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    July 12, 2013 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 9, Issue 22

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    Blue seas, big fi shOffshore bite going strong for grouper, tuna.

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    CONTENTSClassifi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 22 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 28Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 28Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 18Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 30Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 27Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 14Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 28

    Inside

    HUNTING

    Dog, owner cope with coonhound paralysis, which attacks the animals nerves and spinal cord.

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    Sick puppy

    FISHING

    Central Texas full of fl owers; do whitewings follow?

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    Sun owers galore

    Bluegills, other panfi sh great way to spend a day.

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    Summertime fun

    Texas man gets hauled to sea by a tarpon.Page 11

    Going for a ride

    Quail counts upAfter last several years, hunters cautiously optimistic

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    The speckled trout bite along the Texas coast is going strong this summer, with good numbers reported along the upper coast and some nice-sized trout coming from the lower coast.

    Boerne angler Nick Kohleffel spent the holi-day weekend fi shing out of Port Mansfi eld, and said his group experi-enced a good morning trout bite.We fi shed mainly

    with croaker, he said. All of the croaker were good-sized 4 to 6 inches and we were catching trout early in about 2 feet of water. After the sun came up and the water would heat up, the fi sh moved a little

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    A familiar sound is return-ing to some areas of Texas, albeit in limited doses.The whistle of the bobwhite

    quail is again being heard dur-

    ing the summer months in places where quail havent been heard from in several years. After years of drought, timely rains across much of the state have made for better range conditions, and the quail are

    responding, according to some landowners.The hatch started much

    later this year than last year, said Ronnie Howard in South Texas. First rains were on

    See QUAIL, Page 16

    Trout bite steady, bigger sh along lower coast

    See TROUT, Page 24

    WADING IS WORKING: Trout are being caught along the coast, and wade fi shermen, like this one last month, are having good success in the mornings before the water heats up. Photo by David J. Sams, LSON.

    TRENDING UPWARD: Quail hunters across the state are seeing more birds this year, although they are avoiding getting too excited until the fall. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    Go deep on Fork

    When a rare north wind blew across Texas for several days in early July, fi sh-ing guides on Lake Fork had to quickly adjust tactics to fi nd fi sh.The fi shing had been really good

    until the wind blew out of the north and for seven or eight days, it was tough, said Lake Fork guide Andrew Grills. I think we are back to normal now. It sure was pleasant weather to fi sh in, but it changed the bite. We had to go to fi nesse baits there

    for a while.

    When bite slows, look for deep drop-offs

    See DEEP, Page 15

    PULLING THEM FROM DEEP: Texas- and Carolina-rigged worms are catching a lot of bass on Lake Fork, with guides and anglers focusing on deep lake points. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

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    HUNTING

    By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    Hill County has noticed, as have those along I-45 in Ellis County. Fields full of giant sunflowers dot

    the landscape, a new sight for most in those parts of Texas. During the bloom in June, vehicles stopped along the freeways for a photo opportunity with their children.Have the white-winged dove,

    who flock to the big plants near Hondo, Uvalde and in the Rio Grande Valley, found the fields?Not yet, it appears, but it should

    be a matter of time.Im sure dove are in there but I

    havent seen them being hunted (last season), said Hill County Game Warden Doug Volcik. Most of the dove hunters I checked were hunting in the corn and the milo. Last year wasnt a very good year for most of the dove hunting around here, though.According to the Ellis County

    Extension Office, the number of acres of sunflowers planted in Ellis, Hill and Navarro counties has increased from about 2,000 to more than 24,000.Allen Moorehouse of Heart of

    Texas Guided Hunts has been watching the change, but said the

    Giant sunflowers blooming in Central TexasHunters waiting for whitewings to adjust

    See SUNFLOWERS, Page 21

    BUMPER CROP: Sunflowers fields are increasing throughout Ellis, Hill and

    Navarro counties, catching the eyes of dove hunters. Photo by Katie Harrison,

    for Lone Star Outdoor News.

    Dog enduring long recovery after winning bout with raccoon

    By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    Lori Ford wasnt overly shocked when her dog, Barni, killed a rac-

    coon at the Rio Rojo Rancho in Red River County owned by Lori and her husband, Mike. Until a few weeks later, that is, when a long and arduous journey began

    for the lab/hound/Rottweiler mix.Barni killed it on our front

    porch during the night on June 14, Lori said. He has killed many coons and our previous dog, Bambi, killed many as well. I think Bambi taught Barni the fine art.Lori was aware of a paralysis

    virus that dogs can contract from coons.The first time Bambi killed a rac-

    coon I told my mom about it, she said. My mom warned me about it; her college roommate from

    Ohio had a dog that contracted it from the saliva of a raccoon bite. Every time one of our dogs killed a raccoon, she reminded me.Barni was bit on his chest, under

    his chin and had scratches from the encounter.The bites got better, but his

    routine was changing, Lori said. After about nine days, he didnt sleep with us and I had a hard time getting him off of the couch. He was reacting slowly. Then he couldnt jump off of the Polaris and

    fell flat on his face. The next day he couldnt get into the golf cart.Mike took Barni to their local

    veterinarian, Dr. Bert Ellsworth in Clarksville, and Lori called their deer vet and friend, Dr. Scott Bugai in Seguin. Bugai agreed that Barni had

    acute canine idiopathic polyradic-uloneuritis (ACIP), also known as coonhound paralysis.I have seen it three of four times

    Coonhound paralysis not fatal but attacks spinal cord, nerves

    See RECOVERY, Page 6

    Tanzanian official asks USFWS not to list lion as endangeredWhen Dallas Safari Club adopted a new

    policy for members who hunt lions earlier this year, the response was overwhelmingly favorable.The policy, meant to limit the killing of

    young males and pride males, reads the ideal huntable male lion is at least 6 years of age and is not known to head a pride or be part of a coalition heading a pride with dependant cubs.Hunting only non-pride and non-adoles-

    cent male lions should be the goal of every

    responsible hunter and organization with a vested interest in conserving lion popula-tions, said Ben Carter, DSC executive direc-tor. Were encouraged by the broad out-pouring of support that weve received since announcing the new DSC position.

    See LION, Page 21

    SLOW RETURN: After killing a raccoon, Mike and Lori Fords dog, Barni, came down with coonhound paralysis, a condition that affects the nerves and spinal cord. A full recovery is expected, but it will take up to two months. Photo by Lori Ford.

    GOOD POLICY: Dallas Safari Clubs lion policy has been endorsed by many countries, and Tanzania is fighting

    to keep the lion off of the USFWS endangered list. Photo by Lili Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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    New rules for moving elk, red deer, othersThe Texas Animal Health Commission has

    new intrastate movement requirements in place for elk, red deer, Sika deer, moose and their hybrids, all of which are considered sus-ceptible to Chronic Wasting Disease.White-tailed deer and mule deer are also

    susceptible species to CWD but remain under the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments movement regulations. The new TAHC movement rule replaces the

    previous rule, which applied only to elk and required testing animals based on the number being moved. When transporting CWD susceptible species,

    owners are required to apply an official iden-tification device to the animals being moved, complete and submit a CWD Susceptible Species Movement Record, and provide a cur-rent estimated inventory of the herd of origin. In addition, owners are required to provide documentation of negative CWD test results

    on 20 percent of all eligible mortalities in the herd on an annual basis to the TAHC. Eligible mortalities are those occurring

    after June 12, 2013 (the effective date of the new rule) in herd members 16 months of age and older, including hunter harvested animals and animals sent to slaughter. The necessary forms, instructions, complete rule and addi-tional information may be obtained at the TAHC website or by contacting a local TAHC Region Office. Herd owners are not requir