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New permit requirements in the works for shark fishermen By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News Shark anglers in federal waters will need to obtain an endorsement and may use only circle hooks when using bait, beginning in 2018. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Federal authorities are beginning to roll out new requirements for recre-

ational shark fishing that will go into effect Jan. 1. The fisheries branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put out a new YouTube

video explaining that recreational anglers fishing federal waters will be required to get an endorsement on their fishing licenses and use circle hooks, flies or artificial lures if they intend to Please turn to page 17

Restoring Texas’ state fish Guadalupe bass on the rise By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News The Texas state fish is hardly a heavyweight — though it fights like one. Bryan Townsend holds the state record for catching a pure Guadalupe bass. It weighed a whopping 3.71 pounds. Yet fears of the small black bass vanishing served to galvanize the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, landowners and groups like The Nature Conservancy to devote years and millions of dollars to its preservation. “We were concerned that even in its namesake river we were going to lose the Guadalupe bass,” said Tim Birdsong, TPWD’s chief of habitat conservation. Some might see TPWD’s efforts

as restitution. It introduced smallmouths into Hill Country rivers to give anglers another species to chase. Smallies, though, began interbreeding with Guadalupe bass. That’s not the only reason, though, that pure Guadalupe bass became harder to find. Sprawling development and the building of dams, bridges and impoundments fragmented Hill Country rivers and made things tough for a species evolved to live in free-flowing waters. TPWD learned with its reservoirs that it can’t always stock its way out of declining fish populations. But a so-called “swamping” approach benefited the Guadalupe River. “We flood the system with pure

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fish,” Birdsong said. “We’re hoping they win out over the smallmouths and the hybrids. It’s sheer numbers for one thing. We put in more of them and the system can only support so many fish. Also, they’re better adapted to persist in that system.” The proportion of hybrids and smallies in the Guadalupe River’s headwaters fell from 43 percent to 6 percent. Some areas aren’t amenable to this solution, however.

After smallmouth bass were introduced and hybridized with the native Guadalupe bass, the Guadalupe bass declined in the Guadalupe River. A massive effort to restore the Guadalupe bass, including super stocking, has shown positive results. Top photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. Bottom photo by Johnny Quiroz.

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The numbers of chicks in coveys of bobwhite and blue quail are down in many areas of the state this year. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Some areas still have bumper crop By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Last year’s bumper crop of quail in the Rolling Plains region made for euphoric hunting, but this year is expected to be more typical. “No one is expecting to have really high production in the Rolling Plains,” said Rob-

ert Perez, upland game bird leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “Last year was like a rare event.” From 2013 through 2016, the Rolling Plains area received more than 20 inches of rain per year. That four-year stretch of good weather created a record West Texas quail crop. But this year, sparse rainfall and multiple days of triple-digit heat delivered a knockout punch to juvenile birds, according to the Please turn to page 6

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HUNTING Kroll to highlight celebrity appearances at TTHA

Is your dove field ready?

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

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Chronic Wasting Disease isn’t good for deer, but it could be even worse for the huntJames Kroll ing world. James Kroll, also known as Dr. Deer, will be discussing CWD’s consequences along with other deer management topics as part of a celebrity appearance at the Texas Trophy Hunters Association’s Hunters Extravaganza this month. Kroll, who isn’t one to mince words, will hold a discussion titled: Will CWD destroy deer hunting? Kroll, professor emeritus of Forest Wildlife Management for Stephen F. Austin University and respected whitetail expert, hopes to shed light on the disease that has grabbed headlines across the country. “I’m going to debunk a lot of myth,” he said. Kroll said CWD isn’t the menace it’s portrayed to be because there’s no realistic studies showing it can be transmitted to humans or that it seriously hurts deer populations. CWD occurs naturally in deer populations and tends to hit older deer. He fears overblown concern with the disease will be used as a “hammer” against private deer managers and hunting in general. “People need to come and hear what I’m saying,” he said. “It has the potential to damage the deer industry in Texas.” Kroll, who has served as Deer Trustee for the state of Wisconsin and is director of the Institute for White-tailed Deer Management and Research, said the disease is made to sound scary. He pointed out that license sales in Texas went down 11 percent when news of the first appearance of CWD became public. If the public comes to sees venison as unwholesome, too, then that could impact the hunting industry, he said. But it’s also about money. For example, when research dollars were drying up in Wisconsin to study the disease, scientist manipulated the data to make it look like the number of cases was increasing, he said. In the end, Kroll believes that CWD is a disease that is spread through frequency of exposure and could be rooted in doe groups. Once a buck moves off on his own, the disease can be spread, he said. “It’s probably been around for a long, long time,” he said. Kroll will be making appearances in Fort Worth Aug. 11-13, San Antonio Aug. 18-20, and Corpus Christi Aug. 25-27. Other celebrity appearances at the Extravaganzas sponsored by the Texas Trophy Hunters Association include Eva Shockey Aug. 12 in Fort Worth, and Michael Waddell and Travis “T-Bone” Turner Aug. 19 in San Antonio.

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For a successful dove opener, it’s important to know if the milo or native sunflowers in the field are dropping seeds onto bare ground, where the mourning dove prefer to feed. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Duck band reporting goes online

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Lone Star Outdoor News Hunters fortunate enough to harvest a banded duck or goose this hunting season will see a change in the way they report those bands to the United States Geological Survey. The call-in center that has been in place to record information has been replaced by an online tool at reportband. gov. According to the USGS Patuxent Bird Banding Laboratory, which administers the bird-banding program in the United States, the toll-free number engraved on bands will still function, but will redirect callers to the website. In the few years that the online tool has become available, it has been responsible for 60 percent of reported bands.

It’s a scenario that has happened to many Texas dove hunters. On opening day, they pull up to the field that had produced so well for them the last few seasons. The first thing they notice is bright, yellow leaves on the native sunflowers. The second thing they notice is a lack of birds. The natural food for the birds wasn’t ready, making for a below average hunt. How do you tell if your favorite field is ready? “Seed production is the greatest draw for dove, and, secondarily, access to bare ground where they can feed,” said Corey Mason, an avid dove hunter, wildlife biologist and regional director at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We have a habit as hunters to go to the same spot as last year, but nothing replaces some time in the field before the opener.” Usually, a check of the field a few weeks before and again a few days before opening day will give the hunters their answer. “When you drive up to look, if birds are using that field, you’ll see them on fencelines, high lines and some will flush from the mesquites as you pull in,” Mason said. Most of the hunting, especially for mourning dove in North and Central Texas, is over native sunflowers, croton (dove weed) or milo. “With croton, in many parts of the state, it isn’t available opening day since the seed hasn’t matured,” Mason said. “It’s usually not great early in the season.”

The duck band is a waterfowlers trophy, but reporting has changed from a phone number to online. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

In an effort to introduce people to hunting, the Texas Deer Association kicked off a “30 Hunts in 30 days Campaign” at the Texas Deer Summit last month. Patrick Tarlton, executive director of TDA, said the idea is to give children and women who don’t hunt an opportunity. “We just want to be the middle man,” Tarlton said. With Texas experiencing an economic boom, as many as 1,000 people per day have been moving into the state. Many will be from urban backgrounds and may not understand the hunting heritage in Texas. Hunting leases have become more expensive in Texas while many of the large ranches have been broken up. While that might seem like Please turn to page 19

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Lone Star Outdoor News When in college at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Caleb Hailey, not an avid waterfowl hunter at the time, got his first dog, a black lab he named Cooper. His friends helped remember Cooper’s hunting life in a special way. “After I got Cooper, I joined a training group in Lubbock,” Hailey said. “He was a meat dog — nothing fancy, but he always found the bird.” Hailey guided duck hunters in the Lubbock area while still in college, and kept on hunting after moving to Grapevine. Now, he’s a project manager and builds trampoline parks around the world. A few years ago, his hunting buddy Cooper started dropping weight. “I took him in, and they found a tumor on his esophagus,” Hailey said. “They weren’t confident he could make it through surgery.” By midseason, Cooper, then 10 years old, was declining, and Hailey went about planning Cooper’s last hunts. “I did a snow goose hunt with him and a timber hunt in Arkansas,” Hailey said. “Two months after the hunts, I had to put him down.” On the duck hunt, one of Hailey’s friends shot a mallard that was Cooper’s last duck retrieve. “He said he was going to get the mallard mounted so I put it in the freezer,” Hailey said. “I forgot all about it, but my buddies, Ryon Donaldson, Jeff France, Jamie




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Davis and Ryan Pevehouse, had come up with a plan to get it mounted for me. One made the box for it, the others put the call, shells, pictures and stuff in the box, and they had him mounted. “They surprised me with it for my 32nd birthday.” The taxidermist was Jeremy Holmes at Falling Feathers Waterfowl Taxidermy, in his fifth year of business mounting birds, in Sherman. “It was an honor to do the piece in Please turn to page 6

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New class of game wardens The 61st Texas game warden and state park police officer cadet class graduated Aug. 1 at the Texas State Capitol. The class included 34 game wardens and seven state park police officers. Following their seven month preparation at the TPWD Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, the newly commissioned state peace officers were recognized during a special ceremony. The new wardens and park police are joining the 506 game wardens and 152 park police officers currently in the field. The new game wardens and the counties where they will be stationed: Justin A. Amundson – Harris County Gustavo Armas Jr. – Travis County Hani (Raj) Ataya – Orange County Calvin Atkinson – Zapata County Coty G. Castro – San Jacinto County Austin B. Cryer – Shelby County Javier De Leon Jr. – Brooks County Dustin Delgado – Dawson/Borden County Dillon T. Eizember – Calhoun County Clinton Gayler – Travis County Josh J. Gordon – Hale/Floyd County

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Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch near Roby. In the last week of July, the crews at the research ranch trapped birds, both bobwhite and blue quail, for parasite surveillance. There was a 25-to-61 juvenile-to-adult ratio for bobwhites, a 2-to-9 ratio for the 11 blue quail that were caught. In a better weather year, those ratios would be reversed. Bradley Kubecka, who is working on his master’s degree at the research ranch, physically flushes the broods that he sees from the road and counts the chicks. Kubecka calls it a crude index of chick survival at 21 days. He’s seeing very small broods. The brood flushes average two chicks each. Fifty eight percent of adult birds that Kubecka has seen have chicks with them. If the Rolling Plains receives a significant rain anytime soon, quail could attempt a late nesting. The research ranch has documented quail hatches as late as early September. Rainfall at the research ranch came in at just over 9 inches through July, though nearby areas reported as much as 15 inches. As usual, ranches that received

timely rains will have more birds than the dry properties. Perez said that while the numbers may be down, the season in the Rolling Plains should still be average due to a hold over of birds from last year. Hunters will most likely bag more adult birds this year as a result. Other regions of Texas could still produce a good number of chicks. Mike Turner, manager of Blue Ranch in the Texas Panhandle region, said there’s a good mix of quail, with a higher percentage of blues. Coveys range in size from 10 to 35, with an average around 15. The area was seeing a dry spell, but a few weeks ago Mother Nature delivered 3.5 inches of rain, which prompted a second hatch of birds, Turner said. South Texas has received good rainfall and could actually see better quail numbers than last year. Meanwhile, West Texas is reporting good rainfall that should mean good blue quail chick numbers. “It still looks pretty good out there,” Perez said.

*Ray Sasser contributed to this report

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Bird banding is one of the earliest forms of “citizen science.” According to the USGS, the first records of bird banding in North America are those of John James Audubon in 1803. He tied silver cords to the legs of young phoebes near Philadelphia. The next year, he was able to verify that two of the nestlings returned to the site of their birth. In 1902, Paul Bartsch began the first scientific system of banding using voluntary band returns to identify where a group of black-crowned night herons had traveled. By 1909, the American Bird Banding Association had been formed to organize the growing number of bird-banding enthusiasts. It was later taken over by the Bureau of Biological Survey (now the USGS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Ryon Donaldson, Jeff France, Jamie Davis and Ryan Pevehouse surprised Caleb Hailey with the mounted mallard that was the last retrieve by Caleb’s dog, Cooper. Photo from Caleb Hailey.

remembrance of the dog’s last retrieve,” Holmes said. “They had asked Caleb what kind of mounts he liked, and they had a box one of the guys had built and they put the photos and other stuff in it.” Hailey couldn’t have been happier. “Jeremy did a great job, it was amazing,” he said. “Oddly enough, this was the only bird I have mounted that Cooper retrieved.”

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Find offshore shrimp boats, catch more fish

A decade later, biologists confirm ShareLunkers share lineage By Mark England

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Pulling in behind an anchored shrimp boat can result in great fishing for ling, kingfish, dorado and blackfin tuna. Photo by Robert Sloan.

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News One of the finer things about fishing offshore along the coast of Texas are the number of shrimp boats that can be fished once the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opens. It’s been open in both state and federal waters since July 15, and won’t close until Nov. 30. From now through the end of October, fishing around the shrimpers will be fantastic. The Gulf season was closed

to protect brown shrimp until they can reach larger, more valuable sizes during their major period of migration from the bays to the Gulf. The closure also helped to prevent the waste caused by the discarding of smaller individual shrimp. The typical drill for Gulf shrimpers is to pull their nets all night, then either tie off to a rig or anchor. That’s when they will cull the last of the night’s catch. And that is prime time to be fishing these boats. “You never know what to

expect when pulling up to a shrimper,” said Capt. Jerry Allan, who has been fishing shrimp boats for decades. “It’s always fun. The farther out you find the boats the more likely you are to catch blackfin tuna and dorado.” Once you find these fish around a boat, chumming can hold them. They will hit a variety of baits. White nylon jigs tipped with a whole Spanish sardine is a deadly combo. What makes this type of fishing so exciting is that it’s mostly sight-casting.

Dr. Curtis Thorpe, a longtime offshore angler, said that fishing the shrimpers from 25 to 45 miles out is a good way to catch ling and kings. “If you can fish a shrimp boat that’s culling the catch, it’s almost guaranteed that fish are going to be feeding around the boat,” he said. Thorpe recalled pulling up to a shrimper one morning to see a giant school of huge red snapper feeding on the culls. Not all boats will be holding numbers of fish. That’s when patience is best. Please turn to page 19

No need to leave the city Urban lakes hold big fish By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Many people are surprised to learn that Bachman Lake near Dallas Love Field airport is a good fishing spot, said Tom Hungerford, assistant biologist in Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Dallas-Fort Worth district. “They’ll go, ‘Wait. I drive by there every day,’” he said. “It’s a place that people overlook. It has some of the best crappie fishing around and a nice population of really big bass. The first time I did an electrofishing survey there, we shocked up a 10-pounder and two 7s. I thought, ‘Holy cow.’ We weren’t expecting bass that big.” Many urban anglers don’t think of local waterbodies when it comes to serious fishing, usually equating that endeavor with reservoirs located far out in rural areas. That viewpoint could change as TPWD devotes more attention to urban areas. “The focus is on having angling options available within With a view of parts of the Dallas skyline, a group of fishermen cast their lines into urban areas,” Hungerford said. “So when people call and ask White Rock Lake. Photo by Lili Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. the best place to catch catfish or whatever, we can tell them a place to go in their community.” The changing nature of fishing might have been signaled Please turn to page 17

Something magical happened when a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist waved a wand over the left nape of a 13.07-pound largemouth caught by Ryder Wicker at Marine Creek Lake in Fort Worth. A beep from an implanted metal tag last Feb. 10 signaled it was a Florida largemouth stocked in the lake about 11 years ago. That meant, besides being the first ShareLunker of 2017, ShareLunker 566 was the first confirmed offspring of a previous ShareLunker to be caught, said Dijar Lutz-Carrillo, a geneticist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Momma was ShareLunker 410, caught at Lake Conroe in 2006 by Edward Reid of Crosby. Lutz-Carrillo verified the lineage through the genetic analysis of a clipped fin. “It was pretty exciting,” he said. “But I have to say it was not totally unexpected. We were waiting for it. We’ve had to go back and collect tissue so we could have baseline genetic profiles. We have good coverage going back 10 years. We were thinking now is when we should start seeing something. The offspring are getting old enough that they should start showing up.” Tissue sample coverage is spotty beyond 10 years, according to Lutz-Carrillo. The oldest ShareLunker for which TPWD has a full genetic profile is ShareLunker 305, caught in 2000. Todd Engeling, chief of hatcheries, put the significance of verifying pedigree simply: “We certainly want to know if our big fish are making big fish,” he said. The agency got even more proof of that later in February when ShareLunker 567, a 13.06 largemouth caught by Larry Mosby of Garrison at Lake Naconiche, became the second confirmed offspring of a previous ShareLunker. ShareLunker 446 was its mother. Jeremy Bruton caught the 13.05-pound largemouth in 2008 during a tournament on Richland-Chambers Reservoir. However, even if TPWD couldn’t put together a family tree for its lunkers until this year, it already had ample proof of the effectiveness of its decision to introduce Florida bass genetics to Texas lakes in 1972. Since then, the state record largemouth has grown from 13.5 pounds to 18.18 pounds. Establishing ShareLunkers’ lineage helps TPWD scientists pinpoint where they are on the journey to produce a largemouth surpassing George Perry’s 1932 world record catch of 22 pounds and 4 ounces. “It gives us a map of what we’ve done, what worked and what didn’t,” said assistant biologist Tom Hungerford, who is in TPWD’s Dallas-Fort Worth office. “It allows us to think about the answers to questions like, ‘What’s so special about 410? Her offspring got bigger faster.’” Hungerford said biologists noted over the years that the disparity between stocked Florida bass and native bass was greater at Marine Creek Lake than at other area lakes stocked at the same time. “I don’t think too many people expected a ShareLunker to come from a 250acre lake that’s not too productive,” Hungerford said. “It’s got clear water and not a lot of forage. The base is mostly sunfish. It has some shad, but they’re pretty big and not available to all the fish out there. Marine Creek is not like Amistad or Conroe, which consistently produce Please turn to page 17

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Stepping away Guide, wife leave corporate world, head to coast By Robert Sloan

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Ron Arlitt worked as a nurse in Victoria before moving to Port O’Connor to become a fishing guide. Photo by Robert Sloan.

Capt. Ron Arlitt, 56, made up his mind about working in the corporate world about nine years ago — he quit. He and his wife Donna are LVNs, and for 25 years he worked at Warm Spring Hospital in Victoria as a nurse and consultant/director of Business Development. “I just got tired of the rat race,” he said while cleaning up his 21-foot Tran Cat boat. “This is a lot better life for me and my family.” For the past 18 years he’s been working as a guide in Port O’Connor — one of the top fishing destinations on the Texas Gulf Coast. His operation is called Scales and Tales Guide Service. “I grew up in Yoakum and I had been fishing at Port O’Connor with my brother since my teens,” he said. “It’s a good place to fish, but can

be a tough town to make a living and raise a family. But over the years we’ve adjusted.” His guide business is good and Donna, his wife of 36 years, owns a house cleaning business. They raised six children and have two twins at home now who will be starting the 11th grade soon. His son, Mark, is a fishing guide and works as an operator at a refinery. One of the twins, Mitchell, works as a deck hand and is thinking about becoming a guide. “It’s been a pretty good ride so far,” Arlitt said. “We really enjoy living in Port O’Connor. It’s a very small town with practically no crime, but kind of crowded on the weekends.” During the week, you can hear a pin drop. But come Thursday afternoon hundreds of folks begin to show up. Usually by Sunday evening it’s back to normal. Tourism, though, is the ticket for making a living. It’s great for fishing and duck-hunting guides, restaurants, house rentals and a whole lot of folks that end up buying a weekend home. But with the popularity of this little fishing

village soaring, fishing on the weekends is not as much fun as it was back about five years ago. Sometimes the fishermen aren’t as courteous. “When I’ve got a charter on the weekends, it’s not nearly as easy to find fish and stay on them with all the boats running around,” Arlitt said. “That’s why I recommend to customers to come and fish Monday through Friday. It’s gotten to the point that I don’t fish on Saturday and Sunday unless I have to.” Working as a fishing guide is not always that easy. “The alarm clock goes off at 4 a.m. or earlier, and you’re out the door 30 minutes later,” Arlitt said. “Next, I get the boat ready, buy bait, meet my customers and hopefully put them on fish. Then when you get in you’ve got to clean fish, take care of your customers and clean the boat. It’s not always a cakewalk. But for me and Donna, it’s a heck of a lot better than working in the real world.”

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 78–88 degrees; 3.85’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. AMISTAD: Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 31.87’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse stick worms, top-waters and Carolinarigged soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on large red fins near the dam. White bass are slow. Catfish are good on cheese bait and punch bait. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 79–87 degrees; 1.47’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 86–89 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic swimbaits on jigheads, weightless stick worms and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. BASTROP: Water stained; 80–84 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green/ pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver and stink bait. BELTON: Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good but small on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are very good on minnows under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows in 20–25 feet under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with frozen shad. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits, buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 2.38’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles in 12–15 feet. Catfish are good on cut bait and frozen shad. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and cut bait near the dam. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 84–88 degrees: 0.61’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, shaky-head worms and shallow crankbaits near cattails, rocks and boat docks. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.82’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red spinner baits near docks, and on junebug soft plastic worms over brush piles in 15-20 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad at night. White bass are good on jigs and crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and

chicken livers in 10-25 feet. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 1.07’ low. Black bass are good on white crankbaits, watermelon top-waters and purple flake stick worms in creeks in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on top-waters and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch. CADDO: Water stained; 87–90 degrees; 1.50’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad along the shoreline. Redfish are good on live bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.72’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red worms, Texas-rigged watermelon stick worms and white crankbaits off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, Texasrigged worms and shaky-head worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 22.55’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and punch bait. COLEMAN: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 1.02’ low. Black bass are very good on lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 1.94’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on jigs and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. CONROE: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait, liver and shrimp. FALCON: Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 38.30’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina-rigged large soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stink bait. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black

bass are fair on pumpkinseed and watermelon/red Carolinarigged soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad. FORK: Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.66’ low. Black bass are fair on top-water walking baits, Carolina-rigged worms and deep-diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 78–87 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, square-billed 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 green/pumpkin lipless crankbaits and soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are very good on dough bait, cut bait and frozen shrimp. GRANBURY: Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/ red and chartreuse Carolina-rigged soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows, slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait and chicken livers. GRANGER: Water stained; 78– 82 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits in willows upriver. White bass are fair on lipless crankbaits along shallow roadbeds early. Crappie are good on white jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait upriver. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on deep-diving crankbaits, Texasrigged craws and shaky-head worms. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. GREENBELT: 31.68’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to square-billed crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass to 11 pounds are very good on Carolina-rigged flukes, and on bream or white lipless crankbaits around sandbars at dusk. Crappie are good on live minnows on the north side of the lake. Bream are good on live worms off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 82–91 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to jerkbaits, squarebilled crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. JOE POOL: Water lightly

stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 84–89 degrees: 1.63’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and weightless stick worms. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. LAVON: Water stained; 85–89 degrees: 0.80’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, flipping jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon topwaters, chartreuse worms and lipless crankbaits in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 12-15 feet. Catfish are slow. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, football jigs and shaky-head worms. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons and green slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. MACKENZIE: 73.95’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. No reports on crappie or bass. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 89–96 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. MEREDITH: 60.14’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on shallow-running crankbaits, Texas rigs and jerkbaits. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 88–97 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. NASWORTHY: 79–88 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs, Carolina rigs and weightless worms. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and soft plastics early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good but small on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 3-4 feet. Blue catfish are fair on perch. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 81– 90 degrees; 34.76’ low. Black

bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs, jigs and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 79–89 degrees; 8.83’ low. Black bass are fair to good on split-shot weighted flukes, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, shaky-head worms and flukes. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 81–89 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium-running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits early. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and live shad. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on small swimbaits, football jigs and Carolina-rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and watermelon spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shrimp and cut bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin crankbaits and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, minnows and shad. STAMFORD: Water stained; 79–88 degrees; 0.9’ high.

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Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to shallow-running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on live bait and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and nightcrawlers. TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 1.68’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on drop-shot worms, top-water walking baits and shaky-head worms. Crappie are fair on minnows in deeper brush piles. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.59’ low. Black bass are good but small on redbug and watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/green tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers and crickets. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and liver. TRAVIS: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 7.57’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon top-waters, green/pumpkin soft plastic worms, and smoke grubs in 1530 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pearl grubs, top-waters and chrome jigging spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, crickets and nightcrawlers. WHITNEY: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 2.80’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stink bait and live bait.


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Saving the coast one case of beer at a time By Julia C. Bunch

For Lone Star Outdoor News When the founder and general manager of Adelbert’s Brewery in Austin reached out to Coastal Conservation Association Texas, the email’s subject line said it all: Can we give you money? Founder and owner Scott Hovey wanted to honor two things his late brother, and brewery namesake, Adelbert loved — fishing and beer. And he wanted to do it in a way that benefited marine life. “Del viewed fishing as a good excuse to drink beer,” Hovey said. “He was always fishing in Africa or San Jose or upstate New York, and he was really big into fish habitats.” So the brewery set out to create a new beer that would donate a portion of its proceeds to CCA. Adelbert’s spent over a year discussing the philanthropic partnership with CCA, designing the cans and determining the beer’s flavor. The result is an easy-drinking blonde ale with hints of honey and peach packaged in a label with subtle hints of a fishing rod. The brew’s name, Buzzbait Blonde, pays homage to a lure Adelbert used while fishing. The name also serves as instructions for where people can enjoy the drink. “In the summer, people want a light and refreshing beer,” Hovey said. “One reason we moved into cans is so you can take it to the river or places you can’t often take glass.” Unlike some of Adelbert’s bolder brews, Buzzbait Blonde has a lighter flavor. “You can just pick it up and enjoy it or take it on fishing trips,” Adelbert’s General Manager Sarah Haney said. “It has the perfect balance of Sladek hops.” For every case sold, Adelberts will donate $.50 to CCA, which will use the funds to preserve and restore habitats along the Texas

Some of the proceeds from the sale of Buzzbait Blonde benefit programs of the Coastal Conservation Association. Photo from Adelbert’s Brewery.

coast. “All the money we raise in Texas goes back into our conservation efforts in fisheries and hatcheries,” CCA Texas Assistant Director Brian Meuth said. CCA hatches flounder, trout and redfish to release back into the bays. CCA also uses donations in rebuilding grass beds, shorelines or reefs damaged by storms. Meuth expects the partnership to be beneficial beyond monetary donations. “Who knows if it will be a substantial monetary benefit? We don’t expect a certain amount, but if we reach a couple more donors or sponsors that are familiar with (Adelbert’s) brand and they get on board with us, that would be a substantial gain,” Meuth Please turn to page 19

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair while working slicks and shad. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on top-waters. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Trout are good while drifting scattered shell on plastics. Trout are good at the nearshore rigs on finger mullet and croaker. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair while wading with top-waters and live bait. Trout, sand trout, whiting and croaker are fair to good at Rollover Pass on live bait. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet. Trout, redfish and croaker are good at the spillway on live bait. Trout are fair to good at the wells on plastics and live bait. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Trout are good on live bait around the Ship Channel. Trout are good around slicks and reefs on soft plastics. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on shrimp and finger mullet. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of bayous on the outgoing tide on live shrimp. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croaker. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout are fair good at San Luis Pass and the jetties on shrimp and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead

are fair on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bay. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over mid-bay reefs in streaky water. Redfish are fair while wading the shorelines with small top-waters. Trout are fair for waders on croaker. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are fair on mud and shell on live shrimp.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on top-waters and live bait over sand, grass and shell near Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide. Offshore is good for ling and kingfish. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are fair in the guts on mullet. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croaker. Offshore is good for kingfish and

ling. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on live shrimp and croaker. Trout are fair around Emmords Hole on piggy perch and croaker. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters and croaker around sand and grass along the King Ranch shoreline. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut at night under lights. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on top-waters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair while wading spoil islands on top-waters. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish and ling. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics while drifting the grass beds. Snook are good in South Bay on live shrimp and small Super Spooks. PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on edges of flats on top-waters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on small top-waters and live shrimp in Airport Cove and over sand and grass humps and guts.



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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER SQUIRRELY ENCOUNTER Responding to a call of a suspicious man walking down the road with a shotgun, a Harrison County game warden noticed a truck parked in the woods with two guys walking around it. The warden made contact with the subjects and they said they were just enjoying the weather, not hunting. The warden noticed a shotgun barrel leaning out the front window. As he approached the truck, he saw multiple dead squirrels in the back. The warden saw that the subjects were trying to hide meth pipes. Multiple charges were filed. FAWNING OVER DEER A Bexar County game warden was called by Alamo security about a woman walking a white-tailed fawn on a leash. When she arrived on the scene, the warden questioned her about picking up the fawn on the side of the road. The woman claimed she came to the Alamo to take Fourth of July family photos. The game warden tried to explain the state law forbidding possession of game animals, but she would not listen and became very upset. The fawn was seized and taken to a licensed Texas Parks and Wildlife rehabilitator and charges are pending. Tourists were educated at the Alamo about attempting to take game animals as pets. ILLEGAL FISHING WORKS UP A SWEAT While patrolling Willacy County, a game warden received an Operation Game Thief call regarding three individuals who were possibly working a gill net within a public waterway on the west side of the county. After arriving at the location, the warden witnessed two exhausted individuals putting the final touches on a freshly set gill net. After a few minutes, the fishermen finally noticed they

THREE BOY SCOUTS DIE IN BOATING ACCIDENT ON LAKE O’ THE PINES Texas Game Wardens are investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred Aug. 5 on Lake O’ The Pines involving three East Texas teens on a Boy Scout outing. Preliminary investigations and observations indicate the vessel, a Catamaran sailboat, collided with an overhead transmission power line and those onboard may have been electrocuted as a result. The three occupants of the vessel, ages 11, 16 and 17, were members of Boy Scout Troop 620 from Hallsville. All three were wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the accident. Game wardens arrived at the Alley Creek area of Lake O’ The Pines near Avinger, Texas, shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday to find a Hobiecat Catamaran on

were being watched by a game warden and one of the individuals said, “Well sir, I’m not going to deny it, you caught me.” The warden informed the exhausted individuals that it was time to remove the illegal net from the water and receive citations. Cases are pending. DON’T HOOP IT UP A game warden was patrolling north Toledo Bend Reservoir when he noticed two individuals in a small boat with what appeared to be a hoop net, which is illegal for use in Texas waters. The warden observed the subjects through his binoculars for a while, as it appeared they were trying to find a location to place the net. The netters spotted the warden and attempted to flee, but were overtaken. Upon questioning, the subjects admitted to having already placed a hoop net in Texas waters and were cited for illegal means and methods. The case is pending. SHOW STOPPER While patrolling the annual Fourth of July fireworks show on the Sabine

fire with the sails up about 300 yards north of the power lines. Wardens discovered a 17-year-old male onboard and a 16-year-old in the water a short distance away. Both victims suffered severe bodily injuries and were deceased. A third unresponsive 11-year-old victim was located in a boat nearby and was being provided CPR by Good Samaritans. He was transported to LSU Medical Center-Shreveport, Louisiana, where he passed away Aug. 7 as a result of injuries suffered during the accident. The accident is being investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s statewide boating accident reconstruction and mapping team.

River for water safety compliance, game wardens stopped a vessel for improper lighting. When the blue lights on the wardens’ boat were initiated, the subject would not stop his vessel and accelerated. Finally the wardens were able to get his attention to stop the vessel. The operator had an expired registration, one minor onboard was not wearing a personal floatation device and another was wearing a PFD improperly. The boat operator also exhibited signs of possible impairment and after failing a field sobriety test was arrested for boating while intoxicated. He also received a citation for a child under 13 years of age not wearing a life jacket and multiple warnings. The case is pending. MIDNIGHT MISSION A Real County game warden received a call near midnight from a ranch foreman about two kayakers who were stranded on the West Fork of the Frio River. The warden arrived on the scene and began visiting with the kayakers. They told him they put in around 4:30 p.m.

and had only traveled approximately 6 miles. They told him they were planning to kayak to Concan. He advised them they were 25 miles from Concan by road. He also advised them to rethink their trip because they were going to have to drag their kayaks most of the trip due to the river being low because of the lack of rain. The warden took one of the kayakers back to their vehicle so they could load up their kayaks and come up with another plan. They were very thankful for the warden coming out so late to help them. FAILING THE ALPHABET TEST Travis County game wardens arrested two subjects for boating while intoxicated on Lake Travis after observing the men switching seats. One of the wardens asked the original driver, who was wearing an ankle monitor, to recite his ABCs. After reciting a portion of the alphabet he stopped and was asked to continue, but stated, “No, I can’t actually.” This subject was placed under arrest for BWI. The second driver, who was already on probation

for DWI, was hiding in the cabin of the boat and was subsequently arrested as well. The cases are pending. RATTLESNAKE ROAD HUNT Game wardens were in Borden County when they heard a shot come from behind them about 100 yards away. When they turned around, they saw a truck on a nearby highway take off at a high rate of speed. The wardens pursued the vehicle, and as they passed the area where the truck was previously stopped, they saw a dead rattlesnake in the road that appeared to have been shot. The suspects were cited for hunting nongame from a public roadway. WASTE OF THE WILD Operation Game Thief received a call regarding a deer that was shot at night in Freestone County. When the local warden responded to the location, he found one dead doe in the bed of a pickup truck. Additionally, another quartered deer was found in a cooler under the suspect’s porch. After interviewing the suspect, along with others, and consulting with the district attorney, three Class A misdemeanor warrants and a 3rd degree felony warrant were obtained and executed. Pending charges include hunting deer at night, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and waste of game. Civil restitution is also pending.


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Only one boat for tagged redfish remains at CCA STAR The summer 2017 CCA Texas STAR Tournament is still going strong with a few weeks left to win $1 million in prizes. Children who are registered have a chance to win a $25,000 and $50,000 scholarships. Adults can win truck boat packages or boats. STAR has categories for just about everything, including trout, tagged redfish, sheepshead, flounder, gafftop, kingfish, dorado and ling. So far, nine lucky anglers have caught a tagged redfish to win truck/boat packages or boats. There is still one of these boats left for the catching. Texas anglers have shattered previous records, landing 14 tagged reds to date, with at least one coming out of every major Texas fishing hub across the coast. Results are as of press time.

Leaders for the $50,000 scholarship ages 6-10. Flounder: Cayla Cloudt of Clute, 5 pounds 5 ounces Sheepshead: Ethyn Ybarra of Houston, 8 pounds 7 ounces Gafftop: Austin Bellanger of Orange, 7 pounds 13 ounces Leaders for the speckled trout $25,000 scholarship ages 11-17 Upper coast: Colton Murante of Spruger, 8 pounds 2 ounces Middle coast: Dayne Macha of Wallis, 8 pounds 9 ounces Lower coast: Conner West of Corpus Christi, 7 pounds 15 ounces Leaders for the inshore $25,000 scholarship ages 11-17 Flounder: Landon Winton of Freeport, 7 pounds 3 ounces

Sheepshead: Kobe Tedrick of Baytown, 8 pounds 4 ounces Gafftop: Cameron Brooks of Orange, 6 pounds 6 ounces Leaders for Texas Anglers’ Rodeo STAR Speckled trout upper coast: Leonard Knopp of Clute, 8 pounds 13 ounces Speckled trout middle coast: George Hinojosa of Corpus Christi, 10 pounds 1 ounce Speckled trout lower coast: Juan Ramirez of Harlingen, 10 pounds 14 ounces Kingfish: Jeffrey Stultz of Brazoria, 59 pounds 2 ounces Dorado: Kolby Scott of Aransas Pass, 38 pounds 15 ounces Ling: Nicholas Garza of San Antonio, 62 pounds 7 ounces Flounder: Jimmy Chain of Texas City, 7 pounds 10 ounces Sheepshead: Rodolfo Ibarra of Dayton, 10

pounds 12 ounces Gafftop: John Landrum of Nederland, 7 pounds 4 ounces Redfish division truck/boat winners: Juan Ibarra of Pearland; Jose Mendoza of Corpus Christi; Ryan Pyburn of Beaumont; Holly Clark of Port Arthur; Mike Laskowski of La Vernia Redfish division boat winners: William Latham of Baytown; Kevin Gorski of Houston; Steven Harlan of Lake Jackson; Justin Lowry of West Columbia —Staff Report

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As part of Shimano’s two-week long ‘Curado Bass Slam Challenge,’ anglers Kurt Mazurek and bass pro Keith Combs fished the Colorado River near Webberville on Aug. 7, each landing Guadalupe bass in the 13-inch range. Photo by Kurt Mazurek.

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TPWD wrote off the Blanco River in 2010 when it launched a 10-year plan to restore Guadalupe bass to the Hill Country. Hybridization was too rampant and the river too fragmented. Then a drought hit. “It left the Blanco basically dry,” Birdsong said. “A few pools persisted. In the pools you had smallmouths and hybrids. We devised a plan to remove as many as we could. Then when the flows increased, we’d stock Guadalupe bass.” TPWD needed help, though, gaining access to the pools. That’s where The Nature Conservancy came in. “We already knew many of the landowners and were able to get access across private land to the different pools,” said Rachael Ranft, Hill Country projects leader. “It worked out great. We were able to remove one problem fish (smallmouths) without affecting any other fish.” TPWD and partners collected over 400 fish from the pools. They stocked the river with Guadalupe bass in 2012 and 2013. But the agency and its partners didn’t stop there. They purchased 3,300 trees to support restoration of 350 acres of riparian habitat. After flooding, TPWD distributed 15,000 sedges and grasses to stabilize riverbanks. “You need cypress trees and roots,” Birdsong said. “You need woody debris as habitat and the right forage for fish, whether aquatic invertebrates or terrestrial insects. You can’t say you’re building a fishery by adding a bunch of boulders. To get a healthy population of Guadalupe bass, you have to take a watershed approach.” Subsequent surveys found all pure Gua-

dalupe bass in the upper half of the Blanco River. They make up half the fishery in the lower half. In other parts of the Hill Country, TPWD worked with partners to remove dams that had crumbled into debris fields; invested in cost-share landowner incentives to restore 9,327 acres of aquifer recharge features (such as springs); and conducted conservation workshops attended by some 2,000 landowners. TPWD has spent about $1.2 million in its efforts to revive Guadalupe bass, most of that coming from Dingell-Johnson funds. And about $16 million has been raised through grants and its partners. While it’s uncertain how many state bass are out there, the number of bass fingerlings stocked by TPWD since 2008 is about 1.64 million. “There’s a lot of pride in making sure the state fish of Texas persists for future Texans,” Birdsong said. “But it’s also an economically valuable fish. Stream fishing in the Hill Country generates $70 million annually that benefits small towns across the region. And half the anglers surveyed said they were targeting Guadalupe bass. There’s also the fact it’s endemic. The Guadalupe bass is found in Texas and nowhere else in the world.” Shea McClanahan of All Water Guides said he’s noticed a change along the lower Colorado River, where he mostly fishes. “Ten to 20 years ago, if you caught a Guad over 2 1/2 pounds, people would say it was a hybrid,” he said. “There have been days where we’ve caught multiple fish over 3 pounds. That’s close to the state record, which is awesome.”

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Ken Jaycox caught and released a 29.5-inch trout on a croaker.

Kathy Cox, of Canton, got this nice 135-pound tuna while trolling jigs for marlin about 4 miles off shore.

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dorsement” after watching a video and taking a short quiz on identifying dusky sharks that will be linked to the federal HMS online permit shop. Recreational and bottom longline shark fishermen will also be required to use circle hooks in federal and state waters. The hooks must be non-offset and non-stainless steel. Anglers intending to keep a shark must use a circle hook, fly or artificial lure. Perry Trial, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lower Coast regional director, said the rules will not affect people who surf fish for shark or only fish for them in state waters, which ranges up to 9 miles offshore. Circle hooks are not required to catch shark in state waters either, he said. “It will not have any affect on our licensing at all,” he said. The rules for federal shark fishermen could impact federal anglers for years to come, however. Brogan said the rebuilding timeframe for the dusky shark is about 90 years.

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big bass.” Questions beget questions in science when a wealth of new information becomes available. “We know by stocking Florida bass we can increase the size of largemouths,” Lutz-Carrillo said. “The next question is, ‘Can we increase size beyond what a typical Florida bass produces by selecting for Florida bass that have shown the ability to obtain a specific size?’” And that leads to maybe the most important question of all. “Can we drill down further to determine what’s going on at a molecular level that allows them to obtain atypical size?” Lutz-Carrillo asked. The answer to that has been no. But that could change soon. TPWD will get a new genome sequencer in the coming months that could be a game changer. The present sequencer studies one locus (location in a genome) at a time. The new one will look at 25 million DNA fragments simultaneously. “That’s not necessarily 25 million different locations,” Lutz-Carrillo said. “It may only be 25,000.” But that’s still a sea change as far as technology goes. “We want as much information as we can get to help us make better management decisions today and on down the road,” Hungerford said.

to locals. Meadow Lake, 56 acres, is hidden inside a Round Rock neighborhood. You’ll have to know where you’re going, but it’s worth scoping out, De Jesus said. “We monitor it and we’ve always found good-size fish,” he said. “It has a really decent bass population. It caters to serious anglers who like to use artificial bait.” Other good bass spots are Bright Lake, Lake Pflugerville and Brushy Creek Reservoir. But the “treasure” of local lakes is 25acre Buescher State Park Lake near Smithville, according to De Jesus. “I call it the ‘Mini-Lake Fork’ of my district,” he said. “It has an incredible population of bass. The problem is they’re very hard to catch. It has a lot of vegetation. It may be the way the fish lay out requires a certain presentation, I don’t know. But there are a lot of big bass in that little lake. We actually have a slot limit there.” Back in Dallas, Hungerford said another city lake worth fishing is White Rock Lake.

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by the announcement of a 13.07-pound largemouth caught at Marine Creek Lake in Fort Worth, a small 250-acre lake west of the junction of Interstate 35 and Loop 820. More and more, the big girls are calling urban waterbodies home as TPWD continues to expand its stocking locations for Florida bass beyond major reservoirs. In Houston, TPWD’s office put out color brochures to highlight the wealth of urban fishing offered there. “The hard part was narrowing them down,” said Niki Ragan, assistant biologist. “We have over 200 community fishing lakes that we know of.” Burroughs Park in Tomball has a 7-acre lake that has produced a largemouth over 10 pounds.

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keep legal shark species they catch in the Gulf. The rules will not impact those who only fish for shark in state waters. Kate Brogan, a public affairs spokeswoman with NOAA, said the purpose of the changes is to rebuild the dusky shark population, which has been overfished. Dusky shark are important apex predators along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, she said. The rule calls for, among other things, permitting, gear modifications, training, and outreach. The endorsement is required for Federal recreational Highly Migratory Species permit holders that fish for or retain sharks. If a vessel fishes only in state waters for shark, then an HMS permit with the shark endorsement is not required. If a vessel does have an HMS permit, it must follow the federal regulations everywhere it fishes, whether in state or federal waters, Brogan said. For example, recreational permit holders who want to fish for sharks will receive a “shark en-

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“It has really good structure, good spawning habitat and a good sunfish population,” Ragan said. “Only bank fishing is allowed and it has a decent refuge area in the center that is out of the reach of most anglers’ casting distance.” For crappie fishing, Ragan recommends Highlands Reservoir. Locals in the know were rumored to fish there before the San Jacinto River Authority opened it to the public in 2015. There are lots of big crappie and catfish, according to Ragan, but they can be hard to find. “You’ll have to fish around stumps and vegetation, so you have to be careful not to lose your lure,” she said. Near Austin, TPWD District Supervisor Marcos De Jesus touts several waterbodies

“If you’re looking for a trophy bass, try Bachman. If you’re looking for numbers, try White Rock,” he said. “There are keeper crappie, too. A specialist can do well at both lakes. Those particular species don’t get a ton of pressure from people who are skilled anglers.” The Trinity River runs behind the Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. in Dallas. But anglers there also venture out to White Rock to chase alligator gar and spotted gar. “We’re trying to figure out better ways to catch them, especially spotted gar,” said Scott Johnson. “They have that long nose and will try to grab the tip, which makes it nearly impossible to get a good hook set.” Why alligator gar and spotted gar? “In DFW, most people are going after bass and carp,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to find something bigger, that puts up more of a fight and brings more excitement to urban fishing.”

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Texas Coast Tides

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Chasing shrimp boats Continued from page 8

Some anglers obtain a basket of bycatch from shrimp boats, then use it for bait. Photo by Robert Sloan.

“I like to toss out a handful of chopped pogies to see what might come out from under the hull of the shrimper,” Thorpe said. “That’s when we’ve caught some huge ling. One of the best lures I’ve used around the shrimpers is a 1-ounce silver spoon tipped with a whole ribbon fish or cigar minnow. Ling especially love that combination.” If there are no fish to be seen around a shrimper, drift down current while working jigs from top to bottom. Many times big king mackerel and ling will be feeding on chum well down current from the boat. Capt. Tommy Gueldner likes to fish the

shrimp boats out of Port Aransas. He’s developed a different style of fishing them. His trick is to pull up alongside a moving shrimper and pitch baits to the blackfin and yellowfin tuna pigging out on the bycatch being shoveled off the deck. “I like to get a big basket of bycatch from the shrimper first,” Gueldner said. “Then we’ll set up on a shrimp boat and pitch hooks baited with the bycatch.” From Port Aransas to Port Mansfield, the water gets very deep within a few miles out. That’s where you’ll find tuna, and even the occasional sailfish around the shrimpers.

Youth hunts Continued from page 4

more opportunity to hunt, it has actually decreased the availability because of the small sizes that hold less wildlife. “Not all of those people hunt. Our lives have all changed in the past 25 years,” Tarlton said. “Hunting isn’t as popular of a thing anymore.” Today’s world for teens surrounds technology. Walk into a middle school and every student will have a phone. So the chal-

lenge is to get them out into nature again. “We acknowledge that. It’s something our association is trying to focus on,” Tarlton said. Tarlton said the Summit offered the perfect time to announce the campaign that should kick off when deer season arrives this fall. The first hunt has already been scheduled for Silverhorn Ranch. —TDA

Beer for conservation Continued from page 11

said. This is not Adelbert’s first partnership with a nonprofit. A portion of proceeds from the brewery’s Hibiscus Saison benefits the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Since the brewery started brewing the philanthropic beer last year, it has donated more than $10,000 to BCRC.

“When we did the beer with BCRC, it really resonated with people,” Hovey said. “People like to drink beer but they also like to help out. We thought we could do both.” Buzzbait Blonde is available at HEB, Spec’s and some specialty stores. Word is that it’s selling just swell.

Apply for refuge hunts now Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge has listed its 2017-18 hunting opportunities. The application fee is $25; for hunters 65 and older or those with a disability that meets the state definition, the fee is $15. The application period is from Aug. 7 to Sept. 2. Various tracts in Liberty County, totaling nearly 8,000 acres, will be open to hunting for deer and hog, upland game hunting for squirrel and rabbit and waterfowl hunting. Persons selected will be allowed to bring one adult guest and a youth (ages 12-17) or two youth hunters at no additional cost. Fully completed applications, with a check or money order (no cash) should be mailed and made payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 10015, Liberty, Texas 77575. The public drawing for all hunts is on Sept. 8 at the refuge office. Those persons selected will be notified by mail within 10 days and given a refuge hunt permit with a full list of refuge regulations, harvest report, and map. —FWS

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Cannon Safe acquires Stack-On Cannon Safe, Inc. and MidOcean Partners acquired Stack-On Products, a manufacturer of secure storage products.

New agencies at PolyCase CMG Marketing & Events and The Murray Road Agency became the agencies of record for PolyCase Ammunition.

PF/QF seeks graphic designer

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Chris Brondell and Atsushi Yukawa have taken on new roles for the Shimano fishing division, and Jeff Fallanca, Richard Durham and Ross Evans joined in new sales positions.

New exec at Gunwerks Caylen Wojcik was named the director of training, strategy and business development at Gunwerks, LLC.

Sales manager position Zanders Sporting Goods is seeking a sales manager at its Sparta, Illinois location.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are looking for a graphic designer at its White Bear Lake, Minnesota location.

Marks starts AWM Marketing Andrew Marks, after 17 years in the fishing industry, opened AWM Marketing to work with outdoor industry clients.

MDF names COO The Mule Deer Foundation hired Brian Fienhold as the organization’s chief operating officer.

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Dove casserole 12 dove Salt and pepper Flour 1/3 cup butter or margarine 1 small onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped Fresh parsley, chopped 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 cup dry white wine Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Split dove down the back, add salt and pepper to flour; dust birds lightly with flour mixture. Melt butter in heavy skillet and place the birds in pan breast

side down. Sauté, turning birds often until browned on both sides. Remove birds from skillet and place them in a casserole dish with lid. Pour drippings from skillet over birds; add onions, carrots, parsley, chicken broth, and wine. Cover dish and bake birds for 45 minutes. Spoon wine gravy over the birds when serving. Serves 4-5 people. —North Carolina State Extension

Spicy redfish tacos 4-5 cups vegetable oil 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 cup light-colored beer 2 lbs. skinless redfish, cut into 4-by-1 inch strips 12 corn or flour tortillas 1 cup spicy mayonnaise 3 cups shredded cabbage 1 1/2 cups diced tomato 1 avocado, sliced Lime wedges (for serving) 1/2 cup chopped cilantro Pour the oil into a large, deep, heavy-bottomed pan until oil measures 3 inches deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375 degrees. While the oil heats, whisk the flour, salt, cumin, black pepper,

and cayenne together in a large bowl. When the oil is almost ready, whisk the beer into the flour mixture until completely smooth. Pat the fish dry with paper towels, add half the fish to the batter and coat. Fry, stirring the fish gently to prevent the pieces from sticking together, until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Remove the fried fish from the oil and let drain. Batter and fry the remaining fish. Smear each of the warm tortillas with 1 tablespoon of spicy mayonnaise; add shredded cabbage, tomatoes, and avocado. Add 1-2 pieces of the fried fish to each tortilla and garnish with lime wedges and cilantro. —

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Deer numbers soar Except in a couple of areas in northern and northeastern Utah, plenty of buck deer will be available when the state’s general archery buck deer hunt starts Aug. 19. Based on surveys, which includes tracking hundreds of deer that have radio collars on them, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists placed the state’s deer population at 375,000 animals in January 2017, down 10,000 deer from the 385,000 biologists estimated in January 2016, but above the state’s 25-year average. —UDWR


Lake drawdown to help fishery The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will lower the water level of Sugarloaf Lake following the Labor Day holiday. The drawdown will lower the lake’s water level by 3 to 5 feet and should last until midwinter. Drawdowns are important tools for fishery management because they congregate baitfish away from dense shoreline cover, so sport fish may feed upon them. This increases the growth rates of sport fish such as bass and crappie. Drawdowns also allow landowners to complete AGFC-approved land-use projects around the lake. —AGFC



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ing 743 turkey taken during the April youth weekend hunt. The hunter success rate increased from the previous year of 21 percent to 29 percent of hunters harvesting at least one bird. Also, 32 percent of those successful hunters harvested a second bearded bird to fill the two-bird spring bag limit. A similar number of hunters took to the woods this year with 17,106 turkey hunting licenses purchased, compared to 17,249 in 2016. —VFWD


Bighorn lambs succumb to disease Disease issues have again struck bighorn sheep lambs in northwestern Nebraska’s Pine Ridge, but a comprehensive research project is on track to counter the maladies. Todd Nordeen, the Nebraska Game and Park Commission’s big game research and disease program manager, said all 21 lambs equipped with tracking collars in May and June died – almost all to pneumonia. While pneumonia is the cause, commission biologists want to know what pathogens are triggering the disease. They have gathered and obtained samples from the dead sheep and shipped them to a laboratory for testing. The collared lambs died from pneumonia in four to 57 days after birth, with most succumbing to the disease in 30-45 days. —NGPC


Sunday hunting finally approved A new law, “Outdoor Heritage Enhanced,” gives authority to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and other public landowners to implement new options for Sunday hunting on public lands. Sunday hunting for migratory birds, including waterfowl, remains prohibited. The new legislation gives the commission the authority to lift the prohibition on migratory bird hunting after March 1, 2018. —NCWRC


New Bass Fishing Hall Investigation leads to of Fame members charges for commercial announced Texan Bob Sealy is one of five inductees fisher Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents responded to a complaint of a subject using a butterfly net during the closed shrimp season in Lafourche Parish on July 20. Agents observed a man around 8:30 p.m. that night place the net in the water to catch shrimp and leave the net unattended. At approximately 11:30 p.m., agents observed Mel Guidry approach the net with improper running lights and begin removing the net from the water. Agents made contact with the man, whom subsequently gave the agents a false name. He then jumped from the agents’ patrol vessel into the marsh and swam away. The agents then seized the net and vessel, which had approximately 30 pounds of shrimp. During the investigation, agents learned that Guidry was not licensed to fish the net and the net was not properly tagged to be left unattended. The man, who was identified as Guidry, 37, of Montegut, turned himself into Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Offices on outstanding warrants for using butterfly nets during a closed season and other charges. —LDWF


Record number of turkey harvested A preliminary report from Vermont Fish & Wildlife shows that hunters had a banner season this spring with the highest turkey harvest ever recorded. Hunters brought home 6,570 wild turkey during the spring hunting season, includ-

into the 2017 Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. The other new members include Wade Bourne, Shaw Grigsby, Morris Sheehan and Louie Stout. The new members will join 62 past inductees in the Hall’s new permanent home within Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. —BFHF

Western Great Lakes wolf hunting on hold On Aug. 1, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its ruling in the Western Great Lakes wolf lawsuit appeal. For the immediate future, the appellate court’s decision leaves Endangered Species Act listing in place, upholding the lower court’s 2014 ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred in delisting wolves in 2011. However, the court laid out a road map for FWS to delist the Western Great Lakes wolves. The appellate court ruled in favor of sportsmen regarding the distinct population segment definition in the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife Service’s DPS Policy. The appellate court determined that the FWS has the ability to list and, as in this case, delist a species at the distinct population segment level. —Staff report

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Finding mature dove fields Continued from page 4

With native sunflowers, it can be tough to tell if the seeds are dropping. Often, the weather determines whether the field is ready. “Native sunflowers like really dry conditions,” Mason said. “Seed production can be poor if it’s a rainy year. If you see bright yellow sunflowers and no birds flushing or sitting around, that’s not a good sign.” Justin Hill, who runs Ranger Creek Goose and hosts hundreds of dove hunters in the Haskell area, said the native sunflowers will wilt and turn brown or black when they are ready. “You can roll them in your hands, and seeds will fall out,” he said. “If half of the flowers are turning brown and black, they are ready to go.” Hill said all fields aren’t the same, even when near to each other. “We have one field that’s 100 percent ready right now,” he said. “Other fields are still yellow. They will be the last fields we shred. The best fields have half and half, you’ll have fresh seed every time you go. You want bare ground below, and if there is wheat underneath, that can be even better.” If your favorite field consists of milo (grain sorghum) with strips cut to provide bare ground, a quick check of the plants will tell you if the seeds are dropping. “Look at and touch the seed heads,” Mason said. “They should shatter or fall apart. Then look immediately below the plant, you’ll often see the top of the seed head on the ground.” Hill said the color of the milo is a dead giveaway. “There are different varieties of milo,” he

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said. “But they all go from green to a rusty, red color, that’s usually the last day before maturity. The problem is, if it rains, there is new, green growth mixed in, it makes it tricky when it comes time to cutting it because the moisture content is too high.” How do you know if a milo field isn’t ready? “If the plants are standing upright and the seeds are doughy, that milo isn’t dropping seed,” Mason said. It also helps to know when the milo was planted, as most varieties take from 80-120 days to reach maturity, according to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data, Texas mourning dove hunters averaged 3.78 days in the field last season, while white-winged dove hunters averaged 3.83 days. For those heading out Sept. 1, a trip to the field, or knowing someone who is out there, can be the key to a good hunt. “Nothing replaces some time in the field before the opener,” Mason said.

Tropic Star Lodge of Panama has provided the ultimate in offshore and inshore fishing adventures for our guests for the past 50+ years. We invite you to discover why we’ve been named “the best fishing resort in the world.” There are only a few more dates remaining in August and September where we have availability. Don’t miss your chance to catch the marlin, mahi-mahi or sailfish you’ve always dreamed of. Visit our website, drop us an e-mail or call and ask for “last minute specials.” Panama is closer than you think! • • 888-691-2867

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CLASSIFIEDS HUNTING ANTLERS WANTED Buying all species, all conditions. Looking for large quantities. Call Del: (830) 997-2263 AFFORDABLE HUNTS AOUDAD HUNT SPECIAL. Exotics: Black Buck, Red Stag,  Axis, Barbado. FREE LODGING FOR EXOTIC HUNTS. Whitetails: Limited number of Bucks  & Does.Javelina, Hogs, Bobcat, Coyote,  Quail, Dove. (713) 501-6159 NEED AMMO? Largest selection in Central Texas Lampassas (512) 556-5444 LSONF LOOKING FOR LEASE Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation creates hunters for a lifetime by giving an opportunity to people who have the passion for hunting but lack the opportunity. LSONF is seeking hunting property to accomplish its mission. All hunting rights sought and house/camp needed. (214) 361-2276 TROPHY AND MANAGEMENT WHITETAIL HUNTS

Cabin and processing facility on site. Predator and fishing opportunities. Kids and wives always welcome. DOVE HUNTS AVAILABLE Full Weekends or days Call Garrett Wiatrek Email (830) 391-0375


with scope and bolts complete package. Used for photo shoots. Retails at Cabelas for $750. Asking $550 Call (214) 361-2276 BIG GAME HUNT NAMIBIA Trophy Elephant-October and Trophy Leopard-September available for 2017 ONLY.

Elephant hunt in the Caprivi area. Leopard hunt SW of Etosha area. lloydmb1@hotmail. com. For details contact George (409) 739 5172

STOCKERBUCK.COM Call now to order Texas Trophy Bred does and stockerbucks or check us out online at JAY (505) 681-5210 RANCH FOR SALE

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Exclusive access to 70+ lakes all over Texas. (214) 871-0044 PORT MANSFIELD Get away from the crowds Trout and red fishing at its finest. Great lodge, Great food, Great guides. Dove hunts during fall, book now for best dates. (956) 944-4000

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VEHICLES ATASCOSA 4-TON QUIK FEED TRAILER $7,500.00 (281) 540-1255 1980 CJ7 HUNTING JEEP W/HIGH RACK rubber coated $4,500.00 (281) 540-1255 ULTIMATE LEASE ACCOMODATIONS

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COLORADO ELK AND MULE DEER RANCH Own a beautiful 5,800 ac ranch that sits in the middle of the home to the largest elk herd in North America. Remote, end of road. 45 mins SW of Trinidad CO Elevation: 6,389 – 7,543 ft Resident and migrating elk herd with exceptional trophy genes. Large mule deer, bear and turkey population. 2 story custom log home, 3 BR, 3 1/2 Bath, 2 Master Suites, Bunk Room 2+ car garage, 2 RV pads with all utilities, beautiful views. call Paul Phillips (210) 274-9094 TDHA - JOIN TODAY TEXAS DOVE HUNTERS ASSOC. (210) 764-1189


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>> COFFEEBOXX: Oxx’s coffee maker is built ultra-rugged for outdoorsmen who need their morning hit of caffeine on those longer hunting or fishing excursions. The coffeemaker, which is compatible with all Keurig K-Cup pods as well as reusable pods, features a crush-proof chassis (up to 1,500 pounds) with an impact-resistant polymer shell and a removable 2.5-liter water tank, which translates to about 10 cups of coffee. There is a separate hot water line for tea, etc. It has a 3-foot long retractable cord. The coffeemaker costs about $230 and is available in green, tan and black.

NIGHT FURY EXTREME: This new 100-grain broadhead by Bloodsport Archery preserves the deadly, true field point accuracy and punishing impact of the original Night Fury while increasing overall cutting diameter from 1.875 inches to 2.25 inches. Ideal for both compounds and crossbows, the broadheads employ the company’s blade retention system to control deployment of the mechanical cutting blades inside the target. A small, threaded set pin controls the tension on the expanding blades, affording the hunter full control and adjustability based on arrow velocity and the particular game being hunted. The broadheads cost about $40 for a pack of three.


UPLAND CHAPS: The pursuit of upland birds or boars requires bush whacking through thick cover, where thorns, brush and briars can shred the pants off the ill-equipped hunter. These specialized upland chaps by Tenzing can be worn over any pants to provide maximum protection. These comfortable, flexible chaps offer fully articulated knees that move the way hunters move plus multi-location adjustable belt straps for a customized fit. They also offer front zipper pockets. The chaps are made from lightweight, yet durable, rip-stop cotton with strategically placed 500D nylon brush panels. The medium/large chaps are about $100 while the XL/XXL cost about $110.

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20ft Used Containers - $1600 + Delivery 40ft Used Containers - $2100 + Delivery FIELD PACK: Filson’s all-season field pack is lightweight and durable. Made from tear-resistant ballistic nylon, the pack features a large main compartment and two large side pockets. The 13-inch by 18.5inch by 7-inch pack also has a nylon waist belt and chest straps to distribute and stabilize the weight. It comes in two colors and costs about $175.


Great for storage of: Small Equipment Four Wheelers Feed Anything you want to keep secure and dry


HOLLOW BODY MULLET: Live Target won a 2017 ICAST award in its category for this saltwater soft lure. Featuring a realistic profile and life-like colors, the lure offers a versatile swimming action that makes it easy to use in different applications. The hollow body snag-proof design enables it to be fished through mangrove cover, skipped under docks, or fished through floating grass. It will be available in three sizes around November and is expected to cost about $12 to $13, depending on the model. (It is available for preorder at some retailers.)

Ernie Williamson

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National Wild Turkey Federation Harris County Banquet Whitney Oaks Hall, Houston (832) 292-1811 Ducks Unlimited Lake Somerville Dinner American Legion Hall (979) 777-4115

AUGUST 11-13

Hunters Extravaganza Fort Worth Convention Center


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation North Texas Big Game Banquet Embassy Suites, Grapevine (214) 693-8523 Coastal Conservation Association Aransas Bay Annual Banquet Fulton Convention Center Ducks Unlimited Fort Worth Fun Shoot Alpine Shooting Range (214) 71–9940

AUGUST 16-18

Statewide Quail Symposium MCM Elegante Suites, Abilene (325) 698-1234


Quail and Pheasants Forever Lone Star Banquet, Grapevine (972) 332-1612

Dallas Safari Club Monthly meeting Austin Ranch, Grapevine (972) 980-9800

National Wild Turkey Federation Montgomery County Banquet Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Conroe (713) 823-2958

Coastal Conservation Association Lower Laguna Madre Chapter Banquet Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center (956) 491-8148

Delta Waterfowl Houston Chapter Banquet (713) 824-7973


Ducks Unlimited Lee County Sportman’s Night American Legion Hall, Giddings (979) 542 – 8149 Delta Waterfowl North Houston Chapter Banquet, Spring (832) 576-0334

AUGUST 18-20

Hunters Extravaganza San Antonio Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall


Ducks Unlimited El Paso Shoot Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club (915) 401-4108


National Wild Turkey Federation North Texas Upland Game Bird Chapter Banquet The Courses at Watters Creek, Plano


Quail and Pheasants Forever Heart O’ Texas Skeet Shoot Webers Shooting Sports, Troy (254) 495-4948


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Southeast Texas Big Game Banquet (409) 673-2771

AUGUST 25-27

Quail Coalition San Antonio Chapter Banquet Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall

Hunters Extravaganza Corpus Christi American Bank Center


Ducks Unlimited Rice Belt Banquet, El Campo (361) 648-4279

National Wild Turkey Federation Hunt for a Cure Concert Brooklyn’s Down South, Buda (512) 966-9539

Texas Dove Hunters Association Youth Day, San Antonio (210) 764-1189

Quail Coalition South Texas Chapter Banquet Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds

Whitetails Unlimited Red River Chapter Banquet Family Life Center, Clarksville

Ducks Unlimited Northwest Prairie Dinner St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Cypress (281) 213-3301


Coastal Conservation Association Hill Country Chapter Banquet New Braunfels Civic Center (210) 260-8968


Winters Dove Fest Winters City Park Houston Safari Club Dove hunt


Coastal Conservation Association Sam Houston Annual Banquet Walker County Fairgrounds (713) 626-4222

Exotic Wildlife Associaiton Wildlife Forever Fundraiser (830) 367-7761

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1. The gray duck [GADWALL] 5. A stage of an insect's life [PUPA] 6. A safari destination [MOZAMBIQUE] 9. A solo bird coming in [SINGLE] 10. Weatherby award winner [BODDINGTON] 11. A goose species [EMPEROR] 12. Feature at Possum Kingdom, Hell's ____ [GATE] 15. The brown bass [SMALLMOUTH] 16. Hosts the Lone Star Outdoor News Wild Game Supper [BERETTA] 19. The colorful trout [RAINBOW] 21. The life jacket [PFD] 23. The Norwegian caribou [REINDEER] 25. A quail species [BOBWHITE] 27. An African game species [IMPALA] 28. The timberdoodle [WOODCOCK] 29. Wear while dove hunting to protect eyes [SUNGLASSES] 32. The small Canada goose [CACKLER] 34. A favorite food for deer [CORN] 35. The smelly furbearer [SKUNK]



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1. Good crappie lake [GRANGER] 2. A severe underwater drop-off [LEDGE] 3. A series of casts in different directions [FAN] 4. River that flows through Seguin [GUADALUPE] 5. Put in your autoloader or pump before Sept. 1 [PLUG] 6. A brand of in-line spinners [MEPPS] 7. A bird placed on the ground in dog training [PLANT] 8. A binocular brand [VORTEX] 9. A good white bass lure [SLAB] 13. The early duck season [TEAL] 14. The silver king [TARPON] 17. The left side of the boat [PORT] 18. An ammunition manufacturer [AGUILA] 20. Lures designed for heavy cover [WEEDLESS] 22. The "cold" river in Texas [FRIO] 24. Good county for deer hunting in Texas [MAVERICK] 26. Vegetation that serves as ambush point for bass [COVER] 28. Hooking the plastic bait in the middle [WACKY]

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Friday Night: CCYH Award

Saturday Night: OHAA Award PHCHH Award


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August 11, 2017 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

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August 11, 2017 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...