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january/february 2013 o special fishing edition east texas pick me up magazinei m free texas freshwater fishery duck dynasty at h&w powersports challenged outdoorsman deer hunt east texas music awards the continent s duck factory ducks unlimited tyler by chris knight east texas outdoors magazine pg 1

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contents 60 62 64 66 68 72 74 76 82 special section fishing trophy striper time by luke clayton 33 wulf outdoor sports ladies night out where the quail are by luke clayton tournament checklist by jerry dolezal coa adult hunt east texas beat with terry miller hsoet pets in the park words from a warden by chris green ramblings of a redneck by jerry doc watson 11 11 16 20 22 24 26 28 33 48 54 56 58 pg 6 the continent s duck factory by chris knight meet gary klein h&w powersports hunters extravanganza kent watersports tyler ducks unlimited tyler banquet neal mccoy s pick ­ hollytree country club t-3 ranch special section ­ fishing red river adventures by larry weishuhn pre-spawn lunkers by mark allen expedition texas by bob mauldin east texas music awards 16 cover photo by mark hicks etoutdoors.com

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vol 3 issue 1 staff o east texas magazine pasha ross watson angie dolezal luke clayton jerry doc watson autumn watson managing editor account executive creative director editor at large senior field rep web designer sales representative gary klein chris knight terry miller bob mauldin jerry doc watson larry weishuhn 48 contributing writers content mark allen dennis burke luke clayton jerry dolezal floyd getz chris green contributing photography 52 64 brian photography luke clayton marc bailey mark hicks chris knight bob mauldin terry miller kayne parrish tpwd texas freshwater fisheries center larry weishuhn east texas outdoors magazine published by circle j.p enterprises llc p.o box 605 frankston tx 75763 855 etoutdoors www.etoutdoors.com advertising questions can be sent 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 cannot guarantee as to its accuracy completeness and validity and cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions east texas outdoors magazine pg 7

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editor s letter e hope all of you had a wonderful christmas and are looking forward to a happy and prosperous new year the east texas outdoors magazine family is excited and eager to see all of the exciting opportunities 2013 will bring now that the hurry of the holidays is over we can catch our collective breath and shift our focus in this issue we placed our focus on fishing and are excited to have the first in a series of articles from gary klein it won t be long before the tournaments are in full swing and the lakes are filled with the sounds of boats breaking the early morning silence we hope you find the tips and information in our pages useful in your search for the big one i would like to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation for all our contributing writers and photographers you are all amazing and we could not do this without you it is usually my inclination to steer away from political and polarizing issues however i feel compelled to speak to what appears to be a lack of personal responsibility in society as a whole phrases like you can take that to the bank or a man is only as good as his word should still probably now more than ever be guides to personal integrity it saddens me for our children to witness the breakdown of the fabric of this great nation it is imperative that we examine our history and the wisdom that can be found there we have a responsibility as a wise man once said to be the change you want to see in the world no people will tamely surrender their liberties nor can any be easily subdued when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved on the contrary when people are universally ignorant and debauched in their manners they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders ~samuel adams see you outdoors w pg 8 etoutdoors.com

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on the tournament trail 1st harold allen albert collins 2nd darren wiggins collin hughes 3rd keith white brian branum budlight trail sam rayburn 12/8/12 budlight trail lake tyler 11/17/12 1st eric leuschner coy spencer 2nd cameron pickett bart doty 3rd elvis kersh matthew pope budlight trail lake ray hubbard 12/09/12 1st brent kllingsworth tucker cappella 2nd shawn castonguay alec castonguay 3rd ricky phillips troy slaugter pg 10 etoutdoors.com

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every duck hunter has a favorite spot or type of hunting for some it is a flooded slough on the old lease that is always good for a limit of woodies and when the stars align and mother nature shows her might late in the season mallards seem to come from miles around to forage on the acorns to make a spectacular hunt for others it is the favorite blind on the lake that after months of preparation and spending one can enjoy a social hunting event with friends and family and participate in the best hunting that the lake has to offer if you talk to the hunters of arkansas you are likely to hear of flooded timber hunts at bayou meto where the sky was black with mallards somewhere near the legendary scatters you may even learn of the flooded rice field where ducks seem to gravitate as the winter storms wreak havoc late in the season on the famous arkansas grand prairie but the hunt i have chosen is much different it is not like any other form of waterfowl hunting you can experience in fact there is no water involved my favorite hunting spot requires a long trip from the lakes of texas and the grand prairie of arkansas about 24 hours of driving to the north lands you are in one of the most spectacular waterfowl hunting opportunities on earth you will be in the center of the continent s duck factory by chris knight east texas outdoors magazine pg 11

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the prairie pothole region is where it all begins for nearly every duck that graces our presence in the south each year as the days grow shorter and the north winds start to blow there is a magical few weeks that affords the lucky few the opportunity to witness a miracle the waterfowl of north america are slaves to instinct they have flourished since the dawn of time by migrating south for the harsh months of winter then returning to the pothole region to raise their young as the nesting season comes to a close and the winter months come close the waterfowl s instinctive voice tells them they must forage on whatever source of protein they can find readily available in order to build the fat layer necessary to make a cross continent voyage through modern agricultural practices humans have opened a proverbial buffet for these instinctive creatures the harvested grain field that s right the spots that top my list are the grain fields of manitoba and north dakota if i have heard it once i ve heard it a hundred times those ducks land on dry ground i ve even had the pleasure of hunting with friends that made the trip up in disbelief only to say holy cow they really do land in dry fields after we shot the first group of the morning we start by driving for what seems like an eternity looking for concentrations of ducks on the water there is water everywhere and much of it is only accessible by driving through fields or sketchy field roads that are no more than an atv trail no matter where they feed every duck needs a nearby water source to survive and rest in relative safety if you find them on the water you re one step closer to finding them in the field let s take a step back and look at what it takes to get to where we are ready for action if we actually do find a spot likely to produce field feeding mallards first you need a 4x4 truck that is rugged enough to tackle the farm land of the north and comfortable enough to make a 3,000 mile round trip voyage behind that truck you are going to need a trailer to haul gear i prefer a cargo trailer to keep all of the gear dry and ice-free as the weather declines the cargo hauler also makes a nice catch-all for you and your buddies for the week or two you are going to have to dedicate to the trip i equip my trailer with spreader lights that can be turned on to illuminate the field for setting out gear in the early morning darkness inside the trailer you will find about 14 dozen mallard full body and shell decoys along with a couple of dozen canada goose dekes for confidence on top of that you re going to need some motion we prefer the mojo duck or similar to put motion in the decoys we typically use 6-10 motion decoys in our spread which seems like a lot but it is the icing on the cake for field hunting so you have all of the dekes and gather up all of the spinners you can find but where are you going to hide that s where a good layout blind comes into play rarely used in east texas the layout blind is a necessity for this type of hunting they come in all shapes and sizes for every size hunter they usually fold up to a manageable size so they can be stored in the trailer with the rest of the gear don t forget the mutt hut if you take your dog along that s right they make a special layout blind just for your favorite hunting partner these pooch concealers are handy almost anywhere you hunt to keep your dog hidden from wary birds you re going to need a top notch trainer to make sure your dog knows the ropes when it comes to layout blind hunting so here we are with a trailer full of goods a truck full of hunters a hound and we have found the water that is stacked with ducks pg 12 etoutdoors.com

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now you re going to want to watch the skies for flocks leaving the water and heading to the field to feed as the temps drop in the fall the instinctive nature of these ducks is to feed several times a day to build up the necessary resources to make the long trip ahead the harsher the weather gets the more often the flocks will come to the field to feed if undisturbed the ducks will many times eat every speck of grain out of a field before moving on to another buffet of grain in manitoba we find them most often in the wheat or barley stubble foraging on the spoils that the harvester left behind just a few weeks prior as you move south into the dakotas you re likely to find them later in the season as the cold weather pushes south in the fresh cut soybean and corn fields in certain areas depending on the availability of each grain source and how fresh it is you can usually isolate the feeding to one source such as cut corn fields this limits the number of fields available to scan for feeding and allows you to focus your efforts each person in the truck needs a good set of binoculars to be able to assist the driver keep in mind that you are usually pulling the trailer as you scout and are likely to cover hundreds of miles each day looking for the perfect field field hunters are aware of and cognizant of the push this is what we refer to as the week or two push of birds through the region when they are heavily feeding and have all of their resources readily available as mother nature casts her spell on the north land water becomes frozen and fields start to cover with snowfall forcing the push further south during the peak of the push you shouldn t have to travel far to find concentrations of birds it is the difference between hunting in a 10 mile radius and a 100 mile radius timing is everything and mother nature is very unpredictable photos by chris knight you re likely only going to find two species of waterfowl concentrated in fields like this mallards are by far the most abundant in the dry field and pintails are a distant second though the local water holes will hold all varieties of birds only the mallards and sprigs look to the fields for abundant nutrition because of the nature of the type of stalks and stubble that is left in the fields after harvest it is nearly impossible to just drive by and see flocks sitting in the field foraging you need to see them land or take off to pinpoint their location the earlier it is in the morning and the later it is in the evening the more often the flocks hit the fields making these prime times to do some quality scouting if you re not fortunate enough to be hunting once you find a field that you know birds are landing in you can watch from afar with binoculars in amazement as flock after flock seemingly disappear into the stubble and stalks so you have found the birds and they are in the center of a sea of corn stubble in a field that seems to be a mile across what do you do now well you re going to need permission from the farmer to make sure he allows hunting on his property furthermore will he let you drive your 4x4 truck and all of your gear out to the center of his field early the next morning to satisfy your addiction it is clear who owns the property because there is only one house for about 5 miles so you pull up to the barn where you find the farmer preparing his equipment and cattle for the impending winter months of torture he looks up from what he is doing as you ask if he will allow you to hunt his field and in hearing your accent and seeing your license plate he exclaims you drove all the way up here from texas to hunt ducks that initiates a chuckle from within the truck and from the farmer being amused by your tenacity and the accent you and your friends so proudly display he agrees to let you shoot `em up east texas outdoors magazine pg 13 pg 13

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giddy as a school girl you and your hunting crew get ready to plan your actions of the next morning you find a local hole in the wall motel to rest your head and hopefully find a decent diner to get a meal and a beverage or two before it s time to rest sleep is hard to come by in this part of the country mainly because good lodging is equally hard to find each town has a motel or two and most of them are akin to a homeless shelter just as you drift off to dream about fields of green heads the alarm goes off and its go time make the coffee air out the dog suit up for the brutal cold wind rain snow sleet once you make it to the field you realize it looks much different in the dark with just the dim glow of the lights leading your path across the endless rows of cut corn you bounce across the field to your best estimation of the spot where they were hungrily bombing in the afternoon before truck off trailer lights on and the work begins it takes about an hour to set up a good spread of field decoys and another hour to dig in and camo up the layout blinds so you can disappear into the landscape each field is different and each morning you start with a blank canvas to camo so your fowl adversaries are unknowing of your presence amongst the lifelike decoy spread with everything in place you unload your essentials gun shells scooby snacks coffee etc and one lucky soul gets to park the truck at the entrance to the field while the other guys put the finishing touches on the blinds and decoys as light begins to illuminate the eastern sky morning is coming and you lie in your blind and listen to the sounds of absolute silence and reflect upon hunting moments past and future the time is here and even though it is too dark to shoot because of the thick clouds you can hear and almost make out the silhouette of whistling wings overhead as the fowl wake up and begin to search for food they arrive at first 2-4 at a time and flutter over the dekes ahead of you they flutter from left to right then land on the dry ground and start lapping up the grain that was left behind from the year s harvest it is such an amazing site you almost hate to shoot and disrupt what is occurring these water bound creatures are actually landing on dry ground and walking around your decoys the dog whimpers but holds strong as he also watches in amazement 15 more flutter down and everyone knows it is time to roll as if a bell rang all of the hunters emerge in unison from the concealment of the layout blinds and the point to the sky as shots ring out the skies fall it s like shooting fish in a barrel the first shot is a mere 15 foot the second 25 foot and the third is an easily reached 50 foot on your command the dog goes to work bolting from his hideout and picking up one after another and returning them to your hand you all watch in amazement as the skies fill with flock after flock of mallards and pintails desperately searching for food in the vast expanse of grain fields once the go has brought you the spoils you lie back down and do it all over again it takes very little effort to get the uneducated ducks to commit to your convincing spread in three minutes you have reached the limit and you watch in amazement as they continue to fall into the field it s been so many miles and so much work but in that moment it was worth every bit of the effort it just doesn t get any better than this pg 14 etoutdoors.com

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