Staff and News Reports

Out-of-state anglers convicted of walleye poaching on Erie

During their sentencing in Ashtabula Municipal Court, each angler was ordered to pay a fine and restitution for 99 walleye, totaling a combined $9,360 in court costs and restitution. The judge also revoked their Ohio fishing licenses for three years. All six anglers were added to the Interstate Wildlife Violator’s Compact, which could cause them to lose their fishing rights in 46 other states.

Live in the Southwest and rely on a wood-burning stove? Tree-cutting ban over threatened owl could mean trouble

First listed as threatened in 1993, the owl is found in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, west Texas and Mexico. (National Park Service)People who rely on wood stoves to heat their homes in the winter are scrambling to find other options after a U.S. district court halted tree cutting on large swaths of national forests in the Southwest…

Clam Outdoors acquires All-Terrain Tackle

Clam President Steve Geertsen and All-Terrain Founder Steve Hauge represent two Minnesota leaders in fishing products.Rogers, Minn. — Two Minnesota companies have joined forces in the tackle industry. Clam Outdoors recently acquired All-Terrain Tackle. Based in Rogers, Minn., Clam Outdoors has continued to grow it’s line of ice tackle, Clam Pro Tackle, since it’s launch to market in 2010. More…

Apex Marine acquires Polar Kraft

Apex Marine, Inc., expanded its brand offering by acquiring Polar Kraft Aluminum Boats. The move will benefit Polar Kraft by providing efficiency in production thanks to the strength of Apex Marine’s two additional lines in Qwest Pontoons and Angler Qwest Pontoons, Apex Marine said in a news release. The acquisition will mean that Apex Marine will now provide a vessel in…

Non-native species threaten hunting, fishing across America

It’s like a scene from a Hollywood movie: Silent invaders slip in undetected, leaving a wake of destruction. Have invasive species invaded your favorite fishing or hunting spot? Chances are you’re impacted by them whether you’re aware or not. They’ve invaded public waters, wilderness areas, national parks, forests, refuges and backyards. Invasive plants, animals and pathogens are changing the landscape….

NRA’s No. 2 resigns; NRA shuts down NRA-TV

Chris CoxChris Cox, the former head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), has resigned his position. Last week, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre placed Cox on leave and accused the man many believed to be his evenutal successor of having aided in a failed “coup” attempt against LaPierre by former NRA President Oliver North. In the announcement of Cox’s…

St. Croix Rod names new president, CEO

St. Croix Rod’s Board of Directors recently announced that fishing-industry veteran Scott Forristall has been named as the company’s new president and CEO. According to a news release from the Park Falls, Wis., company, Forristall brings a keen understanding of the fishing-rod business and the greater fishing industry to St. Croix, earned from a rich employment history with premier companies…

40,000-year-old wolf head found – complete with teeth and fur

Wolves have been in the news across the Great Lakes region and beyond in recent months. But a most interesting wolf-related story involves the discovery of a severed wolf head that’s believed to be more than 40,000 years old. And get this – thanks to the permafrost from which it was found, it came complete with teeth and fur. The…