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Athens native Paul Arthur poses with the pending new Oklahoma state record Spoonbill for he caught last Saturday on Lake Keystone outside Tulsa. The fish weighed an amazing 134 pounds caught on rod and reel. Paul owns and operates P2 outdoors out of Wann, Oklahoma.

Folks that hunt with me will concur that I have a habit of ignoring smart precautionary measures to keep myself safe from critters in the outdoors.

 The 2019 Lady Cardinal volleyball team was recently recognized for its academic achievements by the United States Marines Corps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools has announced their return to play schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.

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With the start of school weeks away, the Texas University Interscholastic League raised the curtain on its plan for conducting sports in the midst of the COVID-19 fight.

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When Jeff Askey learned he would face the bucking bull, He Reigns, at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls show in Weatherford, the three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier acquired scouting reports.

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For many years, I had access to hunt and fish on a couple hundred acres situated about three-quarters of a mile from my home.

Hunters looking for a new opportunity or a change of scenery this fall are encouraged to check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawn hunt permits program. Applications are being accepted now for a shot at more than 9,500 permits in 56 hunt categories.

ATHENS - Water level is nearly 3 inches low and clear. Water temp in the mid-80s.

 Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass fishing has been fair with the best bite still coming along outside grass edges in 8-10 feet of water. Lipless cranks, Texas rigs and Flukes are good bets. Also some fish busting topwaters and frogs early and late. No report on crappie.

When Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax retired in 1966, he was only 30 years old and at the height of his powers.

 Each summer, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff place leg bands on thousands of mourning and white-winged doves to monitor the factors that influence populations. Information from hunter-reported bands, or “recoveries”, provide estimates of harvest and survival rates, which are used with data from the Harvest Information Program, Parts Collection Survey and other harvest surveys to help manage populations and set annual hunting regulations.

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Setting under the covered boathouse at Mill Creek Resort on Lake Texoma last week several boats loaded with anglers anxious to get out on the water for a morning of striper fishing were sipping coffee and making small talk.

Major League Baseball is set to resume "spring training" this week while moving toward the start of a shortened 60-game season in late July. If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the league would have reached the halfway point of its usual 162-game schedule.

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 ATHENS - Water level is an inch low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s.

 Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass are locked into their summer patterns. Most are relating to outside grass edges in 8-10 feet and few on deeper brush. ‘Traps, stick baits and Texas rigs are producing fair numbers around the grass. Frogs and topwaters are good for an occasional blow up. Crappie are slow.

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CEDAR CREEK - Water level is 4 inches low and stained. Water temp in the low-80s.

 Fishing guide Jason Barber says crappie are good around brush piles in 12-24 feet, suspended as you move deeper.

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A scorecard playoff made the team of Blake Williamson (TVCC), Daniel Pierce (Cross Roads) and Brett Zamzow (Cross Roads) the winning team in the 33rd Annual Coaches Playday Monday morning at The Pinnacle. The winning team fired an 11-under 61, which included 8 birdies on the front nine. The event drew 39 participants and had 10 teams.

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ATHENS - Water level is 1 inch low and clear. Water temp in the upper 80s. Fishing guide Jim Brack says bass are good on ‘Traps worked along outside grass edges, but not much on size. Also some fish hitting frogs in the same areas. Brush pile fish are hit or miss. No report on crappie.

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Translocation is nothing new to the toolbox of strategies used in wildlife management. Experts have relied on the technique for years to help restore native wildlife populations of different kinds, cultivate new ones or to supplement those that already exist. It’s a laborious task that has worked with everything from black bears to grey wolves and giraffes.

My first visit to the Rocky Mountains occurred back in the late seventies when I was a ‘whipper snapper’ in my late twenties. A couple of buddies and I traveled to the mountains near Gunnison, Colorado where an outfitter had set up a drop camp for us. We spent several glorious days hunting deer and its here that I got my first look at wild bear. When a herd of 12 elk came trotting by within 75 yards of our camp, I knew I was in outdoor heaven.

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Dustin Boquet, a 2018 National Finals Rodeo qualifier who is from Athens, clinched the bull riding title at Mesquite with an 88 and finished fifth at the PRCA bull riding show in Lawton with an 84.5.

Major League Baseball has offered players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule beginning July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season, according to details of the proposal obtained by The Associated Press.

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The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has been back at work the past two weekends with its “Kick Open The Chutes” program after many shows were wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.

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CEDAR CREEK - Water level at full pool and stained. Water temp the low 80s.

Fishing guide Jason Barber 14-18 feet on slabs and shad. Crappie are on brush piles in 12-20 feet, hitting best on using shiners. Black bass are good around docks and rock. Deep cranks and jigs are working around drops in 8-15 feet. Catfish are good on fresh cut bait soaked on points and humps in 10-20 feet. Channel cat are good shallow around rocks using punch bait.

It’s easy to set in an air-conditioned office and dream about being out on the water all day, boating one after another of your favorite species of game fish. It’s quite another proposition to actually spend time during the heat of the day in a boat without shade, especially on a calm day without cloud cover.

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Let’s face it, what’s tastier than a crispy fried fish fillet? A family fish fry is a time honored event with many of us and one that this old outdoors writer plans to keep going but, there are other very tasty ways to prepare the fish we enjoy catching so much!

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I am about to introduce many of you to Mr. Chris Watson, aka. ‘Catman”. Many of you avid fishermen will know Chris who has guided at Richland Chambers Reservoir for many years. I hope we can all pull together and provide Chris and his family with a bit of help; he is going through some very tough health problems and will undergo a major surgery in a matter of days.

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The first Saturday in June each year is designated as Free Fishing Day in the state of Texas. Texans can fish on any public water body in the state without a fishing license on June 6, 2020.

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