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August 26, 2016

Volume 13, Issue 1

Giant aoudad shot Lone Star Outdoor News Jimmy Matthews shot an aoudad on Friday, August 19 that he believes will be the best free-range ram ever shot in the U.S., and maybe in the world. Hunting in Brewster County with Jim Breck Beam of High West Outfitters, Matthews, who works for Saulsbury Industries, faced very wet conditions for the Trans Pecos. “The day before the hunters arrived, Beam scouted and saw the ram at more than a mile away.

Will dove scatter? By Craig Nyhus

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The first hunting day, they experienced heavy fog and rain, until it finally broke Friday afternoon. “The fog was so thick you couldn’t see the top of the mountain,” Beam said. “When the fog lifted, the sheep started moving.” Beam spotted some good rams and saw the big ram below the rimrock. “We drove to the top of the mountain and walked 800 yards,” he said. Matthews, who was shooting a suppressed 28 Nosler, took a shot at the moving ram. Please turn to page 14

WHAT A RAM: Jimmy Matthews, his guide, Jim Breck Beam and the team at High West Outfitters poses with Matthew’s free-range ram that may be a U.S. or world record. Photo from Jim Breck Beam.

Texas dove hunters have seen it before. A long, hot summer has the birds following a pattern to their favorite hunting spot. Then in August, the unusual cool front and rains come in, scattering the birds. Why do the birds scatter, and where do they go? “I can’t say that this has been studied,” said Shaun Oldenburger, the dove program leader with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “But I see it happening with the white-winged dove around Austin.” Oldenburger said the dove normally start to scatter this time of year, and the cool fronts and rains trigger the activity. “It has a lot to do with

Houstonian pursues bowfin By Shannon Drawe

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CONTENTS Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10 Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12 Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 18

BACKWATER BOWFIN: A kayak gets fly-anglers like Danny Scarborough into the deepest regions of East Texas reservoirs to cast into the shallows for the hard-fighting fish. Photo by Shannon Drawe, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . Page 20 Sun, Moon & Tides . . . . . Page 22

Fly-fishermen are known for seeking out different and strange fish. The prehistoric bowfin certainly qualifies as strange. Those seeking a new challenge might consider Lake Conroe or other East Texas destinations to catch bowfin on a fly rod. “The Cajuns call ’em choupique, but I’ve also heard mudfish, mud pike, dogfish and cypress trout,” Danny Scarborough of Houston said. “But I prefer plain old bowfin.” Other names for the bowfin include grindle or grinnel. Bowfin are not that uncommon in East Texas, but have often been regarded as a nuisance by fishermen seeking largePlease turn to page 9

Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 24 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 26

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Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris put a call into his friend for what he said would be some outrageous top-water fishing for reds in the 25- to 30-inch range. “Just get here,” was the message. At Sabine Lake on the Texas/Louisiana border, the group left the marina and found a small group of gulls feeding on shrimp being chased to the surface by hungry trout.

“Let’s see what’s under these birds, then head on up the lake,” Norris said. “They’re probably trout, but they might be mixed in with reds.” A number of trout in the 16- to 18-inch range were landed, and the group headed north to the Willow and Johnson bayous. Norris was right. Just off the mouth of Willow Bayou there was a flock of pelicans and gulls diving into big schools of shad that were being pushed to the surface by some very hungry redfish.

HEALTHY RED: Austin Dishman of Beaumont has been landing redfish in Sabine Lake for more than 40 years. Photo by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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HUNTING

New CEO

Classifying airbows

Kinsel takes over at TTHA. Page 6

Debate over whether they are archery equipment. Page 4

FISHING

Smallmouth fever

Pair of big bass

Angler finds them at Lake Belton. Page 8

Two anglers in different areas find a bruiser. Page 18


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Airbow stirs archery controversy By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The airbow fires full-length arrows with full-weight broadheads. Powered by air, arrows speeds have been clocked at 450 feet per second. Crosman, the maker of the the Pioneeer Airbow, says the airbow can be cocked with two fingers and is quicker to reload than a crossbow, and asserts the Pioneer “enhances everything enthusiasts enjoy about archery hunting while making the sport safer and more accessible.” The question to be answered is whether the airbow is ar-

chery equipment, as it seems to combine features of the crossbow and air rifle, but doesn’t quite fit in either category. The Archery Trade Association, possibly not surprising given archery manufacturers previous opposition of crossbow hunters being in the field during archery-only seasons, say no. “While the ATA certainly recognizes the airbow to be an innovative piece of shooting equipment, the airbow nevertheless lacks basic components of standard archery equipment (e.g., a string system and limbs). For this reason, the Please turn to page 6

ANOTHER ARCHERY CONTROVERSY: The Airbow is new, but the argument is not. Crosman, which makes the Pioneer Airbow, says the airbow should be treated as archery equipment. The Archery Trade Association disagrees. Photo by Crosman.

LSONF auction leads to African adventure By Craig Nyhus

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QUITE A SAFARI: After buying a South African hunt at the Lone Star Outdoor News’ Wild Game Supper last October, Jim Shepherd and his wife, Shay, went on a 28-day adventure, including the hunt of this sable. Photo from Jim Shepherd.

Last October at the Lone Star Outdoor News’ Wild Game Supper, Jim Shepherd of Flower Mound raised his hand during the auction of an African plains game safari with Global Safari/Ubathi South Africa in the Limpopo Province. A lifelong hunter, he was going on his first trip to the Dark Continent. In July, he and his wife, Shay, a nonhunter, made a 28-day adventure out of the trip. The hunting was tougher than he expected. “We hunted five different ranches,” Shepherd said. “The bush was so thick, some days we didn’t see anything on a 175,000-acre ranch.” Shepherd was picky — only wanting to take old, top-scoring animals. His wish list consisted of a sable, greater kudu, gemsbok, nyala, roan and impala. His sable hunt was the most unusual. “We were hunting a specific animal, a big bull that wasn’t performing,” Shepherd said. “We looked all over the ranch for him, and saw other, smaller

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More rice for waterfowl this season Lone Star Outdoor News Rice is the primary staple for 50 percent of the world population. For wintering ducks, geese and other birds, it helps them survive the cold season before migrating north. More rice bodes well for waterfowl, and waterfowl hunters. Dan Keesee, the state wetlands conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Temple, said the Texas Rice Belt (18 counties and 16,000 square miles from Orange to Victoria) can have ideal conditions for rice growing. “The time needed to grow and harvest

two rice crops fits tightly between the average freeze dates, which is why the Gulf Coast is the only place where two crops are grown,” Keesee said during a Texas Wildlife Association and Texas AgriLife webinar on August 18. “Acres need high average temperatures, plentiful and timely supply of water, smooth land surface and subsoil hardpan to hold the water.” For wintering ducks and geese, rice provides 52 percent of their food, while coastal marshes provide 47 percent. “The caloric value of rice is very high — more than acorns, grasses or pigweed,” Keesee said. “A rice field provides 350 pounds of waste rice per acre postharvest.

sable. We couldn’t find him. Then, on a 75,000-acre ranch, there he was, looking at us at 300 yards.” While hunting the gemsbok, Shepherd was faced with an unexpected decision. “We were glassing a herd of gemsbok at 300 yards, looking to see if there was a big bull in the group,” he said. “Then an animal stepped out in the road — I didn’t know what it was. I knew it wasn’t on my list.” His professional hunter, the owner of Ubathi, quickly told him. “That’s the biggest waterbuck I’ve ever seen,” the PH told Shepherd. “We had a very quick negotiation,” Shepherd said. “Finally, the PH said, ‘Shoot him now or we’re leaving.’” The waterbuck had 30-inch horns with 10.5-inch bases. Shay tagged along during the impala hunt, the first hunt she ever attended. Shepherd completed successful hunts on the other animals, getting his gemsbok on the last day of hunting. The couple made a second honeymoon out of the trip, heading to the

Acres of rice by county

That number declines to 150 pounds per acre later in the season.” In Texas, more acres were dedicated to rice in 2016, following years of consistent declines in acres planted. Declines, Keesee said, were due to better yields from new varieties of rice, increased populations in the Texas Rice Belt, and some from farmers retiring and a lack of interest from family members or others in picking up the slack. “The overall planted acreage is up by about 28 percent, which is good,” said Dr. Ted Wilson, center director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Beaumont. Please turn to page 14

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Lone Star Outdoor News Just in time for four weekends of shows, Karl Kinsel of San Antonio was hired as the new chief executive officer of the Texas Trophy Hunters Association. With shows complete in Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and the Corpus Christi Extravaganza taking place August 26-28, it has been baptism by fire. Reports from the Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio shows were positive, and the San Antonio Extravaganza saw a marked increase in attendance. “We had rain, and that helps bring people to the show, and they stay longer,” Kinsel said. “The exhibitors have been very positive.” Kinsel offered his hunting philosophy in a nutshell. “I don’t care how, when, where or what you hunt or fish; I just care that you do, or at least that you support hunting and fishing and our great outdoors,” he said. ‘The word trophy, as TOP MAN: Karl Kinsel of San Antonio is the used in the name Texas Trophy Hunters Asso- new CEO of Texas Trophy Hunters Association. Photo by TTHA. ciation, is best defined as the ‘Trophy Experience’ you receive outdoors regardless of the species, sex or size you harvest, or if you photograph wildlife or if you sit on the porch reading a book enjoying wildlife and scenery; you will benefit from the ‘Trophy Experience’ of God’s great outdoors.” The new CEO has several plans for the organization, including building upon the established Texas Trophy Hunters Association foundation, coupled with innovative outreach to create a common ground for all who support hunting, fishing and the great outdoors to come together. Kinsel was born and raised on the fifth-generation ranch owned by the Kinsel family near Catulla. He attended Texas Tech on a rodeo scholarship, has been a board member of the Texas Wildlife Association and was previously the executive director of the Texas Deer Association for 17 years.

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ATA does not consider airbows to be archery equipment,” the ATA said in a release. Crosman was quick to reply. “The Airbow may not meet the ATA’s definition of ‘pure’ archery equipment; however, hunters that currently use archery weapons and firearms continue to petition their state wildlife and legislative leaders to make it a legal alternative to use in their preferred seasons. Consumers are drawn to the Airbow because its performance compares closely to, if not exceeds, most crossbows. Furthermore, both consumers and state officials that have experienced the capabilities of the Airbow firsthand recognize it as a safe alternative to crossbows.” Television host and hunter Jim Shockey is sponsored by Crosman, and harvested a bison with the airbow. He issued his own response. “Despite equipment innovations over the years, we hunters have learned to coexist,” he said. “I believe we’ve become more accepting of each other, no matter what type of hunting tool we choose. And this is a good thing for the future of our hunting heritage. As hunting equipment manufacturers have innovated, the hunting market has grown, more people have jobs in our industry, and wild places and wild animals are better off. More hunters mean more dollars for wildlife conservation.” In Texas, only longbows, compound bows, recurved bows and crossbows are legal for taking game animals. Airbows could still be used to take feral hogs and nongame animals. “As far as our crosman.com sales go, Texas ranks third behind New York and California,” said the company’s marketing manager, Chip Honeycutt. “There are a lot of folks who would like to see their state allow it for big game.”


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Lake Belton’s big smallmouths Lone Star Outdoor News

FAVORITE FISH: Luke Hubble of Bryan fishes several Central Texas lakes for bass, but prefers chasing smallmouth. This summer, he has landed some good smallies during low-light periods and at night. Photos from Luke Hubble.

The smallmouth bass is Luke Hubble’s favorite, and he has been having success in low-light periods and at night on Lake Belton. “Sometimes they follow the baitfish up the water column, especially when the water was so high,” the Bryan angler said. “But in the summer on Belton, they are usually deep.” When Hubble says deep, he means depths beyond the thinking of most bass anglers. “I’ve caught them in 60-feet of water,” he said. “The striper guys are catching big smallmouth when trolling crankbaits with downriggers.” The best bites have been early and late in the day.

“I don’t fish into the middle of the night,” Hubble said. “But we’ve caught some big ones, up to 6 pounds, in the dark.” Football jigs have been the key to landing most of the fish. “In low light or when it’s dark, I use a black or blue color, and when the fish move up, we catch some on top-waters — I use a saltwater 4-inch spook-type lure; I think the hooks are better on the saltwater lures.” If he doesn’t have a client or friend to fish with, Hubble takes his dog, Pancho. He named his guide service after him, Pancho and Lefty’s. Hubble has fished for smallmouth at Lake Whitney and Lake Texoma, and he thinks the new state record will come from either Texoma or Belton.

“There are huge smallmouth in both of the lakes,” he said. The zebra mussels in both lakes don’t worry the angler. “I’m kind of at the opposite end of TPWD on that,” Hubble said. “I play by the rules, and, of course, I don’t have a water intake pipe to worry about. But the smallmouth are a sightfishing predator and they are pretty light-sensitive. They can see better and farther in clearer water.” Hubble said pursuing big smallies at night may not be for the impatient fisherman, though. “It’s a tedious way to fish sometimes — you won’t get many bites,” he said. “But when you do, it’ll be a monster.”

Fishing, friends and fun with Dos Gringos By Autumn Bernhard

For Lone Star Outdoor News Capt. Grady Deaton and Capt. Burt Grayson started officially guiding as Dos Gringos eight years ago but their friendship began a lot earlier than that. The duo goes back almost 50 years when they grew up down the street from each other in Harlingen. Deaton’s backyard ran up against the city’s reservoir and the two started fishing together. “We go way, way back,” Deaton said. “I met him when he was in kindergarten. During the summer we would fish the reservoir, and we have been fishing ever since.” The friends parted ways when Grayson went to Michigan to work in construction. When he came back to Texas five years later, the two started fishing again and came up with the idea of chartering. “We were fishing in Port Mansfield and we were limiting out on redfish and trout every single day,” Grayson said. “Grady made the comment jokingly that we could do this for a living. That was how we got here.” Although the pair does fishing charters year-round, they each have another job. Deaton is the vice president for facility planning at Texas State Technical College and Grayson is a home organizer. Please turn to page 15

OLD PALS: Capt. Grady Deaton and Capt. Burt Grayson have been fishing together for almost 50 years, and, 8 years ago, started guiding together. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Trio of Texas offshore tourneys Lone Star Outdoor News

BIG MARLIN: On the Over-Ride, anglers brought in a 410-pound blue marlin to top the field at the Texas Billfish Classic. Photo by Kerri Nel.

Offshore tournament in Texas stacked up the weekend of August 20, with three events taking place at the same time. After being postponed one week due to weather conditions, the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament in Port Aransas and the Matagorda Big 5 Offshore Tournament at Matagorda Harbor joined the Texas Billfish Classic in Freeport.

Based on the results, although conditions weren’t perfect, it was a good time to fish. At the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament, a fleet of 29 boats competed for a total pool of over $400,000 in cash and prizes. During the event, more than 100 billfish were released at the event that pioneered the concept of a video-release format. The top four finishers were Got ’M On Please turn to page 15


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Bowfin on fly Continued from page 1

mouth bass around the swamps of places like Caddo Lake. The fish have a long dorsal fin without spines, a rounded tail and a mouthful of teeth. They can use their swim bladder as a lung, and may be seen surfacing to renew their air supply. Bowfin can reach 6 to 8 pounds in size. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the bowfin is found in the Red River, San Jacinto River and Sabine River systems, as well as the downstream reaches of the Brazos and Colorado rivers. Scarborough is trying to elevate the pursuit of bowfin in the eyes of fly-fishermen who might be looking for a new species with new challenges. Pursuing bowfin, East Texas style, involves slowly, quietly kayaking through shallow coves loaded with stickup branches, and looking for telltale signs of bowfin. Sometimes they find you, though. “They actually will come up to my kayak and investigate what’s disturbing their territory,” Scarborough said. “It’s the coolest and creepiest thing ever.” Fed up with a grass carp that had broken off, Scarborough tied on a streamer and tried an area where he was seeing a lot of bowfin. Four casts later, he had his first bowfin on fly. After landing three more, he was hooked. “I like everything about them,” Scarborough said. “They are up shallow, sight-castable, aggressive, prehistoric, they have teeth, are powerful and will take a streamer.” Hot days reveal the fish more readily as they surface to gulp air and return to their territory, and it’s not uncommon to see bowfin cruising the same areas where fly-fishermen stalk grass carp or common carp in the warm months.

STRANGE FISH: The bowfin feeds aggressively in the shallow waters of East Texas reservoirs, and the toothy fish willingly attacks several different flies. Photos by Shannon Drawe, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Ladies Kingfish Tournament winners At the 35th annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament held by the The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, a total of 240 anglers (176 bay anglers and 64 offshore anglers) and 99 boats hit the waterways on August 13. The bay champion was Teri Vela from Port Isabel. Teri brought in all three species (trout, redfish and flounder) for a total weight of 12.9. She was fishing with Capt. Gilbert Vela on the boat Gilbert’s Gals. The first-place redfish, an 8.45-pounder, was caught by Kari Steussy. Amanda Lopez landed the first-place trout (4.8 pounds) and Wilma Garcia caught the first-place flounder (3.4 pounds). Shanna Collins from Kingsville walked away with the Offshore Championship when she brought in all four species (kingfish, blackfin tuna, bonita and dolphin) for a total weight of 39.45. Collins was fishing on the boat Heartache with Justin Drummond. The top kingfish, at 48.1 pounds, was brought in by Jean Wahl. Sarah Bryan-Reyes landed the top bonita at 11.55 pounds; Lisa Head reeled in the top blackfin tuna (23.85 pounds); and Ingrid Gonzalez landed the top dolphin at 3.5 pounds. —LKT

Man arrested for cheating in fishing tournament During the Texas International Fishing Tournament on August 12, Harlingen resident Francisco Chamberlain, 47, was arrested for allegedly cheating at the Port Mansfield Fishing Tournament held a week earlier in Port Mansfield. Chamberlain was arrested by Texas game wardens at Southpoint Marina in Port Isabel. After reading social media posts on the matter, Cameron County Game Warden Abraham Amaya investigated and obtained a warrant for fraud in a fishing tournament. The Port Mansfield tournament’s weigh masters, biologists from Texas State University, noticed something strange about one of the redfish submitted for weighing. “There was a bad odor to it and they noticed the stomach was hard,” Amaya told the Port Isabel/South Padre Press. The fish was cut open and 12 croaker, which showed no signs of being digested, were in the gullet of the redfish. At the event, the fish created enough suspicion that a polygraph, per event rules, was requested and administered. According to Port Mansfield Fishing Tournament organizers, Chamberlain failed the polygraph and the fish was disqualified. —Staff report


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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear; 84 degrees; 3.41’ low. Black bass are fair early on top-waters, later switching to Texas rigs and drop-shot rigs. Crappie are fair at night under lights. Catfish are fair on juglines. AMISTAD: Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 24.52’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, crankbaits, soft plastics, and jigs in hydrilla. Striped bass are fair on jerkbaits and top-waters. White bass are fair on crankbaits and minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 15–40 feet. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 85–89 degrees; 1.64’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on worms and stink bait. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, finesse jigs and top-waters. Crappie are good on white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. BASTROP: Water murky; 86–90 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. BELTON: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.30’ high. Black bass are good on purple soft plastic worms early. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie and white bass are fair on chrome slabs with bucktails. Channel and blue catfish are good on snails. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 0.80’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, Texas-rigged creature baits and swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.83’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged soft plastics near the rocks and top-waters and swim jigs early. Crappie are slow. Catfish are excellent on cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are good on crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are fair downrigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty. Redfish are fair on perch and shad near the jetty. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to lightly stained, 83–86 degrees: 0.48’ low. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.85’ low. Black bass are excellent on top-waters, shad-colored crankbaits, and soft plastics in bushes in 8–12 feet. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and trolling crankbaits in 12–16 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and on shad or white tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on juglines baited with cut perch or shad. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.50’ low. Black bass are fair on white jigs, water-

melon top-waters and weightless Texas-rigged stick baits early. Striped bass are fair on jigs and lipless crankbaits early, and drifting live bait. Crappie are good on minnows and crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 85–88 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits, weightless Senkos and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are fair on crawfish and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise plastics and white/ chartreuse crankbaits off points in 5–10 feet early. Striped bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on dark soft plastics and tube jigs on main lake points. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, white buzzbaits and Texas-rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 22.55’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. COLEMAN: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.09’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and Carolinarigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. COLETO CREEK: Water stained; 98 degrees at the hot water discharge, 87 degrees in main lake; 1.32’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. CONROE: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait

and shrimp. FALCON: Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 33.88’ low. Black bass are good on white spinner baits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and stink bait. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Carolinarigged soft plastics and small spinner baits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad. FORK: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are good on deep-diving crankbaits, black buzzbaits and Texas-rigged craws flipped around bushes. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and stink bait. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.2’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs and medium-diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait. GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are fair on shallowrunning crankbaits, and on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, cut bait and shrimp. GRANBURY: Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait and live bait. GRANGER: Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and green/ pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are fair on slab spoons over humps near the dam. Crappie are good on minnows around standing timber. Blue catfish are good on shad near the dam. GRAPEVINE: Water stained to lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged soft plastics, swim jigs and square-billed crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water lightly stained; 89–93 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on black worms with chartreuse tails in creek channels and drop–offs in 10–15 feet. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on live worms off grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shad gizzards. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 85–90 degrees; 1.8’ low.

Black bass are fair to good on top-waters, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 83–86 degrees; 0.60’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, topwaters and spinner baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 2.77’ high. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs, top-waters and wake baits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LAVON: Water stained; 85–88 degrees: 1.86’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Texasrigged craws and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. LBJ: Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are fair on perch-colored top-waters, watermelon stick baits and lipless crankbaits early. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs and live bait. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are slow. LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.61’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, top-waters and small plastic swimbaits. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on troll tubes, pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 86–89 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs and white buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.83’ high. Black bass are fair on deep crankbaits and drop-shot worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. NASWORTHY: 84–89 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, medium-running, shad-pattern crankbaits and watermelon seed jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 0.28’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs early. Channel catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 35.52’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, square-billed crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 11.97’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters early, later switching to dropshot rigs, jigs, Texas rigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 83–86 degrees; 1.09’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water offcolor; 84–90 degrees; 0.82’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and drop-shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on split-shot weighted live minnows. White bass are fair to good on inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and some topwaters. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 84–87 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs, top-waters and wake baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are slow. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, swimjigs and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 83–86 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, spinner baits and top-waters. 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 murky; 85–89 degrees; 1.25’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and

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chartreuse jigs over brush piles. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 5.91’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with perch. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.92’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 84–87 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs, flipping jigs and Texasrigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 83–86 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, medium crankbaits and shaky head worms. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 1.80’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/blue flake soft plastic worms early and late. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. TRAVIS: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 3.13’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and white grubs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and fresh cut perch. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. WHITNEY: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 2.87’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on blood bait and shrimp.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER GROUP ON RIVER WITH UNDERSIZED FISH, OTHER VIOLATIONS While patrolling the Devils River, Val Verde Game Warden Alli Hatten made multiple contacts with kayakers with voluntary compliance being high. One group was contacted that resulted in multiple violations being encountered, including littering, possession of undersized smallmouth bass, using game fish for bait, possession of headed or tailed fish and failure to keep game fish in edible condition. HANDWRITTEN NOTE STARTS LONG NIGHT FOR WARDEN While patrolling county roads, Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King pulled over to answer an incoming call. A car pulled up next to him in the roadway, the driver wrote a note and handed it to the warden and left immediately. The note gave a county road and address number. King went to the county road that dead-ended into private property. A truck was exiting and King made contact with the vehicle and noticed a wooden pallet with lots of items under it. Suspecting it was stolen property, King requested identification from subject. The man had an outstanding warrant and was arrested. Then, another vehicle began to exit the property. King requested backup from several troopers. Capt. Thomas Jenkins, who was listening to traffic on radio, also arrived. One man in the vehicle had an outstanding warrant and both were in possession of methamphetamines. The wardens noticed fresh tracks driving down a dim road in

TRUCK OWNER PARKED IN MIDDLE OF ONE-LANE BRIDGE BECAUSE FRIENDS SAID IT WAS OK While on patrol near 4 a.m., Williamson County Game Wardens Turk Jones and Theron Oatman came to a one-lane bridge over the San Gabriel River and noticed a pickup parked in the middle of the bridge and blocking passage. All four doors to the truck were open, and a man was standing near the tailgate. The wardens asked the man why he parked in the middle of the bridge, and the man said it was not his truck and the owner was bowfishing downstream. Looking into the vehicle,

the woods and decided to follow it. A third vehicle was discovered with drugs and paraphernalia in it, but the occupants hid in the woods, despite efforts of family members to call them out. Arrest warrants are being issued for the fleeing subjects. WARDENS WATCH AS GROUP WATCHES UP IN SMOKE ON PHONE Nolan County Game Wardens George Pasley and Jake Simmering were patrolling an area near Lake Trammel after midnight when they observed three men standing around a campfire. The wardens observed the subjects with binoculars from a distance and after a short time they all got into a vehicle. The wardens approached the vehicle on foot to investigate the suspicious activity and they

the wardens noticed a bong and pipe. Oatman then found a bag marijuana. Using the PA, Jones told the driver he had five minutes to come out or a warrant would be issued. The owner and three other men appeared. The vehicle was impounded and the owner was arrested for possession of marijuana. When asked why he parked in the middle of the bridge, the owner said the other guys in the truck said it was OK to do so.

observed the subjects passing a homemade bong back and forth to each other while watching Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke on a smart phone. Shortly before the wardens made contact, the front seat passenger began laughing hysterically, slapping his legs, and yelling about being so high. Citations were issued and an arrest was made for a felony warrant. CADETS HELP DISORIENTED MAN AFTER WRECK While the most recent class of cadets was driving to the academy in Hamilton, they were flagged down by a man walking on the roadway. The man was disoriented and had multiple scratches and cuts and said he was involved in a vehicle wreck. The cadets kept the man with them and contacted the staff

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to let them know what was happening. After Lt. Kevin Frazier and a Hamilton County deputy arrived, the vehicle was found in the Lampassas River about a mile away. A HOST OF STRANGE CHARGES Titus County Game Warden Jerry Ash testified in court regarding a man with no furbearer’s permit who was in possession of a live beaver. The man also was charged with waste of game for a largemouth bass and no hunting license, since he had possession of four live feral hogs. The subject was found guilty on all counts. WARDEN ASSISTS VICTIMS AFTER ROLLOVER Cooke County Game Warden Darla Barr assisted DPS with a one-vehicle rollover accident not far from

her residence. Barr, who is also an EMT, was first on the scene and found an SUV upside down in a pasture. She located the occupants and provided medical support and stabilization until the ambulance arrived. No major injuries were sustained. DROWNING VICTIM, A TODDLER, FOUND Van Zandt County Game Wardens Daylan Damron and Grant Moore were called to a search and rescue involving a 2-year old toddler who had gone missing in a rural area of the county. A short time after responding, Damron found the child deceased in a creek. The investigation into the death continues. DRUNK MAN STOPS BEHIND WARDEN AND WATCHES When stopping to check a group of fishermen at a local lake, Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King stepped out of his patrol vehicle and observed a vehicle that stopped behind him on the county road, watching him. King made contact with vehicle to see what was going on. The subject driving the vehicle seemed intoxicated. Warden King conducted SFSTs and later arrested the subject for DWI. The man provided a breath specimen of .174.

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The most recent weekly rice crop survey released August 19 indicated 296,127 acres have been planted this year, more than doubling the total acreage from last year. Fewer acres doesn’t mean less rice, though. “The newer varieties of rice yield nearly twice as much as they used to,” Keesee said. “And in Texas, there is a second harvest in October called the ratoon crop.” The ratoon crop is good for waterfowl, Keesee said. “With the second flooding, there is less time for the waste seeds to decompose before the wintering waterfowl arrive,” he said. “The flooding after harvest provides structure for soft-bodied invertebrates, which also are a good food source for waterfowl.”

Big aoudad Continued from page 1

“It was 380 yards away and I didn’t lead him enough,” Matthews said. “The suppressor helped, he didn’t really take off after the shot — he just moved on with the group of other rams and ewes.” The guide and hunter then hiked two miles or more on top of the rimrock, staying low so as not to be seen in the skyline. Using hand-held radios, Tye Vick, another guide who also is a taxidermist, acted as spotter, keeping them advised of where the herd was located. “We tried to get ahead of them,” Matthews said. “We went to one peak but they were still in front of us. We went to the next peak and barely got ahead of them.” Knowing they were now above the herd, Breck and Matthews came up and spotted them at 577 yards. “There was another large ram in the group, but Jim told me which one to shoot,” Matthews said. “I took the shot and hit him a little far back, but he turned broadside. The second shot was right in the shoulder and he hit the dirt.” The group knew the ram was big, but not how big until they got to him. “It took us 45 minutes, going straight down, to find him,” Breck said. “He was 39 2/8 inches and green-scored 170 inches. It could push up to a low-fence world record; the largest free-range aoudad in the SCI Record Book is just a bit over 37 inches.” Matthews also checked the record books. “We’re pretty sure he’ll go number one in the U.S.,” Matthews said. “And he may be the best ever.”

SAFARI SUCCESS: On the last day of his safari, Jim Shepherd bagged this waterbuck and this nyala during his safari. He and his wife, Shay, then embarked on a tour of South Africa, including spending time in Cape Town. Photos from Jim Shepherd.

Shumbalala Game Reserve on the western side of Kruger National Park. “It was a magical place where we saw the Big Five,” Shay Shepherd said. “Then we took the Rovos Rail to Capetown, a tour of the Cape of Good Hope and the South African coast to Hermanus to see the southern right whale.” Now that the couple is back in Texas and waiting for their trophies to arrive, Shepherd is faced with another decision. “I don’t have room for all of the stuff,” he said. “I was planning on building a garage for my hunting Jeeps. Now I’m building a 3,500-square-foot building behind the house with a trophy room and office.” An he is already thinking about his next trip to the Dark Continent. “I hear the Kimberly Province is wonderful,” he said. “Maybe we’ll go there.” The 2016 Wild Game Supper, that raises funds for the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation, will be held on October 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Beretta Gallery in Dallas, with food provided by Cinnamon Creek Wild Game Processing. No RSVPs required.


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“Construction is behind on a new campus we are building, so currently I am living 300 miles away from home,” Deaton said. “I go home on the weekends and take clients on charters.” Between charters and their “real jobs,” fishing together has become less frequent. “We don’t get to fish with each other very often because we are so busy,” Grayson said. “We might get to fish together three times a year. But every trip we make together is a good one, and when we do get to fish together we always have a great time.” The two guides say taking care of their clients is the key to their success. “We are there for the clients,” Deaton said. “If they want to sleep late and stay late, that’s what we will do. We stay out until we have a limit of trout and reds for everyone in the boat or until the clients are tired and want to go in.” Dos Gringos takes charters out seven days a week and covers 75 miles of the bay from north of Port Mansfield down to South Padre Island. They mainly look for redfish and trout but will try for flounder when it’s in season. “We ask clients what they want to do and what they want to go after and help them achieve it,” Grayson said. “We like to accommodate our clients and show them a good time. We like to have fun, laugh and have a good time with all our clients.” For Deaton and Grayson, fishing is all about going out and having a good time with family and friends. “I have never taken clients out and not had fun,” Deaton said. “It’s just one fun day on the water after another.” Grayson agreed. “We never really look at our watches,” Grayson said. “As long as we are having fun and catching fish we are out.” Dos Gringos Fishing Capt. Grady Deaton (956) 455-2503 Capt. Burt Grayson (956) 873-3474 dosgringosfishing.com

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Billfish tourneys Continued from page 8

with two blue marlin and six sailfish, all caught by a female angler, Emily Scott; Live Situation with one white marlin, one blue marlin and 10 sailfish; High Noon with two white marlin and eight sailfish; and Rebecca with one blue marlin and six sailfish. The largest blue marlin was landed and released by Fuhgeddaboudit. Video footage showed the marlin to be an estimated 700 pounds. The largest tuna was caught by High Cotton, at 111.9 pounds, and Mono Chango landed the largest dorado and wahoo. At the Matagorda Big 5 Offshore Tournament, rough seas, thunderstorms and the event being moved to the weekend before school started worked against the anglers, but many battled through, according to organizers. Results: Calcutta (combination of five species, one fish per species) Team Russelure: 124.6 pounds -$4,800
 Team Pit Boss: 99.9 pounds -$3,200
 Kingfish Team Johnny B: 38.8 pounds Ling Team Russelure: 21.7 pounds Dolphin Team Pit Boss: 8.4 pounds Grouper Team on the Take: 110.5 pounds

Snapper (Other than red) Team Why Knot: 7.3 pounds Bonita Team Pit Boss: 8.7 pounds $480 Barracuda Team Russelure: 36.5 pounds Lady Angler Team On the Take: 110.5-pound grouper Team Cash Call: 33.6-pound kingfish Grand Slam Team Pit Boss At the Texas Billfish Classic, Over-Ride captured the crowd’s attention with a 410-pound, 106-inch blue marlin. The team was the overall champion of the event and won the blue marlin division. Results: Overall Tournament Champion Over-Ride Blue Marlin Division 1st Place - Over-Ride 2nd Place - Smoker II 3rd Place - Doctor’s Note

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Now Open! “The Private Shooting Experience”

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Simon Duran is the president and owner of Apache Rifleworks located in Comfort, which opened four months ago. They offer gunsmith services, an indoor range, MILO range and training facility. Photo by Autumn Bernhard, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

His five-year goal for Apache is to be primarily a full-scale manufacturer. “We want to build custom bolt-action rifles,” Duran said. “We want rifles that shoot little bitty groups at really long distances. That’s going to take our business into another realm.” To set themselves apart from other gun dealers, Apache has a 25-yard indoor range. Rated up to 3600 fps, people can bring in pistols, rifles and shotguns to shoot. “The shooting range was a big thing for us,” Duran said. “You can open a gun shop anywhere, but to really make yourself different you have to offer people a place to demo guns. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it? Same with a gun.” One of their big attractions is the MILO

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on top-waters. Redfish are good in the marsh on small top-waters. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Trout are good in the surf on top-waters and shad. BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the outgoing tide at Rollover Pass on MirrOlures and soft plastics. Sand trout are good in the ICW on fresh shrimp fished on the bottom. TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair around well pads on live shrimp. Redfish are fair at the spillway on mullet. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and live bait. Trout are fair to good on the shell adjacent to the channel on live bait. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good in the surf on live bait and top-waters. Tarpon have been caught along the beachfront. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp, MirrOlures and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Bastrop Bay. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over midbay reefs. Trout are good on top-waters while wading midbay reefs. Redfish are fair in the middle of the bay on the falling tide. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish and black drum are fair on live shrimp in Oyster Lake and around Shell Island. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair to good on top-waters and live bait over sand and grass around Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters work-

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ing the back lakes with live shrimp. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on piggy perch and shrimp in the holes on the outgoing tide. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and finger mullet. Redfish are fair to good around Pelican Island on shrimp and mullet. Offshore is good for dolphin, ling, kingfish and tuna. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on piggy perch, scented plastics and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes and around spoils on shrimp and top-waters. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters and soft plastics around deep rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good on the flats on small top-waters and scented plastics. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on top-waters and soft plastics on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass along spoils. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes. Offshore is good for kingfish, dolphin, ling and tuna. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good over sand and grass in South Bay on live shrimp and scented plastics under a popping cork. Redfish are good on the flats on gold spoons and small top-waters and plastics. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live and artificial shrimp under a popping cork. Trout are good on the deeper flats on scented plastics and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the back bays on small top-waters. —TPWD

Photo by Robert Sloan

The first cast with a top-water connected with a red before the lure was moved a few feet. This is a diving lure that looks a lot like a shad. On a steady retrieve, it’ll swim about 2 to 3 feet deep. “That didn’t take long,” Norris said. “These reds just showed up a few days ago. They will stay on these shad for at least a month or so. It’s pretty dependable fishing right now.” Beaumont angler Austin Dishman has been fishing on Sabine Lake for more than 40 years and said the hot action on reds is nothing short of a miracle. “About four weeks ago, we had a flood of freshwater flow into the lake via the Neches and Sabine rivers,” Dishman said. “For a while, the fishing was better for largemouth bass

and catfish than it was for reds and trout. It took a few weeks to clear up but everything is back to normal. We’re not only catching plenty of reds, but a good number of trout at the jetties.” Dishman recently fished the jetties with Joe Golias, another veteran angler on Sabine. They used a combination of freelined live shrimp and glow/ chartreuse Assassins to catch a box of trout, along with a few slot reds. But if you are really looking to have some fun, head to the north end of Sabine and target the reds. “Just about every red we’re catching under schooling shad are slots,” Norris said. “Most are being caught on jigs, but when they get fired up they will plow into a top-water.

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WHOPPERS: Robert Carter of Dallas landed a doubledigit bass in a tournament on Lake Bob Sandlin, and David Eischen of Austin landed a 10-pounder on Lady Bird Lake. Photos from Robert Carter and David Eischen.

“I fished all evening and all morning, and caught some little ones but no keepers,” said Carter, who purchased the Fishing World store in Dallas three years ago. While in a cove just after sunrise, Carter noticed a brush pile in about 15 feet of water. “I threw a shaky head in there and got bit on the first cast but missed it,” he said. “On the second cast, I caught it.” Carter’s fish weighed 10.18 pounds and won the big bass prize for the event.


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Kayla Hughs, 6, from Frisco, was fishing with her family in Kendall County and caught this nice largemouth bass.

Raul Flores Jr., of Harlingen, caught this 27-inch redfish in the Lower Laguna Madre.

After a bird finally gobbled in the distance, Aaron Arellano called two toms within 20 yards and his son, Caden, made the shot with his single-shot 20 gauge.

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Ron Chatagnier, from Port Arthur, bagged this wildebeest at the Champion Ranch.

Joe Kemp shot this 350-pound hog in Calahan County with his .308 at 275 yards.


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thermal issues,” he said. “They are trying to survive, and everything they do is related to that. Just look at quail, when it’s hot, they head into the deep, thick stuff where it’s cooler.” The dove are showing similar behavior. “They are looking for resources,” Oldenburger said. “Cold, wet stuff is not a good thing for anything with feathers, unless you’re a duck or a goose. They are trying to conserve energy — everything movement or migration-wise is related to resources.” Cory Anderson with DWE Hunt Club drove his fields in Grayson and Tarrant counties and said there is more dove this year than ever before. “I don’t think the dove scattering is going to be the case up here,” Anderson said. “Every field is just loaded with birds, and there are more birds than I’ve ever seen — I’m really excited about the opener.” Jeremy Boone puts hunters out in Crandall County, and said he is checking his fields every day. “The birds definitely scattered, but they’ll be back,” he said. Oldenburger has heard some of the theories why some birds may scatter with the cooler, wetter weather. One such theory is the birds don’t like getting their feet wet. “I’m not buying that one,” Oldenburger said. “They live in the rain forests as well as in the desert.” Another theory is the weeds and sunflowers don’t drop their seeds when it’s wet. “Humidity plays a role in the plants dropping seeds,” Oldenburger said. “You don’t see poofs of seeds when walking through the field when it’s wet, but they still drop seeds, and, in Texas, there is a lot of seed on the ground this time of year.” The good news is, the birds will come back when conditions go back to normal. “We band most of our mourning dove in July,” Oldenburger said. “Most of our recoveries are within 25-30 miles of where the bird was banded. They move, but they don’t go far.” Oldenburger said don’t give up if it is still cool and wet come the North and Central zones’ opener on September 1. “We still shoot a lot of birds when it’s wet,” he said. “It might not be as much fun, but there will be birds. If it’s like this on opening day, I would pick a bare spot in the field on high ground.” Overall, the dove outlook is good in Texas, with excellent habitat conditions. Dove numbers are expected to be some of the highest in more than a decade, according to TPWD survey results.

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DOVE SEASON DATES North Zone

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Central Zone

Sep. 1 - Nov. 6 Dec. 17 - Jan. 8

South Zone

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Last

Sept. 1

Sept. 9

Sept. 16

Sept. 23

Solunar Sun times Moon times

Houston

Dallas

2016 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Aug/Sept Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

2016 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Aug/Sept Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29 Mon 30 Tue 31 Wed 01 Thu 02 Fri 03 Sat 04 Sun 05 Mon 06 Tue 07 Wed 08 Thu 09 Fri

26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29 Mon 30 Tue 31 Wed 01 Thu

1:00 1:51 2:41 3:29 4:16 5:03 5:50

02 Fri

6:38 12:26

03 Sat 04 Sun 05 Mon 06 Tue 07 Wed 08 Thu 09 Fri

7:26 8:14 9:03 9:51 10:40 11:28 -----

12:54 7:08 1:46 7:59 2:35 8:49 3:23 9:37 4:11 10:23 4:58 11:10 5:45 11:56 6:32 12:21 7:20 1:09 8:08 1:57 8:57 2:46 9:45 3:34 10:34 4:23 11:22 5:11 ----- 5:58

1:22 2:13 3:02 3:50 4:36 5:22 6:08 6:54 7:42 8:30 9:18 10:07 10:56 11:45 12:10

7:36 8:27 9:16 10:03 10:49 11:34 12:19 12:43 1:31 2:19 3:08 3:56 4:45 5:34 6:22

06:54 06:55 06:55 06:56 06:57 06:57 06:58 06:58 06:59 06:59 07:00 07:00 07:01 07:01 07:02

07:50 07:49 07:48 07:47 07:46 07:44 07:43 07:42 07:41 07:40 07:39 07:37 07:36 07:35 07:34

1:29a 3:26p 2:23a 4:22p 3:20a 5:13p 4:18a 6:01p 5:16a 6:44p 6:13a 7:24p 7:10a 8:01p 8:05a 8:37p 8:58a 9:11p 9:51a 9:46p 10:43a 10:21p 11:35a 10:57p 12:27p 11:35p 1:18p NoMoon 2:09p 12:17a

7:14 8:05 8:55 9:42 10:29 11:15 ----1:15 2:03 2:52 3:40 4:28 5:16 6:04

1:28 2:19 3:08 3:55 4:42 5:28 6:14

7:42 8:33 9:22 10:09 10:54 11:40 12:25

1:30a 2:24a 3:20a 4:19a 5:18a 6:16a 7:14a

3:37p 4:33p 5:24p 6:11p 6:53p 7:32p 8:09p

7:00 12:49

07:02 07:50 8:10a

8:43p

7:47 8:36 9:24 10:13 11:02 11:51 12:16

07:02 07:03 07:04 07:04 07:05 07:05 07:06

1:37 2:25 3:13 4:02 4:51 5:39 6:28

06:57 06:58 06:59 06:59 07:00 07:00 07:01

07:59 07:58 07:56 07:55 07:54 07:53 07:51 07:49 07:48 07:46 07:45 07:44 07:42 07:41

9:04a 9:16p 9:58a 9:50p 10:52a 10:24p 11:44a 10:59p 12:37p 11:37p 1:29p NoMoon 2:21p 12:18a

San Antonio

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2016 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Aug/Sept Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

2016 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Aug/Sept Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29 Mon 30 Tue 31 Wed 01 Thu 02 Fri 03 Sat 04 Sun 05 Mon 06 Tue 07 Wed 08 Thu 09 Fri

26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29 Mon 30 Tue 31 Wed 01 Thu 02 Fri 03 Sat 04 Sun 05 Mon 06 Tue 07 Wed 08 Thu 09 Fri

1:06 7:20 1:58 8:12 2:48 9:01 3:36 9:49 4:23 10:36 5:10 11:22 5:57 ----6:44 12:33 7:32 1:21 8:21 2:10 9:09 2:58 9:58 3:47 10:46 4:35 11:35 5:23 ----- 6:10

1:34 2:26 3:15 4:02 4:48 5:34 6:20 7:07 7:54 8:42 9:31 10:20 11:09 11:58 12:22

7:48 8:40 9:28 10:15 11:01 11:46 12:32 12:56 1:43 2:31 3:20 4:09 4:58 5:46 6:34

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 07:14

08:02 08:01 08:00 07:59 07:58 07:57 07:55 07:54 07:53 07:52 07:51 07:50 07:48 07:47 07:46

1:43a 3:38p 2:37a 4:34p 3:34a 5:25p 4:31a 6:13p 5:29a 6:56p 6:27a 7:36p 7:23a 8:14p 8:18a 8:49p 9:11a 9:24p 10:04a 9:59p 10:56a 10:34p 11:47a 11:10p 12:39p 11:49p 1:30p NoMoon 2:21p 12:30a

1:20 7:34 2:11 8:25 3:01 9:15 3:49 10:02 4:37 10:49 5:23 11:36 6:10 ----6:58 12:47 7:46 1:35 8:34 2:23 9:23 3:12 10:11 4:00 11:00 4:49 11:48 5:37 12:12 6:24

1:48 2:39 3:28 4:16 5:02 5:48 6:34 7:20 8:08 8:56 9:44 10:33 11:22 ----12:36

8:02 8:53 9:42 10:29 11:14 12:00 12:45 1:09 1:57 2:45 3:34 4:22 5:11 6:00 6:48

07:15 07:15 07:16 07:17 07:18 07:18 07:19 07:20 07:21 07:21 07:22 07:23 07:23 07:24 07:25

08:22 08:20 08:19 08:18 08:16 08:15 08:14 08:12 08:11 08:09 08:08 08:07 08:05 08:04 08:02

1:46a 4:03p 2:40a 4:59p 3:36a 5:50p 4:35a 6:36p 5:35a 7:17p 6:34a 7:55p 7:33a 8:31p 8:30a 9:04p 9:26a 9:36p 10:20a 10:09p 11:15a 10:42p 12:08p 11:16p 1:02p 11:53p 1:55p NoMoon 2:47p 12:34a

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Sabine Pass, north Date 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 Sept 9

Time 12:49 AM 1:54 AM 2:44 AM 3:25 AM 3:58 AM 4:28 AM 4:55 AM 5:19 AM 5:42 AM 6:03 AM 12:14 AM 12:51 AM 1:33 AM 2:30 AM 12:16 AM

Port O’Connor Height 1.7H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.7H 1.6H 1.6H 0.9L 1.1L 1.3L 1.4L 1.6H

Time 5:42 AM 7:16 AM 8:12 AM 8:51 AM 9:23 AM 9:54 AM 10:26 AM 10:59 AM 11:34 AM 12:13 PM 6:21 AM 6:33 AM 6:32 AM 6:13 AM 4:25 PM

Height 1.4L 1.4L 1.4L 1.3L 1.2L 1.1L 1.0L 0.9L 0.8L 0.7L 1.6H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 0.4

Time 9:52 AM 11:11 AM 12:25 PM 1:29 PM 2:25 PM 3:17 PM 4:06 PM 4:54 PM 5:44 PM 6:39 PM 12:55 PM 1:41 PM 2:32 PM 3:28 PM

Height 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.5H 0.6L 0.6L 0.5L 0.5L

Time 5:35 PM 6:35 PM 7:29 PM 8:19 PM 9:05 PM 9:47 PM 10:26 PM 11:03 PM 11:39 PM

Height -0.1L -0.1L -0.1L 0.0L 0.1L 0.2L 0.4L 0.6L 0.8L

7:42 PM 9:01 PM 10:40 PM

1.5H 1.5H 1.5H

Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Time 12:38 AM 1:40 AM 2:41 AM 3:36 AM 4:13 AM 4:43 AM 5:12 AM 5:40 AM 6:06 AM 12:13 AM 12:55 AM 1:41 AM 2:23 AM 3:01 AM 4:04 PM

Height 1.7H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.6H 0.8L 0.9L 1.1L 1.2L 1.4L 0.5L

Time 6:03 AM 7:11 AM 7:50 AM 8:35 AM 9:40 AM 10:24 AM 10:55 AM 11:24 AM 11:54 AM 6:25 AM 6:13 AM 6:17 AM 6:33 AM 6:09 AM

Height 1.5L 1.4L 1.4L 1.3L 1.2L 1.1L 1.0L 0.9L 0.8L 1.6H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H

Time 9:27 AM 10:18 AM 11:56 AM 1:25 PM 2:45 PM 3:54 PM 4:42 PM 5:23 PM 6:07 PM 12:29 PM 1:08 PM 1:50 PM 2:31 PM 3:12 PM

Height 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.7H 1.7H 1.6H 0.7L 0.7L 0.6L 0.6L 0.6L

Time 5:55 PM 6:54 PM 7:43 PM 8:32 PM 9:28 PM 10:19 PM 11:00 PM 11:36 PM

Height 0.0L 0.0L 0.0L 0.1L 0.2L 0.3L 0.4L 0.6L

7:16 PM 8:29 PM 9:24 PM 10:20 PM 11:32 PM

1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H

Height 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.4H 1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 0.8L 0.9L 1.0L 1.1L 0.7L 1.4H 1.5H

Time 7:49 AM 8:26 AM 8:59 AM 9:33 AM 10:08 AM 10:41 AM 11:08 AM 11:21 AM 6:06 AM 6:24 AM 6:37 AM 6:24 AM

Height 1.2L 1.2L 1.2L 1.2L 1.2L 1.2L 1.1L 1.0L 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H

Time 10:34 AM 11:35 AM 12:42 PM 1:38 PM 2:29 PM 3:22 PM 4:19 PM 5:13 PM 11:42 AM 12:23 PM 1:25 PM 3:02 PM

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Man dies at Port Mansfield jetty

A&M professor receives quail award The National Bobwhite Technical Committee honored Dr. Leonard A. Brennan with its Award for Individual Achievement at its annual meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. The award is presented to recognize an individual’s overall contributions to bobwhite research and/or management during a career. Brennan, a professor who holds the C.C. Winn Endowed Chair in the Richard M. Kleberg Jr. Center for Quail Research at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, was recognized for his positive national influence on quail management, and his support of NBTC and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative within the wildlife profession during his 33-year career. Brennan has conducted research on six species of quail across nine states, has more than 170 scientific publications and more than 105 extension publications, many of which established the course for today’s quail management and research activities. He also was the editor of the award-winning 2006 book, “Texas Quails: Ecology and Management,” Texas A&M University Press.

Lone Star Outdoor News Tyler Dustin Johnson, 21, died after an apparent accident at the Port Mansfield jetty. J.J. De Leon of Edinberg is a CPR instructor for Vestas, a company in Raymondville. On August 20, he was planning to fish offshore with his cousin and some friends. “We had some boat trouble and decided to anchor near the jetties,” De Leon said. “We saw one fisherman when we anchored. Later, we heard him scream and he pointed to the other side of the jetty.” The boat motored around

the jetty and saw the man trying to take his friend out of the water. “We jumped in and started giving him CPR,” De Leon said. “He had a head injury, no pulse and his fingers and toes were blue.” It took more than two hours for help to arrive. “The game warden showed up and gave the EMS people a ride to the tip of the jetties,” De Leon said. “We did CPR for two hours — we were the only boat around and these guys were fishing by themselves.” Johnson’s friend described what happened.

“Mario said it had been five or 10 minutes since they had last talked,” De Leon said. “He called over to him and then went across to find him and he was face down in the water. He said both were avid fishermen who had been fishing the jetty a lot.” An autopsy is pending, according to officials. “It’s likely he fell and hit his head, based on the big gash we saw behind his head,” De Leon said. “We did everything we could to help him.” At gofundme.com, a memorial service account has been established, love4tyler.

Unique tourney hits three lakes in two days The team of Steve Holtman and Tony Lumpkins brought 40.22 pounds to the scales, after a 1/2-pound penalty, to win the 9th annual Kings of Cowtown bass fishing tournament. Mike Schultz and Johnny Lopez finished second with 39.22 pounds, including the biggest bass of the event at 8.01 pounds. The tournament, limited to 60 teams chosen by invitation and by Team Trail Outdoors qualifying events, was held on August 13-14 and is billed at the “Iron Man” of fishing tournaments. The fishing takes place on three lakes over two days. Anglers began by fishing at Eagle Mountain Lake and at Lake Worth on the first day, finishing at Lewisville Lake on the final day. “I schedule this event for the hottest, toughest time of year on purpose,” said Donnie Moore of TTO. “We want to challenge the anglers ability as much as we can, to make winning as hard as it can be.”

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NATIONAL FWS takes over predator management on Alaska refuges A new rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sharply limits predator control on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. The rule received strong opposition from legislators and state wildlife officials. Critics, including U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, also denounced the rule as usurping the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which gave the state wildlife management authority on state, private and federal lands. Alaska’s national wildlife refuges cover nearly 77 million acres and make up more than three quarters of the nation’s refuge lands. According to FWS, the new rule was in response to the Alaska Board of Game’s increasingly aggressive approval of bear and other predator hunts in and around refuges. In an Op-ed piece, FWS Director Dan Ashe said: “The State of Alaska’s predator control programs may be in line with its state mandates and programs, but they cannot be reconciled with the federal laws that guide us.” The final rule prohibits “several particularly effective” ways to kill predators including killing cubs or sows with cubs; brown bears over bait; bears using traps or snares; wolves or coyote from May through Aug. 9; and bears from an aircraft or the same day air travel has occurred. —Staff report

Record bass in Washington state Before moving to Washington, Bill Evans has been an avid bass fisherman for more than 40 years in Ohio. On August 9, he landed the Washington state record largemouth bass. Fishing at Lake Bosworth in his 9-foot, 4-inch boat with a trolling motor, he caught a 12.53-pounder, topping the former record of 11.58 pounds set in 1977. Evans had to take the bass to the district regional office of the DNR to have the catch verified. —Staff report

Outboard sales up U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments were up 6.7 percent through July. Gains were led by four-stroke and higher-powered engines. Total retail sales based on warranty card registrations for the same period were up 8 percent. —NMMA

SCIF admitted to IUCN Safari Club International Foundation has been accepted as a new member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. IUCN is the world’s largest environmental network and the global authority on species survival status. “Attaining IUCN membership has been one of our longtime goals,” said Warren Sackman, president of SCI Foundation. “Being recognized as a science-based organization by IUCN is a major achievement.” SCI Foundation joins Dallas Safari Club as a member of IUCN. DSC was accepted as a new member last year. —SCIF

Bipartisan bill for wildlife Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650) calling for $1.3 billion in existing revenue from the development

of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters be dedicated to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program to conserve a full array of fish and wildlife. “It has been proven over the decades that incredible gains in species conservation have been made with dedicated sources of funding,” Rep. Dingell said. “The Restoring America’s Wildlife Act builds off the successes of previous efforts including Pittman-Robertson, Dingell-Johnson, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund by giving state fish and wildlife agencies additional resources they need to proactively manage at-risk wildlife species.” —Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Disease causes closure of Yellowstone River Due to an unprecedented fish kill caused by a parasite, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is implementing an immediate closure of all water-based recreation on the Yellowstone River and its tributaries from Yellowstone National Park’s northern boundary at Gardiner to the Highway 212 bridge in Laurel. The closure will also help limit the spread of the parasite to adjacent rivers. In the past week, FWP has documented over 2,000 dead mountain whitefish on some affected stretches of the Yellowstone. FWP estimates the total impact to mountain whitefish in the Yellowstone to be in the tens of thousands. FWP has also recently received reports of the kill beginning to affect some rainbow and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Test results from samples sent to the U.S. and Wildlife Service Fish Health Center in Bozeman show the catalyst for this fish kill to be Proliferative Kidney Disease — one of the most serious diseases to impact whitefish and trout. The disease has been documented previously in only two isolated locations in Montana over the past 20 years. Recent outbreaks have occurred in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The effect of the disease is exacerbated by stressors including near-record low flows, consistent high temperatures and the disturbance caused by recreational activities.

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The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance has appointed Scott Vance as its new executive director. Vance will begin his new role Sept. 1.

Rick Dahl of Missouri has joined the Quality Deer Management Association Board of Directors.

Buck Knives chairman honored CJ Buck, CEO and chairman of Buck Knives, Inc. was inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame at the 2016 Blade Show.

Ashe to join AZA The Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced the selection of current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel M. Ashe as the next president and CEO. Ashe will begin in January.

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TenPoint seeks sales manager TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is seeking candidates for the position of national sales manager.

Can-Am and NASCAR BRP’s Can-Am brand will be present on the NASCAR circuit for the next two years through its collaboration with the GoFAS No.32 NASCAR Sprint Cup series racing team.

SSC seeks marketing manager Sportsman Shooting Center, the indoor shooting center located in Grapevine, Texas, is seeking a parttime marketing manager

Johnson named to ASA New VP at CanCooker board Brad Johnson, Crosman’s CEO, was named to the Board of Directors of the American Suppressor Association.

Sam Bowman was appointed to the position of vice president of sales and marketing for Cancooker.

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

Striped bass with tarragon

By Aaron Anderson, For Lone Star Outdoor News

4 to 6 fillets of striped bass 4 tbsps. butter 1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 4 to 6 green onions, finely chopped 2 to 3 sprigs fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 tbsp. fresh tarragon leaves, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Juice of one lemon In skillet, melt butter and add garlic, onion, parsley and tarragon. Simmer lightly, 1 to

2 minutes but do not brown. Season fish with salt and pepper; sauté gently in butter mixture 2 to 4 minutes on each side depending upon thickness. Place fish on warm serving dish. Remove skillet with butter mixture from stove and allow to cool for 1 minute. Add lemon juice and reheat briefly (do not let boil) and pour over fish. Extra tarragon or garlic can be added to taste. —North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Goose stroganoff 10-15 goose breasts 1 cup flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 2 tsps. garlic powder 4 tbsps. butter 1/2 cup onion, chopped 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms 1 cup white wine 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 cup sour cream Cut goose breasts into bitesized pieces and coat in a mixture of flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Melt butter

in skillet and lightly brown pieces of goose. Remove goose from skillet and sauté onions and mushrooms in the drippings until soft. Add wine and simmer about 10 minutes. Add mushroom soup and stir until bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Add goose pieces to mixture. Heat until warm, but do no boil. Serve over noodles or wild rice. —Arkansas Game and Fish Commission


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Hot East Texas crappie By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Summertime crappie action can be hot, but the fish can be harder to find, especially on large reservoirs. Fishing brush tops is a tried-and-true method, and strolling is effective in finding roaming schools of fish. There are a number of good crappie fishing lakes across Texas, but two at the top of the go-to list are Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. Toledo Bend guide Stephen Johnston has been in the hunt for crappie as a professional since 1989, when he began guiding anglers to bass and crappie. “Right now the easiest way to catch a mess of crappie is to fish for them over brush piles with live minnows,” Johnston said. “But if you want to move around, as opposed to sitting in the hot sun, try strolling jigs.” Strolling, a tactic that originated with the late Bill Fox, one of the all-time great Toledo Bend guides, is a simple tactic used frequently on Toledo Bend from February through April, but also is a way to find roaming schools of crappie during the hot summer months. Strolling is simply pulling jigs behind your boat. It’s also known as bump trolling, a way that some of the top marlin fishermen off the Gulf Coast use to keep live baits at specific depths. “I like to rig up two rods with jigs, cast them out and use the trolling motor to move them along the edge of grass, like beds of hydrilla,” Johnston said. “Creek beds are good and the edges of creeks will also hold crappie. What I’ll do is use my electronics to locate suspended crappie and then come back through them with jigs. Usually the best depths will be 8-to 12-feet deep.” Johnston prefers a 1/16-ounce Bobby Garland Baby Shad or tube jigs, using a small

diameter, 4-pound test line to keep the jigs in the strike zone. “My best colors are black/chartreuse, shad and red/chartreuse,” he said. “Strolling is a good way to catch crappie that are not too active. You don’t want to jerk the jig around. Just pull it with little or no action. This requires a lot of attention, because most of the bites on a hot day will be very soft.” Sam Rayburn guide Bill Fondren uses live minnows along the Angelina River channel to catch winter crappie and jigs during the spawn. But now, he is fishing brush tops with jigs and live minnows. “I’ve got more brush piles to fish than you can shake a stick at,” Fondren said. “It’s a fact that the more brush you have set out, the more crappie you’ll catch — the schools of crappie tend to move around a good bit. A brush pile in 18-feet of water might be holding fish today but not tomorrow. That’s when I’ll move to deeper brush.” What is the best brush for attracting crappie? “Without a doubt it’s willows,” Fondren said. “But a little trick is to add fresh cut willows to brush piles. That’s a big-time late

Photo by Robert Sloan for Lone Star Outdoor News

summer attraction for crappie.” Most of the time, Fondren uses live shiners in and around brush. But he’ll also use a combo jig/shiner early in the morning. “A jig and shiner combination on 6-pound test monofilament line is very good for about the first couple of hours of daylight,” Fondren said. “I like to go with a 1/16-ounce Stanley Wedge Tail Crappie Minnow with a live shiner hooked through

the lips. That’s a good way to jump-start a crappie feeding frenzy. It will usually catch some of the biggest crappie in the bunch.” There is no size limit on Toledo Bend crappie, and the daily bag limit is 25. On Rayburn, the limit is 25 per day with a 10inch minimum length.


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McKinnys, Scott win at IFA Chuck McKinny, of Corpus Christi, and Josh McKinny, of Taft, weighed a two-redfish limit that totaled 16.17 pounds to win the second event for the Texas Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela’s on August 13 at Aransas Pass. The team took home a Ranger boat powered by a Yamaha outboard, valued at $25,999. The team fished 35 miles north of the Aransas Pass launch. “Conditions were good,” McKinny said. “We sight-casted to fish in deep grass and found them where we had expected them.” Second-place finishers Adam Nelsoney and Will Davis, both of Rockport, weighed a total of 16.07 pounds. The duo targeted reds with soft plastics and won a total of $2,981. Ryan Watkins, of New Braunfels, and Jay Watkins, of Rockport, took third place with 15.96 pounds. The brothers ran 40 miles north to fish with artificial minnows in good conditions. In the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event on August 14, Colton Scott, of San Antonio, caught a combined limit of 49.88 inches to win a total of $2,050. “It was extremely wet in the morning,” Scott said. “After about an hour of rain, the sky cleared up and the rest of the day consisted of low winds and overcast skies.” Scott put in at Redfish Bay, traveling approximately a quarter mile and fishing the flats for reds and going deep for his trout. The angler threw soft plastics and top-water baits to land his 27-inch redfish and 22.88-inch speckled seatrout. David Norris, of Corpus Christi, finished second with 48.75 inches, followed by Chase Okrasinski, of New Braunfels, with 47.75 inches. —IFA

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DATEBOOK MAY 28-SEPTEMBER 5

National Wild Turkey Federation Cowhill Chapter Banquet 10-2-4 Ranch, Commerce (903) 886-8880 nwtf.org

Coastal Conservation Association CCA Texas Star Tournament (713) 626-4222 startournament.org

AUGUST 26-27

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SEPTEMBER 1

Quail Coalition Hill Country Banquet Raddison Hotel & Suites, Downtown Austin (214) 534-4122 hcquail.org

Deer Breeders Corporation Annual Convention Hyatt Regency Hill Country (972) 289-3100 dbcdeer.com

Coastal Conservation Association Sam Houston Chapter Banquet Walker County Fairgrounds (281) 797-6908 ccatexas.org

Texas Trophy Hunters Association Corpus Christi Extravaganza American Bank Center (210) 529-8500 ttha.com

AUGUST 26-28

Delta Waterfowl Brazoria County Banquet Lake Jackson Civic Center (979) 299-5962 deltawaterfowl.org

Texas Women Angler’s Tournament Port Aransas gofishtx.com

AUGUST 27

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Southeast Texas Banquet Courville Catering, Beaumont (409) 673-2771 rmef.org

Quail Coalition South Texas Banquet Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds, Robstown (979) 204-3329 southtexasquailcoalition.org

SEPTEMBER 3

Coleman County Wildlife Dove Fest Bill Franklin Center (325) 625-2163 colemantexas.org

Ducks Unlimited Wimberley Dinner Wimberley Community Center (512) 656-0535 ducks.org/Texas

SEPTEMBER 7

Houston Safari Club Monthly Meeting Norris Conference Center (713) 623-8492 houstonsafariclub.org

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SEPTEMBER 8

Coastal Conservation Association Heart of the Hills Banquet The Cana Ballroom, Boerne (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org Ducks Unlimited Pflugerville Dinner Pluger Hall (512) 461-3568 ducks.org/Texas Coastal Conservation Association Trinity Valley Banquet Dayton Community Center (936) 334-2528 ccatexas.org Ducks Unlimited Lake Lewisville Dinner Circle R Ranch, Flower Mound (214) 287-1219 ducks.org/Texas

SEPTEMBER 8-10

International Federation of Fly Fishers Texas Council Expo Grapevine texascouncilifff.com

SEPTEMBER 9

Permian Basin Sporting Clay Classic Jake’s Guns, Midland (800) 277-1647

SEPTEMBER 9-10

Shallow Stalker Boat Owner’s Tournament South Padre Island (956) 943-1551 baysidemarineonline.com

SEPTEMBER 10-11

Texas Gun and Knife Show Hill Country Youth Event Center, Kerrville texasgunandknifeshows.com

SEPTEMBER 13

Ducks Unlimited Garland-Mesquite Dinner Southern Junction, Rockwall (214) 724-7265 ducks.org/Texas

SEPTEMBER 15

Ducks Unlimited Katy/Brookshire Dinner Beckendorff Farms (713) 858-7669 ducks.org/Texas Coastal Conservation Association Redfish Bay Fish Fry May Ranch, Beeville (361) 319-1962 Ccatexas.org

SEPTEMBER 17

Scholastic Clay Target Program Annual Banquet Grapevine Concourse Event Facility allenshootingteam.com Ducks Unlimited Lake Ray Roberts Dinner McClain’s RV, Sanger (972) 489-7122 ducks.org/Texas

SEPTEMBER 22

Dallas Safari Club Monthly Meeting (972) 980-9800 biggame.org


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