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December 18, 2008

At last! Early ice predicted for eager anglers this month

Pittsburgh – All the state’s ice anglers want for Christmas is some of the hard stuff. Although they’ve been Scrooged out of the big freeze during holidays past, this winter they may get their wish. At least Accu-Weather senior meteorologist Tom Kines was delivering the sort of forecast that hard-water anglers want to hear. “Things …

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Concerns emerge over ‘supplanting’ funding

St. Paul – With the passage of the constitutional amendment to dedicate funding to natural resources, there now are two bodies charged with making recommendations to lawmakers regarding spending on outdoors issues. The Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council will recommend about $90 million a year in spending from the newly created Outdoor Heritage Fund. The Legislative-Citizen

Proposed regs tabled for ‘trophy’ AuSable waters

Lansing – The “research” rules, under which the AuSable mainstream from Mio to McKinley has become well-known trophy brown trout water, will remain in effect, as-is, for at least another year. DNR Director Rebecca Humphries earlier this month postponed making changes in the river section’s regulations, specifically a proposal from her agency’s Fisheries Division that

Like total deer harvest, blackpowder kill down

St. Paul – Anecdotal reports from around the state suggesting a slower muzzleloader hunt jibe with actual registration numbers. As of earlier this week, hunters had registered 8,240 deer. That compares with about 9,800 at the same time last year. The muzzleloader season was open Nov. 29 through Dec. 14. It’s likely that total will

Firearms harvest is close to that of ’07

DNR Report Lansing – The DNR has announced the preliminary estimate of the white-tailed deer harvest during the 2008 firearms season. Statewide, an estimated 272,000 deer were taken during the firearms season, Nov. 15-30. Of that total, about 157,000 were antlered bucks and about 115,000 were antlerless deer. That compares with a 2007 estimated harvest

Staback: Lawsuit stops deer audit

Harrisburg – A long-promised independent audit of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s controversial deer-management program may be in jeopardy because of a lawsuit filed against the agency by a sportsmen’s group. But then again, maybe not. It depends who you listen to. And a hunting license fee increase may be hanging in the balance. Ed Staback,

Former NWTF leader charged with theft

Washington Court House, Ohio – A former Ohio leader for the National Wild Turkey Federation pleaded not guilty Dec. 8 to a charge of felony grand theft. Walt Ingram, 48, of Washington Court House, was indicted Nov. 21 by a grand jury in Fayette County. He was arraigned Dec. 8, where he pleaded not guilty

Tough deer season, to be sure

Dean Bortz Wisconsin Editor OK, so someone out there had to kill a deer this year. White-tailed deer are not extinct in Wisconsin. They just can’t be. I’m sure of that because I did see one flag at the closing bell on Nov. 30. And, since the season ended, I’ve heard reports that we put

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