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May 18, 2024

Michigan legislation would provide free hunting, fishing licenses to first responders and corrections officers

An Upper Peninsula lawmaker and many colleagues in the Michigan House want to offer free hunting and fishing licenses to first responders and corrections officers, though they face concerns about revenue loss.
Cedar River Republican state Rep. Dave Prestin introduced House bills 5558-60 alongside Jackson Republican Rep. Kathy Schmaltz and Detroit Democratic Rep. Tyrone Carter earlier this year to offer EMS personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, and corrections officers free licenses. The legislation has 16 other co-sponsors.

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Looking for less congestion on Minnesota waters? Tips for finding walleyes without the crowd

Hunters and anglers often speak in absolutes. All of the deer are nocturnal. The toms are all henned up. The walleyes are never shallow this time of year. While there’s always truth mixed in with the “always” and “never” statements, nature doesn’t quite work this way.
The closest you might come to being totally right when the subject involves walleyes would be to make definitive statements regarding the spawn.

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Whitefish, an important native food source from the Great Lakes, facing challenges

The Great Lakes of today are not the pristine waters of 300 years ago. Dams, industry, and the introduction of invasive species have forever altered the ecology of these waters and their fisheries. Through it all, the whitefish – a native fish prized for its mild flavor – has persisted, although with sometimes troubling fluctuations.
“Whitefish is the most valuable commercial species in the Great Lakes – has been since people came to the Great Lakes,” said Cory Goldsworthy, Minnesota DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor.

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Hope growing that Pennsylvania’s state tree, the Eastern hemlock, can beat invasive adelgids

The fight is far from over, but scientists are increasingly optimistic that once-ubiquitous Eastern hemlock trees might, with help, bounce back from a 50-year assault by invasive woolly adelgids.
The aphid-like insects, native to the Pacific Northwest and Asia, found their way to the eastern U.S. in the early to mid-1900s and have been spreading and killing hemlocks by the millions ever since. But a combination of bio-controls, insecticides, habitat doctoring and a disease-resistant hemlock hybrid – plus the discovery of native trees that are somehow immune – may keep the beloved and valuable tree from disappearing in Eastern forests.
That’s an outcome that arborists would not have predicted with confidence 20 years ago.

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Black flies and brook trout create great adventures in the Adirondack backcountry

The first mile-and-a-half into the pond ended at the hardly discernible site of an old lumber camp. I knew there had been a lumber camp there 60 years earlier because I’d read about an old Adirondack woodsman named Ira Gray who’d stayed there one night while deer hunting.

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Jeremiah Haas: An Illinois mentor is still bringing joy to his former student

Recently, I was fortunate to learn the story of an Illinois sportsman who was a mentor to many young boys during his lifetime. As I sat down with Jay Wolf, who you may recognize from his photography, I could see the emotions on his face as he told the story.
“I received a message asking to call Coach Ed Alepra, who was my coach at Erie High School. I am awful with telephone calls, but I knew I needed to make this call because Coach Alepra asked me to come down. I was aware he had not been feeling well,” Wolf said.

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Tips to finding and catching early season pike in New York

Not too long ago anglers believed that northern pike lost their teeth after spawning – as if the excitement and physical stress caused all the pike’s teeth to fall out.
The loss of teeth was actually the rationale to explain why pike aren’t easy to catch after they mate, and why they seemingly disappear for a few weeks, especially from April into June, depending on the latitude. But, of course, tooth failure was one of those “old fisherman’s tales” that was less than worthless.

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Ryan Rothstein: With the fawning season comes hope, especially this spring

I never used to get too jazzed about spring. When I was a kid, I remember wishing away the seasons that weren’t fall, because any time that I couldn’t deer hunt was time wasted. Life sure was simpler back then.
These days, I’ve grown to appreciate the nuances that come with spring, particularly those that signal an end to winter and the beginning of a new growing season. Things as small as the first bloodroot blooming modestly on the forest floor cause me to smile and stop to appreciate how such a delicate plant could possibly be so stubbornly tough.

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