Staff Report

A special junior-only fur-taking season in Pennsylvania?

Harrisburg — Pheasants, Squirrels. Rabbits, Turkeys. Waterfowl. Junior hunters across Pennsylvania have their own special seasons for each. They are days set aside, before the regular opening day for adults, when they can pursue those species. Are beavers next? Or maybe muskrats or something else? The Pennsylvania Game Commission is at least looking into the idea of holding a special…

Pair of albino deer spotted near Fort Atkinson

(Photo by Jim Nandory) Wisconsin Outdoor News reader Jim Nandory, of Fort Atkinson, captured this photo of two white deer on Sept. 15 while traveling about eight miles east of Fort Atkinson in the town of Helenville in Jefferson County. He saw the fawn first and stopped to watch it. The fawn kept looking back across the small field, and…

Outdoor News contest to award best buck photos across seven states

Plymouth, Minn. — When you snap photos of your buck this fall, remember to submit them to the 2017 Best Buck Photo Contest appearing in the Outdoor News publications. The annual photo contest is now open to hunting enthusiasts in each of the seven Great Lakes states where outdoorsmen and women can read Outdoor News: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan,…

Wildlife Research Center hosting Melissa Bachman at 2018 Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic

Wildlife Research Center in Ramsey, Minn., will sponsor Melissa Bachman’s appearance at the 2018 Minnesota Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic, March 9-11 in the Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Bachman, a headliner at the annual show, is a well-known hunting television personality and currently hosts the Winchester Deadly Passion series on the Sportsman Channel. Wildlife Research Center is a leader…

Outdoor News partners with Cabela’s for Youth Writing Contest

Plymouth, Minn. — Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, has partnered with Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, for the annual Youth Writing Contest for students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Illinois. Outdoor News, Inc. has promoted the writing contest…

Pittsburgh angler plays key role in Team U.S.A. bronze medal

Pittsburgh — Never were chubs and other rough fish so important to fly-fishermen. At the 2017 Youth World Fly-Fishing Championship held in Slovenia earlier this summer, teams of young anglers from all over the world flew in to compete. That included the U.S. youth fly-fishing team. Competitors fished specific waters, and specific portions, or “beats,” on those waters, to see…

Congressman’s proposed act would effectively trump New York gun law

Albany — A western New York congressman is proposing federal measures that would effectively protect Second Amendment rights and, in doing so, effectively repeal the controversial SAFE Act gun legislation in New York state. U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Erie, outlined his “Second Amendment Guarantee Act” late last month, which would limit a state’s authority to regulate the design, manufacture, sale…

Taking a closer look at Rep. Jarchow’s reason for drafting AB-411, and Robert Stietz’s 2012 Lafayette County case

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Outdoor News, Kinetic Performance Dog Food announce Huntin’ Buddy Photo Contest winner

Outdoor News, Inc., and Kinetic Performance Dog Food have announced that a photo by Steve Oehlenschlager of his black Lab, Katie, is the grand prize-winner in the 2017 Huntin’ Buddy Photo Contest Bird dog enthusiasts in Minnesota were encouraged to submit a photo of their hunting dog for a chance to win a year’s supply of Kinetic Performance Dog Food….

VanDam finds success in New York bass fishing hotspot, too

Waddington, N.Y. — In a fishing hole generally regarded as one of the finest bass hotspots in the country, perhaps it’s only fitting the man who’s arguably the greatest bass angler of all time won the Bassmaster Elite Series event last month on the St. Lawrence River. And while Kevin VanDam obliterated the field with a four-day weight total of…

BowFest 2017 scheduled Friday through Sunday

Taylor Drury, of Drury Outdoors TV, with a 16-point buck taken last year in Iowa. The antlers scored 184 inches gross. Drury will be one of the personalities at this weekend’s BowFest at the Mont du Lac Resort near Duluth.Superior, Wis. — BowFest is coming. And fast. The all-things-archery event is scheduled this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6 at Mont…

Wisconsin’s Flambeau River State Forest new home to 31 Kentucky elk

Winter, Wis. — After another successful winter trapping effort in Kentucky, 31 elk were released recently from their quarantine pen in northern Wisconsin and are now roaming their new home in the Flambeau River State Forest. This year’s “release herd” represents the third year of Wisconsin’s elk translocation efforts from Kentucky and the first year that elk have been released…

Are blue catfish returning to Pittsburgh’s rivers?

Blue catfish like this have been gone from Pennsylvania reaches of the Ohio River drainage since 1880. Conditions for them to return appear to be good now. Photo courtesy LearnToCatchCatfish.com Harrisburg — An effort to bring back one long-gone species worked, but only to a degree. Might this go better? The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission for years worked to…

Komorowski duo wins Badwater Bash bass-fishing tournament

Mike and Kyle Komorowski from Oak Creek, Wis., teamed to win the Badwater Bash bass-fishing tournament.Mike and Kyle Komorowski from Oak Creek, Wis., registered six bass weighing a total of 15.1 pounds to win the recent Badwater Bash bass-fishing tournament on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. They received a cash prize of $1,316. The largest single bass,…

Solo N.Y. angler second in national team bass tourney

Rein Golubjatnikov, right, weighs in his 8-pound, 2-ounce largemouth bass that propelled him to a second-place finish in the Bassmaster Junior Championship. (Photo courtesy of Bassmaster.com)Huntingdon, Tenn. — It took two anglers to knock New York’s Rein Golubjatnikov out of the top spot in the Bassmaster Junior Championship last month on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake in northwest Tennessee….

Another disappointing hard-water season

It was a second poor ice fishing season in a row for much of the state, with only the colder lakes and ponds of the Adirondacks seeing an extended ice fishing season. And even the northernmost parts of the state suffered when record warmth in late February melted much of the ice and snow.