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  • June 10, 2016 Largest Hunting and Fishing Newspaper in Texas Volume 12, Issue 20


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    STAR scholarship winner completes degree. Page 8

    Art degree with help



    Method of collecting rattlesnakes may be phased out. Page 4

    Recovery groups will pull you out for free. Page 9

    Help from off-road friends

    CONTENTSFreshwater Fishing Report Page 10

    Game Warden Blotter Page 12

    Saltwater Fishing Report Page 16

    Sun, Moon & Tides Page 18

    Heroes Page 20

    Products Page 21

    Crossword Page 22

    Classifieds Page 24

    Outdoor Datebook Page 26


    No more gasRules on CWD postponed. Page 4

    Decision time

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    Texas mule deer hunters may have to re-familiarize themselves with regulations before heading out this season. White-tailed deer hunt-ers in Medina and Uvalde may see changes as well.

    Testing hunter-harvested mule deer and restric-tions on carcass removal in parts of West Texas may become manda-tory in both CWD Containment and CWD Surveillance zones this season, according to a proposal from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff.

    The proposal was presented at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting on May 25.

    We plan to reduce the size of the zones, said Mitch Lockwood, TPWD Big Game Program direc-tor. But we did not get a high enough amount of samples.

    Eastern areas of the zones in West Texas will be removed from the zones in the proposal, as Lockwood said sample numbers were sufficient in those areas.

    Currently, testing is mandatory in the Con-tainment Zone but voluntary in the Surveillance

    Muley hunters may see changes

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    By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    Capt. Alan Hall was on East Galveston Bay, fishing with his girlfriend on June 6, when he spoke with Lone Star Outdoor News.

    We caught our limit in an hour and were releasing more fish, he said. I got a fish on now since weve been talking.

    Hall guides and is two courses short of fin-ishing his college degree. His summer class canceled, so he has some openings in June and July.

    Weve been having our best luck with Down South Lures in chartreuse glitter, he said.

    In Port Mansfield, Eric Gonzales enjoyed a quick trip with his two sons, Austin, 7, and Anthony, 10, and their grandfather, Tony.

    The three-generation crew fished with lo-cal guide Marsh Steussy, and landed quick limits of trout.

    We got out a little late, about 7:30 in the morning, Eric said. Its tough to get the boys going early. By 9, we were almost done with the trout.

    The group used free-lined, live croaker.The redfish were visible, but the boys were

    a little too young to get out of the boat and wade.

    You could see the reds in the grass in 2- to 3-feet of water, Eric said.

    Sunny summerspecks

    Blue water rough, but fishyBy Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    Choppy seas havent kept Mikey Roberts of Blue Fin Charters off of the water, but it hasnt been a comfortable beginning of the red snapper season for the charter outfitter out of Freeport.

    Ive been paying for it, its been bumpy, he said. Hopefully, all of this is moving out of here.

    Catching the snapper, though, hasnt been a problem.

    They are easy, Roberts said. You do have to fish through them to get to the bigger ones.

    Roberts said the amberjack season was very good until it closed on June 1, and some ling also are being landed.

    Roberts said the short recreational snapper sea-son comes at a difficult time of year.

    Its usually rough around the first of June every year, he said. Then it settles down.

    A commercial for hire license gives Robert 44 days of snapper fishing, or until July 17.

    Ill be out every day, he said.Capt. Josh Hartwick landed some nice red

    snapper 42 miles out of Matagorda on June 4.

    TROUT ON TOP: Sunny Simons caught both of these trout near South Padre Island using a pink Rapala Skitterwalk top-water lure. Simons, her husband, Patrick, and their two children own a condo on the island and spend as much time as possible fishing. Photo by Patrick Simons.

    CARCASS REMOVAL CHANGES: Proposals recommending mule deer carcasses be left where the animal is harvested may be implemented this season in some areas. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    BUMPY RIDE: The start of the short red snapper season found anglers in choppy seas, but the red snapper didnt seem to mind as good catches were reported. The blue water settled down after the opening weekend. Station 42019, 60 nautical miles south of Freeport, showed a water temperature of 82 degrees. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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    By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    A total of 29 states have banned using a technique of collecting rattlesnakes called gassing. In a few years, Texas may be the 30th.

    At its May 25 working meeting, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission considered what to do after hearing the results of the Snake Harvest Working Group, established in 2014 after a petition was filed seeking the ban.

    Proponents of the ban assert that non-targeted invertebrates, several on the en-dangered list, that inhabit the same dens as snakes are impacted.

    A primary area of concern, according to John Davis, Texas Parks and Wildlife De-partment wildlife diversity program direc-tor, is rare karst (cave/crevice-dwelling) in-vertebrates that inhabit caves and crevices along with rattlesnakes.

    Gassing is often used at roundups, like the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater each March that causes the 10,000-person town to grow to 35,000 and raises fund for programs run by the Sweetwater Jaycees. Organizers fear the ban could cripple their event.

    The working group considered regulat-ing the volume of gas per den, but most of the members opposed it, citing difficulty of enforcement. A defined season was consid-ered, but gassing is primarily used in win-ter, already defining the season. Regulation the areas where gassing could be used was discussed, but the area is already somewhat defined, Davis said. A majority, six of the 11 remaining working group members, were in favor of a statewide ban, with an

    exception if snakes were inhabiting areas near human activity, for example, around man-made structures.

    At the conclusion of the meeting, TPW

    Commissioner Ralph Duggins requested that staff create proposed rules at the No-vember commission meeting that would phase in a statewide ban to take effect no

    sooner than two years from now, but allow-ing for the exception around man-made structures.

    The proposal would then likely be put

    Gassing rattlesnakes likely on the way out

    By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    Some of the best products are simple.

    For turkey hunters, bank fishermen or either that walk through the grass or the trees, ticks are always on the mind. No matter how much repel-lent is worn, a tick can seem to make it through on hu-mans, and more so on hunt-ing dogs.

    Mark Jacobson of Min-netonka, Minnesota, howev-er, came up with the solution with his father, Mel.

    It started in 1995 with a piece of duct tape.The pair started brainstorming about developing an easy-to-use prod-

    uct for tick removal that didnt require using tweezers or other folklore remedies like painting the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly.

    Tweezers dont work, Mel Jacobson said. Youll leave the head in and it could transmit Lymes Disease.

    The team, at their Wisconsin farm, was constantly dealing with ticks on their golden retriever.

    Mark said, Dad, we have to figure out how to trap those things, Jacobson, an artist and former schoolteacher and coach, said.

    Using a piece of duct tape, Mark formed a small cone and inserted a tick inside. He then squeezed and trapped the tick for disposal. He also used duct tape to remove ticks directly from his dogs body.

    We thought we had the makings of something, Jacobson said.Jacobson originally sought advice from the makers of Breathe Right

    nasal strips. They recommended I go talk to 3M, so I did, he said.After years of research and development and obtaining a patent in

    New, simple product safely removes ticks

    Lone Star outdoor newS

    On May 26, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Com-mission postponed their decision regarding pro-posed changes to state regulations for managing chronic wasting disease, until a more thorough review is conducted.

    How Texas responds to the prevalence of CWD in its captive deer herd will have significant ef-fects on the way state wildlife agencies and animal hea