OVERTON – Wild pigs are most vulnerable to trapping before food and forages become more available in the spring, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, said most acorns have either been consumed or are rotting on the ground now, and wild pigs are searching for alternative food sources.
“This time period before spring greenup is prime for trapping wild pigs using best management practices,” Higginbotham said. “Wild pigs are searching hard for food during this period, which makes them more vulnerable to trapping.”
Higginbotham said it might take up to a month for the entire trapping process, which allows time for the pigs to be properly trained to take bait and get used to the presence of a trap. Other control activities, such as shooting and hunting with dogs, should be stopped during the trapping effort.
Two weeks ago, my son William, called me and invited me to go on a one morning bass fishing trip on San Rayburn. When the call came, I was on Sabine lake with three guests catching speckled trout, red fish, and a few flounders. I hardily accepted the invite as I do not get a lot of time to bass fish anymore, especially around spawning time. That day was raw, with a stiff east by northeast wind blowing but the catching was pretty good anyway. By the time, we left the bay at 2:00 pm the wind had switched to the southeast and warmed considerably.
The next morning at dawn, we launched my son’s bass boat at Caney Creek Park on Sam Rayburn. As we idled away from the ramp the thought came to me about how really great it is to be able to fish such a great fishery as Sabine Lake one day and then be able to fish one of our great inland reservoirs the next. You have got to love Southeast Texas.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville Boys Powerlifting took First Place with a total of 60 points at the Bear Invitational Meet on Thursday, February 9. This was their third meet of the season and third time to claim the top spot. The Girls placed Fourth in team standings with 21 points. Individual standings for the boys include first place winners Hunter Angelo - 148 weight class, 1145 lb. total; Victor Davila - 165 weight class, 1120 total; Ethan McKay - 181 weight class, 1165 total; Alex Reed - 198 weight class 1275 total; Trent Brown - 220 weight class 1115 total; Colt LeBleu – 275 weight class, 1430 total; and Jeremiah Armstrong – super heavy weight, 1775 total.
Our outfitter left in a hurry and his taillights disappeared quickly in the falling snow. Why not? He had already been paid and there were other hunters to pull out of the blizzard. We were now on our own. My friend Howard Simon had hunted in the high Rockies a couple of times and was an incredibly accomplished outdoorsman so I wasn’t too concerned about getting back out of the mountains. What did bother me was that we were in a two wheel drive van with no snow tires and no chains. I had been around some in ice and snow driving conditions and knew that the forestry road would present some challenges. We were soon to find out that we were totally unprepared for what we had to face. Being snowed in in the mountains in a drop camp was tame in comparison to what was coming next.
After three meets, several Pirate powerlifters have already qualified to compete in the Girls Regional Championship meet to be held February 23 at Beaumont West Brook and Boys Regional will be at Katy Taylor on March 4th.
Based on their performance in the three meets held so far, VHS Powerlifting coach Rodney Burks said Lady Pirates Taylor Killgo, Jenna Hoffmann, Hope Pridgen, and Hayley Kinard had qualified.
The Golden Triangle Seminoles, our local semipro football team will open their 2017 season this Saturday at the Vidor Junior High School stadium as they take on the North Houston Titans at 7 p.m.
The Texas United Football Association (TUFA) is a minor professional football league whose stated purpose is to enhance the sport by returning football to its roots, including fostering a wide-open style of play and faster-paced action while encouraging player individuality to emerge.