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Volume 13, Issue 9

Dealing with all of the trail camera images

DNA advances helping catch poachers By Matthew Costa

For Lone Star Outdoor News For nearly three decades, the advancements in forensic science have not only given law enforcement agencies a new angle in the fight against crime, but have proven a major component in solving cold cases. Those same methods have made their way into the animal realm, and are showing results in the fight against animal poaching locally and abroad. In Texas, game wardens are fighting poachers and illegal hunting with the latest advancements in forensic science. These include the ability to identify species, gender, and individual DNA profiles, according to Ellis Powell, assistant commander of Wildlife Law Enforcement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Cases in which DNA evidence is used are common, including one Powell remembers involving a deer shot at night.

ONE OF MANY: Trail cameras provide useful information for land managers and hunters, but the numbers of photos can be overwhelming. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Lone Star Outdoor News Trail cameras are widely considered an invaluable tool for hunters. They churn out a lot of infor-

mation — and a lot of photos. “With 10 cameras, depending on the location, they’ll take about 100 a night,” said Mike Hehman, a wildlife biologist at the Hixon Ranch near Cotulla.

“I’d rather have too many than not enough. I go through lots and lots of photos.” He used to print out photos of particular deer and put them in ring binders. That quickly be-

came a headache, though. “I got to where I didn’t want to let hunters see them,” Hehman said. “They wanted to pick the deer they wanted, and it was often out of the size and price

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Beretta celebrates 490 years

CONTENTS Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10 Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 11 Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12 Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . Page 14 Sun, Moon & Tides . . . . . Page 16 Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 17

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

By Craig Nyhus

Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 20

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Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 22

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At the Beretta Gallery in Dallas on Dec. 6, it was a celebration of a milestone — 490 years. The Italian company began in 1526, and held the event to show off a new monograph detailing the history of the company and the life of sportsmen worldwide; and a commissioned side-by-side shotgun called the 490 Serpentina. It was the shotgun that gathered the most attention of those at the event. “There were only

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SPECIAL SHOTGUN: This 490 Serpentina, one of only three of the side-byside shotguns made, was commissioned for Beretta’s 490th anniversary. One was sold for $80,000. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Inexpensive LED light strips may be appealing for anglers who want to install them as naviga- BE CAREFUL: LED lights on boats are tion lights on cool and bright, but some aren’t lefishing boats, but gal for navigation. Photo by BoatUS. officials are warning that could lead to a citation or even an accident. Advances in technology have made LEDs seem like a good solution for navigation and aesthetic lighting, but the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a warning that some of the new lights don’t meet standards and could increase the chances of a collision. Texas Game Warden Assistant Commander

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Dove season’s back

Nooner Ranch sold

Second split open.

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Wintertime bass

New type of tourney

Big largemouths, smallies being landed. Page 8

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HUNTING USDA plans to use treated corn for ticks Lone Star Outdoor News As part of the effort to control cattle fever ticks, the U.S Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to treat white-tailed deer with ivermectin, a broad spectrum antiparasitic drug, to control tick vectors of cattle fever in Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kinney, Maverick, Starr, Val Verde, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata counties in South Texas. The deer would be fed ivermectin-treated corn from a closed gravity feeder placed in areas where cattle fever infestation is a concern. Ivermectin is a widely used antiparasitic drug in humans, livestock, and pets. Treated corn would be placed in the gravity flow feeders from February through July to control cattle fever ticks in deer populations. The feeders would be mandatory on both public land and private ranches with cattle within the tick quarantine area as part of the herd plan for all quarantined premises.

Nooner Ranch dove-hunting operation sells By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Two of the largest dove hunting operations in the state will become one next season. Nooner Ranch in Hondo sold its corporate operation to Paloma Pachanga, also of Hondo. “I sold them all of the Hondo stuff, including the land and all of my corporate accounts,” owner Sammy Nooner said. “They have good owners. It will be the best hunting operation in the state.” Hunters who have been with Nooner Ranch in the past revel about hunting white-winged dove over the irrigated, large sunflower fields.

Nooner said the sale had nothing to do with issues his deer-hunting operation has been having with CWD testing. “It’s just time for me to slow down a little bit,” he said. Brent Comers of Paloma Pachanga said the deal was just completed and he expects things to get a lot busier at the operation he manages. “We have a lot more hunting property, now,” he said during a Dec. 19 hunt. “We’re hunting there right now; everyone got limits this weekend. “It’s going to be kind of nuts.”

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Winter dove hunters back at it Lone Star Outdoor News The Erath County group of hunters, after a warm duck hunt in the morning, were excited about the large groups of dove they were seeing and looking forward to the afternoon hunt on the opening day of the second split, Dec. 17. The massive cold front killed the hunt. “We went out there but we couldn’t take it,” said Tyler Georger of Lampassas. “It seemed like it dropped 40 degrees in 15 minutes and the wind was howling — it was nasty.” In South Texas, the cold front arrived later, giving the hunters one afternoon to bask in the warmth during the hunt. Texas Dove Hunters Association hosted a hunt for 85 hunters with Busted Feathers Outfitters in Frio County, followed by dinner, prizes and a concert. “If you have cut corn or leftover milo fields, the hunting is good,” said Darrell Cox with Busted Feathers. “The drizzly weather slowed us down but it cleared up; the birds fed all day — it didn’t seem like the northern birds are down here yet, though.” TDHA director Bob Thornton said the hunt was great for some, while others didn’t fare as well. “Winter dove hunts are different,” Please turn to page 7

HOT AND COLD: When the second split of dove season opened in South Texas, it was 80 degrees. In North Texas, afternoon hunters were greeted by a massive cold front and strong north winds, with temps that dropped 40-50 degrees. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Free-ranging breeder bucks are fair game By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

WANDERING BUCK: This large buck escaped from a highfenced ranch and traveled 15 miles before being harvested on a low-fenced ranch. Photo by TPWD.

If a massive trophy buck with ear tags showed up on your ranch or lease, would you have the right to shoot it? The answer, according to game wardens, is yes. This scenario played out in Irion County at the end of November when a 29-point breeder buck with an estimated score of 290 inches escaped from a highfenced enclosure, wandered through a neighboring ranch and ended up on a low-fenced ranch some 15 miles away, where he was shot by a woman hunting. “The lady who shot it was pumped about it,” said Irion County Game Warden Justin Jackson. “It was just a fluke deal that turned out in her favor.” Jackson said the woman shot the deer the Sunday after Thanksgiving when it

showed up at her feeder. When the deer was taken to a San Antonio taxidermist shop, it naturally raised some eyebrows. Lt. Jason Huebner, a supervising warden in Irion County, said an investigation led wardens to determine the buck had been taken legally. It’s permissible to shoot a breeder buck that’s permitted to someone else if it escapes from a pen, Huebner said. That’s because deer belong to the state, not individuals. However, wardens investigate to determine if there was any foul play involved in how the buck got free in the first place. The landowner where the deer escaped said they noticed the deer was missing and thought it might have been poached after checking game cameras that showed vehicle lights. But cameras at other neighboring ranches caught images of the breeder

buck, which jived with the woman’s story. Huebner said the buck is believed to have traveled over three or four ranches. It apparently got out of a gate at the breeder ranch and wandered onto a neighboring high-fenced ranch that happened to have a section of the fence open at the time. The buck then traveled onto one or possibly two other ranches before being shot. The traveling buck brings up questions of what the hunting rules are when an animal comes onto your lease or land. Huebner said that animals classified as exotics, such as elk and aoudad, have different rules. In that case, they fall under the realm of livestock. If they are clearly tagged in a manner that can be identified at a long distance, then they cannot be shot. Instead, the hunter must report the animal to the sheriff who will then determine how to remove it. But if it’s not clearly tagged, then it’s fair game.

Book examines plants of the Big Bend By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Texas hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts are discovering a part of Texas many didn’t know existed. Rugged mountains, deep canyons and cooler summer nights intrigue visitors. The sometimes unique plant life intrigues land managers and biologists. Mule deer, desert bighorns and pronghorns and other wildlife have their favorite plants to eat. In Big Bend and the TransPecos, many of those plants aren’t recognizable to most Texans, where diets are more focused on browse than in other parts of the state. Louis Harveson knows a few things about the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. He’s been teaching natural resource management at Sul Ross State University for years and he is the Dan Allen Hughes Jr. Endowed Director of the Borderlands Research Institute. His book, “Woody Plants of the Big Bend and Trans-Pecos: A Field Guide to Common Browse for Wildlife,” examines 84 species of browse plants, many unique to the region, with photographs and a description of the plant’s habitat, leaves, flowers and fruits. The book also describes each plant’s value to wildlife, identifying whether the plant is a first-, second- or third-choice plant. From first-choice plants like the Mexican redbud, bigtooth maple and guayacan to third-choice plants like ocotillo and the dreaded creosote, Harveson’s book is the perfect field guide for landowners, wildlife managers or anyone interested in the plants they observe when they travel west. And, if you have a fairly large pocket, the paperback field guide will fit in it when you head west. Harveson’s book is available through Texas A&M University Press for $29.95.

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range we had agreed on. The answer to that was iPhone and photo sharing. Now, I only let see them who I want to see them.” Hehman occasionally names the bigger deer he keeps tabs on, but that’s as far as his filing system goes. Justin Dugosh’s methodology is even more bare bones. Dugosh, a hunter from Pearsall, has trail cameras but laughed when asked if he keeps track of deer over the years. “Oh, I do,” he said. “But only in my head.” He occasionally browses his collection of trail camera photos to determine a deer’s age. To do so, he must go through them one by one. Many hunters sort photos by location, which helps narrow their search. “I keep a file for every protein feeder,” said Chris Huey, a wildlife biologist at Chapparosa Ranch in La Pryor. “That’s how I keep track of deer. I identify them at 4 years of age when they’re in the 160s. Every year, I just watch them grow. I don’t save every picture of every deer, but I may have 1,000 in my computer, 10 or 20 per feeder.” Tagging a deer to a feeder is as much data diving, though, as Huey needs or wants to do when it comes to deer. “It’s not rocket science,” he said. “Every day for four months, I hunt. If you hunt on a lease and you’re not looking for them every day, I can see how it would be hard to keep track.” If hunting every day isn’t your job, Lindsay Thomas Jr. might have an organizing system to help track the deer on your lease or property. Director of communications for the Quality Deer Management Association, Thomas credits the system to QDMA member John Hammer of New York. Thomas had used names to track various deer. The process was inefficient and frustrating.

“When you’ve got 20 different 4-pointers you’re tracking, coming up with names for them becomes insane,” Thomas said. “I was naming them Wide 4, Tall 4, Shorter 4 and so on.” Hammer identifies deer with letters and numbers. While that might seem less distinguishable than a name, it circumvents having to differentiate between deer with similar characteristics, Thomas said. For instance, using Hammer’s system, a photo of a deer might be tagged “F1B_5Rx4L_9. JPG.” F would translate to either the location, such as a farm, or the camera site, while 1 would identify the deer and B would the second photo taken of it. 5Rx4L designates the number of tines on each side and 9, of course, is the total number of points. If all that seems like numerology to you, it does have its advantages. “One of the coolest things about it is that it makes folders searchable,” Thomas said. “You can search for ‘4Rx2L’ and immediately pull up any photos that meet that antler configuration.” Or you can enter the number of points and find matching deer, he said. To get all the photos of a specific deer (at a specific site), you would just enter its first two identifiers, such as F1 from the example above. Thomas said he knows most hunters will probably keep stashing trail camera photos and “scroll through the images and hit the brakes when they see a deer with big antlers.” If you’re into game management, though, organizing photos pays off. “To do it well, you need to get your hands in the data,” Thomas said. “Trail cameras provide the best data you can get. And this is a much more efficient way of extracting data than the old system of trying to name bucks.”


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As a Master’s student in range and wildlife management, Kyle Brewster, who didn’t grow up hunting, asked an alltoo-familiar question. “For hunting, where do you go?” While he had given thought to hunting, the pressures of school and a family had to be considered. Mostly, though, it was the lack of opportunity. “It’s a real barrier, there’s nowhere to go,” Brewster said. STUDYING, THEN LEARNING: Kyle Brewster, a Master’s student at Texas A&MBrewster grew up in Kingsville, harvested this buck while on his first hunt with Lone Star Outdoor Oologah, Oklahoma, and News Foundation. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News. while his family fished, no one hunted. He did On the last day of the hunt, Brewster exhave a pellet gun as a kid, though, and perienced the other side of hunting: Missenjoyed shooting it. Once at Texas A&Ming. Kingsville for his master’s studies, his inter“I got a shot at a doe,” he said. “I felt realest in hunting piqued. ly good about it and thought it was a good “Once I was in the program, I had been shot, but it sailed right over her. I really had considering it,” Brewster said. “I was interto pee for about 30 minutes; maybe that ested in learning how to do it. I wasn’t worwas it.” ried about the ability to shoot an animal, Brewster isn’t a young college student. but I was with what to do after I shoot an He’s married with two children, ages 4 and animal.” 2, and has several degrees. Still, hunting Knowing more and more students, even opportunities eluded him. those studying wildlife, hadn’t hunted, a His master’s studies are on the cost-bencall from Lone Star Outdoor News Foundaefit analyses of coyote removal based on tion to Dr. Fred Bryant at Caesar Kleberg cattle management. Wildlife Research Institute gave Brewster “I got a unique perspective for how the chance. ranchers feel about coyotes,” he said. “They Arriving at the Williams Ranch in Atasare a pretty significant predator of calves.” cosa County, it only took one shot on the The new hunter appreciated his first time range to show Brewster was ready. The bulin the field. let hit the bull’s-eye. “It was fun to get out,” Brewster said. During the first hunt, a buck presented “My kids are little, I don’t get a lot of time.” a shot, and Brewster, hunting with guide Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation is Brad Williams, made a perfect shot. a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that “The buck ran about 50 yards,” Brewster provides hunting and fishing opportunisaid. “There was no sign of blood, but it ties to people who have the desire but lack didn’t take long to find him.” the opportunity. LSONF also is looking for Brewster jumped in and helped gut and a hunting lease to provide additional opskin the buck. portunities. To donate or for more informa“I really enjoyed that,” he said. tion, call (214) 361-2276.

First youth hunt at Powderhorn Ranch

UNIQUE EXOTIC: Bridger Kirby, 11, shot a sambar deer on his hunt at the Powderhorn Ranch while hunting with the Texas Youth Hunting Program. Photo by TPWF.

In partnership with the Texas Youth Hunting Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation hosted the first public hunting opportunity on Powderhorn Ranch. The hunts took place Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-10, with 14 youngsters from across Texas, many participating in their very first hunt. The youth hunters harvested seven axis deer, five sambar deer, four white-tailed deer and three feral hogs. “It was a great experience at an amazing place,” said Chris Kirby, whose 11-year-old son Bridger harvested a sambar deer after two days of hunting in cold, rainy weather. The 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch was acquired in 2014 by TPWF and will be turned over to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in a few years. The site will eventually become a state park and wildlife management area. Managing wildlife numbers is an essential part of the habitat restoration plan for this property. Other public use options on Powderhorn Ranch, such as paddling and birding, are being explored for 2017. —TPWF

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Bourne, popular TV host and author, dies Lone Star Outdoor News Wade Bourne, a familiar face and name to bass anglers and waterfowl hunters, died Dec. 15 at the age of 60. His widow, Becky, confirmed he had just returned from cutting a family Christmas tree when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Bourne was a native of Clarkville, Tennessee, and served as editor-at-large for Ducks Unlimited magazine. He regularly contributed features and columns to the publication for two decades. In 2004, he began appearing on Ducks Unlimited TV. He authored six books, including “Ducks Unlimited Guide to Decoys and How to Use Them” and “Ducks Unlimited Guide to Hunting Dabblers.” As a professional outdoor writer and broadcaster, he educated his audience about waterfowl and conservation issues

for 35 years. B o u r n e earned a B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee and served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force before beginWade Bourne ning his career in outdoors communications. In 2003, he was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. He received the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in October 2014. In 2016, he received the prestigious Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award from the Professional Outdoor MePlease turn to page 13

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he said. “The birds group up. People in parts of the field got a lot of shooting, and others hardly shot at all. Everyone had a good time, though — it was 82 degrees.” North Zone: Dec. 17-Jan. 1 D&D Hunting Outfitters took its Central Zone: Dec. 17-Jan. 8 hunters near George West. South Zone: Dec. 17-Jan. 23 “We hunted 1,200 acres of pasture where we left a bunch of the dove weed,” said outfitter Donny Bell. “It *Check TPWD for more details was great. On Saturday, the hunters took 160 birds, and four guys hunted Sunday after the cold front and they got 49. It seems like the birds are sticking around — there are a lot of mourning dove down there.”

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College student provides outdoor reading material to troops By Sofia Sanchez

For Lone Star Outdoor News An outdoor enthusiast attending college in Arkansas is spreading a little Christmas cheer to some Texas troops stationed in Afghanistan. Jeff Linker, an occupational therapy major at the Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, Arkansas, spearheaded an effort to deliver a library of books and outdoor publications, including Lone Star Outdoor News, to troops to help relieve the stress of being deployed. “They are honored to get any type of care package,” said Staff Sgt. Tomora Clark, a public affairs officer with the 3rd Calvary Regiment in Fort Hood. “That can make their day.” The project got started because of Linker’s involvement in the Sigma Kappa Delta National English Honor Society. His advisor, Mark Barnes, suggested a community service project. Linker began his search for the perfect mission and HELPING SOLDIERS: Fort Hood troops receive care packages quickly found the answer he was with books and outdoor magazines, including Lone Star looking for — a website devoted Outdoor News, thanks to Jeff Linker, a student at the Pulaski to donating to soldiers called any- Technical College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Photo from Jeff Linker. The site offers soldiers the opportunity to write about Linker quickly took advantage of the their units and needs while deployed. situation. Being in the NEHS, it only In his search, he found a group of 75 seemed fitting to provided these soldiers young men in the 3rd Calvary Regiment, with a variety of literature. Linker and Dragon Troop at Fort Hood. Not only were the NEHS began to collect and buy cheap they living in Arkansas’ neighboring state books from Books-A-Million, a store of Texas, but also their main complaint in North Little Rock that had closed in was that they were lacking a library. Please turn to page 15

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Bass still at multiple depths Lone Star Outdoor News Don’t count out the big bass in the winter. The fishing has been great during December at Lake Fork leading up to this last cold front,” said Lake Fork guide James Caldemeyer. “Water temperatures have been in the low 50s. My clients and I have been having great success around shallow grass in 2-4 feet with lipless crankbaits like the 6th Sense Snatch 70X and a shallow-running Movement 80X in pro red shad and shad drone colors.” Bass also are holding in mid-depth creek channels and on deep structure. “We have been using a 1/2-ounce black/blue Santone Rattlin’ Jig, flipping timber in 8-14 feet depths,” Caldemeyer said. “The deep bite has also been very good on flutter spoons and umbrella rigs fished on main lake structure in 22-32 feet.” The major cold front that began Dec. 17 has dropped water temperatures into the 40s. “I expect the shallower bite will slow until it warms back up in the afternoons each day but the mid-depth and deep fishing should remain steady,” Caldemeyer said. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of a shad kill, and any fish that hadn’t yet gorged for the winter will be filling up on shad.” Some large smallmouth bass also have been landed on lakes Grapevine and Ray Roberts. A potential lake-record smallie at 4.95 pounds was landed at Lake Grapevine on Dec. 17 on a square-billed crankbait, and a good stringer of largemouth and big smallies was landed at Ray Roberts on several lures, with a jerkbait being the most successful, according to Internet posters. According to Falcon Lake Tackle’s fishing report, the bite was described as decent with all sorts of different tactics being used. “Most people are using Carolina rigs with a fluke in the deepest water they can find,” said James Bendele. “But the people fishing shallower have been doing just as well.” Bendele had recent success with a chartreuse square-billed crankbait and a chartreuse lizard and craw. The fish on the border reservoir were already full of eggs. Caldemeyer said winter fishing is one of his favorite times of the year. “It’s often the best and most overlooked time to catch trophy bass, and with the least amount of fishing pressure,” he said.

BIG BITE: Brent Barkham landed this 10-pound largemouth recently while fishing on Lake Fork. Photo by James Caldemeyer.

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The Angleton community showed an outpouring of support and prayers for a popular junior high coach who apparently drowned while wade-fishing alone Dec. 11 at Christmas Bay. Coast Guard crews found Jonathan “J.R.” Wagner, 30, in the general area where he had been fishing, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His father, Ray Wagner, told LSON his son was an avid hunter and fisherman. Ray said his son went duck hunting with some friends on Eagle Lake a couple of days before fishing in Christmas Bay. J.R. had been wade-fishing the area for the past two or three years and was familiar with the bay. Ray said the family is still waiting on autopsy results to shed some light on what happened. J.R. wore a wading belt and was found in about 3 feet of water. His sunglasses were still on and there was no sign of a struggle, his father said. “He knew the bay. He was born on the water,” Ray said. Those in the fishing community have organized a benefit tournament to help the family of the avid fisherman. The J.R. Wagner Benefit Trout Tournament is tentatively scheduled for Captain Mark’s Bastrop Marina. Registration can be found at reelhardsaltwaterfishing.

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com. J.R.’s untimely death also left a void at Angleton ISD. “It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that one of our staff members, J.R. Wagner, died in a drowning accident yesterday,” wrote Pat Montgomery, AISD superintendent, on the school district’s Facebook page. “We are so sad at the loss of one of our AISD family members. At this time, our concern is helping J.R.’s family and our students and staff deal with the loss of a loved one.” J.R. graduated from Angleton High School in 2004 and returned to AISD to teach and coach at Angleton Junior High School. He left behind a wife, Katy, who is pregnant with a son. She is also a teacher and coach at a neighboring school district. Students and those who knew him were saddened by the news. Hundreds took to Facebook to post Please turn to page 17

UNIQUE TOURNEYS: The Saltwater Survival Series is open to kayakers and waders, but no powered boats. Photo by Saltwater Survival Series.

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In the world of fishing, the Saltwater Survival Series is gaining a following by taking the elite out of the tournament. Anglers say the tournament levels the playing field by requiring all participants to use the same

bait and start at the same location. Another reason is entry fees are affordable for average anglers and the payouts equitable. It is also said to be one of the largest kayak fishing/wading tournaments in Texas. So it was no wonder that this year’s trout tournament at Galveston Bay attracted 84 male and female anglers of all ages. The tournament, which was held Please turn to page 15

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Job cuts at Pure Fishing Newell Brands has made major changes at Pure Fishing, including the dismissal of 30 members of its marketing operation based in Columbia, South Carolina. Blue Heron Communications, which provided public relations coverage for several Pure Fishing brands for decades, also was dismissed and several prominent pro-staffers have apparently been told that their contracts will not be renewed, fueling speculation that Newell Brands may not renew any sponsorship agreements when they expire, including Pure Fishing’s deal with B.A.S.S., which expires next year, and also fueling rumors that certain divisions within Pure Fishing may be on the market. In an email to BassFan, a Newell Brands spokesperson spun the moves as a new strategic framework called “The Growth Game Plan” that included a simplification of the company’s structure from 32 legacy business units into 16 global operating divisions and claiming the reduction was less than 1 percent of Newell’s total workforce. —Staff report

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Cody Jones, who serves as the state’s head boating law administrator, said wardens across the state have been issuing warnings and some citations because of improper lighting. Jones said boat owners are running into trouble when lights aren’t USCG approved for navigation or interfere with navigation. It’s up to wardens to enforce USCG regulations whether boats are operated in freshwater or saltwater. “That’s where most folks are getting caught up. You just can’t rig up a boat with lights,” he said. Marc Mitchell, a guide on Lake Fork, said he received a warning recently because he used red and green LED light strips for navigation lights. Mitchell said he doesn’t understand why he can’t use them. He feels that visibilitywise, the USCG should update its rules because the LED strips are far brighter than traditional lights. “So many people have done what I’ve done,” Mitchell said. “I’m like a UFO — you can’t miss me.” Lake Fork Game Warden Derek Spitzer said he understands that people like the light strips and it’s hard for people to accept they aren’t allowed. A memo came out a few months ago from the department regarding the USCG’s stance on the issue. “The Coast Guard makes those rules,” Spitzer said. But the issue with LED strip lights used for navigation is with the cut-off angles and their lack of approval by the USCG, not their brightness. Jones said that the LED strips have yet to meet the angling requirements that help boaters determine navigation based on the visibility of the green and red lights. If a manufacturer came up with a rope or strip light that could meet the angle requirements and gained the proper certification, then he doesn’t see why the USCG would not approve it. The USCG reports that some boaters have installed unapproved red and green LED strip lighting on the bow, which ham-

pers other boaters’ efforts to avoid collisions, according to a press release from BoatUS, a recreational boating association. Another issue with strip lights is they lack the certification requirements of the USCG. Unapproved lighting is typically less expensive, making them a tempting choice for uninformed consumers. Use of lights that do not provide the proper chromaticity, luminous intensity, or cut-off angles could result in a boating violation or potentially cause an accident. The USCG says things to look for on packaging or the light itself include: USCG approval, the rated visibility of the light in nautical miles, meets ABYC A-16, “Tested by: laboratory name,” date tested, along with the manufacturer and model number. Jones said decorative lighting cannot interfere with navigation lights. That means boaters can’t just add LED strip lights to go with approved navigation lights. Boaters could receive a citation, he said. Overpowering LED lights could pose an issue, too. For example, a bright white rope light might overshadow the red and green navigational lights, or be so bright they make it difficult for the driver to see. USCG rules say that decorative lighting cannot: be mistaken for navigation lights, impair the vision or distinctive character of approved navigation lights, or interfere with the operator’s ability to maintain a proper lookout. Another example would be that some of the decorative blue lights could be mistaken for law enforcement lights. Jones pointed out that lights that flash with the beat of a speaker, for example, could be mistaken for a flashing blue light. Another example would be blue underwater LED lights can appear to be flashing if there is wave action, giving the appearance of a flashing blue light. The point is that boaters need to be aware that just any light won’t suffice when it comes down to safety. “We’ve tried to put out information. Game wardens like to educate before they enforce anything,” Jones said.

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up river and creeks; 49–55 degrees; 1.5’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, wacky worms and shaky heads with finesse worms at first light. Spoons are producing all day on fish schooling in 25–50 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on juglines with goldfish, perch or minnows. AMISTAD: Water murky; 71–75 degrees; 16.67’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, spinner baits, shallow-running crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on slabs and jigging spoons under birds. White bass are good on slabs and jigging spoons. Catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 49–56 degrees; 0.67’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, dropshot rigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 56–59 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, flukes and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. BASTROP: Water stained; 66–70 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and spinner baits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. BELTON: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs with bucktails. Crappie are excellent on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 58–61 degrees; 1.91’ low. Black bass are good on flipping jigs, bladed jigs and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 54–58 degrees; 2.82’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on brush piles with jigs and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are fair on live perch and shad near the dam. Channel catfish are good on chicken livers, shrimp and cut shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 55–51 degrees: 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon jigs, spinner baits, crankbaits, and soft plastic worms over brush piles in 10–25 feet. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits from lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 2.00’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, Texas-rigged weightless watermelon/blue flake stick baits and smoke/red flake grubs on flats. Striped bass are good in 20–35 feet. White bass are fair on 2-inch

plastic swimbaits in deep creeks. Crappie are fair on white crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. CADDO: Water stained; 58–61 degrees; 0.70’ high. Black bass are slow on Texas-rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner

baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Redfish are fair on live perch, shad and spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp and cut shad. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.63’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin stick baits on jigheads and Texas-rigged blue flake worms along bluffs. Striped bass are good in the lower end of the lake. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke/red flake tubes and tomato red curl tail grubs on jigheads, and pumpkin jigs along ledges and over rock piles in 10–20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows upriver. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 56–59 degrees; 1.76’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good

on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 19.47’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits over grass. White bass are good on minnows and small traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch. COLEMAN: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.24’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and live bait. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 76 degrees at the hot water discharge, 63 degrees in main lake; 2.42’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs in 8–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live perch in 8–12 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass

are fair on watermelon and pumpkinseed soft plastics and jigs. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. FALCON: Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 28.17’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and shrimp upriver. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse Carolina-rigged finesse worms, and on topwaters. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. FORK: Water lightly stained; 55–58 degrees; 3.02’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolina-rigged flukes, umbrella rigs and lipless crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 50–56 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise soft plastics and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. GRANBURY: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and perch-colored lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, stink bait and liver. GRANGER: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.78’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and minnows. Crappie are slow. Blue catfish are fair on stink bait, cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 55–59 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastics, suspending jerkbaits and squarebilled crankbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on rod and reel. GREENBELT: 31.24’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon creature baits on the north side of the lake. Crappie are fair on live minnows at dropoffs with brush in 20 feet. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 51–55 degrees; 0.46’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and spinner baits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 56–59 degrees; 0.95’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, shaky heads and soft jerkbaits. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 57–60 degrees: 0.51’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. LAVON: Water stained; 57–60 degrees: 3.32’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and Texasrigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. LBJ: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.79’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits, shad lipless crankbaits and chartreuse stick baits off points. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair vertically jigging under birds. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 12–18 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows under docks. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 55–59 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, flukes and square-billed crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MACKENZIE: 73.48’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are fair on flukes and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. MEREDITH: 60.77’ low. Reports of black bass are rare. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 86–88 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, soft plastic swimbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 49–55 degrees; 1.15’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and chatter baits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits and small crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stink bait. Blue catfish are fair on shad. Yellow catfish are slow. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 49–56 degrees; 34.11’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 48–56 degrees; 9.47’ low. Black

bass are fair on spinner baits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 55–59 degrees; 1.63’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, finesse jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 48–55 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and drop-shot rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are good on black soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on roadrunners and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with liver and cut shad. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 56–59 degrees; 0.96’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, umbrella rigs and shaky-head worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 55–58 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, shallow crankbaits and Carolina-rigged creature baits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 56–60 degrees; 1.40’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and spinner baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 3.02’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, watermelon spinner baits, and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and minnows. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 67–72 degrees; 0.96’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper and white bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad and perch. SPENCE: 50.06’ low. No report available. STAMFORD: 0.16’ low. Black bass and crappie are fair to good, but mostly undersized. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on water-

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melon soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on white spinner baits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 2.61’ low. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, shallow crankbaits and flipping jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 1.24’ high. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and shaky-head worms. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 3.90’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinner baits, and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, shrimp and stink bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.76’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on perch-colored lipless crankbaits, spinner baits, and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and small traps. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 45–52 degrees; 19.3’ low. Black bass are very slow. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 3.02’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp, liver and hot dogs.


Plenty of greenbacks deployed to fight Hill Country invaders The Texas Legislature has earmarked a record $6.3 million to control invasive aquatic species in the coming two years. A coalition of government and nonprofit conservation groups is expanding the war on Arundo (Arundo donax), an invasive plant that threatens to take over scenic Hill Country rivers. It’s one aspect of a broader statewide effort made possible by an increase from $1.1 million in the previous funding cycle. The Hill Country streams Arundo threatens are home to imperiled fishes, including the Texas state fish, the Guadalupe bass. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, with support from the National Fish Habitat Partnership, has been working to restore Guadalupe bass to these habitats, providing unique angling opportunities for fly-fishing enthusiasts. However, Arundo threatens these efforts by degrading instream habitats the fish need to thrive. To fight the problem, TPDW and its partners are working with riverside landowners plagued by Arundo to bring a multifaceted approach to large-scale habitat improvements in the Hill Country. — TPWD

Grant money earmarked to protect coastal wetlands The Colorado River Land Trust has received a $1 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to acquire and permanently conserve more than 600 acres of coastal wetlands along East Matagorda Bay. The grant will enable the land trust to provide permanent protection of the wetlands adjacent to the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Matagorda Bay Nature Park. The property includes dunes, coastal prairie, tidal flats and extensive fringing tidal marshes lining the edge of the bay. It is one of the last large, intact coastal ecosystems on the Matagorda Bay peninsula. The grant is part of nearly $370 million the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded to 24 projects considered high-priority conservation needs in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. The money comes from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund which benefits the natural resources of the Gulf Coast affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. —Colorado River Land Trust

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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 and flounder are good in the marsh on shrimp. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Redfish are good at the jetty on live bait and cracked crabs. Flounder are good on the falling tide around marsh drains on jigs tipped with shrimp. BOLIVAR: Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are fair to good while drifting shell on plastics. Bull redfish are good on the beachfront. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working birds on soft plastics. Redfish are good on spoons on the north shoreline. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Redfish and flounder are fair to good in the marsh around drains on shrimp. Trout and redfish are good under the birds. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish and flounder are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and shad. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. Sand trout and black drum are good at the wells on fresh shrimp. Flounder are fair to good on scented plastics and mud minnows.

FREEPORT: Bull redfish are good at jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet. Redfish are good on the beachfront on shad and mullet. Trout are good on the reefs in Christmas Bay on shrimp under a popping cork. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout and redfish are fair to good under the birds when the wind allows. Trout are

good at night in the channels. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are fair on live shrimp at Shell Island and Twin on shrimp and mullet. 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 fair to good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on soft plastics. ROCKPORT: Redfish are good on the edge of the flats on live shrimp under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good on top-waters around shell in St. Charles Bay and Aransas Bay. PORT ARANSAS: Trout are fair to good on reefs on live shrimp and mullet. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair in the guts on Corkies. Bull redfish are good in the surf on mullet and shrimp. Redfish are good in the holes on live bait. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good while drifting deep rocks on plum plastics. Trout are good in the Land Cut at night under lights. Trout are fair to good on plastics worked along the spoils. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on the shorelines and spoils on soft plastics and plugs. Redfish are good while drifting potholes on top-waters and soft plastics under a popping cork. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good on soft plastics under corks on the edge of the channel. Redfish are good on the flats on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on flats adjacent to the ICW on live shrimp and scented plastics under corks. Redfish are good on the edge of the flats on the outgoing tide on shrimp under a cork. —TPWD

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER EDUCATION COULD HAVE SAVED THEM A CITATION A Pecos County game warden received a call from a local ranch that had started their Managed Lands Deer Permit whitetail hunting. The ranch foreman said that one of their hunters mistakenly harvested a mule deer and the hunter would not be leaving for a couple days. The warden made plans to head to the ranch first thing in the morning prepared to educate the hunter on wildlife identification and issue a citation for hunting mule deer in closed season. Before he could get to the ranch, the warden received another call from the foreman letting him know a second hunter had come in late with another mule deer. Both hunters said they thought they killed white-tailed deer, but were not sure when they took the shot. Both hunters were cited for hunting mule deer in closed season. Restitution is pending. FAKING IT Acting on tips about individuals routinely shooting feral hogs and deer from the roadway at night, Red River County game wardens deployed a full body mount deer decoy with radio controlled head movements that simulate a live buck. Shortly after setting up the decoy, a truck stopped and the driver exited the vehicle and fired one shot at the decoy with a pistol. The subject was arrested for hunting from a public roadway and discharging a firearm from a public road. Other citations were issued related to alcohol. An investigation is ongoing regarding hunting deer in closed season and hunting deer at night.

TAGGED WITH WHITETAIL TAG, MULE DEER PARTS HIDDEN While checking hunting camps, a Val Verde County game warden took a long hike to discover a mule deer taken out of season. The warden was shown only a quartered deer carcass in an ice chest, tagged with a whitetail tag, but noticed several signs from the hunter’s actions that drew attention to a possible issue. Despite having a good walk-in cooler and hanging rack in camp, the hunter said he had quartered the deer on the ground, out in the field and discarded the cape, tail and legs. When

DRINKING AND HUNTING WILD HOGS A Bowie County game warden observed a vehicle moving slowly along a county road. A short time later the vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway and the occupants began shooting at a herd of feral hogs that were crossing the road. The warden made contact with the vehicle and the four occupants were found to be in possession of a .22 caliber rifle and several alcoholic beverages. Multiple citations were issued for hunting from a public roadway, driving under the influence of alcohol-minor, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and minor in possession of alcohol. Cases pending. NONSEASONAL PORCH HUNTING A week prior to opening day of deer season, an Angelina County game warden received information that a man shot an 8-point buck from his back porch while the deer fed at a feeder. The warden showed up at the suspect’s residence, found evidence a deer had been shot under a feeder and during a search of

questioned, he could not remember where he had killed the deer and discarded the inedible parts. He also didn’t tell anyone else in camp that he had killed a deer and the proof of sex was found hidden in a plastic tub. After a long talk, and a two-hour hike up and down rock canyons in the dark to find the rest of the deer, the warden was able to prove that the quartered carcass in the ice chest was actually a mule deer buck. The deer was seized and the case for hunting in closed season is pending.

the property for evidence, located a fresh deer carcass with the antlers removed. An ice chest with the quartered venison was also found. The suspect drove up shortly and after making contact, the warden discovered a set of deer antlers in the bed of his vehicle. The subject was issued a citation for hunting deer during closed season. Case and civil restitution are pending.

game warden noticed a group had placed a feeder in the center of their decoy spread. As the warden was preparing to issue citations for hunting migratory game birds over a baited area, he discovered one of the hunters did not have a hunting license and was a felon in possession of a firearm. That individual was arrested. Gear and 40 dove were seized. Cases are pending.

THE TROUBLE WITH TRESPASSING A Lubbock County landowner called the game warden after witnessing several individuals trespassing on his property. The warden responded and located three men, two of whom were convicted felons, fishing well within the fenced and posted property. The warden placed all three men under arrest for criminal trespass and booked them into the Lubbock County Detention Center. One of the three men was also booked under a pending arrest warrant.

CANDID CAMERA A Red River County game warden received information from a landowner about possible theft and trespassing. The landowner noticed he was missing two game cameras. A third game camera that was set up captured an image of an individual on his property with what appeared to be game cameras. The warden recognized the individual in the photo and, given the information and the number of people who came forward identifying the subject in the photo, the warden was able to obtain a warrant for the person’s arrest on charges of theft and criminal trespassing. Cases are pending.

DON’T FEED THE BIRDS While on patrol in Jim Wells County and checking on dove hunters, a

DEER RETURNED TO NATIVE STATE A routine traffic stop led to hunting citations being issued to a man trying to transport an Oklahoma deer into Texas. A Bowie County warden stopped the man who was crossing into Texas from Oklahoma with a whitetail deer in the bed of the truck. The hunter claimed the deer was killed in Texas and had tagged it as so. The story soon fell apart, and it was determined the deer was killed in Oklahoma with no license or tag. Citations were issued in both states and the deer was returned to Oklahoma for donation. JUST HUNTING IN THE “HOOD” A game warden received a call from Wilson County that shots were fired in a field behind a residence in a subdivision just before sunset. The warden made contact with the owner of the residence where the shots were reported to have come from. The owner said he had shot at a gopher. A search of the field behind the residence at night didn’t turn up anything. The next morning a dead doe with a gunshot wound was found in the field next to the property where the shots were heard the night before. A blood trail from the dead deer led back to the suspect’s field behind his house. A charge of taking an antlerless deer in closed season was filed against the suspect. The case is pending.


Youth hunts need hunters Seven scheduled youth rifle hunts in January, 2017, still need to be filled, according to the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP). Officials at the Texas Wildlife Association said the seven hunts each have openings and applicants would have a very good chance of being chosen. The hunts are as follows: Jan. 6-8: Gonzales 1100, Gonzales County (deer, hog) Jan. 13-15: Rancho Buen Vecinos, Wilson County (deer) Jan. 13-15: Cherry Springs Hunt, Gillespie County (deer) Jan. 13-15: Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area, Bandera County (deer, hog) Jan. 13-15, Brown Ranch, Maverick County (deer) Jan. 20-22: Three Mile Creek Ranch in Gillespie County (all girls’ deer hunt) Jan. 20-22: International Boundary and Water Commission, Zapata County (deer, exotics and hogs) —Texas Wildlife Association

Boating statistics alarming At an industry gathering, boating industry members examined downward trends and discussed how to get more people involved in recreational boating. According to statistics compiled by Info-Link, between 2005 and 2015, the recreational boating industry saw a net loss of more than 1 million boaters. Fifty-four percent of first-time boat buyers in 2005 are already out of boating, and the number of first-time new boat buyers dropped from 175,000 to 69,000. “One of the more staggering insights shared by Info-Link is that we are losing boaters faster than we can replace them, and if we don’t bring in more first-time buyers — and market to them in an effective way—our industry is facing a dramatic challenge that could negatively impact everyone’s business,” said Joan Maxwell, president of Regulator Marine. A group of industry members determined to continue their industry-funded marketing

campaign, Discover Boating, with directives to concentrate on three key areas: • Focus more on the experiences on the water; • Improve industry and boater education; • Conduct research to help the industry understand what’s causing attrition, focusing on why first-time boat shoppers are dropping out of the buying process and what is keeping lapsed boat owners from getting back into boating. The decision was made during a two-day “Grow Boating Summit,” held in Rosemont, Illinois, attended by the Members of the Grow Boating Board of Directors, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Marine Retailer Association of America’s Board of Directors and invited guests. —Grow Boating

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Using DNA Continued from page 1

“In that case the violator shot the deer just down the road from where I was sitting for night hunters,” Powell said. “He loaded the deer and drove off as I was arriving on scene, and as he drove away the deer leaped out of the back of his vehicle and broke all of its legs. “I was able to catch up to the violator who denied any knowledge of the deer and claimed the blood was from another event. I ended up having to euthanize the deer that was several miles away from my contact with the violator. By obtaining samples from both the deer and the blood in the truck bed, our lab matched the DNA.” The forensics used that night eventually led to a conviction for the driver, and in Powell’s opinion, are an integral part of law enforcement’s arsenal. “I truly know and believe that this technology has made a huge difference,” Powell said. “When combined with our wardens’ training, investigative, and interview techniques, I would put the advantage strongly in our favor. “Without a doubt it’s made our job easier in specific cases.” On the international front, hunting organizations like DSC Foundation spend big bucks on combating poaching abroad, which includes money for DNA research. Since February of this year, DSCF has approved more than $171,000 CSI FOR WILDLIFE: DNA testing has been instrumental in solving to be used in these initiatives, ac- wildlife crimes, both in Texas and worldwide. Photo by TPWD. cording to DSCF director Richard “In many of these countries, the punishCheatham. ment for poaching is relatively weak,” WasOf that total, $110,000 was granted for ser said. “But with numerous indictments, it direct antipoaching efforts —helicopter pa- ups the ante quickly.” trols, equipment, K9 patrols, vehicles and Although the end results of this research most recently, an innovative technology- are still coming in, Wasser already can see based initiative. the benefits being used globally. This inOther examples of DNA success stories cludes certain animals poached heavily in include research that helped bring arrests North America. in the illegal ivory trade abroad. A major “It’s already being used in many placrevelation came when a group of research- es,” he said. “It’s easy to make a reference ers, led by the director of the University of for bears for instance where the trades are Washington’s Center for Conservation Biol- happening. Gall bladder and claw trades in ogy, Samuel Wasser, began tracking the ge- bears, claws in cougars, fisheries — not just netic assignments of large ivory seizures of shark fins, and even the lumber trade could at least a half a ton in Africa and Asia. Us- be a part of this.” ing this method, Wasser’s group was able to Other technological breakthroughs intrack 28 large seizures made between 1996 clude DNA bar coding, headed by Paul Heand 2014. This resulted in the research team bert, researcher at the University of Guelph being able to trace the hotspots of elephant in Ontario, Canada. According to barcodekillings to as few as two major spots., DNA bar coding uses a very short “Given that Africa’s so huge — you could genetic sequence from a standard part of fit five Americas inside of it — it really helps the genome the way a supermarket scanto focus law enforcement,” Wasser said. ner distinguishes products using the black What further research also proved was stripes of the Universal Product Code. that in many cases, both trafficker and According to David Schindel, executive poacher worked alongside one another, secretary of the Consortium for the Barcode resulting in heavier prosecution for those of Life, DNA barcoding has already led to who would otherwise be able to distance over 100 cases going to court in Kenya with themselves from the crime. about half a dozen convictions.


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dia Association and the American Sportfishing Association. Bourne also was a senior writer for Bassmaster, B.A.S.S. Times and other B.A.S.S. publications for nearly 40 years,” said Dave Precht, editor-in-chief of those publications. “He had a gift for storytelling that made his how-to articles come alive,” said Precht. “He was a knowledgeable and skilled angler and hunter, and he was an award-winning writer and photographer.” Bourne was founder and host of Wired2Fish/Hunt Radio and he formerly hosted InFisherman Radio programs. In addition to his six books, he authored more than 3,000 magazine articles.

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Vincent Chapa, of Kerrville, got his first free-range Hill Country buck on Black Friday while hunting with his dad.

Dalton Jackson Jones, 5, of Bedford, got this rabbit during his first hunting trip with his father in Archer County.

James Griffis with a nice red drum he caught in Rockport.

David Bryce, Trace Lawrence and Kevin Welborn, (left to right) each got a nice axis buck in November on the same day during a hunt on a free-range, low-fenced ranch on the Guadalupe.

Brock Scherber shot this 12-point buck on Thanksgiving weekend with his dad, Doug, at their family lease in Rocksprings.

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Tourney for kayakers, waders Continued from page 8

GRASSROOTS EVENT: Waders and kayakers can compete in the Saltwater Survival Series tournaments, like the most recent event held at Galveston Bay. Photo by Saltwater Survival Series.

Dec. 10, featured an overall winner and side pots for redfish and founder. Eddie Noschese and Michael Clements bought the tournament this year after its debut in 2014. Noschese said they wanted the tournament’s format to be completely different from others out there. So they decided to have a shotgun-style start where everyone had to begin at one point and use Egret Baits. Weigh-in was at 3 p.m. the same day. “We’ve gotten a lot of new anglers — anglers who don’t normally fish tournaments,” Noschese said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or an amateur.” The tournament winner, Clint Barghi, brought in four trout totaling 13.35 pounds. The effort won him a McCain Kayak Series rod, $100 Egret Baits gift certificate, Laguna Madre shirt and $1,100 in cash. Barghi had nothing but praise for the tournament, which he considers one of the few “grassroots” tournaments around. “I just had one better fish,” he said. “They are doing it right. That’s the magic of this tournament.” Barghi said there used to be a plethora

of kayak fishing tournaments in Texas, but now they aren’t common. The tournament series also named Aaron Stillwagon 2016 Angler of the Year. Stillwagon came in second in this month’s tournament with his trout totaling 11.23 pounds. Point-wise for the series, that put him on top. His package included a plaque, $250 Dan James rod gift card and $500 cash. Stillwagon liked the differences of the tournament. He noted the $50 entry fee for the main tournament and $10 for sidepots. That’s inexpensive enough to attract a lot of different anglers who may not usually participate in tournaments. It also eliminates motorized boats, which opens it up to more people. Using unfamiliar baits makes it a challenge. “It’s just a fun tournament,” he said. “It was exiting to be angler of the year. The package was cool.” Other winners include: Able Zuniga, who won $560 for a total redfish weight of 7.65 pounds; and Jeffery Daniels, who took home $520 for a total flounder weight of 2.95 pounds.

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Outdoorsman nominated to fill Secretary of the Interior post The debate is on as to how Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana will handle the nation’s vast natural resources if approved as President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Interior. But he will no doubt identify with hunting and fishing enthusiasts. “As a fifth-generation Montanan who grew up near Glacier National Park, Rep. Zinke has had a lifelong appreciation for preserving America’s natural beauty,” according to a press release from his office. The release pointed out his efforts to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund in Congress and push for legislation advocating Rep. Ryan Zinke sportsmen’s access to public lands. Zinke’s nomination was praised by numerous conservation and hunting and fishing groups. As a hunter and angler, Zinke sees value in public lands as a place for outdoorsmen — not just the extraction of oil, gas and coal, according to Trout Unlimited President Chris Wood. Other possible Trump nominees included Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Both were viewed as strong on energy development, but not as appreciative of the value of recreational use of public lands. The president-elect has promised to honor President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy by conserving and protecting national resources while easing regulations restricting oil, gas and coal development. Interior Department agencies are responsible for overseeing about 500 million acres of land in the U.S., have a leading role interacting with Native American tribes and weigh whether animals should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. —Staff Report

Publications for troops Continued from page 7

November. Most of them consisted of classics such as “The Iliad,” “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” and Linker’s favorite — “The Last of the Mohicans.” After some consideration, he realized that not everyone would enjoy classic literature. So he asked a buddy for some advice, who told him to find something to connect them to home. Then it all clicked for Linker, an outdoorsman himself, who knew Texas as a great hunting and fishing state. Linker was able to get donations of outdoor magazines such as Bowhunting World and Predator Xtreme. His research also turned up Lone Star Out-

door News, which donated copies toward the effort as well. “It was the perfect storm,” he said. The newspaper was everything he wanted — all the hunting, fishing and outdoors Texas had to offer. Linker’s goal is to get students and faculty to sign Christmas cards to deliver along with the books, newspapers and magazines before Christmas. “They need our respect and support,” he said. “Complete strangers from all over, not just their families, but so many people, are praying and thinking of them every day.”

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DRAGONFLY 7 PRO FISHFINDER: Raymarine’s feature-rich sonar/GPS combination is for fresh and coastal saltwater fishing. It is equipped with a 7-inch display that is optically bonded for allweather performance and for maximum visibility. Its DownVision sonar uses a wide spectrum technology to transmit across multiple sonar frequencies simultaneously. As a result, the device produces higher resolution photo-like sonar images. It also offers deep water performance to 600 feet and reliable high speed bottom tracking. Other features include a fast-acquisition 10Hz GPS sensor and mapping to help anglers stay on course and a mobile app that lets them stream images directly to their smartphone or tablet. The Dragonfly 7 Pro costs about $600.



COBRA FIELD PUMP SHOTGUN: This TriStar Arms’ shotgun is fast and lethal when used to hunt waterfowl, upland birds and small game. The new 20-gauge shotgun features a full-length forearm with ribbed texturing that provides hunters with a sure-grip, ensuring a quick, sharp stroke with each pump. Each shotgun is equipped with a fiber-optic sight that makes it easy to locate and stay on target and comes standard with three chokes (Improved Cylinder, Modified or Full). The Cobra Field Pump shotgun line comes in three lightweight models that range from 5.4 to 6.9 pounds, with barrel lengths measuring 24 inches, 26 inches or 28 inches. The shotguns start at about $350.

COLD-BLOODED 3-IN-1 JACKET: ScentLok’s jacket traps heat in while keeping rain, wind and cold out. The key to this jacket’s effectiveness is its interconnected layering system that includes an inner layer, a lightweight reversible tricot and berber fleece vest, that zips into an outer layer, a waterproof and windproof shell. The vest is designed to maximize core warmth by locking body heat in with a windproof membrane while the outer shell delivers a streamlined fit while allowing the arms to move freely. Constructed from brushed tricot fabric for quiet comfort, the outer shell is a hunter’s ultimate defense against winter’s harsh elements. The jacket, whose features include six zippered pockets, a highbacked collar and an adjustable hood, costs about $240.

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Bid now on DSC auction items The Dallas Safari Club Auction Catalog for its upcoming convention, named “Adventure 2017” has been published and the auctions set for Jan. 5-8, 2017. But the online bidding window is wide open and the digital auction catalog is available on the DSC website, During the four days of the convention, visitors can bid at nightly live and silent auctions. Additional live and silent auctions will also be a part of the Ladies Luncheon and the Life Member Breakfast, along with the main silent auction in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center hall. Auction items range from weeklong Africa hunts and custom jewelry to Amazon Peacock fishing trips and original works of art. The complete list is included in the 2017 DSC Auction Catalog. Bidders can get an early start, but will need to register at Online bidding for silent auction items is also available. In addition to the auctions, the 2017 DSC Convention will include the exhibition hall with displays and merchants from around the world, world-record game trophies, breakfasts, banquets and luncheons. The annual DSC Convention raises and channels contributions from hunters into wildlife conservation, education and advocacy around the world. Proceeds from the auctioned items will be used to fund wildlife conservation, education and advocacy across the world. —DSC

Regulators order mini delay in massive retail deal Federal antitrust regulators have pumped the brakes on October’s acquisition of Cabela’s by outdoor rival Bass Pro Shops. Federal antitrust regulators have asked both companies for more time, likely a month, to review the $5.5 billion transaction. The Federal Trade Commission’s approval would clear the way for a nearly 40,000-employee company that would be the market

share leader in outdoor retail. The antitrust review is standard and does not mean the deal will fall through. However, the FTC has the power to force the sale of stores. It also has blocked mergers before, such as the one involving retailers Staples and Office Space earlier in 2016. —LSON

Controlling fever ticks Continued from page 4

Teacher drowns Continued from page 8

condolences. “R.I.P Coach Wagner. It was an honor to be one of your players I couldn’t ask for a better coach. Love you, coach,” wrote Sergio Cantu. Officials believe J.R.’s waders filled with water, and he drowned. A helicopter crew was able to locate his body after spotting a fish stringer floating in the water, which was

attached to him. Law enforcement said J.R. left his home about 4 a.m. for a solo wade-fishing trip. He spoke with his father about 11 a.m. and said he would be home within the hour. When J.R. had not arrived home by 7 p.m., his father called police.

In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act requirements, this document is publicly posted for a 30-day public review and comment period ending on Dec. 27. The use of treated corn or pellets to control internal or external parasites in deer is not new, as it has been used by deer and exotic breeders for years. Outside of the special zone, it is not currently legal for use on wild deer, although some ranchers ad-

vocate that it should be. “It absolutely makes a difference,” one South Texas rancher, who asked not to be named, said. “Our deer were covered up with ticks. After we used the pellets, the animals had no ticks.” Ronnie Echols, of Lyssey and Echols feed, said internal parasites feed on the deer at a time when they are weak after the rut. “Getting rid of parasites will do more than what we can do with feed,” he said.

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NATIONAL Hurricane Matthew causes $110m in boat damage

rants revealed live crappie and bluegill in an aquarium, frozen striped bass, evidence of a marijuana cultivation and sales operation and evidence of methamphetamine sales. —CDFW

Hurricane Matthew, which threatened four coastal states as it corkscrewed through the Atlantic in early October, caused an estimated $110 million in damage to recreational boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States. —BoatUS

Outdoor REC Act becomes law

Mule deer migration corridor protected


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A crucial mule deer migration corridor in northwestern Wyoming has been formally designated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The path of one of the three winter range units designated in the Sublette mule deer herd unit is 160 miles long and spans more than 830,000 acres. WGFD will now do an assessment of the corridor and develop proactive management actions to conserve and enhance areas within the corridor. This will be done in consultation with stakeholders. The Sublette Corridor is the first ungulate migration corridor designated under the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission-approved Migration Corridor Strategy. —WGFD

Fatal hunting accident while poaching in Alabama Alabama’s first fatal firearms hunting accident of the season occurred while two persons were violating hunting laws. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries reported Shannon Heath Bell, 31, of Flomaton, Alabama, was hunting from a public road, hunting at night, hunting from motor vehicle and hunting without a permit, and his actions led to the death of another person. On Dec. 2, Bell and 35-year-old Donna Loraine Martin, also of Flomaton, were illegally deer hunting from a compact pickup truck on County Road 40 in Escambia County. According to a preliminary hunting accident report, Bell was pulling a rifle out of the vehicle, stock first, when it discharged, hitting Martin in the stomach. She was taken to Brewton Hospital where she later died in surgery. —ADWFF

Jaguar spotted in Arizona The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received a photograph of a jaguar taken by a Fort Huachuca trail camera in the Huachuca Mountains. Fort Huachuca is a U.S. Army installation near Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona. Five scientists viewed the photos and concluded the animal was a solitary male not previously sighted in the state. The nearest breeding population is about 130 miles south of the International border. —AZGFD

Striped bass poachers, traffickers nabbed California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers arrested two suspects for trafficking striped bass in Fresno County. Leepo Her, 32, and Kue Her, 35, both of Fresno, were arrested Dec. 8 on charges of illegally selling striped bass on the black market. Over the last year, wildlife officers checked the two men on several occasions as they were fishing throughout California’s Central Valley. Both men were cited a total of eight times, leading wildlife officers to believe they might be selling fish on the black market. Wildlife officers began an investigation and collected evidence showing the pair had made thousands of dollars through the illegal sale of wild-caught striped bass. Search war-

The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016 has been signed into law. The bill, known as the Outdoor REC Act, passed the House of Representatives and the Senate in November. The new legislation requires the Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, to assess and analyze the contributions of the outdoor recreation industry, including recreational fishing, to the United States economy. The legislation will help to ensure that sportfishing industry jobs and recreational fishing’s economic impact are accounted for as part of the gross domestic product. The passage of the Outdoor REC Act will make sure that the outdoor economy — and it’s estimated six million jobs and $646 billion in economic activity — receives official government recognition for years to come. “The Outdoor REC Act will also ensure that the outdoor industry’s economic statistics will be measured in the same comprehensive way as other business sectors, such as the automotive and apparel industries,” said ASA Government Affairs Vice President Scott Gudes. —American Sportfishing Association

SCI names new CEO Rick Parsons has been named SCI’s new chief executive officer, succeeding Phil DeLone. Parsons joined SCI in 1985 and has held various positions in the organization. Parsons is a lawyer by profession and has worked in the conservation field since 1967, first with the U.S. government and then with SCI in various capacities. He helped draft the CITES treaty, was head of the CITES executive body for several years, and is the only person still active in CITES who has participated in every meeting of that treaty from its negotiation in 1973. —SCI

Cats pose increased threat to birds, wildlife Invasive mammalian predators, primarily cats, are killing endangered species around the world at much higher rates than previously known and are “arguably the most damaging group of alien animal species for global biodiversity,” according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Nonnative mammalian predators have contributed to the extinction of 87 bird, 45 mammal, and 10 reptile species, and have helped put another 596 species at risk of extinction, according to the study. Chief among these predators are cats, which have negatively affected 430 species of threatened or now-extinct birds, mammals, or reptiles. The researchers estimate that cats have contributed to the extinction of 63 species, including 40 bird species—approximately double the number of extinctions previously attributed. —American Bird Conservancy

Two false positives for CWD Two white-tailed deer previously identified as positive for Chronic Wasting Disease during the Arkansas modern gun deer season opener have tested negative for chronic wasting disease during confirmation tests. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has collected samples from 1,592 road-killed deer, 298 deer reported as sick by the public and 1,136 samples from hunter-harvested animals. To date, 150 white-tailed deer and six elk have been confirmed with CWD in Arkansas. —AGFC

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Beretta anniversary Continued from page 1

three made,” said Beretta’s Director of Premium Gun Sales Ian Harrison, a former manager of the gallery in Dallas. “One sold to a California woman for $80,000; one was made for the Beretta family and one went to England.” The shotgun sports a blue, edgeless receiver and mirror hand-polished barrels and an unconventional opening mechanism, the side lever, located on the right side of the receiver, resembling a snake, hence the name Serpentina. “There is no top lever,” Harrison said. The shiny barrels, blue receiver and unique side lever make the gun look modern, indicating a marriage of tradition and technology. A wood bridge allows the tail of the receiver to be housed beneath the wood, leaving a seamless area between the receiver and the safety mechanism. The original bill of sale, dated Oct. 3, 1526, is engraved on the receiver in white gold inlay. The trigger guard sports the founding date (1526), the age of the company (490) and the year the Serpentina was made (2016). The 490 Serpentina, made specifically for the anniversary, was presented by Beretta Holding’s CEO Pietro Gussalli Beretta at Beretta Gallery NYC on Dec 1.

While the 490 Serpentina may be out of reach for most, the book, “Beretta — 500 Years of the World’s Finest Sporting Life,” is not. Written by Nick Foulkes and photographed by Andy Anderson, the book will be available at bookstores nationwide, and, of course, at the Beretta Gallery. “It took me two years to shoot,” Anderson said, whose travels included three trips to Italy, trips to Africa, Scotland and France and other locales. “The really interesting part to me is the sporting stuff. If you haven’t been on a red-legged partridge hunt in Scotland, put it on your bucket list.” Since October, the month of the official anniversary date, Beretta has been celebrating its 490th anniversary with special events throughout Europe and by providing the galleries in the U.S. and the Beretta Gallery in London with unique and special commissioned shotguns.

A SPECIAL NIGHT: Engraving on the receiver of the Beretta 490 Serpentina reflects information from the original bill of sale of the first gun sold by Beretta in 1526. At a celebration at the Beretta Gallery in Dallas, an engraver was on hand to personalize customer’s firearms. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

CORRECTION: In the Dallas Safari Club Show Program, an editorial for King of the Mountain KarbonExtreme wool clothing incorrectly identified Mark Peterson as the developer of the King of the Mountain clothing. The developer is King Cavalier. The phone number listed in the program is correct, but Peterson’s number is (262) 617-5562 and he will serve the customer’s needs.

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Parker Bows named Adam Greer as its new regional sales manager for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., and Seek Thermal formed a strategic alliance to bring thermal products to the hunting and shooting industry.

Chevalier hired by Warne Scope Mounts

Babaz on CIC board

Bill Gravatt, former owner of Sinclair International, is working with Creedmoor Sports in product innovation, content production and reloading expansion.

Safari Club International President-elect Paul Babaz has been named to the board of directors for the International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation (CIC) as part of the U.S. Delegation.

PR group hired by Weatherby Weatherby, Inc., has selected Gunpowder, Inc. as its firm handling public relations, media relations and influencer engagement.

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National Deer Alliance, has been named as a member of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC).

Apex Tactical leaves California Apex Tactical Specialties has relocated from Los Osos, California to Peoria, Arizona.

Marketing director sought Galati Yacht Sales is seeking a qualified individual for their available marketing director role. Galati has 10 locations, including one in Galveston.

Hard Core Brands signed BastDurbin Advertising to manage brand and product-related social and digital marketing. Hard Core manufactures decoys, dog training supplies, waterfowl hunting accessories, waterfowl blinds and hunting clothing.

Lené named national accounts manager Arcus Hunting announced the appointment of Jonathan Lené to the position of National Accounts manager. He will be responsible for the Tink’s, Dead Down Wind, Ramcat, Trophy Taker and Big Game Butter brands.

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Oyster dressing

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1 loaf stale French bread, cubed 1/4 lb. margarine
 1/4 cup olive oil
 1/2 stalk celery, chopped 2 medium onions, chopped 3 bunches of green onions, chopped 1 whole garlic, chopped
 1/2 bunch of parsley, chopped 6 doz. oysters, chopped, save liquid 1/2 tsp. basil Thyme

Melt margarine with olive oil. Sauté seasonings until limp. Add oysters which have been coarsely chopped, saving oyster water, sauté. Soak bread in oyster water. Squeeze out and add to seasonings. Add reserved oyster water sparingly, if needed. Cook covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook another 15 minutes uncovered, stirring constantly. Let cool thoroughly before stuffing bird or putting in refrigerator. —Court of the Two Sisters

Venison and mushrooms slow cooker recipe 2-3 lbs. venison roast, cut and cubed 1 lb. of fresh morel or porta bella mushrooms, sliced 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 medium onion thinly sliced 1 tsp. of black pepper 1 tsp. Mrs. Dash garlic and herb blend spice 2 cans of beef gravy Lightly coat the bottom of a heavy fry pan with extra virgin olive oil. Heat heavy skillet over

medium heat. Add crushed cloves of garlic and then add the venison. Brown the venison well, and then add the onions, sliced mushrooms and other seasonings. Sweat the vegetables until they are slightly tender. Place the venison and vegetable mix in slow cooker, add the canned brown gravy and cook on low setting, for 3 to 5 hours. —

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SEEKING HUNTING PROPERTY Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation is looking for hunting property to continue its mission of creating hunters for a lifetime by providing hunting experiences for those that have the passion but lack the opportunity. All hunting rights sought, house/camp needed. Call Craig at (214) 361-2276

CHARTER FISHING Port Mansfield Shallow water, wade and fly fishing specialist Capt. Steve Ellis (956) 492-8472

WORLD CLASS RED STAGS $4,000-$26,000

TROPHY BASS & BIRD HUNTING Fish famous Lake Guerrero. Hunt Dove, Quail, Ducks. Please contact Lago Vista Lodge today! (713) 376-3938 or (281) 495-9296

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HUNTING FOR TRUCKS? New Ford and used trucks below. 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew Cab 4x2 5.0L V8 Automatic, Running Boards Ingot Silver Metallic 14,768 Miles Stock # EKF18577 2013 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew Cab 4x2 3.5L V6 Ecoboost Automatic Leather Ingot Silver Metallic 18,493 Miles Stock #DKF93180 2014 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew Cab 4x4 3.5L V6 Ecoboost 4X4 Automatic Leather Color, Ingot Silver Metallic Interior, steel gray 20,795 Miles Stock #EKD03236

GUIDED WATERFOWL Day Hunts Parris, TX. (903) 517-5889 DECOYS WANTED WOODEN Duck and Goose. Top prices paid. Ask for David. (214) 361-2276 RANCH CONSTRUCTION All types of Building, Dirt Work, Welding,  Fencing, Design, Maintenance, etc… Contact us today for a free quote. (972) 207-0996 KENT CREEK RANCH Guided hunts for Axis, Blackbuck, Fallow, Sika, Whitetail, and more. Contact John (830) 232-4927 SOUTH TEXAS TROPHY HUNTS Management hunts also. Maverick County. Native, mature herd. Quality, comfortable lodging. Call for end of season SPECIALS! (713) 516-2954

FISHING TROPHY BASS FISHING ON PRIVATE LAKES Exclusive access to 70+ lakes all over Texas. (214) 871-0044 PORT MANSFIELD Get away from the crowds Trout and red fishing at its finest. Great lodge, Great food, Great guides. Dove hunts during fall, book now for best dates. (956) 944-4000


HUNTING LAND FOR SALE 210 acres Crabtree, AR (501) 412-6621” FOR SALE BY OWNER Log Cabin on 55 Acres Deer blind overlooks woods & meadows. Perfect for relaxing weekends with skeet shooting, target practice, or just enjoying the peace and quiet this secluded yet convenient location only an hour from Austin or San Antonio provides. 4 wheel vehicle required. YouTube: watch?v=s9q5Fcp2mnQ LOGCABIN@POSTOAKRANCH.COM



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

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

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Ducks Unlimited Woodlands Calendar Raffle The Woodlands (281) 259-9638

Dallas Safari Club Conservation Society Duck Hunt Muddy Water Outfitters Wichita Falls (972) 980-9800


Ducks Unlimited Navasota Calendar Raffle Courtyard Marriott New Braunfels (936) 825-5600

Texas Gun and Knife Association Gun Show Abilene Civic Center



Ducks Unlimited Conroe Calendar Raffle, Conroe (936) 537–1561

Wild Sheep Foundation The Sheep Show convention and expo Reno-Sparks Convention Center (406) 404-8750


Weatherby Foundation International Hunting and Conservation Award Dinner Omni Dallas Hotel (866) 934.3976


Dallas Safari Club Convention and Sporting Expo, Dallas (972) 980-9800


DSC South Texas Into the Wild banquet Briscoe Western Arts Museum, San Antonio (210) 826-2440


Houston Safari Club Convention & Worldwide Hunting Expo The Woodlands Waterway Marriott (713) 623-8444


Austin Boat Show Austin Convention Center (512) 494-1128


Deer Breeders Corp New Year’s Auction Horseshoe Bay Resort (972) 289-3100


National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet Bryan College Station Best Western, (281) 639-9185 SCI Alamo Chapter Hunter’s Heritage banquet Oblate School of Theology

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1. Good power plant lake for bass fishing [MONTICELLO] 3. A favorite fish of Winter Texans [WHITING] 8. A diving duck [RINGNECK] 9. A pike species in Texas, chain ______ [PICKEREL] 11. Sabine speckled trout limit [TEN] 12. Buck with no antler branches [SPIKE] 13. Good Ellis County crappie lake [BARDWELL] 17. Holds its convention in early January [DSC] 19. Often visit hunters in the field [WARDENS] 20. A Texas Panhandle river [CANADIAN] 21. Director at Borderlands Research Institute [HARVESON] 23. A lure manufacturer [RAPALA] 25. Black or white panfish [CRAPPIE] 27. Mount without the hide [EUROPEAN] 29. A Texas boat manufacturer [SKEETER] 30. Animals that power Santa's sleigh [REINDEER] 34. Father-son duo in 2017 Classic [JONES] 37. Lures in the geese [DECOYS] 39. Another name for the ling [COBIA]













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2. Portion of hide used in shoulder mount [CAPE] 4. An upright shooting rest [TRIPOD] 5. A hybrid trout species [CUTBOW] 6. A breed of setter [ENGLISH] 7. The G1 antlers [BROWTINES] 10. State that passed Right to Hunt and Fish amendment [INDIANA] 14. Flounder limit beginning Dec. 15 [FIVE] 15. Site of 2017 Bassmaster Classic [CONROE] 16. A stinging problem in deer blinds [WASPS] 18. Used for trapping along fencelines [SNARES] 20. A favorite duck food [CORN] 22. A quail species [SCALED] 24. A sunfish species [REDBREAST] 26. The drum with spots [REDFISH] 28. A trout species [RAINBOW] 31. This bird season reopened Dec. 17 [DOVE] 32. The rifle's kick [RECOIL] 33. A binocular manufacturer [VORTEX] 35. An African antelope [SABLE] 36. River running through San Marcos [BLANCO] 38. Fish at night during this moon phase [FULL]

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