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No license on private land means hog heaven for hog hunters

Hog hunting on private land gets a little more affordable thanks to a new Texas law that goes into effect September 1. Senate Bill 317, by state Sen. Byron Hughes of Mineola, removes the hunting license requirement for hunters taking aim at feral hogs on private property and with the property owner’s permission. Hunters on […]

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New Texas hunting and fishing licenses now on sale

New Texas hunting and fishing licenses now on sale

If you plan to hunt or fish in Texas after August 31, you need to purchase the 2019-20 licenses. New licenses go on sale Thursday, August 15, and may be purchased from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department online, by calling 800-895-4248, or in person at 28 law enforcement field offices, more than 50 state […]

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Balcones Canyonlands refuge sets dove, deer hunting dates

Balcones Canyonlands refuge sets dove, deer hunting dates

The Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge has announced hunting dates for dove and white-tailed deer this fall. The refuge offers dove hunting the first four days of the regular season, which opens September 1. Dove hunting is from noon to sunset those four days. A $20 permit fee — cash only — is good for all […]

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Llano River bass samplings

Llano River bass samplings show definite signs of recovery

The Llano River is showing signs of recovery from the October 2018 flood. The latest indication comes from fish samplings in late June by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department aquatic biologists. They conducted the survey on the Llano River near Castell and found large numbers of juvenile largemouth and Guadalupe bass now present in the […]

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William Leach

Catfish tournament benefits 1-year-old with rare disease

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON If you’re going catfishing this weekend, why not do it for William Leach and his family. The 1-year-old Llano boy suffers from a rare disease: congenital bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria syndrome. (more…)

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Briley Sralla

Johnson City girl sets sights on shooting sports excellence

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Briley Sralla places the butt of her Feinwerkbau Evolution air rifle against her right cheek, tucks it up against her shoulder, and peers through the sight at a target 33 feet away. The canvas shooting jacket, pants, and gear she wears act as an exoskeleton, supporting her body and “locking” her […]

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Granite Shoals hosting town hall on deer management program

Granite Shoals hosting town hall on deer management program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Granite Shoals is holding a town hall June 1 over its deer management program. Officials will answer technical and legal questions as well as provide a general overview of the program, which is coming up on its fourth year. (more…)

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Lake LBJ

Be ‘carefree but not careless’ on the lakes this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and boating season. And law enforcement agencies are expecting a number of people to take advantage of the three-day weekend for fun on the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Shoot for Coop fundraiser is May 18, 2019

Shoot for Coop benefits area graduates, honors namesake

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Cooper DeSpain Memorial Scholarship benefits at least eight Highland Lakes high school graduates every year. A big reason it can do so is the annual Shoot for Coop Sporting Clay Fundraiser. (more…)

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced four new public access spots on the Llano River — including one at Castell Crossing — for people to put in kayaks and canoes or fish from the bank. Photo courtesy of TPWD

Texas Parks and Wildlife opens new access sites to Llano River

FROM STAFF REPORTS Anglers looking to enjoy more access to the Llano River have landed four spots to drop in their kayak or canoe or simply do a little bank fishing thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, several private landowners, and additional funding. (more…)

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The boat ramp at Inks Lake State Park will be closed until March 2019 as it is repaired. Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Traction issues on Inks Lake boat ramp to be fixed, but it will be closed until March 2019

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS HOOVER’S VALLEY — The steep grade of the boat ramp at Inks Lake State Park causes problems for drivers and pedestrians. For drivers trying to back their boat in or out of the water, gaining traction is nearly impossible. (more…)

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Texas hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Whether you plan to hunt in the “Deer Capital of Texas” or need to stock up on shells for dove season, Aug. 15 is the first day to purchase Texas hunting and fishing licenses for the upcoming seasons. (more…)

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TPWD bow hunter certification class May 19 in Granite Shoals

TPWD bow hunter certification class May 19 in Granite Shoals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Jason Brady still remembers the long day of traveling and learning he and three others experienced when they decided to become certified bow hunters in the state of Texas. (more…)

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Dylan Crownover, a Marble Falls High School senior, competed in a drag boat race in San Angelo on June 23-25. He placed second. Crownover is keeping family tradition by racing, following in the wake of his father, Marcus Kinsey. The teen recently was awarded the David Skalicky Memorial Award for Flatbottom Driver of the Year presented by the South Drag Boat Association. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls teen racer Dylan Crownover is Flatbottom Driver of the Year

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO FORT WORTH — Dylan Crownover completed his rookie season as a drag boat racer by winning the ultimate honor: the David Skalicky Memorial Award for Flatbottom Driver of the Year presented by the Southern Drag Boat Association. Crownover received the award Feb. 24. (more…)

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TPWD reminds boaters to ‘clean, drain, dry’ vessels to stop invasive species

TPWD reminds boaters to ‘clean, drain, dry’ vessels to stop invasive species

FROM TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT AUSTIN – As sunny days and warm weather kick off spring boating season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s inland fisheries and law enforcement staffs are urging boaters to fight back against aquatic invasive species that threaten Texas lakes. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School fishing duo wins 2nd at state, going to nationals

Marble Falls High School fishing duo wins 2nd at state, going to nationals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO TYLER — After not catching any fish for almost three hours during the Student Angler Federation Texas high school state tournament March 10, Marble Falls High School seniors Kaleb Smith and Craig Dodson changed their strategy. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School freshman Austin Skero poses with his Lucas Oil Drag Boat World Series Finals championship trophy. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls teen racer captures championship on liquid quarter-mile

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School freshman Austin Skero is the Lucas Oil Dragboat World Series Finals champion in the personal watercraft division, which he captured Nov. 5 in Chandler, Arizona. (more…)

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Burnet 4H Horse Club members Luke Haydon, Hannah Spruiell, and Emily Moomaw, club adviser Kelly Haydon, and member Amy Neusch. Courtesy photo

Burnet 4H Horse Club members ride on to state show

SPECIAL TO THE DAILY TRIBUNE LLANO — Five members of the Burnet County 4H Horse Club advanced to the state show off their performances at the District 7 show June 19-20. The state show started July 22 and runs through July 29 at the Taylor County Expo Center, 1700 Texas 36 in Abilene. (more…)

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The University Interscholastic League will require all member schools share data on concussions suffered during competitions starting in the 2017-18 school year. Marble Falls Independent School District has been voluntarily turning in that date for some time, say MFISD officials. Photo by Diana Cox

Marble Falls has head start on UIL concussion data-sharing requirement

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — While all Texas schools in the University Interscholastic League will be required to share concussion data starting in the 2017-18 academic year, Marble Falls school district leaders have already moved to the head of the class on the subject. (more…)

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is stocking the Llano River with rainbow trout this winter.

Winter weather brings plenty of rainbow trout in Central Texas

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Move over bass (and catfish) because rainbow trout are coming. While the largemouth bass and other warm water species rank as top angler targets most of the year, when the temperatures drop, anglers are often left wondering what to do until spring. (more…)

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White-tailed deer

Deer season should be ‘banner’ one

The general season for white-tailed deer begins Saturday, Nov. 5, in Texas, and it’s predicted to be a “banner” year by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department experts. Read more about deer season — and other hunting seasons — at 101HighlandLakes.com.

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Hunter Safety Course is Oct. 15

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With the dove and archery deer seasons well underway, you might think it’s too late to take a hunter’s safety course. But it’s not. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School fishing club

Big Bass and big finish for Marble Falls student-angler

Marble Falls High School student-angler Kevin Duggins won the first bass fishing tournament of the season thanks to catching these three fish. Duggins also caught the Big Bass. The next tournament is Oct. 15 on Lake Travis. Courtesy photo

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State officials have extended the dove season —  Sept. 1 to Nov. 6 — by 20 days for more opportunities to plan, hunt and feast on the migratory bird. Photo copyright of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

20 days added to Texas dove season

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER CHEROKEE — Devin Everett likes to stay close to home during dove season and often welcomes family and friends on opening day Sept. 1 to his 1,400-acre ranch in San Saba County. (more…)

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The annual stocking of Lake Buchanan with hybrid striped bass fry was carried out March 21 by the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corp. Shown introducing the fish into the lake is LBCC member and fishing guide, Max Milam, of Ken Milam Fishing Guide Service. This year’s stocking consisted of 1 million of the fry and brings the total number stocked into the lake by the LBCC over the past 10 years to more than 9 million. Visiting anglers are harvesting large numbers of keeper-size hybrids with new lake records being established and re-established within short periods of time. Courtesy photo

Lake Buchanan has healthy resurgence; state of the lake is June 21

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BUCHANAN DAM — Lake Buchanan has experienced the spectrum of ups and downs the past several years, going from historic low inflows to four open floodgates recently, leaving people wondering, “How is Lake Buchanan doing?” (more…)

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State of the lake: Now full, Buchanan sees fish and habitat changes

State of the lake: Now full, Buchanan sees fish and habitat changes

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR UPDATE: The State of the Lake program scheduled for May 17 has been postponed due to possible severe weather. It has been rescheduled for June 21. Go to www.lakebuchanancc.org for more information.   BUCHANAN DAM — A little wind made the difference in whether Lake Buchanan’s white bass population survived the […]

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