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Wed
05
Feb

A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

We launched the boat at 7:00 am on the Louisiana side of the Causeway Bridge. It was going to be a bright sunny day with hardly any clouds but the predicted southwest wind was actually straight west and chilly. The tide had been blown down by a northwest cold front and was so low that we had to climb down to get in the boat. For an old man like me that was a little bit tough. It would have been better to have a ladder but where would you get one at a public launching ramp. Besides, I’ve always said that when I get to old to step in and out of the boat, I will know that I am too old to fish. So, man up and take that long step from the pier down into the boat and hope I don’t fall and break something. Once in the boat I started the 250 hp.

Wed
29
Jan

VHS Swim team rocks District Championship

VHS Swim team rocks District Championship

Photos Courtesy of Sally Andrews

VHS Swim team rocks District Championship

The VHS Swim Team took home the 23 5A District Championship over the weekend. The team took home the combined team championship as well as the Boys Team Championship. Blaise Droptini won an individual District Championship in both the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle races. Carter West brought home a championship in the 100 Butterfly. The boys 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay teams consisting of Westley Skipper, Ammon Hutson, Wyatt Flores, Carter West, Blaise Droptini, George Burns and Drew Williams both brought home championships as did the girls 400 Free Relay team of Bailey Phelan, Kayleigh Phillips, Emily Simmons, and Emma Hutson. Head Coach Brian Stampley was named District 23-5A Boys Coach of the Year. 

 

 

 

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Wed
29
Jan

Game Warden Field Notes

I’m Not As Think

As You Drunk I Am

On Dec. 14, a Montgomery County game warden was traveling behind a vehicle that appeared to be having a difficult time keeping his truck between the marked lanes on the roadway, but not enough for probable cause. The warden followed the truck into a gas station parking lot and saw a man exit the truck and fail to put it into park, causing it to roll back about 40 yards before he was able to stop it. Once the vehicle was stopped, the warden approached the man and noticed the zipper on his pants was down, his shirt had spills and stains on it, and there were several empty beer cans inside the truck. An intoxication investigation was completed, and the male was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. A blood specimen was taken, and toxicology and the case are pending.

 

 

 

Wed
29
Jan

First scouting trip of 2020 proves to be an invaluable learning opportunity

First scouting trip of 2020 proves to be an invaluable learning opportunity

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

First scouting trip of 2020 proves to be an invaluable learning opportunity

December is my time. As Christmas nears most of my customers quit fishing. Typically, I only run three or four trips from mid-December through January each year so I shut down my fishing business and go hunting. It is like an extended vacation but finally I run out of money and have to go back to work. After all of that time off the water I have to get back into the swing of things and get back in touch with my finny friends in Sabine Lake. Of course, they are just waiting for me to get back out there and catch them but that first trip in January always has a question mark. Some years it is as easy as going out and hitting the sweet spot on the first try. Other times not so much. Conditions change in any bay system from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. So, after three weeks or more it is easy to lose touch with what is happening on the water. On that first trip I like to have back up. Believe it or not, I have friends that take me fishing sometimes.

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.

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