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Record tarpon

The 229-pound tarpon landed by Shane LaRue will likely set the new Texas state record. Photo from Pelican Rest Marina.

Most shotguns come with a set of chokes, but most shoot tighter than marked, according to persons who tested them. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Capt. Michael LaRue was fishing for tarpon with his sons Shane and Josh when the big fish hit. “I was putting out the rods as we were trolling,” LaRue said. “The fish hit when I was putting out the sixth line.” LaRue’s son, Shane, took the rod. “We hooked the fish about 9 a.m., and it took 45 minutes to an hour to land him,” LaRue, a guide who has been pursuing tarpon for years, said. “The fish didn’t jump at first, we thought it was a shark. Then he jumped just once.” After the tarpon was landed, the measurements started. “We measured him several times,” LaRue said. “The length was 90 inches and the girth was 47 inches. Then we called several other guides to help us decide whether we should bring him in. They all thought we should.” The fish was brought in to Pelican Rest Marina, a certified International Game Fish Award and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department weigh station, on Aug. 20. Notices on Facebook of the incoming potential record fish were posted on social media, bringing a small crowd to view the giant fish at the dock.

Tubes may not measure up By Ray Sasser

For Lone Star Outdoor News A mourning dove riding a hot September wind is arguably the most difficult target Texas wing shooters ever face. The dove is a 6-ounce bird with the aerodynamics of a fighter jet, eyesight of a hawk and the ability to abruptly lose altitude and juke one way or the other when you mount your shotgun. Dove don’t need help. Rick Pope thinks many hunters use too much choke in their shotguns, shrinking their shot patterns and leaving themselves little room for error. This amounts to aiding and Please turn to page 6

Fishing the solar eclipse To the naked eye, It may not have looked like a perfect, crescent-shaped eclipse on the Texas coast, but the fish noticed. Capt. Scott Sommerlatte reported a strong incoming tide through the morning, a rare occurrence in the back-country waters near Port O’Connor. Between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the fish were “losing their minds,” he said. “There were tailing reds everywhere — I think we saw 100. When we got close to the actual solar event, the fishing slowed down. It was an epic day.” Freshwater anglers also said it appeared the fishing turned on around the eclipse. At Lake Athens, Brad R. said in a social media post that he could see the small bass chasing shad and landed several, including one nice fish. Another angler said he caught a 3-pound bass at the normally tough fishing White Rock Lake. Photo by Scott Sommerlatte, for Lone Star Outdoor News.


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Reeling in a monster stingray By Robert Sloan

When you hear about a stingray along the Texas coast, it’s usually about an angler that stepped on a small one and had to make a trip to the ER. But just recently a monster-class stingray

weighing right at 141 pounds was caught by anglers fishing near the end of the Port O’Connor jetties. It took four fishermen 1 hour and 10 minutes to reel it in. “That ray was so big we had to triple gaff it and even then it was a trick getting it into the boat,” said Capt. Bill Caldwell with Wild Bill’s Texas Fishing Adventures. “We were fishing a

chunk of skipjack on bottom during the Sharp Tooth Shootout fishing tournament.” Caldwell says they were rigged up with 4/0 Penn reels spooled with 50-pound test Trilene Big Game line. “There was an 8-ounce egg sinker; the 7-foot leader was 300-pound test fluorocarbon with an 18-inch steel leader going between the line and Please turn to page 9

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Hogs as dozers (Pg. 4)

Fishing consumption advisories (Pg. 8)

Manager places feed to create road.

Should anglers avoid eating fish?

Air guns considered (Pg. 4) San Luis Pass closed to wading (Pg. 9) After petition, demonstration to take place.

Officials site safety concerns.

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HUNTING Ranch manager turns pests into bulldozers By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

If accurate enough, plant identification apps could one day help ranch managers and biologists. Photo from PlantSnap.

Plant identification app A good idea, but needs work

Hogs are the scourge of ranches and farms throughout the state, but one land manager has stumbled onto a novel way of using hogs to help clear ranches of unwanted cacti. Emmitt Woods, a land manager and

trapper in the Possum Kingdom area, discovered the trick by accident. He was pouring corn in a couple of box traps for hogs when the corn spilled out into a nearby cactus. When he came back to check on the traps, he noticed that the hogs had rooted up the cactus to get at the corn that had spilled out.

Emmitt Woods places corn in cacti, and the hogs clear it out. Photo by Emmitt Woods.

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Company petitions state to allow air guns

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Eric Ralls was born and raised in Tyler and remembers hunting for deer in South Texas while he was in school. Little would he have guessed that an app he developed for plant identification might help wildlife managers in his native state identify forbs (weeds) and browse that deer and quail love to eat. Ralls said the app, PlantSnap, was launched about two months ago and can identify 71,000 species and costs $3.99. Most of the plants are ones commonly found in North America and Europe. By the end of the year, the app will be able to identify all plant species on earth —some 315,000 different plants — by using artificial intelligence, he said. Ralls, who now lives in Colorado, came up with the idea about four years ago when he was traipsing through a friend’s backyard and wondered about the identity of a plant he’d stumbled across. When he asked around and no one knew, he realized he’d come across a problem that he wanted to solve. The app became possible with the development of artificial intelligence technology. Ralls said users must take a good photo that isn’t in shadow or blurry, and the app will do the rest in less than 10 seconds. “Any species of plants, including weeds can be identified,” Ralls said, adding it should work for any plant identification use. However, Sawyer Wright, who manages a ranch near Burnet said the app still needs some fine-tuning to be an effective tool for wildlife management. A graduate of the wildlife management program at Southwest Texas Junior College under Bob Zaiglin, who drilled students repeatedly on plant identification. “I tried on a peach tree in my backyard, and it got it wrong,” he said. The next test was a Texas persimmon on the ranch. “I took two photos of that,” he said. “Both results were wrong.” The app did better on a prickly pear. “It got the genus right, but missed on the species,” he said. Wright said often it takes more than a photo to identify a plant. “Kidneywood, for example, can be tough to identify,” he said. “But if you tear the leaves and smell it, it smells like kerosene. And with other plants, you need to know where it grows and where it doesn’t.” Zaiglin agreed with his student, saying that there are still plants he can’t readily identify so he can’t imagine an app would do any better. Zaiglin said he is considering developing an app specific to Texas plants. “I think it is a tool that could be in strong demand,” he said. “The concept is awesome.” Ryan Schmidt, a wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the Texas Hill Country, said the app could be beneficial for biologists and ranch managers if it could identify all the variants in plant species. “That would be awesome,” Schmidt said. “It would be really good for our habitat biologists.” Schmidt said identifying plants takes up a Please turn to page 7

Anyone can petition the state for a rule change, including companies. One recently requested a change in regulations that would allow air guns and air bows. Photo from Crosman.

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are reviewing the possibility of allowing hunters to use air rifles and bows to hunt big game as early as next year. Alan Cain, white-tailed deer program leader with TPWD, said Crosman Corporation, which offers an air bow and air gun, petitioned the agency to allow big bore air guns and air bows to be legal means for taking big game. Specifically, the company’s petitions asked for the air bow to be allowed dur-

ing general open season and during archery-only season for hunters who have a qualifying upper-limb disability. It asked for all big bore air rifles of .357 caliber and greater to be allowed during the general open season. “Anyone can petition the department to change a regulation,” said Mitch Lockwood, big game program director for TPWD. Lockwood said if the devices are found to be acceptable, the earliest a proposal could be submitted to change the rule would be January for action in March 2018. A demonstration testing the effectiveness of both has been scheduled for the

end of August. The concern with the air guns and bows is their kinetic energy. A certain amount of force is needed to take an animal humanely. “I don’t want to have a weapon that can’t kill clean. My concern was the projectile it shoots couldn’t kill at a reasonable distance,” Cain said. “After talking to folks, I don’t necessarily have the concerns I did.” Cain said he has spoken to other states that allow air gun hunting such as Missouri to get input as well. The air guns are comparable to muzzle loaders according to those who use them. Please turn to page 6

Duck numbers remain high The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its report on 2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Total populations were estimated at 47.3 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is similar to last year’s estimate of 48.4 million and is 34 percent above the 1955-2016 long-term average. The projected mallard fall flight index is 12.9 million birds, similar to the 2016 estimate of 13.5 million. Conditions observed across the U.S. and Canadian survey areas during the 2017 breeding population survey were generally similar

to last year with a few exceptions. The total pond estimate for the United States and Canada combined was 6.1 million, which is 22 percent above the 2016 estimate of 5 million and 17 percent above the long-term average of 5.2 million. Pintail and scaup remain below their longterm average populations and both species have struggled to regain desired populations. Mallards declined 11 percent, or about 1.3 million birds, from 2016. The bulk of that appears to be related to drier conditions in the Canadian parklands region, where the surveys detected about 600,000 fewer mallards. Please turn to page 7

Mallard numbers declined this year, but are still 34 percent above the long-term average. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Corey Mason hired as new executive director of DSC After an exhaustive search from a qualified pool of applicants, the search committee recommended Corey Mason for the position of executive director of DSC. On August 9, the DSC Board of Directors approved the recommendation, and Mason has accepted the offer. A certified wildlife biologist, Mason was regional director of Texas Parks and Wildlife in Region 3 since 2012, where he had oversight of 59 staff and 21 wildCorey Mason took this water buffalo this year in Australia. Photo from life management areas. He began his career with Corey Mason Texas Parks and Wildlife DSC family,” said DSC President Craig Nyin 2001, and has served in various parts hus. “Many in the outdoor industry already of Texas in different roles. His duties have know him, and we are looking forward to required him to interact with the public and introducing him and his wife, Karyn, to our outdoor media professionals, legislators, unimembers and exhibitors.” versity officials, private landowners, as well Jim Tolson, chair of the search committee, as federal, state and regional agencies. His said, “We feel that Corey is the right choice master’s in Science, Wildlife Management, because of his expertise as well as his was obtained at Stephen F. Austin State familiarity with many of the issues in conUniversity. He has published peer-reviewed servation, hunter advocacy and policy, and work on several topics ranging from wetlands outdoor education. Plus, he is well-known by management to dove population studies. many of the conservation partners that DSC Mason is the current president of the Texas already works with.” chapter of the Wildlife Society. He has been “As a hunter and wildlife biologist, I a member since 1996, and of the National am very honored and excited to have been Wildlife Society since 1998. selected,” Mason said. “Everyone has been For a time, Corey guided hunts in Texas extremely welcoming, and I am eager to and New Mexico for elk, mule deer, aoudad, meet with our members, and industry and turkey and quail. His hunting has taken conservation partners to begin tackling the him to the western U.S., Alaska, Canada, pressing issues.” Mexico, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. Mason’s official duties begin Sept. 5. “We’re excited to welcome Corey to the —DSC


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Air guns, bows

Shotgun chokes vary

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Lockwood said if the devices are found to be acceptable, then the very earliest a proposal could be submitted to change the rule would be January for action in March 2018. However, Cain said currently the air bow could not be used during archery season because it doesn’t meet the definition of lawful archery equipment or means of take. Mark DeBoard, a Crosman official in charge of Manufacturers and some hunters hope the air bow is made legal for game the demonstration, said hunting. Photo from Crosman. the company will be usPioneer Airbow, which will be part of the ing the Benjamin Bull Dog, which shoots a demonstration, uses a standard size arrow .357 pellet and generates 200 foot pounds instead of a pellet and produces 160 foot of energy which is capable of taking big pounds of energy. DeBoard added that the game. air bow is safer than a crossbow. DeBoard said big bore air guns have “We’re showing it to as many states as been used to harvest hogs and exotics in we can with hopes of it being used in the Texas. In states where it’s legal, they have hunting season,” he said. been used to harvest white-tailed deer. According to the petition, the Benjamin

abetting fast-flying targets. Almost all modern shotguns come with an assortment of choke tubes and some hunters don’t even know what choke is in their gun. The progression of chokes from widest diameter pattern to smallest pattern is cylinder, skeet, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified and full. Pope has used a micrometer to measure hundreds of choke tube diameters to the thousandths of an inch. In his experience, most choke tubes shoot at least one pattern tighter than they are marked. Cliff Moller said most factory choke tubes have improved in the past decade, but some brands still vary wildly between how they are marked and how they actually perform. Moller’s father-in-law, Jess Briley, founded Briley Manufacturing, the Houston company that pioneered custom choke tubes. Pope is known as the founder and CEO of Temple Fork Outfitters, a popular brand of fishing rods. In the 1970s, though, he was a skeet champion and captain of the All-American Skeet Team. He once held the world record for consecutive .410 targets at 386. An observer who saw the streak end said Pope never blinked; he just started a new streak. He’s in the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame. Pope and his team were dominant because of their shooting skills and also because of their attention to detail. “We evaluated all three major brands of shotshells by shooting at paper, counting shot and noting distribution and density of the pattern,” he said. “The variance in a .410, 2 1/2-inch No. 8 skeet load was 10 percent, which was meaningful. Modern shotgun shells have improved. Today, they are all good. Not only are choke tubes inconsistent, even shotgun barrel diameters are inconsistent. That, too, can make a difference in downrange performance. “The relationship between barrel di-

BC turns its back on grizzly hunters Effective Nov. 30, the British Columbia NDP/Green Party coalition government will end grizzly bear trophy hunting throughout the province and stop all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest. The announcement was made Aug. 15 by Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson. There are an estimated 15,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia, although other estimates are closer to 20,000. Each year, approximately 230 are taken by hunters, the majority by resident hunters with approximately 65 grizzlies taken by guided hunters. The determination comes one year after a review of the country’s grizzly bear harvest management system. The executive summary of the review concluded “the BC grizzly bear harvest management procedures have attained a high level of rigor with a solid scientific underpinning modified, as necessary, by professional judgment. We believe that adequate safeguards have been established to ensure, with a high degree of confidence, the sustainability of this harvest.”

ameter and choke constriction matters,” Pope said. “Choke tubes perform relative to bore diameter. Chokes and bores that I’ve measured can vary as much as ten thousandths of an inch. That’s a full step between IC and modified in a 12 gauge and even more of a difference as you go to the smaller gauges.” Pope generally shoots a modified choke for dove but uses an IC for early-season waterhole shoots and tightens up to a full choke for late season when birds are warier and shots are longer. Luckily, he said, it doesn’t take many pellets to bring down a dove. “A passing dove is showing you all its vitals,” he said. “A single pellet will break a wing and it doesn’t take many pellets in the body to kill the bird outright. With IC, a 40-yard passing shot is doable.” Rather than tightening chokes for larger birds, like white-winged doves or Eurasian collared dove, Pope recommends larger shot sizes — No. 7 1/2 or No. 6 with your open choke. “Shotgun patterns are traditionally determined by what percentage of the shot strikes in a 30-inch circle at 40 yards,” Moller said. “Skeet targets are broken at 18 to 25 yards. Who cares how a skeet choke patterns at 40 yards? At Briley, we only care what a skeet choke does at 18 to 25 yards.” Briley’s success contributed to manufacturers being more precise with both barrel and choke diameters. In fact, Briley now makes choke tubes for many of the top brands. Moller recommends skeet or improved cylinder chokes for dove hunting. How is a hunter supposed to know if his shotgun barrel and choke tubes are the correct diameters? Moller said you should take them to a gunsmith and have them measured. To have precision chokes made for a gun, Briley will measure the bore diameter and make choke tubes that are the appropriate sizes.

—Staff report

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And that got him thinking: Why not use the hogs to his advantage? Woods began pouring corn into large cactus that needed to be removed. Sure enough, it worked every time, and he knew he was on to something. Now he’s letting the hogs do the work of clearing cacti so that he can get his truck and 16-foot cattle trailer deeper into the interior of the ranch so he can set more traps. “On Sundays when we leave, we’d pour corn where we wanted the cactus gone,” he said. “Pour some in the center and they’ll take it all out.”

So far the hogs have been successful in tearing out cacti 8 feet in diameter. When he comes back during the week, he goes to check the handiwork of his “employees.” They dig out the cactus down to 2 or 3 inches of dirt. All he has to do is use a pitchfork to remove the pieces of the cactus that have been rooted up. Woods said the basic idea is to let the hogs clear out a road for him. His method is to do 20-foot sections at a time. “Let’s use the hogs to our advantage,” he said.

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considerable amount of time for biologists out on ranches helping with deer management. Many times landowners are concerned about plants they don’t recognize. “It’s extremely time consuming. My truck is basically a walking library,” he said. “I’ve got hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on my phone.”

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The spring surveys provide the scientific basis for many management programs across the continent, including hunting regulations. Individual states set their hunting seasons within a federal framework of season length, bag limits and dates. Species estimates are: Mallard: 10.5 million, 11% lower than 2016 and 34% above LTA
 Gadwall: 4.2 million, 13% above 2016 and 111% above LTA
 American wigeon: 2.8 million, 19% below 2016 and 6% above LTA

Green-winged teal: 3.6 million, 16% below 2016 and 70% above LTA
 Blue-winged teal: 7.9 million, 18% above 2016 and 57% above LTA Northern shoveler: 4.4 million, 10% above 2016 and 69% above LTA
 Northern pintail: 2.9 million, 10% above 2016 and 27% below LTA
 Redhead: 1.1 million, 13% below 2016 and 55% above LTA
 Canvasback: 0.7 million, similar to 2016 and 25% above LTA
 Scaup: 4.4 million, 12% below 2016 and 13% below LTA



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Top bass lakes not spared from advisories

Signs advising anglers of potential health hazard in fish are usually ignored, but people who consistently eat fish from these water bodies and pregnant women should take heed. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Fish consumption advisory signs attract little attention at Texas’ lakes and reservoirs. Maybe it’s because the black and white signs alerting anglers to potential health hazards provide no specifics. Anglers are instead offered a phone number for the Texas Department of State Health Services and a Web address where the advisory is spelled out.

Anglers may not realize it, but the two hottest largemouth bass lakes in Texas have fish consumption advisories: Toledo Bend Reservoir and Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Toledo Bend was BASSMASTER magazine’s top bass lake in the nation two years in a row. It dropped out of the top ranking this year, but Sam Rayburn climbed up to number two. And fish samples from both reservoirs indicate the presence of mercury at concentrations exceeding health guidelines set by DSHS. Additionally, the presence of dioxins was

found in fish at Sam Rayburn. A 2014 advisory recommends that women of childbearing age and children under 12 not eat blue catfish over 30 inches, largemouth bass and spotted bass over 16 inches, flathead catfish, gar and smallmouth buffalo from the renown reservoir. Other popular angling hot spots such as Alan Henry Reservoir, Canyon Lake, Clear Lake, Lake Livingston and Sabine Lake also appear on DSHS’ fish consumption advisory website. Keeping abreast of lake advisories is the

best safety precaution, state officials told LSON. There likely won’t be a cleanup any time soon. “In many cases, there’s not anything that can be done,” said Ken Kurzawski, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s director of information and regulations. “Most of these things are widespread problems. You can’t just go into a lake and remove PCBs. There’s really no way to do that.” A researcher who has studied fish consumption advisories agreed with Kurzawski that often there’s little to be done, unless Please turn to page 15

Palestine crappie and Canyon bass, stripers

Report gives Galveston bays a “C” grade

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

Water quality gets an “A”

Lake Palestine is producing some great crappie fishing, while Canyon Lake has been a hotbed for striper and bass opportunities this month. Mark Standridge, a crappie guide on Lake Palestine, said the crappie fishing currently on the lake is the best it’s been in the past few weeks. A father and son who went out on a trip recently ended up with a two-man limit of 50 crappie by noon. “The bite wasn’t fast and furious. It was steady,” Standridge said. “We were using a combination of jigs and minnows.” Standridge said the crappie are in their typical summer pattern, but are a bit sluggish because of the heat and an abundance of food. Standridge said all the fish are holding at brush piles. Only the most aggressive fish will bite, so it’s important for anglers to keep moving. “The water’s hot. They don’t have to eat. There’s shad everywhere,” he said. Tom Mayne, another guide on Palestine, agreed that crappie rule at the lake currently. But largemouth bass are making appearances as well. Mayne said fishing early and late are

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the best times for the bigger bass, and Texas rigs and crankbaits are producing the best. Some heavy rains have also brought the lake up, meaning bass opportunities are to be had in shallow areas near grass. Meanwhile, south on Canyon Lake, bass and striper have been active, according to Capt. Charles Whited. Throwing top-waters over brush piles will do the trick for bass. Whited said anglers are finding them in 14-25 feet of water and sometimes at points. Striper have been good from dawn to around 9 a.m. working small top-waters with a feather. Nearly all have been keepers in the 18-25 inch range, he said. “They’ve been schooling pretty consistently,” he said, adding normally the striper school in September or October.

The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center released their “2017 Galveston Bay Report Card”—a grading system used to convey the health of the Bay. The study assigned an overall grade of “C”, denoting pollution, habitat loss and unfavorable coastal changes as threats to the region. Water quality, though, received an “A.” With Galveston bay, what we found is the quality in the middle of the bay is best,” said Scott Jones with GBF. “With better wastewater treatment, we’ve been seeing improvements nearer to the shoreline. The difficulty comes from so much population growth and the change in the landscape.” Partly to improve fishing in the region, Galveston Bay Foundation supports proposed changes to Texas’ oyster regulations. These amendments will give the bay’s reefs a chance to recover and allow oysters to continue to provide habitat for finfish and crabs, to naturally cleanse the water as they filter feed, and help to make future harvests sustainable. The proposed regulations also include an amendment to close Christmas Bay to

all oyster harvest, allowing it to serve as a critical source of oyster spat and a way to stop the damage to its shorelines and disturbances to bird rookery islands. The proposals include reducing the daily sack limit from 40 to 25 sacks per day, closing oystering on Mondays, lowering the limit for undersized oysters (less than 3 inches) from 15 to 5 percent, prohibiting oyster harvest within 300 feet of shorelines, and closing oyster harvest in seven minor bays, including Christmas Bay. “We think these changes will increase oyster reefs in the bay, improving the food chain and improving the fishing,” Jones said. With respect to fish, the report analyzes two categories, finfish and shellfish. “We look at the data for all of those species,” said Erin Kinney, research scientist for HARC. “For example, we’re not just looking at red drum, but what red drum eat. We found that all of those species were maintaining steady population levels.” Underwater grasses were another point of good news. “Especially in West Bay where restoration efforts took place, the seagrasses are doing very well,” Kinney said. The Galveston Bay Report Card evaluates 19 indicators that impact Galveston Bay and the surrounding watershed, which spans across 24,000 square miles.

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Let bait chill out for a longer life

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Anglers not pleased with wade-fishing ban at deadly pass By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Keeping shrimp and croaker alive is a matter of making sure the water stays cool and aerated. Photo by Robert Sloan.

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News When temperatures along the coast soar into the upper 90’s, with a heat index in the triple digits, live baits like shrimp and croaker don’t tend to last too long in the livewell. But there are a few things you can do to keep them kicking longer. Capt. Jim Garrison runs Redfish Roper Charters in the Rockport and Seadrift area. Right about now he’s more into fishing mullet and perch, as opposed to shrimp and croakers. “I fish a lot of live bait over shell reefs during the hottest summer months,” Garrison said. “The most difficult to keep alive are croakers and shrimp.” Garrison uses a bubble system with a bottle of oxygen. It’s easy to maintain and keeps both shrimp and croaker alive for most of the day. “What I don’t do is mix them together,” he said. “Some folks do that, but I think they don’t live as long in that situation.” Garrison said that during August and September he prefers to use a mix of mullet and perch. “They will catch both reds and trout all day long,” he said. “They live for up to two or three days in a livewell, and last longer on the hook than a shrimp or croaker.” With mullet he prefers to use one that’s 4 to 5 inches long. With perch the best are about the size of a silver dollar. He puts eight to 10 dozen in a 35-to 40-gallon tank, and they will easily last throughout the day. Capt. Petra Schultz and her husband, Don, are well-known guides in the Aransas Pass and Rockport area. They have been running fishing charters together for over

25 years, and just recently Petra retired, but is still out there fishing whenever she gets a chance. “We use a lot of live bait,” Petra said. “It’s mostly shrimp and croaker. From now through the end of September the best way to keep croaker and shrimp alive is to have a good aeration system and keep the water cool. Hot water will kill your bait pretty fast.” They normally use about a 20-gallon livewell and start a day of fishing with 12 dozen croaker, and maybe three quarts of shrimp. That’s enough for a full day of fishing with three customers. They use two livewells and don’t mix the baits together. Plus, they make sure to keep the dead baits culled. “They seem to live longer when we keep them in separate livewells,” Petra said. “And we try to keep the wells full of water. I’ve seen some people keep the well less than half-full.” Instead of using a circulating livewell with an aerator, Petra said they use the bubbling stones. They are careful to avoid getting sunscreen from their hands in the live well and use a gallon bag of ice to keep the water cold for the bait. Greg Gamble has been fishing the Texas coast from Freeport to Port O’Connor for decades, and he mostly uses live bait. “With shrimp, I’ll use a 45-quart cooler with an aerator that will keep the water circulating,” he said. “But for croaker, I’ll use the bubbling stones, like you use in an aquarium. A 10 gallon round bait well is best for croaker. That’ll keep 4 to 5 dozen alive all day long. To keep the water cool, I use small frozen plastic bottles of water. Another good thing to do is to change out the water every couple of hours.”

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With the drowning death of anglers and swimmers mounting at San Luis Pass this summer, Brazoria County Commissioners voted this month to ban people from getting into the water. The Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously Aug. 8 on the ban, which includes wade-fishing, bathing and swimming. The area is known for dangerous currents and undertows. Ten people have drowned near or at the pass since 2013, and 16 since 2002. Those who violate the new ban will face a fine up to $500 for the Class C misdemeanor. Brazoria County deputies and constables will patrol the area for enforcement. “This is a public safety issue. Signs have been posted warning people of the dangers, and they have continued to be ignored. Now we have been put in a position that a ban is needed to keep people from entering the water from the beach,” said County Judge Matt Sebesta. “If lives are saved by implementing this ban, then we have made the right decision.” Sebesta said that wearing a personal flotation device does not mean people can wade-fish or get in the water. He did not have statistics on the number of people, if any, who have drowned wearing life jackets at the pass; however, he said public safety officials supported the ban at a public hearing. “With those type of currents, it wouldn’t prevent drowning,” Sebesta said. The order will go into effect around Aug. 20 and signs will be posted warning people not to enter the water and that violators are subject to fines and prosecution.

A 67-year-old man and his 46-year-old son-in-law died Aug. 7 after getting into the water near the Treasure Island neighborhood and Bluewater Highway Bridge. A rip current warning had been issued that day. Another man who went into the water to help the two men survived that day but was overcome by water and taken to a local hospital for treatment. In June a 19-year-old Allen man died while fishing with a friend after being pulled under by strong currents. The decision left some anglers unhappy. Daniel Dennis, who works at Rusty Hook bait and tackle shop in Galveston, said fishermen visiting the store don’t speak favorably of the new ordinance. “Most of them I’ve talked to are pretty upset about it,” he said. “I don’t think they are going to stop (wade-fishing).” One angler who called LSON about the issue said it was a tragedy that people had died, but that responsible anglers should be able to decide if they want to take the risk. “You can’t even get in the water. It’s ridiculous because I’m 53 years old,” said the caller, who did not leave his name. “You’ve got to know your limitations.” The Sugar Land caller said he had been coming to fish San Luis Pass since he was a kid and would fight any citation he receives. Dennis said he wade-fishes the area and knows to be extremely watchful to avoid drop-offs, and he keeps an eye on his distance from the shore. He believes some of the deaths could have been avoided if people had exercised more caution. “The first thing I tell them is you’ve got to be careful out there,” he said.


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a 16-0 circle hook,” Caldwell said. “We left the dock with a cooler full of skipjacks that were used as chum and bait. We were set up in about 95 feet of water and chumming with small pieces of skipjack, and bigger chunks on the hooks.” During this tournament last summer, Caldwell’s team won with the heaviest shark weighing 155.9 pounds. That was a finetooth shark that was also a state record. During this tournament team Caldwell won the big shark, stingray and jack crevalle division and took Capt. Bill Caldwell and his team of anglers stand with their home $13,400. 141-pound southern stingray caught off the Port O’Connor The giant ray that won this tour- jetties during the Sharp Tooth Shootout tournament. Photo by ney is the same that’s found in Robert Sloan. Texas bays and in the surf. Southern stingrays can get pretty big. The Texas state record was caught in Galveston Bay on June 30, 1998 and weighed 246 pounds. Carissa Egger caught that monster on a mullet. That’s also an all-tackle IGFA world record.

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 78–88 degrees; 4.17’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie and bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. AMISTAD: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 32.25’ 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; 1.9’ 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; 0.12’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, weightless stick worms and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BASTROP: Water stained; 83–87 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; 81–85 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are fair on yellow crankbaits and spinner baits around structure. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and hot dogs. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits, buzzbaits and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged soft plastics around rocks and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good cut bait, punch 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: 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged craws, shaky-head worms and weightless stick worms on docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red spinner baits near the docks, and on junebug soft plastic worms over brush piles. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies 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. Yel-

low catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin top-waters, watermelon flukes and lipless crankbaits along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on plastic swim baits and drifting live bait near Lighthouse Point at first light. White bass are fair on small lipless crankbaits and plastic swim baits. Crappie are fair on pink/ white and chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and stink bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver. CADDO: Water stained; 86–89 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, black buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are slow. 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; 84–88 degrees; 1.94’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon top-waters, stick worms, Texas-rigged blue flake worms early, and on drop-shot rigs along ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 90 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are slow. 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; 81–85 degrees; 22.75’ low. Black bass are good on dark crankbaits and large soft plastic lizards and worms. Crappie are slow. Drum are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stink bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. COLEMAN: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.12’ 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; 2.08’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on jigs and pet spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. CONROE: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/ white Carolina-rigged soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait, liver and nightcrawlers. FALCON: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 38.31’ 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; 84–88 degrees; 0.45’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolina-rigged worms and deepdiving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 78–87 degrees; 0.69’ 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 fair on chartreuse/white Carolina-rigged soft plastics, and on white lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait, frozen shrimp and perch. GRANBURY: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/red and chartreuse Carolina-rigged soft plastics and 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; 81–85 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair on red shad soft plastic worms around standing timber. White bass are fair on slab spoons over main lake humps. Crappie are good on minnows in 4-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad in 10-20 feet. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on deep-diving crankbaits, Texasrigged craws and shaky-head worms. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. GREENBELT: 32.06’ 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 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; 1.27’ 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; 0.07’ low. Black bass are fair on

Texas-rigged worms, weightless worms and deep-diving crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 84–89 degrees: 1.81’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAVON: Water stained; 84–88 degrees: 1.02’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin jigs and perch-colored crankbaits in 5-15 feet, and flipping watermelon tubes around docks and laydowns. Striped bass are fair on jigs at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.59’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on hellbenders, pet spoons and green slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are slow. MACKENZIE: 74.38’ 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; 0.74’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. MEREDITH: 60.23’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on shallowrunning crankbaits, Texas rigs and jerkbaits. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 88–98 degrees; 0.55’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 79–88 degrees; 1.43’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs, Carolina rigs and weightless stick worms. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on top-waters and soft plastics early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good but small on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park early. 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; 35.54’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to weight-

less 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; 9.2’ low. Black bass are fair to good on splitshot 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; 0.17’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, finesse jigs and weightless 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 and punch bait. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water offcolor; 81–89 degrees; 0.51’ low. 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; 80–84 degrees; 0.51’ 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. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are fair on small plastic swimbaits, football jigs and Carolina-rigged worms. Crappie are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, football jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.34’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, Texas-rigged worms and shaky-head worms. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.91’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.56’ 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.

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Page 13 STAMFORD: Water stained; 79–88 degrees; 0.47’ high. 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; 82–86 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp. TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 86–89 degrees; 1.76’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are fair on drop-shot worms, medium-diving crankbaits and shaky-head worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.48’ 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; 83–87 degrees; 8.23’ low. Black bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20–35 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons in 10-25 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 25-35 feet. 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; 81–85 degrees; 2.81’ 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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The weight was 229 pounds, topping the current state record by more than 18 pounds. The fish was landed on a homemade Coon Pop in chartreuse and orange. The rod was a 20-year-old All Star 40-pound rod, and the reel was a Shimano TLD. The current tarpon record in Texas is 210.7 pounds, set by Jeremy Ebert of Deer Park on Oct. 4, 2006 when he caught his tarpon off of the Galveston Fishing Pier. The fish was 91 inches in length. Texas regulations allow the keeping of one tarpon that may be a record. The minimum length is 85 inches.

Copano Bay pier closed On Aug. 15, the Texas Department of Transportation permanently closed the Copano Bay fishing pier in Aransas County. After consulting with county officials and the Aransas County Navigation District, TxDOT made the decision to close both sides of the pier due to the deteriorating condition of the 86-year-old wooden structure. TxDOT’s bridge division performed a structural survey after a short section of the pier’s south side collapsed in June. The survey found the remaining standing portions of the fishing pier are in significantly distressed condition, and the structure could collapse with little notice. The boat ramp on the south side will remain open to the public, according to the navigation district, which operates and maintains the facility. Aransas County officials are looking for possible options for a replacement pier. —Staff report

New outboards from Tohatsu Based in Coppell, Tohatsu America Corporation has announced the debut of its new MFS20E, MFS15E and MFS9.9E outboard models, which will hit the market in early September. The battery-less, four-stroke outboards are lighter with improved performance with low noise, low vibration and ease of use. And with overall weight decreasing, the three new outboards feature improved torque and top-end speed. The MFS9.8E weighs approximately 80 pounds, while the 20E weighs 114 pounds. —Tohatsu America

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER HOGGING THE ROAD A Sabine County game warden was staking out an area known for illegal night hunting activity late one night when he got a call from a county sheriff’s deputy about a possible road hunter he was detaining following a traffic stop. The deputy advised he observed a rifle and a spotlight inside the vehicle, but the driver denied being involved in any night-hunting activity. The warden proceeded to the deputy’s location and upon questioning the driver, obtained a full confession of spotlighting for hogs from a public road. Once the warden found evidence of the illegal activities — an empty rifle cartridge casing in the subject’s pocket — he was able to make cases for hunting from a public road, hunting in closed season and discharging a firearm from a public road. The cases are pending. NOT A KEEPER A game warden on patrol in Bexar County at Calaveras Lake was driving by the fish-cleaning station on the lake and stopped to talk to a man cleaning a large red drum. The warden introduced himself and asked the angler what he had caught the large fish on, and he replied shrimp. After talking for a few minutes, the warden asked for the man’s fishing license. He said he didn’t have it on him, so the warden then asked for his driver’s license so he could look it up that way. After using the app on his phone and calling dispatch, the warden confirmed that the man’s fishing license had expired and, therefore, he had caught the fish without a legal fishing license. The man received a citation for fishing without a valid fishing license and his fish was seized since it was caught illegally. The warden donated the 34-inch drum to a licensed fisher-

ANGLERS IN NEED OF EDUCATION Game wardens boarded a sportfishing boat near Matagorda where they found three fishermen in possession of 17 undersized juvenile red snapper. The subjects commented that they had a great day and caught tons of “mingo” snapper (mangrove) offshore. Game wardens educated the three men that the snapper in their cooler were in fact juvenile red

man at Calaveras. Citations and civil restitution are pending. UNNEIGHBORLY BEHAVIOR A Van Zandt County game warden and a Smith County game warden wrapped up an investigation dating back to last hunting season regarding a group of trespassers and illegally taken deer. Acting on a tip, the game wardens made cases against five individuals who were caught trespassing and running hog dogs on a piece of property in Van Zandt County. The primary suspect in the case gave a false name to the rancher and had put his own lock on the gate in order to gain illegal access to the property. After an extensive investigation, the wardens revealed that the primary suspect also had a feeder and hunting equipment on the adjacent property. The suspect had also illegally harvested multiple deer and was caught multiple times on camera trespassing with firearms. Multiple cases were filed for trespassing, untagged white-tailed deer, illegal means and methods, and other charges. The cases are pending. LOST HIS WAY Game wardens in Harris County received a call about an elderly

snapper and not “mingo” snapper. Wardens clarified the differences of the several snapper species found in the Gulf of Mexico to the three men, showing them photos of lane, vermillion, and mangrove snapper. Cases for possession of undersized and over the daily bag limit of red snapper are pending.

man stuck in the middle of Addicks Reservoir with night approaching. The man was located after an extensive search; he had no water and was having dizzy spells when he attempted to walk. The game wardens safely extracted him. The next morning, game wardens received another call about the same individual, but now he was now lost in Barker Reservoir. The 72-yearold, who has a medical history, had spent about four hours walking around Barker Reservoir searching for his lost ATV. The game wardens were able to locate the individual again after following his tracks and hearing pistol shots. The game wardens had to cut their way through the brush to get the individual much-needed medical attention. The individual was later released by EMS, after which he received a talking to from the game wardens about wandering off. LIFE JACKETS SAVE THE DAY As they entered the jetties at Matagorda, game wardens on their way back in from patrolling the Gulf of Mexico noticed an overturned kayak floating in the middle of the river channel being pulled out by the tide. Once closer, the wardens could see a woman struggling to

hang on to the kayak, desperately trying to swim back to shore. Luckily, the kayaker was wearing a life jacket and the wardens assisted her back to the bank and later went back to recover the swamped kayak. About 20 minutes later, the same circumstance took place, but this time with a tandem kayak with a man and woman who were also struggling to hang on to their overturned kayak, but were wearing their life jackets. Wardens assisted the two kayakers back to the riverbank and brought their kayak back to them afterwards. LIVING THE HIGH LIFE As game wardens patrolling Lake Tawakoni and conducting water safety inspections approached a boat, they observed a female onboard hide something in her swimsuit top. Upon questioning, she revealed a small pipe from her swimsuit. Further questioning from the wardens produced a small container that was wedged between the seat and the side of the boat. The container contained three marijuana buds. At this point, the wardens boarded the suspect boat and conducted a search. They located three bundles of cash in a compartment near the steering wheel

totaling $5,453, and a soft-sided cooler containing a large amount of marijuana. The owner and operator of the boat was arrested. The female passenger was issued a citation and released. Cases are pending. NIGHT VISION TO THE RESCUE Live Oak County game wardens responded to a call about two stranded kayakers on Choke Canyon Lake. The call stated they had launched from the Calliham boat ramp just before dusk. Wardens put in at the boat ramp and began their search, but while they were searching, the stranded kayakers called in stating they had actually launched from the South Shore boat ramp but had drifted a long way. They also stated their kayaks had sunk and they were currently in life jackets drifting in the lake. Wardens navigated to the South Shore boat ramp and, using night vision, continued their search in the direction the high winds would have likely blown the kayakers. About 800 yards from the boat ramp, one of the wardens noticed a faint glow in his night vision. Remembering the kayakers had an active cell phone with them, wardens maneuvered toward the glow and discovered the two kayakers. One of the kayakers was cramping, in extreme pain, and having a difficult time keeping himself upright and over the waves. The wardens pulled the kayakers onto the boat and safely delivered them to the ramp where EMS treated them for mild hypothermia and dehydration.


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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are good while working slicks and shad. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on top-waters. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of bayous draining from the marsh. 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.





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BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Lil’ Johns and Down South Lures. 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 on Bass Assassins, Down South Lures and Lil’ Johns. Trout are fair to good at the wells on plastics and live bait. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on live shrimp and plum plastics. Trout are good on live bait around the Ship Channel. 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 good at San Luis Pass and the jetties on shrimp and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bay. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over midbay reefs. Redfish are good while wading the shorelines with small top-waters. Redfish have been found in the middle of the bay with low tides. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and top-waters around the jetties. Redfish are good in the back reaches of the bay 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. Tarpon are fair to good at the jetty. 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 good on mullet in Allyn’s Bight. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croaker. Offshore is good for kingfish, red snapper and ling. Trout are fair to good in the surf on live shrimp and croaker. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on live shrimp and croaker. Redfish are fair to good in Oso Bay and Nueces Bay on small top-waters and scented plastics. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on top-waters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good while drifting grass around spoil islands on Bass Assassins, Down South Lures and Gamblers. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut at night under lights on glow plastics and live shrimp. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair while wading spoil islands on top-waters. Red snapper, kingfish and dorado are good offshore. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good on shrimp and DOA Shrimp while drifting the grass beds. Trout, Spanish mackerel and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on live bait.

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Emperor goose hunting this season

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Alaska resident waterfowl hunters will have the opportunity to harvest emperor geese this fall for the first time in 30 years. Federal regulations for the 2017-2018 waterfowl hunting season allow a statewide harvest of 1,000 emperor geese. Emperor geese are exclusive to Alaska and the Russian Far East. Conservation efforts over recent decades helped the geese recover from a low population size to a harvestable level. Successful hunters must report their harvest of an emperor goose by phone or online. A permit allows the harvest and possession of one emperor goose per hunter per season. —Alaska Department of Fish and Game


No lead shot on WMAs Dove hunters must use nonlead shot on Louisiana Wildlife Management Areas and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries leased dove fields this season. According to LDWF, the change is intended to reduce the deposition of lead shot and potential effects of lead on wildlife. Hunters on those areas will be limited to the use of nontoxic shot size 6 and smaller for dove hunting. —LDWF



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Northern bobwhite abundance increased compared to 2016, indicating that populations in Nebraska continue to rebound from the severe winters of 2009-2010 and the severe drought of 2012-2013, according to a whistle count and July rural mail carrier surveys. Results of the whistle count survey show statewide, within the quail’s range, the mean number of males heard calling in 2017 was higher than in 2016. In addition, the 2017 July Rural Mail Carrier Survey shows that relative abundance of quail was higher compared to last year. —Nebraska Game and Parks

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Rookie wins Forrest Wood Cup FLW Tour rookie Justin Atkins of Florence, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 22 pounds, 1 ounce — the second-heaviest limit ever weighed in the 22-year history of the Forrest Wood Cup — to earn the win at the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. Over three days, Atkins weighed in 15 fish totaling 59 pounds. Travis Fox of Rogers, Arkansas finished second. —FLW Outdoors


College freshman makes Classic Jacob Foutz of Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee qualified for the Bassmaster Classic by winning the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Lake Bemidji in Minnesota. The 19-year-old defeated teammate Jake Lee with his limit of 16 pounds, 5 ounces. —B.A.S.S.

Fesstus Stalder of Greeley landed a 3 pound, 7 ounce black crappie on June 11, a state record. The fish was caught at the Frank Easement West Pond in Windsor. The previous state record fish was caught in La Plata County in 1990 and weighed 3.22 pounds. —Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Elk habitat permanently protected The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation partnered with a conservation-minded landowner, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado to permanently protect 524 acres of prime wildlife habitat in west-central Colorado. Located about 35 miles east of Grand Junction, the Bull Creek project provides summer, winter and transitional range as well as a migration corridor through adjacent Bureau of Land Management land for elk and mule deer. It’s also an important calving ground for elk and lies within Colorado’s Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in the world. — RMEF


Bear hunting starts Sept. 1 Over the last 25 years, Vermont’s bear population has grown from less than 3,000 to 5,400 today. Hunters can improve their chances if they scout ahead of time to find fall foods such as wild apples, beechnuts, acorns, and berries — where bears will be feeding. Vermont has two bear-hunting seasons. The early season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 10. The late bear season begins Nov. 11 and continues through Nov. 19. A hunter may only take one bear during the year. A regulation now requires hunters to collect and turn in a small pre-molar tooth from each harvested bear for an age structure bear project. Hunters took 697 bears last year in 193 Vermont towns. —Vermont Fish and Wildlife


New WMA focuses on quail and small game The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and the U.S. Forest Service have partnered to expand and improve bobwhite quail habitat through the creation of a new Wildlife Management Area in south Alabama. Approximately 7,000 acres within the Conecuh National Forest is now part of Boggy Hollow WMA in Covington County, Alabama. The newly created WMA will be managed as a bobwhite quail focal area and will provide additional habitat for nongame species. The WMA will be open to hunting this fall. In addition to an emphasis on quail habitat, Boggy Hollow will also provide exclusive small game and deer hunting opportunities during regular season dates. —ADCNR


Federal government won’t list bluefin tuna NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service turned down a proposal to list Pacific bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act. NOAA conducted a yearlong review after a coalition of environmental organizations proposed that bluefin fishing be banned in U.S. waters. Comments provided in December 2016 noted that these tuna stocks are recovering and all but 5 percent of the fishery occurs outside U.S. waters in Asia and Mexico. —ASA

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Fish consumption advisories Continued from page 8

“there’s a pipe going into the water somewhere.” “How much money do you have?” asked Larry K. Lowry, director of environmental health graduate programs at UT Health Northeast in Tyler. “That’s the issue. In areas like Chesapeake Bay, where many pollutants accumulated in the sludge, they can dredge up the bottom. Then you have to figure out what to do with it. It’s not always practical to clean up. What we do to protect people is issue fish consumption advisories.” There are lake remediation success stories, however. Superfund cleanup at the Brio Refinery site near Houston reduced VOC (volatile organic compound) levels in fish at Clear Creek to acceptable levels. And the Navy has spent millions chipping away at the heavily polluted Mountain Creek Lake in Dallas, which was formerly the site of a naval air station. Now, DSHS has given wom-

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Lake’s advisory. On the other hand, there have been fish consumption advisories at Big Cypress Creek, Caddo Lake and Toledo Bend since 1995. The DSHS advises all anglers to eat no more than two meals each month of largemouth bass and freshwater drum from those lakes. DSHS’ main concern when issuing fish consumption advisories is people with “consistent exposure” to contaminants, said spokeswoman Christine Mann. For subsistence anglers, Lowry proffers some blunt advice. “There’s toxicity associated with anything,” he said. “Rotate your poisons. Anyone who consumes food from one source is more liable to toxicity than someone who eats a variety of food from a variety of sources.”

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Andy Carranza Jr. got this 6-point buck with a .243 Remington at 85 yards in San Isidro. Hannah Smith caught this 26-inch trout, and her father, Kyle, shows two red drum caught at Port Mansfield.

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Jones new head of Texas game wardens Grahame Jones, a 24-year law enforcement veteran, has been selected as director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division. Jones, previously chief of special operations, succeeds Col. Craig Hunter, who retires Aug. 31. As TPWD Law Enforcement Division director, Jones will oversee a force of 551 game wardens and 128 dedicated noncommissioned support staff. During Jones’ career with TPWD, he has served as a field game warden in East Texas, a sergeant investigator in environmental crimes, a captain and major in Internal Affairs, and the Photo by TPWD chief of Special Operations. Jones grew up in Houston, fishing the Galveston Bay complex and hunting ducks and geese on the Katy Prairie. Jones received a Bachelor of Science from Stephen F. Austin State University and attended the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Hunter retires with 40-plus years of law enforcement service. —TPWD

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07:07 07:07 07:08 07:08 07:09 07:09 07:10 07:10 07:11 07:11 07:12 07:12 07:13 07:13 07:14

08:04 08:02 08:01 08:00 07:59 07:58 07:57 07:56 07:55 07:53 07:52 07:51 07:50 07:49 07:47

10:52a 10:49p 11:47a 11:25p 12:41p NoMoon 1:34p 12:02a 2:26p 12:41a 3:16p 1:22a 4:06p 2:06a 4:53p 2:54a 5:39p 3:44a 6:22p 4:38a 7:04p 5:34a 7:44p 6:31a 8:22p 7:29a 9:01p 8:28a 9:39p 9:28a

9:28 3:16 10:19 4:07 11:08 4:57 11:56 5:45 12:18 6:31 1:04 7:16 1:48 8:00 2:31 8:43 3:15 9:27 3:58 10:11 4:43 10:55 5:29 11:42 6:17 12:05 7:08 12:55 8:00 1:48

9:51 10:41 11:31 ----12:42 1:28 2:12 2:56 3:39 4:23 5:08 5:54 6:42 7:32 8:25

3:39 4:30 5:19 6:07 6:54 7:39 8:24 9:08 9:51 10:35 11:20 ----12:29 1:20 2:13

07:14 07:15 07:15 07:16 07:17 07:18 07:18 07:19 07:20 07:20 07:21 07:22 07:23 07:23 07:24

08:23 08:22 08:21 08:19 08:18 08:17 08:15 08:14 08:13 08:11 08:10 08:08 08:07 08:06 08:04

11:08a 10:59p 12:06p 11:33p 1:02p NoMoon 1:57p 12:08a 2:51p 12:44a 3:42p 1:24a 4:32p 2:08a 5:19p 2:55a 6:04p 3:46a 6:46p 4:41a 7:26p 5:39a 8:03p 6:38a 8:39p 7:39a 9:15p 8:41a 9:50p 9:43a

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Sabine Pass, north Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

Time 12:21 AM 1:06 AM 1:56 AM 3:02 AM 12:25 AM 1:39 AM 2:26 AM 3:00 AM 3:26 AM 3:48 AM 4:10 AM 4:31 AM 4:52 AM 5:14 AM 5:35 AM

Port O’Connor Height 0.6L 0.9L 1.1L 1.3L 1.5H 1.6H 1.7H 1.7H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.7H

Time 6:56 AM 7:24 AM 7:48 AM 8:00 AM 4:39 PM 5:34 PM 6:25 PM 9:42 AM 9:10 AM 9:07 AM 9:24 AM 9:51 AM 10:24 AM 11:01 AM 11:42 AM

Height 1.6H 1.5H 1.5H 1.4H 0.3L 0.3L 0.2L 1.4L 1.4L 1.3L 1.2L 1.1L 1.0L 0.8L 0.7L

Time 1:04 PM 1:54 PM 2:47 PM 3:43 PM

Height 0.6L 0.5L 0.5L 0.4L

Time 7:35 PM 9:03 PM 10:44 PM

Height 1.5H 1.4H 1.5H

11:55 AM 12:52 PM 1:40 PM 2:25 PM 3:12 PM 4:01 PM 4:54 PM 5:53 PM

1.4H 1.5H 1.5H 1.6H 1.6H 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H

7:11 PM 7:55 PM 8:35 PM 9:14 PM 9:53 PM 10:31 PM 11:11 PM 11:53 PM

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Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Time 12:41 AM 1:27 AM 2:32 AM 4:05 AM 12:12 AM 1:35 AM 2:33 AM 3:18 AM 3:55 AM 4:23 AM 4:45 AM 5:03 AM 5:19 AM 5:35 AM 5:51 AM

Height 0.6L 0.8L 1.1L 1.2L 1.5H 1.6H 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H 1.7H

Time 7:11 AM 7:35 AM 7:56 AM 8:14 AM 6:10 AM 5:36 PM 6:28 PM 7:14 PM 7:55 PM 10:08 AM 10:33 AM 10:54 AM 11:11 AM 11:31 AM 11:58 AM

Height 1.5H 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 1.3L 0.2L 0.2L 0.1L 0.2L 1.4L 1.3L 1.2L 1.1L 0.9L 0.7L

Time 1:20 PM 2:08 PM 2:59 PM 3:49 PM 8:35 AM

Height 0.6L 0.5L 0.4L 0.3L 1.4H

Time 7:56 PM 9:25 PM 10:44 PM

Height 1.4H 1.4H 1.5H

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12:51 PM 2:02 PM 3:05 PM 4:06 PM 5:05 PM 6:04 PM

1.4H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.6H 1.6H

8:34 PM 9:14 PM 9:56 PM 10:39 PM 11:20 PM

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Height 0.6L 0.7L 0.9L 1.1H 1.2H 1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H 0.7L

Time 7:30 AM 8:07 AM 8:51 AM 5:15 PM 6:14 PM 8:33 AM 8:33 AM 8:53 AM 9:16 AM 9:40 AM 9:00 AM 9:22 AM 10:06 AM 10:57 AM 6:12 AM

Height 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.4L 0.4L 1.0L 1.1L 1.1L 1.1L 1.1L 1.1L 1.0L 1.0L 0.9L 1.1H

Time 2:08 PM 3:17 PM 4:16 PM

Height 0.7L 0.6L 0.5L

Time 8:00 PM 10:05 PM

Height 1.1H 1.1H

Time 2:07 AM 3:21 AM 4:35 AM 12:08 AM 1:31 AM 2:18 AM 2:56 AM 3:32 AM 4:05 AM 4:33 AM 4:53 AM 5:10 AM 5:31 AM 5:52 AM 12:28 AM

10:45 AM 11:32 AM 12:28 PM 1:12 PM 1:51 PM 2:30 PM 3:17 PM 4:16 PM 5:16 PM 11:44 AM

1.0H 1.1H 1.1H 1.2H 1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 0.8L

7:03 PM 7:44 PM 8:20 PM 8:56 PM 9:34 PM 10:17 PM 11:02 PM 11:45 PM

0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.4L 0.4L 0.5L

6:19 PM


Height 0.7L 1.0L 1.2L 0.5L 1.7H 1.8H 1.8H 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.7H

Time 6:33 AM 6:48 AM 6:58 AM

Height 1.5H 1.4H 1.4H

Time 1:06 PM 1:44 PM 2:32 PM

Height 0.8L 0.6L 0.5L

Time 7:14 PM 8:57 PM 10:38 PM

Height 1.5H 1.5H 1.6H

4:17 PM 5:09 PM 6:04 PM 6:57 PM 7:40 PM 8:18 PM 10:38 AM 10:44 AM 10:52 AM 11:08 AM 11:35 AM

0.4L 0.4L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 1.4L 1.3L 1.2L 1.0L 0.9L

1:41 PM 2:38 PM 3:36 PM 4:39 PM 5:44 PM

1.5H 1.5H 1.6H 1.6H 1.7H

8:53 PM 9:31 PM 10:16 PM 11:08 PM

0.3L 0.4L 0.6L 0.7L

Time 9:52 AM 9:56 AM 6:48 PM 7:40 PM 8:37 PM 9:33 PM 10:26 PM 11:15 PM

Height 1.1H 1.1H 0.3L 0.3L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L

Time 5:18 PM 6:01 PM

Height 0.4L 0.3L

Time 11:39 PM

Height 1.0H

8:28 8:36 8:47 8:54 8:59 9:04

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

2:01 2:22 2:43 3:02 3:17 3:34

Freeport Harbor Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

Time 12:26 AM 1:17 AM 2:47 AM 3:25 PM 12:03 AM 1:17 AM 2:07 AM 2:46 AM 3:19 AM 3:49 AM 4:13 AM 4:32 AM 4:48 AM 5:06 AM 5:26 AM

Time 4:41 AM 5:30 AM 10:02 AM 6:18 AM 6:59 AM 7:31 AM 7:57 AM 8:14 AM 8:22 AM 12:00 AM 12:43 AM 1:24 AM 2:04 AM 2:44 AM 3:23 AM

Time 8:28 AM 2:32 AM 4:48 PM 5:31 PM 6:17 PM 7:09 PM 8:04 PM 9:01 PM 9:56 PM 10:46 PM 11:31 PM

Height 0.6H 0.5L 0.3L 0.3L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.3L 0.3L

Time 3:20 PM 8:02 AM

Height 0.4L 0.7H

4:05 PM


9:35 AM 8:46 AM 7:20 AM

0.8H 0.8H 0.8H

12:36 PM 1:13 PM 1:52 PM

0.8L 0.7L 0.6L

4:20 PM 6:27 PM 8:18 PM

0.8H 0.8H 0.8H

Time 2:12 AM 1:40 AM 8:41 AM 9:05 AM 9:41 AM 10:25 AM 11:16 AM 12:09 PM 1:02 PM 1:53 PM 2:45 PM 12:08 AM 12:42 AM 1:12 AM 1:34 AM

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

Time 8:34 AM 8:29 AM 5:43 PM 6:35 PM 7:26 PM 8:18 PM 9:10 PM 10:00 PM 10:47 PM 11:30 PM

Height 0.3H 0.3H 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.2L 0.2L 0.2L

Time 3:37 PM 4:46 PM

Height 0.2L 0.2L

Time 10:48 PM

Height 0.3H

3:44 5:05 8:41 8:08

0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H

1:32 PM 2:50 PM

0.4L 0.3L

7:03 PM 9:51 PM

0.4H 0.4H

Height 0.4L 0.6L 0.7L 0.9H 0.9H 1.0H 1.0H 1.1H 1.1H 1.1H 1.0H 1.0H 1.0H 1.0H 1.0H

Time 5:54 AM 6:13 AM 6:32 AM 3:20 PM 4:26 PM 5:29 PM 6:26 PM 7:19 PM 8:48 AM 9:15 AM 9:41 AM 9:59 AM 9:21 AM 9:49 AM 10:31 AM

Height 0.8H 0.9H 0.9H 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.2L 0.2L 1.0L 1.0L 1.0L 0.9L 0.8L 0.7L 0.6L

Time 12:34 PM 1:20 PM 2:15 PM

Height 0.5L 0.4L 0.3L

Time 6:20 PM 7:30 PM

Height 0.9H 0.8H

11:19 AM 12:25 PM 1:23 PM 2:20 PM 3:16 PM 4:15 PM 5:17 PM

1.0H 1.0H 1.1H 1.1H 1.1H 1.1H 1.1H

8:07 PM 8:50 PM 9:30 PM 10:04 PM 10:31 PM 10:47 PM 11:08 PM

0.2L 0.2L 0.2L 0.3L 0.4L 0.5L 0.7L

Height 0.5L 0.7L 0.9L 1.0H 1.2H 1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 1.1H 1.1H 1.0H

Time 6:40 AM 6:40 AM 6:26 AM 3:45 AM 4:23 PM 5:19 PM 6:13 PM 7:03 PM 7:49 PM 8:33 PM 9:53 AM 10:01 AM 10:14 AM 10:35 AM 11:07 AM

Height 1.0H 1.0H 1.0H 1.0L 0.2L 0.2L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 1.1L 1.1L 1.0L 0.8L 0.6L

Time 12:58 PM 1:45 PM 2:35 PM 6:02 AM

Height 0.5L 0.4L 0.3L 1.0H

Time 7:10 PM 8:51 PM

Height 1.0H 1.0H

3:28 PM


12:22 PM 1:48 PM 3:05 PM 4:22 PM 5:41 PM

1.2H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H

9:15 PM 9:56 PM 10:38 PM 11:22 PM

0.2L 0.2L 0.4L 0.5L

Height 0.2L 0.2L 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.2L

Time 7:29 AM 8:00 AM 3:38 AM 6:57 AM 7:18 PM 8:02 PM 9:50 AM 10:25 AM 10:49 AM 11:04 AM 10:50 AM 10:28 AM 10:50 AM 11:20 AM 6:29 AM

Height 0.3H 0.3H 0.3L 0.3L 0.1L 0.0L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.2L 0.2L 0.3H

Time 3:11 PM 3:41 PM 8:32 AM 9:03 AM

Height 0.2L 0.1L 0.3H 0.3H

Time 8:08 PM

Height 0.3H

4:21 PM 6:27 PM

0.1L 0.1L

11:53 AM 12:43 PM 1:21 PM 1:58 PM 2:50 PM 4:07 PM 5:04 PM 5:55 PM 12:00 PM

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

8:53 PM 9:47 PM 10:28 PM 10:57 PM 11:18 PM 11:34 PM 11:52 PM

0.0L 0.0L 0.0L 0.0L 0.0L 0.1L 0.1L

7:02 PM





Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

Time 12:21 AM 12:12 AM 12:02 AM 6:46 AM 6:53 AM 3:59 AM 4:29 AM 4:57 AM 4:19 AM 4:35 AM 4:57 AM 5:08 AM 4:34 AM 4:39 AM 4:57 AM

South Padre Island

Rollover Pass Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

Height 0.4L 0.6H 0.7H 0.8H 0.8H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.4L 0.5L 0.6L

Port Aransas

San Luis Pass Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8


Time 2:14 AM 12:10 AM 7:26 AM 7:18 AM 7:31 AM 7:49 AM 8:06 AM 7:52 AM 8:05 AM 8:34 AM 9:01 AM 9:23 AM 12:12 AM 12:50 AM 1:27 AM

Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

Time 12:31 AM 1:21 AM 2:19 AM 12:04 AM 2:15 AM 3:08 AM 3:51 AM 4:28 AM 5:00 AM 5:22 AM 5:21 AM 5:15 AM 5:18 AM 5:23 AM 5:24 AM

East Matagorda Height 0.6L 0.8L 1.1H 1.2H 1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 0.1L 0.1L 0.2L 0.3L 0.4L 0.6L



1.0L 1.0L 0.9L 0.8L 0.7L 0.6L

4:12 5:24 6:30 7:34 8:38 9:46


1.1H 1.1H 1.1H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H

Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

Time 2:59 AM 3:29 AM 12:47 AM 4:56 AM 5:11 AM 5:29 AM 5:42 AM 5:55 AM 6:14 AM 6:41 AM 7:18 AM 7:49 AM 6:25 AM 6:15 AM 12:14 AM

Texas Coast Tides

Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

Date Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1 Sept 2 Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8

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PRODUCTS SPIRIT BLIND: Ameristep’s blind combines organically shaped window openings with a silent daisy-chain window closure system to defy the discerning eyes and ears of deer, turkey and other game. The window’s shape eschews the straight and unnatural lines and angles of traditional blind windows opting instead for a more natural shape. Once hidden inside, hunters can customize the window openings to control light as well as viewing and shooting angles. The openings are also equipped with replaceable shoot-through mesh camo window screens and sewn-in brush pockets above and below the windows for the addition of natural vegetation from the surrounding terrain. A quiet, black fabric coating on the inside won’t reflect light, affording further concealment to those within. The outer shell of the blind is made from Durashell Plus fabric, a dull, woven polyester material that is nonreflective and lightweight. The 67-inch-tall blind comes in Realtree Xtra camouflage and costs about $200.



LEGEND TOURNAMENT INSHORE ROD: Winner of the ICAST 2017 Best Saltwater Rod category, this rod series by St. Croix is designed for harsh saltwater environments. The rods are fine-tuned with the latest blank-manufacturing technologies and contemporary components for absolute hyperperformance. They are sensitive, powerful and durable. The rod’s graphite blank is built upon an “Integrated Poly Curve” tooling technology and is engineered to eliminate all transitional points, which enhances the rod’s smooth action and increases its strength and sensitivity. The corrosion-resistant rod also boasts a super-grade cork handle and a Fuji TVS or PTS blank-touch reel seat with built-in hood for comfort and sensitivity. The 10-rod series will be available in the fall and will sell for between $280 and $340. TAKTIX JACKET: This new full season hunting jacket by ScentLok goes beyond comfort and aesthetics: it combines three attributes that help hunters stay comfortable while allowing them to get close to the game. The jacket features Carbon Alloy odor absorption to neutralize human odor; a superhydrophobic treatment that protects hunters from water and rain without stiff and noisy waterproof membranes; and internal moisture that keeps hunters dry and comfortable. Other features include a quiet micro tricot outer fabric, low-bulk wrists that won’t interfere with a bow hunter’s release, technical overlay color panels, 13 easy-access pockets, and a harness opening to keep stinky fall restraint gear enveloped inside the garment’s Carbon Alloy barrier. The jacket costs about $150 and is available in four camo patterns and in sizes for men and women.


>> HACK ATTACK FLUORO FLIPPING JIG: Strike King’s compact jig is designed around a black nickel hook with a small diameter to penetrate deep when using fluorocarbon lines. Its head shape, weed guard, and size make this flipping jig weedless. It comes in about a dozen hues, including the Peanut Butter Bug (pictured) and costs about $6.

ACCURION RIFLESCOPE: These durable and high performance riflescopes by Fujinon are constructed from shockproof aircraft grade aluminum body construction to help withstand recoil, making them useful in a variety of settings and adverse weather conditions. With fully multi-coated optics, the riflescopes boast light transmission of up to 95 percent for superior sharpness and clarity. The line is available in four models (available in two reticle styles) that feature a matte black finish that helps prevent light from shining off the body. The riflescopes cost about $170 to $200, depending on the model.



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NWTF hiring The National Wild Turkey Federation is looking to hire a vice president of communications.

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Nature’s Calling

Rio Ammunition, Inc, headquartered in Irving, added three experienced staff to its growing sales force. Darrell Morrow was hired as director of sales, and Tes Salb and Bill Betiello joined as key account executives.

Legend Boats acquired by Bass Pro group




Sales reps hired by Blaser Blaser USA named the Dunkin Lewis Rep Group as its sales representatives.

Rio Ammo grows sales Heybo adds staff department




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Legend is joining the White River Marine Group family that includes Triton, Ranger, Nitro and Tracker.

Gunwerks hires COO Gunwerks, LLC hired James Christiansen as Chief Operations Officer. Christiansen recently served as COO at SilencerCo.

New PR director at ZEISS ZEISS Sports Optics, USA, hired Kyle Brown as its director of public relations and product.

Starnes CEO at DoubleStar DoubleStar Corp named Stacy Starnes its new chief executive officer.

Heybo Outdoors hired Allison Jordan as its marketing coordinator, Ashlyn Bowers as regional sales manager and Bobby Altman as creative director.

RMEF looks for regional director The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is seeking a person to engage and manage volunteer activities, event fundraising and major gift fundraising in Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

National sales manager position Davidson’s is currently seeking a national sales manager/VP of sales in its Prescott, Arizona headquarters.

Salter goes to Portland Outdoors Portland Outdoors has hired turkey calling champion Eddie Salter as vice president of sales and promotions.

Director of sales position Bennfeld Technologies is seeking a director of sales at its Columbia, Missouri location.

FOR THE TABLE *email LSON your favorite recipe to

Smothered quail

By Aaron Anderson, For Lone Star Outdoor News

10 quail 2 bunches green onions, chopped 3 stalks of celery, chopped 7 mushrooms, sliced 1/2 cup butter 2 cans (10 1/2 oz.) cream of celery soup 1 soup can of white wine Salt and pepper to taste Soak quail 3 to 4 hours in mild salt water. Sauté onions, celery, and mushrooms in butter for

10 minutes or until tender. Add cream of celery soup and wine and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and pepper to mixture. Place quail in Dutch oven and pour sauce over them. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours or until tender at 350 degrees. Serve birds over wild rice with sauce on top. —Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Grilled striped bass with pineapple salsa Large striped bass fillets Blackening seasoning (or any seasoning of your choice) Pineapple salsa 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup drained pineapple chunks 1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes, or drained canned diced tomato 1 to 2 diced fresh jalapenos 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar 1 clove of diced garlic A wire tray specially designed for grilling fish works great, as it keeps the fish from breaking up and falling through the grill

grates. However, you can also cook on a sheet of aluminum foil placed on the grill. Spray cooking tray or foil with oil and sprinkle both sides of fish with seasoning. Place fish onto tray or foil and grill over medium heat. Cook fish for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until done. Mix together all salsa ingredients and pour over fish. Serve immediately. —North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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

AUGUST 25-27

Hunters Extravaganza Corpus Christi American Bank Center


Ducks Unlimited El Paso Shoot Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club (915) 401-4108 National Wild Turkey Federation Hunt for a Cure Concert Brooklyn’s Down South, Buda (512) 966-9539 Quail Coalition South Texas Chapter Banquet Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds Ducks Unlimited Northwest Prairie Dinner St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church (281) 213-3301 Exotic Wildlife Associaiton Wildlife Forever Fundraiser (830) 367-7761


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


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Southeast Texas Big Game Banquet (409) 673-2771 Quail Coalition San Antonio Chapter Banquet Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall Ducks Unlimited Rice Belt Banquet El Campo (361) 648-4279


Dallas Safari Club Dove Hunt Hailey Ranch Abilene


Winters Dove Fest Winters Houston Safari Club Dove hunt Sealy


Coastal Conservation Association Sam Houston Annual Banquet Walker County Fairgrounds (713) 626-4222 Delta Waterfowl Brazoria County Chapter Dinner Lake Jackson (979) 299-5962

Whitetails Unlimited East Texas Chapter Banquet Marshall

Quail Coalition Hill Country Banquet Brazos Hall, Austin


Coastal Conservation Association Heart of the Hills Chapter Banquet Boerne (210) 669-3732

National Wild Turkey Federation Texas State Jakes Event Nacogdoches (936) 552-1942



Coastal Conservation Association Lingerie on the Bay “Ladies Only” Fishing Tournament Matagorda Harbor Pavilion (281) 850-9023

Delta Waterfowl Heart of Texas Chapter Dinner Austin (512) 423-2842



Ducks Unlimited Central Texas Dinner John D. Windham Civic Center (936) 598-8853

National Wild Turkey Federation Corpus Christi Gun Raffle (361) 980-1190



Dallas Safari Club S.A.F.E.T.Y. Extravaganza Greystone Castle Mingus

Dallas Safari Club CS Dove Hunt High Brass Hunting Preserve



Houston Safari Club Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation 28th Annual Banquet & Auction Washington, D.C.

Houston Safari Club Weekend at Hawkeye Hunting Club


Houston Safari Club 5th Annual Teas Bass, Bucks & Boots The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa


Coastal Conservation Association Beeville Fish Fry May Ranch

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1. Wear when dove hunting [EARPLUGS] 2. A good catfish bait [LIVER] 3. A shooting sport [TRAP] 5. Good county for dove hunting in Texas [HASKELL]

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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


Huge Hill Country Ranch Divided into 100 - 500 acres. Low fenced neighbors, exclusive game management for high quality whitetail, axis and other free ranging game. Call Bill for a personal showing: (361) 815-0140

DECOYS WANTED WOODEN Duck and Goose. Top prices paid. Ask for David. (214) 361-2276 SOUTH TEXAS DEER HUNTS No pen raised deer 3,000+ Acres Trophy & Management Hunts Hogs, Does & Everything else Texas has to offer. Veteran Discount. (713) 516-2954

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For sale or trade. Twin 220 hp Cummins Diesels less than 200 hours, 27 knts cruising speed. Marine head and shower, Furuno plotter/fishfinder, Standard Horizon VHF Radio, Refrigerator and stove, 4 bunks, and outriggers. Sell for $35K or equivalent value bay/flats boat.  (361) 876-4583

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

MISC. ARROWHEADS AND ARTIFACTS I buy and sell authentic Texas artifacts. Please call Nick. (210) 557-9478


Axis, Blackbuck, Hogs Free range whitetail and exotic hunts in Sonora, TX (717) 512-3582

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


South Texas - Rio Grande Valley Bay fishing for trout, redfish, and flounder. Call Captain Grady Deaton, PhD at Please call me for a great fishing adventure (956) 455-2503 TROPHY BASS FISHING ON PRIVATE LAKES

(940) 464-0121

White Wing & Dove

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470 Low Fence Acres 1.5 Hours North of DFW Boone & Crockett Deer Turn Key: Cabin, Food Plots, Feeders, Tower Stands.


Port O’Connor, TX Call Capt. Alex Cruz Now booking trips for September and October

NEED A HUNTING LEASE CABIN? Move it right in! 2011 Astoria Motor Coach. Only 38,000 miles. 360 HP, Cummins engine. Decked out with everything you need, even a fireplace! You’ll be the envy of your lease. $105,900. See it in the Houston area (806) 438-3048



TROPHY WHITETAIL BUCK HUNTS Intensive Management Program. Lodging included. (940) 362-4219


Tanned axis hides Axis pillows

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


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

2 issues minimum ADD A PHOTO $20 ALL BOLD LETTERS $10


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August 25, 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...

August 25, 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...