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You can judge a buck by its antlers

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tomdoglover29@aol.com




Texas Parks & Wildlife Department reminds hunters that in some counties you can only take a buck if its antlers have an inside spread of 13 inches or more, or if it has an unbranched antler.


This regulation is intended to allow the majority of bucks to grow older and create a more natural age structure in the herd, with mature bucks doing most of the breeding.


To help you estimate if a buck has 13 inches between the main beams, look at his ears. If an alert buck’s antler beams don’t extend beyond its ear tips, it’s probably not legal.


Refer to your Outdoor Annual for information on antler restrictions, bag limits and other need-to-know regulations.


Photo courtesty: TPWD




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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Monday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 83

Monday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 70

Tuesday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 81

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 62

Wednesday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 87

Wednesday Night

Clear

Lo: 60

Thursday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 89

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 63


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 7/22: 169.59 (-2.41)



Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 17)

Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and stinkbait in 20–30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.