East Texas Outdoors Magazine January February 2012

 

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winterizing prevent costly boat repairs with the proper winterization east texas pick me up magazinei m free january/february 2012 bird hunting tradition alive and well in east texas going outdoors we have the guides to get you fishing hunting more 1st annual man expo 3rd annual feed the troops 7th annual ladies night out 1st annual mud-tober fest east texas outdoors magazine pg 1

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a new nationally syndicated series about some of today s most talented singers and songwriters a behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a real texas troubadour check the website to learn where to watch troubadourtx.com subscribe today subscriptions available online at etoutdoors.com select the subscriptions tab at the top check out our events calendar online for your next outdoor activity etoutdoors.com twitter.com/etoutdoorsmag facebook.com/etoutdoors east texas outdoors magazine pg 3

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12 contents 18 feature story bird hunting tradition still alive in east texas 72 76 78 80 82 reader board words from the warden woman s corner red dirt texas girl random ramblings of a redneck 12 14 16 18 26 29 36 38 40 42 46 48 pg 6 hunting creek ducks non-typical outdoor show hewitt custom gunsmithing texas hunting tradition get there recipes chef keith harlan the bass coach a new angle proper winterization 7th annual ladies night out 1st annual man expo special section begins 18 etoutdoors.com

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east texas magazine vol 2 issue 1 staff noel martin jr publisher photographer designer managing editor account executive editor at large field rep 26 pasha ross watson luke clayton jerry doc watson contributing writers content luke clayton stacy dean campbell chris green keith harlan mark allen tiffany elliott james e hester chris knight savvy agency angie dolezal contributing photography 48 42 luke clayton cover shot included steve kassa savvy agency southernexposurefotos.com keith harlan tracie engi greg williams shannon smith michelle byerly east texas outdoors magazine owned and operated by circle j.p enterprises llc p.o box 605 111 w main st frankston tx 75763 855 etoutdoors advertising questions can be forwarded via email to info@etoutdoors.com subscription available at etoutdoors.com east texas outdoors magazine the opinions expressed in east texas outdoors magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the editor publishers or their agents the publisher is not responsible for any intentional or unintentional misuse of another author s work all materials received and used in this magazine are considered original and submitted by it s original owner all materials in this magazine are under copyright to each individual author and may not be republished without permission from that author the information contained herein has been compiled from sources deemed reliable and it is accurate to the best of our knowledge and belief however east texas outdoors magazine cannot guarantee as to its accuracy completeness and validity and cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions pg 7

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editor s letter we have officially made it through the holidays and i find it amazing all that transpired in 2011 this past year was absolutely incredible and i eagerly anticipate what the next year has in store though i acknowledge the danger of sounding like a broken record the amazing people we get to meet are the best and most rewarding part of what we do for our younger readers please ask your parents about the broken record reference we love learning about and sharing information on groups and organizations that are reaching out to make a difference sharing the stories of soldiers serve with heart turning point and the jasper youth shooting sports association is inspiring equally exciting is the work of big bass mania proz vs joez singer elliemay kay and pink fishing benefitting wounded soldiers and bringing awareness to the reeling in the cure campaign against breast cancer while the range of needs and problems may seem vast it doesn t prevent these people from being part of the solution i believe betty reese summed it up quite cleverly when she said if you think you are too small to be effective you have never been in bed with a mosquito it is with great pleasure we welcome american country singer-songwriter author and tv host stacy dean campbell and his travel stories from the award-winning show bronco roads jump in stacy s 74 ford bronco and ride along on his journeys as he discovers the road less traveled our red dirt girl tiffany aldridge elliott took an opportunity to sit down with singer rachel stacy and shares the dirt on where she s from and where she s going be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming 2nd annual texas regional radio music awards show being held march 25 2012 tiffany provides all the details so you can make plans to attend be sure to check out the next issue as we explore the hunting ranches of east texas if it s cabins or camping hunting hogs or catching crappie these beautiful sprawling ranches offer visitors options from discriminating to down home all of us at east texas outdoors magazine wish you and yours a blessed joyous and prosperous 2012 please continue sending us your comments and suggestions we love hearing from you see you outdoors welcome the newest member to the outdoors family kayson martin born 11/27/11 at 5:35pm weighing in at 7lbs 9oz and 20 3/4 long pg 8 etoutdoors.com

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multi-state tournament trail in february for texas florida arkansas kentucky and michigan stay tuned east texas outdoors magazine pg 9

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around east texas budlight trail lake fork 11/06/2011 1st bill sweeten eric wright 2nd troy rossman troy clemens and big bass 3rd ricky sipes tim thomas budlight trail lake fork 12/04/2011 1st tie troy rossman troy clemens 1st tie bill sweeten eric wright 3rd ricky sipes tim thomas budlight trail lake jacksonville 11/05/2011 1st bart doty mel downs 2nd elvis kersh jason miller 3rd danny tidwell andy owens pg 10 etoutdoors.com

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budlight trail sam rayburn 11/05/2011 1st harold allen albert collins 2nd todd castledine brent broussard 3rd jerrell pringle keith keece budlight trail sam rayburn 11/12/2011 1st charles bebber keith caka and big bass 2nd david curtis butch carmack 3rd harold allen albert colins budlight trail sam rayburn 12/10/2011 1st scott dean matt reed 2nd todd castledine brent broussard big bass john gothia east texas outdoors magazine pg 11

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h unting creek ducks by luke clayton steam from our breath hung in the chill air as a good hunting buddy and i climbed down the gradually sloping creek bank adjacent a couple hundred acres of low lands that because of lack of timber obviously flood regularly this stretch of remote creek is often a raging current during the spring but this morning it s a gentle gurgling stream shallow enough to wade across in most places the gear necessary for this duck hunt was in a little portable boat that we towed through the shallow waters duck hunting on a creek or river doesn t require large decoy spreads we had a dozen decoys and a `spinning wing motorized mallard drake as we waded the calf deep water just before dawn we worked our way to a stretch of river bank with reeds and brush that was to serve as our make shift blind for the morning hunt as we took positions behind clumps of reeds and made ourselves comfortable for what we hoped would be a good morning shoot the eastern horizon was just beginning to show promise of the new day i heard a flock of teal come screaming down the river channel only yards away this was going to be a good morning whether we shot a duck or not then i began feeling snowflakes on my face at first light we were in the midst of the winter s first snow could a duck hunt possibly get any better than this when the first flock of mallards dropped their orange feet overhead with every intention of landing in our decoys i knew i was enjoying one of the best duck hunts with the best hunting conditions of my career shotguns boomed and three of the mallards fell into the gently moving current our black lab ralph instinctively ran downstream to retrieve the first bird then hurriedly as though he knew the urgency to retrieve the birds before the current carried them downstream he make quick work of the other two leaning against the rivers bank feet in the water and eyes on the steel gray sky we had the opportunity to chat between frequent adrenaline rushes when birds were working the decoys ducks use rivers as travel routes they are often attracted to the larger reservoirs such as lakes caddo palestine and lake o the pines but when they are pressured they use feeder creeks and rivers as escape hatches if you think about it rivers provide everything the ducks need duck food abounds in the form of submerged vegetation in the slack water around sand bars on river bends and mast crop such as acorns mallards will even feed on the smaller native pecans another advantage to river duck hunting that pg 12 i learned very quickly is the fact that we were not watching passing ducks at a quarter-mile distance as is often the case when hunting open waters many of these birds were flying upstream or downstream at treetop level following the course of the river it stands to reason waterfowl would use these areas as travel routes there s plenty of cover in the form of trees along the bank to funnel them into the opening created by the streambed most of the flocks flew past our decoys circled and came back for a second look always within shooting range and sometimes just a few yards off the water movement in a decoy spread is a must in order to effectively decoy waterfowl ask an experienced goose hunter which single element is necessary for a successful goose hunt and his reply will invariably be wind wind creates movement in a spread of wind socks for decoying geese and moving water insures decoys set on a river appear lifelike to passing flocks of ducks our decoys set in a little riffle below a narrow section of the stream and they bobbed and weaved from side to side just like live ducks on the water we probably could have enjoyed excellent shooting without calling but etoutdoors.com

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gaining access most of our major reservoirs are fed by rivers and the others have large creeks as a water source streams and rivers on the upper end of reservoirs are good spots to target but don t overlook the area below the dams as potential duck hunting hotspots it s a good idea to contact the game warden in your area and do a bit of quizzing about hunting along the streambed most creeks are on private property but access to many rivers is open to the public keep in mind the high bank usually delineates the property line it s a good idea to always check in with the authorities before planning a `stream duck hunt do what it takes to insure you are not hunting on private property without permission where to set up scouting is just as important when duck hunting on creeks and rivers as it is in marshes and open reservoirs if you can find stretches of creek with an abundance of preferred natural foods in shallow water you re well on your way to a successful duck shoot ducks on streams just like ducks everywhere often prefer to roost and feed in separate areas you re in mallard and wood duck heaven if you can catch the river level low and find a large sand bar around a river bend with oaks dropping acorns many of the acorns will have already fallen by the beginning of duck season but if water levels have remained low newly arriving ducks are quick to find the acorns that remain the trick when locating a spot to set up your decoy spread is find an area that provides both food for the ducks and cover for you finding a place to hide is usually not difficult but having a camo net along to serve as a make shift blind is very helpful just drape the netting around a couple trees or bushes settle in behind your hide and you re ready to hunt such a net is very lightweight and takes up little space in your portable boat or raft tips for stream hunting look for areas with vegetation in shallow water often around bends of the river adjacent to sand bars where ducks feed during early season areas where oaks drop their acorn near the water are also good spots to target especially for mallards and wood ducks a good retriever is worth its weight in gold when hunting river ducks especially when the current is swift have a plan to retrieve downed ducks quickly most shooting is relatively close when hunting small rivers such as the brazos open chokes are preferred an occasional lonesome hen quack or feeding chuckle would get the attention of passing flocks then once they honed in on the decoys the deal was closed river duck hunting is a great way to introduce a beginner to the sport shooting is usually at close range often inside 20 yards and identifying the different species is much easier under these conditions than taking passing shots at birds twice that distance on open water set ups the old adage among duck hunters `don t shoot until you can see their eyes holds true when hunting rivers colors and unique markings of the different species becomes crystal clear when the birds are hovering over the spread almost within spitting distance i know many hunters that have trouble identifying the hen of several species at 40 yards but when hunting under these `tight river conditions even a novice with a little training can successfully identify most species east texas outdoors magazine float a boat i m a firm believer in using a small portable `pull along boat or inflatable raft to transport duck hunting gear when duck hunting shallow water rivers or streams sometimes it s necessary to move a few hundred yards to gain access to a spot the ducks are frequenting having all the gear in one compact easy to tow boat makes the job much easier in a matter of minutes the dozen decoys shotguns and other gear can be tossed into a small craft and moved to a new more productive location the free ride can also be greatly appreciated by a tired retriever pg 13

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by james e hester the radio sportsman b lessed there is no other word which better describes the condition of any outdoorsman who calls the ark-latex home whether you re a hunter fisherman camper trapper or any combination thereof this area offers some of the best opportunities to be found such was the impetus that brought about a weekly radio show dedicated to these godgiven resources and the folks who enjoy them though we ve only known each other a few years co-host steve graf and i had similar upbringings he grew up on a farm pg 14 in mount pleasant texas while i hail from the piney woods of eastern red river parish in northwest louisiana both of us grew up traversing the woods and waters of our respective areas each in quest of game for the family dinner table we were each taught to be good stewards of the outdoors to catch or kill only what we would eat and to leave things better than we found them it was this common foundation shared early in life that would result in us meeting years later and subsequently discovering a shared passion for paying forward etoutdoors.com

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the rewards of those life lessons after numerous phone conversations and planning through a mutual friend in the radio business the decision to launch the program was finalized over lunch at a local pizza joint steve s daughter meredith had come up with a name that seemed to encompass both hunting and fishing and it stuck the show would be called hook n up track n down what we agreed it would not be however was a cookie cutter program that focused only on statistics such as moon phases and tournament results those elements would be vital true enough but we wanted to be more than an outdoor news outlet what would we want to listen to i asked to which steve responded look i think as long as we enjoy doing the show folks will enjoy listening our listeners are going to be hunters and fishermen just like us we both agreed that our sports get enough negative light some of which is brought about by those who are takers but not givers we wanted to help people become better caretakers and promoters of the sporting outdoors and in turn to serve as a sounding block through which they could share their own thoughts and convictions perhaps most importantly we agreed that we needed to do everything we possibly could to help introduce young people to hunting and fishing we understand that not all of them will grow up to be avid outdoorsmen and women but we could at least help make sure that it wouldn t be for lack of opportunity finally we wanted to share the fun and fellowship that for centuries has been common to the lakes woods and fraternal campfires from which our sporting heritage evolved from these basic tenets we hit the airwaves with a reception as warm as an old buck stove on a cold winter s morning to our listeners and sponsors who have supported us these past 5-plus years we express our sincerest gratitude for those of you who are hearing of our show for the first time we invite you to tune us in until then keep your hooks wet your powder dry and god bless you one and all -james e hester 12/05/2011 east texas outdoors magazine pg 15

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