Week of March 11, 2013

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Fishing beyond the Great Lakes
Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues
Regional

Veterans Issues
General
Lake Superior

Illinois
Michigan
New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
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For Your Health

Aspirin May Lower Melanoma Risk

A new study has found that women who take aspirin have a reduced risk of developing melanoma—and that the longer they take it, the lower the risk. The findings suggest that aspirin’s anti-inflammatory effects may help protect against this type of skin cancer. The study is published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

 

Wiley Science reports in the Women’s Health Initiative, researchers observed US women aged 50 to 79 years for an average of 12 years and noted which individuals developed cancer. At the beginning of the study, the women were asked which medications they took, what they ate, and what activities they performed.

 

When Jean Tang MD, PhD, of Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, and her colleagues analyzed available data from 59,806 Caucasian women in the study, they found that women who took more aspirin were less likely to develop melanoma skin cancer during the 12

years of follow up. Overall, women who used aspirin had a 21 percent lower risk of melanoma relative to non-users. Each incremental increase in duration of aspirin use (less than one year of use, one to four years of use, and five or more years of use) was associated with an 11 percent lower risk of melanoma. Thus, women who used aspirin for five or more years had a 30 percent lower melanoma risk than women who did not use aspirin. The researchers controlled for differences in pigmentation, tanning practices, sunscreen use, and other factors that may affect skin cancer risk.

 

“Aspirin works by reducing inflammation and this may be why using aspirin may lower your risk of developing melanoma,” said Dr. Tang. Other pain medications, such as acetaminophen, did not lower women’s melanoma risk. Dr. Tang noted that the findings support the design of a clinical trial to directly test whether aspirin can be taken to prevent melanoma.

 

Access the full study on the Wiley Press Room here


Fishing beyond the Great Lakes

KY stocks Brown Trout in Cumberland River

Late last month the USFWS Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery along with Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources personnel stocked 38,050 Brown trout weighing 8,920 lbs at seven locations along

the Cumberland River in south central Kentucky. The Cumberland River has 75 miles of trout fishing and is one of the premier trout streams in the Southeast.


Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

Employment Opportunities at Ruger

Sturm, Ruger & Co is seeking talented and passionate firearms enthusiasts to join the successful Ruger firearms team. Immediate openings for design and manufacturing engineers, as well as product managers, are open in the Company’s Newport, NH, Prescott, AZ and Enfield, CT office locations. This is an opportunity to join a highly innovative working environment that focuses on industry-leading new product development.

 

Full job descriptions can be found online at Ruger.com/Employment. All

 

qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Ruger offers competitive

compensation packages based on education and experience. Ruger employees enjoy a generous profit sharing plan and a bonus program that is based on the Company’s financial results. Ruger also offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

 

For more information on the extensive, award-winning line of Ruger® firearms, visit www.Ruger.com or www.Facebook.com/Ruger.

 


Top Hunting and Shooting Equipment Brands for 2012

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Southwick Associates has announced the brands hunters and shooters purchased most frequently in 2012. This list has been compiled from the 35,081 internet-based surveys completed by hunters and shooters who volunteered to participate last year in HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com polls. In 2012, top brands included:

 

  • Top rifle brand:  Remington, Ruger (each 11.5% of all purchases)

  • Top shotgun brand:  Remington (19.7% of all purchases)

  • Top muzzleloader brand:  CVA (31.0% of all purchases)

  • Top handgun brand:  Sturm, Ruger (17.7% of all purchases)

  • Top crossbow brand:  Barnett (21.7% of all purchases)

  • Top air rifle brand:  Crosman (29.6% of all purchases)

  • Top rifle ammunition brand:  Remington (21.4% of all purchases)

  • Top shotgun ammunition brand:  Winchester (32.1% of all purchases)

  • Top handgun ammunition brand:  Winchester (17.9% of all purchases)

  • Top blackpowder brand: Pyrodex (41.6% of all purchases)

  • Top balls, bullets, or shot brand:  Hornady (33.0% of all purchases)

  • Top bow brand:  Hoyt (15.0% of all purchases)

  • Top arrow brand:  Carbon Express (30.1% of all purchases)

  • Top fletching brand:  Blazer (24.4% of all purchases)

  • Top broad head brand:  Rage (21.1% of all purchases)

  • Top release/tab brand: Tru-Fire (33.0% of all purchases)

  • Top archery target brand:  The Block (11.9% of all purchases)

  • Top bow case brand:  Plano (35.5% of all purchases)

  • Top archery sight brand:  TruGlo (27.8% of all purchases)

  • Top decoy brand:  Mojo (10.8% of all purchases)

  • Top game call brand: Primos (26.2% of all purchases)

  • Top reloading press brand:  Lee Precision (37.9% of all purchases)

  • Top reloading die brand:  Lee Precision (38.3% of all purchases)

  • Top reloading bullet brand:  Hornady (34.0% of all purchases)

  • Top reloading primer brand:  CCI (40.3% of all purchases)

  • Top reloading powder brand:  Hodgdon (40.7% of all purchases)

  • Top shot brand:  Lawrence (30.2% of all purchases)

  • Top binocular brand:  Bushnell (28.7% of all purchases)

  • Top scope brand for firearms: Bushnell (14.5% of all purchases)

  • Top spotting scope brand: Barska (10.5% of all purchases)

  • Top range finder brand:  Bushnell (36.3% of all purchases)

  • Top optic sight brand:  EOTech (8.7% of all purchases)

  • Top knife brand:  Buck (13.4% of all purchases)

  • Top cover scent brand:  Wildlife Research Center (19.9% of all purchases)

  • Top lure scent brand: Tinks (31.4% of all purchases)

  • Top odor eliminator brand:  Scent-A-Way (35.8% of all purchases)

  • Top shooting target brand:  Shoot-N-C (31.0% of all purchases)

  • Top tree stand brand:  Guide Gear (12.1% of all purchases)

  • Top blind brand:  Ameristep (33.9% of all purchases)

  • Top clay brand: White Flyer (51.3% of all purchases)

  • Top trail camera brand:  Moultrie (25.4% of all purchases)

  • Top holster brand:  Blackhawk (15.0% of all purchases)

  • Top gun sleeves brand:  Allen (12.1% of all purchases)

  • Top gun safe brand:  Stack-on (25.7% of all purchases)

  • Top magazine brand:  ProMag (11.9% of all purchases)

 

The marketing data presented here is a summary of a 233-page report that details consumer behavior including what products and brands are purchased, where they are bought, how much customers spend, and demographics of hunters and shooters broken out by each product category. Current information about what gear and brands hunters and shooters prefer, how many days they spend afield and what type of hunting and shooting they enjoy most is vital to businesses trying to build their customer base.

 

You can stay abreast of consumer buying patterns and overall market trends by purchasing an annual subscription to Southwick Associates’ monthly HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com reports. Reports are available for specific product categories including firearms, ammunition, black powder, bow hunting and archery equipment, decoys, game calls, apparel, crossbows and more. To purchase a report or subscription, contact John DePalma at jdepalma@brandintelligent.com.

 


Regional

Coast Guard, EPA study potential for Asian carp to enter Great Lakes in barges

Study shows minimal risk of introduction of invasive fish species

CLEVELAND — A study conducted by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Thursday concluded that barge ballast tanks present a minimal risk for incidental transport and introduction of Asian carp into the waters of the Great Lakes. 

 

There has been concern that Asian carp eggs, larvae and fry contained in towboat and barge ballast tanks could be transported past electrical dispersal barriers operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and released into the Great Lakes.

Specifically, the study investigated the possibility for early life stages of Asian carp entering barge ballast tanks through either cracks or holes in the hull and then surviving there, which could circumvent the existing electrical dispersal barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that have helped prevent breeding population of the carp from establishing in the Great Lakes to date.

 

The study consisted of three parts:

  1. A hopper barge was modified by installing valves on 3‑inch holes cut into the exterior of its four ballast tanks to simulate how larvae might enter a barge with a ruptured hull.

  2. Caged larvae were placed into the tank for set periods of time to investigate survival rates.

  1. The barge was deballasted through either 2- or 3-inch portable ballast pumps to determine if larvae could survive the trauma of passing through a mechanical pump.

 

Results of this study indicated that, while it may be possible for early life stages to be transported in a barge ballast tank for long periods, the probability that those life stages will survive passage through the pump when the tanks are deballasted is very low. The risk is further lowered because early life stages are only present in the affected waterways for a limited time each year.

 

A previous study evaluated barges and towboats on the Illinois River to determine the volume of water carried in ballast tanks.  That study found that only five percent of the tanks inspected carried more than a couple of inches of water.  Operators interviewed during that study indicated that barges were seldom ballasted except to clear low bridges and that tanks were inspected regularly.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, in which the Coast Guard and EPA partner among 14 other agencies to rehabilitate the ecosystem's health, provided funding for the study.

 

Asian carp are non-native, invasive fish that have been migrating up the Mississippi River and its tributaries since the mid-1990’s.

 

 


Group releases ballast water management report

CLEVELAND — The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group released this month its 2012 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management report.

 

Click here to view or download the 2012 summary report.

The mission of the BWWG is to harmonize ballast water management efforts between: the U.S. Coast Guard; Transport Canada; the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

 

n 2012, 100% of ships bound for the Great Lakes via the St. Lawrence Seaway from outside the Exclusive Economic Zone received a ballast tank exam.  A total of 6,974 ballast tanks were assessed during 386

vessel transits. Vessels that did not exchange their ballast water or flush

I their ballast tanks were required to either retain the ballast water and residuals on board, treat the ballast water in an environmentally sound and approved manner, or return to sea to conduct a ballast water exchange.

 

This is the fourth consecutive year that agencies that comprise the BWWG ensured the examination of 100% of ballast tanks entering the Great Lakes via the St. Lawrence Seaway. In February 2012, the BWWG released its 2011 summary report.

 

The BWWG anticipates continued high ship compliance rates for the 2013 navigation season. For more info: Lt. Michael Collet, 216-902-6051 or Michael.J.Collet@uscg.mil.


General

Fishhound releases List of 50 Best Crappie Lakes

Fishhound compiled its "50 Best Crappie Lakes" list (http://www.fishhound.com/best-crappie-fishing-lakes) after consulting with a host of industry experts, including veteran outdoor writers, professional crappie anglers, companies like Blakemore and Southern Pro, and organizations such as Crappie USA, Crappie Masters and Crappie Nation.

"We devoted considerable time and resources to develop this list based on feedback from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable crappie fishermen throughout the U.S.," noted Rick Patri Fishhound's vice president, operations. "These are bodies of water that earned well

deserved reputations for producing big numbers of fish as well as some real monsters."

 

The long-standing IGFA all-tackle world record for white crappie stands at 5 lbs., 3 oz. - a fish caught in Mississippi back in 1957. The all-tackle record for black crappie is a 5-pound fish caught from a private Missouri farm pond in 2006. When larger crappie are caught, chances are those fish will come from a lake on Fishhound's "Top 50" list.

For the most up-to-date fishing reports available today, in-depth product information, useful articles and tips, tackle field-testing opportunities, and more, visit
www.fishhound.com.


Veterans Issues

VA Loan Tips

Tip 1: Get Pre-Approved. Before you start the hunt for a house, the best thing you can do is to get pre-approved for your VA loan amount. Tip 2 : Check Your Credit. Did you know that over 70 % of all credit reports in the United States contain errors? Tip 3: Consider the Advantages of Having a VA Guaranteed Loan. A VA mortgage loan can be

guaranteed with no money down, in some cases up to $417,000. There is also no private mortgage insurance requirement. For more details on these tips, read the full story on Military.com.

Next Step: Search for lenders ready to help you buy or refinance with a VA loan.


Lake Superior

Why it's called Lake Superior

 Pretty amazing..... Did you realize how big this lake is?

 
LAKE SUPERIOR FACTS

Lake Superior contains ten percent of all the fresh water on the planet Earth.

 It covers 82,000 square kilometers or 31,700 square miles.

The average depth is 147 meters or 483 feet.

There have been about 350 shipwrecks recorded in Lake Superior

Lake Superior is, by surface area, the largest lake in the world.

A Jesuit priest in 1668 named it Lac Tracy, but that name was never officially adopted.

It contains as much water as all the other Great Lakes combined, plus three extra Lake Erie's!!

There is a small outflow from the lake at St. Mary's River
(Sault Ste Marie) into Lake Huron, but it takes almost two centuries for the water to be completely replaced.

There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America with water one foot deep.

The deepest point in the lake is 405 meters or 1,333 feet.

There are 78 different species of fish that call the big lake home.

The maximum wave ever recorded on Lake Superior was 9.45 meters or 31 feet high.

 

If you stretched the shoreline of Lake Superior out to a straight line, it would reach from Duluth to the Bahamas.

Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior with the largest source being the Nipigon River.

The average underwater visibility of Lake Superior is 27 feet, making it the cleanest and clearest of the Great Lakes.
Underwater visibility in some spots reaches 30 meters.

In the summer, the sun sets 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.

Some of the world's oldest rocks, formed about 2.7 billion years ago, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior.

It very rarely freezes over completely, and then usually just for a few hours.  Complete freezing occurred in 1962, 1979, 2003 and 2009.

 


Illinois

New Fishing Booklet

The 2013-2015 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available in PDF format through the IDNR website at:  www.dnr.illinois.gov/fishing.  Regulations in

 

the guide are effective April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015. Illinois Free Fishing Days for 2013 are June 7-10.


 

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Registration opened March 6 for the IDNR ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ Workshop on June 7-9 at the Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, Il. ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshops are designed to provide introductory instruction and experiences in many outdoor-related activities and skills. Examples of classes include canoeing, archery, handguns, nature jewelry, mammal trapping, wild edibles, basic fishing, rifle, outdoor cooking, and many more.

Class instruction is offered in a fun, non-competitive, and hands-on environment. BOW workshops are very popular, so register early.  The cost of $215 per person includes housing, meals, classes, use of equipment, transportation during the event, and much more. Registration is available at www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/bow.

 

 


Michigan

DNR meetings to discuss fishing regs March 12, 19, April 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11

The Michigan DNR Fisheries Division has announced public meetings to be held throughout Michigan to discuss local and statewide fishing regulation proposals.

 

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss local fisheries management and regulation proposals. Additionally, modifications to northern pike and muskellunge regulations were adopted for the 2013 fishing season and a presentation summarizing these changes will be given at each meeting.  

 

Three regulations were adopted for northern pike in 2013: the statewide 24-inch minimum size limit, a five-fish bag limit with only one fish greater than 24-inches allowed in the daily limit and a 24-inch to 34-inch protected slot limit. For muskellunge, the possession limit has been modified to one fish per season for 2013. Depending on the geographical area, managers may discuss the modifying management for northern pike or muskellunge on specific local lakes based upon these newly adopted regulations types. 

 

Meeting dates, times and locations include:

  • Tuesday, March 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center located at 6087 E. M-115 in Cadillac, hosted by the Central Lake Michigan Management Unit.

  • Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EST) at the Portage Library located at 300 Library Lane in Portage, hosted by the Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit.

  • Tuesday, March 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at the Bay City State Recreation Area’s Visitors’ Center located at 3582 State Park Dr. in Bay City, hosted by the Southern Lake Huron Management Unit.

 
  • Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST) at Cheboygan Sportsman Club located at 13516 Seffren Rd. in Cheboygan, hosted by the Northern Lake Huron Management Unit.

  • Tuesday, April 2 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Ishpeming Township Hall located at 1575 U.S. 41 in Ishpeming hosted, by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.

  • Wednesday, April 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CST)/7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Gogebic Community College located at E. 4946 Jackson Rd. in Ironwood, hosted by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.

  • Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Portage Lake District Library located at 58 Huron St. in Houghton, hosted by the Western Lake Superior Management Unit.

  • Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Clinton-Macomb Public Library located at 40900 Romeo Plank Rd. in Clinton Township, hosted by the Lake Erie Management Unit.

  • Monday, April 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Sydney’s Restaurant located at 400 Cedar St. in Munising, hosted by the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit.

  • Tuesday, April 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at Tahquamenon Area Public Library located at 700 Newberry Ave. in Newberry, hosted by the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit.

  • Tuesday, April 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) at the Bay College Heirman Center located at 2001 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba, hosted by the Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit.

  • Thursday, April 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CST) at Bay College West located at 2801 N. U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain, hosted by the Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit.

For more information on these meetings, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

 


 

Free boating safety class offered at Spring Boating Expo in Novi, March 16
Class sponsored by DNR Law Enforcement Division

Boating enthusiasts and beginners are invited to take advantage of a free boating safety class offered at this year’s Spring Boating Expo, courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division, the Oakland County Marine Division and the Michigan Boating Industries Association. Those who pass the class will receive one free ticket to the show.

The class will be held Saturday, March 16, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, in Novi. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the class will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited; pre-registration is encouraged. Participants can also register in advance
 

online by visiting www.SpringBoatingExpo.net and selecting Highlights. Walk-ins will be accepted if space allows.

 

Anyone who prefers to register by phone may contact Amanda Wendecker of the Michigan Boating Industries Association at 734-261-0123, ext. 3. Sgt. Al Bavarskas of the DNR's Law Enforcement Division said the class will teach participants important rules and tips needed for safe boating.  “Additionally,” he said, “people who take the boating safety class and earn a boater’s safety certificate often qualify for a discount on boat insurance.”

To see more info about boating in Michigan – including safety tips, boating opportunities and harbor locations: www.michigan.gov/boating.


DNR to host meetings on wolf management, March 12, 13, 19, 21

The Michigan DNR will host a series of public meetings in March to provide information to the public and answer questions regarding wolf management and the possibility of a future wolf hunting season.

 

The meetings will take place in the following locations from 6 to 8 p.m. local time: 

  • Tuesday, March 12; Gogebic Community College, David Lindquist Student Center, E4946 Jackson Road, Ironwood

  • Wednesday, March 13; Northern Michigan University, Michigan Room, 2101 University Center, Marquette

  • Tuesday, March 19; Wisconsin Street Hall, 610 S. Wisconsin, Gaylord

  • Thursday, March 21; Lansing Center, Room 201, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 

The meetings will include a presentation by DNR Wildlife Division staff on wolf management techniques, including the potential use of public harvest as a management tool as prescribed in the state’s Wolf Management Plan, which was developed through consensus by a roundtable of stakeholders representing a wide variety of interests related to wolf management.

 

Following the presentation, DNR staff will hold a question-and-answer session with members of the public. Meeting attendees will also be asked to participate in a survey regarding the possibility of the use of wolf hunting as a management tool in Michigan.

 

“The public input we receive through this survey will provide valuable information as the Wildlife Division develops its recommendation on wolf hunting for consideration by the Natural Resources Commission,” said DNR bear and furbearer specialist Adam Bump. “We encourage anyone

 

interested in learning more about wolf management and a possible wolf hunting season to attend these meetings to have their questions answered and participate in the survey.”

 

In January 2012, wolves in Michigan were removed from the federal list of endangered species. In December 2012, wolves were declared a game species when Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act 520 of 2012.

 

Upon the reclassification of wolves as a game species, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission - which holds the exclusive authority to set hunting regulations for game species in the state - directed the DNR's Wildlife Division to undertake a multi-pronged approach to developing a recommendation on whether a wolf management hunt should take place and what the parameters should be. The process currently under way includes: 

  • Completing a wolf population survey

  • Compiling a thorough review of documented wolf conflicts, including depredation of livestock and pets

  • Meeting with the Wolf Management Advisory Council to discuss a possible wolf harvest aimed at resolving conflicts

  • Providing public input opportunities at meetings and through written comments

  • Conducting government-to-government consultation with tribal governments 

The DNR's recommendation on a wolf management season will be presented to the NRC for consideration no later than June 2013. Whether a wolf season will be established and what the season would entail is at the sole discretion of the NRC.  For more information about attending this series of public information meetings, contact Adam Bump at 517-373-1263. To learn more about the state's wolf population and Wolf Management Plan, visit www.michigan.gov/wolves.


New muskie, northern pike regs take effect April 1

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that new muskellunge and northern pike regulations will go into effect for all anglers on April 1, 2013. In Michigan, only one muskellunge (including tiger muskellunge) may be harvested per season per angler. Anglers who would like to harvest muskellunge must have a new muskellunge harvest tag, available March 1, 2013. Anglers are not required to obtain this harvest tag to fish for muskellunge; it’s only for those anglers that intend to harvest a muskellunge. 

 

Muskellunge harvest tags are free and available at all license vendors. Anglers who do not possess the tag are required to release all muskellunge they catch. The new tag will be used as a means to enforce the new possession limit statewide and will allow the DNR to monitor how many tags are provided to anglers and to provide insight on the level of harvest.

 

Registration of muskellunge harvest is not a requirement, but it will help the DNR manage this important species. For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/muskie.

 

New northern pike regs will also go into effect on April 1, 2013. Northern

pike regulations now include the establishment of a new 24-34" protected

slot limit (PSL) regulation on several waters. The DNR believes this new regulation has the potential to increase predation levels by larger northern

pike on smaller northern pike and result in a greater number of larger northern pike on various waters. A new provision has been added to waters where up to five northern pike may be taken. This provision restricts harvest to only one northern pike greater than 24 inches allowed as part of the daily possession limit of five pike on those waters.

 

Modifications to the muskellunge and northern pike regulations were developed with collaboration between the DNR and the Warmwater Resources Steering Committee (WRSC), a public advisory group that was tasked with review of muskellunge and northern pike regulation proposals. Additionally, the general angling public participated in a survey to advise the DNR on these regulation changes. These regulations will serve to protect and enhance future muskellunge and northern pike populations for anglers.

 

For more info on fishing for muskellunge and northern pike in Michigan, review the 2013 Michigan Fishing Guide, particularly Note 7 in the General Hook and Line Regulations. As always, the guide is available in retail stores and online at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide


New York

Proposed Changes to Bighead Carp Regulations

Will further protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species

Public Comments Accepted Until April 20

Public comments on the proposed changes to regulations for the import, transport, possession and sale of bighead carp will be accepted until April 20, the New York announced. 

 

Existing DEC regulations prohibit the possession and sale of fish species, including snakehead fish and three species of Asian Carp (including bighead carp) that it has determined to be a present danger to indigenous fish populations. However, the current prohibitions include an exception that allows bighead carp to be sold, possessed, transported, imported and exported in the five boroughs of the City of New York (Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) and the Westchester

County Towns of Rye, Harrison, and Mamaronek and all the incorporated cities or villages located therein.

 

As a result of federal action, all interstate transportation of live bighead carp has been banned so the exceptions in DEC's regulations should be repealed.  Repeal of the existing exception for live bighead carp will eliminate any possible confusion regarding the legal status of this species in New York, and will bolster efforts to prevent the spread of bighead carp into the Great Lakes states.

 

Comments on the proposed regulation can be sent via email to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us (please put "Bighead Carp Regulations" in the subject line), or mailed to Shaun Keeler, New York State DEC, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753.


NY Unveils "NY Open For Fishing And Hunting" license program

With plan to reduce cost of hunting and fishing licenses
Changes Will Help Boost New York as a Premier Sporting Destination

You may have heard about the recent proposal by Governor Cuomo to streamline NY's Hunting and Fishing License's.  The proposal reduces the number of licenses from 17 to 7, reduces costs for most license categories, while maintaining support for the State's Fish and Wildlife programs.

 

Governor Cuomo announced "NY Open for Fishing and Hunting", a plan to streamline hunting and fishing licenses and reduce license fees to support tourism opportunities and benefit sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the state. The proposal is part of the 30-day amendments to the 2013-14 Executive Budget, and would reduce fees paid by hundreds of thousands of hunters, anglers and trappers while maintaining support for the state’s fish and wildlife programs.

 

The proposal simplifies the current license structure to foster recruitment and retention of resident and non-resident hunters, anglers and trappers. The State would greatly reduce the number of licenses offered and lower many fees for both resident and non-resident holders under the proposal. The proposal also will make permanent a free marine fishing registration, which was scheduled to expire at the end of 2013.

 

“I know the recreational and economic value hunting and fishing bring to New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “The sporting community bolsters tourism across the state. According to a national survey, more than $8.1 billion of economic activity is created as a result of sporting activity in New York. Under my proposal, it will be easier for more New Yorkers and visitors from across the country to take advantage of New York’s rich sporting tradition.”;

 

The current license process is confusing due to the number, type and potential combinations of hunting and fishing licenses. In addition, fees are presently higher in New York than in many neighboring and comparable states. The proposal would:

►Reduce by 11 the number of licenses available while maintaining all current hunting and fishing opportunities

►Reduce the price of a hunting license by 24 percent from $29 to $22

►Reduce the price of a fishing license by nearly 14 percent from $29 to $25

►Make fishing licenses valid for one year from the date of purchase

►Create a non-resident license structure which is the same as the resident license structure

►Fold trapping privileges into the hunting license for no additional fee for certified trappers

►Maintain Junior Trapper and Trapper Mentor opportunities

►Reduce fees for non-resident hunting and fishing licenses to attract more out-of-state participants

►Retain discounted licenses for youth, seniors, military disabled and Native Americans.

 

License

Current

Proposed

NYS Residents

 

 

Annual Fishing License

$29

$25

Annual Hunting License

$29

$22

Annual Bow Hunting

$21

$20

Annual Muzzleloading

$21

$11

Non-Residents

 

 

Annual Fishing License

$70

$50

Annual Hunting License

$140

$100

Annual Bow Huntinge

$140

$40

Annual Muzzleloading

$140

$30

One-day Turkey

$50

$20

One-day Fishing

$15

$10

 

Previously, a fishing license was only valid from the date of purchase through the end of the season, and anglers who bought a license in mid season did not get a full year’s worth of use. Under the new plan, anglers will get a full year of fishing no matter when they purchase the license. Also, the proposal consolidates both small-game and big-game license privileges into a single hunting license. In addition, the proposal creates a non-resident license structure which affords the same license privileges as resident licenses.

 

The proposal also makes the marine fishing registration permanent. It was scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2013, which would have required anglers fishing in the marine district to purchase a license for $10. Under Governor Cuomo's bill, marine fishing will continue to be free.

New York State DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, “Hunters and anglers are the foundation of the state’s conservation community, concerned about caring for the state’s habitats, forestland and waterways. Governor Cuomo’s proposal will make it simpler for people to purchase licenses, help attract newcomers to hunt and fish in New York and ensure that the programs that the hunting and fishing communities enjoy continue to be funded.”;

 

In addition, DEC has made substantial progress in both the rehabilitation of existing boat launch facilities and construction of new facilities. By the start of the 2013 boating season, five new boat launching facilities will be open: Chaumont Bay and Point Peninsula Isthmus on Lake Ontario, Upper Hudson River in Fort Edward, Lake Champlain in the City of Plattsburgh, and Cuba Lake Boat Launch in Allegany County. Work is underway for a boat launch on Round Lake in Saratoga County.

Significant boat launch rehabilitation efforts include: the complete upgrade of the "Crusher" Boat Launch of the Raquette River and lengthening of the Horicon launch ramp on Schroon Lake. Plans are underway for expansion of the Second Pond boat launch on Lower Saranac Lake, repairs to the Peru Boat Launch site on Lake Champlain, reconstruction of the Northville launch ramp, and installation of a new boarding dock at the Saratoga County Boat Launch, both on Great Sacandaga Lake.

 

Governor Cuomo’s proposal aims to improve New York’s position as a destination for both resident and out-of-state hunters. According to a 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Related Recreation, over 90 million U.S. residents ages 16 years and older participated in some form of wildlife-related recreation in 2011. Wildlife recreationists spent about $145 billion on their ventures.

 

Moreover, New York State remains near the top in hunter and angler licenses, an estimated 1.88 million anglers and 823,000 hunters, indicating a mostly stable group of participants. The same study found in 2011 New York was second in the nation in total angler spending on fishing-related items and sixth in non-resident angler spending. This spending generated an estimated $108 million in state and local taxes.

In 2011, New York was fourth in the nation in spending by hunters and generated an estimated $290 million in state and local taxes. New York ranks third in the nation in total number of resident hunters.

 

While providing relief to sportsmen and sportswomen, this proposal will ensure that the Conservation Fund remains solvent through the financial plan (State Fiscal Year 2018-19). New York will continue to provide services, programs and projects to boost hunting and fishing opportunities. The State will also be working closely with the conservation community in the coming months to identify projects to enhance hunting and fishing access and improve wildlife habitat.

 

 

 

 

 


NY sued over Cuomo gun control package

The New York attorney general's office is due before the state Supreme Court next month to defend the constitutionality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tough new gun control package. Cuomo signed sweeping gun control measures into law in January that included a beefed-up ban on so-called assault weapons and a limit on magazine capacity to a maximum of seven rounds of ammunition — even less than the 10-round limit proposed by President Obama. But Buffalo lawyer James Tresmond — with the backing of the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups — is arguing on behalf of two gun owners that the law amounts to an unconstitutional seizure of property under the Fifth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 

State Supreme Court Justice Diane Devlin has ordered the state to show cause by April 25 when oral arguments are scheduled.

 

State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly signed an order granting the request for a hearing by plaintiffs who are challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to waive the three-day review usually required before votes on bills, according to LoHud.com.

 

The plaintiffs argue the law violates the guarantees of free speech, property ownership and the right to petition the government guaranteed under the state and federal constitutions.

 

Plaintiff Robert Schulz called Cuomo a "king" for pushing through the nation's toughest gun law by suspending the three-day vetting period by submitting a “message of necessity” on the law, which allows the constitutional waiting period to be suspended.

"Kings govern by opinion," said Shulz, who calls himself a "constitutionalist" and has challenged governors for decades in court

 

although he isn't a lawyer. "There has to be some rationale, some justification of facts before waiving the people's demand for three days"' review of a bill.

 

The law enacted Jan. 15, pushed by Cuomo, sets a seven-bullet limit on magazines, tightens the definition of illegal "assault weapons" and requires owners of formerly legal semi-automatic guns to register them, among other measures.  The New Yorkers are representing themselves, without lawyers. A March 11 date in state court is scheduled. State officials will have to argue their case to avoid an injunction against the law.

 

"We believe the law is, and the process was, valid and constitutional," said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi.  Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on the bill in closed-door negotiations and put the politically dicey measure to a vote at night in mid-January. That was after Cuomo issued the message of necessity, which the plaintiffs say includes misrepresentations.

 

The message of necessity, according to LoHud.com, reads: “Some weapons are so dangerous, and some ammunition devices are so lethal, that New York State must act without delay to prohibit their continued sale and possession in the state in order to protect its children, first responders and citizens as soon as possible. This bill, if enacted, would do so by immediately banning the ownership, purchase and sale of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.”

 

Schulz, of Warren County, called the gun control law "repugnant" and seeks to have it declared void. The plaintiffs said they have 1,200 backers.


"State Of The Eastern Finger Lakes" Meetings, March 18, 20

Biologists to Provide Status of Fisheries in Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco Lakes

Two upcoming public meetings to discuss Finger Lakes fisheries, specifically the fisheries of Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco Lakes, have been scheduled during the month of March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The new “State of the Finger Lakes” public meetings will be held in Auburn, Cayuga County, and Groton, Tompkins County.

 

“These first public forums on the State of the Eastern Finger Lakes are meant to provide an opportunity for DEC Fisheries scientists to share their knowledge about the fishery resources of Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco Lakes,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Governor Cuomo supports these efforts that provide an excellent opportunity for interested anglers to interact with the managers who study these fisheries. Our staff is committed to sound management of the Finger Lake’s fisheries resources and strives to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and the associated economic benefits they support.”


The Finger Lakes and their tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout and salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch, panfish and esocids.  Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco Lakes comprise more than 60,000 acres, and a 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 475,000 angler days spent on these four Finger

Lakes. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $8.9 million to the local New York economy.

 

The meeting dates are as follows:

·       Monday, March 18, 2013: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.at the Bass Pro Shops conference room, 1579 Clark Street Rd, Auburn, NY 13021 (Cayuga County).

·       Wednesday, March 20, 2013: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Groton High School auditorium, 400 Peru Rd, Groton, NY 13073 (Tompkins County).

DEC biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, warmwater fish, fishing regulations, sea lamprey control, and the DEC’s Angler Diary Program. There will be ample time at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters.

Governor Cuomo’s Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state.  This initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, stocking as much as 900,000 pounds of fish, expanding fishing clinics and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions.  Through these efforts, New York has become a premier destination for bass fishing tournaments at the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain and Oneida Lake and purchased over 26,000 acres across the state in 2012 open to sportsmen for hunting, fishing and trapping.


Ohio

New Ohio Bass Fishing Regulations Now in Effect

COLUMBUS, OH – New statewide and specific site bass fishing regulations are now in effect for the 2013-2014 license year, according to the Ohio DNR.

 

Statewide, a new 12-inch minimum length limit has been implemented by the ODNR Division of Wildlife on all public waters for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass where there are no other special regulations. The daily limit of five fish per day remains in effect for black bass, singly or in combination.

 

Some reservoirs that previously had special regulations were changed to the new statewide 12-inch length limit. The 12-15 inch slot length limit was removed from Timbre Ridge Lake, and 15-inch minimum length limits were removed from:

• Caesar Creek Lake (Warren, Clinton and Greene counties),

• Kenton Lake (Gallia County),

• Lake Milton, including the Mahoning River connecting Berlin Lake and Lake Milton (Mahoning County),

• Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County),

• Monroe Lake (Monroe County),

• Monroeville Reservoir (Huron County),

• Pike Lake (Pike County) and

• Sippo Lake (Stark County).

 

Two new regulations have been incorporated to increase the size and number of bass. These special regulations include a reduced number of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass that anglers may keep per day and split daily limits, where anglers may only keep a specified number of fish of a certain length.

 

The first regulation is a special 15-inch length limit with a four fish split daily limit. Anglers may keep two fish under 15 inches and two fish 15 inches or larger, for four fish per day. The split daily limit allows limited harvest of bass less than 15 inches to promote growth of bass to larger sizes. This regulation is referred to as a “15, 2-and-2.”

 

It is in effect at these reservoirs:

• Acton Lake (Preble and Butler counties),

• Findley Lake (Lorain County),

• Hargus Lake (Pickaway County),

• Highlandtown Lake (Columbiana County),

• Lake Snowden (Athens County),

• New Lyme Lake (Ashtabula County),

• Paint Creek Lake (Highland and Ross counties),

• Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County),

• Silver Creek Lake (Summit County) and

• Upper Sandusky No. 2 (Wyandot County).

 

The second split daily limit is referred to as a “Super Slot,” a 14-20-inch slot length limit intended to increase the chance of catching trophy bass. Anglers may keep two fish under 14 inches and one fish 20 inches or larger, for three fish per day. However, anglers are not allowed to keep any fish in the protected slot.

 

This regulation will be limited to the following waters:

• All American Electric Power (AEP) ponds and reservoirs, including AEP ReCreation Lands, Conesville Coal Lands and Avondale Wildlife Area, with all ponds and reservoirs included in each daily limit per angler (Coshocton, Guernsey, Muskingum, Morgan, Noble and Perry counties),

• Belmont Lake (Belmont County),

• Guilford Lake (Columbiana County),

• Killdeer Plains Reservoir (Wyandot County),

• Kiser Lake (Champaign County),

• Long Lake (Summit County),

• Oxbow Lake (Defiance County),

• Spencer Lake (Medina County),

• St. Joseph Wildlife Area ponds (Williams County),

• Tycoon Lake (Gallia County),

• Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) and

• Wolf Run Lake (Noble County).

 

These adjustments in regulations were developed by the ODNR through an analysis of historical fish surveys, creel surveys and angler-reported tournament results, an evaluation of management options and fisheries objectives as well as extensive angler input through online surveys, creel surveys, open houses and meetings with sportsmen and women.

 

Ohio has other special regulations for black bass at a number of waters around the state that remain in effect. These include traditional 14-inch, 15-inch and 18-inch minimum length limits, and 12-15 inch slot length limits, all with five fish daily limits on Lake Erie and inland waters, and six fish daily limits on the Ohio River. Visit www.wildohio.com  for more information.

 


Pennsylvania

Fishing Regulations Lifted on Meadow Grounds Lake

HARRISBURG, PA– The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it has temporarily lifted all seasons, sizes and creel limits on Fulton County’s Meadow Grounds Lake in anticipation of the lake being fully drained within the next several months.

 

“We have chosen to temporarily lift the regulations in order to reduce the

number of fish in the lake in anticipation of a fish salvage prior to a

complete drawdown of the lake,” said Dave Miko, chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. “We want anglers to fish the water and make good use of as many fish as they can.” The temporary regulations take effect immediately and will remain in place until further notice by the PFBC.


Other Breaking News Items

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Red Cliff forced to dump explosives back into Lake Superior
The good news is that there weren’t high levels of toxic substances in any of the 25 barrels raised from Lake Superior last summer. The bad news is that recovery crews were unable to receive federal authority to bring them to shore.

 

A short history of the barrels of military waste in Lake Superior
Since 1977, when the existence of the barrels was first confirmed by the military, several attempts have been made to retrieve them and check their contents.

 

Shell aims to fuel Great Lakes freighters with liquefied natural gas

Royal Dutch Shell plans to build a small liquefied natural gas plant in Sarnia, Ont., to provide fuel to Great Lakes freighters, as well as trucks and trains. Another new plant is planned for Geismar, La., which will serve ships sailing the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States.

 

S. Dakota signs law letting teachers carry guns in classrooms

South Dakota teachers are now allowed by law to carry guns in the classroom. 18 other states have laws to give school workers the right to bring weapons onto school grounds — but not to the same level of freedom as the newly passed South Dakota law. Those other states all require the officials to have written permission before they bring a gun onto school property. South Dakota’s new law states explicitly that teachers already possess this right.

 

 TSA screeners allow fed agent wieth fake bomb to pass thru security at Newark Airport

An undercover TSA inspector with an improvised explosive device stuffed in his pants got past two security screenings at Newark Airport — including a pat-down — and was cleared to get on board a commercial flight. The breach took place Feb. 25, when the Transportation Security Administration’s special operations team — the agency’s version of internal affairs — staged a mock intrusion at the airport.

 

Gun-control battle pits Milwaukee Cty sheriff vs. police chief

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is using public service announcements to encourage residents to arm themselves because of a soaring violent-crime rate. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says Clarke is just seeking attention and trying to boost his reelection efforts. Flynn has criticized Republicans in Congress and gun groups for opposing new firearms restrictions.  But even the Huffington Post finds Flynn over-the-top when it comes to gun control.  

US Army dumped munitions-filled barrels in Lake Superior

The 25 barrels recovered last summer from Lake Superior were dumped there 50 years ago under orders from the U.S. Army. Inside were scrapped cluster bombs — a new weapon considered top-secret by U.S. officials. But exactly who floated the idea of dumping the scrap bomb parts into Lake Superior

 

How America Is Becoming A Police State

News reports that U.S. DHS is stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition have prompted many Americans to ask: Just who is the government preparing to go to war with? To radio talker Mark Levin, the answer is that “our society is unraveling” and DHS is preparing for “the collapse of our financial system, the collapse of our society and the potential for widespread violence, looting, killing in the streets, because that’s what happens when an economy collapses.” Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin agrees, saying, “We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.”


Gun control called new version of Jim Crow

Blacks already are “the least armed, least protected and defended, and the most assaulted citizens in our country,” says columnist Star Parker. Blacks are six times more likely than whites to be homicide victims and eight times more likely to commit a homicide, she noted. But law-abiding blacks, she noted, “are supposed to buy the logic that they’ll be better off if more power is given to those in law enforcement (who already are charged with maintaining order, but don’t.), while freedoms are stripped from those who obey the law.”


Gun laws spur backlash

In a protest against new gun laws, more than 100 firearms dealers say they will stop selling guns to government and law enforcement officials in New York and other states unless those same firearms are also available to average citizens.  It’s part of a backlash from the industry to new gun controls, and it follows major firearms companies, such as Beretta and Magpul, that have threatened to bolt Maryland and Colorado.

Gun Rights Bills Make Headway in Several States
Although a large number of states have begun to pass--or passed--new gun control legislation, some have decided to go against the grain. States such as Michigan, Montana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Texas, and others have their own bills put forward, but to protect residents’ Second Amendment rights. According...

Court curbs laptop searches at U.S. border

A federal appeals court on March 8 said Customs and Border Protection officers cannot confiscate or download every laptop or electronic device brought into the U.S., ruling that people have an expectation their data are private and that the government must have “reasonable suspicion” before it starts to do any intensive snooping. In a broad ruling, the court also said merely putting password protection on information is not enough to trigger the government’s “reasonable suspicion” to conduct a more intrusive search …

 

 

 

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