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South Texas hunters join in dove opener fun Reports vary across the state By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News South Zone dove hunters got to experience a Sept. 1 dove

An opening day dove hunter prepares for the shot in Jones County. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.

hunt for the first time this year. Unfortunately, many hunters from the Houston area weren’t able to make the trip due to Hurricane Harvey and the floods in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. In what was the old Special White-winged Dove Area

in Willacy County, hunters couldn’t make it down for the weekend hunt. The industrious outfitter found guests at another lodge that were looking for a hunt, and took the group. “We were hunting over sunflowers right where the birds wanted to be,” the outfitter

said. South Texas outfitter Robert Sanders reports that his sunflower fields near Raymondville provided below-average dove hunts. He said they had no weather change, and didn’t get any of the rain or wind associated with Hurricane Harvey. Please turn to page 6

Historic hunting clubs hit by Harvey By Craig Nyhus

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Rockport was in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 26, and two century-old hunting clubs were hit hard. At St. Charles Bay Hunting Club, formed in 1923, all of the buildings, five cabins and the main clubhouse, still stood on their original frames. “This club has never had such a storm,” said club President Al Pratka. “We had significant damage to all of the buildings from wind, and our pier is gone. We got hit head-on by the strongest side of the eye — there’s not supposed to be anything left standing.” Pratka said insurance people had already been to the club for seven hours. “We’ll start over — it will be a long process, but we’ll get through it,” he said. “We just have to do one thing at a time. We will maintain the integrity, tradition and layout of the club. It will be a better place than it was.” Pratka said a neighbor had a wind sensor that maxed out at 130 miles per hour, and the

At Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club, manager Alan Skrobarcek salvages mounts out of the damaged building. Below, a guide wire kept duck decoys from floating away. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

winds exceeded what the sensor could read. The Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club, established in 1912, fared less well than its neighboring club, just 12.4 miles away as the duck flies. The “dorm building” that housed guests at the club is likely a total loss, as the roof was blown off. The pier, picking shed and motor

house near the water are all gone. The manager’s house was badly damaged. The duck blinds and motors are gone and the skiffs are scattered. The Centennial Recreation Room (CRR), built in 2012 to celebrate 100 years of the club, suffered damage but is intact and will be repaired. Alan Skrobarcek, the club manager, left the Please turn to page 14


$20M lifetime endowment TPWD now free to spend By Mark England

Proof of a lifetime hunting license must be shown to the retailer each year to obtain a printed license with tags. Photo by Ken Geiger.

Harold Stone remembers exactly when he got the hankering for a lifetime hunting and fishing license from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

1995, though, I got married and had two kids. So I knew it was going to be a while before I found enough coins in the cushions.” More than 30,000 Texans have taken the plunge since 1987 and bought one of TPWD’s three lifetime sporting licenses: the lifetime hunting license; the lifetime fishing license; and the lifetime combo hunting and fishing liPlease turn to page 15

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Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12

Teal season to begin (P. 4)

Chain saw art (P. 8)

Birds arriving daily.

Texas woman creates carvings.

Rule changes for big game awards (P. 5)

Fish still biting (P. 9)

Not all like the revisions.

Coastal anglers having success.

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He was an intern for the Texas Senate Finance Committee in 1989 listening to Andrew Samsom, then TPWD’s executive director, talking about raising the price of lifetime licenses. At the time, the price for a lifetime combo license to hunt and fish was $500. “I really wanted to buy one,” Stone said. “Between 1989 and


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Teal arriving in good numbers Lone Star Outdoor News

Teal hunters are hopeful birds will be in their area beginning Sept. 9. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Teal season starts Sept. 9, and the early migrating blue-winged teal have been seen, mostly by dove hunters, along the coast, inland and in the Texas Panhandle. While the effects of Hurricane Harvey on teal hunting are yet to be seen, some areas may see water depths too

deep for the small birds’ liking. Hunters who find and focus on shallow water at the upper ends of ponds, lakes and tanks should find teal. Run-N-Gun Adventures in Bay City reported herds of teal using the flooded ponds they manage. The blue-winged teal breeding population was estimated at 7.9 million

birds this year. That represents an increase of 18 percent over 2016 and 57 percent above the long-termed average. Teal season runs Sept. 9-24 statewide. The bag limit is six teal per day. The possession limit is 18.

Friends forever

Students share the dove field By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Hunting friends meet at all ages, and the friendships tend to last. One group of youngsters met in kindergarten, and now, all 13 and 14 years old, hunt together. Wyatt Goth, Garrett Smith, Ford Manley and Evan and Ian McGowen all attend middle school in Highland Park, and be-

gan shooting with their fathers. For the past few years, regular dove hunts, including Dallas Safari Club’s dove hunt at the Hailey Ranch in Jones County, have been part of the boys’ schedule. And they aren’t just tagging along — these youngsters can shoot. Plenty of mourning dove were in the air on Sept. 1, and the boys were dropping them. “We practice a few times a week,” Goth said. “A bunch of us plan to shoot on the school skeet team.”

Middle school students who met in kindergarten now dove hunt together, with their fathers, each year. Photos by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Pronghorn numbers steady By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News In the Texas Panhandle, pronghorn are holding steady after a third year of good range conditions. “The population varies across the Panhandle, but overall we’re looking at about a 2.5-percent decrease from the last few years,” Panhandle hunters should see good numbers of pronghorn this season, while Trans-Pecos numbers are down but holding steady to increasing. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

said James Hoskins, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist based in Canyon. “Our fawn crop was average at about 30 percent, which is about the same as the last three years.” Hoskins said permit issuance is running about the same as in the past several years. “We did open three new units to the experimental season, where permits are obtained Please turn to page 6

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Texas Big Game Awards changes controversial By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The Texas Big Game Awards program announced rule changes for the 2017-2018 season. No scored entries will be accepted from release sites for five years following the last release date. This will affect all properties with pen-raised, Trap/Transport/ Transplant, and/or Deer Management Permit deer released after March 1. Javelina also were added to the Texas Slam award category, and hunters will now be limited to one Texas Slam award per harvest

TDA convention hits milestones The 19th annual Texas Deer Association convention was celebrated as a success, with record-breaking turnout at deer sales. The August event led off with the meeting of the National Cervid Congress, bringing together representatives of the various associations across the nation to discuss issues affecting the deer industry. The first-ever legislative panel featured a candid discussion with Texas State Senator Craig Estes and Representatives Ernest Bailes, John Frullo, Larry Gonzales, Lance Gooden and Lyle Larson. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar presented on the growth in the Texas economy and industry predictions for the future, and TDA teamed up with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Cervid Committee to bring together representatives from the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Texas Pharmacy Board, TVMA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Other speakers included Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller. Auction totals raised more the $2.5 million, including the Hoffpauir Group/TDA Ultimate Sportsman’s Auction and Raffle, which raised more than $200,000. —TDA

Gold medal in women’s trap The Open Women’s Team won the gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship for Shotgun, held in Moscow, Russia. The win marked the first team medal for the U.S. in the event since the 1998 World Championship in Barcelona, Spain. The combined total over 75 targets for team members Ashley Carroll, of Solvang, California, Caitlin Weinheimer, of Port Lavaca, Texas and Corey Cogdell-Unrein, of Eagle River, Alaska was 203, which also tied silver medalist Finland and bronze medalist Italy. The tie was broken by the team’s score on an additional 25 targets. —USA Shooting

means (rifle and archery only) during their lifetime. Under the Texas Big Game Awards program, awards are given to all scored entries that meet minimum regional requirements, and there are no entry fees. Deadline to enter is a postmark date of March 1, 2018. Hunters who harvest a white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, javelina or desert bighorn sheep this season meeting the minimum Boone and Crockett net score requirements for their respective region may be eligible to receive recognition in the Scored Entry category. Hunters of any age who har-

vest their first big game animal in Texas are eligible for the First Big Game Harvest category. Youth hunters (under 17 years of age when they purchase their hunting license) with a Special Resident Hunting License who harvest a white-tailed deer, mule deer, javelina, or pronghorn antelope are eligible for the Youth Division whether they take a buck or doe and regardless of score. The American Cervid Alliance and the Texas Deer Association criticized the changes. “Many Texas youth have their first hunting experiences with deer the TBGA is now blacklist-

ing,” said Charley Seale, media committee chairman of the ACA. “The TBGA is creating needless division within the hunting community. A deer is a deer, whether it is harvested on public land or private property. This move will only serve to discourage hunting, not promote our heritage.” Patrick Tarlton, TDA’s executive director, said, “It is unfortunate that these awards would make such a decision based on political bias. We need to be encouraging more people to hunt, not creating division within our hunting community. Young and first-time hunters will be disproportionate-

ly affected by such a decision, as game ranches are a primary sponsor of youth hunting experiences in Texas. Why did the big game awards feel like they can say those children’s trophies don’t matter?” TBGA said the changes were “designed to better reflect the objectives of the 27-year partnership between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Wildlife Association — to recognize the contributions hunters and landowners make in managing and conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat in Texas.”

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Hunters troll PETA Lone Star Outdoor News The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals created a frame for social media users with the title, “Shoot selfies, not animals.” Hunters across the country took the opportunity to hijack the frame, posting thousands of photos with their deer, ducks and other animals. The frame became the No. 1 frame on Facebook. Did the efforts of hunters serve its purpose? It’s hard to tell. In what could be an effort to spin a backfired effort, PETA later claimed the result was intentional and enhanced its anti-hunting efforts. The group said the hunters’ efforts “introduced PETA’s anti-hunting message to a whole new audience.” “These trigger-happy trolls didn’t realize that they were helping to spread PETA’s message of respect for wildlife,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said. PETA also said that the added attention has resulted in a 50 percent increase in “likes” on the organization’s official Facebook page. Dallas hunter Rex Slover posted his thoughts on his Facebook page: “Many hunters think we are ‘getting back at them’ or making their frame ‘backfire on them,’” he wrote. “We’re just showing pics of dead animals! Not the story, the love, the passion and the good about hunting. We need to create our own frames that promote hunting, frames that depict the positive about hunting, and our passions and love for hunting and conservation. We have facts on our side they don’t!”

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over the counter,” he said. Hoskins said estimates of Panhandle pronghorn are in the 12,500 range. In the Trans-Pecos region of the state, biologists are excited with the response to the relocation of animals from the Panhandle. “In 2017, we took 108 females and six males to the Marfa Northeast quadrant,” Hoskins said. “There were five mortalities from transfer and only two mortalities within three weeks of release. At 43 weeks, we had an 85 percent survival rate, which is really good.”

Trans-Pecos pronghorn populations have been steady to increasing in all areas except southeast of Marfa, where a slight downturn was observed. “Permit numbers have been fewer the last several years, but stayed about the same,” Hoskins said. “Also, the landowners have been holding off on the harvest until the numbers come back.” There are an estimated 2,000 pronghorn in the Trans-Pecos region. The pronghorn season runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 8 in 41 Texas counties.

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“I had quite a few hunters out, and most were averaging eight to 10 birds each,” Sanders said. “About a week prior to the opener, we had thousands of whitewings all over the place. But for some strange reason, a whole lot of them left before the shooting began.” Mark Brown, one of Sanders’ hunters, had a limit of whitewings within an hour. “He’s a pretty good shot and got set up in the righ spot,” Sanders said. “We had a lot of high-flying dove coming over the fields from Raymondville. That was some tough shooting but it kept us going.” Sanders also had a group scheduled from Baton Rouge that weren’t able to make the trip. “They tried to get a flight into Harlingen, but each seat was $600 so they ended up staying at home.” For the first time, hunters in the southern region of the state were able The white-winged dove were flying high in some parts of the state to get in on the action Sept. 2, thanks during opening weekend. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star to an expansion of the Special White- Outdoor News. winged Dove Area across the entire South Dove Zone. Previously, these Liz Foster of Dallas organizes the Paloma early four days of dove hunting were Palooza, a group hunt near Archer City. restricted to an area roughly west and south “We were low on birds but high on fun,” of San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Hunters took advantage of the change she said. In Jones County, the Dallas Safari Club at the Wilson Whitetail & Wingshooting dove hunters saw plenty of mourning dove Ranch near Pearsall. “It’s unbelievable,” said owner Craig Wil- for the opener, with limits at least available for all 60 or so hunters. son. “It’s as good as it gets.” Eight hunters frustratingly missed the In Central Texas, hunters from the Waco hunt after being forced to cancel due to a area to Stephenville found the birds on the morning of opening day, but a wimpy north run on gasoline in Dallas-area stations after wind developed and the birds were void in media reports of a shortage. Haskell County hunters had good luck the afternoon. Ronnie Romero hunted in Comanche Saturday morning, but the numbers of birds dropped off significantly the next day. HuntCounty, and found the same pattern. “We saw plenty of birds in the morning, ers in the flight path of the white-winged but they just disappeared after that,” he said. dove still did well.








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Two new stores for hunters Lone Star Outdoor News Buck Stop and SIXSITE have opened locations to serve Texas hunters. Deer hunters will be happy to hear there is a new hunting store in Central Texas, Buck Stop added a new store in Hico. “We opened Aug. 14,” said Wendy Bogart, who, with her husband, Mark, own the store in Alvarado and now Hico. “We bought a ranch a few years ago and noticed all of the traffic on Highway 281 toward Hamilton. We found a space to build and it went from there.” A grand opening took place Sept. 1. The store offer blinds, feeders, hunting accessories, apparel, coolers and more. SIXSITE makes high-end, performance hunting clothing and gear designed by a former Navy Seal, and all made in America, according to owner Stephen Holley. A new retail location opened in Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood at 514 Mark and Wendy Bogart opened a new Buck Stop store in Hall St., and a grand opening was held Hico. Photos by Buck Stop. Aug. 17. —Staff report

Founder of Briley Manufacturing dies Jess Briley, the founder of Briley Manufacturing in Houston, died Aug. 28 of natural causes. He was 89. Born in West Texas, Briley worked as a roughneck and offshore. After settling in Houston, he worked for several manufacturing companies. After discovering a love for clay target shooting, he built his own 28-gauge barrel for his Winchester 101 out of water pipe and scrap iron, and that led to the development of Briley Manufacturing, which celebrated its 46th anniversary this year. The company became known worldwide for its shotgun choke tubes and choke accesories. —Staff report

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Guide in the eye By Craig Nyhus

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After riding out Hurricane Harvey at his Rockport home, fishing guide Lloyd Lassiter checks out the downed oak trees on his property. The trees played a large part in protecting his home and shop. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.


Rockport fishing guide Lloyd Lassiter regrets staying home through Hurricane Harvey, but felt he had no choice. “I was planning on leaving to go to the ranch to get away from the storm,” Lassiter said. “But my brother lives next to me and my sister-in-law has dementia. I tried to get them to go, but had no luck so I decided to stay to take care of them.” Lassiter’s property, nestled in a dense thicket of large live oak trees on the highest point of the peninsula, was prepared as well as possible. “I have hurricane shutters so I can prepare for a hurricane in 10 minutes and leave,” he said. “And I built a windstorm-rated building with an apartment in it.” With his family settled in the apartment, Harvey arrived, and thoughts of keeping up with the storm by watching the Weather Channel evaporated. “When the storm got to a Category 3, we lost all power and communication,” Lassiter said. During the storm, Lassiter noticed the oak trees bent all the way to the ground. “The major part hit during the dark,” he said. “At sundown, it was blowing 100 miles per hour.” When the eye approached and the wind subsided, Lassiter went outside. “The wind went down to 10 for about 15 Please turn to page 21

Carving creations

Several Rockport fishing guides escaped to the Callaghan Ranch before the hurricane made landfall. The somber night was spent on their phones, communicating with friends and family. Photo by Amber Isbell.

Fishing guides deal with hurricane By Robert Sloan

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The majority of fishing guides along the middle Texas coast were in the middle of Hurricane Harvey’s crosshairs, and most, but not all, couldn’t get out of town quickly enough. Port O’Connor-based guide Dodd Coffey had an especially difficult time in preparing for Harvey’s

Della Meredith uses chain saws to make her art, including this blue marlin. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Artist uses chain saw to make her magic By Craig Nyhus

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visit. He has a house in POC and another one on his family’s ranch northwest of Victoria. His 95-yearold dad, Elmo, was at their ranch on the Guadalupe River. Meanwhile Dodd, in POC, was hustling about loading up fishing gear, his boat and other things he didn’t want to lose to one more hurricane that both he and his dad have been putting up with for years. On top of that, Dodd’s wife had left for an Alaskan cruise, well before Harvey was a hurricane. “My dad and I were at our Elmo Ranch when Please turn to page 18

Della Meredith isn’t the typical artist. Her primary tool? A chain saw. The La Porte resident studied studio art at Sam Houston State University, graduating in 2003, but taught art for eight years after graduation. After a job fell through as a welding professor in Galveston, she started creating her own artwork. “I was working in construction

in LaMarque and they had a lot of tikis,” Meredith said. “I thought, ‘I can do that.’” The mother of four children ranging from 10 to 22 years old had grown up around tools, and took wood shop in college. “My family was real blue collar,” Meredith said. “I’ve always been around tools.” Her creative carvings got off to a blue-collar start. “I went to a pawn shot and bought a plug-in chain saw,” she said. “I discovered a weird talent I didn’t know I had. I started doing my own stuff and then turned to carving.” For the past three years, Meredith has been able to support Please turn to page 16

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Rule changes to Bassmaster Opens The 2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series will include nine tournaments on prime bass fishing waters, but the series format will be markedly different from recent seasons. 
Instead of three divisions of three tournaments each, B.A.S.S. will conduct two divisions — Central and East — comprising four tournaments each. As was last done in 2005, a season finale Opens Championship will determine qualifiers for the 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series and for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
 The Opens Championship winner and the Top 5 in performance points from each division — determined by an angler’s finish in all four divisional tournaments and the championship —will be invited to the Elites. The winner of the championship and the Top 3 anglers in points from each division following the championship will be invited to the Classic.
 Fisheries in the two new divisions are more geographically diverse, requiring a greater commitment from pros who want to qualify for the championship. The Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Opens Division, for example, includes one tournament in central Florida and another in Upstate New York.
The championship is tentatively scheduled to be held Oct. 18-20, 2018. The field will include the four winners of Opens tournaments as well as the Top 10 in points standings, not including the winners, from each division, for a total of 28. Some tournament anglers praised the changes, while others felt the format was too taxing for a weekend fisherman to make it to the Classic. “Guess you definitely need to be a professional with sponsors to try now,” posted TxBazzn on the Texas Fishing Forum. “This will take the dream away from everyday anglers who are good sticks but have responsibilities that prohibit the all-in approach this now requires. It’s now 5 weeks vacation required, $6,000 in entry fees and increased travel costs.” —Staff report


An angler finishes casting for bait on Sept. 2 near Corpus Christi. A few die-hard fishermen were out during the holiday weekend, but no commercial live bait was available. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Lone Star Outdoor News Capt. Troy Butler with High Tide Adventures in Aransas Pass put two couples on limits of redfish on Sept. 2 “The fishing is alive and well,” he said. Butler and his wife headed out to assess the conditions and damage and mixed in some fishing. “We wanted to see what it was like and what channel markers were there,” he said. “We saw a lot of baitfish and a lot of drum working the flats. The mullet are so thick in

the flats it seems like you could walk across them.” Butler said boaters will definitely need to slow down and watch carefully. “Every duck blind is gone, the crab traps are all displaced and there is a lot of debris,” he said. “Plus, where the sign came off of a channel marker you basically have a telephone pole sticking out of the water.” Butler found redfish in the Upper Laguna Madre, and said the water clarity in the Corpus Christi area is good. “From Rockport north, the water is a little Please turn to page 17


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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 82-88 degrees; 4.1’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie and bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. AMISTAD: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 30.86’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Catfish are slow. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 83-87 degrees; 1.86’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to finesse jigs, Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on live minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, football jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BASTROP: Water stained; 8387 degrees. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin deep-diving crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, minnows and stink bait. BELTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.57’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white soft plastics at night under lights. White bass are fair on white plastics at night under lights. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and summer sausage. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, topwaters and shaky-head worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BONHAM: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on Texasrigged soft plastics around newly flooded cover. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good drifting cut bait, shrimp and frozen shad. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cut bait and cheese bait near the dam. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and live bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 83-86 degrees: 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, spinner baits and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, chartreuse/white spinner baits, and on green/pumpkin, redbug, or watermelon seed soft plastic worms around docks. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are fair on jigs off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs over baited brush piles in 8-15 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheese bait and cut shad near the Hwy. 279 Bridge. Blue catfish are good on prepared bait.

BUCHANAN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, shad flukes and watermelon red stick worms on jigheads along ledges in 8-15 feet at daylight. Striped bass are fair on shad plastics on the surface at first light, and drifting or free-lining live bait from Lighthouse Point to the dam. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on goldfish and perch upriver. CADDO: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits, buzzfrogs and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch 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 along the crappie wall and the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, cheese bait and shad near the railroad trestle and 181 Cove. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters and watermelon/red stick worms along grassy banks early and late, and on Texas-rigged green/ pumpkin worms along break lines. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on perch-colored spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue jigs. Channel catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83-85 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, Texas-rigged worms and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 23.08’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms early and late. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and punch bait. Yellow catfish are good on live perch. COLEMAN: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.12’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stink bait, nightcrawlers, and liver. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 0.48’ high. All species are slow.. CONROE: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 3.35’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. FALCON: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 38.27’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin crankbaits, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass

are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad, liver and shrimp over baited holes. FORK: Water stained; 83-86 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on football jigs, Carolinarigged worms and top-water walking baits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 78-87 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, split-shot rigged flukes and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GRANBURY: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse lipless crankbaits and spinner baits, and on green/ pumpkin soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver/white striper jigs. White bass are fair on shad-colored jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait and nightcrawlers. GRANGER: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.79’ high. All species are slow. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are good on weightless flukes, Texas-rigged craws, top-water poppers and shaky-head worms. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. GREENBELT: 31.73’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters early, midday switching to Texas rigs, jigs and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on top-waters. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with chicken livers and shad. HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 82-91 degrees; 1.5’ low. Black bass are fair to good on bone top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around structure. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, top-water poppers and weightless stick worms. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 83-86 degrees: 2.09’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits,

spinner baits, top-waters and black buzzbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 83-87 degrees: 0.82’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, squarebilled crankbaits and top-waters. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. LBJ: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.08’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue jigs, blue flake stick worms and Texasrigged plastics around docks and laydowns in 5-12 feet early. White bass are good on jigs at night. Crappie are fair on crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and stink bait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless flukes, shallow crankbaits and shaky-head worms. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.22’ high. All species are slow. MACKENZIE: 74.65’ low. Black bass are fair on flukes, Texas rigs and chatterbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-92 degrees; 1.18’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, shaky-head worms and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. MEREDITH: 56.62’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jerkbaits and medium-running shad pattern crankbaits. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 86-92 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are fair on drop-shot worms, deep-diving crankbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 79-88 degrees; 1.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, spinner baits and Carolina rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.40’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin soft plastics and shallow-running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and orange/chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 8190 degrees; 35.99’ low. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs and stick worms.

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; 9.24’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, square-billed crankbaits and drop-shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, white buzzbaits and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water offcolor; 81-89 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, shaky heads, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 1.20’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on silver spoons and striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on topwater poppers, football jigs and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 1.00’ high. Black bass are fair on Carolina-rigged flukes, football jigs and top-water walking baits. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.83’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas-rigged worms and top-waters. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; Black bass are fair on watermelon lipless crankbaits and topwaters in reeds early. White bass are fair on spoons over humps. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and nightcrawlers. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 13.03’ high. All species are slow. STAMFORD: Water stained; 79-88 degrees; 0.5’ high. Black bass are fair to good on frogs early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs and weightless worms. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on

n Coastal Fishing good Page 9 live bait and jigs. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.43’ low. Black bass are good on black/ blue crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastic worms. White bass are good on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 83-86 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 82–85 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are good on drop-shot worms, Texas-rigged worms and top-water poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 83-87 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon top-waters and redbug soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons over ridges. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 5-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. TRAVIS: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 8.15’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and watermelon worms in 15-30 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on smoke grubs and jigs in 20-40 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut perch in 30-45 feet. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows, shrimp and stink bait. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 20.78’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, top-waters and spinner baits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 3.14’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits near dropoffs. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows early. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait.


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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER MAN FOUND AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES A Panola County game warden was contacted by the sheriff’s office reporting a capsized boat on the Sabine River. A 14-foot flat-bottomed boat was upside down, hung up in a fallen tree in the river. Wardens responded and searched the area until around midnight and returned the following morning to learn the sheriff’s office had received a call from a homeowner stating that a man was at their house and was very confused and seemed lost. He was found at the residence, about three miles from where his boat was originally found. GATOR POACHER NABBED The illegal taking of an 11-foot alligator in Newton County was reported to game wardens. The investigation revealed the violation occurred along the Sabine River and involved a father-and-son duo shooting the alligator with a .30-30 caliber rifle. Charges and civil restitution are pending for taking the alligator in closed season. FLOUNDER PATROL In East and West Matagorda bays, wardens check commercial and recreational flounder giggers. Multiple groups were contacted, and citations were issued for possession over the daily bag limit, possession of undersized flounder, no fishing license and possession of drug paraphernalia. A total of 42 southern flounder, four red snapper, and one cobia were seized. Cases and civil restitution are pending. STRIPERS WERE TOO SMALL On Lake Georgetown in Williamson County, game wardens received complaints of people keeping undersized striped bass. One individual was checked, and he did not have a fishing license and was

WARDENS RESCUE MORE THAN 10K A total of 225 Texas game wardens were deployed to assist in rescues and recovery from the damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. A total of 10,118 Texans were rescued or evacuated by war-

in possession of three striped bass measuring 17, 18 and 19 inches. The fish were confiscated and two were released. The striped bass measuring 17 inches was donated to a needy family. The fisherman received citations and civil restitution is pending. TEXAN TRIED TO BE IDAHO RESIDENT A Texas resident purchased multiple Idaho resident hunting licenses. Working with Idaho Fish and Game wardens, a Travis County game warden served summons on the Texan. The man will be required to appear in person in Idaho to face charges and mandatory revocation of Idaho privileges. COUPLE CAUGHT RAISING BUCK A Hidalgo County game warden relocated a six-point white-tailed deer that had been illegally raised by a couple in Edinburg, issuing the appropriate citation. FEDERAL WATERS, STATE LIMIT OF FISH A recreational fishing vessel fishing near shrimp boats was checked in federal waters by Cameron and Hidalgo County game wardens. The vessel had 10 people on board. During the inspection, it was found

dens. Wardens from several other states, including Louisiana, Florida, Arkansas, Kansas, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, assisted in the efforts.

that there were 40 red snapper on board. Each person was over the federal limit of two red snapper per person. Cases were filed and referred for federal violations and federal restitution on 20 red snapper over the limit. KEYS LOCKED IN VEHICLE THE FIRST PROBLEM Harris County game wardens observed a vehicle parked in a no trespassing area. The suspected owner of the vehicle was wadefishing in the bay. The subject was on the way back to the vehicle unaware that the two wardens were observing from the nearby bushes. The wardens startled the subject when contact was made with the individual. The subject did not possess a valid fishing license, had a suspended driver’s license and an expired vehicle registration. The subject had locked the keys in the vehicle and a wrecker was called to the scene to tow the vehicle off of the private property. While being allowed to obtain his personal belongings, the subject opened a wadded-up gum wrapper and swallowed the contents. The subject was detained. A search revealed roughly 7 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a methamphetamine

pipe and cooking spoon, roughly 60 opiate pills, less than one gram of heroin and less than one gram of marijuana. The subject was arrested and transported to jail by Harris County deputies. The individual was charged with possession of a controlled substance as well as the fishing violations. GROUP SHOOTS, LEAVES BUCK IN JULY A white-tailed buck was shot at the end of July in Goliad County. The game warden spoke with the landowner and examined the dead deer. The landowner had stopped a vehicle and obtained the driver’s name. The warden conducted several interviews and obtained confessions from four individuals (three adults and one juvenile). Multiple cases were filed, along with civil restitution on the buck that scored 125 1/8 inches. PIC OF DEAD CARACARA POSTED A female subject killed a crested caracara and posted a photo of her holding the dead bird and a shotgun on social media. A San Patricio County game warden contacted the woman, who admitted the violation, and appropriate charges were filed.

BUCK RESCUED BY WARDENS A distressed buck in Katy was rescued and released by Texas game wardens. The wardens were on their boat when they observed the buck submerged in about 6 feet of water near a community center. Wardens captured the buck by the antlers and hog-tied him. The buck was loaded into a truck, taken to dry land, and released. The buck was nicknamed Harvey. SUICIDAL MAN HAS CHANGE OF HEART Guadalupe County game wardens responded to a call from the sheriff’s office concerning a vehicle in the Guadalupe River and drifting downstream with an occupant inside. One warden went with the rescue crew on land to set up rope harnesses from the high bank while the other jumped in the fire department’s zodiac rescue boat. The wardens were notified that the occupant of the vehicle had sent his girlfriend a suicide message an hour earlier. Once the boat crew reached the vehicle, they were able to open the rear door. The occupant was cold, wet and ready to get out of the sinking car. A PFD was placed on the subject and he was taken to the bank and turned over to EMS personnel for evaluation.


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At home in the water By Mark Hahn

For Lone Star Outdoor News

Capt. Ben Paschal began fishing in golf course ponds, and now has fished around the world and guides fly-fishermen in the Lower Laguna Madre. Photo by Landeen Photography.

As first light hits the water in the Lower Laguna Madre, Capt. Ben Paschal pushes away from the dock. His 17-foot Maverick poling skiff is loaded with fly rods, tools of the trade, ready to connect with Texas redfish. For the last six years, Paschal’s morning routine has centered around the saltwater flats along the lower Texas coast. As a boy, he grew up in Dallas, where he’d fish any water he could find — even the local country club ponds. “We’d befriend the maintenance guys at the country clubs,” Paschal said. “We’d teach them how to fish, and in return we’d get the back-gate codes to sneak in.” From the bass ponds of Dallas to

Colorado, Alaska, Chile and Argentina, Paschal has grown up on the water. Now, he lives near the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Arroyo City, just 35 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border, as owner and guide of Laguna Madre Outfitters. A Texas A&M graduate, Paschal started guiding during his first summer in college, at the age of 19. “Then after college, with classes out of the way, I was asked to guide in South America,” he said. “I had a desk job lined up, but realized that wasn’t for me at that point.” From then on, Paschal started spending the fall and winter in the Southern Hemisphere chasing trout, chinook and steelhead. As he learned the waters of the Chilean Patagonia and Argentine Tierra Del Fuego, he began to build relationships with

his clients and decided he could put them on fish here in Texas. After his experience fishing across North and South America, Paschal landed in South Texas where he is confident the sandy flats are the best fishing in the state. “The waters here are unique, close to home and off the beaten path,” he said. The Lower Laguna Madre is a very productive estuary. “Seagrass plays a key role in keeping the water oxygenated for juvenile fish, shrimp and crab,” said Jason Ferguson, Lower Laguna Madre ecosystem leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “This provides a healthy environment for predatory fish, such as seatrout and redfish.” Over the last few years, the estuary has experienced good conditions and Please turn to page 17

Oyster regulations change The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new regulations for the statewide oyster fishery that reduce commercial possession limits, establish additional harvest restrictions and close additional bays to oyster harvest. The new rules reduce the commercial possession limit of oysters from 40 sacks to 30 sacks per day, reduced the allowable amount of undersized oyster take from 15 percent to 5 percent and close Saturday to the commercial harvest of oysters from Nov. 1 to April 30 annually. The following minor bays will be closed to all oyster harvest beginning Nov. 1. • • • • • • •

Christmas Bay, Brazoria County Carancahua Bay, Calhoun and Matagorda County Powderhorn Lake, Calhoun County Hynes Bay, Refugio County St. Charles Bay, Aransas County South Bay, Cameron County Areas along all shorelines with state health department approved or conditionally approved areas for shellfish harvest extending 300 feet from the water’s edge or exposed oysters inside of the 300-foot area.

“The goals of these rule changes are to aid in the recovery of oyster resources in Texas’ bay systems, promote efficiency in utilizing oyster resources and should provide a more stable price structure for commercially harvested oysters,” said Lance Robinson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department coastal fisheries deputy division director. Prior to rulemaking by the Commission, TPWD’s Coastal Fisheries Division held three public hearings on along the Texas coast to take public comment on the new regulations. More than 1,470 total comments were received with 80 percent supporting these proposals. —TPWD



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area during the storm but has been on hand ever since, albeit in shock to some degree. “I spent years making this club what it is,” he said. “Now, I wake up and look at this pile of rubble.” Skrobarcek said he is working on a plan to keep the hurricane from closing down the club’s 100 members’ entire duck season, even if the hunts are of the do-it-yourself variety. Julie Williams, Port Bay’s president, said she doesn’t know how long it will take, but the club will be back. “Port Bay Club is not just a club, it’s 100 years of history,” she said. “It’s our greatest wish that this club will be around for another 100 years — and it will be.” Williams has been to the club since the storm, and rescued a lot of artwork, including a picture of a founding member from 1915. “Port Bay Club is more than just 100 people who like to go hunting and fishing,” she said. “It’s a legacy.”


Damage at the Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club was extensive after a reported 15-foot storm surge and the eye of Hurricane Harvey passed through its location. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Another historic duck club, St. Charles Bay Hunting Club, suffered heavy wind damage, and will be repaired. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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cense. By 2005, the lifetime combo license doubled to $1,000. Stone heard rumblings that the price might jump again. By then, he was in a position to consider the reports reliable as director of Intergovernmental Affairs for TPWD. “I did the math,” Stone said. “I had a little extra money available, so I bought one.” Given the price of a super combo hunting and fishing license then ($64; now it’s $68), he’ll break even in 2020. After that, it’s all gravy. “It wasn’t a decision that’s going to make me rich, but I plan to get my money’s worth,” Stone said. And it turned out to be a bargain after those rumblings Stone heard proved true. In 2009, the price of a lifetime hunting and fishing license jumped to its present $1,800. Separate lifetime hunting or fishing licenses cost $1,000. Clayton Wolf, TPWD’s Wildlife Division director, said purchasers of lifetime sporting licenses should “put a pencil to it.” “It depends on your age and how long you think you’re going to hunt or fish,” Wolf said. “Also, if you think you’re going to leave the state, you get to maintain your license. Your calculations are going to be a lot different if you come back and have to buy a nonresident hunting or fishing license. It quickly becomes a more economical purchase if you plan to leave Texas.” A nonresident general hunting license will cost you $315 in 2017. It allows nonresidents to hunt any bird or game animal, including deer, although endorsement requirements still apply. For example, you would still need to buy a Federal duck stamp if you wanted to hunt ducks or geese. If nonresidents just want to hunt spring turkey, it will cost them $126. Nonresident anglers don’t have to drain their wallets as much. A freshwater fishing license for nonresidents is $58; a saltwater

fishing license is $63; and an all-water fishing license is $68. Parents fortunate enough to own or lease hunting property should consider buying lifetime licenses for their children, Stone said. “If you hunt the property with your kids, and they’re about to go off to school to someplace like Tulane or Georgia, and may not move back, I’d recommend making sure they had one before they left,” he said. “Having to pay $315 to hunt every year adds up to a lot of money fast.” To date, purchases of TPWD’s lifetime sporting licenses have brought in almost $27 million. The money goes into the state’s general revenue account, specifically the Lifetime License Endowment Account, according to R.J. DeSilva, communications officer for the Legislative Budget Board. However, by statute, the money can only be spent to acquire hunting and fishing areas or to “develop, manage, and repair” them. For years, TPWD was limited to spending interest from the principal for such purposes. That changed Sept. 1, though, with a new law permitting TPWD to spend money from the account as long as the principal doesn’t drop below $20 million. TPWD officials lobbied for the change, noting that falling interest rates only brought in about $125,000 annually. Stone was out in the field enjoying his investment when dove season opened and looking forward to hunting hogs yearround. “Dove are the first thing you can do off the bat, so I like that,” he said. “Hogs are fun to hunt, plus it seems anywhere you go to hunt them, everyone is sure glad you came. You still have to keep up with tags and such even with a lifetime license, but you don’t have to worry about pulling out your wallet every year.”

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Art with a chain saw Continued from page 8

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her and her family with her art. She works from a small shop at home and heads to a friend’s shop in LaMarque for the larger projects. “They have the heavy equipment,” she said. Meredith’s creations include large marlin, redfish, red snapper, speckled trout and other fish, tikis, people (including nearly life-size carvings of Houston Texans defensive tackle J. J. Watts and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees) and she’s currently doing a 15-foot-tall statue of William Tell that will display in LaMarque. “We joined two giant pecan trees together for it right before the storm (Hurricane Harvey) started,” she said. “They made it.” Her furniture carvings include racks for fishing rods, benches, bars and barstools. The carved fish are some of her favorites. “I love fishing,” Meredith said. “I have done carved trophies for fishing tournaments and I exhibited at a ladies fishing tournament where I do carvings in front of the crowd.” No longer using the electric version, she is equipped with Echo chain saws, and is sponsored by the company. “I do expo-type stuff for Echo,” she said. “I’ll carve something while the expo is going on.” Now, she is expanding her creations into other areas, including hunting. “I’m doing a gun rack with antlers and I want to get more into the hunting side,” she said. Maneuvering large chain saws and even larger pieces of wood requires a good bit of strength and conditioning. “You have to get into shape to do this,” she said.

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the ecosystem has thrived. While the waters have remained healthy over time, the fishing conditions can change daily. “Laguna Madre is condition dependent — you need consecutive days on the water to figure out what works and when it works,” Paschal said. Hunter Matthews is a regular client of Paschal. “Paschal relentlessly pursues redfish and puts you in the best position to succeed,” Mathews said. Redfish remain Paschal’s favorite species to guide. “Redfish are easy to target,” he said. “They pod up, they tail, and they stick their backs out of the water. This makes sight-fishing easier in adverse conditions and allows anglers to get shots on the fish.” Paschal encourages beginning saltwater fly-anglers not to be intimidated, and encourages the seasoned angler to shoot for consistency. “Saltwater fly fishing is as hard as it gets,” he said. “Spend time on the water, and surround yourself with passionate and knowledgeable fishermen. That’s how you learn.” Capt. Ben Paschal (214) 704-3158

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discolored,” he said. “In another week, it should be back to normal.” On Labor Day, Capt. Trey Prye said he had a great day on the water, catching and releasing more than 25 trout on lures in East Matagorda Bay. “Yes, there is fresh water, but the fish are still there and they still have to eat,” he said. Bink Grimes with Sunrise Properties in Matagorda posted limits of trout caught in the surf on top-water lures. Area guides have had numerous trips cancel due to customers being from the

Houston area and due to lodging issues. On Sept. 2, only half a dozen boat trailers were seen at Marker 37 and also at Billings Bait, both in Corpus Christi. Most Corpus Christi hotels are open, although some are filled with workers. “You can find lodging if you want to come and fish,” Butler said. Don’t forget about your guide after the storm. They are working and they need the money. The hotels are still open and, if recovery workers have filled many of them, splurge and stay at the Omni in Corpus Christi. It has rooms available.

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Hurricane Carla came through in 1961,” Dodd said. “I was 11 years old at the time. I’ll never forget that experience. It pretty much wiped out Port O’Connor, and we had substantial damage here at the ranch. Carla was more of a windblown destructive hurricane. Harvey was all about a whole lot of rain. My main concern was taking care of dad who still drives his truck and gets around pretty well for a man that was born in 1922.” There was one mishap during Harvey. Elmo was in the garage and got hit by a gust of wind and knocked over. “I was right there and we had him up and going in no time flat,” Dodd said. “Grandpa is


pretty tough. He said everything was all right. But the next morning he complained about his hand hurting. We managed to get him to an ER and come to find out his thumb was broken. Other than having to travel a long distance for gas to keep the generators going, we did all right. The ranch also suffered damage. “When Harvey made landfall, I think our winds were well over 100 miles per hour, with lots of rain, downed trees and tin flying in the wind. The big event was when the awning next to the house lifted off and landed on the roof of the front porch. The main thing is grandpa is OK, our houses are still standing, the boat is intact and all the fishing gear is ready to head back to Port O’Connor.” Many Rockport guides boarded

up their houses, left their boats and fishing gear and headed out of town. John Johnson, his wife, Lacy, their kids, Kennedy and Bennett, stayed at the Callaghan Ranch near Laredo with a friend. They spent most of their time watching the Weather Channel, cooking out, drinking and staring at their phones, as everyone was calling the nearly 30 people staying at the ranch to see if they were OK. Once it was OK to return, the same guides spent the next several days checking on their homes, cleaning out debris and helping their friends. Next, they will reach out to customers, telling them it’s OK to return, there are rooms available nearby, and the fish are still be biting. Longtime Rockport guide Jay

Watkins rode out the hurricane at home and said he and his boys have been working on four of their family homes since the hurricane hit. “The main thing is we’re trying to get them shut in until the power comes back on,” said Watkins. “My wife, our dogs and I rode the storm out and it was a plenty anxious night. I cannot really describe the intensity of the winds, rains and debris that was hitting the house. All in all, the house seems fine.” Watkins’ boat rode out the storm with zero damage. “We will get back to fishing within a week or so in Port Mansfield, until some living facilities become available in Rockport,” he said. “My prediction is that our fall and winter fishing should be phenomenal.”

Lufkin man receives QDMA award Blake Hamilton is the recipient for the 2017 Al Brothers Professional Deer Manager of the Year award from the Quality Deer Management Associaiton. In 2013, Hamilton founded Nature’s Eye, located in Lufkin. He currently manages approximately 53,000 acres of habitat. Hamilton’s mission is to educate landowners and their families about the importance of land stewardship and provide the knowledge and resources needed to reach their management goals and objectives. —QDMA

Popular oceanographer Tony Amos dies Tony Amos, an internationally recognized oceanographer at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, died Sept. 4 at the age of 80. Amos was born and raised in England, and after coming to Port Aransas in 1979, began a career or rescuing and rehabilitating sick, stranded and injured sea turtles, mammals and birds. In 2014, Amos was named the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Region’s Recovery Champion for his work outside the service aiding in the recovery of threatened and endangered species. —Staff report

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission recognized Texas Game Warden Brad Clark as the Midwest Officer of the Year by the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers. Clark is a founding member of the Texas game warden boat accident team. In the past year, Clark logged more than 200 hours of marine patrol, filed more than 300 cases and responded to six major boat crashes. One of the more complex fatality crashes involved two boats in which the operators were killed in the crash. Clark worked closely with a veteran warden and acted as the lead investigator. He used his training and ability to reconstruct and create a complete computer automated simulation video of the entire crash using avatar technology. Clark also conducted, coordinated, and taught the nationally accredited Marine Safety Officer Course for the past three years, certifying more than 100 Texas Peace Officers in a 12-county area to be marine safety officers. The Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers is comprised of 29 member agencies from the United States and Canada. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been a member since 1995. —TPWD

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Chris Perdomo bagged this bush buck while hunting in South Africa. David Smith, 17, caught and released this jack crevalle on a top-water lure off of Mosquito Island in Texas City. He was wade-fishing with medium tackle.

Jenna Jones of Bedford caught her first fish in the surf off of Crystal Beach/ Bolivar Peninsula while fishing with her dad, David.


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Bill Minyard caught the winning redfish at the annual Port Bay Club Fly Fishing tournament on Aug. 11.

Kirra Kalea Sohl of Port Aransas caught this nice speckled trout while fishing with her dad, Walter, near Port Aransas.

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STAR season wraps up Another CCA STAR tournament is in the books, as Sept. 4 marked the end of the summer-long event. Although the five truck/boat winners in the redfish division were caught early in the summer, along with four of the tagged redfish resulting in boat winners, the tenth and final tagged redfish to a registered participant went unclaimed. On Oct. 12, prizes and scholarships will be awarded at the 2017 CCA BBQ with STAR awards at the Bayou City Events Center in Houston. Results are as of Sept. 4. Leaders for the $50,000 scholarship ages 6-10 Flounder: Cayla Cloudt of Clute, 5 pounds, 5 ounces Sheepshead: Ethyn Ybarra of Houston, 8 pounds, 7 ounces Gafftop: Austin Bellanger of Orange, 7 pounds, 13 ounces

Leaders for the speckled trout $25,000 scholarship ages 11-17 Upper coast: Colton Murante of Spruger, 8 pounds, 2 ounces Middle coast: Dayne Macha of Wallis, 8 pounds, 9 ounces Lower coast: Jamie Sifford, 17, of Spruger, 8 pounds, 5 ounces Leaders for the inshore $25,000 scholarship ages 11-17 Flounder: Landon Winton of Freeport, 7 pounds, 3 ounces Sheepshead: Kobe Tedrick of Baytown, 8 pounds, 4 ounces Gafftop: Cameron Brooks of Orange, 6 pounds, 6 ounces

Leaders for Texas Anglers’ Rodeo STAR Speckled trout upper coast: Leonard Knopp of Clute, 8 pounds, 13 ounces Speckled trout middle coast: George Hinojosa of Corpus Christi, 10 pounds, 1 ounce Speckled trout lower coast: Juan Ramirez of Harlingen, 10 pounds, 14 ounces Kingfish: Jeffrey Stultz of Brazoria, 59 pounds, 2 ounces Dorado: Chris Brzozowski of Corpus Christi, 44 pounds, 14 ounces Ling: Nicholas Garza of San Antonio, 62 pounds, 7 ounces Flounder: Jimmy Chain of Texas City, 7 pounds, 10 ounces Sheepshead: Rodolfo Ibarra of Dayton, 10 pounds, 12 ounces Gafftop: John Landrum of Nederland, 7 pounds, 4 ounces

Redfish division truck/boat winners: Juan Ibarra of Pearland; Jose Mendoza of Corpus Christi; Ryan Pyburn of Beaumont; Holly Clark of Port Arthur; Mike Laskowski of La Vernia Redfish division boat winners: William Latham of Baytown; Kevin Gorski of Houston; Steven Harlan of Lake Jackson; Justin Lowry of West Columbia —CCA STAR

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HARVEY minutes, and then came the other edge of the eyewall and the wind came up from the other direction,” he said. “I was finally able to sleep for a few hours.” The sound of the storm stuck in Lassiter’s mind. “There was a high-pitched howling for more than two hours,” he said. “It blew 130-plus the whole time. When it was blowing 100, everything looked OK.” Once the storm passed, the wind dropped to 40-50 mph, with only a light drizzle. “It was fairly cool, I slept four nights in my house with the windows open,” Lassiter said. “But when the sun came out, it was brutal. And then the mosquitoes came.” Lassiter has lived at the coast his whole life, and has been through three hurricanes, Beulah in 1967, Celia in 1970 and Allen in 1980. “This one was considerably different, and I’ll never do it again,” he said. “The storm surge was 15 feet on the Copano Bay side. I have a friend who lives on a highfenced, exotic game ranch — all of the animals were killed.” Lassiter is ready to resume guiding. His boat and fishing equipment are in good shape. “As soon as I can get bait and the clients get here, I’m back in business,” he said. “Most of my clients fish live bait, and the bait stands (including the Sand Dollar where he buys his bait) are gone.” The city water has returned for several hours each day, Lassiter has his generator running the air conditioner, and after more than a week of surviving on sandwiches and canned soup, things are getting closer to a semblance of normal. But when the next hurricane comes, Lassiter won’t be at home. “Never, ever stay through a hurricane,” he said.

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

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

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7:59 8:55 9:53 10:53 11:53 12:23 1:19 2:13 3:04 3:53 4:40 5:27 6:15 7:03 7:53

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

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8:11 9:07 10:06 11:05 ----12:35 1:31 2:25 3:16 4:05 4:53 5:40 6:27 7:16 8:05

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7:18 PM 8:53 PM 10:17 PM 11:40 PM

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8:26 PM 9:21 PM 10:18 PM 11:09 PM 11:53 PM

0.2L 0.4L 0.6L 0.8L 0.9L

Time 11:44 AM 12:34 PM 1:38 PM

Height 0.8L 0.7L 0.6L

Time 6:19 PM 7:46 PM 9:55 PM

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6:40 PM 7:37 PM 8:27 PM 9:20 PM 10:19 PM 11:18 PM

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

5:51 PM 6:51 PM

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Time 5:44 PM 12:08 PM 12:48 PM 1:37 PM

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Time 12:28 AM 1:32 AM 3:15 AM 3:02 PM 12:02 AM 1:19 AM 2:07 AM 2:47 AM 3:24 AM 3:57 AM 4:22 AM 4:40 AM 4:59 AM 12:13 AM 1:10 AM

Freeport Harbor Date Sept 8 Sept 9 Sept 10 Sept 11 Sept 12 Sept 13 Sept 14 Sept 15 Sept 16 Sept 17 Sept 18 Sept 19 Sept 20 Sept 21 Sept 22

Time 5:26 AM 12:03 AM 1:06 AM 3:00 AM 2:39 PM 3:46 PM 1:00 AM 1:56 AM 2:38 AM 3:13 AM 3:43 AM 4:08 AM 4:29 AM 4:47 AM 5:03 AM

Time 3:23 AM 4:02 AM 4:40 AM 12:37 AM 5:48 AM 6:21 AM 6:48 AM 7:10 AM 7:27 AM 7:42 AM 12:26 AM 1:19 AM 2:09 AM 2:57 AM 3:45 AM

Time 7:20 AM 6:43 AM 3:19 PM 4:09 PM 5:06 PM 6:10 PM 7:18 PM 8:28 PM 9:34 PM 10:34 PM 11:25 PM 11:42 AM 8:18 AM 6:44 AM 6:03 AM

Height 0.8H 0.8H 0.5L 0.4L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.3L 0.4L 0.5L 0.6L 1.0L 1.0H 1.0H 1.0H

Time 1:52 PM 2:34 PM

Height 0.6L 0.5L

Time 8:18 PM

Height 0.8H

4:05 PM 12:27 PM 1:10 PM 1:50 PM

1.0H 0.9L 0.8L 0.7L

6:16 PM 9:35 PM 11:27 PM

1.0H 1.0H 1.1H

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40 JET PROPULSION ENGINE: Anglers who want to fish the shallows now have three new engine choices: the 40 Jet, 65 Jet and 105 Jet Honda Marine outboard motors. These engines pair the company’s powerheads with jet drives designed to provide an exceptional boating experience in ultra-shallow waters. They are dependable, quiet and offer fuelefficient operation. The engines’ jet drives offer maximum maneuverability around or over obstructions that would limit a prop-driven outboard engine in shallow water. The MSRP for the 40 Jet engine (pictured) is $11,360 and for the 65 Jet engine it is $13,357.

HASTINGS UPLAND BOOTS: Browning Footwear has added this Wellington-style boot to its hunting footwear line. They feature all-leather construction and the Trulast performance foot-shape geometry for better fit in different hunting situations. For early mornings hunts on wet grass, the boots offer a waterproof technology and a moc toe design to add warmth and style. Available in men’s sizes from 8-13 and some half sizes, the boots cost about $150.

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2017-18 hunting season dates ALLIGATOR 22 Counties & special properties All Other Counties

East Zone Early Canada goose: Light goose Light goose conservation order White-fronted goose West Zone Light & dark geese Light goose conservation order

Sep. 10 - 30 Apr. 1 - June 30

CHACHALACA Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr & Willacy Counties

Nov. 4 - Feb. 25

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Zone A Zone B Zone C

Oct. 28 - Jan. 28 Nov. 24 - Jan. 28 Dec. 16 - Jan. 21

Sep. 9 - 24 & Nov. 4 - Dec. 27


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Rio Grande Turkey Fall Season North Zone South Zone Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg & Willacy counties Archery-Only Fall Youth-Only Early Late Spring Season North Zone South Zone One-turkey counties Spring Youth-Only


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Dove with sauerkraut

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By Aaron Anderson, For Lone Star Outdoor News

12 dove breasts, small pieces 4 tbsps. butter 16 ozs. sauerkraut 5 slices bacon 1 lb. hot Italian sausage, sliced 2 cloves minced garlic 1 tsp. crushed caraway seeds 16 ozs. beer Salt and pepper Season the dove with salt and pepper and sauté in butter until browned. Set aside. Discard butter. Drain sauerkraut and save the liquid. In a skillet, fry

the bacon to half-way done. Set aside. Brown the sausage in the bacon drippings. Add the sauerkraut, bacon, garlic, caraway seeds and beer. Mix thoroughly. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour half of this mixture into a medium pot, add the dove pieces and cover with remaining sauerkraut. Cover and simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Add beer as needed to maintain adequate cooking liquid. —Texas Dove Hunters Association

Pan-grilled snapper with avocado-strawberry salsa 4 (6-ounce) red snapper fillets 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped 1 ripe avocado, diced 2 cups strawberries, finely chopped 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped 2 tbsps. cilantro, finely chopped 1 tsp. fresh lime juice 1/4 tsp. sugar Sea salt and pepper to taste 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 1/2 tbsps. fresh lime zest

Stir jalapeño, avocado, strawberries, onion, cilantro, lime juice, sugar and sea salt together in a bowl. Cover and set aside. Preheat stovetop grill pan over high heat. Pat fillets dry, then brush both sides with the oil; sprinkle with the lime zest, salt and pepper. Lay fillets on grill pan skin side down and cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side, turning once, until cooked through. Carefully remove skin; top with avocado-strawberry salsa. —Florida Department of Agriculture

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Relief for damaged shooting ranges The National Shooting Sports Foundation will make available disaster relief funds to help its members whose businesses were impacted by the ongoing destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey. NSSF is immediately making dedicated aid available for business loss or damage resulting from Hurricane Harvey to qualifying NSSF member businesses. Funds will be available to NSSF members suffering significant financial hardship and unable to pay for critical and immediate expenses to resume business. —NSSF

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke sent a draft report to the president which included his findings and recommendations on national monuments that were under review as a result of the April 26 executive order. The 120-day review included more than 60 meetings with hundreds of advocates and opponents of monument designations, tours of monuments conducted over air, foot, car, and horseback (including a virtual tour of a marine monument), and a review of more than 2.4 million public comments submitted to the Department. “No president should use the authority under the Antiquities Act to restrict public access, prevent hunting and fishing, burden private land, or eliminate traditional land uses, unless such action is needed to protect the object,” Zinke said. “The recommendations I sent to the president on national monuments will maintain federal ownership of all federal land and protect the land under federal environmental regulations, and also provide a much needed change for the local communities who border and rely on these lands for hunting and fishing, economic development, traditional uses and recreation.” —U.S. Department of the Interior

Crossbow recall Precision Shooting Equipment, Inc. announced Aug 28th that it will conduct a product recall on its 2017 Fang XT, 2017 Fang LT and 2017 Thrive crossbows. This recall includes all Fang XT, Fang LT and Thrive crossbows shipped from October 1, 2016 to August 25, 2017. The recall is being initiated because the trigger mechanisms on these crossbows have been found to be out-of-specification, potentially leading to a premature firing or accidental discharge. These crossbows were sold at archery and hunting sporting goods stores nationwide from October 2016 through August 2017 for between $300 and $500. This recall is for approximately 17,000 units. Precision Shooting Equipment, Inc. has received six reports of the crossbow firing unexpectedly. No injuries have been reported. —PSE Shooting Equipment


Deer assumed to be from breeder killed Two ear-tagged deer were euthanized July 26 in Elk County due to concerns they could spread CWD. After an investigation, it was learned a man tagged two wild deer when they were fawns. The man received citations totaling $2,120. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, despite noticing the tags differed from agency tags commonly used on deer farms, immediately killed the deer due to what they said was the risk of spreading chronic wasting disease. Both deer tested negative for CWD. —PAGC


Pheasant numbers down The annual pheasant brood survey completed by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

showed a significant decrease in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index from 2016. The 2017 statewide PPM index is 1.68, down from last year’s index of 3.05. GPF officials cited a difficult winter and subsequent drought as reasons for the dip. From late July through mid-August, GFP surveyed 110, thirty-mile routes across the state’s pheasant range to estimate pheasant production and calculate the PPM index. The survey is not a population estimate, but rather compares the number of pheasants observed on the routes and establishes trend information. —SDGFP


Sage grouse can be raised in private facilities The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted to approve regulations allowing for owners of bird farms to collect sage grouse eggs and raise the grouse in a private facility. The regulations implement a state law passed by the Wyoming Legislature. No one can possess, breed or sell sage grouse unless they are certified by the Game and Fish Department. The regulations lay out specific requirements for how a facility can become certified to raise sage grouse, on the infrastructure and operations at a facility where this would occur, on how eggs would be collected and on the potential release of farm-raised sage grouse. —WFGC


Alligator tags postponed The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has postponed issuance of alligator hunting licenses and tags for the upcoming 2017 wild alligator season at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge due to the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey. The dates for the alligator license and tag issuance were scheduled for Aug. 29 and 30. LDWF will alert the public of the rescheduled dates once conditions have improved. —LDWF


Record muskie landed The Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed a Washington County woman has set a new muskellunge nontidal state fishing record. Tessa Cosens, 26, caught a muskie recorded at 32.5 pounds May 6 along the banks of the upper Potomac River in Washington County. Cosens, several months pregnant, was fishing from the bank using a 7-foot muskie rod and double spinner. The record fish was 49 inches long with a 24-inch girth. —MDNR


Stiff fines for poachers Two brothers facing hundreds of illegal hunting charges entered guilty pleas and agreed to pay more than $20,000 in fines, restitution and court costs, serve time in home incarceration and lose their hunting privileges for three years. The cases began last November when conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources discovered Larry Fryman hunting illegally in Mason County. Investigators later discovered hundreds of illegal antler sets at the family’s farm. Larry Fryman, 69, and his brother, Danny Fryman, 63, entered guilty pleas to their charges Aug. 17. Larry Fryman’s convictions included 115 counts of illegally taking a deer or turkey, and one count of terroristic threatening. Danny Fryman’s convictions included 114 counts of illegally taking a deer or turkey. —KDFWR

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Never doubt the ingenuity and compassion of the Texas hunter or fisherman. After Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport and Port Aransas, they came out in droves to help. And once the flooding began in the Houston area, the boats came out, with everything from airboats to kayaks. While law enforcement swift water and shallow water boats from Texas and beyond were coming, fishing guides were first in line. Capt. Scott Sommerlatte launched his skiff from his sister’s driveway in Sugar Land, and hauled out more than 60 people and their pets, once getting stuck on a curb due to the weight of the occupants on his small boat. Days later, those same victims came back to Sommerlatte’s sister’s house to thank him for the help. Capt. Chad Peterek conducted rescues in his airboat, helping victims get away from their flooded homes. Guides launched their skiffs, scraping the keels along roadways, curbs and sidewalks, all of which will need repair. Cedar Ridge Aviation took their helicopters from Knox County to Houston, delivering blood and supplies. Lochow Ranch Professional Pond and Lake Management took its fleet of boats designed for heavy loads from College Station to Houston with a group of 50 people, and rescued more than 3,000 people over two days. The Cajun Navy, made of of fishermen and duck hunters from Louisiana, crossed the border in their shallow-water jon boats to help. The Lone Star Smoked Barbecue Team obtained five pits donated by FireDisc Smokers to smoke meat for first responders in Richmond. Bass Pro Shops provided 80 boats. Wilderness Systems provided kayaks. Michigan-based GSC Technologies provided jon boats. Organizations like Houston Safari Club, Texas Deer Association and Texas Trophy Hunters Association organized supply drops for victims. Most of the help came from individuals using their own trucks, boats and property, giving of their own time, spending their own money and, in some cases, risking their own lives to help others. Their reward may be the hugs and smiles from the people they helped. For the rest of the hunters and fishermen of Texas, the reward is knowing them, whether or not their names made it into the newspaper or social media.

A Fort Bend County dog trainer was in danger of losing his dogs to the rising flood waters from Hurricane Harvey. Capt. Scott Sommerlatte used his poling skiff to help rescue the dogs. Photos by Scott Sommerlatte, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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