Week of August 23, 2010

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World

Racine-Caught Brown Trout Recognized as World Record

But under the IGFA rules, fish likely to be listed as a co-world record

The catch had already earned him $10,000 in a fishing tournament and placed his name in the state record book.  Now it has labeled Roger Hellen of Franksville as something else - world record holder.

 

The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward has certified Hellen's catch of a 41-pound, 8 ounce brown trout as the species world record.  You'll remember Hellen landed the fish July 16 while competing in Salmon-A-Rama, the annual Lake Michigan sportfishing tournament in Racine. Hellen hooked the fish while trolling in about 50 feet of water near Wind Point; his angling partner Joe Miller of Racine netted the fish.

 

The behemoth brown took the grand prize in the tournament; it is the largest fish of any species landed in Salmon-A-Rama's 30-plus year history.   Now it is also officially the largest brown trout ever caught in the world.

 

Hellen has also submitted a world record application for the

fish to the International Game Fish Association in Dania, Florida.

 

Under the IGFA rules, Hellen's fish is likely to be listed as a co-world record with a 41-pound, 7-ounce brown trout caught last year in the Manistee River in Michigan. To supplant an existing world record of a fish that weighs more than 25 pounds, IGFA rules state "the replacement must weigh at least one half of 1 percent more than the existing record.  Ex: At 100 pounds the additional weight required would be 8 ounces; at 200 pounds the additional weight required would be 1 pound."

 

In Hellen's case, his brown trout would have had to exceed the existing record by over 3 ounces.  The IGFA has a mandatory 60-day waiting period before world records are announced; the application was submitted in late July, said Hellen.

 

For now, the news was cheered throughout the state as a fish caught in Wisconsin waters was listed as a world record.  "It's just great," said Chuck Weier of Two Rivers, legislative chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of Great Lakes Sport Fishing Clubs. "It certainly makes a statement about the quality of the fishing in our waters."


Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

Browning New Shooting Apparel and Gloves

Browning continues to expand its line of shooting apparel and accessories to give the avid shooter more quality constructed, superior designed products to choose from to meet their needs in all types of weather conditions.

 

Ballistic Insulated Shooting Jacket

Browning's new Ballistic Insulated Shooting Jacket features a durable waterproof, windproof, breathable Pre-Vent outer construction that keeps hard core shooters dry and protected from the wind while the Thermolite® insulation adds warmth.  Oversized shell pockets feature magnetic closures that hold the pocket flaps open or closed.  Double shooting patch accommodates both right-and left-handed shooters  Browning's REACTAR™ pad pockets (pad sold separately) gives shooters added recoil reduction using the patented Beta Gel pad which reduces peak recoil up to 49%.  Rib knit cuffs, a stand-up, zip-through collar, brushed tricot lining, adjustable cuffs with hook and loop closures and drawcord bottom are also featured.  Available in Black/Green in sizes S-3XL

 

 

About $119.95

 

Mohave Short Sleeve NTS Shooting T-Shirt.

Browning's newest Shooting T-Shirt is constructed of 100% polyester moisture-wicking piquet fabric that is perfect for hot

 

weather.  OdorSmart™ technology kills odor-causing bacteria to control human odor.  It features a crew neck and Claymaster and Buckmark logo embroidery.  Available in Sand, Brown and Pine colors in sizes S-3XL

 

 

About $36.95

 

Trapper Creek Shooting Gloves

The latest in Browning's diverse line of shooting gloves, the new Trapper Creek model will be offered for both men and women shooters.  Made of lightweight, soft brushed synthetic suede, they feature a stretch-mesh back for comfortable fit and enhanced air circulation.  Available in Brown/Black for men in sizes S-2XL and in Brown/Pink for women in sizes S-XL.  Both models are washable.

 

 

About $24.95

 

800-333-3288

 

www.browning.com


Swarovski Optik offers New BRT Tactical Scope

Designed for short to medium range tactical style calibers

SWAROVSKI announces the BRT Tactical reticle for short to medium range tactical shooting.

 

The BRT Tactical reticle is available in the Z6(i) 1-6x24 riflescope (illuminated and non-illuminated). Its true 1X magnification, illuminated dot and long range reticle combine to make an ideal scope for tactical applications. The 1X magnification allows the shooter to keep both eyes open for faster target acquisition during close range shooting. The ends of the marker bars are designed for wind compensation up to 20 mph and the marker bars and dots provide precise long range capability. The Z6(i) 1-6x24 is available with a newly designed throw lever for fast power adjustment in the field.

 

SWAROVSKI OPTIK will provide decals for typical AR platform rifle calibers in 16” and 20” barrel length. If the load you are using is not on the supplied decals, go to  BRT Ballistic Calculator at:  WWW.SWAROVSKIOPTIK.COM . Using the SWAROVSKI OPTIK BRT online Ballistic Calculator is the most efficient way to determine the down range values of the

BRT.

 

 

Tom Hogan, of SWAROVSKI OPTIK says, “The BRT has been designed with the tactical shooter’s needs in mind. The easy to use and very precise reticle combined with our Z6(i) 1-6x24 takes all the best features of the scopes on the market today and combines them into one perfect scope. With the increased interest in tactical shooting lately we are very excited to bring this new reticle to the market”.

 

Check out the new BRT at http://www.swarovskioptik.us/en_us/products/57

 

800-426-3089


 

Regional

Court sets Aug 23 for Arguments in Asian Carp Case

MADISON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on Friday, August 13, the States of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania filed their brief and supporting papers with the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), in response to briefs filed by defendants U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

 

The federal district court in Chicago hearing the federal nuisance lawsuit to enjoin the introduction of Asian carp into Lake Michigan through the Chicago area waterway system scheduled for next Monday, August 23, the first arguments on the States' motion for preliminary injunction.  The court also reserved August 30 and 31 for hearing testimony in the matter.

 

The States are asking the court to immediately order defendants to implement best available methods to block the passage and to capture or kill bighead and silver carp in the Chicago waterway, including installing block nets, gates and screens, and other interim physical barriers to fish passage between the waterway and Lake Michigan, and temporarily closing and ceasing operation of the locks at the O'Brien Lock and Dam and the Chicago River Controlling Works except as needed to protect public health and safety.

 

“We are asking the court to order both immediate preventive and long-term solutions. In the short term, we want certain locks closed, effective barriers created to prevent continued

 

fish migration, and Asian carp killed that have already passed

the Barrier System.,” said Van Hollen. “Long-term, we think the best solution is the one nature once provided: the physical separation o the Great Lakes basin and the Mississippi river systems.”

 

In their submissions, the defendants argued the threat of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes is neither imminent or irreparable, that the court should favor operation of the locks as usual over implementing measures that might interfere with river commerce, and that the nuisance case itself should be dismissed because it presents a political question not suited for the courts and the action is displaced by federal laws related to the problem, such as one setting up an electric barrier demonstration project.

 

The States' brief responds to all defendants' arguments opposing the preliminary injunction.  That brief and accompanying papers can be viewed at

 

www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/83-1PsReplyPrelimInjSupport.pdf

www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/83-2ExhA.pdf

www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/83-3ExhB.pdf

www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/83-4ExhC.pdf

 

"We look forward to our chance to be heard in court next Monday," Van Hollen said.


IJC offers teleconference on St Lawrence River Sept 21

The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control invites you to participate in a public teleconference to discuss the regulation of outflows and water levels in the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River System.

 

The public teleconference will be held the evening of September 21, 2010, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT.  You can participate in either of two ways: by phone or in-person. 

 

By phone, call toll free 1-877-413-4814 between 6:45 and 6:55 p.m. English access code: 716 7455            

 

In person, you can join the International St. Lawrence River Board for the teleconference at either meeting site:

St. Lawrence Room W, Ramada Inn, 805 Brookdale Ave, Cornwall, Ontario or Rm 118 of Rich Hall, SUNY, Oswego, NY

 

 

For more info: http://www.ijc.org/conseil_board/islrbc/en/meetings/Teleconference-September-21-2010.doc


August USGS regional diet study update

We just worked up fish number 1800 for this year, and you guys have been getting stomachs to us faster than we can keep up, so there is a backlog in our freezer.

 

Last year we ended up with just over 2100 stomachs, so it looks like we are on track to equal or even exceed that total.

But don't think that you should stop collecting; August is an important month because prey abundance is increasing as the age-0 fish get large enough to be interesting to predators. We want to see how the predators respond to seasonal prey increase.

 

This is a major accomplishment because in studies like this,

 

it is not unusual see fewer participants the second year. We have more. MDNRE creel clerks have done an outstanding job of helping us by organizing/facilitating collections and transporting stomachs to central freezer locations. They put in a huge amount of extra effort.

 

Ed will be presenting study results at the American Fisheries Society annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA in September, and it won't be just  about the data. A big part of the story will be how you guys came through for us, and the resource. We will, of course, be presenting second year results next spring at the Sea Grant workshops (as well as other venues).

 

Thanks, and keep up the good work! Jeff Schaeffer.


Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for August 20, 2010

Weather Conditions

Last weekend, the Great Lakes basin was hot and dry.  With the exception of the New York state portion, temperatures within the basin exceeded seasonal averages by around 10 degrees.  Temperatures declined early this workweek, and moderate temperatures prevailed through Wednesday.  The central and western parts of the basin will experience rain and above average temperatures on Friday, while temperatures will be moderate in the eastern part of the Great Lakes basin. Thunderstorms are expected in most of the region on Saturday.  Temperatures will be moderate as the new workweek begins.

Lake Level Conditions

All of the Great Lakes continue to be below their levels of a year ago. Presently, the lakes range from 6 to 9 inches below what they were at this time last year. Over the next month, Lake Superior is expected to rise 1 inch, while Lake Michigan-Huron is forecasted to decline 2 inches. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are expected to decline 5, 4, and 6 inches, respectively, during the next 30 days. See our Daily Levels web page for more water level information.

Forecasted August Outflows/Channel Conditions

The outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary's River, and from Lake Huron into the St. Clair River, are predicted to be below average in August, while Lake St. Clair's outflow into the

Detroit River is expected to be near average during the month.   The Niagara River's flow from Lake Erie is predicted to be slightly below average, and the flow in the St. Lawrence River is forecasted to be below average throughout August.

Alerts

Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels.  Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.

 

 

Superior

Mich-Huron

St. Clair

Erie

Ontario

Level for Aug 20

601.12

578.22

574.25

571.39

245.67

Datum, in ft

601.1

577.5

572.3

569.2

243.3

Diff in inches

 0

+9

+23

+26

+28

Diff last month

+1

-1

-2

-4

 -4

Diff from last yr

-7

-9

-6

-7

-6


2nd Amendment Issues

ISRA & SAF file new lawsuit against Chicago

On Monday, August 16, 2010, the Illinois State Rifle Association, in partnership with the Second Amendment Foundation, Action Target Inc. and three individual plaintiffs, Rhonda Ezell, Joseph Brown and William Hespen, have again  joined with lawyers Alan Gura and David Sigale to demand that Mayor Daley and his gun banning cohorts recognize the Second Amendment as an individual right not subject to their whims.

After losing in McDonald v Chicago, Mayor Daley responded by allowing city residents to obtain permits but put as many
 

roadblocks in the way as he felt he could get away with
including mandatory training but not allowing the training to take place within City limits, all the while walking around with an armed contingent of body guards supplied with taxpayer dollars and trained on their publicly funded private for police only ranges.

 

Clearly Mayor Daley believes that firearm ownership is a privilege reserved for the wealthy and connected.  The ISRA et al believe that this is not only a violation of the Second Amendment but also of the First Amendment as 'Hizzoner' restricts the education and free speech of the citizens.


General

Removing natural vegetation is a welcome mat for invasive species

Native aquatic plants help keep lakes healthy.  They provide food and shelter for fish and wildlife.   They stabilize water quality.  They protect shorelines and lake bottoms from erosion.  And they improve the visual appeal of the lakeshore.

Native aquatic plants can also help keep invasive species, like Eurasian water milfoil, from taking over. Removing native aquatic vegetation is like throwing out a welcome mat for invasive species.  Areas cleared of native plants make it easier for unwanted vegetation to move in and take over.


 

Illinois

HUD offers Disaster Assistance for Illinois Storm Victims

Foreclosure protection offered to displaced families in seven counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to seven counties in Illinois and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following severe storms and flooding last month.

 

President Obama issued a disaster declaration for Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. The President’s declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in this county.

 

HUD is:

   Offering the State of Illinois the ability to re-allocate existing federal resources toward disaster relief – HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs give the State the flexibility to redirect millions of dollars to address critical needs, including housing and services for flood victims. HUD is currently contacting State and local officials to explore streamlining the Department's CDBG and HOME programs in order to expedite the repair and replacement of damaged housing;

  Granting immediate foreclosure relief – HUD granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages;

 

  Making mortgage insurance available – HUD's Section 203(h) program provides FHA insurance to disaster victims who have lost their homes and are facing the daunting task of rebuilding or buying another home. Borrowers from participating FHA-approved lenders are eligible for 100 percent financing, including closing costs;

 

  Making insurance available for both mortgages and home rehabilitation – HUD's Section 203(k) loan program enables those who have lost their homes to finance the purchase or refinance of a house along with its repair through a single mortgage. It also allows homeowners who have damaged houses to finance the rehabilitation of their existing single-family home; and

 

  Offering Section 108 loan guarantee assistance – HUD will offer state and local governments federally guaranteed loans for housing rehabilitation, economic development and repair of public infrastructure.  For more information about these and other HUD programs designed to assist disaster victims, visit HUD’s website.


Indiana

Reserved-Hunt Opportunities Sept 25-26

2010 Youth Deer Hunt at Big Walnut Nature Preserve

A special youth deer hunt will take place at Big Walnut Nature Preserve, near Bainbridge, during the Youth Deer Season Sept. 25 and 26, 2010.

 

Youth hunters may apply through the online reserved hunt system www.hunting.IN.gov beginning Aug. 23. The deadline to apply for this hunt is Sept. 3. Youth hunters must have a valid license to hunt deer to apply. Successfully drawn hunters will be able to scout the property on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 from 8 a.m. to noon. Successfully drawn hunters will be able to hunt on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26. Hunting hours will be from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

 

The youth hunter may use a legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow to take the deer, but may possess only one type of 

equipment to take a deer while in the field. The accompanyin adult cannot take a deer and may not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, etc., while in the field with the youth hunter.

 

Youth age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt, and accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age, can take one deer of either sex during this special youth deer season. If the youth hunter takes an antlerless deer during this season, it is in addition to any antlerless deer taken during any other season. If the youth hunter takes an antlered deer during this season, he or she  may not take another antlered deer during the regular archery, firearm, or muzzleloader seasons.

 

More information regarding the hunt will be supplied to successfully drawn youth hunters. More information: Kevin Hoffman, DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, khoffman@dnr.IN.gov , (317) 234-5904


Michigan

MI to improve two Boating Access Sites in Kent County               

The Michigan DNRE announced  that Big Pine Island Lake and Lincoln Lake boating access sites (BAS) in Kent County will close in August and September for projects that will include paving the parking and launch area to improve traffic flow and for better accessibility. 

 

Construction for Big Pine Island Lake in Grattan Township is scheduled to begin on Aug. 23 and continue to Sept. 4, and construction at Lincoln Lake in Spencer Township is slated to begin on Sept. 7 and continue until Sept 18. 

 

This project is funded by a federal grant from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Fund and the Michigan State Waterways Fund, which is derived from watercraft registration fees, marine fuel taxes and user fees. This is a restricted fund and can only be used for the acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities.

 

Visit www.michigan.gov/boating  for a list of all boating access sites throughout the state

 

 


Crossbow Hunting Regulations Expanded Statewide

Crossbow regulation changes expanding opportunities for hunters ages 10 and up statewide have been approved by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and are effective immediately, Department of Natural Resources and Environment officials announced today.

 

Crossbow regulation changes:

- Lowering the minimum age for crossbow use from 12 to 10 years of age statewide

- Expanding the use of crossbows to all legal hunters during all archery and firearm seasons statewide, except in the Upper Peninsula, where crossbow use will remain prohibited during the late archery and muzzleloader seasons, unless the hunter is disabled

- Allowing the use of modified bows where crossbows are legal

- Including a temporary crossbow permit for hunters with

 

temporary disabilities

- Eliminating a provision that limited the maximum bolt velocity for crossbows

- Eliminating the 3-year sunset provision for the use of the crossbow in the affected section of the Wildlife Conservation Order

 

Hunters using crossbows will still be required to obtain a free crossbow stamp. The stamp allows DNRE staff to monitor and survey crossbow hunters to determine the effect the crossbow regulations have on hunter recruitment, retention and harvest. Results of the DNRE's mail survey conducted after the 2009 hunting season indicated that participation in archery deer hunting increased after crossbow regulations were liberalized.

 

For more info: www.michigan.gov/hunting.


DNRE launches Recreational Archery Program

Offers free training for Parks and Recreation Agencies

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment today announced the launch of the new Recreational Archery Program. The program, sponsored by the Archery Trade Association and the Easton Sports Development Foundation, will expand opportunities for archery and bowhunting education to municipal parks and recreation agencies statewide.

 

The DNRE is currently seeking municipal parks and recreation departments who are interested in implementing the Recreational Archery Program in their communities. A free Recreational Archery Academy will be offered Sept. 21-22 at the Michigan State University Demmer Center, located in Lansing. Advance registration is required and will be limited to 30 participants, each of whom will earn 1.4 continuing education units (CEUs) for academy participation.

 

The Recreational Archery Program will provide archery education and instructor certification for recreation leaders.

Program participants will learn how to safely implement beginner to more advanced archery programs, and how to use existing indoor and outdoor facilities to safely conduct a variety of archery and bowhunting education programs and events for all ages and skill levels.

 

The program is designed to provide community archery and bowhunting education opportunities for municipal parks and recreation program leaders, nature and outdoor education staff. Communities that adopt the program and have staff complete the Recreational Archery Academy will be eligible to receive a DNRE Archery Equipment Grant.

 

“The Recreational Archery Program will provide program leaders with the knowledge, skills and resources to incorporate archery into classes, leagues, camps and special events,” said Mary Emmons, DNRE archery education coordinator.

 

For more info: Mary Emmons 517-241-9477, emmonsm@michigan.gov and www.michigan.gov/recarchery.


Access Improvements set for Little Sable Point Light Station

At Silver Lake State Park

Michigan DNRE officials announced that access improvements will be made to the 136-year-old Little Sable Point Light Station on Lake Michigan, adjacent to Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County. The plan includes a 10-foot-wide paved pathway to the tower as well as an eight-foot-wide sidewalk that will lead to the pathway from the parking area. The remodeling will involve relocating the parking lot to the east to provide room for the sidewalk and the replacement of the decaying wood fence adjacent to the lot.

 

Due to the construction, parking and access to the light tower and the Lake Michigan beach will be impacted until the targeted completion date of Sept. 30.  It is recommended that visitors who plan to stop at the historic lighthouse call the park early on the day of their planned visit to find out if there will be access to the lighthouse and parking area.  

 

This long-awaited project was planned in partnership with Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) and Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) Recreation Division. Funding for the project was assisted by a

grant from the Federal Coastal Zone Management (CZM) program and from the State Historical Preservation Office, for the Pathways to Illumination Trail Project.

 

Much of the funding for this project comes directly from SPLKA ($75,000) and the CZM grant ($40,000). The fees and donations that the SPLKA and the original Oceana County Lighthouse Seekers organization have collected through membership contributions and tour fees over the past few years are bringing this dream to reality, according to Pete LundBorg, Silver Lake State Park manager.

 

Additionally, the DNRE Recreation Division has been awarded a grant through the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program to complete a Historic Structure Report to aid in future restoration and interpretation of the Little Sable Point Light Station and the history of the immediate area. Earlier this summer an archaeological study was completed, along with receipt of a DNRE Critical Dunes construction permit, clearing the way for the activities now in progress at the light station.

 

Silver Lake State Park is located at 9679 W. State Park Road near Mears, Michigan.


Pennsylvania

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation announces PA Conservation Grants

MISSOULA, Mont.--Wildlife conservation and public education projects in 18 Pennsylvania counties have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in

2010.  The new RMEF funding, totaling $115,580, will affect Armstrong, Bedford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Fayette, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga and Washington counties.


Wisconsin

Hook and line sturgeon season opens Sept. 4
MADISON - High water in many of the rivers that open Sept. 4 for the 2010 hook and line sturgeon season means that fishing prospects for the state's oldest and largest fish are murky three weeks out but that one thing is clear: bring bug spray.

The story is the incredible amount of water and the mosquitoes,” says Dan Fuller, Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician based in Poynette. “Right now the Wisconsin River, for instance, is running high. Normally it’s 4,000 cubic feet per second, now it’s 11,000 cfs.”

 

Information on water levels can be found on the U.S. Geological Survey website at waterwatch.usgs.gov . Fuller is not sure how those high water levels will impact the fishing. On the one hand, there is a lot of food washing into the river so the sturgeon may not be as hungry and interested in the baits anglers offer. On the other hand, the increase in water levels from the rain can start the fish moving. For sure, the high water levels mean a bumper crop of mosquitoes will greet anglers casting from the shore, Fuller says. “Bring bug repellant.”

 

A dozen waters open to harvest and a new C & R opportunity. Anglers looking for a real big fish story can find one on any of the dozen or so waters open for the 2010 season, which runs Sept. 4-30. Additional season information can be found in the current Wisconsin fishing regulations

 

The 2010 season marks the fourth year that the minimum length for harvesting sturgeon is set at 60 inches, with a one-fish limit per season. There is a catch and release season on a stretch of the Menominee River downstream from the Hattie Street dam to Green Bay.

New this year is a catch and release season on the lower St. Croix River from St. Croix Falls Dam downstream to the Mississippi River from Oct. 1 through Oct. 15 to allow Wisconsin and Minnesota to have the same regulations for the same species. This is not reflected in the Fishing Regulations 2010-2011. “We continue to provide people with surgeon angling opportunities,” says Karl Scheidegger, a DNR fisheries biologist in Madison who co-chairs the state’s sturgeon committee. “There are fish out there. With persistence and a little know-how, anglers stand a good chance of landing one of these giants.”

 

Lake sturgeon are slow-growing, late maturing fish, with females spawning for the first time when they are 20 to 25 years old and then only every four to five years thereafter. Because females are larger than males, they are often targeted by anglers, and their overharvest can cause population declines that may take years to recover.

 

So to protect these vulnerable fish, the state’s sturgeon management program seeks to limit harvest to 5 percent of the adults in a particular population. On some waters, harvest rates were significantly exceeding that rate.  “One of the things we wanted to try to accomplish through the regulation change was the reduction in harvest,” Scheidegger says. “Clearly we’ve done that but we need to continue to look at how we manage sturgeon so we can improve management in all areas.”

 
Remember to buy a harvest tag

 

 


Wisconsin cougar sightings up

A Wisconsin DNR official says his department is getting about a dozen unconfirmed cougar sightings a week in southern Wisconsin. Doug Fendry, a biologist and wildlife supervisor,

 

said the thick tree growth, hilly areas and los of deer makes the habitat of the Rock River Valley good for mountain lions migrating from the Black Hills.


Nonresident seniors now allowed to use crossbows to hunt

MADISON – Beginning this fall, non-resident senior citizens will have the same privileges as Wisconsin residents for hunting a number of game species with a crossbow.  A bill passed by the state legislature which took effect on Feb. 26, 2010, allows non-resident senior citizens to use a crossbow to hunt turkey, bear, and small game with a crossbow under the authority of the appropriate license.

 

Last year, the legislature granted non-residents age 65 and

older the privilege to use a crossbow for hunting deer and

small game under the authority of a archery license, the same as state residents. “These changes make the laws regarding use of crossbows by senior citizens the same for both residents and non-residents for hunting all species,” said Tom Van Haren, DNR conservation warden, Madison.

 

If a person is not age 65, they must hold an appropriate disabled hunting permit which authorizes them to use a crossbow, he added


Other Breaking News Items

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Wisconsin Sport fishermen want trap nets moved

A long-running dispute between commercial and anglers on Lake Michigan has been given new life after a Cleveland man fishing off Sheboygan died when his boat snagged a trap net and capsized.  Three fishing and conservation groups filed a petition last week with the Wis DNR asking that the commercial nets used for trapping whitefish be …

 

MNR confirms 12 offshore wind applications in Lake Huron
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has confirmed that three companies have issued 12 offshore wind power project applications within Lake Huron.

 

Carp explanation may be a fish story
When netting crews hunting for Asian carp above an electric barrier on the Chicago canal system in June pulled a three-foot long, 20-pound mature bighead carp from Lake Calumet - just six miles south of Lake Michigan - the question was: How did it get there?

 

Zebra mussels rebounding near Sackets Harbor
A thick cake of zebra mussels nearly shut down a water treatment plant in Sackets Harbor last week. The invasive species has been wreaking havoc in Lake Ontario for more than 20 years now.

Lake Erie nears record temps
An unseasonably mild winter and spring accompanied with a scorching summer may see Lake Erie climb to record-breaking temperatures. According to data from Environment Canada's buoy in the western basin of Lake Erie, temperatures had reached 27 C by mid-August.

Fisherman has evidence of Asian carp in Wabash
An Indiana fisherman exploring the Wabash River earlier this month encountered hundreds of Asian carp leaping out of the water, proof that the voracious fish is alive and well in the state

 

 

 

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