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Largest Hunting and Fishing Newspaper in Texas

September 22, 2017

Volume 14, Issue 3

Dove both fickle and reliable

Red drum seem to be biting all along the coast. Ana King caught this red near South Padre. Photo from Ana King.

Redfish action galore Lone Star Outdoor News Fall is the favorite time of year to pursue redfish of all sizes, and Hurricane Harvey and the fresh water it brought to the bays hasn’t appeared to do much to change the red drum bite. Whether fishing for bull reds in Galveston, Freeport or from the sand on Crystal Beach, drifting near Aransas Pass, or wading the shallow grass flats of Baffin Bay or Port Mansfield for keeper-sized fish, the reds are there. Anglers are having success using popping corks, plastics, topwaters and cut mullet. See a report on page 8 from South Padre Island, where different techniques are used in a variety of situations to land goodsized redfish, along with three spots to try, especially if you don’t have a boat.

While the white-winged dove are plentiful in some areas south of San Antonio, other areas saw a void in birds after opening weekend. The South Zone opens Sept. 22. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Dove season can be unpredictable, even when there isn’t a hurricane and flooding, followed by a cold front. The Sabinal area didn’t have

the flooding, but the cold front did arrive. Donny Bell with D&D Outfitters said his season is going well, but hasn’t been without concern. “We didn’t get the rain but we did get the 30-mile-per-hour north wind,” he said. “Before

opening day, we had few birds. I called the 40 or so customers we had lined up and told them, but they still wanted to come. Then, the Thursday before the opener, the birds were there.” The hunt turned out well for the white-winged dove, but the

success only lasted a few days. “By the next Monday, it was pretty slow,” Bell said. “Then we had a second wave come in after the cold front — you can tell the new birds, they will fly right down the middle of the field.” The dove in Sabinal were all Please turn to page 14

By Craig Nyhus

For Miranda Green, her first teal hunt of the season couldn’t have been better. “The teal started flying and they didn’t stop,” she said. “We had three limits in about 40 minutes.” Green hunted with her

fiancé, Devin Cryer, who guides for Pipkin Ranch Outfitters, and her best friend, J. Storme Jannise. “We hunt in Chambers and Jefferson counties,” Green said. “The fields are flooded pastureland and we also hunt over harvested rice fields. The first weekend hunts were canceled because they weren’t

sure about the water levels.” The water they hunted was still about 2 feet deep. “We were worried the hurricane would have a negative effect on the number of birds down, but we think the full moon and the cool front afterward saved us,” Green said. Similar to most teal seasons, Please turn to page 19


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The early teal season ends Sept. 24, and hunters in flooded rice fields have been successful. Abby holds a teal taken in flooded pasture land. Photo from Miranda Green.

Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10



Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12

Big gators taken (P. 4)

A fresh Sabine (P. 8)

Flooding helps hunter success.

Fishing good despite water influx.

Gun stores back (P. 4)

Changing bass patterns (P. 8)

Open again after Harvey.

Top-water bite at Toledo.

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More fresh water, more alligators

Hunters dreaded seeing their muddy and watersoaked guns and ammo after Hurricane Harvey, and wonder if they can be salvaged. Photo by Scott McCune.

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It was likely the first thing HARVE many homeowners checked when returning after Hurricane Harvey or the floods it brought. The gun safe or area of the home where guns are stored. Many Texas hunters looked aimlessly at their flooded firearms. Can the guns and ammo be salvaged and safely used? The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute and National Shooting Sports Foundation provide guidelines to assist gun owners in making sound decisions related to safely handling and treating or disposing of these items, emphasizing to always err on the side of caution and safety. The SAAMI document points out two major concerns about firearms that have been exposed to water: parts susceptible to moisture and rust damage such as metal parts, wood stocks and grips, and optics; and, secondly, infiltration of the action, barrel and safety systems by grit, silt and other foreign debris. The guidelines advise to check (after unloading) the firearms. “It’s important to limit moisture and corrosion damage to the component parts of the firearm. This can be accomplished by disassembling the component parts and using up to two coats of a moisturedisplacing lubricant to clean and stabilize the parts while, importantly, following the product’s directions so as not to damage, for instance, plastic or synthetic parts.” Another tip is to allow wood stocks and grips to air-dry and not be force dried by exposure to heat. Once the firearm has been thoroughly dried, consideration must be given to having the firearm inspected and serviced by the manufacturer, an authorized service center or a qualified gunsmith before putting the firearm back in service. What about ammunition? Discussed in the guidelines are differences in moisture resistance between centerfire, rimfire and shotshell ammunition, and potential hazards associated with “drying out” cartridges, including possible deterioration and damage to cartridges due to drying methods. Please turn to page 29

This 10-foot American alligator was taken by David Dominguez near Matagorda with Reel Rush Charters. Outfitters said the flooding may have helped the short hunting season. Photo from Reel Rush Charters.

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News On Sept. 6, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sent out a memo informing alligator hunters that many wildlife management areas were canceling or postponing some scheduled hunts connected with the annual public hunting permit and drawn hunts. But that by no means shut down the gator-hunting season in 22 counties and special properties from Sept. 10-30. The shutdown of hunts on WMAs, NWRs and some state parks is due to impacts from Hurricane Harvey. Kris Kelley at Castaway Lodge said they took a pretty good hit from Harvey, but they are up and running gator hunts on water frontage that includes bayous and tributaries around the Seadrift area.

“This entire town got hit pretty bad, but we’re making a strong comeback,” Kelley said. “Our business has not been impacted too badly. Our customers are patient. We’re rearranging hunting dates. About 80 percent of our hunters are from Houston, Dallas, Midland and Odessa. Around 20 percent come in from out of state.” The flood of water moving through the Seadrift area has brought in more gators and actually helped the hunter success rate so far. Kelley said all the freshwater and flooding makes their alligator hunts that much better. They end up with an influx of gators, so they never know what’s going to be hooked up on any given day. The only legal way to take gators is with hook and line, archery gear, gig or snare in Texas. “It’s a fun hunt, and our customers re-

ally get into the adventure,” Kelley said. “They go out with us in the evening to bait and set up the lines, then we check them the next day. It’s illegal to run them at night. The exciting part is when you pull on that line and something pulls back. That’s when the fun begins.” On the upper Texas coast is Central Flyway Outfitters that is owned and operated by Will Beaty. That’s where they got a flood of rain and the water came to within a few feet of the lodge. The impact of the massive flooding in Southeast Texas has set back his gator and teal hunting business by about 70 percent. “The water has finally gone down and we’re back in business,” said Beaty, who has been running gator hunts in Southeast Texas since 1992. “We’ve already taken some pretty big gators this season. The biggest we’ve ever pulled in on a line Please turn to page 6

Most gun stores open again Some shooting ranges, shops hit hard by Harvey By Craig Nyhus

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From Houston to Corpus Christi, most gun stores have reopened since Hurricane Harvey hit. Gun ranges with stores in low-lying areas were hit hard and some are still closed. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Hunters from Huntsville to Rockport are happy to hear that most of the gun shops and VEY places they purchase their hunting supplies are HAR again open. “Pretty much everybody is open,” said John Herlitz, a sales representative whose territory includes the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to the big box retailers, most of the sporting goods locations are in operation. Please turn to page 14

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Deer manager rescues doe Performing rescues in Houston, comes across deer By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Russell Furnace has a soft spot for deer. He’s a wildlife biologist and VEY the ranch manager at Rutledge River HAR Ranch in Uvalde. And, he owns an airboat. “We bowfish a lot on Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon,” Furnace said. Furnace’s brother, Justin, lives in Houston, and after Hurricane Harvey hit, Furnace was kept up to date. “I got up one morning and saw a clip of a woman on a roof with a little kid,” he said. “I knew I had to do something. I hooked up, met my brother and spent three days up there.”

The brothers helped more than 1,000 people evacuate residential neighborhoods, and had some scary moments. “It’s hard to communicate on a noisy airboat, but we managed to keep each other out of harm’s way,” Furnace said. It was when they were about to leave that Furnace noticed a deer struggling to swim. “She was swimming down the road, so I jumped out and grabbed her,” Furnace said. “She was worn out but still paddling like crazy. As soon as I caught her, she went limp.” Furnace got the doe into the airboat and took her about 2 miles to higher ground and released her. It was a nice way to end the trip that had been filled with emotion from victims of the flooding. “It kind of broke up the monotony of everything,” Furnace said. “And it felt good to save the deer.”

A doe spotted by Russell Furnace while helping with evacuations in Houston spurred action by the wildlife manager, who jumped into the rushing water and took the doe to safety. Photos from Russell Furnace.



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Predator management of small mammals helps quail An update on a predator management study for bobwhite quail populations showed that predator management may be a useful strategy to increase populations in the Rolling Plains of Texas. The study, conducted at the 6666 Ranch since January of 2016, examined three techniques, spreading supplemental feed into the habitat, habitat management to provide visual obstruction of sufficient height to hide bobwhites and their nests, and predator reduction of mesomammal predators. Previous studies using predator reduction in the Rolling Plains of Texas were unsuccessful, producing no increases in bobwhite nest success or population density. The trapping efforts in these studies did not reduce Quail can benefit from management of smaller predators, like skunks, mesomammal abundance raccoons and opossums, with improved nesting success, according to (skunks, raccoons, opos- studies by the Quail-Tech Alliance. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News. sums) as measured by scent station surveys conducted before and after the trapping effort. Using a greater trap density in the Rolling Plains of Texas would be more likely to reduce mesomammal abundance and prevent nest predation. At the 6666 Ranch, 135 bobwhite hens, their 112 nests and the associated broods of chicks were monitored. Nest success was 10 percent greater on the predator reduction site (64 percent nest success) as compared to the control site (54 percent nest success with no predator reduction). Chick survival to 21 days of age was essentially the same between predator reduction and control sites. The study was repeated in during the 2017 breeding season. Once again, the predator reduction treatment effectively increased nest success. As of July 25, 60 nests were monitored. Nest success in the predator reduction area was 16 percent greater than in the control area. —Quail-Tech Alliance

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Photo by Robert Sloan

was 12 feet, 3 inches long. That was off of East Bay Bayou where we do a lot of gator hunts. We also set out lines on Elm Bayou and the ditches off the rice fields. Right now the males are holding in the deep-water bayous so that’s where we we’ve got most of our lines set.” So what happens when you tug on a line and something big is on the business end? “We stay close by to make sure everything is under control,” Beaty said. “But with a big and angry gator anything can happen. That’s what makes the hunt so much fun. Once the gator is up close the customer uses a rifle, like a .22-250, to make the kill.

Both Beaty and Kelley said most of the gators taken get their hides turned into boots, belts, wallets and purses. The tail meat is packaged up and sent home with the customers. So how many gators do these outfitters get to harvest each season? “It’s all up to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,” Beaty said. “They gain data with a habitat study, nest reports and in the end use a formula to come up with a number, and that’s how many tags we get. Each season is different.” Castaway Lodge (888) 618-4868 Central Flyway Outfitters (832) 627-1827

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Sabine bays fresh Fishing good in surf, jetties along coast to Port O’Connor By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News With all the rain produced by Hurricane Harvey, there was enough runoff to float an aircraft carrier down some of the area rivers. The Neches and Sabine rivers moved a flood of fresh water into

Sabine Lake, one of the top saltwater fisheries on the Gulf Coast. Sabine Lake didn’t get a storm surge, but the combination of two rivers draining into this bay caused water levels to rise several feet. “The water level rose so high on Sabine Lake that many of the fishing piers were washed away, and after that we still had a flood coming down from Beaumont and Port Arthur,” said Sabine Lake guide Robby Trahan. “It looked like mud for a while, especially on the upper

This nice redfish was landed near the Port O’Connor jetties. Photo by Robert Sloan.

end of the lake. All that fresh water came right down the lake and pushed everything through the pass and out the jetties.” The influx set up some good fishingn in the surf and along pockets of saltwater at the jetties. “We’ve also had some very good trout fishing at the rigs a few miles off the jetties,” Trahan said. “The water depth out there is 20 to 25 feet. In times like these, trout will stack up on the rigs. It’s easy fishing.” Please turn to page 13

Bass in transition By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The top-water bite has begun at Toledo Bend Reservoir, at least if the experience of guide Darrell Lyons on Sept. 7 is any indication. “I had customers out and my son, Dylan, was fishing in a cove in another area of the lake,” Lyons said. “He called and said, ‘You might want to come over here, I’ve caught 50 on a top-water.’” Dylan, 19, has been guiding since he was 16, and his dad knew it was time to listen to his protégé. “He’s had good training,” Lyons said. Lyons and his group made the move, and landed more than 100 bass in a few hours, using mostly a Tiny Torpedo or a Boy Howdy, a topwater lure with props at each end. “It was one of those days that doesn’t happen very often,” Lyons said. The bass aren’t schooling to the same degree, but the top-water bite remains good for a few hours each morning and evening, Lyonds said. At Lake Palestine, 30 anglers with the Century Bass Club did not find similar conditions or success. The lake hadn’t turned over, and fish were found in depths around 14 feet. Getting them to bite, though, was a different matter. Only two limits were brought in by the group of experienced anglers, and the largest bass weighed 4.65 pounds. At Lake Fork, hundreds of boats hit the water to try their luck in a giant big bass tournament. For James R. Clark of Denham Springs, Louisiana, his 10.57-pound largemouth meant a new truck, boat and some cash. Ruger Long, an 11-year-old from Teague, also was a big winner with a 10.52-pounder. Another angler posted his luck, or lack thereof, on Instagram, saying he landed a bass weighing 8 1/2 pounds that didn’t measure up, as it didn’t reach the 24-inch maximum length on the slot-limit lake.

Bass have been active on top-water lures at Toledo Bend Reservoir. Other East Texas lakes are expecting the bite to improve as the water temperatures decline. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Reds biting at Lower Laguna Madre Bull reds yet to arrive in numbers By Tony VIndell

For Lone Star Outdoor News As word spreads that the running of the bull reds is in progress, scores of people head to their favorite fishing spots in the Laguna Madre from northeast of Brownsville to Port Mansfield. As usual, the rumors start before the run, probably heard from Sabine or Galveston anglers to the north, where the run begins earlier. Although a few catches of the monstersized red drums have been reported, anglers have been hooking what many of them called keepers — fish in the 20 to 26 inches range. The jetties, either in eastern Willacy or Cameron counties, are popular places for

people who fish on land and surf fishing north of Padre Island and along Boca Chica Beach usually attract quite a few anglers. Along Texas Highway 48 from the Brownville Shrimp Basin to Port Isabel, some fishing fanatics prefer several spots where all they need to do is to bring their gear and fish as economically as possible. One spot is known as Puente Los Lobos, or “The Wolfs Bridge,” where a canal runs from the Brownsville Ship Channel to San Martin Lake. A second one is on both sides of the Joe Gayman Bridge, named after a former commissioner with the Port of Brownsville. And the third is at the Bahia Grande Unit, a part of the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge that runs along the west side of the highway. For Fidencio Banda and two of his buddies, An angler hopes to land a few redfish near South Padre Island. Photo by Tony Vindell, for Lone Star Outdoor fishing there has become a weekly routine. News. Please turn to page 26

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What did floodwaters do to lakes and ponds?

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By Bob Lusk

For Lone Star Outdoor News It’s reported an esEY timated 37 trillion HARV gallons of rain was dumped on Houston from Hurricane Harvey. That’s enough water to supply every U.S. citizen with 3,000 gallons per month — for more than 3 years. It’s enough to supply the entire estimated human population of the world today (7.44 billion), almost 5,000 gallons per person. It would be 8 inches of water over the entire state of Texas. But what the Gulf of Mexico giveth, it also taketh away. Most of that water headed back to its source. In its flow, Harvey’s waters dis- Flooding after Hurricane Harvey caused a mix of fresh and solved much. In its wake, it de- saltwater in some areas, and fish to find their way to new haunts, posited much. The bigger public leaving pond owners with fish they may or may not want. Photo by lakes, such as Lake Conroe and Felix Fuentes. Lake Houston, flushed and rebreak down to its fundamental parts and ceived more than a fair amount of sedi- nature will put it to use. That manure comment. The San Jacinto River was scoured, posts under water, releasing its elements to changing its bottom and its ecology for feed aquatic life, especially plankton and generations, or until the next massive plants. Those plants and plankton become flood. That’s what nature does, especially food and harbor for tiny insects, which in these abnormal events. feed bigger bugs and small fish, as it moves Hundreds of flooded small ponds and its productive self toward the top of the lakes, both public and private, gave and food chain. That’s the magic of water. From received. With days of water sitting, or an organic mess, it can turn itself healthy, moving across a pond, changes are inevi- given enough sunlight and air. The thoutable. Fish migrate out, as others migrate sands of flooded private ponds and lakes in. Water chemistry and its biology also will do that. changed. Water dissolves anything it can. Ponds owner shouldn’t just sit and wait, That’s why scientists call it the “universal though. If a ponds sits next to a toxic insolvent.” dustrial site, plan to test that water. If it sits As those trillions of gallons of water next to a pasture, you’re likely fine. But if moved over uncharted courses, it picked you’re concerned, test. up everything from cars to trees to whatevExpect the fishery of smaller bodies of er was laying in that yard or that pasture. It water to be affected. With a normal rain, dissolved parts of grass clippings, minerals, fish don’t leave the safe confines they are cow manure, paper, raw sewage and what- conditioned as home. But, when 5-plus ever it rolled across that was agreeable to feet of angry, muddy flood water sits atop dissolving. of a pond, some fish will come, some will Next, the ponds settle down, leaving go. There’s the rub. That creek a mile away owners to deal with E. coli, mosquitos, and which flows into the river, gave rise to the other pests. opportunity for every river species to mudThe good news is that water also strives dle their way into your waters. That likely to cleanse itself. Much organic matter will means carp, gar, buffalo, gizzard shad and

Houston Big Game Fishing Club starts recovery fund By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Hurricane Harvey has HARVEY blown away, but Randy Bright still frets. He worries that much of the “fishing community” in the Coastal Bend Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Outdoor participation high, but hunting numbers lag A total of 101.6 million Americans — 40 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older—participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching. A new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, based on a survey conducted every five years since 1955, reflect a continued interest in engaging in the outdoors, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Also, participants spent $156 billion—the most in the last 25 years, adjusted for inflation. “This report absolutely underscores the need to increase public access to public lands across the United States,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Hunting and fishing are a part of the American heritage. As a kid who grew up hunting and fishing on public lands who later took my own kids out on the same land, I know how important it is to expand access for future generations. Many folks east of the Mississippi River rely on friends with large acreages or pay high rates for hunting and fishing clubs. This makes access to wildlife refuges and other public lands more important.” The most substantial increases in participation involve wildlife watching—observing, feeding and photographing wildlife. More Americans also went fishing. The

report indicates an 8 percent increase in angling participation since 2011, from 33.1 million anglers to 35.8 million in 2016. Total expenditures by anglers nationwide rose 2 percent from 2011 to 2016, from $45 billion to $46.1 billion. The survey claimed hunting participation dropped by about 2 million participants, at 11.5 million hunters. Total expenditures by hunters declined 29 percent from 2011 to 2016, from $36.3 billion to $25.6 billion. However, expenditures for related items such as taxidermy and camping equipment experienced a 27-percent uptick, and hunting trip-related expenses increased 15 percent. Regarding the decrease in participation in hunting, Zinke said: “Hunters and anglers are at the backbone of American conservation, so the more sportsmen and women we have, the better off our wildlife will be.” This year’s survey also gathered two new categories of data: archery and target shooting. Findings show there are more than 32 million target shooters using firearms and 12.4 million people engaged in archery, not including hunting. —U.S. Department of the Interior


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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 82 degrees; 4.58’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie and bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. AMISTAD: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 28.50’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, Senkos, and craw worms. Striped bass are good on slab spoons, top-waters, shad and small crankbaits near the 277 bridge. White bass are good on slab spoons, top-waters, shad, and spooks. Catfish are slow. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 71-77 degrees; 2.25’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 80–85 degrees; 0.46’ low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, top-water poppers and weightless stick worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. BASTROP: Water stained; 8387 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/ white lipless crankbaits over grass. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and punch bait. BELTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.00’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and trolling lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, stink bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and live shad. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on swim jigs, hollow-body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BONHAM: Water stained; 7984 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged soft plastics around newly flooded cover. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good along creek channel with punch bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin soft plastics and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair downrigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are good down-rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers and cheese bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 79-83 degrees: 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and jerkbaits in mat shad. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.74’ low. Black bass are good on shaky heads with green/pumpkin or redbug worms near docks and chartreuse/white spinner baits in flooded cover. White bass are fair on jigs off lighted docks at night. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 6-15 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheese bait and cut shad. Blue catfish are

good on prepared bait in 5-10 feet. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.58’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, top-waters and wacky-rigged watermelon/red stick worms along docks and over flats early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling deep-diving crankbaits and jigging over humps along the river channel. Crappie are fair on pink/white or chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver. CADDO: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs, hollow-body frogs and weightless stick worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall in 15-20 feet. Redfish are good downrigging spoons with green grubs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, punch bait and shad. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.37’ low. Black bass are good on perch-colored lipless crankbaits, top-waters and drop-shot worms along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling watermelon crankbaits over and around humps. Crappie are fair on white or chartreuse crappie jigs and live minnows around brush upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, swim jigs, Texasrigged worms and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 23.38’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and white spinner baits. White bass are fair on jigs at night. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch. COLEMAN: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.39’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green/pumpkin spinner baits, soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 0.30’ high. All species are slow. CONROE: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise soft

plastics, stick worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow. FALCON: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 38.04’ low. Black bass are fair on white and chartreuse/ white crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and shad. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait, liver and shrimp over baited holes under trees. FORK: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, plastic swimbaits on jigheads and dropshot worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 72-76 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early and late, midday switching to jigs, chrome lipless crankbaits and Texas-rigged 7-inch worms. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon/red Carolina-rigged soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are slow. GRANBURY: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin spinner baits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and liver. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are good on weightless flukes, shaky-head worms, and Texas-rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel. GREENBELT: 32.13’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop-shot weighted flukes and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 87-91 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on blue soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits with orange bellies. Crappie are fair on live minnows around brush and near the dam. Bream are good on live worms off grass beds and piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with calf liver and perch. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 76–82 degrees; 1.9’ low. Black bass are fair to good Texas rigs, shad-pattern crankbaits and watermelon seed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, top-water

poppers and swim jigs. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 79-83 degrees: 1.74’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, spinner baits, buzz frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. LAVON: Water stained; 79-84 degrees: 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, square-billed crankbaits and buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LBJ: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/red stick worms, watermelon jigs, and pumpkin tubes near docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse/ white tube jigs and minnows. Crappie are good on black/blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, spinner baits and shaky-head worms. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are good on green/ pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on top-waters and lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on troll tubes, slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MACKENZIE: 73.22’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Texas rigs and chrome lipless crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-90 degrees; 1.51’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, top-water walking baits and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. MEREDITH: 55.35’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jerkbaits and Carolina-rigged creature baits. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 84-91 degrees; 0.54’ low. Black bass are good on drop-shot worms, Texas-rigged craws and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 73-79 degrees; 1.25’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, split-shot weighted flukes and drop-shot rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are slow. White

bass are fair on shad jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows off the docks in Liberty Hill Park. Channel catfish are fair on shad. Blue catfish are good on minnows and cut bait below the dam. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 74-82 degrees; 36.64’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, black/blue jigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 72-78 degrees; 9.57’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, lipless crankbaits and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 78-83 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, hollow-body frogs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water offcolor; 74-81 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, chrome/black lipless crankbaits and drop-shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 80-84 degrees; 1.63’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and minnows. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinner baits, football jigs and top-water poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 78-81 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on deep-diving crankbaits, football jigs and top-waters. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, Texas-rigged worms and drop-shot worms. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 2.19’ high. All species are slow. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 15.44’ high. All species are slow. STAMFORD: Water stained; 72-79 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on live bait and Little Georges.

n Speckled trout, redfish Page 8 Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, hot dogs and nightcrawlers. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 78–81 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on drop-shot rigged worms, Texasrigged worms and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue craw worms and deep-diving crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are fair on green jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 8.76’ low. Black bass are fair on bone top-waters, watermelon worms with chartreuse tails and grubs. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome jigging spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good watermelon spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white/chartreuse tube jigs near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are slow. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 73-78 degrees; 21.2’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shallow-running crankbaits and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 3.42’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse lipless crankbaits, spinner baits, and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and punch bait.


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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER A STINKY SITUATION A Rockwall County game warden responded to a call from a local law enforcement officer about a traffic stop involving three subjects that had been driving the neighborhoods shooting rabbits from a public roadway. When the warden arrived on scene, he found three young men standing around a truck with a bed full of dead rabbits. One young man was only wearing a trucker hat, boots, and some brightly colored underwear. The subjects said they had shot a skunk earlier in the evening and when the individual approached it, the skunk sprayed him. The others wouldn’t let him back in the truck with his clothes on. Citations pending. THAT PESKY DRAIN PLUG On Lake Ray Hubbard, game wardens observed a vessel drifting away from the boat ramp that appeared to be sinking. Witnesses say they heard the boat’s operator yelling to call 911 after he forgot to install the drain plug. The wardens used their vehicle loud speaker to instruct the individual, who was seated in the bow of the boat, to put on a life jacket. He complied and the wardens asked another boat coming into the ramp to tow him to shore. Once the boat was back on a trailer and draining water, the owner confessed to the wardens that this was only his second time on the water. During his maiden voyage he had damaged his truck’s tailgate while attempting to load the boat on the trailer.

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MAN SHOOTS TWO DEPUTIES Texas game wardens assisted in a manhunt and apprehension of a Bowie County man after he shot two Bowie County Sheriff’s deputies. The deputies were dispatched to assist with a house fire and were informed the homeowner, Bryan Batchelor, did not want the fire extinguished and pointed a firearm at fire department personnel. The man then drove into a pasture to elude deputies. In the feld, the deputies’ vehicle became stuck and was rammed

ARCHERY-ONLY DOESN’T INCLUDE PISTOL Grayson County game wardens were tipped off about a white-tailed deer that was shot with a firearm in an archery-only county in November 2016. The wardens confronted the individual at his home and questioned him about the big buck. The subject eventually admitted he killed the deer with a pistol, after several shots, and then tagged the deer as being harvested in Fannin County. The deer was seized and several citations were issued. The cases are pending. The deer scored over 177 inches, netting a civil restitution value of more than $10,000. CATFISH FOR SALE A Titus County game warden responded to a complaint of a subject selling catfish without a commercial license. The subject was arrested

by Batchelor’s vehicle. Batchelor then discharged several rounds at the deputies while they returned gunfire. Batchelor again fled in his vehicle and rammed another patrol unit. Batchelor hid and was later located and a second exchange of gunfire took place before Batchelor was apprehended and taken to the hospital. Both deputies were treated and released.

for warrants out of Upshur County and also cited for not having a commercial fishing license. Warnings were issued for waste of fish and selling flathead catfish. BAITED FIELD ON OPENING DAY Smith County game wardens were patrolling during opening weekend when they came across several hunters finishing up cleaning dove. During the check, it was determined the nine hunters were hunting over an area baited with milo. Citations were issued for hunting dove over a baited area. Wardens seized 97 dove and donated them to a local needy family. Cases and civil restitution are pending. BACK IN ACTION Willacy County game wardens were back on patrol after assisting with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief

operations. During the opening weekend of dove season, the wardens seized at least 80 mourning dove from various groups for violations including no hunting license, over the daily bag limit and unplugged shotguns. They also surprised a couple of gill-netters as they were retrieving their nets and catch out of the water. More than 30 citations were issued. CHANNEL MARKERS REPLACED Using airboats, Cameron County game wardens worked with U.S. Coast Guard South Padre Island Aids to Navigation Team to locate and replace buoys and channel markers that had gone missing due to previous storms. OGT SHOOYOUT A SUCCESS The Operation Game Thief Shootout in San Antonio brought 53 teams and 212 shooters to the National

WARDENS HEAD TO FLORIDA A team of 60 Texas game wardens joined wardens from Florida to assist with efforts in response to Hurricane Irma. Wardens also came from Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and South Carolina. FINAL RESCUE NUMBERS Following Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding, 565 game wardens and state park police officers responded with 236 vessels, rescuing or evacuating 10,118 Texans. RELIEF FUND FOR DAMAGE TO WARDENS’ HOMES A relief fund has been established to help Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees, including several game wardens, due to damage to their property, including complete destruction of homes, from Hurricane Harvey. The fund was set up by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, K-9 FINDS HANDGUN USED IN ASSAULT A Texas game warden K-9 team was requested to search for and subsequently located a handgun allegedly used in an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


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When that much fresh water rolls in, things are not all that bad. “It’s actually a short-term good thing,” Trahan said. “It’ll flush out the bayous and marshes feeding into Sabine. The fishing on the lake might be slow now, but just like after Rita, things balanced out within a few weeks. The south wind, along with incoming tides, can clean up the pass and the lake in a hurry.” West Matagorda Bay guide Tommy Countz has been living on that section of the middle Texas coast since 1972, and he said it’s the worst river flooding he’s ever seen. “We had water everywhere,” he said. “Wharton took the biggest brunt of the destruction of floods. The Colorado River flooded just about everything in its path. And about 90 percent of it ended up in West Matagorda Bay. By the time all that water gets to the coast, it’s moved into the bay real fast via the diversion canal. Without that, things could have been really bad in Matagorda.” Things improved quickly on the bay. “Just after the storm we had a north wind, along with a cool front,” Countz said. “That pushed a lot of freshwater up on the south shoreline of West Matagorda Bay. But once the wind shifted to the south and we had strong incoming tides, everything started looking a lot better. On Sept. 13, I found three flocks of gulls in the bay. That’s a good sign that shrimp are there, plus we caught a bunch of little trout under them.” Port O’Connor guide Curtis Cash said the strong tides of the hurricane moved a lot of sand around and opened up new paths of water from the bay to the surf. “It opened up a lot of water in Pass Cavallo,” Cash said. “It also busted a pass wide open at Sunday Beach located at the J-Hook and Fish Pond. That was all dry

Photo by Robert Sloan.

sand before Harvey moved through. Now there’s a pass from the bay to the surf. And it’s deep enough to run a boat through. How long all that will last is anybody’s guess. But for the time being, fishing in the surf and around the areas with lots of water movement are holding bait and fish.” Good news for fishermen is the bait camps in Port O’Connor have all reopened, with a pretty good supply of live shrimp and croaker available daily. Jay Watkins fished North Pass near Port Aransas for five days, and said he slammed the trout each day.

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whitewings. For the South Zone opener, Bell will be hunting near George West, a mourning dove hunt, and he said there are thousands of dove using the fields. At the 5th annual Lone Star Ag Credit dove hunt in Throckmorton County on Sept. 18, about 80 hunters hit the field with sunflowers and croton, and most had success, and hunters in the hottest spots ended with limits. Many hunters in the Dallas, Frisco and other North Texas areas struggled to find birds, and things were different from usual in the Hondo area. South of Breckenridge, though, hunters and outfitters reported good numbers of dove. In Stephens County, John Jones with J&A Ranch said the opening weekend was stellar. “It was fantastic, but it’s been slower since then,” Jones said. “We had a little bitty cold front that pushed birds out, I expect it will be another week before another push of birds comes in.” In the Central Zone, the Hondo area hasn’t produced quite as well as in past years, but to the west near Uvalde, the hunting has been excellent. “We’ve been hunting 19 days with some big groups of hunters,” said Mark Roberts with Mark Roberts Dove Hunting in Uvalde. “It just started tapering off the weekend of the 15th. Everyone was getting limits until then, and it got a little tougher.” Roberts said many of the birds hopped over Highway 59 to the South Zone, where hunters will be ready for them on Sept. 22. “There are lots of sunflower fields in Uvalde County, and lots of birds in the South Zone,” he said. The far edge of Hurricane Harvey extended to Hondo, but didn’t reach Uvalde. John Austin with Cochina Hunting Club hunts in the Hondo and Dilley areas, and will hunt the Dilley area for the South

Dakota, the Lone Star Outdoor News newsroom dog, waits for dove in Throckmorton County. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Zone opener. The outfitters all said they lost a significant percentage of customers coming from Houston and Louisiana, but that the customers are coming back. “I lost more than 100 people and refunded their money,” Roberts said. “They’ll come later in the season or next year — it wasn’t their fault. A few came the next week to relieve some of the stress.” Bell also had cancellations, but most of his customers called back a few days later and ended up coming to hunt. “They said they just had to get out of there and get the flooding off of their mind,” he said. “It’s been a strange year.”


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said on its Facebook page. “It will be a long road to recovery but we will overcome this.” American Shooting Centers in Houston also suffered major damage, and the road into the range just opened on Sept. 14, after the waters receded coming out of Barker Reservoir. “We are working to get all of our operations up and running again,” the company said. “We have a lot of work to do, but that doesn’t bother us.” The hardest hit may have been Clay Mound Sporting Center in Liberty. “They really took it on the chin,” Herlitz said. Underwater were 76 machines, one tractor, three 4-wheelers, 13 golf carts and more. Manager Dwight Lumpkins said all of the buildings flooded, and water came into the clubhouse and pavilion for the first time, soaking all of the computers and radios.

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Gabriella Norgard of Plano caught this 26-inch lake trout on a chartreuse jig while fishing at Lake Granby in Colorado.

Nick Klein of St. Paul shot his first elk while hunting in New Mexico. He used a .50 caliber black powder rifle.

David Jones of Bedford caught this 30-inch blacktip shark while wading in the surf off of Crystal Beach.


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Felix Darrell caught this 24-inch speckled trout on a live croaker.

Adele Sparkman, 15, shot this greater kudu in South Africa this summer. She used a .300 Win Mag single shot. She was hunting with Gary Kelly Safaris.

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Relief provided for deer breeders hit by Harvey Lone Star Outdoor News Numerous ranches were hit by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey, affecting livestock, people and property, including deer. ARVEY More than half of Texas deer breeders are located in one of the more than H 50 counties Gov. Greg Abbott included in his disaster declaration. The Texas Deer Association appealed to the governor’s office to seek an extension the 10-day statutory release period (Sept. 19) for white-tailed deer breeders. “This storm has caused an immeasurable impact to our industry, said TDA Executive Director Patrick Tarlton. “We’ve faced devastation to our facilities, equipment, vehicles and have lost countless animals. For this reason, this deadline extension was absolutely critical.” Gov. Abbott approved the request and suspended enforcement of the September 19th deadline until September 29 for any permitted deer breeder who provided the agency with appropriate documentation.






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

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

22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat 01 Sun 02 Mon 03 Tue 04 Wed 05 Thu 06 Fri

22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu

7:36 8:27 9:18 10:09 10:59 11:48 12:12

29 Fri 30 Sat 01 Sun 02 Mon 03 Tue 04 Wed 05 Thu 06 Fri

7:30 1:19 8:21 2:09 9:12 3:00 10:03 3:51 10:53 4:41 11:42 5:31 12:06 6:18 12:53 7:05 1:37 7:50 2:21 8:33 3:05 9:17 3:48 10:00 4:33 10:45 5:20 11:32 6:10 -----

7:53 8:44 9:35 10:26 11:17 ----12:30 1:17 2:02 2:46 3:29 4:12 4:57 5:45 6:36

1:41 2:32 3:23 4:14 5:05 5:54 6:42 7:29 8:14 8:58 9:41 10:25 11:10 11:57 12:23

07:08 07:09 07:09 07:10 07:10 07:11 07:11 07:12 07:13 07:13 07:14 07:14 07:15 07:15 07:16

07:18 07:17 07:15 07:14 07:13 07:12 07:11 07:09 07:08 07:07 07:06 07:04 07:03 07:02 07:01

9:22a 9:08p 10:17a 9:45p 11:11a 10:22p 12:04p 11:03p 12:56p 11:45p 1:46p NoMoon 2:34p 12:31a 3:20p 1:20a 4:04p 2:12a 4:46p 3:07a 5:26p 4:03a 6:05p 5:01a 6:44p 6:01a 7:22p 7:01a 8:02p 8:03a

1:24 2:15 3:06 3:57 4:47 5:36 6:24

7:59 8:49 9:41 10:32 11:22 ----12:36

1:47 2:38 3:29 4:20 5:11 6:00 6:48

07:14 07:15 07:15 07:16 07:16 07:17 07:18

12:58 7:10



07:18 07:14 3:32p


1:43 2:27 3:10 3:54 4:38 5:26 6:16

2:08 2:51 3:35 4:18 5:03 5:51 6:42

8:20 9:04 9:47 10:30 11:15 ----12:29

07:19 07:20 07:20 07:21 07:22 07:22 07:23

2:13a 3:08a 4:05a 5:05a 6:05a 7:07a 8:11a

7:55 8:39 9:23 10:06 10:51 11:38 12:03

07:24 07:22 07:21 07:20 07:18 07:17 07:16 07:13 07:12 07:10 07:09 07:08 07:07 07:05

9:29a 9:12p 10:26a 9:47p 11:21a 10:24p 12:15p 11:03p 1:08p 11:46p 1:58p NoMoon 2:46p 12:31a 4:15p 4:56p 5:35p 6:13p 6:50p 7:28p 8:06p

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

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

22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat 01 Sun 02 Mon 03 Tue 04 Wed 05 Thu 06 Fri

22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat 01 Sun 02 Mon 03 Tue 04 Wed 05 Thu 06 Fri

7:43 1:31 8:33 2:22 9:24 3:13 10:15 4:04 11:06 4:54 11:55 5:43 12:19 6:31 1:05 7:17 1:50 8:02 2:34 8:46 3:17 9:29 4:00 10:13 4:45 10:57 5:32 11:45 6:23 12:10

8:05 8:56 9:47 10:39 11:29 ----12:43 1:29 2:14 2:58 3:41 4:25 5:10 5:57 6:49

1:54 2:45 3:36 4:27 5:17 6:07 6:55 7:41 8:26 9:10 9:54 10:37 11:22 ----12:36

07:21 07:21 07:22 07:22 07:23 07:23 07:24 07:24 07:25 07:25 07:26 07:26 07:27 07:28 07:28

07:30 07:29 07:28 07:27 07:25 07:24 07:23 07:22 07:21 07:19 07:18 07:17 07:16 07:15 07:14

9:34a 9:21p 10:29a 9:58p 11:23a 10:36p 12:16p 11:16p 1:08p NoMoon 1:58p NoMoon 2:46p 12:45a 3:32p 1:34a 4:16p 2:26a 4:58p 3:20a 5:38p 4:17a 6:18p 5:15a 6:56p 6:14a 7:35p 7:14a 8:15p 8:16a

7:56 1:45 8:47 2:35 9:38 3:26 10:29 4:17 11:19 5:07 ----- 5:57 12:32 6:44 1:18 7:31 2:03 8:16 2:47 8:59 3:30 9:43 4:14 10:26 4:59 11:11 5:46 11:58 6:36 12:24

8:19 9:10 10:01 10:52 11:43 12:08 12:56 1:43 2:28 3:12 3:55 4:38 5:23 6:11 7:02

2:07 2:58 3:49 4:40 5:31 6:20 7:08 7:55 8:40 9:24 10:07 10:51 11:35 ----12:49

07:34 07:35 07:35 07:36 07:37 07:38 07:38 07:39 07:40 07:41 07:41 07:42 07:43 07:44 07:44

07:44 07:43 07:41 07:40 07:38 07:37 07:35 07:34 07:33 07:31 07:30 07:28 07:27 07:25 07:24

9:52a 9:30p 10:50a 10:04p 11:46a 10:41p 12:41p 11:19p 1:34p NoMoon 2:24p 12:01a 3:12p 12:47a 3:57p 1:36a 4:40p 2:29a 5:21p 3:25a 5:59p 4:23a 6:36p 5:23a 7:12p 6:25a 7:48p 7:28a 8:25p 8:33a

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

Sabine Pass, north Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

Time 5:22 AM 5:40 AM 12:38 AM 1:23 AM 2:26 AM 3:39 PM 12:54 AM 1:39 AM 2:09 AM 2:33 AM 2:54 AM 3:13 AM 3:32 AM 3:52 AM 4:11 AM

Port O’Connor Height 1.7H 1.7H 1.3L 1.4L 1.6L 0.5L 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H

Height 0.6L 0.5L 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H

Time 6:24 PM 7:24 PM 1:00 PM 1:47 PM 2:40 PM

Height 1.8H 1.8H 0.5L 0.5L 0.5L

Time 11:57 PM

Height 1.1L

8:35 PM 10:01 PM 11:39 PM

1.7H 1.7H 1.7H

4:40 PM 5:40 PM 9:16 AM 8:27 AM 8:30 AM 8:50 AM 9:18 AM 9:52 AM 10:30 AM

0.5L 0.5L 1.4L 1.4L 1.3L 1.1L 0.9L 0.7L 0.5L

11:44 AM 12:53 PM 1:47 PM 2:36 PM 3:25 PM 4:15 PM 5:08 PM

1.5H 1.5H 1.6H 1.7H 1.8H 1.9H 2.0H

6:34 PM 7:23 PM 8:07 PM 8:50 PM 9:31 PM 10:13 PM 10:55 PM

0.5L 0.5L 0.5L 0.6L 0.7L 0.8L 1.0L

Time 6:44 PM 12:26 PM 1:03 PM 1:48 PM

Height 1.8H 0.5L 0.5L 0.5L

7:54 PM 9:11 PM 10:20 PM

1.8H 1.8H 1.8H

11:35 AM 1:15 PM 2:27 PM 3:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:27 PM

1.5H 1.6H 1.7H 1.8H 1.9H 2.0H

7:23 PM 8:06 PM 8:49 PM 9:37 PM 10:29 PM 11:20 PM

0.6L 0.6L 0.7L 0.8L 1.0L 1.2L

Time 11:56 AM 12:39 PM

Height 0.7L 0.7L

Time 6:51 PM 8:25 PM

Height 1.5H 1.4H

11:19 AM 12:24 PM 1:16 PM 2:01 PM 2:48 PM 3:45 PM 4:47 PM 5:48 PM

1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.4H 1.4H 1.5H 1.5H 1.6H

7:02 PM 7:45 PM 8:23 PM 9:02 PM 9:50 PM 10:52 PM 11:53 PM

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

Time 6:15 PM 11:57 AM 12:32 PM

Height 1.9H 0.7L 0.6L

Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

Time 5:39 AM 12:34 AM 1:22 AM 2:44 AM 2:39 PM 3:34 PM 12:52 AM 1:46 AM 2:23 AM 2:52 AM 3:16 AM 3:36 AM 3:53 AM 4:09 AM 4:27 AM

Height 1.7H 1.1L 1.3L 1.5L 0.5L 0.5L 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H

Time 11:52 AM 5:52 AM 6:00 AM 6:08 AM 11:33 PM

Height 0.6L 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.8H

4:31 PM 5:35 PM 6:35 PM 8:47 AM 9:05 AM 9:22 AM 9:42 AM 10:08 AM 10:41 AM

0.5L 0.5L 0.5L 1.5L 1.4L 1.2L 1.1L 0.9L 0.7L

Height 0.9L 1.1L 0.7L 0.6L 0.6L 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.4H 1.4H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H

Time 5:37 AM 5:44 AM 10:17 PM 11:32 PM

Height 1.2H 1.2H 1.5H 1.5H

5:08 PM 6:10 PM 8:15 AM 8:26 AM 8:44 AM 8:57 AM 8:48 AM 9:04 AM 9:42 AM 10:31 AM

0.6L 0.6L 1.2L 1.2L 1.2L 1.1L 1.1L 1.0L 0.9L 0.7L

Height 1.6H 1.2L 1.4L 0.6L 0.6L 0.6L 2.0H 2.0H 2.0H 2.0H 2.0H 1.9H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H

Time 11:25 AM 5:17 AM 5:27 AM 10:09 PM 11:18 PM

Height 0.8L 1.5H 1.5H 1.9H 2.0H

4:07 PM 5:07 PM 6:10 PM 9:10 AM 9:09 AM 9:10 AM 9:16 AM 9:33 AM 10:02 AM

0.6L 0.6L 0.6L 1.4L 1.4L 1.3L 1.1L 0.9L 0.8L

Height 0.9L 1.1L 1.3H 1.3H 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 1.5H 1.5H 1.4H 1.4H 0.5L 0.6L 0.7L 0.9L

Time 8:10 AM 8:16 AM 5:40 AM 5:23 PM 6:09 PM 7:14 PM 8:29 PM 9:36 PM 10:33 PM 12:51 PM 1:07 PM 7:10 AM 7:18 AM 7:24 AM 7:31 AM

Height 1.2H 1.2H 1.2L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 1.1L 1.0L 1.4H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H



Time 1:10 AM 2:23 AM 1:42 PM 3:05 PM 4:08 PM 12:39 AM 1:23 AM 1:55 AM 2:21 AM 2:41 AM 3:00 AM 3:23 AM 3:48 AM 4:12 AM 4:31 AM

Freeport Harbor Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

Time 5:03 AM 12:44 AM 1:56 AM 1:12 PM 2:03 PM 3:05 PM 12:23 AM 1:18 AM 1:56 AM 2:25 AM 2:45 AM 3:01 AM 3:17 AM 3:34 AM 3:55 AM

Time 3:45 AM 4:34 AM 12:35 AM 4:57 AM 5:44 AM 6:17 AM 6:40 AM 6:50 AM 6:49 AM 6:51 AM 7:00 AM 12:15 AM 1:02 AM 1:50 AM 2:40 AM

Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

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

Time 6:03 AM 5:07 AM 3:05 PM 3:45 PM 4:29 PM 5:21 PM 6:20 PM 7:22 PM 8:22 PM 9:18 PM 10:08 PM 10:58 AM 11:21 AM 11:53 AM 4:32 AM

Height 1.0H 1.1H 0.7L 0.6L 0.6L 0.6L 0.6L 0.7L 0.7L 0.7L 0.8L 1.1L 1.0L 0.9L 1.1H

Time 1:50 PM 2:28 PM

Height 0.7L 0.7L

Time 11:27 PM

Height 1.1H

2:02 PM 4:48 PM 6:54 PM 12:29 PM

1.1H 1.1H 1.2H 0.8L

10:54 PM 11:38 PM

0.9L 1.0L

10:08 PM


Time 12:08 AM 6:17 AM 6:35 AM 7:04 AM 7:45 AM 8:35 AM 9:32 AM 10:31 AM 11:29 AM 12:28 PM 1:34 PM 7:11 AM 6:22 AM 5:54 AM 5:30 AM

Height 0.5L 0.6H 0.6H 0.6H 0.6H 0.7H 0.7H 0.7H 0.7H 0.7H 0.6H 0.6H 0.6H 0.6H 0.6H

Time 6:11 AM 3:18 PM 4:09 PM 4:59 PM 5:50 PM 6:41 PM 7:33 PM 8:23 PM 9:09 PM 9:51 PM 10:29 PM 9:39 AM 11:33 AM 12:44 PM 1:40 PM

Height 0.6H 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.5L 0.5L 0.6L 0.6L 0.5L 0.5L

Time 2:21 PM

Height 0.4L

2:59 PM 5:00 PM 7:47 PM

0.6H 0.6H 0.6H

11:01 PM 11:26 PM 11:27 PM

Height 1.1H 1.0L 1.2H 1.2H 1.2L 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H 1.2H

Time 11:06 AM 4:39 AM 11:58 AM 12:37 PM 5:17 AM 2:22 PM 3:55 PM 5:35 PM 6:42 PM 8:29 AM 8:46 AM 9:04 AM 9:12 AM 9:05 AM 9:33 AM

Height 0.6L 1.2H 0.5L 0.5L 1.2H 0.5L 0.6L 0.6L 0.6L 1.2L 1.1L 1.0L 0.9L 0.8L 0.7L

Time 5:33 PM 11:28 AM 7:32 PM 9:53 PM 1:24 PM

Height 1.2H 0.6L 1.2H 1.2H 0.5L

6:30 PM 11:39 PM

1.2H 1.1L

11:12 AM 12:27 PM 1:33 PM 2:35 PM 3:36 PM 4:37 PM

1.2H 1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.4H 1.4H

7:38 PM 8:28 PM 9:12 PM 9:52 PM 10:29 PM 11:02 PM

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

Height 1.1H 1.0L 1.1L 0.4L 0.4L 1.4H 1.4H 1.5H 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 1.3H 1.2H 1.2H 1.1H

Time 11:17 AM 4:34 AM 4:23 AM 10:55 PM

Height 0.5L 1.1H 1.2H 1.4H

Time 6:20 PM 11:53 AM 12:31 PM

Height 1.3H 0.5L 0.4L

7:32 PM 8:53 PM

1.3H 1.3H

3:03 PM 4:11 PM 5:19 PM 6:21 PM 7:17 PM 8:55 AM 8:56 AM 9:07 AM 9:26 AM 9:54 AM

0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 0.4L 1.1L 1.0L 0.9L 0.7L 0.5L

12:02 PM 1:38 PM 2:54 PM 4:04 PM 5:13 PM

1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.4H 1.5H

8:09 PM 8:59 PM 9:49 PM 10:40 PM 11:36 PM

0.5L 0.6L 0.7L 0.8L 1.0L

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

Time 5:47 AM 6:07 AM 6:28 AM 3:29 PM 4:06 PM 6:29 PM 7:23 PM 8:06 PM 10:07 AM 10:28 AM 10:43 AM 10:42 AM 10:35 AM 10:54 AM 11:23 AM

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

Time 12:03 PM 2:03 PM 2:57 PM

Height 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L

Time 7:22 PM 9:40 PM

Height 0.3H 0.3H

12:24 PM 1:11 PM 1:56 PM 3:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:32 PM

0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H

8:59 PM 9:55 PM 10:32 PM 10:58 PM 11:15 PM 11:29 PM

0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.1L 0.2L 0.2L



0.5L 0.6L 0.6L

Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

Time 4:19 AM 12:09 AM 4:56 AM 5:09 AM 12:05 AM 2:39 AM 3:09 AM 3:33 AM 2:42 AM 3:09 AM 3:31 AM 3:26 AM 2:54 AM 3:06 AM 3:23 AM



South Padre Island Time 7:17 PM 8:42 PM

Height 1.9H 1.9H

11:29 AM 12:58 PM 2:04 PM 3:01 PM 4:00 PM 5:02 PM

1.5H 1.5H 1.7H 1.8H 1.9H 2.0H

7:08 PM 7:55 PM 8:38 PM 9:25 PM 10:22 PM 11:33 PM

0.7L 0.7L 0.8L 0.9L 1.1L 1.2L

Time 3:42 PM 4:14 PM 8:22 AM

Height 0.4L 0.4L 1.3H

Time 10:48 PM

Height 1.3H

4:46 PM


3:07 4:36 1:27 1:46 2:04 2:23

1.2H 1.2H 0.9L 0.8L 0.7L 0.5L

11:26 PM


5:51 7:00 8:07 9:14

1.2H 1.3H 1.4H 1.4H

Rollover Pass Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6


Time 1:07 AM 1:32 AM 4:58 AM 5:11 AM 5:22 AM 4:05 AM 4:44 AM 5:26 AM 6:06 AM 6:42 AM 7:11 AM 7:30 AM 7:12 AM 5:20 AM 12:21 AM

Port Aransas

San Luis Pass Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

Time 4:41 AM 12:27 AM 1:25 AM 1:13 PM 2:03 PM 1:10 AM 2:03 AM 2:42 AM 3:09 AM 3:23 AM 3:25 AM 3:29 AM 3:33 AM 3:34 AM 3:30 AM



East Matagorda



Date Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6

Time 2:24 AM 3:19 AM 4:06 AM 1:11 AM 1:36 AM 2:09 AM 5:03 AM 5:16 AM 5:18 AM 5:26 AM 5:35 AM 5:31 AM 4:54 AM 4:51 AM 5:05 AM

Texas Coast Tides

Time 11:36 AM 12:16 PM 5:50 AM 5:40 AM 4:56 AM

Early teal Continued from page 1

this season has been a boom for some, and a bust for others. While groups in Central Texas didn’t see many birds, hunters in the Bay City area got off to a good start, followed by a four-day lull in the action. The Garwood area is a typical hotspot, and Barry Mikulin of the Garwood Hunting Club said this year is no different. “On the second weekend, we had great hunts Saturday, but it was a little slower Sunday,” he said. “We’re still seeing mostly mature males, so we think there will be more birds coming. A few more are showing up each day.” The early teal season ends Sept. 24.

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PRODUCTS VENISON COOKBOOK: Chef Jon Wipfli’s new cookbook, “Venison, The Slay to Gourmet, Field to Kitchen Cookbook,” (Voyageur Press; $25) offers a fresh approach to using venison in restaurant-worthy dishes. An outdoorsman and innovative chef, Wipfli offers readers a discussion on ethical hunting, guides them through a no-nonsense — and fully illustrated step-by-step — approach for field-dressing the deer and, finally, presents hunger-inducing recipes for such cuts as backstrap, steaks, roasts and more. This beautifully photographed book includes more than 50 recipes ranging from appetizers — such as Asian-inspired Lettuce Wraps — to soups, salads and entrees. This is a chance for gourmets to pair this lean and healthful meat with such accompaniments as kale, asparagus, bok choy, sweet potatoes and more. But it also includes such comfort foods as meat loaf.


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832 ADVANCED SUPERLINE: This Sufix line comes in new Blue Coastal Camo for blue-water anglers. It is designed for saltwater fish of all species and sizes, in all sorts of situations and conditions. Available in strengths up to 80-pound test, it is super strong, sensitive and abrasion-resistant, due to the line’s “HMPE” and Gore fibers. The line’s increased sensitivity will help anglers feel light bites and give them the ability to make long casts and easy hook-sets. The line does not stretch, so when an angler sets the hook, a fish is pegged almost immediately. The line is available in 150-yard to 3,500-yard spools and costs between $17 and $340, depending on the spool size.

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Zinke order protects hunting on public lands Lone Star Outdoor News On Sept. 15, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356, which will support and expand hunting and fishing, enhance conservation stewardship, improve wildlife management, and increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans. The order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting, and fishing, and puts a new and a greater emphasis on recruiting and retaining new sportsmen conservationists. Secretarial Order 3356 directs bureaus within the department to: • Within 120 days, produce a plan to expand access for hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and NPS land. • Amend national monument management plans to ensure the public’s right to hunt, fish and target shoot. • Expand educational outreach programs for underrepresented communities such as veterans, minorities, and youth. • In a manner that respects the rights and privacy of the owners of nonpublic lands, identify lands within their purview where access to department lands, particularly access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation, is currently limited and provide a report detailing such lands to the deputy secretary.

Within 365 days, cooperate, coordinate, create, make available, and continuously update online a single “one stop” department site database of available opportunities for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on department lands. • Improve wildlife management through collaboration with state, Tribal, territorial and conservation partners. “Hunting and fishing is a cornerstone of the American tradition and hunters and fishers of America are the backbone of land and wildlife conservation,” Zinke said. “The more people we can get outdoors, the better things will be for our public lands. As someone who grew up hunting and fishing on our public lands — packing bologna sandwiches and heading out at 4 a.m. with my dad — I know how important it is to expand access to public lands for future generations. Some of my best memories are hunting deer or reeling in rainbow trout back home in Montana, and I think every American should be able to have that experience.” The order was praised by numerous conservation, hunting and shooting groups, including the Boone and Crockett Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Mule Deer Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, Dallas Safari Club, Safari Club International, and more.

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Art Reese, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was elected as the new chairman of the Mule Deer Foundation’s board of directors.

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VP of sales position American Outdoor Brands Corporation is looking for a vice president of international sales at its Springfield, Massachusetts location.

Powerboat sales up New powerboat registrations were up 6.1 percent for the rolling 12-month period through July, according to the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association.

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Keith Combs of Huntington landed more than 72 pounds of smallmouth bass on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota to win the Mil Lacs championship. Photo by B.A.S.S.

Palanuik wins Angler of the Year Keith Combs, of Huntington, won the title of Toyota Mille Lacs Champion and the $52,000 in cash winnings and bonuses that came with it with a three-day total of 72 pounds, 5 ounces. “I’m a Texas guy, and that means I’m a long way from home up here this week,” Combs said. “So, to get to come up here and jack these big smallmouth with a big bait and a big stick was just an awesome experience for me.” While most anglers used spinning equipment and drop-shot rigs, Combs bucked the trend, using a 1-ounce football jig in green/pumpkin with a Rage Craw trailer in the Alabama craw color. Comps said the color matched the color of crawfish the bass had been spitting up in his livewell. Combs made extra long casts with the new Shimano Curado K baitcasting reel, covering lots of water while dragging his jig and craw trailers in deep water. Combs led wire-to-wire to top the 50-an-

gler field, landing 24 pounds, 5 ounces on the first two days of the event. “While I’ll always be proud of my big wins in Texas, I was able to prove something to myself that I can compete — and win — on any lake I fish,” Combs said. James Elam, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, finished second with 70 pounds, 11 ounces, followed by Skeet Reese, of Auburn, California, with 69 pounds, 14 ounces. The next Texan was Alton Jones, of Lorena, who finished 33rd. Brandon Palaniuk, of Hayden, Idaho, came into the event with a slim lead in the Angler of the Year points standings over Jason Christie of Park Hill, Oklahoma. Palaniuk finished in 20th place to edge out Christie by 14 points and claim the title and $100,000 prize. At the event, B.A.S.S. helped raise funds for game wardens, fisheries biologists and other personnel in the fish and game departments of Texas and Florida, promoting donations on its live BassTrakk streaming. —B.A.S.S.

Flooded ponds Continued from page 9

a variety of other species could very well refer to your pond as their new home. Managed ponds need to be analyzed to figure out the extent of change. Assess, then decide if, and what to do to make a positive change. A fishery will adjust, that’s nature’s way. But it likely won’t adjust as you’d like it. Being proactive to figure out water quality, and assess the fishery will lead to solid decisions. With such a tremendous volume of water comes tremendous change. Area-wide, ponds and lakes were affected, too. As conservationists and stewards of your own land and water, you can think about ways to steer those valuable nearby waterways to a healthy future. The Pond Boss VII Conference and Expo is October 12-14 in Montgomery, Texas, on the shores of Lake Conroe. 30-plus experts, plus 35-plus vendors will be available to help people. For information on the conference or help with private ponds or lakes, email Their network of professional pond experts are happy to assist with advice and referrals.

Win a $1m shot Field & Stream stores, as part of its in-store Whitetail Week, will hold a sweepstakes, where the winner will receive a trip to Nashville, and the opportunity to take a million dollar shot. The Million Dollar Shot, presented by Realtree, promotion runs from Sept. 17-23, and customers who test any bow will be entered. The shot will involve hitting a 1-inch target at 60 yards. —Field & Stream

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Funds for offshore fishermen Continued from page 9


area could be lost in its aftermath. “Many lost their boats,” said Bright, a board member of the Houston Big Game Fishing Club, which has started a recovery fund. “If they can’t sustain their livelihood, yes, they may go to another field. We’ve already lost so much economic activity. I know it will come back, but it’s going to take a long time.” Already organized as a charity, the HBGFC and its almost 350 members decided to help. They’ve raised almost $100,000 for the Hurricane Harvey Sportfishing & Marine Industry Recovery Fund and distributed some $40,000 to those in need, Bright said. “We’ve helped charter boat owners, captains, mates, shipyard employees, a marina manager and a couple of diesel technicians who work on offshore boats,” he said. “To date, we’ve helped about 30 people and their families.” HBGFC President Randy King said the recovery fund’s goal is fundamental. “It’s about meeting basic human needs,” he said. “We’re not going to be able to rebuild someone’s home, but we can give them some money to rent a place to stay until they can get back on their feet. We can offer people immediate help.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in Rockport and other Coastal Bend communities. But while FEMA will help many there rebuild, there’s often a lag between applying for aid and receiving it. Bright said the majority of HBGFC’s funds so far have gone to people in Rockport and Port Aransas. “We’ve all seen the devastation in the media,” he said. “But until you stand on the ground, I don’t think you can get a clear picture of how bad it is. Port A was hit by the storm surge. People lost their homes to the water and their boats sank. Rockport took an eyewall hit. It was almost all wind destruction.” The devastation wrought in Rockport by Hurricane Harvey is comparable in scope to what happened in Key West, Florida after Hurricane Irma hammered it. “I’d say about 80 percent of the structures have something wrong with them,” said Diane Probst, president of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “Of that number, about 35 percent of those structures are ei-

ther gone or uninhabitable. We are torn apart. But we’re strong. We’ll rebuild. This is what a coastal community has to deal with.” The chamber on its website daily updates local companies in Rockport-Fulton that have reopened for business. Last Friday, 15 restaurants and food stores were open compared to two fishing businesses: a charter fishing service and a guided fishing service. “It’s Day 19 after Harvey,” Probst said. “People are still trying to get their homes back in order, their children in school somewhere. The schools here won’t open for another 30 days. Unfortunately, things are still in disarray.” Some people in the fishing industry, though, are back at work — just not on the water, according to Probst. “A lot of the offshore guides do other work, too,” she said. “Some are in the tree business. Some do things like steam cleaning. And right now there’s an immediate need for that other work.” Probst said about 100 rooms are available to rent in Rockport. And there are more than 4,000 RV sites locally. She encourages anglers to put away their doubts and come on down to fish. Just pardon the mess. “The water wasn’t harmed and it would be a great way to contribute to the community,” she said. Applauding the HBGFC recovery fund, Probst noted that the fishing industry accounts for much of the Rockport area’s tourism dollars. “As far as tourism dollars, the figure we put on a daily basis was $240,000,” she said. “It brings in people who gas up their car locally, go to our restaurants to eat and stay overnight in our lodging. You can imagine where we’d be without the fishing economy.” Although a swamped Houston received the lion’s share of news coverage, Bright hopes people won’t forget towns like Rockport and Port Aransas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “They may not be big cities or have big populations, but they sure are great communities,” he said. Applications for assistance and donations may be made at


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Lower Laguna Madre reds Continued from page 8

“We come here twice, sometimes three, times a week,” Banda said. ‘We used to work together at Marathon Letourneau, and come here whenever we can.” They said the bull reds aren’t there yet, although they hope to catch a wondering drum before the schools of fish are spotted in a feeding frenzy. Recently, the 69-year-old Banda caught a 20-inch red drum using cut bait from a mullet as one of his two friends, Joe Galvan of Port Isabel, helped measured the fish. “It’s a keeper,” Banda said. “Yes, sir.” About a dozen anglers were seen, each standing in waist-deep waters just behind a fence with “no trespassing” signs, even though some anglers have the tendency to cross the line to cast a little farther. At Los Lobos Bridge, two kayakers, Jose Cabrera and Adan Ruiz, set their small vessels on the edge of the water before heading out to San Martin Lake. “I am here in hopes of catching me a big red,” Cabrera said. “We (he and two other friends) fished behind the South Padre Island Centre and caught three reds.” Cabrera said one of two of reds were 24 inches long; the other 26. Ruiz said they have been catching keeper reds at the Joe Gayman canal, using a She Pup. This time, he said he will try San Martin Lake. Despite the rumors, most anglers agree it’s a little too early for this time of year. But Tony Trevino, a Lasara resident, said

Fidencio Banda landed this 20-inch red in the Bahia Grande. Photo by Tony Vindell, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

they could come any time. “From now until January is bull red time,” said the constable, who also guides fishing trips out of Port Mansfield. “We caught four bull reds the other day just north of the old weather station, but let three go.” Trevino said one the anglers tagged and kept his fish, saying he was going to make a fish fry. “Some people like the monster reds,” he said. “They make chicharrones de pescado (fish rinds) cooked in hot oil.”

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Pheasant numbers down Upland bird numbers The loss of habitat in the farmland regions down has contributed to a 26 percent decline in Minnesota’s pheasant index compared to last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “There has been a steady decline in undisturbed nesting cover since the mid-2000s, and our pheasant population has declined as a result,” said Nicole Davros, the DNR research scientist who oversees the annual August roadside survey that monitors pheasant population trends. The 2017 pheasant index is 32 percent below the 10-year average and 62 percent below the long-term average. Minnesota has lost about 686,800 acres of Conservation Reserve Program acres statewide since 2007. —MNDNR

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Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minnesota, is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Hautman’s acrylic painting of a pair of mallards will be made into the 2018-2019 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp. The Duck Stamp sells for $25 and raises nearly $40 million each year to provide critical funds to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people. This is Hautman’s third Federal Duck Stamp Contest win. His art previously appeared on the 1997-1998 and 2001-2002 Federal Duck Stamps. Hautman’s brothers, Jim and Joe, are also multiple Duck Stamp artists, having each won the contest five times. —USFWS


No paper tags required Starting this hunting season, all big game harvests must be reported either by phone, online or at a participating Wildlife Service Agent location. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission no longer offers big game harvest reporting through Wildlife Cooperator Agents using paper record sheets. In North Carolina, white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey are considered big game animals. —NCWRC


Top directors at DU Erik Wettersten was named Ducks Unlimited’s Director of the Year and Kirk Davidson was named Director of Development of the year. Erik Wettersten’s region encompasses the prairies and Great Plains region. Wettersten, of Evergreen, Colorado works with volunteer committees hosting fundraisers, and raised more than $1.8 million for DU’s conservation mission in the recent fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Davidson’s fundraising efforts in Colorado and Kansas secured more than $2.5 million in pledges and more than $1 million in cash during the fiscal year. —DU

Jury hits Garmin with $38m verdict A Texas federal jury awarded more than $38 million in damages against Garmin, Ltd and to Navico, the manufacturer of Lowrance and Simrad marine electronics. The jury, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas — Marshall Division, found that Garmin willfully infringed on two of Navico’s patents. —Navico

North Dakota hunters will find fewer sharptailed grouse and Hungarian partridge in the field this fall than last year. Late July and August roadside counts show sharptails observed per 100 miles are down 29 percent from 2016, while partridge are down 62 percent. —NDGF


College bass team helps with rescues Members of Western Carolina University’s fishing club team returned to campus Sept. 2, after 48 hours in Texas and Louisiana assisting Hurricane Harvey victims. The 10 team members, equipped with four pickup trucks and four boats, were involved in the rescue of 41 people, 10 cows and one cat. They also aided authorities in checking homes for occupants and provided support for local emergency medical services, sheriffs’ agencies and fire departments and other volunteers. —Staff report


Crossbows legal for archery season Hunters in Illinois may use crossbows during archery hunting seasons, including the Illinois Archery Deer Season and the Illinois Fall Turkey Archery Season, beginning on Oct. 1st. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 2893, which amended the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons. Illinois law previously allowed the use of crossbows for archery hunting by persons age 62 or older, and those with disabilities who qualified for a crossbow permit issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. —IDNR


RMEF begins director search The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation appointed a search committee to find a replacement for David Allen, RMEF’s president and CEO, whose contract expires in August 2018. “RMEF has flourished under David’s leadership for the past 10 years and there is no question that he is leaving RMEF much better than he found it,” said Philip Barrett, chair of RMEF’s Board of Directors. REMF has 222,000 members, 146 employees and $93,000,000 in assets. —RMEF


Grant to protect rice farm The Conservation Fund was awarded $500,000 through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Coast Conservation program to complete the first U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Land Easement project in Louisiana. This grant will be used to acquire an easement that will permanently protect a portion of the 5,800-acre, family owned and operated Live Oak Farm. Located along the Vermilion River just north of the Intracoastal Waterway, Live Oak Farm is recognized as one of the southernmost remaining rice farms in Louisiana. In addition to rice, the farm produces cattle, crawfish and alligator. The farm is also a significant resource for migratory birds, with up to 70,000 waterfowl wintering on this acreage annually. —Conservation Fund

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Another serious hazard that could result from using compromised ammunition is the potential for a bore obstruction due to partial ignition of either the priming compound or the propellant powder charge, or both. Firing a subsequent round through an obstructed barrel can result in bodily injury, death and property damage. SAAMI provided the following conclusion: “It would be impossible to ascertain for certain the extent of the deteriorating affect, if any, the water may have had on each individual cartridge. Therefore, the safe answer is that no attempt be made to salvage or use submerged ammunition.

Ammunition damaged by floodwaters may affect cartridges differently, and the use of the ammo is not recommended, according to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer’s Institute. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

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3. The open-faced reel [SPINNING] 5. Popular fishing pier recently closed, ____ Bay [COPANO] 8. Maximum number of crab traps allowed [SIX] 10. An elk organization [RMEF] 11. A safari destination [ZIMBABWE] 13. The rare teal in Texas [CINNAMON] 15. Good lake for big bass [FORK] 16. Texans head to S.D. to hunt these [PHEASANTS] 21. A dove hunter's organization [TDHA] 22. The shotgun's kick [RECOIL] 23. An African game species [ROAN] 25. The purple game bird [GALLINULE] 27. The G2 is one [TINE] 29. Type of arrowhead [BROADHEAD] 32. A trout species [RAINBOW] 34. A favorite food for dove [MILO] 38. Quail hunters prefer to hunt after the first _____ [FREEZE] 39. County where crossbows are illegal during archery season [GRAYSON]













































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1. Hurricane that hit Port Aransas, Rockport [HARVEY] 2. A shotshell brand [FIOCCHI] 3. A reel manufacturer [SHIMANO] 4. Archery program in schools [NASP] 6. Food eaten by baitfish [PLANKTON] 7. A good friend when dove hunting [RETRIEVER] 9. Director of Texas game wardens [JONES] 12. The common gallinule [MOORHEN] 14. He or she creates the mount [TAXIDERMIST] 16. Member of the jack family [POMPANO] 17. African animal poached for ivory [ELEPHANT] 18. Nongame animal that carries leprosy [ARMADILLO] 19. Required to keep a redfish over 28 inches [TAG] 20. 24. 26. 28. 30. 31.

A type of trap [SNARE] The deer's mating period [RUT] One of the African Big Five [LION] Do this before the dove hunt [PRACTICE] The hole-digging furbearer [BADGER] Hurricane that hit Florida [IRMA]

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Ducks Unlimited Lake Ray Roberts Dinner McClain’s Longhorn RV, Sanger (940) 390-6369



Ducks Unlimited Fort Worth Dinner The Shack (214) 717-9940

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

Dallas Safari Club DSC 100 Volunteer Party DSC office (972) 980-9800

Ducks Unlimited TAMU Kingsville Banquet Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center (361) 522-3210

Coastal Conservation Association Heart of the Hills Banquet The Cana Ballroom, Boerne (713) 626-4222

Ducks Unlimited Denton Dinner Roberts Banquet Hall, Krum (817) 368-1300

Ducks Unlimited Grapevine Dinner Grapevine Concourse Event Center (847) 903-4909


McCreary Benefit Fishing Tournament Lake Texoma (214) 725-6494


Ducks Unlimited Johnson County Dinner Cleburne Conference Center (817) 556-8074


LSON Wild Game Supper Beretta Gallery, Dallas (214) 361-2276 Ducks Unlimited Llano Sportsman Banquet John L. Kuykendall Event Center (512) 755-9770


Texas Trappers and Fur Association Fall Rendesvous Brownwood (806) 847-7562


Gulf Coast Quail Forever Pheasant shoot Flying High Ranch, Huntsville (713) 542-9875


South Texas Deer Management Seminar Echo Hotel, Edinburg (361) 522-8246 Ducks Unlimited Longview Dinner Maude Cobb Activity Center (903) 720-1978

Coastal Conservation Association BBQ with STAR Awards Bayou City Event Center, Houston (713) 626-4222 Ducks Unlimited San Marcos Dinner San Marcos Activity Center (512) 665-3324


Whitetails Unlimited South Texas Deer Camp Spring Creek Place, Victoria


Pond Boss Conference and Expo La Torreta Lake Resort & Spa Montgomery (800) 687-6075


Houston Safari Club 45th Anniversary Celebration Armadillo Palace Dance Hall (832) 804-8959 Mule Deer Foundation Frisco Banquet Three Stacks Smoke and Tap House (817) 565-7121 Texas Deer Association Brush Country Bash Mathis


National Wild Turkey Federation SFA Banquet Nacogdoches VFW Hall (512) 734-1259


Quail Coalition Cross Timbers Banquet River Ranch Stockyards, Fort Worth Ducks Unlimited Matagorda County Banquet Bay City Civic Center (979) 240-6637 Ducks Unlimited San Antonio Banquet Alzafar Shrine Auditorium (402) 452-8189


Friends of Rob Texas Shootout Sporting Clays Shoot Elm Fork Shooting Range, Dallas


Ducks Unlimited Uvalde Banquet Uvalde County Complex (210) 844-9306


Delta Waterfowl Dallas Banquet Frontiers of Flight Museum Mule Deer Foundation Permian Basin Banquet (817) 565-7121


Taxidermy King Wild Game and Western Auction Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth (512) 451-7633

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