Sports

Wed
22
Jan

Use a mineral lick to keep deer coming back

Use a mineral lick to keep deer coming back

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

Use a mineral lick to keep deer coming back

Three does and a small spike walked from the river bottom woods up on the small ridge and cautiously looked around. It was obvious that they knew the small opening might hold danger but what they had come for was worth it to them. From my perch ten feet off the ground in my box blind I had a commanding view of the foursome and they were close; no more than twenty-five yards away. There was no wind so all I had to do to observe was to just be still and perfectly quiet. My blind has been at that location for well over twenty years so no doubt my residual scent lingered. After a few minutes of caution, they moved into the open and began to lick the hard clay soil near the mineral block. One of the four began to lap water from a small mud hole just down the hill from the block. After about five minutes the deer became more at ease with the situation but at least one of the four was watching for danger at all times.

Wed
15
Jan

“Life of the ” on PGA tour

“Life of the ” on PGA tour

Texas History

By Bartee Haile

Jimmy Demaret trailed Dr. Cary Middlecoff by one stroke with five holes to go in the fourth and final round of the Thunderbird tournament at Palm Springs on Jan. 22, 1956.

Jimmie Newton Demaret was born the fourth of ten children in 1910 in Houston. He was bitten by the golf bug at an early age, when an army officer asked the seven year old to lug his clubs around the military course at Camp Logan.

Demaret grew up caddying and playing on the public links in the Bayou City. He studied the swings of adult duffers, imitated the best and developed into a promising young golfer. At 15 he dropped out of school to work as an assistant to Jack Burke, Sr. at the River Oaks Country Club.

 

 

 

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Wed
15
Jan

Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Way back around February of this year my brother-in-law, Ron Killam called me out of the blue and asked if we might find a spot for him on our deer lease in Newton County. Ron had never hunted in all of his life but now wanted to learn. It surprised me because someone who is fifty-nine years old and has never hunted usually doesn’t wake up one morning and decide to try it. However, here was an opportunity to add not only Ron but also his son nearly grown son Mathew into the hunting fraternity. I jumped at the chance. Ron wanted to not only learn to hunt but to experience the whole lifestyle of the hunter. He wanted to not just take an animal but to partake of the whole experience from setting up deer stands, feeders, learning how to hunt, how to shoot deer rifles, how to take the animal, skin it out and finally to process his own meat. To learn just the basics of all of that would take a while.

Wed
08
Jan

Sam Houston left diplomats in the dark

Sam Houston left diplomats in the dark

Texas History

By Bartee Haile

Fearing for their safety and wondering what next to do, two Texas diplomats sent an urgent request for instructions to the president of the Lone Star Republic on Jan. 8, 1844.

Sam Houston started his second term as independent Texas’ chief executive four days before Christmas 1841, The next month, he learned along with everybody else that the 321 members of the Santa Fe Expedition, his predecessor’s ill-conceived gamble to stake a claim to New Mexico, were languishing in Santa Anna’s dungeons.

The self-styled “Napoleon of the West,” back in power after his disgrace at the Battle of San Jacinto, launched two raids on San Antonio to show the uppity Texans that he was just as big and bad as ever. The first in March 1842 was strictly symbolic with the invaders leaving empty-handed after only two days, but in the encore that September the raiders held the town for a week and took several dozen prisoners with them.

 

 

 

Wed
08
Jan

Temporary Hunting Closures in Big Sandy Creek Unit

KOUNTZE, Texas, January 6, 2020 – Big Thicket National Preserve will be temporarily closing the hunting area north of Sunflower Road and east of Lily Road in the Big Sandy Creek Unit during tree planting events on Wednesday, January, 8, 2020 and Monday, January 20, 2020. No other dates or areas are affected by this temporary closure. All other areas of the Big Sandy Creek Unit remain open (as indicated by the attached map).

Many youth and adult volunteers will be participating in special tree planting events on these 2 days. “Our primary responsibility is the safety of our visitors,” said Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz. “The trees these volunteers plant will help return this area of the preserve to a more natural state for future generations to experience and enjoy.”

 

 

Wed
08
Jan

Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Photo Courtesy/Marek Szturc

Late season deer in Newton County always retreat to a dense thicket where there is no human traffic. The rut is basically over and there is no reason for bucks or any deer for that matter to be roaming around. If there is ample food and water there is no reason to wander. By late December human pressure dictates hiding out. Unless something moves the deer from their thicket bedrooms they just stay put. If you happen to have your stand location in one of these sweet spots you will see deer but it will usually be the same deer every day. My friend Mike Rachal happens to be in one of these deer bedroom communities. Almost like clockwork the same seven deer show up at his feeder at Five pm, give or take ten minutes and hang out until nearly dark. The trouble is that they were all doe except one nubbin buck and a scrawny six point. For the last two weeks Mike sees those deer, give or take one or two.

Wed
01
Jan

Quality rifle scopes are well worth the extra expense

Quality rifle scopes are well worth the extra expense

As I walked to my deer stand there were many things on my mind; the most prominent being handling my Dad’s will. Trying to get through the sadness was bad enough but adding on the legalities and complication of the estate weighed heavy. After two full days of paperwork and phone calls I had had enough. A couple of hours on a ladder stand deep in the Newton County woods seemed just the thing to unwind. It is funny how our mind tells us things. As I walked, a thought popped into my mind that I was moving too fast. There was a myriad of small vines growing everywhere across the trail. Vines, trip hazard, slow down stupid. How did I know that? Where did I get that knowledge in my brain? By tripping and falling numerous times in the past while doing just what I was doing. Even the critters of the field and woods learn not to repeat situations that hurt.

Wed
25
Dec

Lady Pirates pull away from alumni in second half

Lady Pirates pull away from alumni in second half

Photo by Randall Luker

The Lady Pirate soccer alumni game held Tuesday night at Pirate Stadium featured the 2019-2020 varsity team taking on former players in a no holds barred match for bragging rights. According to VHS Head Girls Soccer Coach Ralph Fields, “It was a pretty even game of possession back and forth for most of the first half until Maryn Chilton scored and shifted the momentum in our favor.” After breaking the ice with that score, the varsity went on to win 5-1. “Goals for us were Blakleigh Sanders with the hat trick (3 goals), Maryn Chilton and Kinley LaPray. Kayla Waldrep scored for the Alumni late in the game to put them on the board,” Fields said. The Lady Pirates open the 2020 season with a non-district game at Lumberton January 7 at 7 p.m.

 

 

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Wed
25
Dec

Game Warden Field Notes

How Trashy

On Nov. 20, a Lubbock district game warden received a call about several illegally dumped sandhill cranes in a community dumpster. The Lubbock police department officer on scene climbed into the dumpster to confirm that the birds were not breasted out and the warden responded to collect evidence and begin interviewing possible suspects and neighbors. The dumpster was next to a Texas Tech University fraternity and a large apartment complex. After interviewing multiple individuals, the suspect was discovered and admitted that he and his friend left the cranes in the back of his truck the day prior and thought that the temperature was too warm to keep the meat. Waste of game charges were filed on both individuals.

 

 

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Wed
25
Dec

A surprisingly delicious meal to be had in venison neck stew

A surprisingly delicious meal to be had in venison neck stew

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

A surprisingly delicious meal to be had in venison neck stew

Many years ago, when it was popular to chase deer with dogs here in Southeast Texas it was customary for the guy who brought the dogs to get a really good part of the deer. It was always assumed that without the dog there would have been no kill. I will never forget one day when the owner of the dogs received a doe neck roast for his part. He was disgusted as the neck was considered a poor cut of meat but never the less he graciously accepted the neck and kept his mouth shut. I heard him voice his opinion later in private. He was genuinely insulted.

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