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    July 8, 2011 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 7, Issue 22

    State's bestAggie takes top duck calling honors.

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    Inside

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    Federal of cials decline to OK earlier South Zone opener.

    Page 4

    Dove season set HUNTING

    Who has jurisdiction?Page 9

    Can't sh here?

    Texas youth scores on B.C. bear hunt.Page 4

    Bear with me

    Anglers having up-and-down season.Page 8

    Searching for snook

    FISHING

    Camou aged corn: Gimmick or law

    enforcement nightmare?

    By Bill MillerLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    Baiting deer is now legal in parts of Georgia, but corn dealer David Hendrickson said thats bad for business.

    Youd think sales of bait would jump, but Hendrickson, of Newton, Ga., sells a specialized product.

    His corn is camou-

    FROM THE DEPTHS: Anglers shing deep lakes like Texoma and Bridgeport are hooking smallmouth bass on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs, even some soft plastics. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    CONTENTSClassi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 24Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 22Fishing Report . . . . . . . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 22Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 20Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 25Out tters and Businesses . . Page 24Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 27Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 22

    O.C. Fisher is out of water.Page 8

    Sucked dry

    Go deep for smalliesBy Nicholas ConklinLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    Few options exist for anglers chasing small-mouth bass in Texas lakes.

    But, for those willing to sh deep, clear-water

    lakes, the reward can be hard- ghting bronze-backs, up to 6 pounds.

    Anglers recently reported smallmouth-rich environments on lakes Texoma and Bridgeport.

    See SMALLIES, Page 17

    Anglers catching smallmouth bass

    in clear, deep-water reservoirs

    See CAMOUFLAGED, Page 5

    COVERT CORN: A camou age corn dealer from Georgia said his product probably wouldnt catch on in Texas where its legal to bait deer. Photo by Real Life Outdoors.

    Not all big sh found up close to rigsBy Conor HarrisonLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    Oil rigs off the Texas coast can be busy places during the summer.

    Tuna, mahi mahi, red snapper, grou-per, ling, king sh and a multitude of other deep-water species congregate around the rigs along with shermen.

    Anglers have their choices when shing the rigs; bottom shing and trolling both are popular.

    What should a boater who doesnt often sh the rigs need to know about these hulk-ing metal structures of the deep?

    For starters, pay attention to other boats and

    See RIGS, Page 21

    RIG RULES: A multitude of saltwater species, and the anglers who seek them, tend to crowd around offshore oil rigs during the summer. One guide suggests shing several hundred yards from a rig, where big sh are frequently found. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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    HUNTING

    A promise kept: Texas youth earns Canadian adventure

    South Zone dove season opener set for Sept. 23

    By Bill MillerLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    Cody Witt, being a student athlete from Thrall, northeast of Austin, has plenty of upper body strength, but he tired while holding his compound bow at full draw, wait-ing on a big black bear.

    The bruin was lumbering along some railroad tracks, stopping occasionally to feed on grass in some very remote backcountry of eastern British Columbia.

    Codys guide, Jeff Lander, who was directing the 16-year-old archer with hand signals, rst spotted the bear.

    Cody nally saw the bear when it was nearly upon his guide.

    I was afraid hed get wind of Jeff, Cody said. I had to draw my bow and I held it, but I was pretty fatigued.

    I was just waiting for him to turn broadside.

    The journey to this moment on June 2nd involved more than geography.

    Cody said it wouldnt have been possible had it not been for Jeff.

    Codys uncle, James Bailey, and his uncles hunting buddy, Bob Gilbert, also played key roles.

    But to appreciate their in u-ences, it helps to understand that Codys parents divorced when he was 5.

    Because of the divorce, Cody had to grow up fast and become the little man around our house, said his mother, Lynn Voigt, who remarried two years ago. Hunting has been his outlet.

    Cody was 9 when Uncle James, a Dripping Springs homebuilder, gave him his rst bow.

    It snowballed from there, Cody said.

    Since then, uncle and nephew made numerous hunts on the Webb County deer lease they shared with Bob, a homebuilder from Leander.

    Thats where, a few years ago, Cody rst met Jeff, who had guided James and Bob on hunts for grizzly and black bears in British Columbia. They invited Jeff to hunt feral hogs in Texas.

    I could see he was totally red up on hunting, Jeff said of Cody. I said Well, why dont you come up to Canada to go bowhunting?

    Cody responded that hed love to, but his mother proba-bly wouldnt let him because his schoolwork was lacking.

    Jeff didnt hesitate to offer a free hunt if Cody could improve his grades and keep them high.

    Well, Jeff recalled, right then his uncle said, Yeah, and Ill pay for the ight. Then Bob said, Ill buy your license.

    Cody took their challenge seriously.To have an opportunity was

    all it took, Lynn said. Cody has been on the honor roll the last two years while playing sports for Thrall High School.

    James and Bob drove Cody to

    Jeffs concession, south of Prince George, B.C.

    When they arrived, Cody dis-covered a vast, rugged pinery totally unlike drought-stricken Texas.

    We saw moose, grizzlies and lots of waterfowl, he said. Its very wet up there, and the sun comes up at 4:45 in the morning and goes down 10:30 at night.

    Living in Texas, Ive never experi-enced anything like that.

    During the rst outing from camp, Jeff was glad to see that his commitment to Cody was not misplaced.

    It didnt take very long for them to see their rst bear, and Cody could

    BEAR OF A CHALLENGE: Cody Witt of Thrall and family friend Bob Gilbert of Leander present the 350-pound black bear that Cody shot June 2 in eastern British Columbia. Photo by Jeff Lander.

    By Bill MillerLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    Dove hunters who prefer South Texas must now mark their calendars for Sept. 23 the latest opening for the South Zone season in a long time.

    A request from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to open that season earlier was recently denied by a regulations committee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The season traditionally begins the Friday nearest Sept. 20, but no earlier than the 17th. Thats nearly three weeks later than the Sept. 1 opening allowed for the rest of the state.

    TPWD of cials have said, however, that in the South Zone, dove hatchlings stay a little longer in the nest, but most are ready to leave by Sept. 20.

    But this year, the Friday nearest Sept. 20 is Sept 23.

    Not wanting to open that late, TPWD of cials thought it would be OK to nudge the South Zone opener back one week to Sept. 16.

    They needed federal approval to do that, but USFWS of cials declined.

    If youre upset about that, the line forms behind Dave Morrison, TPWDs small game program director.

    Im really disappointed, he said, because our plan was supported by the Central Flyway Council. It would have been a very simple move, however, the service felt we needed more biological information to support that.

    We argued that there is no biologi-cal implication, but they chose to beconservative.

    So Sept. 23 is the opening date for the South Zone, including the special white-winged dove area.

    But USFWS of cials had more favor-able news for hunters whod like an ear-lier chance to hunt resident Canada geese in the Eastern Zone for waterfowl.

    Hunters will be allowed to go after them Sept. 10-25, concurrently with the 16-day September teal season.

    These resident populations evolved from pets that have turned wild or

    snuck into Texas from neighboring states, but most of the geese are up along the Red River.

    Resident geese in other states have created a lot of damage to parks and pri-vate lawns, although it hasnt yet got-ten that bad in Texas.

    However, there are enough of these birds in the Eastern Zone to provide an ear-lier hunting opportunity, Morrison said.

    But this new September Canada season will only be for the states Eastern Zone, basically the counties east of Interstate 35.

    Thats because that portion of the state is allotted 107 days to hunt geese. The state doesnt use all of them during the regular season in fall and winter, so some of those can be applied to a September season.

    Not so in the Western Zone, which only gets 96 days and all of them are used in the fall and winter, Morrison said.

    September season for Canadas approved for Eastern Zone

    LATE START: A proposal from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to open the South Zone dove season earlier this year has been denied by a regulations committee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo By David