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Sportsmen Since 1967

March 24, 2023

Michigan bill would repeal mandatory deer registration, potential criminal penalties

Legislation introduced in the state House would repeal reporting requirements for deer harvests and potential criminal penalties implemented by the Department of Natural Resources last season. 
Charlevoix Republican Rep. Neil Riske introduced House Bill 4135 last month to repeal a controversial order implemented by the DNR last season that requires hunters to electronically pin-drop the locations of their harvest on a website within 72 hours. The requirement comes with potential jail time and fines for those who do not comply, which Riske told Michigan Outdoor News he believes is “ridiculous.”

Fawn study providing much-needed deer data in Minnesota’s farmland region

There are many areas of Minnesota where deer managers don’t have updated data in terms of fawn survival rates, but a study being conducted in the south-central area of the state is changing that in a portion of the farmland region. 
Wildlife researchers with the Minnesota DNR have completed two years of field work in a three-year fawn study that encompasses parts of deer permit areas 252, 253, 296, and 299.

Record smallmouth bass caught in Ontario waters of Lake Erie was 16 years old

The 10.15-pound smallmouth bass caught in the Ontario, Canada, waters of Lake Erie in November 2022 was a 16-year-old female, according to the Ohio DNR (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The record fish is the only known 10-pound smallmouth bass caught in a Great Lakes state or province.
On Nov. 3, 2022, Gregg Gallagher of Fremont, Ohio, caught the bass while fishing in Ontario provincial waters of Lake Erie.

Wisconsin wardens ‘team train’ during sturgeon season

When it comes to legally spearing lake sturgeon during a bonafide season, Wisconsin is the place to go for the 16-day season on Lake Winnebago and three upriver lakes that make up the Winnebago system.
Unlike many fishing and hunting season activities, sturgeon spearing is not discussed during a recruit warden’s training. There’s plenty of rules to understand during this unique season.

Later-than-normal ice-out expected this spring in Minnesota

There are a lot of anglers and boat owners asking the same question at this time of year: When will I get my boat in the water?
The ice-out period is just beginning in Minnesota, working its way from south to north. This spring some experts expect ice-out to be later than usual – unless a wave of warm weather arrives soon. Most likely, Minnesotans can expect to see ice across at least some of the state for the foreseeable future.

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