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April 30, 2013

The correct way to deal with a game warden

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:37 am

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:26 Jacob Longoria
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aaawarden2WAITING: Game wardens are watching for violations.

The encounter between a hunter and game warden can be a tense one for both parties, but if hunters follow a few common-sense rules, the experience should be quick and easy.

When a game warden approaches a hunter, he (or she) will first identify himself as a game warden.

Brownsville Game Warden Fernando Cervantes said hunters should not to reach for their wallet, a cigarette or make any sudden movements besides slowly placing their firearm on the ground. The game warden will then ask and check every hunter’s identification, hunting license and firearm.

If everything is up to legal standards, the officer will let the hunters go back to their hunt.

If a violation is found, the officer can issue a citation. If the hunter believes he is not guilty of a violation, he may advise the officer about a possible mistake in a respectful manner, but it’s up to the officer to move forward with the violation, according to Cervantes.

For a select group of hunters, Cervantes said they prefer to argue with the officer about being treated unfairly and, therefore, demand justice. In this situation, Cervantes said hunters should just comply with the officer.

“Hunters must realize that the side of the road is not a court room,” said Cervantes.

Cervantes knows everyone isn’t guilty, but insists everyone with a violation will have a day in court, so hunters should save their arguments until they get in front of a judge.

“Hunters who argue, usually argue themselves into more trouble,” he said.

Game wardens have to be careful when dealing with people who argue with them. Officers are trained to keep their distance and disarm any confrontation they have with the hunter. But in some cases, hunters are disrespectful. Cervantes said alcohol is a big factor in dealing with disrespectful people.

“Alcohol makes some hunters brave,” he said.

In cases where the hunter is obviously intoxicated, the officer can issue a public intoxication charge, along with any other violations.

Thanks to Jacob Longoria of Lonestar News

April 29, 2013

A Family Outing

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 6:14 am
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One little guy

is a non conformist

and is misbehaving.

April 28, 2013


Filed under: Neal Murphy — Freddie Keel @ 6:18 am


My mother, Alice, always wanted a grandfather clock, however it was not until the early 1960s that she purchased one.  She was proud of the over six foot tall floor clock that chimed every quarter-hour.  I thought it was a beautiful clock but paid little attention to it.  I recall that when our family would come home for a visit she would have to stop the clock because the chimes coming from the living room would wake us from our sleep all through the night.

After our daughter was born in 1959, Alice would take Kay to watch the grandfather clock.  She would say to Kay, “See the clock, tick toc, tic toc”.  Kay began referring to her grandmother as “Tic Toc”, a name which stuck and was used by all the other grandkids.

After she died in 2004 I inherited the clock.  It survived an estate sale and a couple of years being in a rental house situation.  The clock now sits in my entry way and continues to chime out the time and each fifteen minute segment.  Strangely, we now have become accustomed to the noise and are never bothered by it.


One day I decided to investigate the clock as to its maker and value.  I discovered the clock is made by Howard Miller and was purchased from Cason-Monk in Nacogdoches.  The only inscription on the face is “Tempus Fugit”, which is Latin for “time flees”.  It turns out not to be a valuable antique as I had hoped.

I wondered how the Grandfather clock got it’s name and discovered an interesting story about this.

Over one hundred years ago in Piercebridge, North Yorkshire, England, stood a quaint country lodge known as the George Hotel.  It was managed by two bachelor brothers named Jenkins, who were also from England.

In the lobby stood a floor clock, as they were called in those days, that had been there for many years.  One unusual characteristic of the old clock was that it kept very good time.  This was uncommon in those days as clocks were generally not noted for their accuracy.

Strangely, on the day that one of the brothers suddenly died, the old clock began losing time.  At first it lost fifteen minutes each day, but when several clock smiths gave up trying to repair the ailing  timepiece, it was losing more than an hour each day.  The clock’s incurable problem became as discussed as its former precision had been.  Some said that it was no surprise that, though fully wound, the old clock stopped entirely when the surviving brother died at the age of ninety.

The new manager of the hotel never attempted to have it repaired.  He just left it standing in a sunlit corner of the lobby, its hands resting in the position they assumed the moment the last Jenkins brother died.

About 1875, an American songwriter named Henry Work happened to be staying at the George Hotel during a trip to England.  He was told the story of the old clock and after seeing it himself, decided to compose a song about the fascinating coincidence that the clock stopped forever the moment its elder owner passed away.

Henry came back to America and published the lyrics that sold over a million copies of sheet music about the grandfather clock song.  These are the opening words of the first stanza:

“Oh, my grandfather’s clock was too tall for the shelf so it stood ninety

Years on the floor.  It was taller by half than the old man himself, though

It weighed not a pennyweight more….”

Until that time, clocks such as the one in the old George Hotel, were referred to by a variety of names, but not before Henry Work wrote his song, over a hundred years ago, were they referred to as grandfather clocks.

The terms “grandfather”, “grandmother”, and “granddaughter” have all been applied to the floor clocks.  The general consensus seems to be that a clock smaller than five feet tall is a “granddaughter”, over five feet is a “grandmother” and over six feet is a “grandfather”.

Mother’s grandfather clock did not stop when she died, but it does lose about five minutes out of forty-eight hours.  I am not going to read anything more into that now that she is gone, but I have a deeper appreciation for the clock that she loved.  I hope that it will last long enough for me to pass it down to one of my children.



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April 27, 2013

This crappie came out of 20′

fk_crappie_041013When you might assume the crappie are in shallow water

this guy shows up in 20′ of water.

In the area were several balls of shad.

The wind was howling which prevented

fishing the area for any length of time.

April 26, 2013

Mom and Baby

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:06 am

Naconiche Record Fish Is ShareLunker Descendant

Falcon fish was mother of new Lake Naconiche record largemouth bass

ATHENS—On December 4, 2004, Jerry Campos was fishing for largemouth bass on Falcon International Reservoir when he caught a 14.28-pound fish that became ShareLunker 370.



On April 13, 2013, Allen Lane Kruse of Nacogdoches caught a 12.54-pound bass from Lake Naconiche that has been submitted as a water-body and catch-and-release record for the new impoundment near Nacogdoches.



The connection? DNA testing revealed that ShareLunker 370, which spawned at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens, is the mother of the Lake Naconiche fish. If Campos had not entered his fish into the ShareLunker program, Kruse would not have had the opportunity to catch his fish, because it would not have existed.

“This is the perfect example of why the ShareLunker program was established,” said Allen Forshage, director of TFFC. “It’s called ShareLunker because the program gives anglers the opportunity to share their catch with others. Fingerlings from ShareLunkers that spawned have been stocked into more than 60 reservoirs across Texas.”

The father of the Lake Naconiche fish has deep roots in the ShareLunker program as well.  Genetic data showed its mother is ShareLunker 305 (caught by Nathan Strickland from Lake Fork in 2000), and pedigree data showed its grandmother is ShareLunker 184 (caught by Richard Crow from Lake Fork in 1994), and its great-grandmother is ShareLunker 9 (caught by Troy Johnson from Gibbons Creek in 1988).

ShareLunker 370 produced 12,699 fingerlings, some of which were held at TFFC as possible future broodfish. The Kruse fish was one of 173 adult ShareLunker offspring that were released into Lake Naconiche in 2009 along with 95,389 ShareLunker fingerlings. The adult fish are now eight years old and are on the threshold of being old enough to attain the 13-pound size necessary to be entered into the Toyota ShareLunker program.

While the paternal lineage leading to the Kruse fish was composed solely of non-introgressed Florida largemouth bass, the maternal lineage was introgressed with northern largemouth bass alleles. Typically, ShareLunkers that are pure Florida largemouth bass are preferentially spawned in the ShareLunker program given their greater likelihood of reaching large sizes (more than 15 times as likely as a hybrid to reach 13 pounds); however, exceptions are made and this was the offspring of one of those exceptions.

“The reason the offspring of a non-introgressed ShareLunker are more likely to reach 13 pounds is because of the way genetic variation underlying quantitative phenotypes like size is transmitted to the offspring. The genetic components of size can be broken down into additive, epistatic and dominance effects. Hybrids are more likely to have unique epistatic and dominance configurations that contribute to their large size, but only the additive component is passed on to the offspring,” said Dijar Lutz-Carrillo, the TPWD geneticist who performed the DNA analysis.  “You can see the results of this in our reservoirs. For instance, in Lake Fork less than 1 percent of the general population is made up of Florida largemouth bass, but that 1 percent of the population contributes 30 to 40 percent of the ShareLunkers that are caught there. The remaining 99 percent of the population (the hybrids) produce the rest.”

“Given that a certain portion of the population is much more likely to reach ShareLunker status, it makes sense to focus limited resources on those fish. Plus, wild populations will (and do) produce plenty of hybrids without our help,” noted Forshage.

“Fisheries are stochastic (random) systems; you can’t always predict the outcomes based on the inputs,” said Lutz-Carrillo. “But we use the best science available to make management decisions, and we are starting to see returns on those investments. We’ve greatly expanded our genetics database and increased the power of our molecular marker panels over the last few years, so I expect we will see more of this in the future.”

The catch is an indicator of something else as well: Lake Naconiche is poised to produce big bass for years to come.

April 25, 2013

These should be Jail Birds

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 6:04 am


A car wash was losing money.

The owner suspected an employee

had obtained key to money changer.


So he put up camera to catch the thief.


The bird had to go down into the machine

and back up inside to get to the money!


That’s three quarters he has in his beak! Another amazing thing is that it was not just one bird — there were several working together. Once they identified the thieves, they found over $4,000 in quarters on the roof of the car wash and more under a nearby tree.

April 24, 2013

On the Bright Side – By Mary Howell – April 24, 2013

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 5:58 am


            The residents of Hemphill Care Center have enjoyed the pleasant weather during April while sitting on the new porch which has been added to our home. We would like to express our appreciation to the owners of Hemphill Care Center for giving us a place to enjoy the beauties of nature.

The Resident Council met April 4th and selected the Community Fellowship Church as the Volunteer of the Month; Bill Ener as the Resident of the Month; and Becky Reeves and Joanne Kusterman as Employees of the Month.

We say “thank you” to our bingo sponsors this month which are Hemphill Church of Christ, Brother G from Heart to Heart Hospice, Kelli from East Texas Home Health, Parkway Baptist Church, Carletta from Consolidated Healthcare Services, American Legion Post #197, Camille from River City Hospice, and Blair from Texas Home Health.

We received blessings from worship services and singing by the following churches: Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Hemphill Church of Christ, Community Fellowship Church, Hemphill First Baptist, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church, and the Harvest Assembly of God Church. We also enjoyed an afternoon bible study with Brandi.

On Monday we had our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party to give honor to all that give their time to provide special activities for our pleasure. We also express our appreciation to the many visitors who brighten our day with their presence.

Last Friday the Lake Area Hospice and the Hope Family Clowns sponsored a Hat Style Show. We enjoyed wearing different styles of decorated hats.

The Pineywood Pick’rs gave us a Wednesday afternoon of fun with their toe-tapping music. We had a good time singing favorite tunes with them.

In observance of National Karaoke Week we enjoyed singing with Marti Bible.

We are looking forward to our April birthday party tomorrow which will be hosted by Brandi from Harbor Hospice. The party will honor six of our friends: Burna Lloyd, Oneida Collier, Patsy Hardy, Kathy Melde, Vermell Matthews, and Jack Winn.

We enjoyed planting flowers in our window box with our friends from Hemphill Garden Club. We also painted beautiful butterflies.

We look forward to our Friday afternoon when CJ will entertain us with his One Man Band.

We express our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Margaret Davis.

In honor of Dog Appreciation Month we express our love to Abbey who has brought joy to Hemphill Care Center for the past nine years. Our canine friend has a way of giving us days on the bright side.


April 24, 2013

April 23, 2013

Caught a 30# Carp while Strolling for Crappie

(This fish was caught by my good friend, Albert Nunez.   He 
tells us the story of how the fish was caught and released.)
 "I caught this fish Easter weekend Sunday afternoon in Mill Creek 
while Crappie fishing with a friend.  The fish hit a 1/16 oz. black 
and Chartreuse Shiny Hinny jig while strolling for Crappie. 
Using a 7' Sam Heaton crappie rod, rigged with a Diwa spinning reel, 
strung with 6lb. P-line., it took between 15 to 20 minutes to land
 the fish. About half way through the fight the fish came close to 
the surface and my friends statement was I need a bigger net.
 After landing the fish we ran to my friend's house to take pictures.
 He could not believe that I caught the fish on 6lb. line. 
Use P-line is all I could tell him. I do not know what the fish weighed,
 probably around 30lbs.+, all the scales we had were not big enough. 
 I released the fish at my friends dock and after a few minutes in 
the water she swam off."

albert_carp                 Asian Carp, Grass Carp, Chinese Carp
The Toledo Bend Lake record is 53.5 pounds which is also the State of 
Texas Record.
Most likely this fish would have be a 6 Pound Line Class World Record.
Notice that Albert said they were "Strolling for Crappie".  Strolling has
become a very popular method of crappie fishing on Toledo and a very 
effective method of catching crappie.   Fishermen who troll use
the outboard motor. Fishermen who stroll use the electric troll motor.
Strolling seems to keep your lure in the pay zone longer than casting 
and retrieving. In areas free of brush, you can use more than one rod
with various lure colors and weights.

April 21, 2013



Thinking back on my early years I have decided that my dad, Cecil, loved to go to rodeos.  We never discussed it but I recall that he usually attended any rodeo held in the San Augustine area.  I can recall several different locations for local rodeos in the 1940s and early 1950s.

My earliest memory of attending a rodeo was the most unusual of all, the Texas Prison Rodeo held in Huntsville, Texas annually.  In the mid 1940s I was quite young, but I remember our family riding in the car to Huntsville and taking in the rodeo on a Sunday in October.  I recall at least two occasions when we took the two hour trek.

I had never seen a really professional rodeo before the one in Huntsville.  I was even more awed because the participants were all prisoners, or “convicts” as we referred to them.  I saw many rodeo events including wild cow milking, calf belling, goat roping, wild mare milking, and bulldogging.  Of course, there was also the standard fare of bull riding, saddle bronc, and bareback bronc.  A recent addition to the fare was wild horse racing which I enjoyed.

I never did fully appreciate the background of the prison rodeo which began in 1931 and ended in 1986.  This event was launched during the depression years.  It was first held at the baseball park outside the “Walls” unit.  The baseball park, located on the east side of the prison, was normally home to the Walls Tigers baseball team.

The rodeo was the brainchild of Lee Simmons, General Manager of the Texas Prison System.  He envisioned it as entertainment for employees and inmates alike.  Welfare director Albert Moore, headed up the organization and planning for the early rodeos, along with Warden Walter Waid and livestock supervisor, R. O. McFarland.

The early attendants included a small crowd of local citizens and prison employees.  Simmons realized that he had a winner on his hands.  Two years later, over 15,000 fans traveled to Huntsville for the show.  Soon the Texas Prison Rodeo was drawing the largest crowds for a sporting event in the state of Texas.  With a lifespan of more than fifty years, the Prison Rodeo became a Texas tradition, held every Sunday in October.  Crowds grew to exceed 100,000 in some years.

A favorite event unique to the Texas Prison Rodeo was the “Hard Money Event”.  Forty inmates with red shirts were turned into the arena with a raging wild bull with a Bull Durham tobacco sack tied between its horns.  The object was for some brave inmate to get the sack and take it to the Judge. Fifty dollars usually was the prize stuffed inside the tobacco sack, but donations often ran the pay up, sometimes to $1,500.  This soon became a very popular event for the inmates due to the large amount of money involved, but it was one of the most dangerous ones as well.  The fast action kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout the rodeo event.


No rodeo was held in 1943 due to the war, but when it returned in 1944, all profits from the “Victory Rodeo” were invested in war bonds to contribute to the war effort.  The first and only time that the rodeo made a road appearance was in 1950 when it was held in Dallas in the early summer.  During this time a new structure made of concrete, steel, and brick was built to replace the old baseball stadium.  Weekday rodeos were added to the regularly scheduled Sunday performances in some years.  In the year 1942, the rodeos were all held on Thursdays.

Special entertainment began in 1951 with big stars such as Eddie Arnold, Guy Willis, Curley Fox, and Texas Ruby.  That started a yearly tradition which attracted the famous stars, Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton.  The most famous inmate performer, and one who sometimes stole the show from the paid entertainers, was inmate Juanita Phillips.  She was better known in the “free world” as Candy Barr.  Many of the inmates had never been in a rodeo or ridden on an animal in their lives.  But it was an honor and a status symbol to be among the cowboys selected to compete in the rodeo.

The last rodeo was held on October 26, 1986.  The fans, including several hundred inmates were entertained by the mother and daughter duo, The Judds.  Following the day’s performance, the chute gates were closed for good.  Due to costly renovations that the prison system said were necessary to the arena stands, the rodeo was shut down.  There have been discussions of resurrecting this rodeo event.  However, it will most likely remain only a fond memory for those who participated in, attended, or worked at the “Wildest Show Behind Bars”.


After my graduation from high school, attending college, and marriage, I never attended the Prison Rodeo again before it closed down.  That is regrettable as it was a fast-paced, exciting event.  But, I still have fond memories after more than sixty years.  That is one thing about a memory, one can go to the archives of the mind and relive events such as that.






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April 20, 2013

Texas Game Wardens

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:37 am

Texas Game Wardens Seize Illegally Hunted Wildlife Mounts and Drugs in Williamson County

TEMPLE — Texas Game Wardens and Williamson County sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant at a Williamson County residence over the weekend seized a collection of illegally taken wildlife mounts, a quantity of marijuana and $4,000 in cash.

The search began about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. A 55-year-old man was taken into custody.

During the search, game wardens recovered 52 mounts of wildlife believed to have been illegally taken in several states, more than 2 pounds of marijuana, and the cash.  The taxidermy items are believed to have been hunted illegally in multiple states and Canada. Species include fish, white-tailed deer, Aoudad, assorted sheep, bear, boar, fox, bobcat, and many other exotics.

The search and subsequent arrest was the culmination of a six-month investigation that began after a hunting outfitter in Iowa became suspicious of a man driving a truck with Texas license plates. The investigation revealed identity theft and numerous documents forged under a false name.

The investigation continues and more charges are expected be filed at a later date.


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