New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Public must back growth-control push
Real change will not come if voters dont bring heavy pressure on state lawmakers who so far havent reacted to local requests.
he league of Women Voters-Comal Area is beginning a two-year study of growth control
A good question the league might begin with is: Why has it taken 12 years?
Comal and many other counties impacted by urban growth have gone nearly unheard in Austin for at least that long as they’ve begged for additional authority to regulate growth.
Here at home, commissioners and county judges who repeatedly tell their constituents they need more authority to regulate growth — and ask for letters, lobbying and other support — go unheard at home, too.
Then, when someone wants to open an unsightly business — or build a large subdivision — in a constituent’s neighborhood, the local commissioner gets the calls: "What are you going to do about this?” The truth is, not much. There isn’t much the county can do without gaining land-use authority.
This county’s representation, state Rep. Carter Casteel and state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, both of whom have served in county government, get it, and have sponsored bills seeking the authority.
But real change will not come if voters don’t bring heavy pressure on legislators who so far don’t hear us.
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2003. There are 66 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 26,1881, the “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and “Doc" Holliday confronted Ike Clanton’s gang. Three members of Clanton’s gang were killed; harp s brothers were wounded.
On this date:
In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting I .ake Erie and the Hudson River.
In 1942, the U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands during World War II.
In 1957, the Soviet Union announced that defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov had
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PO Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627Son’s first deer kill kindles memories of hunting stories
the blind about 3 p.m. Within an hour, Matt got sleepy and leaned over on my lap and whispered, “Dad, if you see a deer, squeeze my hand and I’ll wake up.”
I thought how lucky I was to have my son asleep on my lap. I stroked his hair and rubbed his back as he slept. Usually, by the time a boy is 11, sleeping on your dad's lap is no longer cool. But on this evening, we were alone in the middle of the woods, and he could be my little boy again.
As dark approached, I saw three doe. I squeezed his hand. We watched. As they meandered out of sight we both silently worried that we might not see a buck.
But a few minutes later, through the trees, about 150 yards away, Matt saw something move. “Dad, there’s a buck. A big one!” he whispered excitedly.
I strained to see. “Wait, let me make,” I said, remembering that boys, and most men, are prone to exaggeration when it comes to the size of a deer or the length of alish.
I pulled up the binoculars and could only see the dark outline of a deer moving among the brush and oak trees.
Matt, who has the incredible eyes of his grandpa Oren, said in an excited whisper, “He’s a 10-pointer.”
“Wait,” I whispered back. “Wait until he reaches the clearing. We need to make sure.”
I sat in the blind, excited, looking at Matt, realizing he was the fourth generation of my family to use that old Remington .222 in the woods. As the^deer cleared the brush, I put my binoculars on the old
buck I tried to focus, juggling the balance between my bifocals and the binoculars.
“My gosh, Matt, take him,” I said as I realized he was right. It was big buck.
In what seemed like an instantaneous action, the piercing crack of great grandfather Ansel's rifle shattered the silence of the Texas evening. The buck fell in his tracks.
I yelled, “You got him! Great shot!”
After waiting a few minutes, as darkness engulfed us, we walked back to get the Suburban so we could drive back to the deer to haul him off the ranch.
Matt held the buck’s legs as I field dressed it. Matt’s face contorted and he complained about the smell as I gutted the animal. I talked to him about what we had experienced and the obligation of the hunter to the hunted.
It was a warm, humid Texas night as I went about the bloody work in the light provided by the low beams of our vehicle.
Matt mentioned that he could see the sweat dripping from my face. Ile asked whether I needed to take a break. I said no. He did not realize that amongst those drops of sweat were tears. At that moment, I was the luckiest man in the world.
I knew the deer would score high in Boone and Crockett for a Hill Country buck One of the men we share the ranch with came back to check on us. I Ie told Matt had he had been hunting for more than 30 years and had never shot such a good buck
Matt used my cell phone to call his granddad. His grandfather was at our
house awaiting word of the hunt. When we arrived home, we learned that grandpa Oren had told the other grandchildren the story about how he had “earned” that same rifle from his father.
He said when he was a boy, one spring morning, a crow was in the cornfield behind his father Ansel’s bam. The crow was pulling up young, tender stalks of emerging com. The crow was maybe a couple hundred yards away. Ansel said, “Son, if you can kill that crow from here,
I’ll give you this gun.” Oren leaned against a fence post and took aim. A similar crack exploded from the barrel of that same gun all those years ago. The crow dropped. Oren grinned and his dad walked to the house and gathered up the ammunition and handed it all to his son.
Last night, driving home along the dark roads of rural Texas, a dad and his son were grinning and slapping hands with each other and already retelling the tale of the hunt as their father/grandfather told the story of another great shot with that same gun years before.
As we neared home, the young hunter looked at his dad in the silhouette of the dashboard lights and said, “When I have a son, I’m going to tell him about tonight and when he shoots his first buck, we’re going to call you.”
I pray I will be home when the phone rings.
Editor’s Note: Several readers requested that this column, which was first published in 2000, be republished during Youth Hunt Weekend.
In Texas, the weekend before deer season opens, the state has what it calls the Youth Hunt.
This past weekend, Saturday and Sunday, only hunters 16 years and younger could hunt. It allows the kids to get the first chance at the deer.
Deer season is a special time of year for our family, as it is with so many in this part of Texas. But this year, our oldest son turned 14. And with adolescence came a deepening voice and new priorities. He said he would rather stay home on the weekends and be with friends.
But 11-year-old son Matt remains my hunting companion and was counting the days until deer season would begin. But circumstances prevented him from hunting except on the final evening of the Youth I lunt weekend.
We left the house in a rush Sunday afternoon. We share the lease with four other families. When we arrived at the ranch, we learned that the two boys who had hunted with their dads on Saturday had each shot an 8-point buck. I could see that Matt was thrilled for his friends, but disappointed he had missed out.
We hiked into the woods for our one brief hunt of this special weekend. We sat in our deer blind and waited. We got into
Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the HeraUl Zeitung.