Site Staff

New York Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 24, 2017

(Editor’s note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the state of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.) Late-night shots (Jefferson County)…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

Western New York (The regional fishing hotline can be heard at (716) 855-FISH.) Niagara Fishing Report: A great way gauge the fishing is to follow the results of area fishing contests. For example, the Niagara River Anglers Association held its annual Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest on the lower river and in Lake Ontario tributaries earlier this month during some…

New York Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 24, 2017

Season Dates Feb. 25: Weasel, opossum, skunk, raccoon and fox hunting seasons close (Long Island) Feb. 25: Weasel, opossum, skunk, raccoon, coyote and fox trapping seasons close (Long Island) Feb. 25: Mink and muskrat trapping seasons close (Long Island) Feb. 27: Canada goose season closes (Western Long Island) Feb. 28: Cottontail rabbit season closes (portions of state) Feb. 28: Varying…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 24, 2017

Region I – Capt. Laura Petreikis CPO Posateri responded to a call for an injured bowhunter at Johnson Sauk Trail. The disabled hunter had called the staff asking for help but due to poor cell reception the call was lost before the staff could ascertain what kind of help was needed. The hunter was located with no injuries, but he…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The browns and cohos are starting to get active on the lakefront from the boats. Fish the warm-water discharges with jigs and twisters tipped with a piece of squid or crankbaits like a J-9 in chart/white or orange/gold. Trolling small…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 24, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers Feb. 24: Rock Island, Henry Co. PF Banquet, 6 p.m., Camden Centre, Milan. For more info call Bill Martin, 309-787-0340. Feb. 25: Woodford County NWTF Banquet, 5:30 p.m., St. Mary’s of Lourds Parish Hall, Metoamora. For more info call Al Helton, 3009-397-0354. Feb. 25: Peoria DU Banquet, 5 p.m., Peoria Gateway Building. For more info call Mark Schore, 815-791-9993….

Wisconsin Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 24, 2017

Banquet/Fundraiser Feb. 24: Coulee Region TU Banquet, 6 p.m., Cedar Creek Golf Course, Onalaska. For more info call Curt Rees, 608-317-3747. Feb. 24: Brillion Boss NWTF Banquet, 5 p.m., Triple J Wing & Clay. For more info call Carren Ott, 920-371-2087. Feb. 25: Clark County WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., American Legion Hall, Loyal. For more info call Larry Quelle, 715-255-8235….

Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

ASHLAND AREA Call for an update on the ice before heading out. Anglers have been fishing the bay and catching a variety of fish, including splake, browns and tons of smelt by the lighthouse. Take an ice bar and check your way. There have been some nice lake trout and whitefish being caught on the Ashland side of the bay….

Wisconsin Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 24, 2017

District 1 — Ashland area Warden Lynna Gurnoe, of Bayfield, responded to a complaint of snowmobiles trespassing on a farm field in January. Gurnoe located the individuals involved, and enforcement action was taken. Wardens Matt Meade, of Mercer, and Dan Michels, of Park Falls, worked fishing enforcement on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage in Iron County in January, focusing on unattended lines….

Minnesota Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 24, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers Feb. 24: Minnewaska DU Banquet, Minnewaska House. For more info call Josh Wolf, 320-219-3187. Feb. 24: Renville County PF Banquet, 5 p.m., Island Ballroom, Bird Island. For more info call Judy, 320-894-5964. Feb. 24: Douglas County PF Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Broadway Ballroom, Alexandria. For more info call Dean Krebs, 320-763-4122. Feb. 25: Chisago County PF Banquet, 4 p.m., Lent…

Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

Great Eight LAKE MILLE LACS         East – Anglers continue to catch more big walleyes than small fish on the edges and tops of the mud flats. Perch are being caught in most bays in less than 12 feet, but better numbers of jumbos continue to come from the deep basin areas in 30 feet or more. You’ll…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 24, 2017

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) met with the Lake of the Woods county attorney to discuss some ongoing cases. A group project was worked at the Northwest Angle with U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Treaty Three Police. CO Nicholas Prachar (Baudette) reports…

Ohio Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 17, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers Feb. 18: Appalachian Mountain Hunters WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Ross County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building, Chillicothe. For more info call Tari Myers, 740-804-5489. Feb. 18: Western Reserve WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., E.O.U.V. Club, Novelty. For more info call Dave Takacs, 440-335-0183. Feb. 18: Zanesville DU Banquet, 6 p.m., Prophets Park. For more info call John Haswell, 740-819-4412. Feb. 18: Buckhaven…

Ohio Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 17, 2017

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • While on patrol Thanksgiving morning, state wildlife officer Josh Elster, assigned to Pickaway County, observed a group of individuals hunting waterfowl. Pickaway County is in the south waterfowl zone, and only Canada geese could legally be hunted at the time. Officer Elster observed the group from a distance and could see a spread…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

Central Region Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties) – Saugeye is about the only game in town for anglers on Deer Creek at this time of year. Most catches have been in the 14-19-inch range coming on twister tails and jig heads. Some are tipping the set with minnows. Experienced anglers on Deer Creek are targeting the dam area….

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has begun its seasonal trout stockings in streams and lakes across the commonwealth. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Boaters are reminded that mandatory cold-weather life-jacket regulations remain in effect through April 30, requiring boaters to wear life jackets when in a vessels under 16 feet in length and in all canoes and kayaks. NORTHWEST…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 17, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION From the Game Commission  Butler County WCO Chip L.  Brunst reports that, in a two-week span, he completed hearings for two people who failed to obey signs posted on state game lands, as well as another person who “rescued” two young raccoons from a basement after he killed their mother. He then unlawfully kept and raised the raccoons….

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 17, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers. Feb. 18: Towanda Gun Club WTU Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Towanda Gun Club, Towanda. For more info call Karen Parkhurst, 570-265-5519. Feb. 18: Harrisburg Beagle Club, Rabbit Hunt & Banquet, 3 p.m., Marysville Lions Club Park. For more info call James Kiser, 717-761-0190. Feb. 18: St. Marys RMEF Banquet, 4 p.m., Red Fern Banquet Hall. For more info call Carol…

Michigan Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 17, 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers. Feb. 17: Pinconning WTU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Pinconning Cheese House. For more info call Moe Weidel, 989-879-3540. Feb. 18: St. Cornelius Wild Game Dinner, 4:30 p.m., Metamora Lions Club. For more info call Joe Mindelli, 810-796-2025. Feb. 18: Richmond Area WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Maniaci’s, Richmond. For more info call Leroy Mikolowski, 586-255-0505. Feb. 18: Marine City Area WTU…

Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

Lake St. Clair Perch fishing has been pretty good on Lake St. Clair although ice conditions are questionable. Be sure to use a spud and check the ice as you go. Perch were hitting off 11 Mile Road in front of the library. There more rain and warm temperatures were in the forecast. Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003. Irish Hills…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 17, 2017

DISTRICT 1 CO Ethen Mapes worked a late-night fishing patrol which lasted well into the morning on Lake Gogebic. Mapes discovered a total of 12 set lines that had been left out overnight. Law enforcement action was taken with two groups of fishermen at separate locations for not having immediate control of their fishing lines. CO Ethen Mapes assisted the…

Minnesota Outdoor News Calendar — Feb. 17 2017

Banquets/Fundraisers Feb. 17: North Woods WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Black Woods Banquet Center, Proctor. For more info call Matt Erjavec, 218-464-8908. Feb. 18: East Central PF Banquet, 5 p.m., Floppy Crappie Lakeside Pub, Pine City. For more info call Beth Peterson, 651-785-6520. Feb. 18: Isanti County MDHA Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Cambridge Armed Forces Reserve Building. For more info call Jeff…

Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs and Collars — Feb. 17, 2017

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. A felony drug arrest was made on the ice, and multiple fish overlimits were encountered. CO Eric Benjamin (Warroad) worked snowmobiling and angling enforcement. The weather has been playing with the ice, causing heaves in areas. Enforcement action was taken this week for angling…

Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

LAKE MILLE LACS East – Walleye action has been a bit more sporadic, but the number of big fish being caught remains strong. During the day, 25 feet or deeper has been best, and there has been some exceptional evening action in less than 12 feet. Look for perch in the bays over 10 to 15 feet, but pods of jumbos…

Wood Duck Challenge

The Cub Scouts of Troop 4482 took the Outdoor News Wood duck Challenge and
donated the boxes to Shawnee State Park in Pennsylvania.