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  • LSONews.com LoneOStar Outdoor News October 11, 2013 Page 1

    October 11, 2013 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 10, Issue 4

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    Doing dove in new waysDove cook-off features tasty eats.

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    Inside

    FISHING

    Anglers catching striped bass throughout the state.

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    Striper bite

    HUNTING

    Redfi sh picking up along coast.Page 8

    Coastal catches

    Pronghorn season a success in the Panhandle.

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    Good season for goats

    Will the shutdown affect hunters?Page 5

    What about federal duck stamps?

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Fort Hood hunter Mike Kaness bought his fi rst bow a PSE X-Force over the summer with the hopes of connecting on a

    Texas whitetail.The New York native received

    an invite to hunt a ranch near San Saba opening weekend with another hunter he met during a Wounded Warrior hunt.Kaness wasnt going to be late.

    Opening morning, I was in the blind at 5 a.m., he said. It was early, but I was really excited.Deer began showing up around

    the ground blind about 7:30 a.m.,

    See BOW, Page 18

    NOCK AN ARROW: Bowhunters started shooting good deer early this year as a cold front ruffl ed the hair of bucks across much of the state. Photo by James Richards, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

    Opportunities lost

    Anglers across Texas are steam-ing that access has been denied on many coastal parks and sev-eral lakes due to the government shutdown.

    Many coastal anglers have been turned away at Padre Island National Seashore, where a guard

    Government shutdown forces closure of Texas coastal refuges, lakes, national forests and more

    See SHUTDOWN, Page 19

    GETTING ACTIVE: Crappie anglers are reporting an improved bite as water temperatures come down and fi sh start to feed more. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

    Bow season opens with a twang

    Cooling down for crappie

    CONTENTSClassifi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 16 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 11Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 11Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 26Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 38Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 32Prime Time . . . . . . . . Page 36Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 16Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 11

    Bite fi nally picking up after slow summer

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Cooler weather is moving crappie back into the shallows near structure after a summer of tough bites and hard-to-fi nd fi sh.Well, they are starting to

    get active again, said guide Ernest Paty from Lewisville Lake. The fi shing is still a lit-tle bit tough at times, but the jig bite is starting to pick up.Paty said low water has

    forced him to fi nd new brush piles and structure, but he said the fi sh are on brush piles in the 12-foot range.Jigs are working better

    than minnows, Paty said. You can fi sh with minnows if you dont mind losing a bunch of them. The crappie are just nipping them and pulling them off the hook.

    See CRAPPIE, Page 17

    CANT FISH HERE: A barricaded gate is all that awaits anglers looking to fi sh from the Padre Island National Seashore. Photo by JB Manning.

    Some big bucks hitting the ground early this season

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    HUNTING

    By John R. MeyerFor Lone Star outdoor newS

    Texas bighorn sheep are finally begin-ning to show signs of growth after several years of decreases in herd numbers. Helicopter surveys of all known herd

    groups were recently conducted by staff biologists including Froylan Hernandez, Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments bighorn sheep program leader. We counted almost 1,200 animals,

    he said. Overall, numbers were up about 10 per-

    cent from last years total and also showed an increase for the first time in the last few years. The only mountain range where we

    saw a decrease in animals was the Van Horns, Hernandez said. This year is the first year we have seen an upward trend again (since 2008). Hernandez attributed the increase to

    improvements in moisture over the last year, including a relatively wet winter. 2008 was a wet year, he said. Since then, extended below-average

    rainfall has taken its toll on the range with decreased food and water availability. The range conditions are better than

    they have been, he added. Certainly not as good as they could be, but since the middle of last year they have been a little bit better as far as precipitation.

    Pronghorn season a good onePlenty of bucks on the Panhandle prairie

    See SHEEP, Page 24

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    The big herd buck came charging from 500 yards away.The smaller buck about 200

    yards to the hunters right was angling toward the herd, and now found he had the full attention of the bigger buck, who was quickly closing the distance to the buck and the hunters perched on a small ridge in the middle of a 640-acre CRP field.The bigger buck closed the

    gap, and when he stopped 250 yards away from the hunters, a bullet whizzed over his head. He returned to the herd no worse for wear.The hunters would con-

    nect later that afternoon on

    another buck after a great stalk, but that big buck with all of his does is still out there for next season.So it goes when hunt-

    ing pronghorn in the Texas Panhandle.The crew from LSON

    returned from a successful hunt, and spent time at check stations talking with other hunters and many of the 15 game wardens patrolling the area on opening weekend.Weve seen an even flow of

    bucks since the opening week-end, said Dallam County biol-ogist Achi Treptow. I scored one buck at 81, and weve seen some really nice ones come in. Ive also seen some pictures of a couple of really big bucks that did not come through the

    check station.I cant wait to see the Texas

    Big Game Awards this year.Midland hunter Greg Hall

    took his son, Hayden, along with Haydens friend Jackson Payne and his dad Robert to Hartley County for the opener. Both boys took their first pronghorn.We were hunting on

    the Sneed Ranch in Hartley County and we saw a lot of antelope, Hall said. We saw about 15 bucks opening morn-ing, and some were bigger than the ones we ended up taking. We just couldnt get the boys on the real big ones.Hayden harvested his buck

    at only 40 yards after the buck went to a water hole, allowing the hunters to sneak in close.

    Jackson took his buck at 100 yards. Both boys fired only one shot.We try to hunt pronghorn

    every year for the past 10 years or so, Hall said, but we skipped the last season because the num-bers were down the last couple of years. But this year, we saw more than Ive ever seen.Hall said while numbers are

    higher, horn quality might have been a little lower than in years past.We saw lots of animals but

    the quality overall might have been a little down, he said.More big bucks were taken

    during the second weekend of the season. TPWD reported increased traffic at the check stations, including several fan-tastic bucks.

    GOOD GOAT: Hayden Hall shows off his first pronghorn buck, taken in Hartley County on opening day. Many good bucks fell during the season, and TPWD biologists were happy with the turnout at check stations. Photo by Greg Hall.

    On the riseDesert bighorn survey reveals growing herd

    The lead chefBy Craig NyhusLone Star outdoor newS

    A group of Dallas-area hunt-ers wanted to break away from the norm when it came to eating their dove. So they came up with a dove cook-off with a set of rules.The main rule? No bacon.They named the event The

    Lead Chef.We were talking that we were

    tired of eating dove the same way, wrapped in bacon with a jalapeo and cream cheese, said Michael Melder, who hosted the event with his wife, Lucinda, at their house.Other rules required that dove

    had to be the primary ingredi-ent, had to be shot by the cook or the cooks immediate fam-ily members and the cook could not use bacon, jalapeo or cream

    cheese together or in any com-bination. Jalapeo or (not and) cream cheese was allowed, but still no bacon (although bacon renderings were OK).The dishes demonstrated the

    creativity of hunters in the kitchen.Ed Westerbeck, with his

    15-year-old daughter, Eva, started the evening with a dove cocktail. The martini, made with Bakon vodka, sported on its skewers pieces of dove and an olive stuffed with pepperjack cheese and jala-peos. Evas glass was sans vodka.I was afraid the Bakon vodka

    might be a rule violation, Westerbeck said, while others commented that the vodka might serve as a good dove marinade.The winning appetizer, by

    Amy and Tom Martin, was a dove with quail egg velout, served on grilled toast.

    The quail eggs arent that easy to find, Amy said. And they are kind of expensive.Entrees included dove stroganoff, dove

    stew and the top winner after the not-so-secret voting, Liz Fosters Hoisin dove in a steamed bun with cucumber relish.Shes a chef so we thought about

    disqualifying her, Melder said. But it was too good.The Melders made dove stroganoff,

    beginning with a recipe found in the NRAs wild game cookbook and sub-sti