Sunday, December 10th, 2023

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Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

September 8, 2023

Federal judge rules on Michigan consent decree

Federal Judge Paul Maloney has approved the agreement between the tribes, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the federal government regarding the Treaty of 1836, setting the stage for tribal commercial fishing regulations for the next 24 years.
The decree “respects and promotes tribal fishing rights and opportunities yet it also preserves the Great Lakes fishery and recognizes the shared natural resource,” Maloney wrote in his 139-page opinion. The judge essentially agreed to the document negotiated between four of the tribes and the DNR while rejecting objections of the Sault Ste. Marie tribe and the Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources.

Commentary: New research looks at why wild turkey eggs aren’t hatching and impact it has on population decline

Are turkey population declines due to predators, as many suggest, or is it the failure of eggs to hatch?
Opinions vary, but the National Wild Turkey Federation is taking a close look to find out – and to try to fix the problem. As part of its 2023 investment in wild turkey research, the NWTF is helping fund a unique project out of the University of Tennessee examining potential factors that may be causing turkey eggs to not become turkey chicks. Examining wild turkey eggs in this way is entirely new in wild turkey management, and the results could be illuminating.

Suggested name change of Ohio national forest stirs debate on war general Anthony Wayne

A federal effort is underway to scuttle the name of a Revolutionary War hero used to designate the only national forest in Ohio.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has announced its intent to rename the 244,265-acre Wayne National Forest to the Buckeye National Forest, which is located in 12 southeast and southern Ohio counties. The forest is divided into three administrative districts. It was officially named Wayne National Forest in December 1992 as part of a national reforestation program.

Inquest into drowning leads to changes suggested for Dimple Rock in Pennsylvania’s Youghiogheny River

Jurors in a coroner’s inquest into a 2022 rafting death on the Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park have recommended that alterations be made to an infamous rock associated with several drownings over the years, as well as changes in how outfitters conduct trips.
Fayette County coroner Dr. Phillip Reilly convened the inquest in the Aug. 13, 2022, death of Julie Ann Moore, 50, of Worthington, Ohio, who died after a raft she shared with her twin 13-year-old daughters and boyfriend capsized. The accident occurred in rapids on a treacherous part of the lower river that includes Dimple Rock, a tank-size boulder with a below-surface divot, or vacuum, that can trap anyone who falls into the water.

A Quick Chat with bowhunting great Andy May

Andy May made his way through the marsh this summer to reach a small island that has about three dozen oak trees on it to see which of those trees, if any, are producing acorns.
That is not how most people spend a day in late July. For May, this work leading up to the archery deer season is the difference between capitalizing on the first days of the season or watching them slip away without a punched tag.
“There were three trees that were producing and the rest weren’t. That is a really good early-season spot,” May said. “You wouldn’t know to key in on that unless you made the long trek out there to check it. I do every year because I have killed a couple good ones on there, but it really only gets activity when there’s acorns.”

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