Staff Report

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.

‘Wardens’ premiere puts Michigan on the map

Perry, Mich. — With the premiere of season seven of the popular “Wardens” series on the Outdoor Channel (Feb. 6), the state of Michigan takes center stage. This season will be the first time filming will take place in the Great Lakes State. Fans of the show will notice that its basic premise of documenting the work of conservation officers…

Deerassic education center offers events year around

Cambridge, Ohio — By the end of January, hunting seasons are winding down. Ice fishing in southern Ohio came and went with only a slight chance of making an encore appearance. Outdoor activities have hit the doldrums for many hunters and anglers. However, that is not the case for the staff at the Deerassic Park Education Center near Cambridge, Ohio,…

Last year’s drought menaced this year’s trout stocking

Harrisburg — What if trout season came and there were significantly fewer fish? It almost happened. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission typically stocks close to 3.2 million legal-sized trout each year, most in the weeks just before and after opening day. Cooperative nurseries around the state add another 1 million or so. All of those fish get their start…

Taylor County bear tips scale at 656 pounds [photo]

This Taylor County bear was shot outside of Medford on Sept. 16, 2016. It weighed 719 pounds (live weight) and 656 pounds (field dressed). The crew included (l-r): Mike Nicks, Cole Ziehlke, Patrick Higley, and Mark Decker. It was Higley’s first bear. Contributed photo By Dean Bortz Editor Medford, Wis. — A Taylor County hunting group and Patrick Higley, of…

Are feral hogs making a comeback? Ask hunters

By Tim Bunton Contributing Writer Pittsfield, Ill. — Deer hunters may be the ones to solve a mystery that has DNR and farmers in the region on edge: have wild hogs re-grouped in west-central Illinois? Annual DNR post-season surveys sent to hunters statewide typically includes a question like, “Did you see any feral swine during the recent deer season?” Such…

Another player: grass carp now a Lake Michigan threat

By Anthony Candia Contributing Writer Chicago —  Now here comes the lesser-feared of the invasive Asian carp – a fish that actually should be more feared, or at least just as feared. According to a report released in late January, invasive grass carp have reached Lake Michigan and two other of the Great Lakes. Like other Asian carp, grass carp…