Week of November 19, 2012
|Words to Ponder|
|Fishing beyond the Great Lakes|
|Other Breaking News Items|
Words to Ponder
A quote allegedly by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett has been spreading like wildfire online lately:
“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us, and they better be ready, because we don’t forget. The
ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over, and we have two judges ready to go.”
Fishing beyond the Great Lakes
FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will host a public meeting to discuss ways to limit the spread of Asian carp through a potential regulation change on the movement of live bait. This meeting is being held at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center in Gilbertsville at 7 p.m. (Central time) Monday, Dec. 3.
Asian carp, which include the silver carp and bighead carp species, have become major nuisances since their unintentional release along the Mississippi River several years ago. These nuisance fish have invaded several major Kentucky rivers and their tributaries, including the Ohio River. Asian carp also now inhabit the state's two largest reservoirs.
Asian carp threaten native fish species because they can out-compete them for forage. Asian carp also threaten Kentucky's ecological systems, recreational boaters, anglers, and the commercial and sport fishing industries. Asian carp are not only prolific, but they can adapt and live in almost any river or lake in Kentucky.
Asian carp can spread quickly if they are transported live and then used for food or live bait. Baitfish anglers who misidentify Asian carp as native shad or skipjack may unintentionally release these invaders into uninfected waters.
To reduce the potential for the unintentional spread of Asian carp, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is considering regulations that will restrict all movement of live Asian carp, regardless of how they are caught or collected. Additionally, to address the issue of misidentification, the restriction of movement of all live baitfish from the water in which they are caught or collected to any other water body is being considered.
These proposals are either already in regulation or are being proposed in other states where Asian carp are established. No regulation changes concerning live Asian carp or native baitfish collection and movement has been submitted by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials at this time. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss these potential regulations with anglers interested in this issue.
Contact Your U.S. Senators in Support of S. 3525, the "Sportsmen's Act of 2012"
reconvened last week, one of the first items the U.S. Senate voted on was S.
3525, "The Sportsmen's Act of 2012." S. 3525 is an essential piece of
legislation focused on the expansion and enhancement of hunting,
recreational fishing and shooting on federal public land. But it's more
The bill also allows for the importation of polar bears legally taken from
approved populations in Canada before the 2008 ban. Last week a motion to
proceed to S. 3525 passed by a vote of
84 to 7. This week, Senators voted 84-12 to advance S. 3525. The bill
now awaits a vote on final passage, which is scheduled for Monday, November
Last summer, vocal opposition from American Internet users encouraged the Senate to back off on Senator Joseph Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) Cybersecurity Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for another vote on the bill in a lame-duck session last week, leading to a close 51-47 vote against cloture for the act and barring it from moving forward.
The Cybersecurity Act, along with a handful of other Congressional
cybersecurity initiatives, included vague definitions for terms such as
“cybersecurity threat,” “cybersecurity threat indicator” and “countermeasures” that had the potential for manipulation to provide massive expansion of government power over the Internet.
According to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Senate voted correctly by not proceeding on the Cybersecurity Act. EFF lauded the fact that Reid declared “all cybersecurity bills dead for this Congress.”
Significant precipitation fell across much the entire Great Lakes basin this last week. The Great Lakes basin received between 0.5 inches and 0.75 inches of precipitation earlier this week. However, month to date precipitation in the Great Lakes basin as a whole is below average. The cool air that moved in after the recent storm system will begin to warm slightly heading into the weekend. Across the entire Great Lakes basin, fair weather is likely to dominate with little chance for measureable precipitation through the beginning of next week.
LAKE LEVEL CONDITIONS
The water level of Lake Superior is 2 inches lower than its level of one year ago, while Lake Michigan-Huron is 15 inches lower than its level from last year. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 14, 13, and 11 inches, respectively, lower than their levels of a year ago. Over the next month, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron are each forecasted to drop 2 inches from their current levels, while the water levels of lakes St. Clair and Erie are each expected to fall 1 inch. Lake Ontario is predicted to rise 2 inches over the next thirty days.
FORECASTED MONTHLY OUTFLOWS/CHANNEL CONDITIONS
Lake Superior's outflow through the St. Marys River is projected to be below average for the month of November. Lake Huron's outflow into the St. Clair River and the outflow from Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River are
also expected to be below average throughout the month of November.
Lake Erie's outflow through the Niagara River and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River are predicted to be below average in November.
Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron are below chart datum. 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.
With $240,000 in Free Black Friday Gifts – Doors Open at 5 AM
Cabela’s is celebrating the holiday shopping season on Black Friday by presenting gifts valued at more than $240,000 nationwide to the first 600 shoppers in line at each of its U.S. retail stores Friday, Nov. 23.
Early Black Friday shoppers at each Cabela’s retail store will enjoy hot coffee and snacks, games, entertainment, camp fires and more and have the chance to take home a Browning rifle, Masterbuilt electric smoker, Nikon Pro binoculars, Bushnell Legend binoculars, Cabela’s Realtree camo hoodie or a Cabela’s gift card worth up to $100.
The first 600 Cabela’s customers, ages 18 and older, will be given a
mystery envelope containing information about their gift. All gifts will be
distributed randomly. Winners will be able to pick up their gift at the store immediately after store opening. Gun winners will be required to undergo a standard federal background check.
All U.S. Cabela’s stores are scheduled to open on Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, at 5 a.m., and remain open until 10 p.m. Store hours might vary by location. For store locations, holiday hours and giveaway details and restrictions, visit www.cabelas.com/stores. Extended hours will continue throughout the holiday season.
Cabela’s stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow employees a chance to enjoy the holiday with their families. Cabela’s customers will be able to shop on Thanksgiving Day at www.cabelas.com.
Bass Pro Shops stores will open at 8 AM to 6 PM Thanksgiving Day to continue their 40 year tradition. The Bass Pro Shops 5 day sale with over 40 Red Hot specials will start on Wednesday, November 21st.
Wednesday, November 21st, kicks off five straight days of special events, features and their biggest sale of the year-many prices only available this time of year. The sale runs through Sunday, November 25th with over 40 Red Hot specials and more than 300 great gift items in the 5-Day sale. Plus, Wednesday and Thursday only, customers can get up to $100 off already low sale prices on guns when they use their Bass Pro Shops Visa card.
The Thanksgiving tradition continues on Black Friday with our "6 hour only" deals starting at 5am, 1 hour earlier than last year, with special savings through 11 AM. Items will be at super low prices during the 6 Hour Sale-like RedHead® jeans for $9.97, Fleece tops and flannel shirts for $10, a Masterbuilt 30"smoker for $179.97 and G.I. Issued 50cal Ammo Box for $10! This sale concludes Saturday and Sunday with free drawings
every hour, giveaways to the first 100 customers, up to $100 cash back in Bass Bucks and an ability to donate in-store to Toys for Tots.
donate to Toys for Tots receive a free Santa's Wonderland photo package
valued at $20. Package includes 1 6X8, 2 5X7, 2 4X6 and 8 wallet photos.
Stores open all day Thanksgiving, with in-store & on-line specials
Thanksgiving weekend will once again be a time for savings and extended opportunities to shop for all of the best in active performance and outdoors gear at Gander Mountain stores in 24 states. All Gander Mountain stores will be open9 AM to Midnight on Thanksgiving Day, and again at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
The popular Camo Thursday promotion makes its return for a second year on Thanksgiving Day, and one lucky on-line shopper per hour at www.GanderMountain.com will receive their order absolutely free.
Sale fliers set to appear in newspapers throughout the country on Thursday, and on the Gander Mountain web site, will detail the bargains, which include a free $25 Gander Mountain gift card with the purchase of $125 or more from popular brands like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Kuhl, Columbia and Marmot.
Other hot deals include savings of 50% off select footwear for the entire family – from slippers to winter boots, and everything in between. For your holiday cooking needs, Gander Mountain is offering its lowest price ever on the Masterbuilt 30” electric smoker, now available for $129.99
(regularly priced at $229.99). Hundreds more great deals are available on gear for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and dozens of other outdoor activities. Full details are available in Gander Mountain’s 20-page sale flier.
Gander Mountain stores will be open:
· 9 a.m. to Midnight on Thanksgiving Day
· 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23
· 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24
· 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 (Fargo, N.D., store opens at Noon)
In-store specials are available in every department and for every outdoors interest, including firearms and ammunition, archery, the newly-expanded footwear departments, men’s & women’s clothing, hunting apparel, fishing equipment and apparel, kids’ clothing, cooking supplies, optics & electronics, camping gear, automotive accessories and many, many others. In addition, the nation’s six Gander Mountain Academy locations are offering special holiday weekend savings on classes and training.
For more info, check your Thursday paper for the circular, or: www.GanderMountain.com. Full sale details and prices will be posted on-line Wednesday evening.
Includes Michigan stocking cuts by port
The following breakdown shows 2012 compared to 2013 between States:
2013 proposed Michigan stocking by Port:
Hunters are encouraged to donate whole deer to the "Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger" program – part of the IDNR ‘Target Hunger Now!’ initiative. Participating meat processors turn donated deer into ground venison for delivery to food banks and charities. For more info on ‘Target Hunger Now!’ and the Sportsmen Against Hunger program: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/programs/ISAH/Pages/default.aspx
or by email tracy.shafer@Illinois.gov or write to Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.
Bill Advances to Stop EPA from Regulating Your Ammunition--Contact Your U.S. Senators in Support of S. 3525, the "Sportsmen's Act of 2012"
When Congress reconvened this week, one of
the first items the U.S.
Of critical importance is the fact that, in addition to promoting land access, S. 3525 would amend the "Toxic Substances Control Act" to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle. The bill would amend the law to clarify that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate shot, bullets or sport fishing equipment.
The Michigan DNR has approved five stream segments in the Upper Peninsula for an increase in the daily possession limit for brook trout from five to 10 fish. The rule becomes effective April 1, 2013. This limited experimental regulation is in response to requests from anglers to increase the daily possession limit on brook trout across the Upper Peninsula.
For selected stream segments, the daily possession limit for brook trout would be 10 fish and the minimum size limit would be 7 inches. Streams were selected from existing Type 1 streams which have a daily possession limit of five fish and a 7-inch minimum size limit.
Stream segments and their tributaries include: Dead River (Marquette County), Driggs River (Schoolcraft County), East Branch Ontonagon River (Houghton and Iron counties), East Branch Tahquamenon River (Chippewa County) and East Branch Huron River (Baraga and Marquette counties).
In October the DNR proposed a new Type 5 stream category at the Natural Resources Commission meeting, with 10 streams to be included. Angler input resulted in a reduction of the number of streams proposed
from 10 down to five and the removal of the Type 5 category, substituting
instead the experimental regulations category. In addition, the DNR has committed to evaluations that will begin next year.
Streams selected for this regulation will constitute 3 percent of the current Type 1 stream mileage available in the Upper Peninsula. During the next several years, Fisheries Division will work with a variety of partners to assess the biological effects of the possession limit increase on the brook trout populations in the experimental regulations category streams.
The stream segments are not accessible to brook trout from the Great Lakes. In recent years, rehabilitation of lake-run brook trout populations has attracted considerable interest among resource agencies, conservation groups and anglers, and a variety of measures have been taken to protect these populations. These "coaster" brook trout are a life history variant and are not a genetically distinct strain or sub-species. The DNR has also proposed future work in this area of brook trout management.
Maps and written descriptions of the upstream (where applicable) and downstream boundaries for the experimental trout regulations are available at www.michigan.gov/fishing
Cops nab sturgeon poacher in St. Clair County
Mr. Jabro was arraigned yesterday, Nov. 13, in the 72nd
District Court in
"Based on the tackle he was using, the suspect was obviously fishing for
sturgeon," said Szyska. "We wouldn’t have had this case at all if it
weren’t for the RAP line and an alert citizen who called it in. And we
really appreciate the Clay Township Police Department’s help, which made
this case possible."
Illegally Exported Invasive Species into U.S
Pet Dealer Pleads Guilty To Illegal Commercialization of Wildlife
AMHERST—New York State announced the conviction in Erie County Court of a Canadian pet dealer whose operation smuggled and exported invasive and endangered species into the United States. Muk Leung "Jim" Ip, 49, of Scarborough, Ontario, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of Illegal Commercialization of Fish, Shellfish, Crustaceans and Wildlife. The plea satisfies a complaint charging him with selling the invasive species Snakeheads, the endangered and protected Arowanas and the protected amphibian Axolotls. The charges and conviction are the result of a cross-border undercover investigation into exotic species smuggling operations.
"This cross-border investigation shut down an operation that put the Great Lakes, among New York’s most treasured natural resources, in jeopardy," Attorney General Schneiderman said. According to the Attorney General's
complaint, an agent of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service engaged in an undercover operation during which Ip, an employee of Lucky Aquarium in
Markham, Ontario, sold more than $1,500 worth of Arowanas. Ip sold more than $1,500 worth of Snakeheads to the same undercover agent. Ip sold the protected species, Axolotls, to the agent. Each of these sales were completed with Ip’s knowledge that the species would be illegally transported to New York.
As part of a global plea agreement, Ip also pleaded guilty in United States District Court to violating the Lacy Act by transporting the snakeheads from Canada to the United States and in Canadian courts to violating the Ontario Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Act and the Canadian Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act. These convictions resulted in a sentence of 60 days jail to be served in Canada and over $15,000 in fines. Ip was fined $5,000 at his plea hearing in Erie County Court.
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