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November 27, 2008

Illinois Rifle Association questions questionnaire

Chicago – The Illinois Rifle Association is getting national attention for its claim that President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team is “weeding out” applicants for White House positions who own firearms or come from firearm-owning families. ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson specifically pointed to question 59 of a questionnaire administered to all potential applicants. The question …

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Lake Sara (Effingham): The crappie bite has been hot. The bait of choice is small jigs tipped with wax worms or spikes under floats. Skipping under the deeper docks or finding the submerged timber and green weeds. Lake Shelbyville: Lake is high, as much as 10 feet above normal pool, according to the Army Corps.

May the ritual live on

Dean Bortz Wisconsin Editor CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff Nania and George Meyer (see front page article in this issue) on the recognition of their conservation efforts by Outdoor Life. Wisconsin has always had a tradition of its citizens working hard on behalf of its natural resources, and Jeff and George are two more examples of that

Southern Zone has a wet, tragic start

Swan Lake, N.Y. – A wet Southern Zone firearms deer opener was marked by a pair of hunting-related deaths, including a 16-month-old toddler who died when a stray bullet tore through her grandparent’s mobile home in Sullivan County. State police said Charly Skala of Woodbourne was standing in the kitchen of the home at about

Minocqua/Woodruff Area

Smaller lakes, bays, and ponds continue their trend toward ice-up, and with the colder evening temperatures this past week, this process should speed up considerably. Open-water fishing activity continues to remain constant, with muskies aggressively feeding prior to ice-up. Buck activity appears to be in mid-rut, with reports of scent trailing occurring at this time.

Ashland Area

Trolling remains a bit spotty. There are some fish being caught, but no stellar reports. The bulk of the coho run may already be upstream in the rivers. There are still a few cohos in the lake, along with a few browns, splake, and steelhead, mostly from the Washburn shoreline north, but there are a

DECALS licensing under review

Albany – DEC is taking a closer look at its DECALS computer licensing system that’s costing the department nearly $250,000 annually. And officials aren’t ruling out a possible return to paper licenses instead of the computer-generated tags. “I’m ready to go back to paper (licenses),” DEC_Assistant Director of Fish,_Wildlife and Marine Resources Doug Stang said


Willowemoc/Beaverkill: Water temperatures were in the 40s. Wading conditions were good. Fly anglers were having some success using small Olives, Caddis and Nymphs. Sections open until Nov. 30 include: The Beaverkill from State Road 206 (County Route 7) bridge in Delaware County downstream, Willowemoc Creek from iron bridge at Parkston downstream except section below. Sections

Deer harvest lags as season winds down

St. Paul – With the vast majority of the firearms deer season now in the rearview mirror, harvest remains off last year’s pace as hunters have killed 11 percent fewer deer. Hunters had killed 167,645 deer as of earlier this week, compared with 187,949 at the same time last year. From inclement weather for deer

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