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December 25, 2015

Volume 12, Issue 9

Follow the star

Everyone at the deer lease said a lighted Christmas tree would scare away the deer. After taking a long extension cord out in the pasture, the lights were plugged in, and, within just a few hours, several deer were present, seemingly unaffected by the lights that seemed to attract rather than scare off the deer. This year, Lone Star Outdoor News’ final issue is dated Christmas Day, and it will be 2020 before it happens again. Happy holidays to all of our readers. We hope you are having a great hunting season! Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Dove in December

CONTENTS Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10 Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12 Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 16

By Craig Nyhus

Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . Page 18

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Sun, Moon & Tides . . . . . Page 20 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 22 Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 23

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Managing dove fields into the winter can pay off for dove hunters. Randy Edwards of Clyde is working with the Texas Dove Hunters Association on habitat-management practices on his family’s 200 acres in Callahan County. His fields are a mix of native sunflowers, croton and wheat, and the dove are still piling in. Bob and Susan Thornton, along with their sons J.T. and Burr, managed to shoot limits in one of Edwards’ fields on December 19, the day after the late dove season opener. It wasn’t easy, though, as a stiff south wind made shooting difficult over the

Women lands lake-record crappie By Jillian Mock

For Lone Star Outdoor News

FAST FLYERS: Late-season dove hunting was good in Callahan County, but a 20 mph south wind made the shooting difficult. J.T. Thornton takes aim while his dog, Cooper, anticipates he will make a good shot. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.

33-acre field, and the birds weren’t quite so taken by the spinning-wing decoys.

“It’s not like the shooting on opening day,” J.T., who lives in Abilene, said.

On Friday, December 11, Donna Woodridge cast a line off her usual pier on Lake Fork, dropping her minnow down 5 feet under the surface. As the sun began to set, she felt an especially heavy tug on her rod and fought to reel the crappie on the other end to the surface. Even before she made it to the weigh station, she knew she had a winner. At 3.34 pounds and 18 1/2-inches long, the white crappie sol-

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Huge mountain whitetail

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TV show host takes a monster in the Researchers trap record amount of Texas mountains. birds in Rolling Plains. Page 5 Page 4


LAKE-RECORD SLAB: Donna Woodridge landed this 3.34-pound white crappie, a Lake Fork record. Photo by Donna Woodridge.

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Lunker on Lady Bird

Trout still hot

Young angler lands and releases 13-pound bass. Page 8

Guides, anglers having good success along coast. Page 8

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Private and public land brutes Dan Allen Hughes Jr. shot a mule deer that some think may rival or even be the biggest nontypical mule deer shot in Texas. According to a Facebook post by Rifles Inc., Hughes used his Rifles Inc. custom .300 Win Mag Titanium Strata rifle to take the possible state-record nontypical mule deer. The buck had 236 5/8 gross inches of antler. Another giant mule deer buck was taken by Stephen Knowles of Austin. This buck was taken on public land on the Yoakum Dunes Wildlife Management Area, a relatively new 10,635-acre tract that covers portions of Cochran, Terry and Yoakum counties. —Staff report Photo by Rifles Inc./Facebook.

Photo by Kyle Banowsky, TPWD.

Quail trapping hits historic pace Lucky hunters may bag a banded quail By Russell A. Graves For Lone Star Outdoor News

“We’ve been catching a ton of birds lately,” said Lloyd LaCoste as he crept down ranch roads bounded by vegetation that’s recently been bitten by a hard freeze. Lacoste is the on-site manager of the sprawling Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch and for the past few weeks he, and interns Alison Bleich and Adrian Cain have been trapping quail at frenetic pace. So much so, they’ve had to slow down their efforts just to keep up with their workflow. “There are 296 trap sites on the ranch — about one every 15 acres — and we usually check them five evenings and four mornings each week,” LaCoste said. “Because there are so many birds to process this year, we cut the number of traps we are running to 80 per day and are only trapping three evenings and two mornings. It became a tragedy of riches — we just couldn’t get all the birds we’d catch processed in a timely manner.” Back at the research trailer, bags of trapped quail await immediate processing, as technicians sex, weigh and leg-band each bird. They are then returned to the site where they were trapped and released back into the wild. Some will be fitted with radio Please turn to page 14

LETTING THEM FLY: Researchers trapped more than 2,500 scaled and bobwhite quail to study quail density, ranges and determine populations. Some of the birds were banded, and hunters should call the number on the band if they harvest one. Photo by Russell Graves.

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THANKFUL FOR SPECKS: White-fronted geese, or specklebellies, are providing hunters with shots throughout the state. There has been a recent influx of Canadas in the Texas Panhandle and the high plains southwest of Wichita Falls. Photo by Joe Richards.

For those wondering when all the geese will arrive, hunters in the Panhandle are seeing an influx of Canadas and snows. “They just really showed up last week,” said Straight Line Outfitters owner Terry Cook. “Goose hunting hadn’t been that good, but there are a lot of geese west of Amarillo now.” Cook said the biggest issue for hunters will be getting in and out of the field they would like to hunt. “There is so much water, the geese aren’t real

concentrated,” he said. “It’s really wet, especially after the last snowstorm. There are playa lakes I haven’t seen water in in 25 years.” Cook expects good goose hunting through the remainder of the season, but said another storm is expected after the holiday. “If you spit, you create a mud puddle out here,” he said. “This ground can’t hold any more water.” Guide Edd Hanson of Hanson Outdoors is usually chasing snow geese near Cooper Lake in northeast Texas by now. Please turn to page 22

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Show host takes giant Carmen Mountain whitetail

A DIMINUTIVE GIANT: The Carmen Mountain white-tailed deer, a small subspecies of the whitetail only found along the mountains of the Rio Grande River, was the target of hunter Ron Spomer, who harvested what is likely one of the top ten ever taken. Photo by Ron Spomer.

By Craig Nyhus For Lone Star Outdoor News Ron Spomer hosts the Winchester World of Whitetails television show, and of all of his hunts across the world, his recent Carmen whitetail hunt in Texas is certainly one of his favorites. “I was hunting with Steve Jones of Back Country Hunts south of Marfa in the Chinati Mountains,” Spomer said. “I was hunting the Carmen Mountain deer — I had hunted there four years ago and shot a real nice typical that scored 110.” The Carmen Mountain white-tailed deer may be the least known of any of the whitetail subspecies, and because of their small size they are most often compared

with hunting the Coues deer in the Sonora Desert. The subspecies is found only along the mountains of the Rio Grande River in West Texas, and a buck scoring more than 100 is considered world-class. On the first day of Spomer’s hunt, they looked for a good deer with a drop tine the guides had seen while they were mule deer hunting. “We saw mule deer, but not this whitetail,” Spomer said. The next day, the two guides split up. “We saw elk, mule deer and some decent whitetail,” Spomer said. “There was a thick area of oaks beneath us, and I suggested I go down there and try to rattle.” As Spomer was walking toward the oak thicket, Jones saw the buck come out, chasPlease turn to page 19

Late-season dove Continued from page 5

HERE THEY COME: Bob Thornton, founder of the Texas Dove Hunters Association, points to incoming dove while his wife, Susan, gets ready. Photo by LSON.

“And these birds are tougher to bring down.” Bob is the founder of TDHA, while Susan is the director of operations. Bob said the plan was for TDHA to get more involved in habitat for dove from the group’s start more than three years ago. “To begin, we wanted to be the one-stop shop for dove hunters with listings of day leases, outfitters, et cetera,” he said. “Then, we expanded to youth programs to help grow the next generation of hunters. Our third facet is the habitat improvement program.” TDHA is working with

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the goal of working with landowners, like Edwards, to help them with the process of restoring nonproductive lands with native seed that will benefit migratory birds as well as other birds native to the area. The program will allow landowners to take entire fields or portion of a pasture that are barren or low in vegetation and introduce grasses and native seed to the area, and has developed feed-seed mixtures for the different regions of the state. Edwards said his fields

have been attracting birds all fall, and he plans to do some outfitting next season. “We didn’t hunt it much, but every time it was good,” he said. “We hunted mostly weekends only, and everybody has had great hunts.” The late season began December 18, and runs through January 1, 2016 in the North and Central zones. The South Zone season runs through January 22, 2016. “Take advantage of it if you can,” Bob Thornton said. “It’s a real challenge, especially when the wind is blowing.”

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Ducks here are scattered Lone Star Outdoor News Hunters who spend a lot of time scouting for places holding ducks say there are more ducks around than people think, while many, if not most, hunters who have to rely on certain spots are wondering if they are all up north. Both may be right. “We have a lot of ducks, but I’ve never seen this much water,” said Chris Swift, a former waterfowl guide and current Texas game warden in Smith County. “We have teal and pintail, they are getting in the pastures where they flooded. The mallards are underneath the oak trees.” The hard part is getting to

the spots. “We can’t get to a lot of the ducks,” Swift said. “A lot of people out here are taking boats to their deer blinds.” Swift said the Neches and Sabine rivers are holding birds. “We lose ducks with a south wind, and gain ducks with a north wind,” he said. “You have to be careful when running upriver, and some flooded areas are private property, even though navigable temporarily.” A weekend report from Limestone County was dismal, with only a few ringnecks and divers seen. A few Central Texas hunters had better luck, but most said the numbers of birds seen are significantly lower than in

years past. “It’s been a little tough to find ducks, but we have country in four counties,” said Jeff Elder with Silver Creek Guide Services in Weatherford. “So with lots of miles and phone calls we have stayed on them.” Coastal hunters are doing well on redheads, with more pintails in the mix, and in the coastal prairie, reports of good numbers of mostly gadwall came from the Winnie area. One group of hunters near Garwood shot limits of mostly green-winged teal. Predictions of colder weather after the New Year give some hunters hope. Migration reports from Avery Outdoors show hunters near Scottsbluff,

Nebraska have good success while Kansas hunters are still waiting, too. “I have a buddy in Kansas and they are still waiting for the birds to show up,” said a guide with Hanson Outdoors near Lake Fork.” One thing Swift does not want to see is more rain in East Texas, at least until after the season. “The creeks don’t have anywhere to drain,” he said.

COME ON IN: Chris Swift, a former waterfowl guide and current Texas game warden, calls to incoming ducks. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.











One lion species listed as endangered, another threatened The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that sporthunting, if well managed, may provide a benefit to the lion subspecies. Well-managed conservation programs use trophyhunting revenues to sustain lion conservation, research and antipoaching activities. However, based on newly available scientific information, the Service assessed the status of the entire lion species and added two subspecies of lion under the Endangered Species Act. The new science resolved that the western and central populations of African lion are more genetically related to the Asiatic lion. These lions are now considered the same subspecies, There are about 1,400 of these lions remaining; 900 in 14 African populations and 523 in India. The Service has found that this subspecies meets the definition of endangered under the ESA. The subspecies of P. l. melanochaita likely numbers between 17,000-19,000 and is found across Southern and Eastern Africa. The Service determined that this subspecies is less vulnerable and is not currently in danger of extinction. However, although lion numbers in Southern Africa are increasing overall, there are populations that are declining due to ongoing threats. As a result, the Service finds the subspecies meets the definition of a threatened species under the ESA. The final lion rule will publish in the Federal Register on December 23 and will go into effect 30 days after publication on January 22, 2016. —USFWS








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Waterfowl, dove season lengths set The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed continued liberal game bird season lengths and bag limits for the 2016-17 hunting seasons. Each year, the USFWS establishes regulatory frameworks for hunting season lengths, dates and bag limits. States select their individual seasons from within the federal frameworks. This the first year USFWS implemented a streamlined process for setting annual migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits. In a single, annual process, biological data from the past year is now used to set hunting season dates and to project appropriate harvest limits for each game species. The change will make it easier for Texas hunters to plan, as the seasons will be set in time to be included in Texas Hunting Annual, as opposed to waiting for the waterfowl regulations to be set. The 2016-17 federal frameworks propose duck hunting season lengths of 74 days in the Central Flyway (with an additional 23 days in the High Plains areas), with a daily bag limit of six ducks. A 16-day special September teal season with a six-bird daily bag limit is proposed to continue to be offered in certain states, including Texas. Proposed dove seasons in Texas are 90 days with a 15-bird daily bag limit. Proposed regulations for geese also are largely unchanged from 2015-16 seasons. —USFWS

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First buck a 22-inchwide 6-pointer

One of DSC founders dies Dr. C. Truman Clem, a former president and one of the founding members of the Dallas Safari Club in 1972, former president of the Dallas Ecological Foundation and a member of Shikar Safari Club International, died on December 17 at age 85. Clem’s love of duck hunting led to him amassing an encyclopedic collection of antique, wooden-block decoys. Clem served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and later graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1959. He practiced dentistry in Lewisville for 54 years, trained Labrador retrievers, went on many safaris, including hunting in Vietnam and the Phillipines.

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OPPORTUNITY TAKEN: Jeremy Garner, 16, went on his first hunt with Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation and bagged this 22-inch-wide, 6-point buck. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

“I’ve never hunted,” said Jeremy Garner, a sophomore at Arlington Martin High School. “I never had the chance, but I love being outdoors and want to do it and learn about it.” Jeremy got his chance with the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation. The 16-year-old also got to skip school on a Friday to travel to Menard County and go on his first deer hunt at the Preston Ranch. That afternoon, seeing the deer got his adrenaline flowing. Please turn to page 19

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Lady Bird lunker By Mark England Lone Star Outdoor News Grant Langmore of Austin may have been amazed when he lured a giant largemouth out of Lady Bird Lake, but he definitely wasn’t caught by surprise. “I have a (certified) scale with me at all times,” said Grant, 13. And don’t forget the award application to submit to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Grant doesn’t. His record-setting day started when the eighth-grader at O. Henry Middle School and friends Beau Davis and Augie Gabbay hustled down to LBL after classes on Monday, Dec. 7, to get a couple hours of fishing in before dark. They cast off a dock near the Texas Rowing Center, not far from MoPac Expressway. “We always fish for largemouth bass,” Grant said. “We catch other fish, too, like carp. But they’re not very appealing. A bass even close to their size will really battle you. They’re fun.” Unbeknownst to many, Lady Bird Lake churns out decent-size largemouth. Last spring, Ken Leonard of New Braunfels landed a big one there. His largemouth weighed 13 pounds and stretched out to 25 inches. “Since Lady Bird Lake is in the middle of downtown Austin, many people don’t think of it as a fishing destination,” said TPWD biologist Marcos De Jesus. “But in the last few 13 for 13: Grant Langyears it’s been known for producing a lot more is quite an angler of double-digit bass.” at the young age of 13. By the way, Leonard no longer holds the He had caught two bass topping 10 pounds before lake record for a largemouth bass. Grant landing and releasing this does, albeit thanks to a little serendipity. 13-pounder on DecemWith darkness coming on, Grant took a ber 7 on Lady Bird Lake. last fling at changing his fishing luck. Photo by John Langmore. Please turn to page 11

Record 50 years in the making Channel catfish beats state record at 37.54 pounds Lone Star Outdoor News Ronny Norenberg of Yantis, two days after the lake record for white crappie was caught on Lake Fork, landed the channel catfish of a lifetime, and is a formality away from becoming the new Texas state record holder. Fishing in the back of Little Caney, Norenberg often fishes the same dock in the creek. On December 14 at around 6 p.m., his first cast was followed by a big bite. “I was fishing with a shiner with a 5-foot leader, and I tie balloons on instead of a bobber, Norenberg said. “I was fishing the edge of the creek channel. Thirty seconds after I threw in, the next thing I knew, boom, big fish on the line.” Once he saw the tail of the fish, he thought he had an “Apps,” short for Appaloosa, or flathead catfish. “It freaked me out when I saw it might be a channel cat,” he told Cable Smith of the Dallas Safari Club’s Lone Star Outdoors radio show. The 37.45-pound fish was weighed and certified as a channel catfish at The Minnow Bucket on Lake Fork, and has since been released. Norenberg’s choice of rod, reel and Please turn to page 25

Stellar trout fishing as winter begins Lone Star Outdoor News A post-holiday fishing trip to the coast may be in order this year, with anglers landing good numbers of speckled trout down the entire coast with some bigger fish mixed in. In Galveston Bay, the good fishing continues. “We been doing well on both West and East Galveston Bay,” said Capt. Ryan Battistoni. “We’ve mainly been catching them on Corkies and a few on top-waters, all in shallow water (about 2 feet) over shell and mud.” Most of the fish have been landed while wade-fishing, with some caught drifting over 3-5-feet of water over mud and shell. Limits during moving tides have been the norm, with an outgoing tide producing more fish. “We’re catching a lot of 3- to 4-pound fish,” Battistoni said. “The warmer it gets, the smaller they get, and when it gets colder, we catch bigger ones.” Wade fishermen are landing some bigger trout in East Matagorda Bay over shallow mud with some sparse grass. According to Tobin Strickland, of, during the higher tides anglers were having some luck working birds, using Corky Devils and

WADING OVER SHELL: Both wade fishermen and boaters are having luck catching speckled trout over mud and shell, and most fish are being caught in shallow water. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

FatBoys for bigger fish and plastics for numbers of fish. In South Padre Island, Capt. Lee Alvarez said the trout numbers are good, with some good fish coming in.

“We’re catching a lot of trout, with reds and black drum mixed in,” Alvarez said. “Mainly, we’re throwing plastics under a cork and the fish have been loving it.”

The trout have been found in skinny water on the flats. “They have some nice size to them,” Alvarez said. “We’re fishing the potholes right up in the flats. The average fish is 18Please turn to page 11

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT Jigging for crappie Stripers in stained water

LAKE LIVINGSTON — Anglers are reporting good catches on the lake east of Huntsville. A trio of fishermen reached their 75-fish limit between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. According to ATM97 on the Texas Fishing Forum, they were fishing brush piles in 15- to 25-feet of water, using grape limeade and bluetreuse jigs.

LAKE GRANBURY — Areas near the dam are best for a good, but not great, striper bite on the Brazos River impoundment. The water is still stained. Fishing with his sons, guide Michael Acosta put them on fish up to 23 inches on Sunday. Acosta said largemouth fishermen have been doing well on soft plastics in areas with better water clarity and channel cats have been good on cut shad.

Drifting for blues CANYON LAKE — The Hill Country lake is producing blue catfish up to 15 pounds for one Texas angler, who said few other people are targeting cats on the lake. “The fish are all in 21- to 25-feet of water and most are between 2 and 7 pounds,” said Southtxangler22 on the Texas Fishing Forum. The water temperature is 63 degrees.

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ALAN HENRY: Water stained; 54–59 degrees; 1.44’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. AMISTAD: Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 25.27’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinner baits, soft plastics and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes. ARROWHEAD: Water off-color; 53–60 degrees; 0.48’ low. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rigs and shad-patterned crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water stained; 55–58 degrees; 1.25’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. BASTROP: Water stained; 66–70 degrees. Black bass are good on white/chartreuse finesse worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. BELTON: Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 6.75’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad early. White bass are good trolling green lipless crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are slow. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 54–58 degrees; 0.54’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and Texasrigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. BONHAM: Water stained, 55–58 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Catfish are good on drifting cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water stained. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft-plastic worms near the dam. Redfish are fair downrigging spoons near the dam. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cut bait, and cheesebait near the intake. Blue catfish are good on cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water stained, 55–59 degrees: 0.14’ high. Black bass are slow on squarebilled crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass

are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow. BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and craw-colored crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows, jigs and shad-colored crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and minnows. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 62– 66 degrees; 9.58’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon top-waters and perch-colored lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair along the river channel. Crappie are fair on chartreuse crappie jigs and live minnows in clear water. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows and stink bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live shad. CADDO: Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 2.30’ high. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and Texas-rigged creature baits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinner baits, and lipless crankbaits around reed beds. Redfish are fair on live bait and downrigging silver spoons between the crappie wall and the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad near the railroad bridge. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 55–58 degrees; 0.47’’ high. Black bass are fair on shallowrunning crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 23.00’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics in 15-25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. COLEMAN: Water murky; 67– 71 degrees; 5.13’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel

catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 64 degrees in main lake, 67 at hot water discharge; 0.95’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and soft-plastic worms in 6–8 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near Coletoville Bridge. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live perch and soap in 8–10 feet. CONROE: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 0.63’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and shrimp. FALCON: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 16.03’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse deeprunning crankbaits and jigs in 12–20 feet. Crappie are excellent on shiners and chartreuse/ silver jigs. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp and cut bait. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on white/red Carolina-rigged soft plastics along grassy edges in 8–20 feet. Redear are good on worms. FORK: Water stained; 54–59 degrees; 0.46’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws and flipping jigs around timber in 4–10 feet. Swimbaits along main lake points are still effective. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are excellent on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers. GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 16.53’ high. No report available. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water lightly stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.75’ high. Black bass are fair on white spinner baits and watermelon/blue flake soft plastics on the north bank in coves. Crappie are fair on live minnows and green jigs near brush in 20–30 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 55–61 degrees; 14.86’ low. Black bass are fair Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers

and live shad. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 56–60 degrees; 8.54’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. LBJ: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon top-waters, buzzbaits and wacky-rigged pumpkinseed Whacky Sticks in 5–10 feet early and late. White bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are good on crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 55–58 degrees; 7.13’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 75–80 degrees; 0.02’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. MONTICELLO: Water lightly stained; 70–74 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 52–58 degrees; 1.45’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 14.71’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms, spinner baits, and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 53– 59 degrees; 45.69’ low. Black bass are fair to good Texas rigs, jigs, square-billed crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 51–58 degrees; 17.73’ low. Black bass are fair to good on weighted flukes, medium-running shad pattern crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 3.12’ high.

Black bass are fair on flipping jigs, bladed jigs and spinner baits. Crappie are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 56–61 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair to good on medium-running crankbaits, Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live shad and nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 63–67 degrees; 7.56’ high. All species are slow. RAY HUBBARD: Water slightly stained; 56–59 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 6.04’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and shad-patterned crankbaits near main lake points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 55–59 degrees; 0.67’ high. Black bass are fair on flipping jigs and Texas-rigged craws in green pumpkin. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft-plastic worms with chartreuse tails and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows and white/ red tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp, and minnows. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 4.75’ high. Black bass are fair on green lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait, liver and nightcrawlers. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 4.71’ high. Black bass are fair on perchcolored lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on live bait.

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Page 16 TAWAKONI: Water stained; 2.08’ high. No report available due to high water. TEXOMA: Water stained; 2.09’ high. Black bass are fair on medium-running crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and football jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse and white soft plastic worms and spinner baits. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. TRAVIS: Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 5.74’ low. Black bass are fair on silver crankbaits and watermelon worms. White bass are fair on grubs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastic worms. White bass are good on cut shad and minnows near the power plant. Crappie are good on red and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 1.43’ high. All species are slow. WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 56–59 degrees; 19.87’ high. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs and black/blue flipping jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. —TPWD

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December 25, 2015

Water down, but many ramps still closed By Jillian Mock

For Lone Star Outdoor News Boaters near lakes like Waco, Whitney and others are frustrated. The water levels have receded from the November flooding, but the boat ramps remain closed. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates 26 reservoirs in Texas, it all has to do with pavement preservation. “Once that base material under the pavement gets wet and you drive on it with vehicles, it is like a sponge and it destroys the pavement,” said Jeff Boutwell with the Lake Waco Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “After the subbase is saturated with water, a heavy load will cause the surface layers of pavement to shift, crack, and form ugly potholes.” The cost to repair the boat ramps after damage like that is substantial. “It would cost upwards of $100,000 through contracting processes if we allowed people to drive on it too soon,” Boutwell said. Revenue generated at these parks and lakes does not go directly back to their maintenance costs and cannot be immediately implemented to pay for these kinds of repairs. Instead, all money made by Corps lakes across the United States

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Texan wins final Classic spot Tom Martens, a 46-year-old family physician from Jonestown, became the final qualifier after winning a fish-off at the Bassmaster Team Championship. In the six-man fish-off at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, a change in conditions hurt the fishing, and Martens caught only two fish that weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces during the morning session. In the afternoon, though, he caught four giants that weighed 22 pounds, 12 ounces to win the event. Martens qualified for the fish-off by teaming with fellow Texas Dean Alexander to finish second in the Bassmaster Team Championship. “We found a bridge in practice that was really good, along with about 20 other boats,” Martens said. “We had to wait in line to get to it during the week, but it was worth it. Then today, there were a lot of crappie anglers there, and I had to go inside of them. But they were great about it.” —B.A.S.S.

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“goes back to the general treasury back in D.C. and is reallocated each year,” said Randall McCartney, also from the Lake Waco office. To save their boat ramps and parking areas, the Corps waits to open their ramps well after a flooding event has subsided. “I believe the industry standard is 21 days,” McCartney said. “But we try to meet the general public a little in the middle so we try to go about 14

days to make sure its dried out and then we open it back up.” Fortunately, the 14-day timeout is over in the Central Texas area, and Randall predicts they will start to open a few ramps on Lake Waco before Christmas Day. McCartney said the earliest some bridges could open would be December 21, and recommends fishermen check in regularly to see if ramps are open.

PARKING LOT PRESERVATION: When the water recedes, boat ramps are remaining closed for at least two weeks to protect the parking areas, according to Corps of Engineers officials. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.

19 inches, and we’ve caught them up to 27 inches. Capt. Ryan Battistoni (832) 335-8839 Capt. Lee Alvarez (956) 330-8654 Correction: Last issue, Capt. Brian Holden reported that in Rockport, the Rockport bays are flourishing and the trout fishing has been very good. The good trout fishing continues. Unfortunately, the phone number provided for Holden was incorrect. It is (361) 3860410.

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“I decided to cast with my friend’s rod,” he said. “He (Augie) had a swim bait, a Huddleston 68 Special. I had been using jigs, crankbaits and so on. I parallel cast to the dock as far as I could. I felt it bumping rocks and lumber on the way down. Then, bang, I felt that thing hit it. It jumped and when it jumped I knew it was a really big fish. When I got it to the dock, I started freaking.” Grant remained calm enough to get out his ever-ready scale, however, and weigh the largemouth in at 13.5 pounds (it measured 27 inches) then flag down a nearby jogger, knowing that he needed a “disinterested” witness. “He ran over and said, ‘Oh, my god, I didn’t think fish like that had ever been caught in this lake,’” Grant said. Grant’s catch set three records at LBL: rod and reel waterbody record; junior waterbody record; and junior waterbody release record. It also earned Grant a “Big Fish Award,” given to any Texas angler who catches a largemouth 21 inches or longer, and a string of hurrahs on TPWD’s Facebook page. Many of the well-wishers were somewhat wistful. One named Michael wrote, “Congrats, kid. Only been waiting 37 years to catch one like that.” Grant realizes his bass was a rarity. “I’m aware it’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime fish, although I’ve caught a 12.8-pound bass and one about 11 pounds,” he said. “A lot of people are saying this will be a peak for me. Of course, I’m going to keep trying to do better.” Although Grant has seen numerous “humongous” largemouths at Lady Bird Lake, his catch astonished many people, as the Facebook comments demonstrate. One angler speculated, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that the source of the bass bonanza might be found under the Congress Avenue Bridge. The angler wrote there were rumors of bass “feeding on bats that fall into the water and smaller animals that eat and live off of guano.” TPWD’s De Jesus said he’s heard such talk. Count him dubious. “Lady Bird has lots of shad and lots of sunfish,” he said. “Occasionally, a bat might fall into the lake and get eaten, but that’s not what’s driving the size of the bass.” A 14-21 inch slot limit fosters bigger bass, too, De Jesus said. Some of the Facebook posters, as well as some TPWD officials, wondered why Grant didn’t submit his catch to the ShareLunker program. He didn’t want to endanger the bass’ health, Grant said. “If my fish were to have died, it wouldn’t have been like a catch to me,” Grant said. “I just wanted to get him back into the water. I have video of him of him swimming off, so I get to watch and relive that moment — a lot.”

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER TRICK OR TREAT On Halloween, Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King and Sabine County Game Warden Doug Williams decided to work a decoy for night hunters around the Sabine National Forest. A slow-moving truck passed the location and immediately turned around to get a better look at the decoy by using the truck lights and possibly a small flashlight. The truck sped away. When making contact with the subjects, the wardens observed a rifle in the back seat and four bullets in the passenger door. The subjects continued to deny having a loaded firearm in the front seat, but finally one confessed. DEAD DEER HIDDEN IN DOG BOX A truck was reported spotlighting by a Sabine County Sheriff’s deputy and Sabine County Game Warden Doug Williams responded. Williams found the truck hidden in the brush off the road. Upon contact, the driver said he was not spotlighting but was looking for his lost wallet. Williams located blood in the bed of the truck. The driver said his dog was cut by a hog. Williams located more blood on the tailgate of the truck and hair from a white-tailed deer, and found a folded up whitetail buck in the dog box. The driver was placed under arrest and charged with hunting white-tailed deer at night, hunting with a light, and hunting from a vehicle. DEER POACHED BEFORE SEASON, LEFT TO WASTE Trinity County Game Warden Randy Watts received information about a deer that was poached on Labor Day. Nearly two months later, Houston County Game Warden Eddie Lehr and Watts met with an individual believed to have shot the deer. After an inter-

ONE DEER RAN INTO WARDEN’S TRUCK, ANOTHER POACHED FROM YARD A deer ran into the side of Trinity County Game Warden Randy Watts’ patrol truck. Watts loaded the deer and went by the police department to see if there were any families they knew of that were in need of deer meat. When Watts walked into the police department, the dispatcher was about to call him regarding shots fired within the city limits. Watts responded and lo-

view with the individual, the suspect admitted to shooting a 5-point velvet buck from the county road on Labor Day. The individual later dumped the deer in the woods without cleaning it. REPEAT SPOTLIGHTER DIDN’T LEARN LESSON After midnight in the Angelina National Forest, Angelina County Game Warden Tim Walker could hear a vehicle slow down and head his way. As the sound of the vehicle drew closer, the warden could see a bright white light and observed a jeep with a large LED light bar pass by. Walker followed the jeep for about a mile and made contact with the occupants when they turned around. Walker noticed a rifle and spotlight between the two occupants. The passenger admitted they were hunting deer from the road and said he knew what they were doing was wrong. The driver of the jeep had previously been caught road hunting in Nacogdoches County and in Angelina County. AVOIDING ANTLER RESTRICTIONS BY VARIOUS MEANS During the opening weekend of general season, Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King cited a hunter after


it appeared he had broken one side of a buck’s antlers in an attempt to avoid the antler restriction rule. Another subject had cut the antlers off of a buck. Another illegal buck was noticed on top of a carport. TRUCK TRACKS LEAD TO POACHER Houston County Game Wardens Zak Benge and Eddie Lehr received two calls over a two-day period of a potential road hunter who had fired a shot in front of the caller’s house. The caller was able to identify the vehicle in the second call. After a lengthy search, Benge found a set of tracks going into a private drive. He approached the camp and made contact. After several interviews, four out of six deer had either been killed off of the road or exceeded the bag limit for buck deer greater than 13 inches and were seized. One of the deer was killed in front of the caller’s house. PET-EATING GATOR RELOCATED Polk County Game Warden Ryan Hall, Special Game Warden Bob Hall and TPWD biologist Chris Gregory captured and relocated a nuisance alligator that measured 12 feet, 6 inches. The alligator had lost its fear

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of humans and had a history of eating pets. The alligator would sun in the same backyard daily. NOT JUST FILLING FEEDERS Cherokee County Game Warden Eric Collins made contact with an individual at the end of a dead-end county road. At first, the subject said he was just filling feeders and getting ready to hunt in the future. After a thorough interview and search based upon evidence at hand, it was determined he was hunting deer without a license, hunting deer with a 22 Magnum, had previously hunted deer in closed season, was in possession of a deer killed by illegal means and methods and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Cases pending. GROUP CAUGHT SHOOTING ROOSTING WOOD DUCKS AFTER SUNSET Henderson County Game Warden Dustin Balfanz and Navarro County Game Warden Brian Srba teamed up to address calls concerning the hunting of migratory waterfowl after legal shooting hours on Cedar Creek Lake. The wardens waited in a creek, when at about 4:30 p.m., a group of hunters showed up. At

20 minutes after sunset, the hunters began to shoot wood ducks. The hunters were stopped and violations addressed. I KNEW I MESSED UP A man wardens had caught hunting at night previously was caught again. Trinity County Game Wardens Randy Watts and Shawn Smith, along with K9 Game Warden Sam Shanafelt, watched a truck slowly drive down the road toward a nearby residence. When the wardens approached a nearby driveway, they noticed a truck in the backyard using the headlights to light up a skinning rack. An 8-point buck was hanging from the skinning rack. The deer was not tagged and was still steaming. The wardens knew the individual from previous years. The man said he had messed up and admitted to killing the deer. Multiple cases were filed. MAN CAUGHT HUNTING ON EASEMENT NEXT TO OTHERS’ LEASE A man who was hunting a utility easement on the backside of a hunting lease was arrested by Montgomery County Game Wardens Bobby Apple and Brannon Meinkowsky. The wardens had received a call from the hunters on the deer lease a few weeks earlier. They reported a make-shift blind and two tube feeders along the easement. The wardens found the man there on opening morning of deer gun season.


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Trapping and studying quail

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KEEPING TRACK: Radio transmitters are being used by researchers to monitor quail. Photo by Russell Graves.

telemetry and their movements tracked throughout the winter. Since November 10, the researchers at the 4,700-acre research ranch trapped and processed more than 2,500 scaled and bobwhite quail. Their trapping efforts may be the most ambitious in the history of quail research in Texas. Volumes of 4-inch thick binders serve as a directory to each bird that’s been caught on the ranch. In the book, each page is dedicated to an individual bird and their vitals recorded. Should the bird be recaptured next year, their leg band number can be referenced so their information can be cross-referenced. “Our trapping and banding represents the most intensive, sustained mark-recapture effort of bobwhites in Texas since Val Lehmann studied bobwhites on the King Ranch in the 1950s,” said Dale Rollins, director of RPQRR. “Our banding effort complements other ongoing efforts at RPQRR to estimate bobwhite abundance, survival, and movements.” Rollins says that over time, using a method called “mark-recapture,” researchers can

obtain estimates of quail density then compare other, less intensive, indices like roadside counts to those estimates. Banding is an inexpensive means of identifying individual birds. Each band costs 13 cents whereas a radio transmitter costs $200. Rollins said studying quail movement in such detail has shown that while most quail are “homebodies” and stay close to where they were hatched, some have a propensity for travel and have been found five miles or more from their capture site. A phenomenon, he said, that provides area hunters a chance to help contribute to the ranch’s ongoing research. “Our leg bands are individually numbered and we encourage area hunters to report any banded birds they may harvest,” he said. Hunters who shoot a leg-banded bird may keep the leg bands, as the research team simply wants the location information on where the bird was shot. “We have banded blue quail up in the Paducah area and also bobwhites at several points east of Abilene so hunters should be on the lookout at those locations too,” Rollins said. LaCoste believes this research will ultimately trickle down from the ranch and be used by private landowners to the benefit of quail on their property. “I believe the most important thing we will learn is how our population survey techniques compare to each other,” he said. “We’ll be able to give land managers good efficient methods of determining the population of quail on their properties. That’s good for the birds.” These quail research efforts are funded by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation and its major contributors, primarily Quail Coalition.

Schwitzer, who caught a crappie weighing 3.19 pounds and measuring 17 inches. By her own account, Woodridge is an amateur angler on the Lake Fork fishing scene. “I started out not knowing how to fish when I moved up here (to Yantis) two years ago,” she said. Woodridge found the area intimidating at first. “It is such a big lake and there are big fisherman and everyone knew what they were doing,” she said. This fall, Woodridge decided to commit to the Lake Fork lifestyle and take her fishing education into her own hands. She started an online video project on her Facebook page called “Fish On” and spends most nights on that same pier fishing, drinking beer, and talking to the camera. “It’s a comedy thing,” she said. “I was just learning how to fish and joking around and filming just about every night.” After three or four months of filming, Woodridge has secured a pretty good following online and a reputation for landing impressive fish. “What’s funny is these guys are real fisherman and now they’ve gotten to where they’ll ask me what I’m doing to catch these fish,” she said. “People who have been giving me advice for two years are now asking me.” Unlike professional anglers or guides, Woodridge does not use fancy digital tracking equipment, stylish lures or even target a particular species. For the most part, she drops a line in the water and sees what bites, using her trusty closed-cast reel. “I fish with minnows a lot because I always catch something and I don’t particularly target any fish.” While Woodridge may not go looking for them, the fish seem to have no problem finding her.

QUITE A CATCH: Donna Woodridge shows her Lake Fork-record white crappie after weighing it in. Photo by Minnow Bucket Marina.

“What’s ironic is when people come down here and fish with me, they tend to get big fish,” she said. “My friend Denise Nixon caught a huge bass; it was over 11 pounds.” The video of the catch generated 2,000 hits in two days. Her secret? “You just have to get out there and enjoy it,” she said.

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cork in the channel, said Capt. Ryan Rock in Corpus Christi. In the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway), flounder, drum and sheepshead are hitting.

GALVESTON SHIP CHANNEL — Sunday was a good day near the channel for poster OceanKayaker84 on On an incoming tide, he landed 30 fish from his kayak, keeping the first five and releasing a dozen between 21 and 25 inches. Fishing the shallowest part of the drop-off along bulkheads, he used lures tipped with dead mullet.

Popping corks in the channels HUMBLE CHANNEL — Limits of trout have been landed on live shrimp or scented plastics on a 1/4- or 3/8-ounce jig head behind a popping

NORTH SABINE: Trout and redfish are fair while drifting mud and shell. Waders have taken better trout on the Louisiana shoreline on slow–sinking plugs. SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are fair on the edge of the channel on mullet. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on slow–sinking plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good at the spillway on plastics. Redfish are fair on the north shoreline on Gulps. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Flounder are fair along the channel. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for

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Drumming shallow ARANSAS PASS — Both redfish and black drum are being caught in the Aransas Pass and Rockport areas. “The redfishing is great, we’re fishing flats in Aransas Pass and Rockport in 1-2 feet of water,” said guide Randy Filla. “We’re free-lining pin perch and using the live shrimp behind a popping cork. The black drum are in 3-4 feet of water, and there are some keeper drum in the flats.” On artificials, a 1/8-ounce jig with your favorite color plastic is working. To contact Randy Filla, call (361) 215-2332

waders in the mud and shell on MirrOlures and Corkies. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good in Chocolate Bayou on shrimp. TEXAS CITY: Redfish are good in Moses Lake on the outgoing tide on shrimp and mullet. Sand trout and sheepshead are good around the rocks on shrimp. FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp and plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and

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Memphis Cook shot this Hidalgo County doe at 125 yards with a Savage .25-06 that was passed down from his grandfather, Jim Cook, to his brother and then to him.

Billie Edgett of Port Lavaca shot this aoudad ram in Burnet County.

Edward Romero caught this amberjack fishing 55 miles offshore.


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Louis Duke shot this 12-point buck in Wilson County near La Vernia in November.

Taylor Hughs, 9, of Frisco, shot his first deer at 40 yards with his .243 in Kendall County over Thanksgiving weekend.

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Big Carmen Mountain whitetail Continued from page 5

ing a doe. “We spent an hour walking in and out of thickets,” Spomer said. “There were too many deer around for stalking, though. Too many sets of eyes.” Spomer tried rattling and later grunting, but neither attempt worked. “The deer went right back into the areas — the does were going in and out,” he said. Another attempt was made to approach the thicket, and the buck came out of a small draw, moving uphill. “Fortunately, he went to the top of the ridge and bedded down like these deer often do,” Spomer said. The hunter and guide planned a few routes to get close enough to the deer. “Then the wind went iffy and we made a big loop,” Spomer said. “Then we were glassing and glassing. Some mule deer bedded right next to him.” The next moves were very deliberate. “We were trying to get a different angle,” Spomer said. “We were slowly creeping forward, then we would sit for 20 minutes and move again.” After several moves, Spomer could see the deer’s antlers. “He got up and looked right at us,” Spomer said. “We didn’t move and the buck started sneaking off.” Once the deer disappeared from view, Spomer and Jones moved and popped over a ridge. “He was right there and he was close,” Spomer said. After a quick shot from his Model 70 Winchester .243 at less than 50 yards, the long day of hunting was over. “Then came the whooping and hollering, at least as much as a couple of 60-plus-year-olds can do,” Spomer said. The buck is a marvel for a Carmen whitetail, with between 18 and 20 scorable points and the total numbers of between 140 and 150 inches. “It’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen, and we had no clue he had that many points,” Jones said. “I know there was a bigger one killed in Mexico. This deer was at least 7 years old, and we had never seen him before. We scored him at a little over 150 in camp, so after the 60 days I figure he’ll be in the 140s. “With the typical buck four years ago and then this nontypical, it can’t get any better than that,” Spomer said. Fans of the television show will see more of the hunt when it airs on the Outdoor Channel next summer.

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A new hunter

Lubbock man wins Fantasy Fishing grand prize Lubbock’s Tyler Courtney will be upgrading his 1998 bass boat for a 2016 version after winning the grand prize in Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing, a fantasy game that follows the Bassmaster Classic and the Bassmaster Elite Series. Before each tournament begins, fans predict the best angler in each of five groups, or “buckets,” and are awarded with points based on the angler’s finish. Big prizes are awarded to the top player for each event and to the best overall player of the season. Courtney, 28, beat more than 30,000 other players and won a Triton 189TrX boat with a Yamaha VF150LA motor, a single-axle trailer, MotorGuide trolling motor and a Lowrance Mark 5X. His prize package is valued at $37,793. When the season was drawing to a close and Courtney was hovering around the top of the leaderboard for the last few weeks, his friends were constantly texting him. “I started getting nervous those last few weeks, and I asked my buddies to help me so I wouldn’t mess up,” said Courtney. “But they wouldn’t help. They said I just needed to keep doing what I was doing.” —B.A.S.S.

Continued from page 7

“After shooting the gun, we went out for a quick hunt,” Jeremy said. “We watched a doe and an 8-pointer for a while. It was really exciting and a cool experience.” The next morning, Jeremy went out with guides Sawyer Wright and Cole Farris, and his dad, Robert. “We sat near a blind but on the ground,” he said. “While we were sitting, a big buck ran across the field in front of us. Then, he came back.” Farris thought he could stop the super-wide 6-point buck that Wright had dubbed “Outrigger.” “I’ll whistle and get him to stop,” Farris said. No sound came out of his mouth. “I was too excited, I couldn’t whistle,” he said. “I’ve never seen a 6-pointer like that.” The buck returned, though, and Jeremy made a perfect shot with his grand-

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father’s .308 Browning. “He dropped right there,” Jeremy said. The old buck had an inside spread of 22 inches, a true trophy. After an education in dressing and skinning the deer and texting his mom and a few friends, Jeremy was able to experience rattling bucks, learn about deer hunting and managing property, and the next morning, he topped off the hunt by shooting a doe. Jeremy plans to study criminal justice in college and wanted to become a K9 officer. After the hunt, however, he said, “I think I may look into becoming a game warden.” His father, though, may have been the most excited. “It was such a great moment to watch my son take his first buck,” Robert Garner said. “We may have just given birth to another protector of all wildlife species.”



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Time 5:14 PM 5:54 PM 6:32 PM 7:08 PM 7:41 PM 4:55 AM 6:57 AM 8:44 AM 0:49 AM 12:36 PM 1:38 PM 2:21 PM 2:59 PM 3:34 PM 4:09 PM

Height 1.8H 1.7H 1.6H 1.5H 1.4H 0.8H 0.7H 0.7H 0.8H 1.0H 1.2H 1.3H 1.4H 1.5H 1.6H

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3:45 PM 3:55 PM 3:51 PM 8:27 AM 8:55 AM 9:25 AM 9:56 AM 10:27 AM 1:01 AM 11:36 AM 3:07 AM

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OUTDOOR PUZZLER By Wilbur “Wib” Lundeen Solution on Page 24

Pure Fishing’s parent company acquired

Dollahon PR adds marketing manager

Jarden Corp., parent company to Pure Fishing, has been acquired by Newell Rubbermaid in a $15 billion deal, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new company will be named Newell Brands. Pure Fishing, part of Jarden Outdoor Solutions, includes fishing brands like Abu Garcia, Shakespeare, Berkley, Trilene, Fenwick and Stren.

Robyn McKerley has joined Tulsa, Oklahoma-based public relations and marketing firm Dollahon PR as its new marketing manager.

New communications head at Outdoor Sportsman Group Shareese Thompson has been appointed as the new communications supervisor for the Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network).

Airgun named NRA Gun of the Week AirForce Airguns’ Texan Air Rifle, the world’s most powerful production air rifle, according to the company, was awarded the National Rifle Association’s Gun of the Week.

Wildlife Forever donates CleanDrainDry registration Wildlife Forever recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, donating its trademarked Clean Drain Dry registration.



1. A pheasant’s collection of hens 3. A small game predator 5. A young deer 8. To rest, as a pheasant 10. Long hunting trip is a _____ 11. A cave dweller 15. To construct a fly lure 17. Part of fishing gear 19. A fish species 21. Keeps a day’s catch fresh 23. A salmon species 25. A nuisance while fishing 27. A locale of the still hunter 28. A term for the antlers 30. A type fly lure 31. Shells, arrows 32. A name given some turkeys 35. The Dall are wild ones 36. This could be in the snack pack 38. Texans favorite species to hunt 43. A partridge 44. Hunter gives it TLC 45. The recoil from a fired gun 46. They fly in formation

1. A crab 2. An underwater growth 3. Female turkey 4. Underwater growth where fish hide 6. Long-armed tree dweller 7. Fish to be 9. Treats hides 10. Angler’s name for large bass 12. Hunting, fishing permit 13. Valuable commercial catch 14. A method of preparing fish 16. The roe 18. The slot for the bowstring 20. Trapping gear 22. The fur seeker 24. Term for a man-made game trail 25. Name for a floating fly 26. Sage, blue or spruce 29. The underside of a bow 33. To check game track for freshness 34. Term for a missed shot 36. A name for bait used for large bass 37. The gun safety 39. Field area populated by quail 40. A shell that fails to fire 41. A type of fishing lure 42. Teeth can reveal this in some game


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Catfish piccata 2 skinless catfish fillets 1/16 tsp. salt and pepper (each) 1 tbsp. flour 1 tbsp. butter or margarine 2 tbsps. lemon juice 2 tbsps. minced parsley 4 thin slices lemon for garnish Pat catfish dry. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Measure thickness of fish at thickest part to estimate cooking time; allow 10 minutes

per inch of thickness. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over moderate heat until it bubbles. Add fish and cook for three minutes. Turn fish and continue cooking until fish flakes when tested with a fork. Remove to warm plates. Add lemon juice and parsley to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring to loosen contents in the pan. Pour over hot fish. Garnish with lemon slices.


New president at Xpress Boats Xpress Boats of Hot Springs, Arkansas has announced Rory A. Herndon will succeed his father Rodney Herndon as the president of Xpress Boats and Veranda Marine effective January 1, 2016.

Lundquist added to WAT board Andrew Lundquist has been elected to the Wetlands America Trust board of trustees. WAT is Ducks Unlimited’s land trust and foundation arm.

Evinrude signs on with FLW BRP has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement for its Evinrude brand with the FLW tournament fishing organization. The Evinrude BFL contingency program gives anglers at all BFL qualifying tournaments, regionals and All-American a chance to win Evinrude contingency money.

Two million visit the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a new destination retail attraction in downtown Memphis, has welcomed more than two million visitors in its first year of operation.

Duck Dynasty reruns on Outdoor Channel Outdoor Channel has acquired the cable syndication rights to air the first six seasons of Duck Dynasty, beginning on January 18, 2016.

Bass Champs, Skeeter together 14 years Skeeter Boats will remain the title sponsor of the Bass Champs tournament trail and television show. This season will mark the 14th year of the sponsorship.

Geese coming in Continued from page 4

“There are no snow geese by Cooper,” he said. “I’m not sure they have made it to Kansas yet.” A big push of birds has entered the area north of Abilene, according to guide Roger Roewe with Webfoot Connection in Rochester. “We had a big push of birds last week,” Roewe said. “It’s about an equal amount of Canadas and specks — and we have more ducks than I’ve seen in a long time.” The warm weather has hampered the hunting somewhat, and Roewe expects easier hunts once it cools down. “They are feeding in the small grains, wheat and milo, when it’s warm,” he said. “When it gets cold, they should move into

the peanut fields. They are a little easier to hunt there.” Specklebellies and some snow geese are in the Eagle Lake area in Southeast Texas. “There are snow geese around,” said Tim Kelley with Waterfowl Outfitters Unlimited. “We’re having some decent hunts — yesterday (December 20), we got 21, half were specks and half were snows.” The warm temperatures have the snow geese moving around the area. “You have to get in the right spot,” Kelley said. “They are hard to hunt right now. I’m looking for things to pick up in January and into February in the Conservation Season for snow geese.”

Venison cheese meatloaf 2 lbs. ground venison 2 eggs 1 can seasoned tomato sauce 2 tbsps. liquid smoke 1 cup dry onion flakes 1 cup Italian bread crumbs 8 slices mozzarella or swiss cheese 8 slices 97-percent fat-free ham In a large bowl, mix the meat, liquid smoke, onion, 3/4 of the tomato sauce and the breadcrumbs together. Add more breadcrumbs if

needed to get a somewhat firm consistency. Place the meat mixture onto a sheet of foil. Flatten to 1/2-inch thick and as wide as your loaf pan. Once flattened, lay the cheese on top and then the ham. Roll up jelly-roll style making sure the seam is on the top and close up the ends. Slowly work your loaf pan down over the top of the meat. Now your seam is on the bottom. Pour the rest of the tomato sauce on the top if desired. Place pan on top of a cookie sheet to catch

any drippings and bake at 325 degrees for 60–75 minutes. Remove and let set for a couple of minutes before serving.


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Weatherby Foundation Award Dinner Omni Dallas Hotel

Texas Gun and Knife Show Abilene Civic Center (830) 285-0575

Dallas Safari Club Annual Convention and Sporting Expo Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (972) 980-9800

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

Houston Boat Show NRG Center (713) 526-6361



Delta Waterfowl Leon County Dinner Leon County Expo Center (903) 388-4705

Wild Sheep Foundation The Sheep Show Reno-Sparks Convention Center (307) 527-6261 Mule Deer Foundation Amarillo Banquet Shelton Hangar (806) 679-3983



Houston Safari Club Convention and Hunting Expo The Waterway Marriot Hotel, The Woodlands (713) 623-8492



National Wild Turkey Federation Ark-La-Tex Banquet Harleton Volunteer Fire Station (903) 720-3163


Austin Boat Show Austin Convention Center


Safari Club International Texas Brush Country Chapter Banquet American Bank Center, Corpus Christi (361) 877-9872

Delta Waterfowl Collin County Chapter Banquet Grover’s Bar and Grill, Frisco (618) 691-9364

MMR relocates to Texas Mountain Mike’s Reproductions, Co. has moved from California to its new office and distribution center in Montgomery. We were based solely on the West Coast until now,” said Mike Bartholdy, president and CEO. “Now, with our main office and distribution center centrally located, we can better timely serve and communicate with our retailers.” MMR makes European antler mounting kits as well as an assortment of other outdoor products. —MMR


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NATIONAL Longtime Arkansas writer dies at 85 Joe Mosby, who began working at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission after the Arkansas Gazette closed in 1991, died over the weekend at age 85. Mosby was a member of the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame, Arkansas Activities Association Distinguished Service Award and Arkansas Sports Writers and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He covered the AGFC since 1973 in various capacities, and produced the Arkansas Outdoors newsletter and wrote articles for magazines, brochures, books and other publications. —AGFC

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For outstanding accomplishments that led them to a pair of world titles and a reserved spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, Vincent Hancock and Morgan Craft have been named USA Shooting’s Athletes of the Year for 2015. Hancock’s stellar 2015 in skeet shooting included two World Cup wins; a silver medal at the World Cup Finals, a second at Nationals; an unprecedented third World Championship crown; and an Olympic Team nomination. Craft’s season included two World Cup podium finishes with silver and bronze, followed by her defeat of American teammate Caitlin Connor to capture the World Championship and ensure her ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games. —USA Shooting

Don Pfitzer, southern trout pioneer Southern trout fisherman and biologist Don Pfitzer died at the age of 91 while along the banks of the Jackson River with his son. As a fisheries biologist with the Tennessee Game and Fish Commission in the early 1950s, Pfitzer conducted an ecological survey of the tailwaters below seven large TVA impoundments, and suggested stocking trout because of the cold water. The stocked rainbows thrived, starting a trout-stocking trend across the country. Pfitzer worked as a fisheries biologist with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until retiring in 1988 as the assistant regional director for the southeastern states. —Staff report

Elk moving out of Yellowstone Biologists are trying to determine why an increased number of elk are migrating out of

Puzzle solution from Page 22

Yellowstone National Park during the winter. While usually about a third of the elk migrate into Montana, the number is now nearly 80 percent. The increased migration could be linked to the presence of fewer predators north of the park, since Yellowstone has larger numbers of grizzly bears, wolves, mountain lions and coyotes. —Staff report

SCI Foundation announces Beretta Conservation Leadership Award finalists On February 2, 2016 at the Annual SCI Hunters Convetion in Las Vegas, Nevada, the SCI Foundation will name the winner of the Beretta Conservation Leadership Award. The finalists are: • Ron and Jackie Bartels of Schriever, Louisiana • Ralph and Deb Cunningham of Houston • Robert Model of Cody, Wyoming • John L. Morris of Springfield, Missouri • Byron and Sandra Sadler of Kerr County, Texas • A.C. (Charles) Smid of Moose, Wyoming The Beretta Conservation Leadership award honors those unique individuals who represent the ultimate embodiment of the hunterconservationist philosophy and contribute generously to conservation, education and humanitarian services efforts in both time and financial resources. —SCI Foundation

New Jersey cuts new boat sales tax Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that aligns the state with neighboring states’ tax laws pertaining to boat sales. The New Jersey sales tax of 7 percent will be reduced after Feb. 1, 2016 by 50 percent for every boat sold or berthed in the state. —Trade Only Today

Louisiana refuge to get shoreline protection A $31 million segmented breakwater project at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge was approved at the Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection Restoration Act meeting Dec. 10. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which owns and manages Rockefeller, will use the funding to construct and maintain 2.5 miles of breakwater structure initially with the potential to reach nine miles in length. —LDWF

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Continued from page 8


line may seem unusual. “I use 60-pound mono and an oceantype rod and reel,” he said. “It’s good for the Apps.” His fish topped the lake record by nearly 20 pounds, and the state record, a 36.5-pounder caught in 1965 by Mrs. Joe Cockrell on the Pedernales River, by nearly a pound. “I was just in the right place at the right time,” Norenberg said. Edd Hanson, a waterfowl guide and owner of Hanson Outdoors, is a good friend of Norenberg’s. “He fishes the same pier in the creek all of the time, using a big surf rod,” Hanson said. “I always thought he was crazy for using such a big rod. “I guess it wasn’t so crazy.”


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