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By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS
For Mark Cano and his Rio Grande Valley friends that make up the team Fishing Locos in the Texas Shark Rodeo, signing up for the nine-month-long event was just for fun until they had a really good day.We caught 16 blacktips in one day and moved
all they way to second place, he said. We hap-
pened to be there when a migrating school came in.The team didnt enter the tournament for the
prizes, though.We were tagging fish already, so we entered,
Cano said. Some people are out there almost every day. We had one lucky day, though, and now were itching to get back out there.The Texas Shark Rodeo does more than just
Many hunters turn to exotic hunts during the summer season.
An exotic alternativeFISHING
Youth conservation program turning students into leaders.
A bright brigade
CONTENTSClassifi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 26 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 21Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 21Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 18Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 26Prime Time . . . . . . . . Page 28Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 20Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 14Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 21
Trinity River angler catches large paddlefi sh below Lake Livingston dam.
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The Fowler family is a three-generational collective of experienced fl y-fi shermen.
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A TANGLED MESS: The experts consensus? A backlash is a com-bination of several processes, happening at rates faster than many anglers can react. The good news? It happens to just about everybody. Photo by Steve Schwartz, Lone Star Outdoor News.
By Steve SchwartzLone Star outdoor newS
Paul Moore has seen it all when it comes to backlash birds nests that have to be cut out, end a day on the water or even break a reel.Moore is the owner of Southwestern Parts & Service in Dallas, and
has been working on fi shing reels since he started the company in 1970. Lone Star Outdoor News tracked him down to fi nd out not just why a backlash happens, but how.The reason we get a backlash (or what Moore and his co-workers
jokingly refer to as a professional overrun), is because of the law of physics an object in motion tends to stay in motion, Moore said.
Facing the backlashWeve all seen it before, but how did the line do that?
See BACKLASH, Page 19
FUN AND FIELDWORK: Noah Cortez Escamilla, 12, of Brownville, landed this shark as the junior member of team Fishing Locos partici-pating in the Texas Shark Rodeo. The shark was measured, photographed, tagged and released. Photo by Gilbert Guttierez.
BRINGING MORE HOME: After a recent USFWS decision, trophy hunters can now bring home trinkets carved or made from their trophies, such as hide purses and carved tusks. Photo by Marina Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.
By Mark EnglandLone Star outdoor newS
On June 26, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service changed its def-inition of hunting trophy.That means life just got a little eas-
ier for international hunters.Its unfortunate that its taken
as many years to come into effect, but should hunters be excited about it? Yes, said Nelson Freeman, dep-
uty director of government affairs for Safari Club International. Its a very benefi cial new regulation that will allow a lot more clarity for exporting countries, hunters and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff to ensure theres not as much confusion at the point of importa-tion.The old defi nition restricted the
USFWS makes adjustments that benefi t hunters
See ADJUSTMENTS, Page 7
A game of tag
Texas Shark Rodeo provides research information
See RODEO, Page 19
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By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS
Programs providing fi nancial assistance to Texas landowners are often among the fi rst to be victims of budget cuts, but there are still plenty of options.There is quite a bit of money
out there to help Texas landown-ers achieve their wildlife manage-ment goals, said Jon Hayes, Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture conser-vation delivery specialist.Hayes presented options to
landowners at a Texas Wildlife Association Webinar on June 19.The biggest is still the Farm Bill
administered by USDA, Hayes said.Falling under the auspices of
the Farm Bill, the Conservation Reserve Program, designed to remove highly erodible land from production, still covers 3.2 million acres in Texas. The new Farm Bill passed by
Congress reduced the total CRP acreage from 32 to 24 million acres, but 2 million of those acres were converted to the grazing lands program, Hayes said.CRP payments are up to 75 per-
cent of the grazing value of the land, and average $25 to $35 per acre in Texas. Most require man-agement practices such as pre-scribed burning, disking, inter-seeding with native grasses or establishing woody species.
CAMP CADETS: Youngsters at the Bobwhite Brigade, a fi ve-day camp near Coleman that teaches students about quail habitat, management and leadership skills, take a break to practice their clay shooting before the fi nal days competition. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.
Turning youth into leadersBobwhite Brigade teaches
about quail, lifeBy Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS
The enthusiasm of 30 young Texans masked their weari-ness during this years five-day Bobwhite Brigade at the Centennial Lodge near Coleman. And the camp is no picnic.They get about five hours of
sleep each night maybe, said camp founder Dr. Dale Rollins of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The agenda is pretty intense.A glance at each days activi-
ties showed that every minute of each day is accounted for, with activities ranging from the classroom, where the cadets learn about quail, quail habi-tat, predators and management, to the field, where the cadets check dummy quail nests, locate bobwhites with transmitters through the GPS technology, and shoot clay targets.
Volunteers include wildlife biologists, county extension agents, landowners and educa-tors who act as team leaders and instructors. Many cadets, after completion of the camp, return for several years to act as assis-tant leaders.Begun by Rollins in 1993, the
Brigade was established with a mission to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource leg-acy.Since that time, the model has
been used in five other states, and the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society models its own summer camp after the Brigade. Other camps, sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas
See BRIGADE, Page 17
Wildlife habitat dollars still therePrograms provide assistance to landowners
See ASSISTANCE, Page 6
GOOD TIME FOR AN AXIS: Axis deer are rutting during the summer across much of Texas, and big bucks like the one taken by Heather Ray near Freer are falling daily. Photo by Mike Ray.
By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS
When the white-tailed deer hunting is tak-ing a hiatus in Texas, many hunters turn their attention to exotics usually axis, blackbuck and fallow, but many other rams, African plains game and others can be hunted year-round in Texas.And summer is the time to shoot a big axis
buck.Mike and Heather Ray recently took advan-
tage of the summer hunting season to take a trophy axis and blackbuck at the Living the Dream Trophy Ranch near Freer.The blackbuck were moving well and
coming to water holes really well, Mike said. The axis were on the move, but didnt seem to be in full rut yet. They were moving early morning and late evening.Near Gatesville, Bobby Greiger of Los
Robles Exotic Ranch said his season is going great, although hes telling people to bring
mud boots to the ranch to deal with the water.We are drowning, Greiger said with a
laugh. It is either too hot or too wet to hunt some days. But the axis are going crazy right now. I was on the ranch this weekend and it seemed like every time I turned a corner, another axis was standing there.Greiger said the elk are growing like crazy
with the lush grass and he is taking some big blackbuck.
See EXOTICS, Page 24
Summertime means exotics
Hunters switch gears in the heat