December 26, 2014

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Outdoors: Trout catch no longer airplane flight away

Growing up in Central Texas in the ’70s, I only knew one person who could ice skate — my dad. He learned when he was a kid growing up in Indiana, where he’d play hockey all winter on the frozen pond by their house.

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Sunday 12/07/2014
Outdoors: Give the gift of fishing, hunting to less fortunate

Christmas is rolling up fast, and while for a lot of people the season is about happiness, generosity, and tradition, there are many folks who dread the holidays for one reason or another.

Sunday 11/30/2014
Outdoors: Lorena teens rise through ranks of Texas Brigades

Back in August, this column featured the Texas Brigades, a program focused on teaching Texas teenagers the skills and knowledge to become successful leaders in the outdoor sports.

Sunday 11/23/2014
Outdoors: Get off couch on Thanksgiving, find fame outside

Thanksgiving is a holiday of traditions and rituals, and along with traveling to Grandma’s house to eat turkey and watch Cowboys football, getting out to the woods, fields and streams is another long-standing tradition that many Central Texas outdoorsmen hold dear.

Sunday 11/16/2014
Outdoors: Hunting teaches more than how to put food on table

It’s deer season in Texas. But like Daffy and Bugs said one Saturday morning decades ago, it’s also rabbit season and duck season.

Sunday 11/09/2014
Outdoors: Conditions right for perfect start to deer season

During most times of the year, if you meet a guy wearing camouflage who reeks of urine, you can bet he’s probably going to hit you up for some money. But during deer season, that scraggly, smelly guy could very well be on his way back from a trip to the deer lease.

Sunday 10/26/2014
Outdoors: Rain offers traveling fowl rest, nourishment

Hunting season is moving into high gear, as most species will be fair game beginning this weekend.

Sunday 10/19/2014
Outdoors: Crafty spiders don’t need to file flight plans

This just in: Flying spiders invade Central Texas.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Infested barge tied to Lake Waco zebra mussel outbreak

A barge operator cited for harboring zebra mussels may have allowed the invasive species to establish a beachhead at Lake Waco, state wildlife officials say.

Tuesday 10/07/2014
Commissioners outline new Tradinghouse Lake park supervisor position

McLennan County commissioners are outlining a new position to oversee Tradinghouse Lake Park with hopes to propel needed improvements at the location.

Monday 10/06/2014
Waco officials will try to smother invasive zebra mussels

Water testing at Lake Waco shows its zebra mussel infestation may be limited to a small area, raising a sliver of hope that the invasive mollusks could be smothered before they take over the lake.

Sunday 10/05/2014
Outdoors: Quail making slow recovery in Texas

Even though quail have largely gone the way of the horny toad in Texas, there’s a concerted effort to restore the bobwhite population through habitat conservation and an aggressive breeding and stocking program.

Thursday 10/02/2014
Gander Mountain to open Tuesday; Potbelly Sandwich, Bubba’s 33 part of plans

Waco’s Gander Mountain outdoors store will have a “quiet” opening Tuesday morning, when it will throw open the doors to its 52,000-square-foot emporium for fishing, hunting and camping equipment as well as name-brand apparel and footwear, the company’s district manager said Thursday.

Wednesday 10/01/2014
Zebra mussel infestation found in Lake Waco

Invasive zebra mussels have been spotted near the Ridgewood Country Club marina at Lake Waco, and city leaders warn that the species could quickly dominate the lake and threaten to clog the city’s water intake systems.

Sunday 09/28/2014
Outdoors: Native wildlife facing more stress in Central Texas

A lot of people get their tails in a knot when somebody mentions how humans are impacting our natural environments, but the fact is that wherever people build homes, shopping centers, roadways and other structures, most animals that call those places home have to go find new places to live.

Sunday 09/21/2014
Outdoors: Fall wildlife, new fishing records on Lake Waco and more

Some days, it still feels like summer outside, but Central Texas fish and wildlife populations aren’t fooled.

Sunday 09/14/2014
Outdoors: Fishin’ for Kids a full-on reward

Picture yourself casting your favorite lure into a grass bed, retrieving it for a few cranks, watching a bass smash it down for breakfast, and fighting it in to your waiting hands.

Sunday 09/07/2014
Outdoors: Support troops at Lake Belton fishing tourney

One of the largest U.S. military installations in the world is located just down the road at Fort Hood, and the soldiers who live and work there have some of the most misunderstood and thankless jobs around.

Sunday 08/24/2014
Outdoors: Armed with apps for social media in great outdoors

Having a cell phone on a fishing or hunting trip used to be taboo, but these days, more outdoorsmen are carrying along their electronics to document their successes through photos, videos, and — sometimes through social media even as events are unfolding.

Sunday 08/17/2014
Outdoors: Texas Brigades an outdoor-loving kid’s best summer bet

A lot of summer camps have an outdoor component that involves swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, paddling or another activity, but if your kids love the outdoors, the Texas Brigades is neck-deep in it.

Sunday 08/10/2014
Clay shooters aim to help Big Brothers Big Sisters

The stiff cross-breeze provided an added challenge of sudden ups and downs as the clay discs sailed across, mimicking fast-flying birds Saturday morning.

Outdoors: Hunter’s practice shots reminder fall isn’t far away

Well, it’s happening — fall is on the way. Back-to-school sales are running full force, preseason football is scratching the itch of fans who have been watching high school playoff reruns and Canadian football since February, and the sound of hunters practicing their shots for dove season is crackling through the Central Texas air.

Sunday 08/03/2014
Outdoors: Schooling fish can offer cyclical success

You don’t have to drive to the coast to get into some adrenaline-pumping, heart-thumping fishing. Lake Whitney’s striped bass are not only big and brawny, but they’re about the tastiest fish you can put on the grill this side of the beach.

Sunday 07/27/2014
John Werner: Iconic, beautiful Mount Rainier hike fraught with peril

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — The massive volcano rises so high and prominently that it can be seen south from Canada, north from Portland and east from Seattle.

Outdoors: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever caught? Fishers have some stories

Ask some people who fish about the strangest things they’ve ever caught, and you’ll surely hear some entertaining stories.

Thursday 07/24/2014
Wizards on water show stuff at BSR’s national wakeboarding event

The masters of dizzying flips and stunts who drive competitive wakeboarding will invade Waco this weekend, with the BSR Cable Park serving as host for the 2014 Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championshsips.

Tuesday 07/22/2014
Texas lake trying to spawn bigger bass

ZAPATA, Texas — Texas wildlife officials trying to spawn bigger largemouth bass and lure more anglers have turned to an oral surgeon’s private lake to experiment with fish genetics, environment and nutrition.

Monday 07/21/2014
Duo fishing for record bass near McLane Stadium

Sunday 07/20/2014
Outdoors: Teen finding success fishing rivers

I’ve always liked rivers more than lakes. Maybe because they’re going places — they all eventually make it to the sea, which is another one of my favorite places to be.

Sunday 07/13/2014
Outdoors: Stock tanks reliable source in summer

As a kid, I spent many summers and weekends in the outdoors, and among my favorite memories are times spent fishing in stock tanks.

Friday 07/11/2014
Registration for TriWaco triathlon coming up July 27

Registration is open for the sixth annual TriWaco, the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event set for July 27 at Indian Springs Park.

Tuesday 07/08/2014
McLennan County comes up clean in impaired-boating enforcement

Of 58 arrests of boaters under the influence made statewide by Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens over the holiday weekend, none were in McLennan County and one was reported on Lake Whitney, Assistant Commander Cody Jones said.

Sunday 07/06/2014
Outdoors: Feeding frenzies can cover an acre

If you’ve spent a summer day boating on a Texas lake, you’ve likely seen schooling sand bass surface feeding — turning the lake into what looks like a pot of boiling water.

Sunday 06/29/2014
Outdoors: Fear lost, kayaking an enjoyable outing

When I was a kid, the only thing I knew about kayaks was that I didn’t want to be in one.

Sunday 06/22/2014
Outdoors: At times, local knowledge can be hindrance

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Sunday 06/08/2014
Outdoors: Changing world still has need for outdoor escape

Kids today live in a whole different world that we did back in the 1970s. There are different dangers, opportunities, technologies and perspectives today than then — some for better, some for worse.

Sunday 06/01/2014
Outdoors: ‘Boiling’ water indicator of feeding frenzy

By most accounts, bass fishing at Lake Waco has been tougher than usual this spring. That’s not to say there haven’t been some impressive catches, both in terms of size and numbers, but most reports I’ve gotten — from newcomers and old-timers alike — have been below average.

Sunday 05/25/2014
Outdoors: Life jackets can prevent Memorial Day tragedy

In the past two weeks, at least 12 people have lost their lives on Texas waters in boating or swimming accidents worked by Texas game wardens, an unusually high number of fatalities before the Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer recreation season.

Sunday 05/18/2014
Outdoors: Limiting red snapper season is puzzling, bad for business

Like most anglers and hunters, I’ve seen people cheat — whether watching fishermen dragging stringers so heavy that they needed help getting their haul into the truck, or listening to somebody brag about shooting a deer out of season.

Sunday 05/11/2014
Outdoors: Gun rights supporters should avoid giving opponents free ammo

When you’re in the minority, you need to have courage. When you’re in the majority, you need to have humility.

Sunday 05/04/2014
Outdoors: Riesel husband-wife team State Bass champs again

Legendary Tribune-Herald outdoor writer Earl Golding informed, entertained, and highlighted the accomplishments of the Central Texas outdoor community for over five decades, but one of the greatest achievements of his career was pioneering competitive bass fishing.

Sunday 04/27/2014
Outdoors: 1st bite hooks fishermen for life

I started bass fishing at the age of 7 when my dad rigged up a pole with a grape plastic worm, handed it to me, and told me how to fish with it.

Thursday 04/24/2014
County official has big plans for fallen bridge

McLennan County officials are looking for ways to enhance the portion of Eichelberger Crossing Bridge that is still standing after workers carted away the collapsed wreckage Tuesday using a crane and a scuba diver.

Sunday 04/20/2014
Outdoors: Battle of San Jacinto re-enactment has its trappings

Texas history will come to life on April 26 and take visitors back to a time when life in the outdoors was more than a weekend fishing or hunting trip.

Sunday 04/13/2014
Outdoors: Lake Waco still top spot for catching catfish

Some people just seem to be lucky. But from the inside looking out, most “lucky” people will tell you that their good fortune didn’t just happen, and whether you’re successful at business, sports, music, marriage or whatever else, the fuel for success is a combination of hard work and know-how.

Sunday 04/06/2014
Outdoors: ‘Old standby’ crappie still reigns in Lake Waco

Lake Waco is well known as one of the best crappie lakes in the state. For decades, crappie and catfish were about the only things you could count on catching from the lake, but thanks to the lake’s pool rise in 2003, teamed with an aggressive stocking program, fishing for other species has improved drastically in the past 10 years.

Sunday 03/30/2014
Outdoors: Love-struck turkey makes for a few hearty laughs

Love makes people do stupid things. But we’re not alone — other species can be just as idiotic as we are.

Saturday 03/29/2014
Regulations, inspections to defend area lakes from zebra mussels

The city of Waco and the state of Texas are stepping up the pressure on boaters to prevent the spread of noxious zebra mussels into area lakes.

Sunday 03/23/2014
Outdoors: New rules in effect for zebra mussel containment

It would be a better world if good things spread as fiercely and easily as bad things do.

Sunday 03/16/2014
Outdoors: South 40 Shootout a salute to spring

The South 40 Outdoor Expo kicks off the outdoor season Saturday and Sunday with a variety of activities, information and merchandise. It will also wave goodbye to winter and hello to spring.

Sunday 03/09/2014
Outdoors: Learn how to stop pesky hogs at seminar

If you’re an outdoorsman or rancher, you already know there’s a thriving population of wild hogs and predators in the Central Texas countryside. Destroyed croplands and loss of livestock are parts of life that are becoming way too common and expensive.

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