Week of September 27, 2010

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Fishing beyond the Great Lakes

Southeast Fish Ban Comments Solicited

Sport anglers have the opportunity to offer public comments on a proposed ban that would affect anglers off the Atlantic coast from Florida to North Carolina.

 

On July 29, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the federal agency tasked with managing the nation's living marine resources and their habitat, announced the opening of the public comment period. 

 

Sportsmen and anglers alike are able to submit comments on the proposal which would extend a ban on red snapper fishing along most of the southeastern seaboard from North Carolina to Florida. The ban also prohibits all bottom-fishing for any type of snapper or grouper off the Atlantic coast of southern Georgia and northern Florida in water ranging from 98 to 240 feet.  The second part of the ban is intended to prevent the accidental harvest of red snapper.

 

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance previously reported on the proposed red snapper ban which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contends has been overfished.  The proposal was approved on June 9 by the 

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council in a split 9-4 vote after hearing public comment, including from sport anglers. 

 

Several angler groups have indicated serious concerns with the ban not only due to its negative economic impact, but also because it was proposed before new data, that could shed additional light on the status of the red snapper, has been analyzed.

 

Anglers and other sportsmen and sportswomen interested in voicing their concerns about this proposal can click here to read the rule and electronically submit comments.  Use the search function to look for “NOAA-NMFS-2010-0035-0070” to be taken to the actual rule.

 

Comment can also be mailed to:

 

Kate Michie, Southeast Regional Office

NMFS

263 13th venue South

St. Petersburg, Fl. 33701

 

Comments will be accepted through September 27, 2010. 


Washington to hold Hearing on Lead Tackle Use at 13 Lakes Oct 1-2

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider updating its policy for managing Puget Sound crab fisheries at a meeting scheduled Oct. 1-2 in Olympia.

The nine-member citizen commission, which establishes policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will consider options that would expand recreational crab fishing opportunities within established conservation guidelines.

In addition, the commission will hold a public hearing to discuss possible restrictions on the use of lead fishing tackle at 13 lakes with nesting loons. As part of that discussion, the commission will review the findings of a WDFW advisory group established to assess scientific studies on risks posed to loons that ingest lead fishing tackle and recommend ways to minimize those risks.

The commission will continue to accept written comments on banning the use of lead weights on those lakes through Nov.

19. Comments may be submitted to WDFW Rules Coordinator Lori Preuss at Lori.Preuss@dfw.wa.gov or 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501.
 

Additional information on loons and lead weights is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/loons/.

 

A separate hearing on other proposed changes in state fishing rules on a variety of issues ranging from smelt seasons to Free Fishing Weekend has been postponed until the commission's meeting in December. The commission will also accept public comments through Nov. 19 on those proposals, which are outlined on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals/.

For its upcoming meeting in October, the commission will convene at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 and 9 a.m. Oct. 2 on the first floor of the Natural Resources Building in Olympia at 1111 Washington St. S.E. in Olympia. A complete agenda for the meeting is available on the WDFW website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2010/.


Hunting & Shooting Products/Issues

Mossberg Introduces Tactical .22 Autoloading Rimfires

Mossberg has introduced the Tactical .22--an alternative firearm for those shooters and enthusiasts who want the look and feel of an AR-style .22 rimfire with an affordable price. With the rising costs of centerfire ammunition, the new Tactical .22 rimfires are a great choice for recreational shooters, as well as those searching for a cost-effective training platform.

 

The lightweight and fast-handling Tactical .22 parallels the look and feel of today's AR-style rifle while being built around Mossberg International's reliable .22 autoloader. Taking cues from their proven 702 autoloader, the Tactical .22 matches an 18" barrel to a quad rail forend allowing the operator to fit the rifle with lights, lasers or other tactical accessories.

 

Two stock configurations will be offered in this series: a six-position adjustable and fixed stock. The six-position polymer

stock adjusts the length of pull from 10-3/4" - 14.5"

accommodating youth and smaller framed shooters up to adults. The fixed position stock has a standard 13" LOP.

 

The Tactical .22 is integrated with an A2-style carry handle and an adjustable rear sight aligned with a front post sight. The Picatinny handle mount is included, allowing versatility in scopes and other optics while providing the clearance necessary to utilize the AR-style sights. Other features included with the Tactical .22 are sling mounts and a ten round magazine.

About $ 276.00

 

www.mossberg.com


 

National

Internet Kill Switch Bill on Senate Short List

The Internet Kill Switch Bill continues to evolve and is creeping closer to reality

 

According to Moneycontrol.com, two separate bills — one pushed by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Thomas Carper (D-Del.) and another backed by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) — have been combined and are now on the Senate’s short list for passage.

 

The new bill would give the power to shut down the Internet in case of national emergency to the Department of Homeland Security. Under the bill the Internet could be closed down for four months before Congress could review it. The bill would also require cybersecurity professionals be certified.

 

The elected elites couch the bill as necessary for national security, but Lieberman let slip the real reason when he told CNN’s Candy Crowley, “Right now China — the government — can disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war. We need to have the ability to do that, too.”

 

Of course, China disconnects portions of the Internet whenever there’s civil strife, as do other totalitarian regimes. It’s done to suppress the flow of information. Elites hate the free flow of information.

 

Rockefeller has gone so far to say he wishes the Internet had never been invented and we still communicated with paper and pencil. Senate aides told Moneycontrol.com the bill faces a number of hurdles but the goal is to get the bill passed and on President Barack Obama’s desk by the end of the year. The bill could come up in the next four weeks, or it could be much later, aides said.

This bill is about one thing: The totalitarian suppression of free speech. The elites and corporate press know they have lost control of the message. This has resulted in the rise of the Tea Party and general discontent over the direction of the American political system. That frightens the fascists on both sides of the aisle.

 

The Internet Kill Switch Bill is their effort to regain control.

 


FWS proposes more Hunting & Fishing on Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a proposal to open Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Texas to big game hunting for the first time. The Service has also proposed expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at a number of other national wildlife refuges across the nation. Notice of the proposal was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010; the public has until October 15, 2010, to provide comments.

 

The other proposed changes are:

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, California, would open additional acreage for migratory bird hunting.

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey, would open for upland game and turkey hunting.

 

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska, would open for big game hunting.

 

Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma, would open additional acreage for big game hunting.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, would expand hunting to allow turkey hunting for the first time.

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia,

would increase areas open for fishing.

 

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN, would expand acreage for hunting and add migratory birds and upland game.

 

While definitions of hunting categories vary by refuge and state, migratory bird hunting generally includes ducks and geese. Upland game hunting may cover such animals as game birds, rabbit, squirrel, opossum and coyote. Big game hunting may include such animals as wild turkey, deer and feral hogs.

 

Under the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the Service can permit hunting and fishing along with four other types of wildlife-dependent recreation where they are compatible with refuge purpose and mission. Hunting, within specified limits, is permitted on more than 300 national wildlife refuges. Fishing is permitted on more than 270 national wildlife refuges. Other wildlife-dependent recreation on national wildlife refuges includes wildlife photography, environmental education, wildlife observation and interpretation.

 


Regional

Knife Rights establishes Legal Fund for New York City Litigation

The Knife Rights Foundation has launched its Knife Rights Sharper Future Legal Fund with contributions from twelve industry leaders. The Fund will be used to pursue litigation in support of knife owners' civil rights, initially aimed at stopping New York (Manhattan) District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.'s assault on one-hand opening and assisted opening knives in New York City.

 

The Fund will be used to pursue litigation in support of knife owner civil rights, initially aimed at stopping New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr's illegitimate assault on one-hand opening and assisted opening knives in New York City. "This initial backing by leaders of the knife industry recognizes that knife owners do not take their civil rights lightly, that we have the will, and the means, to fight back," said Knife Rights chairman Doug Ritter.

 

Platinum-level $30,000 donors include Benchmade Knife Co., Blue Ridge Knives, Buck Knives, Columbia River Knife & Tool, Taylor Brands and United Cutlery/BUDK.  Silver $15,000 donors are KnifeWorks.com and Wenger NA. Smokey Mountain Knife Works is a Titanium donor at $7,500. Bronze donors Ethan Becker and KA-BAR Knives each gave $5,000.  Additional money has been donated anonymously, including a $10,000 donation from an Internet knife retailer.

 

Knife Rights will be launching a full-scale public fundraising effort soon. Ritter said, "this is a great start, but it will take a good deal more than this to get the job done, and I am confident we will do it."  "We hope every knife owner, every knife retailer, every knife distributor and every knife manufacturer will give their share for the common good, to protect our way of life."

 

"We ask knife buyers to urge other industry members to pledge their fair share and make your cause their own."  Knife Rights' experienced criminal and civil litigation team is now working hard to implement the strategy that we have developed. You can expect to hear more on that in the near future.

 

I'll note that litigation is only one aspect of our efforts to protect your civil rights. With your continued support, you can be sure that Knife Rights will forge ahead with our legislative initiatives to enhance protections for knife owners in New York and throughout the U.S., with efforts to clarify or do away with restrictive knife laws and through our National Knife Law Preemption Campaign.   Doug Ritter, Chairman / Executive Director, dritter@KnifeRights.org

 

866-889-6268       http://www.kniferights.org/index.php

 


Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for Sept. 24, 2010

Weather Conditions

Seasonal temperatures early in the week gave way to warmer weather.  A storm system passed through the region on Tuesday dropping less than an inch of rain.  A front passing through the region on Thursday and Friday is expected to drop heavy rain over much of Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, exceeding 3 inches in some areas.  After this system passes, only scattered showers are expected, with initially cool temperatures rising through the week.

Lake Level Conditions

Each of the Great Lakes continues to be below its level of a year ago. Currently, the lakes range from 2 to 9 inches below last year's levels. Over the next 30 days, Lake Superior is expected to remain at its current level, while Lake Michigan-Huron is forecasted to decline 3 inches. It is predicted that Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario will decline 6, 4, and 5 inches, respectively, during the next month. See our Daily Levels web page for more water level information.

 Forecasted September Outflows/Channel Conditions

The outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary's River, from Lake Huron into the St. Clair River, and from Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River are expected to be below average in September.  The Niagara River's flow from Lake Erie is also

predicted to be below average, and the flow in the St. Lawrence River is forecasted to be near average throughout September.

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 Sept 24

600.98

577.82

573.75

570.83

244.95

Datum, in ft

601.1

577.5

572.3

569.2

243.3

Diff in inches

 -1

+4

+17

+20

+20

Diff last month

-1

-4

-7

-7

 -8

Diff from last yr

-9

-9

-9

-9

-2


2nd Amendment Issues

More Guns, Less Crime
At the risk of sounding like a "broken record, gun ownership

has risen to an all-time high, and violent crime has fallen to a 35-year low. FBI, September 2010


Obama appoints Anti-Gun Proponent as representative to U.N.

The General Assembly of the United Nations is convening for its annual session in New York City this week, welcoming representatives from its 192 member nations to deliberate global issues.  The General Assembly is one of the six organs of the U.N. and it provides a forum of multilateral discussions for the drafting of resolutions.

 

President Barack Obama recently appointed former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, a proponent of gun control, as an alternative representative to the U.N. assembly, the Seattle Times reports. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) believes that Nickels was selected in order to rubber stamp a global gun control initiative.

"President Obama has essentially told America's 85 million gun owners that their firearm civil rights are in jeopardy. Nickels cannot be counted on to defend the Second Amendment because he would like to see it erased from the Constitution," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, quoted by the news provider.

 

Gottlieb said that Nickels, when he was Seattle's mayor, supported every anti-gun initiative created by Washington CeaseFire, a non-profit organization which advocates for gun control. Nickels served two terms as mayor before failing to win the Democratic primary in 2009.

 

 


General

Freedom versus Shariah

Americans must choose because the systems can't coexist

By Ted Nugent Washington Times, September 23, 2010

We've been told there are so-called moderate Muslims who deplore terrorism and that Islam has been hijacked by extremists.

If there are in fact moderate Muslims, they have been quiet as mosque mice regarding their views. For example, Americans don't know if moderate Muslims recognize Israel, what they think about women's rights, or if they believe the proposed New York City mosque should be moved to another location out of concern and sensitivity for the families of the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

 

We also don't know if there are other freedom-loving and freedom-fighting Muslims who respect the rights of others to burn the Koran, draw cartoons of Muhammad in newspapers, hold marches to condemn Hamas and other terror organizations, write unflattering books about Islam, and vigorously support allowing people of other faiths to practice them in the city of Mecca, where all religions except Islam are currently outlawed.

 

If there are Muslims who hold these moderate beliefs, they are surely as rare as a Southern Baptist holding a Sunday morning church revival in Mecca.

 

Americans may not know much about Islam or its followers, but what we do know is that bloodthirsty terrorism is more often than not carried out by crazy-eyed, Muslim voodoo monsters screaming "God Is Great" while slaughtering innocent people. The Obama administration refuses to use the word "Islam" in describing these terrorists out of concern it will offend Muslims. I'm offended this is our nation's policy.

 

The Center for Security Policy assembled a "Team B" and just released a report that should give all of us, especially the Obama administration, reason to reverse course.

 

Composed of security experts from previous Republican and Democratic administrations, Team B urges the administration to reverse course on not referring to Muslim terrorists as "Islamist" out of fear of offending Muslims around the world.

 

The most bone-chilling finding by Team B is that America faces the threat of Islamic Shariah law slowing poisoning our

legal system and ultimately destroying it. Shariah is the

Islamic doctrine in which Allah rules over everything, including legal, political and military doctrine. Shariah is incompatible with a society of free and thinking people.

 

What the Obama administration and Muslims will not tell Americans is that the ultimate goal of Islam is to take over the world and replace representative, constitutional governments with Shariah. Under Shariah, freedom as we know it would be put to the Islamic sword.

 

What the free world faces is an insidious, violent movement that respects nothing but its own revolutionary ideology of world domination. This threat is not unlike communism, which President Reagan denounced at every opportunity.

 

Shariah should be banned in the United States and those Muslims and imams in America who advocate Shariah should be charged with sedition. Trying to overthrow our constitutional government through peaceful or violent means should never be tolerated.

 

I support reaching out to moderate Muslims, as Team B advocates. We need them to drive a wedge between the whacked-out voodoo Muslims and those who want to exist peacefully with others of different faiths. However, where are these moderate Muslims and what do they believe? Do they actually exist?

 

Shariah will only be allowed to poison our legal system and culture if we allow it. We should stand steadfast against it, outlaw it and make it known throughout the world that America stands with freedom and that we will not allow it to be compromised out of fear of upsetting Muslims or a false belief that we can coexist with a religious revolution whose goal is to destroy America.

 

We know the Obama administration will ignore the advice of Team B. The question is, what does the Republican Party or the Tea Party think of the report and what will they do with it?

 

Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock 'n' roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is author of "Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto" and "God, Guns, & Rock 'N' Roll"(Regnery Publishing).


 

Michigan

DNRE Lists local vendors where Salmon is available for purchase   

Each fall, a large number of Chinook and coho salmon return to the rivers where they were stocked to spawn. The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has contracted with a private vendor to collect these fish at the state-owned weir facilities which can then be used for public consumption or marketed in other meaningful ways.

 

The DNRE maintains multiple locations where fisheries biologists and technicians collect eggs from returning adult fish.  At these locations, weirs block fish from moving further upstream. The fish are funneled into harvest raceways so that Fisheries Division staff can collect eggs and milt (sperm) from them. The DNRE often stocks fish in high numbers at weirs to ensure that there are ample numbers of broodstock returning in future years.

 

American-Canadian Fisheries (ACF), a private vendor, assists in helping to harvest surplus salmon at state salmon weirs. ACF pays DNRE a flat rate by the pound for the fish and their eggs that they sell. If they are in suitable condition, the fish are processed for human consumption.  ACF makes the fish available wholesale to any and all local distributors that would like to market the fish to the public.  A list of retailers marketing the Michigan fish is attached to this press release.  Fish that are not suitable for human consumption can be used for pet food or fertilizer.  

 

Another important by-product of the weirs are salmon eggs which are sold to bait dealers who process the eggs for angler use.  Bait dealers either disinfect salmon eggs using an approved DNRE process to allow them to be sold as certified disinfected VHSv free, which can be used anywhere in the state, or they sell them without disinfection as uncertified bait, which is restricted on where it can be used.

 

Michigan retailers selling salmon harvested at DNR weirs:

  • Pappy's Bait & Tackle, 17092 Caberfae Hwy., Wellston, MI 49689, (231) 848-4142

  • Lixie's Fish Market, 2669 Tac Trail, East Tawas, MI 48060, (989) 362-5791

  • Tippy Dam Campground, 17974 Old House Road, Wellston, MI 49689, (231) 848-4448

  • Wellman's Bait & Tackle, 410 S. State St. #309, Oscoda, MI 48750, (989) 739-2869

  • Andy's Tackle Box, 14573 Coates Hwy., Brethren, MI 49619, (231) 477-5737

  • Au Sable River Store, 680 W. River Road, Oscoda, MI 48750, (989) 739-5332

  • R & J Resort, 3070 Keith Road, Brethren, MI 49619, (231) 477-5549

  • Stout Trout Smokehouse, 17356 Caberfae Hwy, Wellston, MI  49689 231-848-4555

 

MI considers expanding Gear Restricted Trout Streams

By now, most trout fishermen know that the Department of Natural Resources and Environment made its first major adjustment to trout stream management since the system of categorizing streams into "Types" -- using standardized regulations for each type -- was adopted in 1999.

 

In 2010, three river types -- Types 5, 6 and 7 - were bundled together into a single category of Gear Restricted Streams. All streams in the new category maintained the same regulations as they had during the previous system such as artificial lures-only, flies-only, and flies-only with no-kill allowed.

 

The Gear Restricted Streams category was designed to allow more flexibility for regulations among the streams in the category than was allowed under the original system.

 

Last spring, the DNRE had also proposed eliminating the Type 2 category, which had larger minimum size limits than Type 1 streams, because, for the most part, the more-restrictive regulations did not yield the desired results; they did not produce bigger fish. But a number of members of the trout fishing community did not like the idea of eliminating Type 2 streams entirely. So the DNRE withdrew that proposal and announced that it would review all Type 2 streams to see if they would fit better into a less restrictive category, should remain as Type 2 streams, or should be included in the Gear Restricted Streams category.

 

Until 2002, the department was limited by statute to a total of 100 miles of streams with gear restrictions. In 2002, the Legislature expanded the allowable total of gear restricted streams to 212. And ever since, some trout-fishing organizations have lobbied for more miles of gear-restricted streams.

 

After meeting with the state's Coldwater Regulations Review Committee -- which is made up of representatives of various constituency groups, such as Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Trout Unlimited, Federation of Fly Fishermen and Anglers of the Au Sable - the department asked the public to nominate streams or stream segments for inclusion on the Gear Restricted category.

 

The DNRE received more than 500 individual emails, nominating more than 1,300 miles of stream for the Gear Restricted category.

 

Since that time, DNRE fisheries biologists have reviewed the nominations as well as all Type 2 streams. Department personnel evaluated the proposed stream segments based on biological and physical criteria. Biologically, the streams had to exhibit good growth rates for trout, show good survival of trout, and enjoy low natural mortality rates for trout to be good candidates for the Gear Restricted Streams category. Biologists also looked at other factors, such as accessibility to the public, how well the streams were suited to fishing with restricted gear, and the level of public acceptance for gear restrictions on those streams.

 

The DNRE staff has come up with a number of recommendations as part of a document that has been presented to the Coldwater Regulations Review Committee and posted on the DNRE web site. Department personnel identified a little more than 150 miles of stream to date that might be suitable for the Gear Restricted Streams category, including 105 miles that are currently in the restricted-gear category.

Some of the recommendations call for expanding the mileage of streams that already have segments included in the category, such as the eight-mile stretch of the mainstream of the Au Sable River, from Wakeley Bridge to McMasters Bridge. Others are segments of streams that have been managed under experimental regulations, such as the 15-mile stretch of the Au Sable from the power lines below Mio Dam to McKinley Bridge, which already has artificial lures-only regulations. And others are new stretches of river, such as some stretches of the South Branch of the Paint River in the Upper Peninsula, which have good public access, self-sustaining trout populations, and good growth rates. Specific regulations have been proposed for each stream segment.

 

The DNRE will soon begin holding public meetings in the vicinities of the streams that have been recommended for inclusion in the Gear Restricted category. The meetings will not only inform local residents of the proposed changes to regulations, but will allow public comment, helping staffers judge how well the public will accept the regulations. There will likely be areas where the anglers will welcome the regulations changes and others where there will be opposition. The meetings will help the DNRE come up with a final list of recommendations for Gear Restricted Streams.

 

Final recommendations from the department will be presented to the DNRE director - who has authority to set fishing regulations - and at a meeting of the Natural Resources Commission this fall. Based on additional public comments on the proposals at the NRC meeting, a final list of river segments with gear restrictions will be put together by the end of the year.

 

Those stream segments will go into the Gear Restricted Streams category effective April 1, 2011.

 

Existing Gear Restricted Streams

Right now, gear restrictions are in place on ten stream reaches. Under this proposal, gear restrictions will remain on all ten reaches. Some changes are being proposed on five of the ten reaches, and these changes are denoted by a double asterisk before the regulation category.

 

Newly Proposed Gear Restricted Streams

New gear restrictions are being proposed for an additional eleven reaches of streams around the State, which are identified below. Some of these reaches of streams are currently designated as Research Areas and, as such, are already being managed with gear restrictions. The remaining streams in the list are not currently being managed with gear restrictions.

 

The recommendations proposed will be incorporated into Fisheries Order 200, which will be presented to the DNRE Director and for public review and comment at the October 7, 2010, November 4, 2010, and December 9, 2010 meetings of the Natural Resources Commission.  They will be accepting comments then.

 

The official proposal can be viewed here:    www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/GearRestrictedWaters

Review_332448_7.pdf 

Final Proposal for Gear Restricted Stream Regulations in Michigan

There is a push by mainly fly fishing proponents (MI TU, some FFF's clubs, Michigan River Guide Association, etc) to increase the number of gear restricted river mileage.

 


New York

Our Energy Future: Determined by Science or Lobbyists?  Oct 15

Presented by John Droz, Jr. Physicist and Environmental Activist

When: October 15, 2 PM

Location: The Rapids Theater, 1711 Main Street, Niagara Falls NY

 Admission is free!  The public is encouraged to attend.

 

"With energy being one of the top three issues facing our nation and it having ever increasing impact on our daily lives (financially and environmentally), I believe it is important that people have a greater understanding of how our energy policy decisions are made, and the tactics being used by lobbyists to advance their products and causes," said Mr. Droz.

 

"Our nation's energy policy involves serious technical, economic and environmental challenges and it's important that citizens get educated on such technical matters — and then insist that their representatives make decisions based

on science rather than politics" Droz said. "There is well over a

trillion dollars at stake regarding electrical energy — in addition to potentially enormous impacts on our environment. This is worth getting up-to-speed on."

 

We are concerned about the proposed Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (GLOW) for Lake Ontario and or Lake Erie.  There are environmental, navigation, and economic concerns over this proposal. The New York Power Authority under Rich Kessel is pushing ahead at great speed before the public can be heard. The Power Authority wants to name a developer soon so that they (NYPA) can avoid dealing with the residents of NYS. NYPA is an unelected authority that answers only to no one. Please attend this presentation and learn how wind energy is connected to the grid and if there are any benefits for New York State residents.

 

Mr. Droz's presentation on the subject is considered to be the best in the country. So do not miss this highly informative presentation.


NEW YORK’S NEW CROSSBOW LAW

You cannot use a crossbow in 2010. You must wait until 2011.

• You may only use crossbows during a regular firearms season or during the late muzzleloading and late bowhunting seasons.

• There are no special provisions for the use of crossbows for disabled persons or hunters 70 years old (or older).

• The existing law about the use of “modified longbows” will be

implemented differently. Instead of a special permit, DEC will adopt regulations to allow the use of modified longbows.

• This law expires on December 31, 2012, unless the

Legislature and Governor agree to an extension

• DEC believes that crossbows should be available to all hunters during all seasons in which other bowhunting equipment is allowed. In this manner,

crossbows may meaningfully increase hunters’ ability to enjoy the bowhunting experience, and can play a valuable role in deer population management.

 

The bill may be read in its entirety by going to http://assembly.state.ny.us and using the bill search feature to look for “A-924-e” or “S-6793-b.”


Ohio

Rainbow Trout to be released in Ohio Waterways

COLUMBUS, OH - Approximately 25,000 rainbow trout, measuring 10- to 13", will be released into 25 Ohio waterways this October, according to the Ohio DNR.

 

"This annual stocking provides excellent opportunities for anglers to continue fishing through the fall all across Ohio," said Elmer Heyob, hatcheries program administrator with the Division of Wildlife.

 

The catchable trout stocking program targets small inland waters, including state and community park lakes, as well as other easy-access lakes throughout the state. Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at www.wildohio.com and at any of

the many license vendors around the state. Ohio residents

who were born on or before December 31, 1937 may obtain a free license from any license vendor or from the division's Web site.

 

The 2010 annual resident fishing license costs $19 and is valid through February 28, 2011. A one-day fishing license may be purchased for $11. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit toward purchase of an annual fishing license during the same license year.

 

Additional information about fall trout releases is available from Division of Wildlife district offices in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay, and Xenia; or by calling toll free 1-800-WILDLIFE


Wisconsin

Seven reasons to keep fishing later this fall

MADISON -- Buck fever is building in Wisconsin but anglers may want to hold off on packing away their fishing rods just yet. Fall offers some of the best fishing the year has to offer, state fish biologists say.

“Many species tend to congregate more as winter approaches. With winter approaching and the prospects of food becoming limited, fish actively feed during much of the day compared to an evening or morning bite during the summer months,” says Brian Brecka, Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist stationed in Alma.

 

Here are seven reasons to keep the fishing rod out a little later into the fall:

 

The Mississippi River. Wisconsin's waters of the Upper Mississippi River are home to more than 119 species of fish -- more than found in any of Wisconsin’s inland lakes. Fish that spend the winter in river backwater habitat begin to make their move as the fall season proceeds. Bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and northern pike can be caught around weeds and wood as water temperatures fall. Areas with slight current near backwaters can also be good for these species as some fish wait until just before ice blankets their wintering haunts to move. As fall proceeds, very basic presentations work for most backwater species. A bobber and worm for bluegill, a small jig or live minnow for crappie, and a spinnerbait or crankbait for largemouth bass and northern pike will likely put tussles on the end of your line. Try fishing in the following pools -- those stretches of river between navigation dams -- Lower Pool 4, Pool 5, Pool 5a and Pool 6. See the Mississippi River Boating Guide for information on navigating the Mississippi River. - Brian Brecka, fisheries biologist, Alma

 

Lake Michigan tributaries. Coho, chinook and steelhead are starting to congregate in the mouths of Lake Michigan tributaries in advance of their fall spawning runs. Now's a good time to catch a fill of these Great Lakes trout and salmon. Check DNR's Lake Michigan Tributary Access and the Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report and follow the fish. And find Fall Shore Fishing Close to Home], a special web page with information on the timing of spawning runs, regulations, license requirements and 50 great places to fish all within 60 miles of Wisconsin's biggest city. -- Brad Eggold, fisheries supervisor, Milwaukee

 

Lake Superior. Fall is a great time to fish Lake Superior for trout and salmon, and this year, the fish are in top condition. Salmon are just beginning to congregate near the river mouths, but fishing will get better in the next few weeks. Coho salmon fishing has been exceptionally good since this spring and summer. A large year-class of coho salmon are coming back to spawn this year and are much larger than normal. They are so much bigger than usual -- 4 to 6 inches bigger -- 

that many anglers assume they are chinook salmon. They have benefited greatly from the tremendous number of small herring available. Anglers have been seeing more chinook so far this year also, again benefiting from increased forage in

the lake in the last year or so. As we move into October brown trout will be showing up around the river mouths also. Anglers typically troll near the rivers or even wade near the mouths and cast for trout and salmon this time of year. Angler should start searching in deeper water but as the water temperatures drop the trout and salmon move shallower and shallower.- Mike Seider, fisheries biologist, Bayfield

 

Bigger muskies later. In recent years, anglers have fished deep into the fall to land some of the year's biggest fish. Wisconsin has about 775 lakes and streams with thriving populations of the official state fish, but if size is the prize, try these musky waters with special regulations aimed at growing trophy fish.

 

The bugs are going, going, gone. Wave after wave of mosquitoes chased some anglers inside this summer and kept others furiously swatting between casts. Repeated heavy rains in many parts of Wisconsin produced bumper crops of what Phil Pelliteri, UW entomologist, calls summer floodwater mosquitoes. These mosquitoes breed in temporary standing water, like that often found in ditches alongside roads or in abandoned tires. "These are the mosquitoes that make or break us," Pelliteri says. "We breed 90 percent of our mosquitoes from less than 10 percent of the water in Wisconsin." The good news is their breeding grounds are drying up, and the mosquitoes are not nearly as bad as they once were. Anglers are not out of the woods yet. "It takes three hard freezes before I consider it being over," Pelliteri says. But the cooler temperatures definitely slow mosquito activity. They have trouble flying when temperatures are below 50 degrees or winds exceed 10 miles per hour. The cooler fall temperatures also slow their development, which could be a saving grace if heavy rains arrive soon and allow one more crop of mosquitoes. Watch out for deer ticks, a problem 'til snow arrives.

 

The days are cooler and the fishing more comfortable. A quick scan of average September temperatures for several Wisconsin weather stations shows a drop off of about 10 degrees from August. See the average for your favorite fall fishing hole. Check the Midwest Regional Climate Center's (exit DNR) summary of temperatures.

 

Less competition for fish. It's not your imagination. There are fewer anglers out on the water in the fall. DNR fisheries researcher Brian Weigel analyzed numbers from the 2006-2007 statewide mail survey of anglers, the most recent such survey, and found that angler effort in the fall is much lower and less consistent in the fall before picking up with the start of ice fishing in December.


Canada

Canada: Gun registry survives in 153-151 vote

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday night, September 23 his government will continue to fight until the

federal long gun registry is abolished, refusing to budge after the database survived a critical vote.


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