Hoping to hit the ground running this week, in contrast to the difficult start of week one’s game, the North Forney Falcons came into last Friday night’s matchup against Little Elm looking to get o
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For the second away game in as many weeks of season play, Forney traveled to Midlothian last Friday night.
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The Pirates have been chomping at the bit for their season opener against Jacksonville. Over the summer many of the Pirates were preparing for the season with daily workouts and team building exercises. It definitely showed as they took the field Friday night! An exciting offensive backfield and cast of players took the field for the first offensive series of the night. Senior quarterback Jamonte Gordon-West led the way with Junior running back Chris Abron and receiver Luke Moffitt in tow.
New was the word of the day when the North Forney Falcons took the field against Dallas ISD’s Woodrow Wilson Wildcats in a game played at City Bank Stadium last Friday night. The Falcons were led onto the field by new head coach, Eric Luster. They were sporting a new logo on new uniforms that were worn by an almost completely new team after the departure of a deep senior class that led the team into the second round of the playoffs last season.
The 2021 season opener was a night to remember for the Jackrabbits. Supported by excellent performances from the Forney Cheerleaders, Highsteppers, Forney Band, and Color Guard, the Forney Jackrabbit spirit was palpable throughout the game.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Toyota ShareLunker Program is experiencing a banner year in its goal to create, bigger, better bass in Texas. After obtaining 18 successful spawns from 19 of the 23 13-pound or larger Legacy Class fish loaned to the selective-breeding program in 2021, the department’s hatchery staff produced 271,872 fingerlings to benefit Texas public waters.
I’m often asked what caliber I prefer for hunting hog. Although this might sound like a pretty straightforward question, it really is a bit complex and one for which there is no ‘pat’ answer. My reply used to be something like, “Grab the largest caliber you own, load it with the heaviest bullet and you are ready to go.” While this answer certainly still suffices, it doesn’t do justice to all the different ways hogs are hunted today nor the many actions of rifles used. For instance, if hog control is one’s singular goal, the heavier the caliber the better, right? Well, maybe not. The heavier calibers are not normally used in the AR style rifles that are so popular today with hog hunters, especially those that go after wild porkers after dark with thermal or digital optics. Shooting multiple wild hogs running across a wheat field at night requires a semi auto rifle and a night scope that facilitates quick target acquisition and the ability to recover from recoil quickly. Although very heavy calibers such as the 500 Auto Max or .450 Bushmaster are available, they haven’t become popular with the majority of hog hunters using the AR platform.
“The Kaufman County A&M Club awarded $50,000 in scholarships on July 31 to area Aggies attending the College Station campus in the fall, along with $4400 awarded by the Kaufman County A&M Mothers Club. In addition, $36,000 was raised at the auction for future scholarships. Pictured are some of our very deserving local scholarship recipients. Way to go, Ags!”
I love striper fishing at Texoma during the dead of winter, using oversized jigs to entice greedily feeding stripers that drive bait to the surface and eat like there is no tomorrow. The sight of a few hundred sea gulls dipping and diving over a several acres of feeding stripers is the stuff great fishing memories are made of. I also like catching them in midsummer during the first few hours of the day when they are feeding upon shad that have completed their spawn and dispersed to the waters of the mid to lower lake.
On July 23, the City of Mesquite and local businesses recognized 18 summer interns, celebrating the end of the City of Mesquite’s Summer Youth Internship Program. The program allows income eligible Mesquite students, ages 15-17, to gain meaningful job experience beyond the classroom and the opportunity to acquire skills to secure future employment.
Bipartisan Wildlife Proposal Would Enhance Fish and Wildlife, Add Jobs, and Grow Businesses in Texas
During the pandemic, Texans headed back to nature in record numbers, with more people visiting state parks, hunting, fishing, and boating than ever before. A new congressional proposal aims to tap that exploding interest by investing more than $50 million per year in Texas for wildlife recovery and related public education and recreation, a move expected to boost the state’s already booming naturebased economy into overdrive.
If a survey was given to fishermen throughout the state and the question posed, “What do you consider to be the most ‘fished for’ species in the state?”, Which species do you think would rank at the top? I’d think the fish would need to be numerous and widespread, easy to catch and provide the makings of a tasty fish fry. Some would say catfish; it’s hard to beat a big platter of crispy fried catfish fillets and most lakes support a healthy population of catfish. Fishing for largemouth bass is hugely popular but bass are definitely not the easiest fish to catch much of the time and can be challenging for youngsters learning to fish. Besides, few people consider them a food fish these days. Crappies are notoriously ‘good eating’ and definitely widespread across the state but they too can be challenging to locate and catch by the rank and file angler. This leaves the schooling open water species, stripers, hybrid striper and white and yellow bass. Which of these species is most widely distributed across the state? Definitely white bass, I’d say. I think you know where I’m going with this little ‘unofficial’ survey! YES I believe white bass (sandbass) gets my nod as the most popular freshwater species in the state to be targeted by the largest number of anglers. Why? Well, their numbers are high in many lakes and they are easy to catch by even the youngest anglers, once they are located.