Staff and News Reports

Infested waters list grows with zebra mussels finds

(Photo by Brian Peterson)Several Minnesota waterways have been added to the infested waters list after Zebra mussels were recently confirmed on those waterways, the Minnesota DNR reported Monday, Oct. 15. On Big Fish Lake in Stearns County, a lake services contractor found adult zebra mussels in two locations in the lake during a routine aquatic invasive species survey. A DNR invasive species…

Maine’s bald eagle numbers continue to surge

(Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s bald eagle population continues to soar, increasing by 101 nesting pairs to a total of 733, an increase of 16 percent since the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife conducted the last bald eagle survey five years ago in 2013. Maine’s bald eagle population continues to grow in numbers across the…

Bass Pro Shops files suit against former Cabela’s execs over non-compete agreements

Bass Pro Shops has filed suit against two former Cabela’s employees who started outdoor stores of their own following its 2017 acquisition of its former rival. The suits allege that both operators are in breach of non-compete agreements and are using stolen, proprietary information. According to the Delaware Court of Chancery, Bass Pro Shops has filed suit against NexGen Outfitters,…

State parks, outdoor recreation get $100 million distribution

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday, Sept. 19 a $100 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants…

Researchers: More than 4 billion birds stream overhead during fall migration

Fewer birds return to their breeding grounds after going through fall migration and spending months on their wintering grounds. But the researchers were surprised to find that the migrants arriving across the U.S. southern border had an average return rate of 76 percent during the 5 years of the study (2013 to 2017) and the birds wintering in the U.S. had only an average return rate of 64 percent.

Hurricane Florence forces suspension of Shimano’s South Carolina facility operations

LADSON, S.C. — With mandatory evacuations ordered by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster due to Hurricane Florence approaching the Carolina coast, Shimano has suspended operations of its North Charleston distribution center and fishing division office until further notice. “We will continue to monitor the impending impact of Florence on all of them and our facilities before we resume operations,” said Steve…

New York leads effort to restore bird protection law

(National Audubon Society)WASHINGTON — Attorneys General from eight states – led by New York’s Barbara Underwood, along with AGs from California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon – filed litigation Wednesday challenging the Trump Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The suit was filed in the Southern District…

Carp removal project kicks off at Lake Minnetonka headwaters

Above, below: On Friday, Sept. 7, crews pulled up the first nets that have been set in Steiger Lake in Victoria. (Photos by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District)The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), in coordination with Three Rivers Park District, Carver County, the City of Victoria, and the rest of the Six Mile Creek-Halsted Bay Subwatershed Partnership, is beginning the first…

Michigan, celebrating 100 years of elk, gets boost from RMEF

(Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)The Michigan DNR will celebrate 100 years of elk in Michigan with a special event Saturday, Sept. 8 in Gaylord, the DNR announced Thursday, Sept. 6 – a day after it was announced that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation had awarded more than $30,000 in grant funding to benefit elk, elk habitat and hunting programs in the Wolverine State. In 1918,…

Reports: Sportsmen, women contribute over $93 billion to economy

Each year, 35.8 million people 16 years and older take to America’s waters to fish, the reports say.New economic reports by Southwick Associates reveals more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen and women, spending more than $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more. In a series of reports released Tuesday, Sept. 4 by the…