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    March 25, 2011 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 7, Issue 15

    Fund raisingFund-raiser reaches new heights.

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    Austin angler catches giants, records.Page 8

    Carp master FISHING

    Deer management strategies debated. Page 4

    QDM critics

    Social network helping authorities track poachers.

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    Facebook gator


    Typical turkey opener

    Super Moon moves tides

    CONTENTSClassi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 21Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 18Fishing Report . . . . . . . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 18Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 19Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 20Out tters and Businesses . . Page 20Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 17Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 18

    Mystery cure: Soft drinks used to clot bass blood


    It was a nice bass, pulled from a private lake in Bosque County, but it was bleeding.

    I hooked it in the tongue a little bit, said the angler, Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich. When you do that, it can bleed pretty bad.

    And it can die pretty quickly.

    Thats a major con-cern for people who are serious about catch-and-release.

    But VanDam, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler, can lose points if there is a dead sh in the livewell. And that means lost tourna-ment earnings.

    Saving a sh, however, might be as easy as popping the top on a Coke can.

    VanDam, recalling the Bosque County incident last summer, said he gently poured a few drops of Coca-Cola into the mouth of the bass.

    It clots it, basically, VanDam said. I havent used it a lot, to be honest with you. But I heard it from a friend of mine, and he swears by it.

    VanDam placed the sh in his livewell to

    FIRST AID: Pro angler Jonathon VanDam pours a little Coca-Cola into the mouth of bass that was bleeding from the hook. VanDam is not sure why, but a few drops of a soft drink can stop the bleeding. Photo by David J. Sams, LSON.

    See MYSTERY CURE, Page 14

    RISING TIDES: The perigee moon rises above Espiritu Santo Bay March 20 as an angler admires a red sh. Photo by Scott Sommerlatte, for LSON.


    Sitting on a pier in Aransas Pass on March 20, several retirees with cam-eras waited poised and ready to snap a picture.

    But it wasnt to take pic-tures of the small red sh several anglers were catch-ing off the dock. It was for the perigee moon the biggest full moon in nearly 20 years that sprung from the horizon about 8 p.m.

    The last full moon that was so big and so close to earth occurred in March 1993. This perigee moon appeared 14 percent big-ger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons.

    Guides in the Rockport

    area noticed the high tide Saturday night was up more than 2 feet over nor-mal tides.

    Robin Riechers, coastal sheries director for Texas Parks and Wildlife, said his department hadnt heard

    about any abnormalities in the tide or sheries because of the large moon.

    We havent heard much of anything out of the ordi-nary, he said. We did see

    Gobblers henned up; windy conditions

    make calling toughBy Conor HarrisonLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    Windy conditions prevailed across much of South Texas for the opening of spring turkey season, making calling conditions tough.

    Although hard to hear, the toms were gob-bling and plenty of strutting action was observed.

    HENNED UP: Big toms like these two were busy with hens during the opening weekend of turkey hunt-ing in South Texas. Photo by David J. Sams, LSON.

    See TURKEY OPENER, Page 14

    See SUPER MOON, Page 14

    Most Texans know them as hybrid stripers.Page 8

    Palmetto bass

    Big bass from around the state.Page 21

    Big bass bites

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    The purchase of a $90,000 Beretta shotgun at a fund-raiser may come as a shock to some, given what is in print nearly each day about the economy.

    But at several Texas fund-raisers in the outdoor commu-nity, its not that surprising.

    The Beretta SO 10 20-gauge over and under with engraving by the renowned Fracesca Franzini, provided by the Beretta Gallery in Dallas, fetched $72,500 at the Park Cities Quail banquet on March 10. That, along with a quail hunt for six with T. Boone

    Pickens that brought a six- gure price tag, highlighted the record-breaking event.

    The Dallas Safari Club again set records at its convention in January, and several chap-ters of other conservation groups set new standards.

    But not all record-breaking events were high-end or in the big cities.

    Ducks Unlimiteds top Texas chapter was in Mexia, population 6,500, where more than 600 people show up annually to support the wetlands conservation group. Clevelands Big Thicket chapter, population 7,500, nished 3rd in the state and 16th in the nation.

    So what sets these Texas groups apart?

    For us, its the quality of what we do, said Stephen Hill, banquet chair of Park Cities Quail, and the exposure that we receive. That and we spend a lot of time in preparation for the event.

    Some of the events become cant-miss social opportunities, and the fund-raising records follow.

    In Mexia, this years fund-raiser was their best ever, and thats saying something.

    We were No. 1 in Texas in 2009, but I think Houston beat us last year, said area Chairman Ivan Jackson, Jr.


    Theres nothing absolute about the old saying, You cant argue with success, just ask members of the Quality Deer Management Association.

    Two national sporting magazines Field & Stream and Petersens Hunting recently published articles that questioned if the concept of Quality Deer Management is being overemphasized in the U.S.

    QDM recommends letting bucks reach maturity before hunting them. It also calls for harvesting an appropriate number of does and making habitat improvements.

    These days, deer herds have better sex ratios and better age structures in bucks, said Kip Adams, the associations director of outreach and education.

    He said that while QDM does not empha-size developing trophy deer, trophies can result from a properly aged herd, with bucks ages 3 through 5 and even older.

    QDMAs founder, South Carolina biolo-gist Joe Hamilton, was recently named the 2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year.

    The man Hamilton credits for inspiring the group, fellow biologist Al Brothers of Berclair, Texas, was nominated for the same award in 2008.

    The bene ts of QDM were brought out in a sidebar article for the cover story Deer Crazy in Field & Streams February 2011 edition.

    The writer, Dave Hurteau, added that QDM has empowered individual hunters to engage in wildlife management and land stewardship on an unprecedented scale.

    But Hurteau, taking an objective look, also offered The Bad of QDM. He wrote that, many so-called QDM programs cross the line into trophy deer manage-ment, which severely reduces the number of deer available to harvest and virtually always restricts hunter access.

    Mike Schoby, editor of Petersens Hunting, also criticized trophy develop-ment in his April 2011 letter from the editor. Its headline: Is QDM ruining hunting?

    QDM, he wrote, is a simple concept and one I believe works but have we taken it too far?

    Schoby offered examples of hunts last season where the management restric-tions made him and other hunters con-fused about which bucks they were allowed to shoot.

    I will continue to hold out for bigger, older deer, he added, but it is because I want to, not because some farm biologist tells me I have to.

    Later in his blog, Schoby wrote that the magazine was ooded with letters on the topic and 99 percent of them agreed with the article.

    Others praised him for countering our current whitetail trophy culture.

    But Adams said QDM is frequently con-fused with trophy management.

    Concepts of deer management debated

    Many events seem to be economy proof; still raising dollars

    Texas fund-raisers set high marks

    WHAT'S THE AIM?: Some are claiming the line between QDM and managing for trophy bucks is

    becoming blurred. Photo by LSON.

    See QUALITY DEER, Page 6

    See RAISE MONEY, Page 15


    Rios rule in Texas when it comes to turkey hunting.But for the enterprising hunter who wants a different

    challenge, the Davis Mountains in West Texas holds a pop-ulation of Merriams turkeys.

    However, several challenges await the hunter who attempts to tackle these birds in Texas.

    One is obtaining permission to hunt in the Davis Mountains, which is almost entirely made up of private ranches. The second is nding a pure Merriams gobbler.

    Merriams are striking birds with white feathers outlining the fan on gobblers. They live in mountainous habitat at higher elevations than most turkeys, although their moun-tain habitat is being invaded by Rio Grandes as they march west across the state from their traditional range in south