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    May 10, 2013 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 9, Issue 18


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    CONTENTSClassifi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 24 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 21Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 21Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 24Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 26Outdoor Business . . . . . Page 22Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 22Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 16Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 21



    Deer and cattle can mix if you follow several steps.

    Page 5

    Grazing together


    Drought keeps South Zone turkeys from breeding.

    Page 4

    Tough year

    Redfi sh, trout, drum all being caught.Page 8

    Matagorda picking up

    Low water hurting once-great lake.Page 9

    Choke Canyon choking

    Double timeAngler catches 19 pounds of bass

    on one cast with A-rig

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    The ranch on the Milam/Lee county border holds a special sig-nifi cance for the Seifert family.Multiple gen-

    erations have farmed or run cattle on the property, and it

    is where Nathan Seifert learned to turkey hunt. It is also where his son Nolan, 10, shot his fi rst tom this season.About the time

    I was Nolans age, my grandparents were running cat-tle on the prop-erty, Seifert said. About 20 years

    ago, Id seen a gobbler walk across the fi eld. I called him up and the turkey was strutting behind a tree. It was perfect. I was a big bowhunter at the time and I wished I had a bow, but I shot

    By Jacob LongoriaLone Star outdoor newS

    Every anglers dream when throwing an Alabama rig is to get the double strike. For Pfl ugerville angler Donnie

    ONeal, this occurrence has hap-pened before, but on April 29, the strike had some force behind it more than 19 pounds of force. On that day, ONeal and a

    buddy fi shed Lake Austin with the goal of catching a big large-

    mouth bass. He planned to hit all his favorite spots hoping for that double-digit bass that had eluded him for so long.ONeal likes to fi sh swimbaits

    on a modifi ed umbrella rig. The rig had been modifi ed because the 20-pound snap locks on the rig werent strong enough, so he changed them to 40 pounds.Its a good thing he did.As the day started, he caught a

    2 1/2-pound bass but he wanted

    See A-RIG, Page 13

    TWICE THE FISH: Donnie ONeal was in search of a double-digit bass all year long. After catching small bass in the morning, he returned to a familiar spot where a big bass fi nally bit simultaneously with his 8-pound friend. Photos by Donnie ONeal.

    Spider crabs: Bait or just ugly?By Jacob LongoriaLone Star outdoor newS

    Spider crabs are usually seen in Texas as the bumpy and unattractive relative of the blue crab. But some anglers are using the odd-looking crab as their

    bait of choice to attract and catch big fi sh. Spider crabs can be found from Cape Cod, throughout the

    Gulf of Mexico and all the way to Central America. There are

    See CRABS, Page 15

    Son shoots fi rst turkey within 50 yards of where dad killed his fi rst

    See TURKEY, Page 19

    20-something years later

    A FAMILY TRADITION: Nolan Seifert poses with his fi rst turkey, in the same place his dad, Nathan (back left), harvest-ed his bird more than 20 years before. Cousin Derek Spillar (back right) fi lmed the hunt. Photo by Nathan Seifert.

    Eye parasitesTrout, other game fi sh hosts for lots of parasites.

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    TAKING A WALK: Spider crabs

    appear when the tide is low, some-times blending

    in with the sand. Photo by LSON.

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    More than they bargained forDad calls bobcat instead of turkey with his two kids

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Brian Daniells was hoping for some excitement when he took his chil-dren Katie, 10, and Cole, 6, on their first turkey hunt near Throckmorton.He got a little more excitement

    than he originally planned for when he called a big bobcat to within 10 feet of where the group was hidden patiently waiting on a tom.It was a scary experience, but one

    the family will always remember.It was our first turkey hunt and we

    had been calling for about an hour and a half, Daniells said. Nothing was responding until Katie whis-pered, Dad, is that a bobcat? I told her I didnt think it was. But after I looked at it for a while, I realized it was a big bobcat and it had snuck within about 10 feet of where Katie was sitting.It gave me chills to think about

    what that bobcat could have done.Katie said she did not realize that it

    was a bobcat, and she thinks the bob-cat came so close because the family was hidden so well.At first, I thought it was a log

    because we were sitting in a pile of logs, she said. Then I looked closer and saw eyes. I asked my dad if that is a bobcat. My brother and I were a little scared because I just happened to look and see it. My heart was pounding.Daniells shot the bobcat with his

    shotgun, and the cat was indeed a large female.It was a huge cat, he said. I dont

    know what it weighed, but it was big.Daniells said the family was a little

    shaken up, but Katie didnt let it affect her hunting the rest of the weekend.I really wanted to get a turkey,

    Katie said. But I never thought about not going hunting again.

    SNEAKY KITTY: This big bobcat got within 10 feet of where the Daniells family was sitting. Photo by Brian Daniells.

    Vernon Bevill killed in car accidentRetired TPWD stalwart

    Vernon Bevill was killed in an automobile accident near his home in Kyle on April 30.According to TPWDS

    Executive Director Carter Smith, Bevill was a native of Louisiana who shared his ample southern homespun wit, wis-dom and colloquialisms with all around him. He was a gradu-ate of Louisiana Tech, where he studied wildlife biology and conducted his masters work on waterfowl. Before coming to Texas, Vernon worked as a tur-key biologist in South Carolina.Bevill arrived at TPWD in

    1993 as the director of the Small Game Program, which included Texas Resident and Migratory Game Bird programs. Later, the Habitat

    Assessment Program was added to his program oversight responsibilities. Bevill remained director until his retirement in March 2010. During his ten-ure at TPWD, Bevill served as Texas representative on the Central Flyway Council for his entire career. He was also the Central Flyway Consultant to the USFWS Service Regulations Committee from 1994-1999 and 2006-2008, where he worked diligently to promote additional hunter opportunity in Texas. He was the author of the agencys strategic plans for upland and migratory game birds and was a significant force behind the creation of the departments Quail Council. Upon his retirement from

    TPWD, Bevill joined his friend, and former Louisiana Tech classmate, Jim Willis, to work for the Wildlife Habitat Federation, a nonprofit organi-zation focused on enhancing quail and upland bird habitat on private lands.

    Staff report

    However, the younger Cole had second thoughts about heading out the next morning.The next morning, Cole wasnt going to get out

    of bed, Daniells said.

    The group ended up calling to some toms, but a shot never materialized.We didnt connect on a turkey, but (the kids)

    were thrilled with the hunt, Daniells said.

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Almost every hunter who hunted the South Zone spring turkey season came away with one thought what a weird season.

    Silent toms, big flocks of gobblers that looked more like they were in their winter pattern than getting ready to breed and hens that werent nesting.According to Jason Hardin,

    TPWD Upland Game Bird

    specialist, the reason was simple a lack of rain.The drought had birds

    out of breeding mode and into surviving, Hardin said. There have been birds shot and birds that acted normally, but the farther

    Big gobblers bunched up throughout season down south, drought blamed

    TOO HOT TO BREED: Hunters were frustrated in the South Zone this year thanks to gobblers being bunched up in flocks and not breeding because of the drought. Photos by David J. Sams, LSON.

    south you get, the worse it becomes. We are still seeing hens in groups and not on nests.The birds just arent

    reproductively active.Hardin said breeding,

    and the spring rituals that accompany it like strutting, fighting and responding to calls, is very much tied to rainfall. After a very poor nest-ing year in 2011, the birds rebounded with a strong 2012 spring, as evidenced by the large number of jakes running around South Texas this spring.

    Wads of toms

    See TOMS, Page 14

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    By Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    Nothing looks worse to a deer hunter than an overgrazed, barren pasture. But cattle and deer mix, as long as stocking rates and graz-ing are well-managed.Ricky Linex, a Natural Resources Conservation Service wildlife

    biologist from Weatherford, presented tips on stocking rates and grazing to landowners and managers attending the Te