Week of July 20, 2009

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Fishing beyond the Great Lakes

Saltwater Shoreline Fishing License Requirements Begin August 1

Florida's new shoreline fishing license requirement takes effect August 1. Resident anglers who fish for saltwater species from shore or a structure affixed to shore must have a $9 shoreline fishing license or a $17 regular saltwater fishing license.

 

Nonresident anglers need a regular nonresident saltwater fishing license to fish from shore or from a vessel. Short-term and annual nonresident fishing licenses cost between $17 and $47. Additional fees may apply to all fishing licenses, depending on where an angler purchases the license.

 

The shoreline requirement allows exemptions for resident anglers who fish in their home county, using live or natural bait, on a line or pole without a line-retrieval mechanism. This exemption does not apply to anglers who use nets, traps, gigs, spears or who gather seafood by hand or any type of

gear other than hook and line.

 

Other exemptions apply for anglers who qualify for temporary cash assistance, food stamps or Medicaid. Also, resident anglers who are age 65 or older and children under age 16 may fish without a license. Active-duty military personnel may fish without a license while home on leave in Florida.

 

Licensed fishing piers have licenses that cover everyone who fishes from them.

 

The FWC suggests the $17 regular saltwater fishing license may be the best option for most resident anglers unless they are certain they will fish only from shore or a structure affixed to shore all year.  By creating the shoreline fishing license, the Florida Legislature arranged for Florida anglers to be exempt from a more expensive federal angler registration requirement that will take effect in 2011.


84 lb girl defeats 193 lb catfish

EBRO RIVER, SPAIN -- In this corner - Jessica Wanstall, 11; weighing 84 lbs and standing 4’ 10". In that corner, one ugly catfish, 9’ long, weighing 193 lbs. The winner? Little Jessica

of Sittingbourne, England, who landed the catfish on the Ebro River in Spain - while fishing with her dad. They released the fish alive. (Daily Mail)


Beyond the Great Lakes

Governor calls for python posse

Clewiston, Florida--The Florida Everglades is now home to thousands of unwelcome Burmese pythons, descendants of unwanted pets.  Florida Governor Charlie Crist has called for a posse of python hunters, snake experts rewarded by a bounty, to kill the large snakes. Recently in Florida a pet Burmese

python escaped from its cage and killed a two-year-old girl. Fear, if not snakes, is expanding northward. Researchers at the Savannah River Ecology Lab in South Carolina are studying pythons to determine if the exotic, dangerous creatures will eventually conquer wild areas in Southeastern U.S. states.


Utility Giant to Pay Millions for Eagle Protection

PacifiCorp – one of the largest electric utilities in the West – pleaded guilty recently in Federal court in Casper, Wyoming, to unlawfully killing golden eagles and other migratory birds in the State.  The company, which does business in Wyoming as Rocky Mountain Power, was ordered to pay over $10.5 million for killing eagles and other protected birds.

 

The plea agreement responded to an information charging PacifiCorp with 34 counts of unlawfully taking golden eagles, hawks, and ravens in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. PacifiCorp has killed 232 eagles in Wyoming from January 2007 to the present.  The company, which pleaded guilty to all 34 counts, has been sentenced to pay a $510,000 criminal fine and an additional $900,000 in restitution and will spend the next five years on probation.   During this period, PacifiCorp has been ordered to spend $9.1 million to repair or replace its equipment to protect migratory birds from

electrocution in Wyoming.

 

Electrocution of eagles or other large birds can occur when a bird perches on the cross arm of a power pole and completes an electrical circuit by touching two energized wires or an energized wire and a ground.  Eagles collected by Federal and State officials are sent to the Service’s National Eagle Repository, where they are distributed to Native Americans for religious and cultural use.

 

Avian electrocution and collision problems are not new: the first documented collision of a bird with a telegraph line occurred in 1876, and the first reported eagle electrocution on a transmission line was in 1922.  Problems persist in many parts of the United States, including Wyoming, where Service special agents documented at least 1,031 eagles killed by electrocution since 1991.


National

Thirty-Three States File Supreme Court Brief Challenging Handgun Bans

Two-thirds of the nation's attorneys general have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in the case of NRA vs. Chicago and hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The 

33 attorneys general,  along with California's attorney general in a separate filing, concurred that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental individual right to  keep and bear arms in the home for self-defense, disagreeing with the decision recently issued by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of  Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Feds announce renewed commitment, to eliminate Pythons from Everglades

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in  partnership with the State of Florida and other stakeholders, are renewing their commitment and expanding existing programs to eliminate  Burmese pythons from the Everglades.

 

The Burmese python (Python molurus), a large exotic snake, is well-established in the Everglades.  Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and the Water Conservation Areas, represent the core areas of the python infestation.

 

As effective predators, pythons are having negative impacts on native species in the Everglades ecosystem.  Because of the serious threat posed by pythons, the NPS, FWS, and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), along with the Florida Fish &

Wildlife Commission, the South Florida Water Management District, and many other partners are actively engaged in a large variety of potential python control efforts.

 

Pythons are cryptic animals – they blend into their environments extremely well - making them difficult to efficiently locate and capture.  Most python sightings and captures occur in developed areas, such as roads and canal levees, which comprise only a small percentage of potential python habitats.

 

Pythons have been observed within the largely inaccessible and remote mangrove forests of the parks.  Conservatively, scientists believe that only small fractions (0.1-5%) of pythons present on NPS lands are detected.  Given these challenges, the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service have recognized the need to consider and implement a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to python control.


CEI Injects Suppressed EPA Global Warming Report into White House Science Proceeding

Requests Agency to do more honest job Than EPA in assessing new Climate Research

Washington, D.C., July 17, 2009—.Will the federal government consider its own research on global warming as it doles out tax-funded research dollars?  The Competitive Enterprise Institute last week asked the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to do just that. 

In a comment submitted to the agency on its ocean research report, CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis asked it to consider a study initially suppressed by the EPA.  That study severely criticized EPA’s approach on global warming.  One of the major conclusions of the suppressed report was the ocean cycles appear to be the single best explanation of global temperature variations.

 

To read the whole story click here: http://cei.org/print/22862


Regional

Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for July 17, 2009

Weather Conditions

The Great Lakes Basin experienced typical warm weather for mid-July this past week. Looking to this weekend, unseasonably cool weather and a chance of precipitation are predicted. Next week, the basin should expect the weather to warm up again with a chance of thunderstorms late in the week into next weekend.

Lake Level Conditions

Lake Superior is 4 inches below the level it was a year ago while Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 7, 4, 2 and 1 inches, respectively, higher than their levels of a year ago. Lake Superior is expected to rise 2 inches over the next month. Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are predicted to decline 1, 4, 4, and 6 inches respectively over the next 30 days. Over the next several months, Lake Superior is predicted to be near its level of a year ago. Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, and Erie are forecasted to remain at or above last year's levels during the same time period. Lake Ontario is forecasted to be at or below its levels of a year ago over the next six months. 

Current Outflows/Channel Conditions

In June, the outflow from Lake Superior through the St. Mary's River was near average, while the outflow from Lake Michigan-Huron through the St. Clair River was below average. The

Detroit and Niagara Rivers carried near average flows during June. The outflow from Lake Ontario through the St. Lawrence River was above average. 

Alerts

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

 

 

Superior

Mich-Huron

St. Clair

Erie

Ontario

Level for July 17

601.48

578.87

 

575.03

572.31

246.52

Datum, in ft

601.1

577.5

572.3

569.2

243.3

Diff in inches

 

 +5

 

   +16

 

+31

 

+36

 

+37

Diff last month

 

+2

 

 +1

 

-1

 

-1

 

-2

Diff from last yr

 

-4

 

+7

 

+4

 

+2

 

+1


Great Lakes restoration initiative to hold public meetings

There will be public hearings on the proposed $475 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding Plan.  The public is invited to participate in these meetings on the President's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to learn about the Initiative as well as provide feedback on the Initiative's plans and programs.  A series of Public Meetings will be held in July and August throughout the Great Lakes Basin on the Initiative.

 

One important area is to make sure that mass marking gets on the radar screen of USEPA.  It is strongly recommend that the angling public have some representation at these public meetings to express their strong support and justification for funding for mass marking.

 

Decision makers need to understand that 1) managing Great Lakes fish communities and how stocked trout and salmon affect them is as important as achieving habitat and water quality goals, 2) that mass marking is a tool that Great Lakes fish managers require to do the best job possible managing the fish communities, and 3) that mass marking is strongly supported by the angling public/stakeholders.

 

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a unique opportunity to make that case and realize operational funding for mass marking.

 

 Schedule of Public Meetings:

   ILLINOIS

         July 22, 2009, 6-8 PM CDT

         USEPA Region 5 Office, Room 331

         77 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL  60604

        www.epa.gov/region5/visitor/index.htm

   NOTE: This meeting will also be Webcast

 

   INDIANA

         July 23, 2009, 5-7 PM CDT

         IN Department of Environmental Mgmt

         8380 Louisiana St, Merrillville, IN  46410

 

   MICHIGAN

August 3, 2009, 5-7 PM EDT

Kellogg Center Auditorium

         55 S Harrison Ave, E Lansing, MI  48824

         www.kelloggcenter.com/

 

MINNESOTA

         August 4, 2009, 4-6 PM CDT

         EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Laboratory

         Gitchee Gumee Conference Center

         6201 Congdon Blvd, Duluth, MN 55804

      www.epa.gov/med/About_Div/directions_from_airport.htm

 

 NEW YORK

         July 29, 2009, 5-7 PM EDT

         Radisson Riverside, Fitzhugh Room

         120 Main St E, Rochester, NY  14604

         www.radisson.com/rochesterny_riverside

 

   OHIO

         July 27, 2009, 6-8 PM EDT

         CanalWay Center

         State Boat Landing Room

         4524 E 49th St. Cuyahoga Hts, OH  44125

        www.clemetparks.com/education/facilities/index.asp

 

   PENNSYLVANIA

         July 28, 2009, 6-8 PM EDT

         Tom Ridge Environmental Center

         Presque Isle State Park, Rm 112

         301 Peninsula Dr, Erie, PA  16505

         www.dcnr.state.pa.us/trecpi/shared-pages/getting-in-touch.html

 

   WISCONSIN

         July 21, 2009, 5-7 PM CDT

         Doubletree Hotel Milwaukee City Center

         Wisconsin Room

         611 W. Wisconsin Avenue

         Milwaukee, WI  53203

         http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/MKECCDT-Doubletree-Hotel-Milwaukee-City-Center-Wisconsin/index.do


General

Berkley Trilene TransOptic Wins Best Line Award at 2009 ICAST New Product Showcase

Berkley Trilene TransOptic has been awarded the Best Line Award on Wednesday at the 2009 ICAST show.  After four years in development, Berkley has designed a nylon monofilament line that captures UV rays to physically change the line's color, making the line a hi-vis gold above the water and transparent below the surface where the UV rays are filtered out. The color-changing line benefits anglers that spend their days watching their line for the subtlest of bites. Anglers see the line, fish don't.

 

"Four years ago we saw a need for a line that benefited

anglers that needed a monofilament that could be watched,"

said Berkley Product Manager, Clay Norris. "Through efforts with our product innovation team, we were able to come up with the technology to harness UV rays to change the color of nylon monofilament above water. Our team has worked extremely hard to be the first to produce TransOptic."

 

With superior knot strength, tough abrasion resistance and extra shock resistance, Berkley Trilene TransOptic is perfect for flipping, pitching, jigging and any application that calls for a hard hook set. Being a monofilament, the line is easily managed for a wide variety of baits and techniques.


Pflueger Arbor Combo Walks Away With Best Of Award At 2009 ICAST Showcase

Designed to handle today's superlines, the Pflueger Arbor Combo has won the ICAST show Best Combo Award.

 

With the introduction of the new Pflueger Arbor spinning reel, it became apparent the reel needed a special rod to benefit from the reel's oversized spool. Not just any spinning rod would do. The result is a perfectly matched and balanced rod and reel combination that takes advantage of the reel's design and purpose.

 

"We designed this rod n' reel combo to fish the new generation superlines," said Andrew Wheeler, Pflueger Product Manager. "Whether an angler decides to throw the fluorocarbon or braided lines the Arbor's larger design is the perfect. The rod was custom built to take full advantage of the many benefits of the Pflueger Arbor."

 

The Arbor reel is highlighted with an oversized, large arbor spool, which winds the line on to the reel in larger loops. With 7 stainless steel ball bearings, the reel is smooth on the

retrieve. Made with a hybrid aluminum construction the reel is

lightweight. An oversized carbon fiber washer manages the sealed drag system. Additional features include a graphite rotor, Sure-Click bail and solid aluminum bail wire.

 

For the rod, Pflueger started with a one-piece IM-8 graphite blank for its lightweight and enhanced sensitivity. To complement the line coming off the reel's oversized spool, the Large Arbor Guide Concept system was developed. This includes a larger stripper guide that is reversed. This reduces line buildup before the front guide during casting.

 

The remaining guides are also oversized to keep the line moving freely and are made from durable stainless steel. The cork handle split grip design provides a comfortable command of the combo and the graphite reel seat holds the Arbor reel securely to the rod.

 

Two models are available; the Arbor 7430 reel is matched with the 6'6" Arbor medium-light action rod. The Arbor 7440 reel comes on the 7'0" Arbor medium action rod. MSRP for the Pflueger Arbor Combo is $99.95.


Sportfishing Industry Awards 2009 "Best of Show" Honors

Orlando, Florida - ICAST 2009, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, the world's largest sportfishing tradeshow, was in full swing from July 15-17, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Over 7,200 representatives from the sportfishing industry, including over 2,200 buyers and over 500 media representatives, were gathered to see the latest innovations in tackle, gear and apparel and network with the global sportfishing community.

 

The sportfishing industry's premier trade event is produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry's trade association which is headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

 

This year, the 52nd year of ICAST, the New Product Showcase, the tradeshow's flagship event, was more competitive than ever. Sponsored by ESPN Outdoors/BASS, 208 exhibiting companies entered 600 tackle products and accessories into the New Product Showcase. The product category with the most product submissions was the hard lure category.

 

This year the Hobie Cat Mirage Pro Angler, both a boat and a kayak, was voted by buyers and media as the most innovative product in the ICAST 2009 New Product Showcase in both the Marine category and the overall "Best of Show."

 

This year's New Product Showcase winner's also included first-time ICAST exhibitors Cablz, Inc., USA Custom Rods and Better Bait Systems.  Eight returning ICAST exhibitors were also first-time winners. They are: Durasafe, Master Vision, Ross Reels USA/Ross Worldwide Outdoors, Sebile USA and Hobie Cat. Three 2008 showcase winners - Shimano, Pure Fishing and Plano Molding Company - also won Best of Show honors in 2009.

 

"Each year, I am amazed by the quality of new products that are unveiled at the New Product Showcase and this year was no different," said Mike Nussman, ASA's president and CEO. "I congratulate all of the winners and everyone who participated

in the New Product Showcase, from the companies who worked hard to develop these innovations to the buyers and media who served as judges."

 

Making up a special section of ICAST's 400,000-square-foot show floor, the New Product Showcase provides special visibility for the industry's latest innovations in gear and accessories. Buyers and media representatives judged the products based on their levels of innovation, execution, workmanship and practicality to select "Best of Show" honors in 17 categories, as well as the overall "Best of Show" winner.

 

2009 ICAST New Product Showcase Award Winners

For product details, images and other information please contact the individual award winners listed below.

 

Overall Best of Show - Hobie Cat - Hobie Mirage Pro Angler

Apparel - Cablz, Inc. - Cablz

Electronics - Lowrance-Navico - Lowrance HDS-10

Eyewear - Costa Del Mar Sunglasses - Zane

Fishing Accessory - Durasafe - Codeable Locks

Giftware - Master Vision - Mini Lantern

Kids Tackle - Ross Reels USA/Ross Worldwide Outdoors - Journey Youth Fly Fishing Outfit

Line - Pure Fishing - Berkley Trilene TransOptic

Soft Lure - Sebile USA - Magic Swimmer Soft Pro Model

Hard Lure - Sebile USA - Spin Shad

Marine - Hobie Cat - Hobie Mirage Pro Angler

Freshwater Reel - Shimano - Stradic CI4

Saltwater Reel - Daiwa - Saltist Lever Drag

Freshwater Rod - USA Custom Rods - Camo Stix

Saltwater Rod - G. Loomis - Pro Green 882S

Tackle Management - Plano Molding Company - Liqua-Bait Locker System

Terminal Tackle - Better Bait Systems - Circle Hook Rig

 

In 2010, ICAST will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 14-16, 2010. ICAST 2011 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 13-15, 2011.


2nd Amendment issues

Thirty-Three States File Supreme Court Brief Challenging Handgun Bans

Two-thirds of the nation's attorneys general have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in the case of NRA vs. Chicago and hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The

33 attorneys general,  along with California's attorney general in a separate filing, concurred that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental individual right to  keep and bear arms in the home for self-defense, disagreeing with the decision recently issued by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of  Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Illinois

IDNR to Release More Fish Into Rock River

Stocking to assist recovery of fishery following June fish kill

OREGON, IL – The Illinois DNR, on July 16 released hatchery-raised northern pike into the Rock River to further assist the recovery of the river fishery following a significant fish kill that occurred in late June. 

 

As many as 4,000 northern pike raised at the IDNR Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery were released into the Rock River on Thursday, July 16.  Personnel from the IDNR Division of Fisheries released the fish at the boat access ramp at Castle Rock State Park.  The boat access area is on the Rock River adjacent to Ill. Rt. 2 between Oregon and Grand Detour.

 

Northern pike are a sport fish that are normally found in

relatively low densities in the Rock River.  The fish stocked this week average about 9" in length and will be expected to distribute themselves over a significant area of the river that was effected by the recent fish kill.  The IDNR previously stocked more than 50,000 smallmouth bass in into the Rock River shortly after the fish kill. These and other fish stockings should provide a boost to recreational fishing opportunities on the Rock.

 

IDNR biologists estimated more than 72,000 fish valued at more than $272,000 were lost in the Rock River fish kill event first reported on June  20-21.  The Illinois EPA is working with the Illinois Attorney General’s office on enforcement action.   

 


Beretta, Browning & Remington take major sponsorship roles at 2009 SCTP Nationals

With more than 1,000 SCTP shooters preparing to compete in the upcoming National Championships at the World Shooting and Recreation  Complex in Sparta, Illinois on July 23 - 26, 2009, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is pleased to announce that Beretta,  Browning, and Remington have stepped up to become major sponsors of this year's event.

 

Browning Day will kick-off the weekend's festivities on Friday, July 24th. Browning has donated special Browning merchandise for which will be awarded for daily prizes as well as the HOA awards. The High All-Around Team Champion Trophies have also been donated by Browning.

Beretta Day has been slated for Saturday, July 25th. Donations include Beretta Model 391 Trap and Sporting Clays Shotguns for the winners of the Beretta SCTP Last Competitor Standing and Beretta SCTP Shootout events plus Beretta Shopping Sprees at the Beretta building. Beretta will also be hosting the cookout preceded by a shooting exhibition by Beretta's shooter Scott Robertson. The Beretta Day will conclude with the Last Competitor Standing competition.

Sunday, July 26th has been designated as Remington Day.

Prizes donated by Remington include 12 Model 1100 Competition Shotguns. During the Opening Ceremony Remington will randomly draw from ALL registered Sporting Squads one squad whose three members will each receive an 1100 Competition Shotgun. During the Closing Ceremony, Remington will do the same for a Skeet Squad (3 shotguns) and a Trap Squad (5 shotguns). Remington will also provide an 1100 Competition Shotgun for the high score posted at the Remington SCTP Shootout and cases of ammunition to the SCTP National Championship Winning Squads in each discipline.

 

Winchester Ammunition has stepped up to support the National Championships by donating Commemorative Value Packs and will also give away $100 Gear Cards to ten participants found wearing a Winchester pin each day. Friday's Opening Ceremony features a performance by Winchester's Patrick Flanagan.

Other donors include White Flyer, the first major sponsor of SCTP who has sponsored registered targets at every SCTP National Championship, Ruger with its Ruger Rimfire Challenge, Promatic, Hodgdon, MEC, Spolar, Zanders, Downrange, and Americase.

 


Indiana

Near-record spring season for turkey in Indiana

The 2009 spring season harvest was Indiana’s second highest since modern-day turkey seasons began 40 years ago, exceeding the 2008 harvest by 789 birds.

 

Of the approximately 59,000 hunters who pursued wild turkey in the state this spring, 12,993 were successful. Wild turkeys were killed in 88 of  the 92 counties open to turkey hunting during the regular season, April 22 to May 10, and the youth season, April 18 and 19. A total of 978 birds—7.5 % of the statewide harvest—were taken during the youth season, which is held before the regular season.

 

“Adult gobblers made up 81 % of the total harvest. Many hunters reported not seeing jakes this spring. The below-average reproductive success of 2008, especially in those areas that experienced extensive flooding during the brood

rearing period of early June, was a contributing factor,” said

Steve Backs, DNR wildlife biologist. Backs said the reasons for the increased harvest number probably were a combination of general turkey population growth around the state and the steady increase in turkey hunter numbers.

 

“Lower production was most evident in the western portions of the state, especially west-central Indiana, where the only regional decline occurred. The south-central and southeast regions still account for more than 50 percent of the harvest. The harvest in the north region of the state continues to increase as those turkey populations grow, with several county harvests in the north taking over 200-plus birds,” Backs said.

 

Switzerland County topped the hunter success list with 530 turkeys, followed by Harrison (511), and Jefferson (447).


Michigan

Big Bay de Noc Walleye Stocking Gets Assistance

Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program aid resource
Each year at about this time walleye spring fingerlings are stocked in managed waters throughout the state.  A limited numbers of walleye eggs were collected this year due to Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) concerns statewide, the Department of Natural Resources said. 

DNR Fisheries staff collected walleye eggs in April from Little Bay de Noc for pond rearing and eventual stocking into Big Bay de Noc this year.  The Inter-tribal Fisheries Program, run by the Tribes recognized under the 1836 Treaty of Washington and based in Sault Ste. Marie, also received eggs from Little Bay de Noc in a cooperative effort to stock other Great Lakes waters.

Last week, the Inter-Tribal Fisheries Program made available to the Michigan DNR approximately 70,000 spring fingerling

walleye that they have reared.  These fish are in excess to the
Tribes’ needs and were offered for stocking back into Big Bay
de Noc.  These fish were stocked on Friday, July 10.  Big and Little Bays de Noc are stocked on an alternate year basis due to their large size and the number of walleye required.  Management plans required Big Bay stocking this year.

 

“We are very appreciative of this offer from the Tribes to help assist the State in rehabilitating the Bay’s walleye fishery” said Jim Dexter, Lake Michigan Basin coordinator for Fisheries Division.

The DNR is operating only two rearing ponds in the Upper Peninsula this year.  These ponds did not produce as well as expected due to a later than normal harvest necessary to accommodate further VHS disease testing.  Combined stocking efforts should result in nearly 250,000 spring fingerlings being stocked this year into Big Bay, well below the 750,000 fish requested.


Outdoor Recreational Safety Weekend Slated for July 25-26 in Davison

The Michigan DNR Law Enforcement Division, in partnership with the City of Burton Parks and Recreation Dept, will hold the fourth annual Michigan Outdoor Recreational Safety (MORS) Weekend on July 25-26 at Williams Gunsight and Outfitters, Inc., located at 7389 Lapeer Rd. in Davison. Registration is open to any youth interested in obtaining safety certification in hunter education, snowmobile, off-road vehicle and marine operation.

 

“This is a great opportunity for young people interested in outdoor recreation to get four safety certifications over the course of one weekend,” said Sgt. Thomas Wanless, DNR conservation officer an event organizer. “MORS Weekend was created to educate students in the safety, ethics, responsibilities and laws in each program that is covered, while using a hands-on approach. Once students successfully complete these programs, they are issued their state safety certificates allowing them to enjoy Michigan’s outdoors in a safe and more knowledgeable manner.”

Prior to the MORS Weekend, students and their parents must attend a mandatory registration session and course on first aid, survival and ethics that will be held at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Williams Gunsight and Outfitters. Classes on Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26, start with a 7:45 a.m. sign-in. There is a $5 fee due at pre-registration, and all materials will be provided.  Students should not bring any firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, knives or any other equipment with them. Preference will be given to those students ages 10-16 who need all four safety certificates.  Students under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult for all classes, including the mandatory session on July 8.

 

The program will be held rain or shine, and class size is limited to 60 students. To pre-register for MORS Weekend, contact the City of Burton Parks and Recreation Department no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, at 810-743-1500, extension 264.

 


Wolves thrive in the UP

Marquette, Michigan--A new wolf survey indicates 600 wolves now live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This is about 70 more wolves than the previous year and the gain is consistent with

earlier surveys. Since 2003 officials have killed 51 wolves that were too bold around humans or pets, were sick, or were habitual livestock predators.


New York

New York Statewide Angler Survey 2007

The 2007 New York Statewide Angler Survey provides the results of a random survey of approximately 20,000 anglers that fished the freshwaters of New York State during the 2007 calendar year. The survey was conducted by the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Bureau of Fisheries.

 

The results of the survey are provided in 4 reports. Report 1 contains statewide estimates of angler effort and expenditures, as well as breakouts by region, and major water body. It also provides estimates of specific use of New York's fisheries broken out by species fished for; region fished, and water body.

Report 2 assesses angler characteristics, preferences, satisfaction, and opinions on management topics.

Report 3 provides estimates of angler effort and expenditures in New York State Counties.

Report 4 compares two different survey methods used in this study and provides an analysis of trends in fishing effort

 

Summary Report (309 kb PDF)

Report 1: Angler Effort and Expenditures (1,048 kb PDF)

Report 2: Angler Characteristics, Preferences, Satisfaction, and Opinion on Management Topics (836 kb PDF)

Report 3: Estimated Angler Effort and Expenditures in New York State Counties (287 kb PDF)

Report 4: Survey Method Comparison and Analysis of Trends in Fishing Effort (320 kb PDF)


 

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