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2011-05-12 / Sports

Outdoor News

May 8, 2011
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

There’s no other way to put it...it was hot this past weekend on Lake Somerville! The best way to describe lake patrol is just like sitting in a frying pan; heat generated from above reflects off the water which puts us right in the middle. After almost 25 years of working out of a boat, it isn’t any easier but it makes the end of the day appreciative.

A few fish were caught and it seems people opted for a cooler Mother’s Day weekend as evident by the lack of boaters present. I feel everyone is holding back until Memorial Day weekend when things really explode.

Last week’s article referencing small mammals garnered a few snake calls and questions. The old adage, “The only good snake is a dead snake” isn’t always true. There are few non-poisonous snakes that do a good job of ridding flowerbeds and gardens of small rodents. The key of course is being able to identify the non-poisonous snake. For this, I would recommend searching the internet for pictures and other literature available for print. This way when confronted by a serpent, quick identification can be made.

I may be contacted at 979- 540- 0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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