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Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

September 18, 2023

Belly up to the famed Niagara Bar in New York for big brown trout

Arthur O’Mara of Moravia, N.Y., was fishing the Niagara Bar for king salmon the first weekend of the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby in August with his buddy, Jeff Smith, of Pennsylvania. As they worked their Spin Doctor and fly in 65 feet of water, the rod went off. They expected it to be a small king. Ten minutes later, they found it was a 12-pound, 11-ounce brown trout. Who would have thought? It was the new leader in the LOC Derby and as luck would have it, it became the eventual winner of the fall classic.

Recently-discovered Beech Leaf Disease another threat to northern hardwood forests

Beech trees are long-lived denizens of forests throughout the eastern half of North America and many have succumbed to beech bark disease, but the recently discovered Beech Leaf Disease (BLD) appears to be an even bigger threat. 
If the number of beech trees in New York as well as elsewhere declines significantly it could have far-reaching consequences, including significant changes to the composition of our northern hardwood forests and the loss of a valuable food source for wildlife. All species of beech trees can be affected by this disease, including those used for landscaping and along city streets. 

Iowa Natural Resources Commission approves four construction projects, three at state parks

A total of four construction projects, including three at state parks, were unanimously approved last week during the monthly meeting of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission in Des Moines. Total expenditures for the projects will be $478,437.
The largest expenditure was for a new design-guide shelter at Red Haw State Park, located near Chariton in Lucas County, at a cost of $201,760. The open-air shelter will replace a concrete concession building at the beach. Concessions have not been sold in the shelter for a number of years, the commission was told.

Beware of dead wood when locating treestands

Treestands are the best way to hunt for deer, yet also the most dangerous.
We all know the very real risk of falling out of a treestand and the injuries, and sometimes worse, that occur. While it’s safe to assume the majority of treestand falls happen when a hunter is climbing into or out of the stand, that’s not always the case. There is another risk inherent with treestands, and it’s one that has an alarming degree of uncertainty.

Ohio DNR Conservation Hall of Fame inductees have two approaches, same passion for the land

Denis Case and Paul Knoop, Jr., have a lesson to teach those of us who, like them, love and care about The Land, the land in its collective sense – from soil, water, and air to plants and animals and everything in between.
Don’t give up. Case and Knoop recently were among members of the 2023 class of inductees to the Conservation Hall of Fame of the Ohio DNR, and after distinguished careers both “retired” to pursue still more projects under the big tent labeled Conservation.

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