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Published by Texas Fish & Game Publishing Co., LLC.TEXAS FISH & GAME is the largest independent,
family-owned outdoor publication in America.Owned by Ron & Stephanie Ward and Roy & Ardia Neves.
CHESTER MOOREEXECUTIVE EDITOR
C O N T R I B U T O R S
JOE DOGGETT SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITORDOUG PIKE SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
TED NUGENT EDITOR AT LARGEBOB HOOD HUNTING EDITOR
MATT WILLIAMS FRESHWATER EDITORCALIXTO GONZALES SALTWATER EDITOR
LENNY RUDOW BOATING EDITORSTEVE LAMASCUS FIREARMS EDITOR
LOU MARULLO BOWHUNTING EDITORKENDAL HEMPHILL POLITICAL COMMENTATORREAVIS WORTHAM HUMOR EDITORGREG BERLOCHER CONTRIBUTING EDITORPAUL BRADSHAW CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
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OCTOBER 2011 Volume XXVII NO. 6
ON THE COVERS:
Floats for FlounderPopping corks andother new-techfloat rigs can helpyou fish the
unfishable but prime flat-fish feeding grounds.
by Chester Moore
The Rut InterruptedA new study bywhitetailresearchers hasuncovered a num-
ber of factors that can put thebrakes on a regions rut after ithas started. Their findings offerboth obvious conclusions(weather) and a few interestinginsights.
by Paul Bradshaw
24 THE WINGS OF AUTUMNQuail numbers are in declineagain, but fortunately, Texas wing-shooters have plenty of otheropportunities from plentiful water-fowl to sandhill cranes.
by Bob Hood
40 STRING JUMPERSJust how good are whitetails atsensing the subtle noises a bow or a bowhunter makes at themoment of the shot?
by Ted Nugent
46 GOING DEEPER BUTKEEPING IT WACKYWith a jighead designed especial-ly for wacky-style fishing, theFlick Shake technique gives bassan action theyve never seen indeep water.
by John N. Felsher
52 TF&G BOWHUNTING QUIZBowhunting has evolved since thedawn of civilization. Technology andmethods have improved, but suc-cess still requires knowledge andskill. Heres a little quiz to see howfar your bowhunting has evolved.
by Lou Marullo
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COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
OCTOBER 2011 Volume XXVII NO. 6
12 TF&G REPORT
12 BIG BAGS &CATCHES
34 NEW! TEXASDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
44 TRUE GREEN
10 Editors NotesThe Hunt forRed Octoberby DON ZAIDLE TF&G Editor-in-Chief
14 Chesters NotesHard QuestionsAwait Huntersby CHESTER MOORE TF&G Executive Editor
16 Doggett at LargeThen, Now &Tomorrowby JOE DOGGETTTF&G Senior Contributing Editor
18 Pike On the EdgeThe Case of Clientv. Guideby DOUG PIKETF&G Senior Contributing Editor
19 TexasWildDeer Baiting101by TED NUGENTTF&G Editor At Large
22 CommentaryRunnin andGunninby KENDAL HEMPHILLTF&G Politcal Commentator
33 Texas Bow HuntingThe Bow-TechAssassinby LOU MARULLOTF&G Bow Hunting Editor
38 Hunt TexasGhosts of GooseHunts Pastby BOB HOODTF&G Hunting Editor
43 Texas FreshwaterWildBillby MATT WILLIAMSTF&G Freshwater Editor
49 Texas SaltwaterOur TrojanHorseby RICHARD SANCHEZGuest Contributor
56 Open SeasonAdultToysby REAVIS WORTHAMTF&G Humor Editor
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Waterfowl ExpoI WOULD LIKE TO SHARE SOME OF MY EXPE-
riences at the Gulf Coast Waterfowl Expoheld at the Pasadena Convention Centerrecently. That was the best money I havespent in a long time. There were knowledge-able seminars that covered duck hunting,dog training, what is being done to benefitthe ducks nesting areas, and how to handleyour wild game after harvesting. I was soimpressed, my wife and I joined the localDucks Unlimited chapter.
While at the Expo, I had the opportuni-ty to meet Chester Moore and talk aboutfishing. I have been reading his articles foryears and some of his books, but this was thefirst time meeting him. And, Im telling you,you want to meet him if you love fishing. Hewill talk fishing with you. He was happy toanswer any questions about fishing andshared information as long as you were will-ing to listen. He was quick to shake yourhand and talked to you as if he had knownyou for years. Hats off to you, Chester, forbeing a first-class representative for us whofish and hunt.
Then, there was the Texas Gourmet,Bryan Slaven, who was willing to share hisrecipes.
I was even able to get my wife an auto-graph from Gator Queen Liz, from SwampPeople.
It was a very enjoyable and informativeexpo. Remember everyoneBuy Local,Buy American, Buy Union. Because theone job you save may be your own.
Richard HolcombTexas City
How to CarrySTEVE, THANKS FOR YOUR ARTICLE IN THE
September 2011 issue. I just finished read-ing How to Carry a Concealed Weapon.I am an older woman who currently car-ries my gun in a purse. I completely agreewith you about that being an invitation tohave my purse/gun snatched. I have looked
at and considered every possible type of hol-ster. I even went as far as buying a couple,including a soft IWB holster which I triedto modify to fit my gun. Needless to say, Imnot happy with the result. Otherwise, Iwouldnt be writing to you. When is thepiece dedicated entirely to holsters going tobe published? Please hurry!!! I want somemore input before I continue my search forthe perfect method of concealed carry.
Gail Mullinaxvia www.FishGame.com
Finding the perfect holster is, sad to say, alife-long quest for most of us. After nearly 40years of searching I still buy the occasionalholster because I think it has some qualitythat will make it better. Since you took thetime to write, I will tell you a couple ofsecrets.
I suggest that you try two different types ofholsters.
I had a lady friend in the Border Patrolwho seemed to love her Pancake holster. Thatis a holster that has ears on each side that thebelt fits through. This allows the holster to layflatter against the side than one with the beltloop on the back. Several makers producesuch a holsters, both with and without reten-tion devices, but I think you will find HighNoon Holsters makes as good a holster asany. The Slide Guard and Sky High are twoexamples of what I am talking about. Theseare both standard waist and strong-side waistholsters.
If you like an inside the waistband holster,something that fits inside the waistband ofyour clothing, I recommend the Milt SparksVersa Max 2, or one of its clones. This is themost comfortable such holster I have ever car-ried. I carried mine, filled with my KimberPro Carry .45, all over Kerrville yesterday,covered only by a square-tail