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    November 26, 2010 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 7, Issue 7

    Upland slamDallasite takes all 28 gamebirds in N. America

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    BETTER DAYS AHEAD: Many quail hunters across Texas say theyre waiting on colder weather to knock down vegetation, which ought to make it easier for their dogs to locate birds. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.


    CONTENTSClassifi eds . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 23Fishing Report . . . . . . . . . . . Page 10For the Table . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 23 Game Warden Blotter . . . . . . . . Page 12Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 18Outdoor Datebook. . . . . . . . . . Page 21Outfi tters and Businesses . . . . . Page 29Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 30Sun, Moon and Tide data . . . . . . Page 23

    Low tides and cold fronts making the difference.

    Page 11

    Redfi sh hot on coast FISHING

    Historic West Texas ranch honored for balancing livestock, wildlife.

    Page 15


    World Fishing Network expands horizons.Page 11

    All fi shing in HD

    Aircraft downed while searching for poachers.Page 4

    Wardens survive plane crash


    To feed or not to feed?By Conor HarrisonLONE STAR OUTDOOR NEWS

    With the rut fast approaching throughout North and Central Texas, and whitetail bucks just starting to become interested in does south of

    Interstate 10, a hectic time for white-tailed bucks is about to begin across the state.

    Big bucks almost completely ignore food throughout the rut, and studies

    Flushing Coveys

    Biologists weigh in on supplemental feeding to help bucks survive the post rut

    See FLUSHING COVEYS, Page 24

    See TO FEED, Page 22

    Lonnie Stanley and John Hale have been fi shing together and against each other for the better part of three decades.

    Stanley, the owner of Stanley Lures in Huntington, and Hale, who has held almost every job at the company since the early 1980s, have a partnership forged on lakes across Texas and in the companys meeting rooms discussing new products.

    John started as sales manager, Stanley said. Id come up with ideas and three days later wed be fi shing with it. Hes great at build-ing the molds. We work really good together

    a great team.The pairs fi shing styles differ, though. Stanley

    likes to fi sh fast and cover more water, while Hale prefers to fi sh his baits slower.

    But the teamwork has led to many innovations in the lure world that are still being used today.

    We know we do a good job because so many people copy us, Hale said. We invented fi ber weed guards, rubber skirts, 60-degree-angle jig hooks and we brought needle-point hooks to the U.S.

    See FISHING BUDDIES, Page 24


    Texas quail hunters havent enjoyed the best opening weeks this year.

    But, unlike recent years when drought throughout the state damp-ened expectations, this season has a silver lining.

    Due to abundant rains beginning last winter and continuing through-out the summer, bobwhite quail hunt-ers expect the season to improve as it progresses and abundant ground cover

    diminishes.In the

    P a n h a n d l e , quail hunter Mark Brewer, said a recent wet snowstorm helped knock

    down some of the cover, and late sea-son should be better as the weather turns colder.

    Fishing buddiesOld friends continue producing world-class lures

    INSIDE Quail Coalition hits stride: Page 4

    DYNAMIC DUO: John Hale and Lonnie Stanley have been working together since the early 1980s developing world-class fi shing lures for Stanley Lures. The company, founded by Stanley, is based in Huntington. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    Quail season expected to improve

    as colder weather hits Texas

    SURVIVING: Good nutrition helps a buck restore his

    health following the rut. That can be

    achieved by supple-mental feeding,

    but biologists say a well-managed range

    is critical. Photo by David J. Sams.

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    Growing up in central Wyoming, Dallas resident Jack Minter learned the joy of hunting pheasants and prairie chickens at an early age.

    It was that beginning that led him to a lifetime of pursuing upland game birds.

    And, as far as he knows, he is the fi rst person to successfully take all 28 species of North American upland game birds. The three-year quest ranged from Mexico to Alaska.

    I started hunting quail, and I thought it would be really fun to shoot all of the North American quail, Minter said. I got on the Internet, and found about 30 sub-species of quail. After digging, though, I ended up with six recog-nized species.

    Minter shot the bobwhite and scaled quail in Texas before travel-ing to Arizona to shoot Gambels

    and Mearns quail. A trip to California completed the quail slam when Minter shot California and mountain quail.

    He planned for a three-day hunt for the mountain quail, in California.

    Theyre on mountains and get down in brushy canyons, real nasty stuff, he said. They walk downhill in the mornings to drink, and then they walk back up the mountain roads to dust. You sneak around the roads and try to catch them in the open.

    Minter said he was lucky and shot his on the fi rst day.

    After shooting all of the quail, Minter began to think about shoot-ing all of the upland game birds, and prairie chickens were next on the list.

    It just kept expanding as I looked at galliformes, Minter said.

    Upland Slam

    Three game wardens survive plane crash Three Texas game wardens survived a plane crash Nov. 10

    in the Franklin Mountains north of El Paso.The pilot, Lt. A.J. Smith, along with two rookie wardens,

    Hallie Dacy and Kenneth Zuber, received minor injuries in the crash. All three had been released from University Medical Center in El Paso by Nov. 12.

    The wardens were on a routine surveillance mission, look-ing for poachers, when the twin-engine Partenavia P68 Observer crashed.

    Dacy was trapped for several hours in the wreckage before rescuers freed her with special equipment.

    Col. Pete Flores, Law Enforcement Division director for

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, was fl own to El Paso in the same aircraft just hours before the crash.

    It was a miracle they survived, Flores said. But, I think good training played a role in it, too.

    The cause of the crash was undetermined a week later. Since there were no fatalities, the Federal Aviation

    Administration has told TPWD offi cials that it was OK for them to investigate the crash, said Mike Cox, TPWD spokesman.

    Internal Affairs Capt. Joe Carter, who happened to be in West Texas on another case the day of the crash, immediately went to the scene and was leading the internal investigation, Cox said.

    The six-seat airplane had been owned by the TPWD since 1984, and it had 361 hours in the air last year, according to Chief Pilot Lee Finch.

    We are sorry to lose a plane thats played such an impor-tant part in our law enforcement efforts over the years, but it could have been much worse, Flores said. In a way, Thanksgiving came early for us this year.

    On the day of the crash, Smith fl ew Flores and Maj. Steve Whiteaker of San Angelo to El Paso.

    RARE BIRDS: Jack Minter holds a mount of his Himalayan snowcock. Shot above 11,000 feet in the mountains above Elko, Nev., the Himalayan snow-cock was one of the most challenging birds Minter hunted during his 3-year quest to bag all 28 species of upland game birds of North America. Right: His six species of North American quail are on display at the Dallas Beretta Gallery. Photos by Conor Harrison, LSON.

    Dallas hunter shoots all 28 upland game bird species of North America

    See UPLAND SLAM, Page 6

    See PLANE CRASH, Page 6


    After splitting from Quail Unlimited to keep more dollars in Texas to protect quail and other state upland game birds, Quail Coalition is beginning to hit its stride after a diffi cuilt fi rst year.

    The coalitions 12 chapters have had to seek 501C-3 (tax-exempt) designations, which was a challenging process for some of them.

    However, their banquets and other fund-raisers were well-received.

    Weve gone through the process (of get-ting 501C-3 recognition) on a chapter-by-chapter basis instead of one parent organi-zation, said Tim Connolly of Wichita Falls, chairman of Quail Coalition.

    But, he noted, Weve had a number of successful banquets, and the net result is 100 percent of the proceeds from the banquets goes to the chapters to dispense out to proj-ects for local areas or cities.

    Connolly said money has gone to sup-port research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, the Texas Brigades and the Rolling Plains Research Ranch.

    It all stays in Texas, he said. Were try-ing to go to an all-electronic membership (to reduce costs on things such as printing news-letters), which currently numbers around 3,000. Thats evolving as we have more ban-quets and get more e-mail addresse