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Deer movement slowed by heat, moon William Flournoy landed this 8-pound largemouth on a swim jig while fishing at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Photo by Robert Sloan.

Bass on drop shots, swim jigs By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News As the day on Lake Fork was winding down, guide Dennis Canada set the hook on a 3-pound bass. In a cove a few miles south of Lake Fork Marina, it was the first of many. “I knew they had to feed at some point today,” Canada said. “But I didn’t think it would be at last light with a ton of mosquitoes buzzing over my head.” The bite had been slow all day and the wind was howling. “You never know on this lake,” Canada said. “People come here and automatically think they are going to connect with big bass all day, every day. But with cold fronts moving through, the lake level falling and temperatures going from the 30s to the 80s, bass can be downright tough to figure out.” Canada has been guiding on Fork for years. His best bass to

Some great bucks still taken By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News It wasn’t exactly the perfect prescription for the opening day of the deer rifle season. A full moon lit up the nighttime sky. Temperatures were way above normal, more than 20 degrees hotter in much of the state. The acorn crop was great, although acorns were small in many areas. Social media photographs showed hunters coming out of the deer blind in shorts and crocs. Comments included references to fighting mosquitoes, sweating and abandoning the hunt to work on other projects on the leases. Not all hunters were plagued by little deer movement. For Steve Schiele, known for his fishing guide business on Lewisville Lake, opening day was perfect. With a friend, Schiele obtained hunting rights on a 100-acre property in Somervell County. Last year, I saw this deer and decided to let him go as we were new on the ranch and I wanted to see what else was out there,” he said. “Then I regretted it, he was the coolest deer I had ever seen. The next week when I saw him again, he had broken off one entire side of his rack.” Schiele waited for a year, hoping for another crack at the buck. “On opening day, he was chasing does and I got Please turn to page 23

Some great deer were taken during the opening weekend of rifle season, despite undesirable conditions. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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South zone duck hunters saw good numbers of ducks and white-fronted geese. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Start Outoor News.

The day before the duck season opener in the South Zone, angler Rich Robins was fishing on West Matagorda Bay when he heard the flutter of wings, looked up and saw hundreds of ducks dropping into the marsh along the nearby shoreline. “I’ve been hunting ducks in Texas for years along the middle coast and I’ve never seen that many birds coming in prior to the season opener,” he said. “We fished for about three

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North Zone deer season could expand (P. 4) Black drum day (P. 8)

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hours and caught two limits of trout but mainly kept looking up in the sky at all the new birds moving in. Typically, we don’t get that movement of birds until the second split opener in the first week of December.” All those ducks were being pushed down the Central Flyway by two solid cold fronts and the full moon just prior to the Nov. 4 opener. Some of the best opening weekend hunts were at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area near Port Arthur. This WMA was loaded with lots of ducks, mostly gadwall, teal and shovelers. The best hunts were in the Salt Bayou Unit on Keith Lake and the Big Hill Unit. During the last week of October,

FISHING

Changes under consideration.

Cool front brings fish in.

Big deer poached (P. 5)

Strike King sold (P. 9)

Matagorda deer taken with rifle before season.

Lew’s Holdings Corp. buys lure company.


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Air rifles, bows may be legal next season

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Next fall, deer season in Texas’ North Zone could match the length of the current South Zone season. A Petition for Rulemaking Consideration was filed with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that requests the agency set the same general whitetailed deer season across the state. While the general white-tailed deer season opens the first Saturday of November statewide, the season closes in

the North Zone (226 counties) the first Sunday in January. In the South Zone (30 counties), hunters have until January’s third Sunday. Alan Cain, TPWD’s whitetail program leader, told the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its November meeting in Lufkin that extending the North Zone season would not result in a significant increase in deer harvest, as only 13 percent of the Texas deer harvest has occurred after Jan. 1 over the past several years.

At its March 2018 meeting, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider a petition, originally filed by Crosman Corp., to make air bows and big-bore air rifles legal for use on game animals in the state. Modern air bows use compressed air to propel

their projectiles, and air rifles use a burst of highly compressed air to propel a .30- to .45-caliber bullet. The big-bore air rifles were tested by TPWD officials and the Kerr Wildlife Management Area and a “research hunt” was taken on a Texas ranch. Alan Cain, TWPD whitetail deer program leader, told the commission at

its November meeting in Lufkin that the staff sees no reason not to allow use of the new air bows and big-bore air rifles so long as rules are in place to set definitions and minimum requirements that will ensure the air-powered bows and rifles meet minimum effectiveness standards.

Quail down but not out Hunting reports vary Lone Star Outdoor News Quail season is up and running, with the stellar seasons of the past few years failing to repeat themselves for many hunters. At the Matador Wildlife Management Area in Cottle County, the first few weeks of the season started slowly. At the WMA, 178 hunter days were spent in the field during the opening weekend, with 209 quail bagged for 1.2 birds/hunter day. Last year, opening weekend results were 3.9 birds/hunter day. Chip Ruthven said the totals were about what he expected. “Some hunters were finding decent numbers of birds, other were not,” he said. “The most coveys I heard moved in a day was seven, but I did get some reports of 20-plus bird coveys.” At Matador, the hunting took place for the first two weeks, then will return Nov. 16. Hunters harvested a total of 365 quail, 0.96 quail/ hunter day. According to reports received by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, early hunting reports ranged from fair to poor, with some areas exceeding ex-

pectations. James Lewis of Dickens County and Rod Hench of Scurry County both expressed their concerns. Lewis said it “looks like our bird population up here has crashed. We have probably 10-20 percent of what we had last year.” In Tom Green County, Don Northcutt of Longview said the birds there exceeded his expectations. “We put up 13 coveys on Saturday and 16 on Sunday,” he said. “About half the grown coveys were less than 10 birds and there were several 6-7 bird coveys.” Steve Mayer of San Angelo hunted for an hour during the late afternoon in Runnels County, moving five coveys and bagging two roosters. Mayer said the scenting conditions were difficult for the dogs. Near Big Spring, Kevin Wheelan of Dallas reported 10 coveys, six bobwhite and four blue quail, in six hours. “Some bobs were just a pair and my thought was we missed the other birds,” he said. “Scenting was terrible, we kicked up marked down birds the dogs couldn’t smell. Overall, the coveys were smaller, but the largest was 20-plus blues.” A bobwhite quail takes advantage of a kernel of corn from a deer feeder. Quail numbers are down from last year, but hunters are still seeing birds. Photo by Joe Richards.

Texas mule deer management on the rise By Ray Sasser

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Bing Graffunder took this mule deer last season while hunting with Desert Safari Outfitters, who uses a yearround management program. Photo from Desert Safari Outfitters.

The same management philosophies that changed Texas whitetail hunting from good to exceptional are now at work on mule deer. Just take a look at last season’s entries in the Texas Big Game Awards, or better yet, look at the five top typical and non-typical mule deer bucks entered in TBGA, a trophy, hunter and landowner recognition program that began in 1992. All of the top five typical bucks would qualify for the B&C All-Time Records as would the best three Texas non-typicals. The top five free-range typical mule deer

entered in TBGA all qualify for B&C, including the oldest entry, the state record typical killed by Mickey Van Huss during the 1996 season. It scores 196 5/8. Those top five typicals and top five non-typicals came from nine different counties. Shawn Gray, who heads the mule deer program for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said mule deer populations vary annually, depending on range conditions. In the Trans-Pecos Region of far West Texas, the region-wide estimate is 164 acres per deer, he said. In the past 20 years, more ranchers, hunting outfitters and lease hunters are practicing mule deer management. Since managed lands deer permits were approved Please turn to page 6


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Big, popular Matagorda deer poached By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News A deer that many locals describe as the largest seen in Matagorda County was poached, authorities said. And they charged a well-known businessman, Louie Jurek, 67, and his son, Neil, 37, with the crime. Jurek owns Jurek’s Smokehouse in Markham, where Game Warden Tommy Johnson on Oct. 16 seized a deer scored at 194 5/8 by a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist. More arrests are possible, pending an investigation, Johnson said. Neil Jurek was charged with hunting whitetail deer without landowner consent while his father was charged with tampering with physical evidence. Both men were released on bond. Authorities told LSON that the Jureks had permission to be on Bowers Ranch off FM 1162, where the deer was poached, but only to hunt hogs. Johnson seized the deer the night it was shot and killed. “We had information that people were talking about the deer,” he said. “I had set up on it for two weeks. I knew they were out there, although I didn’t actually hear the shot. The father leaving his shop and going to the site and then coming back just didn’t add up.” Neil Jurek stated that he killed the deer

using a bow and arrow. That season runs from Sept. 30 to Nov. 3, according to TPWD. Johnson said he found “evidence” at the scene refuting Neil Jurek’s claim. “I’ve hunted since I was 7 years old,” Johnson said. “I’m a big bow hunter. I know when a deer has been shot with a bow and when it’s been shot with a rifle.” Louie Jurek spoke briefly with LSON. “It’s in the paper, probably about 90 percent wrong,” he said. “Blown out of proportion. But I can’t say nothing at this time.” The large deer had become popular with locals, Johnson told LSON. “He was kind of an attraction,” Johnson said. “A lot of people liked to drive out there and see him. He was pretty gentle. I could drive within 30 yards of him. Eventually, though, this kind of animal will turn into a target given the area Photo from TPWD out there is so remote.” Run-N-Gun Adventures, owned by Daniel Kubecka and Nick Stillwell, leased the land where the deer was taken — but only for waterfowl hunting. Kubecka said the company leases adjacent land, where the deer was also seen occasionally, for deer hunting. Stillwell came across the deer recently while scouting for waterfowl. He wrote about it on Facebook. “A couple of weeks ago I had a great moment in nature,” Stillwell wrote. “As I was checking some duck ponds, I came across the biggest deer I have ever seen in my life. Please turn to page 19

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for mule deer in 2005, Gray has seen the program quadruple. According to Hunter Ross, the same two principles that sparked Texas whitetail management are now being used to improve mule deer — age and nutrition. Ross owns Desert Safaris, an outfitting company based in San Antonio. He believes mule deer management will become even more intensive because of increased demand from hunters and decreased supply of quality Rocky Mountain bucks. Ross targets bucks that are 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 years old. Five ranches where Ross hunts have MLD permits for mule deer. Some ranches are using supplemental feed formulated specifically for desert mule deer by Lyssy & Eckel Feeds. He said one of the ranches feeds 50,000 pounds of protein a month, year-round, spread over 172 sections. “On the protein-fed ranches I have, the population is about one deer per 50 acres,” Ross said. “With protein feeding programs, we have localized the deer, made their home ranges smaller and made the bucks more easily located.” Ross’ guides identify and locate trophy bucks with game trail cameras and preseason scouting. The open character of desert mule deer habitat makes the deer more susceptible to hunting pressure than whitetails. And, yes, all this emphasis on management for bigger mule deer makes the hunting more expensive. The second best buck reported in Texas during the 2015 season cost $10 and less than $100 worth of gasoline to drive from Georgetown to TPWD’s Yoakum Dunes Wildlife Management Area, 14,000 acres near Sundown. Steve Knowles drew the permit through the state’s Ultimate Mule Deer Hunt, which proved to be

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aptly named. Knowles, 65, had applied for six different Big Time Texas Hunts each year since he first heard about the program. He was hoping to win the Grand Slam Hunt, which includes mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn and bighorn sheep. The sheep permit alone is worth over $50,000. Knowles got to take a friend along for the hunt. He chose Jason Bienek of Houston. As they made the long drive, the friends agreed they would be lucky to each bring home a 170-class mule deer. As soon as they arrived at the WMA, biologist Brandon Childress showed Knowles a cell phone photo of what he said was a big non-typical buck he’d recently seen for the first time. “We went out that first morning and 10 minutes after daylight Brandon spotted the deer,” said Knowles. “The deer was a long way off. He was with a group of does. We got out of the truck and started the stalk.” Knowles was thinking he probably would not shoot the buck but he wanted a better look. They stalked for two hours, sometimes crawling on hands and knees or on their bellies, until they closed the range to 300

yards. At that distance, Knowles decided he was interested in the deer, after all, but he wanted to get closer. Luckily, a young buck was circling the harem and the big deer was preoccupied. The hunters closed to 170 yards and Knowles took the shot. The buck ran about 10 yards and got wobbly. Childress advised him to shoot again and this time he flattened the buck. The 19-pointer ranks fourth among nontypical mule deer entered in TBGA and was number two for the season behind a 232 4/8 B&C non-typical killed by former TPWD Commission Chairman Dan Allen Hughes. The Hughes family ranks among the state’s biggest landowners. The biggest typical mule deer the Yoakum Dunes guides had seen eluded Jason Bienek, but he settled for a 10-pointer that grossed 178 and netted 172 3/8. The biggest reported typical that season was a Roberts County buck shot by Drew Hill. It scored 188 7/8. In Texas, mule deer may play second fiddle to whitetails, but the fiddle is being finetuned with each passing season.

Dallas Safari Club selected Khalil Karimov of the Republic of Tajikistan to receive the 2018 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award. DSC will present Karimov with this honor at its Convention and Expo, Legacy, on Jan. 6, 2018. Karimov, a professional hunter, guide, conservationist and wildlife visionary nonpareil, is responsible for changing the face of hunting in Tajikistan. Karimov established the Hunting and Conservation Alliance of Tajikistan, a nongovernmental organization whose profits from sustainable hunting are reinvested into nature conservation and community development in and around the conservancies. Named after the well-known American author, whose defense of the international big game hunting community and the role of conservation of wildlife and its habitat made him a household name, the award is the most prestigious honor given by DSC. The Capstick Award is presented to individuals or organizations whose achievements reveal a sustained and significant contribution to the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. DSC also named Sally Maxwell its Artist of the Year, also to be presented at the convention. Maxwell, of La Grange, has exhibited and worked with DSC since 2004, has donated many works of art to the DSC convention. Her work is on the must-have list for many DSC members. —DSC

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Black drum day

Bass regs may be simplified After nearly a year of reviewing special largemouth bass regulations in place across the state, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department inland fisheries management staff are considering changes to simplify regulations at 18 public lakes. “Largemouth bass are one of the first species we started managing in the state, and we’ve done a great job managing our bass fisheries through time,” said Dave Terre, TPWD chief of Inland Fisheries Management and Research. “Our process has been to use different kinds of regulations for bass to accomplish specific management goals. With these potential changes, we still hope to attain the same management goals, but we are trying to reduce the number and kinds of special regulations with the goal of making them less complicated, more easily understood and enforceable.” Twelve of the 18 lakes affected by the potential changes would revert to the statewide 14-inch minimum length limit, which governs nearly 80 percent of water bodies in the state. The other six lakes affected would see changes to more appropriate special regulations. Lakes being considered to revert to the statewide limit include Granbury, Possum Kingdom, Ratcliff, Bryan, Cooper, Old Mount Pleasant City, Bridgeport, Burke-Crenshaw, Georgetown, Madisonville, San Augustine and Sweetwater. A change from the 14-24 inch slot length limit to a 16-24 inch slot is being considered for Fayette County Reservoir, Gibbons Creek Reservoir and Lake Monticello. Under the potential changes, Grapevine Lake would change to no minimum length limit with a bag limit of five fish of which only two can be less than 18 inches. Purtis Creek State Park Lake and Lake Raven would change from catch and release only to a five-fish daily bag and a 16-inch maximum length limit. The 16-24 slot and 16-inch maximum limits include provisions for anglers to possess bass 24 inches or longer for possible submission to the Toyota ShareLunker program. If the changes being considered are approved, the number of reservoirs 500 acres and larger with special largemouth bass regulations would decrease from 30 to 21. “Our goal is for anglers to see less variation of the largemouth bass rules when they visit Texas lakes,” Terre said. Additionally, inland fisheries staff are considering changing existing special regulations on lakes Bellwood and Davey Crockett to a 16-inch maximum length limit. Terre said these changes are being considered to improve or maintain the existing bass populations in these reservoirs. In January, inland fisheries staff will present these possible changes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. If the Commission approves, the proposed changes will be published in the Texas Register, which begins the process of official public comment. —TPWD

After a cold front, fishermen enjoyed a brisk black drum bite at the Bahia Grande. Raul Arteaga landed his first black drum, while others completed their 5-fish limits. Photos by Tony Vindell, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Early cold front moves fish in By Tony Vindell

For Lone Star Outdoor News The early first cold snap to descend into South Texas resulted in a frenzy of black drum congregating in a wetland area known as Bahia Grande, or the Big Bay, a unit of the Laguna Madre National Wildlife Refuge. The front arrived late on Friday, Oct. 27, and by Saturday morning, fishing enthusiasts ran to a canal between the Brownsville Ship Channel and the Bahia Grande. The thermometer stayed around the 49-degree mark most of the day, 15 degrees below normal, according to the National Weather Service office in Brownsville. Aware of the weather, many anglers somehow knew that schools of drum were coming in with the high tide. “This is awesome,” said Luis Cruz, a fanatic fishermen who frequents the area all

year. “I have caught drum before, but nothing like today.” As he started putting fish on a line, other anglers were doing the same, catching their limits of five drum and calling their friends to join in the party. The anglers used all kinds of bait, ranging from frozen and fresh shrimp, live and dead mullet and a pink lure they called “bubble gum.” A few red drum, trout and sheepsheads were also caught, but nothing like the black drum people had on their lines. Jose Gonzalez, who works for a company that buys used cars up North to sell in Brownsville, said whenever there is a cold front like this, he goes after black drum. And the unusual cold snap resulted in day to remember. The one-day frenzy died down by early Sunday morning. “What a day,” Cruz said. “Saturday was black drum day.”

PK a hot spot again By Mark England

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Striped bass numbers have rebounded at Possum Kingdom Reservoir, along with white bass and largemouth bass. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

When David Welcher got on an Internet forum to talk about the fishing at Possum Kingdom Lake, he got a private message from a friend. “‘Shh,’ was all he said,” said Welcher, tournament director for the Mineral Wells Bass Club. “A lot of locals don’t want the word to get out about Possum Kingdom Lake.” It may be too late for that. Brent Butler, who owns REEL ON THIS Fishing Guide Service, said the exceptional striper fishing this spring brought out so many

anglers that “it was like a boat show out there.” A fish survey by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department may have provided the drumbeat for the PK craze. Robert Mauk, a fisheries biologist who headed the survey, announced earlier this year that the striped bass population at Possum Kingdom Reservoir was at its highest level in 14 years. To Mauk’s surprise, TPWD even found a year-old class of striper although it did not stock PK with stripers in 2016. “Most of the time, Lake Texoma is the only place they reproduce,” Mauk said.

“At our last sampling, we were seeing young ones all over the place.” Striper eggs drift in currents for 1 1/2 to 3 days before they hatch. At most lakes, the eggs sink to the bottom and die. “Stripers typically need a lot of flowing water to spawn,” Mauk said. “We had flooding in 2015 and 2016 and, evidently, conditions were good enough that stripers were able to spawn.” Butler said TPWD’s findings are proving out. He’s seeing more stripers at PK than previously and they’re larger. Please turn to page 21


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Strike King sold Lone Star Outdoor News Lew’s Holdings Corporation, a portfolio company of Peak Rock Capital, a private equity firm, has acquired Strike King Lure Company. Founded in 1964, Strike King is an iconic brand in the fishing industry. The company’s innovative product portfolio includes wire baits, hard and soft plastic lures, terminal tackle, sunglasses, and related fishing accessories. Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, Strike King benefits from an exceptional team of employees, pro staff, and manufacturing partners. John Barns was the CEO of Strike King, and will remain with Lew’s. “I’ve been affiliated with Strike King in some fashion for 32 years,” Barns told Lone Star Outdoor News. Former Strike King Lures CEO John Barns, left, enjoys bass “My role will reduce some, I’m going fishing in East Texas lakes. Now that Lew’s has acquired Strike to be more like a senior advisor and King, he’ll have more time to fish. Photo by David J. Sams, not doing the day-to-day stuff. I’m Lone Star Outdoor News. really excited to be involved in the new chapter.” Barns and Allan Ranson, along with their Strike King will stay in Collierville, Barns dedicated employees, pro staff, and manusaid, and the employees will be retained. facturing partners have done a fantastic job “I’m hoping to fish more than ever,” Barns, driving growth at the company, and we are who worked from his Dallas office, said, not- excited that John and Allan will remain ining that people in the fishing business often volved with the company going forward.” have little time to fish. “My dad has a great As part of the transaction, Ken Eubanks bass lake in East Texas and I’ve only been will become president of Lew’s while conthere once this year.” tinuing in his current role as CEO of Hunters Lew’s CEO Gary Remensnyder said, “John Specialties.

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained to muddy up the river; 68-76 degrees; 4.24’ low. Black bass are fair on 7-inch worms, spoons and jigs. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and punch bait. AMISTAD: Water murky; 76-80 degrees; 25.08’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass and white bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers over baited holes. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 63-72 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are fair on shaky heads and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on split-shot weighted live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 0.95’ low. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs, stick worms and Texasrigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. AUSTIN: Water stained; 68-77 degrees; 0.8’ low. Black bass are fair to good on lipless crankbaits and Texas-rigged pumpkinseed worms. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. BASTROP: Water stained; 73-77 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs and stink bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch. BELTON: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 2.02’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on slabs, silver spoons and white spinner baits. Crappie are good on white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. BENBROOK: Water stained; 71-76 degrees; 2.43’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, dropshot rigs and chrome lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 64-67 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, spinner baits and Texasrigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. BONHAM: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws on boat docks and near reeds. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good along creek channel with punch bait and prepared bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and tequila sunrise soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on silver spoons near the dam. Redfish are good on perch, shad and silver spoons. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp and cheese bait near the dam. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 62–65 degrees: 2.12’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, jerkbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on punch bait. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 2.62’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, green pumpkin or redbug worms near docks, white flukes and spinner baits. White bass are excellent on crankbaits and jigs off lighted

docks at night in 5-25 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies over brush piles in 5-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 2.23’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are good on swim baits and drifting live bait along the river channel in 30 feet. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, minnows and stink bait. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live shad. CADDO: Water stained; 65-68 degrees; 0.30’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless stick worms and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits around reed beds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are good on perch and tilapia near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp and cheese bait. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 2.99’ low. Black bass are good on white spinner baits and Texas-rigged watermelon green stick worms. Striped bass are good over and around the humps in 30-60 feet at daylight. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 1.83’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, Texas-rigged craws and shaky heads on docks. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 23.74’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastic lizards and large worms in grass in 12-20 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and punch bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. COLEMAN: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and liver. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 76 degrees in main lake; 0.50’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits and crankbaits in 6-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and droplines baited with live perch in 8-12 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are good on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. COOPER: Water stained; 72-77 degrees; 1.32’ low. Black bass are fair. Crappie are fair on jigs. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs and minnows. EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly

stained; 63-66 degrees; 1.48’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits, shallow running crankbaits and black and blue jigs on docks. FAIRFIELD: Water fairly clear. Black bass are fair to good on weightless worms, Texas-rigged craws and chatterbaits along shoreline vegetation. FALCON: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 18.27’ low. Black bass are fair to good on shallow-running crankbaits and large creature baits in flooded grass. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and cut bait up the river. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse pepper Carolina-rigged soft plastics along outside edges of grass in 5-10 feet. Red ear perch are good on worms in 4-10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FORK: Water stained; 62-65 degrees; 1.02’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, black and blue flipping jigs and flutter spoons. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water offcolor; 67-76 degrees; 0.98’ low. Black bass are fair on white/chartreuse spinner baits, Texas rigs and stick worms. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastics, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and liver. GRANBURY: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.39’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs and spoons. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait, shrimp and liver. GRANGER: Water stained; 7478 degrees; 0.22’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on spinner baits along main lake points. Crappie are fair on jigs over brush in 12-18 feet. Blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 61-65 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on jerkbaits, shaky-head worms and flukes. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. GREENBELT: Water off-color; 62–71 degrees; 32.04 low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 71-75 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows in 20 feet. Bream are fair on live worms in coves. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad and perch. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 71-76 degrees; 2.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good brown/ orange shallow-running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on night-

crawlers and live shiners. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 62-65 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, bladed jigs and flukes. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 64-68 degrees: 0.55’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, weightless woms and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LAVON: Water stained; 62-65 degrees: 2.30’ low. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, spinner baits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LBJ: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are fair on Bleeding Shad lipless crankbaits and plastic swimbaits along seawalls, and on buzzbaits and weightless watermelon/red stick worms on creek points. Striped bass are good on 2-inch Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on pink/ white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and nightcrawlers. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 1.34’ low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits and shaky-head worms. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits, lipless crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are fair on shad. MACKENZIE: 73.47’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and lipless crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.90’ low. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, finesse jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 59-68 degrees; 48.61’ low. Black bass are fair on live minnows, Texas rigs, shaky heads and suspending jerkbaits. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and Texasrigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 69-75 degrees; 1.29’ low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, silver spinner baits and Texas0rigged motor oil worms. No reports on crappie. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 1.47’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on stink bait and shad. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with goldfish and shad. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 71-76 degrees; 37.08’ low. Black bass

are fair on Texas rigs and shallowrunning crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 68-74 degrees; 10.22’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chrome/ black lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 62-65 degrees; 1.12’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, shallow crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 72-77 degrees; 0.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs and shallow-running chartreuse/white crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 73-77 degrees; 2.50’ low. Black bass are fair on black and purple soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on silver/blue lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on cut shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 1.55’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 61-64 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged craws and football jigs. White bass are good on minnows and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 63-66 degrees; 2.19’ low. Black bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, Texasrigged craws and spinner baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 73-77 degrees; 1.14’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits on outside grass lines. White bass are good on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stink bait and minnows. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 75-79 degrees; 3.36’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. SPENCE: 50.33’ low. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. STAMFORD: Water stained; 67-75 degrees; 0.1’ low. Black bass are fair on spoons, Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on live bait and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 74-78 degrees; 1.94’ low. Black

n Saltwater reports Page 11 bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, hot dogs and nightcrawlers. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 6366 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws and flipping jigs in willow bushes and docks. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and shrimp. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 62-65 degrees; 1.66’ high. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits, shallow crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 74-78 degrees; 4.45’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/red soft plastic worms, spinner baits, and top-waters early. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 20 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish good on shrimp and stink bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 10.42’ low. Black bass are good on bone top-waters and green/pumpkin worms in 5-25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chrome spoons and minnows in 35-45 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and blood bait in 30-45 feet. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and shrimp. WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.67’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged worms, spinner baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows on docks. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 68-74 degrees; 20.83’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and spinner baits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 75-79 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and watermelon soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs. White bass are good on slabs and hellbenders. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait and liver.

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New boat launching facility to defuse ramp rage

A new boat ramp at Adolph Thomae Park could help with conflicts over limited space and overcrowding. Photo by Tony Vindell, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Tony Vindell

For Lone Star Outdoor News For the past decade, Santos Bermea has been familiar with the situation at the Adolph Thomae Park boat ramp on the edge of the Arroyo Colorado. “I have seen one fight after another,” said the Harlingen resident after he pulled his truck and boat on a brand-new parking lot at Cameron County-run recreational place. “I have gotten into a few arguments to the point my wife threatened not to come with me again.” Bermea said the old boat ramp at the park is always full of vehicles and trailers and, on more than one occasion, he said he has encountered people “playing mechan-

ics” on the boats as the vessels are right on the water on the two launching ramps. “They act as if they don’t care about people waiting to put their boats in the water,” he said. “I have seen people exchanging words and a few fist fights, although nobody reports them.” That, however, will change as a new launching ramp has been constructed and was christened in late October, making the first such facility to be available to the public in more than 10 years. County, state, business officials and a few anglers were present during the dedication of a nearly $844,000 boat ramp funded by a $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The county contributed with $253,775 while the Cameron Please turn to page 19

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish and flounder are good in the marsh on shrimp. Flounder are good on shrimp, shad and scented plastics at the mouths of bayous. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Redfish are good at the jetty on live bait and cracked crabs. Flounder are good on scented plastics around marsh drains. BOLIVAR: Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are fair to good while drifting shell on plastics. Bull redfish are good on the beachfront.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on soft plastics and scented plastics. Redfish are fair to good on the east shoreline on top-waters. Some birds have worked. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in the marsh around drains on shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish and flounder are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and shad. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Bastrop Bay. Bull redfish are good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in the middle of the bay under birds. Trout are good for drifters on Bass Assassins and Down South Lures over humps and scattered shell. Trout and flounder are fair to good on muddy shorelines on soft plastics. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are good on live shrimp at Shell Island, Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Mad Island on the

incoming tide. Flounder are fair to good on the edges of the river on speck-rigs. PORT O’CONNOR: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on live shrimp and soft plastics. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair in the channel on free-lined shrimp. Redfish are good in Redfish Bay on mullet and crabs. Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel and around Mud Island on shrimp and crabs. PORT ARANSAS: Trout are fair on the drop-offs while wading the channel on top-waters. Redfish are fair at Shamrock Cove and Pelican Island on top-waters and scented plastics. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits. CORPUS CHRISTI: Bull redfish are good in the surf on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on Super Spook Jrs and scented plastics in Oso Bay. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters and plum plastics around rocks and grass near the Land Cut. Trout are good while drifting deep rocks on plum plastics. Flounder are good in the Land Cut on scented plastics and jigs tipped with shrimp. PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are good while drifting potholes on top-waters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout and redfish are fair

to good on the spoils on small top-waters and gold spoons. SOUTH PADRE: Redfish are good in Airport Cove and on the Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics. Trout are fair to good in on the flats on top-waters and scented plastics under rattling corks. Bull redfish are good at the jetty. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are good over potholes and grass flats on scented baits and top-waters. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in Cullen Bay on scented plastics and small top-waters.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER SHARK FINS AT RESTAURANT, MARKET At the request of the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C., Dallas and Collin County game wardens investigated the possible violation of the illegal possession and/or sale of shark fins for shark fin soup. They visited several restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that advertised shark fin soup on their menus. At the first establishment, shark fin soup was not on the menu, but after asking for the dish from the hostess, the wardens were provided a different menu with the soup included. The manager did confirm they served the dish and escorted the wardens to the walk-in freezer where six gallon-sized bags of shark fin soup were frozen. The restaurant manager notified the wardens that the supermarket next door also sold shark fins in their fresh seafood department. At the supermarket, six incomplete shark carcasses were in the display case for sale. The department manager was located in the walk-in freezer trying to remove a box containing several other incomplete shark carcasses. When he was confronted, another box was discovered with 38 incomplete shark carcasses. The cases are pending. ALLIGATOR REPORT WAS FISHY A large alligator was reported in Harris County. The caller said he and his son were fishing when a 14foot alligator jumped on the dock and tried to attack them. The caller and his son began to hit the alligator with fishing rods and barely got away. He also said that he would be coming back to the park every night until something was done about the

FISHING OUT OF THE CAR WINDOW At Lake Kirby, a Taylor County game warden was checking fishing licenses and approached a car near the edge of the water with a fishing rod sticking out of the window. As the warden approached, the two occupants placed a candle on the dash. When the passenger exited the car to get to his wallet and fishing license, the warden noticed a light bulb on the floorboard, with smoke residue

alligator. The game wardens went to the park later that night and noticed a group of people looking at something in the water. It was a large alligator floating upside down, bloated, and starting to decompose. The wardens pulled it out of the water and saw that it had a small hole in its head about the size of a .22. The gator measured 12 feet, 7 inches. The next several days were spent trying to track down the caller for an interview. When reached at his mother’s house, the man confessed that he had gone back to his truck after seeing the alligator, got his .22 rifle, and then went back to the water and shot the alligator twice in the head. He then got worried and called in with the false story two days later. Charges and civil restitution are pending. TWO LIMITS, SAME DAY After hearing shooting on a ranch, a Frio County game warden checked several individuals who were hunting dove. It was determined that eight individuals had shot a limit of doves that same morning and had returned to the field for an

inside of it. Patting down the subject, the warden found two bags of white crystals in the right front pocket. The subject tried to briefly pull away and was quickly handcuffed. The rest of the car was searched and more pipes and paraphernalia were found. The subject was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. He did not have a fishing license.

afternoon hunt. These individuals were cited for exceeding the daily bag limit and 52 birds were seized. The cases and civil restitution are pending. BUZZARDS LEAD WARDEN TO POACHED FAWNS A group of vultures circling near the highway caught the attention of a Val Verde County game warden. The warden found two freshly killed white-tailed deer fawns hidden in the brush that appeared to have gunshot wounds. His investigation led him to a nearby house where he found a doe hanging on the skinning rack. After meeting with a subject located on the property, the warden was able to persuade him to produce the .270 rifle that had been used to shoot all three deer. Cases and warnings for waste of game, illegal means and methods, untagged deer and harvest log violations were issued. COMPETING NIGHTTIME ROAD HUNTERS While a Hunt County game warden was watching for road hunters, he

observed a truck headed his way very slowly with a white light shining from the passenger window. The warden stopped the truck. Inside the truck were two individuals and two rifles outfitted with thermal vision scopes. As the warden was completing writing citations, he heard a rifle shot in the distance. A short time later, a second truck was located using a large spotlight mounted on the vehicle and hunting from the roadway. Numerous cases are pending. TEENAGERS RUN OVER DEER, FOILED BY BLOOD IN ROADWAY Houston County game wardens received a call concerning a large blood spot in the middle of a county road. At the scene and while taking photos, a truck came around the corner and stopped short of the wardens’ location. The truck was occupied by two teenagers who claimed the deer in the ice chest was killed in the Davy Crockett National Forest. The deer was tagged with a mule deer tag, but the harvest log was not completed. After a brief interview, the teenagers admit-

ted to running over the deer then stabbing it with an arrow. They then carried it to their camp and cleaned it and tagged it with the mule deer tag. The cases are pending. I WAS JUST WALKING AROUND Traffic activity behind a closed forest service gate caught the attention of a Houston County game warden. After waiting approximately 30 minutes, a truck occupied by two teenagers came to the gate. One said he had been hunting while the other was just “walking around.” After a search of the truck, the warden found the second bow hidden underneath a pile of clothes and school bags, and the arrows behind the seat. The second then admitted to hunting and not having a license. STOLEN PWC LEFT UNDER VULTURE ROOST A personal watercraft was found on an island on Lake Palestine. The caller was worried that a lot of vultures were around it and he was concerned someone was deceased nearby. Smith County game wardens responded. It was determined that the PWC had recently been stolen and had been parked near a vulture roost. The PWC was recovered and information forwarded to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

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date weighed 15.54 pounds. He knows a thing or two about how to find and catch bass on Fork. “I leave the dock with several rods rigged and ready to fish,” he said. “Today, one rod was set up with a Carolina-rigged craw worm, another had a deep-diving crankbait and another had a Texas-rigged, 10-inch worm. But the one that produced bass was the drop shot. When the weather is this cranky, you just have to try various lures and let the bass tell you what they want to eat.” What Canada figured from the get-go in the 65-degree water — the bass would more than likely eat a drop-shot rig fished right up against stumps, logs, trees and brush. In the last 30 minutes of fishing, Canada and his client put about a dozen bass in the boat. “We had to literally hit the wooden structure with the drop shot,” he said. Canada makes a drop-shot rig with a 2/0 Owner hook attached to the line with a Palomar knot. It’s finished off with a 14- to 16inch leader with a 1/2-ounce drop shot weight. “On the last full moon, we fished a half day and did pretty good,” Canada said. “But the next day I was busy, so my customers went fishing on their own. At the same spot they caught 15 bass to about 9 pounds. All of them were caught on brushy points in 6 to 12 feet of water with drop-shot rigs with either a Finesse worm or craw worm.” On Sam Rayburn Reservoir, William Flournoy has been landing solid numbers of bass while fishing a swim jig in 8 feet of water. He’s been one of the hottest tournament bass anglers on the lake this year. “The thing about fishing on Rayburn this time of year is to roll with the flow of the weather,” Fournoy said. “If it’s cold, slow down your presentation. If it’s hot, pick up the pace a little bit. Lately I’ve been using a 5/16-ounce Stanley Standup Football jig. I’ll rig it with a Speed Craw. A Trap in gold or silver is also a very good bait to use over all the hydrilla we’ve got in the lake. It’s a good reaction bait that works when the bass are on an aggressive bite.” Fournoy said the thing to remember is that the best bite on Rayburn is over the grass. And there is plenty of it. At the Century Bass Club championship, Lone Star Outdoor News’ Operations Manager Mike Hughs worked the outside edge of the grass in a large cove with a topwater and Trap, winning the event by more than 5 pounds.

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Make the drive for late dove hunt By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The search for a late-season dove hunt can be daunting. Many outfitters and landowners shut down the dove hunts due to a lack of interest and/or preparation for deer hunting. In other areas, the birds disappeared. One Dallas hunter made calls to areas in North and northwest Texas, with no glowing reports. The outfitters who had been having good results in the Breckenridge, Throckmorton and Haskell areas reported a lack of birds. Two of his calls reported plenty of birds, and the two choices were Brownsville or Uvalde. Many, if not most, dove hunters don’t make trips to pursue the small birds beyond opening weekend. For a die-hard dove hunter who wants his dog to get some retrieves, it’s worth the drive. Sammy Nooner was taking his hunters from his Valdina Ranch lodge in DeHanis

to a sunflower field near Uvalde. Groups of about 20 hunters had good shoots, as the white-winged dove came in high, but later left the field flying much lower. The bulk of the hunters were from Louisiana, who don’t get to experience much dove hunting at home. Nooner, who sold his Hondo operations, is still running hunts, but said it had been a strange season. “The birds moved out of Hondo,” he said. “There are pockets of good concentrations, but several areas that were good in past seasons weren’t as good this season.” A hunter waits for whitewings to come out of the sunflower field near The dove-hunting options are Uvalde during a late-season hunt. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star over for the time being, except in Outdoor News. the North Zone which ends Nov. the North Zone, Jan. 7 in the Central Zone 12. The season reopens Dec. 15 in all of Tex- and Jan. 21 in the South Zone. as, though, remaining open until Dec. 31 in

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Tequila Sunrise “Sonny” May 31, 2002 – October 12, 2017 By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Capt. Scott Sommerlatte was about to give up guiding duck hunts when he got his yellow lab he named Sonny. “He was a lap dog and was going to be a fishing buddy,” Sommerlatte said. “He had no training whatsoever.” When running a pen-raised quail hunt when Sonny was 5 months old, the group of hunters had trouble getting the birds to flush. “One of the guys said to go get Sonny,” Sommerlatte said. “He had never heard a gunshot before. I let him out with 10 guys with shotguns. In the field, all of a sudden he changed direction and started running toward a culvert. A covey of quail had gone in there. Sonny flushed them, a guy shot one, and Sonny went and picked it up.” Shortly thereafter, Sommerlatte got a call from a friend, telling him the mallards were feeding in a peanut field and diving into a small, tree-lined pond in Comanche County. Sommerlatte and Sonny made the drive from Lake Jackson. “It was cold, Sonny had icicles hanging off of his whiskers and the decoys were covered with ice,” Sommerlatte said. “The first few times a duck fell, we had to throw a rock into the water and splash it next to the duck. The first time, Sonny came back with

a decoy. We threw another rock, then he figured it out.” After retrieving a few days of limits of mallards and pintail, a long duck-hunting relationship began and Sommerlatte, who had just about had enough with getting up early and setting up for duck hunters, was back in business with Sonny. “I got into hunting out of a wooden skiff and using cork decoys,” Sommerlatte said. “In 2003, Sonny hunted almost every day and probably retrieved more than 1,000 ducks and geese. That’s when he got good. I figure with ducks, geese, dove and quail, he probably had 15,000 retrieves.” Sonny’s last hunt took place last year, when Sonny was 14 1/2 years old, 14 years after his first hunt. “His last bird was a big, pretty bull sprig,” Sommerlatte said. “It was the perfect retrieve — he marked it, went out and got it and came back in. We sat down and drank a glass of tequila together as the sun went down. I never thought he would want to hunt at almost 15 years old.” Despite the original intention for Sonny, the dog was never a great fishing companion for the saltwater fly-fishing guide. “When he would see the fish splash, he would bail out of the boat to go get it,” Sommerlatte said. “If I was fighting one, he would try to retrieve it. The last four or five years, he would go out

on the boat with me, though.” This fall, old age finally got to Sonny. “He lost his appetite and had a hard time getting around,” Sommerlatte said. “The vet thought he might have an ulcerated tumor in his intestines, and he had arthritis in his back.” At the age of 15 years, 5 months, it was time. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Sommerlatte said.

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Holly Reilly took advantage of one lucky raffle ticket to take an axis buck on a Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation hunt with L&L Adventures. Her brother, Asa, took an elk cow. Photo by Darrell Cox.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Holly Reilly bought one raffle ticket for $20 at the Lone Star Outdoor News’ Wild Game Supper on Oct. 4. She was definitely surprised when her number was drawn for a Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation hunt at L&L Adventures’ Calhoun Ranch in Wimberley. During the weekend of Nov. 4, she took the hunt with her 20-year-old brother, Asa, tagging along. “It’s the one thing we have in common,” Holly said. “We like to hunt together.” Both are avid hunters and long-range shooters and hunt on a family ranch in Red River County. Holly, though, had only shot whitetails. “I had never even seen an axis deer,” the 24-year-old said. “They were really cool, but they were wild. They ran like crazy whenever they saw you.” The first day of the hunt, guided by Darrell Cox, they had seen some axis, but they were running away. “We found them again and finally one of them stopped for a second to look at us,” Holly said. She made the 75-yard shot and had her first axis deer. “You couldn’t take very long shots,” she said. “The brush and trees were so thick.” The hunt wasn’t over, though.

“My brother wanted some meat, so we hunted for a cow elk. He made a good shot, the elk didn’t go far,” she said. “Now we have entire coolers full of meat.” Ranch owner L. Ray Calhoun told Cox to have Holly try to get of the 4-horn sheep on the ranch. “I asked if she was confident taking a long shot,” Cox said. “Holly said she was very confident.” They found the sheep from the top of a hill on the rugged ranch. Using her 6.5x-.06 rifle with an exposed turret scope and suppressor, Holly and Asa dialed in the scope, adjusted for the wind, and she took her first shot from 408 yards, which was low. “We made an adjustment and I got him,” she said. “They are weird-looking animals, they look a lot bigger than they actually are, they have about 2 feet of fur.” The 4 horn, also called the Jacob sheep or the Devil sheep, is an ancient breed, unique due to its two sets of horns. “Mine wasn’t very cute,” Holly said. The sister and brother enjoyed their brief stay at the Calhoun Ranch. “It was real pretty and hilly,” Holly said. “The lodge was a big, converted barn and two stories. It was really nice and they treated us very well.” L&L Adventures, Calhoun Ranch (512) 940-5111

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Oldest gun store in South Texas Glick Twins began after WWII By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News What is now the largest gun store in South Texas began as an Army Surplus store after World War II. Kenith and Kemper Glick, twin brothers, enlisted in the Army Air Corps. When the war ended in 1945, they returned to the Valley and opened Glick Brothers Army Surplus Store in Mission. In 1950, they moved to the business’ current location in Pharr, renamed the store Glick Twins, the business expanded in 1963 and by the 1970s, transitioned into a full-service outdoor sports store. Bob Glick, Kenith’s son, wasn’t much more than a toddler when he started hanging around the store. “My dad was the kind of dad who brought his kid to work,” Bob said. “I would help price stuff and do some other chores, and then I worked there in high school and college. Now Glick Twins is the largest, and probably oldest, gun store in South Texas, with a full array of hunting, shooting and accessories. Bob, who took over full management of Glick Twins in 1987 and bought the store from his mother and aunt in 1998, said he has seen a lot of changes over that past 40 years.

“Everything was hunting related until about 15 years ago,” he said. “Then it started shifting to more personal defense. Now, about 70 percent of the business is personal defense. There are fewer people hunting now, but more people owning guns.” Glick feels hunting has become too expensive for many, and, unfortunately, less family oriented. “My wife and I heavily support the Hidalgo County shooting sports; we do a fundraiser for them and subsidize their shells and targets,” he said. “The numbers have gone up from 12 to 32 kids.” The cost of even shooting sports is prohibitive for many youngsters or their parents. “If they practice three times a week, about $30 per week is the minimum cost just for ammo and targets,” Bob said. “That is a lot for a parent. More people have to put more time in these kids, or we won’t have a shooting public.” The growth of the area has been an amazing change over the past few decades. “We were a very happy small town when I was kid,” Bob said. “Now there is close to a million people down here. The growth has been great for business, but also has taken a lot of what I loved away.” Glick Twins carries numerous top brands of hunting and other firearm, gun safes, hunting and fishing clothing, gear and other supplies and accessories. Bob Glick has managed the Glick Twins store in Pharr since 1987, but the oldest gun store in South Texas he now owns has been in the family since the end of World War II. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Bode Abbott, an 11-year-old 6th-grader at McCulloch Intermediate School in Dallas, arrowed his second deer from 20 yards on the opening day of youth archery season. He was hunting on the C4 Ranch in Pleasanton.

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I had heard tales of this same deer on this ranch for years. He stood under a tree just looking at me. I approached him with my camera. He looked at me like, ‘Get out of my area.’ I was so excited to get so close to this beast of a deer. I got some great pictures. It was one of those days that I will always remember.” Kubecka said he and many others are angered by what happened. “I’m not mad because our guys didn’t get to harvest it,” he said. “I’m mad that it was taken the way it was. It’s like walking into a store and stealing, in my opinion. You have to pay your dues. And, anyway, who’s to say that deer wouldn’t have gone into hiding next week and we wouldn’t have seen him again until next year?” Johnson said the deer was tattooed, indicating at one point it belonged to a deer breeder. That may be what stirred rumors around Markham that the deer was microchipped and escaped from a deer breeder during Hurricane Harvey. There were even reports that the supposed microchip allowed authorities to track the deer from where it was poached to the suspects’ location, even though the purpose of a microchip is to let an owner identify an animal via a wand once it has been located. “What can I tell you?” Johnson said about the incorrect rumors. “It’s a small town.”

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County Coastal Impact Assistance Program allocated $90,000. Capt. James Dunks at TPWD’s Brownsville office described the new ramp as a much needed project. He said one million new fishing licenses have been issued in the last 10 years in Texas, adding that translates into tens of thousands of boat owners. “This is going to cut down a lot of problems,” Dunks said. “This will help reduce boat ramp rage.” Albert Bengendahl, an avid angler, said the boat ramp will be a nice addition to the park. “If you come early here you are okay,” he said before leaving from the old boat ramp. “But if you are here during weekends it isn’t good.” Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino said the boat ramp was the end result of ef-

forts years in the making due to the several agencies involved. The boat ramp has added 42 new parking spaces and it’s more than 100 feet west of the existing one that has 46 parking spaces. Joe Vega, director of the county park system, said they have applied for more grants to install lights and to build restrooms to improve the boat ramp at the Adolph Thomae Park. The park was built on land of the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge — an 88,000-acre refuge located largely in eastern Cameron County and in a small section of Willacy County. Boyd Blihovde, the refuge manager, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and county partnership is not a common occurrence, but it has worked nevertheless as the county maintains the park’s 58.6-acre site.

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2017 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Nov Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

10 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun 13 Mon 14 Tue 15 Wed 16 Thu 17 Fri 18 Sat 19 Sun 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu 24 Fri

10 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun 13 Mon 14 Tue 15 Wed 16 Thu

11:08 ----12:25 1:09 1:51 2:30 3:10

17 Fri 18 Sat 19 Sun 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu 24 Fri

11:02 4:48 11:56 5:43 12:19 6:31 1:04 7:15 1:45 7:56 2:25 8:36 3:05 9:16 3:46 9:57 4:30 10:42 5:18 11:02 6:07 11:52 6:59 12:47 7:52 1:40 8:45 2:33 9:37 3:25

11:30 5:16 ----- 6:09 12:44 6:56 1:27 7:39 2:07 8:19 2:47 8:58 3:27 9:38 4:09 10:20 4:53 11:05 5:41 ----6:31 12:19 7:23 1:11 8:16 2:04 9:09 2:57 10:00 3:48

06:41 06:42 06:43 06:43 06:44 06:45 06:46 06:47 06:48 06:49 06:49 06:50 06:51 06:52 06:53

05:28 05:27 05:27 05:26 05:26 05:25 05:25 05:24 05:24 05:23 05:23 05:23 05:22 05:22 05:22

NoMoon 12:56p 12:13a 1:40p 1:14a 2:20p 2:13a 2:57p 3:10a 3:32p 4:05a 4:06p 5:00a 4:41p 5:54a 5:17p 6:48a 5:56p 7:41a 6:36p 8:33a 7:20p 9:23a 8:07p 10:10a 8:56p 10:55a 9:47p 11:37a 10:40p

4:54 5:48 6:37 7:21 8:02 8:41 9:21

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10:48 11:08 12:01 12:53 1:46 2:39 3:31

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05:29 05:28 05:27 05:27 05:26 05:25 05:25

NoMoon 12:15a 1:17a 2:17a 3:15a 4:12a 5:08a

06:58 05:24 6:03a 06:59 07:00 07:01 07:02 07:03 07:04 07:05

05:24 05:23 05:23 05:22 05:22 05:22 05:21

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11:42 12:08 12:56 1:40 2:20 2:59 3:39 4:21 5:06 5:53 6:44 7:35 8:28 9:21 10:13

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05:41 05:40 05:40 05:39 05:39 05:38 05:38 05:37 05:37 05:37 05:36 05:36 05:36 05:35 05:35

NoMoon 1:08p 12:27a 1:52p 1:27a 2:32p 2:26a 3:10p 3:23a 3:45p 4:18a 4:19p 5:12a 4:54p 6:06a 5:31p 7:00a 6:09p 7:53a 6:50p 8:45a 7:34p 9:35a 8:21p 10:22a 9:10p 11:07a 10:01p 11:49a 10:54p

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11:56 12:22 1:10 1:53 2:33 3:13 3:53 4:35 5:19 6:07 6:57 7:49 8:42 9:35 10:26

5:42 6:35 7:22 8:05 8:45 9:24 10:04 10:46 11:31 ----12:45 1:37 2:30 3:23 4:14

07:16 07:17 07:18 07:19 07:20 07:21 07:22 07:23 07:24 07:25 07:26 07:27 07:28 07:29 07:30

05:44 05:43 05:43 05:42 05:41 05:41 05:40 05:39 05:39 05:38 05:38 05:37 05:37 05:36 05:36

NoMoon 1:31p 12:32a 2:13p 1:36a 2:51p 2:37a 3:25p 3:36a 3:58p 4:34a 4:30p 5:31a 5:03p 6:27a 5:37p 7:23a 6:13p 8:18a 6:53p 9:11a 7:36p 10:01a 8:22p 10:48a 9:12p 11:32a 10:04p 12:13p 10:58p

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Time 10:43 PM 9:07 AM 11:02 AM 6:31 AM 7:02 AM 7:31 AM 8:00 AM 8:29 AM 9:00 AM 9:32 AM 10:07 AM 10:44 AM 11:24 AM 8:38 PM 9:37 PM

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Time 3:41 PM 4:53 PM 12:24 PM 1:31 PM 2:26 PM 3:14 PM 3:57 PM 4:37 PM 5:15 PM 5:56 PM 6:42 PM 7:36 PM

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“Last year when I went out, only about half the catch would be keepers,” he said. “This year, the majority of the time most are over 18 inches. And the way Possum Kingdom Lake is going, the fishing is only going to get better.” The bright prospects are great news for a lake hammered by four golden alga blooms between 2001 and 2010. Mauk said the fish kill was such that three species — spotted bass, smallmouth bass and the redbreast sunfish — are no longer seen at PK. Drought plays a big role, according to the USGS, since higher temperatures lead to water evaporating from reservoirs, which can create higher salinity levels. Mauk credits luck, not science, for PK’s recent freedom from golden alga. “For whatever reason, conditions have not been favorable for it at Possum Kingdom recently,” he said. Stripers aren’t the only species whose numbers are booming. Largemouth bass numbers are up compared to 2012 and 2014 surveys, Mauk said. Catfish numbers are up, too. FLW angler Barry Smith won a Hell’s Gate Bass Club tournament in June with a five-fish string weighing 31.23 pounds, including a largemouth weighing 11.01 pounds. “There’s an annual fishing tournament at Possum Kingdom every spring,” Mauk said. “The last few years it’s usually taken over 25 pounds to win.” It’s the white bass numbers at PK

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that have Welcher jazzed. “It’s been since the ’80s that I’ve had a 100-fish day at any lake,” he said. “Well, I’ve had a 50-fish day and a 100-fish day this year at Possum Kingdom.” The overwhelming number of white bass he caught weren’t keepers, but the fishing frenzy was such that Welcher didn’t care. “Only three were keepers,” he said. “But that just tells me that over the next three years the lake is going to be dynamite.” Welcher also got a taste for striper fishing while hauling in sand bass after sand bass. He caught 15 stripers in the meantime. An Alabama rig was his lure of choice. “It’s the best freshwater fight you can get into,” Welcher said. “It’s like throwing a rock off a 100-foot building with a 99foot line tied to it. Right before it hits the bottom, that’s how a striper hits your line. It knocks the fire out of it.”

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him,” Schiele said. “He had 22 points and all of the palmation. You wouldn’t think you would have a deer like that on a place like this.” Examining the history of the property, the possibility of a big buck is easier to apprehend. “A friend’s dad owned the place and he passed away seven years ago,” Schiele said. “No one had hunted there since then. The old guy that lived there kept a little book of all the deer he had been seeing. Seven years ago, he put in the book that he was starting to see deer with palmation.” Schiele said there are more good deer on the small property. “There’s another one with 16 points but he doesn’t have the palmation,” he said. Another hunter also had a great opening day, and an important story to share. In 2005, Tyson Dever was sitting still in his vehicle while in a Steve Schiele passed on an opportunity last season to take this school zone when another vehicle buck on 100 acres in Somervell County, but took advantage of struck him from behind at a speed his chance on opening day of the deer rifle season. The buck of 75 miles per hour. As a result, had 22 points and palmetted antlers. Photo from Steve Schiele. Dever was paralyzed from the waist down. Since then, Dever has partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation and a group called Teams in the Driver’s Seat to speak at high schools, educating kids about texting and driving and distracted driving. “I also speak to other groups, including Fortune 500 companies,” he said. “Distracted driving is why I’m in a wheelchair.” Dever was featured on a local news program, and after seeing the spot, Tim Kennedy of Georgetown invited him on a hunt. Hunting with Booner Beck and Kennedy south of Uvalde, Dever took an 8-pointer with antlers more than 22 inches wide. “It was awesome,” Dever said. “We got set up in a pop-up blind and fired up the Thermocell because of all of the mosquitoes and gnats. About 30 minutes later, the buck they had seen when scouting stuck his head out at the far end of a sendero. Eventually, he came closer and came out of the brush. After four or five minutes on the shooting sticks, I took the shot. He dropped right there.”

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Moore hired at Delta Waterfowl

Avid hunter Martha Justice Moore joined Delta Waterfowl as its development director in North Texas. Photo from Martha Justice Moore.

Delta Waterfowl hired Martha Justice Moore as development director for North Texas. Justice Moore will focus on major gift procurement, particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She is a life-long hunter and conservationist who grew up around cattle and hunting on her grandfather’s ranch. Justice Moore is a life member with leadership responsibilities in the Dallas Safari Club, currently serving as DSC Conservation Society liaison to the board. In addition, she’s been a consultant and project manager for several conservation groups in Texas. “I love the conservation and hunting culture at Delta, and that the organization is founded on science and research,” Justice Moore said. “I want to build the Dallas-Fort Worth market, get people engaged and develop an even stronger community around Delta’s programs for ducks and duck hunters.” An avid bird hunter and outdoorswoman, Justice Moore lives in Dallas with her two sons. —Delta Waterfowl

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Quail numbers dip back Moose season ends Hunters harvested 40 moose in this year’s to 10-year average regulated hunting seasons, according to the This year’s Quail Roadside Surveys in Oklahoma show a decline from last year in the number of observed birds. But last year was one in which rainfall, temperature and habitat all combined to create ideal conditions for quail reproduction, resulting in a tremendous quail crop. “We are on the backside of a boom cycle that started in 2014, after a record drought in 2011 and 2012,” said Derek Wiley, upland game biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “Quail cannot maintain historically high levels every year. Eventually what goes up must come down — but the sky is certainly not falling.” The take-away from the 2017 surveys is that the declines simply reflect quail population numbers that have returned to around their 10-year averages in most regions of the state. —ODWC

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Hall of fame fishermen The International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was honored Oct. 28 in a ceremony held at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. The 2017 inductees include Rick Clunn, Larry Dahlberg, Peter Fithian, Mike Levitt, and Dr. Eric Prince. Clunn is a four-time Bassmaster Classic winner and a member of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. When he’s not fishing, Clunn shares his love of the sport with children in schools across America. Dahlberg has fished for more than 50 years in 80 countries and is the host of The Hunt for Big Fish. He created the unique “Dahlberg Diver” fly and is responsible for many other fishing innovations. He is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Fithian is the founder of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. He also founded the Pacific Ocean Research Foundation to learn more about Pacific blue marlin, and was instrumental in the foundation of the Japan Game Fish Association. Levitt developed a passion for light tackle angling in the 1960s, which led him to the IGFA. He has held 16 world records, including light tackle records for black and white marlin. A former chairman of the IGFA, he spearheaded efforts to build the IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida. Prince is considered one of the world’s top fisheries scientists, and is an angler, researcher and proponent for the sport of fishing. He has been a driving force in the Adopt a Billfish satellite-tagging program and a leading researcher and proponent of the use of circle hooks. He also helped create The Billfish Foundation. —IGFA

Saltwater anglers contribute $36 billion The annual Fisheries of the United States report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association showed the economic benefit of recreational saltwater fishing. A total of 9.6 million anglers made nearly 63 million trips in 2016, catching more than 371 million fish (61 percent were released), and in 2015, contributing $36 billion to the national economy. By weight, striped bass remains the top harvested catch among saltwater anglers, followed by dolphinfish, bluefish, yellowfin tuna, spotted seatrout and summer flounder. —NOAA

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “A preliminary count showed that hunters reported eight moose being taken by 18 hunters in the Oct. 1-7 archery season and 32 moose taken by 70 hunters in the Oct. 21-26 regular season,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader. Permits were issued for bulls-only in 16 of Vermont’s 21 Wildlife Management Units. The overall regular season hunter success rate reported to date is 46 percent, virtually unchanged from 45 percent last year. —VFWD

Juvenile arrows deer decoy, flees Three men were arrested and charged with multiple counts related to a nighttime deer poaching incident. Carl Sanborn, 47, and his son Jonathan, 20, allegedly shot with a bow and arrow at a deer decoy on the night of Oct. 21. The decoy was placed by Vermont State Game Wardens in an area with a strong history of poaching activity. The vehicle, a convertible driven by a juvenile, age 16, then led wardens on a high-speed pursuit. Another 13-year-old juvenile was also in the vehicle and is not being charged. During the pursuit, a bow and rangefinder were thrown from the vehicle and recovered by wardens. An official Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department emblem, owned by the State of Vermont, was found affixed to the front of the vehicle at the time it was stopped. The car, bow, rangefinder and light were all seized and stand to be forfeited to the state upon conviction. All three men also stand to lose their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for three years. —VFWD

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American shad coming back Biological surveys suggest American shad are making a strong comeback in the Delaware River, historically famous for a once-prodigious population of this important fish species, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said. Net surveys conducted during the spring resulted in the ninth largest overall haul of migrating adult shad ever recorded, while summer surveys of juvenile shad that hatched this year were the best in the nearly four decades of monitoring for juvenile shad. The American shad is the largest member of the herring family, weighing from 4 to 8 pounds at maturity. They spend most of their lives in the ocean but return to rivers and their tributaries to spawn. The species’ range stretches from the St. Lawrence River in Canada south to the St. Johns River in Florida. —NJDEPC

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Governor, First Lady join Hall of Fame The Ohio Department of Natural Resources presented the ODNR Hall of Fame Award to former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and First Lady Hope Taft. The event recognized the Tafts for their achievements and ongoing contributions to the preservation and enjoyment of Ohio’s natural resources. Bob and Hope Taft played a large role in Ohio’s history of conservation, including the effort to clean up and protect the Little Miami River, which was Ohio’s first state scenic river and later Ohio’s first national scenic river. Gov. Taft also established the Clean Ohio Fund, protecting thousands of acres in Ohio, and put the Great Lakes Compact in place. —ODNR


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lakes in Central Texas attracted a lot of birds, specifically teal, pintails and a few mallards, according to Denny Copeland who lives just outside of Waco. “We had one good cold front that dropped the temperatures into the 30s,” says Copeland, who has been hunting Texas ducks for over 50 years. “The north wind associated with that cold front gave us a good push of ducks here in Central Texas.” The season opens in the North Zone on Nov. 11. The cold fronts also moved both ducks and geese into Gadwall arrived along the Texas coast just in time for the opening of the Garwood and Eagle Lake duck season on Nov. 4. Photo by Robert Sloan. areas, and the rice fields and ponds in the Wharton area. “I was out scouting on Friday, the day The big news on the prairie before the season opened, and saw huge was the arrival of large numbers of whitefronted geese that are taking advantage of flights of ducks moving in,” Larson said. “That’s very unusual for the middle and rice in fresh cut fields. Guide Tobin Copeland had an excellent lower coast to get that many birds in this opening day hunt with the Redbluff Prairie early in the season. I run a lot of hunts down around Seadrift and a little farther Hunting Club in Garwood. “We were hunting in flooded rice with a south. Opening day we had limits with spread of goose decoys and about four doz- teal, gadwall, pintails, redheads and a few en duck decoys,” Tobin said. “We ended up wigeon. I don’t recall ever seeing so many with limits of specks and 20 ducks. Most pintails.” Larson said the next few fronts we were teal with a few spoonies and a couple should bring another push of ducks and of pintails. On the second day of the season, we had wave after wave of teal and snow geese, setting up some good hunts on pintails flying over just before legal shoot- the prairie and in coastal marsh ponds and backwater lakes. ing time. It was incredible.” Mike Lanier, who owns and operates the Redbluff Prairie Hunting Club, said he hasn’t seen this many specks in more than a decade, possibly due to the late secondgrowth rice harvest that is going on. Guide Jeff Larson said the hunting in the backwater lakes off of San Antonio Bay was as good as it gets on the opener.

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