East Texas Outdoors Magazine May June 2012

 

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12 contents 12 feature story food plots a few things to consider 64 66 68 74 reader board bronco roads travelogue words from the warden red dirt texas girl 12 16 18 20 28 30 36 40 42 46 50 52 food plots adaptive aquatics jerry dolezal review hoggin top water explosion lake palestine palooza caddo lake five oaks ranch tarrant ranch wild hog round-up 2012 atv mud nationals mud nationals results 30

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east texas magazine vol 2 issue 3 staff noel martin jr publisher photographer designer managing editor account executive editor at large field rep 16 pasha ross watson luke clayton jerry doc watson contributing writers content luke clayton stacy dean campbell chris green mark allen tiffany elliott larry weishuhn jerry dolezal chef simon webster ed thomas mike schovanec angie dolezal 36 trolling 903.561.5930 tyler flint marshall bossier city contributing photography luke clayton larry weishuhn jerry dolezal angie dolezal josh davis chris davis bryan davis mark allen chase fountain cover photo brian frazier chef simon webster repair we 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 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 17485 hwy 155 s cannot guarantee as to its accuracy completeness and validity and cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions flint tx 75762 motors

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editor s letter it appears summertime is already upon us my friends well you know what they say about the weather in texas if not it won t take you long to figure it out while this is the time when many events are on the calendars for the coming months i would like to wish the mom s and dad s a very happy mother s and father s day the shape size age or species of your child does not matter as you are loved needed and appreciated thank you for all you do each and every day we would like to dedicate this issue of east texas outdoors magazine to our children as each of you are a blessing to us speaking of events there are so many things happening in the outdoors surely something will suit your idea of a great time h&w marine s 5th annual lake palestine palooza takes place may 26th at the villages marina be sure to join us in helping a great cause while having a great time it is also a wonderful time for the music scene and festivals as summerfest and rebels and roses offer up many talented artists for their east texas audiences the bud light trail is continuing to grow and bring anglers a fun and rewarding tournament to lakes all across this great state big bass mania is set for lake sam rayburn june 8th 9th and 10th be sure to register for your chance at the $125,000 payout mike schovanec and texas adaptive aquatics are hosting the lake palestine adaptive aquafest july 7th please help this incredible organization as they provide the opportunity for those who face challenges to experience the excitement and freedom so many of us take for granted it is that time of year again as the 25th anniversary tyler cattle barons gala hosts their event benefitting the american cancer society make plans to attend on june 9th for dinner dancing games and the eli young band we are so proud to have incredible outdoor writers including luke clayton and larry weishuhn bringing their experience and adventures to our readers it is wonderful to have these consummate professionals bless us with their stories a tremendous welcome is extended to contributing writer ed thomas of longview not only is ed educated in animal science and wildlife management he is a firefighter out there keeping us safe each and every day it is both an honor and a privilege to have him with us we hope you enjoy and find valuable the tips and insights he will share with you in each issue i hope you enjoy our camping section this issue we try to include a little something for everyone for every occasion from primitive to glamping we encourage you to try them all and let us hear from you it is from our readers we learn a great deal about the not so well known places that are a joy to find the people running these places are the real treasure a special thank you goes out to mr tarrant of tarrant ranch for all he is doing to preserve and promote the outdoors of east texas we should all be grateful be on the lookout for our next issue as we go off-road from clay to concrete we will tell you the best places to get a little mud on the tires as always keep the photographs and stories coming our way we love hearing from you.

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f budlight tour budlight trail lake fork 03/11/2012 1st cody malone river lee 2nd troy rossman troy clemens 3rd david sawyer verlon croney budlight trail lake tyler 03/17/2012 1st jackie gordon keith gordon 2nd brad morris kevin hatcher 3rd dell tipton mark everett budlight trail toledo bend 03/18/2012 1st randy despino kevin laysayne 2nd tommy rascoe alton powell 3rd john valentine steve gorum fishing pg 10

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budlight trail lake tawakoni 03/31/2012 1st jackie jayroe andy masters 2nd warren sprague capp peace 3rd james freeman gary hatfield budlight trail toledo bend 04/01/2012 1st tommy rascoe alton powell 2nd dee williams tim murdock 3rd james bass dwain burns budlight trail lake o the pines 04/07/2012 1st joshua guy kevin guy 2nd danny draper brandon claxton 3rd eric gordy charles blundell etoutdoors.com 2012 2012 pg 11

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f food plots food plots a few things to consider by ed thomas ed thomas is a 1997 graduate of oklahoma panhandle state university with a bs in animal science and a ba in business administration ed worked in the corporate feed business after college and eight years ago left to become a full time firefighter and paramedic he has been involved in production agriculture most of his life and an avid outdoorsmen almost as long today ed works at jakes feed and animal center in longview as the outside sales manager where one of his primary areas of focus is wildlife management he is also a registered professional animal scientist mr thomas may be contacted at firemediced96@yahoo.com or 903-932-7800 hunting section pg 12

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food plots are everywhere i mean let s face it watch any outdoor t v show open a magazine search the internet information about food plots is everywhere and rightly so because it has been one of the hottest wildlife management topics over the past few years and hunters are hungry for anything they can find about this management tool food plots when done right are a wonderful addition to an overall management program and the results can speak for themselves but done wrong food plots can be a frustrating money pit that can leave hunters pulling their hair out and wondering why all the big to do over nothing so lets take a look at a couple of different areas and see if food plots are really right for you the first thing we need to consider is what is the overall goal of adding food plots to our existing management program it really comes down to one of two basic questions first are we trying to provide a source of nutrition to accomplish management goals such as increases in body weight antler growth and fawn development or second do we just want to see more deer making it easier to harvest one during the season basically it comes down to a management etoutdoors.com 2012 2012 pg 13

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h food plots tool or hunting tool the use of food plots as a management tool typically involves planting two sets of plots one in the spring and another in the fall thus keeping nutrients available to the herd on a year round basis research done in east texas showed that whitetail deer will typically utilize food plots from december to march and again from late april to september this goes hand in hand with the increased nutritional needs of the deer due to natural stages of production and natural forage availability thus having a food plot available to the animal year round helps to provide key nutrients which will help us meet our management goal the downside to this is typi cally the cost associated with planting and maintaining two sets of plots which will be discussed a little later the question we get asked the most is how many food plots do i have to plant to effect deer production research has shown that as little as 1 of the total acreage planted in high quality food plots can affect body weight and increase antler production a good general rule is 1 to 5 is sufficient to accomplish most goals using food plots as a hunting tool typically involves planting one food plot with the purpose of attracting and holding deer for increased harvest opportunities yes the animals do receive some nutritional value from the plot but the main equipment is typically the largest expense incurred during the process hunting section pg 14

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focus is on harvesting these plots are typically smaller and less expensive to manage due to a single planting season and when used right can be a great hunting tool bow hunters may choose to plant a warm season plot that will attract deer until the first frost where gun hunters may choose to plant a cool season plot that will attract the deer through the entire gun season our mild east texas winters really give us an advantage in establishing quality cool season food plots the next major area of concern when considering adding food plots to the management program is the resources necessary to establish the actual food plot as stated earlier food plots are a wonderful management tool however the cost of establishing and maintaining the plots can be a major factor equipment seed fertilizer chemicals fuel and labor all must be factored into your decision-making process equipment is typically the largest expense incurred during the process especially if this is a new food plot being cut into an existing area heavy equipment such as bulldozers with an operator can run up to $300.00 per hour to help offset this expense consider starting your food plot program on areas of your land such as right of ways skidder landings firebreaks or even lands once used for farming this can help lower your initial startup costs other equipment needed for establishing and maintaining food plots includes tractors discs brush hogs plows spreaders planters sprayers and harrows smaller plots can be managed with at v s or ut v s and a lot of different equipment is now available to hunters to aid in food plot establishment and maintenance however remember some things such as plowing cannot be done with at v ut v and will require a tractor when possible consider renting equipment early on this can be a great way to lower costs also consider working with other land owners to co-op on equipment rentals for producers that utilize at v/ut v s many equipment rental companies have begun carrying implements designed for 500 cc and larger models to assist you in food plot preparation seed is usually the cheapest cost associated with establishing a food plot and typically runs $35.00 to $100.00 per acre in east texas fertilizer and lime are critical to any food plot program without it you shouldn t even consider planting a food plot depending on what your soil sample states the initial cost of the fertility could range as much as $150.00 per acre lastly if you re going to use a herbicide for weed control plan on an additional $25.00 to $40.00 per acre notice we didn t mention equipment costs fuel oil custom applicators or labor as you can see food plots at times can come with a little sticker shock however in some cases they can be less expensive than a complete supplemental feeding program a good food plot is going to take some work and investment and my advice to land owners is if you re going to do it do it right from the beginning give your investment every advantage possible to give you a good return i can t say it enough food plots are a wonderful tool to add to any management program however they really are not for everyone when you decide to add food plots understand this is not a quick fix to all your management issues it s a part of the puzzle that along with a long term plan can aid in enhancing your deer crop as well as their environment as a whole another benefit is that food plots established for deer also benefit several other species in the woods remember the key to any animal production is proper nutrition it is the cornerstone and the building block that must be addressed food plots can aid us in providing essential nutrients to our deer herd on a year round basis but it must be done right my personal advice before you go at it alone get a little help contact your local extension agent tpw biologist qdma field representative or your local ag product provider they typically have a ton of knowledge and are willing to help you in any way the best way to start any management program is to have a set of goals in mind and understand what resources you have to work with a little pre-planning can go a long way to ensure the success of any wildlife management program until next time enjoy the outdoors.

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