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    HUNTING

    Annual hunter survey shows trends for Texas dove hunting.Page 4

    Leading the packCONTENTSFreshwater Fishing Report . Page 10Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 18Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 28Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 26Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 14Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 20

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    August 8, 2014 Largest Hunting and Fishing Newspaper in Texas Volume 10, Issue 24

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    BITING ANYTHING: Kingfi sh and Spanish mackerel are at their peak this month, and anglers are catching loads of them by throw-ing top-waters, jigs and lipless crankbaits. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News. UP ON BRUSHY CREEK: Throughout the year even during a sweltering summer day Texas Hill Country rivers can produce some shing fun. Species like Guadalupe

    bass, Rio Grande cichlids, carp and other pan sh are willing to take a y or lure in many situations. Photo by Steve Schwartz, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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    Rushin to the rivers

    Bite happening

    across Central Texas streams

    By Steve SchwartzLone Star outdoor newS

    The cool waters of Brushy Creek almost masked the effect of the sweltering heat that rose off the banks during a hot July day in Round Rock.Several anglers made an excur-

    sion to the often-overlooked spot during the end of July, when many area lakes are warming up

    making the fishing uncom-fortable and often unproductive.Rivers in the Hill Country and

    beyond are a welcome respite for fly-fishermen and light-tackle anglers alike, providing a wealth of opportunities for the major-ity of the year, and maybe even some shade.Brushy Creek runs south out of

    See RIVERS, Page 15

    Hunting Texas Annual2014

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    The kingfi sh and Spanish mackerel bite is going strong along many jetties and piers from Galveston to South Padre Island, and anglers are taking advantage especially while sitting on kay-aks.The kingfi sh are pretty close

    White-winged dove study looks at habitatexpansionTHEYRE HERE: White-winged dove have followed the highways from South Texas to the Red River, and now are breeding in every county in Texas. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Many North Texas dove hunters shoot their limits on opening morning. That hasnt changed in years.What has changed is the type

    of dove that make up that limit more white-winged dove and fewer mourning dove is now common. It wasnt always that way, and a recently-published paper on the topic points to humans as the facilitators.Yep, weve been seeing a

    lot more in a couple differ-ent places the last few years, said guide Dale Bestwina, who hunts near the Red River from

    Texoma to Wichita Falls. On a lot of the fi elds, we were shoot-ing nothing but whitewings no mourning doves at all.Bestwina said he fi nds more

    whitewings on fi elds with big-ger grains, such as corn, but he doesnt know why they are moving north at such a fast pace.We arent really near the

    suburbs on a lot of these fi elds, he said. Whitewings are an urban

    bird, often travelling from cit-ies to nearby fi elds to feed in the morning and evenings, giving hunters close to town a consis-

    See DOVE, Page 25

    Kingfi sh, Spanish

    mackerel thick along jetties, nearshore rigs

    See KINGFISH, Page 11

    FISHING

    A cut aboveFly-fi sherman takes wood art to the next level.

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    HUNTING

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Texas once again leads the nation in dove hunters and overall num-bers of dove, according to the latest results from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services annual Dove Hunter Survey.About 250,000 mourning dove

    hunters harvest 5 million mourn-

    ing dove on an annual basis in Texas. The survey, which sent out more than 30,000 requests, had a return rate of 41.6 percent. These opinions and preferences

    are important and should be taken into account whenever possible, said Shaun Oldenburger, Dove Program leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The department does

    not have plans to make any regulatory changes based on the survey findings. But, this information about dove hunters motivations and their per-ceptions can help us make informed decisions concerning education pro-grams and in our communications

    Texas tops the list

    Annual USFWS National Dove Hunter Survey reveals trends

    MOST IN THE NATION: Texas leads the nation in dove and dove hunters, and a recent survey shows dove hunting remains a passionate hobby for those that participate. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    See SURVEY, Page 16

    HOPING FOR ANOTHER GOOD YEAR: Biologists said the Panhandle pronghorn herd had little recruitment this past season, but bucks remain plentiful in many units. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    Panhandlepronghornsholding steadyHunters should have continued successBy Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    The rains came a little late to help pronghorn fawns and buck antler growth this season, but come they finally did, and herds are reaping the benefit in the Panhandle.We are expecting some decent

    bucks this season, said Shawn Gray, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department pronghorn leader. The moisture came late for ant-ler development that needs to come in the winter but body conditions should be good.Gray said herd numbers remain

    similar to last year, when hunters took part in three experimental herd units with over-the-counter tags.Harvest intensity within the

    two units closest to Dalhart were pretty high, Gray said. We will do it again for two more years. It didnt look like it had too much impact on overall herd numbers. The average age for harvested bucks last season was 4 years old. Ten was the oldest buck we aged.TPWDs district leader in the

    Panhandle, Calvin Richardson,

    said the herd is still recovering from the lingering drought that plagued the area the past three years.It was the most severe drought

    weve ever had up until May, he said. It impacted fawn sur-vival, but we still have a whole lot of pronghorn. I dont think the bucks took a hit. We have good age structure.The three experimental units

    will remain the same as last sea-son eight, 17 and 25.I think hunters will have a bet-

    ter understanding of how it works this season, Richardson said.

    We had a lot of hunters buy tags and then realize you had to have the owners permission to find a place to hunt. Hopefully, that isnt a problem this season.Season dates for pronghorn will

    be from October 4-12.In the northeaster portion, we

    will be issuing almost 300 per-mits, Richardson said. Well have that many in the northwest portion, as well. In total, there should be about 600 landowner tags available, with the total num-ber of tags combined approaching

    See PRONGHORN, Page 24

    By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    Deer researchers, breed-ers and a state agency worked together to help obtain infor-mation that may result in an approved live test for Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk, and, someday, may help avoid the killing of entire deer herds by state agencies.We know the technology

    has improved on live testing, said Shawn Schafer, executive director of NADeFA (North American Deer Farmers Association). It has become a lot more sensitive. Weve been working on this for years; we

    just needed the animals to test in the right environment.In Pennsylvania, The

    Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture worked together with NADeFA, Pennsylvania Deer Farmers Association and individual deer farmers to facilitate scientifi c research during a recent depopula-tion of a CWD-infected herd of white-tailed deer in the state. Prior to the depopula-tion, the PDA gave permis-sion for researchers to take samples from the live deer as part of a NADeFA-sponsored research project at Kansas State University to develop

    A novel approachResearchers developing live testing protocol on CWD-infected deer

    SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS: New types of live testing for CWD in deer and elk may provide benefi ts to deer breeders, government agencies and research-ers. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

    See TESTING, Page 7

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    TAIKING AIM: An Allen High School competitive shooter takes aim at a target at the national tourna-ment in Illinois. Photo by Zane Lewis.

    Putting the hurt on the competition

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    In only its second year in existence, the Allen High School Competitive Shooting Team won three national championships in July at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, and USAYESS National Clay Target Championship, held June 28-29 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.Fourteen shooters from Allen beat out more

    than 175 teams from 26 states in Illinois in skeet, trap and sporting clays, winning $17,000 in grant priz