Week of August 22, 2011
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Beyond the Great Lakes
A 256-mile portion of the lower Missouri River reopened to all boat traffic Thursday for the first time since June. The Coast Guard and the Kansas City District of the Army Corps of Engineers opened the river from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 256.0, which encompasses the area from St. Louis to Brunswick, Mo., according to media reports.
The river remains closed from mile marker 256 to mile
marker 811 near Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, S.D. Also closed is the Big Sioux River from the confluence with the Missouri to the Military Road Bridge in north Sioux City, S.D.
The Coast Guard advises users of the river to monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 22 for any changes to the closing.
Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues
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Very nice summer weather was experienced across the Great Lakes basin this week. Temperatures were near seasonal averages and most of the region enjoyed abundant sunshine. A few locations across the northern Great Lakes did receive showers and thunderstorms, but for the most part, much of the basin remained dry. To date in August, all of the Great Lakes have seen above average rainfall. Forecasts for the upcoming weekend do show the potential for showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the Friday and Saturday timeframe. By Sunday, sunny skies and pleasant temperatures should return.
LAKE LEVEL CONDITIONS
Currently, Lake Superior is 2 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 3 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 decline 2 inches. The water levels of Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are forecasted to decline 7, 5, and 6 inches, respectively, over the next month.
FORECASTED MONTHLY OUTFLOWS/CHANNEL CONDITIONS
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.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Adding spices to a high-fat meal reduces triglyceride response by about 30 %, compared to a similar meal with no added spices, U.S. researchers say. Eating a diet rich in spices, such as turmeric and cinnamon reduces the body's negative responses to eating high-fat meals.
Study leader Sheila West of Pennsylvania State University, says eating a diet rich in spices, such as turmeric and cinnamon, reduces the body’s negative responses to eating high-fat meals.
“Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood,” West says in a statement. “If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride levels are raised too much, your risk of heart disease is increased. We found that adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no spices added.”
West and colleagues prepared meals on two separate
days for six men ages 30-65 who were overweight but otherwise healthy. The researchers added two tablespoons of culinary spices — rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder and paprika — to each serving of the test meal, which consisted of chicken curry, Italian herb bread and a cinnamon biscuit. The control meal was identical, except it used no spices.
The findings, published in the August 1, 2011 issue of Journal of Nutrition, under the title "High Antioxidant Spice Blend Attenuates Postprandial Insulin and Triglyceride Responses and Increases Some Plasma Measures of Antioxidant Activity in Healthy, Overweight Men" indicate for those who ate the meal that contained a blend of antioxidant spices, antioxidant activity in the blood was increased by 13 percent and insulin response decreased by about 20 %. "The incorporation of spices into the diet may help normalize postprandial insulin and TG and enhance antioxidant defenses" http://jn.nutrition.org/content/141/8/1451.abstract
CHICAGO — Moderate drinking — no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women — reduces risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, U.S. researchers say.
Edward J. Neafsey and Michael A. Collins, professors in the department of molecular pharmacology and therapeutics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, analyzed 143 studies dating from 1977 that involved more than 365,000 study participants from 19 countries.
Moderate drinking is defined as a maximum of one drink daily for women and two drinks daily for men. A standard drink is defined as 1.5 ounces of spirits, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer.
The study, published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, finds moderate drinkers were 23 % less likely to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Wine was more beneficial than beer or spirits, but most papers
did not distinguish among different types of alcohol.
Heavy drinking — more than three to five drinks per day — was associated with a higher risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, but this finding was not statistically significant, the study says.
“We don’t recommend that non-drinkers start drinking,” Neafsey said in a statement. “But moderate drinking — if it is truly moderate — can be beneficial.”
The study found the protective effect of moderate drinking held up after adjusting for age, education, sex and smoking. There was no difference in the effects of alcohol on men and women and the beneficial effect of moderate drinking was seen in 14 of 19 countries, including the United States. Researchers found a benefit in three of the remaining five countries but it was not statistically significant.
Squirrel hunters should arm themselves with a strong understanding of safety guidelines and season regulations as they head to the woods.
A safe squirrel hunt can be the perfect opportunity to introduce new hunters to a wonderful outdoor activity and stewardship of our natural resources. When hunting, remember to be sure of your target and what’s beyond it, respect property rights and get permission from private property owners before you hunt, and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
Squirrel hunting season opened Aug. 15 and continues through Jan. 31. Indiana hunters may harvest both gray and fox squirrels, and can harvest up to five squirrels per day.
To hunt squirrels, Indiana residents must purchase the annual hunting license for $17 ($7 youth consolidated license), and nonresidents must purchase the $80 annual hunting license or the $31 five-day hunting license ($17 annual youth hunting). To purchase a hunting license, go to indianaoutdoor.IN.gov. For additional information on regulations and licensing, go to the hunting.IN.gov
Michigan duck hunters will again enjoy a 60-day season this year as the Natural Resources Commission approved upcoming waterfowl seasons at its August meeting, August 11..
►Duck season will begin Sept. 24 in the North Zone (Upper Peninsula) and run through Nov. 18, then re-open Nov. 24-27.
►In the Middle Zone, duck season is set for Oct. 1 – Nov. 27 and Dec. 3-4.
►In the South Zone, the season is Oct. 8 – Dec. 4 and Dec. 10-11.
The seasons were established under the federal framework through consultation between the DNR and the Citizens Waterfowl Advisory Committee. Bag limits are unchanged from last year. Hunters may take up to six ducks daily with no more than four mallards (no more than one of which may be a hen), three wood ducks, two redheads, two scaup, two pintails, one canvasback and one black duck.
►The early Canada goose hunting season begins statewide Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 10 in the North Zone and in Saginaw, Tuscola and Huron counties; and through Sept. 15 in the rest of the state. The daily bag limit is five.
►The regular Canada goose seasons – with the exception of designated goose mgmt units (GMU) are Sept. 17 - Oct. 31 in the North Zone; Oct. 1-8 , Nov. 24-27 and Dec. 3-4 in the Middle Zone; and Oct. 8 - Nov. 10 and Nov. 24 – Dec. 4 in the south zone. The daily bag limit is two.
►The goose seasons in the Saginaw County GMU and the Tuscola/Huron GMU are Oct. 8 – Nov. 10, Nov. 24 – Dec. 4, and Dec. 31 – Jan. 29. The daily bag limit is two.
►The seasons in the Allegan County GMU are Nov. 12-30, Dec. 10-20, and Dec. 31 – Jan. 14. The daily bag limit is two.
►At Muskegon Waste Water GMU, the seasons are Oct. 11 – Nov. 13 and Dec. 1-11. The daily bag limit is two.
►The late goose season – in the South Zone only – is Dec. 31 – Jan. 29. The daily bag limit is five.
Hunters may take 20 snow, blue or Ross’ geese daily and one white-fronted goose and one brant during the regular and late seasons in respective zones or GMUs.
Continental duck populations increased 11 percent from 2010 as a result of exceptionally good wetland conditions in the mid-continent prairie and parkland regions. Most duck species are above their long-term averages. However, about 75 percent of Michigan’s mallard harvest is from ducks produced in the Great Lakes region. Michigan’s mallard population was down 34 percent this year from 2010 and 40 percent below the long-term average. Therefore despite very good predictions for continental fall duck flights, Michigan duck hunters will likely encounter fewer ducks, especially mallards, this season.
Michigan’s Canada goose harvest is derived from primarily three flocks, including local giant Canada geese, the Mississippi Valley Population (MVP), and the Southern James Bay Population (SJBP). Michigan’s giant Canada geese make up approximately 70 percent of the state’s goose harvest. Michigan’s Canada goose population estimate is down about 42 percent from last year. The MVP and SJBP flocks breed largely on Hudson Bay, Ontario, and account for the majority of Michigan’s migrant goose harvest. MVP numbers are significantly down this year and SJBP numbers are similar to last year and remain stable. In general, goose hunters are likely to see smaller numbers of Canada geese throughout Michigan’s goose hunting seasons; however some local areas have good giant Canada goose numbers and will provide excellent opportunity.
For more info: www.michigan.gov/hunting and click on Waterfowl.
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, Sept. 17, at the Detroit Archers Club.
Both archery and firearms deer seasons will be covered, including:
The workshop costs $20 per person, including lunch and all materials. Registration must be received by Sept. 9 in order to participate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-241-2225.
The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters fall turkey hunting license drawing results and leftover license quantities are available at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Hunters are encouraged to visit the website for updated license availability information.
Unsuccessful applicants may purchase one leftover license online or from any license agent on a first-come, first-served basis for a one week period beginning Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. EST. The licenses will be sold until the quotas are met.
Beginning Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. EST, remaining fall turkey hunting licenses may be purchased by any hunter, including those that did not apply for a fall turkey license. A hunter may buy one license per day until the quotas are met.
As of Aug. 21, there are licenses available in fall turkey management units L, M, W, HA (private land) and YY (private land). The majority of the licenses are available in
unit YY (45,000 licenses) for private land in southern
Michigan and Beaver Island. Currently, there are over 800 leftover licenses available in Unit M.
Fall turkey season opens Sept. 15 and runs through Nov. 14. “Fall turkey season provides a great opportunity for hunters to get a bird for their Thanksgiving dinner,” said DNR upland bird biologist Al Stewart. “And because the season runs through Nov. 14, it gives archery deer hunters the chance to pursue another game animal during the archery deer season.”
Hunters have an additional opportunity to get a fall turkey 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 fall turkey, spring turkey, elk, bear, antlerless deer license and a reserved waterfowl hunt. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt. Season dates and regulations have not yet been established for the 2012 hunting seasons.
COLUMBUS, OH – Boat owners wishing to rent public boat docks at several popular Ohio State Park lakes have until August 31 to enter lottery drawings used to select renters for available docks. Application forms are now available through the individual park offices.
Lottery drawings will be held in September for boat docks at Alum Creek, Buck Creek, Buckeye Lake, Cleveland Lakefront, Deer Creek, Delaware, Lake Milton, Middle Bass Island, Paint Creek, Rocky Fork and West Branch state parks.
Completed forms may be submitted in person to the respective parks by Wednesday, August 31, or sent by certified mail/return receipt. Only one application per boat is permitted, and must be submitted by the boat owner. Lottery applicants must be able to show current proof of boat ownership or lease at the time of entry, and may be required to show a photo ID. Boats titled to dealerships are not eligible.
The drawings are held on or before the third Saturday in
September. Applicants need not be present to win, andthe winning lottery applicants will be notified by the park. Persons selected by the lottery are entitled to renewal privileges for up to five years. Renewals may be completed in person or on-line on the Ohio State Parks website, www.ohiostateparks.org.
Contact the individual park offices for specific details on allowable boat sizes, dock amenities, and dock rental fees, as well as other application procedures.
In addition to the parks conducting the September lotteries, several state parks have seasonal docks available for rent on a first-come first-served basis. They include A.W. Marion and Buckeye Lake in central Ohio; East Harbor, Grand Lake St. Marys, Indian Lake, Kiser Lake, Lake Loramie, and Mary Jane Thurston in northwest Ohio; Geneva, Guilford Lake, Mosquito Lake, Punderson, and West Branch in northeast Ohio; Burr Oak, Dillon, Salt Fork, and Shawnee in southeast Ohio; and Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, and Hueston Woods in southwest Ohio.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), on August 17obtained a four-count indictment from a federal grand jury in Cincinnati charging Allan Wright, a state wildlife officer in southwest Ohio, with trafficking in and making false records for illegally harvested white-tailed deer in violation of federal law.
The Ohio DNR willingly cooperated in the investigation, providing documents and other information as it was requested by the USFWS and the DOJ. Wright was placed on immediate unpaid administrative leave and required to return all state property in his possession, according to ODNR.
The Lacey Act makes it a crime for a person to knowingly transport or sell wildlife in interstate commerce when the wildlife was taken or possessed in violation of state law. The Lacey Act also makes it a crime for a person to knowingly make or submit a false record, account or label for wildlife which has been transported in interstate commerce.
The indictment charges that Wright knowingly sold and provided an Ohio resident hunting license to a South Carolina resident during the 2006 white-tailed deer
season. According to the indictment, Wright falsely entered an Ohio address for the hunter in order to obtain a resident license. Ohio law makes it a crime to procure a hunting license by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or any false statement. Ohio law also makes it a crime to hunt without a valid hunting license. The indictment charges that the hunter killed three white-tailed deer using the illegal license. Wright personally “checked in” the three deer, again providing the fraudulent Ohio address. The hunter then transported the deer back to South Carolina.
Additionally, the indictment alleges that Wright, using his authority as a wildlife officer, seized white-tailed deer antlers from a hunter who had killed a deer illegally during the 2009 white-tailed deer season. The indictment alleges that, rather than dispose of the antlers through court proceedings, Wright caused the antlers to be transported to another individual in Michigan. The indictment charges that Wright then filed an official state form which falsely reported that he had personally destroyed the antlers.
Two of the four counts charged in the indictment are felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count. The remaining two counts are misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine per count. The case is being investigated by the USFWS, Office of Law Enforcement.
COLUMBUS, OH – Construction work will begin in October on improvements to the popular New Galena and Hollenback boat launching facilities at Alum Creek State Park, according to the Ohio DNR.
Both launch ramps will close temporarily beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The construction projects will entail rebuilding and resurfacing the ramps, as well as expansion of the parking areas.
To facilitate the construction, the lake level at Alum Creek will be drawn down a total of eleven feet beginning September 15, and will reach the target level in about two months. Most years, the lake drawdown total for the winter months is just three feet, beginning in mid October.
Alum Creek’s Cheshire Boat Launch Ramp will remain open and available to boaters throughout the construction projects, although the boarding and launching docks will
be removed for the winter. Two additional boat launch
ramps at Howard Road and the park’s campground will be unavailable when the lake drawdown is completed, due to the low water level.
Other park facilities at the New Galena area, including the “Players” disc golf course and the snowmobile and multipurpose trail, will also be unavailable to park visitors during the construction project. The New Galena area will remain closed until the anticipated completion date of June 20, 2012. The Hollenback ramp will remain closed until the anticipated opening of May 1, 2012.
Alum Creek State Park is located south of the city of Delaware. Additional recreational facilities at the park, which will remain open during the boat ramp construction, include the Class A family campground with 286 electric sites; 38 miles of bridle trails and a 30-site primitive equestrian camp; 14 miles of mountain biking trails; and a dog park.
MADISON – As September approaches so do the first fall hunting opportunities -- the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons.
The early Canada goose season in Wisconsin runs Sept. 1-15 statewide. The dove season runs Sept. 1 – Nov. 9 statewide.
The early Canada goose season is made possible by the historic growth of local giant Canada goose populations. Wisconsin’s breeding population was up 12 percent this spring with 176,095 geese counted during the spring waterfowl survey. Harvest of Canada geese in the early season now amounts to one-third of the total annual Canada goose harvest in Wisconsin.
“The early season provides additional and ample opportunities for our goose hunters and directs harvest pressure toward these locally nesting geese,” said Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources.
The early season daily bag limit is five birds. In addition to the standard small game hunting license and state and federal waterfowl stamps, participation requires a $3 early Canada goose permit and HIP certification. Registering for HIP (the federal Harvest Information Program) is free and can be done at any DNR service center or licensing sales agent. The national HIP registry allows biologists to more accurately survey hunters about important harvest information and participation.
There are no “zones” or “subzones” during the early season. The hunt is statewide regardless of what area hunters may hold a permit for during the regular goose season. Wisconsin’s resident geese often change feeding and movement patterns this time of year, biologists
say. “Hunters who scout prior to the hunt and stay mobile during the season give themselves the best chance for success,” said Van Horn.
Dove season details and safety tips
Mourning doves are one of the most abundant and widely distributed birds in Wisconsin and throughout North America and populations are stable and slowly growing, Van Horn said. On average, about 14,000 Wisconsin hunters harvest 140,000 mourning doves each year. As with Canada geese, mourning dove hunters should benefit from scouting to see where birds are flying as they move between roosts, water and feeding areas.
With a holiday weekend quickly following the opening of these hunts, there likely will be large numbers of people spending time outdoors. “We encourage everyone to respect each other's interests,” said Van Horn. Dove hunters also must be HIP certified to be in compliance with state and federal law. This free and easy certification can be requested when purchasing a small game hunting license.
The national HIP registry allows biologists to more accurately survey hunters about important harvest information and participation.
Dove hunting regulation and safety reminders:
• Doves are migratory birds so hunters must use a plugged shotgun with a capacity not to exceed 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
• Nontoxic shot is required to hunt doves on all DNR managed lands.
• Avoid shooting at doves near power lines or shooting horizontally at low-flying birds where other hunters may be present. Following the basic rules of firearm safety should avoid these situations.
A Lake Erie commercial fishing boat captain has been fined $1,300 for commercial fishing violations and ordered to pay an additional $1,280 to a Ministry of Natural Resources special purpose account that is used exclusively for fish and wildlife management.
Lino Cabral of Wheatley, the captain of the commercial fishing vessel Teresa Maria, pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of his commercial fishing licence.
The court heard that Lake Erie Enforcement Unit conservation officers were able to determine that on December 8, 2010, while fishing out of Wheatley Harbour,
Cabral had reached his quota for yellow perch. On December 9, 2010, he caught an additional 106 kilograms (234 pounds) of yellow perch and on December 10, 2010, another 144 kilograms (318 pounds) in excess of his quota.
Justice of the Peace Elizabeth Neilson heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Windsor, on August 10, 2011.
To report a natural resource violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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Lake Michigan recreational fishing for salmon continues to hang on even in the face of a long-term drop in populations of forage fish - the little fish that the big salmon feast upon, but the big nonnative fish are getting smaller…
The state DNR will permit construction of a fish passage with a fish trapping and sorting facility at the Bridge St. dam on the Milwaukee River, Water Division Administrator Ken Johnson said Tuesday.A state permit likely will be issued this month with some restrictions…
It’s official: St. Lawrence Seaway expansion
study is dead
Sport fishing abides on stocked salmon
Iconic Minnesota walleye fishery besieged by
invasive zebra mussels
PCB cleanup on the Milwaukee River to start
Could wind energy develop along Lake Michigan?
Officials must move faster to solve Asian carp
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