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  • LSONews.com LoneOStar Outdoor News June 27, 2014 Page 1

    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


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    Many hunters turn to exotic hunts during the summer season.

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    An exotic alternativeFISHING

    Youth conservation program turning students into leaders.

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    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

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    Coryell County man dies while hog huntingA Central Texas man died

    after his ATV fell on him while he was hunting feral hogs.The Coryell County Sheriffs

    Office identified the accident victim as 73-year-old William King from Oglesby.Sheriff Johnny Burks says

    King was dead at the scene along a riverbank southeast of Gatesville.Investigators say King

    was with several other hunt-ers when his ATV approached the banks of the Leon River. Officials say Kings ATV slid down a 20-foot embankment and landed on top