Week of April 25, 2011

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Uncle Mike new Reflex Holster

A Perfect Fit for Concealed Carry

Overland Park, Kan. - Uncle Mike's, a leading provider of shooting accessories for more than 60 years, has introduced the new Reflex Holster to provide concealed carry permit holders with a durable, easy to use product that doesn't require a lot of thought or complicated buttons or straps to operate in the event of an emergency.


The Reflex Holster securely retains the firearm using Integrated Retention Technology (I.R.T.), which features a retention lug on the outer wall of the holster in combination with a press arm on the body side of the holster. The shooter is able to get a full and secure grip on the firearm before they begin to draw. While the I.R.T. secures the firearm in the holster, the technology allows the shooter to easily release the firearm from the holster by griping and turning the mag well


of the firearm toward the body.


Studies have shown that fine motor skills diminish quickly in stressful or threatening situations, leaving average gun owners unable to operate holsters with buttons, levers or retention straps. The Reflex Holster's simple retention system allows users to easily draw the firearm when fine motor function has given way to gross motor skills.


"One of the most important aspects of firearm survival is the relationship between the individual, the holster and the firearm. With the Reflex Holster, Uncle Mike's has simplified the retrieval process by developing a holster that allows users to react quickly, without hesitation or complicated thought, and perform effectively when their gross motor skills take over," said Dave Young, Uncle Mike's consultant and ARMA Training director and founder.  Designed for the Glock 17, 19, 22 and 23


About $38.95


800-423-3537   www.unclemikes.com 

Taurus 740 Slim wins Golden Bullseye award

MIAMI – The Taurus 740 SLIM has won the 2011 Golden Bullseye Award for “Handgun of the Year” by American Rifleman, a 125-year-old flagship publication of the National Rifle Association.  The award will be presented at a breakfast during the 2011 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, April 29-May 1, in Pittsburg, PA.


The 740 SLIM’s compact design and meager weight of 19 oz. make it a must-have for those who prefer concealment carry.  Offering potent .40-caliber firepower with 6+1 shot

capacity, the SLIM is sure to provide top-quality  



Available in matte stainless or blue finish, this handsome gun features a 3.2" barrel, a newly designed trigger safety and a lightweight Polymer frame.  The SLIM sports a crisp single action/double action trigger pull and a finger indexing Taurus Memory Pad along the frame. Like all Taurus firearms, the unique onboard Taurus Security System allows users to securely lock the gun using an inconspicuous key-lock.  Leave it to Taurus to make the most heralded concealed carry semi-autos in company history even better.


305-624-1115   www.taurususa.com


Obama Administration to host public meeting on Asian Carp in Chicago April 28

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp Director John Goss will lead a public meeting of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) on Thursday, April 28, 2011, to discuss the proactive efforts of the Obama Administration and the Great Lakes states to prevent Asian carp from establishing a self-sustaining population in the Great Lakes.


The meeting will feature updates by ACRCC members on actions underway as part of Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework, an unprecedented, multi-tiered strategy that includes monitoring; barrier construction; harvesting; enforcement; outreach; and research and development of long-term biological controls. The event also will include an opportunity for the public to comment and provide feedback on ACRCC efforts.


The ACRCC is led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation and all eight Great Lakes states, as well as the Great Lakes

Fishery Commission, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and the City of Chicago.


WHO:    John Goss, Asian Carp Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Members of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee


WHAT:  Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Public Meeting and Media Availability


WHEN:  Thursday, April 28, 2011

Public Meeting from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)

Media Availability from 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)


WHERE: John G. Shedd Aquarium, South Entrance

Presidential Conference Room

1200 S. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, Illinois


WATCH: The event will be webcast at https://www.mymeetings.com/tetratech/join/

Conference number: PG7013611

Passcode: ASIAN CARP


LISTEN: (888) 603-8914


Legislation to Protect Traditional Ammunition and Fishing Tackle

Similar bills were introduced in the U.S. House and Senate

Following continued attacks by anti-hunting groups to ban traditional ammunition (ammunition containing lead-core components) under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Mike Ross (D-Ark.), all co-chairmen of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 838 and H.R. 1558) to clarify the longstanding exemption of ammunition and ammunition components under the act.


The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act is being championed by NSSF. The act also calls for lead fishing tackle, similarly under attack from anti-hunting groups, to be exempt from the TSCA. The House legislation has 38 co-sponsors and bipartisan support from the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus


"We applaud and thank Sen. Tester and Sen. Thune, and

Rep. Miller and Rep. Ross, for introducing this

commonsense measure," said NSSF President Steve

Sanetti. "This bill will continue to ensure that America's hunters and shooters can choose for themselves the best ammunition to use, instead of unnecessarily mandating the universal use of expensive alternatives." Read NSSF's news releases for the House and Senate bills.


"Most of our fish and wildlife habitat is there because of the taxes and fees paid by the firearms, ammunition and sport fishing tackle industries through sportsmen, and we must protect this revenue source for continued funding for habitat conservation in this country and I believe this legislation will help strengthen this funding base," said Congressman Miller.


"Hunting, shooting and fishing are more than just pastimes in Montana--they're part of our outdoor heritage," said Senator Tester. "They're Montana values that we pass on to our kids and grandkids. And I'll fight for those values whenever Washington DC's rules get in the way of common sense."

Judge denies lawsuit aimed at closing refuge lands to hunting

Federal Judge James S. Gwin has ruled in favor of sportsmen by denying a lawsuit to close hunting on dozens of units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. This long-running case began in 2003 when the Fund for Animals, which later merged with the Humane Society of the United States, filed a lawsuit to stop hunting on 39 refuges and later expanded that to 50 refuges.


Judge Gwin’s ruling stops HSUS' attempt at using the National Environmental Policy Act to close hunting on

these refuges.  In making the decision  the judge  noted

that  “Plaintiffs, however, are not entitled to an inviolate sanctuary for their preferred uses – Congress has determined that, to the extent possible, hunters, fishers, observers, photographers, and educators must share the refuges.”


The judge's ruling relied heavily on language in the 1997 Refuge Improvement Act, championed by the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, which made hunting, fishing and other wildlife oriented activities priority uses on refuge units. The Act also mandated hunting and fishing activities be "facilitated"



Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for

April 22, 2011 


Cool temperatures, rain and heavy snow were recorded across the Great Lakes basin this week.  Locations in and around Green Bay, WI recorded close to 10 inches of snow on Tuesday.  There is a chance for some showers in the region this weekend, bringing ¼ inch to 1 inch of rain in some areas.  Temperatures will begin to warm up this weekend and into next week.  Precipitation throughout the Great Lakes basin as a whole is above average for the month of April.


Currently, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 6 and 7 inches, respectively, below their levels of a year ago.  Lake St. Clair is currently at its level of a year ago, while Lakes Erie and Ontario are 4 and 9 inches, respectively, higher than last year's levels. Over the next month, Lake Superior is expected to rise 3 inches while Lake Michigan-Huron is predicted to rise 4 inches.  Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are also predicted to increase 1, 1, and 2 inches, respectively, during the next thirty days.  See our Daily Levels web page for more water level information.


The outflow from Lake Superior into the St. Mary's River is projected to be below average for the month of April.  The outflows from Lake Huron into the St. Clair River, and from Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River, are expected to be below average throughout the month of April, while Lake 

Erie's outflow through the Niagara River is expected to be near average.  The outflow from Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River is predicted to be near average.


The water levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are below chart datum.  Lake Superior is forecasted to remain below chart datum until August, and Lake Michigan-Huron is expected to be below chart datum until June.  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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Hovey and Dogwood lakes open to more boaters

More boaters can use Hovey Lake and Dogwood Lake now.


The horsepower limit on the size of outboard motor permitted has been removed. Now, boaters with 10-horsepower motors and larger are allowed on the two lakes, located in Hovey Lake (Posey County) and Glendale (Daviess County)  fish & wildlife areas, respectively.


A speed limit of 10 mph will now be enforced instead. The purpose of the change is to allow more anglers the

opportunity to enjoy these popular fisheries. As always,

boaters should use caution and go slower under certain conditions because of water hazards like submerged tree stumps.   Boaters should not power-load boats, a practice that damages ramps.


After boating on Hovey and Dogwood, as on all water bodies, boaters should remove plants, mud and other debris from their watercraft after they take it from the water. This helps prevent transferring aquatic invasive species to other water bodies.


Find out more information about fish and wildlife management in Indiana at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild.



DNR offers shotgun shooting class for women May 22

The Michigan DNR is offering an Introduction to Shotgun Shooting class through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program on Sunday, May 22. The class is designed especially for women to learn basic shotgun shooting skills from certified instructors in a safe and comfortable environment.


The class will take place from 2 to 6 p.m at the Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress in Utica. Instructors will discuss firearm safety, ammunition basics, shooting techniques, determining the dominant eye, proper stance and firearm fit. Participants can then practice their skills on site with

trap and skeet shooting. The Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress located at 49800 Dequindre Rd. in Utica.


The registration deadline is May 12. Register early; class sizes are limited to 24 participants. A $30 fee is due at the time of registration. This fee includes instruction, both classroom and range time, and ammunition.  Shotguns are available for your use, or you may bring your own.  Only 20 gauge ammunition will be provided.  Eye and ear protection will also be provided. For registration forms and information on this and other BOW events, visit www.michigan.gov/bow, email [email protected] or call 517-241-2225.



Catchable size trout delivered to dozens of waters statewide

MADISON - Catchable size trout are being delivered to dozens of waters before the May 7 opening day of the regular inland season to provide trout fishing where it wouldn't otherwise exist.


The trout are stocked in waters where the habitat is marginal and there is no natural reproduction. They are a small subset of the state's overall trout treasury -- more than 10,000 miles of classified trout water and trout populations that have generally increased statewide over the last 60 years.

"We'll hope to complete most of the put'n take stocking by the opener or shortly thereafter, depending on conditions," says David Giehtbrock, statewide fish production manager. If the lake is frozen, they'll need to wait. The fish were raised at Lakewood State Fish Hatchery, Nevin State Fish Hatchery, Osceola State Fish Hatchery and St. Croix Falls State Fish Hatchery. Additional fish were raised and stocked through cooperative rearing agreements with fishing clubs, and about 70,000 fish were stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds cooperatively managed with the local municipality and used as a place for fishing clinics and kids fishing.


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$2,000 Fine for commercial fishing violations on Lake Erie

A Lake Erie commercial fishing boat captain pleaded guilty and has been fined a total of $2,000 for commercial fishing violations on Lake Erie. 


Richard Jackson of Erieau, captain of the commercial fishing vessel, “Mummery Bros”, pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the terms and conditions of his commercial fishing licence.


The court heard that on January 21, 2010, Jackson submitted a daily catch report to the MNR in Erieau

indicating that he pulled a gill net from Lake Erie that was set for four days. Conservation officers with the Lake Erie

Enforcement Unit conducted an investigation and determined that this was a falsified report. Jackson was fined $1,000.  Additionally, Jackson was fined $1,000 on two counts of failing to record the required fishing information into his log book while conducting commercial fishing activities in the Chatham-Kent waters of Lake Erie in January 2010.


Justice of the Peace Calvin Hurst heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chatham, on April 14, 2011.


Other Breaking News Items

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The Salmon Experiment: the invention of a Lake Michigan fishery

HASLETT — Howard Tanner knew the idea of introducing salmon into Lake Michigan was risky — even more so converting a dying commercial fishery into a sport fishery. But in 1964, Tanner, the new state fisheries chief, had just been told to “do something spectacular.”


Obama Asian carp summit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp Director John Goss will lead a public meeting of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee Thursday, April 28, to discuss efforts to prevent Asian carp from establishing a population in the Great Lakes.


Mich. village: Close fish ladder because of carp
Officials with a southwestern Michigan village support the idea of closing a fish ladder on the St. Joseph River because of the threat from Asian carp.

A 27 lb bighead caught in the St. Croix River this week is a sign of a feared disastrous invasion.  Conservationists said that the lunker probably swam upstream from Iowa and that there's no sign the carp are reproducing in Minn. Nonetheless, its arrival couldn't have occurred

Collapse of Lake Huron salmon fishery offers lessons

In the mid-1990s, when disease ravaged the Lake Michigan Chinook salmon fishery, anglers flocked to Lake Huron. The glory days of Lake Huron’s fishery lasted a decade, until a combination of factors — all driven by human activities — caused the salmon population to crash in 2003-04.  It has not recovered.



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