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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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National Wild Turkey Federation chapter honoring Wade Hibler

National Wild Turkey Federation chapter honoring Wade Hibler

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — The Highland Lakes chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is handing out one of the organization’s most prestigious awards during its annual banquet March 7 — one that it doesn’t give up every year or much at all. (more…)

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Hikes, classes and more at Inks Lake State Park in February

HOOVER’S VALLEY — Inks Lake State Park has several activities planned for February. The park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 near Burnet. Entrance fees are $6 for ages 13 and older, $3 for Texas residents 65 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. (more…)

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Chris Hooten (left) and Lyle Schmidt of the high school fishing club in Marble Falls hold the two fish weighing 6.4 pounds that won a tournament on Lake LBJ in January. Courtesy photos

Student-anglers compete at Lake LBJ tourney

GRANITE SHOALS — A beautiful sunny day did not equal a great day on Lake LBJ for the high school fishing club in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Burnet County 4-H Horse Club members participate in a previous clinic. This year, the club is holding a fundraising clinic and horse show Jan. 30-31. The event will raise money for the District 7 Horse Show on June 16. File photo

Burnet County 4-H Horse Club saddles up for clinic and show fundraiser

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — The Burnet County 4-H Horse Club is holding a fundraising clinic and horse show Jan. 30-31. Both events are at the John L. Kuykendall Arena and Events Center, 2200 RR 152. (more…)

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Rainbow trout fishing in Llano and Blanco rivers.

Catch a rainbow trout in Llano, Blanco rivers

LLANO — While the cold weather might have some dreaming of spring, anglers should take heart because now is a hot time to hit a couple of local rivers. (more…)

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Learn to use native fibers at Inks Lake State Park in January

HOOVER’S VALLEY — Classes on using native fibers and cooking with dutch ovens highlight the January activities at Inks Lake State Park. The native fibers workshop is 1-3 p.m. Jan. 17. Participants will learn how to make paper using a portable Hollander beater attached to a bicycle. The workshop also will cover native and non-native plants […]

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Yoga, First Day Hikes at Enchanted Rock postponed because of winter weather

UPDATE According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, Yoga at the Rock and First Day Hikes at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area have been postponed from Jan. 1 until Jan. 3 because of winter weather conditions. Check tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock for updates. DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR ENCHANTED ROCK — When the sun crests the horizon at […]

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First Day Hike at Inks Lake State Park

Kick off healthier year with First Day Hikes (and yoga) at Texas state parks

INKS LAKE STATE PARK HOOVER’S VALLEY — Hike the Hill Country on a 2½-mile guided adventure with vista views atop outcroppings surrounding the lake at Inks Lake State Park. (more…)

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Inks Lake State Park has a ‘hooting’ good time planned

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR HOOVER’S VALLEY — Christmas Day brings with it all the joys and wonders of the season, but it also means the next day is, well, the day after Christmas. What do you do with kids who are still full of energy but need some time outside the house and away from […]

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Shaun Oldenburger says there are still excellent dove-hunting opportunities in the late season. Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Hunters ring in holidays with late Texas dove season

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — If you’re a dove hunter and stashed your shotgun away a few months ago, you might want to get it back out. Starting Dec. 19, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is opening the second season for these darting birds. (more…)

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Colby Orton (left) and Craig Dodson finished first in the Christmas tournament on Lake Marble Falls conducted by the fishing club at Marble Falls High School on Dec. 13 with three fishing totaling 10.92 pounds. Dodson also won the Big Bass award with a catch of 4.9 pounds. Courtesy photos

Student-anglers finish 1-2-3 at Lake Marble Falls tourney

MARBLE FALLS — Nineteen anglers participated in the Christmas tournament at Lake Marble Falls conducted by the local high school fishing club Dec. 13. Every two-person team had one fish. The tournament had a three-fish limit, which was a big challenge for the anglers, club sponsor Craig Orton said. (more…)

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The Texas Park and Wildlife Department will stock the Llano River with rainbow trout Dec. 17. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Christmas stocking of rainbow trout perfect gift for Llano River anglers

FROM STAFF REPORTS CASTELL — The rainbows are getting stocked in the river with care in hopes that anglers will soon be there. Well, it’s not exactly how the “Night Before Christmas” goes, but for folks looking for a little fishing this Christmas season, it sounds perfect. On Dec. 17, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department […]

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Santa Claus will lead a hike to the top of the batholith at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area on Dec. 13. The park is located at 16710 RR 965 between Llano and Fredericksburg. File photo

Go hiking with Santa Claus at Enchanted Rock

FROM STAFF REPORTS FREDERICKSBURG — Santa Claus is coming … Santa Claus is coming … Santa Claus is coming to … Enchanted Rock. Yeah, you read that right. Good Old St. Nick is making a stop by the pink granite dome, or batholith, on Dec. 13. He’ll even be leading a hike to the top […]

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Inks Lake State Park offers holiday, outdoor activities

BURNET — Inks Lake State Park is offering a Hooting Holiday Crafts and Open House at the bird blind in December along with its regular monthly outdoor activities. The crafts event is for all ages and is 1-5 p.m. Dec. 27 at the new bird blind. Participants can make holiday owls from pine cones and […]

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Sandra Clough (right) and Samantha Anderson and her daughter, Taylor Anderson, map out their hike at Inks Lake State Park. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Burn off holiday calories at Inks Lake State Park in November

BURNET — Inks Lake State Park has plenty of activities in November to burn off some calories before you pack on the pounds on Thanksgiving. The park is located at 3630 Park Road 4. Entrance fees are $6 for ages 13 and older; $3 for Texas residents 65 and older; and free for ages 12 and […]

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Burnet taxidermist wants your big bucks for deer hunting contest

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — If you’re a Burnet County deer hunter and think you’ve taken the biggest buck during opening weekend, Nov. 1-2, then the folks at Griffith Taxidermy want to see it. And if it truly is the biggest buck of the weekend, you could end up with a free shoulder mount. (more…)

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