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December 23, 2023

Christine Thomas: The black walnut saga continues

“I picked up some black walnuts for you a couple of days ago,” shared my friend, Sue Zimmer. “However, I tried to peel the husks and they were infested with worms. They were so gross that I threw them away. Yuck!” 
You met Sue last year when I wrote about taking her two Airedales, Chipper and Buckwheat, pheasant hunting. That article is on my website, www.christinethomasoutdoors.com, if you missed it.

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Wisconsin citizens, groups push for strict wake boat rules

Citizens, existing groups and citizens forming new groups continue to fight for reforms to wake boat rules in hopes of limiting potential damages caused by big wakes.
Richard and Carol Phillips, of Presque Isle,Wis., are founders of the Last Wilderness Alliance (LWA). They are encouraging towns to enact rules to protect lakes.
“Wake boats are the single greatest threat to (our) lakes, as well as those in Minnesota and Michigan,” said Richard Phillips.

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Episode 467 – Ice and deer kill updates, changes at TRCP, eagle poaching, and remembering America’s most deadly wild fire

Managing Editor and Host Rob Drieslein discusses the marginal ice conditions across much of Minnesota with Editor Tim Spielman, then the review the latest 2023 white-tailed deer kill tally and number of chronic wasting disease positives. Tony Peterson returns another week to talk hunting, then Tim Lesmeister joins Rob to talk a number of news

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Spoon-fed: Here’s when and what to use when it comes to ice fishing with spoons

Spoons. If you were to look through any old angler’s tackle box, be it an open-water collection or a hardwater collection, you will more than likely find spoons.
Spoons play a huge part in the ice-fishing world – not just for northern pike or walleyes, but for panfish, too. I am going to run you through a couple of scenarios that require different spoons and why, and then the many differences between spoons.

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Birders continue to make Christmas Bird Count a success in its 124th year

For many wildlife watchers the holidays would not be complete without the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, which runs throughout the Western Hemisphere from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5, 2024.
Now in its 124th year, the Christmas Bird Count enables birders to gather and report data that ornithologists can use to measure changes in bird populations, including distribution and abundance, and how they relate to species and habitat conservation.

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Illinois DNR catches record number of silver carp at Starved Rock pool of the Illinois River

Illinois DNR fisheries biologists broke a new fish collection record this month, earning much-deserved applause. 
But is it actually good news or bad news? The 10-day harvest operation in the Starved Rock pool of the Illinois River that began Nov. 27 and ended Dec. 6 yielded 750,000 pounds of silver carp. That’s a lot of carp, which brings up the downside of such a large harvest.

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Don’t ignore deeper water for Michigan’s first-ice panfish

Ice anglers wait anxiously for first ice, knowing it’s one of the best times to catch bluegills.
Anglers predictably gather off weed edges where they last made big catches in the fall. That can be a great location to make limit catches of average-sized ’gills, but the real jumbos may already have scooted to deeper water.

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Public land hunters need to be aware of DEC’s permit process as Long Island deer hunt starts Jan. 7

Sunday, Jan. 7, will mark the opening day of Long Island’s firearms deer season, a season which since the mid-1960s has allowed not only Long Island hunters, but also a surprising number of hunters from upstate and even from outside New York, one last chance to get outdoors in pursuit of their favorite big game animal.
As Brian O’Keefe, a North Merrick native who usually hunts in Orange and Sullivan counties, observed, “I appreciate not having to cross a bridge and drive for hours to hunt deer.”

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