March April 2012 East Texas Outdoors Magazine.

 

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turkey hunting 101 luke clayton gives you a few pointers on bagging birds east texas pick me up magazinei m free march/april 2012 hunting dogs i have known looking for a game ranch in east texas we have you covered east texas outdoors magazine sebile-soft magic swimmer 5 and more reviews by jerry dolezal 2012 annual trails to trout 2012 dallas safari club expo n.w.t.f annual hunting banquet 30th annual east texas outdoors expo 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 east texas outdoors magazine pg 3

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12 contents 12 feature story hunting dogs i have known 52 56 58 60 72 74 76 80 no off season lure reviews by jerry dolezal tpwd report lake jacksonville special section game ranches the reader board bronco roads travelogue words from the warden red dirt texas girl 12 16 18 24 26 32 34 38 42 48 51 pg 6 hunting dogs i have known trails to trout connecting outdoors hogs a problem favorite rifle round angelina national forest dallas safari club annual expo spring turkey hunting 101 tarpon of texas the bass coach recipe with rick neal 26 etoutdoors.com

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east texas magazine vol 2 issue 2 staff noel martin jr publisher photographer designer managing editor account executive editor at large field rep 42 pasha ross watson luke clayton jerry doc watson contributing writers content luke clayton stacy dean campbell chris green mark allen tiffany elliott larry weishuhn josh davis tony reeves kevin townsend jerry dolezal rick neal 52 contributing photography luke clayton cover shot included larry weishuhn jerry dolezal angie dolezal josh davis chris davis bryan davis 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 60 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 it is with outstretched open arms i welcome the arrival of spring and all it offers i am so thankful for the rain and watching the lakes continue to rise not only for the fishermen for all the businesses relying on the revenue generated we are fortunate to have a wonderfully supportive community in east texas and it is great witnessing people on the mend after such a difficult time last year we hope everyone participates in as much as they can as often as possible and get outdoors to discover all east texas has to offer the contributions of organizations including the dallas safari club national wild turkey federation texas parks and wildlife and east texas woods and waters to conservation efforts locally nationally and internationally are tremendous it is important for the future of our hunting heritage to bring understanding and awareness of the impact and importance of conservation groups like these i encourage everyone to find out more about these organizations what they are doing and how to get involved i will refrain from getting on a soap box regarding the respect and understanding of animals the seasons and the planet in general by those who are committed to preserving its sustainability we are very excited to welcome tyler texas very own kevin townsend kt to the magazine he will be taking us along on his fishing adventures in each issue as he shares stories of the sights and sounds born from his passion for the outdoors as kevin says many of life s lessons can be learned in the field or on the water kt also finds time to host his own outdoor adventure series the kt diaries which airs nationally on the pursuit channel there are so many exciting fishing tournament events coming up with the bud light trail bass-n-bucks and big bass mania whether you re participating in these fantastic events or out on your own we wish you fun and much success on the water show your support for the east texas piney woods chapter of turning point when they hold their skeet shoot saturday april 21st at rose city flying clays in tyler all proceeds benefit this non-profit organization dedicated to providing individuals with mobility impairments the opportunity to enjoy outdoor sports and activities at little or no cost we hope we will see you there and make plans to attend the 2nd annual texas regional radio music awards show held on march 25th in arlington at the arlington music hall this is sure to be an exciting evening it is almost time for the 25th anniversary tyler cattle baron s gala on june 6th guests will enjoy the sounds of the bellamy brothers and eli young band while supporting the american cancer society as always we are thankful for the continued support of our readers and partners we love what we do and feel blessed to have this opportunity pg 8 etoutdoors.com

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open to amateurs only no qualifying or membership required largest bass each day with 3 day weight total determining the winner $125,000 first place and 100 place payout guaranteed weigh in at jackson hill marina powell park or sam rayburn marina anglers can weigh-in between 7am -3pm each day and can weigh in more than once to try to better their score this will be a trailering event entry fee $240 per angler daily bonuses 7am 8am 9am -10am 11am 12pm 1pm ­ 2pm each day anglers can weigh in for the daily big bass bonuses during the hours listed above 3 places paid during each hourly slot largest bass $1,000 2nd largest $500 3rd largest $250 pre registration sites daily between 11am 1pm march 21st lufkin texas march 22nd spring texas march 27th beaumont texas march 28th lafayette la april 4th nacogdoches texas april 5th bossier city la k-mart spring chrysler jeep and dodge texas marine dealer motel 6 more info bigbassmania.com sutherland lumber 979 255-6354 337 378-5828 motel 6 registration at event june 5th -7th 9am ­ 6pm register by april 15th receive a chance to win 1 of these 3 awesome vacation packages will be drawn at big bass mania 2012 cancun mexico carnival cruise las vegas east texas outdoors magazine pg 9

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around east texas budlight trail lake fork 01/15/2012 1st troy rossman troy clemens 2nd michael justus scoot terpening 3rd ben hogan mike moody budlight trail lake palestine 01/28/2012 1st roy patterson jody kea 1st bradley bracey steve white 3rd brad morris kevin hatcher budlight trail sam rayburn 01/29/2012 1st jason bonds todd castledine 2nd keith white brian branum 3rd chris mccall clayton boulware pg 10 etoutdoors.com

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budlight trail lake o the pines 02/04/2012 1st larry wilcher jr larry wilcher sr 2nd john turner shane hartless 3rd bruce brown keith williamson budlight trail toledo bend 02/11/2012 1st chris hazel josh peek 2nd larry byrd dave bushnell 3rd rodney cormier steven goff budlight trail sam rayburn 02/12/2012 1st michael justus scott terpening 2nd chuck turner mark huffman 3rd mike hinsley pete brandt 1 pg 11 east texas outdoors magazine

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hunting dogs i have known by luke clayton my admiration for hunting dogs began at an early age when my dad gave me a little rat terrier i named pokey in truth pokey was not pokey at all she was as fast as greased lightning and possessed an extremely keen nose i was raised on a poultry farm and the broiler houses were situated adjacent to several acres of timber rats big rats were always a problem and when the chickens were sold and night lights turned out the pesky rodents flooded into the broiler houses from the nearby woods and field in large numbers my dad was a practical man and looking back i m sure he was able to recognize the hunting blood in his young son and the little rat terrier s potential to eliminate rats 1 east texas outdoors magazine pg 13

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this lab is only 9 months old but shows great promise of joining the ranks of `great gun dogs photo by luke clayton pokey and i became a rat killing team i eagerly awaited the night the big trucks came and hauled the chickens away to market that s when the night lights went out in the poultry houses and my trusty little hunting dog and i went to work in the beginning i would take a short piece of bamboo fishing pole walk into the dark chicken house with pokey and switch on the lights rats would run everywhere and i would knock them off the rafters and pg 14 feed troughs they seldom made it to the ground pokey would catch them in the air and dispatch them with a quick bite and shake of her head later when i was about 10 my dad allowed me to load my little j.c higgins single shot .22 rifle with rat shot that s when the real fun started one night from two chicken houses pokey and i killed a total of 51 rats you might wonder how i could remember after fifty years exactly how many rats we dispatched the record `harvest became legendary in our family and pokey and enjoyed the glory of our hunt for several years pokey did double duty as a squirrel dog but it s a mix breed hound that first introduced me to the thrills of actively pursuing squirrels rather than still hunting and waiting for the squirrel to make the first move my brother-in-law was friends with an older gentleman that had an equaletoutdoors.com

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ly old hound in dog to man years the fellow was no longer able to follow his beloved hound in the squirrel woods and he gave billy free permission to borrow the hound any time he wished he borrowed the hound often and usually allowed me to tag along with my little .22 my job was to take the shots high up in the tree and get the squirrels moving billy did most of the dispatching with his old pump 12 gauge loaded with #4 s those little cat squirrels were a tough target for a 10 year old kid with an iron sighted single shot .22 shooting shorts i wish i could remember the old hounds name but after fifty years i cannot i do vividly remember listening to him `barking east texas outdoors magazine treed at bushytails high up in oak or hickory trees back in remote patches of woods in red river county the drill was simple but effective when we walked up to the hound billy would send me to the opposite side of the tree in hopes my presence would cause the squirrel to move within shotgun range this tactic usually worked but sometimes the squirrel would lay flat on top of a limb high in the tree this is when i would deplete my supply of .22 shells i would occasionally knock the squirrel off its high perch but more often the steady popping of the little rifle would cause him to move within shotgun range billy seldom missed the squirrel meat was put to good use i can still taste my the meals of smothered squirrel or squirrel and dumplings my mother prepared and then there were the bird dogs tolar was a big rawboned liver and white english pointer owned by my brother in law billy joplin back in the early sixties there were plenty of quail in east texas and tolar was what was then referred to as a `meat dog this was way before shock collars became popular as a training aid for upland bird dogs and tolar received his training in a far more spartan way at the end of a 30 foot check rope he did understand what whoa meant but beyond that basic command he was pretty much on his own tolar didn t need a lot of sophisticated training he was a natural and i learned a lot about quail hunting by following this grand old pointer through the briar patches and plum thickets around the county tolar was iron-headed and to the end very end of his career he continued to occasionally gulp down a quail when he thought nobody was looking even with the stern discipline administered at the hand of his owner ole tolar had a mind of his own he knew how good those quail tasted and he was hell bent on occasionally sampling one maybe that is part of the reason he was such a great hunting dog back in those days quail hunters often owned only one dog that s all they could afford to feed tolar would run for hours without any help from a kennel full of `back up dogs he was tough as whet leather and possessed a nose and attitude that i will never forget if there is a heaven for dogs i bet old tolar is holding down his private briar patch full of quail eating all he wants that s ok he earned the right up in red river county back in the sixties lately i ve been guiding some folks on duck hunts with polished waterfowl retrievers that can do just about everything except actually talk to their masters they will set on command until instructed to move follow hand signals during the retrieve and scent a duck in heavy cover that was shot three hours earlier regardless how much is spent on professional training to polish a pointer setter or retriever breeding and `built in bird savvy is a prerequisite to a great dog i m fortunate to have hunted with several excellent dogs that had to depend upon bloodlines and heritage rather than professional training to leave a legacy that lasted half a century little pokey my rat terrier and tolar the big pointer of yesteryear certainly didn t have the advantage of professional training but they had enough built in 1 pg 15

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