LSON crew spread across the state map

TXI 32116Taking advantage of great weather and unseasonably warm temperatures, the Lone Star Outdoor News crew is spread across the state this weekend in the woods and on the water.

LSON Founder David J. Sams and Executive Editor Craig Nyhus are finishing a busy week by doing some herd management on Highpoint Ranch near London, Texas. The ranch has a Managed Lands Deer Permit.

Craig and his guide, Sawyer Wright, watched a nice 3-year-old buck last night with great potential, but not a lot of deer movement besides the youngster. This morning, Craig said the deer moved better and he connected on a 19-inch wide, 10-point buck with broken brow tines. The deer was aged at 5 1/2 years old. Craig commended Sawyer’s tracking job over rough terrain to find the buck — a skill that was honed after serving as an apprentice professional hunter in South Africa last summer.

The guys already donated a large amount of venison earlier this week to the San Antonio Food Bank after harvesting several does on a ranch near Pearsall, and are looking for a return trip to the processor.

You’ll find Operations Manager Mike Hughs on Lake Monticello today pre-fishing for his Century Bass Club tournament to be held tomorrow. Check LSON Monday for a full report on this solid winter bass lake.

Editor Bill Miller is doing hog control on his family ranch near Cuero this weekend. He has put away the crossbow and switched to his favorite rifle — the classic .30-06 — to thin the hog population and bring home some pork.

And Associate Editor Conor Harrison is headed south from the Metroplex to Lake Conroe and a date with a big catfish. Word from the lake says the hybrid striper bite is strong at the moment, so expect a full report Monday after his first trip to this lake.