Nature Center Fishing Jan. 4 and 11; DSC Convention Set

Published on Saturday, 28 December 2013 20:38 - Written by

Nature Center Fishing Jan. 4 and 11

East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are again teaming to host two special fishing events at The Nature Center in the coming weeks.

TPWD will be stocking 2,000 rainbow trout into The Nature Center pond to provide a free fishing opportunity for area youth 16 and under and their adult fishing mentors. Fishing dates are Jan. 4 and 11 and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Adult mentors should bring all equipment and bait necessary for fishing. A limited amount of fishing equipment and bait will be on hand for those who cannot bring their own on a first-come/first-served basis.

Adult mentors do not need to be experienced anglers. TPWD staff will be on hand to assist.

“Anglers will have the choice of releasing their catch or keeping up to a limit of five fish per person to take home,” said Craig Bonds, East Texas Regional Fisheries Director. “We also have fish-cleaning facilities courtesy of the East Texas Woods and Waters Foundation, and we will offer fish-cleaning demonstrations.”

Recommended equipment includes a light-action rod and reel combination with small fishing hooks, light line, small bobbers and small split shot. Those wanting to keep fish should also bring a stringer or cooler

Bait can be anything from salmon eggs, whole kernel corn, marshmallows, small worms or prepared trout bait. Small rooster-tail spinners work well.

Anglers may keep five trout and one catfish per day. No fishing license is required for youth or their adult mentors, and fishing is free.

Along with fishing, The Nature Center has a series of outdoor hiking trails that will be open to visitors.

The Nature Center is located on Farm to Market 848 (Bascom Road). From Tyler take Spur 248 (University Boulevard) to F.M. 848 and turn right. Go two-tenths of a mile to The Nature Center gate on the right.

For more information contact Craig Bonds at (903) 566-1615, ext. 202, or Dr. Richard Ott at (903) 566-2161.


DSC Convention Set

The Dallas Safari Club will hold its annual convention and expo Jan. 9-12 at the Dallas Convention Center.

The event offers the year’s first opportunity to shop for hunts with top outfitters from around the globe. Displays also include world-class sporting gear, firearms, art, collectibles, entertainment, seminars, auctions and more. Attractions cover the space of nearly nine football fields.

“It’s all to raise money for conservation, education and hunter advocacy efforts worldwide,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “Our convention and expo now generate over $1 million a year for wildlife habitat, research, law enforcement, youth programs and legislative initiatives. Attending our show is another way that hunters support conservation both at home and abroad.”

Along with outfitters and sporting goods and sporting art vendors from around the world, the show also includes free daily seminars by authorities in hunting, conservation, wildlife management and more.

There are also a number of unique taxidermy displays throughout the hall.

Daily admission is $20 per person. Multi-day and family discount packages are available. Details are available .