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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Outdoors HorakfcZBffunp, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, January 15,1987 Boat & RV Show worth the effort By CHARLIE PARSONS Outdoors Writer Stopped by the Convention Center in downtown San Antonio Tuesday evening to view the goings on at the 31st San Antonio Sport Boat and RV Show, and boy is it loaded to the gills. With an added 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, the show now has right at 300,000 square feet of floor space, the most ever in the show’s history. A few of the exhibits include: —Over 130,000 square feet of power boats, sailboats and boating accessories; —Over 95,000 square feet of recreational vehicles, including motor homes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, fold-down camping trailers, RV supplies, camping equipment, van conversions, camper tops, ATV’s, trucks and accessories: —A huge section of fishing tackle, fishing electronics, plus fishing charters, fishing lodges, camps, marinas, beach and swimwear, hunting and camping equipment and surfing gear. —A special travel/vacation sec tion featuring national and regional travel displays, resorts, campgrounds, international hunting and fishing guides/oufitters, lodges and camps, Whitewater rafting, summer pack trips, guest ranches, land developments, chambers of commerce, and convention and visitors bureaus pro-moting tourism and condominiums located in recreational areas. —Sportsmen living section including spas, hot tubs, home products and much more. Special attractions include the rainbow trout fishing tank, miniature boat races, beach and swimwear fashions from Pat Magee’s, the Hill Country Casting Club's “Kwik-Kast” competition, which allows the public to compete for prizes and trophies and fishing seminars by well-known fishing pros. Hours are 5-10:30 p.m. today. noon-10:30 p m. Friday and Saturday. and noon-7 pm. Sunday. There’s still time and something there for all ages to enjoy. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Deer thriving amid exotic MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) - The Y.O. Ranch, with 40,000 acres of extraordinary sunsets and IOO years of history, is an outdoorsman’s paradise, featuring at least 30 species of foreign game roaming the rugged Hill Country ranch. Now, the public can own a piece of — or just visit — that paradise. The Shreiner family, which has owned the Y.O. since 1880, offers hunts and photo safaris and has placed approximately 7,000 acres (60 plots) for sale. The Y O., which once covered 550,000 acres when owned by Captain Charles Schreiner in 1880, is operated by Charles Shreiner III and his four sons, Charles IV, Walter, Gus and Louis. Providing the opportunity to own a piece of the Y O., is not the only new thing the Schemers are doing. They have offered hunts since the 1960s, but recent efforts have been directed at upgrading the quantity and quality of one of the ranch’s less-exotic — and most-hunted — animals. The Y .0. sports an amazing number of whitetail deer, including hundreds of bucks with eight-, 10-and 12-point antlers that would make any hunter’s mouth water. The whitetails are alive and well among exotics such as Indian blackbuck antelope, axis, sika, fallow deer, aoudad, mouflon, corsican sheep and ibex. Things haven’t always been so rosy for the whitetails, however. “Years ago, in the ’60s, we had about one deer for every three or four acres, but today ifs more like one for every 12 acres,” said Harvey Goff, who has been ranch’s wildlife manager since the hunts were introduced. “I think we made some mistakes back then, but we’ve learned from them, and the herd is really building back up to what the ranch can carry.” What the Y.O. learned was that harvesting doe whitetails is not the magic potion for curing overpopulation. The ranch tried it and the result was a drastic decline in the number of bucks and the quality of antlers. “In the ’60s, the ranch covered about 70,000 acres and we killed about one buck for every 63 acres,” said Goff. “That was a lot of bucks but harvesting them isn’t what brought the herd down. What happened was that we also harvested hundreds of does and lost our production. ’ ’ The lost production reduced the number of bucks taken from one for every 63 acres to one buck per 9,500 acres. “That was about 75 deer, the lowest harvest we had ever had on 70,000 acres,” remembers Goff. “What happened was that when we had such a large number of deer, we did just what a lot of wildlife biologists think you should do — harvest the does. But we harvested them too long.” Goff said he believes other landowners probably have done the same thing. He isn’t against harvesting does. He just has learned that the key is to “selectively harvest” them. “Many of the does that the hunters harvested still had fawns,” said Goff. “By removing the mother, the fawn didn’t have a chance to grow up into a healthy animal. As a result, the orphaned does, after maturing, started fawning late in the fall.” Deer bom in the spring generally have a better chance of survival because of milder weather conditions and a more abundant food supply. Deer bom in the fall usually face rough times. With winter ahead, food more scarce and conditions often dry, those that survive winter are not in poorer condition than those bom a few months earlier. And the doe that is in the best body condition, especially during the early years of maturity, are ones that are going to produce the best fawns. “We just left them alone until they got over the fall tawing syndrome,” Goff said. “Now, most of our does are fawning in the spring and our buck size has increased. ’ ’ The Y.O. still needs to harvest does to keep its herd in balance, but Fogg said the harvest will be aimed at the older does, those about 6 years old. “A doe that’s 64 won’t raise as good a fawn as one that’s 3 or 4,” Goff said. “If she breeds at 6, she’s 7 by the time she kicks the fawn off. And she’s already having health problems. Since a deer that age isn’t going to raise a very healthy fawn, that’s the time she should be harvested.” The Y O. also is doing some extensive studies on antler growth, placing colored tags on young bucks. “We put tags on them when they are about 6 months old so we can follow their antler growth,” Goff explained, adding that he disagrees with the notion that all spike bucks are inferior and should be killed. “We have found that there definitely are inferior deer among our herd, but we haven’t determined whether there are more spikes that are inferior than forked deer,” he said. “Some four- and six-pointers are inferior deer, too.” Only deer that have at least eight points are allowed to be killed by hunters on the Y.O. That has helped keep the flow of quality bucks from year to year.Fishing Report AUSTIN (AP) Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled by Parks and Wildlife for Jan IS, 1987 CINTRA!. BASTROP. Water clear. 7S degrees, normal level, black bass fair to four pounds on black and white jigs. char (reuse worms, hybrid striper slow, crap pie slow, catfish fair to five pounds on Johnny Pickle stinkbait and night crawlers BUCHANAN: Water clear. 56 degrees, lake full, black bass fair to four pounds on Bomber Magnum A cranks, striper in four to eight pound range on white Hellbenders with Texas trailer, crappie fair with some large on blue jigs, white bass with strings to 35 fish on white slabs, catfish good in three to five pound range on cutbait Fair number of fishermen in afternoon, few early CANYON: Water clear. SS degrees, two feet high; largemouth bats fair ie four pounds on sis inch motored ringworms; smalimowth bass fair to three pounds on three inch smoke ringworms; striper stew; crappie slew; white bass good to N fish per beat on Critter Bitters; catfish geed to th pounds en shrimp and nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK Water off color. M normal level. black bass fairly but within the slot so fish had to be returned to water, no keepers for week, crappie fair and good sized on minnows, catfish excellent to 16 pounds on live bait LBJ: Water clear to murky. 56 degrees, normal level, black bass fair to three pounds with brown jigs and pork rinds, striper fair in three to five pound range on yellow Hellbender with trailer, crappie fair with strings to IS fish on large min nows; white baas good with strings to 40 fish an white slabs up the Llano arm. cat fish good in three to six pound range on shrimp STILI ST1LLHOUSK Water clear. 52 degrees. 44 feet high, black bass slow. striper very good on spotted slab lure near the dam in is feet of water to 3 pound, crappie slow, white bass good around marina at midnight on minnows and jigs from 4 to one pound, catfish good on tratline in cove north of marina on cutbait. liver, shrimp and nightcrawlers Travis Water clear. 56 degrees 34 feet high. black bass fair to 24 pounds on chrome cranks, Tom’s Minners, minnows in the middle of the day. striper slow and deep; crappie fair under docks on min nows; white bass scattered up the Peder Balas River arm. catfish slow COASTAL SABINE LAKE: Bodfish scattered, a few at outfall canal. a few drum also in outfall canal, no live bait shrimp available; few fishermen out due to GALVESTON Good numbers of sheep sheed to seven pounds from the surf and around the jetties on shrimp, good numbers of sandtrout around the jetties and ship channels, redfish and trout very scattered; boats going offshore catching good numbers of rod snapper to 21 pounds and some grouper to40 pounds, some gulf trout to 24 pounds around offshore rigs; Mins been good in the Boose are conspicuous by ■ live bait shrimp available at I9.S0 per quart ROCKPORT: Redfish good in 25 to 21 tech range on the back side of Mud Island; Redfish good but abote half too small to keep, trout good to IS inches with limits In Swan Lake area, Italian Bend on red and purple split-tailed plastic worms; some trout around the Copano Causeway Pier from the boat; Pier producing some drum in 16-15 pound range; fair trout n«Ak»g in flats around Goose Island State Park; live bait available but not plentiful | at IT St per quail *^V»»«*^gopd. pintails and wigeon good in St diaries and b7wtT ARANSAS: Good numbers of bi| redfish in Redfish Bay btefteh won’t hit Brit mgrtgp^ in potholes, Udas low flriisStebbme lite full moon and al* of fishing ■Mi end Rte weather woe overcast to hit at ^ted benin to hit at any time; I waters door and in good shape; ti plsBiiftS with some tow#* pounds «>l Muriate In Conn Brown harbor and CORPUS CHRISTI :■ ■ to terne pounds in Solunar table Plan your days so you will be fishing or hunting in good territory during these times. Major periods last for V/z shorter. Day hours and minor periods are somewhat Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday AM PM Minor Major Minor major 6:10 — 6:35 12:25 6:55 12:45 7:30 1:15 7:50 1:40 8:15 2:00 8:35 2:25 9:05 2:50 9:30 3:20 10:00 3:45 10:20 4:10 10:50 4:35 5:25 11:30 5:40 11:55 available at nine cents each. Oso bndge had been productive until rains Tuesday, (hen fishing slowed, a few small trout, some keepers from Oso Pier, some whiting and flounder landed North winds light and variable, drizzling rain. over cast, few fishermen out midweek roar Isabel: Trout good to §% pounds south of the Three Islands area on live shrimp some live bail shrimp available, winds fairly light, drizzly and foggy midweek, temperatures in the 60s midweek Surf producing whiting A 394-pound blue marlin caught offshore on New Year's Hay SOUTH AM IST AD. Water clear. 55 itegroos. eight fate low; black baaa fair to four pounds on white and chartreuse cranks; small and medium sized striper plentiful on topwatm and one ounce ponyhead jigs with white or pearl worms, crappie slow; white bass fairly good on Old Reliable Slabs all over the lake mixed with the striper all over the lake; catfish fair to five pounds on worms and stinkbait in baited holes in 80 to IOO fete BRAUN IG: Closed until 6 a rn Saturday Jan 31 CALAVERAS: Water murky. 55 degrees, one foot high; black baaa good to eight pounds. 15 ounces on cranks, worms and tUapla; striper fair to five pounds trailing silver noon; crappie alow; catfish good to 27 pounds on tliapia; ratfish good in five pound range on Utopia and some cranks, corvine alow CHOKE: Water clear. 56 dogmas. IS fete low; black ham fair to five pounds on jigs and plastic worms; striper slow; crappie fair up river on minnows around Mason Point; white ham very good lo HO fish per string to 34 pounds on chrome Rat-L-Trapa; catfish slow. Weather cloudy midweek, mild wind, misty, few fishermen FALCON: Water deer, 114 tote low; black baaa alow; striper slew; crappie slow, white baas excellent, many over two pounds, with strings to MO fish. depending on how long fishermen wants to stay up the river on silver or chartreuse L II George. Sassy Shad, deep running Model A. Speck Rigs; catfish fairly slow. MEDINA: Water clear, spillway level; Mack baaa slow, crappie good al night I of water on minnows; white haw slow. n fairly slow. SO degrees, slow; striper In SO to SO tote Attention Cedar Allergy Sufferers J Volunteers needed with Allergic Eye Symptoms for a New Eye Medication Study. Volunteers must be between the ages of 12 & 65. Participants will be paid. If Interested Call: Frank C. Hampel, Jr. M.D. 705 I AUer*y * Immunology 625-7612 boy trout if trout to 54 pounds onMir-O; a tow whiting and a tow small YOUR TWO CHOICES MAKE YOUR LANDLORD RICH 6$5t$tSS5S6S55S$SS5 VOUH RENT PAYMENTS SSSS$SSISSS$> I Landlord's Vault 1 Landlord s vacation to me Bahamas 2 Landlord s lease ravine! ion* 3 Left with worthless receipts OWN YOUR OWN HOME 55655556565555555555 your home payments 55555999995 Home 1 Your Home 2 Your ownership rights 3 Your tai advantages Tho choice in yourn, but for to litho aa 5496.00* down. Connor Homoo lo mob ing homo ownership a roomy for thousand* of fomilloo. CNI ut at 830-1477 today and find out how you too can hava your own homo, for aa litho aa 81M.92 par month * rn PHA Conutrition*/ Financing 1480 IH 35 Fast New Braunfels, tass Wit to Canton High School * Idea** Doom Turner* fit month*. 1485 Annul Skiing DENVER (AP) — Colorado Ski Country USA reports the following conditions at major Colorado ski artal as of Jan. 14. Arapahoe Basin — 0 now, 34 depth, packed powder. Aspen Highlands — 0 new. 29 depth, packed powder, hard packed. Aspen Mountain — T new, 40 depth, packed powder, hard packed. Buttermilk — 0 new, 20 depth, packed powder, hard packed. Beaver Creek — 0 new, 29 depth, packed powder, hard packed. Berthoud Pass — I now, 45 depth, packed powder. Breckenridge — T new, 30 depth, packed powder. Ski Broadmoor — 0 new, snowmaking, hard packed. Conquistador — 0 new, 35 depth, packed powder, hard packed Ski Cooper — 0 new, 39 depth, packed powder, hard packed. Copper Mountain — 0 new, 30 depth, packed powder. Crested Butte — 0 new, 33 depth, packed powder, hard packed. Cuchara Valley — 0 new, snowmaking, hard packed. Ski Estes Park — Closed Wednesday and Thursday. Royston* North Peak — o new, 35 depth, packed powder. Loveland — 0 new. 40 depth, packed powder, hard packed. Monarch — 0 new, 50 depth, packed powder. Powderhorn — T new. 41 depth, powder, packed powder. Purgatory — 0 new, 53 depth, packed powder. .99 Joe Hicks “Wood for You’ 993 Loop 337 New Braunfels. Tx. 78130 _ 512 - 629-0994 Classes and Seminars Now Registering Adults and Children 4 Highest Qualified Teachers On Staff We Have the Largest Selection of Unfinished Wood, Ceramcoat Paints, Brushes, Books and Packets In Area, _ EXPANDING SOON TO BETTER SERVE OUR COMMUNITY Winter \n) Arm yourself against cold weather. One of your best defenses against high heating costs this winter is a caulking gun. That s because it can seal cracks that allow cold air to seep in and heated air to slip out of your home. "fake a walk around the outside of your home. Look at places where pipes and wires enter. Examine areas where two different types of materials meet (for instance brick and wood). Check putty around window panes, lf you notice any gaps, cracks or spaces, it s time to take action before cold air arrives and starts showing up on your utility bill. Vbu can choose from many different types of caulking materials. The kind you’ll need to purchase depends on the type of surfaces you’re caulking. Make sure cold air doesn't rob you of a warm, cozy home and lower heating costs. Start caulking and start saving. This is part of a series of informative reports developed by PEC to help you save energy and money. Johnson City Bertram, Canyon Uke. Kyte-Buda. I Marble Falls nyon lake Travis and I ;