2011-02-03 / General Stories

Outdoor News

January 29, 2011
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

People are beginning to hit the creeks in hopes of finding some white bass or a crappie or two without much success. Lake Somerville is down and area creeks just haven’t received enough run-off to make much difference. Fish, being as smart as we give them credit for, always find a way to survive. While on the lake Sunday, I observed a large group of birds (gulls and cormorants) working just off Birch Creek State Park. A school of white bass had the shad popping out of the water thus entitling the birds to an easy meal. While white bass prefer running water, they do just fine in the lake, especially along wind swept points. Long story short, get your waders on and set up along the shorelines. If they won’t come to you, you have to go to them.

This past weekend, I took part in a two day Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program. The course, Basic Active Shooter addressed active shooter and hostage scenarios, room clearing, breaching buildings, contact and rescue teams, IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) and terrorism philosophies. The second day culminated with the formation of 4 person contact teams that went through a rotation of particular scenarios each with a respective goal in mind. The use of an abandoned elementary school provided a real life backdrop for the course.

As mentioned previously, a hunter education course is currently being developed for the month of March. A date of March 4th and 5th has tentatively been set pending approval. The course will be held at Knobb Springs Baptist Church just off FM 696 west.

For more information, contact me at 979- 540- 0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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