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Thursday, July 25th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, July 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

June 9, 2024

Tales of when predators attack…turkey decoys

Nature’s surprises often turn routine hunts into lifetime memories.
Sometimes you smile, wondering why a mallard hen would expose her waddling brood to avian and terrestrial predators by marching them across a bare 300-yard field in mid-May. Other times, you can only shake and twitch, wondering how you got between a protective cow moose and her calf on a mountain trail before first light. Which brings us to my friend, Walt Larsen, a Minnesotan who hunts turkeys each spring in Iowa, Wisconsin and his home state.

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Pennsylvania’s Conneaut Lake a nice choice for late spring bass fishing

Fishing adventures are more fun when shared with a buddy, so I asked my friend, Mark, to accompany me for a bass fishing adventure at Conneaut Lake in Crawford County, Pa.
Mark readily accepted my invitation to fish in Pennsylvania’s largest, natural, inland lake, though he realized the hot temperatures and bright skies would present challenging conditions.

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State Roundup: Start with Iron County when looking deep into issues with Northern Wisconsin’s deer herd

Steve Heiting’s deer series continues with a look at Iron and Ashland counties, along with an accompanying article on the front page of our June 14 print edition of Wisconsin Outdoor News.
I grew up hunting in both counties – the former units 28, 29A, and 29B. After moving to the Minocqua/Woodruff area in 1986 following military service and college, I continued hunting those units, and added Vilas and Oneida counties.

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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board seeking more input on wake boat issues

Wake boats, and issues associated with their use, caught the attention of Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) members in May and will be on their agenda in June.
At the May 22 meeting, DNR Acting Secretary Steven Little told the board he would have the DNR provide a wake boat briefing at the June 26 meeting. Little said he wants solutions that are science- and thought-based to help reduce damage to Wisconsin’s lakes and lake users.

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Black carp movement is evident in Illinois

Efforts to monitor black carp in Illinois rivers continue to strengthen, with a bounty program that pays anglers for catches remaining in place and the species receiving increased emphasis in the federal Invasive Carp Action Plan for 2024.
Also, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been focused on the fish, publishing a thesis paper in 2023 reporting evidence of frequent upstream movement, as well as regular lock and dam passage by black carp on the Mississippi River.

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Hybrid striped bass can be found in many Ohio waters, and certainly earn their hard-fighting reputation

Heterosis (hybrid vigor) means a hybrid striper has more potential than the parents to grow faster, attain a beefier physique, and show a higher tolerance to stress. How much vigor depends on the cards dealt. A good hand plays out well for the hybrid progeny.
A well-endowed fish needs protein, often eating whatever it can find, dead or alive.

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