I read Bob Hoods column in the December issue, and it was great! I just yesterday wrote a paper for one of my classes on the same subject (Im majoring in biology).
My favorite part of the article had to be, "you arent likely too see any members of PETA or similar groups helping build or set up wood duck nesting boxes or building water-gathering sources for desert big horn sheep." Amen to that!
The way I look at it, we as hunters spend most of our time in the field, so why would we want to damage the wildlife and habitat we spend countless hours and days in.
Tyler Newk Via email
Audie Murphy & Roy Benevides
I enjoyed reading Kendal Hemphills "No Greater Gift" column in the December issue; both men, Audie Murphy and Roy Benevides, are true heros.
I have read the book on Roy Benevides several times. While I was still working, I had the pleasure of taking a flight from Houston to Los Angles with Mr. Benevides aboard. He was then a civilian but I recognized him from pictures. The seat was empty between us and I soon had a discussion with him. He was a true American hero and certainly deserved all the awards and then some.
Ron Anderson Via email
I just signed up for this newsletter. It is absolutely great. The articles are right up my alley. I am glad I subscribed.
Bobby Brown Via email
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A Warning for Anglers
I really enjoy your magazine and the articles on a variety of subjects. I read it from cover to cover each month.
Just a word of warning to my fellow fishermen who may have a compromised immune system (mine was Lymphoma).
In August while fishing on the San Bernard River near Brazoria, I was bitten on the ankle, through a wet sock, by a horsefly, which transferred the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria into my bloodstream. Almost immediately, my leg began to swell and blisters began forming. They continued forming all the way up to the knee.
Within 40 hours the doctors didnt think I would survive, but by the Grace of God and the wisdom He gave the doctors in how to treat me, I survived.
I was in the hospital for 67 days receiving wound care and skin grafts. I am now out of the hospital but still receiving wound care on my leg.
During the first few days, I was put on life support, my kidneys began to fail, and I had to have 24-hour dialysis. They were talking about removing my leg from below the knee. Still, today, the doctors are amazed that I havent lost my leg.
Statistics show that 50 percent of people who have a compromised immune system and contract the Vibro Bacteria die within 48 hours.
I want to warn my fellow fishermen who may have a compromised immune system: If you get salt- or lake-water in an open wound and the area starts to swell, get to the doctor immediately. Your life may depend on it.
Joe Carriere Via email
Thanks for the Photo
I just wanted to thank you guys for publishing Kennedys picture in the October issue "Big Bags and Catches."
My 7-year-old son was looking through the magazine (mostly looking for "cool guns and stuff," as he put it) and he was the first to see her picture. It was quite exciting for all of us to see it.
Ive been a reader of your magazine since somewhere in the mid to late 1980s and have always felt that it really is the premier hunting and fishing publication out there. It is a total bonus that you guys target the stuff that I do, that is hunting and fishing in and around Texas.
Your content sets you apart from the competition. There are other magazines that claim to be state oriented, but I am of the belief that many of their articles are general in nature and are cut/pasted to fit whatever state it is published for. You have always delivered solid information, stories, and commentary that are current and relevant to the state.
Although I have not lived in Texas for quite a few years, I still consider Texas home. I live in Oklahoma, but my outdoor pursuits are right on the border and often along the Texas coast.
Kennedy was absolutely thrilled to find her picture and write-up near the front of the issue. I know that when I was her age, I would have been over the top ecstatic to see my picture in Texas Fish & Game. I believe this is something that she will treasure.