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    TPWD proposing new season dates for waterfowl and dove, and the department is seeking com-ment from hunters.

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    New dates possible

    CONTENTSClassifi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 32 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 22Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 28Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 16Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 22


    The redfi sh season hasnt been up to par compared to other years, and the slow bite has been affecting charter services and bait shops.

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    A bit on the slow side


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    HECK OF A START: Ella Hawk stands next to the big Corsican ram she took earlier this year. Photo by Tony Hawk.

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Sometimes, a young hunter takes to the fi eld like a duck takes to water.That is certainly the case with

    Ella Hawk, a rising fourth-grader at Copeland Elementary School in Huffman.Hawk, who has accompanied her

    dad, Tony, and mom, Cindy, in the deer blind since she was 3 years old, harvested her fi rst deer last season. But she had bigger plans for the off-season beginning with a trip to Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs in March during her spring break.She started shooting a gun last

    year, Tony Hawk said. She shoots a .243 Youth Remington and she only weighs about 50 pounds. We had to have the stock cut down and the trigger pull lightened, but she shoots it great.

    Full curl9-year-old

    takes four exotic Texas rams this year

    See ELLA, Page 20

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    If 19-year-old Cleburne hunter Kendall Jones was looking to gain publicity for her goal of becoming a hunting TV personality, she did one heck of a job.Jones, who has been hunting in Zimbabwe, posted

    online pictures of herself with recently harvested tro-phies of Africas big fi ve, including a lion, leopard, ele-phant and white rhino.All of the animals were legally taken, but the outrage

    came quickly from antihunters who visciously attacked her online. Along with her personal Facebook page, other pages sprang up in support and against the young

    hunter.A Kendall Jones Hate Page appeared along with

    Support Kendall pages. Jones Facebook page jumped to more than 260,000 likes in four days. As of press time, that number had grown to 468,000.Love being an admin to slate something as vile as

    this disgusting creature called Kendall Jones, wrote the administrator of the Kendall Jones Hate Page. Most of the comments against Jones were too inap-

    propriate to print in LSON.Jones, a Texas Tech cheerleader, seemed to be taking

    the criticism in stride. She recently signed a television

    Young Texas hunter creates stir with pictures

    See HUNTER, Page 6

    Hittin it hard

    CHOMPIN AT THE BIT: Guides from Caddo Lake, Lake Alan Henry and Lake Ray Roberts have been seeing good num-bers of largemouth bass and even some larger fi sh if they can fi nd them. Photo by David J. Sams, LSON.

    By Steve SchwartzLone Star outdoor newS

    A sampling of lakes across Texas has shown there are fi sh to be found, and the time is ripe to bring in that large bass thats been evading anglers since the spring.

    Usually, we are catching about 15 on a trip any given day, said guide Tommy Hagler, at O.H. Ivie Reservoir. We had some rain that helped us out at least on the water level.He said he is looking for trees in deep water,

    dragging long soft plastic worms over the top of

    See BITE, Page 11

    Lakes across state report bass activity

    DONT HAVE TO GO FAR: Offshore anglers are fi nding plenty of action within 35 miles of the midcoast this month as tournament season ramps up. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    The offshore fi shing along the midcoast is picking up as the winds fi nally begin to subside, just in time for the main Texas offshore tourna-ment season.According to Freda Greene, fi rst

    mate at Bill Busters Sportfi shing in Port Aransas, the wind died last week for the fi rst time all season and anglers were rewarded with several good days.We are catching lots of kingfi sh,

    blacktip sharks and dorado, she said. We also caught a 74-pound ling.Greene said the boat has only had

    to run up to 35 miles to fi nd fi sh, a report echoed by other charter boats in the area.Its starting to go really good,

    said Terry Montado at Capt. Kellys Deep Sea Headquarters in Port Aransas. We are catching big num-bers of kingfi sh and ling on almost every trip. The average distance we are catching them is about 35 miles out.

    Tournamenttime along midcoast

    See OFFSHORE, Page 31

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    TPWD seeks public commentBy Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has proposed season dates for the take of migratory game birds for the 2014-15 hunting sea-sons.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    issues annual frameworks for the hunting of migratory game birds. Regulations adopted by individual states may be more restrictive than the federal frameworks, but may not be less restrictive. Responsibility for establishing seasons, bag lim-its, means, methods, and devices for harvesting migratory game birds within Service frameworks is dele-gated to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.Comments on the provisions

    affecting late-season species of migra-tory game birds will be accepted until 5 p.m. on August 20.

    Proposed Dove Seasons

    The department proposes to adjust the opening day in all three dove zones, including the Special White-Winged Dove Area regular season, to preserve the season structure from last year; however, in the North and Central zones, the season would close three days earlier in the fi rst segment (compared to last year) and those days would be added to the end of the second segment. In the South Zone and SWWDA,

    the fi rst segment would be shortened by fi ve days compared to last year, and those days would be added to the end of the second segment. The new season structure is intended to pro-

    A FEW CHANGES: TPWD wants hunter comments on proposed season dates for doves and waterfowl. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    New dove, waterfowl dates


    See PROPOSALS, Page 7

    FILL THEM UP: White-tailed deer fawns begin drinking water within six weeks of being born, giving ranch managers a reason to make ground-level drinking troughs available to them. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

    Frisco man pleads guilty to smuggling rhino hornsA resident of Frisco, and an

    appraiser of Asian art, pleaded guilty last month in federal court to participating in an ille-gal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which rhinoceros horns and objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth nearly $1 million were smuggled from the United States to China.Ning Qiu, 43, pleaded guilty to

    one count charging him with con-spiracy to smuggle and violate the Lacey Act.Qiu was identifi ed as part of

    Operation Crash a nation-wide effort led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute those involved in the black market trade of rhinoc-eros horns and other protected species.According to documents fi led

    in federal court, Qiu admitted to acting as one of the three antique dealers in the United States paid by Zhifei Li, the admitted boss of the conspiracy, to help obtain wildlife items and smug-gle them to Li via Hong Kong. Li was sentenced on May 27 in federal district court in Newark, New Jersey, to serve 70 months in prison for his leadership role in the smuggling conspiracy. Li arranged fi nancing, negotiated the price and paid for rhino horns and elephant ivory. He also gave instructions on how to smuggle the items out of the United States and obtained the assistance of additional collaborators in Hong Kong to receive the smuggled goods and then smuggle them to him in mainland China.As part of his plea, Li admit-

    ted that he sold raw rhinoceros horns worth approximately $3 million approximately $17,500 per pound to factories in China where the horns are carved into fake antiques.Between 2009 and 2013, Qiu

    purchased and smuggled to Hong Kong at least fi ve raw rhinoc-eros horns weighing at least 20 pounds.

    Staff report

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Listening to conversations in the back of a ranch vehicle driving around doing summer chores like fi lling feeders and checking tank levels can yield lots of questions to ponder.Why are you turning off the water to the tanks? asked one

    hunter.Because it just rained and we dont need to keep them run-

    ning, said the other.Well, the water level is still several inches from the top,

    came the retort. What if a fawn needs to drink and cant reach the water? Then what?When do fawns start drinking water?Good question.LSON posed the question to biologists, and the answer is

    within the fi rst six weeks, and maybe within three weeks of birth.I havent heard of any specifi c research studies that deal

    Drinking habit