four kids,” Martinez said. “It wasn’t hard to find four kids that had never been on a boat. They all wanted to go — I worked with the principal Please turn to page 17

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FIRST TRIP: Pete Martinez teaches Outdoor Adventures in Mercedes and is a fishing guide in Port Mansfield. He took four of his students, all of whom had never been on a boat, fishing thanks to Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation and a donation from the Fishing Discussion Group in Dallas. Photo by Pete Martinez.

from the students. “On the weekends, the kids take their parents to the canal,” Martinez said. On April 10, four students, Frank Morales, Danny Izaguirre, Julian Fuentes and Devin Spears,

Lone Star Outdoor News As a fisheries manager in the 1980s, Bob Lusk recalls hearing from a neighbor that “we could feed our fish.” “It was, walk out on the dock, stomp your foot three times and toss out hunks of day-old bread and watch the catfish come to the surface like Photo by Bob Lusk vacuum cleaners with whiskers,” he said. Things have changed. “Next we heard the same neighbors had bought catfish food and the fish performed better — they grew faster and tasted meatier,” Lusk said. By the mid-’90s, several feed companies were beginning to see the need to provide feed to a growing market of people feeding recreational fishing ponds. Purina took the lead when they developed Game Fish Chow, a recreational pond ration designed to feed different species of different sizes of fish. Several more feed companies joined in. Next came choices of pellet size. “Now, people are actually designing feeding programs for their fish,” Lusk said. One of his clients, Tom Welfelt, a man in his 80s, was looking to grow some giant bluegill in his 4-acre pond. “He asked me to buy some,” Lusk said. “He was 80 and didn’t want to wait for little fish to grow up. I looked high and low and the best I could find in any quantities that year were about 4-inches long. We decided to buy them, put them in his pond and grow them. My challenge was to grow them fast.” Welfelt bought four directional feeders and they were placed

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Pete Martinez has been teaching the Outdoor Adventures program at Mercedes Chacon Middle School for the past six years. With help from the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation, youngsters experienced their first trip on the water. “The kids we’ve taken out are not well-off,” Martinez, who also guides fishermen out of the GetA-Way Adventures Lodge in Port Mansfield, said. “Most have never been on a boat before and had never fished until they took my class.” Fishing is a big part of Martinez’ curriculum. “We have a canal about three miles from the school where we go and catch catfish and carp three times a week,” he said. “Most of the kids have never caught a fish by themselves before.” Each time a fish is landed, a photo is taken and shared with the entire school. “They run in a slideshow on the screens in the hallways; it’s a big deal,” Martinez said. The fishing bug is spreading

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Lake Conroe to hold 2017 Bassmaster Classic The world championship of bass fishing — the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro — will be held in Houston. The fishing competition will take place on Lake Conroe, in Montgomery and Walker counties. Weigh-ins will be at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. The Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo will be held March 24-26 in the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. “We are thrilled to bring the biggest event in bass fishing to the biggest city in the biggest state,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Of the 500,000 members of B.A.S.S. worldwide, nearly 45,000 — more than any other state — call Texas home. We’re glad to be able to hold the Classic near them.” The 2017 event will mark the second time the Classic has been held in Texas. Hank Parker won the 1979 Classic on Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma border. Conroe has never hosted a Bassmaster Elite Series event; however, it was the site of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic from 2009-2013. The 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic is being hosted locally by the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, and the fishing action on Lake Conroe is presented by the Conroe Convention and Visitors Bureau. —B.A.S.S.

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week of April. “We started catching flounder about two weeks after the lake muddied up,” said guide Colby Denbow with Sabine Lake Lodge. “We found a few at the mouths of bayous on Down South jigs in blue moon and LaRue’s Salt Sassy color patterns. More flounder are beginning to show up in the pass off points and around pilings.” As he moved into April, Denbow began catching big numbers of reds at the Sabine jetties. “Just before a front came in, I made a run to the jetties and found reds schooling on the surface,” Denbow said. “That was a surprise. They were hitting just about any lure we put on them.” The lower end of Sabine Lake has picked up, and Denbow said the fishing should stay good for another month. That’s where Denbow has been catching good numbers of trout to 23 inches, along with a few reds. “We’re keying on slicks and bumping jigs along bottom in about 7 to 12 feet of water,” he said. “That area of the lake is covered with oysters that attract a lot of shad and mullet, which is a big draw for reds and trout. It’s pretty easy fishing. We’re just drifting with the wind and current while bumping jigs on bottom. The best bite is with 1/4-ounce jig heads.” Denbow expects the bigger trout to kick into gear any day, although another round of heavy rains this week may delay the bite. “When that happens, look for solid numbers of trout and reds to be caught up around Johnson and Willow bayous,” he said.


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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water fairly clear; 58–65 degrees; 2.92’ low. Black bass are good shallow (bass are spawning). Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 10–20 feet. Catfish to 70 pounds are good on live perch. AMISTAD: Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 24.58’ low. Black bass are very good on jerkbaits, spinner baits, crankbaits and jigs. Striped bass are fair on jigging spoons and small crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigging spoons, minnows, white grubs and small crankbaits. Catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 64–66 degrees; 0.51’ low. No reports on bass. Catfish are good on worms and stink bait. ATHENS: Water stained; 65–70 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, hollow-bodied frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. BASTROP: Water clear; 63–67 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp and stink bait. BELTON: Water murky; 61– 65 degrees; 0.84’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stink bait. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits and craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. BONHAM: Water stained to muddy, 65–68 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, shallow crankbaits and flipping jigs around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows around the bridges. Catfish are slow. BRAUNIG: Water stained. Black bass are fair on spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on liver and perch near Dead Tree Point. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cheese bait and cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to muddy, 64–68 degrees: 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, Texas-rigged craws and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow. BROWNWOOD: Water stained;

60–64 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are good on red bug spinner baits and worms in 3–6 feet. White bass are fair on bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits under lights at night. Crappie are very good on minnows over brush piles in 16–25 feet. Channel catfish are slow. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 58–62 degrees; 3.98’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse jigs, black/blue top-waters and wacky-rigged watermelon stick worms in creeks and pockets. Striped bass are good drifting live bait and jigging chartreuse bucktail jigs in 20–30 feet. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and chicken livers near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp and cheese bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon grubs, green/pumpkin worms on jigheads, and grape worms in 10–15 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging green striper jigs and slabs. Smallmouth bass are good on white lipless crankbaits, root beer grubs and watermelon worms in 8–18 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 64–67 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits and Texas-rigged soft plastics near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 23.14’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp in 10–25 feet. COLEMAN: Water murky; 58–62 degrees; 3.77’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 68 degrees in main lake; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good

on crankbaits and spinner baits in 10–20 feet. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs in 10–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and nightcrawlers. CONROE: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on black/ blue spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics in 10–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on blood bait and shrimp. FALCON: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 19.44’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are very good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp, stink bait, nightcrawlers and cut bait. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad crankbaits and watermelon soft plastic worms over grass. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait. FORK: Water stained to muddy; 64–69 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits, weedless soft swimbaits and hollowbodied frogs. Some fish are on being caught sight-fishing on beds. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 59–65 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, spinner baits and Senkos. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around shallow cover. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait. GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed lipless crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on hot dogs and frozen shrimp. GRANBURY: Water murky; 57–61 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait, nightcrawlers and shrimp. GRANGER: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.74’ high. Black bass are fair on white/ chartreuse spinner baits upriver. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 6–15 feet. Blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with shad and Zote soap.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are very good on watermelon red soft plastic worms near the marina, and on watermelon red lizards near Paradise Island. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on trotlines baited with beef hearts, cut shad and chicken livers. HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 61–69 degrees; 14.56’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and small swimbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and split shot weighted minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait. JOE POOL: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, weightless worms and buzz frogs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 66–70 degrees: 0.47’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. LBJ: Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on dark red lipless crankbaits, watermelon/ chartreuse soft plastics, and pumpkin top-waters in 10–20 feet. White bass are fair on bladed jigs and crankbaits under birds. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue crappie jigs in 6–12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 65–68 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged tubes and creature baits in flooded bushes and shallow cover. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black

bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on live shad. White bass are good on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, buzzbaits and hollow-bodied frogs.

Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. MONTICELLO : Water stained; 66–71 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and trotlines. NASWORTHY: 59–65 degrees; 1.48’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texasrigged lizards and weightless flukes. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 59–67 degrees; 46.79’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 58–66 degrees; 15.23’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 66–69 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, tubes and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 58–67 degrees; 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless and small crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad and dough bait. RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, weightless worms and Texasrigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 1.04’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits, shallow crankbaits and swimjigs. White bass are good on minnows.

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Crappie are fair on minnows near brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 3.89’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 58–62 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 59–63 degrees; 0.44’ high. All species are slow. TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 67–70 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and stink bait. TEXOMA: Water stained; 65– 68 degrees; 2.14’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinner baits and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, jigs and shallowrunning crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows in the shallows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. TRAVIS: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.06’ high. All species are slow. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. All species are slow. WHITNEY: Water murky; 58–62 degrees; 1.23’ low. All species are slow.


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about 50 feet apart, each set to go off twice per day. “The first feeder went off at 8 a.m. The second spewed at 8:20, the third at 8:40 and the fourth one at 9 a.m., hoping the ‘feed hogs’ would eat as much as they could compete for and then move to the next feeder for more food,” Lusk said. The plan worked. Within six weeks, the fastest growing, most aggressive batch had grown to 6 inches and quadrupled their weight. By the fall that year, he had a few coppernose bluegill in the 8-inch size class. The next year, the feeders were set to go off at the same time, spreading the feed among the masses. “This feeding program allowed the most aggressive fish to grow the fastest and get bigger than the rest of the group,” Lusk said. “Tom was pleased that he could fly-fish with a popping bug that fall and catch some hand-sized bluegill. By the second fall, we had some bluegill pushing a pound.” Another ranch manager stocked his lake with feed-trained bass and bluegill for forage. The manager found a new, high-protein feed with pellets as big as a man’s thumb, along with the smaller pellets. When the feeder went off, the bluegill and a few smaller bass came for the small pellets. “Then he grabbed the bucket of large pellets and tossed some in,” Lusk said. “The bass rampaged it just like they were chasing fish and the bluegill disappeared. Then, he figured out he could feed bluegill in different parts of the lake while focusing bass around this specialty feed wherever he wants them to feed.” Lusk was convinced. It was time to consider feeding programs. “We have implemented them on water bodies from a 130-acre lake to very small ponds,” he said. “Remember, different fish have different feeding habits. Big fish feed differently than the small ones.” Fish food is now available to cater to almost every species of fish that will dare eat a pellet, and you can buy a feeder specially designed to dispense it. Lusk, now the owner and editor of Pond Boss magazine in addition to a fisheries consultant, said you can do just about anything with a feeding program. “Do you want to feed your dragonfly larvae in rocky, shallow water? You can do it,” he said. “Sprinkle some fry food along the water’s edge. Want to feed the tiniest of bluegill? Offer tiny nuggets next to the shore. Focused on bluegill? Set them up with a mix of fish food, with a strong pull toward higher protein. Want to pull your feed-trained bass or hybrid stripers to the buffet table and not worry about the other fish? Get them on board with those giant nuggets and watch what happens. “We’ve come a long way since the 1980s.”

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER UNDERSIZED TROUT, ILLEGAL BAIT IN TROPHY ZONE OF GUADALUPE Comal County Game Warden Ryan McGinley received a call about an individual keeping undersized trout on the Guadalupe River. McGinley observed an individual, matching the description given, actively fishing with four fishing rods, catching several trout and placing them into a cooler. McGinley recovered five trout in an ice chest, four trout on a hidden stringer down the river, and two more trout on the bank, all undersized. The individual was fishing in the “trophy zone” for trout fishing along the Guadalupe River, and was using illegal bait (shrimp). Cases and restitution pending. WOMAN WITHOUT LICENSE USES BOYFRIEND’S TAG ON HER FIRST BUCK Comal County Game Warden Ryan McGinley came across a photo on a popular hunting site of a woman holding her first buck. After further investigation, it was determined that she did not have a hunting license. Her boyfriend had used his license and tag to make the deer appear to be taken legally. McGinley and fellow warden Michael McCall located the individuals and interviewed the woman and her boyfriend. They were told it was all a “big joke” that his girlfriend had taken her first buck, and that the boyfriend had actually shot the deer. Several other people were interviewed who had received text messages and phone calls that the female had shot the deer. After acquiring this information, it was determined that the female shot the deer illegally without a license and tried to cover it up with her boyfriend’s hunting license and tag.

MAN WITH CRAPPIE NEEDED MEASURING TAPE Williamson County Game Warden Joel Campos checked a fisherman who was coming up to the parking lot from the Granger Spillway. The man said there was an individual who was keeping some undersized crappie on the north side of the river. Campos observed the fisherman, who climbed up the rocks to him. Campos checked his fish-

TRESPASSING QUAIL HUNTERS MOCK LANDOWNER Garza County Game Warden Trey Kram received a trespassing complaint from a landowner who observed a group of quail hunters jump his fence. When the landowner confronted them and said that he was going to call the game warden, one of them replied, “Go ahead, I know all the game wardens and will be expecting their call.” Kram responded and gathered evidence at the scene and with the help of fellow Game Warden Drew Spencer ascertained the names of all four suspects. The subjects confessed to not only the trespass, but to hunting from the road and killing roadrunners, a protected nongame bird. Cases pending. TROUT FISHERMEN LINE UP TO RECEIVE CITATIONS Williamson County Game Warden Joel Campos observed about 50 people fishing the San Gabriel River since it was stocked with trout. As Campos was checking fishermen, people were packing up and leaving. Campos checked one man who packed up and had fish in a plastic bag. He was over his daily bag limit by one fish. Then, a second fisher-

ing license and asked him if he had any fish. He said he did but wanted to know how long was 10 inches, since he didn’t have a measuring device. Campos inspected his fish and the man had three undersized crappie that were 8 and 9 inches long. Citation was issued.

man leaving with fish had one too many trout, followed by a third who had two too many. MISSING BOATER FEARED DROWNED; MAN SHOWS UP AT HOUSE MORE THAN A MILE AWAY San Saba County Game Wardens Brad Reeves and Eric Cooper, along with Lampasas County Game Wardens Shaun Bayless and Ray Milloway, responded to a missing fisherman call on the Colorado River. When the call came in, the wardens only had only 45 minutes of daylight to work with. At the scene, the subject’s flat-bottomed boat was located approximately one mile up the Colorado River from where it was launched. The boat had close to 1 foot of water in it, the trolling motor battery was missing and all other fishing gear items that were said to have been in the boat by the subject’s nephew were missing. It appeared the subject had flipped out of the boat, and since no sign of the subject was evident along either riverbank, the wardens started preparation for recovery efforts. A DPS helicopter was called to assist with the search and the wardens prepared to launch boats in an attempt to find the

missing man. Just as the wardens were launching their boats, the nephew drove up and announced his uncle was alive. The nephew said a man in Lampasas County had just called them and said the subject had walked up to his house, which was approximately 1 1/2 miles away. The man drove the subject back, where EMS checked the subject out. The subject had flipped out of the boat and hit his head on a rock while trying to set a trotline. This apparently caused the subject to be disoriented, and rather than walking back down the river bank to where he had launched, he ventured off in an unknown direction until he came to a house and found help. MR ‘X’ GETS A DATE WITH A JUDGE Travis County Game Wardens Jeff Hill and Natali Merez checked three bank fishermen at a low-water crossing on Lake Austin and found one individual fishing without a license. When the man was shown a photo taken from over a half-mile away of him fishing, he adamantly said it was not him in the photo. When signing the citation promising to appear, he scratched a large bold X. When ask the reason the X

didn’t match his signature on his driver’s license, the man said he just changed his signature and will now be known as X. GROUP 24 DUCKS OVER LIMIT ON LAST DAY OF SEASON On the last day of duck season, Willacy County Game Wardens Oscar Castaneda and Rocky Corona received information regarding possible duck hunting violations. Corona responded to the call and made contact with the occupants of a rental house and discovered a large amount of unbreasted ducks piled in a black container. After Castaneda arrived, both wardens discovered the group of hunters had 24 ducks over their daily bag limit. Multiple citations were issued. WARDEN NABS SIGN STEALERS While patrolling after dark, Nolan County Game Warden Jake Simmering noticed vehicle headlights around a corner on the road he was traveling that appeared to be stationary. As he approached, Simmering observed a truck backed up to a speed limit sign and a subject standing in the bed of the truck attempting to remove the sign. During the contact, both subjects said this was the only sign they had tried to take, however, a large hump under the bed mat revealed several more road signs. The subjects admitted to taking several signs from the road they were on. They were subsequently issued citations and spent the next hour returning signs to their respective locations. Cases pending.


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I was hunting on the last evening, so I’m going back in a week or so — if it’s not to wet.” Jackson said a lot of the birds were occupied with hens. “We heard a gobbler that was hot Thursday evening (the day before the opener),” he said. “The groups wanted to stay together so no one went in that area in the morning. When they did, someone was walking out with that bird — that’s hunting on public land. But there are a lot of birds down there.” Jeremy Varnado had a quick hunt at the Rocky Mountain Hunt Club in Nacogdoches County. “I hunted the same area where I got one last year,” he said. Varnado hunts out of an Action Trackchair all-terrain wheelchair, as he was in a wreck several years ago that left him paralyzed. This was the easiest hunt I’ve had,” he said. “I called once and he responded — I barely had time to get the decoy out and get back in the brush.” The tom was gobbling, but was across

a creek. “Once he came across, he was running in,” Vernado said. Vernado praised the off-road wheelchair he uses to hunt turkey, hogs and deer. “It’s the best thing I ever bought,” he said. “I can go pretty much anywhere — it frees me up to hunt by myself.” Some areas normally open for the eastern turkey season were closed this year due to turkey restoration efforts, including Angelina County and the Angelina National Forest in Jasper County. This season, turkey hunters are required to report eastern turkey harvests using the My Texas Hunt Harvest App or on the TPWD turkey page. According to Jason Hardin, Upland Game Bird specialist with TPWD, 90 birds were checked in since the April 15 opening (as of April 18). “We were glad to see so many people are using the app,” he said. “In Red River County, 26 birds were checked in, and 15 birds came from Grayson County. In Grayson County, we have both Rio Grande and eastern turkeys,” Hardin said. “The ratio

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water, time is of the essence. “It takes about four minutes and we get the shark back in the water,” Sessions said. “There’s no time to waste.” The shark was named Daymond, and can be tracked by anyone on the home page, by scrolling down the list of names of the sharks and clicking on Daymond. The most recent activity is available, along with the shark’s en-

tire tracking history. According to OCEARCH, a ping is obtained when the shark’s fin break the surface of the water and transmits a signal to a satellite overhead. The transmitter then sends back an estimated geo-location. OCEARCH shares the realtime data through the Global Shark Tracker for scientists, researchers and anyone interested in viewing the information.

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QUICK HUNT: Jeremy Vernado bagged his eastern turkey on April 16 while hunting from his all-terrain wheelchair. Photo by Jeremy Vernado.

is about 60 percent Rios and 40 percent easterns.”

The data helps researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable information. Sessions and his friends simply like watching where the shark goes. “Torres’ shark went out 80 miles, then swam to the coast of Mexico, and now is off the coast near Brownsville,” Sessions said. “I had assumed they would head out 100 miles or more to cooler water, but we’ll see if it does or if it stays within 40 miles of the beach. I’ll learn a lot about him this year by watching him.”

The other trackers were put to good use as well. “A guy on the beach tagged two hammerheads he caught,” Sessions said. In addition the fun and learning experience of watching the travels of the shark, Sessions hopes more anglers will join in. “I wish they could mass-produce the satellite tags,” he said. “We used to kill sharks in the 1970s — I would much rather track them on the computer.”

during each of the seasons over the course of a calendar year. “The monitors help determine how humans use the trails, when the trails are used, and which trails have the most activity per season,” he said. In addition to the trail monitors, four lions, two males and two females, have been captured and fitted with satellite/GPS collars. Rumbelow spent several months in BBNP, working with houndsman Nick Smith and technician Bert Geary to capture the lions. The collars provide 12 daily locations via email, and locations are used to determine the lions’ park use, in terms of areas of highest use at different times of the day. This data is compared with human use to measure areas that overlap and potential conflict. Rumbelow said the chance of meeting a mountain lion remains rare. “It is fairly unlikely (a visitor) will have any conflict,” Rumbelow said. “Most human trail use in the park occurs in the daytime when mountain lions are less active. And, an encounter can be a good or a bad thing. On the positive side, much of the park is a wilderness area, and there is a chance of seeing a mountain lion in its native habitat.” The massive size of the park, along with the generally shy nature of the lions makes a sighting less likely. “Cats aren’t confined to areas of high human use. It’s not like every day they are stepping off the trail. With over 800,000 acres (in the park), there’s plenty of room for everybody.” —Borderlands Research Institute

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair along the Louisiana shoreline on top-waters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. SOUTH SABINE: Trout, redfish, sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove and the jetty 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. Trout are good at the pass on live shrimp. TRINITY BAY: Freshwater has inundated the upper end of the bay near the mouth of the river. However, the Lake Livingston Dam has reduced its water release by almost 70 percent. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Top Dogs and She Pups on the incoming tide. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Norton Sand Shad in the afternoon while wading the south shoreline. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and mullet. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are fair on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good over deep shell on the east and west ends of the bay. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. Flounder are fair for waders on the south shoreline. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster

Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Sheepshead and black drum are fair to good on shrimp on reefs. Red snapper is good in Texas waters. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on top-waters over sand and grass in waist–deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Redfish are good at the jetty on crabs and mullet. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Trout are fair to good in St. Charles Bay on top-waters while working reefs. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. 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 and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good while wading sand and grass on top-waters and soft plastics. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair over sand and grass on Corkies and SkitterWalks. Trout are fair to good at Rocky Slough on plum plastics and scented plastics under popping corks. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on top-waters around sand and grass and pods of bait. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes on scented plastics and small topwaters. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good around the spoil islands and channel edges on artificial and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good over humps, guts and grass beds on scented plastics, gold spoons and shrimp. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live and artificial shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish are fair in the coves on the incoming tide on SkitterWalks and soft plastics under rattling corks. —TPWD

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about 4 p.m. “I used a jig to catch both fish,” Butler said. Although the location where the fish was landed remains known only to him, Butler said he takes steps to make sure the bass doesn’t get hung up. “I use heavy terminal tackle, a heavy rod, heavy line and big hooks,” he said. “When you get them on, don’t give them a chance to get into the brush.” Butler fishes the lake seasonally, mostly in the spring and fall. “I don’t fish much in the heat,” the agricultural salesman said. Butler believes conditions at the lake are improving. “We don’t know if it was fishing pressure, drought, or the fluctuating water levels that hurt the lake,” he said. “But it has a better forage base with lots of baitfish now.” Butler is no stranger to landing lunkers on Alan Henry. In 2004, he caught a 14.8-pounder when the lake was known nationally for big bass from 2004-2007, with 22 ShareLunkers over 13 pounds turned in. “Hopefully the good fishing will continue,” he said. Norman Clayton guides on the lake, and was happy to see the lake come up 20 feet after being low for so many years. “The fishing has been real good,” he said. “The day before yesterday (April 12) we caught 22 fish, just no giants. We have been using jigs and blue flake worms; we dye the tails chartreuse — but nearly anything will work right now, they are hitting the worm as soon as it starts falling after the cast.” Clayton said a 10.6-pounder was caught in the most recent tournament, and another angler, Travis Gill, landed two fish topping 10 pounds on jigs. He believes the good fishing will continue. “The water temperature is 62 degrees,” he said. “They ought to be spawning through May and into early June.” Interest in the lake is on the increase, but the weekday crowds are still small. “There are some tournaments on the weekends,” Clayton said. “During the week, you may see 20 boats. It’s nothing like it was eight to 10 years ago.” The lake’s apparent recovery is a welcome sign to the guide, who has endured years of low water. “It’s about time,” he said.



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and we made sure the kids were doing well in their classes.” They picked a good day to go. “They caught a lot of trout, but it took them awhile to adjust to being on a boat,” Martinez said. “We practiced casting with lures and then threw live shrimp behind a popping cork. Just grabbing and hooking the shrimp was new to them, and they were concerned about grabbing a fish with teeth — they learned how to use the pliers. “Once they got the hang of it, they did great.” The half-day trip extended well into the afternoon. “A big thing to them is when we saw dolphins,” Martinez said. “They were fascinated, although I wasn’t all that excited about them running off the trout. The time flew by — they didn’t want to leave.” Back on shore, the youngsters got the chance to practice what they learned in class, only this time on fish they caught. “They helped clean their own fish,” their teacher said. Martinez has seen the benefit of the course in several of his students. “I have some that want to be a game warden, one is in college studying criminal justice and another is going into marine study,” he said. “One kid is in high school now, he took my class and loved it. His dad, a coach at the school, isn’t much of a fisherman. He hired me to take his son fishing. Now, his son is my deckhand on weekend charters and in the summer.” The son expressed a desire to become a fishing guide. “I told him to get his degree first, then get to the point where he can fish,” Martinez said. “Now he wants to be a dentist and realizes being a fishing guide could be a second job.” The course teaches more than fishing, hunting and outdoor skills. “We go over professions for the future,” Martinez said. “The kids really enjoy the conservation side; they started a recycling program at the school.” With 70 kids now in the program, Martinez sees it as a chance for the kids to strive for success in the future. “There are other options down here, close to the border,” he said. “The kids can get into bad things. In my class, though, they do very well — it gives them an incentive to stay and do right — we’re reaching a lot of kids that were headed down the wrong path.” Kids are lining up to take the course. “It’s great,” Martinez said. “We started off with one pilot class. Now, it’s the best class in our school, everyone wants to take it.” Next up, with the help of Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation and with his wife as a deckhand, plans are underway for the next trip. “We’re taking a group of girls,” Martinez said. FISHING AND LEARNING: After a good day of catching speckled trout, students in Pete Martinez’ Outdoor Adventures class took part in cleaning the fish. Photos by Pete Martinez.

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2:28 PM


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Time 5:15 AM 6:04 AM 6:54 AM 7:47 AM 8:45 AM 12:10 AM 1:01 AM 2:00 AM 3:08 AM 4:23 AM 5:40 AM 1:01 AM 2:25 AM 3:37 AM 4:44 AM

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Time 9:46 PM

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11:09 PM


7:39 8:09 8:45 9:25

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South Padre Island

7:28 7:34 1:33 2:00 2:24 2:46


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11:42 PM


7:54 8:24 9:00 9:40


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10:37 PM 4:56 PM 5:01 PM 5:12 PM 5:26 PM 2:03 PM 3:04 PM

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11:00 PM 11:22 PM 11:43 PM

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5:40 PM 5:57 PM

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Rollover Pass Date Apr 22 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr 25 Apr 26 Apr 27 Apr 28 Apr 29 Apr 30 May 1 May 2 May 3 May 4 May 5 May 6

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Time 9:22 AM 12:19 AM 12:51 AM 1:30 AM 2:14 AM 3:03 AM 3:58 AM 4:56 AM 5:58 AM 7:03 AM 8:12 AM 3:13 AM 6:41 AM 7:58 AM 9:10 AM

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Time 5:24 AM 6:13 AM 7:03 AM 7:56 AM 8:54 AM 12:01 AM 12:51 AM 1:49 AM 2:56 AM 4:11 AM 5:29 AM 12:42 AM 2:15 AM 3:33 AM 4:45 AM





7:10 PM 7:06 PM 12:55 PM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM

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10:33 PM


7:27 PM 7:59 PM 8:36 PM

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Height 0.3L

Time 3:28 PM

Height 0.3H

Time 11:34 PM

Height 0.1L

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Soil conditions Continued from page 4

textured, clayey soils that retain more water and have more nutrients than sandy soils. Results showed a moderate east-west gradation with mature bucks having a 30-pound body weight and 11-inch antler size increase on the western-most property versus the property along the coast. However, this gradient did not hold across all properties, suggesting that site-specific soil variables have a larger influence on deer size than general regions. Using the Natural Resource Conservation Service Web Soil Survey data, the researchers learned that site-specific soil parameters play a significant role in deer size. For every 10 percent increase in proportion of the ranch made up of soils with 80-percent sand, male body weight decreased by 7 pounds, for 2-3-year-olds, 11 pounds for 4-5-year-olds and 10 pounds for bucks ages 6 and up. “This is hard to generalize,” Gann said. “But essentially sites with sandy soils had smaller deer, and deer get smaller as soils get sandier.” Could genetics be involved? Not likely, according to the research in Mississippi where soil quality

also affects the size of deer. Deer from different soil regions were captured and fed a 20-percent crude protein diet to eliminate nutritional deficiencies, and bred with deer from their respective regions. The regional differences in antler size disappeared within two generations, and the body size of 3-yearold males from the regions with poor quality soil increased by 35 pounds. Another example of how soils play a role in growing big bucks is seen in the “Golden Triangle” region of the western Rio Grande Plains. The area grows some of the biggest bucks in the country because of the high-quality, red, sandy loam soils found in the region, although in certain areas of the “Golden Triangle” the soil quality may be lacking and thus a limiting factor for growing big bucks. What should be done in areas with poor soils? Increasing nutrition through supplementation may be the only way to achieve increases in body and antler size. Because the effects are generational, managers can expect to wait five to seven years to see results from more intensive management programs.

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for them to feed on dropped seeds. Another alternative to leaving bare ground between row plantings is to shred or disc rows in the standing crop. This allows dove to feed more easily as well as helps hunters locate harvested birds. For more information on planting food plots for dove and where to buy seeds visit When planning dove food plots it is important to not violate baiting regulations for migratory game birds. It is illegal to hunt a baited area where salt, grain, or other feed has been placed. Any baited area is considered baited for 10 days after the removal of all bait. However, it is legal to plant crops and manipulate them with normal agricultural practices, such as shredding, mowing or discing.


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Shay Shepherd landed this rainbow trout on the Yellowstone River in Montana.

Mark Pawlik of Alice shot this 240-pound buck in South Texas with his 25.06. The buck had 25 points and 217 inches of antler.

Jakob Schlemmer, 16, caught and released this 6.5-pound bass in a Fayette County private lake. He used a spinner bait.


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he said. “If you grab them too far back, they’ll turn and bite you.” Fishing with them involves no more than a split shot or two, placed about 6 to 8 inches above the hook, and a 2/0 Eagle Claw hook. When baiting the hook, though, you have to be just as careful. “Grab them by the horn and thread the hook down the body,” Moore said. “The skin of the body is kind of like leather. But watch their head, they will try to get you.” There are plastic bait options available, along with flies. Many anglers complain of limited success with the lures or flies, but Moore said it may be how they present them, as one hellgrammite broke off of a rock and was missed by the screen. “See how it immediately balls up and floats downstream,” he said. “When you hook it, thread it around the base of the hook so it looks like it’s in a ball — that’s

Public fishing access for white bass anglers To improve access for anglers targeting white bass, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has signed a leased access agreement through June 30, 2017, with property owners at the Kingsland Slab RV Camp on the Llano River above Lake LBJ and a 20-year agreement with Chandler River Park on the Neches River above Lake Palestine. Both rivers are known for their excellent white bass runs. The leases provide anglers with free access from 30 minutes before daylight until 30 minutes after dusk. Anglers will be able to use the properties for bank fishing and launching nonmotorized watercraft such as rafts, kayaks and canoes for the purpose of fishing. The leases were made possible with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program.

how Opie taught me.” The equipment used is even simpler. “We have always preferred the Zebco 303,” Moore said as he waded across a rushing portion of the river to a small island. “If you wade over these rocks in the swift current often enough, you will fall and lose your rod — so we don’t bring the fancy stuff out here.” In a few hours on April 9, Moore landed several small bass (smallmouth), bluegill and broke off about a 2-pound channel catfish. “We had real good luck on trout in the area down from Canyon Dam where live bait is legal,” he said. “And I caught a 4-pound bass.” The horn and skin on the bugs are tough, too. “I’ve caught up to 15 fish on one hellgrammite,” Moore said.

Hellgrammites Length: 2.75 inches Color: Yellowish to brown Stout, segmented, caterpillar-like bodies Large pinching mandibles Six legs on the thorax Eight feathery appendages on the abdomen Four claws at the rear of their abdomen

FAVORITE MEAL: Hellgrammites are a target for bass, trout and catfish as they flow downstream in Texas rivers. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Hellgrammites spend up to three years in larval form, and feed on aquatic insects, small fish, amphibians, or any small invertebrate that is a bottom dweller. When they emerge from larval form, usually in April or May, the adult dobsonfly lives only a few days to two weeks. The dobsonflies are among the largest flying insects in Texas, with 5-inch bodies and a wingspan of 4 to 5 inches. —TPWD


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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana approved the settlement reached between the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees and BP for natural resource injuries stemming from the spill and also a settlement of the Clean Water Act violations with the United States. This settlement is the largest settlement of environmental claims in history. BP will pay the Trustees up to $8.8 billion for restoration to address natural resource injuries. The settlement includes: • $1 billion already committed during early restoration • $7.1 billion for restoration over 15plus years, beginning in April 2017 • Up to an additional $700 million to respond to natural resource damages unknown at the time of the agreement and/or to provide for adaptive management

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set the 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters. The 2016 season will open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season will reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a 78-day season in Gulf state waters. The private recreational angler red snapper season in Gulf federal waters is estimated to be six to nine days. The federally permitted charter boat and headboat season for federal waters is estimated to be 38 to 56 days. Both of these federal seasons are slated to open June 1.


NY bear harvest up New York bear hunters took 1,715 black bears during the 2015 hunting seasons, the second largest bear harvest on record in New York. Only the 2003 harvest of 1,863 bears surpassed the 2015 year’s take. The heaviest dressed-weight bear reported in 2015 was 520 pounds. —NY Department of Environmental Conservation

Young Missouri hunters harvest 4,145 turkeys According to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation, young turkey hunters harvested 4,145 birds during the 2016 spring youth season, April 9-10.


New DU site reaches out to kids Ducks Unlimited has unveiled a revamped Greenwing website. The new Greenwing website,, was specifically designed for DU’s junior Greenwing members. Features include a myriad of activities such as printable worksheets, early reader features, waterfowl profiles and how-to-videos. Additional plans for the website include interactive educational games. “Technology will always continue to progress,” said Dr. Ronal Roberson, DU’s youth and education committee chairman. “While the ultimate goal is to educate and encourage our youth to get outdoors and experience this gift, we feel that capitalizing on what our youth already know and use on a daily basis will help us provide that experience in a different setting.” —DU


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Youngster tops field in Florida Keys Eleven-year-old Thomas Green bested several dozen adult anglers to earn top honors in multiple categories of the Key West Fishing Tournament’s Kickoff 2016 that ended April 10 in the Florida Keys. The young angler, who lives in Bokeelia, Florida, scored the challenge’s heaviest kingfish at 22 pounds and the heaviest mackerel at 7.75 pounds. Both were his firstever catches of the species, and the kingfish earned him the junior division’s heaviest catch award. Green also released his first sailfish and followed it with a second. “As of this last year, he and I decided we’re going to be a fishing team and fish tournaments together,” said his father, Glenn Green. —

Chesapeake Bay blue crabs increase The 2016 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey released by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources showed another year of growth in the stock of the Chesapeake Bay crab population. The survey indicates a bay-wide crab population of 553 million, a 35-percent increase over last year. This is the fourth highest level in two decades, and builds on last year’s 38-percent boost in abundance. “Due to a milder winter, favorable currents and tides, and wise bay-wide management measures, the Maryland crab population continues to rebound and strengthen,” Fisheries Service Director Dave Blazer said. —Maryland DNR

Maine Supreme Court thwarts HSUS After nearly a year and a half of fighting in court, and more than $100,000 spent, the Maine Supreme Court upheld a decision dismissing a lawsuit brought against Maine’s wildlife professionals by the Humane Society of the United States. The case started in the final weeks of the 2014 Maine bear campaign over a proposed measure that would have banned bear hunting in the state. HSUS, through their front group, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, sued the state of Maine alleging an improper level of engagement in the bear hunting campaign by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which opposed the measure. —Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation

California reverses ban on GPS for hounds With a unanimous 3-0 vote, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to abolish the longstanding ban on the use of Global Positioning System collars for hounds. As of July 1, houndsmen will be able to use GPS collars to train and hunt in California. The use of GPS is legal for every other kind of dog in California including those used for upland and waterfowl hunting, livestock herding and pets. —Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation

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The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $49.3 billion in 2015, a 158 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to almost 288,000, a 73 percent increase in that period, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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Marina companies merge Anchor South Investments, LLC and Anchor South Management, LLC, both based in Knoxville, Tennessee, have joined Suntex Marina Investors, LLC, based in Dallas, Texas. The Anchor South companies are now wholly owned subsidiaries of Suntex. The combined marina investment companies will own and operate 29 marinas in the United States and Caribbean.

Trijicon exec passes Trijicon Inc. shared the passing of Daniel P. Goodenow on April 11. Goodenow was Trijicon’s director of OEM sales and strategic partnerships.

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TURKEY PANTS: Ol’ Tom Technical Turkey Gear designed these pants exclusively for turkey hunters. Featuring custom pockets to carry the essentials (slate call and striker and box calls), the pants are made from a lightweight, breathable and durable material. The pants also include removable foam kneepads and adjustable ankle cuffs. Available in Realtree X-tra Green (shown), Mossy Oak Obsession and Mossy Oak Bottomland, the turkey pants cost about $60.

RED EYE SHAD: This lure, from Strike King, was designed by the company’s national pro staff, and is described as the complete fish-catching package. The bait features 3-D red eyes, premium VMC vanadium cone-cut treble hooks, and free-floating rattles with strike-inducing action and sound. The lure is available in 2-inch, 2.5-inch, and 3-inch lengths and in more than 60 color combinations, including the DB Craw, shown. The lures cost about $6. (901) 853-1455

Shad spawn key to victory on Texoma Jeff Jerome, of McPherson, Kansas, and Darrell Copeland, of Bismarck, Arkansas, won the final regular-season event of the Texas Team Trail presented by Cabela’s on Lake Texoma with 21.47 pounds. The winning anglers took home a brand new Stratos 189VLO powered by a 150 HP Evinrude outboard, valued at $30,000. A combination of cloud cover, winds and an algae bloom made sight-fishing impossible, and the team targeted spawning shad, landing a limit by 8:25 a.m. Their top lure was a Z-Man Original Chatterbait in white and chartreuse with a white Cabela’s Hoochie Koochie swimbait as a trailer. Second-place finishers Keith Cullum, of Corinth, and James Fennell, of Whitesboro, were less than a pound behind with a 20.68-pound bag, including an 8.1-pound lunker, winning $8,860. The team targeted steep, rocky banks with a 1/2-ounce chatterbait. Russell Cecil and Todd Castledine also focused on the shad spawn and finished third with 20.58 pounds, winning $3,240. —TXTT

Join us for a day of shooting, fellowship, silent auctions, raffles, exhibitors, food and fun. Proceeds support HSC’s mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the protection of hunters’ rights.

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Big Game Trophy Mount & Western Auction Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth (512) 451-7633

Ducks Unlimited Bellaire Banquet Meridian Banquet Room (832) 723-6113



Dallas Safari Club’s Conservation Society Crawfish Boil Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. (972) 980-9800

Ducks Unlimited Seguin Banquet Knights of Columbus Hall (830) 305-7838

Texas Boys Outdoors Texas Slam Fishing Tournament West End Marina, Galveston

Coastal Conservation Association Soutwestern Chapter Banquet Uvalde County Fairplex (830) 765-6228

Texas Dove Hunters Association 3rd Annual Pullin’ for Kids American Shooting Center, Houston (210) 764-1189 Lake Fork Classic Big Bass Charity Tournament Axton’s Bass City (214) 215-9200


Coastal Conservation Association Central Houston Banquet Bayou City Event Center (713) 626-4222 Ducks Unlimited McKinney Dinner Meyers Park Event Center (214) 856-9776


Total Archery Challenge Natural Bridge Caverns, San Antonio (801) 380-6442


Mule Deer Foundation Bexar County Banquet Natural Bridge Caverns (817) 565-7121 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Permian Basin Banquet Grand Texan Convention Center (432) 352-7051


Coastal Conservation Association Rio Grande Valley Banquet Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr (713) 626-4222

Coastal Conservation Association San Antonio Banquet Freeman Coliseum (713) 626-4222

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Ducks Unlimited Metrocrest Dinner Addison Conference Center (972) 979-8579

Ducks Unlimited Comal County Banquet New Braunfels Civic Center (979) 450-0051

Coastal Conservation Association Fort Worth Banquet Joe T.’s (713) 626-4222

Coastal Conservation Association Austin Banquet Palmer Events Center (713) 626-4222


Coastal Conservation Association Midcoast Banquet Victoria Community Center (713) 626-4222 Ducks Unlimited Katy/Brookshire Crawfish Boil American Shooting Centers (713) 858-7669


Bass on the Fly World Championship Fly Fishing Tournament Lake Fork Marina Gary “Bumpy” Bennett Benefit Bass Tournament Lake Alan Henry (325) 201-0899 Dallas Safari Club Big Bore Shoot (972) 980-9800

MAY 12

Delta Waterfowl Cowtown Banquet Wild Acres Brewery (817) 715-7008

Ducks Unlimited Plano Banquet Classic BMW of Plano (903) 372-6089 Coastal Conservation Association West Houston Banquet Houston Farm & Ranch Club (832) 540-7848

MAY 13

Houston Safari Club Sporting Clays Shoot Greater Houston Gun Club (713) 623-8844

MAY 19

National Wild Turkey Federation Harrison County Banquet Marshall Convention Center (903) 935-3085 Coastal Conservation Association Katy Banquet Palacio Maria (281) 460-8811

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