Week of May 17, 2010

Misc New Fishing-Boating Products
Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

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Misc New Fishing-Boating Products

Berkley Flicker Shad Reintroduced

Revamped and Revived Flicker Shad

With all the fish-specific baits hitting the markets, Berkley is bringing back the Flicker Shad, a bait that especially targets walleye and bass. Designed with internal weight transfer for bullet-like precision casts and a unique swimming action to mimic a fleeing baitfish, the Flicker Shad will be the go-to bait for cranking presentations.


When Berkley first introduced the Berkley Flicker Shad, anglers wanted more colors from the great action hardbait. With some design help from our pro team and advanced engineering in the lab the new Berkley Flicker Shad is now available. Not only are a dozen new colors launched, the bait features Mustad Ultra Point Hooks for deep penetrating hook sets.


“Crankbaits are always the way to go when fish are suspended and we wanted a bait to supplement our Gulp! And PowerBait presentations,” said Berkley Walleye Pro Gary


Parsons. “The Berkley Flicker Shad were designed to provide an erratic action through the water that catches the fish’s attention.”


Floating Flicker Shads are available in 2" and 3" lengths and 12 fish-attracting colors including Black Gold, Black Gold Sunset, Black Silver, Blue Tiger, Chartreuse Pearl, Chrome Clown, Firetiger, Pearl White, Purple Tiger, Rainbow Spectrum, Red Tiger and Shad.


The 5-cm (2" version has a retrieve depth in the range of 9 to 11 feet. The 7-cm (3") bait has a typical depth on retrieve of 11 to 13 feet.



About $4.49



Stanley Lures introduces the Y-NOT plastic bait

Nothing on the market today compares!


The name comes from its simple Y-shaped body, yet there is nothing simple about this lure's design and it's uncanny  ability to mimic a living, breathing crawfish. It drives bass  crazy!


Small air pockets are built into the legs of the Y-NOT.  Rattlers can be placed into the air pockets for added

attraction or the chambers can be left empty to trap air for a greater buoyancy. When bouncing the Y-NOT

along the bottom of a lake or pond the two legs stand  straight up, imitating with amazing realism a defensive

crawfish with pincers in the air.


With every cast of the Y-NOT, air is trapped in the air chambers and within the dozens of soft, flexible rings surrounding the lure's body and legs. Tiny air bubbles are emitted from the soft bait each time it is jerked or  twitched through the water. Just like live prey, bass are drawn to the “breathing” bait by the sound and sight of  the air bubbles. The air pockets and small rings of the  legs and the larger rings surrounding the thick body  trap enough air to keep it “breathing” for several feet.

The collapsible rings feel like something alive. When  the fish grabs it, they just hold on.  Bass hang on tight and it's hard to miss the  fish when setting the hook.  The Y-NOT is ideal  for Carolina and Texas rigging. It's the perfect bait to  use with Drop Shots and Shakey Heads, and there is no better jig trailer. The soft bait is  great for pitching, flipping, and suspending. When pulled behind a bare hook the Y-NOT looks amazingly like a frog. The trapped air adds a  buoyancy that floats the soft bait along the water's surface. As the air bubbles escape the lure  sinks so slowly, that it looks just like a frog swimming with outstretched legs. Add a 5/0 hook and  the bait will suspend the hook, sinking ever so slowly.”


Place a #5 rattler in each of the two air chambers and the Y-NOT works great in muddy water or at  night, when anglers need a little something extra to get the fish's attention. Also, fish-attracting  scents cling to this bait longer when placed into the hollow chambers in the legs or between the  soft, flexible rings.


Available in 3.5 and 4" sizes and 10 top producing colors.


About $4.99 4 pak





Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

Winchester adds Two Models to its Historical Line of Lever Action Rifles

John M. Browning could be called the greatest gun designer of all time, and two designs he made for Winchester Repeating Arms, the 1895 and 1886 lever action rifles were a couple of his finest. Expanding on past offerings of these two masterpieces, Winchester Repeating Arms is now offering Grade I configurations in both models.


Both the 1895 and 1886 are being made in very limited quantities.   Interested gun owners should contact their local Winchester Repeating Arms dealer immediately if they are interested in buying one.


The 1895 Grade I features a deeply blued receiver, lever and barrel.  It has a straight buttplate and satin finish walnut stock and forearm.   The adjustable buckhorn rear sight and sculpted front blade remind you of guns of past generations.   The addition of a tang safety in


addition to the standard hammer safety adds a little modern touch to the rifle.  The 1895 Grade I is available in 405 Winchester, 30-40 Craig and 30-06.  It is a beautiful rifle with a link to the past. 


About $1,179.00


The 1886 Extra Light Grade I rifle also features a deeply blued receiver, lever and barrel.  In addition, it has a blued steel end cap and straight buttplate.  The rifle features a classic half length magazine for the 45-70 cartridges that the rifle is chambered for. The sight on the 1886 is an adjustable rear buckhorn design with a bladed front. The rifle also is designed with a tang safety.  


About $1,269.00



Smith & Wesson Introduces New Self Defense (SD) Pistol Series

Smith & Wesson has unveiled a new line of firearms designed to assist with personal and home protection needs - the Smith & Wesson Self Defense (SD) Series. Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W, the Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 semi-automatic pistols offer a variety of features requested by individuals for use at home and for personal defense applications.


"The new SD9 and SD40 pistols combine the best of both price and functionality in a reliable, ergonomic firearm engineered with one specific goal in mind - self defense," said Tom Kelly Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson. "Each year thousands of people across the United States set out to find a firearm for home defense purposes that meets their requirements in terms of dependability, accuracy, comfort and value. With the introduction of the new Self Defense Series, we have addressed each of these criteria while also providing the peace of mind long associated with the Smith & Wesson name."


Manufactured with a lightweight polymer frame, the striker fired SD9 and SD40 feature a stainless steel slide and 4" barrel. Both pistols are standard with a black Melonite finish that helps to reduce unwanted glare while yielding a surface hardness of 68 on the Rockwell scale. Among the key features found on the Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 is the new Self


Defense Trigger (SDT). Providing a smooth, consistent trigger pull from the first round to the last, the SDT design not only improves accuracy but also provides users with a heightened sense of confidence during the most stressful situations. To help aid in precise shot placement and quick sight alignment when it matters the most, the SD9 and SD40 pistols feature an easily visible tritium front night sight and a steel, white two-dot rear sight.


For improved firearm control, the SD pistol has been fitted with an 18° slim, ergonomic grip with aggressive front and back strap texturing. The Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 are also standard with distinctive front and rear slide serrations that enable convenient and comfortable manipulation of the slide. Underneath the barrel, a universal Picatinny-style equipment rail is standard for optional tactical lights, lasers and other popular accessories. The Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 have also been built with a textured finger locator, which is placed directly above the trigger guard on the left and right side of the frame.


The SD9 is available with either a 16+1 or 10+1 round capacity while the SD40 is standard with either a 14+1 or 10+1 magazine capacity. Both pistols have an unloaded weight of 22.7 ounces and a slender width of 1.29". The SD9 and SD40 are supplied with two magazines and the Smith & Wesson lifetime service policy is standard with each pistol.


About $429.00



Smith & Wesson adds new .22 LR Pistol to M & P Series

Smith & Wesson Corp. has added a new model to the Military & Police (M&P) Series of firearms with the introduction of a semi-automatic pistol based on the popular M&P15-22 rifle - the M&P15-22P pistol. Engineered on a dedicated .22 LR tactical platform, the M&P15-22P offers shooters reduced size and weight while retaining the same operating features and versatility of the full-length tactical rifle.


Built on a high strength polymer upper and lower receiver, the M&P15-22P features a 6" carbon steel barrel with an overall length of 15 inches. The new pistol operates on a conventional blow back semi-auto action and is standard with a 25 round detachable magazine.


The M&P15-22P has a barrel twist of 1 in 15" and has been fitted with an A1-style flash hider. With an unloaded weight of 51 oz, the tactical sport pistol can be enjoyed by shooting enthusiasts of all ages offering limited recoil and economical ammunition. To aid in sight alignment, the M&P15-22P is standard with a removable A2-style front post sight and an adjustable A2-style rear sight. The standard sights on the M&P15-22P can be easily removed, providing owners the


flexibility to mount a myriad of optics and sighting devices.


The M&P15-22P shares other common design features with the full-length tactical rifle including an A3-style flat top upper receiver with quad-rail handguard along with a single stage trigger. The new pistol also features a traditional AR-15 style magazine release, bolt catch and a two-position receiver mounted safety. By staying true to the 1913 Mil Std. design, the pistol will accept after-market rail accessories along with most standard pistol grips and trigger systems.


"With the availability of the new M&P15-22P, consumers have the opportunity to own a unique, multipurpose tactical sport pistol," said Tom Kelly, Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson. "By condensing the M&P15-22 platform, we are essentially offering shooters the best of both worlds.


Now target shooters, small game hunters or any individuals looking to add more excitement to their recreational shooting can have the compact feel of a semi-automatic pistol with all the adaptability and versatility of the full-size M&P15 tactical rifle."


About $ 585.00



Sharpshooter Silhouette Kit from Birchwood Casey

Built for Serious Shooting Practice

The new Sharpshooter Corrugated Silhouette Die-Cut Kit from Birchwood Casey contains 2 durable plastic corrugated 1/3 scale die-cut silhouettes, two 9" Shoot-N-C oval targets, six 4-inch Shoot-N-C oval targets and 40 1" repair paster targets.


The corrugated silhouette target is white on one side and blue on the other for maximum contrast, making it ideal for both


indoor and outdoor use, as well as low light conditions.


The Sharpshooter Corrugated Silhouette kit is compatible with all firearms and calibers and works great for self-defense or law enforcement training since the shooter can easily see their hits on the Shoot-N-C target.


About $14.60


800.328.6156 x7933



Steyr unveils Advanced Long-Range SSG 08

in .338 Lapua Magnum

Steyr Arms has substantially upped the ante on its extraordinary long-range tactical rifle, the SSG 08, with the introduction of a brand new adaptation chambered in the ultimate long-range tactical round, the .338 Lapua Magnum. A prototype of the new rifle is making its public debut this morning at the 2010 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The display of the prototype coincides with the overwhelmingly successful conclusion of the extensive 10,000-round endurance and reliability testing of the new chambering in the SSG 08 at the Austrian factory. The rifles are currently in route to the U.S. and will be available this summer.


The cold-hammer-forged barrel measures 27.17 inches to maximize the potential of the .338 cartridge, and its 1:9 twist rate will stabilize bullets up to and including the increasingly popular


300-gr. HPBT Secnar projectile. The action, magazines and

stock were lengthened to accommodate the dimensions of the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. Due to the SSG 08’s extreme accuracy potential and ability to maintain supersonic speeds at distances in excess of 1,500 meters with the .338 Lapua chambering, a 20-MOA declination scope base will also be included to make use of your favorite long-range optic. The .338 Lapua Magnum version of the SSG 08 also includes a newly designed heavy-duty bipod.


The new Steyr.338 Lapua Magnum version of the SSG O8 will be available at retailers nationwide by the end of the summer.


About $6,795.00


(205) 655-8299



Sport Shooter sets new World Record

Patrick Flanigan, a member of Team Winchester and a professional Xtreme Sport Shooter, set a new world record by shooting seven hand thrown clay targets in the air from the hip and with one hand before they all hit the ground.

Flanigan used Winchester AA ammunition and the Winchester SX3 “Flani-Gun” to set the record.


“We were filming for a TV show and I wanted to challenge myself to make the impossible happen once again. I thought this would be a great record to capture on camera,” said Flanigan. “My hand and arm were very beat up … I had thrown

more than 750 clays and shot more than 3,000 rounds for the show.  Physically I was hurting but mentally I was strong and very confident in my abilities and my sponsor's products.”


In addition to setting this new world record, Flanigan holds numerous shooting records:

• Eleven clay targets hand thrown, individually shot, from the shoulder and without assistance.

• Nine clay targets hand thrown, individually shot, from the hip and without assistance.

• Six clay targets hand thrown, individually shot with a pump shotgun, from the hip and without


• 12 rounds of AA’s shot in 1.42 seconds with the Winchester SX®3.



Feds ask for comments on Cormorant Mgmt in Michigan

Public Comment invited on a New Environmental Assessment thru June 16b

The USDA-Wildlife Services are requesting public input on a new Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding Double-crested Cormorant damage management in Michigan.  This is an opportunity to express your concerns and experiences dealing with the problem.  The new analysis will replace an EA completed in 2004 and supplemented in 2006.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS) prepared the EA in cooperation with the USFWS. The Michigan DNRE and various tribes were consulted during preparation of the EA.


The proposed management alternative would use an integrated wildlife damage management approach to reduce cormorant damage to property, aquaculture and natural resources, as well as cormorant-related risks to public safety. Physical exclusion, habitat modification or harassment would be used, when appropriate, to reduce damage. In other situations, birds may be humanely removed by shooting, egg oiling/destruction, nest destruction or euthanasia following live capture.


The proposed alternative is similar to the current management program but increases the maximum number of cormorants that may be lethally removed from 10,500 to 20,000 birds per year. It requires a minimum of 5,000 breeding pairs of cormorants be allowed to remain in the state.


Other alternatives considered include:

► Eliminating the annual limit on the number of cormorants that could be removed for the protection of public resources as long as at least 5,000 breeding pairs are allowed to remain in the state;

► Continuing the current damage management program;

► Limiting federal agencies to nonlethal damage management methods; and

► Eliminating most federal involvement in cormorant damage management.


The EA provides details on specific sites where concerns exist regarding cormorant impacts on fish populations including the Les Cheneaux Islands, Thunder Bay, Big and Little Bays de Noc, the Beaver Island Archipelago, St Mary’s River, Naubinway and Paquin Islands in Mackinac County,

Tahquamenon Island in Chippewa County, and the Ludington

Pumped Storage Project.


The preferred alternative allows for the continuation of the program in which volunteers working with Wildlife Services use harassment and limited shooting to decrease the number of cormorants in areas where fish populations appear to be particularly vulnerable. This approach has been used with apparent success at Drummond Island, Brevoort Lake, Big Manistique Lake, South Manistique Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake and Grand Lake.


The EA also considers cormorant damage management on South Manitou Island, within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, to protect the white cedar trees from damage by nesting cormorants. The National Park Service considers the ancient cedars in the Valley of the Giants on the island to be a distinctive and valuable plant community.


In 2003, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations allowing more flexibility in the management of double-crested cormorants where they are causing damage to aquaculture stock and public resources such as fisheries, vegetation and other birds. An extension to the order was completed in 2009. Without this depredation order, agencies and individuals would not be able to use lethal methods to manage cormorant damage without a federal permit.


Cormorant damage management may not be conducted at a site without landowner permission, may not adversely affect other migratory bird populations or threatened or endangered species, and must satisfy annual reporting and evaluation requirements. The Fish and Wildlife Service will ensure the long-term sustainability of cormorant populations through oversight of agency activities and regular population monitoring.


For a Copy of the 158 page EA: www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/pdfs/nepa/Michigan%20DCCO%20Final%20Public%20Draft.pdf


Hard copies may be obtained by contacting USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, 2803 Jolly Rd., Suite 100, Okemos, MI 48864, (517) 336-1928 or FAX (517) 336-1934.


Written comments on the EA will be accepted through June 16, 2010. Written comments should be submitted to the above address for USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services. When faxing a comment, a copy should also be mailed to ensure that a complete version of the text is received.

Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for May 14, 2010

Weather Conditions

Numerous scattered showers and thunderstorms along with un-seasonably cool temperatures occurred throughout the Great Lakes Basin this week. The current system moving through the basin is expected to bring up to an inch of rain in certain areas. So far, the Great Lakes basin has seen above average precipitation for the month of May. A high pressure system is expected to move through the region this weekend, bringing sunny skies and the return of seasonal temperatures. By mid-week, rain is expected to return to the basin with a low pressure system, bringing up to a half an inch of rain. 

Lake Level Conditions

Currently, all of the water levels on the Great Lakes are below last year's levels.  Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 6 and 8 inches below last year's levels, respectively.  Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are 6, 10 and 19 inches, respectively below the last year's levels.  Over the next month, the water levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are both expected to increase by 3 and 2 inches, respectively, while Lakes St. Clair and Erie are expected to rise by 1 inch.  Lake Ontario is projected to rise 5 inches over the next month.  Due to dry conditions in January through April, all of the Great Lakes are expected to be below their levels of a year ago during the next six months. 
Forecasted May Outflows/Channel Conditions

The outflow from Lake Superior into the St. Mary's River is forecasted to be below average.  The outflows from both Lake

Huron into the St. Clair River as well as the Detroit River are forecasted to be below average.  Near average outflow is expected from Lake Erie and into the Niagara River.  The flow in the St. Lawrence River is forecasted to be below average throughout the month.


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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Hunters Bag 16,565 Birds during Spring Turkey Season

Harvest up over 2009 totals

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Hunters in Illinois bagged a preliminary statewide total of 16,565 wild turkeys during the 2010 Spring Turkey Season.

The 2010 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,490 in 2009.  Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006. 


Hunters this spring took a preliminary total of 6,916 wild turkeys during all seasons in the South Zone, an increase from the harvest of 6,353 last year in the south.  The North Zone total of 9,649 wild turkeys compares with last year’s total of 9,137 in the north.  Harvests during the 2006 record year were 6,530 in the south and 10,075 in the north.  All results include harvest during the Youth Turkey Seasons.


“Weather was exceptionally cooperative during the first several seasons, particularly in the South Zone,” said Paul Shelton, IL 

DNR Forest Wildlife Program Manager.  “Hunters were on record pace until the very last season in the North Zone, when several days of morning thunderstorms slowed things down a bit.  In spite of poor reproduction during the past several years, Illinois’ turkey population has remained strong.  Weather during the next several weeks will be an important factor affecting nesting success; perhaps this will be the year that puts us over the top.” 


The top five counties for turkey harvest in the South Zone this spring were:  Pope (397), Jefferson (396), Union (356), Marion (353), and Randolph (351). The top five counties for spring turkey harvest in the North Zone this year were:  JoDaviess (628), Pike (527), Fulton (455), Adams (406), and Schuyler (348).


The 2010 spring turkey seasons were conducted April 5-May 6 in the South Zone and April 12-May 13 in the North Zone, with the youth seasons on Mar. 27-28 in the South Zone and April 3-4 in the North Zone.


Stocking Programs help Trout and Salmon Tournament

A mix of Chinook salmon, lake trout, steelhead, brown trout and Coho salmon were caught during the Hoosier Coho Club's thirty-sixth Annual Hoosier Coho Classic on the Lake Michigan waters of Indiana, May 1 and 2.


More than 960 fish were weighed in, prompting Brian Breidert, IN DNR's Lake Michigan biologist, to call this year's catch one of the best in recent years, topped only by the record-setting weights in the 2009 tournament.


Even though fish were not as large as last year's, some Chinook weighed up to 17 pounds, lake trout weighed up to 23 pounds, and a pair of brown trout cracked the upper teens in weight. Breidert and his crew collected essential biological data at the weigh-ins. Some 64 boats and more than 300 anglers fished Indiana's Lake Michigan waters each day.


"Many had been in the area fishing for more than three weeks in preparation," Breidert said, pointing to the effect on the local




The high numbers registered were no accident. The tournament was held on the tail end of the IDNR stocking program for Lake Michigan, during which more than 500,000 steelhead, 240,000 Coho salmon and 233,000 Chinook salmon were released in the northwest Indiana tributaries, the St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan. Additionally, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 93,000 lake trout at the harbor in Michigan City last fall and earlier this spring.


Bodine and Mixsawbah state fish hatchery managers Dave Meuninck and Tom Schwartz reported meeting their stocking goals.  " Our stocking programs help keep the lake ecosystem in check by controlling alewife populations, which in turn provides quality fishing opportunities for anglers fishing for trophy sized trout and salmon," Schwartz said.


Breidert said plenty fish are left, making for excellent spring fishing in Indiana's Lake Michigan waters.

Tagged muskie shows up in Oswego Lake

NORTH WEBSTER – A 46", 12-year-old muskie tagged in Lake Webster in 2005 was caught May 11 by an angler in Oswego Lake, an 83-acre basin at the west end of Lake Tippecanoe in Kosciusko County. The fish spent its first seven years of life nearly six miles upstream in Lake Webster before apparently swimming out of the lake sometime over the last five years.


According to the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, fisheries biologists captured the muskie in a trap net on March 31, 2005, in a bay at the southwest corner of Lake Webster near the lake’s outlet.  At that time, the fish was 38.5" long and estimated to be seven years old, based on examination of annual growth rings noted on bone samples taken from the fish’s fin.


“We put a small electronic tag in all of the muskies we caught in Lake Webster back in 2005 in order to keep tabs on the survival, growth and movement,” said Jed Pearson, DFW biologist. “Nearly all of the tagged muskies recaptured since then have been caught in Webster, but several have made their way downstream to the Tippecanoe Lake chain,” he said.


The tags, measuring about a half-inch long with the diameter of pencil lead, were inserted into muscle tissue of the muskies near the dorsal fin. They are similar to tags typically placed in cats and dogs for owner identification and have no effect on the fish.  The tags, however, are not visible to anglers.

So how did the fisherman who caught the wandering Oswego muskie know he had a tagged fish?


Chae Dolsen, local muskie guide in the area, takes with him on fishing trips with clients a battery-operated meter that allows him to read the tag numbers.  “Chae scans the fish he and his clients catch to see if they have tags. Then he reports the numbers and sizes of fish back to us,” Pearson said.


The tags and the tag reader were purchased by the Hoosier Chapter of Muskies, Incorporated, to enable biologists to gather more information on muskie populations in the area.  “We’ve learned a lot about muskie biology through the tagging project,” Pearson said.


“The 46-incher we caught in Oswego was only the second tagged one we’ve caught in Tippy or Oswego,” Dolsen said.  “We’ve caught a few tagged ones in James (Little Tippy).”


James Lake is the furthest eastern basin in the Tippy Chain and the first lake downstream from Webster.


“I’m not surprised to see tagged muskies showing up downstream,” Pearson said. “Anglers were catching muskies in Tippy before the mid-1990s when we first started stocking them directly into the lake. Given the amount of food and space, I’m also not surprised to see that some of them are huge.”



DNRE initiates Lake Trout Hooking-Mortality Study

Offers Rewards for Tag Returns
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds all Great Lakes anglers to report any tags they find on the fish they catch.

DNRE fisheries biologists from the Marquette and Alpena Fisheries Research Stations are beginning a new hooking-mortality study on lake trout in Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Biologists have reached an agreement with a number of veteran Lake Superior anglers from Marquette, and Lake Huron anglers from Alpena to Harrisville, to tag all lake trout they release.

The five-year study will attempt to determine hooking-mortality rates of lake trout to help evaluate whether certain size limits are having the desired management outcome.

The lake trout will be tagged with green spaghetti tags near

the dorsal fins. Anglers who turn in tags from fish they catch will receive a $10 reward from the DNRE. Anglers who release the fish should remove the tag to claim the reward and find out where and when the fish was tagged.


“We’re trying to find out if our management strategies have us going in the right direction,” said DNRE fisheries biologist Shawn Sitar from Marquette. “Obviously, we need the anglers to help collect data.”  Although the fish in the study are being released in specific areas, lake trout can roam and could turn up anywhere in the Great Lakes.

Information on the tag includes a phone number to call to report the tag. Anglers can also report tags at any DNRE service center.
For more information on tagged fish, visit the DNRE website at


NRC approves limited Sharp-Tailed Grouse Season in Eastern UP

The Natural Resources Commission has approved a limited hunting season for sharp-tailed grouse in the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula, the first open season for the upland birds since 1996.


Sharp-tailed grouse are found in mixed grass and shrub lands. The season was closed after surveys of known breeding grounds – commonly called “leks” - indicated a declining population. Subsequent research by university and Department of Natural Resources and Environment personnel, however, indicates that sharptails are less faithful to their traditional leks than originally thought and their population is likely much larger than thought.


The season runs from Oct. 10-31 with a daily bag limit of two, a possession limit of four and a season limit of six. The area open to hunting will be roughly east of M-129 south of M-48, and east of I-75 north of M-48. Please see the upcoming 2010 Hunting and Trapping Guide or visit the DNRE website at www.michigan.gov/dnrhunting for specific boundaries.


Hunters who pursue sharptails grouse will be required to obtain a free sharp-tailed grouse stamp from any license vendor or on-line.


DNRE personnel will conduct annual surveys in the sharp-tailed grouse range in the area open to hunting as well as west of the open area to monitor population trends.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Offers Shooting Skills Workshop in UP

Michigan DNRE’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Program is offering a one-day workshop for women who wish to learn more about shooting firearms and bows on Saturday, June 26, in the Upper Peninsula.


The program, held at West Branch Sportsmen’s Club in Skandia, is designed to guide women through various skills including shooting small and large bore rifles, shotguns, handguns and bows. There will be video and classroom training by certified instructors from the club before any field instruction begins.


“This event will give women an opportunity to gain experience in shooting sports,” said Sharon Pitz, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman U.P. program coordinator. “For those new to the sport, we offer plenty of one-on-one training, and women with more shooting experience can fine-tune their skills.”


The cost for the one-day event is $40, which includes all instruction, equipment, and lunch provided by the club.

Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment and ammunition. Guns and bows will be available for those that do not have their own or who wish to try other models.


Participants must be 18 or older. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. and will take place rain or shine. West Branch

Sportsmen’s Club is located at 1888 Engman Lake Rd. in Skandia. Enrollment is limited and the deadline for registration is June 18. Registration forms are available on the DNRE website at: www.michigan.gov/bow  or by phone at 906-228-6561. Payment must accompany each registration. For further information, contact Sharon Pitz at 906-228-6561 or email at [email protected].


Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops are for women, 18 and older, who wish to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. For more information on this and other upcoming BOW programs, call 517-241-2225, email [email protected]  or visit www.michigan.gov/bow.


Ohio man pleads Guilty to Poaching $23,000 Trophy Buck

After pleading guilty to four charges including taking a deer in a closed season, hunting without permission, no license and no deer permit, a Scioto County, Ohio man has been fined $23,572.05 in restitution - the largest fine ever for a poached deer in Ohio. Beginning today, the confiscated deer will be available for photographing at the ODNR District Five office in Xenia.


Johnny B. Clay, 37, of Minford pled guilty to four charges including taking a deer in a closed season, hunting without

permission, no hunting license and no deer permit. The Honorable Judge Roy E. Gabbert Jr. presided over the case and ordered Clay to pay $1,500 in fines, an additional $134 court costs, and to forfeit the deer as well as the bow he used to kill it.


In addition, Clay will lose his hunting privileges for life. Clay had 10 prior wildlife convictions for deer violations and has spent time in jail for several of those offenses. He will be entered into the Wildlife Violator's Compact and most likely will lose hunting rights in 33 other states.


Catch and release fishing yielding larger muskies

MADISON – Big muskies – really big muskies – await Wisconsin anglers this fishing season, based on what anglers reported catching and releasing last year.


“This tells you what is coming,” says Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Tim Simonson, referring to a graph he prepared showing that Muskies Inc. members reported catching and releasing 105 muskies 48 inches and longer in Wisconsin in 2009. “The 48" plus fish have been increasing every year and in 2009 was the highest ever in their 40 years of record-keeping,” says Simonson, co-leader of DNR’s musky management team.


This year, those fish are now a year older and about an inch longer, based on average growth rates among older muskies in Wisconsin.


Musky populations, heavily fished in Wisconsin in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s after four world record catches triggered a musky fishing frenzy, are now recovering and the young fish are allowed to grow bigger. (Learn more in the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine article Long Live the Kings.”.


“What we’re seeing is a combination of higher size limits and increased voluntary release of legal size fish over the years,” Simonson says. “The growth rate of muskies is slow so it’s taken a long time to produce 48-inch and larger fish.”


Wisconsin records suggest that it takes 18 years on average

for a musky to reach 50 inches, with the fish growing faster

when they’re young and slower later in life, Simonson says. Before age 10, they grow about 4 inches a year. After about age nine or 10, they grow about 1 inch per year.


The growing popularity of catch-and-release has given Wisconsin muskies time to grow. Wisconsin anglers reported releasing 96 percent of the 223,101 muskies they caught during the 2006-07 license year, the most recent statewide mail survey of anglers. This catch-and-release ethic also has helped to make this fabled “fish of 10,000 casts,” more like the fish of 3,000 casts, Simonson says.


“Our goal is to maintain catch rates of one musky every 25 hours,” he says. “That means that two anglers in a boat would spend about 12 hours to boat a fish.”


The last cast of opening day of the 2010 inland season was the best for the Nelson family. Conrad, 9, caught and released a 44" musky off the dock while his dad, Dan, was bringing the trailer to take the boat out after 8 hours of fishing. The crowd gathered in line to take their boats out broke into applause as the boys brought the fish to the dock.


Musky densities are generally very low, even in the best waters, because muskies are large top predators with low reproduction. Good musky waters average 1 adult fish for 3 surface acres, compared to up to 20 adults per 3 surface acres in good walleye lakes.


For more info: Tim Simonson (608) 266-5222

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