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May 14, 2024

Illinois DNR says anglers should avoid red swamp crayfish

DNR sent a public reminder to anglers and outdoor fans on May 8 warning that possessing live red swamp crayfish is prohibited in Illinois.
“Red swamp crayfish compete aggressively with native species for food and habitat, and they’ve been known to cause structural damage to property,” said Illinois Conservation Police Officer Brandon Fehrenbacher, who oversees the DNR Office of Law Enforcement Invasive Species Unit. “These crayfish spread by escaping from live crawfish boils and from fishermen who illegally use them as bait.”

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Ducks Unlimited partnering with Illinois DNR, USFWS to help expansion of Calhoun Point wetlands

Calhoun Point, the last piece of land separating the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in southwestern Illinois, will expand its wetlands by 154 acres, thanks to Ducks Unlimited and funding from Phillps 66, which has a facility upstream from the project.
The “Calhoun Point Restoration and Enhancement Project” is one of a handful of projects DU and Phillips 66 have targeted in Illinois, Texas, Louisiana and Colorado.

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Commentary: Missouri shows other states how to manage CWD for the long haul

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently released its 2023-24 chronic wasting disease testing results, and the report contains good news and a lesson for deer hunters in other states: If the disease is discovered early, active management can keep infection rates low. That means productive deer populations and sustainable hunter harvest for the long haul.
In the 12 years Missouri has been fighting CWD, the disease has spread slowly to 39 known counties, but none of them has a prevalence rate over 3%. Compare that to southwest Wisconsin where prevalence trends in many CWD areas are now climbing into the 20s, 30s, 40s and higher infection rates.

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Ralph Loos: Trappers’ top successes in Illinois were raccoons and . . . opossums?

The story about trappers commissioned to protect duck nesting sites from raccoons, coyotes and foxes offers fantasy fodder for any Midwesterner with dreams of running a real trapline.
There aren’t many of us around. According to the Illinois Natural History Survey’s most recent Illinois Trapper Report, trapping license sales in the state decreased from 7,016 in 2021-22 to 6,868 in to 2022-23. The report also notes the average age of an Illinois trapper is 55 and the average trapper has been at it for 25 years.

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Muskies now the fish of 10 casts? Live sonar changes how anglers fish for these popular predators

The muskie is known in angling lore as the “fish of 10,000 casts.” Almost always tough to catch, a muskie is usually more willing to follow a lure to boatside than strike it, leaving those who fish for them frustrated yet tantalized, and wanting more. Anything – be it a new lure or technique – that lessens the downtime between catches is welcomed by muskie fishermen.
Enter forward-facing sonar (FFS), also known as “live sonar,” a relatively new technology that allows anglers to not only find fish in real time, but to watch their lure and how fish react to it.

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