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Bucks coming out of velvet, expectations high for a solid season.

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Dove opener a good one By Conor Harrison Lone Star outdoor newS

Thousands of hunters made the annual Sept. 1 pilgrimage to fields across the upper FLYING HIGH: Dove hunters had a good opening weekend, with better success reported on some afternoon hunts rather than morning hunts. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.


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Birds tougher in some areas on day two part of the state for the opening of dove season, and many returned with a limit of birds. “We had a great opener,” said Justin Hill of Ranger Creek Goose in Haskell.

“We shot over 150 limits on Sunday. If they could shoot, they shot limits. We shot close to 100 limits on Monday, but it wasn’t nearly as good in the morning. The afternoon hunt picked right back up like Sunday, though. “All in all, it was good.” Many hunters experienced the same thing, especially if See DOVE, Page 14

Low, but still holds fish Medina Lake access is tight, but anglers still finding a way. Page 8

Big Bass Mania director arrested

Head to the jetty Port O’Connor jetty holding bull reds, tarpon. Page 8


Michael McCloud indicted in Jasper County, arrested in Florida

Doe co-op Innovative methods being used to increase doe harvest. Page 21

Come along with the warden TPWD has first “tweetalong” on opening day of dove season. Page 7


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SHARKS SQUANDERED: Illegal long lines set by poachers crossing the border from Mexico are taking a toll on Texas shark populations. Along with sharks, some game fish also get caught. TPWD has confiscated more than 11 miles of lines this year. Photos by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Indiscriminate killers Illegal long lines catching sharks, other game fish with impunity By Conor Harrison Lone Star outdoor newS

Cameron County Game Warden Luis Sosa isn’t surprised by much anymore when he heads just offshore along Texas’ southern border. When you’ve pulled up more than 58,080 feet of illegal long lines this year alone, many with loads of dead or dying fish

attached, you start to wonder if the problem will ever be eradicated. “It is definitely not slowing down,” Sosa said. “I would probably say it is steady. It’s not really increasing or decreasing, just an ongoing issue that has been going on for a long time.” Mexican poachers sneak across the invisible border off South See LONG LINES, Page 17

More than a year after a failed fishing tournament that promised anglers thousands of dollars in winnings, hourly payouts and money going toward helping wounded veterans, then delivered on none of it, the director has been arrested. Texas game wardens arrested Michael Shane McCloud of Florida (formerly of BryanCollege Station) for theft related to a fishing tournament. Following his arrest, the 44-year-old McCloud was booked into the Jasper County Jail. No bond has been set. The investigation that culminated in his arrest began in June 2012 after authorities received numerous complaints related to See BASS, Page 19

LONG INVESTIGATION: After more than a year since the tournament on Sam Rayburn, Michael McCloud was arrested in Florida and brought to Texas. Photo by Alison Hart, Lakecaster Magazine.

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Pouring in Record amount of money heading to states from PittmanRobertson Act By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Ammunition flying off the shelves may be a headache for many hunters, but it’s resulting in a windfall for wildlife conservation. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official told Lone Star Outdoor News that a record amount of money will be distributed to state fish and wildlife departments next year via the Pittman-Robertson Act, the federal excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition. “On just the amount that comes from firearms and ammunition, long guns, pistols and revolvers, based on what we know now, indications are the total will be somewhere in the $790 million range, perhaps more,” said Steve Barton, acting deputy assistant director of the USFWS Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. That amount would shatter this year’s record-breaking total of $552 million. Approximately $7 1/2 billion has been distributed since the law’s enactment. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials said the spike in revenue has forced them to get creative in meeting the 25 percent match needed to obtain PittmanRobertson’s three-to-one funding. That’s because of budget cuts by recent legislatures. “Sometimes we go through universities for our research projects,” said Clayton Wolf, director of TPWD’s Wildlife Division. “They can provide the 25 percent match when we’re match poor. We’ve done that on some of our quail and turkey research.” Texas received almost $24 million in so-called PR funds in 2013, a jump of more than $7 million from the previous year. “For my budget, it’s over half of it,” Wolf said. “It’s a significant sum, not even counting the spikes we’ve been through recently.” Money from PittmanRobertson is distributed by the USFWS based on a formula that accounts for a state’s size as well as its number of licensed hunters. USFWS approves state projects through grant requests. “It can’t be a fluff project,” Barton said. “It has to be substantial and do something to meet the goals of the grant listed.” TPWD uses PR funds for everything from research projects to buying vehicles to offering hunter education. One project, funded at a See PITTMAN-ROBERTSON, Page 18

BIG BUCKS THIS SEASON? Many hunters, ranch managers and biologists are seeing good but not a lot of great bucks this year. Average is the word most commonly used. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

On the horizon Deer season just ahead, predictions vary but average in most places

By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

Bow season for white-tailed deer is less than a month away, and reports from across the state vary from good in South Texas to average in most places to poor in some areas hardest hit by drought. “Statewide, it is going to be an average year,” said Alan Cain, TPWD’s white-tailed deer leader. “I would say that is true for any district in the state.” In South Texas, early spring rains fell in some areas, while others were dry until August, when a new round of showers, especially nearer the coast, dropped lots of moisture.

“We’ve had good rains recently,” said South Texas biologist Daniel Kunz. “Some places are still dry, but the majority of those places had good rains in the spring. Most of the bucks are still in velvet (as of Sept. 10) but some are not.” Kunz said he would describe antler quality in South Texas as good this season. Cain said he has seen bucks or talked to biologists in the area west of Fort Worth around Parker County, and said some really good bucks have been seen. He also said pockets of the Hill Country should have good bucks and East Texas was looking good for antler growth.

“Some areas have had good rains and it is really green in parts of the Hill Country and East Texas,” he said. “The eastern Panhandle is doing OK this year and I’m expecting good things from the area between Austin and Houston and down toward the coast. “Antler restrictions have been in place for about eight years now and those areas have an improving age structure, which is a big part in having good bucks.” Cain said he expects bowhunters to have a successful season. “I expect them to have good success unless we have a huge acorn crop, which I don’t anticipate,” he said. “It may be a little easier for bowhunters to pattern

bucks before the rut when they could be coming to a feeder.” Trail camera images from property near Haskell showed bucks in good condition heading into the hard-horned phase. Rain has been scattered across the Rolling Plains this year, but many ranches did get some moisture that should result in good bucks on many ranches. And, don’t be surprised if another couple of studs come from East Texas. The past two seasons, experts have been surprised by a number of big bucks that showed up out of nowhere in areas that normally don’t produce Boone and Crockett-class deer.

Nesting success Duck numbers remain up across the board By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The May Pond Count results are in from the 2013 Waterfowl Breeding Population And Habitat Survey, and the numbers are exciting Texas duck hunters. If it would just rain. ALMOST EVERYTHING UP: Continuing recent trends, duck numbers continue to rise almost across the board. Wigeon numbers are up, while pintails and bluewinged teal are down. Photo by David J. Sams, LSON.

Delta Waterfowl released its 2013 Status of Breeding Ducks last week, and while the conservation group’s officials were concerned about a dry fall of 2012 in the breeding grounds, April snows and May rains deluged many areas of the prairies and set the stage for a strong breeding season. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service, May pond counts exceeded last year by 24 percent and were 35 percent above the longSee DUCKS, Page 18

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Deer corn prices have fallen in past two years By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

Thanks to a large corn crop in the Midwest this year, corn prices have fallen moderately. U.S. corn growers are expected to produce a record-high 13.8 billion bushels of corn in 2013, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That should make for some happy hunters and ranch managers responsible for filling feeders this fall. U.S. growers wrapped up planting corn by

Teal hunters waiting for birds Some Texas teal hunters were left wondering the week before the Sept. 13 early teal season opener. Todd Steele operates the Thunderbird Hunting Club near Matagorda, and more than 1,000 acres of wetlands have been flooded for the opener. In the group’s newsletter, Steele reported that the teal have yet to arrive. “The buzz across the prairies of Coastal Texas is, “Where are the birds?” as no large concentrations have been reported from Nebraska south,” he wrote. Dove hunters in some areas are reporting better numbers of birds, but Comanche County hunters saw few and Limestone County hunters saw one lonesome bird. Delta Waterfowl oper-

mid-June, with 97.4 million acres planted to the crop. Also, with 64 percent of U.S. corn crop rated in good to excellent condition as of August 4, corn crop condition remains significantly higher than at this time last year. Based on these conditions, NASS forecasts this year’s corn yield at 154.4 bushels per acre, the third-highest yield on record. According to price checks done by Lone Star Outdoor News, the average cost of a 50-pound n Compare bag of deer corn has decreased corn prices: from $9.87 in 2011 to the curPage 31 rent average of $8.84.

ates out of Bismarck, N. D., in the heart of the breeding grounds. “I have no idea why they haven’t moved as much,” said Delta’s Vice President John Denvey. “We made them and we counted them. They’ll get there, but I don’t know when.” Denvey speculated that the warm and wet conditions in the breeding grounds have some of the birds staying put for the time being. Texas hunters won’t have to wait long to find out. Look for teal-hunting reports in LSON’s Sept. 27 issues and at — Craig Nyhus

Recognizing heroism The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law

Enforcement Division has recognized more than 30 peace officers from multiple agencies and four private citizens for their professionalism and dedication in serving the people of Texas. Three recipients of this award were Asst. Commander Brandi Reeder, her husband, Game Warden Derek Reeder, and their friend Mike Amidon, who were recognized for saving the life of a kayaker who was struggling to hang on to the side of the kayak after he went underwater. The Medal of Valor award was given to Game Warden Jacob Crumpton of Concho County who had put himself in the line of fire May 26 to aid Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane, after he was struck twice by a gunman who had already killed two people. — TPWD

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2013-2014 Texas Duck Season Dates Early Teal: Sept. 14-29, 2013 The daily bag limit for teal is six.

Youth-Only: South Zone Oct. 26-27, 2013 High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 19-20, 2013 North Zone Oct. 26-27, 2013 Regular Season: North Zone Nov. 2-Dec. 8, 2013 Dec. 21, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014 High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 26-27, 2013 Nov. 1, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014 South Zone Nov. 2-Dec. 1, 2013 Dec. 14, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014

“Dusky” Duck: North Zone Nov. 7-Dec. 8, 2013 Dec. 21, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014 South Zone Nov. 7-Dec. 1, 2013 Dec. 14, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014 High Plains Mallard Management Unit Nov. 4, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014 The daily bag limit for ducks is six, which may include no more than five mallards (only two of which may be hens); three wood ducks; two redheads; two pintail; two canvasback; and one “dusky” duck (mottled duck, Mexican-like duck, black duck and their hybrids are closed the first five days of the season in each zone). For all other species not listed, the bag limit shall be six. The possession limit for all species listed in this section shall be three times the daily bag limit. See TPWD for more information.

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Was “tweetalong” a success? Game wardens keep public updated on dove opener By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

Hunters who wanted to check out what several Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens were up to could ride along for the day with only a computer and Internet access. TPWD conducted the “tweetal-

Texan received DU’s top regional director award Ducks Unlimited Senior Regional Director Tim Soderquist of Magnolia did it again. His region, covering southeast Tim Soderquist Texas, raised the largest fundraising total in DU’s 76-year history for wetlands conservation. For his achievements, Soderquist was named the 2012-13 National Regional Director of the Year award for the second time in three years. The events in Soderquist’s region raised more than $2.4 million for DU’s conservation mission during the fiscal year ending June 30, and the Houston chapter broke DU’s all-time single-event record last October. “It is truly an honor to be recognized for my accomplishments among such an incredible group of RDs,” Soderquist said. “They all deserve recognition for what they sacrifice and give to the ducks.” — DU

Hunter ed streamlined Starting this fall, new hunters who need to complete the state’s required hunter education will have expanded options designed to be more convenient, flexible and accessible. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved additional options for hunter education certification, including a streamlined, one-day basic course reducing the mandatory hours of classroom instruction from 10 to a maximum of 6 hours and creating an option for anyone 17 years of age or older to take the hunting safety training completely online. The new options should be available by late September. The combination online home study and four- to five-hour skills field day course will still be offered, as well as advanced hunter education available as part of high school and college courses across the state. Anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course  or purchase a one-time deferral good for one license year in order to hunt legally in Texas. The basic course will be streamlined to cover only essential skills of safe, legal and ethical hunting. To pass the current course options, students must get 70 percent correct if they take the traditional two-day course or 80 percent if they take the course online. Under the new system, the passing grade for all options will be a minimum score of 75 percent. — TPWD

ong” primarily with Travis County Game Warden Natali Mejia, during the opening weekend of dove season. According to Special Operations Chief Grahame Jones, who spearheaded the idea, the impetus behind the tweetalong was to connect the public with local game wardens. “We were just giving people a chance to get more involved,” Jones said. “We are trying to reach an audience that we might not have reached before. We want to let them know what we do and also use it as a recruiting tool. We are going to be doing more of this kind of thing in the future.” Jones said the real credit should go to Lt. Mike Mitchell, TPWD’s

Technology and Special Projects officer. Mitchell spent the day riding with a game warden and reported their law enforcement activities real-time via Twitter. The wardens contacted scores of hunters, and Mitchell used a department smart phone to send 36 tweets, many accompanied by photographs and links to further information. While most of the bird hunters the wardens contacted Sept. 1 were abiding by all applicable laws, Mitchell said he and his partner primarily saw three main violations. Most prevalent was finding that a hunter had not taken a hunter education course, which is mandatory for anyone born after 1971.

The second most common offense was not having a hunting license, followed by having more than the legal limit of 15 birds. (The possession limit was increased to 45 birds this year, but that only works on the third day of the season or later.) Each of these violations is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of from $25 to $500 plus court costs. Also, when resources are seized, the department can seek civil restitution for the value of any game confiscated. “By far most of the hunters we contacted were in compliance and enjoying a great outdoor experiSee TWEETALONG, Page 31

FOLLOWING THE LAW: Hunters got to ride along with Texas game wardens for the opening of dove season this year on Twitter. Photo by TPWD.

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Head beachside Port O’Connor back bays slow; jetty action is good By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

One of the great things about fishing a place like Port O’Connor is an angler has options. When the bays are slow, one might try their luck at the jetties. When the jetties slows down, anglers can head down the beach and try for tarpon and sharks.

That is just what is happening this month, as salinity in the bays has risen and anglers have had to look elsewhere for action. According to Capt. Mike Bohac of Fishin’ Tales Guide Service, the most consistent action has come at the jetties for big bull redfish. “Truthfully, we’ve had a litSee PORT O’CONNOR, Page 20

FISH IN A BARREL: Even though the lake is only at 4.4 percent full, Medina Lake still supports good numbers of largemouth bass, hybrids and gar. Many anglers are using kayaks to access the lake. Photos by Patrick Gonzales.

Down, but not out By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

Medina Lake still holding fish, attracting anglers

Bandera angler Patrick Gonzales doesn’t seem to mind that his favorite lake, Medina Lake, is only 4 percent full. “It’s really low, but we are pulling fish out of there left and right,” he said. “There is only one ramp open at Red Cove, but I can still get my 17-foot Sea Pro in and out no problem.” Along with some impressive largemouth bass, Gonzales is also catching hybrids and alligator gar. “We’ve caught hybrids trolling

and a lot of the bass have come on soft plastics,” he said. “The white bass also school like crazy chasing shad. We’ve also caught some gar with trolling lures.” Gonzales said there are no more coves on the lake anymore, but the deepest area of the lake near the dam still remains about 35 feet deep. “There are a lot of canoes on the lake and a few boats are out each time we go,” he said. “I’d guess we

average seeing about six or seven boats on most mornings we are out there fishing.” Gonzales said while the lake isn’t what it used to be, he and his friends still have a great time and catch a lot of fish. “It’s still a good time to go out there,” he added. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Randy Myers, the lake is treacherous because of the low water and recent gill net surveys indicated the lake is losing its fish. See MEDINA, Page 23

GO WITH WHAT IS WORKING: Anglers and guides around Port O’Connor have found more success near the jetties and along the beachfront than in the back bays. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

2013 CCA STAR leaderboard (Final results, pending polygraphs) Starkids Scholarship Division (ages 6-10): Flounder: Nicholas Gilstrap; 5 pounds, 7 ounces Sheepshead: Allison Schwartz; 7 pounds, 6 ounces Gafftop: Anthony Bellanger; 6 pounds, 12 ounces Scholarship Trout Division (ages 11-17): Upper Coast trout: Nicholas Josey; 7 pounds, 4 ounces Middle Coast trout: Sarah Otto; 8 pounds Lower Coast trout: Cole McGrew; 8 pounds, 8 ounces Scholarship Inshore Division: Flounder: Joseph Drabek; 7 pounds, 13 ounces Sheepshead: Seth Jackson; 7 pounds, 8 ounces Gafftop: Kayleigh Ritchey; 7 pounds, 6 ounces Main Divisions: Upper Coast trout: Jeremy Bane; 8 pounds, 13 ounces Middle Coast trout: Joe Rizzo; 9 pounds, 8 ounces Lower Coast trout: Dan Wyatt; 10 pounds, 2 ounces Kingfish: Joesph Messina III; 55 pounds, 14 ounces Dorado: Zachary Swanberg; 51 pounds, 2 ounces Ling: Alan Parker; 71 pounds, 13 ounces Flounder: Paul C. Gaylord; 7 pounds, 10 ounces Sheepshead: Jamie Ybarra; 10 pounds, 4 ounces Gafftop: Jill Yarbrough; 7 pounds, 1 ounce Tagged Redfish: L.D. Whitehead, Caleb Morales, Bret Coggins, Jack Haire, Vicki Preston, Paul Swoyer — CCA STAR

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Hard at work on Bridgeport Anglers should look for TPWD biologists conducting surveys

SHOCKING SURVEY: TPWD biologists will be conducting surveys on several Texas lakes in the coming months as part of their overall management strategy. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

TPWD biologists will be conducting a creel survey on Lake Bridgeport and other Texas lakes beginning this September and wrapping up in May of 2014. Creel surveys are conducted by contacting anglers in person while they are on the lake fishing or when they are at a boat ramp. The creel survey will determine harvest of all fishes from the lake, especially largemouth bass and Palmetto bass, during the period. As part of an everyother-year stocking plan, 59,756 Palmetto bass fingerlings were stocked in May. Other information such as monetary value of the fishery, sizes of fish harvested and caught and angler residence will also be determined. After all the data are compiled and analyzed, a management report will be written that summarizes the results and recommends strategies to improve or maintain the fishery. The report will be available in late summer, 2014. “In our sampling, we look at three main groups,” said

Rafe Brock, Fort Worth Inland Fisheries biologist for TPWD. “We sample our black bass population, along with spotted bass and smallmouth bass in Grapevine Lake. We also look at shad, both gizzard and threadfin, along with sunfish populations.” An electrofishing boat will be used to sample the fish in Lake Bridgeport in early November. Brock said electrofishing surveys are mostly done at night when the wind is lower. The fish are collected using long dip nets on the bow of the lighted electrofishing boat during the sampling. All bass are weighed and measured. A small sample of largemouth bass will be checked for the presence of Florida largemouth bass genes. All forage species are measured and released. Records are kept of all fish collected. Comparing numbers and sizes of fish collected over a period of years shows population trends and growth rates. Bridgeport’s crappie population will be sampled in

December with a trap net. It works like a minnow trap and funnels the crappie into the net, where they cannot escape. The net is set in the afternoon and taken out the next morning. The crappie are weighed, measured and released. Finally, in March or April, channel catfish, Palmetto bass and white bass will be sampled with gill nets. Gill nets are 125 feet long by 8 feet deep and entangle fish with varying mesh sizes. Gill nets are set in the afternoon and taken out the next morning. Once again the target fish will be weighed, measured and released, if possible. “We do these surveys as part of our overall management plan of the lake,” Brock said. “If a population is depressed, we try and find the reasons behind that. Is it overharvest? Is it a loss of habitat? “If we find something wrong, then we try and identify trends that could tell us what is going and how do we begin to fix the problem?” ­ — Staff report

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The fish caught in 7 to 15 feet of water.”

CEDAR CREEK LAKE — September can be a tough time to catch fish on Cedar Creek Lake, but this September has been above average, according to angler Dennis Christian on the Texas Fishing Forum. “Today it was good,” Christian said. “I caught 40, mostly at Key Ranch Dropoff and Key Ranch North. (I caught) 30 whites to 16 inches, seven hybrids to 24 inches, two cats and a nice yellow bass.” Christian said Mepps #2 and #4 worked to put fish in the boat. “On a section of Key Ranch North, they wanted a #4 worked fast,” he said. “That’s where the hybrids were caught.

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 87–92 degrees; 12.78’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to drop-shot rigs, shaky heads and Texas rigs. AMISTAD: Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 47.29’ low. Largemouth bass to 4 pounds are good on chartreuse jigs, Senkos and craw worms. Striped bass are good on slab spoons, top-waters, shad and small crankbaits near the 277 bridge. White bass are good on slab spoons, top-waters, shad, and spooks. ARROWHEAD: Water off-color; 86–89 degrees; 14.9’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on live shiners and Little George’s. Catfish are good on prepared bait. ATHENS: Water clear, 83–87 degrees; 4.29’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on wacky worms and top-waters. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and goldfish. BASTROP: Water clear; 87–91 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/white lipless crankbaits over grass. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers and punchbait. BELTON: Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 11.65’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and trolling lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and live shad. BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 84–87 degrees; 7.35’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastics in super bug, jigs and Carolina rigs. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and perch. BONHAM: Water stained, 83–87 degrees; 1.67’ low. Largemouth bass are good in vegetation and around cattails — crankbaits and soft plastics have been best. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows under the bridges and on brush piles. Catfish are excellent drift fishing along the backs of the creeks. BRAUNIG: Water clear. Largemouth

bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinner baits. Redfish are good down-rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 19.63’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on shad-pattern square bills and small swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. BROWNWOOD: Water stained to clear; 85–89 degrees; 8.66’ low. Largemouth bass to 4 pounds are good on shaky heads with green pumpkin or redbug worms near docks in 4–8 feet, chartreuse/ white spinner baits in flooded cover in 3–5 feet, and jigs and flukes around docks in 4–10 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 6–15 feet. Channel catfish to 5 pounds are good on cheesebait and cut shad. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on prepared bait in 5–10 feet. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 31.35’ low. Largemouth bass are good on lipless crankbaits, daiquiri top-waters, and wacky-rigged watermelon red soft plastics along docks and over flats early. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver. CANYON LAKE: Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 11.38’ low. Largemouth bass are good on perch-colored lipless crankbaits, top-waters, and drop-shot Devil’s Tongues along break lines and ledges. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch. CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 21.95’ low. Largemouth bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and white spinner baits. COLEMAN: Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 14.51’ low. Largemouth bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin spinner baits, soft plastics, and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait.

To contact Fish Hauler’s Guide Service, call (254) 495-6727.

Cats aplenty

Inshore reds

LAKE WACO — Lake Waco has been producing good numbers of keeper-sized catfish, along with some trophy-sized fish this month. According to the guys at Fish Hauler’s Guide Service, recent trips have produced solid catches of blue cats. On a recent trip, clients caught five fish in the 20-pound range, multiple keeper fish and a 38-pound trophy. The cats are being caught on cut shad drifting in 24 to 28 feet of water on a Santee Cooper Rig. The size of the bait hasn’t made a difference, as both baits have been producing.

CALAVARES LAKE — The fishing on Calavares for blue cats and redfish has been solid, especially at night, according to multiple anglers. The blue cats up to 5 pounds have been caught on live tilapia and cheesebait in the big cove west of the dam. Many of the reds have been caught in the early morning hours by downrigging near the wall. Blue cats have been caught on the bottom as well as suspended. — Conor Harrison

mouth bass are good on green pumpkin Carolina-rigged soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. FALCON: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 40.34’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on white and chartreuse/white crankbaits and spinner baits. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and shad. FORK: Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 5.85’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on football jigs and large shaky heads. Crappie are good on minnows near bridges and brush piles. GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Largemouth bass are fair on green pumpkin Carolina-rigged soft plastics, and on chartreuse spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp. GRANBURY: Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 7.65’ low. Largemouth bass are good on green pumpkin spinner baits and soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp and liver. GRANGER: Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 1.53’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on white spinner baits and buzzbaits around stumps by the river channel. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad. GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 8.64’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on shaky heads and flick shakes — some fish being caught on deeper brush piles with deep crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 2.11’ low. Largemouth bass to 8 pounds are fair on dark/metal flake soft plastic worms around structure and grass beds in 5–9 feet. Crappie are good on minnows around structure. Bream are good on live worms.

COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 3.19’ low. Largemouth bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs.

HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 87–92 degrees; 20.24’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on jigs, deep-diving crankbaits, Texas rigs, shaky heads and dropshot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs around deep water structure.

CONROE: Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 3.50’ low. Large-

JOE POOL: Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 2.10’ low. Largemouth

bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastics along brush piles in 10– 12 feet, and on weightless soft jerkbaits and Senkos. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 4.05’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on Texas-rigged creature baits. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. LAVON: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 10.83’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastics in green pumpkin. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on perch and prepared bait. LBJ: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.40’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon red Whacky Sticks, watermelon jigs and pumpkin tubes near docks. Crappie are good on black/blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch. LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 82–85 degrees; 7.57’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on smaller jigs and medium crankbaits near rocky points. White bass are good on jigs. Hybrid striper are good on Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 1.78’ low. Largemouth bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on troll tubes, slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 4.31’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on weightless Senkos around shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines. MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 84–89 degrees; 0.31’ high. Largemouth bass are good on shad pattern square-billed crankbaits and hollow-body frogs around shallow vegetation. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad and trotlines. NAVARRO MILLS: Water lightly

stained; 83–87 degrees; 2.90’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. Blue catfish are good on minnows and cut bait below the dam. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 87–92 degrees; 39.79’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to jigs, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 86–92 degrees; 20.18’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait. PALESTINE: Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 1.97’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads and split-shot rigs near docks and timber closest to deep water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 87–93 degrees; 11.06’ low. Largemouth bass are good on drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 6.79’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and minnows. RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 5.74’ low. Largemouth bass are good on medium crankbaits along riprap and heavy shaky heads. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and plastic minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 83–86 degrees; 5.98’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on Carolina-rigged worms and football jigs near deeper brush piles. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 9.33’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to Texas-rigged worms near brush piles in 8–10 feet. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and Sassy Shad. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut shad. SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 79–83 degrees; 6.02’


n Saltwater fishing reports: Page 16 low. Largemouth bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are good on silver spoons off points. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 6.61’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. Perch are good on worms. SWEETWATER: Water murky; 88–94 degrees; 21.67’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 8.10’ low. Largemouth bass are good on black buzzbaits early, later switching to Texasrigged creature and black/blue flipping jigs around shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. TEXOMA: Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 0.56’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-waters early and late, midday switching to Carolina rigs and drop-shot rigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and Sassy Shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 4.40’ low. Largemouth bass are good on black/blue craw worms and deepdiving crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. TRAVIS: Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 60.06’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on bone top-waters, watermelon worms with chartreuse tails and grubs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 11.64’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics off points. White bass are good on silver slabs and pet spoons. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and punchbait. — TPWD

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GOOD TIMES FOR FLATFISH: The prime time for flounder is still a month or two out, but thanks to regulations on minimum size, anglers and giggers are having early success in the bays. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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There are plenty of flounder in the bays along the coast, and it doesn’t mater if anglers chase them with rod and reel or wait until the sun goes down to pull out the gigs. Many anglers have commented that Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s decision several years ago to put a 14-inch minimum

Flounder action is good along the coast on any keeper flounder and close gigging in the month of November has resulted in some of the best flounder action in years. “The flounder bite has been

great along the San Louis Pass area and Brazos River area where I fish mostly,” said Frank B., who didn’t want to use his last name. “It took about two years after the rule changes to really see a change in the numbers and size, but that was one of the best rule changes that TPWD has made in the last 20 or so years.” Frank said live bait and See FLOUNDER, Page 25

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER ASKING WARDEN IF HE HAS TO BE CAUGHT IN THE ACT WAS A CLUE Angelina County Game Warden Tim Walker received information about three subjects killing deer illegally near the Cherokee/Angelina county line. Walker called his neighboring wardens to see if they had any dealings with the group. One subject had called Nacogdoches County Game Warden Heath Bragg two days earlier wanting to know if a game warden had to catch a man in the act of killing a deer illegally to charge him with the crime. Angelina County Game Warden Phillip Wood had previous dealings with the same person on deer violations and evading. Walker and Game Warden Phillip Wood interviewed the man and obtained a confession. The wardens were told that some of the deer was traded for drugs. Cherokee County Game Warden Eric Collins helped with the second leg of the investigation, locating the other two men involved. A search revealed two illegally taken deer, marijuana, and 18 marijuana pipes. Cases pending. FISHERMAN WITHOUT LICENSE HAD NO IDEA HOW BASS GOT UNDER LOG Starr County Game Wardens Ryan McGinley, Brad Whitworth, and Jack Pearl were on their way back into town when they decided to check a few bank fishermen. They noticed three trucks and multiple people fishing along the bank. Whitworth was dropped off at the first group, and McGinley and Pearl went to check another group farther upriver. After issuing a citation, McGinley and Pearl went to meet up with Whitworth, who was still talking to two men at another location. Whitworth motioned to the two men to meet him at their truck so he could check fishing licenses. The two men said they had no fishing licenses and had not caught any fish. The wardens informed them that they were going to receive citations for no fishing license, which prompted the two men to start

DEER POACHER NOT REHABILITATED AFTER YEAR IN JAIL A Rains County Grand Jury indicted a habitual poacher with an enhanced felony charge for the taking of deer without landowner consent (second offense). In 2011, Game Wardens Kurt Kelley, Derek Spitzer and Steve Stapleton wrapped up an investigation that sent this same individual to prison for one year for his actions in the poaching of approximately 30 deer. The man was released from prison in October 2012. By January 2013, the wardens had gathered information that indicated the subject had fallen back into his old habits. A subsequent investigapicking up their tackle boxes and gear that were down by the bank of the river. After picking up their gear, Whitworth began issuing a citation, and McGinley decided that it would be a good idea to check down by the bank for any stringers that the two men could be hiding from the wardens. McGinley noticed a tail of a largemouth bass sticking out from underneath a log that was wedged between two rocks. McGinley picked up the fish, walked back up to the two men, and asked again if they had caught any fish. One man stated that he had no idea how the fish got there and the other man remained quiet. The man who was at a loss for words finally confessed to catching the fish and trying to hide them from the wardens. The bass was also undersized and was unable to be returned to the water. Citations and civil restitution for the bass were issued. Cases pending. SNAPPING TURTLE SELLERS STUNG BY WARDENS In response to an ad on Craigslist offering alligator snapping turtles for sale, Brisco/Swisher counties Game Warden Clint Hunt, Kent/Dickens counties Game Warden Cane Schumaker and Midland/Glasscock counties Game Warden Carter Ball conducted an undercover buy operation in Midland. Acting as the buyers, Hunt and Schumaker

tion showed that he and two other men had poached a deer in Rains County in November of 2012, just one month after the man had been released from prison. Wardens were joined in the investigation by Rains County Game Warden Dewayne Noble and soon secured evidence, statements and confessions that the subjects had killed a deer at night from a county road. All individuals were arrested on warrants for taking deer without landowner consent, hunting deer at night, hunting deer with artificial light and hunting deer from a motor vehicle.

purchased two alligator snapping turtles and two red-ear slider turtles. After the transaction, Ball cited the suspect for unlawful sale of threatened species and non-game dealer permit violation. The turtles were seized and the buy money was recovered.

ods, violation of hand-fishing law and for no fishing license. Cases and restitution pending.

FISHERMAN DROWNS IN FARM POND Van Zandt County Game Warden Steve Stapleton was notified of a possible drowning in a private farm pond in Southwest Van Zandt County. A 40-yearold man was fishing from a small boat in the pond when he fell in the water and failed to resurface. A recovery was made late that night with the assistance of the Mabank Dive Team.

GROUP STARTS DOVE SEASON EARLY Nearly two weeks before opening day, Waller County Game Warden Kevin Glass received information of dove hunting in process. Glass located the hunters and asked how the dove hunt was going. A hunter answered they were not hunting. Glass then observed a group of ladies sitting in chairs and found one lady cleaning a dove. Glass informed the hunter that it was simply illegal to possess them in closed season. The lady dropped the bird on the ground. Charges are pending.

HAND-FISHING VIOLATORS SNAG 16 CITATIONS Smith County Game Warden Chris Swift and Wood County Game Warden Derek Spitzer wrapped up a two-month investigation of an illegal hand-fishing group on Lake Palestine. The cases involved snagging and turning fish. One subject also had several live flatheads and blue catfish in a giant cattle trough at his residence that were suspected of being offered for sale. Various snag poles, turning sticks and other evidence were seized. A total of 16 cases were filed on eight subjects for illegal means and meth-

EARLY DOVE SHOOTERS NEED HUNTER ED Starr County Game Warden Ryan McGinley received a call from the Starr County Sheriff’s Office about shots fired on a ranch. At the scene, a Starr County deputy had already made contact with the two individuals and secured the firearm. McGinley questioned the individuals and found that they were shooting at birds. McGinley asked if they had killed anything and then was handed a freshly killed mourning dove. The two individuals were then asked who did the shooting. After a brief conversation, one man

said he shot the bird and did not know when dove season started. Neither man had a hunting license, hunter education or knew about legal means and methods when hunting migratory birds. McGinley told the two men that the Starr County game wardens were hosting a hunter education class and that they should attend. Citations were then issued and civil restitution was filed for the dove. Cases pending. TRAIL OF MILO LEADS TO DOVE BAITERS On Sept. 1, Nacogdoches County Game Warden Randy Stovall noticed two pickups parked on the side of the road. In the bed of one of the trucks was an ice chest containing many dove that had been breasted out. Stovall was able to follow a trail of milo to locate the hunters. Subjects were filed on for hunting dove over bait, using an unplugged shotgun and exceeding the daily bag limit. Restitution and cases pending. MAN ON MEDICATION DRIVES AWAY, LEAVES WITH CITATIONS A subject came into the Rockport office to buy a fishing license and register some boats. The man advised he did not have his photo identification card with him and that his medication was starting to set in. Aransas County Game Warden Scott McLeod and Refugio County Game Warden Raul “Pinky” Gonzales were both in the office and asked the subject how he got there. The subject stated that his partner drove him. After completing his transactions, the subject left the office and sat on the passenger side of a truck in the parking lot. After several minutes, the subject moved to the driver’s side and made a run for it. The wardens stopped the subject, and he was cited for driving without a license and no proof of liability insurance. A relative was contacted to come and pick up the subject.

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they were hunting over the same field two days in a row. Lots of food and water in some areas helped relocate pressured birds after day one. “We had three great hunts,” said Susan Thornton with the Texas Dove Hunters Association in Uvalde. “We hunted three different places — Sabinal, Uvalde and Knippa. We talked to a lot of people and everyone seemed to be shooting limits. It stayed steady.” Even though temperatures hovered around 103 degrees in parts of North Texas on the opening afternoon, hunters had good shoots north of the Dallas Metroplex and north of Abilene.

“It was hot, but we still shot a lot of birds,” said Dallas hunter Bobby Pross, who hunted near Abilene with a group from the Dallas Safari Club. “I think there were about 75 hunters total, and everyone shot limits. Well, two of my friends did not, but they shot five boxes of shells apiece, so it wasn’t like there weren’t birds to shoot at. “Hitting them just proved problematic for a couple of guys in our group.” Other solid reports came in from just about every corner of the North and Central Zones, along with the Special Whitewing Zones. However, some hunters did find the birds lacking in some areas. Several poor reports emerged from the Eastland area, where a lateseason sunflower crop was

too green to attract many birds, yet. Also, several hunters in the Llano and Brady areas said they had poor hunts and are waiting on the first good cold front to move more birds south. During the second weekend of the season, the crew from LSON hunted the Prairie Hill area and reported good flights of mourning doves in the afternoon hours. Good reports from the second weekend also came in from the Breckenridge area and Snyder, along with a few spots in East Texas. Texas had an estimated 393,975 dove hunters contributing $177,467,664 to retail sales, according to a 2006 Economic Benefits study by Southwick Associates. The average dove hunter is 43.7 years old.

2013-2014 Dove Season Dates NORTH ZONE 105 Counties Sep. 1-Oct. 23, 2013 Dec. 20, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 Bag limit: 15 birds and not more than two white-tipped doves. CENTRAL ZONE 137 Counties Sep. 1-Oct. 23, 2013 Dec. 20, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 Bag limit: 15 birds and not more than two white-tipped doves. SOUTH ZONE 34 Counties Sep. 20-Oct. 27, 2013 Dec. 20, 2013-Jan. 20, 2014 Bag limit: 15 birds and not more than two

white-tipped doves.

REGULAR SEASON Special White-winged Dove Area 24 Counties Sep. 20 - Oct. 23, 2013 Dec. 20, 2013 - Jan. 20, 2014 Bag limit: 15 birds and not more than two white-tipped doves.

See TPWD for more information.

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT Wade fishing still working, for now EAST MATAGORDA BAY — According to Daniel Kubecka of Run-N-Gun Adventures, the wade fishing in Matagorda has been good through early September, although a change of tactics could be on the horizon. “Keying on structure and drop-offs due to the hot weather has been the ticket to putting fish on ice,” Kubecka wrote on “I’m not sure how much longer we’ll be able to locate croaker to fish with from the bait camps. It usually starts becoming an issue about this time of year, so it might last another week or another couple of weeks, we’ll just have to see what Mother Nature has in store. It won’t be long and drifting will start producing solid boxes on a more consistent basis.” To contact Daniel Kubecka, call (979) 240-5312.

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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. 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. Trout are good on the shorelines on top-waters. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on soft plastics. Trout and redfish have been caught under rafts of shad. Trout are good under slicks. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on top-waters and soft plastics. Trout are fair to good on the shell adjacent to the channel on live bait. Trout are good under slicks on soft plastics. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout and redfish are good in the surf on live bait and top-waters. Offshore is good for kingfish, ling and dolphin. Tarpon have been caught along 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 on shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Bull redfish are good along the beachfront. Offshore is good for Atlantic spadefish, kingfish and ling. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair over sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish and black drum are fair to good at Shell Island and Twin Island on live shrimp. Offshore is good for ling, tuna and swordfish.

EAST BAY — It’s hot, and that means a summertime pattern will continue to dominate the Galveston Bay complex throughout the month, according to Capt. Blake Sartor of Galveston Trophy Charters. “Fishing deep shell around East, Trinity, and the Channel will continue to produce solid trout and reds,” he said, “with bait activity and slicks leading the way. Wade fishing has been hot as well, with (MirrOlure) She Pups getting it done even late in the mornings.” Other anglers have also had success on redfish and trout by throwing top-waters early and late around East Bay. To contact Capt. Blake Sartor, call (832) 385-2012. — Conor Harrison

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 and Scented plastics. Redfish are good on piggy perch and shrimp around Mud Island and Estes Flats. Trout are good over shell in St. Charles Bay. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good for waders around Pelican Island on Scented plastics. Offshore is good for dolphin, ling, kingfish and tuna. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on piggy perch, scented 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 on the flats on small top-waters and scented plastics. Trout are fair to good on soft plastics under a popping cork on the grass in the Land Cut. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to 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 Super Spooks and SkitterWalks. Offshore is good for kingfish, dolphin, ling and tuna. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good along the ICW on shrimp and plastics under a popping cork. Snook are fair in South Bay and around the jetties on DOA Lures and live shrimp. 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. Trout are fair to good along the edges of the channel on live bait. — TPWD

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NO ESCAPE: With long lines, the size of the shark does not matter to the poachers who set them. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Padre Island and set their lines, often hundreds of yards long with up to 1,000 circle hooks attached at intervals. The poachers are targeting sharks, but other fish also get caught. On a recent trip, Sosa and this team pulled 19 red drum, five tripletails and 23 red snapper, to go along with 43 dead sharks — mostly sharpnose and bonnetheads, with the occasional bull or tiger shark. “Targeting sharks is the most common,” Sosa

said. “(The poachers) can set it up for different species, but there is usually a bottom line and a top line. When we are patrolling, we are looking for anything floating to indicate a line is in the water. We’ve seen 16-ounce coke bottles, 3-liter bottles, and every once in a while we find a high flyer, which has a flag attached above the waterline. “We’ve even seen seagulls used as buoys where they will attach a line to the bird.” According to Sosa, Mexican officials are aware of the problem, but haven’t done much to stop it. In Mexico, a permit to legally use long lines is easily obtained. Sosa said Texas Parks and Wildlife used to auction confiscated equipment, but poachers began buying their equipment back and using it again. “Now, we just destroy all of the equipment,” he said. Even if poachers are caught, the penalties are not severe — long lining is a Class C misdemeanor — and prosecution does not happen often. Locally, poachers can have a tremendous impact on marine species. “They do have the potential to wipe out a certain area or rock pile,” Sosa said. “Locally, they do damage the ecosystem.” Sosa said if he does apprehend a poacher, he always asks about their motivation for fishing illegally in U.S. waters. “They say they can get a permit in Mexico, but severe overcrowding forces them north,” he said. Photographer Erich Schlegel accompanied Sosa on a recent trip, and said they found five long lines after only a few hours of searching. “We saw some stretching from the international line all the way to the beach,” he said. “These long lines are doing a lot of damage.” According to Lower Coast shark angler Josh Schorlemmer, he has not noticed a difference in the number of sharks he has seen or caught in the three years he has been fishing from the beach. “No, I really haven’t noticed a difference,” he said. “I guess that is a good thing. Actually, I’ve caught more sharks as I become better at fishing for them.”

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cost of $1.2 million, is buying land in Yoakum and Cochran counties, near the New Mexico border, for a lesser prairie chicken habitat. That news may not excite many hunters, but Wolf said the goal is to keep the bird off the endangered species list. “There could be ominous regulations associated with that,” Wolf said. “Everyone has heard the horror stories associated with shooting a whooping crane. Oil and gas interests are concerned because the federal government could determine a project displaces the lesser prairie chicken, if it’s listed. It would fall under the definition of ‘take’ and be deemed harmful. There’s a lot to be concerned about.” The ongoing relocation of pronghorn from the Panhandle to the Trans Pecos

will also be the recipient of PR funds as well as a new project to stock East Texas with eastern wild turkeys. That project is being done with the National Wild Turkey Federation. “Our part is securing turkeys from donor states,” said Tom Hughes, NWTF’s assistant vice president for conservation programs. “The plan is to release 300 turkeys this year and 300 turkeys next year. And PR dollars will help accomplish that.” This year marked the 76th anniversary of the PittmanRobertson Act (enacted at the request of sportsmen and wildlife organizations), not your traditional milestone but one NWTF celebrated with national ads. Hughes pointed to the recovery of the wild turkey population as one reason. It’s gone from a few hundred thousand in 1937 to about 7 million today. “We wouldn’t be discuss-

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term average. Wetland conditions in southern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and the eastern Dakotas were up, although the western Dakotas and Manitoba were below average. This spring had the seventh highest total of ponds counts since the counts began in 1974, according to Delta’s report. While May pond counts are the best indicator, how wetland conditions fare through the summer are almost as important. Fortunately, many areas of the breeding grounds received heavy rainfalls that should equate to a strong renesting effort and high duckling survival. After last year’s all-time record duck population, the estimates of total ducks slipped 6 percent to 45,607,000. Mallard numbers were

ing the recovery of wild turkeys if it wasn’t for PittmanRobertson,” Hughes said. “There simply wouldn’t have been the money available to get the job done.” Skyrocketing PR revenue numbers are jaw-dropping, but 29 is Dave Morrison’s favorite number when it comes to the Pittman-Robertson Act. That’s how many words are in the clause mandating that money raised by the act must go to a state’s fish and game departments. “The crafters of PittmanRobertson were pretty dang smart,” said Morrison, TPWD’s Small Game Program leader. “They guaranteed that the money would go to benefit the people who agreed to be taxed. It was the beginning of one of the most productive periods in wildlife recovery. PR brought back deer. It brought back elk. It brought back antelope. There are just so many amazing success stories.”

virtually unchanged, while wigeon numbers jumped 23 percent and canvasbacks were up 4 percent to their highest numbers since 1996. All duck species except pintail and scaup remain above the long-term average. What does all this mean for Texas hunters? It depends, according to Delta Waterfowl Vice President John Denvey, who authored the report. “Production was very good, but, like in most years, Texas hunting success depends on rainfall and whether it freezes to the north, especially since Kansas received so much water in their floods a few weeks back.” Although pond counts were poor in eastern Montana and the western Dakotas in May, the area where many of the Texas ducks come from still saw good production. “The conditions there were better in July than they were in May,” Denvey said. “We counted a lot of ducks, so there should be good hunting.”

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fishing tournament prize payouts to the tune of $125,000 that allegedly did not occur. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens and investigators with other law enforcement agencies spent more than a year looking into the practices and methods McCloud used to promote a bass tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in June 2012. The tournament was highlighted in the June 22, 2012 issue of Lone Star Outdoor News. Check lsonews. com for the complete story. In the story, McCloud told LSON the tournament failed to draw the crowd he hoped for, even though a counter on his website told potential anglers 589 people were registered to fish. Only 91 anglers eventually fished the tournament, leading many to believe they had been lied to on the website. McCloud removed the tournament website and Facebook pages the day after the tournament.

Groups meeting with lawmakers over wildlife concerns The Dallas Safari Club is one of several sporting organizations headed to Washington D.C. for meetings with lawmakers and policymakers who influence hunting and conservation. The main event is the annual banquet of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, for which DSC Executive Director Ben Carter serves as a director. Carter says the event is an opportunity to meet and network with senators and representatives. Many attendees also use their time in our nation’s capital for personal meetings with legislators to discuss their organization’s priority issues. DSC is no exception. A contingent of DSC delegates has a full agenda of appointments to address the following topics: 1. Potential Listing of the African Lion The concern is that overharvesting young males could reduce lion populations overall, potentially leading to listing under the Endangered Species Act. Focusing hunters on older, surplus males is the solution. In January, DSC announced a new definition of the ideal huntable male lion as “at least six years of age and is not known to head a pride or be part of a coalition heading a pride with dependent cubs.” More than 70 major safari operators, hunting industry leaders and top conservationists pledged support. In April, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation adopted a similar stance and credited DSC for leadership in urging lion hunters to self-impose harvest restrictions. 2. Resurrecting the Sportsmen’s Act This package of bills, considered by many to be the most pro-sportsman measure heard in Congress for many years, was introduced in 2012. It was later shelved over technicalities related to a proposed fee increase on federal ducks stamps. One now-dormant component, and a DSC priority for several years, is a bill that would allow importation of polar bear trophies taken legally prior to listing under the Endangered Species Act. As it stands, the keepsake hides are wasting away in a Canadian storage facility. 3. “Three Amigos” Legislation Three foreign antelope species — the scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle and addax — are declining in their native lands and are listed under the Endangered Species Act. However, introduced populations are thriving in Texas. DSC is seeking a legal exemption that would allow these animals to be hunted or otherwise utilized. Giving them value creates an incentive for ranchers to continue efforts to conserve these species. — DSC

At the time, McCloud blamed a group of anglers on Internet forums for slandering his tournament and causing the low turnout. “They slandered us before the tournament,” McCloud said. “The only thing we tried to do was give anglers a chance to win something besides an inflated boat or truck. We didn’t draw near what we thought we would because of the people on the forums.” Most anglers and sponsors found the excuse laughable. After an extensive, multi-jurisdictional investigation in which numerous tournament participants and sponsors in several states were interviewed, a sealed indictment naming McCloud was returned by a Jasper County grand jury.  Ultimately, an arrest warrant was issued for McCloud on the theft charge, a state jail felony punishable by a $1,500 to $20,000 fine and from 180 days to two years in jail.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Department law enforcement officers assisted Texas game wardens in locating McCloud. After being notified to the indictment pending against him, he turned himself in to authorities. “Due to good police work, collaboration and teamwork, this case is now ready to be put in the hands of the court,” said Lt. Col. Danny Shaw, assistant commander of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division. “Texas game wardens intend to remain focused on protecting our resources as well as the citizens of Texas from those who wish to exploit either. Fishing tournaments in Texas are a fabric of many communities and reservoirs and game wardens will continue to play a role in ensuring they are conducted in a manner consistent with the law.” McCloud told LSON last summer that he was innocent, and said the

people on the forums who slandered him would pay. “It was never our intention to scam someone, and we definitely never used soldiers to scam anyone,” McCloud said. “We aren’t the guilty ones. We made mis-

takes; we’re human. We just want the badmouthing to stop. “And if it doesn’t stop, we’ll put an end to it ourselves.” McCloud’s arrest marks the first time a fishing tournament director has been arrested in Texas.

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tle bit of a tough summer,” Bohac said. “The back bays have been a little slow. When we are fishing with multiple boats and captains, it is tough to get a limit on reds some days. And trout have been tougher. “We are catching a bunch of big reds at the jetty and even catching a few tarpon along the beach.” Bohac said big shrimp and croaker have been the ticket for boating redfish. Capt. Mike Haltom of Double H Guide Service said the past few weekends have been slow, especially on trout with live croaker. “Slow weekend,” he said. “We have our ups and downs but it has been a little down lately. I fish all live croaker and we caught 16 trout but nothing huge to speak of. I was wading and we had a few other boats drifting near the jetties. “They caught a few redfish and a few

mangrove snapper.” Capt. Kenneth Gregory said he hasn’t fished the bays in weeks, but heard the action was slow. “That is really common this time of year,” Gregory said. “I have been fishing the jetties and beach exclusively. It has been better fishing out there. The bulls are showing up and there are also a bunch of keeper reds.” Gregory said along with the solid redfish action, the mangrove snapper bite has been really solid. “And we are catching some really big ones up to 2 pounds, which is about as big as they get here,” he said. “There are also some black drum and schools of jacks that are fun to play around with. “The tarpon can also be caught out there.” Capt. Mike Bohac, (281) 413-3893 Capt. Mike Haltom, (832) 498-6909 Capt. Kenneth Gregory, (361) 655-2071

SNAPPER AS WELL: Along with good catches of redfish, jetty angler at Port O’Connor have been hammering the mangrove snapper. Photo by LSON.

New reefs at Port O’Connor, Aransas and Copano bays Researchers from the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies placed thousands of pounds of crushed concrete, rock and oyster shells in Aransas Bay and Copano Bay on Friday, Aug 30, in hopes that oysters will make their homes there. “We put down the foundation, the building blocks, that small larvae oysters need to create new generations of oysters,” said Dr. Jennifer Pollack, assistant professor of Marine Biology. Using barges, the group worked to expand the current oyster reef in Aransas Bay adjacent to Goose Island State Park and in Copano Bay with oyster shells collected from local restaurants. This project was funded by the Coastal Conservation Association, Gulf of Mexico Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  And, another reef site also was announced. Coastal Conservation Association Texas announced support for the creation of a nearshore reefing site out of Port O’Connor as the next step in its goal to create a vibrant reef system in state offshore waters. A key element in this overall reefing plan is having designated areas out of every major port on the Texas coast to place artificial reefs. CCA Texas’ Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow Program has funded a $100,000 joint effort with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to create a new nearshore reefing site.  “Creating a new site off Port O’Connor will allow us to expand Gulf reefing opportunities for anglers along all parts of the coast,” said John Blaha, CCA Texas HTFT director. The cost to permit a 160-acre site is $100,000, which includes all necessary paperwork, archeological and site surveys, lease and USACE permit. CCA Texas has committed to fully funding this initial step in creating a new reefing site. After this initial phase has been completed, CCA Texas’ HTFT program will aid in the continuation of the reefing project. “The TPWD Artificial Reef Program appreciates this opportunity to work with CCA Texas to develop a nearshore reef off Port O’Connor,” said Dale Shively, TPWD Artificial Reef Program director. “This represents another joint reefing project between TPWD and CCA, which will provide much-needed marine habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.” The permitting process for the new Port O’Connor nearshore reefing site is slated for completion in TPWD’s fiscal year 2014. — Staff report

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Wildlife co-op gets creative on doe harvest By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News One Texas Wildlife Co-op is using innovative methods to increase the doe harvest on its 62-member ranches. The Simms Creek Wildlife Management Association, a collection of ranchers in Mills, Lampassas and Hamilton counties, was informed by its TPWD technical guidance biologist that

High marks for outdoor classes Secondary-school students across Texas are giving high marks to recently accredited coursework that teaches traditional outdoor skills such as fishing, hunting and camping, according to a 2013 survey. Student opinions of the fast-growing Outdoor Adventures education program were collected in a program assessment commissioned by the Dallas Ecological Foundation and funded by a grant from the Dallas Safari Club. Highlights of the survey include: • 90 percent of students gave favorable overall ratings to Outdoor Adventures. • 92 percent of students responded that Outdoor Adventures prepared them to hunt, fish, camp, go sport shooting or boating either on their own or with a family member. • In before-and-after surveys, students reported developing from “good” to “excellent” abilities to participate in sports or physical activities, develop friendships with other students, maintain good relationships with teachers, stay out of trouble and get good grades. The Outdoor Adventures program will reach about 16,000 students this year at more than 160 secondary schools that have formally adopted the curriculum. “Survey results definitively and quantitatively support the anecdotal reviews that students, parents and teachers have been sharing with DEF from the beginning. This program introduces young teens to outdoor activities that they enjoy and value,” said Scot McClure, Outdoor Adventures coordinator for DEF. “Greater participation and involvement in the outdoors tends to strengthen understanding of — and ultimately stewardship of — ­ wildlife and natural resources. We’re very optimistic that student enthusiasm for Outdoor Adventures will translate to a lifetime of good conservation.” — DEF

Campaign for National Venison Day The Hunter Heritage Foundation has launched a new public campaign to designate the second Thursday of November as National Venison Day. National Venison Day would officially commemorate the significant impact that deer and the venison they yield have had on our society and our American outdoor traditions. At the heart of the campaign is an online petition to drive public awareness and demonstrate support across the country. The petition is online at — HHF

it needed to double the doe harvest on its ranches. “The group has done great things on harvesting older bucks, and the increasing scores of the bucks have shown the success of that,” said TPWD biologist Mike Miller from Stephenville. “They haven’t done as well regarding the doe harvest, though.” DECREASING THE DOES: Ranchers and landowners, to move the doe harvest closer to the recommendations of the TPWD Warren Blesh is the president of the biologist on a large wildlife co-op in Central Texas, are holding a raffle this season, with each doe harvest getting the landSee DOE, Page 27

owner a ticket for the prizes offered. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Gunner McDonnold with his father, Craig, and an old western Tanzania lion. Andrew Oberholzer, 9, bagged this heavy Rio with singleshot 20 gauge on April 27 in Cooke County.


Kerrville angler Tucker Wren, 9, caught this nice channel catfish on July 12 on Lake Amistad.

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Pat Quick caught the largest male speckled trout her guide, Capt. Nathan Gray, had ever seen in Galveston Bay.

Kristopher Quick, 8, caught his first redfish in Galveston Bay in 4 feet of water with a live croaker.

Braden Grigar, 3, with a bass caught with some help from his dad, Ian, from a flood-control lake in Navarro County.

Jaime Quiroga from Santa Rosa caught this 17-inch trout in Arroyo City while drifting.

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GAR ALSO: Along with largemouth bass, anglers are catching some nice gar in Medina Lake. Photo by Patrick Gonzales.

“We surveyed the lake in April with gill nets and electrofishing,” Myers said. “We found that populations were way down and the water had that dirty look to it. This used to be a very clear lake that was great for swimming, boating and fishing, but it has gone downhill.” Myers said initially, fish should be easy to catch because they are forced into a smaller area, but over time, the fishing will decrease

because of a lack of cover. “The carrying capacity is going to decrease as the water goes down, but we are at a point now where then drop in fish population is proportionally higher than the drop in water, according to our data,” he said. “You lose the critical habitat for sportfish — bass, sunfish and crappie — that need that shallow-water habitat. “That is now gone.” Myers said TPWD did not find any bass over 16 inches

during the last survey, although they are still in the lake, according to Gonzales. The long-term outlook for Medina Lake is not good because San Antonio is using the lake for a water supply. “The water levels are going to be lower on average in the future than the past 20 years,” Myers said. “It is not looking good, but Mother Nature could surprise us. “My advice to anglers is get them while you can.”

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FOR THE TABLE Dove Louisiana style 8 doves 1 stick melted butter and some to rub on doves inside and out 2-3 cups cooked rice Seasoning salt and pepper to taste 1 tsp ground sage 1 tsp onion salt 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1 stick sweet butter 4 cups white wine 3 ounces brandy 2 tsps cornstarch; dissolved in 1/4

cup cold water Rub doves inside and out with butter, then season with seasoning salt and pepper. Mix rice with melted butter, sage, onion salt, and cayenne. Stuff birds with rice mixture. Melt sweet butter in a large pot, and sauté the birds until brown. Add wine and brandy. Cover and simmer slowly for 1 hour. Add dissolved cornstarch to thicken pan juices. —

Baked lemon drum 6 red or black drum fillets 6 tbsps butter 3 tbsps lemon pepper seasoning Salt and pepper 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 lemon, cut into thin slices Grease a baking dish with butter then add the fillets. Spread 1 tablespoon of butter over each fil-

let. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning on each fillet. Then salt and pepper each to taste. Drizzle the lemon juice over the fillets. Place lemon slices on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Serve with steamed veggies and rice. —

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ditionally hold flounder. “A little early for flounder fishing, but we did not want to run all Continued From Page 11 over Galveston Bay dodging thunderstorms,” he said. “We caught a plastics can both catch fish, but he prefers finlittle bit of everything — redfish, ger mullet. trout, sand trout and flounder.” “As for what to throw at them, I use finGreg Verm, (409) 739-8526 ger mullet caught in my cast net for the best Capt. Capt. Lindy Hebert, (409) 720-8148 result,” he said, “but I’m sure shad or plastics would work also.” Capt. Greg Verm has been gigging some big flounder around the Galveston Bay complex, and said the gigging is tremendous if the wind dies down enough to see the fish. “We have had mixed success depending on the conditions,” he said. “When the conditions allow, we are gigging some extremely nice fish. Full limits are easy when the conditions allow us to go where the fish are. There have been some nights that the wind blows until 2 a.m., then the flounder gigging is on. “Once these winds subside and the waters clear, our options will be better.” Near Kemah in Trinity Bay, Capt. Lindy Hebert reported a solid flounder bite near bulkheads, points, bridges and other spots that tra-


New seagrass regulation in effect Beginning Sept. 1, a new law passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature takes effect all along the Texas coast, prohibiting the uprooting of seagrass with an outboard motor propeller. These measures have been taken in an effort to support the vital Texas’ fisheries and promote sustainability of the state’s coastal natural resources. The importance of ensuring healthy seagrass beds goes far beyond what people see from the surface of the water. The extensive root systems seagrasses establish help to stabilize the bay bottom and prevent erosion. The leaves help buffer currents and aid in water clarification and improve water quality. They also provide a hiding place for many recreationally and commercially sought after fish and shellfish. Like land vegetation, seagrasses need sunlight to photosynthesize taking in sunlight and carbon dioxide and converting it to oxygen which is used by other marine organisms. Their need for sunlight restricts them to living in in shallow waters, which also makes the susceptible to damage caused by boat propellers. Uprooting seagrass with an outboard motor propeller causes scarring in the seagrass beds that can take years to reestablish growth. Furthermore, running boats through these areas may damage the boat’s motor, hull or propeller. A regulation has been in place since 2006 prohibited the uprooting of seagrass in the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area with an outboard propeller. With this regulation in place and an extensive education and outreach effort, a 45 percent reduction in propeller scar in RBSSA was observed. “Based on the proven success of reduction of propeller scars in Redfish Bay Scientific Area, we are hopeful that we can educate boaters about seagrass and direct them to change boating practices to help reduce uprooting of seagrass,” said Ed Hegen, TPWD Coastal Fisheries regional director in Rockport. — TPWD

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NATIONAL Florida tarpon, bonefish now catch and release Tarpon and bonefish became catch-and-release only fisheries in Florida on Sept. 1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved these proactive management measures at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland. The catch-and-release proposal was adopted in recognition of the fact that the economic and fishing values of bonefish and tarpon greatly exceed their value as food fishes. The following changes went into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida: All harvest of tarpon will be eliminated, with the exception of the harvest or possession of a single tarpon when in pursuit of an International Game Fish Association record and in conjunction with a tarpon tag. Tarpon tags will be limited to one per person, per year except for properly licensed charter boat captains and fishing guides. There will be a one-fish-per-vessel limit for tarpon and gear used for tarpon will be limited to hook-andline only. — FWC

Twelve-year-old angler catches record Maryland bass Colton Clayton, 12, caught a Maryland record largemouth bass while fishing at a farm pond in his

hometown of Huntingtown on July 31. The fish weighed 11 pounds, 6 ounces. Clayton was fishing with his father and younger brother at approximately 7:30 p.m. when he thought his line was caught on something. “All of a sudden something started to move very quickly and broke the surface and took off, peeling line off the reel,” he said. “It was really hard to control and reel in; when I finally slid it up on the shallow bank, my dad started getting all excited.” Clatyon caught the fish using a spinning rod loaded with 8-pound test line and a plastic worm, rigged weedless and without a weight. Fisheries biologist Keith Lockwood verified proper procedures were followed and identified the fish as the new freshwater largemouth bass state record. Lockwood said that the fish could have easily weighed more if it had been in a fattened condition. Rodney Cockrell held the previous record — 11 pounds, 2 ounces — for nearly 30 years. — Staff report

California angler catches worldrecord shark A Stockton-based angler hooked a giant shark while fishing on the California Dawn on Aug. 23. The big sevengill cow shark hit a whole salmon head for Jonny Mathews near Yellow Bluff in San Francisco Bay. “We were near the end of our trip and I gave a 10-minute warning,”

said Capt. James Smith. “Jonny’s rod started to bounce, moving up and down 2 feet at a time.” Having caught and released more than a dozen big sevengills, Smith knew the signs of one of the “big boys.” Mathews set the hook, and after several long runs, the fish finally came up. “After discussing whether to release the fish, or seek the possibility of a new world record, we opted to bring the fish aboard,” said Smith. “This is the biggest fish I have ever seen landed in my 30-year career.” They weighed the beast on a certified scale at 322 pounds. That beats the existing IGFA all tackle record caught in New Zealand by more than 100 pounds.

Permits available for New Mexico bird hunting The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish began accepting online applications Aug. 28, for special-permit pheasant, sandhill crane and youth waterfowl hunting opportunities. All applications for these special permits must be submitted before the 5 p.m. Oct. 2 deadline. A list of available hunt dates and more information about bag limits and seasons is available on the department website. — NMDGF

Herd of elk found dead in New Georgia’s Pine Hill Mexico Biologists from the New Mexico Plantation wins Department of Game and Fish Orvis Lodge of the made a grisly discovery when they found more than 100 elk dead in Year northeastern New Mexico. — Western Outdoor News

One of the country’s best wingshooting lodges has been named Lodge of the Year by Orvis. Pine Hill Plantation in Donalsonville, Ga., offers traditional plantation-style quail hunts, duck hunting and spring turkey hunts. “Orvis awards its Lodge of the Year award to lodges who receive consistently high customer satisfaction ranking from their guests,” said owners Jackie and Doug Coe. “So, it is your rankings that have earned Pine Hill Plantation this prestigious award and for that we are thankful.” — Staff report

According to the agency, the dieoff occurred over a 24-hour period. “At this time we’re looking into all possible causes, including epizootic hemorrhagic disease,” said Kerry Mower, a wildlife disease specialist with the DGF. “What we do know from aerial surveys is that the die-off appears to be confined to a relatively small area, and that the elk were not shot by poachers.” “With EHD, an elk could get a fever,” DGF spokesperson Rachel Shockley said. “It’s usually a pretty fast illness, and up to eight to 36 hours later the animals go into shock, and then they die.”

The die-off is an inauspicious start to the state’s elk bowhunting season, which begins Sunday. It is speculated that some guided hunts planned in the area will be canceled. The DGF is looking into other causes, such as poisoning from a nearby water source or dangerous plants. — Staff report

La. red snapper season runs through Sept. 29 With the uncertainty of a supplemental federal red snapper season for Louisiana anglers, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds recreational fishermen of the Louisiana weekend-only recreational red snapper season that is scheduled to end Sunday, Sept. 29. “I encourage all anglers to get out and take full advantage of Louisiana’s state-only red snapper season,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. The bag and possession limit for the state season is three fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length. A weekend is defined as a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. LDWF reminds anglers of the free, required offshore landing permit. The permit is required for all anglers, including anglers not normally required to possess a recreational fishing license, possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, grouper, snappers and hinds. — LDWF

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group, and said it was time to alter the focus among the ranchers. “The association works like MLDP,” he said. “The biologist makes recommendations to the group as a whole. We haven’t done as good of a job at lowering the doe count.” Simms Creek members have issued a challenge to accomplish the doe harvest. For each doe harvested during the season, the participating members will receive a ticket. At the group’s March 2014 meeting, a drawing from the tickets will be held and prizes including a game camera, buck cleaning knife and gift certificate to the Mills County General Store will be given away. There is a catch, though. Members had to be present at the fall meeting to be eligible, and they will have to bring in their harvest report and the jawbone to be eligible to win a prize. Simms Creek began more than 10 years ago after landowners, includ-

Shreveport man sentenced for Texas deer transporting A 57-year-old Shreveport, La., man has been sentenced to pay more than $14,000 in restitution and serve 48 hours of community service as conditions of a two year probated sentence for federal wildlife violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. Stephen Anderson Sipes Jr. pleaded guilty on June 10 to negligent transportation of wildlife and was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love. According to information presented in court, Sipes had an ownership interest in a high-fence ranch in Sanderson, Texas. On Jan. 14, 2010, Sipes transported and possessed 14 live, illegally imported whitetail deer valued at over $350 each from Carthage, Missouri to the ranch in Sanderson, which is prohibited by Texas law. The fair market value of the illegally imported whitetail deer was approximately $5,650. Sipes must pay $14,016.49 in restitution to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to compensate the agency for costs incurred in protecting the native deer from the risk of disease potentially carried by the Missouri whitetails. This case was investigated by the Special Operations Unit of the Texas Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble. — TPWD

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ing Don Jackson, Warren Blesh and Damon Holditch, became frustrated with the lack of good bucks being observed in the area. Efforts to let younger bucks walk and harvest only older bucks resulted in significant improvement in the herd, and the age class of bucks on member ranches has been raised two years. “But there are too many does,” Blesh said. “Some landowners are old school and don’t shoot them. If the land can only carry so many deer, you might as well have half of them be bucks.” Landowners in the association have been busy completing daylight field observations forms recording spikes, 3-5 points, 6-7 points, 8+ points, total bucks, adult does and fawns, and also Spotlight Deer Surveys done in August or early September, following designated routes and recording bucks, does and total deer counts each week for three weeks. Will awarding prizes for harvesting does help? Blesh thinks so. “People in the countryside are very conservative with their money,” he said. “They love raffles.”

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ACK to open store in San Antonio Austin Canoe and Kayak, a division of MSP Holdings LLC, announced plans to open a fifth location in northwest San Antonio. ACK San Antonio will be located at 12770 Cimarron Path, just off I-10, south of 1604. The 5,000-square-foot store will provide outdoor enthusiasts with one-stop-shopping for top name brands such as Hobie and Wilderness Systems. In addition to a broad selection of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, camping and other outdoor gear, ACK San Antonio will offer kayak and SUP rentals as well as installation and repair services. “Our San Marcos location has been a success thanks to the support of many of our loyal customers from the San Antonio and southeast coastal regions,” said Chris Hackerd, vice president of Store Operations. “We are excited to finally open a store that is a little closer to home for them while also expanding our reach farther south, closer to the coastal cities.” With stores currently operating in Austin, San Marcos, Spring and Houston, ACK is

slated to officially open its doors in San Antonio in early November 2013. — ACK

TPWD Commission expands use of dogs for deer recovery Hunters will be allowed to use up to two dogs only to trail a wounded deer in 12 additional counties in East Texas during the 2013-14 deer season under a rule change approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The rule change does not legalize the use of dogs to hunt, pursue or take deer; that practice remains illegal statewide in Texas. Hunters are allowed to use up to two dogs only for the purpose of trailing a wounded deer in all but 10 Texas counties. Counties where the practice of trailing wounded deer with dogs remains prohibited include: Angelina, Hardin, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby and Tyler. — TPWD

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PRODUCTS TREESTAND TEE: Girls With Guns’ line of clothing celebrates a woman’s passion for hunting and her flair for fashion. GWG’s line includes the Treestand Tee, which features a Mossy Oak camo pattern with a pink or orange embellishment. The 100-percent cotton T-shirt is available in sizes extra small through 2X. It sells for about $30.



MEGA MONSTA-D FEEDER: Wildgame Innovations’ digital feeder holds up to 40 gallons (about 300 pounds) of deer feed. This poly barrel feeder comes as a three-piece kit that is easy to assemble. Each barrel has a dome-style lid that prevents moisture from reaching the feed and a built-in funnel that reduces waste. The barrels allow for a 30-foot dispersal range. Included with the feeder is a heavy-duty, 12-piece powder coated extension leg kit. Up to four feedings can be programmed with its digital power control unit. The feeder sells for about $110.

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BUCK STRUT: In Sights Nutrition introduces three nutritional products: Buck Draw, Buck Strut (shown) and Buck Nut. The nutritional trio is formulated to give deer the fat and sustainable energy that may be missing from a free-range diet. Buck Draw is a peanut-based product that is rich in proteins and carbohydrates. It promotes peak body condition, monster antler growth, and higher conception and fawning rates. A 25-pound bag sells for about $18. Buck Strut is a syrup attractant made from all-natural sugar by-products. The syrup can be poured on decaying wood so its aroma penetrates the wood or it can be mixed with corn or roughage. Buck Strut sells for about $11 for a one-gallon jug. Buck Nut is a powder attractant/supplement that provides essential nutrients to help promote antler growth during pre-rut, rut and post-rut seasons. It also aids in nutritional wildlife health during conception and fawning of does. Buck Nut, which contains a blend of peanuts, protein, sugar, and grain by-products, sells for about $17 for a gallon bucket. (870) 225-1682

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2014 LEGEND ALPHA 199: The first Alpha boat to ever hit the water, the Alpha 199 redefined bass boat design. This boat encompasses enormous fishing decks, oversized storage compartments, massive rod lockers with a standard 14-rod organizer on the port side, and overall functionality that is unrivaled by any other watercraft in the world. The perfectly-sized consoles in the 199 offer legroom and knee-room that afford even the tallest guys the epitome of comfort and visibility. On the passenger side, the removable console coalesces the best of both worlds in floor space and passenger protection with a quick installation or removal of the console. These features, joined with the superior build strength and hull design that manages water make the Alpha 199 the ultimate 20-foot bass boat. With the trolling motor up, the Alpha 199 is a boat that anyone can drive, and one that everyone will want to drive. “Overall, I was really impressed with this boat,” said LSON’s Mike Hughs. “On the water, the length of the boat was great from large decks, spacious storage and good handling of all water conditions. Off the water, I graciously accepted compliments on the fit and finish, and garage storage was much easier than boats over 20 feet. Well done Legend Boats!”


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ence,” Mitchell said. LSON followed the Twitter feed throughout the day, and some light-hearted moments made the group laugh. Not long after resuming patrol of dove hunting areas, Mitchell got a tweet from a hunter wanting to know when the evening flight began. The tweet came in at 3:14 p.m. so with tongue in cheek, Mitchell declared that the birds would begin flying at 3:15 p.m. “No one knows when dove are going to fly,” he said, “but I did remind the hunter that legal shooting ended at sundown, and how to locate that official time.” Mejia said she did not mind the extra person riding with her throughout the day and said most hunters she contacted were very receptive to the idea. “It was pretty good,” she said. “I just had another partner throughout the day. It wasn’t any different approaching hunters. They were fine with it and most were happy to participate in the event, getting their photo taken.” Mejia said compliance was better this season than last season, which she appreciated. “Everyone was fine and we got a lot of positive feedback,” she said. “There was a lot more compliance this year, which makes us think we are doing our job correctly. It was good to see.” Jones said the TPWD Twitter feed doubled its followers during the day. At several points, TPWD had close to 200 people following their updates. “I think we got some good retweets from people following and other news agencies,” he said. “I think it was a success.”

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suring 39.25 inches from Lake Texoma. Encouraged by his father, Nailen, Keatyn proceeded to collect Big Fish Awards from Lake Texoma for white bass (16.5 inches, December 2, 2012), smallmouth bass (18.5 inches, December 11, 2012), and his largemouth bass.  He also caught a white crappie Keatyn Eitelman (18.25 inches) from Lake Fork on March 10. — TPWD

Pottsboro angler becomes state’s youngest Elite Prevent marine Angler engine damage Keatyn Eitelman of Pottsboro became Texas’ 25th Elite Freshwater Angler — and the state’s youngest — in August, less than two weeks before his 11th birthday. He finished this task when he caught a 21.25-inch, 5.5pound largemouth bass from Lake Texoma on July 23 and submitted it for a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Big Fish Award. An Elite Angler is a onetime achievement award for an angler who catches trophyclass fish of five different species. There are freshwater and saltwater categories. To be eligible, an angler must earn five freshwater or five saltwater Big Fish Awards. A Big Fish Award is given for a fish meeting or exceeding a minimum length for each species. Keatyn began his quest on Nov. 28, 2012, when he caught a blue catfish mea-

Boaters know that using fuel with a volume of ethanol above 10 percent can seriously damage marine engines. But did you know that unused fuel can linger in your engine during the winter months, causing additional problems? There are a number of ways to prevent engine damage when storing boats with ethanol-blended fuels for extended periods. Read on for a few tips and recommendations on keeping your vessel’s engine in prime condition from year to year. •F  irst, never fill your boat’s tank with fuel that is above 10 percent ethanol in volume. There are serious and well-documented human safety, environmental, and technology concerns associated with ethanol blends over 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines.

•C  heck the owner’s manual of your boat and motor(s) for manufacturer’s storage recommendations. • When preparing to store a boat for extended periods of two months or more, it is best to completely remove all fuel from the tank. • If it is difficult or not possible to remove the fuel, maintaining a full tank of fuel with a fuel stabilizer added to provide fuel stability and corrosion protection is recommended. • Fill your fuel tank to avoid a buildup of condensation over the winter months. Add a fuel stabilizer by following the instructions on the product. Change the fuel filter and water separator. • If adding stabilizer, it is best to add the stabilizer and fuel treatment to the tank at the recommended dosage; shut off the fuel valve to interrupt the fuel supply and allow the engine to run until it stops; top off the tank until it’s full to reduce the amount of exchange with the air that might bring in condensation. • Do not cap the tank vent and do not fill with fuel to the point of overflowing. Some extra space should be maintained in the tank to allow for expansion and contraction of the fuel with temperature changes. • When placing the boat back in service, be sure to reopen the fuel valve to the engine. — NMMA

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OUTDOOR CHANNEL Headhunters TV Whitetail Freaks Legends of the Fall Hunt Masters Jim Shockey’s The Professionals Heartland Bowhunter Addicted to the Outdoors Primal Instinct Under Amour Presents Ridge Reaper Mathews Adventure Bowhunter Headhunters TV Heartland Bowhunter The Best of the West OUTDOOR CHANNEL Inside Outdoors TV Hank Parker’s Flesh & Blood Moultrie’s The Hit List Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild Hunting the Country Driven with Pat and Nicole BioLogic & Drury’s Wildlife Obsession Dream Season The Journey Eastmans’ Hunting TV Shawn Michael’s MRA Hunting The Country Primos Truth About Hunting BioLogic & Drury’s Wildlife Obsession OUTDOOR CHANNEL Choose Your Weapon Field & Stream’s The Gun Nuts MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories Shooting USA Shooting USA Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots American Rifleman Field & Stream’s The Gun Nuts MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories Grateful Nation Shooting USA Shooting USA Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots

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OUTDOOR CHANNEL Grateful Nation Scent-Lok’s High Places Beyond the Hunt The Hunt with Greg & Jake Realtree Road Trips Realtree’s NASCAR Outdoors Bow Madness Cabela’s Ultimate Adventures The Season with Justin Martin Cuddeback’s Wild Outdoors The Jackie Bushman Show Crush with Lee & Tifffany Razor Dobbs Alive OUTDOOR CHANNEL Solo Hunters Sasquatch Trip Gone Bad Winchester Legends Fear No Evil Razor Dobbs Alive Driven with Pat and Nicole REAIR Winchester’s Rack Masters Realtree’s NASCAR Outdoors Ultimate Buck Zone Under Armour Presents Ridge Reaper Bone Collector Jim Shockey’s The Professionals OUTDOOR CHANNEL Fisher’s ATV World Shawn Michael’s MRA Ducks Unlimited Steve’s Outdoor Adventures Roger Raglin Outdoors Ultimate Hunting Trophy Quest ScentBlocker Most Wanted Heartland Bowhunter Western Extreme presented by BowTech Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors The Bassmasters

Time 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM 11:00 PM 11:30 PM Midnight

OUTDOOR CHANNEL Mathews TV with Dave Watson Crush with Lee & Tiffany Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures Wildgame Nation Realtree Outdoors Primos Truth About Hunting The Jackie Bushman Show Bone Collector Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors Red Arrow Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures Realtree Road Trips Live 2 Hunt with Cody Robbins



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Prime Time | September PURSUIT CHANNEL Wingshooting USA Avian X Pulse Factor TV Hardcore Hunting TV Deer Thugs The American Way Spook Nation Outdoor Edge’s Love of the Hunt Anything Wild Wild Rivers Whitetails Flyway Highway TNT Outdoor Explosion Scentblocker & Drury’s Natural Born

WORLD FISHING NETWORK Collegiate Bass Fishing Kayak Bassin’ TV Bass West USA TV Skeeter Bass Champs Timmy Horton Outdoors Big Bass Battle FLW Tour Fish’n Canada

PURSUIT CHANNEL Avian X Flyway Highway Honey Brake Experience NWTF 365 Hunting with HECS Tachycardia Outdoors Gulf South Outdoors Whitetail Diaries Hunt Wicked Close TV-- Con Fletcha, LLC Show of Support Mississippi Outdoors Inside the Obsession Gun Talk TV

SPORTSMAN CHANNEL Trijicon’s the Hunt Country Boys Outdoors Guns & Ammo Davidson’s Gallery of Guns Ruger Inside and Out World of Beretta Tac TV What if? Guns & Ammo Davidson’s Gallery of Guns Ruger Inside and Out World of Beretta Tac TV SPORTSMAN CHANNEL Drake’s Migration Nation Antler Insanity Whitetail Properties Major League Bowhunter Realtree’s Monster Bucks Back Country Quest Brad Farris’ Game Plan Savage Outdoors Whitetail Properties Major League Bowhunter Realtree’s Monster Bucks Back Country Quest Brad Farris’ Game Plan SPORTSMAN CHANNEL A-Way Outdoors TV Scent Blocker’s The Chase w/ Leigh & Travis Big Deer TV Destination Whitetail North American Whitetail Winchester World of Whitetail The Zone Adrenaline Junkies Big Deer TV Destination Whitetail North American Whitetail Winchester World of Whitetail The Zone SPORTSMAN CHANNEL Priefert’s Backwoods Bloodline Reel Shot Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg The Outfitters Bulit by Ford F-Series Petersen’s HUNTING Adventures Into High Country 3-Gun Nation 3-Gun Nation Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg The Outfitters Bulit by Ford F-Series Petersen’s HUNTING Adventures Into High Country 3-Gun Nation SPORTSMAN CHANNEL Innerloc’s Out There Backwoods Life Relentless Pursuit Name the Game Bowhunter TV Midwest Whitetail with Bill Winke Easton Bowhunting Maximum Archery Ambush Tour Relentless Pursuit Name the Game Bowhunter TV Midwest Whitetail with Bill Winke Easton Bowhunting SPORTSMAN CHANNEL Brush Country Monsters Hardcore Pursuit The Western Hunter Hollywood Hunter E-Force E-Force Trijicon’s World of Sports Afield Moment of Impact The Western Hunter Hollywood Hunter E-Force E-Force Trijicon’s World of Sports Afield

PURSUIT CHANNEL Carnivore Deadly Passion North American Hunter The High Road Inside the Obsession Scentblocker & Drury’s Natural Born NWTF 365 Bloodline Avian X Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt Gulf South Outdoors Hunting with HECS Bear Whisperer

SPORTSMAN CHANNEL Buckventures Whitetail SLAM Pigman Meet the McMillans MeatEater Travelin’ Hunter Territories Wild Gun it with Benny Spies Pigman Meet the McMillans MeatEater Travelin’ Hunter Territories Wild

WORLD FISHING NETWORK George Poveromo’s Saltwater Fishing Kayak Bassin’ TV The Kayak Fishing Show w/ Jim Sammons Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing Force on Force Fishing the Flats The New Fly Fisher Angler West TV

PURSUIT CHANNEL Bear Whisperer Hartcraft Hunting Adventures Southern Woods and Water TV The Bucket List Hank Parker 3D Wildlife Pursuit TV Bowhunting Addiction KT Diaries Canadian Whitetail TV Americana Outdoors Bloodline Spook Nation Mayhem OD PURSUIT CHANNEL Outdoor Insights Game On The RUSH Spiritual Outdoor Adventures Honey Brake Experience Game Keepers Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt Mississippi Outdoors Open Season Outdoor TV Classics Outdoor TV Classics The High Road North Amercian Safari Hank Parker 3D PURSUIT CHANNEL Huntin’ Is Good! Campfire Stories StruttinBucks “The Juncture” Wallhanger TV Backland Experiences Hunting Connection TV Big Boy Adventures TNT Outdoors Explosion Trophy State of Mind Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine Backland Experiences Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt American Trigger Sports Network PURSUIT CHANNEL Young Guns Complete Season Trigger Time TV American Airgunner American Trigger Sports Network Gun Talk TV Doug Koenig’s Championship Season Guns & Gear TV 3 Gun Nation 3 Gun Nation Tuff Girls

Reel Fishy Jobs with Mark Melnyk Offshore Adventure Quest WORLD FISHING NETWORK Sportfishing on the Fly In the Loop Fly Nation The New Fly Fisher Game Fisher’s Diary Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing Joy of Fishing BC Outdoors Sport Fishing

Reel Fishy Jobs with Mark Melnyk Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi WORLD FISHING NETWORK Copout Outdoor Adventures IGFA Saltwater Adventures Big Coast Sportfishing Inside Sport Fishing The Kayak Fishing Show w/ Jim Sammons Bob Izumi’s Real Fishing The New Fly Fisher Canadian Sportfishing

Prime Time is a new section for our readers. Here at LSON, we got tired of searching the Internet, TV Guide or menus on our digital cable boxes to find the latest hunting and fishing shows. So, we decided if we don’t like it, our readers probably don’t either. Well, here it is. A handy guide to allow you one easy step to find the best outdoors shows in primetime. And if you are married, this guide will help you record the shows you want to watch while you have to sit through reruns of Project Runway and House Hunters. Use this to set your DVR, watch the best outdoors programming whenever you want and skip the commercials. If you are looking for Saturday and Sunday morning shows, along with programming during other hours, go to as we are out hunting and fishing during those times. If you have any suggestions, please send an email to news@

Reel Fishy Jobs with Mark Melnyk Lost Lake WORLD FISHING NETWORK Fishing the Flats Fishing Texas Florida Adventure Quest FlatsClass Belize Outdoors Inside Sport Fishing Angler West TV Westcoast Sporting Journal

Backwoods Angler TV Fish TV WORLD FISHING NETWORK Lindner’s Angling Edge The Next Bite TV John Gillespie’s Water & Woods Musky Hunter The Session Season on the Edge Jarrett Edwards Outdoors Fish TV

Copout Outdoor Adventures Canadian Sportfishing WORLD FISHING NETWORK American Fly Guide Mark Berg’s Fishing Addiction IGFA Saltwater Adventures Boat Fishing With Barham FLW Tour FLW Tour Fishing 411 BC Outdoors Sport Fishing

Beyond the Cast Bass West USA TV

Reel Fishy Jobs with Mark Melnyk In the Loop

In focus The WildLifers head back home to South Texas for a youth hunt! Catch the action as this episode finds the WildLifers teaching a couple of young men from Maine what Texas hunting is all about. You can catch WildLifers several times throughout the week: Time Warner Sportsnet: Monday 4:30 a.m. CST & Tuesday 10:30 p.m CST Discovery Velocity: Thursday 11:30 a.m. CST Comcast Sportsnet Chicago: Friday 10:30 a.m. CST NBC Sports Network: Sunday 5:00 a.m. CST. WildLifers showcases lifelong outdoorsmen Dan Braman and Jimmy Brown of Mellon Creek Outfitters. From their home base at the Mellon Creek Ranch in southeast Texas, the WildLifers travel to the snow covered valleys of Canada, the plains of Africa, into the mountains of South America and many exotic locations. — WildLifers NBC SPORTS Under Wild Skies Whitetail Diaries Eye of the Hunter North to Alaska Territories Wild Deer Hunting TV Outdoor Secrets North American Hunter

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Bay City man believed lost in San Antonio Bay An almost weeklong search for a missing Bay City man who went fishing in San Antonio Bay has turned up a few items and parts of a body, believed to be that of the angler. Joseph Ames, 62, was an avid fisherman who often waded the waters of San

Antonio Bay. When he did not contact his wife after a recent trip, she called the Coast Guard, who, along with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens, began a search. After a brief search, the Corpus Christi Coast Guard found Ames’ boat anchored just offshore. His cell phone was inside but he wasn’t. His wife said they have recovered parts of her husband’s body and shreds of his clothes but not him.

According to TPWD Game Warden Rex Mayes, the remains were found near where Ames’ boat was found, but they could not confirm they belonged to Ames. The remains have been sent to a lab for DNA testing. Some have speculated Ames was attacked by an alligator, which are common in the waters he was fishing, but officials would not speculate. — Staff report

State crappie championship on Lake Fork The state’s best crappie Reeve said a recent qualanglers are headed to Lake ifying tournament on Fork for the Texas State Lake Lavon, where some Crappie Championship giant crappie were caught Sept. 13 and 14. in the recent past, proAccording to Jay Don duced very few fish. Reeve, president of “During the third weekCrappie Anglers of Texas, end of August, 23 teams the state championship fished Lavon,” he said. comes on the heels of a “Teams weigh their seven tough summer crappie biggest fish, and out of bite. those 23 teams, only five TOUGH CONDITIONS: The crappie bite has “I was looking forward been tough across much of Texas, although weighed a seven-fish limit. to a great fall champion- the best anglers in the state will attempt to ship,” Reeve said. “But it boat a limit Sept. 13-14 on Lake Fork. Photo It only took 7.36 pounds to win — just over a pound looks like it is going to be by LSON. average. It’s just been a great summer champireally tough.” onship. The weather just Reeve said 35 to 40 teams will be competwon’t give it up.” Reeve said it has been a “really tough sum- ing in the state finals, and nine Texas teams mer for crappie fishing.” are already qualified for the national champi“The heat and the low water have hurt the onship held in Mississippi in late September. bite,” he said. “It has been sluggish on a lot “The weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. both days of lakes. We aren’t catching near the num- at the Lake Fork Marina,” he said. “It will be bers we usually catch and the quality has not fun to come out and have a good time.” been as good.” — Staff report


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September 24

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September 26 Ducks Unlimited San Antonio Chapter Fall Banquet Alzafar Shrine Auditorium (210) 355-3965

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September 19

Delta Waterfowl Heart of Texas Chapter Banquet Georgetown Community Center

Dallas Safari Club Monthly Meeting Omni Hotel West (972) 980-9800

Coastal Conservation Association First Annual Trinity Valley Chapter Banquet City Hall, Liberty City (936) 334-2314

Coastal Conservation Association Redfish Bay Chapter Fish Fry May Ranch, Beeville (361) 362-7579

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October 22 Delta Waterfowl Trinity Valley Chapter Banquet Dayton Community Center, Dayton (936) 293-6596

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September 13, 2013 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...

September 13, 2013 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...