PBS SHOW – Hunting Memories, River Access, El Paso Envoy, #2816


– NARRATOR: Coming up on
Texas Parks and Wildlife…
– So, in memory of Jacob
as well as the kids, we decided to have a youth hunt. – Good shot son. – It has a special way of you
becoming part of the river. – El Paso has so much access
though I think we all are kind of suffering from a lack
of knowledge on how to use it and what to do when we
get there. [theme music] ♪ ♪– NARRATOR: Texas Parks
and Wildlife,
a television series
for all outdoors.
[footsteps, sack crumples] – DAVID GARCIA JR.: Hanging
out with my dad is very nice. It’s very good for our
relationship you know. Father-Son. – DAVID GARCIA SR.: You put
that corn down there, right? You didn’t eat
that corn, did you? – DAVID JR: No, I tried not to. – DAVID SR: OK. You’ll wear your teeth down and
your mama will be mad at you. – DAVID JR: You have the ammo? [music]– NARRATOR: David Garcia is
on a very special youth hunt.
– DAVID JR: Now we just
gotta be real quiet.– NARRATOR: He and many others
got this chance of a lifetime
because another
young man lost his.
– We do this hunt in memory
of my son, Jacob Krebs. He died at 18 before he
even graduated high school. And he went on one turkey hunt,
but he went on 10 or more helping on other hunts and
that’s where he enjoyed giving back. And I hope it’ll be
something you’ll remember when you’re my age, hopefully. [clapping] – The youth hunt is in memory
of our son, Jacob Krebs. Jacob died chasing his dream.– NARRATOR: That dream
was to become a Navy Seal.
– I met Jacob because we got
involved in Boy Scouts. We spent a lot of time–
band trips together, cross country trips, track, Boy Scout camping trips… service projects. We were the Longhorns. He had a girlfriend once
or twice in high school and it was probably that
mascot uniform and a lot more. [laughs] But who doesn’t want a guy in a
big Longhorn uniform, I guess. [somber music] [truck passing]– NARRATOR: Just 20 miles
west of Fredericksburg,
Harper has a population
under 2,000.
When Jacob died,
it shook the community.
[uplifting music] – JOYCE: Will and Mary Krebs
raised him to be active in all facets of the community. He was an Eagle Scout. He was a re-enactor at the
Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg. Then he was a
phenomenal athlete. He would run eight miles
without any problem. He was in training constantly
for his goal in life, was to be a Seal. – Jacob was practicing his
swimming and holding his breath and unfortunately the last time
he held his breath, he held it for too long
and he passed out. And he died. – When Jacob died,
Will Krebs came to me and he said, Joyce, “I would
like to memorialize my son. Could you help me?” And so I said we should ask the
Harper Wildlife Association if they would help us do this. – The name is very long
but it’s the Harper Wildlife Management
Association Youth Hunt for Wounded Warriors in
Memory of Jacob Krebs. – In about five-ten minutes,
we’re going to head over to the pavilion
for the sausage demo. [sizzling] [laughing] – Between the skinning
and the eating, there’s a lot that’s got to
happen in between there.– NARRATOR: For three days every
January, Harper Community Park
is engulfed in hunter orange.[gun fires] – HUNT MASTER:Oh, You got it!– NARRATOR: Like all Texas
Youth Hunt Programs, kids learn
safely about shooting sports,
hunting ethics…
– GIRL: What kind of animal
is this?– NARRATOR: And wildlife
identification.
– JOHNNY: When you pinch things? Grab things? They use those two fingers.– NARRATOR: But what makes
this youth hunt different,
is everyone here has a
connection with the military.
– I was a medic for 20 years. Been all around the world and
settled in San Antonio for my last tour and that’s
where we call home now. – He doesn’t bring up about
his time in the military often but he knows that I
appreciate it and a lot of other people appreciate him as well. – MARY: Jacob loved hunting and
he also loved Wounded Warriors. He was so proud to acknowledge
any veteran that he saw. And he’d walk up to him
and tell him thank you. And so, in memory of Jacob,
we decided to honor them and have a youth hunt. – There’s something. Right there. Right there, look at
that big spider. – DAVID JR: Oh my Gosh! Geez! – That wasn’t
there earlier. Probably came out
of my backpack. – I don’t want it.– NARRATOR: David missed
precious time with his father
while he served his country.– DAVID SR: The hazards
of youth hunting.– NARRATOR: This hunt gives
some of that time back.
– We can talk about whatever’s
on our mind. It’s very nice. – A lot of times we won’t
say anything. But it’s just being here next
to him is what really warms my heart just knowing
that he’s here. – If you lost anything,
please claim it. My brother meant a lot because
he was basically a role model. He still showed me a lot of
things about doing your best at all times and basically
over-achieving whenever you can. And just doing whatever
you can for others. – JOYCE: But it was still hard. It’s hard for all of us because
Jacob was pretty special. – I was a pall bearer for Jacob. Probably one of the
most difficult times. As we all just picked up shovels
and just all helped bury him. You should never
have to do that. You should never
have to do that. Jacob was buried on the
ranch where he grew up hunting and fishing… in a casket built by his father. – BOY: Thank you for this
wonderful weekend.– NARRATOR: And engraved
with his love.
Jacob brought a community
together for a common cause
to serve others…[applause]…who have served us.– It was 100% volunteer. All those who gave of their time
or their talents or purchases for us to be able to provide
all this just for the kids.– NARRATOR: But Jacob’s
legacy doesn’t stop here.
He gave all of himself
to help others.
– MARY: Jacob saved the
lives of four people on April the 2, 2013. And he has greatly enhanced the
lives of at least 80 more around the United States through tissue
and bone and cornea donations. – LANCE: Eighty, yeah. That’s- that’s amazing. That’s amazing. – WILL: The simple things in
life, the plain things in life are the main things in life and
hunting is just the simplest way of going and getting your
food and nourishment and enjoying God’s green earth. – DAVID JR: I got him
right here, Dad. – I did not grow up hunting. He had shown an interest in
hunting and had asked me to look into some hunting
here in Texas. And I just kind of went to
a website and Googled youth hunting and the
Texas website showed up. – DAVID JR: Oh there’s three! There’s three! There’s three! [gunshot] – Good shot. Good shot, son. Look at that. – DAVID JR: I think this hunt is
important because the veterans do so much for this country and
I think the least we can do is give them a nice hunt with their
kids and that means a lot. Awesome. Awesome. – WILL: I’m just giving back
is why I’m doing this until the Lord tells me to
do something different. Appreciate it. Thank you for your service. – LANCE: And I think he really
is getting to do what he really desired to do after all. – DAVID SR: Pretty good size! [dove cooing] – TIMOTHY BIRDSONG: Texas has
over 191,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers and over 95% of the state
is in private ownership. We have state-owned public
reaches of stream but it’s difficult to access
those areas because of private ownership of
river banks. [flowing water] – I coordinate a little
program called the River Access and
Conservation Program. We call it RACA for short. We find land owners that are
willing to allow access across their property. [paddles splashing] – TIMOTHY: We’ve created these
access opportunities on places like the Brazos River, the Guadalupe River, Neches River… at this point over 100 miles
of Texas rivers. – JOHN: Running a program
like this requires lots of different expertise. We’ve done a pretty good job and
I cannot be prouder of my team. [upbeat music] [raging waters] – Imagine walking through a
desert landscape just completely dry,
full of cactus, and all of a sudden you come
over this edge of a mesa and you look down and you see
what you believe to be a mirage of Caribbean-like
turquoise water. And that’s the same vision that
people from 10,000 years that have lived in this area,
you know prehistoric humans, have been drawn to
that same view. [mysterious music] – It has a special way of you
becoming a part of the river. [mysterious music] – JOE: Well, the history of the
RACA program, it came about by me going to Austin to the
Parks and Wildlife Headquarters, and in the meeting room before
the meeting, there was an issue of Parks and Wildlife Magazine
there on the table and in that magazine, there was
a story about this program. I got back, I talked to Beau,
we reached out to Tim Birdsong in the fisheries and he said
yeah this would this would work if you want to reach out to
landowners and see if there is some interest. [raging waters] – Most of the land owners,
who are staunch protectors and guardians of the river,
they didn’t say no, but they said heck no. The last land owner
that we asked, and that Joe asked was
Dale Dickinson at Skyline Ranch. – The best way to protect the
river was keep people off. I was totally against it. -And Dell said no, and
I thought we were, that the program was
dead in the water. [flowing water] – DELL: As people have come
in over the years, they don’t have the same sense of history and heritage that the old folks do. However, I’ve also found the
longer those folks are out here, the more they have come
to appreciate what we consider so dear. [rapids] – I get a random call like
I do every once in a while from him and he said, “Remember
that conversation we had two weeks ago, Joe?” And I was like, yeah. And he was like well, you know,
I think we want to pursue that. – Dell and I met Riverside and
had a frank conversation about active monitoring
on the site. Is everybody tent camping,
or is anyone sleeping on flat rocks in the group? – PADDLER: I think we might have
one sleeping on flat rocks. – I was astounded at
the results. They were almost immediate
and from my standpoint, totally effective. We had, historically, ever
increasing trespassing incidents and trash incidents. Those, essentially,
went to zero. [water flowing] I would give almost anything
to protect this river. I’ve said it before and
I’ll say it again, my hope is that we all
don’t love it to death. – BEAU: I do have a
five-year-old son; Benjamin will be six in August. I would hope that we can
take care of the river, so that when he’s old enough, he can go experience the
same river then, as we enjoy today. This place is
cleansing to the soul. [gentle wind] – In El Paso, it’s literally
five minutes to get to a mountain, and
you just can’t beat that. I’m Clara Cobb, and
I am an El Paso native. I run a couple of social media
sites here in El Paso. What you really do
is tell stories, and that’s my attraction,
absolutely, to Hueco Tanks. It’s a place where people
have been telling stories for 10,000 years. Hueco Tanks isn’t the
smallest state park, but it’s definitely
the most exclusive. It’s capped at 72 people a day,
and there is a list, but the easiest way to get on
the list is to sign up for a pictograph tour, which
takes you behind the scenes to some of the more
exclusive places. – Welcome to Site Seventeen. – Right? – The is the Lower Seventeen,
also known as “newspaper cave.” You have, right up here
above us, these kind of cream colored shapes. That dates back to Apache era,
that’s roughly somewhere around 200 to 400 years old. A bit more recently than them:
this kind of orangish… – CLARA: A horse! – TED: …horse shape,
right here. Everyone always thinks that’s
Native American cave art. It’s not. [laughs] If you look behind the tree,
you’ll see there’s a nice inscription…. – CLARA: This is definitely
a cultural intersection: the native people, travelers,
from the Butterfield Trail to the Buffalo Soldiers,
they all came to Hueco Tanks. We have such a rich cultural,
diverse history. – These are all Tigua names. This is one of the things
that show that the Tiguas do have a historical presence
here at Hueco Tanks. – CLARA: You know it’s fun
that it’s on the border, because the longer you’re on the
border, the more you realize how people and their
stories transcend those man-made borders,
I guess. – TED: So the painting we’re
looking at actually takes up the entire wall. You want to be careful
not to touch it. – You can see all the
other stories people have left behind. That’s what makes us all kind of
unique and everyone has their own journey and story and
perspective and that’s kind of just really special. When I first moved back to
El Paso almost three years ago, I didn’t really know
the trails anymore. Through other people’s
stories, their blogs, their social media posts-
that’s how I re-acquainted myself with opportunities here. When you have a place like
Hueco, you don’t not climb. This is world-class
rock-climbing, bouldering specifically. It’s the birthplace of
American bouldering. And people come, very seriously,
from all over the world, to train, and to practice
and to climb Hueco Tanks. [breathing heavy] I am a hobbyist rock-climber. – The only way you can become
a climber is climbing. So, sometimes you’ll have to
think and act on the fly. But the sequential problem is
so hard, that you literally have to find your abilities with
your body and actually doing it. And that’s what a lot of people
don’t understand about climbing. – CLARA: My skill level is
fall down seven times, get up eight. – Oh, you okay? – [laughing] Yeah. But I like doing it. – LOWELL: Pump up on that hole! Get that hole! – CLARA: It’s about having a
challenge and overcoming it, facing adversity,
solving those problems. – LOWELL: We have a saying:
think less, climb more. – CLARA: Think less, climb more. – Good! Good! Get that big jug with
your other hand. Yes! Good, Clara, c’mon. Good. Come back down to this
big hole waiting for you. Right there. Aww! Much better. – CLARA: When you see chalk,
it shows you the route that someone else took,
their solution to the problem, it’s a hint on how to get
through the route. And that doesn’t necessarily
mean it’s the best solution for you, but it certainly
gives you a little preview, a sample of one way you
can solve that problem. – Not today. – El Paso has so much access,
but I think we all are kind of suffering from a lack of
knowledge on how to use it and what to do when
we get there. You’ll go to other places in
other cities and people will tag like “secret spot” or
“oh, I can’t tell you because there’s too many people going.” Here people are very open,
there’s no secret. The first year I was here, I had
more than 60 groups of friends, something like 270 people total, come out and visit based on
my Instagram photos alone. [uplifting music] Unfortunately, Hueco closes at
five, but when it does close, I like to bust it back
into El Paso to Franklin Mountains
State Park and do a little
happy-hour hike. Taking a selfie is kind of cool,
but taking a selfie on top of a mountain
is like super cool. You can’t go and do something
cool if you don’t know that opportunity exists, and I think
that’s the thing that I get excited about: giving
people the opportunity to know what opportunities
they have. When you’re talking about parks,
and you’re sharing your experience in parks, already
you’ve become a park ambassador.– NARRATOR: It’s time
to feed the fish.
[splashing] – WORKER: You don’t want to
stick your hand in there.– NARRATOR: These hungry
red drum and seatrout
are at Sea Center Texas
in Lake Jackson.
Located on 75 acres,
the fish hatchery raises
red drum, seatrout,
and southern flounder,
stocking between 10 to
16 million fish into
Texas bays each year.[acoustic music] – Stock enhancement is not just
putting fish out there for people to catch. It is the idea of making our
naturally occurring population of game fish more robust.– NARRATOR: Sea Center Texas
also features an aquarium,
nature trail and fishing events.It’s open to the public
and it’s always free.
– Pond 5 probably has the
same issue going on.– NARRATOR: It’s 7 am and
hatchery staff are preparing
for a day of raising fish.Biologist Jeff Bayer starts his
day in the baby making room.
– JEFF: We’re going to start
our day collecting eggs from a spotted seatrout spawn. And those floating eggs
will come out of the tank and into an egg collector. And we see that the eggs have
started to float so we know these are good eggs,
these are fertilized eggs.– NARRATOR: Now it’s time
for an egg count.
– JEFF: 1,700 trout eggs fit
into one milliliter of water. So today we have 102,000
fertilized eggs– NARRATOR: Next the eggs go
into the incubation tank,
which is aerated with oxygen.– JEFF: So that’s the idea: these trout are spawning in the
passes, it’s a little rougher. We’re replicating what
happens in the bay.– NARRATOR: After the eggs
hatch, the tiny larvae go
into outside ponds to grow.– JEFF: One of my
responsibilities as a biologist, we’re going to read the ponds. We take a lot of data here. I can see what the
oxygen has been. I can see how many
fish were stocked. I can see what size
the fish are. We’re trying to produce 400,000
fingerlings in a 1-acre pond.– NARRATOR: For Jeff,
it’s personal.
[inspirational music] – JEFF: I grew up near the
Gulf coast. My dad grew up fishing
speckled trout and red drum so I grew up doing that, too. And by the early 80s,
here I am 10-12 years old, and even I knew I wasn’t
catching red drum anymore. And I became fascinated
with aquaculture. [crickets chirp]– NARRATOR: While most folks
are still sleeping,
Jeff and his crew are
collecting seatrout fingerlings
to stock in the bay.– JEFF: I’m going to try to put
between 6 and 10 pounds of fish in a bucket. So it’s 150 pounds
on the trailer.– NARRATOR: By the time
the rest of us are
starting our day,the young seatrout are getting
ready for their new home.
[pump engine runs]And off they go!– JEFF: I’m going to want to
release them where I see some grass over there or some
oyster shell, somewhere these little guys can hide.– NARRATOR: As often happens,
a curious onlooker stops by.
– And you figure these will be
two years these will be legal. – Well that’s great. That’s money well spent. – JEFF: Thank you! We appreciate you! This is why we do it.– NARRATOR: Meanwhile,
thousands of tiny trout
now have a new home
in the bay.
– All done, 200,000
West Matagorda trout released alive and healthy.– NARRATOR: But how many of
those trout will make it
to adulthood?If seatrout have the same
results as red drum,
the outlook is promising.– He was just pop, pop…– NARRATOR: A study with
Texas A&M showed about
10 to 21% of
red drum caught
were hatchery-raised fish.– It’s really cool when you
pull up to a red light and you got that trailer behind
the truck and you hear honk and you turn over and here’s a
guy in his Saltwater Life hat and he’s giving you
a big one of these. And it’s very rewarding,
very rewarding. [turkey call] [birds chirping] [whispers] These turkeys
are playing hard-to-get. [birds chirping] [turkey call] [birds chirping] [turkey call] [birds chirping] [turkey call] [birds chirping] [birds chirping] [turkey call] [birds chirping] [birds chirping] [birds chirping] [birds chirping]

2 thoughts on “PBS SHOW – Hunting Memories, River Access, El Paso Envoy, #2816

  1. Went to El Paso but did hit up Sun City Fishing & Outdoors to show the rest of Texas the big fishing there is in our little desert heaven 🤔

  2. I assume the permission y'all are asking these ranchers was to use their land to get to the rivers because otherwise I wouldn't need no permission to float down a river no matter who land that it runs through if there is a public access to it. For that old man to assumenthat he is the only one that would know how to respect and enjoy the river is a bunch of crap.

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