Lansing – Slightly more deer hunters hit the woods in 2008 than in 2007, and they combined to kill a few more white-tailed deer than in ’07. That was the message DNR_research biologist Brian Frawley gave the state Natural Resources Commission at its June meeting in Lansing. The estimates are the result of the DNR’s …
June 18, 2009
Central Region Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – This 1,017-acre lake north of Columbus consistently provides quality crappie fishing. Crappies move to deeper areas with cover as the water temperature warms, try fishing drop-offs with stumps or other wood. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish can be caught using cut baits
Columbus – While our brethren to the south have rebuilt their elk population to a sizable herd, don’t look for the species to return to Ohio anytime soon. Kentucky’s elk repopulation program has been well chronicled for its success over the past decade. The Bluegrass State’s program has been popular with hunters who are drawn
St. Paul – It doesn’t appear as though there will be any trouble in Minnesota getting landowners to sign up for the Reinvest in Minnesota/Wetlands Reserve Program. After an April 20 to May 5 sign-up period, state and federal officials – the Board of Water and Soil Resources runs RIM; the USDA’s_Natural Resources Conservation Service
Grand Rapids, Minn. – Ruffed grouse drum counts in the state have risen dramatically this year, following three consecutive years of moderate increases. Statewide drum counts saw a 43-percent increase from last year, and counts in the core of the grouse range – the northeast – were up 44 percent. “This year is the big
State College, Pa. – If some hunters are expecting the audit of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s deer-management program to provide an exact count of the state’s deer, they are going to be disappointed, warns the vice president of the company conducting the investigation.
Benezette, Pa. – The largest elk-watching and conservation-education center in the eastern United States has finally begun to take shape.
St. Paul – Right back where we started from isn’t necessarily a good thing. The state DNR’s operating budget faces another 2.25 percent reduction in state general funds following Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s “unallotment” on Tuesday. That’s on top of an earlier 6.9 percent reduction to address a budget shortfall over the next two years. While