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Thursday, November 30th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

September 7, 2023

Bee not seen in the St. Louis Region in more than a century photographed in Belleville, Ill.

The bee world is suddenly abuzz with excitement following a Belleville, Ill., resident’s unique find.
According to a release by Webster University in St. Louis, Ned Siegel, a  volunteer for the Shutterbee Citizen Science Project, captured a photograph of the rare Lemon Cuckoo bumble bee (Bombus citrinus)  in his home garden. This created a wave of excitement among biologists worldwide because the Lemon Cuckoo is primarily found in the Northeast United States. Historical records indicate that the last time a Lemon Cuckoo was positively identified in the St. Louis Region may have been before the Civil War.

Bass bite going strong on Lake Miami in Iowa’s Monroe County

Lake Miami, a 137-acre body of water in Iowa’s Monroe County, has a good bass bite going on for anglers wanting to get on the water late this summer. 
The Sept. 1 Iowa DNR fishing report noted that many largemouth were being caught by using jigs along structure and near the shore. The black crappie bite in flooded timber, bluegill bite around cedar tree piles and channel catfish bite in 4-8 feet of water were all considered “fair” during the first week of September.

Steve Pollick’s trip back to barebow has been a pleasant one after more than a year away

After more than a year’s pause, the wood riser of a lightweight recurve bow in my curled left hand felt good, as did the muscle tension associated with drawing an arrow.
After a dozen arrows of “warm-up,” just trying to rekindle muscle memory and just keeping fired arrows on a target butt, I bore down and focused. I managed to put all six arrows from my quiver into a deer’s kill-zone from 20 yards. Wow. After spending months wondering whether I ever would be able to return to this beloved skill, I was elated.

North Dakota PLOTS acres open to public, but not for all use: Here’s what to know

The goal of North Dakota’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen program is to provide walk-in public access for hunting on private land. Just because hunters are allowed access doesn’t mean it’s open for any type of use.
Even if you are hunting, PLOTS agreements do not allow activities such as horseback riding, camping, placing bait for any purpose, driving ATVs or snowmobiles, dog training and many others, without written permission from the landowner.

Iowa Great Lakes conservationist Terry Wilts recognized with Ace Cory Conservation Award

Terry Wilts recently received the Ace Cory Conservation Award at the annual Okoboji Protective Association’s annual meeting. The award was presented by Mary Skopec, OPA board member and Executive Director of the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.
The inscription on the plaque reads…To Terry Wilts: For being TENACIOUS in protecting and improving the Iowa Great Lakes. Terry acts as the “go-to person” in curly-leaf pondweed control and more recently led the efforts against Eurasian Watermilfoil. Terry is an active person in water quality efforts.

Previewing Minnesota’s archery deer hunt 2023: Enter crossbows for all

The countdown has started for the archery deer season in Minnesota, and there’s a mixture of excitement along with a few unknowns. The season kicks off Sept. 16, and the biggest unknown centers around the new regulation that allows the use of crossbows for everyone.
The new regulation passed by the Minnesota Legislature in May will allow more hunters to hunt the archery season and apply some pressure on deer throughout the state. Todd Froberg, the Minnesota DNR’s big-game program coordinator, said he’s not worried about the crossbow change affecting deer populations significantly in terms of total harvest, but there are a few concerns heading into the season.

Trappers prepare for new season at Illinois Trappers Association’s state convention set for Oct. 6-7

Trapping season is right around the corner – for Illinois trappers, that means an annual gathering for trappers is even closer.

The Illinois Trappers Association will hold its 61st Fall Convention at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Decatur Oct. 6-7. Admission is free.
“We welcome everyone to the convention and we have a great lineup of demonstrations and about 15 inside vendors, plus outside tailgaters,” ITA President Ryan Ruhl said.

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