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September 29, 2015

Texas Game Wardens

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 10:42 am
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Destroy $6 Million Marijuana Farm on Cooper WMA

Public Hunters Discover Illegal Camp, 6,500 Pot Plants during Opening Weekend of Teal Season

AUSTIN – Public hunters pursuing feral hogs at Cooper Wildlife Management Area in northeast Texas over the weekend stumbled upon a sophisticated marijuana growing encampment having more than 6,500 mature plants with a street value estimated at more than $6 million.

Alerted by the public hunters, Texas game wardens led a multi-agency investigation of the well-established site tucked away in a remote swampy area of the 14,480-acre WMA about 70 miles northeast of Dallas. Wardens found a campsite with tents, farming tools, fertilizer, a generator and water pump irrigation equipment indicating the operation had been ongoing for some time.

“This was not someone playing around and experimenting,” said Texas Game Warden Captain Steve Stapleton. “The camp was at least a mile from any road in some harsh conditions. They picked this spot on purpose and spent day and night out there for some time. There was a lot of trash to clean up.”

An extensive search of the area from the air and on the ground by game wardens, Delta and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Offices, Texas Department of Criminal Justice tracking dogs and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers netted no arrests. Officials destroyed all the marijuana on site and seized the property and equipment.

“The destruction to the habitat and the damage these people did to the environment is probably the worst part,” said Texas Game Warden Chris Fried. “They cut mature hardwood trees, including a pin oak that was at least five foot in diameter, and cleared parts of a levee that will take many years to recover. The chemicals they sprayed, insecticides and pesticides that contaminated the soil and eventually run off into the streams will have lasting impacts.”

Fried said illegal marijuana growing operations are not unheard of in remote areas, both on public and private lands, but it is uncommon to catch the illegal farmers in the act.

“It’s something we keep our ears open to, but this is the first one I’ve seen on Cooper,” he said.

In all probability, the growers would have harvested their crops and left prior to the archery deer season opener in early October.

“They would’ve folded up shop by October 1 ahead of archery deer season opening, but obviously didn’t figure in the opening of teal and feral hog hunting season in mid-September,” Stapleton noted.

Instead, they got an early season wakeup as their efforts to grow marijuana crops valued at $6 million went up in smoke.

September 22, 2015

Some of our recent Game Camera Photos

Filed under: farm,Hogs — Freddie Keel @ 10:55 am




Feral Hogs



September 16, 2015

one of these guys made a mistake


They walked all around the trap.   Ate the corn at the mouth of the trap, but would not enter.  They are encouraging the use of Tannerite.


And then the temptation was just too much for this guy.

Trapping is not efficient method of controlling feral hogs.  Oh you might catch one out of twenty or so, but that’s losing ground when considering total numbers.

September 11, 2015

There are good people……

I received this email from one of our daughters and decided to publish it without her knowledge or permission.   She is employed at a public school as a Counselor.  I’m not soliciting money or supplies for her students, but simply to relay a story that “there are good people…” and a lot of them regardless what you see or read about in the news.   So when you hear the cry of the needy, please be generous.

Every year before school, I buy lots of supplies while they are on sale. We have so many students who have nothing. Also, we have two group/foster homes in our zones. Those students situations are really bad. When one of those comes in, I give them a backpack with the supplies they need. Their life is hard enough and I don’t want them to be even more embarrassed when they don’t even have a pencil and paper to take notes. Also, I always hit up my friends for their kids used backpacks. I wash them and then pass on to needy students (with the supplies I’ve purchased).

We have had tremendous growth this year. What usually lasts me most of the year is already gone.

I posted on Facebook a few days ago for friends to look and see if they have old backpacks laying around. I got many messages (from local friends) saying they’d bring me some.

John XXXXXX messaged me saying he’d sent me some money via PayPal to purchase backpacks. He said he didn’t have old backpacks to donate, but he wanted to help. I looked in my Paypal account and he had sent $200!  Right away I placed an online order through Academy. I got 20 backpacks for $203.59. Then, without telling me he was doing it (and I sure didn’t ask him to), he posted on his Facebook that he was trying to help a friend who was trying to help students. His post said if any of his friends wanted to help, just send him a private message and he’d give them the info.

Within an hour, I started getting emails from PayPal that a deposit had been made into my account. I will send all the ‘senders’ receipts for what I purchase. I was overwhelmed…almost in tears.

Then today at work, I get a call from the receptionist telling me that a representative from YMCA was there to see me. I was confused because I knew I didn’t have any meetings or whatever. I walked downstairs and the YMCA gentleman told me someone had let them know YESTERDAY about my needs, so they gathered some supplies and backpacks for me. I was thinking a couple packs of paper, pens, and a backpack or two. I followed him outside. He has a bus load FULL of stuff for me. (A short bus, but still a bus load!!)). I was in such shock. I gathered about 6 big boys and it took almost an hour to unload the bus and haul it to the fourth floor.

See, there are good people out there!!”

September 2, 2015

Sunset Photo Taken with Cell Phone

Filed under: Family,farm — Freddie Keel @ 10:37 am
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My sister took this sunset photo from vehicle using cell phone.

The location was Hwy 69 south of Huntington, Texas.

September 1, 2015

Ernie Andrus, WW II Vet

Today, I enjoyed a lunch time visit with Ernie at Huntington Deli (Dean’s).  It was interesting to hear him tell of his Coast to Coast trip.   Earlier this day he had completed a segment of his walk across America, walking and jogging with small group on Highway 69 south of Huntington near our farm.


From the web:

My name is Ernie Andrus and I plan to run coast to coast in 2 to 4 years. (Super Senior Coast to Coast Run). I turned 90 in August, 2013. I started by touching the Pacific Ocean near San Diego CA., on October 7th, 2013 and will touch the Atlantic Ocean near Brunswick, GA., two to four years later.

This feat is being undertaken to raise money for the LST 325 SHIP MEMORIAL, INC. I was one of the crew that brought the LST 325 back from the Isle of Crete, Greece to the US in 2000, 2001 as aired on the history channel as The Return of LST 325. One thousand fifty one LSTs were built during World War II. The 325 is the only one left that has been restored and is still operational. Plans were being made to return the ship to Normandy for the D day memorial service (D day plus 70, 2014) and beach it at the same location where it was on Omaha beach 70 years before. The cost of taking this ship across the Atlantic and back is tremendous. Shortage of finances caused the 2014 trip to be canceled. Perhaps we can raise enough money for D Day plus 75 in 2019.

If you’d like to help fund my record breaking trip across America or donate to the LST 325 Ship Memorial fund, please visit the donate page.

Run Progress:

As of August 7, 2015 I have ran 1,668.04 miles in 606 hours, 22 minutes and 16 seconds.
Average pace 21:49. Average leg 6.13 miles. Average miles per week 18.4.
I am now in near Alto, Texas.  (update noon 8/31/15 – Huntington, Texas)


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