Week of March 19, 2007



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Omega-3 fatty acids slash colorectal cancer risk in men by 66 %

by M. T. Whitney

 Omega-3 fatty acids, found in flaxseed, fish and other foods, may reduce the risk of getting colorectal cancer by two-thirds in men, a new study suggests. There is one caveat, though: the effect is seen in men who do not take aspirin.


Some research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids prevent omega-6 arachidonic acids from promoting cancer in the body. Fatty acids make compounds called prostaglandins, which either become omega-3s or omega-6s. The omega-3 fatty acids suppress the inflammation of cancer, whereas omega-6 acids promote them.


The study found that men with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had the lowest risk of colorectal cancer. The researchers looked at 178 men with colorectal cancer and 282 cancer-free controls.  Colorectal cancer represents roughly one-tenth of all new cancer cases in the U.S., making it the third leading cause of death among



"Blood levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids were associated with decreased risk of colorectal cancer among men not using aspirin," the researchers wrote. 


Omega-3 fatty acid is a healing nutrient that helps prevent heart disease, depression, strokes and cancers.  Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are flaxseed, hemp seed, chia seed and, for non-vegetarians, oily fish. Omega-3 fatty acids also have been associated with protecting the heart and improving cognitive function.


Bottom line?

Considerable health benefits have been found from eating the omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed and fish, the most recent being a decrease in the risk of colorectal cancer. www.newstarget.com/021699.html


The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention - http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/

131 governments create accord to control illegal fishers

ROME, Italy, March 12 - Illegal fishers beware - 131 governments agreed on March 9 to create a legally binding accord establishing control measures in ports where fish is landed, transhipped or processed in order to combat illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing.


Fishing without permission, catching protected species, using outlawed types of gear or disregarding catch quotas are among the most common fishing offenses.


The decision came during the 27th meeting of the Committee on Fisheries of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization,(FAO), attended all last week in Rome by 131 governments and the European Commission. "FAO can count on our full cooperation and support in this area," said EU Commissioner Joe Borg, responsible for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.


Additional consultations will be held in 2007 and 2008 to generate a draft version of the agreement, which will then be presented to the Committee on Fisheries for final approval at the body's next meeting in 2009. The proposed agreement will be based on an existing voluntary FAO model outline of recommended "port state" control measures.


Port state controls include measures such as running background checks on boats prior to granting docking privileges and undertaking inspections in port to check documentation, cargos and equipment. The control measures include training inspectors to increase their effectiveness and improving international information-sharing about vessels with a history of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) activity in order to help authorities turn away repeat offenders.

IUU fishing undermines good management of world fisheries and costs governments money due to lost fishing revenue and funds spent combating it. It has negative impacts on fish populations, including those upon which poor fishers depend.


In addition to delegations from FAO members governments, 41 intergovernmental organizations and 29 nongovernmental organizations also participated in the FAO Fisheries Committee.


Other issues discussed during last week's meeting included responsible fish trade; sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector; illness and poverty affecting fishing communities; the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries; and the strengthening of regional fisheries management organizations and regional fishery bodies. Over the next two years, the Committee on Fisheries asked the FAO to draft technical guidelines on recommended best practices in deep sea fisheries.


The FAO was also asked to produce guidelines on the use of marine protected areas for better fisheries management, conserving marine biodiversity and improving fisheries production. The Committee on Fisheries asked also that the FAO conduct a comprehensive study on the probable impacts of climate change on fisheries in order to begin evaluating necessary management and policy responses.


Plans are in the works to convene an international conference focusing on problems and needs specific to small scale fisheries, which employ an estimated 34 million people in the developing world.



SCI Testifies at Polar Bear Hearings

Opposes of Listing of Polar Bear Under the Endangered Species Act

Safari Club International continued its fight to stop the proposed listing of the polar bear as a “threatened” species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act by testifying at a hearing held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on March 5, 2007 in Washington D.C.  The FWS is concerned that, within the next 45 years, the alleged impacts of global climate change will put the species as a whole in danger of extinction.  Such a listing could mean the end of the importation into the United States of trophies of polar bears legally hunted in Canada, unless the FWS adopted special rules and permits allowing the import. 


SCI argued that the FWS cannot make a “threatened” finding because there is too much scientific uncertainty about the nature and extent of global climate change, the future impact of any climate change on the arctic ecosystem, and how the polar bear as a species will adapt to any changing conditions.  SCI explained that before making a ‘threatened’ listing, the FWS must have some high level of certainty about these future events.  This certainty is lacking.

SCI also commented that sport hunting of polar bears in Canada brings significant dollars to local native communities and to conservation and management efforts.  Currently polar bear populations overall are healthy and in many places thriving.  Sport hunting of polar bears only occurs under strict quotas issued by Canadian provincial governments.  The FWS currently allows imports only of bears taken from sustainably managed populations.  At the hearing, Doug Burdin, Litigation Counsel for SCI, testified, “Sport hunting, especially by U.S. hunters, brings significant dollars to remote native communities in Canada.  To go along with the intrinsic value these people place on the polar bear, this economic benefit makes the polar bear valuable to these people, encouraging them to better conserve and manage the bear.”


Kevin Anderson, Chairman of SCI’s Legal Task Force, explained one of SCI’s interests in this matter, “It is important that we battle the misuse of the ESA to try to solve climate change problems -- these tasks should not fall to the Fish and Wildlife Service.  Some environmental groups pushing the ESA listing have admitted that their goal is to force the U.S. government to deal with climate change.  This simply is not a proper use of the ESA.”

USA Shooting Hosts Junior Olympic National Championships

Will take place at U.S. Olympic Shooting Center

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – They are the best and the brightest in their hometowns, and now these young pistol and rifle shooting athletes have converged on Colorado Springs, Colo., for the 2007 USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships.  Taking place March 7 – 24, 2007, the event is free and open to the public.  


Young shooting stars from 46 states earned their ticket to the U.S. Olympic Complex based on performances in their state qualifiers.  In addition to the opportunity to compete against their peers, the top men’s and women’s finishers in smallbore rifle, air rifle and air pistol will secure a place on the respective National Development Team for first or second place finishes.  In total, 273 athletes will shoot in the 17-day event.  Each will live, train and compete alongside U.S. Olympic Team athletes and hopefuls at the U.S. Olympic Training Center for the duration of the competition. 

Among them is riflewoman Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.), who was recently named USA Shooting’s February Athlete Of The Month for her performance at the 2007 Rocky Mountain Rifle Championship.  Just six points behind U.S. leader Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.), the No. 6 shooter in the world in women’s three-position rifle, Furrer defeated international sensation Sandra Graziolin of France.  The silver place finish earned her a spot on the Development squad and a ticket to the 2007 World Cup USA in April.


A 16-year-old up and comer, pistol phenom Heather Deppe (San Antonio, Texas) is poised to have an illustrious shooting career.  One year ago in March 2006, Deppe dominated her women’s field in junior Olympic competition by nearly 20 points to secure a position on the U.S. World Championship Team.


For more info: www.usashooting.org  and visit the "news" section.

Hunt Of A Lifetime For Young Hero

Safari Club International is honoring a young Missouri hunter with a trip to Africa to show appreciation for his actions that led to the rescue of two local boys that had been kidnapped.  Mitchell Hults, 15, was the key witness who provided vital information that led to the rescue of Ben Ownsby and Shawn Hornbeck from their kidnapper in January. Mitchell’s sharp observational skills, an important trait for a hunter to have, led police to where the young men were being held and make him a hero.


After hearing of Mitchell’s assistance, Oksana Sparks of Matlou Ranch in Botswana immediately contacted SCI to coordinate how the two organizations could team up to host Mitchell on the hunt of a lifetime. Safari Club International wasted no time in contacting Mitchell and his mother to give them the good news as well as heartfelt thanks for bringing the two boys back to their families.

The local chapter, SCI Gateway, will be providing major assistance in this effort, as well as many of SCI’s sponsors. Through fundraising and other contributions, local members of the organization will provide many of the expenses that a trip of this magnitude can accumulate.


Scheduled to set off for Botswana in June, Mitchell will not only have the opportunity to hunt game that he would never get the chance to see in his usual hunting grounds of Missouri, but will be able to visit with local villagers, to participate in a peer-to-peer outreach program between African children with visiting American children.


Mitchell’s school, Union High School in Beaufort, Missouri, will also be involved with the safari. Through the SafariCare Blue Bag program, students will be able to collect and send school supplies and other items to the local villagers in Botswana, as well as letters and photos as part of a cultural exchange.


Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for March 16, 2007

Weather Conditions:

Record warmth occurred across the Great Lakes basin early this week.  Temperatures on Tuesday soared into the 70s in many locations.  Cooler conditions arrived during the day Wednesday, as a cold front pushed through the region. This front touched off some heavy rain showers as well as a few inches of wet snow.  Cooler temperatures are expected for the upcoming weekend and early next week.


Lake Level Conditions:

Currently, Lake Superior is 14 inches below its level of one year ago.  Lake Michigan-Huron and Lake St. Clair are 2 inches lower than they were at this time last year, while Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are 3 and 1 inches above last year’s water levels, respectively.  All of the Great Lakes are at the end of their annual decline, and are forecasted to rise 1 to 4 inches over the next month.  During the next few months, Lake Superior is expected to remain well below the water levels of last year.  Water levels on Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are expected to be similar to last year. See our Daily Levels web page | for more water level information.


Current Outflows/Channel Conditions:

Flow in the St. Marys and St. Clair rivers is predicted to be below average for March. Outflow from the Detroit River is also predicted to be lower than average this month. Flow in the

Niagara River, as well as the St. Lawrence River, is expected

to be above average. Water levels and flows in the connecting channels may be greatly impacted by ice jams.  Ice information can be found at the



Due to abnormally dry conditions on the Lake Superior basin over the last several months, Lake Superior’s water level is currently below chart datum and is expected to remain below datum through August.  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.





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Ruffe expand eastward in Lake Superior

Poised to migrate into Lakes Huron and Michigan             

The following is a summary of Ruffe surveillance on the periphery and Outside of the Detected Ruffe Range of Lake Superior by USFWS and the Ruffe Control Committee.


Along Lake Superior’s south shore, FWS surveillance activity confirmed major Ruffe expansion 226 km east of Marquette Harbor, Michigan, the previous eastern boundary of the Ruffe range.  A USFWS crew captured one adult Ruffe near Grand Marais, MI, 120 km east of Marquette Harbor.  The Michigan DNR confirmed one adult Ruffe captured by an angler in Little Lake Harbor, MI, 167 km east of Marquette Harbor. 


The USFWS also confirmed two adult Ruffe captured by an angler in the Tahquamenon River estuary, a tributary on the west shore of Whitefish Bay, 226 km east of Marquette Harbor and 55 km west of the Soo Locks.  The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources confirmed that Ruffe span the entire length (13 km) of Thunder Bay Harbour of Thunder Bay, Ontario, the eastern boundary of the Ruffe range along the north shore. 

Lake Huron: 

Ruffe were first detected in the Thunder Bay River in 1995, with expansion into Thunder Bay confirmed in 1998.  In 1999, the river catch rate peaked to 11 Ruffe per minute in trawls, then declined to 0.3 Ruffe per minute in trawls in 2000.  No Ruffe have been captured from Lake Huron since 2003. 


Lake Michigan: 

No Ruffe were reported from new locations or Big Bay de Noc, where they were first detected in 2004.  However, MI DNR captured a total of 40 Ruffe from Little Bay de Noc, 18 more than were captured there in 2005.  Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc of Green Bay continue to comprise the Ruffe range in Lake Michigan.  Lakes Erie and Ontario:  No Ruffe were captured from the Lower Great Lakes.  Ruffe remain undetected in the Lower Great Lakes, and in all inland lakes and streams within the Great Lakes Basin.  For additional information, contact Gary Czypinski (715-682-6185), Ashland Fishery Resources Office, Ashland, Wisconsin.


Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan chinook fishing continues to be excellent

MILWAUKEE – For the fifth straight year, anglers enjoyed fantastic chinook fishing on Lake Michigan, reeling in the second highest number of fish in 40 years, according to recently analyzed angler surveys.


“The fishery that’s out there is world-class,” says Brad Eggold, the DNR fisheries supervisor for southern Lake Michigan. “Anglers caught nearly 400,000 chinook again, which is phenomenal, and the fish are bigger, which is an encouraging sign.”


Anglers caught 398,905 chinook in 2006, second only to the 418,918 anglers reported catching in 2005, based on the angler or “creel” surveys conducted from mid-March through October. The 2005 haul represented the most chinook anglers reported catching since creel surveys started in 1969, and the 2006 haul is close behind.


“It’s a tribute to everybody’s work on this issue: fish managers, fish propagation staff, sports groups, anglers, agencies and groups that have worked to help reduce PCBs in Lake Michigan and dramatically improve water quality in Lake Michigan and its tributaries. All of these efforts have resulted in chinook surviving and thriving and providing fantastic fishing,” Eggold says.


Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan first began stocking nonnative trout and salmon in the late 1960s to control exploding populations of alewife, an exotic forage fish, and continued to do so because the “kings,” as chinook are also known, became popular sportfishing quarry. The Wisconsin chinook fishery relies on stocking, with the vast majority of the 1.4 million chinook Wisconsin stocks coming from the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery, which is now undergoing a major renovation.


Efforts by these states’ fish management agencies, as well as anglers’ support and funding for DNR fisheries management programs on Lake Michigan, have helped propel the chinook fishery to the best five years of fishing in terms of catch rates and harvests, he says.

Overall, anglers caught 531,885 Lake Michigan trout and salmon, the fifth highest total harvest over the last 20 years. Harvest of other Lake Michigan trout and salmon stayed about the same or dropped slightly in 2006 as more Lake Michigan anglers focused on chinook, which they were catching at a faster rate and closer in.


“The word is getting out that you can go 1 to 2 miles out in Lake Michigan and catch 18-19-20 pound chinook,” Eggold says. “We saw more anglers fishing Lake Michigan and targeting chinook in 2006.”


Eggold and other fisheries officials are also encouraged that the 2006 chinook are bigger and in better condition; while anglers in recent years have been catching record or near-record numbers of chinook, the fish were increasingly skinny. Their average weight fell to 8.6 pounds in 2005, down from 9.8 pounds in 1995 and 13 pounds in 2001; fishing tournaments similarly reported a decrease in the weight of fish caught by their participants.


Fishing tournaments in 2006, however, reported more 20 pounders; one fish, caught off the port of Kewaunee, weighed 36 pounds 4 ounces after being out of the water for over five hours; and chinook returning to the Strawberry Creek weir, where DNR staff collect chinook eggs for hatching, were bigger in 2006 than in 2005, according to Paul Peeters, fisheries supervisor in Sturgeon Bay.


Peeters believes the increased size reported in 2006 underscores that better balancing the forage base with the number of chinook in the big pond will lead to bigger, healthier fish. He says that the 25 percent lakewide reduction in stocking that Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana started in 2006 will help continue improving fish condition and assure good survival of stocked fish in coming years.


A chart showing overall trout and salmon harvests, and harvests broken down by species, can be found on the DNR Web site.




Illinois Senate Considering Gun Ban

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is warning Illinois sportsmen, hunters and gun owners of a proposed semi-automatic ban being debated in the Illinois Senate. The legislation, Senate Bill 16, would ban the purchase, possession and manufacturing of many semi-automatic firearms (rifles, pistols and shotguns), individual parts from these firearms and magazines.  Enactment of the legislation, pushed by anti-gun Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and his

allies in the legislature, would also create a registry of existing or grandfathered-in firearms owners who would have 90 days to comply with the registration process or face arrest and felony prosecution.


NSSF is urging all hunters, gun owners and sportsmen to contact their state senator, telling him or her to oppose this legislation.

U.S. Open Trap Championships return to Sparta

May 10-13

World Shooting and Recreational Complex center of attraction

SPARTA, IL- Illinois DNR Acting Director Sam Flood announced that the U.S. Open Trap Shooting Championships will return to the Sparta World Shooting and Recreational Complex (WSRC) May 10-13.  In conjunction with Southern Promotions Inc., the IDNR will host the event made possible by major sponsors White Flyer, Winchester, and Browning.


In July of 2006, the U.S. Open made history by being the first trapshooting event ever held at the WSRC, and hosted nearly 1,500 shooters competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes in ten different events. In 2007, shooters will compete for over $15,000 in prizes and additional money over the four day shoot in May. 


Trapshooting is a specific form of clay target shooting and a

game of movement, action and split-second timing. It requires the accuracy and skill to repeatedly aim, fire and break a 4 1/4 inch disc, which is hurled through the air at a speed of 41 mph, simulating the flight path of a bird fleeing a hunter. 


The U.S. Open will kick off the first of three major shooting events at the WSRC in 2007.  The complex will also host its first ever Skeet Shooting event when the Briley Skeet Shoot makes it's debut at the Complex in June, and the ATA Grand American, the world's single largest Trap Shoot, will return to the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in August.


The WSRC is state of-the-art 1,600-acre shooting facility which features 120 trap fields extending along a 3 ½ mile shooting line.  Public shooting opportunities (except during major shooting events) are available on trap fields nearest the WSRC Events Center and vendor mall for the convenience of recreational shooters.  Open trap shooting is available from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily at a cost of $5 for each 25-target round.

Spring trout fishing season opens April 7

Rainbow Trout stocked at 42 locations in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2007 spring trout fishing season in Illinois begins at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, Illinois DNR Acting Director Sam Flood announced.


The IDNR stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout in bodies of water where spring trout fishing is permitted.  The trout stocking program in Illinois is made possible through the sale of inland trout stamps.


To legally participate in the trout fishing program, anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp.  Annual fishing licenses for the 2007 season will be valid through March 31, 2008.  Anglers may also purchase Illinois’ 24-hour fishing license, which includes trout fishing

privileges for the 24-hour period the license is valid.  A license is required for fishing in Illinois unless the angler is under age 16, blind or disabled, or is an Illinois resident on active military service who is home on leave.


Anglers may not take trout from any of the stocked sites from March 15 to the opening of the season on April 7 at 5 a.m.  Anyone attempting to take trout before the legal opening will be issued citations.  During the spring trout season, the daily possession limit for trout is five fish.


Anglers are reminded to check in advance for any site-specific regulations and the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location.  While the statewide spring trout season opens at 5 a.m. on April 7, some locations may have a later opening time.


DNR Public Hearing on One Buck Rule Proposal March 27

The Indiana DNR has scheduled a public hearing to receive comments on a proposal to extend the one buck-rule for an additional five years.  The hearing will be Tuesday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m. (Local Time) at the Indiana Government Center South, Conference Center Room 1, in Indianapolis. The Indiana Government Center South is located at 402 W. Washington St. in downtown Indianapolis.


The one-buck rule refers to current deer hunting regulations that allow only one antlered deer to be taken per hunter per year with regular archery, firearm and muzzleloader licenses. The current rule was implemented in fall 2002 and has an expiration of Sept. 1, 2007. Before 2002, up to two bucks could

be taken by a hunter each year.


Public comments can be submitted by e-mail, written letter, or at the public hearing.


Written comments can be sent to:


Hearing Officer

Natural Resources Commission

402 W. Washington Street, W272

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Comments can also be e-mailed to: [email protected]  

Written comments must be received no later than April 2.


DNR Adds launch sites that now require Motor Vehicle Permits

Nine boating access sites managed by the Michigan DNR now require a valid Motor Vehicle Permit for the public to access the sites. Previously, a permit was not required for entry. The sites were added under an order signed by DNR Director Rebecca Humphries at the March 8 Natural Resources Commission meeting in Saginaw.


The nine sites include Agate Falls and Bond Falls Scenic Sites in Ontonagon County, portions of the Bass River Recreation Area in Ottawa County, portions of Craig Lake State Park in Baraga County, Laughing Whitefish Falls and Wagner Falls Scenic Sites in Alger County, Thompson’s Harbor State Park in Presque Isle County, Tippy Dam Recreation Area in Manistee County, and Wetzel Recreation Area in Macomb County.

“The list of sites had not been updated since the late 1980s. These sites were added because adequate facilities have been developed and they now receive substantial public use requiring an increase in site management,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson. “All fees collected from Motor Vehicle Permit sales are deposited in the State Park Improvement Fund and are used to operate and improve state parks and recreation areas.”


Motor Vehicle Permits may be purchased at the entrance of any state park or recreation area. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8. Permits are also available online at the State of Michigan eStore at www.michigan.gov/estore .


DNR Announces Black Lake Sturgeon Season Harvest

The 2007 Black Lake sturgeon harvest season ended on Feb. 11 with a total of four fish harvested from the lake located in Cheboygan County, said Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials. The fishing season, which includes spearing or hook and line fishing, was scheduled to run from Feb. 3-11, or until the harvest total of five fish had been reached.


Approximately 215 anglers participated in the fishing event this year, said Tim Cwalinski, DNR fisheries biologist. That figure does not include the many friends and family members who also make the trip to Black Lake to witness the experience, he added.


No problems were reported other than some snowmobiles stuck due to water on the ice.


Two large lake sturgeon were harvested the first day, including

a fish just under 70 inches in length and one that was 63 inches long. Weight for these fish was 71 and 69 pounds, respectively. The third sturgeon was harvested on the fifth day of the season, and was 51 inches long and weighed 38 pounds. The fourth and final fish was harvested on the sixth day, and was 63 inches long and weighed 59 pounds. Three of the four harvested fish were tagged in previous years for research and management purposes.


The DNR continues to work with Sturgeons for Tomorrow and Michigan State University on rehabilitation efforts for this species throughout the Cheboygan River watershed. Adult spawning sturgeon will continue to be tagged in the Black River in 2007 by Michigan State University and the DNR, and spawning activities will continue to be monitored through the Sturgeon Guarding Program, which is organized by Sturgeons for Tomorrow. Population estimates of adult fish also will be made on Black Lake during the summer of 2007.

Sections of Bald Mountain Shooting Range Re-Open

The Michigan DNR announced that the reopening of sections of the Bald Mountain Shooting Range on March 10. The DNR opened the rifle/pistol and archery ranges. Plans call for the DNR to eventually renovate the concessionaire building and the trap and skeet facilities at the range. The range is located in the Bald Mountain State Recreation Area in Lake Orion in Oakland County.


The DNR operates six shooting ranges in Michigan where range personnel are present. In addition to Bald Mountain, they include: Rose Lake Shooting Range located in Bath in Clinton County, Sharonville Shooting Range located in Grass Lake in Jackson County, Island Lake Shooting Range located in Brighton in Livingston County, Ortonville Shooting Range located in Ortonville in Lapeer County, and Pontiac Lake

Shooting Range located in Waterford in Oakland County.


The DNR shooting ranges are open Nov. 16 through Sept. 30 five days a week, Thursday through Monday. They are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. From Oct. 1-31, the ranges are open six days a week, Wednesdays through Monday, and are closed on Tuesdays. From Nov. 1-15, the ranges are open seven days a week.


Range hours at Bald Mountain, Island Lake, Pontiac Lake and Ortonville are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Rose Lake and Sharonville, range hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Range fees at Bald Mountain, Island Lake, Pontiac Lake and Ortonville are $4 per shooter, ages 16 and older, per day. Children under age 16 are free. There are no fees at Rose Lake and Sharonville at this time.

Open House March 23 on ‘The Forks’ Boat Access Site in Cheboygan County

State park and recreation officials invite the public to view design plans for development of “The Forks” boat access site located on the Cheboygan River in Inverness Township in Cheboygan County. The open house will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Cheboygan Recreation Unit office, located at 120 A Street in Cheboygan. Individuals can visit the office any time between 3 and 7 p.m. where DNR Parks and Recreation staff will be available to field questions and comments.


Michigan is one of the nation’s leaders in registered watercraft approaching nearly one million.  Boaters enjoy more than 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams and

3,000 miles of freshwater shoreline * more than any other state. This project is supported through the State of Michigan Waterways Fund which is comprised of revenues received from boat registrations and marine fuel taxes. These revenues are dedicated by state law to be used for the benefit of the boating public.


Individuals attending this meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact Jordan Byelich at 517-241-1533 a minimum of five business days before the meeting. Requests made less than five business days before events may not be accommodated.

NRC Approves Expansion of Bear Management Units

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently approved a proposal to expand the Baldwin and Gladwin Bear Management Units (BMUs) into many southern counties.


The Baldwin unit will now include Mason, Oceana and Muskegon counties, the southern portion of Newaygo County, and portions of Kalkaska, Mecosta, and Osceola counties west of US-131. Counties added to the Gladwin unit include Isabella, Midland, the northern portion of Bay County, a portion of Mecosta east of US-131, and portions of Iosco and

Ogemaw counties south of M-55.  In addition, boundary units were changed from county borders to defined public roads throughout portions of the Lower Peninsula BMUs.


The DNR estimates there are approximately 15,000 to 19,000 bears in Michigan statewide. Approximately 2,500 bears are harvested yearly during the hunting season. The bear hunting application period is from April 15 to May 15.  Applications can be submitted at local license agents, DNR Operations Service Centers, or on-line at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Natural Resources Commission Opposes One-Buck Option

At its recent meeting, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission unanimously opposed two one-buck license options that were presented. The first option was to limit hunters to taking only one buck in the Upper Peninsula only. The second option was to limit hunters to taking just one buck statewide. 


“Preliminary survey results indicated that a strong majority of hunters are not interested in having the opportunity to harvest only one buck,” said Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division Chief Bill Moritz. “The NRC heard from many

individuals that they wanted to maintain their recreational opportunities. The one buck option may have hindered that option.” 


For the 2007 deer hunting season, the combination license will continue to be available. The combination license contains two kill tags. One tag allows the harvesting of any antlered deer and the second kill tag allows the harvesting of a second antlered deer with at least four antler points on one side.  For more information about the licenses available for harvesting deer in Michigan, check out the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr .


State assumes responsibility for gray wolf mgmt in Minn

Minnesota's wolf population has been officially removed from the federal endangered species list and will be managed by the DNR.


Federal rules removing the Great Lakes population of wolves from the endangered species list took effect in Wisconsin and Michigan as well. Wolves will be managed in Minnesota by state statute, rule and under a wolf management plan.


The state wolf plan is designed to protect wolves and monitor their population while giving owners of livestock and domestic pets more protection from wolf depredation. It splits the state into two management zones with more protective regulations in the northern third, considered the wolf's core range.


The plan establishes a minimum population of 1,600 wolves to ensure the long-term survival of the wolf in Minnesota. The state's wolf population, estimated at fewer than 750 animals in the 1950s, has grown to its current estimate of 3,020. There will be no public hunting or trapping seasons on wolves for at least five years. The endangered species act requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor wolves in Minnesota for five years after delisting to ensure that recovery continues.


Similar to federal regulations, the state plan allows anyone to take a wolf to defend human life. Any wolves taken must be reported to a DNR conservation officer within 48 hours, and evidence must be protected.


Unlike federal regulations, state regulations allow harassment of wolves that are within 500 yards of people, buildings, livestock or domestic pets to discourage wolves from contacting people and domestic animals. Wolves cannot be attracted or searched out for purposes of harassment, and cannot be physically harmed.


The long-standing wolf depredation control program, managed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services in Grand Rapids, will continue uninterrupted by the legal changes, said Mike DonCarlos, DNR wildlife research and policy manager. "Control of depredating wolves in Minnesota

has been and will continue to be the key to public tolerance of a thriving wolf population on the landscape."


In addition to the continuing federal wolf depredation programs, the state wolf plan has new provisions for taking wolves that are posing risks to livestock and domestic pets. Owners of livestock, guard animals, or domestic animals may shoot or destroy wolves that pose an immediate threat to their animals, on property they own or lease in accordance with local statutes. "Immediate threat" means the observed behavior of a gray wolf in the act of stalking, attacking, or killing livestock, a guard animal, or a domestic pet under the supervision of the owner. Additionally, the owner of a domestic pet may shoot or destroy a gray wolf posing an immediate threat on any property, as long as the owner is supervising the pet. In all cases, a person shooting or destroying a gray wolf under these provisions must protect all evidence, and report the taking to a DNR conservation officer within 48 hours. The wolf carcass will be surrendered to the conservation officer.


In the southern two-thirds of the state (Zone B), a person may shoot a gray wolf at any time to protect livestock, domestic animals or pets on land they own, lease, or manage. The circumstance of "immediate threat" does not apply. A DNR conservation officer must be notified within 48 hours, and the wolf carcass will be surrendered to the conservation officer. Also in this area, a person may employ a state certified predator controller to trap wolves on or within one mile of land they own, lease, or manage.


The DNR will also designate conservation officers in the wolf range to ensure enforcement of provisions of the wolf plan. Although by law, DNR became the legal authority for wolf management in Minnesota today, several wolf protection groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the removal of federal protection. At this point, it is unknown if a lawsuit will be filed, and unknown what the ultimate outcome might be. However, DNR is obligated to implement state regulations in the meantime.


The complete wolf management plan, zone maps, population survey information as well as a question and answer fact is available online at www.dnr.state.mn.us.


Walleye and White Bass Spring Extravaganza

by Kelly Riesen, Ohio Sea Grant Extension

The fishing season is finally here and it kicks off with the Western Basin walleye and white bass spawning runs. There is no better opportunity for shore bound anglers to get in on the action. Already walleye have begun their run upstream to spawn in the Sandusky River at Fremont and the Maumee River at Perrysburg.  Stream flow rates, hours of daylight and water temperature are all factors which signal the fish to start entering the tributaries.


By mid-March, walleye are well into their migration. The numbers of fish in the rivers usually peaks around April 7th through 10th. The Division of Wildlife has projected that walleye fishing will be excellent this year. The 2003 class of walleye is still booming and has grown into the 16 to 22 inch size range. 


Though the Maumee currently offers more fishing territory than the Sandusky, proposals may be underway by the Ohio Division of Wildlife to remove the Ballville Dam on the Sandusky River, greatly enlarging the spawning area. Removal of this dam would open up approximately 15 miles of walleye spawning habitat, reaching nearly to Tiffin. Currently, there is only about one mile of spawning habitat below the dam, and much of that has been scoured free of the gravel which spawning walleye seek. This is important to Central Basin anglers because walleye hatched in the Sandusky River head straight for the central basin of Lake Erie.


The Ohio Division of Wildlife recently initiated a walleye radio tagging project to find out more about walleye movements.  Before the Ballville Dam was built, larger numbers of walleye migrated upstream and spawned in the Sandusky River. But the tagging project found that only a few tagged walleye moved up into the rapids at Fremont to spawn. The rest stayed in Sandusky Bay. This implies that alternate areas in the bay are being used for spawning, though more research is needed to find out where.


The general consensus is that if the Ballville Dam were removed, walleye would again utilize the prime spawning habitat upstream. This would not only potentially increase total numbers of walleye in Lake Erie, but would also allow better fishing opportunities for anglers fishing the spawning run.


All you need to get in on the action is a pair of hip waders, spinning rod, and lures or bait, and you’ll have a walleye on your line in no time.  Cast a lead-headed jig with a brightly colored twister tail upstream and fish it down. Also try minnows on a lead-headed jig. Fish will pile up in holes and runs below riffles waiting for higher water and a chance to get farther upstream, so these are great places to increase your catch success.


Walleye are also sensitive to light conditions, so during the day, walleye tend to seek out these deeper areas. Spawning on gravel beds usually occurs after dark.

Metropark offers excellent wading access to the Maumee River, and fish tend to congregate here below the rapids. According to Scott Carpenter of Toledo Area Metroparks, walleye fishing on the Maumee River is very family-friendly and several events are scheduled to take place there.  “March 23 – April 21, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Jann’s Netcraft is hosting family friendly fishing competitions on the Maumee River,” says Carpenter.  “The Andersons and Metroparks are also hosting a Family Fun Fest at Side Cut Metropark on Saturday April 21, starting at 10:00 AM.”


If you prefer to access the river using a boat, you can launch on the Maumee River from Orleans Park and at the foot of Maple Street in Perrysburg.  For now, the Sandusky River is fishable from Brady’s Island to Roger Young Park. See the Division of Wildlife website for free access maps for both the Sandusky and Maumee Rivers.


Boats can be launched for a fee on the Sandusky River, north of the State Street Bridge in Sandusky.


Remember that the limit on walleye is four fish per angler per day from March 1 - April 30. Be aware of some other regulations that pertain to spring fishing in these rivers:


• Fishing is allowed only from sunrise to sunset.

• Fishing is allowed only with a single hook, with the hook shank no more than ½ inch from shank to point.

• On the Sandusky River, anglers may not fish upstream of the power lines that cross the river at Roger Young Park (applies March 1 – May 1).

• Fish not hooked in the mouth must be released.


Crowding on rivers is also an issue during the spawning run. Remember that most anglers will not walk more than a few hundred feet from an access point. Willingness to walk a little can pay off when you find an area less heavily targeted.  As the walleye runs end, keep yourself at the river’s edge. The white bass spawning run begins in late April and peaks in mid-May.


Eight to 14 inch white bass offer phenomenal fishing on the Maumee, Sandusky, Huron, and Portage Rivers. Catch as many as you want…there is no size or bag limit on white bass.  White bass are great for family fishing because the bite is often fast and furious…perfect for keeping young ones occupied. A minnow under a bobber or a lead-headed jig and twister tail can send the white bass into a feeding frenzy.


Lead-headed jigs tipped with a minnow are also dynamite. The weight used depends on river flow conditions, with lighter jigs being used in lower flows.


Whether wading or fishing from a boat, all of these rivers can be hazardous, especially when flows are up. Be careful and pay attention to weather and flow conditions. Above all, have fun out there.


Ohio records record deer kill of 237,316      

Tops previous record of 216,443 set in 2004

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio deer hunters took a record 237, 316 deer during the 2006-07 hunting season and for the third year in a row the harvest surpassed 200,000, according to the Ohio DNR. The total number of deer taken was 13 % above last year's season total of 209,513. 


Counties reporting the highest number of whitetails killed during the deer hunting season included Coshocton - 8,657; Guernsey - 7,512; Tuscarawas - 7,478; Muskingum - 7,386; Licking - 7,004; Knox - 6,739; Harrison - 6,171; Jefferson - 5,743; Holmes - 5,732 and Washington - 5,645.


Deer-gun season produced the greatest portion of the harvest, with 112,260 deer killed.  Archery hunters took a total of 67,912 deer.  The early muzzleloader season (336), special hunts at Ravenna and NASA (640), youth-gun season (8,315), the first-ever bonus deer-gun weekend (24,982), and the statewide

muzzleloader season (22,871), accounted for the remainder.


The 2006-07 season also produced many trophy deer, including two notable ones from Adams County harvested in the archery season.  Taken on the 2006 opening day, Jonathan Schmucker's 34-point non-typical white-tailed deer scored 291 2/8, making it the fourth largest non-typical white-tailed deer harvested in the world.  Justin Metzner's 12-point typical whitetail arrowed on October 21, scored 196 6/8, positioning it to be the fourth largest typical deer killed in Ohio.


Deer hunting contributes an estimated $266 million to Ohio's economy each year and helps to support thousands of jobs. Venison is delicious and nutritious meat, low in fat and cholesterol. It is the number one wild game served by hunters in Ohio. Deer hunters also contribute thousands of pounds of venison to organizations that help feed less-fortunate Ohio residents through special programs.

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