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    August 26, 2011 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 8, Issue 1

    Dove galoreGroup endures earthquake

    to reach Argentina dove hunt. Page 4


    Tragic death leads to boating safety changes.Page 8

    Brittenys law FISHING

    Stingy waters yield trout, reds, sharks.Page 8

    Surfs up

    Drought actually offers conservation opportunities.

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    Push back


    Large schools of reds staging in Baffi n

    Action good on King Ranch

    shorelineBy Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    For the past few weeks, guides along Baffi n Bay have seen huge schools of redfi sh getting ready for the fall spawn.There are a lot of fi sh mov-

    ing from Baffi n to the Gulf right now, said Capt. Jon Fails. There have been huge schools in Baffi n, but they have started drawing down a little bit in the past week. They are also in the

    Intracoastal Waterway, stag-ing themselves for spawning.Along with high water

    temperatures affecting the fi sh, salinity in the bays is very high, Fails said.

    HOT DOG: Moose, a black lab, takes a break from the Texas heat by cooling down in a wa-ter trough on a ranch in Atascosa County. It is important for dove hunters and bowhunters in the early season to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses and take steps to prevent them. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. See REDS, Page 19

    Bad crop reports can be good news for dove hunters

    CONTENTSClassifi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 25Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 24Fishing Report . . . . . . . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 24Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 17Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 18Outfi tters and Businesses . . Page 25Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 24

    Better, but guides think bite is a few weeks off.

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    Billfi sh

    Some ranchers offer lower-cost hunts and no kill fees. Page 4

    Archery discount

    By Bill MillerLone Star outdoor newS

    Texas agriculturalists have to look hard to see anything posi-tive on the sunbaked landscape.

    Cattlemen cant fi nd decent Texas hay to supplement the parched rangelands, so bales are being shipped in from as

    INSIDEn Dove of Texas: Page 15

    See DOVE HUNTERS, Page 14

    DOVE CANDY: Drought has ravaged Texas croplands, but a stunted ear of corn is still valuable food for dove. Photo by LSON.

    San Angelo angler aims tobe among bass fi shings elite

    By Bill MillerLone Star outdoor newS

    O.H. Ivie Reservoir, impounded in 1990, was producing big bass within a decade, including a memora-ble lunker caught in June 2000.A KGKL Big Bass tour-

    nament carried a top prize of $10,000, and several 10- pounders had been caught. But the biggest fi sh that day wasnt hooked by any of the contestants.Nine-year-old Austin Terry

    of San Angelo had been fi sh-ing on the lake with his family

    when he caught the big large-mouth on a Carolina-rigged worm.Russell Smith, former San

    Angelo police chief turned outdoor writer, was cover-ing the weigh-ins for a local

    RUNNING START: Austin Terry has wanted to be a professional angler since age 9 when he hooked an 11-pound lunker on O.H. Ivie. Photo by Jason Hook, for LSON. See SAN ANGELO, Page 16

    Dog days of early fall

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Moose was hot.During an afternoon of chasing

    birds, the faithful black lab needed to cool off.But Moose wasnt waiting for the

    hunt to end he needed to cool off now. So, he proceeded to the nearest water trough to get a drink and soak.Its often easy for dogs to cool

    down, but hunters might need to take a few precautions during dove and early bow season this year.The heat has been darned near

    unbearable across much of Texas this summer, with temperatures soaring to more than 100 degrees daily in most places.Dove hunters, along with bow-

    hunters in early October, face the brunt of the heat when afi eld. Those hunters should be aware of the dangers of extreme heat and how to cope with them.

    Heat an issue during dove,bow seasons

    See DOG DAYS, Page 21

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    DOVE CLOUD: Huge flocks of dove were available for Texas hunter Ike Standley during a 2010 trip to Argentina. But first, he had to endure a massive earthquake during a stop in Chile. Photo by Ike Standley.

    By Bill MillerLone Star outdoor newS

    The old saying good luck comes to those who are prepared to receive it was bore out the weekend of Aug. 12-14.Rain showers pierced

    the high-pressure dome that has helped keep tri-ple-digit heat over Texas for much of the summer.The storms did noth-

    ing to end the statewide drought. North Texas, for example, only got a few inches that week-end, bringing the yearly total to about 16 inches, far below the normal 23 inches.And searing temper-

    atures soon returned across the state.But some who

    received the rain called it miraculous, and those who had special catch-ment containers or guzzlers could keep a lot of it for wildlife. A half-inch to 3

    inches of rain can sure fill up a water catch-ment, if you have it in place, said Jesse Oetgen, technical guid-ance biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife

    Department.Im in Weatherford,

    he said, and here at my house, the gauge only had half an inch. But if I had a guz-zler, with maybe an 8-by-4 sheet of corrugated metal that runs into a gutter sys-tem, I could have caught many gallons.Oetgen said the

    Shackelford County area, northeast of Abilene, got 2-3 inches of rain.If you can catch that,

    you can save several hundred gallons, but it depends on the size of the structure, Oetgen said.He said guzzlers could

    be designed to overflow, which creates a green, lush microenvironment that attracts insects and, thus, turkey and quail.An Internet search

    using the words wild-life and guzzler can direct landowners to dealers that sell catch-ment systems.The Natural Resources

    Conservation Service has programs that can make payments to peo-

    ple who install guzzlers. For example, NRCS

    officials recently described a guzzler that costs $1,975 per

    unit, but the agency would reimburse as much as $840 to purchasers who meet cri-teria for the p r o g r am s .

    People should contact the NRCS agents in their counties for more information.And do-it-yourselfers

    can find cheaper ways to build catchment systems. Richard Kincheloe of

    Dallas said he has been exploring tons of sites for systems that can be built for cheap on his familys KV Ranch in Bosque County.

    Ultimate adventure redefined

    By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    Ike Standley of Garden Ridge will be heading to his longtime opening-day dove hunting spot in September near Pleasanton. Weve been going there for years and years

    with people from our church, said the business-man. Its been real good and fun.But it was another dove hunt in February 2010 that

    was the ultimate adventure in both danger and fun.

    Drought can present opportunities to help

    wildlife habitat

    Bowhunting-only ranches offer more affordable hunting

    Group weathers earthquake, mountain bus trip to reach Argentina hunt

    See ADVENTURE, Page 6

    MOREn How much do game animals drink? See page 19

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Brushy Creek Ranch owner Pete Denney decided years ago on a simple philosophy be a lean and mean bowhunt-ing-only operation that keeps costs low and lets hunters hunt.That philosophy has

    worked, especially charg-ing clients only a daily fee to hunt regardless of what they kill, instead of a tro-phy fee determined by the size of the animal.More and more ranches

    across the state are cater-ing strictly to bowhunters, and their prices reflect it.It just kind of started at less

    dollars per day, Denney said. As our costs went up, we had to go up with it, but we priced it at what we thought was fair and what we felt the market could bear.

    HYDRATION: Catchment systems that collect rainwater

    were handy structures in mid-August when rain show-ers briefly visited parts of Tex-as. Installing them are some of the things landowners can do even while drought continues to hammer the state. Photo by

    David J. Sams, LSON.

    See DROUGHT, Page 19

    A SHARP DEAL: Bowhunters can take advantage of ranches that do not allow rifle hunting, usually at discounted prices from other ranches. Photo by Bill Miller, LSON.See BOWHUNTING, Page 6

    Better watering, grazing plans, hog control all possible

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    $3.4 million raised for TDAYou wouldnt know the economy was down had

    you attended the Texas Deer Associations annual fund-raising weekend, Aug. 10-14, in San Antonio.The group, comprised of hunters, deer breeders

    and ranch owners, had more than 1,500 people attend the banquet, seminars and auction, which raised more than $3.4 million in gross sales.In this economy at this time, Im just amazed

    we had that type of turnout, said Karl Kinsel, TDA executive director. We just moved the event to