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REBECCA C. BRIGHTWELL

Happy New Year! FAMILY LAW • OIL & GAS • ESTATE & PROBATE Rebecca C. Brightwell, PLLC | Attorney at Law 115 Gaslight Blvd, Ste B | Lufkin, TX 75904 | 936-639-2550 Not Certified by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization | Licensed by The Southern and Eastern District Federal Court 2 | EAST -January 2013


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Stephanie Oliver President Beth Johnson editor@tjmag.com Managing Editor Kim Iribarren kim@tjmag.com Director of Sales Kevin McCarty kevin@tjmag.com Marketing Consultant Macy Haffey Layout and Design Lisa Crow lisacrowphotography@gmail.com Event Photographer CONTRIBUTORS Dale Bounds DISTRIBUTORS Lisa Crow Janet Glover Jared Thompson

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THE SPORTSMAN 2012 Angelina Wheelin’ Sportsman’s Hunt

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RELATIONSHIPS FOR CHRIST Chris Poole

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CONTACT US:

LEADERSHIP Roy Knight

COACH’S SPOTLIGHT Coach Layne Boxell

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P H YS I CA L : 1 1 5 E . S h e p h e rd L u f k i n , Texa s 759 0 1

PHOTOS Concerned Black Men of Lufkin, Inc.

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YOUR COMMUNITY ABC Clay Shoot

OFF ROAD Korbyn & Kayman

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TROPHY ROOM Trophy Hunts

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What Boundaries? About Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF With the same dedication it has brought to restoring wild turkey populations across North America, the NWTF is delivering — and in some cases re-introducing — the beauty and excitement of the outdoors to thousands of people with disabilities through its outreach program, Wheelin’ Sportsmen. Wheelin’ Sportsmen is committed to providing people with disabilities opportunities to get out and enjoy outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, bird watching and much more.

2012 • Goal is to host more than 300 events in the U.S. and Canada • Through our strategic partnership with Disabled American Veterans, we are holding events that help thousands of disabled soldiers be reintroduced to hunting, fishing and shooting with a disability. • Wheelin’ Sportsmen section of Turkey Country magazine is filled with tips, secrets and information pertaining to everything from hunting and fishing tactics to camping and recreational shooting for people with disabilities.

Program Benefits Founded in 2000, today the program offers hundreds of events across the country to help people with disabilities: • Build skills to help increase outdoor enjoyment • Learn the importance of wildlife management and the role hunters play in conservation • Involve their families in conservation

To host a Wheelin’ Sportsmen event or for more information, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit www.wheelinsportsmen.org.

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By Dale Bounds

WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

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he wet and muggy weather did not discourage any of our hunters at this year’s 11/2-day hunting experience for people with disabilities. Twenty hunters enjoyed great hunting aided by volunteers from different agencies who wouldn’t miss the opportunity to help someone who needed a little extra assistance to be able to hunt. Excitement was in the air as the participants harvested 4 bucks, 3 doe and 2 hogs at the December 14th and 15th Wheelin’ Sportsman’s Event Hunt. The event locations for hunting were the SFA Experimental Forest-Angelina National Forest, Alazan WMA, and the Winston’s private property in Nacogdoches County. As we have discovered, teaming up with different organizations makes a better outcome. We would like to recognize the following groups: The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and US Fish & Wildlife Service. NWTF Chapters involved were Gulf Coast, April AWOL & Pineywoods Chapters. Other groups were the SFA Society of American Foresters and SFA Alpha Gamma Rho Service Fraternity. Academy Sports and Outdoors stepped up big time as a sponsor again this year.

top: Joe Havard has some mighty fine venison to take home. bottom: Chuck Balikes is mighty pleased with his 8 point buck.

(L-R)Scotty Parsons, Edoardo DiAngelis, Scott Hanner, Memphis DiAnglis, & Keith Gaston

Winston Tree Farm has served as headquarters for the annual hunt and the Winston family has been very supportive of NWTF Outreach and also sponsors our Texas State JAKES Event. Simon Winston said, “We are all so fortunate, but some folks are not as fortunate; they don’t have the opportunity to hunt and spend time in the outdoors. I am glad they can come here and enjoy this place. This is what the NWTF is all about, and we try to do our part in living up to the NWTF Mission…Conserve.Hunt.Share.” Joe Havard, one of the hunters from Huntington, Texas said, “I have hunted this NWTF Angelina Wheelin hunt three years. This year I harvested a nice doe that my family will enjoy.” Tim Branson, from Zavalla, has looked forward to the fellowship and good food that is a hallmark of this event. Volunteers Buck Doiron and John Ippolito cooked chicken fried venison cutlets for the crowd. Tim harvested a nice doe this year. Winston Tree Farm hunters, Keith Wayne Gaston and Jeff Reid, along with their crew, harvested seven deer to feed the hungry hunters and volunteers at this year’s event. Gene Sullivan, owner of Choice Cut Meat Market, prepared the venison cutlets, smoked sausage and summer sausage rolls from Gene’s famous recipe for everyone’s delight…no one went away hungry!

THE SPORTSMAN

2012 ANGELINA WHEELIN’ SPORTSMAN’S HUNT


Memphis DiAngelis harvested his first white tail deer on the Winston’s property. Memphis shot the deer late Friday and the team could not find it. Saturday morning, the Winston hunting guides found the nice 8 point buck. Memphis could not believe they had recovered his first ever deer! The USFS personnel and guides at the SFA Experimental Forest had some great locations staked out to hunt; the area is beautiful and has abundant hardwood stands which have had an exceptional crop of acorns. Deer were observed by the hunters, but they had trophy deer on their mind and passed on shots. TPWD hosted hunts each day at Alazan Wildlife Management Area. One buck and two wild hogs were harvested. The Friday afternoon hunt turned out to be the best one of the day and a half event. Three bucks and 3 doe were harvested Friday afternoon. Other hunters passed shots up looking for a trophy buck. The weather for Saturday’s hunt was warm, muggy and very wet, which made for very tough hunting conditions. That’s hunting…we will try again next year!

Wheelin Sportsman deer hunter, Eric Hardin, hunted on private land in San Augustine during the Saturday hunt of our recent Angelina Wheelin’ Sportsmen hunt. Eric was unsuccessful during the morning and afternoon hunt that weekend. However, the landowner was determined to help Eric harvest an animal, so he was invited to return this past weekend to try his luck again. 6 | EAST -January 2013

The Pineywoods Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation hosted the 10th Annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen, Bream Buster Challenge at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center on October 6, 2012. This event has offered people who call the Lufkin Living Center their home a chance to enjoy many outdoor activities over the years. The annual event serves people who have disabilities the opportunity to fish, enjoy animals through pet therapy and learn about nature through art and other exciting outdoor activities. Great memories have been made for volunteers and participants alike. It is estimated that about 350 participants and 350 volunteers have enjoyed these outdoor events over the years. For more information about starting a local event in your area contact The Pineywoods Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

It paid off. Eric bagged an 11pt just before dark on the evening of December 29th! Eric is pictured with his trophy buck and his guide, Brady Franks. Congrats to my friend Eric!!


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hris Poole is not your typical 24 year-old. Today, he lives in Spring and worships and serves at Spirit Filled Celebration Church in The Woodlands, Texas. November 2009, he dedicated his life to the Lord and serving His kingdom. Prior to Chris accepting Christ, many of his roads were very similar to what other young boys may go through and experience.

My parents divorced when I was very young, so my brother and I were raised pretty much by a single mother. My biological father was not a part of my life until the last few years. My mother married my step- dad when I was 10, and he has treated me as his own from that moment forward. We didn’t have a very good relationship until the last 3 or 4 years. My mom and step-dad were the spiritual force in my life that spent countless hours on their knees in prayer for me. I graduated in the top 6% of my class from Spring High School and was accepted to every college I applied for, yet I still lacked direction. I started partying near the end of my senior year, and it was starting to become more than just “a weekend thing.” I was drinking, smoking pot, and “enjoying being young.” I decided to stay home and attend Lone Star College to get my basics, all while working at NTB. I worked hard and liked my job. It paid well and I was moving up in the company. I loved working on cars and had a hot rod of my own, Bella. I had gotten kicked out of my parent’s house for selling drugs and was living with some friends that did nothing to discourage my lifestyle. I lived for myself, never really worried about my future, only my next high and my next drink. Finally, I realized something had to change. I woke up one summer morning and decided to walk away from drugs. No rehab or therapy; I just walked away cold turkey. Now I see that had to be God. To fill that gap from not having drugs, I began drinking more heavily and did so for a few years after that. After lots of counseling by my parents and their pastor, I quit drinking entirely. It wasn’t easy to leave behind “friends” and an entire way of life, but God delivered me from it all. In November 2009, Chris says he was delivered from a life of addiction and alcoholism and has been sober ever since. Shortly after, Chris attended a three day Christian men’s leadership weekend called, Tres Dias. This is where he would meet a man that would later lay the foundation for his future. In June 2011, he was invited by a family friend to serve in Bogota, Colombia for 10 days.  “I spent 10 days with God’s beautiful children, and after the first few days I knew my life would be changed forever.  One little girl in particular, Vanessa, touched my heart as it had never been touched before. As I held this little girl, I saw the face of God. I felt His kiss, and I felt His touch. I heard His voice say, “Te queiro mucho, Chris.” (I love you very much, Chris).  God pulled back the veil just long enough for me to see how deep His love truly is,” said Chris.

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When he returned from his trip, he began selling everything he owned.  He explains, “I moved out of my apartment, sold all the furniture, my electronics, and even my once most prized possession, my 2004 Ford Mustang that of which I spent countless hours under the hood. All of the sudden, worldly treasures no longer meant anything to me; all I wanted was to be back in Colombia serving His children.”

“I know that God called me to not only love, pray and care for at risk children, but to devote my entire life to them, to raise up young Samuels, and help them find their place in their country and improve the quality of life there, with Christ at the core of everything they do,” says Chris Poole. To follow their journey or learn more about Project Samuel, visit rfcministries.org

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Chris served in Colombia for a year and two months. He expresses, “I can’t even being to tell you how it changed my life. I truly believe Colombia was my training ground, preparing me for the next step in ministry that God had for me.” Chris will marry his fiancée, Amanda Glazner, on January 19th. Then Amanda will join him in the mission field. Through a series of God opening doors for Chris and Amanda, Chris began to work for Relationships for Christ Ministries out of The Woodlands, TX. That is when the two learned about Project Samuel. Chris explains, “Project Samuel is a self-sustaining orphanage in Zambia, Africa. However, to say “orphanage” is misleading. We are their family. RFC obtains the right to the children, places them in a house with 6-7 other children (their new brothers and sisters) and a house mother. Project Samuel gets its name from Samuel in the Bible, when Hannah devoted her son, Samuel, to the House of God. He was devoted to God, just as these children are. They live at the project, but go to a nearby village for school and church. They are Zambian, not American; therefore we want them involved in their communities and steeped in Zambian culture. We farm our own food, have two water wells, and are working on getting electricity. The hope is that one day we will be completely self sustaining, meaning we will grow enough food and have enough chickens to  entirely feed our children, moms, and employees, and then sell the extra in local villages.” Chris and Amanda still feel called to Latin America. In February, they plan to move to Zambia and learn the ins and outs of Project Samuel. God willing, they will one day move back to Latin America and plant a Project Samuel.

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LEADERSHIP

ROY KNIGHT

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n December 8, 2012, Mr. Roy Knight was honored by the organization Concerned Black Men of Lufkin at their annual Community Gala. The event was to recognize Mr. Knight and Rex Hadnot for their impact and leadership in our community. Mr. Knight serves as the current superintendent for LISD, and after this school year, he will retire after 39 years of service in Education. Knight is a 1973 graduate of Texas A&M. He later began his LISD career in 1977. He came to Lufkin as a high school teacher and a coach. During 19771983, he served as the varsity football assistant, assistant baseball, and assistant track coach. During all of that coaching, he was still teaching math. The summer of 1983, Mr. Knight left Lufkin. He later came back in 1998 to serve as the Lufkin High School Principal. As principal, Knight says, “We combined three campuses that included the consolidation of ninth graders back into Lufkin High School. We were designated as a Mentor School for Academic Accomplishments. We doubled the national average of National Merit Scholars and placed our students in highly selective universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Brown, and Emory University.” July 2004, Knight took on the role of Superintendent of Schools. According to the Concerned Black Men of Lufkin, “Roy Knight is a true servant leader. He models high standards, honesty, and integrity in every aspect of the day to day operations of the school.” Under Mr. Knight’s leadership, the community passed a 50 million dollar bond. This bond project resulted in the building of the new Willie Mae, Ecomet Burley Elementary School, adding the Tom Jack Lucas Auditorium at LHS, upgrading the physical plant by enclosing wings on eleven primary and elementary campuses, and adding science labs to the high school and middle school. Through his leadership and collaboration with the school board, they saved the Pre-Kindegarten program that is so desperately needed. One of the greatest rewards that can ever be given to an educator is seeing his students succeed. That is one gift Mr. Knight has always had the opportunity to enjoy. His students continue to seek him out and visit him long after they have left high school.


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PHOTOS

Concerned Black Men of Lufkin, Inc. • 2012 Gala

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DOUBLE R FEED & RANCH SUPPLY tip of the month Nourish Animals, Enrich Lives 4H is a multifaceted organization. There are many ways to get involved  and many things you can take away. Two programs offered that some  would not expect are Shotgun and Riflery. The general age to get involved  with 4H is in 3rd grade, but because these require a little more strength  and stamina, the volunteers have noticed age 10 seems to be a better fit  for the youngest age in these programs.  Twelve years ago, Dr. Nat Robinson got involved when his oldest son,  Caleb, was interested in the program. Nat Robinson is still the coach for  the shotgun program which meets the 1st and 3rd Monday at the Pines  Gun Club. Robinson explains, “It is a great program for young people. It  allows them to be exposed to a shotgun and know they do not have to  be afraid. They are able to learn safety, techniques, and have fun along  the way.” Robinson has enjoyed being involved and working with the kids. For the  students interested in the competition end of the program, Robinson says,  that is also available. “I haven’t personally accompanied any students to  competition, but several parents have taken their children to participate.” The Pines Gun Club has been a great partner for the program. “They put  on competitions of their own every few months, and for our students, they  offer a significantly reduced entry fee. It is a great way for our students to  get more experience and exposure with the sport,” says Robinson.  The other program 4H has had a great success with is riflery. The current   coach is Robert Hutto. Hutto also got involved when his son began having  an interest. This program meets every Sunday at Pines Gun Club. For  anyone interested in getting involved, everything needed to participate is  furnished, both guns and ammo.  “When students get involved with the riflery program we start at the bottom  and work our way up. We learn shooting from all three positions: prone,  standing, and kneeling. There are also a lot of important aspects to learn  when handling a gun, and we go over all of that. For example, how to put  a gun in someone else’s hand, it seems so simple, but there is a story of  a boy who shot his dad when handing the gun to him.” These two programs are a great addition to the traditional programs for  which 4H is known. They are able to open up a new world to students who  might not ever have the opportunity to handle a rifle or a shotgun.  If you would like to learn more about these programs call AgriLife  Extension Service at (936) 634-6414.

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YOUR COMMUNITY

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ark your calendars now to join Angelina Beautiful/Clean for our 3R Clay Shoot Tournament on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Pines Gun Club.

Proceeds from the event will support Angelina Beautiful/Clean, a 501(c)(3) corporation. The mission of Angelina Beautiful/Clean is to educate and empower East Texans to take responsibility for enhancing their community environment. With your support, Angelina Beautiful/Clean can serve Angelina County by making it a cleaner, greener place to live, work and play. Sponsor a team in the tournament and it will benefit the entire community. Registration and Practice will begin at 9:00 a.m. The tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at high noon. We will conclude with an award presentation following lunch. Several trophies will be awarded in different categories.

Pines Gun Club: 311 Spring Lake Drive • Lufkin, Texas

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COACH BOXELL

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he odds always seemed to be in favor of Layne Boxell becoming a coach. With a father as a coach and two brothers who are also coaches, Boxell said he always knew he would head in the same direction.

Coach Boxell arrived as the head basketball coach for the Central Bulldogs boys basketball team this past summer after serving as the assistant coach at Peaster High for three years. Coach Boxell, his wife Callie and their 18 month old daughter, Addy, looked forward to calling Angelina County home. “We were really excited to come somewhere we haven’t been before,” Boxell said. Boxell’s life has included basketball early on, as he grew up playing basketball in the DFW metroplex and being coached in high school by his father. He went on to play two years at Lubbock Christian University and served as a student assistant coach his junior and senior year. There is a lot of pressure coming in as the new coach; pressure from the school, from the players, and from the fans. “When I got here, I made it clear that I wasn’t going to come in and win X number of games,” Boxell said. My first goal was we were going to make progress every year I was here. I also sat down one-on- one with each player and asked for their goals and expectations. Overall, they all of course wanted to make playoffs and then hopefully win a state title.” Coach Boxell has a plan to take his team to the top. The first item on the agenda was to schedule a game against Argyle High School who won the 3A state championship last year. Boxell said it was a close game lost by a mere two points and that he plans to make this year’s schedule tough so that the team would be prepared by the time they reach district play. The Central Bulldogs are 10-14 overall and 2-1 in district. Boxell said the team has shown growth this season, but the team’s record isn’t very indicative of that. “My philosophy comes from my dad, and it wasn’t during a game or when he was my coach; it was when I was playing college basketball. I was complaining to him that I wasn’t getting to play as much as I wanted. My dad began asking me a series of questions like, ‘What time do you get to practice?’ ‘What time do you get to the gym?’ His point was I had to separate myself from everyone else where it was so obvious who needed to be in. That way I wasn’t leaving the decision up to the coach.” The philosophy his father taught him is something Boxell wants to pass down to his team and have them understand it as their own.


COACH’S SPOTLIGHT

Boxell explains, “I want us to separate ourselves from the other teams where we are not relying on a ref to make a 2 point call against us. It shouldn’t be that close. We should separate ourselves before that.” Coach Boxell said he is pleased with his position and everything that is happening with athletics at CISD. “We have a new athletic director this year as well, Ray Stanfield. He has really helped me and has rallied everyone together to get behind our basketball program. It’s nice to have a staff and assistants to bounce great ideas off each other. They have all the right people in all the right places.” Of course like most coaches, for Boxell, coaching is more than just basketball or winning games.

“Athletics is one place you can learn life lessons that you can’t learn eanywhere else. I make sure to get regular reports from all teachers, and we hold the players responsible. It’s important that they stay out of the gray areas because if there is anything in question, we do not argue with the teachers, and my players know that. This is how they learn to grow as a player, a student, and a man.” Coach Boxell said he is looking forward to the future he and his family will have in Central. “We came here without any reservations because we knew all the tools were here. We want to build a program that no one would want to leave.”


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KORBYN & KAYMAN aving well rounded children is one of the hundreds of goals a parent has. For two boys by the name of Korbyn and Kayman Tidwell, they definitely fall into the category of well rounded children.

By day, the boys attend Harmony Christian School. When school is out, they either get on their ATV gear to practice and play on their 4 wheelers, or they put their Academy Cheer practice clothes on.

The boys have had 4 wheelers since they were 4 & 5 years old. A friend of theirs, Riley Smith, raced competitively. They would always go riding around with the Smiths at the tracks in Alto and Jacksonville. Little by little, the more the boys were around him, they decided they wanted a try. Their mom, Heather, agreed, and they competed in the CMR Championship Mud Racing. She says, “I was ok with the idea because of what I saw with our friend. They are first and foremost about the safety of the kids. They all have the proper protective gear required and strictly enforce safety rules.” The youngest age category for ATV racing is 13U. Their first year to compete they were 6 and 7. Surprisingly enough, the boys did rather well. Their first race they placed second and third. After they saw how well they did, they were instantly hooked. The boys also have a sister, Alexia, that is in between them. While the boys were racing and competing, she was dancing. The boys had an interest in the boys gymnastics offered at Academy of Dance. They soon joined the Academy Stars Cheer Team. “I see gymnastics and cheer as a future scholarship for my boys. It is a nontraditional sport for boys, so they will have a greater chance to receive a scholarship in this sport than my daughter. While on the other hand, Alexia will have a greater chance at doing something with her ATV for a scholarship. She has expressed interest in racing and trying to compete, and we are open to that,” said mom, Heather Hatthorn. There are about 6-9 races in a season. Races are held in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas. There are usually 6 cheer competitions a season. Those are all in Texas, except for National Competion in Florida. Korbyn is the one who loves racing the most. He has talked about giving up cheer to focus more on racing. This past fall, both the boys competed in the “Big Money Race” in Alabama. That race was Kayman’s first official “big” win. He came home with a life size $500 Championship check. Their mom, Heather, says, “I love them being able to do what they enjoy. They love everything they are involved in. It’s a great way for all of us to spend time together as a family.” 18 | EAST -January 2013


TROPHY HUNTS TROPHY ROOM

Cody Adams

Bronson and Canyon Holmes

Hollie Cherry of Lufkin. Nov. 17th in Anderson County. 14 Points.

Alison Juenger & her big Rio Grande gobbler from the 2012 Spring NWTF Youth Turkey Hunt at Waco Creek Ranch.

John Portwood 9 point Houston County

Josh Franz took this wide 9pt buck in Tyler County.

Carsen Lee, 12 yrs old. 141� 11 pt. South Bonner Youth Hunt 2012 Youth weekend. Killed in South Bonner hunting club on D-V Ranch in Hudson.

Jason and Justin Bradford

Cason Perry

Melissa Huggins Pine Island buck 11-15-2012 Scored 130

Josh Senn


TROPHY ROOM

TROPHY HUNTS

Bosten Cash Oliver. First Buck. South Texas. 128 inch 8pt.

Mary Grace Polk

Carla DuVall killed this 4X6 10 point on New Year’s Day at the El Lugar Ranch in Webb County. She was hunting with her daughter Corby.

Corby DuVall, 11, killed this 7 1/2 year old 10 point buck while hunting with her Dad, Cody on our family ranch, El Lugar in Webb County. She dropped it at 180 yards with a .243. This was her 4th deer.

Roy Byley took this heavy 8 pt buck.

Andrew Polk Preston Polk

Clay Dark South Texas 142 inch 10 pt

Wayne Byley took this 9 pt. buck in Tyler County.

Lauren Henderson 8 point  Henderson Ranch Kerrville, Texas

Breckett Long, 8 yrs old Shot this buck on November 25th 2012 at Rocky Creek Hunting Club. 

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