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    June 22, 2012 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 8, Issue 21

    Tournament troublesRayburn event doesn't

    live up to billing. Page 8

    Tagging provides valuable information

    By John KeithLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    These guys take the term shing for bites to the extreme.

    With the help of recreational anglers, researchers at the Harte Research Institute in Corpus Christi are out to catch sharks the bigger the better and tag them to track

    TOOTHY GRIN: Angler Keith Long said he targets sand-bar sharks to tag because of their threatened numbers. Photo by Keith Long.

    See SHARK, Page 15

    Searching for CWD

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    CONTENTSClassi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 24Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 24Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 21Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 25Outdoor Business . . . . . Page 22Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 18Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 16Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 24

    Inside

    White bass population on the rise at the bass lake.

    Page 8

    White out on Fork FISHING

    Denison couple builds museum sharing trophies, artifacts.

    Page 4

    Museum of memories

    Texan boats huge sh.Page 8

    Marlin mania

    Dove breed more than you think.Page 5

    Restocking for fall

    HUNTING

    Game sh or not

    Mark a shark

    Big red

    By John KeithLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    A taunting text, a little luck, and some competitive spirit all helped a veteran tur-key hunter obtain a rare trophy.

    With low hopes, Mike Warner of Dallas traveled to friend Rob Jacksons lease northwest of Graham for an eve-ning turkey hunt on

    See RED, Page 14

    FULL STRUT: Mike Warner bagged this unusual red-bearded trophy while hunting on a friends lease north of Graham. Photo by Mike Warner.

    By Conor HarrisonLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    When the New Mexico Game and Fish Department announced in February it had found Chronic Wasting Disease in

    hunter-killed mule deer less than ve miles from the Texas state line, it raised some eye-brows.

    A CWD task force, comprised of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department person-

    nel, private veterinar-ians, deer breeders and ranchers, met in May to discuss a plan to combat the disease so close to Texas bor-der. The areas of focus include Hudspeth and Culberson counties.

    In May, we updated the CWD manage-ment plan, said Shawn Gray, TPWD mule deer leader. We are being as proactive as pos-sible, but we have yet to nd (the disease) in

    See CWD, Page 14

    Task force recommends harvesting mule deer to test

    What makes a sh a game sh?By Mark England LONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    So you think you know what a game sh is, huh?

    In Texas, the answer isnt simple. Just ask guide Mike Powell of All Seasons Guide Service, who shes for red sh and speckled trout in the Port OConnor area.

    To me, a game sh is any-thing that has legal limits, Powell said.

    While there are bag limits and minimum length limits

    for game sh such as red sh and tripletail along the coast and largemouth bass inland, there are also bag limits and minimum length limits for nongame sh such as oun-der ( ve per day except for November, two and a mini-mum length of 14 inches).

    And some game sh, blue and white marlin, dont have bag limits.

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Ken Kurzawski said his research indicates the game sh designation was

    added primarily to denote what gear was legal for the tak-ing of game and nongame sh.

    Its a way to keep the method of harvesting a sporting one, said Kurzawski, regulations and public information program director. When you designate something a game sh, you can only harvest it with a pole and a line. Admittedly, theres a con-servation component. The idea is to do whats needed to main-tain a sustainable population.

    See GAME FISH, Page 15

    WHAT WILL IT BE? Experts are just as confused as the rest of us on why some Texas sh have the game sh designa-tion while others dont. Photo by David J. Sams, LSON.

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    HUNTING

    CANT CATCH ME: This full-mounted lion and sable are one of the many life-sized mounts preserved in a Sherman museum by Lacy and Dorothy Harber. Photo by John Keith, LSON.

    Sharing the bountyBy Craig NyhusLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    Lacy and Dorothy Harber of Denison have taken 55 African safaris and 30-plus trips to other hunting destinations around the world. Now, they are opening the doors to their decades of travels for all to see at the Harber Wildlife Museum in Sherman.

    And anyone planning their rst safari or interested in seeing life-sized animals from around the world should plan a trip north.

    We started hunting together before we were married in 1958, Lacy Harber said. Our rst trip to Africa was in 1985.

    We started planning the museum during

    that rst trip, Dorothy said.When their expanded home on Lake

    Texoma was teeming with trophies, they knew it was time.

    There was an old Furrs Cafeteria on Texoma Parkway in Sherman, museum Managing Director John Munson said. Dorothy said, Why dont we put the museum there?

    The building sat empty for 10 years before the Harbers bought it.

    It had been vandalized, robbed and there was graf ti everywhere, Munson said. It was like no project I had ever done many of the mounts were assembled after being brought inside the building.

    Dorothy Harber and Munson led the way on the renovation, and just before the 2011 holi-days, the museum opened its doors. Looking at it now, the building looks brand new.

    Scenes from all regions of Africa, North America and the former Soviet Union con-tain trophies from each area.

    Weve taken safaris to South Africa, Namibia, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Botswana (eight times) and Tanzania (six times), Lacy said. And weve been to Australia seven or eight times.

    Dorothy said the museum was always in the back of their minds.

    We did life-sized mounts of almost all of

    the animals, she said. The couple changed their focus to archery

    hunting early in their hunting careers.About 75 percent of the animals were

    taken with a bow, Lacy said.And animals there are. More than 300 tro-

    phies grace the 11,000 square-foot building, from African antelope to lions to polar bears.

    Looking at each of the animals brings the story of the hunt to their minds.

    One of the polar bears stands 10 feet, 4 inches tall.

    We were on ice for nine days out of

    Museum highlights couples travels, trophies

    See MUSEUM, Page 7

    In the salt Monster axis nally ndsits way into record book

    By Conor HarrisonLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    C.P. Wade knows what a big axis buck looks like.

    As a guide and ranch manager for Porters Exotics, Wade has seen

    some very big axis in his days.The Bryan native said he is on the

    exotic ranch near Flynn several times a week, even when clients arent hunting with him. But ve years ago, a special buck caught his eye.

    I normally run out there dur-ing the weekends, on off days, etc., to check on things and make sure the ranch and the animals are OK, he said. I had been hunting axis earlier in the year. When we dont have clients, I can sometimes do a little hunting myself.

    Wade had seen glimpses of a mon-ster axis during the two years previ-ous, but had never seen him with a client or when he was hunting.

    After making the rounds one morning, I spotted him, Wade said. I keep close tabs on the animals at the ranch, especially the big ones, and I hadnt seen this animal in two years.

    Wade, wearing a camou age

    shirt, shorts and ip ops, snuck out of his truck and crept to within 200 yards of the big axis in velvet.

    I was sicker than a dog that day, he said. I had a 102-degree tempera-ture, but this buck was so big and post-mature, so I decided to take him.

    One shot with his .308 with a 26-inch barrel put the big axis down.

    Im an of cial exotic scorer and I rough scored him when I shot him, Wade said. I saw he would be pretty close to number 1, but I never really paid it much attention.

    Wade said friends persuaded him to nally have the buck of cially scored, which happened the second weekend in June.

    The nal scores on my buck were 403.9 gross and 395.8 with the vel-vet deductions, Wade said. In Texas Game Records current stand-ings, this should place him around number 5 on the all-time list.

    Better late then never.

    HARBER WILDLIFE MUSEUM 4703 Texoma Parkway, Sherman, Texas (903) 771-1134 www.harberwildlifemuseum.com Open every day during summer Cost: $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free

    VELVET MONSTER: C.P. Wade shows the huge axis he took almost ve years ago at Porters Ex-otics near Flynn. The big buck was just recently scored for the record book. Photo by C.P. Wade.

    By Conor HarrisonLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    Traveling hunters know the time, effort, money and plan-ning that go into an international big game hunt.

    But fewer realize what happens after a trophy i