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Sportsmen Since 1967

September 16, 2023

Vision of the Howard K. Vincent Waterfowl Production Area comes into focus at official dedication

September 14 highlighted teamwork across borders between conservationists in both Minnesota and Iowa with the formal dedication of the Howard K. Vincent Waterfowl Production Area Site — a 195.5-acre parcel of farmland now set to become both a wildlife area and an important buffer to help protect Big Spirit Lake waters.
Held onsite for the open-to-the-public dedication and program, followed by a reception at Mini-Wakan Lodge on the north shore of Big Spirit Lake, the dedication included well over 100 people. It included individuals and organizations involved in securing the property that had been so important to stakeholders in both states for decades.

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Changes to Illinois’ bow season have upside

More crossbows, larger harvests and the potential addition of new counties to a special restricted archery zone designed to bolster the herd.
Bowhunting in Illinois has evolved. It most certainly will continue to do so. The reasoning is solid: According to the National Deer Association, Illinois continues to hold the largest percentage of bow hunters – the NDA estimates 74% of all deer hunters in the state use some kind of bow at least one day during the season.

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What does Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program look like after 10 years?

The Wisconsin DNR’S Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), the brainchild of Texan Dr. James Kroll, received rave reviews from landowners as its 10th anniversary rolled past. 
Those positive comments from enrollees could be linked to a DNR web page statement: “Landowners who enroll in DMAP receive a wealth of resources to improve habitat for deer and other wildlife on their properties.”
Now, 10 years later, some deer hunters are looking at who is paying for that “wealth of resources.”

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The arrival of 2023 hunting seasons is worth celebrating

Joe Robison is one of the most dedicated, knowledgeable waterfowl hunters I have ever met.
So when he invited me to join him for the waterfowl – goose and early teal – opener this year in Michigan, as he has many years, how could I decline? Sept. 1 has been opening day of hunting season for decades now. It was the opener of the 10-day “early Canada goose season” (remember that?) – and can you even believe we have 107 days of goose hunting now? Then about a decade ago, opening day expanded in scope when the feds finally allowed us to have an early teal season, too.

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Pheasant season on tap in New York: DEC recovers from March Avian Flu outbreak at Reynolds Game Farm

Pheasant hunters across New York are gearing up for a fall hunting season that just a few months ago remained questionable regarding if it would happen or not. 
In March, an outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) devastated the breeder flock at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca. The outbreak, at what is New York’s only such facility, resulted in the entire flock of breeding pheasants – approximately 6,600 birds –  being depopulated and most of the facility being placed under quarantine. 

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Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee talks muskies, latest walleye harvest info

The Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee met Sept. 6 at McQuoid’s Inn in Isle for a status report on Mille Lacs fish and fishing.
The meeting didn’t focus on any specific regulation changes or population assessments. Instead, it reviewed presentations on diets of the various fish in the lake and current muskie regulations, because there could be a change – based on feedback – of having more muskies stocked in the big lake.

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Farm pond mastery: Late summer is perfect time to tempt fish in small waters

The cow mooed, the pig squealed, the horse whinnied, the rooster crowed, and the green tractor let out a cough that would worry any doctor or mechanic.
I smiled. Making my way from the dusty one track where I’d parked my truck, and passing the two-story Dutch barn, I shimmied under the bottom strand of electric fence and walked to the edge of the oval pond. There I laid two rods and a tackle bag in the high grass next to a dehydrated cow pie. I felt so much tension disappear like smoke over my head.
If you’re a kid, or a kid at heart, I hope that sometime in your life you can fish a fertile farm pond and enjoy the simplest, purist fishing you’re ever going to do.

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Episode 453 – Analyzing the federal waterfowl survey with John Coluccy from Ducks Unlimited, a wild rice report, plus a big hunting opener weekend forecast, and the DNR on special fishing reg proposals

Outdoor News Radio devotes an extra-long segment to chatting with DU scientist John Coluccy, who tackles questions from Rob Drieslein on the status of North

Episode 453 – Analyzing the federal waterfowl survey with John Coluccy from Ducks Unlimited, a wild rice report, plus a big hunting opener weekend forecast, and the DNR on special fishing reg proposals Read More »

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