October 13, 2017 - Toledo Bend big stick Glen Freeman of Zwolle, La., is a threat in any bass tournament. This is especially true during the summer and fall on his home lake, when the big ones are often are set up far from the bank on underwater points, ridges and humps. 

Freeman used his offshore prowess to grab the top prize in the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League event held recently on the Texas/Louisiana border lake. The veteran guide sacked up 37-11 and won $8,074 in cash and bonuses. To hear him tell it, fishing old school tactics around time-tested sweet spots were the main keys to grabbing his ninth career BFL win and adding another trophy to his trophy case.

“I fished offshore ridges, just above the Pendleton Bridge, in 15 to 20 feet of water,” said Freeman. “The main thing for me this weekend was timing. They’d bite early in some spots one day, and the next day they’d bite late in those spots. You had to be in the right place at the right time.”

Freeman said he relied heavily one of his old favorites to reel in the winning sack -- a redbug plastic worm rigged Texas style.

“It was a lot of basic, offshore, old-fashioned Texas-rig worm fishing out there,” said Freeman.

Three Texans notched Top 10 finishes on a leader board dominated by Louisianians. Albert Collins of Nacogdoches finished second; Brian Martin of Hemphill, 9th; and Philip Crelia of Center, 10th.

Fall Shootout set Oct. 21-22

Sealy Outdoors will host its 2017 Fall Shootout big bass derby Oct. 21-22 on Sam Rayburn.

The tournament will pay 10 places each hour. The top prize for biggest bass of the event is a fully rigged Triton bass boat plus $5,000 cash. There also will be cash awards of $2,500 for the first 3.00 and 4.00 exact weight fish each day.

Entry fee is $160 for one day and $210 for two days. To enter or see more details,

October 13, 2017 - A lawsuit filed by two deer breeders seeking to turn the tables on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's authority to govern over deer contained by high fence breeding operations as public property was recently spoiled by a Texas district judge.

The lawsuit was filed after the state agency - alarmed by the discovery of chronic wasting disease in numerous white-tailed deer with ties to Texas breeding facilities the last few years - implemented a set of transportation and testing guidelines for Texas deer breeders to follow that some saw as way too restrictive and heavy handed.

CWD is a nasty, neurological disorder that affects deer, elk and other cervids. Progressive-but-slow moving in nature, the disease can be spread by animal-to-animal contact or through contact with a contaminated environment.  Researchers say an animal may carry CWD for years without indication, but in the latter stages signs may include listlessness, lowering of the head, weight loss, repetitive walking in set patterns, and a lack of responsiveness. The disease isn't believed to pose a risk to humans or domestic animals.

First recognized 50 years ago in captive mule deer in Colorado, CWD has since been documented in captive and/or free-­ranging deer in 23 states as well as Canada. It was first documented in Texas in 2012 in free-ranging mule deer in West Texas.

Since then CWD has been discovered in nearly three dozen white-tailed deer that either occupied or originated from Texas breeding pens. Earlier this year the first case of CWD in free-ranging deer was confirmed in Medina County.

Though opinions vary as to how contagious it is, many scientists agree that CWD is always fatal once contracted and that eradication is next to impossible once the disease becomes well established in a population. It is also believed that, left unchecked, CWD can lead to a decline in deer numbers over time.

TPWD claims its response and regulations related to CWD are justified, and Travis County District Judge Tim Sulak obviously feels the same way.

Sulak sided with the state in the lawsuit and ordered two plaintiff's who challenged the rules to fork over nearly $426,000 to pay the state's attorney's fees, according to a court order signed and dated Sept. 21, 2017.

You would have to believe that the folks within TPWD's wildlife division are pleased with the outcome. Even so, they are remaining tight-lipped about it, more than likely on the advice of their attorneys and possibly because some sort of appeal could be coming down the pike.

When asked to issue a statement about the judge's decision, TPWD Big Game Director Mitch Lockwood declined. "At this time TPWD cannot comment as the litigation is still pending," Lockwood said via e-mail." 

Attorney General Ken Paxton was much more vocal in a Sept. 25 press release issued by his office.

“TPWD’s lawful rules regulating the movement of breeder deer reduce the probability of CWD being spread from deer-breeding facilities, where it may exist, and increase the chances of detecting and containing CWD if it does exist,” Paxton said. “The rules also serve to protect Texas’ 700,000 licensed deer hunters, along with the thousands of people in rural communities across the state whose livelihoods depend on deer hunting.”

Austin attorney Jennifer Riggs represented the deer breeders in the case. Riggs was unavailable for comment at press time, but reports in the Austin American Statesman indicate she was not pleased with the court ruling.

"We are very disappointed that the trial court declined to recognize very basic property rights,” Riggs told the newspaper.

In the meantime, TPWD wildlife officials continue to monitor Texas' free ranging deer and breeder operations in hopes of keeping the disease confined to its known zones through mandatory and volunteer testing within those zones and beyond.

The department recently created new regulations for the 2017-18 hunting season including the establishment of CWD Containment and Surveillance Zones in the Trans-Pecos, Panhandle and South-Central Texas regions.

Hunters who harvest mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, red deer or any CWD susceptible species within those regions are required by law to bring the animals to a TPWD check station for sampling within 48 hours of the harvest. The department also is urging hunters outside those zones to present their deer to state wildlife biologists for testing on a volunteer basis.

Micah Poteet, acting district leader for Pineywoods region, says thousands of hunter harvested and road kill deer have been tested statewide over the last several years. Poteet says the department's goal number for testing in the Pineywoods this coming season is 400 animals.

According to TPWD reports, hunters need to be aware of rules banning importation of certain deer, elk, and other CWD susceptible species carcass parts from states where the disease has been detected, as well as the movement of the same carcass parts from CWD zones.

To learn more about CWD and the state's management plan, see

October 13, 2017 - Edmond, Okla. is a far piece from eastern Texas, but the whopper buck story that played out there just prior to the Oct. 1 archery season opener in the Sooner state is sure to grab the attention of whitetail hunters across the region and beyond. My guess it will probably make some feel a little bit sick.

Sadly, there wasn't a broadhead, bullet or licensed hunter involved in the kill. This big boy met his maker as the result of a collision with a car, truck or SUV that occurred on dark Sunday night in late September, smack the middle of an upscale subdivision in the town of 100,000 north of Oklahoma City.

"Nobody knows for sure what happened, because the driver of the vehicle didn't stop and the collision wasn't reported," said George Moore, the Edmond resident who reported the road kill to local game wardens. "When something happens around here involving a big deer I'm usually one of the first to hear about it."

Oklahoma game warden Wade Farrar with the massive 28-point rack from a road kill buck hit by a vehicle in an upscale subdivision in Edmond, just north of Oklahoma City. (Photo courtesy of George Moore)Moore is a former fish and game commissioner for the Edmond  area, an avid bowhunter and an official measurer with the Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young clubs. His phone rang bright and early on the morning of Sept. 25, but there wasn't an excited deer hunter on the other end of the line. 

"It was the animal control people - the dog pound," Moore recalled. "They told me they had a deer that had been hit and killed by a vehicle sometime the night before. They told me it was a big buck - one that I would definitely want to take a look at."

When Moore arrived what he saw was a monster of a buck with a truly spectacular rack, one that deer hunters everywhere dream about lining up their peep sights or rifle scopes.

"It was a friggin' giant," Moore said. "The animal control people said from what they could tell he made it about 60 yards away from the road before he died in somebody's driveway. It's a very upscale area of town with 5-10 acre lots and $1 million homes."

At that point Moore did what any responsible B&C measurer would do. He contacted a local game warden, pulled out a measuring cable and note pad and proceeded to measure the gargantuan rack for all it was worth.

And it would have been worth a lot to a hunter with a rifle or bow in his hands. 

A main frame 10 pointer with 28 scorable points and main beams of 26 and 26 4/8 inches, the big non-typical rack ran up a gross "green" score of 236 3/8 inches. The buck was aged at 4 1/2 years old, Moore said.

Deer must be re-scored after 60 days drying in order to be eligible for entry to the B&C record book, and Moore has no doubt the Oklahoma County bruiser had the goods to make it had it been killed by a hunter. The minimum score required of non-typicals is 195 net.

"He's going to be right there at 236 once he's dry - he won't miss it far," Moore said. 

Interestingly, this isn't the first B&C caliber buck to set up camp within the city limits of Edmond, whose city slogan is "A Great Place to Grow."

In 2010, Moore arrowed a 206 inch non-typical less than four miles from where the road kill took place. The area also produced a former state record typical in the 1990s.

"There are definitely some big deer around here," Moore said. "There was a kid who actually had this buck on game camera and he had permission to bow hunt for him. I'm sure he was sick about the whole deal when he found out, because archery season opened up the following weekend."

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by e-mail,

October 13, 2017 - Friday Night Football Schedule for October 13th, week 7.

Friday Night Football
Center 40 - Chapel Hill 28, Final
Shelbyville 7 - San Augustine 48, Final
Timpson 36 - Wortham 6, Final
Joaquin 35 - Alto 20, Final

October 12, 2017 - Timpson ISD Bear Update

TLB Varsity and JV District XC Champions! - The Timpson Lady Bears competed at the District Cross Country Meet on Wednesday in New Summerfield. The Varsity Lady Bear team dominated the field by over 30 points. The team includes Sadie Ramsey who finished 2nd place, Jaycee Campbell - 3rd place, Ashton Harris - 4th place, Kamryn Courtney - 11th place, Sara Duke - 17th place, and Harlie Ware. They will next compete in the Regional XC Meet, October 23rd in Huntsville. Congrats and good luck at Regionals!

The JV XC Team also had a dominating performance. They won the District Championship by 45 points! The JV team consisted of McKenzie Burgay - 2nd place, Emily Garcia - 3rd place, Laiton Braddock - 6th place, Johna Kruse - 7th, McKenzie Wynn - 8th place, Brylee Behrens - 9th place, Claire Johnson - 13th place, Da’Maya Collins, Madelyn Ramsey, Kay’Unna Curtis, Kaleigh Timmons, Madison Fleming, Kayleigh Scroggins, Ja’Karia Deckard, Hannah Jones, Jamie Stephens, Olivia Daniel, Tyeshia Johnson, and Tyci Earl. Congrats Lady Bears!!

Amiyah Soto Dominates JH District Meet – Amiyah Soto won 1st place Individual at the JH District Meet on Wednesday and no runner was within thirty seconds of her. JH Lady Bears team finished second at the Meet. Members of the team are Amiyah Soto - 1st place, Alleigh Campbell - 16th place, Blair Askins - 18th place, McKenna Wynn - 22nd place, D’Chelle Garner - 27th place, and Chelsea Franks - 32nd place. Congrats to all of the Lady Bears!

October 12, 2017 - Shelbyville Middle School students competed in the Cross Country District Championships, at New Summerfield on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The girls team was Kate Lawson, Kiana Bennett, Yadhira Anaya, Giselle Hernandez, Kendall Murry, McKenzie Lyons, Ava Silva, Gracie Leach, Kara Jones, Aubree Camp, and Gracie Slocum. The girls finished in 4th place overall.

The boys team was Kakory Standley, Cooper Bice, Talarrian Lister, Vincent Martinez, Naythen Bloodgood, Jimmy Bolger, and Michael Carrillo. The boys team finished 4th overall.

Individual results:

  • Kate Lawson - 3rd Place
  • Keanna Bennett - 6th Place
  • Jakory Standley - 5th Place
  • Talarrian Lister - 10th Place

Great Job!

October 12, 2017 - The District 22 Cross Country Meet was held Wednesday, October 11, in Summerfield TX. The following Shelbyville High School students are advancing to the Regional Meet which will be held October 23, 2017 in Huntsville, TX.

  • Keanna Osby - District Champion!  SIX-PEAT!!! (She has been the District Champion for 6 Years in a row, since the 7th grade)
  • H'leighen McClelland - District Champion!
  • Ladarious Coleman - 2nd Place Finisher
  • Kenzie Murry - 9th Place Finisher
  • Boys Team - Advancing to Regionals!  H'leighen McClelland, Ladarious Coleman, Kurtrick Allen, Jorge Hernandez, Logan Williams

We are Dragon Proud!!

Submitted by Coach Boyles

Pictured (from left): Bradley Odom, Ricky Sims, Josh Sowell, Darren Wiggins, Jacob Permenter, David Koonce, Gary Walpole, and team captain Jason Wells.

October 11, 2017 - The Shelby County Bass Anglers traveled to Lake Falcon Reservoir September 30-Oct 1st to defend their back to back state championships from 2015 and 2016 against 26 of the best bass clubs in the state of Texas.

A club team consists of four two-man teams per club to represent the best Anglers from each organization. Last year, the SCBA became the only club to win back to back championships in the Texas Association of Bass Clubs state championship since the inception of the organization 40 years ago.

Congratulations to the eight team members that represented the SCBA and East Texas with their prestigious three peat of the title.

Saturday, October 8, 2017. West Sabine High School -

After a bye week, the Tenaha Tigers Varsity football team boosted their record to 5-0 with a convincing 65-0 road win over the West Sabine Tigers.Tenaha held West Sabine to just three plays and a punt on their first possession game was a one-sided affair from the beginning.

The home team West Sabine Tigers opened the game with first possession then used just one play to score, on a 65-yard touchdown to Cody Foshee from CJ Horn. Jordan Castillio added the extra point which gave THS a 7-0 lead with 10:29 left in the opening period.

West Sabine’s next drive resulted in a three and they punted the ball back to Tenaha who used a 40-yard reception by Trai Gardner and a one-yard run by Onterio Thompson to score just moments later and boost their lead to 14-0 after another Castillo extra point kick. Another three-and-out by West Sabine was followed by a surprisingly strong defensive stand by the home team Tigers.

Tenahas’ Jay Lloyd turned a short pass into a 66-yard touchdown with 3:37 left in the opening quarter. Castillo added the bonus kick to give THS a 21-0 lead.

West Sabine was unable to pick up a first down against Tenaha’s strong defensive front on their next drive. Moments later, Trai Gardner spun away from West Sabine defenders and bolted 45 yards to a Tigers touchdown that would end the first quarter with THS leading 28-0.

Horn found Foshee again, for a 48-yard touchdown with 9:55 left in the second frame, to boost the THS lead to 35-0. He then hit Gardner on a play-action pass that led to a 51-yard touchdown which gave Tenaha a 42-0 advantage at the midway point.

Later in the second frame, Tenaha ended a 75-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run by Gardner which gave THS a 49-0 lead.

Tenaha defensive back JT Calloway intercepted a West Sabine pass and returned it to the WSHS one-yard line. Onterio Thompson was then was able break across the goal line untouched and boost the score to 56-0 at the end of the first half of play.

Early in the third quarter, LaDarrius Garrett added a score on a 25-yard touchdown run and Tenahas’ lead grew to 62-0.

Jordan Castillo added the final three points of the game with a 25-yard field goal which sailed right through the uprights during the later stages of the third stanza. This gave Tenaha their final margin, 65-0, as Coach Craig Horn was content to keep the clock moving, and also play multiple substitute players for the remainder of the contest.

The Tenaha Tigers were scheduled to next play Mount Enterprise on Saturday, October 14, 2017 for Homecoming, but the Wildcats had to forfeit. Tenaha will now face Houston Kipp Northeast at 6 p.m. October 14th. Additional homecoming information - Tenaha 2017 Homecoming Activities Will Proceed As Scheduled

October 6, 2017 - Friday Night Football Schedule for October 6th, week 6.

Friday Night Football
Center Roughriders 21 - Palestine Wildcats 42, Final
Shelbyville 48 - All Saints Tyler 10, Final
Tenaha Tigers 65 - West Sabine Tigers 0, Final
Timpson - Open
Joaquin - Open