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Volume 14, Issue 4

South Zone opener spotty

Largemouths are getting more active as the days shorten. Once the water temperature drops, anglers believe the fishing will improve greatly. Photo by Lance Vick.

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By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The South Zone dove season opened Sept. 22. While the remnants of Hurricane Harvey put dampers on the season along the Coastal Bend, it was heavy rains in South Texas, that caused the dove to move out of other

areas. In Dimmit County, rains and flooding pounded the milo into the sandy soil, causing it to sprout. The dove? They left. Near Poteet, hunters in an irrigated commercial grass field bagged limits opening day and the following Monday, as the dove, mostly

enburger, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Dove Program leader. “Basically, people did fairly well right away, then some patterns of rain came through and it really fizzled off — some of those areas got 5 to 9 inches of rain.” The opener was poor at the Chaparral Wildlife Man-

The South Zone dove opener got off with a bang in parts of the state, but dove numbers quickly deteriorated, in some areas due to heavy rains from a Pacific low pressure system that moved across much of the state. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Trans-Pecos pronghorn improving By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Shawn George of San Antonio, had his first successful pronghorn hunt near Alpine when the season opened. Hunting with his girlfriend, Lelese, who shares the same last name, Shawn spotted the first pronghorn at about 10:30 a.m., and made the 110-yard shot.

“He was close to reaching the SCI book, so we’re going to have him officially measured,” he said. That afternoon, it was Lelese’s turn. “It was beautiful out there,” Shawn said. “It’s so wide open. We finally found a second pronghorn, he had been lying down and we had driven past him twice. We saw him while glassing from the top of a small hill. He was with a female, Please turn to page 18


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whitewings, were coming into the water left on the grass by the irrigation system. Elsewhere, hunters had good openers, but reported a quick drop-off in bird numbers following opening weekend. “We definitely saw mixed reports,” said Shaun Old-

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Shawn George harvested this pronghorn while hunting in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, where numbers of the animals seem to be on the rise. Photo by Jeff Dobbins.

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Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12

Nice archery buck (P. 4)

High tides (P. 8)

Opening day success in Hill Country.

Redfish move in, trout stay back.

Quail down (P. 4)

Gator grabs wade-fisherman (P. 8)

Numbers still average.

Encounter unusual in saltwater.

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Flooding in deep South Texas wreaked havoc for dove hunters and landowners alike. For bass fishermen, though, it couldn’t have come at a better time. The lake level at Falcon has risen more than 15 feet since Sept. 25. “This kind of water is a game changer for our fishery down here,” said guide Jay Greishaw. “The last time we flooded new growth in October, it was incredible.” An even greater benefit may be that the baby fish, that haven’t been able to reach adulthood the past few years, will now make it. Fishing activity was limited after the rains, according to James Bendele at Falcon Lake Tackle, but the talk of the area is the new

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TPWD says quail numbers drop Most areas still better than average By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Quail numbers are down from last year, more in some areas than others, but still better than

just a few years ago. In the Rolling Plains region of Texas, where quail were so abundant last year, numbers are down 53 percent, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department roadside surveys. Some would regard this as bad news, but the numbers are still

average, and better than just a few years ago. “If you’re a young quail hunter like me who only started looking at quail in 2008, then things are looking pretty good,” said Barrett Koennecke, formerly with the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch. “My historic memory is

not very long compared to some of the old-timers that remember back in the day.” The trend is similar in most Texas regions, although scaled quail numbers in the Trans-Pecos region and bobwhites in the High Plains are good. Based on carryover and average

Bobwhite quail had less success nesting this year, and covey sizes are down, according to surveys. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Hill Country archer bags opening day buck

Aaron Cornish of Lampasas bagged this nice white-tailed buck on opening day of archery season. Photo from Aaron Cornish.

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News On opening day of the archery season, 39-year-old Aaron Cornish had other things to do before he headed afield. Topping the list was getting his daughter to tumbling practice. After that, he had the green light and to go hunting.

Less than two hours later, he had tagged the biggest buck he had ever seen in the Texas Hill Country. “After I dropped my daughter off I got my bowhunting gear and headed to a nearby ranch near Burnett,” Cornish said, who lives in Lampasas, and works as a po-

lice officer in Austin. “The section that I hunt is about 375 acres.” Cornish has been bowhunting for 15 years. Over that time, he’s killed a number of deer, a Pope and Young class black bear and last season harvested an elk in New Mexico. “I love to bowhunt, and do it

every chance I get,” he said. “On opening day of the season, I was in my ground blind about 20 yards from a corn feeder. Within 30 minutes I had some does come in, then I saw a buck back in the brush. I could partially see his antlers. When he stepped out of the brush, he was about 20 yards

away and I didn’t hesitate to take the shot. It’s the biggest one I’ve ever shot. It had 10 points and a 20-inch outside spread.” Jed Dunning owns and operates Sulphur Creek Taxidermy and deer processing in Lampasas. “It’s one of the biggest I’ve seen during the bow and gun season Please turn to page 16

All day, night pig hunting By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Feral hogs have it made. They sleep all day, run all night, have an endless food supply and multiply like crazy. But there is one glitch, hunters that like to shoot them for food and sport. Unfortunately, the pigs seem to be

winning the battle. “We could hunt them every single day without a break and we would not notice a difference in their numbers,” said Walter Stewart, a 67-year-old landowner in East Texas. “I’ve lived on this thousand-acre piece of land since I was 15 years old. It’s open range. Right now we can’t seem to control

Cody Bell and Charlie Fernandez like to hunt feral hogs at night, using night vision equipment. Photos by Robert Sloan.

the population of pigs, even with a steady number of hunters.” Stewart owns and operates M.Y. Ranch Hog Hunting. It’s an operation specializing in private group hunts, meaning that groups of hunters show up that know each other. “It’s more of a fun way to hunt pigs,” he said. “The hunters show up and can work with each other on where to hunt. We have blinds with feeders that have motion lights, so our hunters can shoot pigs all day and all night. I don’t micromanage like a hunting lease, and because of that I think the hunters here have a better chance of shooting more pigs. Right about now is when I get a lot of hunters coming in. They’re getting the jump on the deer season with the opportunity of hunting on rolling hills, in wooded areas, fertile bottom lands and open fields. Right now the acorns are beginPlease turn to page 27

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Fawn survival influenced by heat

A recent study showed that fawns drink less milk and grow more slowly in extreme heat. Maximizing available shade can minimize the risk to fawns, according to researchers. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

The droughts of 2009 and 2011 resulted in low fawn crops during each of those years. The common explanation for lower fawn crops during drought is that poor forage quality and poor fawn cover cause fawn survival to plummet. Supplemental feed increases fawn crops during drought, but does not entirely alleviate the drought effect. Similarly, predator control does not consistently increase fawn crops. These observations and others suggest that the intolerable heat that comes with drought may also influence fawn production. The issue was studied at Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. The effect of heat on growth and production of domestic animals is widely recognized. Milk production of dairy cows and growth rate of steers decline as temperature increases. High temperatures decrease ap-

petite, slow metabolism and increase energy expenditure as animals contend with the heat. Negative effects of heat on fawns are especially important in South Texas because most fawns are born in July and spend the first two months of their life in the hottest temperatures experienced by white-tailed deer in any area across their vast range. The study, conducted at the Alkek Captive Ungulate Facility in Kingsville, involved raising 17 captive-born fawns. The fawns were bottle-raised to standardize the amount and quality of milk each fawn received. Researchers divided these fawns into two groups and raised them in pens with 6’x8’x4’ boxes where they could hide. The boxes in half the pens were airconditioned, allowing those fawns to escape the heat if they chose. The other half of the fawns lived in typical South Texas

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agement Area, and, in Beeville, the season was OK until it rained. In the Valley, the season started off great and then dropped off. Areas that stayed dry continued to have good hunts. “A few outfitters are doing extremely well where they didn’t get so wet,” Oldenburger said. Oldenburger said there is still good hunting to be had. “Like most dove seasons, it’s spotty,” he said. “With the timing of Harvey, we saw some dove migration. Then, with the heavy rains to the south, more moved out.” Where do they go? “We know the duck and goose migration fairly well,” Oldenburger said. “But we don’t really know where the dove go. The technology exists now with radio tags that are small enough for dove. We’ve contemplated trying to put some radios on some birds to see where they may or Some South Texas dove hunters were seeing fewer birds after opening day in the South Zone. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News. may not go.” Where the dove finally end up is known to some degree. Deveny shot limits both days, and his “We know the whitewings head south to Central America and mourn- 10-year-old son, Nolan, had his best hunt, ing dove go into Central Mexico,” Olden- bagging seven birds with his .410. More dove are arriving in the state, creatburger said. In far West Texas, hunters had great ing the potential for some good late-season hunting. shoots in early October. “I’ve heard there are a lot of dove still in David Deveny of Aledo hunted between Andrews and Kermit the weekend of Oct. 6, Kansas,” Oldenburger said. Outfitters in the Breckenridge and hunting windmill ponds. “It had dried up out there the last few Throckmorton areas said the second wave weeks, but there is plenty of feed and the of birds is beginning to arrive, and hunting birds were roosting near the windmills,” he in early October had improved. See page 21 said. “It was as good as I’ve ever seen it out for dove season dates and zones. there.”




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Targeting javelina Some hunters prefer the misunderstood animal By Tony VIndell

For Lone Star Outdoor News It may not be the most popular game animal, but the javelina is actually preferred by a few over a deer or a feral hog. A javelina, or collared peccary, may be one of the most misunderstood game mammals in Texas due to a combination of factors: they smell, are full of ticks and fleas and are known to force hunters to seek refuge up a tree. Some hunters, though, see it differently and like to get a javelina for their trophy room, while others enjoy the meat, even though preparing for consumption can be challenging.

Santiago Navarro and Leucadio “Cayo” Ramos have been bowhunting javelina for as long as they can remember “I have probably bagged about 30 javelina since I started hunting many years ago,” said the 55-year-old Navarro. “Although they have poor eyesight, they can smell you better than a wild hog or a deer.” He said he likes to pursue them on foot as quietly as he can or hunt them from a stand using the wind as his aid, usually blowing from the south in South Texas. “When the wind blows from the north, you have better chances as a javelina gets disoriented,” he said. Both Ramos and Navarro said they don’t waste any meat from a javelina, no matter how small or big an animal is. “The best way to cook them is in tamales,” Navarro said. “You use the same condiments, like different peppers people use Please turn to page 14

Javelina provide opportunities for hunters of all ages in South Texas. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Landowners, get your lease license Lone Star Outdoor News Most Texas hunters hunt by way of a lease through a willing landowner, whether for dove and waterfowl, deer or both. Many don’t have a written lease agreement, especially where the hunters have been leasing the same property for years. Many landowners are unaware, though, that under Texas law, a landowner leasing private property for hunting in return for any type of compensation is required to obtain a Hunting Lease License from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For an individual landowner, a Hunting Lease License is required, at a cost of $79 for less than 500 acres, $147 for 500-1,000 acres and $252 for 1,000 acres or more. For a group of landowners who formed a Hunting Cooperative, the license costs $60 plus $5 per participating landowner for properties less than 10,000 acres, $120 plus $5 for each participating landowner for properties totaling 10,000-50,000 acres, and, for properties exceeding 50,000 acres, $240 plus $5 for each landowner. If two or more tracts are designated as a Wildlife Management Association, the fees for small acreages (less than 10,000 acres) are $38 plus $6 per participating landowner; for medium (10,000 to 50,000 acres), $76 plus $6 per participating landowner; and for large associations (over 50,000 acres), $152 plus $6 per participating landowner. For landowners who own properties in different counties, if the properties are noncontiguous, separate licenses must be obtained. If the property is contiguous, only one license is required. These rules have been on the books for years, according to Lt. Jason Jones with TPWD, and the lease must be available to a game warden. “They are being enforced,” Jones said. “A lot of times the landowner passes along the fees to the hunters, and the license is kept by the landowner, at the hunting camp or they post it at the corners of the lease where the warden can inspect it.” The rules are the responsibility of the landowner, Jones said. Penalties can be up to a $500 fine for failing to comply.

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FISHING Alligator grabs saltwater wadefisherman

Redfish cooperative in high tides Trout bite expected to improve By Craig Nyhus

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By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Kevin Marks has fished in the Port O’Connor area for 20 years. The New Braunfels resident particularly loves wade-fishing. “I enjoy the solitude,” he said. “I feel close to my creator. Plus, it’s good water and you get decent redfish from time to time.” Last month, Marks got the bite of his life. Marks was on the coast with his son, Tye, and Cameron, Tye’s friend, hopeful that Hurricane Harvey had flushed the bay system and energized the fishing. They dropped him off Sept. 23 in Lighthouse Cove and took the 19-foot boat a few hundred yards away. Not long before noon, what felt like a “heavy vice” clamped down on Marks’ ankle and jerked it from side to side. Waist deep in murky water, he couldn’t see what had him. “He probably held on to me for 2 to 5 seconds and then released me,” he said. “I thought my ankle was crushed. It was that bone pain, you know. Then, he reached up and grabbed my calf and started backing up. I reached down, got my hand on his head, and I knew right then and there what had me.” It was an American alligator. “He was dragging me to deeper water,” he said. “I was able to turn my left foot in the sand and keep my head above water. I managed to get my hand above his top jaw. I’m not going to pretend I was able to open the jaws of an alligator, but he let go of me with my hand in his mouth. “I don’t know if something coming from above startled him or what. I don’t really know why he let me go. Looking at it now, he had me where he wanted me.” The blood slung off his hand as Marks slapped the water trying to scare the alligator and get his son’s attention. Tye and Cameron noticed his actions and pulled up the trolling motor. Please turn to page 13

High tides have led to good redfish angling, allowing fishermen to reach areas not normally accessible up and down the Texas coast. Speckled trout fishing has been less consistent, although salinity levels are slowly returning to normal in areas that received so much freshwater inflow following Hurricane Harvey. Matagorda Capt. Hollis Forrester said the fall tides are normal for October. “Mother Nature is making her move to push water way back in the marsh to make the hatch for the next generation of small fry such as young reds, trout, flounder and shrimp,” he said. “The small fry get of age just in time for a good little Southeast Texas cold front to blow the water out of the complex and push the youngsters into the bay where every predator out there will begin feeding on them causing the birds to work.” Forrester said wade-fishing trips have been good for trout and reds, with flounder also moving in. Drifting has been good in the mornings. In the Galveston area, Capt. Craig Lambert said the conditions are returning to normal, albeit slowly. “Things are at a point where we are finally starting to improve on a daily basis,” Lambert said. “The freshwater runoff pushed our fish to the very corners of our bay system and out to the Gulf or jetties at first. Now that the bay has finally had a few weeks to flush itself out, we are starting to clean up and the fish are beginning to move up the bay again and beginning to get back to their normal staging areas as salinity levels rise.” Lambert said the redfish have moved in, as they are more tolerant to fresh water than the trout, with the rocks and shallow flats along the ship channel producing. Bait has been an Bull redfish are being landed at piers and jetties, and the fish have moved into the shallows with the high tides. Trout are expected to move in soon. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Crappie getting active Lone Star Outdoor News On Richland Chambers Reservoir, guide Royce Simmons said the crappie bite is picking up. “We are catching them over brushpiles in 15-20 feet and some over timber,” he said. “Minnows are working the best.” At Lake Fork, gmann reported on the Texas Fishing Forum that his weekend trip resulted in big numbers of crappie. “It started off slow, then I moved to 20 feet of water on brush and finally settled on an area in 17 feet,” he posted. “We put the rods in the boat at 12:30 p.m., with 88 fish on the clicker and 22 in the box. They Even though they are still hovering over brush piles, the crappie bite has increased in many Texas reservoirs. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

all were caught on bluegrass brush gliders and slim sticks.” A kayak report from Lake Fork showed slabs up to 16 inches, caught on minnows, with one brush pile yielding eight fish in 30 minutes. On locally popular Lake Bardwell at Ennis, rods454 landed his limit in early October, using a 1/16-ounce jighead with small plastics in a Cajun cricket color. The water temperature had dropped to 75 degrees and might have triggered the activity. “Some fish wanted it still, some wanted it moving,” he wrote. “But all were taking it aggressively.”

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Changes to lunker program


Revisions to the ShareLunker program will allow anglers landing a bass topping 8 pounds to receive recognition, and the program will be open year-round. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Lone Star Outdoor News The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Toyota ShareLunker Program is being revamped. The ShareLunker participation season will now run each year from Jan.1 through Dec. 31. Only entries collected between Jan. 1-March 31 will be accepted as broodstock for spawning. “This provides the greatest opportunity to obtain eligible fish for spawning while minimizing the risk of additional handling and possible mortality,” said Kyle Brookshear, ShareLunker program coordinator. The new year-round participation season will allow for anglers catching bass 8 pounds or larger to submit information about their catch through a web application in four categories: 8 pounds or larger, 10 pounds or larger, 13 pounds or larger and 13 pounds or larger with a spawning donation. The goal is to increase the number of participants in the Toyota ShareLunker program and expand large fish catch rate data for fisheries biologists, Brookshear said. “This citizen scientist initiative will allow fisheries biologists to better monitor

the impact of ShareLunker stockings across Texas and provide more incentives and opportunities for Texans to help us make our bass fishing bigger and better than ever,” Brookshear said. Other spawning program changes include converting the entire hatchery broodstock to pure-Florida ShareLunker offspring. Genetically pure offspring will be maintained on the hatchery, grown to adulthood, then distributed to production hatcheries and used as broodstock. Eventually, all hatchery-held Florida largemouth bass broodstock will be descendants of ShareLunkers. Additionally, attempts will be made to spawn all donated eligible ShareLunkers — regardless of the degree of genetic introgression. In 2017, the biggest of five ShareLunkers was an intergrade (a cross between native and Florida-strain). It weighed 15.7 pounds and was caught from Caddo Lake by Ronnie Arnold of Karnack. Offspring of female genetic intergrades will be combined and stocked back to the source locations for all ShareLunker entries for the year.

Loaner scales to help change tournament formats Some bass tournaments, namely Major League Fishing and the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest, have adopted a catch, weigh and immediate release format. Now, a scale loaner program to give local tournament organizers the ability to use the method has been launched by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries division. “We are trying to promote new tournament formats that are very conservation minded that remove impacts of delayed mortality,” said Dave Terre, TPWD Chief of Inland Fisheries Management and Research. “They take the extra fish handling, weigh-in and livewell containment process completely out of the tournament.” The most commonly used format, holding up to five bass in livewells, removing them from their catch locations, and taking them through a weigh-in process onstage, results in a 15-60 percent fish mortality rate, according to studies. Pro Am Bass Trails used the new scale loaner program for the first time during their inaugural fielding event Aug. 19 at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Of the 80 fish caught, organizers observed no immediate fish mortality on the

boat or shortly after release. The cost of the scales makes it difficult for smaller tournament to implement the format. The cost of the scales exceeds $6,000 for a set of 60. The 60 loaner scales were originally donated to TPWD for use during the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. “We are laying the foundation and setting the standard as far as how it can be done,” tournament director Linwood Cottner said. “This catch and release type of tournament format is going to help sustain the health of Texas waterways.” MLF co-founder and pro angler Gary Klein said that among the professionals, the catch, weigh and release process averages around 20 seconds. Aside for the concern for fish care, he said this speedy process has the added benefit of increasing the intensity of the competition for anglers who compete in this format. Terre said if demand for the loaners scales grows, fisheries staff may look into having more scale kits available in regional or district offices for local tournament organizers throughout the state. —TPWD

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained to muddy up the river; 76 degrees; 3.48’ low. Black bass are fair on 7-inch worms, spoons, top-waters and jigs. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and punch bait. AMISTAD: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 27.01’ low. Black bass are fair on white or bone frogs and spooks, and on plum weightless worms. Striped bass are fair on green crankbaits. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 73-79 degrees; 1.31’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebilled crankbaits, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 78-83 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, football jigs and weightless plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel. BASTROP: Water stained; 8387 degrees. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. BELTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.46’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair at night under lights. Crappie are fair on minnows in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on summer sausage and hot dogs. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 77-82 degrees; 0.34’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, shaky-head worms and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. BONHAM: Water stained; 7780 degrees; 0.86’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged soft plastics around shallow cover and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are good along creek channel with punch bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Redfish are fair on perch, shad and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, cut bait and cheese bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 77-81 degrees: 0.56’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits in watermelon, white buzzbaits and squarebilled crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and topwaters. Catfish are slow. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 2.03’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and redbug soft plastic frogs and worms near brush piles, and on top-waters on main lake flats. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows over brush piles in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 12-20 feet. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.72’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pump-

kin top-waters, wacky rigged watermelon stick worms and crankbaits in 5-10 feet. Striped bass are fair on lipless crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on white crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are fair to good upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are good upriver. CADDO: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and weightless stick worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on perch and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and cheese bait. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.40’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/ red stick worms, drop-shot rigs and white spinner baits along main lake bluffs in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 77-80 degrees; 1.22’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, top-water poppers and shaky heads on docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in brush piles and docks. Catfish are slow on trotlines. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 23.50’ low. Black bass are good on green/ pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on punch bait in 5-15 feet. COLEMAN: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.46’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits in 6-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on perch in 8-10 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 8185 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits in 15-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait, liver and frozen shrimp. FALCON: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 24.09’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black

bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. Red ear perch are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FORK: Water stained; 78-81 degrees; 0.47’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, top-waters and drop-shot worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water offcolor; 72-78 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigs and flukes. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and liver. GRANBURY: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.22’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon red spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are good on perch-colored spinner baits and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp and live bait. GRANGER: Water stained; 8185 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/white crankbaits, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slab spoons. Crappie are good on chartreuse/orange jigs. Blue catfish are good on fresh shad and prepared baits. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 76-80 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, shaky-head worms and Texas-rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. GREENBELT: 32.21’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are very good on soft plastic worms in 1-15 feet. Crappie are very good on live minnows in 14 feet. Bream are very good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with cut bait. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 76-82 degrees; 2.08’ low. Black bass are fair to good Texas rigs, shad 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; 77-80 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and top-waters. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and shrimp. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 78-81 degrees:

1.27’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, buzz frogs and hollow-body frogs. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. LAVON: Water stained; 76-79 degrees: 1.19’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, bladed jigs and top-waters. 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; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse/white stick worms and top-waters around laydowns in 4-10 feet at daylight. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 1215 feet. Channel catfish are very good on minnows and stink bait. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on squarebilled crankbaits, top-waters and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass and white bass are fair on troll tubes and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MACKENZIE: 73.15’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, Texas rigs and shad mediumrunning crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-89 degrees; 2.12’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 72-79 degrees; 54.56’ 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; 83-89 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are fair on white buzzbaits, Texas-rigged craws, and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. NASWORTHY: 73-79 degrees; 1.27’ 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; 1.10’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/black top-waters and shallow-running crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are fair on perch. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 74-82 degrees; 36.18’ 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; 9.66’ 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; 76-80 degrees; 0.54’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, hollow-body frogs and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water offcolor; 74-81 degrees; 0.1’ 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; 2.04’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on shad. White bass are good on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on goldfish and minnows. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 77-80 degrees; 0.82’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 76-79 degrees; 0.29’ low. Black bass are good on drop-shot worms, football jigs and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 76-80 degrees; 1.66’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged craws and wacky-rigged worms. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on redbug soft plastic worms and buzzbaits in 15-25 feet, and on top-waters early and late. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 10.68’ high. All species are slow. STAMFORD: Water stained; 72-79 degrees; 0.31’ 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. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky;

n Saltwater reports Page 11 82-86 degrees; 1.34’ low. Black bass are good on chrome and crystal clear top-waters and on cotton candy and watermelon red soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on white and chartreuse roadrunners and minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on night crawlers. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 78-81 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and top-water walking baits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 1.35’ low. Black bass are good on shaky-head worms, top-water poppers and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 3.96’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/blue flake and redbug soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are good on live minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on punch bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 9.48’ low. Black bass are good on chrome top-waters, red shad worms, and buzzbaits in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chrome jigging spoons and minnows in 30-40 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut shad in 30-45 feet. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse/ white striper jigs. White bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 73-78 degrees; 20.34’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 3.74’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and crankbaits on main lake points and flats. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and watermelon spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on shrimp, stink bait and live bait.


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issue, especially on weekends, and Lambert has been using scented plastics behind popping corks. Fish are also slicking up in open bay areas in both West and East Galveston Bay. Aransas Pass airboat guides reported limits of redfish, with big numbers of fish just below the slot also being landed. At Port O’Connor, the jetty has been the hotspot for reds. At Port Mansfield, the redfish are schooling with great action, and the trout bite is starting to pick up. Farther south at South Padre Island, Capt. Joe Prado reported an excellent redfish bite, with honey gold and bone diamond being the best-producing soft plastic colors. Capt. Craig Lambert (832) 338-4570 Capt. Hollis Forrester (979) 236-3115 Capt. Joe Prado (956) 357-1301

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Flounder are fair at the mouths of the bayous on a falling tide.

Speckled trout have been found with schools of redfish along the Texas coast. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. A few birds are beginning to work. TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on soft plastics. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and in the marsh. Tides are above normal. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in the marsh and out the mouths of drains on the falling tide. Bull redfish are good at Rollover Pass. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout and redfish are fair to good in Bastrop Bay on live shrimp. TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. FREEPORT: Redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Chocolate Bay on live shrimp. Bull redfish are fair to good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are good on the shorelines on small top-waters and dark plastics. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are good on live shrimp in Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and at Shell Island.

Trout and redfish are good in the Colorado River on shrimp. PORT O’CONNOR: Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on live shrimp. ROCKPORT: Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on mullet and crabs. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on East Flats on top-waters and scented plastics. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits. CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good on the beachfront on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on small top-waters, Corkies and scented plastics. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good in knee-deep water on small Super Spooks, She Pups and SkitterWalks. PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes on top-waters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good on the Kenedy shoreline on small Super Spooks and Corkies. Bull reds are good at East Cut on crabs. SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good in South Bay and on the flats. Tarpon and snook are fair on DOA Shrimp at the jetty. Redfish are schooling in large pods.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, DOA Shrimp and scented plastics under popping corks. Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting deep sand and grass on scented plastics and shrimp under rattling corks.


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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER TROUBLE COUNTING DOVE A game warden was on patrol opening day of dove season in Bee County and, while checking a group of hunters, found numerous violations. One individual was hunting and had a pile of 14 dove on his truck. The man said he needed one more bird to finish out his 15-bird daily bag limit. “What’s in the bag?” the warden asked, pointing to the man’s game bird bag. The man produced one dove from his game bag. When the warden asked him if he had any more birds, the man withdrew three more from his bag. Cases were filed for exceeding the daily limit on dove. HIDING SQUIRRELS SHOT OUT OF SEASON Game wardens were working the Cooper Wildlife Management Area on the Delta/Hopkins County line, checking teal hunters, when they heard several shots and people hollering in the river bottom. The wardens located a small vehicle and decided to wait for the hunters to return. As they waited, more shots and hollering were heard. A subject eventually returned to the car and retrieved several water bottles. Contact was made and the wardens determined the hunter was attempting to conceal the location of his hunting buddies. A search of the vicinity uncovered three subjects hiding in the woods in possession of five dead hogs. A search of their bags revealed several squirrels wrapped in plastic bags and a search of the vehicle’s trunk revealed several more squir-

GROUP BAITING DOVE LOSES 360 BIRDS Webb County game wardens on patrol encountered eight hunters who seemed to be having great success based on the amount of shooting that they were doing. Upon contacting the individuals, one of the wardens walked into the field and immediately noticed large amounts of milo scattered throughout the field. An inspection of one hunter’s vehicle revealed two empty bags of milo feed in the truck

rels concealed in plastic bags. One of the hunters had a warrant out for driving while intoxicated. Charges are pending for hunting/possessing squirrels during closed season. WARDENS, DOG TEAM BAY UP FUGITIVE A Hunt County game warden was on patrol when he heard over the radio that a Greenville police unit was in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle. The suspect driving the vehicle was a wanted fugitive in Oklahoma. The fleeing vehicle eventually wrecked on a gravel road in southern Hunt County. The suspect evaded officers and disappeared into nearby woods. A perimeter was set up by numerous officers in the area. The warden responded along with a prison search dog team. Mounted on horseback, the warden and officers from the prison followed the search dogs into the woods where the suspect was located hiding in a tree.

bed. After speaking with all eight hunters, they admitted to knowingly hunting the baited area, as well as placing the bait the previous day. The wardens subsequently seized approximately 360 mourning and white-winged dove and cited eight hunters for various hunting and baiting violations. Civil restitution is pending. All edible resources were donated.

The suspect was taken into custody and the warden escorted him to a waiting Greenville PD squad car. BAD DAY TO FISH ON THE CREEK A Morris County game warden observed two people fishing on Big Cypress Creek and made contact to check for compliance. Neither subject had a fishing license. An ID check revealed a warrant against one of the individuals for organized crime out of Upshur County. While getting the warrant confirmed, a police officer arrived on scene for backup. While being patted down for the officer’s safety, one subject was in possession of 5 grams of methamphetamine and prescription drugs in his pocket. Both subjects were transported to the county jail. Inventory was conducted on the vehicle and an additional 20 grams of methamphetamine was found along with a digital scale. The citations and charges are pending.

K-9 FINDS FLEEING FISHERMAN While checking fishermen at a local community lake near Greenville late one afternoon, a Hunt County game warden approached an individual who suddenly dropped his equipment and fled into the nearby brush. Rather than pursue the man into the brush in total darkness, the warden called the Greenville Police Department and requested K-9 assistance. A K-9 officer arrived shortly accompanied by his dog, Rex, who shortly after picking up a scent trail convinced the fugitive to come out of hiding. An investigation revealed the man was heavily intoxicated, and was in possession of syringes and other drug paraphernalia. He had also been fishing without a license and driving on a suspended license. An arrest was made and the cases are pending.

BUZZARDS QUITE LARGER THAN DOVE Game wardens were working South Zone dove hunters near El Campo when they received a call from a local hunter claiming that he had seen several subjects in an adjacent field who had shot and killed vultures. The wardens made contact with three individuals who initially denied shooting anything but dove. After a brief interview, and several lies later, the suspects finally confessed to shooting and killing two vultures and revealed the birds’ location. Citations for killing protected non-game birds were issued and restitution is pending. CHASE ON THE BEACH Game wardens were patrolling South Padre Island when they noticed an individual operating a vehicle recklessly. Upon trying to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle led them on a pursuit on the beach. The vehicle swerved in and out of vehicular and foot traffic on the beach while reaching speeds of more than 70 miles per hour. The vehicle finally came to a halt when it hit a sand berm. Two individuals, both minors, were taken into custody and transported to the juvenile detention center. Three state jail felonies and a Class B misdemeanor were filed. The cases are pending.









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Gator bites angler Continued from page 8

“We were in 8 to 10 inches of water,” Tye told LSON, “so getting out and on plane to get to him was a task in itself.” His first thought was a Stingray might have hit his father, “though I was trying to hold on to the hope that he had just hooked a monster and needed help landing him.” While waiting for help, Marks “shuffled” through the bottom sand until he found his missing fishing rod. “It was a dumb thing to do, but I really like that rod,” he said. Tye and Cameron pulled Marks onboard the boat, and he reported the alligator attack. Tye, a trained EMT, examined the puncture wounds and cuts. Somehow, his father had lost little blood. At their motel, Tye cleaned and dressed the wounds. They drove to Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca, where Marks got stitches on his heel and antibiotics. Doctors didn’t stitch the puncture wounds fearing it might increase the chance of infection. Although Marks didn’t call 911, other anglers in the vicinity alerted authorities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department searched for the alligator. “Our game wardens went out in airboats and searched the area intensively twice, at different times of the day,” said Jonathan Warner, Alligator Program leader. “We think it was an animal displaced by all the

flooding from Harvey and that it’s probably moved on.” Warner estimated the alligator was 7 to 8 feet in length, judging by the width of Marks’ puncture wounds. There’s little chance alligators will start calling the area home, according to Warner. “Most of the time when people see alligators, they’re just passing through,” he said. “They can’t tolerate saline conditions very long.” Marks’ clash with an alligator is the only one reported post-Harvey, Warner said. However, exaggerated reports of what happened to Marks — there were rumors he lost a leg — had some people threatening to go alligator hunting. That would be a mistake, given they’re a federally protected species, Warner said. Three years ago, a Lufkin man who shot a 13-foot alligator was fined $5,000, put on probation and lost his hunting privileges for a year. For his part, Marks plans to return to Port O’Connor. “My son told me I’ll have to stay in the boat,” Marks said. “We’ll see. Wade-fishing, being by myself with nature, it’s a beautiful thing. I’m not about to throw caution to the wind, but you can’t go through life scared.”

No more Honey Hole Outdoors on TV Honey Hole All Outdoors is going off the air after more than 30 years. Current owner Mark Jones posted: “After a lot of discussion and debate internally, we have made the decision to take Honey Hole off of the network beginning in November.” Video on Demand episodes are planned for 2018, and the YouTube channel has been shut down. Old episodes will be moved to the VOD platform. —Staff report





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Leocadio ‘Cayo” Ramos, left, and Santiago Navarro, both from Brownsville, search for javelina during the first weekend of the archery season. Below, Ramos takes aim from the deer stand. Top photo by Tony Vindell, below photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

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when making (pork) tamales.” Ramos said the he prefers mixing javelina and deer meat. On the first weekend of the archery season, the two hunted javelina on Sunday morning at a South Texas ranch, but neither saw a one. But as Ramos came down from his stand and headed to camp, he saw a yellowishcolored hog under one of the feeders and proceeded to take his chance. Back at the camp, Ramos and Navarro said they were to hunt in the afternoon in hopes of seeing a javelina. Benito “Bennie” Moreno, who at 72 years of age has been hunting since he was in his teens, said he is picky when hunting javelina. “If you see one alone, more likely than not, it’s a male or a boar,” he said, “but if a pack shows up, you can take your pick.” Moreno, who used to archery hunt, now uses a .270-caliber, and shot a javelina the last weekend in September.

“This one is going to the BBQ pit,” he said. “It will be tasty.” Moreno said he washes the meat real good and puts lots of condiments, including plenty of fresh garlic and bay leaves. Although some hunters might think shooting a javelina is not worth a bullet, some ranches charge close to a $1,000 to bag one. Some guides are known to take hunters on safari-styled trips in the pursuit of this often-misunderstood animal. And at the University of Texas in Kingsville, or TAMU, the javelina is the official mascot. There is also the misconception that, when it comes to regulations, there is nothing on the books about javelina, let alone about bagging limit. However, in Texas, the limit is two javelina per season.

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Fewer quail, but still plenty to hunt Continued from page 4

production hunters can expect a good season this year, the TPWD report said. Overall, field reports indicate the survey may be an underestimate based on many sightings of large coveys with multiple age classes of chicks. The average number of scaled quail observed per route was 16.6 compared to 30.5 last year. This slightly above the long term average of 16.2. In the High Plains region, numbers remain well above the long term average, but down more than 50 percent from last season’s banner year. Birds in the South Texas Plains peaked in the 2015 season, and dropped for the second consecutive year since. While many areas may have been too dry to support nesting and brooding

Lifetime license winner gives it away Michael Bennett of Frankston was the first winner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lifetime License Drawing, and decided to pass it on to his nephew. “I have a son and bought him one several years ago and a grandson I bought one for and I’m 74 so I figured, ‘Who would get the most use out of this one?’ and decided to transfer it to my nephew,” Bennett said. The recipient of Bennett’s win is 27-year-old Justin Young of Vidor. Two more $1,800 Lifetime Super Combo licenses will be given away Nov. 1 and Dec. 1. —TPWD

Deer breeding pioneer dies Randy Rainer of Parsons Whitetails died Oct. 1 after a massive heart attack. One of the pioneers in the Texas deer breeding industry, Ranier was heavily involved with Deer Breeders Corp. “He was truly one of the ‘good guys’ in our deer family business,” DBC said on its Facebook page. —Staff report

Lyssy & Eckel partner dies Gerald Eckel of Poth, a partner in Lyssy & Eckel Feeds, died Oct. 7. Family owned Lyssy & Eckel has been in the livestock and deer feed business since 1945. Eckel also was a supporter of the youth of South Texas, through the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Cattleman’s Roundup, 4-H and Cash for Kids. —Staff report

activity during midsummer, late summer rains likely triggered some additional nesting activity that would not be detected by the survey, the TPWD report said. Dale Rollins of RPQRR said hunters shouldn’t be depressed by the numbers. “We still have average numbers,” he said. “The 50-covey days experienced last year were the anomaly, now it’s back to 20-covey days, a metric most of us are proud to achieve most years. Be prepared for fewer coveys, smaller coveys and wilder birds.” Quail season begins Oct. 28 and runs through Feb. 25, 2018.

Quail will still be available this season, although covey sizes may be smaller. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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around here,” he said. “That’s about as good as they get in the open range of the Hill Country.” “It’s a struggle for me to make a lot of hunts, plus I can’t pay the big bucks for a hunt,” Cornish said. “So, when I get a chance to go, I make the best of the situation. Bowhunting big game is about as exciting as it gets. Two years ago, I joined a group of hunters who travel from Texas to New Mexico to hunt elk and bear on public land. Traveling as a group, we can cut expenses. I went with them but wasn’t able to draw an elk tag the first year. But I did get a bear tag. We were on a 10-day hunt and I bowhunted for a bear for seven days

by a water hole, one that’s kind of like a stock tank in Texas.” They were camped out at 7,000 feet, but hunting at a smaller camp at about 9,000 feet. “It was pretty rough camping and hunting,” Cornish said. “On the last day of that hunt, I made the decision to hike to the top of the mountain at 11,232 feet. That was a real rough hike. But it paid off. I ended up taking a 51yard shot at a 400-pound bear that was 7 feet tall. I had a quartering shot through the lungs and heart. When I hit him he growled, ran and rolled. His skull measured 18 inches.” Last year, Cornish hooked up with

his group of hunting buddies and headed back to New Mexico. On that trip he had an elk tag and arrowed a 500-pound bull. On the public land they hunt, there is a 17 percent success rate on bowhunting elk.

Aaron Cornish hikes back to camp after a successful hunt. Photo from Aaron Cornish.

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water that will be available to anglers. By Oct. 7, boat ramps were full at the lake that has suffered, both fishing-wise and economically, from two years of low water. Many of the area guides have been spending time in Mexico at Sugar Lake. “The bass aren’t up in the new water yet,” Bendele said. “But they will be, and the fishermen will come.” Guide Timothy Griffin said the fishing is good and will be great for those who can find them after they move from the community holes to key areas that will hold a lot of great fish. “There will be tons of aggressive schools of fish that will get out of the open deep water and up into the stuff,” he said. Guide Jonatan Tamez experienced good fishing the last week of September as the water was rising, with their best bass coming in over 8 pounds. But he was most excited about the rising water. “Right now, fishing is a little tough because the water is muddy from all of the rain, but where the water is clear the fish are biting,” Tamez said. “Things are looking good here in Zapata,” he said. “The river is full of water. We will have an excellent spawning season, too. This fish will spawn in the bushes and the babies will have a better chance of surviving, along with the shad and tilapia.” While anglers were excited about changes at Falcon, they are still hoping for rain at Amistad and Choke Canyon Reservoir. At the reservoir for producing large numbers of big bass, Lake Amistad sits at 74.9 percent full, actually down slightly from one month ago. The situation is worse at Choke Canyon. Surrounded by a hurricane to its east and heavy rains to its south, the reservoir suffers from a small watershed, and the bubble over it remains. Choke Canyon sat at only 33 percent full on Oct. 10.

B.A.S.S. acquired by Anderson Media Anderson Media Corp., a 100-year-old family business founded in Alabama, acquired a majority interest in B.A.S.S., LLC. Anderson Media has been an investor in B.A.S.S. for several years. In a statement released, it promised “business as usual” for B.A.S.S. Bruce Akin will remain as chief executive officer and Chase Anderson, director of Anderson Media, will join B.A.S.S. B.A.S.S. headquarters will remain in Birmingham, Alabama, and JM Outdoors, its television and video production arm, will continue to operate out of Little Rock, Arkansas. —B.A.S.S.

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Freeman tops BFL field Glen Freeman of Zwolle, Louisiana, won the Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir with a twoday total of 37 pounds, 11 ounces, winning $8,074. Freeman fished offshore ridges in 15 to 20 feet of water, using Texasrigged soft plastics. Albert Collins of Nacogdoches finished second with 36 pounds, 7 ounces, netting $3,037. He was followed by Nick Lebrun of Bossier City, Louisiana. —BFL

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so it was tough for Lelese to get a shot and we moved four times. “She took him down with one shot,” Shawn said. Wayne Weimers of Alamito Hunting and Guide Service said he has noticed the difference between the resident pronghorn and those translocated from the Panhandle over the past few years. “The Panhandle animals are a little wilder,” he said. “They are runners.” Weimers believes the efforts to help the Trans-Pe- After a long pursuit, Jeff Dobbins finally bagged his pronghorn buck during cos animals are working. the short season in far West Texas. Photo from Jeff Dobbins. “They are coming back,” he said. “It has “He went right under it,” Dobbins said. helped them out a bunch.” “He crossed that fence three times.” The horn quality was down slightly this After about 30 minutes and more than season. “We have lots of good animals,” Weimers 10 miles bouncing in the Suburban, the said. “But this year, the horn growth wasn’t pronghorn paused at the same fence, about quite up to last year’s standards, when we 250 yards away, and Dobbins made the shot. had several that made the book.” “We ended 500 yards from where we Jeff Dobbins of Tucson, Arizona, hunts and helps Weimers with his customers each started,” he said. “The guy in the back seat, Jim Entler, said it was worth the price of year. His hunt was quite memorable. “We were driving down the road and this admission.” Entler had killed a great buck the day benice pronghorn was 400 yards out,” Dobfore. bins said. “He headed east and then north, For Weimers, the hunt will be easy to reand I finally got a shot at 250 yards. “ member. The race was on. “I went into a ravine and I can’t open the “He took off running again and we could see he was hit,” Dobbins said. “He ran ev- passenger door on my Suburban anymore,” ery direction — we were doing 50 mph on he said. a ranch road to stay up with him.” The pronghorn then exhibited how antelope-friendly fences work.


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Chris Saunders caught his personal best red drum on a Zara spook near Baffin Bay.

Heather Ray dropped this scimitar-horned oryx at the Dew Drop Inn Ranch in Dryden.

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Man indicted for shooting bald eagle, vultures An 82-year-old man faces charges on two counts of killing bald eagles and other nongame birds, including black and turkey vultures. Jackie Brister, of Bend, was charged after Texas game wardens responded to a call regarding a wounded bald eagle discovered near Bend on Jan. 11; the bird did not survive. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wardens determined the eagle had been shot by a rifle. Further investigation uncovered evidence of additional taking of protected nongame animals. Brister faces Class A misdemeanor charges for hunting without landowner consent, Class C charges for taking state threatened species and nongame birds and civil restitution for the eagles in an amount exceeding $10,000 each. —TPWD

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Time 8:55 PM 10:09 PM 12:10 PM 12:32 PM 6:25 AM 6:26 AM 6:26 AM 6:30 AM 6:37 AM 3:22 PM 3:49 PM 4:21 PM 5:03 PM 6:01 PM 7:15 PM

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Silverberg joins Buck Knives

Nikon Inc. is seeking a national sales manager for its renowned Sports & Recreational Optics division in Melville, New York.

Mike Silverberg joined Buck Knives as vice president of sales and Chris Bourassa was promoted to director of North American sales.

ATA names CEO

Mapping acquisition

The Archery Trade Association has chosen Matt Kormann of Marietta, Georgia, as its next president/CEO, beginning Oct. 16.

C-MAP, a supplier of digital marine cartography and cloudbased mapping solutions, acquired i-Sea AS, a technology and consulting company focused on the marine sector.

Costa Del Mar named T.J. McMeniman its new vice president of marketing.



National sales manager position

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Favorite duck call for pintail Red, brown, or blue/green Clean, ___ and dry your boat The diameter of a barrel The valuable furbearer

Yamaha Marine gets award The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International honored Yamaha Marine Group with its IBEX Innovation Award in the outboard motor category for the Yamaha F25.

Zanders owner joins Illinois HOF Glenda Zanders, a co-owner of Zanders Sporting Goods, was inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame at the Illinois State Fair.

Archery buyer position Kinsey’s Archery, based in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, is seeking an archery buyer and sales representatives.

Boat company acquisition

New president at AFWA Virgil Moore, director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, was named the new president of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.

MasterCraft acquired NauticStar, LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of bay boats, deck boats and offshore center console boats.

FOR THE TABLE *email LSON your favorite recipe to

Gator ribs 2 pounds alligator ribs 1 cup orange juice 1/3 cup lime juice 1/3 cup lemon juice 2 tbsps. olive oil 5 cloves garlic, chopped fine 4 leaves fresh thyme, chopped 4 leaves fresh oregano, chopped 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tbsp. orange zest 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper Citrus Glaze 1 cup orange juice 4 tsps. lemon juice 1 cup orange marmalade Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup sweet butter Prepare a citrus marinade by combining all ingredients except alligator ribs in a glass

bowl; blend thoroughly. Set aside 1/2 cup marinade for basting. Pour remaining marinade over ribs and thoroughly coat all pieces; refrigerate in covered bowl or sealed zippertype bag for 1 to 3 hours. Heat stovetop grill or gas grill to medium heat. Grill ribs for 45 minutes or until tender, basting frequently with reserved 1/2 cup of marinade. Prepare Citrus Glaze while ribs are grilling by combining all glaze ingredients, except butter, and simmering for 15 minutes or until thickened. Add butter in small pieces; heat until butter is melted. Remove ribs from grill and baste with Citrus Glaze. —Florida Dept. of Agriculture

Quick fish creole 3-5 pounds of redfish fillets cut into chunks 4 tbsps. garlic 1 can diced tomatoes 1 medium onion chopped Olive oil Jar of chunk-style salsa, 24 oz. Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper Cayenne pepper Fresh chives, snipped, for garnish

Sauté onions in olive oil for 3 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and tomatoes and simmer for five minutes. Add salsa, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper and simmer for 20 minutes. Add fish and stir gently and simmer with cover for about 10 minutes. Serve over rice with chives for garnish. —Alabama Dept. of Conservation

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temperatures. Results showed the fawns in the cooler environment weighed 9 percent more at weaning and drank 4 percent more milk during the first 4 weeks of bottle-feeding. Fawns in the cooler environment ate 25 percent more solid feed. Finally, stress hormones were measured monthly to gain insight into the amount of stress experienced by the fawns. Fawns in the cooler environment had 40 percent lower stress hormone concentrations than fawns in ambient temperature. What do these results mean for managers? Study results showed fawns are challenged by hot summer temperatures in South Texas. Fawns will not grow as fast as they would during cooler summers, be-

Support HARVEY Rockport/Port Aransas guides The fishing in Rockport and Port Aransas is great, but the fishing guides have suffered from the lack of customers after Hurricane Harvey. Guide Brian Holden fished the Oct. 7-8 weekend, and said the fishing was “freaking fantastic.” Lone Star Outdoor News would like to encourage readers to make the trip to support the guides, many of whom suffered personal property damage as well. Here is a list of businesses provided from the chambers of commerce of Rockport/Fulton and Port Aransas: Aransas Area\Bay Fishing (361) 463-6653 Bay Fish Stalkers (361) 463-0428 Capt. Joe’s Flounder Ventures (361) 463- 3217 Chasin’ Tails Guide Service (210) 478-9480 Coastal Bend Guides Association (361) 463-2550 Fly Fish Rockport (503) 348-6309 Gone Coastal Guide Service (281) 832-1445 Randy Hoyt Guide Service (361) 563-1447 Redfish Charters (361) 729-8220 Capt. Brian Holden (361) 386-0410 Rockport Guides & Charters (956) 607-7200 Rockport Kayak Guide Service (361) 727-9966 Slick’s Guide Service (361) 386-0569 Heads or Tails Guide Service (361) 756-0432 Capt. Jeremy Griffis (361) 537-8268 Capt. Travis Wilcox (361) 205-0559 Capt. Scott Sommerlatte (979) 415-4379 Scot McCune (361) 563-8862 Wharf Cat (361) 729-4855 Badfish Sportfishing (409) 621-6593 Coastal Bend Kayak (361) 557-7003 Deep Sea Headquarters (361) 749-5597 See more Port Aransas guides: If you’re a guide and would like to be listed, email Lone Star Outdoor News at We plan to include this list in future issues.

cause high temperatures will limit fawn intake and increase stress. In the pasture, hot temperatures may have an even larger effect on fawn growth because milk production by the dam may be reduced. The answer? Shade. Thermal cover in the form of brush for shade and ground cover reduces the temperature of the soil. The heavy brush along drainages may be especially good during the heat of midday. Avoiding disturbance of areas with good brush and ground cover during summer will make sure the deer are comfortable using such areas to contend with the sauna that is South Texas. —CKWRI

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PRODUCTS ULTRA HOODIE: Prois uses its signature quick-drying fabric that draws moisture away from the body on this ultra-lightweight hoodie. Designed for women hunters, it is ideal for warmweather hunting or as a base layer. The hoodie features a zippered front pocket and a hood for added concealment, UV protection, and thermoregulation. It can be worn alone or in combination with any vest or jacket. Available in black and Realtree AP or MAX-1, it comes in sizes extra small to extra large and costs about $80.


WHOPPER PLOPPER 90/130: River2Sea’s new top-water lure is built with the same durable construction as its larger brother. This lure, which boasts “X-Strong” size 4 treble hooks and other strong components, utilizes its quickness and buzz saw sound to battle the big fish. Available in four models, it costs about $18.

MACH CRUSH BAITCAST COMBO: Lew’s rod and reel combo, the ICAST 2017 Best of Show Award winner, pairs the company’s SLP (super low profile) compact reel with a stunning orange and black rod. The reel features a durable graphite frame and graphite sideplates. Its high-end performance comes from a premium 10-bearing system with double-shielded stainless steel bearings and ZeroReverse anti-reverse. The rod is constructed from a one-piece IM8 graphite blank with Nano technology. It features American Tackle Airwave guides and SoftTouch graphite skeletal reel seats. The outfit costs about $200.


INSTINCT PURSUITZ HUNTING BOOTS: Cabela’s boots feature synthetic and nylon-ripstop mesh uppers with injected TPU overlays for incredible support, fatigue-fighting EVA crash foam midsoles for comfort, and Vibram outsoles for sure-footed traction. Another feature is the GORE-TEX “surround technology,” which offers 360-degree waterproof protection to help a hunter’s feet stay dry and comfortable even in warmer conditions. The boots also have removable OrthoLite footbeds to reduce odors. Available in Cabela’s 02 Octane camouflage pattern, the boots cost $170.



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RANGE ROVER PRO SIGHT: Truglo has introduced a new control system for the LED-based Archer’s Choice Range Rover Pro single-pin sight. The LED “pin” can be adjusted over a wide range of brightness levels, making it accurate in full daylight or complete darkness. Features include digital push-button controls for easier brightness adjustment, an automatic-off feature, a ZERO-IN adjustment dial for smooth elevation/range adjustment, micro-adjustable windage control, and more than 80 multi-colored sight tapes for precise calibration with any bow. “This product works great,” said Lone Star Outdoor News’ Operations Manager Mike Hughs. “It’s a little big, but the accuracy and ease of use makes up for it.” The sight costs about $245. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE PRODUCTS, CONTACT LSON AT (214) 361-2276

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ning to fall. It’s a time when hunters can actually stalk pigs at night when they are feeding on acorns. That’s a fun and productive hunt.” Charlie Fernandez, whose family owns ranches in South Texas, says the acorns are just now beginning to litter the ground, and that’s when he can take advantage of some excellent pig hunts. “Typically, pigs don’t move much during the day, but with so much available food on the ground they will feed at dawn and dusk more often,” he says. “My hunts lately have been very good during the last hour of daylight. With a full moon I’ll stalk them down in the creek bottoms.” Another very popular pig hunting option in South Texas is shooting them at long range as they feed in oat fields and wide-open areas with oak trees that are dropping acorns. “I’ve got a rifle that has the capability of shooting pigs out to 500 yards,” Fernandez said. “I can set up well down wind of an oat patch and shoot pigs when they least expect it in a wide-open field. The gun is a Savage Model 12 LRP (long range precision) in a 6.5 caliber Creedmoor. That’s similar to a .243 bullet. The scope is a Vortex Viper PST 25x50. It’s designed to shoot targets out to 1,000 yards.” Fernandez said the acorns should continue to fall well into November. That combined with freshly planted oat fields will set up ideal South Texas pig hunts. In North Texas there is definitely no shortage of pigs, according to Clay Herzog who owns and operates Prone Outfitters. “We have multiple low-fenced ranches to hunt on and all of them are constantly being torn up by pigs rooting around and tearing up fences,” Herzog said. “We mainly hunt on two ranches near Abilene that cover about 2,000 acres each. Since Janu-

Charlie Fernandez sights in his rifle prior to a hog hunting excursion. Photo by Robert Sloan.

ary we’ve killed more than 600 pigs on that land. The crazy thing is that we can’t even tell if any pigs have been harvested. That’s how fast they multiply.” Herzog runs specialty pig hunts with the use of thermal vision equipment. They corn the roads and hunt open fields. All of his hunts are fully guided. There are no hunts out of blinds. All are spot and stalk hunts. A group of hunters will head afield and the guide will use a night vision scope to find groups of pigs. When the stalking hunters are within about 50 yards, the hunters will turn on white or red lights and take the shots with buck shot. Each unplugged gun holds from nine to 10 shells. “It’s pretty exciting hunting,” said Herzog, who has been running this operation since 2011. “It’s a hands-on deal. You’re not sitting in a blind and you don’t get bored. Another option is to do a combo pig and varmint hunt. That’ll keep you in a lot of shooting. The kids love it.” Prone Outfitters (682) 300-4008 M.Y. Ranch Hog Hunting (936) 544-2222

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Wonders of Wildlife museum opens The 350,000 square foot, nonprofit Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium was 10 years in the making, and is larger than the Smithsonian Museum of National History. Before opening the doors to the general public, however, Johnny Morris threw a private preview that included former presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (who swam in the shark tank while answering questions from attending grade schoolers), and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Celebrities included actors Kevin Costner and Mark Wahlberg and country singers Luke Bryan, Dierks Bently and John Anderson. Visitors may enjoy everything from worldclass family entertainment in WOW to top-level golf, and shopping at the Bass Pro Shops next door. —Bass Pro Shops


Snapper catch below self-imposed limit


Nikon will send your 10x42 ProStaff 7 binoculars. You can check out the entire line at the nearest dealer:

See a full selection of Nikon products at:

Wheeler’s Feed & Outfitters 34250 IH10 West Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-2656

The red snapper catch numbers in Louisiana ended more than 100,000 pounds below the state’s self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds for the recently completed 2017 season, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Anglers finished the season on Sept. 4, catching 936,864 pounds of red snapper or 107,929 pounds less that the limit, according to the agency’s near real-time data collecting program. —LDFW

Group 239 trout over the limit Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 24 in Lafourche Parish. Agents stopped a vessel with the three men on board to perform a creel and license check. Agents noticed a handful of ice chests in the boat and found bags full of filleted fish inside. Agents found a total of 478 filets of speckled trout, which put the men in possession of 239 speckled trout. Since there were only two licensed fishermen on the vessel, the men were only allowed to possess up to 50 speckled trout while on the water. It is also a violation to possess speckled trout that are not kept intact while on the water. Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity. —LDFW


No transporting of live bait The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has voted to ban the transportation of live, wild-caught baitfish from one waterbody to other watersheds in an attempt to prevent the spread of invasive species, such as Asian carp and zebra mussels. The Commission has delayed the regulation’s effective date until Oct. 1, 2018 to allow baitfish producers time to grow shad large enough to fill the needs of the state’s striped bass guides. —AGFC

Special commercial season for silver carp The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will open a special commercial fishing season on Lake Chicot to target Asian carp from Nov.

1-Dec. 31. Asian carp, particularly silver carp and bighead carp have been a nuisance to many waters connected to the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers since their escape from aquaculture and research facilities during floods in the 1970s. In addition to consuming vast amounts of plankton, which are the base of the food chain in many fisheries, silver carp have become a hazard on many waters where they are abundant because of their habit of jumping out of the water when startled. Silver carp are not capable of reproducing in Lake Chicot, but they are abundant in the Mississippi River, which originally created the lake. When floods overtop the dams of the oxbow, many species of fish flush into the system, including the silver carp. The recent floods during 2016 completely overtopped the dam, which gave many non-native fish the opportunity to spread into the lake. Commercial anglers need to obtain a free permit to participate in the special season. —AGFC


Historic wetlands open to hunting After a multi-year effort to expand Drummond Flats Wildlife Management Area, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation opened the area to public access Sept. 1, for the start of dove season and it will remain open for waterfowl hunting. Ducks Unlimited acquired 125 acres at Drummond Flats from willing sellers last year. This acreage represents the final two parcels within the footprint of the historic wetland basin, but ODWC hopes to expand the WMA further to buffer the wetlands. The area will be leased to the ODWC and managed as part of the Drummond Flats WMA until budgets allow the state to purchase the properties. —DU


Marine officer receives Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council awarded the 2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Marine Patrol Officer Roy Lipscomb with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Office of Marine Patrol. Lipscomb spent his first 11 years with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources as a fisheries technician serving as an unpaid Marine Patrol reserve officer. He transitioned to his position as a full-time enforcement officer in 2014. In 2016, Lipscomb led an investigation that seized illegally modified Turtle Excluder Devices from a federally permitted shrimping vessel and then later caught the same vessel for the same offense. He also cited a shrimper for possession of over two dozen illegal shark fins. Lipscomb also serves as a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army National Guard where he has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. —GMFMC


New nonlead bullets NovX has developed a new class of ammunition and has entered the ammunition industry with the Don Coffey Company as its representative. NovX combines stainless steel and copper polymer for a faster, lighter weight round. —Don Coffey Company

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

AFFORDABLE AFRICA HUNTS Want to experience an African Safari? Not sure and fear the cost. CVT Safaris offers the true adventure in a prime location Limpopo South Africa with 5 star camp and services. Management Hunt Special: 7 day 9 animal $5,000/hunter Other trophy hunts available. Prices are all inclusive. Contact George at or (409) 739-5172


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


with scope and bolts complete package. Used for photo shoots. Retails at Cabelas for $750. Asking $550 Call (214) 361-2276 STOCKERBUCK.COM Call now to order Texas Trophy Bred does and stockerbucks or check us out online at JAY (505) 681-5210 TROPHY DEER HUNT

South Texas - Brackettville “Special Offer” Wife or child FREE3 day minimum. James: (830) 563-2658

Tanned axis hides Axis pillows (830) 896-6996


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REPORTER/ JOURNALIST JOB Lone Star Outdoor News is seeking a reporter at its Dallas office. Journalism degree preferred. (214) 361-2276


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

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

MISC. Exclusive access to 70+ lakes all over Texas. (214) 871-0044

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


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

QUAIL, HOGS, CRANE & DOVE $150 per gun Record High Quail Population. Adrenalin flowing Hog Hunts with Spotlighting and High Speed Chasing. Enjoy catering to Elderly Handicapped & Kids Bailey & Cochran County , Texas No Frills, Just Thrills (806) 893-4766 POETRY SHOOTING CLUB Quail Hunting Preserve

Bird Dog Training Facility 700 yard RANGE (214) 728-2755 FOR INVENTORS\ SMALL-BIZ! Invention, idea, brand? e-mail questions to us! TDHA - JOIN TODAY TEXAS DOVE HUNTERS ASSOC. (210) 764-1189 COLORADO ELK AND MULE DEER RANCH $12.5M Price reduced to $11.5M You could be hunting right now on this 5,800 ac ranch that sits in the middle of the home to the largest elk herd in North America. Remote, end of road. 45 mins SW of Trinidad CO Elevation: 6,389 – 7,543 ft Resident and migrating elk herd with exceptional trophy genes. Large mule deer, bear and turkey population. Custom log home, 3 BR, 3 1/2 Bath 2+ car garage, 2 RV pads with all utilities, beautiful views. For sale by owner. Call Paul Phillips (210) 274-9094 TROPHY WHITETAIL BUCK HUNTS Intensive Management Program. Lodging included. (940) 362-4219


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



AXIS HIDES LSONF LOOKING FOR LEASE Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation creates hunters for a lifetime by giving an opportunity to people who have the passion for hunting but lack the opportunity. LSONF is seeking hunting property to accomplish its mission. All hunting rights sought and house/camp needed. (214) 361-2276

BAY FISHING PRO CALL CAPT. THOMAS Check Out Multiple Trip Discounts (956) 551-1965

AFFORDABLE HUNTS Blackbuck Antelope, axis, fallow, whitetail, turkey & hogs, Crockett County, TX. Bunkhouse & Grub available. (830) 361-2276

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Houston Safari Club 45th Anniversary Celebration Armadillo Palace Dance Hall (832) 804-8959

Dallas Safari Club Monthly Meeting Bent Tree Country Club (972) 980-9800

Texas Deer Association Brush Country Bash Mathis

Ducks Unlimited San Antonio Banquet Alzafar Shrine Auditorium (402) 452-8189

Mule Deer Foundation Frisco Banquet Three Stacks Smoke and Tap House (817) 565-7121

Delta Waterfowl Brazos River Banquet Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds (817) 307-4468

Ducks Unlimited Jasper Dinner Event Center (409) 384-7005

Coastal Conservation Association Lee County Banquet Sons of Hermann Hall, Giddings (979) 540-6117


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


Ducks Unlimited Texoma Dinner Ray Davis Hanger, Dennison (903) 815-2229


Quail Coalition Cross Timbers Banquet River Ranch Stockyards, Fort Worth Ducks Unlimited Matagorda County Banquet Bay City Civic Center (979) 240-6637

Ducks Unlimited Allen Fall Gun Bash Two Rows Classic Grill (915) 255-9565


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


Bass Champs Berkley Big Bass Tournament Lake Fork Marina (817) 439-3274


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

Ducks Unlimited Galveston Dinner & Dance Galveston Artillery Club (409) 789-7002


Ducks Unlimited Houston Fall Dinner Karbach Brewery (713) 501-0244


Delta Waterfowl Dallas Banquet Frontiers of Flight Museum


Houston Safari Club Monthly Meeting HESS Club (832) 804-8959 Coastal Conservation Association Brush Country Banquet Knights of Columbus Hall, Alice (713) 626-4222


Dallas Safari Club Trophy Room Tour (972) 980-9800

Ducks Unlimited Dallas Dinner Sixty Five Hundred (214) 673-9636

Ducks Unlimited Waco Dinner Texas Ranger Museum (254) 313-2625

Mule Deer Foundation Permian Basin Banquet (817) 565-7121

Coastal Conservation Association Guadalupe Valley Banquet The Venue, Cuero (361) 275-9464

Texas Wildlife Association Foundation James Green Wildlife & Conservation Initiative Dinner on the Bluff, Fort Worth (210) 826-2904


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


Ducks Unlimited Gladewater Dinner Gladewater Former Students Bldg. (903) 738-0523

Ducks Unlimited Corpus Christi Banquet American Bank Center (361) 793-3535


Eldorado Game Dinner Eldorado Civic Center (325) 853-3331


Ducks Unlimited Aggieland Dinner Brazos County Expo Complex (903) 681-3343

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