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Volume 13, Issue 18

Shortest-ever snapper season

Turkey season puzzles hunters

BRIEF: Three days, June 1-3, is all recreational anglers get this season to pursue red snapper in federal waters. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Three days is all red snapper recreational anglers will be allowed in federal waters this

summer, the shortest red snapper season ever in the Gulf. NOAA Fisheries announced that the season in federal waters (beyond 9 nautical miles from the Texas shore) will Please turn to page 11

Crappie is reproduction king

SILENCE: Windy conditions may hinder gobblers’ desire to call in hens in East Texas. Photo by Ray Sasser.

By Ray Sasser

For Lone Star Outdoor News Most turkey hunters are finished for the year, some of them frustrated by a tough and oddly silent spring. Hunters have reported turkeys gobbling on the roost then going “shut mouth” after they fly down. Spring turkey hunting can be frustrating. It can be so difficult one day that you think you’ll never bag a bird, and the next day so easy that you wonder if it’s even worthwhile. Weather has played a factor in 2017, according to Jason Hardin, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s turkey program leader. “The winds have howled this spring,” said Hardin. “Gobblers

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Bass, catfish and winter rainbow trout are routinely stocked in Texas lakes to help out Mother Nature. But state fisheries biologists say no such help is needed for the prolific crappie. Bob Richards, an 88-yearold angler in Kerrville who likes to fish for crappie, said it’s hard to find reliable crappie fishing in his region of the state. “There’s never any mention of crappie being introduced,” Richards said. “You never read anything about the number of crappie in the lakes.” Brian Van Zee, fish stocking coordinator for the Inland Fisheries Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said crappie aren’t raised in state hatcheries and are only stocked in special circumstances. That’s because they have no trouble reproducing.

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“Pretty much any lake in the state has crappie,” he said. Crappie are caught at area lakes and transported to lakes in need, if necessary, Van Zee said. That might happen occasionally if a lake has suffered a fish kill or if a private organization partners with the state to provide crappie or other fish. Richards, though, said it’s sometimes difficult for anglers to find a good crappie fishery in the San Antonio area. Randy Myers, a biologist with the Inland Fisheries’ San Antonio District, said crappie populations in South Texas lakes aren’t as reliable as in East Texas reservoirs such as Lake Fork, Sam Rayborn and Toledo Bend. However, they have a knack for survival. “It’s probably been 30 years since the department stocked crappie,” Myers said. Water level fluctuations

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PROLIFIC: Crappie propagate so well that Texas hasn’t stocked them in reservoirs on a regular basis in 30 years. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Finding a tagged crab is worth the phone call By Mark England

Researchers are almost a third of the way toward their goal of tagging 31,000 blue crabs along the Gulf Coast to try to learn more about their migration patterns.

About 9,500 female blue crabs have been tagged since the study began a year ago. They’ve been tagged and released as far west as the Lower Laguna Madre and as far east as Steinhatchee, Florida, according to Zachary Darnell, Ph.D., who heads the study

funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “We’re hoping to tag upward of 10,000 blue crabs in 2017, which would put us near 20,000 tagged,” he said. “We’re pretty close to being on schedule. It took us time to Please turn to page 14

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HUNTING

Quail at feeders Research examines predation. Page 4

Gander Mountain confusion

New buyer says some stores will stay open. Page 7

BLUE CRAB: If you catch a tagged crab, turn it in. It could be worth $5 or $50. Only mature female crabs are tagged. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

FISHING

Texoma stripers hold their own

Possum Kingdom numbers up. Page 8

Fishing and crabbing Traps, nets used for bonus treats. Page 8


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HUNTING

Quail study spotlights predation losses By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

FEEDING SPECULATION: Researchers are studying if feeding quail predisposes them to more predation. Photo by Russell Graves, RPQRR.

To feed or not to feed — that is the question that will hopefully be easier to answer in light of a new quail study underway at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch. Dale Rollins, director of the research facility, said the ongoing research project funded by Park Cities Quail and the research ranch’s foundation hopes to de-

termine if feeders expose quail to a higher level of predation. “I can argue that on either side,” he said. Feeding quail is costly. While they may benefit, the question is are those benefits negated if quail are lost to predators drawn to the feeders in search of a meal, Rollins said. Quail feed during the day, so hawks tend to be their most significant predator. Rollins hopes to address the question by using quail mortality data collected over

about the past seven years. When a collared quail dies on the research ranch, its location is recorded. The study will use a Geographic Information System, which will map out where the birds died and pinpoint deaths within 25 meters, 50 meters and 100 meters of feeder barrels. The program will then look for patterns. The study, which is part of a master’s thesis project by Texas A&M student Jason Davis, is expected to take a year to complete. Please turn to page 13

Testing new scopes on proving grounds By David J. Sams

Lone Star Outdoor News Two years ago, Carl Zeiss Sport Optics began development of the new Conquest V6 riflescopes — in Texas. At the FTW Ranch in the Texas Hill Country, owner Tim Fallon collaborated with Zeiss on what features the scopes needed to meet the expectations of the American hunter. The ideas were taken back to Germany, put together and brought back to the states. Introduced to the public in late April, the riflescopes were then previewed and field-tested at the FTW Ranch in early May. Michael Kurze, Zeiss’ director of marketing in the Sports Optics Division, knew the product was good, but until testing of the production models was complete was anxious. “It’s my biggest launch to date,” Kurze said. “Being able to see production models work this week was a huge relief. The pressure is off, I now know these are great scopes.” “This is the only place in the country that I know of where shooters get the variety of shots you might see in all hunting scenarios, including an African safari,” Kurze said. At FTW, some of Zeiss’ largest dealers and the media field-testPlease turn to page 6

FIELD TEST: Zeiss’ Director of Marketing Michael Kurze is happy to be shooting his Conquest V6 scope at the FTW Ranch near Barksdale. Outdoor media from the U.S. and Canada were on hand for extensive testing last week. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Hogball keeps hogs hungry By Autumn Bernhard

For Lone Star Outdoor News Growing up, Cullen Vance hunted hogs with his dad’s guidance and developed creative ways to attract them. Today, Vance has taken that knowledge to create Hogball in order to help others in the hog battle. “I pursued Hogball because I saw there was a need for it,” he said. “People were passing up the opportunity to shoot hogs either because they weren’t successful at hunting them or they weren’t aware how good the meat is.” Vance started to realize it was

unique not only to target hogs but to be good at it too. So he came up with an out-of-the-box tool that was easy to use and hard to mess up. His creation, Hogball, is a spherical counterweighted feeder that concentrates hogs into one spot. All the customer has to do is set it on the ground, put rocks or gravel into the counterweight area and fill it with corn. “Hogs hit it, and it brushes off of them, so they have to hit it from a new direction each time,” he said. “They aren’t able to master it.” Vance knew that there were “extremely costly” methods, but he had a different idea.

“Why not just make the hunting population, which is huge, more effective and more motivated to hunt hogs,” he said. The 100 pounds of deer corn will keep hogs entertained with hogs staying an average of eight hours at a time, according to Vance, giving hunters ample time to hunt. “It only gives hogs enough corn to keep them interested and not enough to supplement the population like other methods do,” Vance said. “They never get a full meal but know that a huge meal is a quarter of an inch of plastic away.” Only one or two hogs can access the baiter at a time creating Please turn to page 7

CLEVER: A new hog feeder is designed to keep hogs interested for hours. Photo from Cullen Vance.


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NRA begins national campaign supporting hunters By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News A few years ago, the National Rifle Association began discussing a national campaign designed to fight for and protect hunting rights and the hunting heritage in America. At the forefront of the effort were Houstonians Melanie Pepper and her husband, John. Melanie is a newly elected board member of the NRA, and spearheaded fundraising efforts for the campaign, called the “NRA Hunting” campaign, in step with the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum. “John and I want to support a proven leader to fight the global anti-hunting battle being waged by animal rights groups,” she said. “We want a leader that fights tirelessly against new laws, regulations, ballot initiatives and propaganda efforts that are designed to erase our hunting traditions. And we want a leader that has the strength, influence and connections that create advocates in our fight that includes its 5 million members and 14 million hunters.” The campaign will include TV ads and a new website, NRAhunting.com, and will go on offense against anti-hunting, ani-

mal-welfare extremists in their culture war on hunters and hunting. At the NRA convention, held April 25-28 in Atlanta, Georgia, HLF recognized more than 70 President’s Founder Club members, representing $100,000 contributors to the campaign, a list that included the Peppers, Dallas Safari Club and Shikar Safari Club International Foundation. Former NASCAR driver Richard Childress, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and Donald Trump Jr. addressed the group. “We need the ability to communicate our message to fight for our hunting rights and hunting heritage,” Childress said. LaPierre was more direct. “It’s a hunting communication plan,” he said. “We won’t be bullied by the animal rights groups anymore.” Trump, an avid hunter, focused on his family. “I want to pass this on to my kids,” he said. “Hunting is the ultimate cause. It is natural, normal behavior and we have to preserve it — our job is to stand shoulder to shoulder. For my family, hunting and the outdoors isn’t a photo opp, it’s a lifestyle.”

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Zeiss V6 Continued from page 4

ON TARGET: Media representatives obtain field photos while Hornady’s Neal Davis tested the V6. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

ed the scopes. The dealers were shooting the 3-18x50 at 1,500 yards and hitting the target with ease, despite significant winds. Not only did media from all over the U.S. and Canada shoot at long-distances, they also shot FTW’s Safari Course with the 1-6x24 riflescope equipped with an illuminated dot reticle. The illuminated dot was very popular, allowing the shooters to get on the target quickly and hold steady. The dot activates when you take aim, then goes off when you set the rifle down, saving battery life. The 1-6x24 proved effective shooting at moving targets like charging buffalo at close distances, and also shot at targets from as much as 700 yards with large-bore calibers. At long ranges, the 3-18x24 and 5-30x50 second focal plane riflescopes equipped with ballistic turrets allowed shooters to either dial up the distance and wind speed or use the holdover marks on the reticle to make accurate shots from a distance. The updated ergonomic turret design improved speed and versatility. “We are excited to see Zeiss back in the quality hunting scope game,” Fallon said.

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seem to know that the hens cannot hear them in a high wind. They don’t waste their energy on calls that can’t be heard.” Bret Collier, an LSU staff member and researcher, has placed audio recorders near turkey roosts to monitor gobbling activity. If the wind is above 15 mph, gobblers don’t talk at all, Collier said, at least not loud enough for the sensitive recorders to detect. Collier’s study was conducted in the eastern U.S. in wooded terrain. Hardin said no such study has been performed in the Rolling Plains or West Texas. “It would be interesting to see whether they gobble at higher wind speeds out west,” Hardin said. “The wind is always blowing — it seems they would hardly ever have the chance to gobble.” Last spring saw the second consecutive season of ample rainfall. The Rio Grande turkey population is abnormally high. Hunters expected to see lots of jakes (gobblers hatched in 2016). Like most immature animals, jakes are less wary and typically easy to fool. Not this year, however. The answer appeared to be an abundance of young hens. Turkeys hatch at about a 50-50 ratio between gobblers and hens. For every jake, there’s an immature hen, called a jenny. Large flocks of immature hens were observed in Concho County in mid-April, along with solitary mature hens. Hardin said the solitary hens were likely bred and laying eggs. Some immature hens will breed while others will not, he said. “Immature hens seem to trickle into breeding condition, which lends itself to keeping gobblers and jakes preoccupied during the hunting season,” he said. “Since

the hens are supposed to come to calling males and not the other way around, an abundance of immature hens makes hunting tougher.” Furthermore, hens that are bred and laying eggs will continue to roost alongside gobblers. Gobblers cannot determine which hens have been bred. They may fly off the roost and follow a bred hen, at least until they lose interest. That’s why a midmorning tom that’s gobbling will often come to hen calls. Hens only breed once during the season. The sperm is stored for up to 50 days and used to fertilize eggs that are laid one day at a time over a two-week period. The hen takes two or three days off during that time when she doesn’t lay. The hen then incubates her eggs for 28 days until the poults are hatched. In most of the Rio Grande turkey range, some hunters have reported seeing numerous jakes, while others saw very few. Hardin said that jakes, like most immature male animals, tend to disperse at great distances from where they hatch. That’s partly to avoid inbreeding and also to escape the dominance of older gobblers. Male turkeys gobble to attract breeding hens, for sure, but their testosterone-infused gobbles also intimidate subordinate males. That doesn’t make dominant gobblers immune to competition from young birds. Multiple jakes will team up on an older turkey and often defeat him in a fight. A lone mature gobbler will often run from two or more aggressive jakes. Veteran hunters observed all of these dramas play out on the green stage of spring.


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Hunt takes big bore shoot Lone Star Outdoor News David Hunt, of Dallas, topped a group of shooters at the Dallas Safari Club Big Bore Shoot held May 6 in Wilmer. The shoot required a rifle caliber of .375 or larger. Each of the 36 shooters took three shots at an 80-yard target off shooting sticks, receiving 1 point for a heart/lung shot and 2 points for a brain shot. The second group of shots was from 40 yards, free hand. The third station involves a moving target at 20 yards, with the shooters getting off as many shots as they can take while the target is moving through the designated zone. A few shooters were able to make three shots at the moving target, while most made two shots. Hunt used a lever-action rifle and was able to hit the target four times. Larry Raymond, of Ennis, finished second, followed by Karl Evans, of Waxahachie.

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competition. “Instead of being able to show up to food where all of them can eat and leave, now they have to take turns,” he said. “They have to stay around longer, giving the hunter more opportunity.” Hogball not only wants to make hog hunters more sucPhoto from Cullen Vance cessful, but to make others realize how much of a resource hogs are and to take advantage of it. “I view hog hunting as the pinnacle of hunting because it’s not heavily regulated,” Vance said. “Hunters get to go out when, where and how they want to hunt and put meat in the freezer. I view it as one of the last true hunting experiences out there.” Hawes Dickerson, who is friends with Vance, has been using multiple Hogball feeders for almost four months now. Hogs found one of the feeders within two days and another in about a week, but now they are hooked. “I can almost guarantee that if there aren’t hogs right on the Hogball, they’re going to be within 100 yards of it,” he said. “If you put one out, you’re going to have hogs.”

TOP SHOT: David Hunt of Dallas won the Big Bore Shoot held by Dallas Safari Club. Photo by DSC.

Some Gander stores stay open The new owner of St. Paul-based Gander Mountain Co. said via social media that four Texas stores will remain open. Camping World’s owner, Marquis Lemonis, took to Twitter May 8, listing at least 51 stores to remain open across the country, including Texas stores in Amarillo, College Station, Fort Worth and Tyler. However, Gander Mountain’s Website says that all 126 stores are going out of business and that there will be a total liquidation sale, which is causing conflicting reports. Apparently court-approved liquidators are not necessarily liquidating everything, according to news reports. Lemonis is negotiating leases and seeing which stores can remain profitable if staff wages are set at $12 per hour. The largest U.S. recreational vehicle dealer, Camping World Holdings Inc., and a group of liquidators won the bankruptcy auction for Gander Mountain Co., after Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy March 10. The value of the winning bid for the sporting goods retailer was about $390 million, according to news reports. The Camping World-led group bested a going-concern bid for Gander Mountain from rival Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc. —Staff report

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FISHING

Waking the skinny water for reds By Robert Sloan

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SHALLOW CRANKING: Wake baits are productive for redfish in 1- to 3-feet of water. Photo by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

It’s a lure that doesn’t look like much, but can produce more reds than you can shake a stick at, and even the occasional trout. Beaumont angler Rocky Chase says a black and gold Mann’s Tidewater Waker is his go-to lure. “It’s easy to fish, and when you hook

up with a red it’s not likely to get off since they inhale the whole lure,” said Chase. “What I like to do is ease along the shoreline while running wakers 1 to 3 feet off the bank. It’s just like bass fishing. But it’s like catching bass on steroids.” Erick Grimm came across a Mann’s Waker several years ago while he was fishing on the Laguna Madre. “I saw one tied on the end of a fish-

ing rod in the rack of a boat at a gas station near Harlingen,” he said. “I got to talking to the guy, and he said it was a redfish killer. I had never heard of a Waker but ended up buying one. He said the magic color was a croaker pattern in black and gold.” Grimm was happy he made the purchase. “To make a long story short, I flat put it on my buddies the first day out. It Please turn to page 14

Lake Texoma a rarity when it comes to striper production By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Not only does Lake Texoma stand out as a top striper fishery, but it boasts the only self-sustaining population in the state — complements of Oklahoma. Brian Van Zee, fish stocking coordinator and West Texas regional director of the Inland Fisheries Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said Texoma is unique because of the length and flow of the Red River and Quachita River that feed into it. Without those two rivers, Lake Texoma, which borders Oklahoma, would be like any other Texas lake in that it would need to be stocked regularly with striper. Why? Because striper eggs need to be suspended in water to hatch, which is possible on the Red River and Quachita River because they maintain a good flow for a long distance. Biologists found out by accident that striper bass, which normally live in salt water, could live and reproduce in fresh Please turn to page 21 BIG STRIPER: Dan Bennett, district supervisor in the Texoma Fisheries office, holds a fish collected this winter while sampling the striped bass population on Lake Texoma. State biologists catch striper for breeding and stock fish in many Texas lakes, but that’s not necessary on Texoma. Photos from Brian Van Zee.

Crabbing while fishing By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Crabbing along the Texas coast is easier than you might think. Yes, you can crab with a piece of string and a chicken neck. But that takes up too much time if you prefer to target trout, reds and flounder. Crabbers prefer to take the patience out of crabbing via crab traps. The cost is minimal and the result is plentiful. Andy Westling lives in Port O’Connor and has a small rod and reel repair service. His house is about a stone’s throw off West Matagorda Bay. That’s where he does a whole lot of crabbing. “I like to fish and crab,” says Westling. “But I’d rather be wade-fishing for reds and trout than line-fishing for crabs. A trap is the only way to go. I’ve got a few traps that have caught enough crabs to sink a boat.”

Westling loads up a floating ice sled (that ice fishermen use to haul their gear) and pulls it out about 50 yards into the bay. It’ll easily hold a couple of crab traps and his wadefishing gear. “I can tie off the sled, put out the baited traps and go fishing,” he said. “The next morning I’ll go fishing, and on my way back in I’ll empty the crabs into the sled and head to the house. It’s not unusual to have a couple dozen big blue crabs in one trap. It’s fun and easy crabbing.” His best crab bait is fresh cut mullet. Chicken parts also work well. Cassy Giddings is a regular on the crabbing bridge in the back of the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, located TRAPPED: Anglers use inexpensive traps to catch about 7 miles west of Sabine. crabs while they are out fishing. Photo by David Her favorite technique is to J. Sams for Lone Star Outdoor News. soak chicken or turkey wings in pogie (menhaden) oil the night before she and her three Please turn to page 19

Biologists take a harder look at big bass habitats By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News In East Texas, biologists have been quietly working since 2011 to determine the relationship between habitat and the production and growth of largemouth bass in hopes of revitalizing fishing at the nation’s aging reservoirs. Their laboratory is a 110-acre pond near Tyler. “We all know if you put in enough habitat you’ll get a response,” said associate professor Brian Graeb of South Dakota State University. “At some point, you’ll simulate the infant stage of a reservoir. But what is the mechanism that will define that? That will allow us to fine-tune nature?” SDSU is working on the study in association with state biologists,

industry partners and Pond Boss Magazine. Graeb, whose specialty is fishery management and ecology, said the Texas pond shared characteristics with the state’s reservoirs. It was stocked with largemouth bass having Florida genetics but wasn’t producing trophy bass consistently despite regulated fishing and an abundance of prey fish. It turned out the pond had something else in common with many Texas reservoirs: almost no habitat. “Shallow water fish use it for nursery cover, ambush cover, and so on,” said Jeff Boxrucker, head of Friends of Reservoirs. “It stands to reason that habitat is critical and if enough of it is available that you can actually increase the number and size of fish.” But how much habitat is needed? Please turn to page 16


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Former Texas guide to head OWAA

NEW POSITION: Brandon Shuler, Ph.D., a former fishing guide at Port Mansfield, takes over as the executive director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America on May 15. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Former Texas coastal fishing guide, schoolteacher, natural resources authority and Lone Star Outdoor News’ contributor Brandon Shuler was named the executive director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Shuler was a guide and marketing director of Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge in Port Mansfield for eight years. A graduate of the College of Charleston, he obtained his Master’s in English from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. in Literature from Texas Tech University in 2010.

“My thesis focused on the sportsman’s experience in American literature,” Shuler said. Shuler will office out of St. Petersburg, Florida, where he lives with his three children. OWAA’s mission is to improve the professional skills of its members, set the highest ethical and communications standards, encourage public enjoyment and conservation of natural resources, and be mentors for the next generation of professional outdoor communicators. Shuler, with a background in triathlons and other endurance sports, said he hopes

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 66 degrees main lake, 68 degrees up the river; 2.09’ low. Black bass are good on 7-inch worms, spoons and swim jigs. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel with cut bait and punch bait on baited holes. AMISTAD: Water murky; 73–77 degrees; 29.50’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon Senkos, spinner baits, crankbaits, swimbaits and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cheese bait. Yellow catfish are good on live perch. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 65–69 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair to good on 5-inch worms, Texas rigs and squarebilled crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 71–74 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, black buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. BASTROP: Water stained; 69–73 degrees. Black bass are fair on minnows and green pumpkin soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp and stink bait. BELTON: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 1.31’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on shad and chrome slabs. White bass are good on silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white riversides. Channel and blue catfish are slow. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, spinner baits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 2.56’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, shallow crankbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics around rocks, docks and secondary points. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good drifting cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are good downrigging spoons near the dam and jetty. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, cheese bait and cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 69–72 degrees: 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, Texasrigged craws, white buzzbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, watermelon and green pumpkin soft plastics and spinner baits around docks. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs off Kirkland docks. Crappie are very good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Blue and yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, watermelon lipless crankbaits

and weightless wacky-rigged pumpkinseed stick baits in 4–12 feet. Striped bass are good jigging white bucktail jigs from Flag Island to Black Rock in 20–30 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon crappie jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stink bait. CADDO: Water stained; 71–74 degrees; 0.90’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, black buzzbaits, and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are good on Texasrigged green pumpkin worms, topwaters and watermelon jigs in 6–12 feet along bluff ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits and vertically jigging white striper jigs. White bass are fair on Road Runners upriver in 4–8 feet. Crappie are fair to good on white jigs and live minnows around submerged brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, Texas-rigged craws and top-water poppers. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 20.64’ low. Black bass are good on blue/ white deep-running crankbaits and watermelon/red Carolinarigged soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are fair on minnow-tipped jigs. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait. Blue and yellow catfish are good on live bait in 5–10 feet. COLEMAN: Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 88 degrees at the hot water discharge, 77 degrees in main lake; 0.67’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and spinner baits in 6–8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs near Coletoville Bridge in 8–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and shad in 8–10 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina-rigged soft plastics, and on white/chartreuse lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and liver. FALCON: Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 31.69’ low. Black bass are good on deep-running crankbaits and fair on Carolina-rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are

slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and stink bait in the river. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. FORK: Water lightly stained; 70–73 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are fair on Yellow Magics, white buzzbaits, shaky-head worms and hollow-body frogs near submerged grass. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 66–69 degrees; 0.2’ high. Black bass are fair on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and jigs. 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 red and plum soft plastics, and on white/chartreuse crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/ white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, nightcrawlers and shrimp. GRANBURY: Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good

on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits, and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on dough bait, shrimp and liver. GRANGER: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on lipless crankbaits along the roadbed at midlake. Crappie are good on watermelon jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and stink bait. Yellow catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are good on white top-waters and crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. GREENBELT: 30.69’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, lipless crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on black/blue flake worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines and stink bait. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 64–68 degrees; 0.5’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, trick worms and 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; 69–73 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged

craws, weightless trick worms and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 70–74 degrees: 5.19’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs, black buzzbaits and buzzfrogs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. LAVON: Water stained; 70–74 degrees: 0.64’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. LBJ: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flukes, watermelon top-waters, and lipless crankbaits in 4-10 feet. White bass are fair on bladed jigs and trolling crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and carp. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, spinner baits and top-waters. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.13’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits, soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on minnows and shad. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 72–77 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, hollow-body frogs and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. MEREDITH: 59.78’ low. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on small plastic swimbaits, white buzzbaits and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. NASWORTHY: 63–68 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, shaky heads and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon and pumpkinseed crankbaits and spinner baits near the dam. White bass are fair on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on watermelon jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. Blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with minnows and shrimp. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 63–68 degrees; 32.85’ low. Black bass are good on bone top-waters early, later switching to Texas

rigs, jigs and weightless worms. 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; 65–69 degrees; 7.79’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits, buzzbaits and weightless flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water offcolor; 63–68 degrees; 0.2’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, jigs, shaky heads and crankbaits. 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; 68–72 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh shad in the lower end of the lake. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, Texas-rigged craws and shaky-head worms. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, top-water walking baits and spinner baits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 70–73 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, swim jigs and spinner baits. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 1.65’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lizards, and fair on lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on pet spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers and crickets. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and live bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. STAMFORD: 0.96’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits.

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Crappie are fair to good on live minnows in the shallows. White bass are fair to good on Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits, watermelon trick worms and watermelon super flukes. White bass are very good on minnows in 10–15 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and hot dogs. TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 71–74 degrees; 1.84’ low. Black bass are good on black buzzbaits, hollow-body frogs and Texas-rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 69–72 degrees; 3.40’ low. Black bass are fair on shaky-head worms, top-waters and Texasrigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, cut bait and shrimp. TRAVIS: Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.61’ low. Black bass are good on chrome top-waters, Junebug worms, and grubs in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are fair on chrome top-waters and smoke grubs in 8–20 feet. White bass are good on chrome top-waters, smoke grubs, and white shad raps in 8–20 feet. Crappie are fair on blue/white tube jigs and minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers in 15–25 feet. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 55–62 degrees; 19.74’ low. Black bass are very slow. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 2.27’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on stink bait and cheese bait. —TPWD


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POPULAR FISH: Fishermen gather at crappie houses, like this one at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, where crappie can be easy to catch. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

in lakes and temperatures play a role in crappie reproduction, Myers said. But the good news is that one lake in South Texas is showing signs of being a crappie haven: Medina. “Medina is probably the best one right now,” Myers said. Myers was surprised at the number and size of crappie that showed up in a February fish survey at the lake. Biologists counted 33 crappie, compared to 14 white bass. Some of the crappie weighed

1.5 pounds and were 13 inches long. Medina was 80-90 feet low before getting rains that filled it back up in 2015, he said. The drought allowed vegetation to grow, so when the level returned to normal all that vegetation became habitat. The lake experienced a rebirth and returned to being a solid fishery. “There are crappie out there, and they’re pretty good-sized,” Myers said. “I’ve heard some reports of folks catching them.”

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open for the private angling and federally permitted for-hire components on June 1. The private angler component season will be three days, and the federally permitted for-hire component season will be 49 days. The daily bag is two fish that measure at least 16 inches, no change from last year. The season for anglers fishing in federal waters from private boats was 11 days in 2016. Texas has no closed season for red snapper within 9 nautical miles. Anglers are allowed to keep four fish per day that measure at least 15 inches.

Brothers land two big bass to win on Fork Mike Burns, of Lucas, and Rob Burns, of Plano, came to Lake Fork with a plan to fish the shad spawn in shallow water. Using shad-colored crank baits, the brothers found the fish biting right away. “We caught a lot of fish first thing, several white bass as well as black bass,” Mike said. After catching two fish under the 16-inch slot at the slot-limit lake, they landed one over the 24-inch slot, followed by another 30 minutes later. “We decided to go ahead and bring those two in so they could be weighed and released,” Mike said. The larger fish weighed 9.11 pounds, and the two fish totaled 17 pounds, making their 21.17-pound limit a winner of the $20,000 first prize by a significant margin.

After trying their first spot, David Horton, of Forney, and Preston Smith, of Dallas, motored to a cove with grass where seven other boats were gathered. “We squeezed on in and started fishing,” Horton said. “We started catching bass immediately.” They were using a white popping frog. After catching several fish under the slot, Smith got a big bite that turned out to be a 8.6-pound largemouth. The team’s total was 15.38 pounds, good for second place and $5,000. William Thornton and Anthony Smith, both of Edgewood, finished third with 14.11 pounds. —Bass Champs

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on top-waters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh on top-waters and scented plastics. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while wading coves and bayous on top-waters. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Litl’ Johns and Down South Lures. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working slicks on MirrOlure Marsh Minnows, Down South Lures and Gamblers. Trout are fair to good on deep shell on scented plastics. and live bait. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, MirrOlures and top-waters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on live bait around the wells. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on live shrimp on reefs. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are beginning to show in the surf and at the jetty when the wind allows. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp and croakers. 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 good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout and redfish are good at the jetties on live shrimp and finger mullet.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good 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. Some redfish

are schooling in the middle of the bay. 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. Black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on crabs. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on top-waters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout are showing at the jetty. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the outside of the islands. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are

fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croaker. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on scented plastics. and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good for drifters working live shrimp over sand and grass. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on sand and grass on top-waters and plastics. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the grass on the King Ranch shoreline on small top-waters. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on top-waters around sand and grass and along the edge of the ICW on scented plastics. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes with top-waters and scented plastics. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Redfish are fair while drifting sand and grass on scented plastics. and live shrimp under a popping cork. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on top-waters.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER BOAT RAGE A Smith County warden began an investigation into a possible fisherman harassment case on Lake Tyler after victims took a video of a homeowner circling their boat because he was angry that they were fishing “his brush pile.” After the confrontation, the victims intentionally prop-washed the suspect’s boathouse before leaving. Game wardens received confessions from both the suspect and for the prop wash from the victims. Charges for fisherman harassment for the suspect and hazardous wash or wake on one of the victims are pending. MUTILATED DEER VIDEO RECOVERED During a public outreach event, game wardens were provided information about deer being killed throughout the hunting season by two suspects. A warden was able to make contact with the suspects from the incident and was given a confession that in addition to killing one deer in January, another whitetailed doe was killed in February on the north side of Canyon Lake. The shooter admitted to killing the deer from a roadway, and at night, with a 20-gauge shotgun. The shooter also admitted to cutting the head off with a hatchet and disposing of the head in a wooded area. During the investigation, game wardens confiscated the shooter’s cellphone, and a search warrant was completed on the phone that uncovered numerous pictures and videos from another deer being killed in late December. The videos included the deer carcass being mutilated by both individuals. Two assault rifles, one shotgun, numerous knives and a hatchet were seized related to the

HALF NAKED AND AFRAID A Comal County game warden responded to a call for assistance from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office after deputies received a shots fired call. The officers located an individual in a residential neighborhood on the south side of the lake who appeared to have fresh blood on his tactical boots, but did not have a firearm. A search of his vehicle was conducted and two AR-type rifles were located in the vehicle as well as small drops of blood on the driver and passenger seats. After a brief interview with the suspect, the warden discovered that there were numerous deer shot and killed along the golf course neighborhood throughout the night. The warden was also able to determine that another

illegal killing of white-tailed deer. Cases and restitution are pending. CATFISH FOR BAIT A game warden was patrolling the Navidad River off Lake Texana when he found trotlines and throw-lines baited with blue and channel catfish. After setting up in a location to observe the lines that evening, the game warden was able to find the suspect and cite him for using game fish for bait. FISH RELEASED FROM ILLEGAL GEAR While conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment patrol in the Gulf of Mexico near the U.S. and Mexico border, Cameron and Hidalgo County game wardens came across illegal longline gear set by Mexican commercial fishermen. The illegal gear was located approximately 1 mile north of the U.S./Mexico Exclusive Economic Zone and stretched west approxi-

individual was involved and was hiding out in the woods. The first suspect was asked to contact the individual in the woods via cellphone and to wait along the roadway for a deputy to pick him up. The suspect hiding in the woods was not wearing any boots or pants. It was later determined he had removed them to conceal blood evidence. The warden continued to interview the suspects and determined that they had killed at least two white-tailed doe and wounded another one. The suspects could not provide a specific number of animals shot, but believed it to be more than 10 animals. Cases and restitution for these cases are still pending.

mately 4 miles toward Boca Chica Beach. Numerous black drum, redfish, sharks and stingrays were caught on the gear; many of which were released alive.

cited for possession in closed season and illegal means and methods.

BOBCAT BAIT Red River County game wardens set out a bobcat decoy during a county-wide predator hunt. Later that evening, a side-by-side ATV illuminated by an aftermarket LED light bar approached their location. The ATV stopped and fired three rounds from the county road with a suppressed .22 caliber pistol, striking the decoy once. Several cases are pending.

THE HOG NEXT DOOR A Titus County game warden received a trespassing complaint. The landowner said he found a large hog trap on his property and he does not allow hunting. The landowner did not know who the trap belonged to, but he suspected it was a neighbor who owed him money. The game warden contacted the neighbor and received a confession. Citations were issued for no hunting license and criminal trespassing. A warning was also given for hunting without landowner’s consent.

QUAIL TRAPPED A Sutton County game warden was patrolling the county checking turkey hunting camps when he made contact with an individual who had bobwhite quail in a trap. The quail were released and the hunter was

LITTLE CRAPPIE A Jackson County game warden and his ride along were patrolling the Navidad River south of Lake Texana dam when they came upon some illegal throw lines. After inspecting numerous lines, the warden came

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upon a line that was baited with an undersized crappie. Due to the liveliness of the crappie, he knew the bait was freshly placed onto the line. The warden proceeded down river to see if they could find the suspect who placed the lines. He witnessed a boat in the middle of the river channel and after making a water safety contact he was able to determine that this was the individual who had placed the lines. The individual received a citation for using game fish as bait as well as warnings for undersized crappie and gear tag violations. ESCAPING IT ALL A Morris County game warden checking fishermen on Lake O’ the Pines contacted an individual who claimed to have a fishing license but not with him nor any other identification on him. Identification by name and date of birth showed that he was not who he said he was. Another game warden was called in to assist in determining the individual’s identity, which proved to be a felony prisoner escapee out of Alabama. The individual also had multiple warrants from another agency in another state. The individual was placed under arrest and booked into the county jail for multiple warrants, felony prisoner escapee, no fishing license, and failing to identify.

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“It will be the first time anyone tried to do this,” Rollins said. Feeders may or may not be responsible for significant quail predation, Rollins said. Dove, which are also attracted to the milo in the feeders, are likewise targeted by hawks. An earlier feeder study using cameras showed evidence of 15 incidents of predation, with only one quail fatality and the rest dove. While monitoring feeders in New Mexico, evidence suggested quail run into brush for cover while dove fly upward in an attempt to escape a hawk. Dove were reportedly killed more frequently. The method of feeding may affect predation as well. Other types of supplemental feeding are also being tried, such as scattering the milo into the brush — something that longtime quail guide Tom Stephenson feels is affective. Stephenson believes supplemental feed for the quail is beneficial even with increased predation.

“In my opinion, when you feed late in the year, you end up with a better population,” Stephenson said. “You’re still going to end up with more birds.” But there are others who don’t think supplemental feeding is a long-term answer. Jordan Menge, a biologist working with Quail Forever, said building good habitat sustains quail. “I’m more into having a natural food plot,” Menge said. Currently he is working with ranch managers to provide runoff areas from cattle watering troughs. Water from the troughs run into overflow ponds, which are fenced off from livestock. The water produces vegetation cover and attracts bugs, making it a sustainable quail habitat. Menge said he recently flushed 80 birds at one such habitat and didn’t see any signs of dead birds or predation.

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to expand the group and focus on access to public lands by journalists. “OWAA can expand to all stakeholder groups in the outdoors and go beyond the pure hook and bullet crowd,” he said. “When it comes down to it, we all want to be outside.” Shuler spent 11 year working in constituent outreach for the Ocean Conservancy, where he helped write the organization’s strategic communications for the Gulf fish program. He also worked as a natural resources conservation consultant for Seagrass Management LLC for 14 years. As an outdoor writer, Shuler also has been a contributor for Shallow Water Angler and a frequent contributor to Sports Fishing, Saltwater Sportsman and Outdoor Life. He has edited and published two books: “Glory of the Silver King: The Golden Age of Tarpon Fishing” and “New Border Voices.” He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, where he teaches environmental communications and conservation classes. “I’m excited and nervous to carry the legacy,” Shuler said. “OWAA advocates for all of us who like to be outside. And I’m excited to write again.” Shuler begins as executive director on May 15.

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get the infrastructure in place, but now we’re moving along at a good rate.” Only mature females are tagged since they’ve stopped molting, lessening the chance of a tag falling off. Blue crab production has declined across the entire Gulf Coast. Potential culprits include coastal development, overfishing and reduced water quality. By tagging blue crabs, scientists hope to track their seasonal movements in order to better understand their life history. “The research may help us understand how things that happen in one estuary affect another,” Darnell said. “If a lot of offspring from one area get carried into another estuary, it can tell us how bays are connected — and which areas are relying on other areas for crab larvae to sustain their blue crab population.” Although the goal in Texas is to tag 5,000 blue crabs, only about 600 have been tagged and released so far. Blue crabs are not caught as frequently in Texas, Darnell said, and the distance from the research lab to the Texas coast precludes dedicated tagging trips. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is performing the tagging. Mark Fisher, science director of the Coastal Fisheries Division, said there will be plenty of opportunities to increase the tagging total. “All of our eight field stations are participating,” Fisher said. “We’re out anyway; we’ll just have tags with us. We do about 780 gill net surveys every year. The bulk of the mature female blue crabs that are tagged will come from those surveys.” Fisher said blue crabs in Texas are

found more often in the middle and upper coast than in the Lower Laguna Madre area. “It’s a little too salty for them down to the south,” he said. “They like it to a point, but they don’t like it hypersalient. Their eggs don’t hatch, and they don’t grow as quickly or as big as they do in fresher water.” Tags carry a phone number as well as a website address. People who find a tagged blue crab can call or go online to report it and claim a reward of either $5 or $50. The former is far more likely than the latter, since only 300 tags will carry the $50 reward. A research update from late 2016 indicates that capturing the blue crabs may be a matter best left to the pros. Up to that point, 80 percent of the notifications of tagged blue crab captures came from commercial crabbers and 5 percent from commercial shrimpers. As of May, more than 1,300 of the 9,500 blue crabs tagged and released have been caught. Texas is also lagging behind here, too. Only 13 tagged blue crabs have been captured in the state and reported to researchers. The longest distance traveled was 23 miles, Darnell said, with the tagged blue crab being released at West Bay and captured at Galveston’s 61st Street Pier. The farthest any blue crab has migrated thus far has been from the Lake Pontchartrain area in Louisiana to Dauphin Island in Alabama, Darnell said. “It took about a month and a half,” he said. “Studies on the Atlantic coast actually tracked crabs with transmitters. They saw movement rates of 3 to 4 miles a day, which is what we’re seeing.”

TAGGING CRABS: Researchers are tagging blue crab along the Gulf Coast, with a goal of tagging 5,000 along the Texas coast. Photo from Zachary Darnell.

The crab in question traveled about 100 miles. Darnell has that beat, however. “Nothing has really changed,” Darnell said. “We’re just based in Mississippi now. We still hope to hit our goal in 2018, but we will keep tagging as long as we have money.”

was like I could do no wrong with the lure. The next thing you know we’re heading to the nearest tackle store to buy all the Wakers we could find.” It’s taken awhile for the wake bait success to work its way along the Texas coast. It was a closely guarded secret for a few years. Now, there have been a few knockoffs of the original Photo by Robert Sloan Mann’s Waker. A wake bait is built like an egg – it’s short and fat, designed to run on the surface with a wake, or 2- to 6-inches deep with a fast wobble and built-in rattle. Its 3/8-ounce weight and 3-inch length allow anglers to take advantage of long casts. A smaller version of the original Waker is the Mann’s Baby 1-Minus Elite Series crankbait. It’s a shallow runner with a rattle and 3-D eyes. It’s designed to run less than 12-inches deep. It’s built with a No. 4 treble up front, and No. 6 tail treble. The overall lure weighs 1/4 ounce. Another good wake bait is made by Yo-Zuri. It’s called a 3DS Wakebait, is 2 inches long and weighs 1/4 ounce. The smaller Wakers are easy to cast on ultralight tackle and can be fished on super shallow flats. Capt. Dodd Coffey runs fishing charters out of Port O’Connor. The Waker is one of his favorite lures. “It’s an easy lure to cast and will catch reds and trout by just reeling the lure in like a spinner bait,” Coffey said. “I’ve used Wakers a lot during the past couple of years. There is something about this lure that gets reds to blast ’em. We have also caught trout on them, too. I had a friend out and we were fishing on a flat adjacent to an oyster reef. We were both surprised when he got a strike and reeled in a 4-pound trout. The black and gold is best for reds. A shad color is better for trout.”

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What Graeb calls “fish cities” were initially put in about 13 percent of the pond’s shoreline. That has since grown to the “high teens.” The study group theorized that sufficient artificial habitat would spur largemouth bass growth by reducing the distance bass traveled for food. The energy saved could go into growing larger. That theory proved wrong, however. “In our study, they kept moving as much as they did before there was habitat,” Graeb said. “One thing we did notice, though, was changed movement. They were spending more time in the new habitat.” It was also theorized that habitat would lead to largemouths eating larger prey fish and less crayfish. “Crayfish are great prey for small and midsize bass,” Graeb said. “But there’s not a lot of nutrients there. Plus, the bass have to crush the shell to get it, which takes energy.” Again, reality intervened. “They’re still eating crayfish, even more of them,” Graeb said. “But they appear to be eating them more efficiently.” There’s evidence that largemouths are also eating more of the larger prey fish, if not at the expense of crayfish. For example, a 4.2-pound bass collected was found to have eaten a nearly 1-pound tilapia, the first verified tilapia collected in studying the bass’ diet. Despite a few surprises, bass in the test pond are growing larger. There are more largemouth bass over 8 pounds and one topped 10 pounds for the first time. As far as the recruitment of largemouth bass, Graeb said it’s still too early in the testing to draw conclusions. Results overall, however, have been promising enough that there was a proposal to replicate the study at a reservoir. “We couldn’t get the grant, unfortunately,” Boxrucker said. “It’s a needed piece of science.” The research may get done on a bigger stage anyway, it turns out. Construction on the redo of Texas’ third oldest reservoir, Lake Wichita, could get underway in 2018. Much of the work will involve excavating. However, current plans also call for putting 500-600 artificial habitats into the more than 1,200-acre reservoir, said Tom Lang, district supervisor in Wichita Falls for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The amount of artificial habitat is based on SDSU’s research, which Lang called “cutting edge.” Texas is moving past the days of throwing brush piles into lakes to serve as habitat, Lang said. “At Lake Arrowhead, in the heat of the drought, you could look at the traditional heavy fishing spot,” he said. “For 20 years, my office had put Christmas trees in there. What was left was a reef of cinderblocks.” Many experts believe it would be cost-prohibitive to install artificial habitat at larger reservoirs. Graeb thinks there may be a work-around. “What if you go into one cove and put in 20 percent habitat coverage?” he said. “The question would be whether 20 percent is enough to get an effect. If it is, it may be enough to push the entire reservoir in the right direction.”

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2017 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON May Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri

12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu

7:04 12:52 7:54 1:42 8:46 2:34 9:39 3:27 10:32 4:20 11:24 5:12 ----- 6:02

7:27 8:18 9:10 10:03 10:56 11:48 12:14

1:15 2:06 2:58 3:51 4:44 5:36 6:26

06:30 06:29 06:29 06:28 06:27 06:27 06:26

19 Fri

12:39 6:51

1:03

7:15

06:26 08:21 2:24a

1:53p

20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri

1:25 2:10 2:55 3:41 4:31 5:26 6:26

1:50 2:35 3:21 4:08 4:59 5:56 6:57

8:02 8:48 9:34 10:22 11:14 12:11 12:42

06:25 06:24 06:24 06:23 06:23 06:22 06:22

2:53p 3:56p 5:01p 6:08p 7:17p 8:27p 9:34p

6:58 12:47 7:48 1:37 8:40 2:28 9:33 3:21 10:26 4:14 11:18 5:06 ----- 5:56 12:33 6:45 1:19 7:32 2:04 8:17 2:49 9:02 3:35 9:49 4:25 10:39 5:20 11:35 6:21 12:05

7:21 8:12 9:04 9:57 10:50 11:42 12:09 12:57 1:44 2:30 3:15 4:03 4:54 5:50 6:51

1:10 2:00 2:52 3:45 4:38 5:30 6:21 7:09 7:56 8:42 9:28 10:16 11:08 12:05 12:36

06:30 06:29 06:28 06:28 06:27 06:27 06:26 06:26 06:25 06:25 06:24 06:24 06:23 06:23 06:23

08:04 08:05 08:06 08:06 08:07 08:08 08:08 08:09 08:10 08:10 08:11 08:11 08:12 08:13 08:13

9:45p 7:55a 10:35p 8:37a 11:23p 9:23a NoMoon 10:11a 12:09a 11:03a 12:53a 11:56a 1:34a 12:52p 2:15a 1:49p 2:54a 2:49p 3:33a 3:50p 4:13a 4:53p 4:55a 5:59p 5:39a 7:07p 6:28a 8:15p 7:22a 9:22p

7:37 8:23 9:08 9:55 10:45 11:41 12:11

08:16 08:16 08:17 08:18 08:18 08:19 08:20 08:21 08:22 08:23 08:23 08:24 08:25 08:25

9:57p 7:55a 10:47p 8:38a 11:35p 9:23a NoMoon 10:12a 12:20a 11:03a 1:04a 11:57a 1:45a 12:54p 3:02a 3:40a 4:19a 4:59a 5:42a 6:30a 7:22a

San Antonio 2017 May

A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri

7:11 12:59 8:01 1:49 8:53 2:41 9:46 3:34 10:39 4:27 11:31 5:19 ----- 6:09 12:45 6:58 1:32 7:44 2:17 8:29 3:02 9:15 3:48 10:01 4:38 10:52 5:32 11:47 6:33 12:18

7:34 8:24 9:17 10:10 11:03 11:55 12:21 1:10 1:57 2:42 3:28 4:15 5:06 6:02 7:04

1:22 2:13 3:05 3:58 4:51 5:43 6:33 7:22 8:09 8:55 9:41 10:29 11:20 12:17 12:48

06:43 06:42 06:42 06:41 06:41 06:40 06:39 06:39 06:38 06:38 06:38 06:37 06:37 06:36 06:36

08:16 08:17 08:17 08:18 08:19 08:19 08:20 08:20 08:21 08:22 08:22 08:23 08:23 08:24 08:25

9:57p 8:08a 10:47p 8:51a 11:35p 9:37a NoMoon 10:25a 12:21a 11:16a 1:05a 12:10p 1:47a 1:05p 2:27a 2:03p 3:07a 3:02p 3:46a 4:03p 4:26a 5:06p 5:08a 6:12p 5:53a 7:19p 6:42a 8:28p 7:36a 9:35p

Amarillo

2017 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON May Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri

7:24 1:12 8:14 2:03 9:06 2:54 9:59 3:47 10:52 4:40 11:44 5:32 12:11 6:22 12:59 7:11 1:45 7:58 2:30 8:43 3:15 9:28 4:01 10:15 4:51 11:05 5:46 ----6:47 12:31

7:47 8:38 9:30 10:23 11:16 ----12:35 1:23 2:10 2:56 3:41 4:29 5:20 6:16 7:17

1:36 2:26 3:18 4:11 5:04 5:56 6:47 7:35 8:22 9:08 9:54 10:42 11:34 12:31 1:02

06:46 06:45 06:44 06:43 06:42 06:42 06:41 06:40 06:40 06:39 06:39 06:38 06:37 06:37 06:36

08:40 08:41 08:42 08:43 08:44 08:44 08:45 08:46 08:47 08:47 08:48 08:49 08:50 08:50 08:51

10:22p 8:12a 11:13p 8:53a NoMoon 9:38a NoMoon 10:27a 12:46a 11:19a 1:29a 12:14p 2:09a 1:12p 2:47a 2:11p 3:25a 3:13p 4:01a 4:17p 4:39a 5:23p 5:18a 6:31p 6:00a 7:42p 6:47a 8:52p 7:39a 10:00p

Legend: Major=2 hours. Minor=1 hour. Times centered on the major-minor window. For other locations, subtract 1 minute per 12 miles east of a location, and add 1 minute per 12 miles west of a location.

Sabine Pass, north Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Time 6:17 AM 6:55 AM 7:39 AM 12:37 AM 1:23 AM 2:15 AM 3:14 AM 4:19 AM 5:27 AM 12:56 AM 1:58 AM 2:54 AM 3:46 AM 4:39 AM 5:32 AM

Port O’Connor Height 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 0.2L 0.3L 0.4L 0.5L 0.5L 0.6L 1.4H 1.6H 1.8H 2.0H 2.1H 2.1H

Time 11:40 AM 12:16 PM 12:59 PM 8:30 AM 9:31 AM 10:32 AM 11:22 AM 12:00 PM 12:29 PM 6:32 AM 7:32 AM 8:27 AM 9:19 AM 10:10 AM 10:59 AM

Time 3:28 PM 3:31 PM 3:39 PM

Height 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H

Time 11:17 PM 11:55 PM

Height 0.1L 0.1L

6:13 PM 6:40 PM 12:55 PM 1:20 PM 1:46 PM 2:15 PM 2:47 PM 3:22 PM

1.0L 0.8L 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.7H

11:35 PM

1.3H

7:13 PM 7:51 PM 8:32 PM 9:15 PM 10:01 PM 10:49 PM

0.5L 0.2L -0.1L -0.3L -0.5L -0.5L

Time 1:17 PM 11:57 PM

Height 1.4L 0.1L

Time 3:48 PM

Height 1.4H

Time 11:24 PM

Height 0.1L

9:26 AM 10:10 AM 10:48 AM 11:23 AM 11:55 AM 12:23 PM 6:23 AM 7:37 AM 8:45 AM 10:11 AM 11:28 AM 12:26 PM

1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.7H 1.6H 0.8L 1.0L 1.1L 1.3L 1.4L 1.5L

7:11 PM 7:18 PM 12:49 PM 1:16 PM 1:45 PM 2:15 PM 2:48 PM 3:23 PM

1.1L 0.9L 1.6H 1.6H 1.5H 1.5H 1.6H 1.6H

10:41 PM

1.2H

7:32 PM 7:58 PM 8:32 PM 9:14 PM 10:01 PM 10:51 PM

0.6L 0.3L 0.1L -0.2L -0.4L -0.5L

Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Time 6:53 AM 7:41 AM 8:35 AM 12:32 AM 1:11 AM 1:57 AM 2:50 AM 3:48 AM 4:57 AM 12:38 AM 2:05 AM 3:14 AM 4:15 AM 5:11 AM 6:03 AM

Height 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 0.1L 0.2L 0.3L 0.4L 0.5L 0.7L 1.3H 1.5H 1.8H 2.0H 2.1H 2.2H

Time 7:38 AM 12:11 AM 12:42 AM 1:19 AM 2:03 AM 2:53 AM 3:45 AM 4:41 AM 6:22 AM 1:26 AM 2:42 AM 3:59 AM 5:08 AM 6:02 AM 6:57 AM

Height 1.3H 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.2L 0.2L 0.3L 0.4L 0.5L 0.9H 1.0H 1.1H 1.3H 1.4H 1.4H

Time

Height

8:39 AM 9:34 AM 10:19 AM 11:06 AM 11:59 AM 12:39 PM 12:58 PM 1:14 PM 7:47 AM 8:49 AM 10:03 AM 11:15 AM 12:12 PM 1:08 PM

1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 1.2H 1.1H 1.1H 0.6L 0.7L 0.8L 0.9L 1.0L 1.1L

Height 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 0.2L 0.2L 0.3L 0.4L 0.6L 0.7L 1.3H 1.5H 1.7H 2.0H 2.1H 2.2H

Time 10:46 PM 11:23 PM

Height 0.1L 0.1L

9:02 AM 9:52 AM 10:30 AM 11:01 AM 11:29 AM 11:55 AM 6:10 AM 7:50 AM 9:09 AM 10:43 AM 12:07 PM 10:13 PM

1.9H 1.9H 1.8H 1.7H 1.7H 1.6H 0.9L 1.0L 1.1L 1.2L 1.3L -0.4L

Height 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.5L 0.5L 0.6L 1.2H 1.2H 1.3H 1.4H 1.5H 0.3L 0.2L 0.1L

Time 10:44 AM 11:35 AM 3:45 PM 4:08 PM 3:22 PM 3:30 PM 3:47 PM 8:57 AM 10:08 AM 11:13 AM 12:16 PM 1:20 PM 7:51 AM 8:55 AM 10:01 AM

Height 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 0.6L 0.7L 0.8L 0.9L 1.1L 1.6H 1.7H 1.7H

Time

8:10 8:18 1:32 1:50 2:07 2:25 2:48 3:18

PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM

Height

0.7L 0.6L 1.0H 1.0H 1.0H 1.1H 1.1H 1.1H

Time

Height

11:24 PM

0.8H

8:32 PM 8:50 PM 9:20 PM 10:03 PM 10:51 PM 11:38 PM

0.4L 0.3L 0.0L -0.1L -0.3L -0.3L

Freeport Harbor Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Time 6:33 AM 7:16 AM 8:06 AM 12:01 AM 12:40 AM 1:23 AM 2:19 AM 3:27 AM 4:39 AM 12:21 AM 1:48 AM 2:51 AM 3:51 AM 4:52 AM 5:49 AM

Time 02:03 AM 02:27 AM 03:01 AM 03:47 AM 04:46 AM 06:03 AM 07:35 AM 12:56 AM 02:43 AM 04:17 AM 05:36 AM 06:46 AM 12:10 AM 12:45 AM 01:26 AM

Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Height 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.3L 0.3L 0.4L 0.5H 0.7H 0.8H 0.9H 0.9H 1.0H

Time 11:12 AM 11:56 AM 12:44 PM 1:34 PM 2:23 PM 3:07 PM 3:43 PM 4:04 PM 2:51 PM 7:59 AM 9:06 AM 10:23 PM 11:04 PM 11:51 PM

Height 0.9H 0.9H 1.0H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.8H 0.7H 0.7H 0.5L 0.6L 0.1L 0.0L -0.1L

Time 1:44 AM 2:29 AM 3:16 AM 4:03 AM 4:51 AM 5:37 AM 6:21 AM 7:01 AM 7:36 AM 2:04 AM 2:03 PM 1:40 PM 1:39 PM 12:22 AM 1:14 AM

Height 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.3L 0.3L 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.5H 0.1L 0.1L

Time 3:48 PM 4:27 PM 5:14 PM 6:05 PM 6:59 PM 7:56 PM 4:20 PM 3:34 PM 3:04 PM 7:58 AM 10:46 PM 11:33 PM

Height 0.5H 0.5H 0.5H 0.5H 0.5H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.3L 0.2L 0.2L

2:05 PM 2:50 PM

0.5H 0.5H

Height 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H 0.2L 0.3L 0.4L 0.5L 0.6L 0.7L 1.0H 1.1H 1.2H 1.3H 1.3H

Time 12:09 PM 1:10 PM 11:51 PM

Height 1.1L 1.1L 0.2L

10:35 AM 11:41 AM 12:23 PM 11:51 AM 11:41 AM 12:00 PM 7:31 AM 8:42 AM 9:44 AM 10:43 AM 11:41 AM

1.2H 1.2H 1.1H 1.1H 1.0H 1.0H 0.8L 0.9L 1.0L 1.1L 1.1L

Height 1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H -0.1L -0.1L 0.0L 0.2L 0.3L 0.7H 0.9H 1.1H 1.2H 1.4H 1.4H

Time 10:51 PM 11:22 PM 11:57 PM

Height -0.1L -0.2L -0.1L

10:23 AM 11:08 AM 11:41 AM 12:04 PM 12:18 PM 6:12 AM 7:38 AM 9:01 AM 8:52 PM 9:36 PM 10:24 PM

1.2H 1.2H 1.1H 1.1H 1.0H 0.5L 0.6L 0.8L -0.4L -0.6L -0.7L

Time

9:37 PM 1:38 PM 12:00 PM

Time

Height

0.5L 0.6H 0.7H

Height

Time

9:22 PM 9:48 PM

Time

Height

0.4L 0.3L

Height

6:43 PM 8:18 PM 9:13 PM 2:34 PM

0.4L 0.4L 0.3L 0.4H

9:14 PM 11:20 PM

0.4H 0.4H

10:00 PM

0.3L

Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Time 6:33 AM 7:06 AM 7:54 AM 9:11 AM 12:32 AM 1:16 AM 2:04 AM 2:56 AM 3:56 AM 5:07 AM 12:58 AM 2:34 AM 4:01 AM 5:08 AM 6:11 AM

Time 2:53 PM 3:12 PM

Height 1.2H 1.1H

Time 10:41 PM 11:13 PM

Height 0.2L 0.2L

7:22 PM 7:33 PM 12:22 PM 12:44 PM 1:05 PM 1:29 PM 1:57 PM

0.8L 0.6L 1.0H 1.0H 1.1H 1.1H 1.2H

11:22 PM

0.9H

7:49 PM 8:13 PM 8:50 PM 9:34 PM 10:21 PM

0.4L 0.2L 0.0L -0.1L -0.2L

South Padre Island Time

7:14 PM 7:06 PM 12:23 PM 12:51 PM 1:20 PM 1:48 PM 2:16 PM

Height

1.0L 0.8L 1.5H 1.4H 1.4H 1.3H 1.3H

Time

Height

10:36 PM

1.1H

7:13 7:35 8:05 8:41 9:24

PM PM PM PM PM

0.6L 0.4L 0.1L -0.1L -0.3L

Time

Height

Rollover Pass Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Rockport

Time 12:36 AM 1:10 AM 1:49 AM 2:35 AM 3:26 AM 4:19 AM 5:13 AM 6:07 AM 7:01 AM 5:34 AM 7:00 AM 8:05 AM 9:04 AM 10:01 AM 10:59 AM

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San Luis Pass Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Time 7:09 AM 7:51 AM 8:39 AM 9:31 AM 12:37 AM 1:22 AM 2:15 AM 3:19 AM 4:40 AM 12:11 AM 1:54 AM 3:13 AM 4:23 AM 5:28 AM 6:32 AM

Time

7:09 PM 12:24 PM 12:21 PM 12:14 PM

Height

0.5L 0.9H 0.8H 0.9H

Time

Height

7:19 PM 7:42 PM 8:14 PM

0.3L 0.1L -0.2L

Time

Height

East Matagorda Time

10:15 PM 4:01 PM 4:12 PM 4:22 PM 4:34 PM 4:49 PM 2:26 PM

Height

1.1L 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2L

10:33 10:53 11:15 11:40

PM PM PM PM

5:06 PM

1.0L 0.8L 0.7L 0.5L 1.3H

Date May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26

Time 12:55 PM 12:21 AM 1:34 AM 2:42 AM 3:15 AM 3:48 AM 4:28 AM 6:09 AM 12:12 AM 1:22 AM 2:39 AM 5:49 AM 7:11 AM 12:58 PM 1:03 PM

Height 0.4H 0.0L 0.0L 0.0L 0.0L 0.0L 0.1L 0.1L 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H

Time 1:17 PM 1:34 PM 1:43 PM 1:54 PM 2:08 PM 2:18 PM 1:59 PM 7:10 AM 7:46 AM 8:27 AM 10:47 AM 10:55 AM 11:30 PM

Height 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.3H 0.3H 0.1L 0.2L 0.2L 0.3L 0.3L -0.1L

Time

9:23 1:32 1:37 1:51 2:06 2:16

PM PM PM PM PM PM

Height

0.2L 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.4H

9:37 PM 9:49 PM 10:02 PM 10:26 PM 10:56 PM

0.2L 0.1L 0.1L 0.0L -0.1L

Texas Coast Tides

Height 1.3L 1.4L 1.4L 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 0.7L 0.8L 1.0L 1.1L 1.2L 1.3L


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May 12, 2017

Page 19

Deer discovered eating human rib Researchers at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos placed a camera near human remains to determine how human remains decompose. They discovered a white-tailed deer chewing on a human rib. This is the first time scientists have observed deer eating human flesh, although deer are known to occasionally take advantage of available animal food, such as dead rabbits or fish. —Staff report

Bedding bass, brush piles key at Texoma Brush piles planted by a winning team member played a key role for Josh Williams, of Kingston, Oklahoma, and Michael Roger, of Lafayette, Louisiana. The team weighed in 22.66 pounds to win the final regular-season event of the Texas Team Trail presented by Cabela’s on April 29 at Lake Texoma. The winning anglers won a Triton 189TRX boat and motor package valued at $32,395. Due to windy conditions, the team gave up after an attempt to run to their primary area, instead heading to a different marina where they had one spawning bass marked on their GPS. “We had that one marked, but we caught another bed fish that we stumbled on,” said Williams. “We could barely see the two fish we caught on beds; it was dingy. It was windy, but where we were it was somewhat protected.” Later, Williams and Roger found post-spawn bass on a series of brush piles, some set by Williams years ago. Their kicker weighed 8.70 pounds and won the anglers an additional $1,065 for the big bass of the tournament. Robert Lauck and Ted Martin finished a close second with 21.82 pounds, winning $6,667. They were followed by Doyle Idleman and Marco Vaca with 21.44 pounds. —TXTT

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Styrka hired Ken Jefferies and Associates as its manufacturer’s representative group for the eastern and southern U.S.

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Conway to head hatchery Jeff Conway was selected as the new manager of Ink Dam National Fish Hatchery in Burnet, Texas by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ozonics hires Outtech Ozonics retained Outtech as its sales agency of record.

Brownell to head NRA Pete Brownell of Montezuma, Iowa, was elected by the National Rifle Association Board of Directors as president.

Bass pro Shops became the title sponsor of the FLW High School Fishing Opens.

New marketing group for Witch Doctor Witch Doctor Tackle selected Providence Marketing Group to aid in relaunching its brand.

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water after observing them in South Carolina’s Cooper Reservoir decades ago. The fish would swim up river from the coast to spawn and became trapped after the dam was built in 1941. The landlocked striper trapped behind the dam survived and reproduced. Scientists documented the selfsustaining population for the first time in 1954. Fishery managers across the country EGGS: Striped bass used to stock Texas lakes are raised from eggs at state then began attempts to hatcheries. Photo from Brian Van Zee. stock striper in fresh“We did not stock striped bass in 2016, so water lakes. The Oklahoma Department of it was somewhat of a surprise to find quite Wildlife Conservation began stocking strip- a few striped bass belonging to that yearer in Lake Texoma in 1965. The population class in our survey work,” said fisheries bitook off — without any help from Texas ologist Robert Mauk. “We’ve seen evidence Parks and Wildlife, Van Zee said. of natural reproduction in the past – not to “Arguably Lake Texoma is one of the best the extent we’ve seen it in 2016 – but condistriped bass fisheries in the nation,” Van Zee tions were right for spawning to occur with a said. high, unimpeded flowing Brazos River.” That doesn’t mean other lakes lack stripBilly Imboden, with the Fishing Fool Fishers. With the help of stocking and periodic ing Guide Service on Possum Kingdom Lake, natural reproduction, lakes like Whitney said the striper fishing is the best it’s been in and Possum Kingdom produce great striper nearly a decade. fishing. This winter he caught a 30-pounder — Biologists from the TPWD’s Inland Fish- one of only four striper in that category he’s eries office in Wichita Falls recently com- caught in his 55 years of fishing on Possum pleted fall electrofishing and spring gill net Kingdom. surveys on Possum Kingdom, finding striped Clients are consistently catching 8-10 bass populations to be at their highest in 14 pound striper currently, with some years. 20-pounders. While there may be more Biologists found the abundance of striped striper in Texoma, his clients that fish both bass in the lake this year to be the highest say the fish are bigger on Possum Kingdom. they’ve observed since the golden alga fish “It doesn’t get much better,” Imboden kills of 2001 and 2003, with one year-class said. “I have a lot of people who go with me found to have naturally reproduced in the now, who don’t go to Texoma.” reservoir.

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Peter De La Garza got two red heads and a pintail drake this season at Rattle Snake Bay in Arroyo City. John Allen caught a kingfish trolling 60 miles offshore in 200 feet of water.

Jan Daniec, of San Antonio, shot this nice bush buck while on safari with his sister, Julia, and family in South Africa’s eastern cape.

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Olivia Rodriguez, of Lockhart, shot this 9-pointer using her .243 Browning equipped with a Nikon scope.

Brett Favre got a nice Starr County buck while hunting with his buddy, Edward Wood.

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BEST FOR BIRDS: Orvis Wingshooting Guide of the Year Eric Harrison works at Joshua Creek Ranch, which has been a finalist for Orvis’ Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year for two years running. Photo from Joshua Creek Ranch.

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Eric Harrison grew up in the green hills of Kentucky, a descendant of hunters born with a love of the sport. Now 33, Harrison lives in the Texas Hill Country and turned his passion for hunting into a fulltime job as a wingshooting guide at the upscale Joshua Creek Ranch. Life was good for Harrison. Last month it got even better. Harrison found himself the recipient of the Orvis Wingshooting Guide of the Year award for 2017. To make it all the sweeter, Joshua Creek Ranch was recognized as a finalist for Orvis’ Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year. Harrison received the plaque with his father by his side. “My family’s proud of me,” Harrison said. “I owe everything to my dogs.” Harrison started his hunting career when he was about 4. He graduated from rabbits to ducks, turkey and deer. When in middle school, he gave up baseball to have more time to hunt. Sometimes, his father would even take him out of school. “It didn’t help my reading much,” Harrison said with a laugh. His family has a history of hunting back to his great grandfather, who guided for quail and liked to fly-fish and make moonshine, Harrison said. Harrison went on to college in Illinois and got a degree in game preserve management and ended up taking a job at Joshua Creek where founder Joe Kercheville took him under his wing. “He told me he was going to make some-

thing of me,” Harrison said. “Joe has the best bird-hunting ranch in the U.S.” Harrison has worked at Joshua Creek in Boerne since 2007. He is the lodge’s lead hunting guide, sporting clays manager, dog trainer and gamebird keeper. The ranch features quail, upland bird hunting, driven pheasant shooting, duck hunting and dove hunting. White-tailed deer, axis and turkey hunting are also available. Reid Bryant, Wingshooting Services manager for Orvis, said being chosen as a guide or a lodge of the year is based on customer reviews collected by a third party. “It’s quite an honor,” Bryant said. “So it’s kind of like a people’s choice award.” “Eric is a great guide, who is often requested by our wingshooting customers. His dog work is exceptional and he always runs a safe and productive hunt. But what really sets him apart is his larger-than-life personality and his love for what he does,” added Kevin Welborn, director of marketing for the lodge. Bryant said this is the second year in a row the lodge has been in the running for Wingshooting Lodge of the Year. That in itself is remarkable because Joshua Creek Ranch has only been affiliated with Orvis for three years. “They do a great job. They are very invested in success,” Bryant said of the lodge. Welborn added that the lodge’s success is based on some 500 customer reviews with a 5-star overall rating. But, of course, being in the business 27 years doesn’t hurt either when it comes down to pleasing customers. “We’ve learned a lot over the years. We put a lot of effort into it,” Welborn said.

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission say mountain lions are strongly suspected of having killed five bighorns between June 2016 and March — and nine since 2015 — in western Nebraska. The department is conducting a study to determine how many mountain lions are in Nebraska, where they live and what impact they are having on big game species such as bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. Nebraska started reintroducing bighorn sheep in western Nebraska in 1981. Most of the five herds suffer setbacks from disease and poor lamb survival. —NGPC

Arkansas considers cutting back on out-ofstate hunting permits Arkansas may eliminate annual nonresident WMA waterfowl permits, and limit the number of nonresident permits available while increasing the price. The change is being considered after Arkansas hunters complained that the state wasn’t charging enough to nonresident hunters and that too many nonresidents were hunting the WMAs. Currently, a nonresident waterfowl hunter is required to have a special nonresident WMA permit to hunt on many of the public areas focused on waterfowl management. They may purchase a five-day permit for $25 or an annual permit for $100, and may hunt any WMA. The state is considering increasing the fee for the 5-day nonresident waterfowl permit from $25 to $30.50. —Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Mississippi fish are biting big The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Bureau announced that four lake record fish were caught over a single weekend last month. Ray Newsome of Columbia caught a lake record bluegill (11 ounces) and redear sunfish (12 ounces) at Lake Columbia on April 15, 2017. On the same day, Sue Thornton of Crystal Springs caught a lake record crappie at Calling Panther Lake that weighed 2.2 pounds. On Sunday, April 16, a new lake record largemouth bass weighing 6.57 pounds, was caught at Lake Lamar Bruce by Phillip Pannell. —MDWFP

Elk hunts available in Arizona More than 600 hunt permit-tags are available for the 2017 minimal occurrence zone/ low-density elk hunt in four of Arizona’s game management units. These four units combined have an extremely low-density elk population — an estimated 40 to 50 total animals. The Arizona Game and

Fish Department is specifically managing these units for wildlife values other than elk, and an established population is not desirable. The intent of this particular hunt (Hunt No. 3799) is to eliminate this elk population. Because of extremely low densities, hunt success likely will be less than 5 percent. The hunt dates are May 1-Oct. 12, and Oct. 27-Dec. 31, 2017. A bull or cow elk may be harvested. —AZGFD

Red snapper season opens in Florida Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved the 2017 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters. The 78-day season will be open for Saturdays and Sundays starting May 6. On May 27, the season will be open continuously through July 9. It will then reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, plus Labor Day. — FWC

High water closes some Arkansas lake facilities Visitors to Beaver Lake are reminded that many Corps facilities remain closed because of recent heavy rains and high lake levels. The following parks have partial closures: Dam Site (Lake), Indian Creek, Lost Bridge South, Rocky Branch, Horseshoe Bend, and Hickory Creek. These parks may have campsites available even though parts of the parks are closed. Additionally, one of the boat launch ramps at Horseshoe Bend Park is currently closed, but all other ramps are open. Floating logs, trees, trash and debris of all sizes could be anywhere in the lake for the next several months, so boaters should exercise caution. — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Catch a python for a free T-shirt The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is launching the Python Pickup Program to encourage people to help remove nonnative Burmese pythons from the Everglades ecosystem and surrounding area. The new program designed to encourage the public to remove and report wild Burmese pythons by rewarding participants with valuable prizes. Starting now, anyone can participate in this innovative new program. People who remove pythons simply need to submit photographic evidence of the snake as well as the location from which it was removed. Anyone who submits this information will receive a free Python Pickup T-shirt for their first submission and be entered into monthly prize drawings. —FWC

Arkansas elk permit applications available through June 1

Twenty-six permits for elk are expected to be available for a public drawing this year, with an additional three permits reserved for onsite draws at the 20th Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival, June 24. People can fill out an online permit application, which will carry a $5 fee. Applicants for Arkansas elk hunt permits must have a valid Resident Sportsman Hunting License or must be a holder of a Lifetime Sportsman’s Permit. Hunters under 16 (as of May 1, 2017) must enter their social security number to create an account and apply. Elk permits are listed under the WMA permit section of the licensing menu. Applications will be accepted May 1-June 1, 2017. —Arkansas Game and Fish Commission


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Texas Deer Association Brush to Bay Tournament Bluff’s Landing Marina and Lodge texasdeerassociation.com Alzafar Shriners Pulling For Kids Charity Clay Shoot Joshua Creek Ranch, Boerne (830) 537-5090 joshuacreek.com

MAY 18

Mule Deer Foundation Greater Houston Chapter Banquet KC Hall (817) 565-7121 muledeer.org Coastal Conservation Association Katy Chapter Banquet Palacio Maria (800) 626-4222 ccatexas.org Dallas Safari Club Monthly Meeting biggame.org Ducks Unlimited San Antonio Sportsman’s Night Out Barbecue Cook-off Alzafar Shrine Pavilion, San Antonio (832) 256-3630 ducks.org

Ducks Unlimited Arlington Quack Classic Tangle Ridge Golf Club, Grand Prairie (972) 841-3770 ducks.org Mule Deer Foundation Greater Houston Chapter Banquet KC Hall, Houston (817) 565-7121 muledeer.org

MAY 19-20

Coastal Conservation Association 2017 Babes on the Bay fishing tournament Rockport (800) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

MAY 20

Quail Forever Sporting Clay Tournament and Banquet American Shooting Center, Houston gulfcoastquailforever3066.org Mule Deer Foundation Austin Lone Star Chapter Banquet (817) 565-7121 muledeer.org

Coastal Conservation Association Orange County Chapter High School Redfish Tournament (800) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

JUNE 10

National Wild Turkey Federation Rusk County Hunting Heritage Banquet Henderson Civic Center nwtf.org

JUNE 10-11

Texas Hill Country Shooting Classic Joshua Creek Ranch, Boerne (830) 537-5090 joshuacreek.com National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors Tri-County Longbeards Jack Hilliard Ranch, Buckholts nwtf.org

Ducks Unlimited Amarillo Dinner Amarillo Botanical Gardens (806) 290-0916 ducks.org

JUNE 13

Ducks Unlimited Lubbock Chapter Abuelos Courtyard  (806) 790-0709 ducks.org

MAY 25

Coastal Conservation Association Laredo Chapter Banquet Casa Blanca Ballroom (800) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

JUNE 15

National Wild Turkey Federation Corpus Christi Hunting Heritage Banquet Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds nwtf.org

MAY 26-27

Port-A Pachanga Fishing Tournament Robert’s Point Trinityoaks.org

JUNE 17

National Wild Turkey Federation 10th Annual Youth Jakes Day YMCA Roberts Ranch, Comfort nwtf.org

Willacy County Young Farmers Fishing Tournament Port Mansfield wcyf.org

Ducks Unlimited Hemphill Dinner Sabine County VFW Hall 3049  (936) 275-8153 ducks.org

JUNE 3

National Wild Turkey Federation Llano Estacado Upland Game Hunting Heritage Banquet Bailey County Electric Coop Office nwtf.org

JUNE 23-25

Great Outdoors Expo Midland Horseshoe Pavilion goetx.com

JUNE 7-8

2017 North American Deer Summit Austin, Sheraton nationaldeeralliance.com

JUNE 30-JULY 1

C.A.S.T for Kids Bass tournament and auction Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Waco castforkids.org

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