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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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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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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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Student-anglers Brandon Duggins (left) and Kevin Duggins, members of the Marble Falls High School fishing club, will be competing at the Texas High School State Championship on March 19 at Sam Rayburn Lake in Jasper. Courtesy photos

Marble Falls student-anglers headed to state championship

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — For these athletes, Spring Break means grabbing a fishing pole and dropping a boat in a lake — all for the chance to be the state’s best student-anglers. (more…)

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Members of the Marble Falls High School fishing club hold the Captain’s Cup, the prize for winning the Captain’s Cup tournament on Lake Travis on Oct. 10. The team includes Kevin Duggins (left), Blake Lilly, Alex Bennett (hidden), Craig Dodson, Brandon Duggins, Layton White, Colby Orton, Keegan Stoud, Wes Schultz, Austin Pegues, Calvin Todd, Dixon Wehmohls and Kameron Wright. Not Pictured are Blade Beckham, Jarrett Robertson, Morgan Smith and Olivia Delz. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls student-anglers snag Captain’s Cup on Lake Travis

AUSTIN — The Marble Falls High School fishing club won the Captain’s Cup Tournament hosted by Lake Travis on Oct. 11. As a result, the Mustangs get to keep the Captain’s Cup trophy for one year. (more…)

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Marble Falls fishing club crowns Angler of the Year

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The fishing club at Marble Falls High School ended the 2014-15 school year by crowning Lyle Schmidt as the Angler of the Year after he won the last tournament of the season. That event was May 9 on Lake Marble Falls. (more…)

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Olympian Leonel Manzano to help open Granite Shoals hike-and-bike trail

Olympian Leonel Manzano to help open Granite Shoals hike-and-bike trail

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF GRANITE SHOALS — Almost two years after walking what would become a trail system, Olympic silver medalist Leonel Manzano will return to his hometown May 9 for the official opening of the Leonel Manzano Trail. (more…)

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SPRING SEASON:
South Zone (Blanco County) is March 21-May 3
North Zone (Burnet and Llano counties) is April 4-May 17
Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Spring is the best time to ‘talk turkey,’ according to expert hunter and caller

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — As a turkey hunter, Robert Linder gets positively excited when spring comes around. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior Wes Thornton holds the bass that won him the Big Bass award for the biggest fish caught during the Texas High School State Championship at Lake LBJ on March 21. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls student-angler snags Big Bass at championship

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — Marble Falls High School angler Wes Thornton and his brother and partner Jakob Thornton caught only one fish during the Texas High School State Championship on March 21. (more…)

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Matt Nicholas (left) and Chase Hux of New Braunfels Christian Academy are the 2015 state champions thanks to catching five fish weighing 26.15 pounds. They each received a scholarship of $2,500. See tournament results below. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls fishing club big reason other schools are now hooked

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — More than 70 boats with almost 200 student-anglers participated in the Student Angler Federation’s Texas High School Fishing State Championship on Lake LBJ on March 21. (more…)

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Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet has 60 miles of mountain-biking trails. Courtesy photo

Pedal your way to Reveille Peak Ranch’s Bike Fest

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — With the days warming up and even a few bluebonnets popping out, it’s a perfect time for a little biking. If you’re looking for a place to get the kids excited about biking or just being outdoors, head to the second annual Reveille Peak Ranch Bike Fest. The […]

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Joe Beebee (left) and Will Brady of The Woodlands College Park caught five fish weighing 32 pounds to set a national record at last year’s Texas High School Fishing state Championship on Lake LBJ. This year’s event returns to the Highland Lakes on March 20-22. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Highland Lakes quite a catch for fishing state championship

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — A two-year commitment of having the Texas High School Fishing State Championship in the Highland Lakes was extended to a third year last March. (more…)

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IF YOU COMPETE
WHAT: Spring clays league
WHEN: Starts March 14 with final week of competition May 24
COST: $175 a person; five-person teams
FOR MORE: Call Bob Williamson at (217) 725-4934

Copperhead Creek Shooting Club forming spring clays league

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — A new league is forming, and not only does it provide 10 weeks of competition, but it more than likely will strike fear into the hearts of dove and quail across the state. (more…)

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