Staff and News Reports

From ‘Bird Chick’ to bored chick

The Outdoor News blogger known as “Bird Chick” is also a park ranger at the Mississippi River Visitor Center, but with the partial government shutdown, Sharon Stiteler is mostly a bored chick these days. So how is this furloughed federal employee and well-known birding blogger getting along? Click here for more. Gov’t shutdown: MN park ranger misses her work https://t.co/oZjwZOJym8 pic.twitter.com/l7Grur2Var —…

USA Clay Target League founder, president Jim Sable retires

(USA Clay Target League)St. Paul, Minn. — Jim Sable, the founder of the USA Clay Target League, has announced that he has stepped down from his roles as board chair and president of the league. Sable, the former owner of a Twin Cities communication agency, is a longtime clay target shooting enthusiast who started an after-school mentoring program at the…

Paul Schluter stepping down as CEO of St. Croix Rods

PARK FALLS, Wis. – St. Croix Rods’ CEO Paul Schluter has announced a planned transition of leadership at the company. Sometime in 2019, Schluter will step aside from his current role with the Park Falls, Wis.-based company. He will continue serving as a member of St. Croix’s Board of Directors, guiding strategy and monitoring performance, along with his sister Pamela…

Game warden catches poacher via dating app

An Oklahoma woman looking for love got more than she bargained for when she unwittingly shared her exhilaration about illegally shooting a “bigo buck” on a dating app with a state game warden. Oklahoma Game Warden Cannon Harrison said he uncovered the poaching in a conversation on Bumble with a McIntosh County woman. She talked about using a spotlight to…

GSM Outdoors acquires Mainstream Holdings

Grand Prairie, Texas — GSM Outdoors, LLC, a multi-brand manufacturer and technology innovator of premium, specialized hunting and shooting products, has announced the acquisition of Mainstream Holdings, including Muddy Outdoors, Hawk, and Big Game Treestands, GMS said in a news release. According to the company, Muddy Outdoors is a premier manufacturer of hang-on, climber, and ladder stands, along with portable tripod and…

Garmin additions

Garmin recently announced the addition of two new products: The Panoptix LiveScope LVS12 single-array transducer and the ECHOMAP Plus bundles. According to the company, the Panoptix LiveScope series offers both 30-degree forward and 30-degree down real-time scanning sonar views, adding that the single-array LiveScope LVS12 transducer is an economical solution for inland and near-shore anglers without the need for a black box. Garmin’s…

Tips wanted in wolf shooting case

Weyauwega, Wis.  – Authorities are seeking the public’s help to determine who shot a timber wolf found near Weyauwega. State DNR conservation warden Kaitlin Kernosky and DNR law enforcement supervisor Ted Dremel responded to the scene Jan. 3 on U.S. Highway 10 just east of the State Highway 110/County Trunk X interchange. “I had initially gotten a call from the…

President Trump signs farm bill

President Donald Trump has signed the 2018 Farm Bill. The $867 billion bill expands the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) by three million acres, to a total of 27 million acres, but limits the government subsidy to 80 percent of the average rent for the acre and disallows whole farm enrollment into the program. In a twenty-five minute signing ceremony, the…

A sturgeon-sized undertaking, but high-schoolers up to the task

Georgia high school mechatronics students build massive replica of lake sturgeon for Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. The Lake Sturgeon is a state-endangered species in Tennessee, having almost disappeared from the river system by the 1970s. Since the formation of the Lake Sturgeon Working Group in 1998, the Aquarium and its partners have raised and released more than 220,000 juvenile Lake Sturgeon back into the species’ historic range.

BHA: New plan erodes habitat protections for greater sage grouse

MISSOULA, Mont. – New sage grouse management plans unveiled by the Bureau of Land Management could unravel years of stakeholder collaboration and reduce habitat conservation measures for sagebrush country that have played a major role in keeping the greater sage grouse off the Endangered Species List, according to a news release from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. The BLM plans would…

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…