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Biggest ever Read about the biggest breeder buck in Texas’ history.

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Aggie carries passion from football field to deer field




Record setter Texas man has more than 150 records in IGFA record book. Page 9

Lakes upside down Heat has contributed to decline of ponds, fish losses. Page 8


Diamond in the rough Model makes switch from an anti-hunting group supporter to huntress. Page 4

Hopper buffet Many animals eating grasshoppers to sustain themselves. Page 6

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ON TARGET: Aggie wide receiver Ryan Swope manages to put his football schedule on hold and finds time to head afield each fall to take in some quality time in the outdoors with his family. Photo by Texas A&M.

By Conor Harrison LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS The first guns sounded around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 1. The maize field just east of San Antonio soon was alive with birds and the reports of shotguns ringing the edges. The Texas dove season in the Central Zone was underway. And for the nearly 300 hunters who covered the several-square-mile area, the shooting was fantastic. Double H Outfitters owner Daniel Hernandez had taken steps to ensure it would be by paying farmers to leave standing crops in the fields he had leased. “I think everyone shot their limit this morning,” said Hernandez. “I was stressed out last night, but I’m very pleased now.” Two Lone Star Outdoor News staffers were part of the group, and they reported several hundred birds passing in pairs and singles until 9 a.m. The hunters had shot See DOVE OPENER, Page 19

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When a plan comes together By Craig Nyhus

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Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope remembers the first deer he ever shot. He should. On a management buck hunt near La Pryor with friend Reed Johnson, Swope was expecting to shoot a mature 8-point. “Sure enough, a buck walked out and he said, ‘That’s him,’” Swope said. “I shot the deer and he ended up having 14 points and was a 150-class buck. I haven’t topped that and I got kind of spoiled after that. “But I was hooked.” Swope, a junior starting wide receiver for the Aggies who led the team with 72 receptions last year and caught 8 balls for 109 yards and a touchdown against SMU on Sept. 4, grew up hunting and fishing, thanks in large part to his grandparents and dad, Paul. “Growing up in Austin, I was probably 2 or 3 years old when I first picked up a fishing rod,” Swope said. “My dad was an avid fisherman growing up on Lake McQueeney. It is one of my true passions in life.” Swope said those early days of bass fishing led him to pursue other outdoor hobbies, like dove and waterfowl hunting and saltwater angling. “My grandparents have a place in East Texas near Athens, and they are members of the Coon Creek Club,” he said. “So I really grew up bass fishing. I remember

Holding his fly rod, the 7-year-old was walking to the boat dock with his grandfather when another adult fisherman asked what he was doing. “I’m going to get myself in the newspaper,” young Aston Hampton told him. The grandfather, Rockport guide Alan Skrobarcek, had come up with the newsworthy plan for his grandson to catch his first fish on a fly. “He’s been fishing since he was three,” Skrobarcek said. “He’s pretty good with a spinning rig but he said he wanted to fly-fish.” Skrobarcek ties flies on his porch that overlooks Port Bay and has developed some very localized patterns. He created a ballyhoo fly for big trout. The floating crab pattern is new, designed so the

crab swims along and pushes water — perfect for the heavily grassed areas he fishes. The young angler watched the fl ies being tied over the flies shoulders lders of his grandfather and listened to the stories off catching fi sh on fish on these flies. s And he saw other fishermen come by the housee to beg his grandfather for or some of the flies. So Skrobarcek gave his grandson some fly-casting lessons. Then,, he informed the youngster that hat they would try to get a redfish on a fly. The anticipation mounted as the pair headed out on Skrobarcek’s 13-foot poling skiff. “It’s more like a canoe with a platform,” said Skrobarcek,

who is known for tinkering with equipment from boats to lures to flies and trying to make things work better. “It’s a lot of fun to operate.” Planning to sight cast and rigged with the hand-tied floating crab fly, Hampton Hamp and his grandfa grandfather observed a numn ber of small sm ‘rat’ reds in various potholes in the clear water. Then T Skrobarcek spotte spotted a better redfish in a sand pocket. pock “I told him to cast and he made a good one — not long, lo about 25 feet,” Skrobarcek ssaid. “Aston saw the fish eat the fly but I thought it had spit it out. I told him, ‘Strip, strip, strip.’” It turned out the fish had been A FIRST ON FLY: Aston Hampton, 7, of Goliad shows off his moving toward the young fly first redfish caught recently on a fly, with expert coaching See FIRST REDFISH, Page 25

from his grandfather, Rockport guide Alan Skrobarcek. Photo by Alan Skrobarcek.

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Model once supported animal rights, now hunts deer Fewer pronghorn, tags issued Trans-Pecos region to get only 150 permits, Panhandle to get about 1,000 By Bill Miller LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

crazy, redneck cowboy.” Four months later, Diamond agreed to go out with him, but she became wary of him upon learning that he also was a parttime hunting guide who liked to fish in bass tournaments. “I was not fond of his hunting

Pronghorn hunters this season will see their best opportunities in the Panhandle during the upcoming season, Oct. 1-9. About 1,000 permits will be issued there, slightly more than the 953 that were issued last season. The Panhandle pronghorn population has been “stable to increasing,” said Shawn Gray, pronghorn program coordinator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We’re in good shape up there,” he said. The Trans-Pecos region, however, is an entirely different story. Last season, 447 permits were issued there, but this year the region will get

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See PRONGHORN, Page 16

HUNTRESS: Diamond Poole presents her first two white-tailed bucks, both harvested last season. A year before that, the Dallas-area model was an ardent supporter of the animal rights movement. Photo by Bill Miller, LSON.

By Bill Miller LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS Diamond Poole once had a low opinion of hunters. The Dallas-area fitness model said that when she was growing up, she frequently brought home stray or hurt animals, even snakes and rodents. In grade school she began

donating a portion of her allowance to animal rights groups and continued sending checks as an adult. She joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She posed in ad campaigns against fur coats and leather. “I’ll be honest,” she said. “My idea of hunters was they were crazy, demented rednecks.”

Her life was upturned when she finally met one. In January 2009, she was having wine with girlfriends at Fort Worth’s Reata Restaurant when an oil and gas landman came to their table and offered to buy a round. Mark Watson was dressed in jeans and a jacket — no hat — but Diamond thought he was “a

Texas’ biggest deer of all time, so far By Conor Harrison LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

BIG BLACK BAL: This 3-year-old is the largest breeder deer in the history of the state of Texas. Photo by Triple JJJ Ranch.

It used to be anything measuring more than 400 inches was considered a huge trophy. A huge trophy elk, that is. Now, a breeder white-tailed buck on a ranch near Somerville might just be the biggest buck ever in the history of the state. Black BAL, a 3-year-old born and bred at the Triple JJJ Ranch, recently scored 461 in velvet, according to the ranch. The buck is the product of years of hard work, said Chris McDaniel, ranch manager. “He’s purely a breeder buck and he’s all our creation,” McDaniel said. “There are quite a few years of breeding, sweating, working and trying to produce a deer like that. “As far as I know, he’s the largest buck bred from the state of Texas.” Black BAL is all Texan, with no northern genetics, McDaniel said. “I never thought I’d grow a deer like this,” he said. “To get over 400 and surpass it by so much is incredible.” McDaniel said the buck has potential

to reach 500 inches, but since so many factors play into antler development, it is hard to predict the future. But the deer could have been bigger this year. “We cut his antlers off,” McDaniel said. “They were still growing, but when you have big drop tines like he did, blood can pool in the bottom of those tines and infection can set in.” Chase Clark, owner of Artemis Outdoors, a wildlife consulting company, has worked with the Triple JJJ Ranch since 2006 and said Black BAL is the offspring of a buck and a doe that they thought would work out well — but not this well. “His dad was over 300 inches,” Clark said. “This buck was a good 2-year-old but he damaged one side so it was tough to see how big he would have been. Sometimes they surprise you.” Clark said a lot of factors would determine if Black BAL gets even bigger. For example, he said the ranch will be breeding the buck a lot this year to pass on his genes, and that could actually hurt his antlers next year because of the additional stress of the breeding process on the buck. “We’re creating diversity in the animals and the genetics,” Clark said. “We are trying to grow some pretty deer, as well as big deer. Our goal is to improve the Texas whitetails’ score and sustainability.”


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Swatting at Gnats Radio-controlled plane brings new challenge to shotgunners By John R. Meyer FOR LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

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First hogs shot by hunters from the air September 1 marked the first day hunters could legally shoot hogs from helicopters after the Texas Legislature passed a bill during the last session. Several groups of hunters took advantage of the new opportunity and ventured into the skies west of Wichita Falls with Eric Lewis of Tusk and Tines Outfitters. “I’m worn out,” Lewis said. “We had groups all weekend and our first shooter was Friday. “We killed a total of 63 or 64 hogs from the air, and another 20 during the night hunts.” Lewis said the windy conditions during the weekend made flying difficult and the pigs stayed in thick cover. However, he said they did manage to find some porkers and the cooler temperatures made the night hunting even better. “The cold front that came through made the animals a little tough,” he said. “The pigs bedded up during the day, but we hammered them at night.” Also new to the company is a non-negotiable, $400 cleanup fee for any client who experiences air sickness. “Friday was a great evening, but we had a client that threw up on the flight crew,” he said. “We now have a new charge when that happens again, and it is non-negotiable.”

Harveson recognized with award

Sporting clays brought shotgun shooting to a new level of realism and difficulty by simulating actual hunting situations. Now shooters have a new nemesis to test their abilities to adapt to an everchanging target. The “Gnat” is a radio-controlled airplane with plastic and cardboard wings with 10 small powder charges, about two inches apart, on its underbelly. The charges ignite when struck by a shotgun pellet. Hitting something with a wingspan of about three feet sounds deceptively easy. The real fun starts when the pilot, operating the Gnat by remote control, makes changes in its altitude, speed and placement. Gnat has been around in Great Britain for eight years but only in the U.S. for six months. Chris Ryan of Fort Worth is bringing Gnat to the U.S. He has been in the sporting clays business for 26 years. His Retriever Sporting Clays, a mobile service, sets up shooting courses for corporate events and fund-raisers all over the country. The Gnat’s speed, he said, takes challenge to another level. See GNATS, Page 6

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Dr. Louis Harveson of the Borderlands Research Institute, Sul Ross State University, was recognized at the recent convention of the Texas Wildlife Association as the 2011 recipient of the Sam Beasom Conservation Leader Award. Dr. Harveson recognizes the importance of engaging his students in practical, field-related activities, and is also adept at cultivating professional development with his students through involvement with TWS chapter activities. He has proven to be an effective fund-raiser through his Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, and he has also been successful at deploying those research dollars into good use through the research projects that he and his faculty administer. Also, his philosophical perspectives on wildlife and wildlife conservation align well with those of the TWA mission and spirit, according to the press release. Dr. Harveson is a wildlife professional who has proven his abilities, but he is at a stage of his life where he has many positive years ahead of him to continue to contribute in a variety of ways, including those activities and pursuits in which TWA is involved.

S. Texas Wildlife Conference set for Sept. 28-30

FLY BOYS: Mike Waltrip takes aim at a remote control airplane that provides a greater challenge than most game birds. Photo by John R. Meyer.

The Texas Wildlife Association, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host the 2011 South Texas Wildlife Conference Sept. 28-30 in Victoria. This year’s conference will focus on energy development and the future of wildlife habitat. This is an opportunity for attendees to hear from a wide range of practitioners, land managers, policy makers, wildlife biologists and wildlife researchers on the future of energy development in the South Texas region and what it means of area landowners. To register call Courtney Brittain at (210) 826-2904. —Staff reports

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Grasshoppers no pests for hungry wildlife By Bill Miller LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS September is a time to be outdoors, tending to deer feeders, hunting dove and brushing away grasshoppers that target unwilling people for landing zones. It’s easy to dismiss these bentlegged insects as creepy pests, but they’re also vital sources of hotweather protein for a lot of creatures and many parts of the state are experiencing massive amounts this year. The proof is the grasshopper legs and other parts protruding from coyote scat. Grasshoppers make up 25 to 50 percent of a coyote’s hot weather diet, said Dr. Scott Henke of the

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville. Coyotes will certainly eat a fawn that is sick, heat stressed or already dead, Henke said. But, he added, pouncing on grasshoppers can produce an easier meal. “It can take pressure off of fawns,” Henke said. “Coyotes are not the mammal predator a lot of folks give them credit for. They will exploit the easiest thing to catch and the one most prevalent. “Coyotes are real opportunistic.” So are turkey and quail — both big fans of grasshoppers. “Quail, in general, require high amounts of protein to lay eggs,” said Dr. Fidel Hernandez, also of the Kleberg institute. “And the

only thing that offers that in nature, at that size, is insects.” But quail are selective about the sizes of grasshoppers they pick, Hernandez said. “Some are 3 to 4 inches long,” he said of the bugs. “A quail wouldn’t be able to handle those.” Jason Hardin, upland game bird specialist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said turkeys like grasshoppers, “and pretty much any other insect they can catch.” He added that a 2007 study in the Panhandle showed, “grasshoppers were the fourth most frequent item found in the samples collected.” See GRASSHOPPERS, Page 16

PROTEIN: Grasshoppers are important food for Texas wildlife, especially during hotweather months. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

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SHOOTING FAST: A group of shooters, including Will Bannister, Bret Burford and Cole Burford admire their aim after downing the remote controlled plane. Photo by John Meyer.

“The plane flies 60-80 mph,” he said. “Most clays are 35 to 40.” That alone adds enough change to stifle most shooters. A courteous pilot usually duplicates the flight each time. According to Ryan, the additional speed is more than enough to keep most shooters challenged. Adjustments in flight patterns are available as needed to keep the shooting interesting and, if needed, the shooters humble. “The object is to explode all of the pods,” says Ryan. “We have done 750 flights (in 20 events so far this year), and we only have had four perfect scores.” For the shotgunner able to accurately adjust the lead, a

direct hit results in a dramatic flash of fire and smoke. Theoretically, exploding several of the charges at one time could bring down the plane, but getting even one charge to ignite can take multiple passes. The typical life span of a plane is five rounds before it needs repair. During a recent event near Fort Worth, a single No. 8 pellet brought down a plane after it lodged in a fuel line. Another plane took on much more abuse as the pilot was able to shake it like a maraca after it landed, demonstrating the number of pellets trapped inside the cardboard. The Gnat technicians work in a team of two with enough spare parts for close to 100 rebuilds at each event. Fuel lines and propellers seem

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to be the most vulnerable but, regardless, spare engines, wings, and fuselages are available for replacement as needed. The technicians will start the day with 10 complete planes assembled and ready to fly, ensuring nonstop action once the shooting starts. “When hunting (season) starts, we start going to leases and ranches,” Ryan said, referring to upcoming events and the typical increase in demand each fall. “The first time I saw it was in England,” said Robert Shivers of Fort Worth at a recent shooting event. “I’m glad it’s here because it is the most incredible shooting experience you can have. “It beats the hell out of sporting clays.” To contact Chris Ryan of Gnat Shooting USA, call (817) 999-1395


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EARLY TEAL Sept. 10-25, 2011, daily bag limit is four. DUCKS North Zone Nov. 5–27, 2011 Dec. 10, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012 Dusky ducks* Nov. 10–27, 2011 Dec. 10, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012 South Zone Nov. 5–27, 2011 Dec. 10, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012 Dusky ducks* Nov. 10–27, 2011 Dec. 10, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012 High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 29-30, 2011 Nov. 4, 2011 — Jan. 29, 2012 Dusky ducks* Nov. 7, 2011 — Jan. 29, 2012 The daily bag limit for ducks is six, to include no more than five mallards of which only two may be hens; three wood ducks; two scaup; two redheads; two pintails; one canvasback; and one “dusky” duck. *Dusky ducks include: mottled ducks, Mexican-like duck (black-bellied, and fulvous whistling duck), black duck and their hybrids. For all other species not listed, the bag limit is six. The daily bag limit for coots is 15. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, which may include no more than two hooded mergansers. Shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset.

GEESE Western Zone Light geese Nov. 5, 2011 – Feb. 5, 2012, daily bag limit is 20 and no possession limit. Dark geese Nov. 5, 2011– Feb. 5, 2012, daily bag limit is five in the aggregate to include no more than one white-fronted goose.

Eastern Zone Light geese Nov. 5, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012, the daily bag limit for light geese is 20 and no possession limit. White-fronted geese Nov. 5, 2011– Jan. 15, 2012, daily bag limit is two. Canada geese Sept. 10-25, 2011 Nov. 5, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012, daily bag limit is three.

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER Eastern Zone Jan. 30 – Mar. 25, 2012, no bag or possession limits. Western Zone Feb. 6 – Mar. 25, 2012, no bag or possession limits.

SANDHILL CRANE Zone A Nov. 5, 2011 – Feb. 5, 2012, daily bag limit is three and possession limit is six. Zone B Nov. 25, 2011 – Feb. 5, 2012, daily bag limit is three and possession limit is six. Zone C Dec. 24, 2011 – Jan. 29, 2012, daily bag limit is two and possession limit is four. SPECIAL YOUTH-ONLY SEASON. There shall be a special youth-only waterfowl season during which the hunting, taking, and possession of geese, ducks, mergansers, and coots is restricted to licensed hunters 15 years of age and younger accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older. High Plains Mallard Management Unit: October 22-23, 2011 North Zone: October 29-30, 2011 South Zone: October 29-30, 2011 Consult TPWD for other waterfowl regulations.

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Investigators commended for uncovering cold case boat wreck By Darlene McCormick Sanchez FOR LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS For Game Warden Jim Lindeman, the hit-and-run boating fatality on that May night some nine years ago was anything but routine. How could it be when he knew the victim, 18-year-old Justin Roberts, his family, his friends — and just about everybody else in the small town of Lampasas? “It was beyond personal for me,” said Lindeman. “I’m friends with all of them.” Eventually, Lindeman became lead investigator on the case, which would span nearly a third of his 25-year career as a game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The search for a suspect would involve 900 tips, 10 state and federal law enforcement agencies, and last nearly a decade before an arrest was made last December. Lindeman is one of several officers who received a Director’s Citation award from TPWD in August for their dedication in solving the case. But even as Lindeman and the community begin to hope for closure, he still struggles with the senselessness of it all. Roberts was a Lampasas High School football player in the top 10 percent of his class, and an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fish and hunt — especially with a bow. He planned to attend Texas A&M University to study wildlife, his father said. Lindeman remembers seeing the young man on May 3, 2002 — along with friends Kelly Jean Corbin, and Jim Edward Daniels. They were at a local hamburger drive-in before heading out to fish. The teens traded friendly banter with the warden. They told him they were going on Lake Buchanan to fish for stripers — just a routine trip near the dam.

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Quota exceeded Red snapper season could be shorter next year By Conor Harrison LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

BREAKTHROUGH: Game Warden Jim Lindeman helps dig up a boat in a cold case involving a 2002 hit-and-run boating fatality on Lake Buchanan. Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Texas anglers targeting red snapper in federal waters only had a small amount of time to hit the water this past summer — just 48 total days. They might have less time next year. According to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the group that oversees the fisheries and sets the quotas, estimates show anglers exceeded the recreational red snapper quota by 10 to 20 percent, once all of the data had been collected. That includes an additional 345,000 pounds of red snapper added to the quota. There will not be an additional fall season this year. However, Texas anglers only contributed up to 20 percent of the total catch. Florida and Alabama contributed to the majority of the quota. Robin Reichers, coastal fisheries manager for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said the news is a double-edged sword for Texas anglers. When asked if Texas anglers are getting the short end of the stick in regards to red snapper fishing opportunities, or will Texas become the premier red snapper fishery in the future, Reichers said, “I can agree with both of those statements to a certain extent.” “We’ve got some big fish,” he said. “Texas had the highest average size reported this year, but the reality is we are supporting the east Gulf Coast fisheries because of large stocks in the west.” Reichers said after the low point in the red snapper fishery in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the fishery continues to rebound nicely. “We’re pleased with the rebuilding as it’s going,” he said. “We expect it to continue to improve in the future.” In Texas waters out to nine miles from shore, red snapper still can be caught year-round with a daily limit of four fish.

Heat robs waters of oxygen, causing fish kills in ponds, lakes By Bill Miller LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

LIFELESS: Avery Miller surveys a red-tinged stock tank in DeWitt County. The color may have changed from algae driven to the surface by hot weather. Heat this summer has been blamed for depleting oxygen and killing fish in lakes and ponds big and small across Texas. Photo by Bill Miller, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Fish kills, dried lake beds, and remnant water turning blood red. You can blame the heat, according to officials for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Officials explained that warmer water holds less dissolved oxygen. And fish actually need more oxygen when temperatures rise. Other strange things happen in oxygendepleted waters, like the growth of bacterium or algae that turn water red. “Right now, if people are experiencing fish kills, it’s probably drought- and heatrelated,” said Craig Bonds, TPWD’s regional director of inland fisheries for East Texas. “If water is excessively warm, it can’t hold enough oxygen.” For example, an estimated 123,360 fish, most of them threadfin shad, turned belly up Aug. 30 at Grapevine Lake.

But baitfish weren’t the only casualties in the 6,684-acre reservoir. Bluegill, white bass, freshwater drum, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and white crappie also died, said TPWD fisheries biologist Tom Hungerford. Small ponds carried their own body counts in August, like a stock tank near Breckenridge that was being monitored by outdoor writer Bob Hood. “It wasn’t a very deep lake but (it) had lots of largemouth bass, crappie and bream in it,” Hood said. “When I went to check on it a few weeks, ago it was virtually dry with all the fish in it dead and already mostly eaten by birds, raccoons and the like. Sad to see.” Some have asked if the oxygen was ■ Moving fish story robbed though a Page 9 “turnover” of the


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TOP TRIPLETAIL: Angler Stan Nabozny holds the pending world record length tripletail he caught July 8 in Matagorda Bay. Nabozny holds more than 150 current and pending IGFA world records. Photo by Stan Nabozny.

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Doing his part Texas angler with more than 150 world records trying to put Texas on the map for IGFA record fish By Conor Harrison LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS The Woodlands resident Stan Nabozny enjoys catching big fish. His more than 150 world records attest to that. They’re all recognized by the International Game Fish Association. And he’s trying to put Texas on the map as one of the premier fisheries in the world. So far, he has recorded 39 IGFA records in Texas. Nabozny boated a 22.5pound, 69-centimeter tripletail on July 8 in Matagorda Bay, which is the pending world record for the longest tripletail in IGFA’s new

catch-and-release program. “A big tripletail is a very difficult fish to catch,” Nabozny said. “It’s all luck. You just have to be at the right place at the right time to catch one. “I have been trying to get as many Texas fish in the books as I can. A lot of the IGFA records currently come from Florida. I’m trying to do my part.” The tripletail was caught with the help of Capt. Dwayne Newbern. “(Dwayne) is one of the only guides that focus on tripletail,” Nabozny said. “A lot of research is involved before I select a guide. He’s the guy to go with for tripletail, in my opinion.” Nabozny does not head out

in search of a record fish without first running through an extensive checklist to maximize his time on the water. “I’ll target certain fish at the beginning of the year,” said Nabozny, owner of an international management consulting firm. “I fish where my business takes me and I fish a lot in Texas. If I’m traveling to Europe or Africa, I’ll target a fish in that area.” Some of Nabozny’s most impressive catches have come from Africa. “I used to work in Africa and I fished there every chance I got because I knew I wasn’t likely to get back See TEXAS ANGLER, Page 25

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Rain from the tropical depression that moved from the Gulf of Mexico recently might help some tanks and ponds in the far eastern part of the state, but fish in many parts of the state still are struggling due to the ongoing drought. That’s sending landowners scurrying for nets and tanker trucks as well as answers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department about moving fish from one pond to another. It’s legal to do that on private land, but not from private ponds to public waters. If you’re moving fish and are driving on public roads or to a different landowner’s tanks, it also might be a good idea to have written documentation. There’s no official form, according to TPWD officials. “It’s okay to move from one private pond to another one with no restrictions,” said Dave Terre, chief of Management and Research for the TPWD Inland Fisheries Division. “There are some who move a legal limit from public water body to private waters, and as long as you don’t exceed length limits or bag limit, then that’s OK. But it is against the law to move fish from a private water body to a public water body.” Terre said landowners moving fish on public roads could contact a TPWD game warden prior to transport to avoid any potential problems of transporting fish over the daily bag limit. Moving fish from any water body carries potential risks, including the transmission of fish or wildlife diseases and invasive plant species. Landowners may not even know about a disease

in their lakes, but introduction of fish and those unseen problems into a new water body could somehow trip the switch that creates a bigger issue. “There always is some risk of moving fish due to organisms,” Terre said. “Many anglers are familiar with the largemouth bass virus, and it could be in one water body but not in another. Introduction of that disease could be disastrous for the landowner. When moving fish, Terre said, landowners can do a few things to help reduce shock and mortality during transport. Using large tanks, such as livestock water tanks, with treated and cooled water will help. If the distance between ponds is significant, adding an aeration system to the tank to help generate oxygen in the water during travel will be a benefit. Waiting until cooler temperatures arrive before moving fish would be a better option, he said. But with ponds getting low, that might not be possible. To help the fish, use ice to cool the water in the transport tanks by a few degrees and a livewell treatment such as Rejuvenade or Please Release Me. “The livestock tanks you can get at feed stores are good for transporting fish and we use them a lot within our department,” Terre said. “You don’t want to put too many in the tank at one time, though. If you’re able to use an aeration system, agitating the water will help. “Also, use just enough ice to cool the water 3 to 4 degrees. If you throw in too much ice, and then put fish from 90-degree water into 80-degree water, that could shock and stress them more. They can handle a few degrees better than a significant change.”

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ATHENS: Good on Texas-rigged worms, shaky heads and medium crankbaits — midday concentrate on deeper brush piles.

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 88–91 degrees; 6.45’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters and weightless soft plastics early, later switching to Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas rigs. AMISTAD: Water clear; 86–92 degrees; 5.91’ low. Largemouth bass are good on frogs, spooks and buzzbaits. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 15–30 feet. ARROWHEAD: Water turbid; 87–91 degrees; 8.08’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-waters, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Blue catfish are good on juglines with cut shad.

CADDO: Good on Texas-rigged worms and top-waters early, later switching to shallow crankbaits around isolated cover.

ATHENS: Water clear, 89–95 degrees; 4.11’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, shaky heads and medium crankbaits — midday concentrate on deeper brush piles. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Good on Texas-rigged worms, shaky heads and finesse jigs around docks — best action is early morning on deep brush piles with Carolina rigs.

BASTROP: Water clear; 83–86 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver and stinkbait.

JOE POOL: Good on Texas rigs, topwaters early and medium crankbaits.

BELTON: Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 8.50’ low. Largemouth bass are good on soft plastic worms. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and frozen shad.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Good on Texas rigs, top-waters early and jigs later in the day off brush piles.


BRAUNIG: Striped bass are good on liver and perch near the pier. BRIDGEPORT: White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. RAY HUBBARD: White bass are excellent on humps in 17–23 feet with hybrids mixed in. RAY ROBERTS: White bass are excellent — schooling early from the dam to the marina. TAWAKONI: White bass are excellent on white SSS Slabs and tailspins — schooling on points early and late.


BASTROP: Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver and stinkbait. BROWNWOOD: Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers. FALCON: Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait.

TAWAKONI: Excellent in deep water drifting cut bait and fresh shad.

CRAPPIE BOB SANDLIN: Good on live minnows. COOPER: Good on minnows. LBJ: Good on chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles.

BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 88–94 degrees; 7.55’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texasrigged worms and football jigs off ledges and in brush piles. Crappie are good on live minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck’s Catfish Bait Soap. BRAUNIG: Water clear. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch near the pier. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait near the dam. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 89–95 degrees; 12.43’ low. Largemouth bass are good on medium-running crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. BROWNWOOD: Water clear; 15.36’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over brush piles in 15–25 feet. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers. BUCHANAN: Water clear; 80–83 degrees; 27.32’ low. Striped bass are good drifting live bait around Lighthouse Point, and on plastic swim baits on the surface. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, minnows, and shrimp. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver. CADDO: Water stained; 88–94 degrees; 1.62’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms and topwaters early, later switching to shallow crankbaits around isolated cover. Yellow bass are good on minnows. CALAVERAS: Water clear. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs near the crappie wall. Redfish are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons in 10–25 feet. Channel catfish are good on liver, stinkbait, and shad. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait. CANYON LAKE: Water clear; 78–81 degrees; 6.90’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon red soft plastics, JDC Skip–N–Pop top-waters, and Texas-rigged blue flake worms along grass banks. Smallmouth bass are fair on pumpkin jigs and white JDC grubs in 10–20 feet. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 89–95 degrees; 5.87’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, shaky heads and finesse jigs around docks — best action is early morning on deep brush piles with Carolina rigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair to good on minnows.

COLEMAN: Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 14.95’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon Rat–L–Traps and spinnerbaits and on chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. CONROE: Water fairly clear; 81–84 degrees; 4.58’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon red Carolinarigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish are good on

on Texas rigs, top-waters early and medium crankbaits. Deep brush piles are producing later in the day. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared baits. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 88–94 degrees; 2.60’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas rigs, top-waters early and jigs later in the day off brush piles. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.


bass are good on medium crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms and shaky heads. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs, Sassy Shad and live shad. White bass are fair to good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water stained; 87– 89 degrees; 8.43’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to drop-shot rigs, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and mediumrunning shad-pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs and Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. RAY HUBBARD: Water fairly clear; 89– 95 degrees; 4.67’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, finesse jigs and medium to deep crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and Road Runners. White bass are excellent on humps in 17–23 feet with hybrids mixed in. Catfish are good on prepared baits. RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 89–94 degrees; 3.45’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Gene Larew Salt Flickrs rigged on a shaky head on main lake points with rock and 3/4 oz. Revenge Football head jigs in chameleon/chartreuse. Crappie are good early and late on jigs and minnows in brush in 20–25 feet. White bass are excellent — schooling early from the dam to the marina.

East Galveston Bay Guides have reported good number of trout being caught along the south shoreline on soft plastics, along with a good early top-water bite. Shell adjacent to the channel also is producing good numbers of trout on live bait. Drifting also has been consistent with live bait. Photo by LSON.

stinkbait and nightcrawlers. COOPER: Water lightly stained; 89–94 degrees; 9.35’ low. Largemouth bass are good on medium crankbaits, topwaters early and Texas-rigged worms throughout the day. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait. FALCON: Water stained upriver, main lake clear; 87–91 degrees. Largemouth bass are very good on jigs and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait. FAYETTE: Water clear. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse Carolina-rigged soft plastics in 10–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and liver in 10–15 feet. FORK: Water fairly clear; 89–95 degrees; 5.95’ low. Largemouth bass are good early on in the shallows on topwaters and soft plastics, later switching to 3/4 oz. football head jigs with LFT Hyper Freak trailers, Carolina rigs and deep-diving crankbaits in deeper water along main lake humps, drops and brush piles. Bass also reported schooling midday around bridges. The night bite has been good after midnight. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait. GRANBURY: Water clear; 85–88 degrees; 3.91’ low. Largemouth bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows and small crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers. GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 89–94 degrees; 2.99’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, finesse jigs and medium crankbaits along main lake points — deeper docks are productive as well. There is also a good deep crankbait and football head jig bite along offshore structure. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on top-waters and Rat–L–Traps. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad. JOE POOL: Water clear; 88–94 degrees; 2.61’ low. Largemouth bass are good

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 89–94 degrees; 9.42’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, top-waters and medium crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridge columns. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers. LBJ: Water fairly clear; 82–85 degrees; 0.33’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on green pumpkin tubes, perch-colored spinnerbaits, and watermelon red Curb’s jigs in 5–12 feet. Striped bass are fair on minnows at night. White bass are fair on minnows at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch. LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 89–94 degrees; 4.67’ low. Largemouth bass are good on medium-running crankbaits, shaky heads and Texas rigs or football head jigs on main lake points in 10– 15 feet. Jackall Flick Shakes around boat stalls have also been productive. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait. LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 88–91 degrees; 2.43’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are good but small on Rat–L–Traps and Zara Spooks. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. NAVARRO MILLS: Water lightly stained; 89–92 degrees; 2.95’ low. Largemouth bass to 2 pounds are fair on minnows from docks. White bass are good near the dam early. MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 68–85 degrees; 0.6’ low. Largemouth bass are good on weightless flukes, Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 86–89 degrees; 35.04’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on Zell Pops, Senkos, Texas rigs and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 89–94 degrees; 4.97’ low. Largemouth

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water fairly clear; 89–94 degrees; 5.93’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, deep-diving crankbaits, top-waters and shaky heads around the deeper docks. White bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers. SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 11.69’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with stinkbait and shrimp. TAWAKONI: Water fairly clear; 89–95 degrees; 5.39’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to black/blue Firewater 1/2 oz jigs, soft plastics and square-bill crankbaits. Bladed jigs are producing on windier days. Crappie are fair on 1/16 oz. curl tail grubs and small minnows on docks, bridge pilings and deep timber. White bass are excellent on white SSS Slabs and tailspins — schooling on points early and late. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on 4” to 6” white or shad pattern Sassy Shad in the shallows early then suspending deep during the day — drifting live bait is also producing. Catfish are excellent in deep water drifting cut bait and fresh shad. TEXOMA: Water fairly clear; 89–95 degrees; 6.12’ low. The lake is currently experiencing an outbreak of Blue–Green Algae. It is suggested that you check www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/texoma/ prior to planning a trip to the lake to be informed of current conditions on the outbreak. Health advisory in place to avoid contact with the water at this time in some areas. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 79–82 degrees; 10.53’ low. Largemouth bass are good but small on watermelon soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait, stinkbait, and nightcrawlers. TRAVIS: Water stained; 82–85 degrees; 46.83’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on white spinnerbaits and watermelon worms in 15–30 feet. White bass are fair on chrome spoons in 5–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on perch and cut shad. WHITNEY: Water stained; 80–83 degrees; 14.87’ low. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Catfish are good on shrimp, stinkbait and liver.

SALTWATER SCENE NORTH SABINE: Trout are good under slicks and birds on soft plastics. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on top-waters. Redfish are good in the marsh on small top-waters. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Trout are good at the rigs on live mullet. Offshore is good for kingfish and ling. BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the outgoing tide at Rollover Pass on soft plastics and mullet. Redfish have been taken in the marsh with higher tides. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Trout are good on the deep shell and around the wells on live shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good in the surf on live bait and top-waters. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin. Tarpon have been cruising the beachfront. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake and Dickinson Bayou on shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp, top-waters and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Offshore is good for Atlantic spadefish, kingfish and ling. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over midbay reefs. Trout and redfish are re good over mud on live mullet. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout rout are fair over sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island on live shrimp. Offshore is good for ling and tuna. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair to good on top-waters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and small top-waters. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on piggy perch and shrimp around Mud Island and Estes Flats. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for dolphin, ling, kingfish and tuna. CORPUS CHRISTI: rout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on piggy perch, soft plastics and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp and piggies. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters and soft plastics around deep rocks and grass. Redfish are fair to good for sight– casters on the flats on small top-waters. Trout are fair to good on soft plastics under a popping cork on the grass in the Land Cut. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on top-waters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass along spoils. Redfish are good on the sand on small top-waters and soft plastics. Offshore is good for kingfish, dolphin, ling and tuna. SOUTH PADRE: Redfish are good on the Mexiquita Flats and in South Bay on live bait and plastics. Snook are good in the Ship Channel on DOA Lures and live shrimp. Tarpon have been hanging around the jetty. PORT ISABEL: Trout are good at Three Islands on DOA Shrimp and top-waters. Redfish are good on the Gas Well Flats on shrimp and mullet.


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Rocks, stumps and islands, oh my By Ralph Winingham FOR LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS While the devastating drought lingering over Texas has snuffed out many land-based crops, a bumper harvest of boat-damaging rocks, stumps and emerging islands in lakes across the state have wreaked havoc with anglers. “I have sold more props this year than I did in the past 10 years combined,’’ said Wayne Towers of The Boat Shop in Kirby. “One guy has bought six props this year for the same boat. He keeps blaming the damage on other people running his boat. “People are wrecking their props and losing lower units all because they are hitting rocks, stumps and running into islands as a result of low water levels.” Lakes and reservoirs across the state are reporting lower water levels because of the lack of rainfall during the past year. The bad news for boaters and insurance companies having to pay for repairs to damaged watercraft means lots of DOUBLE HIT: Running over rocks near the surface of work for repair shops and marinas. an area lake caused major damage to the twin props Towers said he has sold more than being held by Harold McKee, a boat mechanic at The 100 props since the start of the year Boat Shop in Kirby. Photo by Ralph Winingham for and regularly has his mechanics Lone Star Outdoor News. performing repairs ranging from The guide, who has been working on $4,000 to $5,000 per boat. Toledo Bend since 1970, said the low Similar reports are surfacing across the state, particularly in areas hard hit level of the lake has also driven many by the drought that is sucking the life boaters away from the area — one fishing tournament had to be transferred out of many lakes and reservoirs. “The boaters are having to adjust their to Sam Rayburn — and forced the clotravel areas at Toledo Bend. You just can’t sure of most of the lake’s boat ramps. “I can go out on a Saturday and only run in the same lanes as before the level dropped,’’ said Guide Butch Perrodin, see two to five other boats out. That is known as “The Fish Whisperer” and really unusual,’’ Perrodin said. Greg Konikowski, a boat mechanic based at Pirates Cove Marina. “A lot of people are finding out is it easy to make a with Austin Boat Repair, said condi$3,000 mistake. I know of two game war- tions at Lake Travis are as bad as he can dens who have their boats in the shop remember and are causing damage to a because they wrecked their lower units lot of unwary watercraft operators. “All the areas on the lake are danby hitting stumps.”

gerous right now,” he said. “If you don’t know the lake, you can really cause damage to your lower units and props. A lot of times they run up on islands that weren’t there (when the water levels were higher).’’ Like many other lakes in the state, boat traffic is far below normal at Lake Travis, Konikowski added. Although conditions at Falcon Lake are less than desirable — about 20 feet below the conservation pool level — most anglers taking advantage of the South Texas fishing action at the lake bordering Mexico are avoiding waterborne problems, said Tom Bendele, owner of Falcon Lake Tackle. “Our big problem is that the lake has been full for the past three years, so we are just a another few feet away from (boat damage) to start happening,” he said. “The lake is about 20 feet low, but it did get down to 50 feet low in the past. We just tell the boaters to stay in the channel when they are running.” With the lake level down about 4 feet at Lake Fork, most boaters are using extra caution and avoiding costly damage to their watercraft, said Gary Hughes, a boat mechanic at J&J Marine. “People just have to be a whole lot more cautious,” he said. “We’ve had a couple people bring in damaged lower units from lakes in the Dallas area, but haven’t seen a lot of that kind of thing at Fork. “You can really see a lot of stumps on the lake — you just have to watch what you are doing.” Boaters at Medina Lake, where the level is down about 40 feet, are damaging props and lower units quite a bit more this year than in the past, said Butch Taber at Marine Specialty in San Antonio. “They are tearing up props, stripping gears and damaging drive shafts. None if it is cheap,’’ he said.

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Sweating it out Anglers awaiting final results from weekend The current leaderboard for the CCA Texas STAR Tournament follows: REGULAR DIVISION ■ Flounder (18-inch min. length): 7 pounds 2 ounces, Robert Goode Sr. ■ Sheepshead: 9 pounds 4 ounces, Ramon Zapata. ■ Gafftop: 8 pounds 4 ounces, Jerome Ard. ■ Speckled trout (Upper Coast): 9 pounds 3 ounces, David Elmore. ■ Speckled trout (Middle Coast): 8 pounds 14 ounces, Michael Leach. ■ Speckled Trout (Lower Coast): 9 pounds 10 ounces, Nolan Casey. ■ Kingfish (30-pound min.): 55 pounds 7 ounces, Barry Shaneyfelt Jr. ■ Dorado (20-pound min.): 44 pounds 12 ounces, Darrell Rittiman. ■ Ling (cobia): 84 pounds, Robert Kirschner.

Mcintosh. ■ Speckled Trout (Middle Coast): 7 pounds 5 ounces, Benjamin Koehler. ■ Speckled Trout (Lower Coast): 8 pounds 6 ounces, Carter Goyen. ■ Flounder (18-inch min. length): 5 pounds 3 ounces, Christopher Ford. ■ Sheepshead: 8 pounds 15 ounces, Robbie Laskoskie. ■ Gafftop: 7 pounds 6 ounces, Brittany. Leatherwood.

ACADEMY SPORTS & OUTDOORS STARTEENS SCHOLARSHIP TROUT DIVISION (AGES 11-17) ■ Speckled Trout (Upper Coast): 7 pounds 9 ounces, Sterling

Results are as of Aug. 29, 2011. For more information, including a list of weigh-in stations and registration locations, visit www. LSONews.com.

STARKIDS SCHOLARSHIP DIVISION (AGES 6-10 ONLY) ■ Flounder (18-inch min. length): 3 pounds 11 ounces, Dylan Gill. ■ Sheepshead: 8 pounds 7 ounces, Aven Campos. ■ Gafftop: 7 pounds 7 ounces, Camden Ritchey.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER TRESPASSING KAYAKERS DOUBLE CITATIONS WITH CAMPFIRE A call reporting trespassers on the Nature Conservancy property on the Devil’s River was reported to Val Verde County Game Wardens Mike Durand and Dustin Barrett and the Val Verde County Sheriff's Office. Five kayakers were found to be in violation of the county burn ban and were cited by sheriff’s deputies for their campfire. Cases pending. DRUG SMUGGLERS NABBED Region 1, District 4 game wardens assisted Border Patrol agents in apprehending seven drug smugglers south of Marfa. All seven were apprehended and seven backpacks of drugs were seized. Charges pending. DEER-VEHICLE COLLISION AT WARDEN’S FRONT DOOR Grayson County Game Warden Dale Moses observed a vehicle's brake lights come on and pull over to the shoulder about 150 yards down from his gate. Thinking they might be looking at deer, Moses approached the vehicle and a woman emerged with a stunned look on her face. The entire window of the vehicle was shattered. Moses contacted Grayson County deputies and advised them of the accident. The woman didn't know what her vehicle had struck, but Moses located a dead doe about 50 yards behind the vehicle. The woman only suffered some minor cuts. “TELEPHONING” FISH IS A WRONG NUMBER While attending a district meeting, Jasper County Game Warden Morgan Inman received a call from a local fisherman stating that he had witnessed two boats shocking fish (telephoning) on the Neches River. Inman responded with the help of

CAUGHT RED-FINGERED Williamson County Game Warden Joel Campos received a call regarding people hunting dove in closed season. Campos arrived at the scene and noticed two couples outside in the backyard. There was a 12-gauge and plenty of used up 12-gauge ammunition and a skeet machine. However, next to the machine were the leftovers of several dove that had been cleaned. One man kept his hands behind his back while being inter-

Shelby County Game Warden Randy Button and Newton County Game Warden Brian Srba. After two hours of waiting, the boats finally landed. After a few questions, they produced a shocker and told the wardens where the shockers were purchased. The next day, the sellers were interviewed and two more shockers were confiscated. Cases pending. CALL TO WARDENS BAD NEWS FOR OFFSHORE VESSEL Brazoria County Game Wardens Joe Goff, Jason Richers, Scott Jennings and Jim Bob Van Dyke, and Fort Bend County Game Warden Mike Weiss were working on their Intermediate Boat Training in the Intracoastal Canal near Freeport. At approximately 10 a.m., Goff received a call in which the complainant reported seeing three males on an offshore fishing vessel retaining over their limits and catching undersized red snapper. At approximately 6:30 p.m., a vessel towing what turned out to be the reported violator vessel came through the jetties. The three occupants of the towed vessel were in possession of 49 red snapper, all of which were undersized, and two undersized cobia. In addition, the vessel was unregistered. A total of 17 cases were filed, as well as civil restitution. Cases pending.

viewed. Campos asked him to put his hands by his side and noticed blood on his fingertips. The man confessed to killing nine mourning dove as he was getting ready to put steaks and dove on the grill. The mourning dove were confiscated, and the man was issued citations for hunting dove in closed season and hunting with illegal means and methods. Civil restitution penalties are also pending.

COOLERS FULL OF FILLETS FROM OFFSHORE FIND CITATIONS FOR FIVE Matagorda County Game Warden Aaron Koenig and Wharton County Game Warden Chris Bird encountered a Louisiana crew boat coming into the Port O’Conner jetties, and because of the large number of people on the back deck decided to do a quick check to see if anyone had been fishing while offshore. Five ice chests were packed on the back deck with all of the crew’s other belongings. Owners of the coolers were determined, and upon inspection the coolers were found to contain numerous bags of filleted fish. Five individuals were cited for head and tailed finfish. Cases pending. ONCE A WARDEN, ALWAYS A WARDEN Uvalde County retired captain Bill Hellums informed Game Wardens Rachel Kellner and Javier Fuentes that shotgun blasts were heard west of town. The wardens did a lot of stopping and listening and finally found two individuals shooting skeet. The wardens let them know that they had heard the shots and wanted to make sure no one was hunting dove. After a quick search of the bed of a pickup, the wardens discovered mourning doves and four other nongame birds. Hunting in closed season and minor in possession citations were issued.

OFF TO AN EARLY START WITH DAD Zapata County Game Wardens Stevan Ramos and Carson Wardlow were patrolling in San Ygnacio when they saw a pickup truck stop a few blocks in front of them. Wardlow stopped his truck when he saw what appeared to be a gun barrel sticking out of the pickup’s passenger-side window. The passenger shot twice, and the driver retrieved a whitewinged dove from the bushes just off the road. The passenger and driver were both juveniles. Their father was also in the vehicle “hunting” with them. Case for hunting in closed season and restitution pending. OVERDUE NIGHT FISHERMEN RESCUED McMullen County Game Warden Bubba Shelton received a call about some overdue fishermen on Choke Canyon Reservoir. While en route, Shelton learned that two of the individuals had walked up to a residence on the north side of the lake, but there were still three more missing. The men said their boat had swamped and capsized, and they swam and floated to the nearest shoreline. Shelton launched from Calliham State Park at midnight. By 1 a.m., all missing subjects had been located, picked up and returned to the state park.

NO FISH FOR YOU Aransas County Game Warden Scott McLeod stopped to check a man selling fish from his vehicle at a local intersection. The subject did not have any licenses to be selling fish. A citation was issued for failing to have a retail fish truck dealer’s license. WARDENS ARE FIRE FIGHTERS, TOO Game Warden Justin Eddins was patrolling the north end of Jasper County when he noticed black smoke. Eddins was the first to arrive on scene of the fire and kept the 4-acre blaze at bay until the fire department arrived. The owners of the property were not home at the time and were very appreciative of his efforts. A faulty bearing on a tractor that was mowing the highway right-of-way started the fire. MILO AND CORN HELPS EXPLAIN GOOD DOVE HUNT On opening day of dove season, Game Wardens Michael McCall and Coley Leonard were patrolling Comal County. Early in the day, they came across a group of hunters hunting a field with a good concentration of birds. The hunters were having a good hunt with very good success compared to other hunters who had been previously checked by the wardens in the area. McCall and Leonard found the reason for the group's success. A good amount of cracked corn and milo had been spread in the field. The wardens filed cases for hunting dove over bait on 26 hunters and filed a case of placing bait to attract dove on the property owner. A total of 127 unlawfully taken doves were confiscated and donated to people in the community. Civil restitution was also filed on the group of hunters.


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HYLAN GABELINE, 10, of Paris, harvested her first buck last season on the Roberts Ranch in Lamar County. She used a Barnett Quad 400 crossbow at 15 yards.

EMILY WHITE of Dallas bagged her first turkey while deer hunting last November in Comanche County. EMMA RENEE LOREDO, 4, caught her first fish, a croaker, while fishing with her dad recently in Arroyo City.

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A lever-action rifle with open sights, and chambered in .45-70, is what SUZANNE HUTCHISON of Dallas used to harvest a bison last November in Comanche County.

JACK VILLARREAL, 12, caught this 26-inch redfish while fishing with his dad, Manuel, recently on the lower Laguna Madre. He is from Lozano.

ALEX RIVERA, 11, caught his first gaftop while fishing with his cousin recently out of Port Aransas. The SMITH FAMILY of Floydada recently landed a Texas grand slam while fishing on the coast. KONNER (right) caught a 24-inch trout, HANNAH (left) landed a 17inch flounder and SHELLY and KYLE (not pictured) caught a 25 1/2-inch redfish.

This redfish was caught last year by RHONDA CLOUGH of Marble Falls in the Laguna Madre.

HOLT DORIS, 12, of Fort Worth, used a .308-caliber rifle to take this kudu recently while hunting with his family in South Africa. The trophy’s horns measured 51 inches. Intrepid Safaris RSA was the outfitter.


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CONSERVATION Waterfowl plan needs comments The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the draft revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. First signed in 1986 between Canada and the United States — with Mexico joining in 1994 — the NAWMP is held as a leading model for international conservation plans. The final plan revision is expected to be released by mid-2012. The draft plan revision is available for public comment by visiting www.nawmprevision.org; via email to info@ nawmprevision.org; or by mail at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, Attn: Draft NAWMP Revision, 4401 North Fairfax Drive MS4075, Arlington, VA 22203. Comments will be accepted until Sept. 26. “The world is changing — challenging waterfowl conservationists like never before to improve the way we do business,” said USFWS Director Dan Ashe. “The revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan will guide us toward improving waterfowl conservation in the face of social, physical, ecological and economic challenges and enable managers to focus on the things that matter most to achieving shared conservation goals. The International Plan Committee is committed to ensuring that stakeholder input is fully incorporated in this important document.” —Staff report

Game Warden named Officer of the Year Chris Bird, a state game warden based in Wharton County, has been named Officer of the Year by the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers. Begun 66 years ago, the association is the oldest conservation law enforcement organization in the nation. It is made up of 29 member agencies from the United States and Canada, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division has been a member since 1995. A game warden for six years, Bird has been stationed in Wharton County all of that time. TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith presented Bird the award at the Aug. 25 meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Said Smith, “Warden Bird has dedicated himself to not only fulfilling his duties as a game warden in his assigned area,” Smith said, “but to also fill a void left in the Wharton County community after Game Warden Justin Hurst was killed in the line of duty in 2007. As a cadet in the Game Warden Training Academy at the time, Chris ... requested assignment to Wharton County. Newly commissioned Game Warden Bird reported for duty and immediately went about building a reputation similar to his predecessor, but in his own right, as ‘their game warden.’” —Staff report

Friedkin new chair of TPW Commission; Jones named to board Gov. Rick Perry has named Dan Friedkin of Houston to chair the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. He also appointed Bill Jones of Austin to the commission effective Sept. 1. Perry made the announcements on Aug. 24. He first appointed Friedkin to the commission in May 2005. Friedkin was named vice chairman two years later. In February, he was reappointed to a six-year term that was to expire in 2017. Now he will serve as chair of the commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor, according to a news release. The most recent chairman was Peter Holt of San Antonio. Holt’s six-year term on the commission has ended, so Perry had to name a successor. Friedkin is chairman and CEO of The Friedkin Group, with responsibility for companies and investments principally in the automotive industry, including Gulf States Toyota. He is a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Kinkaid School, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and chairman of the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation. He is also an advisory board

member of the Texas A&M Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Friedkin received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in finance from Rice University. Jones is an attorney and owner of The Jones Law Firm. He is a member and past president of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Foundation, and a board member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Community Care. He is also a past board member and past chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and a past board member of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Foundation. Jones received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Baylor University. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017. —Staff report CHAIRMAN: Houston businessman Dan Friedkin has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to chair the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Friedkin, a former vice chair, succeeds Peter Holt of San Antonio. Photo by Dan Friedkin.

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Texas, however, is home to 150 species of protein-rich grasshoppers of various sizes, said Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Dallas. And now, he added, grasshoppers are plentiful thanks to this year’s parched spring and summer months. “Best we can tell, grasshoppers hatch out in spring and early summer,” he explained, “and if we have rainfall in that time, they get a disease associated with wet weather and humidity, which keeps their populations in check.” That doesn’t happen when the weather is hot and dry, Knutson said, although there is an exception: If it’s too dry to keep grass alive, there won’t be any food for grasshoppers. But, with adequate food, a grasshopper lives five to six weeks in immature stages and four to five weeks as adults, Knutson said.

“If you’re a coyote,” he said, “you’re going to be able to find a grasshopper from spring to fall.” Gary Roberson of Menard, varmint hunter and owner of Burnham Brothers predator calls, said raccoons and foxes also like the bugs, but juvenile coyotes really go after them. “It’s amazing how many coyote pups will eat them,” he said. “We’d see them out there mousing, chasing rodents, but they’ll chase grasshoppers like they were candy, especially the younger ones because they’re not so good at catching rabbits yet.” There is no scientific proof that deer will eat grasshoppers, but stranger things have happened, said another Kleberg researcher. Dr. Timothy Fulbright recalled hearing about a video that showed a deer munching a mouse. Other reports had bucks biting into birds, and even gut piles of former herd mates. “So,” he concluded, “it wouldn’t be much of a stretch that they might eat grasshoppers as well.”

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only 150, and most of them will be in Hudspeth County, Gray said. Of those permits, only about 15 will be issued near Presidio, Marfa and Fort Davis, he added. “We’re having a decline,” Gray said. “We have low fawn crops and no recruitment in population. “We’re doing our best to figure out what’s going on, but it appears that disease and drought are the main factors going on; more specifically, the Barber’s pole worm.” This worm, scientifically know as Haemonchus contortus, enters the pronghorn as it eats vegetation that the parasite is clinging

to. Once inside the animal, the worm sucks blood. A single worm doesn’t do much damage, but as many as 3,000 have been found in a single dead pronghorn, Gray said. Their total consumption can ravage a pronghorn, rendering it anemic and vulnerable to other diseases. Good nutrition helps pronghorn resist the parasite, but range conditions choked by drought aren’t helping, Gray said. Finding ways to improve nutrition tops the list of possible remedies. There is also a drug that could be used — a “wormer” — but Gray said it is no silver bullet. “I want to stress we’re

going to be extremely cautious on that,” he said, adding that it has already been tried in sheep and goats, but worms adapted to it. “They become like a super worm and that’s the last thing we want,” Gray said. The pronghorn permits are issued to landowners and outfitters. Hunters can find the permit holders’ contact information on a landowner lease list that is available at TPWD offices in Canyon, (806) 651-3014 and Alpine, (432) 837-2051. Gray said hunters could also check with chambers of commerce in various West Texas communities to see if they have the list.


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TORCHED: Junior wide receiver Ryan Swope lit up the Oklahoma defense last year when he caught a 64-yard touchdown pass to ice the win for the Aggies. Swope is as passionate about deer hunting as he is about embarrassing opposing defensive backs. Photo by Texas A&M.

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fishing with my dad from morning to night. It was definitely one of my starting points.” Swope said his family has a deer lease in Rock Springs, but he doesn’t have much time for hunting each fall because of the demands of being a Division I athlete. “It’s tough when deer season rolls around to find time to hunt,” he said. “The Rock Springs lease is six hours away. I get a little time during Christmas break, but it is difficult to find the time.” Swope said he and a few teammates would be participating in the opening of the Texas dove season. “That’s also a passion,” he said. “We’ve all been seeing birds flying around College Station.” The coast also beckons during the summer months when Swope has a little time off from the rigors of football. “A few spring breaks ago I stepped on a stingray,” he said. “That hurt. I like going

down there, though. It’s hit or miss down there. When we can find the trout and redfish, it’s usually nonstop action.” When asked if he could only do one thing in the outdoors for the rest of his life, Swope said it would be deer hunting. “I like everything about it,” he said. “From managing a place, managing the herd — it’s kind of like a game. I like how it all works out — letting deer grow and giving them what they need, like protein. It’s what I started out doing. I also love to bowhunt. ” Swope killed a 10-point with a friend’s bow during a past season. “I had to shoot the buck left-handed,” he said. “It was not easy.” Swope said the thing he enjoys most about the outdoors is being with family. “We have a good group of guys on the team that dove hunt and fish together,” he said. “But the outdoors for me is very family-based. I have a brother on the team, Louie (a freshman defensive back), and I love to hunt with him and my dad.”


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sunflowers, so the guys not positioned near the water didn’t Continued From Page 1 do as well. “I shot 10 in the their limits an hour morning, and I’m earlier, however. heading back out Mourning doves this afternoon to try were the first to and fill my limit. The arrive, followed by birds didn’t start to larger groups of fly until later in the whitewings. morning — around A common theme 8:30.” during the opening Several hunters weekend was lots of chimed in on LSON young dove being message boards to shot — something report slow mornthat happens every ings and not many year, but could be a birds. good sign of a betThe key this year is ter-than-expected water and crops, and hatch during the birds are bunched up drought. in areas with both of Hunters at a those resources. ranch in Medina Several hunters County near Hondo reported good shoots also reported loads CALL YOUR SHOT: A dove hunter on a field near San of birds on irrigated Antonio lines up his next shot as birds pour in overhead at tanks in the Waco early opening morning. Photo by Conor Harrison, LSON. area, with small crops. flocks passing water However, across on the way to roosts. mostly near water tanks. the state, the outHunters reported decent “Everyone who was near look wasn’t all wonderful. near Cleburne, Hunters near Denton a tank shot their limit,” said shoots reported good action on Dallas resident Bobby Pross. and reports from the Hill opening morning, but “There were not very many Country were also favorable.

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Guide workshop on tap for Sept. 27 Texans hoping to become wildlife guides get ready. The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will present a Wildlife Guide Training workshop Sept. 27 in Corpus Christi. “AgriLife Extension’s wildlife guide training is a combination of the live workshop and online training,” said Miles Phillips, AgriLife Extension nature tourism specialist and training coordinator, College Station. “The purpose is to provide necessary wildlife guide training as well as confirmation of guide skills.” Phillips said registration is now open for the training, and the live Sept. 27 workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Marina Meeting Room of the Lawrence Street T-Head marina in downtown Corpus. “Those successfully completing training are eligible for certification by the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau,” Phillips said. Registration is $130 for the complete course, $95 for the online course only and $95 for the Sept. 27 workshop only. To register, call (979) 845-2604. —Staff report

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ponds and lakes. This typically happens in the fall of the year when a lake’s surface cools down and then sinks. “It will fall into the bottom layer and just kind of flip,” Bonds said. “That’s called the turnover.” Layers of water devoid of oxygen are suddenly mixed with the rest of the lake’s water, diluting the oxygen at the levels where fish had been surviving. “You can have water quality issues,” Bonds said. “It will reduce oxygen levels in the entire water column, and it can be bad enough to cause fish kills.” In a hot summer, the same cooling effect can happen with a rain shower, said Bobby Farquhar, regional director of inland fisheries for West Texas. “After a little bit of rain, like we had a couple weeks ago, the waters basically get mixed up,” he said. Once that happens, the phones ring with reports of fish kills, Farquhar said. He added, however, that lakes and ponds losing their volumes also cause fish kills. As an example, he described a hypothetical 5-acre pond full of fish that shrinks to an acre with summer heat. “Well,” he said, “now you have five times too many fish.” And those fish are now competing for the oxygen of a single acre. Oxygen can be added with emergency agitation from something like an outboard motor, but that is not a long-term solution, Bonds said. Permanent devices like aerators, fountains and diffusers are effective at maintaining constant oxygen levels. In the meantime, Bonds said people should not feel bad about catching and eating their drought-stressed fish. Removing them can ease pressure on a lake’s oxygen supply. “When people start feeding catfish, you’d be surprised how many of them become pets,” he said. “But if you thought about having a fish fry, now is the time.”

EVIDENCE: Officers in November 2010 uncover the boat they believe was involved in the fatal wreck in May 2002 on Lake Buchanan. Photo by TPWD.

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It was the last time Lindeman would see Roberts alive. That night, another boat crashed into them; the following day, officers pulled Roberts’ body from the lake. Daniels and Corbin survived with injuries. The boat that hit the teens in the dark of night was nowhere to be found, leaving investigators little to go on. “I was knocked unconscious and floated nine and a half hours before they found me,” Daniels said, now a game warden himself.

The case proved an elusive maze of dead-end tips. The years came and went without any answers. Lindeman and a team of investigators checked every lead, crisscrossing the state in hopes of solving the cold case. It wasn’t until Nov. 22 of last year that they got a break. An anonymous tip to Operation Game Thief pointed them to Travis Aaron Marburger, a Bertram man in his mid-30s. And then the digging began — literally. Investigators determined a boat was buried on Marburger’s property.

With backhoes and shovels, they dug up a blue 1977 Checkmate speedboat, which showed damage on the hull. Chips of fiberglass and blue paint found in the victims’ damaged boat were compared to Marburger’s boat. Marburger was charged with manslaughter and tampering with evidence. He was released on $100,000 bond. A change of venue hearing is set for Oct. 26 and a trial date has been set for Jan. 9, Lindeman said. “Hopefully this will bring some kind of closure,” Lindeman said. But he knows that nothing can erase the pain for Roberts’

parents, David and Donna, who lost their only child. “You’ve got to hang onto faith, that’s for sure,” said David Roberts. While the arrest has given his wife some comfort, he said the circumstances still gnaw at him. He’ll never understand why the perpetrator didn’t take responsibility or call for help after the accident. For Lindeman, the case may be solved, but the questions about that night will always remain: “How could you leave kids in the water and a boat out there — and live with yourself after that?”


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FIRST BUCK: Diamond Poole’s first buck was taken last year on a ranch in Live Oak County. She followed that up with a second buck in Bosque County. Photo by Mark Watson.

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aspirations,” she said. But the relationship developed, Diamond said, because she first liked Mark as a person, not a hunter. “Most of the guys in Dallas are really full of it,” she said, “but with Mark, what you see is what you get. And he made me laugh. “I fell in love with that, and he has been the same the entire time I’ve known him.” Mark said he too was surprised when he learned Diamond was a lifelong supporter of animal rights, but he patiently told her about hunting’s role in wildlife management, and then took her skeet shooting. They sat together in a deer blind and watched two bucks spar until one was fatally gored. She learned that deer face lots of calamities in nature, including disease and predators.

Poole was also amazed to learn about Hunters for the Hungry, which accepts wild game donations to help feed needy families. Poole decided that she would try to be objective about everything Mark loved, including the outdoors. “And,” she added, “I decided that I couldn’t bash hunting, and all that goes with it, unless I tried it myself.” A year ago she hunted dove and bagged a couple. Then she dropped a feral hog. “But,” she added, “I was still troubled at the idea of shooting a deer.” Mark walked her through it last season during a hunt in Live Oak County, where a mature 10-point buck came within range of her .25-06 caliber rifle. “I hesitated,” she said, “and I started having this conversation in my head: ‘Are you really going to kill this deer?’” Then she remembered

about donating the venison. Her shot hit its mark. “I was astounded with myself,” she said. She did it again a few weeks later in Bosque County. Her second buck, although younger than the first, also had 10 points. But hunting has given Poole more than trophies for her wall. With Mark, she visited the Hill Country for the first time, and also Baffin Bay where, while wade fishing, an 11-foot bull shark swam between them. “You can see more stars in the country, and more sunsets,” she said. “And I definitely enjoy the quiet more. I couldn’t sleep at first. It has been an adjustment, but a good adjustment.” She hasn’t joined a hunting group yet, but she plans to. “I have been to many of the exhibits — Texas Deer Association, Texas Trophy Hunters Association and the like.”

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remote areas of Africa. The fishing conditions are difficult.” Continued From Page 9 “The best African trip was to the Congo. there,” he said. “I have I’ve yet to post a record 66 records from Africa, for a goliath as I’ve and I’ve fished 12 differnot caught one big ent countries.” enough yet. They are Nabozny said a fivewidely distributed in year quest for a 200+ the river system and it pound tarpon record truly is a quest to find off the coast of Africa RECORD DRUM: Stan Nabozny holds the IGFA the big ones.” almost came to fruition record-length black drum he caught earlier this Until his next advenyear on the Texas coast. Photo by Stan Nabozny. last year. ture to Africa, Nabozny “I hooked up a 260will continue to fish pound tarpon on 16-pound line last year closer to home and attempt to fill the record and I lost it at the boat after a 90-minute books with Texas fish. fight,” he said. “The mate gaffing the fish “The (IGFA) catch and release program is saw the size of it and that big eye looked at new, and a little late coming in my opinion,” him; he got spooked and missed the gaff he said. “The (IGFA) weight records have been shot. The fish rolled, went under the boat around for a long time, but the catch and and broke the line.” release records are new. I’m doing my best to Nabozny said it was only later that he put fish in the book from Texas. I think Texas found out the reason for the missed gaff. has some of the best fishing in the world. We “There is a superstition among the native are lucky to have this natural resource.” African’s on this river system that if you Some of Nabozny’s Texas IGFA records kill a tarpon after it has looked at you, the include a 128- and a 140-pound alligator gar fish will attach itself to your soul,” he said. from the Trinity River, a 95-centimeter red “Even though I didn’t land the fish, it was drum, a 117-centimeter black drum and an an incredible experience.” 84-centimeter crevalle jack. Along with giant tarpon, Nabozny said catchIn fact, Nabozny has caught so many record ing a goliath tigerfish in the Congo has been a book fish, the IGFA will award him with a Lifetime Achievement Award later this year highlight of his African fishing adventures. “There are five different species of tiger- for putting more than 100 records in the book. fish,” he said. “I hold the world record for He will be the eighth recipient of the award. “The challenge of hunting big fish is what the North African species — 12-pounds plus. It’s very challenging to target big tigerfish in I enjoy the most,” he said.

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angler and still with the fly. And once the fish realized it was hooked, more fun began. “It was really a screamer,” Skrobarcek said. “It made several good runs and was just about to the backing.” Over the next several minutes, grandfather coached grandson in fighting the fish

as they waded back toward the boat where the fish was landed and photographed. Aston, although excited, still was a little apprehensive about holding the fish. But he did sit proudly on the front of his ‘Popeye’s’ skiff and smile while holding his fly rod. “The whole thing was pretty cool,” Skrobarcek said. “Aston was all excited.” And like most grandfather’s, this one had a lesson

in mind for the youngster. “We had a plan, followed through and made it work,” Skrobarcek said. “That was the lesson for that day.” More fly-casting lessons are in store in Hampton’s next trip to the coast from his hometown of Goliad, Skrobarcek said. “And he’s already tying flies.” To contact Alan Skrobarcek, (361) 543-6747

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State embarks on first whitewing harvest study By Ralph Winingham FOR LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS A four-day bag limit of 1,000 birds might be a stretch for a typical dove hunter, but that was the goal for a group of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists in Hondo Sept. 1-4. “We’ve conducted studies on other species, but we simply don’t have the information we would like to have on whitewinged doves,’’ said Corey Mason, dove program leader at TPWD. “This is the first time we have put people in the field to gather data on whitewings through collecting birds donated by hunters. This is part of a study being conducted at three sites in Texas and by state biologists at sites in New Mexico and Arizona. “It is a great example of a cooperative effort between the states and federal officials that should help fill an information void.” The study at the Nooner Ranch in Hondo, which typically finds hundreds of hunters testing their shooting skills against thousands of white-winged doves each season, involved a team of four TPWD biologists and two undergraduate students from the Texas A&M University wildlife and fisheries program. Hunters returning from the fields were asked to donate birds from their bag limit, with each of the harvested birds undergoing extensive measurements such as weight, bill length and width, wing and tail length, the color of eyes and legs and other information. Among the main goals of the effort is to determine the ratio of juvenile birds to adult birds to learn more about the travel, migration and other patterns of the birds. “We are collecting measurements that will determine the age of the birds to see if this is their first year to come on these premises or if they are older birds,” said Mike Frisbee, one of the biologists conducting the study. “This study is similar to ones we have been conducting

on waterfowl for years and years. The hunters are being very cooperative because they understand that we will be able to gather information that we can report back to them.” Frisbee said “wing bees,” where waterfowl wings are donated to state biologists in states such as Missouri, have provided a wealth of information about those migratory birds. “Being able to look at the birds for three to five minutes, taking measurements and then sending the birds to the lab will help us compile all kinds of statistical information,’’ said Matt Reidy, another TPWD biologist involved in the Nooner Ranch study. Mason said the effort is being funded by TPWD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the results from Texas will become the basis of a lion’s share of the data base. Texas hunters harvest BIOLOGY CLASS: Taylor Jacobs, left, and Kyle Hand collect about 6.4 million doves each information on white-winged doves during the opening year — roughly 30 percent of weekend of the Central Zone. Corey Mason, TPWD dove all doves taken nationally — program leader, bottom left, accepts a pair of donated whiteso the biologists are expect- winged doves from a hunter. Photos by Ralph Winingham. ing to capitalize on a large mourning doves,” Nooner said. resource. “The hunters here have been very “They don’t have the same flight cooperative in assisting with the study,” pattern, the same eating habits or Mason said. “Some of them have given the same nesting habits.” The outfitter added that he has us two or three birds, and several have given us their limits. We are finding suggested that state officials work there is a lot of support for our develop- toward the establishment of a sepament of long-term data on whitewings.’’ rate season for white-winged doves Sammy Nooner, who owns the hunt- rather than include them in the ing ranch and has been one of the state’s same statewide seasons, divided by leading dove-hunting outfitters since zones, for all doves. “The more often (state biolo1995, said he was eager to allow the biologists to conduct the study at his facility. gists) come out in the field to col“I’ve always said white-winged doves lect information, the better it will should be treated differently than be for the hunters,’’ Nooner said.

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Time Height 8:26 a.m. 2.3 L 8:46 a.m. 2.1 L 9:07 a.m. 1.8 L 9:30 a.m. 1.6 L 9:56 a.m. 1.3 L 10:26 a.m. 1.1 L 10:59 a.m. 0.9 L 11:37 a.m. 0.9 L 12:19 p.m. 0.7 L 1:07 p.m. 0.7 L 2:04 p.m. 0.7 L 3:07 p.m. 0.7 L 4:13 p.m. 0.5 L 5:15 p.m. 0.5 L 6:46 a.m. 2.7 L

Time Height 12:38 p.m. 2.7 H 1:42 p.m. 2.7 H 2:41 p.m. 2.7 H 3:38 p.m. 2.7 H 4:35 p.m. 2.7 H 5:34 p.m. 2.7 H 6:35 p.m. 2.7 H 7:44 p.m. 2.7 H 9:05 p.m. 2.7 H

10:03 a.m.

2.9 H

Time 8:07 p.m. 8:42 p.m. 9:11 p.m. 9:36 p.m. 10:01 p.m. 10:26 p.m. 10:54 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:48 p.m.

Height 0.5 L 0.9 L 1.3 L 1.4 L 1.8 L 2.0 L 2.3 L 2.5 L 2.5 L

6:12 p.m. 0.7 L


Sept 12

Time Height 8:52 a.m. 1.9 L 9:12 a.m. 1.7 L 9:33 a.m. 1.4 L 9:56 a.m. 1.3 L 10:22 a.m. 1.0 L 10:52 a.m. 0.9 L 11:25 a.m. 0.7 L 12:03 p.m. 0.7 L 12:45 p.m. 0.6 L 4:36 a.m. 2.3 H 2:30 p.m. 0.6 L 3:33 p.m. 0.6 L 4:39 p.m. 0.4 L 5:41 p.m. 0.4 L 7:12 a.m. 2.1 L

Time Height 1:25 p.m. 2.1 H 2:29 p.m. 2.1 H 3:28 p.m. 2.1 H 4:25 p.m. 2.1 H 5:22 p.m. 2.1 H 6:21 p.m. 2.1 H 7:22 p.m. 2.1 H 8:31 p.m. 2.1 H 9:52 p.m. 2.1 H 1:33 p.m. 0.6 L

10:50 a.m.

2.3 H

Time 8:33 p.m. 9:08 p.m. 9:37 p.m. 10:02 p.m. 10:27 p.m. 10:52 p.m. 11:20 p.m. 11:48 p.m.

Height 0.4 L 0.7 L 1.0 L 1.1 L 1.4 L 1.6 L 1.9 L 2.0 L

6:38 p.m. 0.6 L

Time Height 9:48 a.m. 1.1 L 10:08 a.m. 1.0 L 10:29 a.m. 0.9 L 10:52 a.m. 0.8 L 11:18 a.m. 0.6 L 11:48 a.m. 0.5 L 12:21 p.m. 0.4 L 5:35 a.m. 1.3 H 5:27 a.m. 1.3 H 5:06 a.m. 1.4 H 3:26 p.m. 0.3 L 4:29 p.m. 0.3 L 5:35 p.m. 0.3 L 6:37 p.m. 0.3 L 8:08 a.m. 1.3 L

Time Height 1:55 p.m. 1.3 H 2:59 p.m. 1.3 H 3:58 p.m. 1.3 H 4:55 p.m. 1.3 H 5:52 p.m. 1.3 H 6:51 p.m. 1.3 H 7:52 p.m. 1.3 H 12:59 p.m. 0.4 L 1:41 p.m. 0.3 L 2:29 p.m. 0.3 L

Time Height 8:49 a.m. 1.2 L 9:09 a.m. 1.1 L 9:30 a.m. 0.9 L 9:53 a.m. 0.8 L 10:19 a.m. 0.6 L 10:49 a.m. 0.5 L 11:22 a.m. 0.5 L 12:00 p.m. 0.5 L 12:42 p.m. 0.4 L 3:58 a.m. 2.0 H 2:27 p.m. 0.4 L 3:30 p.m. 0.4 L 4:36 p.m. 0.3 L 5:38 p.m. 0.3 L 7:09 a.m. 1.4 L

Time Height 12:47 p.m. 1.8 H 1:51 p.m. 1.8 H 2:50 p.m. 1.8 H 3:47 p.m. 1.8 H 4:44 p.m. 1.8 H 5:43 p.m. 1.8 H 6:44 p.m. 1.8 H 7:53 p.m. 1.8 H 9:14 p.m. 1.8 H 1:30 p.m. 0.4 L

11:20 a.m.

1.4 H

Time 9:29 p.m. 10:04 p.m. 10:33 p.m. 10:58 p.m. 11:23 p.m. 11:48 p.m.

Height 0.3 L 0.4 L 0.6 L 0.7 L 0.9 L 0.9 L

9:01 p.m. 1.3 H 10:22 p.m. 0.3 H

7:34 p.m. 0.3 L

Oct 4


Date Time Height Sep 09 9:34 a.m. 0.9 H Sep 10 8:49 a.m. 0.8 H Sep 11 12:36 a.m. 0.3 L Sep 12 1:23 a.m. 0.4 L Sep 13 2:10 a.m. 0.6 L Sep 14 3:05 a.m. 0.6 L Sep 15 1:51 p.m. 0.4 L Sep 16 2:27 p.m. 0.4 L Sep 17 3:37 a.m. 1.0 H Sep 18 4:52 a.m. 1.1 H Sep 19 5:44 a.m. 1.2 H Sep 20 6:32 a.m. 1.2 H Sep 21 7:18 a.m. 1.3 H Sep 22 8:04 a.m. 1.3 H Sep 23 8:52 a.m. 1.2 H

Time Height 11:38 a.m. 0.8 L 11:34 a.m. 0.7 L 8:24 a.m. 0.8 H 8:02 a.m. 0.7 H 7:30 a.m. 0.7 H 6:33 a.m. 0.7 H 11:31 p.m. 1.0 H 3:10 p.m. 4:05 p.m. 5:13 p.m. 6:34 p.m. 7:58 p.m. 9:11 p.m. 10:15 p.m.

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Time Height 1:30 p.m. 0.9 H 4:09 p.m. 0.9 H 12:01 p.m. 0.7 L 12:28 p.m. 0.6 L 12:54 p.m. 0.6 L 1:21 p.m. 0.5 L

Time Height 11:47 p.m. 0.2 L 5:44 p.m. 7:03 p.m. 8:18 p.m. 9:39 p.m.

0.9 H 0.9 H 0.9 H 0.9 H


Date Time Height Sep 09 1:47 p.m. 0.50 H Sep 10 2:57 p.m. 0.47 H Sep 11 4:26 p.m. 0.45 H Sep 12 6:13 a.m. 0.41 H Sep 13 5:50 a.m. 0.45 H Sep 14 5:45 a.m. 0.48 H Sep 15 5:53 a.m. 0.52 H Sep 16 6:12 a.m. 0.54 H Sep 17 6:42 a.m. 0.56 H Sep 18 7:24 a.m. 0.58 H Sep 19 8:14 a.m. 0.60 H Sep 20 9:08 a.m. 0.61 H Sep 21 10:01 a.m. 0.62 H Sep 22 10:55 a.m. 0.63 H Sep 23 11:56 a.m. 0.62 H

Time Height 11:14 p.m. 0.26 L 11:38 p.m. 0.31 L 11:52 p.m. 0.35 L 11:53 a.m. 0.37 L 1:20 p.m. 0.35 L 2:21 p.m. 0.32 L 3:13 p.m. 0.30 L 4:01 p.m. 0.29 L 4:51 p.m. 0.29 L 5:43 p.m. 0.29 L 6:38 p.m. 0.30 L 7:32 p.m. 0.30 L 8:25 p.m. 0.31 L 9:13 p.m. 0.33 L 9:57 p.m. 0.36 L


6:31 p.m.


0.43 H



11:49 p.m. 0.4 L

Date Sep 09 Sep 10 Sep 11 Sep 12 Sep 13 Sep 14 Sep 15 Sep 16 Sep 17 Sep 18 Sep 19 Sep 20 Sep 21 Sep 22 Sep 23

Time Height 3:52 a.m. 1.8 H 4:03 a.m. 1.7 H 4:13 a.m. 1.7 H 4:23 a.m. 1.7 H 4:33 a.m. 1.7 H 4:44 a.m. 1.7 H 4:53 a.m. 1.7 H 4:58 a.m. 1.7 H 4:50 a.m. 1.7 H 4:29 a.m. 1.8 H 4:18 a.m. 1.8 H 4:21 a.m. 2.0 H 4:01 a.m. 2.0 H 2:26 a.m. 2.0 H 2:34 a.m. 2.0 H

Time Height 8:31 a.m. 1.0 L 8:51 a.m. 0.9 L 9:12 a.m. 0.8 L 9:35 a.m. 0.7 L 10:01 a.m. 0.5 L 10:31 a.m. 0.5 L 11:04 a.m. 0.4 L 11:42 a.m. 0.4 L 12:24 p.m. 0.3 L 1:12 p.m. 0.3 L 2:09 p.m. 0.3 L 3:12 p.m. 0.3 L 4:18 p.m. 0.2 L 5:20 p.m. 0.2 L 6:51 a.m. 1.2 L

Time Height 1:18 p.m. 1.7 H 2:22 p.m. 1.7 H 3:21 p.m. 1.7 H 4:18 p.m. 1.7 H 5:15 p.m. 1.7 H 6:14 p.m. 1.7 H 7:15 p.m. 1.7 H 8:24 p.m. 1.7 H 9:45 p.m. 1.7 H

Time 8:12 p.m. 8:47 p.m. 9:16 p.m. 9:41 p.m. 10:06 p.m. 10:31 p.m. 10:59 p.m. 11:27 p.m. 11:53 p.m.

Height 0.2 L 0.4 L 0.5 L 0.6 L 0.8 L 0.8 L 1.0 L 1.1 L 1.1 L

10:12 a.m.

2.0 H

Time 8:30 p.m. 9:05 p.m. 9:34 p.m. 9:59 p.m. 10:24 p.m. 10:49 p.m. 11:17 p.m. 11:45 p.m.

Height 0.3 L 0.5 L 0.6 L 0.7 L 0.9 L 1.0 L 1.2 L 1.3 L

6:35 p.m. 0.4 L

Date Sep 09 Sep 10 Sep 11 Sep 12 Sep 13 Sep 14 Sep 15 Sep 16 Sep 17 Sep 18 Sep 19 Sep 20 Sep 21 Sep 22 Sep 23

Time Height 3:55 a.m. 1.7 H 4:03 a.m. 1.6 H 4:06 a.m. 1.5 H 4:04 a.m. 1.4 H 3:57 a.m. 1.4 H 3:43 a.m. 1.3 H 3:22 a.m. 1.3 H 12:49 a.m. 1.3 L 12:08 p.m. 0.4 L 12:55 p.m. 0.4 L 12:01 a.m. 1.8 H 1:09 a.m. 1.9 H 1:47 a.m. 2.0 H 2:13 a.m. 2.0 H 2:30 a.m. 2.0 H

Time Height 8:24 a.m. 1.5 L 8:41 a.m. 1.4 L 9:06 a.m. 1.2 L 9:33 a.m. 1.0 L 9:59 a.m. 0.8 L 10:27 a.m. 0.7 L 10:56 a.m. 0.6 L 2:49 a.m. 1.4 H 10:04 p.m. 1.7 H 1:52 p.m. 2:58 p.m. 4:07 p.m. 5:16 p.m. 6:22 p.m.

2011 Sep 09 Fri 10 Sat 11 Sun > 12 Mon > 13 Tue F 14 Wed > 15 Thu > 16 Fri 17 Sat 18 Sun 19 Mon 20 Tue Q 21 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sun > 26 Mon > 27 Tue N 28 Wed >

A.M. Minor Major 3:31 9:43 4:12 10:23 4:52 11:03 5:33 11:43 6:16 12:05 7:00 12:50 7:48 1:37 8:37 2:26 9:28 3:17 10:21 4:09 11:14 5:01 ----- 5:54 12:32 6:45 1:21 7:35 2:09 8:23 2:56 9:09 3:42 9:55 4:30 10:43 5:21 11:34 6:17 12:03

P.M. Minor 3:54 4:34 5:13 5:54 6:36 7:22 8:10 9:00 9:52 10:46 11:39 12:07 12:58 1:48 2:36 3:22 4:08 4:56 5:48 6:45

MOON Rises 5:54p 6:26p 6:57p 7:27p 7:57p 8:29p 9:04p 9:41p 10:23p 11:08p NoMoon NoMoon 12:54a 1:53a 2:56a 4:00a 5:05a 6:12a 7:20a 8:29a

Sets 4:33a 5:28a 6:22a 7:15a 8:07a 9:00a 9:54a 10:47a 11:41a 12:35p 1:27p 2:18p 3:06p 3:51p 4:33p 5:12p 5:51p 6:30p 7:10p 7:53p

P.M. Minor Major 4:00 10:11 4:39 10:50 5:19 11:29 5:59 ----6:42 12:32 7:27 1:17 8:15 2:04 9:05 2:54 9:58 3:46 10:51 4:39 11:45 5:32 12:12 6:25 1:04 7:17 1:53 8:07 2:41 8:54 3:28 9:41 4:14 10:27 5:02 11:15 5:54 12:07 6:51 12:37

SUN MOON Rises Sets Rises 07:05 07:42 6:03p 07:06 07:40 6:34p 07:06 07:39 7:03p 07:07 07:38 7:32p 07:08 07:36 8:01p 07:08 07:35 8:31p 07:09 07:34 9:04p 07:10 07:32 9:41p 07:10 07:31 10:21p 07:11 07:30 11:07p 07:11 07:28 11:57p 07:12 07:27 NoMoon 07:13 07:26 12:53a 07:13 07:24 1:53a 07:14 07:23 2:56a 07:15 07:22 4:02a 07:15 07:20 5:09a 07:16 07:19 6:18a 07:17 07:18 7:27a 07:17 07:16 8:39a

Sets 4:34a 5:31a 6:26a 7:21a 8:15a 9:09a 10:04a 10:59a 11:54a 12:48p 1:41p 2:31p 3:18p 4:02p 4:43p 5:21p 5:57p 6:34p 7:13p 7:54p

P.M. Minor Major 4:07 10:18 4:46 10:57 5:26 11:36 6:06 ----6:49 12:39 7:34 1:24 8:22 2:11 9:12 3:01 10:05 3:53 10:58 4:46 11:52 5:39 12:19 6:32 1:11 7:24 2:00 8:14 2:48 9:01 3:35 9:48 4:21 10:34 5:09 11:22 6:01 12:14 6:58 12:44

SUN MOON Rises Sets Rises 07:14 07:47 6:07p 07:15 07:46 6:39p 07:15 07:45 7:10p 07:16 07:43 7:40p 07:16 07:42 8:10p 07:17 07:41 8:43p 07:17 07:40 9:17p 07:18 07:38 9:55p 07:18 07:37 10:36p 07:19 07:36 11:22p 07:19 07:35 NoMoon 07:19 07:34 12:13a 07:20 07:32 1:08a 07:21 07:31 2:07a 07:21 07:30 3:09a 07:22 07:29 4:13a 07:22 07:27 5:19a 07:23 07:26 6:25a 07:23 07:25 7:32a 07:24 07:24 8:42a

Sets 4:46a 5:41a 6:35a 7:28a 8:20a 9:13a 10:06a 11:00a 11:54a 12:47p 1:40p 2:30p 3:18p 4:03p 4:45p 5:25p 6:04p 6:42p 7:23p 8:07p

P.M. Minor 4:20 5:00 5:39 6:20 7:02 7:47 8:35 9:26 10:18 11:12 ----12:33 1:24 2:14 3:02 3:48 4:34 5:22 6:14 7:11

SUN Rises 07:24 07:25 07:26 07:26 07:27 07:28 07:29 07:29 07:30 07:31 07:31 07:32 07:33 07:34 07:34 07:35 07:36 07:36 07:37 07:38

Major 10:06 10:45 11:24 ----12:26 1:11 1:59 2:49 3:40 4:33 5:27 6:20 7:11 8:01 8:49 9:35 10:21 11:09 12:02 12:31

SUN Rises Sets 07:01 07:35 07:02 07:33 07:02 07:32 07:03 07:31 07:03 07:30 07:04 07:29 07:04 07:27 07:05 07:26 07:05 07:25 07:06 07:24 07:06 07:22 07:07 07:21 07:07 07:20 07:08 07:19 07:09 07:17 07:09 07:16 07:10 07:15 07:10 07:14 07:11 07:12 07:11 07:11

Dallas 2011 Sep 09 Fri 10 Sat 11 Sun > 12 Mon > 13 Tue F 14 Wed > 15 Thu > 16 Fri 17 Sat 18 Sun 19 Mon 20 Tue Q 21 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sun > 26 Mon > 27 Tue N 28 Wed >

A.M. Minor Major 3:37 9:48 4:18 10:28 4:58 11:08 5:39 11:49 6:21 12:11 7:06 12:55 7:53 1:42 8:43 2:31 9:34 3:22 10:27 4:14 11:20 5:07 ----- 5:59 12:37 6:50 1:27 7:40 2:15 8:28 3:01 9:14 3:48 10:01 4:35 10:48 5:26 11:40 6:23 12:09

San Antonio 10:43 a.m.

1.8 H

6:17 p.m. 0.3 L

South Padre Island

Freeport Harbor Date Time Height Sep 09 3:21 a.m. 2.0 H Sep 10 3:32 a.m. 1.8 H Sep 11 3:42 a.m. 1.8 H Sep 12 3:52 a.m. 1.8 H Sep 13 4:02 a.m. 1.8 H Sep 14 4:13 a.m. 1.8 H Sep 15 4:22 a.m. 1.8 H Sep 16 4:27 a.m. 1.8 H Sep 17 4:19 a.m. 1.8 H Sep 18 12:11 a.m. 1.3 L Sep 19 3:47 a.m. 2.0 H Sep 20 3:50 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 21 3:30 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 22 1:55 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 23 2:03 a.m. 2.1 H


Sept 27

Sept 20

Port Aransas, H. Caldwell Pier

San Luis Pass Date Time Height Sep 09 4:29 a.m. 1.4 H Sep 10 4:40 a.m. 1.3 H Sep 11 4:50 a.m. 1.3 H Sep 12 5:00 a.m. 1.3 H Sep 13 5:10 a.m. 0.3 H Sep 14 5:21 a.m. 1.3 H Sep 15 5:30 a.m. 1.3 H Sep 16 12:16 a.m. 1.1 L Sep 17 12:44 a.m. 1.2 L Sep 18 1:10 a.m. 1.2 L Sep 19 4:55 a.m. 1.4 H Sep 20 4:58 a.m. 1.5 H Sep 21 4:38 a.m. 1.5 H Sep 22 3:03 a.m. 1.5 H Sep 23 3:11 a.m. 1.5 H

Legend: Major=2 hours. Minor=1 hour. Times centered on the major-minor window. F=Full Moon, N=New Moon, Q=Quarter > = Peak Activity. For other locations, subtract 1 minute per 12 miles east of a location, and add 1 minute per 12 miles west of a location.


Galveston Bay entrance, south jetty Date Time Height Sep 09 3:59 a.m. 2.3 H Sep 10 4:10 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 11 4:20 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 12 4:30 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 13 4:40 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 14 4:51 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 15 5:00 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 16 5:05 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 17 4:57 a.m. 2.1 H Sep 18 12:14 a.m. 2.0 L Sep 19 4:25 a.m. 2.3 H Sep 20 4:28 a.m. 2.4 H Sep 21 4:08 a.m. 2.4 H Sep 22 2:33 a.m. 2.4 H Sep 23 2:41 a.m. 2.4 H


Port O’Connor

Sabine Pass, jetty Time Height 3:12 a.m. 2.9 H 3:23 a.m. 2.7 H 3:33 a.m. 2.7 H 3:43 a.m. 2.7 H 3:53 a.m. 2.7 H 4:04 a.m. 2.7 H 4:13 a.m. 2.7 H 4:18 a.m. 2.7 H 4:10 a.m. 2.7 H 3:49 a.m. 2.9 H 3:38 a.m. 2.9 H 3:41 a.m. 3.0 H 3:21 a.m. 3.0 H 1:46 a.m. 3.0 H 1:54 a.m. 3.0 H

Solunar | Sun times | Moon times

Moon Phases

Texas Coast Tides Date Sep 09 Sep 10 Sep 11 Sep 12 Sep 13 Sep 14 Sep 15 Sep 16 Sep 17 Sep 18 Sep 19 Sep 20 Sep 21 Sep 22 Sep 23


Time Height 12:07 p.m. 1.6 H 1:38 p.m. 1.6 H 2:52 p.m. 1.7 H 3:58 p.m. 1.7 H 5:00 p.m. 1.6 H 6:02 p.m. 1.6 H 7:07 p.m. 1.6 H 11:29 a.m. 0.5 L

Time 8:17 p.m. 9:06 p.m. 9:51 p.m. 10:34 p.m. 11:16 p.m. 11:59 p.m.

Height 0.4 L 0.6 L 0.8 L 1.0 L 1.1 L 1.2 L

8:24 p.m. 1.6 H

0.4 L 0.4 L 0.4 L 0.5 L 0.5 L

2011 A.M. Sep Minor Major 09 Fri 3:44 9:55 10 Sat 4:25 10:35 11 Sun 5:05 11:15 12 Mon > 5:46 11:56 13 Tue F 6:28 12:18 14 Wed > 7:13 1:02 15 Thu > 8:00 1:49 16 Fri 8:50 2:38 17 Sat 9:41 3:29 18 Sun 10:34 4:21 19 Mon 11:27 5:14 20 Tue Q ----- 6:06 21 Wed 12:44 6:57 22 Thu 1:34 7:47 23 Fri 2:22 8:35 24 Sat 3:08 9:21 25 Sun > 3:55 10:08 26 Mon > 4:42 10:55 27 Tue N 5:33 11:47 28 Wed > 6:30 12:16

Amarillo 2011 A.M. Sep Minor 09 Fri 3:57 10 Sat 4:38 11 Sun > 5:18 12 Mon > 5:59 13 Tue F 6:42 14 Wed > 7:26 15 Thu > 8:14 16 Fri 9:03 17 Sat 9:54 18 Sun 10:47 19 Mon 11:40 20 Tue Q 12:09 21 Wed 12:58 22 Thu 1:47 23 Fri 2:35 24 Sat 3:22 25 Sun > 4:08 26 Mon > 4:56 27 Tue N 5:47 28 Wed > 6:43

OUTDOOR PUZZLER | By Wilbur “Wib” Lundeen ACROSS 1. A skin-like covering on antlers 4. A method of elk call 9. The cause of many deer deaths 10. Term for hunter's method of scouting 12. Object aimed at with gun or bow 13. The moray 14. Movement of an arrow in flight 16. A type of tent 17. Feathers on breast of a turkey 18. This nuisance fish tangles trotlines 21. Hunters give this TLC 22. Fishing gear 26. A cloth to sharpen fishhooks 28. Hunters do this to hunting routes 29. A large game of the plains 33. A method of fishing 34. A large member of the deer family 35. The ___white 36. Term for a dropped antler 37. A fish's breathing organ

Solution on Page 30 2. 3. 4. 5.

38. The trapper's gear 39. A species of perch 40. A name for the strawberry bass DOWN 1. Hunter's slang for the predator

28. 30. 31. 32. 35.

Part of a fishing line Most are seen in Idaho The center of a target Term for a flock of geese 6. State where you find most elk 7. A good bluegill bait 8. Moving bait to attract fish 11. Fishing or hunting equipment 14. Best time to hunt the whitetail 15. Field area best to find quail 16. Act of fish hitting a bait 19. To propel the fishing boat 20. Describes the vision of wild turkeys 23. Quail young 24. Hunter's exiting event 25. An animal resting place 27. Name for some wild turkeys Act of reading freshness of tracks Another name for the largemouth Part of the fishing gear A food source for bears A grouse species

Major 10:09 10:49 11:29 ----12:31 1:16 2:03 2:52 3:43 4:35 5:27 6:20 7:11 8:01 8:48 9:35 10:21 11:09 ----12:29

Major 10:31 11:10 11:50 12:09 12:52 1:37 2:24 3:14 4:06 4:59 5:53 6:46 7:37 8:27 9:15 10:01 10:47 11:35 12:28 12:57

Sets 08:03 08:02 08:01 07:59 07:58 07:56 07:55 07:53 07:52 07:51 07:49 07:48 07:46 07:45 07:43 07:42 07:40 07:39 07:38 07:36

MOON Rises 6:27p 6:56p 7:24p 7:52p 8:20p 8:49p 9:21p 9:57p 10:37p 11:22p NoMoon 12:12a 1:08a 2:09a 3:13a 4:21a 5:29a 6:39a 7:50a 9:03a

Sets 4:52a 5:50a 6:47a 7:42a 8:37a 9:33a 10:29a 11:25a 12:21p 1:15p 2:08p 2:58p 3:45p 4:28p 5:07p 5:44p 6:19p 6:54p 7:31p 8:12p

FOR THE TABLE Marinated grilled dove breasts 1 1/4 cups Italian dressing 1 cup sweet red wine 1 tsp ground thyme 1/2 tsp seasoned salt 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper Freshly ground black pepper to taste 12-20 fresh dove breasts In bowl large enough to hold all of the dove, combine dressing and

wine. Add the ground thyme, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper and pepper. Add dove breasts, cover and refrigerate for four to five hours. Remove dove breasts. Pour marinade in a skillet or roasting pan and boil for 10 minutes while the doves are cooking. Preheat grill to 350 degrees, making sure

grill is well oiled. Grill dove until golden brown, about three minutes per side. Add doves to pan of boiled marinade. Place pan on the unheated side of the grill and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove doves. Pour sauce into gravy boat and serve with birds. — 1,001 Best Grilling Recipes

Coconut shrimp 1 egg 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2/3 cup beer 1 1/2 tsps baking powder 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups flaked coconut 24 shrimp 3 cups oil for frying In medium bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, beer and baking powder. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two separate bowls. Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off

excess flour. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees F in a deep-fryer. Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for two to three minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce. — allrecipes.com


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BLO GLO: Cass Creek’s phosphorescent powder shows a hunter which way the wind is blowing. Especially useful on dark early mornings, this glow-in-the-dark powder will help hunters detect wind shifts so they can avoid scaring away prey. The Blo Glo system features a propellant baffle that also stores the powder, a self-contained light recharging compartment, and the powder. To use, hunters simply charge the powder and then squeeze the baffle to release a wisp of powder. The powder also can be used to mark trees for yardages; to that end, the container can be hung in a tree where it will glow for easy sighting. Feathers can be dipped in the powder to mark arrow impact. The powder also can be sprayed onto a scrape to determine movement of bucks. The Blo Glo system plus refill sells for about $15.

GILA FURY JIG: Glo Crazy Lures’ newest jig uses a “Glo-Stick” that increases visibility — even in dark and cloudy waters. This glow technology enables larger strike distances, which, when paired with a razor-sharp Mustad hook, results in deadly strikes against bass and crappie. This fast-and-furious jig with a rapid sink rate is ideal for clean, hard and offshore structures. The jig is offered in yellow, lead and white and is available in 1/4-, 3/8- and 1/2-ounce weights. Currently, the company is selling (for about $20) an assortment of 11 jigs in various weights, 22 replaceable Glo-Sticks and two Lethal Strike sliders. A four-pack of the slide-in Glo-Sticks, which glow for up to 10 hours, costs about $4.

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TECTREK HEADLAMP: This high-tech headlamp from River Rock projects a powerful 125-lumen LED light, making it ideal for outdoorsmen who need a powerful, hands-free compact light. The headlamp offers three color modes: red for night vision retention or emergency use; blue for fluid — as in blood trail — tracking; and green for night map reading. The headlamp also will emit a red or white fast flash strobe for signaling and features a battery-saving low-light mode. Depending on light and color mode, the headlamp will run from four to 100-plus hours. Made of a highimpact polycarbonate, the 2.5-inch wide, 2-inch high and 1.7-inch deep headlamp sells for about $35.




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CUSTOM CABINS Pro Built On Your Site Many sizes and styles available. Quality work. Competitive pricing. Sturdy Built Buildings w w w . s b b c i . c o m (800) 482-2984 DECOYS WANTED Wooden Duck and Goose. Top prices paid. Ask for David. (214) 361-2276 TROPHY RAM & HOG Hunts East Texas. Lodging included. $100 per day. RazorBack Hog Hunting Ranch. www.razorbackranch.com (713) 203-3860 MOVE TO KERRVILLE! Look at this beautiful, 1930s style home near downtown Kerrville, minutes from the hunting mecca of Texas. 3 bedroom/3 bath with a guest house (2,400 sq. ft.). 505 Elm St. $212,500. Call Becky McFadden with Kerrville RE/MAX or go to www.beckymcfadden.com (830) 895-771 PREMIER HUNTING Land 50-300 acres in Edwards, Val Verde, Kinney, or Terrell County. Twenty year fixed rate owner financing or TX Vet financing. www.texasranchland.com (800) 876-9720 TAXIDERMIST Billington Ranch billingtonranchtaxidermy.com (254) 793-2120 HUNTING RED DEER and Whitetail Stags, Hinds, Bucks, Does, Exotics. Flatonia, TX. Call Mike. (979) 743-5526

GUN BLUING Specialty Shop We specialize in Hot Caustic, Rust and Nitre Bluing as well as Pakerizing, Stainless Steel Bluing, Camouflaging and Stock Restoration. Duracoat-certified finishing. Mention this ad for 10% discount. 4529 Elm Bottom Circle, Aubrey, TX 76227, GunBluingSpecialtyShop.com (214) 316-3503

STRIPER FISHING Lake Texoma a.m. and p.m. trips. SUMMER SPECIAL! Free lodging with 4 or more people. We provide: 23' Falcon Striper boat (seats 6-7 people), all rods, reels, and bait. Call Jay. StaleyAdventures.com (469) 471-6335

SHOOT DOVE in Style! Side-by-side shotgun Smith & Wesson Elite Gold 20-gauge, 26” BBL, English stock. In box, never fired. $1850 (214) 361-2276 x 201

HOG ERADICATION HUNTS Unlimited Hogs. Llano and San Saba River bottom. Lodging Included. ThreadgillRanches.com (512) 517-9259

TROPHY WHITETAIL Deer Hunts Brackettville, Texas Bow - $450, 3 Day "Special". Rifle - $600, 2 Days. Wife or Child 1/2 Price. Spring Turkey - $550, 2 Days. Free Lodging, Free DVD. j d c o x @ c o x c o u n t r y. n e t w w w. c o x c o u n t r y. n e t (830) 563-2658

THUNDERBIRD Hunting Club and Lodge Exclusive Individual and Corporate Waterfowl Memberships. A higher caliber hunting experience. www.thunderbirdhuntingclub.com TAXIDERMIST Neal Coldwell P.O. Box 643, Center Point, Texas 78010 1301 Broadway, Kerrville, Texas 78028 (830) 634-7207 AWESOME DOVE Hunts $85 per person. Lodging available! Whitetail and Axis Deer Hunting Packages Available. Owned and operated by Kelly and Jo Ann Carroll. texasstarranch@yahoo.com www.thetexsstarranch.com (830) 570-4243 HUNTING RETRIEVERS Training Quality Labradors Started Hunting Retrievers. Prospect Retrievers, Paris, TX (903) 784-2933 FOR SALE BY OWNER Huxley Bay Marina Marina located on the north end of Toledo Bend on the Texas side. Able to launch in low water. RV park, wet and dry boat slips, motel and restaurant. $750,000. Serious inquiries only. staceyv@eastex.net (936) 368-2752 DEER LEASE WANTED Lone Star Outdoor News is looking for a hunting and fishing lease with all hunt and fish rights. Central or Northwest Texas. Camphouse is needed. (214) 361-2276

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