July 23, 2010 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 6, Issue 23
CONTENTSClassieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 25Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22Fishing Report . . . . . . . . . . . Page 10For the Table . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22Game Warden Blotter . . . . . . . . Page 12Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17Outdoor Datebook. . . . . . . . . . Page 26Outtters and Businesses . . . . . Page 24Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 16Sun, Moon and Tide data . . . . . . Page 22
Some people use croaker only as bait. Others nd them great table fare.
Cooler of croaker FISHING
A prominent turkey conservation group has hired a new biologist for Texas and Oklahoma.
New turkey biologist
Hybrid turkeysNorth Texas holds a conrmed population
of hybrid turkeys. Page 4
A mix of rigs for hook, line and sinker help catsh anglers bring them in.
By Thomas PhillipsLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS
Like so many young, curious boys, instead of being repulsed by the innards of a deer, Lane Seaman was intrigued. When he would shoot a deer growing up, he would gut it and look over the parts.
But rather than satisfying curi-osity, examining the contents of a deers digestive tract can help a per-son become a better hunter and deer manager.
Every time somebodys clean-ing a deer, theres an opportunity to learn some-thing, said David Hewitt, a deer researcher at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.
Most hunters try to avoid opening the stomachs and bowels of a deer. Nicking the tissue while cleaning a deer or misplacing a gunshot results in a lthy, smelly mess that most hunters dread.
Hewitt, on the other hand, said hunters can nd out what their deer are eating and whether they are suf-fering from parasites.
Its really kind of eye-opening whats in there, Hewitt said.
After removing the innards from a deers abdominal cavity, the rumen one of the stomach chambers can be opened to see
Whats on the inside countsExamining deer
stomach contents can prove useful
INSIDE: Ranch managers and hunters can learn a lot from the stomach contents
of deer they harvest, a top biologist said. Photo by David J. Sams, LSON.
INSIDE Shooting: Two North Texans will shoot for the world title.
By Nicholas Conklin LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS
Varied weather conditions have caused Texas anglers to change some of their mid-summer techniques to catch bass.
High water on Falcon Lake and Choke Canyon Reservoir has forced some anglers to switch tech-niques while combing deeper waters. Most anglers at Choke Canyon have experienced slower-than-usual shing because of higher water levels.
Angler Brad Milam of San Antonio shed the South Texas lake recently and focused his atten-
High water, wind affecting summertime bass patterns
Many catching largemouths deeper
WEATHER: Bass anglers have had a couple of big fac-tors to contend with on the water early this summer: high wind and high water. Photo by LSON.
See STOMACH, Page 6
See BASS, Page 24
High water and an oil spill recently caused Lake Alan Henry to close temporarily.
Alan Henry hit twice
By Melissa ZamoraFOR LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS
With shing tournaments in high gear and competition as erce as ever, anglers participat-ing in the typical grand slam category are facing a challenge more than ever bagging a south-ern ounder for that award-winning trifecta.
This year, its been very hard its unbe-lievable, said Johnny Rodriguez of Lozano. Previously, an angler could catch two or three ounder per tournament. Now, youre lucky if you catch one per month.
Rodriguez has won many tournaments, and he is a two-time Bay Grand Champion of the Texas Intracoastal Fishing Tournament held in the Port Isabel-South Padre Island area.
Flounder scarcity hits tournament anglers
on southern coastOne atsh could put a
person in the money
See FLOUNDER, Page 18
By Nicholas Conklin LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS
Shooting demands intense focus and mental acuity.
For Junior Olympic shoot-ers Morgan Harbison and Taylor Gallegos, that focus will be put to the test when they compete in the World Championships in Munich, Germany on July 31 through Aug. 10.
Harbison, of Farmersville, shot his way into the championships in the trap division by taking a bronze medal at the 2009 Junior Olympics.
He started shooting .22 ries and air pistols at the age of 8 but did not begin shooting shotguns until he moved to Farmersville and joined the Collin County 4-H Club.
Harbison has been shooting com-petitively for ve years and has placed well in several events around the country to get to this point. In Colorado Springs at the Junior Olympics in 2009, Harbison claimed the silver medal in the trap competi-tion.
Although competing on the world
stage for the rst time, Harbison has set his goals and knows what he wants to accomplish.
Its a lot bigger than any other
matches, and its my rst overseas experience, Harbison said. So my goal is not necessarily to win but to do the best that I can.
He will spend the remaining time training under the tutelage of Team USA shooting member Dominic Grazioli. Grazioli, of San Antonio, has
been shooting on the international stage since 1996 and will also com-
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By Nicholas ConklinLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS
A hybrid version of the Rio Grande and Eastern turkey is popping up in small pockets of North Texas.
Although the hybrids are most common in Oklahoma and Kansas, some have been har-vested in Texas, according to Texas biologists. Texas Parks and Wildlife says a small popula-tion can be found in an area around Grayson County.
Jason Hardin, the top turkey biologist for TPW, said that the hybridization of birds hap-pens in small quantities, especially in areas where the two different species cross.
We have some recent genetics data out of that county and found that population of birds we tested (20 birds total), a little over half were Rios and about 7 of them were Eastern, Hardin said.
Three birds, or 15 percent, were classied as the Eastern-Rio hybrid.
Researchers know little about the hybrids, including physical differences from their par-ents. The Rio Grande subspecies is slightly smaller than the Eastern turkey, and the cor-rect identication of a hybrid can be difcult for hunters.
There is really no big difference, Hardin said. You cant say for certain if they are Rios,
Eastern or a hybrid. You may think youre hunting in Rio Grande country then have some big 20-plus-pound chestnut banded turkey walk out in front of you.
Cross countryAlthough favoring two vastly different
habitats, the Rio and the Eastern have found a natural way of mixing. The habitat clash is something that Shawn Rodgers, National Wild Turkey Federation regional director, said is the reason why there are not larger num-bers of hybrids.
What really is a big differentiating factor on the habitat between the two subspecies is the amount of rainfall, Rodgers said.
Because of uctuations in weather con-ditions in recent years, the opportunities for Eastern and Rio territory to merge has
occurred.Eastern turkeys dislike overgrown areas,
and it requires land management in certain areas, said Dan Sestak of NWTF. Also, the moisture (rain and humidity) and rainfall can cause problems.
TPW has known about the existence of hybrids for some time, but only mini-mal research has been conducted on them. Hardin sees promise in the small population that has been surveyed. He contends the data found thus far has only been a small snapshot of their population and more hybrids could be in the state.
As far as any trends, we have felt certain that there are hybrids in Grayson County for a long time, Hardin said. But there doesnt seem to be one population taking over the other.
Hybrid Easterns, Rios in Grayson Co.More turkey crosses
suspected of being in state, biologist says
BREEDING: Eastern turkeys, left, and Rio Grande turkeys, right, do not often overlap in habitat. But when they do, the different subspecies sometimes produce hybrid offspring. Some of the hybrid birds have been found in North Texas, and others are believed to live here. Photos by Joe Blake/National Wild Turkey Federation (left) and Lone Star Outdoor News.
Texas shooters vying for World ChampionshipBoth hail from Collin County
ON THEIR WAY: Morgan Harbison of Farmersville, above, and Taylor Gallegos of Prosper, right, will compete beginning this month at the shooting world championships in Munich, Germany. The junior shooters are students of the same 4-H club in Collin County.
See SHOOTERS, Page 6