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September 7, 2013

Chester Moore column: Reader outdoors questions answered

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —    Once every few months I like to answer reader questions publicly because they sort of come in waves.



    In other words, I will get a bunch of questions over certain issues in a short span so that tells me there is serious interest.



    Here we go…



    Q: What kind of curltail grubs do you use for flounder?



    A: I use several varieties including the Gulp! Swimming Mullet (smoke color) and the Twister Tail and its smaller variety the Teeny from Mr. Twister. I prefer pink and use glow and shrimp color from time to time.



    Q: How big can feral hogs get?



    A: A 500-pound feral hog is a monster. The biggest I have ever killed was 350 pounds. They can get bigger but 500 pounds is a good top size to go by.



    Q: Is it true there have been hyena sightings in East Texas and Louisiana?



    A: There have been reports of hyena type animals but there are very few hyenas in zoos and even few in private facilities in Texas and Louisiana so it is doubtful there are escapees. I believe the animals people are referring to as “hyenas” are the same things getting labeled as “chupacabras”. They are coyotes with severe mange, which gives the animals a hyena like appearance although they are much, much smaller than a hyena. I got to interact with hyenas last year and they dwarf coyotes.



    Q: Do you think the price of deer hunting will ever go down?



    A: No and in fact it will continue to rise. I foresee a time when the average person will not be able to afford it at all. It is sad but true. There will of course be exceptions but for the most part deer hunting access is decreasing due to finances.



    Q: Were there any tarpon caught out of Sabine Pass this year?



    A: I never heard reports of tarpon this year but it very well could have happened. Most tarpon in our region are caught from High Island toward Galveston.



    Q: What is your favorite animal? If you had to narrow it down to one.



    A: That’s a tough one. I will cheat and give you a land and aquatic creature. On land it’s the jaguar. They are extremely powerful, smart and beautiful. On top of that they are quite mysterious. In the water it is the great white shark. Ever since I saw “Jaws” they have fascinated me.



    Q: Who do you think is the most underrated angler on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour?



    A: If I had to pick one person who doesn’t get his due in terms of media coverage it would be Mark Davis. The man has won three Angler of the Year titles and a Bassmaster Classic. That puts him in a very elite group yet he rarely gets mentioned along with the greats. I think it is because he is a very quiet man who doesn’t pursue many media events.



    Q: How can I watch your program “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore”? I missed the initial broadcast last weekend.



    A: You can go to www.getv.org and click on the “Guest and Bonus Features” link to watch Episode 1. You watch on TV in HD if you have a Roku or other device allowing you to watch HD Web TV or watch the live stream at www.get.vorg Saturdays at 10 a.m.



(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com . You can hear Him on “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com.)