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    July 13, 2012 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 8, Issue 22

    Trout,redfishreportsCoastal action spotty.


    Wardens staying stealthyOfficers utilizing kayaks on patrol

    ByConorHarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Richard Justice had hunted, fished and scuba dived all of his life.When the 32-year-old League

    City resident began thinking about combining his passions, he looked offshore.I combined all of them

    together and went spearfish-ing, he said. Its like spot and stalk bow hunting in the water.His first trip into the blue

    water was last July 4, and he has been going monthly ever since.The first two trips I went

    scuba diving, Justice said. I decided that was too much stuff to take, so I tried free div-ing and I havent touched a tank since.Justice said he consis-

    tently dives down 50 feet to search for the fish near rigs that spearfishermen covet wahoo, amberjack, snapper, jacks, mahi-mahi and ling.When you are free diving,

    the fish are a little more curious then with a tank, he said. But

    you dont have to be able to dive really deep. Ive shot multiple 40-pound ling while still breath-ing through my snorkel.When Justice was first getting

    into the sport, he hooked up with one of the best spearfish-ing guides in Texas Keith Love of Texas Bluewater Safaris.Its definitely a growing

    sport, Love said. On a calm day, you will now see guys at the marina with rigs.The 27-year-old from

    Angleton said the maximum range he shoots fish is 15 feet.If you have to aim, you are

    too far, he said. We hunt the rigs but a lot of the bluewater fish wont come right into the rigs. They hang 50-100 yards off the rigs, but there is still plenty to shoot on the rigs sheepshead and redfish. Cobia will swim right up to

    you.Loves biggest fish is a 245-

    pound yellowfin tuna. Once a fish is shot, the spear is connected to a buoy on top of the water that detaches from the gun.Once you let the shot go, it

    detaches from you, Love said. The prime time to go

    depends on the spearfisher-mans goal.The calmest, clearest days

    are in June and July, Love

    SPEARINGATROPHY:Wahoo are one of the many game fish spearfishermen enjoy chasing off the Texas coast. The bigger fish are usually found during the winter months, but the summer months can of-fer easier hunting. Photo by Keith Love. See DEEP, Page 16

    Huntingthe deep

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    xz CONTENTSClassifieds . . . . . . . . . Page22Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page28Freshwater Fishing Report . Page10For the Table . . . . . . . . Page28Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page12Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . Page21Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page29Outdoor Business . . . . . Page30Products . . . . . . . . . . Page22Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page18Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page28

    ByJohnKeithLone Star outdoor newS

    Fish or hunt for long enough, and chances are youve been checked by a game warden maybe

    they pulled up in their powerboat on the lake, or stopped their truck beside yours at the boat ramp. What you may not

    have experienced is

    being approached by a kayaker and having him identify himself as a game warden.Folks arent expecting

    See WARDENS, Page 16

    SIDEBYSIDE:Some Texas game wardens are using kayaks, such as this one, as an alternate method to patrol lakes and rivers. Photo by Scott Krueger.

    ByConorHarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    A familiar sound is slowly returning to the Texas land-scape this summer, albeit in limited numbers.Hunters and quail enthusiasts have reported hearing

    the call of the bobwhite quail more frequently this sum-mer than the past few years, and some are beginning to see chicks trailing hens a sight almost nonexistent last year.Folks all over are seeing birds paired up and hearing

    lots of birds, said Robert Perez, Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments quail leader. In a bad year (like last year) you wont hear or see that. By July 1, a lot of the nests will be hatched.Perez said an abundance of bugs and cover will help

    the birds this year.Things are looking good, he said, but you cant

    Quail counts up from last year

    See QUAIL, Page 30

    Two of 31 mule deer tested in far West Texas have con-firmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.They are the first two con-

    firmed cases in the state of Texas. Both infected deer were taken from the Hueco Mountains of northern El Paso and Hudspeth counties.This is definitely not

    a crisis, said Clayton Wolf, Wildlife Division Director with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. There is no need to over-react like other states have done in the past.The mule deer tested were

    part of a strategic sampling after the disease was dis-covered just across the New Mexico border.The upcoming mule deer

    hunting season will not be affected, Wolf said.We plan to pick of road

    kills if they are fresh, he said. And well notify land-owners if they see animals with clinical symptoms so we can hopefully collect those animals.Mandatory check stations

    will be set up in the immedi-ate area of the discovery.Well have two check sta-

    tions, one in Cornudas and

    See DETECTED, Page 7

    CWD detected

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    Dove, teal seasons setSTRAPITUP: Hunters are eager for dove season to start on Sept. 1 in the North and Central Zones. Early teal season will begin this year on Sept. 15. Photos by David J. Sams, LSON.

    ByConorHarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Texas bird hunting is closer then you think.With a little more

    than six weeks to go before the opening of dove season, and two months before early teal season, hunters are expecting a good year afield.According to Kevin

    Kraii, Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments program leader for waterfowl, blue-winged teal will easily surpass the 4.7 million birds needed to trigger the 16-day early season.The numbers still

    arent finalized yet, but

    I would venture to say they are the highest weve seen, Kraii said. Conditions this year werent quite as good as last year but last year

    was the best condi-tions weve ever seen. I expect the count will be around 9 million total.Kraii said Texas was

    sitting much better then

    last year when it came to habitat conditions.The marshes, wet-

    lands and reservoirs are in much better shape, he said. We have a really good response in the wetlands when you have a drought year followed by a wet year with wetland vegeta-tion. There will be a lot of good stuff the ducks need.Things look really

    good.The teal season is

    slated to start nearly two weeks after dove sea-son, which will begin in the North and Central Zones on Sept. 1.

    Other states working on CWD live test

    Hot scouting

    ByJohnKeithLone Star outdoor newS

    Getting a jump-start on scout-ing in the summer months can be helpful in making educated decisions during hunting sea-son, said San Antonio native John Martinez, on a lease located north of Medina in Bandera County.Im hoping to see trends of

    when animals are showing up, if theyre showing up on specific days or times, times they eat, or just what all is out there, he said.July may seem like a strange

    time to start scouting for white-tail deer, but the well-prepared hunter can learn valuable infor-mation for fall if he can bear the triple-digit heat.Martinez said making sure he

    knows what caliber of animal is on the land will help him decide which deer to harvest in the fall.Its nice to see what animals

    are visiting what area, and to pick or choose based on what Im see-ing on the cameras, whether to shoot a certain buck or doe, or anything else.He said studying trail-cam pho-

    tos and comparing them with others on different areas of the lease can help him to know the difference in deer activity around the ranch, and if he needs to hunt in a different location.Martinez said he is not afraid of

    the deer changing their habits too much in the coming months.I think when season comes

    around, as long as Im careful not to spook them, most should be coming back.Breckenridge hunter Justin

    Read said he is going to be guid-ing on Rock Point Ranch for the first time this year, which adds

    some urgency to knowing what animals are available for clients.We put lots of cameras up and

    they help, because you just cant be there 24 hours a day, Read said.Read said there are a number

    of things a hunter can learn by scouting at this time of year.You can age the deer a little bit

    better and help see when theyre there, how many are there you can see how many you can take off the place, and how many young deer you have, he said.Read said the colder months

    will work to split the deer from the groups they tend to be travel-ing in during the summer, but he believes most of the deer will con-tinue to use the same trails. Dr. Thomas Simpson, an asso-

    ciate professor of biology at Texas State University in San Marcos, said deer are focused on feeding this time of year, which can help determine where to scout.Theyre hustling for food, and

    theyll take advantage of paths to food, he said. But if we