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Volume 14, Issue 10

Cold weather rainbows attract crowds

Is it time to go tagless? Other states drop tagging deer

Some states are doing away with the need to place a tag on a deer immediately after harvest. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Texas Parks and Wildlife Department plans to look at tagless deer hunting as part of a broader study of electronic licensing, officials told LSON. “The time is right to look at technology and see if it has advanced to the degree that we can utilize it to make tag or harvest validation more convenient for folks,” said Clayton Wolf, Wildlife Division director. The study committee has yet to meet, Wolf said. Committee members will come from the wildlife and fisheries divisions, law enforcement, communications and financial resources. Last September, Wisconsin eliminated the need for carcass tags for deer. Harvest logs also are not required. Hunters are only required to call or go online to register their deer by 5 p.m. the day after the harvest. Kentucky did away with deer

Fly-fishing guide Dan Cone makes a cast on the Guadalupe River. One of his customers landed this rainbow trout on a size 22 soft hackle blue-winged olive. Photos by Bobby Sanchez, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez For Lone Star Outdoor News

Chilling cold — for Texans at least — didn’t put a damper on fly-fishing for rainbow trout along the Guadalupe River. During the first week of Jan-

uary, the temperatures struggled to climb out of the 30s by midmorning on the water. Still, on a midweek day, at least 15 anglers braved the cold, some wading and some drifting, along about a 3-mile stretch of the Guadalupe — one of the top 100 trout streams in America.

Dan Cone, a fly-fishing guide for Castell Guide Service, has fished for rainbow trout on the Guadalupe and Llano rivers for the past 15 years. It used to be unusual to see a lot of anglers on the river midweek, but that has been changing over the past 4 or 5 years due to stocking efforts,

he said. “People finding out about the Guadalupe has certainly has driven more people out,” Cone said. “When I started guiding on the river, there were probably seven to eight full-time guides. That number has more than doubled in the past 10 or 12 years.” Please turn to page 9

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Young hunter arrows buck after years of hard work By Craig Nyhus

Derek Graber, a sophomore at Texas A&M University, has been chasing bucks with his bow on an East Texas ranch for five years. Two days before Christmas, he got his gift.

concentrated on brushing, creating food plots, spraying for youpon and other bad species of brush, and setting up trail cameras. At the ranch, called Memory Ranch, the habitat and the deer started to improve. “We created 25 acres of food plots, penned the feeders and cut little slots for the fawns to get in. Last year, we trapped and killed 65 hogs and we’re gonna

After pursuing deer with his bow in Trinity County for five years, Derek Graber finally connected right before Christmas on the 320acre ranch he and his family have been managing. Photo from Derek Graber.

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It is the work that led to the harvest, though, that makes him the most proud. “My dad’s best friend, B.J. Tarver, bought 320 acres in Trinity County,” Graber said. “B.J. has been in my life as far back as I can remember. We started with 37 acres and it was all slosh, a fire in 2013 had burned a lot of the area. Then we got into management of the property.” The friends and family

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Sharing memories (P. 4)

Bass techniques for blues (P. 8)

Family of wildlife photographers starts new site.

Anglers pitch weightless bait into timber.

Cranes and quail (P. 5)

Winter snapper (P. 8)

Group tackles bobwhites, sandhills.

Headboats take groups to state waters.

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HUNTING

Try different areas for late-season ducks By Ray Sasser

For Lone Star Outdoor News North Texas duck hunters finally got the weather they wanted — record cold that froze the upper reaches of the Central Flyway and forced ducks south. Kevin Kraai, the

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s waterfowl program leader, said the duck hunting has been disappointing in much of Texas, but the big chill should be a game changer as the season winds down. Duck and goose season end Jan. 28. According to Kraai, the

only downside to this weather event is that it blew in dry. “We could use more rain events to attract and hold ducks on freshly flooded aquatic foods,” Kraai said. North Texas hunters frequently complain about ducks staying north due to mild

weather that leaves plenty of open water for ducks to winter in the Midwest. This time, the complaint may be a lack of local water. Duck hunting outfitter Bob McFarlane said his habitat is in poor shape due to 4 inches of rain in three months. McPlease turn to page 17

A mallard fooled by a set of decoys is the goal of many Texas duck hunters, who hope colder temperatures bring more birds into their hunting areas. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

A family affair Photographing family starts new venture By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Many Texas hunters know Dave Richards from his book, “Observing and Evaluating Whitetails,” written after years of photographing deer on South Texas ranches. Others know him by his photos, as he has been a regular contributor to outdoor publications. Most don’t know, however, that his two sons joined in the picture-taking tradition. “The boys were interested from the time when they were too short to see out of the window of the deer blind,” Richards said. “They used little Fuji cameras. After awhile, we would go out and shoot the .22s, though.” James, 21, is a senior at Abilene Christian University. Joseph, 19, is a senior at Clark High School in San Antonio. The two sons eventually began selling photos to publications as well, including being contributors to Lone Star Outdoor News. “They are each on his third camera they bought with their own money,” Richards said. Dealing with the library of thousands of images created by the three was another issue, so the family made the best of it, creating a website, richardsoutdoorphotography.com, where people can review the galleries of photos and purchase images. The family took a photo safari to South Africa last July after James had interned in the country for two months, and the Africa images are on the site. “The boys built up a lot of images and I have thousands,” Richards said. “Hopefully they can make a little money, and it opens doors to other places to get photos.” Richards’ wife, Beth, joined in with her artistic creations. Her drawings, many inspired by the Africa trip, also are on the site. “She got into art after she homeschooled the boys through elementary school,” Richards said. “She’s very talented.”

Dave, James and Joseph Richards are all involved in wildlife photography, and have thousands of white-tailed deer images, while Beth Richards focuses on art. They all created a new website to share and sell images. Photos from Dave Richards.

Social media gets it wrong on mountain lion Sightings rare, but lions aren’t, officials say By Tony Vindell

For Lone Star Outdoor News A large mountain lion killed last month in the Rio Grande Valley brought about some concern due to the power of social media. Initial reports indicated the cat was shot in the outskirts of Rancho Viejo, an upscale small town just north of the community of Olmito and about 12 miles north of Brownsville.

Residents were alerted through social media outlets about the dangers of a mountain lion sighted in their neighborhoods. A picture of the dead animal was posted and made it to hundreds, if not thousands, of cell phones. “Did you know about the mountain lion in Rancho Viejo?” was the prevailing question people asked before showing the picture of the large feline laid on a game rack on back of a pickup truck. “You better not wander into the woods.” The area has thick brush to the

west, sugar cane fields to the east and farmland to the south, along with expensive homes, townhouses and a golf course. But the alarm of a wild cat killed there caused a commotion. A local police officer heard about the lion, and Omar Lucio, the county sheriff, was made aware of the cat. Capt. James Dunks, who heads the TPWD office in Brownsville, said the puma wasn’t killed in Cameron County, but rather in Starr County. “We know who killed it,” he

said, adding the shooter’s name was confidential. “He has a hunting license so it was legal.” Mountain lions are nongame animals in Texas, with no closed season. Hunters must possess a valid hunting license, however, unless the shooting is to prevent an attack on humans, pets or livestock. Dunks and another game warden didn’t understand all the fuss about the sighting of a mountain lion. “They are everywhere,” Dunks said. “These are predatory ani-

mals looking for food, and they avoid being in close contact with humans.” Dunks said mountain lions have been sighted in eastern Cameron County, in Willacy County, and more in Starr County. Although the shooting of a mountain lion is rare, the cats are around. “I have been on the phone all day,” Dunks said when contacted about the cougar issue. ”This is wearing me out.”


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Doubling down on cranes and quail

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For Lone Star Outdoor News Putting together a combination hunt for quail and sandhill cranes is unusual of, but that’s what came together for Jerry Allen, his two sons and a daughter in-law on a recent hunt in the Panhandle about an hour southeast of Lubbock. “We went up there expecting to hunt quail with a friend of mine,” Allen said. “The quail hunting was exceptional with upwards of 30 coveys of bobs a day. The guy that put the hunt together mentioned that there were lots of sandhills coming into one of the nearby fields. We went out there and sure enough they were there. We had our permits and were good to go.” Sandhill cranes are among the toughest birds to successfully hunt. They have keen eyesight and are extremely wary of hunters. Allen said on the first day, they set up along a treeline near where they had seen the big birds. That first hunt was easy. The second day the cranes got wise in a hurry. “Once the birds started flaring from us, we used a few dead cranes for decoys,” Allen said. “We propped them up on stubble and spread their wings out. That changed everything. They began coming in within range and we got our limits, but we were making some really long shots. At one point I pulled up about 4 feet in front of a lead bird and dropped the one behind that one.” Before the second day of hunting, the group headed to town for 3-1/2-inch Nitro turkey magnum loads. “With those loads and a full choke, we could reach the higher fliers,” Allen said. It is legal to hunt sandhills with lead shot. However, wildlife management areas and federal wildlife refuges have special regulations requiring nontoxic shot for all game bird hunting, including sand-

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Lucky duck hunting teen walks out of wilderness By Darlene McCormick Sanchez For Lone Star Outdoor News

Charley and Nick Albert went on a successful duck hunt shortly after Nick survived being lost for nearly 24 hours. What started out as a routine scouting trip for ducks, turned into a lesson of survival that one Texas youth isn’t likely to forget. Nick Albert, 18, had spent the night at his mother’s and headed out late in the afternoon of Dec. 26 to do a little scouting for a duck-hunting trip with his family later during the holiday season. He put his boat in at a creek on the White Oak Creek WMA near Mount Pleasant and went a mile upstream before parking the boat to check on some ducks he saw landing in the woods. It was about 4:30 p.m. Nick followed what looked like spray paint markers on trees leading to the area where he saw the ducks. Twilight was fast approaching, but he figured he would use his flashlight on his iPhone to head back out. Then the worst happened — his phone, which was 30 percent charged, went dead. And that’s when his situation hit him: no flashlight, no phone, no food, no water — and no one knew where he was. “I was just in thick woods. You look up and you don’t see the stars,” he recalled. “The initial panic was when it got dark, and I couldn’t see.” Nick, who had hunted with his dad since he was 2 years old, was an experienced outdoorsman, but his predicament shook his confidence. With the temperature dropping, he decided to try and follow the creek back to the boat but became disoriented. At that point Nick knew it was going to

After scouting for ducks in the evening, Nick Albert became lost after the battery on his iPhone died. With no flashlight, he walked about 20 miles before reaching safety. Photo from Nick Albert.

be a long night. He had a coat and had on waders that kept him warm. He found a creek and kept following it. He walked for hours in the dark. Exhausted, Nick found a hollowed-out area under a log to escape the biting wind and fell into a fitful sleep. When he woke, it was still dark, but he decided to push on. Eventually, he ran upon the boundary of a high-fenced ranch in the woods, which gave him hope. Meanwhile, his father, Charley Albert, knew his son went scouting but he wasn’t aware he was missing until the morning of Dec. 27 after getting a text from Nick’s mother. Charley and one of Nick’s friends set out to look for him at duck hunting spots to no avail. Before noon, Charley posted on East Please turn to page 14

Hunting family dies Use of propane heater without ventilation likely cause By Darlene McCormick Sanchez For Lone Star Outdoor News

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With carbon monoxide poisoning the probable cause in the recent deaths of three generations of hunters, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials hope to warn hunters about the dangers during future hunter safety classes. TPWD’s Hunter Education Coordinator Steve Hall said that the deaths of the three hunters would be reported in the state’s annual hunter safety report. While carbon monoxide poisoning isn’t specifically covered during safety classes, Hall said instructors cover general guidelines on how to safely operate equipment

and some discuss proper ventilation while using heaters in blinds. “We really don’t cover cabins and trailers. Certainly we’re going to use this as a teachable moment,” he said. The victims were identified as John Glass Sr., 69; Bryan Glass, 41; and Cody Glass, 13. They were found between Brownwood and Bangs in a box trailer converted into a cabin. The family used a propane heater to stay warm in the cabin, but it lacked proper ventilation, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff cautioned everyone to be aware of needed ventilation when using propane heaters. Bryan and Cody Glass lived in Troy, and John Glass Sr. was from Lake Brownwood.


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DSC expo continues upward trend for conservation

Warden injured by vehicle, reward offered

The 2018 Dallas Safari Club Convention and Expo concluded Jan. 7 with another successful “Greatest Hunters’ Convention on the Planet.” Attendance was robust, likely 5,000 more than last year, and the auction dollar amounts exceeded expectations by an impressive margin. These funds will be channeled into the grants programs operated by DSC and DSC Foundation. Inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas, exhibitors were warmed by the usual Texas hospitality of DSC’s volunteer army, and attendees viewed nearly 900 exhibitors from across the globe, who displayed everything from fine guns to lodge-style furnishings, luxurious furs and jewelry, ranch real estate and off-road vehicles — and much more, all for outdoorsmen and women both here and abroad. On Saturday night, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt spoke to a packed crowd at the gala and thanked everyone for their support of America’s wild places and wildlife management policies now in effect under Sec. Ryan Zinke’s leadership. A particularly touching moment came when the Outstanding Hunting Achievement Award was dedicated to its founder, Dr. Bob Speegle, the 92-year-old still active hunter who has

A Texas game warden was assaulted by a vehicle while attempting to make contact with a white cargo van. Law enforcement officials are asking the public for help locating a vehicle of interest and with identifying individuals responsible for injuring a Texas game warden during a traffic stop New Year’s Day. The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. in an area due east of Plum Grove Road and the Harris/Liberty County line in Liberty County on private property. The driver of the vehicle is believed to be a Hispanic male in his 40s-50s, along with two female passengers (one in her 40s-50s and one in her teens-20s). The vehicle of interest is described as a white late model Ford E350 van featuring windows on the right side access doors. The injured game warden was transported to an area hospital, treated and released, and is expected to be recovering for several months. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the identification and arrest of those responsible for this incident. People with information relating to this incident are asked to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-792-4253. Callers may remain anonymous. —TPWD

A panel of experts answered questions from attendees at the DSC convention. Photo by DSC.

been a part of DSC since the beginning of the club. On Friday, media interest in the application for an import permit provided a chance for DSC to shed light on how hunting supports conservation. “It was a great show, thanks to our volunteers, exhibitors, the DSC staff and all that attended,” said DSC President Craig Nyhus. “It was awe-inspiring to see so many hunters, dignitaries and distinguished conservationists from all over the world all join as part of the DSC family.” —DSC

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knock out more this year. “We got with the neighbors,” Graber said. “A deer lease backs up to us and they can’t shoot bucks younger than 4. On another side, the people don’t hunt much, but they do plant food plots because they like to see the deer. Another ranch next to us is family-owned and they don’t get along, so no one is ever on it.” Graber admits they didn’t really know what they were doing at first. “We contacted Blake Hamilton at Nature’s Eye Consulting,” Graber said. “He did a land survey and created a management plan, and he’s been helping us along the way. I interned for him this past summer.” With a goal of not shooting any bucks younger than 5 years, Graber passed on a 150-inch buck earlier this season. “We knew he was 4,” he said. “Unfortunately, one of the neighbors did get him. But our plan is working, we’re seeing so many more deer on every hunt. I’ve been chasing deer with my bow out there for five years, I’ve had every mishap a guy could have.” Graber has hunted in the area before, but it was a nearby lease and it was mostly for fun. “We put up some feeders and went hunting,” he said. “We just had fun and made memories. I did kill my first buck there in 2011.” It was a summer camp that got the young man interested in wildlife management. “I went to the Buckskin Brigades in 2011, and returned in 2012 as a herd leader,” he said. “Then I did the W.I.L.D. (Wildlife Intensive Leadership Development) program. At A&M, he’s studying agricultural economics. Over the Christmas holiday, though, he was hunting. On the day before Christmas Eve, the hard work paid off. “I shot a 5-year-old 8-pointer,” he said. “I’m very happy for it to be my first bow kill. I was late to the stand, and he came out eight minutes later and stood broadside at 20 yards. It was the perfect Christmas gift.” Graber is looking forward to next season, and beyond. “Mostly this year, everything started to come together,” he said. “It’s amazing how good the deer can get here — all they need is more birthdays.”

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FISHING

Pitching for blue cats

Heading to state waters for red snapper

Blue catfish often suspend in winter, and the right presentation can result in big fish. Photo from Royce Simmons.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Royce Simmons with Gone Fishin’ Guide Service has been guiding white bass and catfish anglers on Richland Chambers Reservoir for years. In early January, he and his fishermen used a different method for landing good-sized blues. “We were timber fishing,” Simmons said. “The guys were good bass fishermen and they pitched chicken gizzards into the timber weightless on a No. 5 circle hook. It’s a wintertime phenomenon used by the die-hard catfishermen.” The technique requires a level of skill that most customers don’t possess. “The folks that can fish that way can do great, especially on cloudy days,” Simmons said. “They’re using heavy bass-fishing equipment, and it’s similar to pitching a jig on Lake Fork for big bass, except it’s weightless.” The bite isn’t a strong one. “The bait falls real slowly, and you feel the line tick and the blues pretty much set the hook for you,” Simmons said.

Headboat trips to state waters can lead to catches of good-sized red snapper. Photo by Tony Vindell, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Tony Vindell

For Lone Star Outdoor News There haven’t been headboat trips with Osprey Fishing Charters to state waters for red snapper fishing since last April, but that changed on Dec. 26 when the South Padre Island-based company took about 30 anglers out from Port Mansfield, with each hoping to bring in their four-fish red snapper limit. Most of the fishermen landed red snapper, with

some bringing in their fourfish limit and others with two or three. About a half-dozen red snapper, weighing between 15 and 20 pounds, were among the largest fish, including one caught by David Poston, of Harlingen, who won a side pot for the biggest fish that landed on the boat floor. “This is the biggest fish I have caught so far this year,” Poston said. Poston said he fishes

whenever he has the time, although he wishes he could fish every day. Red snapper, though, is his favorite. “You can cook red snapper every which way you want to,” he said. The group also landed sharks, mangrove snapper, sand trout and a Spanish mackerel. After the 20-plus mile trip to the Gulf of Mexico to fish in the state waters, some anglers tired and sat down after landing their limit.

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Angler lands 200-pound alligator gar Fish gaining in popularity in Rio Grande Valley By Tony Vindell

For Lone Star Outdoor News Golf is not the only popular sport in Rancho Viejo, a town of less than 3,000 people named after a ranch. It’s also one of the best places for fishing alligator gar, known as catán in the Rio Grande Valley. The monster-sized fish can be found in a body of water that bears the town’s name — Resaca del Rancho Viejo. Residents observe the fish on top of the water in an ambush position or often hear the splashing of a tail. Jason Walker, his brother, wives, sons and daughters and Remberto Dillon Walker measures the 200-pound gar he and his family landed in the Resaca del Rancho Viejo. Photo by Jason Walker.

Others enjoyed the camaraderie. One young man slept through the whole trip, even though his grandfather paid for him. “How many did you catch?” an angler asked him as the boat headed back. “A monster one,” he replied. “In your dreams,” answered another. This particular trip had an international flair. Ion Hazapariu, a Romanian immigrant who lives in

Arteaga, of Bayview, are part of a number of anglers who fish for gar in such resacas. And they recently landed a big one. “We do a lot boat fishing as the bigger gar are hard to get with a bow and arrow,” Walker said. “We have been fishing for gar for about 40 years.” The gar Walker and his family landed measured 7 feet in length and weighed close to 200 pounds — a giant but not a record, as the state record of 279 pounds was caught in 1951 by Bill Valverde. Walker developed his own technique for big alligator gar fishing. They use an offshore rod, 80-pound test line and a braided bronze leader on a special jug line. Fresh carp they catch is the bait. With the boat, Walker reaches Please turn to page 13

Dodging a bullet with the big freeze By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Guides on Matagorda Bay reported fishing has been slowly improving since the hard freeze during the first of January. Waders report that as of Jan. 7, they were catching more and more trout along the oyster reefs. The best bite was still in the Colorado River, the ICW and Diversionary Canal. In Port O’Connor, Phil Brannan said he has been working slow-sinking lures at the mouths of drains and catching limits of trout in the 18- to 20-inch class. “The trout bite won’t be back to normal until they acclimate to the cold water,” said guide Charlie Paradoski. “Even in the second week of January, the water temperature on East Matagorda Bay was still around 40 degrees. That’s tough on trout and reds.” The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issued a temporary closure to saltwater fishing along parts of Please turn to page 19


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Winter rainbows Continued from page 9

2018 TXTT TOUR SCHEDULE Kevin Stubbs, a guide at Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides on River Road near New Braunfels, agreed that more people have been using the resource in recent years. Right now he’s seeing more wade fishers take advantage of low flow rates on the river. But even with increased fishing pressure, there are ample rainbow trout. Both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Guadalupe River chapter of Trout Unlimited stock the river each year with rainbow trout. GRTU Anglers wade the waters of the Guadalupe River, searching for stocks 12,000 pounds of rainbows the perfect pool that holds a prized rainbow trout. Photos by — which amounts to thousands Bobby Sanchez, for Lone Star Outdoor News. of fish with an average size of 17 inches this year. The big fish took the fly delicately, causCone, who is on the GRTU board, added ing only a slight dip in the indicator. The that for the past three years, the organizaangler lifted the rod tip up, not really tion has also stocked brown trout on the knowing if something was on the line. In river. an instant, the fish began to fight, but the With water temps in the 50s, the cold hook was set. The reel zinged as the fish weather might seem a blessing, but a good streaked through the clear, green water, or bad day on the water is tied to bugs, with Cone coaching the angler to let the which are often more active when it’s fish run. warm. Once the trout stopped, the angler beTrout, though, can be fickle, Sometimes, gan reeling, but the fish kept fighting, and they won’t bite due to a slight variation in ran toward the boat at one point. Finally, the color of the fly. Other times, the flies after about 5 minutes of give-and-take, the are right, but they won’t strike the lure untrout was close enough to net. less it’s right on top of them. The beauty was caught in the Kanz area “Trout have two things to do during the of the special trophy zone on the Guadaday — eat and avoid being eaten,” he said. lupe set up by TPWD, which allows only “They’re visual feeders.” one fish over 18 inches to be kept, and it Cone, who releases all fish caught, said must be caught on an artificial lure. In this the key for fly-fishers is to mimic the incase, the rainbow was released. sects they see on the water — which can The successful fly that day was small — a change frequently. He prefers a 10-foot, size 22 soft hackle blue-winged olive. Cone 4-weight rod on the Guadalupe for his clisaid he chose that fly for the angler because ents while nymph fishing. Since the land is he started seeing mayflies on the water. private along the river, the best way to fish Stubbs concurred that small flies with the river is to float on rafts. midge patterns were doing best for his cliOn his first trip out on the Guadalupe ents as well, with catches up to 20 inches in January, the trout hit only midge flies in the trophy zone. Anglers were reporting in the morning. His group netted 6 trout, more success by the end of the first week with the largest coming in at 19 inches. in January thanks to warmer temperatures Cone’s fishing trips commonly extend bringing out more insects. from Highway 306 near the Maricopa Stubbs’ best advice to anglers is to fly-fish Riverside Lodge to the Lazy L & L Campthe river. People are having “zero success” ground. with conventional hardware, he added. The trout were more stubborn on the An angler’s success in matching the second trip that week with a neophyte hatch will lead to a successful catch, Cone fly-fisher on board. However, after a little said. coaching, a multitude of fly changes, and “Patience is the biggest advice I can give some missed opportunities, the lady angler and the willingness to tie on small flies,” managed to land an 18 1/2-inch rainbow he added. trout — her first.

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained to muddy upriver; 42-51 degrees; 5.19’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting live bait. AMISTAD: Water murky; 47-54 degrees; 23.32’ low. Black bass are good on silver slabs, crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on slabs, crankbaits and grubs. White bass are fair on slabs and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and cheese bait in 60-90 feet. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 41-49 degrees; 2.25’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow to fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 41-46 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, drop-shot worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. AUSTIN: Water stained; 44-56 degrees; 0.81’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on chrome lipless crankbaits and Texas rigs. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. BASTROP: Water stained; 46-52 degrees. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and chartreuse jigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait and liver. BELTON: Water stained; 45-54 degrees; 2.97’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on lipless crankbaits and live shad in coves early. White bass are good on chrome slabs on the bottom. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait, dough bait, hot dogs and summer sausage. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. BENBROOK: Water stained; 42-46 degrees; 2.28’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 43-47 degrees; 0.86’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are slow. BONHAM: Water stained; 41-44 degrees; 0.82 low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair along creek channel with cut shad. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are good on crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms in the reeds. Striped bass are good on liver and shad. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, cheese bait and cut bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 42-45 degrees: 3.97’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 44-53 degrees; 3.30’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, crankbaits and watermelon red worms in 10-25 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on Li’l

Fishies and minnows over brush piles in 10-25 feet. Channel catfish are good on stink bait, minnows and frozen shrimp. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 43-48 degrees; 4.53’ low. Black bass are good on black jigs, watermelon red grubs on jig heads and suspending crankbaits along ledges and points in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair jigging small lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Catfish are slow. CADDO: Water stained; 45-48 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp and cheese bait. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 42-47 degrees; 3.46’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged pumpkinseed and watermelon worms, and tubes on jig heads in stickups. Striped bass are fair trolling crankbaits over humps. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 43-46 degrees; 2.04’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 46-53 degrees; 24.50’ low. Black bass are fair on heavy jigs and large soft plastic lizards in the grass. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Drum are fair on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and punch bait. COLEMAN: Water stained; 45-52 degrees; 2.42’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and dark red soft plastics, lipless crankbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on stink bait and hot dogs. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 82 degrees at the hot water discharge, 58 degrees in main lake; 1.06’ low. All species are slow. COLORADO CITY: 15.3’ low. After a period of drought, this lake caught water and boating is now allowed. However, it is not currently recommended for fishing due to severe golden alga blooms. CONROE: Water stained; 4553 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits in 20-30 feet. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stink bait, liver and shrimp. COOPER: Water stained; 4249 degrees; 1.41’ low. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and

white bass are slow. CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off-color; 45-53 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and shaky heads. White bass are fair on tail spinners. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 42-45 degrees; 1.45 low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. FAIRFIELD: Water fairly clear. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged creature baits and spinner baits. No report on other species. FALCON: Water murky; 47-55 degrees; 17.03’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs around bridges. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on Carolina-rigged soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FORK: Water stained; 43-46 degrees; 1.09’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and football jigs. White and yellow bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water offcolor; 42-48 degrees; 1.72’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on tequila sunrise soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. GRANBURY: Water stained; 44-52 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinner baits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait. GRANGER: Water stained; 4351 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair upriver among shad. Crappie are good on minnows upriver under lights at night. Blue catfish are fair on shad and prepared baits. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 41-45 degrees; 0.58’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass and hybrid bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. GREENBELT: Water off-color; 37-43 degrees; 32.31 low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow to fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 46-53 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows in 20 feet. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 41-49 degrees; 3.06’ low. Black bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait. JOE POOL: Water lightly

stained; 42-45 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 45-48 degrees: 1.25’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAVON: Water stained; 43-46 degrees: 2.61’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. LBJ: Water stained; 44-49 degrees; 0.74’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs and green/pumpkin tubes on docks. Striped bass are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 42-45 degrees; 1.45’ low. Black bass are fair on medium crankbaits, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 46-52 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad. MACKENZIE: 74.03’ low. Black bass are slow. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85-91 degrees; 2.81’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, weightless stick worms and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 34-45 degrees; 47.59’ low. No reports on black bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in limited numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinner baits and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. NASWORTHY: 43-48 degrees; 1.37’ low. No reports on black bass or crappie. Catfish are fair on live bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 45-52 degrees; 1.95’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits and crankbaits near the dam. White bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are good on minnows near the dam in brush piles. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and cheese bait near the dam. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 41-52 degrees; 37.65’ low. No

reports on black bass. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 41-47 degrees; 10.66’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 41-45 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, shaky heads and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 39-46 degrees; 1.24’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait. PROCTOR: Water murky; 46-52 degrees; 2.84’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on frozen shad and shrimp. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 43-46 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 41-44 degrees; 1.22’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 43-46 degrees; 2.64’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 44-51 degrees; 2.81’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/ red and watermelon/gold soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs and chartreuse spoons. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stink bait, frozen shrimp and liver. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 45-51 degrees; 0.24’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/black tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait. SPENCE: 50.98’ low. Catfish are fair on live bream, cut bait and nightcrawlers. STAMFORD: Water stained; 38-49 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on live bait. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 46-52 degrees; 3.50’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on silver spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. SWEETWATER: Water off-color; 39-45 degrees; 24.34’ low. This lake is currently experiencing a

n Saltwater reports Page 15 fish kill due to golden alga. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 44-47 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXANA: Water stained; 44-53 degrees; 1.95’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 41-45 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are fair on suspending jerkbaits, medium crankbaits and shaky-head worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 43-52 degrees; 4.20’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/ red soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, frozen shrimp and stink bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 46-52 degrees; 11.75’ low. Black bass are good on chrome jigging spoons, black jigs and white grubs. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs in the cove and at the hot water outlet. White bass are good on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on red wigglers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 42-45 degrees; 2.19’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 38-46 degrees; 21.42’ low. Black bass are slow. Catfish are fair on cheese bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 47-53 degrees; 4.56’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver and stink bait. WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 44-47 degrees; 4.70’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are slow.

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Luling, said he fishes for red snapper twice a year — once out of Port Mansfield and the other out of South Padre Island. “I did OK,” he said. “I got my limit plus a mackerel.” Alan Abadie, a Frenchman who moved from Europe to California when he was 23 years and lives now in La Feria, caught two red snapper and 15 unwanted catfish. “I always enjoy the friendship,” he said. “I had a good time, nevertheless.” The Osprey is one of a few headboats that move to Port Mansfield from the South Padre Island-Port Isabel area during the winter months to fish for red snapper in state waters. Capt. Murphy Fishing Charter Services and Breakaway Cruises also are scheduling trips over the next few months.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER DEER ILLEGALLY TAKEN AS PET RETURNS AS BUCK A Titus County game warden responded to a mobile home community where a young white-tailed buck deer reportedly attacked an individual. The deer was well-known in the community after one of its residents had illegally taken possession of it as an abandoned fawn. The well-intentioned person who originally caught the deer could no longer take care of it as a pet so he attached white tags to its ears and released it on a nearby ranch. Absent natural instincts to avoid humans, the deer returned to its home with a full set of antlers and raging hormones. The game warden captured the deer, removed the tags from its ears and relocated it to a high-fenced game ranch. RIVER RAGE Game wardens received a call alleging an intoxicated person was waving a gun at passing boats. While responding, they received a second call that the suspect’s behavior seemed to be escalating. He was very agitated and either aiming a gun, or acting like it, as boats passed. The wardens launched their patrol boat and located a very intoxicated fisherman anchored in the middle of the channel. He said he was upset that bass boats had passed him and caused his boat to shift. The suspect was not observed operating the boat so he was arrested and charged with public intoxication. No gun was found.

SHOOTING, SELLING DEER UNTIL STUNG The week prior to deer season, a citizen reported seeing deer legs sticking out of the back of a pickup truck. The caller knew the owner of the vehicle and provided Hardeman County game wardens with identification. At the suspect’s residence, the warden observed a man take off running with a set of antlers in each hand. The warden caught up to the suspect after a short foot pursuit. After detaining and securing the subject, the warden discovered a second suspect behind the residence washing blood out of the back of a pickup truck that fit the description given to him by the complainant. During interviews, the suspects admitted to shooting six deer the previous night, and selling

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further claimed they did not see the deer. The wardens instructed the hunters to take them to the area where they were hunting. A K9 game warden was called to assist and, with the dog’s help, wardens were able to track where both deer were shot. Evidence of the shootings was found at two of the hunters’ stands, along with the path used to drag out the dead deer. The wardens also found photos of the harvested animals on the hunters’ cellphones. Numerous citations were issued including restitution. DOG WALKER HELPS LEASH POACHER A Canyon Lake-area resident walking his dog spooked an individual who was in the process of cleaning a deer, and the suspect fled the scene with just the deer’s head and tenderloins. Comal County game wardens discovered the animal’s

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abandoned carcass. The resident recognized the man cleaning the deer and provided a name and the location of the suspect’s RV. The wardens made contact with the man, who admitted to killing the deer from his RV using a .22 caliber rifle. The man denied keeping the deer’s head and antlers, but during subsequent interrogation confessed to having stashed the head in a nearby tree. The 63-yearold man said he had never seen a deer that big, and felt compelled to shoot it before someone else did. The man was cited for hunting deer with illegal means and for waste of game. The man also faces civil restitution on the 14-point whitetailed buck deer. FRIEND WAS TO BLAME A Comal County sheriff’s deputy notified game wardens of the dis-

covery of an animal carcass in an illegal dump site. The deputy also found a bloodstained cardboard box in the pile with a shipping label that included the address of a home less than 5 miles from the location. The wardens confirmed the carcass was that of a whitetailed deer, and traveled to the address listed. The homeowner said he did not allow hunting on his property. The wardens observed kernels of corn in the driveway, but the homeowner denied any knowledge of how the corn got there. The wardens found a pop-up blind, a mineral block and a 50-pound bag of deer corn. The homeowner was completely flabbergasted by the findings. A subsequent investigation led to a friend of the homeowner’s son, who had set up the blind, hunted and killed a white-tailed buck deer without the knowledge of the homeowner. The 20-year-old admitted to killing the deer and dumping the carcass. He had quartered up the deer, but the wardens discovered that the meat had been left in a garage refrigerator for eight days and had spoiled. The man was cited for possession of an illegally killed game animal, littering and failure to keep game in edible condition. Additionally, civil restitution will be assessed on the 11-point buck.

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To tag or not to tag Continued from page 1

tagging several years ago. Many Southern states have never used them, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina. Texas requires hunters to attach a carcass tag as well as complete a harvest log on the hunting license. And game wardens can be sticklers for following the law. Some hunters told LSON they were cautioned of a potential ticket if they didn’t attach a carcass tag before taking photographs in the field. Making nice with current hunters isn’t the goal of the TPWD committee, though. “We want to make it as easy as possible for new folks to get into hunting,” Wolf said. “We need to look at the technology the new generations are using — theoretically, the hunting license could be on your phone — so we don’t have experiences that cause people to say, ‘Never mind, I’m going to a football game instead.’”

New name, same great feel Lone Star Outdoor News Getaway Adventures Lodge has changed its name, but not its service. In Port Mansfield since 1998, the lodge is known for its great fishing and facilities. The new name is Getaway Lodge at Port Mansfield. “This name reflects the proud past while highlighting the continuing commitment to providing our guests the best fishing experience, hospitality and value of any lodge on the Texas Gulf coast,” said owner Mike Sutton. After taking over operation of the lodge in 2013, the lodge management team, led by General Manager Sandra Garza, has continuously worked to improve the lodge facilities and hospitality. Recent upgrades to the facilities and furnishings include flooring, beds, showers and plumbing with improvements continuing both inside and outside the lodge. And in 2018, the Governor’s Suite will be available, with a secluded living area, king bed and large, fully private bath area with walk-in shower.

Big gar Continued from page 8

the jug line and applies a large, forged snap swivel by hand. When a gar is hooked, they bring the fish in with a gaff applied under the chin at the tip of the snout and haul the fish aboard. “That way, the gar can be released unharmed,” Walker said. Not all of the big gar are released, though. “We do eat them,” Walker said. “And we give meat to people who want it or who need it.” Arteaga prefers an open-faced reel baited with either chicken leg quarters, big mullet cut in half, or tilapia chunks. Gar fishing has been gaining popularity in recent years in The Valley. A group of gar devotees, called Los Cataneros del Valle, has been holding alligator gar fishing tournaments for the last three years.

Although Wisconsin hunters no longer have to apply a carcass tag, they need each tag’s authorization number to register a deer (and other furbearing animals). Opponents of the switch to tagless deer hunting fear it will make poaching easier. If a hunter isn’t stopped in the field by a game warden, he might have incentive to not register a harvest, they argue. Chief Warden Todd Schaller of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources expressed confidence law enforcement can handle the new system. “My sense is that there are enough checks in place to make sure people comply with the law,” Schaller said. That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. “Before, if a warden was going down the road to a large national forest and saw a vehicle with a deer, and could clearly see the tag, he could talk with the person to see if the tag was connected with that per-

son,” Schaller said. “Now, if a warden sees a deer, he won’t know if the hunter even has a license. You can’t just randomly check (in Wisconsin) for a license if the individual is not hunting.” Wolf said carcass tags unquestionably allow for “civilian policing” of bag limits. “If you pull into a donut stop after you’ve killed a deer, everyone can look down and see the tag,” he said. “If they don’t see a tag, they might be inclined to ask questions or call a game warden.” Unlike in Wisconsin, Texas game wardens can stop a vehicle if they so much as see “a hoof sticking out of a trunk.” “There are a lot of mistagged deer now,” Wolf said. “I don’t know if the absence of a tag would change things that much. The norm is for the game warden to politely check it out, whether the deer has a tag or not. I don’t think it would result in fewer checks.” Electronic registering a harvest might

help Texas better manage its deer population, said Alan Cain, the White-tailed Deer Program leader. “Right now, we may be underestimating or overestimating,” he said. “With an accurate assessment, we could adjust the harvest, the age structure or extend the date of the doe season in an area. There are all kinds of things we could do.” David Smith, owner of Alpine Shooting Range in Fort Worth, wondered if technology is as ready to handle deer registration as some think. “When you get out in West Texas, there are places that don’t have cell phone service,” he said. “Can they build a system to handle the rush the Friday after thanksgiving when 60 percent of deer are harvested? They’ve got some issues to deal with. To me, tagging a deer isn’t an issue. If it is, it’s just laziness, that’s all.”


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Steve Castillo landed his personal best trout while fishing with his son, Capt. Javier Castillo.

Mikaela Sweet shot this buck near Pleasanton using her Rifle’s, Inc. .270.

Hunter Garcia shot this 10-point buck while hunting with his dad, Nicholas, on a friend’s property. He used a .410 with 000 buckshot in making the 25-yard shot.

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Hunter lost, then found Continued from page 6

Texas Duck Hunting and Facebook that his son was missing and included a photo of the missing teen’s truck and boat. It was shared 1,200 times, according to Charley. Luckily, one hunter saw the truck at White Oak Creek, which narrowed the search area. By this time, Nick had followed the fence until he reached a pasture and saw a way to crawl under the fence. He spotted a cell phone tower in the distance and headed toward it. As luck would have it, he came upon a ranch hand on the Broseco Ranch, which abutted the WMA. The worker gave Nick a Sprite to drink and asked if he was the “boy from Facebook.” Nick reckoned he was. With a quick call to a game warden, Nick’s ordeal was over. After walking some 20 miles in 20 hours with temperatures hovering around freezing, Nick was exhausted but uninjured except for blistered feet.

Charley let everyone know his son was found — but he was still humbled by, and thankful for, the outpouring of support. Charley had received a multitude of messages from strangers and friends alike who were willing to help. He figures there were perhaps as many as 50 people heading out to help with the search. “It could have been a much worse ending.” Charley said. “Let’s hope this never happens to anyone again.” As for Nick, he headed right back out hunting after resting a little. He’s received a lot of heckling from his friends, who tell him not to wander off alone again. All joking aside, Nick said he now realizes how important it is to let someone know where you’re going and when you should be back when hunting or scouting. “I learned to always prepare for the worst,” he said. “When I go hunting I pack survival gear, but I had my guard down because I was scouting.”

Patti Allen started hunting two years ago, and shot her first buck this season in Lamar County. She made the 200yard shot with her Kimber 6.5 Creedmore, topped with a Nikon scope.

Michele Pequeno took this chocolate fallow at the Santa Cruz Ranch.

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Livermore Ranch is one of the last great places in Texas—a ranch that is intrinsically valuable, with unique geographic features and wildlife resources. In the heart of the Davis Mountains, encompassing Brooks Mountain and alpine topography, hunters enjoy quality populations of mule deer, elk, aoudad, mountain lions, turkeys, and javelinas. The ranch features exceptional improvements for both friends and family, including a six-bedroom five-and-one-half-bath adobe brick-styled home. $17,500,000

POKEY CAMP RANCH | GROESBECK, TEXAS

Pokey Camp Ranch consists of 1,581± acres of rolling, wooded ranchland between Thornton and Old Union, west of Lake Limestone. Duck hunt in the morning, feed your cows a few cubes at lunch, then go to the deer stand in the evening. Great roads, miles of trails and ROW’s, fenced and cross fenced. Modest functional cabin, abundant lakes and ponds, duck, deer and hog hunting. With over 120 feet of elevation change, this ranch offers diverse beauty and serene habitat, diverse soils, and endless groves to explore. It can truly be considered a hunter’s paradise to get lost in. $2,805,000

THREE MILE FORKS | FRANKLIN, TEXAS

Golden algae strikes San Angelo-area lakes Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fisheries biologists are monitoring an outbreak of golden algae in waters around San Angelo. Golden algae are single-celled organisms that can kill fish, freshwater mussels and the juvenile stages of frogs and other amphibians. Golden algae have been found in Lake E.V. Spence, Colorado City and Moss Creek Reservoirs and in a stretch of the Concho River. Biologists will evaluate the need for restocking game fish after algal blooms subside. Golden algae were first discovered in Texas in 1985 and have killed fish on the Colorado, Wichita, Canadian, Red and Brazos River systems. —TPWD

Three Mile Forks Ranch is a rare offering in the prized community of Franklin, TX. Featuring quality improvements, fertile and improved pastureland, scenic rolling hills, hardwood timber wildlife corridors, and even a fishing pond or two, the ranch is a unique opportunity for the working rancher and avid outdoorsman alike. Lush pastures of Coastal and Tifton 85 Bermuda grass combine with the productive sandy loam soils to provide impressive grazing and hay production. The main home is designed to complement the ranch, from its large porches on the front and sides, to the large tree-shaded deck on the rear. $1,800,000

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT 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 fair at Rollover Pass on shrimp. TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on the east shoreline on Corkies and MirrOlures. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are

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fair while drifting deep mud and shell on plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair over deep shell and mud on plastics. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good for waders in the afternoon on Slammin’ Chicken Bass Assassins. TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Pier anglers have taken sand trout and sheepshead on fresh shrimp. FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are fair on live shrimp on the reefs. Redfish are fair to good at San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Redfish are fair to good

at the mouths of drains on scented plastics and shrimp. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on scented plastics over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal and at the mouths of drains on scented plastics and jigs tipped with shrimp. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the south shoreline in the guts and bayous on soft plastics and scented plastics. Trout are fair in the guts on the incoming tide. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on Corkies over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of

drains and deep channels. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow scented plastics. Redfish are fair to good in California Hole and Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good on the ledges of the channel on mullet. Sand trout are good on shrimp in the channel. CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the flats on MirrOlures, scented plastics and Corkies. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and SoftDines. Trout are fair to good in the

guts along the King Ranch shoreline on Corkies, Gamblers and Bass Assassins. PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics under a popping cork around grass holes. Trout are fair on mud along the edge of the ICW on Corkies and MirrOlures. SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair on the edge of the Intracoastal and at Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics. Redfish and sheepshead are fair in the channel on shrimp. PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on the edge of the flats on soft plastics under popping corks. Trout are fair in Cullen Bay and Laguna Vista Cove on shrimp and scented plastics. Redfish are fair to good in the holes and guts on scented baits. —TPWD


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2018 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Jan Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

2018 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Jan Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri

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1:34 2:14 2:56 3:40 4:26 5:14 6:04

7:45 8:26 9:08 9:52 10:38 10:58 11:48

1:57 2:38 3:20 4:04 4:50 5:38 6:27

8:08 8:49 9:32 10:16 11:02 ----12:16

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6:54 12:43

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20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri

7:45 8:36 9:26 10:16 11:06 11:55 12:19

8:08 8:58 9:49 10:39 11:30 ----12:46

1:28 7:39 2:09 8:20 2:51 9:02 3:34 9:46 4:20 10:33 5:08 10:53 5:58 11:42 6:48 12:37 7:39 1:28 8:30 2:19 9:20 3:09 10:10 3:58 11:00 4:48 11:50 5:37 12:13 6:26

1:51 8:02 2:32 8:44 3:14 9:26 3:58 10:11 4:45 10:57 5:32 ----6:21 12:10 7:11 1:00 8:02 1:50 8:52 2:41 9:43 3:31 10:33 4:22 11:24 5:12 ----- 6:02 12:40 6:54

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

05:40 05:40 05:41 05:42 05:43 05:44 05:45 05:46 05:46 05:47 05:48 05:49 05:50 05:51 05:52

3:32a 2:34p 4:24a 3:16p 5:15a 4:00p 6:05a 4:48p 6:52a 5:38p 7:36a 6:31p 8:18a 7:24p 8:57a 8:19p 9:34a 9:13p 10:10a 10:08p 10:44a 11:05p 11:20a NoMoon 11:57a 12:02a 12:37p 1:03a 1:22p 2:05a

1:34 2:24 3:15 4:04 4:53 5:43 6:32

07:29 07:29 07:29 07:29 07:29 07:28 07:28

05:39 05:40 05:41 05:42 05:42 05:43 05:44

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9:43a 9:17p 10:17a 10:13p 10:51a 11:11p 11:25a NoMoon 12:01p 12:10a 12:39p 1:12a 1:23p 2:16a

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1:40 7:52 2:21 8:33 3:03 9:15 3:47 9:59 4:33 10:45 5:21 11:05 6:10 11:55 7:01 12:49 7:52 1:40 8:42 2:31 9:33 3:21 10:23 4:11 11:12 5:00 ----- 5:49 12:25 6:39

2:03 2:44 3:27 4:11 4:57 5:45 6:34 7:24 8:14 9:05 9:55 10:46 11:37 12:02 12:53

8:15 8:56 9:39 10:23 11:09 ----12:22 1:12 2:03 2:54 3:44 4:34 5:24 6:15 7:06

07:28 07:28 07:28 07:28 07:28 07:28 07:28 07:27 07:27 07:27 07:27 07:26 07:26 07:26 07:25

05:53 05:54 05:55 05:56 05:56 05:57 05:58 05:59 06:00 06:01 06:02 06:02 06:03 06:04 06:05

3:44a 2:48p 4:36a 3:29p 5:27a 4:14p 6:17a 5:02p 7:04a 5:52p 7:48a 6:44p 8:30a 7:38p 9:09a 8:32p 9:46a 9:27p 10:22a 10:22p 10:57a 11:18p 11:33a NoMoon 12:10p 12:15a 12:50p 1:15a 1:35p 2:18a

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2018 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Jan Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri

1:54 8:05 2:35 8:46 3:16 9:28 4:00 10:12 4:46 10:59 5:34 11:19 6:24 12:12 7:14 1:03 8:05 1:54 8:56 2:45 9:46 3:35 10:36 4:24 11:26 5:14 ----- 6:03 12:39 6:52

2:17 2:58 3:40 4:24 5:11 5:58 6:47 7:37 8:28 9:18 10:09 10:59 11:50 12:16 1:06

8:28 9:09 9:52 10:36 11:23 ----12:36 1:26 2:16 3:07 3:57 4:48 5:38 6:28 7:20

07:55 07:55 07:55 07:55 07:54 07:54 07:54 07:53 07:53 07:52 07:52 07:52 07:51 07:50 07:50

05:53 05:54 05:55 05:56 05:57 05:58 05:59 06:00 06:01 06:02 06:03 06:04 06:05 06:06 06:07

4:08a 2:52p 5:02a 3:32p 5:53a 4:15p 6:43a 5:03p 7:30a 5:54p 8:13a 6:47p 8:54a 7:43p 9:31a 8:39p 10:06a 9:36p 10:39a 10:33p 11:12a 11:32p 11:45a NoMoon 12:19p 12:33a 12:57p 1:35a 1:40p 2:40a

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

Sabine Pass, north Date Jan 12 Jan 13 Jan 14 Jan 15 Jan 16 Jan 17 Jan 18 Jan 19 Jan 20 Jan 21 Jan 22 Jan 23 Jan 24 Jan 25 Jan 26

Time 6:35 AM 7:09 AM 12:21 AM 12:41 AM 1:02 AM 1:27 AM 1:58 AM 2:34 AM 3:19 AM 12:11 AM 1:08 AM 2:05 AM 3:01 AM 3:54 AM 4:46 AM

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Time 2:44 PM 3:24 PM 7:43 AM 8:17 AM 8:52 AM 9:27 AM 10:02 AM 10:38 AM 11:15 AM 4:16 AM 5:35 AM 7:25 AM 9:34 AM 11:19 AM 12:35 PM

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8:51 PM 9:03 PM 9:23 PM 9:53 PM 10:32 PM 11:19 PM

0.86L 0.86L 0.84L 0.81L 0.76L 0.69L

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Time 10:55 PM

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1.06H 1.01H 0.96H 0.93H 0.91H 0.92H 0.95H

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Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Date Jan 12 Jan 13 Jan 14 Jan 15 Jan 16 Jan 17 Jan 18 Jan 19 Jan 20 Jan 21 Jan 22 Jan 23 Jan 24 Jan 25 Jan 26

Time 6:46 AM 7:18 AM 7:51 AM 8:25 AM 12:57 AM 1:37 AM 2:18 AM 3:01 AM 12:21 AM 12:58 AM 1:47 AM 2:30 AM 3:12 AM 4:00 AM 4:52 AM

Height -0.43L -0.54L -0.61L -0.65L 0.97H 0.98H 0.96H 0.93H 0.77L 0.67L 0.52L 0.33L 0.10L -0.17L -0.45L

Time 3:04 PM 3:47 PM 4:21 PM 4:51 PM 9:01 AM 9:36 AM 10:09 AM 10:40 AM 3:46 AM 4:35 AM 5:43 AM 7:40 AM 9:36 AM 11:44 AM 1:08 PM

Height 1.21H 1.27H 1.30H 1.29H -0.67L -0.66L -0.61L -0.53L 0.86H 0.77H 0.67H 0.61H 0.67H 0.82H 1.04H

Time 8:25 PM

Height 0.89L

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0.93L 1.26H 1.22H 1.17H 1.11H -0.41L -0.25L -0.04L 0.20L 0.45L 0.69L 0.84L

Height -0.38L -0.47L -0.54L -0.58L -0.59L -0.57L -0.53L -0.45L -0.33L 0.62L 0.48L 0.31L 0.09L -0.15L -0.40L

Time 2:42 PM 3:25 PM 4:03 PM 4:36 PM 5:06 PM 5:34 PM 5:58 PM 6:21 PM 6:41 PM 4:26 AM 5:40 AM 7:24 AM 9:33 AM 11:41 AM 1:04 PM

Height 1.28H 1.35H 1.39H 1.39H 1.38H 1.34H 1.28H 1.22H 1.14H 0.66H 0.61H 0.60H 0.70H 0.91H 1.15H

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Time 8:47 PM 9:17 PM 9:59 PM 10:45 PM 11:37 PM

Height 0.77H 0.80H 0.82H 0.81H 0.80H

12:29 PM 12:52 PM 1:17 PM 11:12 PM 10:40 PM 9:42 PM 8:58 PM 8:36 PM 8:33 PM

-0.07L -0.05L -0.00L 0.60H 0.54H 0.52H 0.56H 0.64H 0.73H

Height 0.09H -0.55L -0.56L 0.17H 0.16H 0.14H 0.13H 0.10H 0.07H 0.03H -0.00H -0.03H -0.03H -0.42L -0.51L

Time 11:39 AM 11:50 PM

Height -0.51L 0.17H

2:11 PM 3:00 PM 3:42 PM 4:16 PM 4:43 PM 5:04 PM 5:22 PM 7:15 AM 7:43 AM 8:24 AM 11:50 PM 10:50 PM

-0.55L -0.54L -0.52L -0.49L -0.47L -0.43L -0.37L -0.10L -0.20L -0.32L 0.10H 0.17H

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Time 6:25 AM 6:57 AM 7:27 AM 7:57 AM 8:29 AM 9:03 AM 9:40 AM 10:16 AM 10:51 AM 2:00 AM 2:08 AM 2:23 AM 2:49 AM 3:25 AM 4:10 AM

11:27 AM 12:06 PM 12:58 PM 2:28 PM 5:26 PM

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-0.17L 0.04L 0.28L 0.53L 0.74L

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7:02 7:24 7:48 8:12 8:35

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1.06H 0.97H 0.89H 0.84H 0.81H

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Finding ducks in January Continued from page 4

Farlane owns Big Woods on the Trinity, north of Palestine. “We missed Hurricane Harvey by 50 miles,” he said. “We’ve been making a living off wood ducks but the mallards are finally showing up. We had too much water the last three year and now we don’t have enough.” Cord Burnett, general manager for Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort, said his duck hunting has been good since the first of December, when he got access to a honey hole on the Sabine River near Lake Tawakoni. The hotspot is loaded with mallards and greenwinged teal, Burnett said. How important is habitat in duck hunting success? Todd Steele manages a private duck-hunting club, Thunderbird, near Palacios. Thunderbird got all its dry ponds (40 totaling 1,500 acres) planted in duck food and Harvey filled them up. It subsequently turned dry so Steele turned on the water pumps. The result has been about as good a duck season as possible. “We’ve had ducks and geese coming in as a result of the cold weather up north but we’ve done well all season,” Steele said. “We have outstanding habitat and food for ducks. Our hunters are averaging 5.6 ducks per hunt. The daily bag limit is 6.” If your duck hunting is slow in traditional areas, maybe you should try a place that’s nontraditional, like the Rolling Plains Region of West Texas. TPWD flies aerial waterfowl surveys in January each year. In 2016, the survey counted more ducks in the Rolling Plains than any other region. Kraai said it was the first time in survey history that there were more ducks in the Rolling Plains than in the rice fields, marshes and bay systems of the Gulf Coast. The Rolling Plains duck count has gone from 400,000 in 1997 to 1.1 million in 2017. This is a region best known for great quail and deer hunting. What has hap-

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pened to draw ducks away from traditional haunts? “The birds that inhabit the Rolling Plains landscape are to a point in their annual life cycle that they avoid large flocks of birds for fear of mate stealing,” Kraai said. “There is also strong evidence that the ducks seek the isolation of this habitat to avoid hunting pressure. I’ve often said that the Rolling Plains Region is the largest and most important refuge in North America for the ability to harbor ducks and the impact of the subsequent year’s reproduction by sending healthy ducks to the breeding grounds.” Kraai said there are thousands of small tanks, or ponds, whatever you choose to call them, created for livestock and increasingly utilized by ducks. The tanks range from an acre to 40 acres and the ducks rely on foraging for annual seeds, submerged vegetation and aquatic vertebrates. “As we continue to see a loss of important natural water sources in the Panhandle, East Texas and the Gulf Coast,” Kraai said, “we see more and more Rolling Plains stock tanks every year. There are literally millions of acres of manmade waterholes in the Rolling Plains with more being built every year. ”

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Remington Outdoor Company entered a strategic partnership with manufacturer’s representative agencies ProActive Sales and Marketing, Murski Breeding Sales and Maschmedt and Associates.

Davidson’s named Mike Massimo as its new vice president of sales.

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Gordon Weigle has joined the team of Rogers Sports Marketing for sales in Georgia and Tallahassee, Florida.

National sales manager opening Tactical Solutions is accepting applications for the position of national sales manager.

New marketing director at Mossberg O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc., hired Richard Kirk as its senior director of marketing.

New VP at Simms Simms Fishing Products named Bart Bonime as vice president of product design and merchandising.

Whitlock named director Tatiana Whitlock wan named the director of training with A Girl and A Gun.

Position with Benelli Benelli USA is seeking an experienced product manager for the Franchi brand and Benelli USA accessory category in Accokeek, Maryland.

Pape’s acquired by Kinsey’s Pennsylvania company Kinsey’s Inc. has acquired Louisville, Kentucky-based Pape’s Inc.

Swaims hired at Chaparral Boats Ryan Swaims was named the marketing director at Chaparral Boats and Robalo.

NDA selects board chairman The National Deer Alliance elected Miles Moretti, CEO of Mule Deer Foundation, as chairman of the board.

FOR THE TABLE *email LSON your favorite recipe to news@lonestaroutdoornews.com.

BBQ javelina
 3-5 lbs. boned javelina shoulder or ham 2-3 lbs. white onions 20-30 whole cloves 1 qt. favorite BBQ sauce 1 qt. water Slice and quarter the onions; reserve half the onions in a covered bowl and refrigerate. With a paring knife, make 2030 small slices in the meat and push a clove into each opening. Arrange half of the remaining sliced onions on the bottom of a crockpot and add meat with the remaining onions on the top.

Add water to cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove meat to cutting board, reserve cooked onions, discard remaining juices. Shred and cut up the meat, keeping visible cooked cloves. Add meat, the cooked onions, the reserved uncooked onions and the BBQ sauce to crockpot. Cook on low heat stirring occasionally for 4-6 hours. Serve on large hamburger buns. —Arizona Game and Fish Department

Striped bass with tarragon 4 to 6 fillets striped bass 4 tbsps. butter 1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 4 to 6 green onions, finely chopped 2 to 3 sprigs fresh parley, finely chopped 4 to 6 green onions, finely chopped 1 tbsp. fresh tarragon leaves, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Juice of 1 lemon

In skillet, melt butter and add garlic, onion, parsley and tarragon. Simmer lightly but do not brown. Season fish with salt and pepper, sauté gently in butter mixture. Place fish on warm serving dish. Remove skillet with butter mixture from stove and allow to cool for 1 minute. Add lemon juice and reheat briefly and pour over fish. —North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission


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THE ROVER: This 14-foot personal watercraft by BOTE Boards, which is the 2017 ICAST Overall Best of Show winner, will glide through the shallows to get anglers to those untouched areas. It is the watercraft’s channeled, deep-V nose design that allows it to quietly slice through the water and paddle efficiently through a variety of water conditions. To power it up from paddle board to skiff, anglers can insert the Moto Rac into the integrated receivers. The Moto Rac is engineered with two rod holders. The Rover has a maximum capacity of 500 pounds and will take up to a 6 HP outboard motor and reach speeds of 16 miles per hour. The MSRP of the Rover, which comes equipped with the Motor Rac and paddleboard, is $3,449.

DEFENDER MAX LONE STAR HD10 SIDE-BY-SIDE VEHICLE: This vehicle by Can-Am delivers a tough, capable and clever composition with specific package enhancements designed for outdoorsmen. The side-by-side vehicle offers comfortable seating for up to six adults as well as versatility (with its pickup truck-inspired features) and enhanced stability. Improved features on the 2018 models include new front and rear arched A-arms and a sway bar for enhanced ground clearance and improved handling plus larger wheels/tires that effortlessly tackle the challenging Texas terrain. “This stretched version is what Texans have been waiting for. The Lone Star edition’s leather looking seats add a nice touch to the beefed up rig. The ride is amazingling smooth but I wish Can-Am could smooth out the reverse gear to help when hooking up your trailer. If you have been waiting for a new ATV, wait no longer,” said Lone Star Outdoor News CEO David J. Sams. The Lone Star HD10 vehicle, which also offers a full hard roof, heavy-duty front steel bumper, custom seat trim, and a metallic black finish, has an MSRP of $19,499.

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POWERFLEX PLUS TROUT LEADERS: RIO’s leaders are ideal for dry flies, soft hackles, and nymph/indicator rigs. The leaders’ strength comes from a technical modification of the nylon copolymer formulation that results in strength increases without sacrificing knot strength or suppleness. The new pack sizes of Powerflex Plus Leaders are available in 7.5-foot and 9-foot lengths with the single packs ranging from 0x to 7x (with breaking strengths of 18 pounds to 2.75 pounds). The single packs cost about $6 and the three-packs cost about $15.

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TRAIL PARKA: Cabela’s parka will allow fishermen to stay warm and dry — and out on the water longer, even in inclement weather. Available in red or black, the parka offers a waterproof technology (including fully sealed seams) coupled with a water-repellant finish. Other features include continuous underarm panels for unrestricted movement, an adjustable sweep for a near-custom fit, and two zippered chest pockets. It comes in sizes medium through 3XL and sells for under $200.

DOUG TURNBULL SIGNATURE 475 RIFLE: Yes, with a $20,000 price tag (in standard configuration), it’s very dear. But, how gun aficionados will value this beautiful firearm. The Turnbull Restoration Company has fashioned the stock from high-grade English walnut and added engravings inspired by the Winchester #6 factory pattern. Customers can add a three-initial monogram in gold inlay on the left side of the receiver. The large bore lever rifle is chambered in .475 Turnbull and has a 26-inch full octagon barrel, a full-length magazine tube, and a reversible ivory/brass bead front sight and sporting rear sight.

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Fishing is slowly returning to normal patterns after fish headed to deeper water during the recent cold snap. Photo by Robert Sloan.

the Texas coast at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, that extended through 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3. In addition to killing game fish in shallow bay waters, a hard freeze can also cause surviving fish to congregate in a few deeper areas where they become sluggish and prone to capture. Those are the areas TPWD temporarily closed. Alex Nunez, TPWD regional response coordinator on the lower coast, said dead fish were only showing up in small isolated areas from Corpus Christi south. Most of those were mullet and hardheads. But he said there was one undocumented report of dead tarpon in Oyster Creek at Freeport. Most of those were in the 14- to 30-inch class. The good news is that the Texas coast dodged a bullet. The bad news is that we did lose some trout, reds, tarpon and snook to water temperatures that fell into the lower 40s. “When saltwater gets that cold we start seeing dead fish,” according to Mark Lingo, the science and policy director for TPWD. “For example, water in the land cut went

from 50 to 45 degrees on Dec. 31. It’s was like that for three days and that’s when fish started dying, but not in big numbers.” Lingo said a few tarpon and snook were found in Baffin Bay and in the Flour Bluff area. Probably the most substantial kill was in Pringle Lake at Port O’Connor, where fewer than 200 reds, trout and sheepshead were found dead. Overall, Lingo said fewer than 1,000 dead fish were observed up and down the coast. “The high mortality that a freeze can cause may deplete fish stocks for years,” said Robin Riechers, director of TPWD’s Coastal Fisheries Division. “Protection of the surviving fish during the few days when they are especially vulnerable to capture would likely shorten the time period for overall recovery of coastal species, especially spotted seatrout.” Texas has about two million acres of bays and estuaries susceptible to freeze. There were three major freezes during the 1980s, including one in 1989 when the temperature at Brownsville dropped to 16 degrees and an estimated 11 million fish were killed.


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Sage grouse numbers dropping

Wonders of Wildlife museum honored

New data on the Wyoming sage grouse population reveals bird numbers will likely decline in the coming year based on an analysis of sage grouse wings provided by hunters. Data collected shows that in 2017, there were 1.2 chicks per hen, compared to 0.9 chicks per hen in 2016. This number mirrors the 10-year average from 2007-2016. Typically, biologists would like to see numbers of 1.4-1.6 chicks per hen to maintain population stability. Hunters contribute to the management of sage grouse by assisting the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the data collection through legal, regulated hunting. Over 2000 wings were collected in 2017, and wings from 924 chicks and 767 hens were examined. —WGFD

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world, has been voted as America’s Best New Attraction in a USA Today contest. The not-for-profit museum, located in Springfield, Missouri, where half of the nation’s population lives within a day’s drive, is larger than the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

ARIZONA

Time to get applications in REESE BLEVINS, 15, TOOK HER FIRST BIG-GAME ANIMAL, A GEMSBOK, AT 225 YARDS. SHE WAS HUNTING WITH HER GRANDPARENTS, BLAKE AND PATTI, ON A HUNT OBTAINED AT THE DALLAS SAFARI CLUB CONVENTION LAST YEAR.

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Those seeking to hunt pronghorn or elk in Arizona should apply now. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting paper applications for hunt permit-tags. Paper applications can be mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. All paper applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time), Jan. 30. Postmarks do not count. The online application service for the random draw is expected to be available in early to midJanuary. Online applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time), Feb. 13. —AZGFD

Cormorant impact studied

—Wonders of Wildlife National Musuem

ALASKA

Technology helps with caribou counts Counting caribou in Alaska’s largest herds has become more effective, thanks to a pair of newly acquired digital aerial camera systems. The systems replace World War II-era black-and-white film cameras previously used since the 1970s and enabled biologists last summer to pinpoint numbers for five caribou herds across the state. “At least three of those herds wouldn’t have been photographed without the new system,” said wildlife biologist Nate Pamperin of Fairbanks. Biologists have long monitored caribou by flying over herds with cameras mounted in small aircraft and taking photographs as animals aggregate briefly each summer. The old systems functioned poorly in low light conditions, covered limited ground swaths, and cost precious time by requiring pilots to periodically land and reload film. The new technology allows biologists to conduct photocensus work under low light conditions and to capture wider swaths of country. —Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

FLORIDA

In 2017, the Arizona Game and Fish Department began a study of the state’s two species of the cormorants — both of which are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Under those protections, cormorant populations have flourished nationwide, competing with other wildlife for a bounty of local fish at community fishing waters and privately stocked residential lakes. The department will use the data to improve aquatic habitats and to assist in developing management practices that will benefit all wildlife and address potential impacts to local fishing resources. —AZGFD

KANSAS

Licenses good for 365 days The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has upgraded more than 30 types of annual licenses beginning in 2018, making them valid for 365 days at no additional cost. In years past, most Kansas outdoor licenses and permits expired Dec. 31 of each calendar year, regardless of purchase date, leaving many late-season hunters and anglers with a short amount of time to use their licenses before expiration. Many of those 365-day licenses can be automatically renewed each year. —KDWPT

MINNESOTA

Deer harvest up Minnesota deer hunters had one of their better deer seasons in several years, with the fall harvest expected to total nearly 199,000 deer, compared with 173,213 in 2016, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The state has about 500,000 deer hunters each year. —MNDNR

Angler missing during FLW tournament Two anglers failed to report for weigh-in after the first day of competition at the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. Boater William Kisiah of Slidell, Louisiana, was later found after spending hours in the water after a boating incident. Co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Florida remains missing, and searches continue. The event’s second day was canceled after the incident. —FLW Fishing

OHIO

State record lake trout A new Ohio record lake trout, weighing 26.63 pounds, was caught by James J. Beres of Lorain, Ohio in Lake Erie. Beres caught the fish on Dec. 1, 2017, trolling with a crankbait. The fish was 38 inches long and 25.5 inches in girth. The previous state record also was caught in Lake Erie  on April 20, 2000, and weighed 20.40 pounds. —ODNR

NEW MEXICO

Waste of animal a felony Hunters in New Mexico could be charged with a felony if they kill a bighorn sheep, ibex, oryx, Barbary sheep, elk, deer or pronghorn outside of the legal season or without a valid license, according to new legislation. Waste of the animal consists of removing only the head, antlers or horns or abandoning any of the four quarters, backstraps or tenderloins of the carcass. —New Mexico Department of Game and Fish


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THIS IS A 24 HOUR CONTEST. THE CONTEST DOES NOT PROVIDE THE LAND TO HUNT. ALL HUNTING MUST BE DONE WITHIN TEXAS •

Hunting begins at 12:00 PM on Saturday February 10, 2018. Weigh-in is the following Sunday 12:00 PM at 10296 W FM 580, in Lampasas, TX.

Entry fee is $250 per team.

In the event of a tie. Winner will be determined by the team with most animals. Grand Prize and Jackpots will be split evenly. The $250 entry fee will be divided as follows $190 goes toward the Main contest. $60 will be divided evenly by each jackpot.

All teams will be entered in Jackpots.

Failure to check in with judges on Sunday by 12:00 PM sharp at the Burnet store with your entire team will result in disqualification of your team - No Exceptions!

Mail in entries are welcome, but must be received by the Thursday prior to contest. Mail-in entry fee must be made by Money Order or Cashiers Check. Please waive the signature requirement on any expedited shipping services. No personal checks, please!

sPecial Winner Prize

Rhodes Brothers Taxidermy & Game Processing from Kerrville, Texas will donate a Head on Rug, Full Pedestal Shoulder Mount or $3,000 credit towards Life-size Mount of the Winning Mountain Lion. Non Transferrable. www.rhodestaxidermy.com

PolygraPh TesT: Sponsored by Lonehollow Whitetails and Texas Deer Association.

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Must follow all County, State and Federal hunting laws. If you break the law, your team will be disqualified. This includes having proper Texas hunting license. A Trappers license is NOT required to hunt. It is only required to sell your hides to a fur buyer. 4 members maximum per team. All team members must be present at weigh-in on Sunday to claim prize money. No Exceptions! All team members must hunt together at all times. No splitting up. All animals must be killed within this 24 hour hunting contest. No trapped, snared, caged-raised, or frozen animals will be allowed. No pooling of animals between teams. No hunting in intentionally baited areas. No modifying the weight of animals in any way. We will not weigh a wet animal. No trolling. All teams are responsible for removal and disposing of their animals in a legal manner. No use of Aircraft or dogs. The use of night vision of any kind and for any reason is prohibited. This includes thermal and infrared imaging. You cannot use it for spotting or finding wounded or dead animals. Decisions of judges is FINAL! (Judges will be hunting in contest) All cash winning teams are subject to polygraph.

sTringer rules 1. Main pot will be determined by heavy stringer. 2. Stringer consists of one of each of the following; bobcat, coyote, gray fox and raccoon. (You don't have to have one of all four to weigh in).

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3. Teams are responsible for picking their heaviest of each, we will not weigh more than one of each species!! 4. Side pots will be; heavy coyote, bobcat, fox and raccoon. 5. All cash winning teams are subject to polygraph.

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