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Champion announces third-annual Range Contest

Online Entry Now Open

The third-annual Champion® Range Contest is underway. This promotion gives shooters a chance to win the ultimate personal shooting range—a fully-outfitted shooting range system valued at more than $1,700. Two additional prize packages are also up for grabs. Prizes include Champion’s top trap throwers, ballistic shooting glasses, ear protection, VisiColor™ targets, EasyHit shotgun sights and much more. Shooters can enter online by submitting a 200-word essay by the end of the year. Tom Knapp, one of today’s greatest exhibition shooters and a holder of three world records, will crown the winner.

ONALASKA, Wis. - August 2, 2011 - Champion® announces the third annual Range Contest. This promotion gives shooters a chance to win a fully-outfitted personal shooting range system worth more than $1,700—all with a 200-word online essay submission. Two additional prize packages are also up for grabs. Legendary exhibition shooter Tom Knapp will determine the finalists.
Contest Details
Shooters can enter the Champion Range Contest at www.ChampionBackyard.com. A compelling 200-word essay describing why they are the perfect contestant to receive a fully-outfitted shooting range system is all it takes to win. To submit essays and see the official rules, go to www.ChampionBackyard.com.

Amazing Prize Packages
Three lucky shooters will each be awarded a personal shooting range system. The grand prize is a fully-loaded shooting range system worth more than $1,700. Two

additional prize packages also include some great
Champion gear. All of the shooting range systems are filled with the latest and greatest from Champion—trap throwers, VisiColor targets, eye and ear protection, shooting accessories and more. Check out the complete prize packages and see some suggested range layouts online at www.ChampionBackyard.com.


New from Champion: Stunning VisiColor™ Zombie Targets
Champion’s latest targets are VisiColor Zombies. These targets deliver vivid, high-resolution images for ultimate realism. VisiColor technology indicates different shot zones with different colors. Bright radiation green color show hits to vital zones. Body shots deliver fluorescent yellow reactions. Misses and accidental hit to hostages and background areas appear white. Look for these targets to arrive on store shelves by Labor Day.

Two different VisiColor Zombie Target variety packs will be available; both consisting of three designs with two targets each. Bulk packs featuring two additional designs will also be on sale. To see “Eddie the Executive” and his freaky friends, visit www.ChampionTarget.com/targets/interactive/visicolor_zombie.aspx.

To check out the entire Champion lineup, please visit www.ChampionTarget.com.

About Champion®
Champion is a leading provider of quality trap throwers, paper targets, metal targets, clay targets, hearing and eye protection and shooting systems. For more information please visit www.ChampionTarget.com.


Great Lakes Water Levels for Aug 5, 2011 


The Great Lakes basin started the week off with warmer than average temperatures which became milder as the week progressed.  The region has received some rain showers so far in the first few days of August, but the weather for Thursday and Friday looks to be mostly sunny.  Temperatures will increase over the weekend as scattered thunderstorms return for many areas on Saturday and Sunday.  Monday should be partly cloudy, except in eastern regions of the basin where the chances for thunderstorms linger.  Temperatures are expected to drop back to near seasonal averages next week.


Currently, Lake Superior is 3 inches above its level of a year ago and Lake Michigan-Huron is near last year's level.  Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 5, 7, and 2 inches, respectively, higher than they were at this time last year. Over the next thirty days, Lake Superior is projected to rise 1 inch and Lake Michigan-Huron is expected to fall 2 inches.  The water levels of Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are forecasted to decline 6, 5, and 6 inches, respectively, over the next month. 


Lake Superior's outflow through the St. Mary's River is projected to be below average for the month of August.  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 August.  Lake Erie's outflow through the Niagara River is predicted to be above average and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River is predicted to be above average.


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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Omega-3s may protect infants against common disorders

Even more benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have been found this week. Researchers at Emory University have discovered that consuming these compounds during pregnancy may protect babies against diseases that can occur in infancy.


“This is a large scale, robust study that underscores the importance of good nutrition during pregnancy,” said researcher Usha Ramakrishnan, Ph.D. “Our findings indicate that pregnant women taking 400 mg of DHA (omega-3s) are more likely to deliver healthier infants.”

Babies whose mothers took omega-3 supplements saw a 25 percent reduction in cold symptoms during their first month of life. After three months, the babies spent 14 percent less time ill. By the time they reached 6 months of age, the children were experiencing less difficulty breathing and shorter incidences of fever.


All of the infants who participated in the study were breastfed. Researchers also found increased levels of omega-3s in the breast milk, suggesting that may be why the babies experienced the effects of the omega-3s long even after being born.



Grants announced for 23 lake, river projects

New grants for the care of Indiana's water bodies this year totaling more than $890,000 have been awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program, part of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.


The projects involve 15 counties and were submitted by local sponsors who commit to sharing a portion of the total cost. DNR's portion comes from the Lake Enhancement fee paid annually by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The grants allow for the completion of projects that would have been difficult for local organizations to fund on their own.  The new LARE grants involve biological and engineering projects, including design, diagnostic and engineering feasibility studies, and construction.   


 “When completed, these projects should improve aquatic habitat and recreational opportunities, and provide a positive impact to the local economy where they are implemented.  Several watershed land-treatment projects received funding to assist landowners with water-quality concerns near locally important streams. These grants are awarded to soil and water conservation districts that work with landowners to carry out practices that help keep nutrients and sediment out of lakes and streams. 


Several sediment removal projects were also funded to assist with dredging projects at publicly accessible lakes. These projects are designed to help local sponsors remove

accumulated sediment that interferes with recreation and public access. 


A list of projects by water body, county, project type and grant award follow:

Free beginner waterfowl hunting workshops to be offered this fall

Two free waterfowl hunting workshops will be offered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources this fall.  The first will be at Grouse Ridge Public Fishing Area on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The second will be on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Monroe Lake’s North Fork Service Area, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The same material will be covered at both events – there is no need to attend both.

The workshops are intended for novice waterfowl hunters and those who want to try waterfowl hunting for the first time. All ages are welcome.
“We had folks at last year’s event aged from 8 to 73,” said DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps. “All beginners are welcome.”
Parents who already hunt waterfowl are welcome to bring children, but the material is tailored for beginners; experienced waterfowl hunters are not likely to get much out of the workshops.  Organizers hope to build on the success of last year’s novice waterfowl workshop at Monroe Lake.
“We had over 50 people at last year’s event,” Phelps said.

“Feedback from participants was excellent and helped fine-
tune the presentations for this year.” Presentation topics will include waterfowl hunting regulations; duck and goose identification; and equipment and techniques, including a show-and-tell segment. Waterfowl hunting equipment, including blinds, waders, clothing, decoys, gadgets and boats will be displayed and discussed at length.


“Despite all the equipment you can use, we stress that you can hunt ducks and geese with a minimum outlay, so we focus on what you must have,” Phelps said. DNR Law Enforcement and Fish & Wildlife personnel will be available to answer questions. Lunch will be provided.

Both workshops are free but registration for the Monroe Lake workshop is required; no registration is required for the Grouse Ridge workshop. Participants may register for Monroe Lake by calling South Region Law Enforcement at (812) 837-9536. Questions on the Monroe Lake workshop may be addressed to Phelps at (812) 334- 1137. Questions on the Grouse Ridge workshop may be addressed to Steve Mund at (812) 346-5596.
For more info: Adam Phelps, DNR waterfowl biologist, (812) 334-1137, [email protected].



Koi virus detected in Kent Lake fish kill

Samples taken from a June 2011 fish kill, involving an estimated 300 to 500 common carp from Kent Lake in Oakland and Livingston counties, have detected the presence of koi herpesvirus (KHV), which may have contributed to the fish kill, the Department of Natural Resources announced today.


"This virus is capable of large-scale common carp die-offs as seen in Ontario in 2007 and 2008," said Gary Whelan, DNR Fish Production Manager. "The virus is an internationally reportable disease, and it is being officially reported at this time."  KHV had not been previously found in wild fish samples in Michigan but was detected in a private koi pond near Grand Rapids in 2003.


KHV affects common carp, goldfish and koi. There are no human health effects. The impact of KHV on native minnow species, which are members of the carp family, is not known at this time. KHV disease is found worldwide and

likely was introduced to Michigan waters from the release or escape of infected ornamental fish.


"The disease is easy to confuse with other diseases such as viral hemorrhagic septicemia, so laboratory analysis is needed to confirm this disease," Whelan said. "While there are no treatments for this disease, the DNR is evaluating potential steps to manage it."


The public is reminded to contact the DNR when they see unusual fish kills at www.michigan.gov/fishing.


“This disease outbreak is another example of why the DNR reminds anglers and boaters that they need to drain bilges and live wells upon leaving a boat launch,” said Jim Dexter, Acting Chief of the DNR’s Fisheries Division. “Anglers should clean their boats, disinfect their gear, and not move live fish, to reduce the possibility of any fish diseases being transferred to new locations.”


Managed Waterfowl area hunt applications on sale to Aug. 28

The Michigan DNR is reminding hunters that applications for reserved hunts on managed waterfowl areas will be accepted from Aug. 1-28.


Reserved hunts are held both mornings and afternoons of the opening weekend of the waterfowl hunting season at Fish Point, Harsens Island, Nayanquing Point and Shiawassee River State Game Areas.  These reserved hunts offer a great opportunity for waterfowl hunters to have a guaranteed hunting spot on one of the first two days of the duck hunting season, at some of the best duck hunting areas in the state. 


The maximum party size is four hunters. For morning hunts and the second-day afternoon hunts, successful applicants must have appropriate licenses and stamps and be accompanied by one to three other appropriately licensed hunters. Youth have a special opportunity because the opening-day afternoon hunts are for those 16 and under.  Successful applicants for the opening-day afternoon hunts can have up to two adults who are 18

years of age or older with appropriate licenses and they must have at least one youth 10 to 16 years of age with the appropriate license.


Reserved goose hunts for the mornings of waterfowl hunting opening weekend are also available at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

Waterfowl reserved hunt applications, which cost $4, are available at all license agents or online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Hunters may only apply once. Drawings results will be posted at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings on Sept. 19.


Hunters have an additional opportunity to get a reserved waterfowl license by applying for the 2012 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $4 and you may apply as many times as you like. Three lucky winners will receive a hunt package that includes a reserved waterfowl, elk, bear, turkey, and antlerless deer license. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt. Season dates and regulations have not yet been established for the 2012 hunting seasons.


DNR Offers Deer Hunting Workshop for Women Aug. 20

The Department of Natural Resources is offering women an opportunity to learn the skills needed to take part in one of Michigan's favorite hunting traditions with a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Deer Hunting Workshop. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Detroit Archers Club.


Both archery and firearms deer seasons will be covered, including:

  • deer hunting regulations, rules and deer health;

  • deer hunting equipment and scent control;

  • scouting and habitat – where to find deer and places to hunt;

  • safety and hunting etiquette in the field; and

  • caring for and processing game after the harvest.


The workshop costs $20 per person, including lunch and all materials.


The Detroit Archers Club is located at 5795 Drake Rd. in West Bloomfield. For driving directions and more information about the club, visit www.detroitarchers.com. For registration forms and information on this and other BOW events, visit www.michigan.gov/bow, email [email protected] or call 517-241-2225.




Feds move against suspected illegal fishing ring

ST. PAUL, MN. (AP) -- Federal authorities say they've moved to stop a ring suspected of illegally netting and selling walleye on two Indian reservations in northern Minnesota.


The U.S. attorney's office says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service led the weekend crackdown on the Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations. Spokeswoman Jeanne Cooney tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/oPxtWf ) no one has been charged in the operation, which also involved

the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local police.


Tribal members often are allowed fish with methods such as netting that are illegal elsewhere in Minnesota.


The Pioneer Press reports allegations of illegal walleye netting have floated for years around Leech Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish, both of which are partly within reservation boundaries. Leech Lake Band members can net walleye for personal consumption only.


New York

DEC seeks participants for summer game bird surveys

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in surveys for two popular game birds: wild turkeys and ring-necked pheasants.

“Science efforts that the public can assist in provide our wildlife managers with invaluable data and give people the opportunity to partner with DEC to help monitor New York’s wildlife resources,” Commissioner Martens said. “I encourage residents to take the time to record your observations of turkeys or pheasants while exploring the forests and fields around your home or driving through the state’s beautiful landscapes this summer.”


Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey

Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons can all significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index allows DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.

During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel. Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form along with instructions and the data sheet directly at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html. Survey cards can also be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office, calling (518) 402-8886, or by e-mailing [email protected]  (type “Turkey Survey” in the subject line).


Monitoring Pheasants in the Genesee Valley Focus Area

Farmers in the 13 counties that comprise the Lake Plains of New York have partnered with DEC since 1945 to help

survey wild pheasant populations. The Department is pleased to continue this effort in the newly established “Pheasant Habitat Focus Area” in the Genesee Valley (portions of Livingston, Genesee, Wyoming and Monroe counties). The focus area was created as a part of DEC’s recently completed ten-year management plan for ring-necked pheasants. The goal of the focus area is to concentrate the efforts of public and private habitat conservation programs to benefit pheasants and other grassland birds. Surveys like these will help in monitoring pheasant populations and in evaluating the success of habitat management efforts in the focus area.


Those that farm land in Livingston, Genesee, Wyoming or Monroe counties, consider participating in the Farmer-Pheasant Inventory. No special observations are required; just those made during your normal spring and summer farming activities. If interested, contact DEC’s Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 402-8886 or by e-mail ([email protected], write “Farmer-Pheasant Inventory” in the subject line).

Those that do not farm, but would like to contribute pheasant observations from Livingston, Genesee, Wyoming and Monroe counties can join the Summer Pheasant Sighting Survey. During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age of all pheasants observed during normal travel. For a survey form, go to: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/72543.html  or call (518) 402-8886. 


Additional information available on the DEC website:

Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html 

Pheasant Habitat Focus Area & Pheasants Surveys: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/72543.html  

Citizen Science Initiatives: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/1155.html 

DEC Regional Office Contact Information: www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html 


Gerstman joins DEC as Executive Deputy Commissioner

Mctiernan To Serve As Deputy Counsel

Marc S. Gerstman has joined the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as the agency’s Executive Deputy Commissioner and Edward F. McTiernan will serve as the agency’s Deputy Counsel, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.


Gerstman formerly worked at DEC for 13 years, leading its legal team as Deputy Commissioner & General Counsel for the last six years. Marc also served as the agency’s Deputy General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs. For the past 16 years, Gerstman has managed his own law 

practice specializing in environmental, natural resource, land use, zoning, administrative and municipal law.  He started at DEC on August 4.


For the past 17 years, McTiernan served as a litigator with Gibbon, P.C., a New Jersey-based law firm, where he acted as a director and led the firm’s environmental practice group. In this role, McTiernan represented clients before federal and state administrative agencies and litigated complex environmental actions. McTiernan also previously held positions as an environmental scientist focused on site remediation. He starts at the agency Aug. 29.



Blue Catfish Project Moves to Hoover Reservoir

COLUMBUS, OH – Yearling and fingerling blue catfish will be stocked into Hoover Reservoir for the first time in the fall of 2011, according to the Ohio DNR.  This stocking effort is part of a pilot project conducted by the division’s Inland Fisheries Research Unit to determine if stocking blue catfish can create trophy fisheries in Ohio reservoirs.   


This is the second time that blue catfish will be stocked in Ohio waters in more than 30 years.  Blue catfish are native to Ohio, but are currently found only in the Ohio River and its tributaries.  The Ohio’s state record blue catfish was caught in the Ohio River in 2009 and weighed in at 96 lbs.


Careful monitoring of this project will determine whether annual stocking in a reservoir with suitable habitat and prey can produce a high quality fishery. If stocking results are positive and state fish hatcheries are able to meet

production demands, stocking may be expanded to additional reservoirs. 


Hoover Reservoir is an impoundment of Big Walnut Creek in Franklin County that is owned and operated by the City of Columbus.  Fisheries in this 2,880-acre reservoir are managed by the Division of Wildlife through an agreement with the City of Columbus.  


Blue catfish are similar in appearance to channel cats, however young blue cats do not exhibit the “freckled” coloration that is characteristic of young channel catfish. The edge of the anal fin (the fin on the underside of the fish closest to the tail) of blue catfish forms a straight line and is longer than that of channel catfish, which is curved.  For more information about fishing regulations, fish identification, or where to fish visit the fishing pages at www.wildohio.com.


OLEC accepting nominations through August 15

TOLEDO, OH – The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is accepting nominations for the 2011 Ohio Lake Erie Award, which will recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to enhance Ohio’s Great Lake. 


OLEC annually honors one person and one organization that have worked to protect and restore Lake Erie and its watershed. Nominating a person or organization for the award shows special appreciation for those who work to improve the lake's watershed and support the goals of Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan.


Nomination forms for this year's awards are available by calling 419-245-2514. They are also available online at http://lakeerie.ohio.gov.  

All nominees must comply with established award criteria.

Elected officials and state employees are not eligible.  A nomination should represent efforts in Ohio performed by Ohioans. 


Nomination forms must be completed and returned to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission offices by 4 p.m. on August 15. Winners will be announced at the Commission's annual meeting on Sept. 21 at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, Ohio. 


The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was created to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, enhance its water quality and promote economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the departments of transportation, development, health, agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Nominations sought for Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame

Deadline for entries is August 26, Nomination forms available online

COLUMBUS, OH - Nominations are now being accepted for the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).


For the past 45 years, the Hall of Fame has been the state's top honor for individuals who have improved the quality of life in Ohio through natural resources management, environmental education or scientific achievement.


Selection criteria and a nomination form are available at www.ohiodnr.com or by calling 614-265-6842. Nomination forms must be returned no later than August 26 to ODNR Communications, 2045 Morse Road, Building D-3,

Columbus, OH 43229.


Created by ODNR in 1966, the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame has proudly honored 155 individuals to date, including John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed), explorer John Wesley Powell, conservationist/novelist Louis Bromfield, pioneering botanist Lucy Braun, and farming conservation advocate Bob Evans.


Successful nominators of this year's Hall of Fame selections will be notified by September 12. Award presentations will be made this fall with a date and location to be announced.


The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.


Other Breaking News Items

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No Asian carp found during 4-day hunt for invasive fish in Chicago-area waterway
Authorities hunting for Asian carp in waterways near Chicago say they didn’t find any during four days of intensive monitoring.  Crews used electric jolts to stun fish and set huge nets during stepped-up surveillance of Lake Calumet and the Calumet River this week. The efforts came after tests found DNA from the carp in the waterways beyond electric barriers meant to keep them out of the Great Lakes.


BP gets OK to dump0 mercury into Lake Michigan 

A BP refinery in Indiana will be allowed to continue to dump mercury into Lake Michigan under a permit issued by the Indiana Dept of Environmental Management. The permit exempts the BP plant at Whiting, IN, from a 1995 federal regulation limiting mercury discharges into the Great Lakes to 1.3 ounces per year.


 Agricultural pollution blamed for Lake Erie blooms, fish woes

"In the 1960s, we had an overload of nutrients from sewage treatment plants, industrial plants and phosphate-rich laundry detergent," said Jeff Tyson, the head of Lake Erie fishery management at the Lake Erie Research Unit in Sandusky. The walleye and whitefish populations plummeted and the popular blue pike became extinct. 


Cleaning up the Great Lakes: Coast Guard ready to issue new ballast water rules
New standards governing the cleaning of ballast water in ocean-going freighters, about to be adopted by the U.S. Coast Guard, should help prevent release of non-native species into the Great Lakes and other threatened U.S. waters, such as San Francisco Bay and the Chesapeake Bay.


Sea lampreys gaining the upper hand
For fifty years Canada and the U.S. have been battling an eel-like creature across the Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are parasites that drill holes in fish to feed on blood and body fluids.

Crews hunting for Asian carp in lake near Chicago
Crews are searching for invasive Asian carp near Chicago following several recent discoveries of their genetic material in Lake Calumet.


Invasive clams reach Finger Lakes)
Dive teams that spread underwater mats to smother invasive Asian clams in an Adirondack lake this spring are now sifting the sandy bottom of a lake in New York's Finger Lakes wine country to determine how widely the water-befouling mollusks have spread there.


Agricultural pollution blamed for Lake Erie blooms, fish woes
The blooms are back on Lake Erie, and are just as destructive as in the 1960s. An overload of nutrients was the culprit a half-century ago, and it is again, but from a different source.


Great Lakes water levels meeting in Superior August 9
The International Upper Great Lakes Study will hold a public meeting in Superior, Wisconsin this month about its most recent project: examining Great Lakes water levels.


Regs loosened on controlling cormorants in Michigan to help Fish populations

A new experimental approach to managing double-crested cormorants in Michigan will allow officials to cull birds without historical population data and will relax regulations on minimal colony sizes is some areas.




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