Staff Report

Charges filed in shooting of white pelicans at Newton Lake

American white pelicans. (Minnesota DNR)NEWTON, Ill. — Thanks to information provided by the public, charges have been filed against two Newton teenagers in connection with the illegal shooting of American white pelicans at Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, discovered on April 3. Five pelicans were found dead at Newton Lake by DNR site staff. Another pelican found shot and wounded was taken…

Pennsylvania’s senior pheasant hunters may soon be exempt from fees

Harrisburg — The days of senior lifetime hunting license holders having to buy a $25 permit to hunt pheasants in Pennsylvania may soon be over. So, too, might the days of fewer birds. Last September, state Rep. Bryan Cutler, a Lancaster County Republican, introduced House Bill 1764. He did so at the urging of a senior hunter in his district…

Illinois anglers named to Bassmaster All-State squad

Springfield — Two high school anglers from Illinois have been named to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team, while three others received honorable mention. Alec Berens, of Channahon, and Tyler Lubbat, of Wheeling, joined 62 other fishermen from all over the country on the All-State team. Both are now candidates to be named to the 12-member All-American fishing…

In New York, channel cat, freshwater drum records shattered

Albany — New York anglers landed a pair of new state record fish last year, as well as numerous other noteworthy catches, DEC officials said. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said the catches recorded in the state’s Angler Achievement Awards program “are a prime example of the high quality and diverse fish found in New York’s waters. I’m proud to honor…

Pennsylvania turkey numbers stable, PGC biologist says

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania’s most avid spring turkey hunters are going all in. With the 2018 season fast approaching – the youth only spring gobbler hunt is April 21, the regular season April 28 to May 31 – expect many to buy a second turkey tag. That’s been the trend. Mary Jo Casalena, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s turkey biologist, said sales…

New Pennsylvania CWD area will be 346 square miles in southeast

Harrisburg — Here we go again. Another sick deer, another disease management area. Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture said on Feb. 12 that a farm-raised deer in Lancaster County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. That is, of course, the always-fatal ailment that’s proving to be a scourge for deer – and deer managers – in an increasingly large part of…

Wisconsin Fishing Expo continues to grow

After a 13-percent increase in attendance in 2017, an all-time high, the Wisconsin Fishing Expo (WFE) continued its upward attendance swing with another 9-percent increase for the 2018 event, held Feb. 23-25. In addition, the Expo area at Alliant Energy Center Expo Hall in Madison grew by 17 percent, featuring more than 150,000 square feet of space for vendors, manufacturers, retailers, boats,…

Do Pennsylvania programs meant to increase numbers of new anglers actually work?

Harrisburg — Do programs meant to create new anglers actually work? The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is trying to answer that in a way no one’s even done before. The agency is working with Southwick Associates, a Florida-based research firm specializing in outdoor marketing, to determine whether attendees of various recruitment, retention and reactivation programs actually turn into fishermen…

Environmental snapshot: Aquatic Invaders Summit III

Hundreds of lake, river, fishing, and other environmental advocates are attending the Aquatic Invaders Summit III at the Earle Brown Center in Minneapolis today and tomorrow. Jim Luoma, a fisheries biologist from U.S Geological Survey Upper Midwest Science Center in La Crosse, Wis., presents the results of research on the effectiveness of various (lethal) agents on zebra mussels. #AquaticInvadersSummit Tags:…

National Wild Turkey Federation convention [video]

Scenes from the recent National Wild Turkey Federation annual convention and sport show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. Categories: Illinois Videos, Michigan Videos, Minnesota Videos, New York Videos, Pennsylvania Videos, Turkey, Turkey, Wisconsin Videos Tags: National Wild Turkey Federation, NWTF, Wild turkeys

Mills Fleet Farm names new executive VP/CFO

Mills Fleet Farm has announced that Michael Schwindle has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer. Schwindle was most recently CFO at Payless Shoe Source, and previously held CFO positions at both Harry & David and Musician’s Friend, a subsidiary of Guitar Center. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche LLP with roles in both the auditing…

NYSDEC talks CWD [video]

Tony Wilkinson, director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Fish and Wildlife, addresses a statewide hunter education instructor gathering in Ballston Spa (Saratoga County) and voices concerns over the potential return of chronic wasting disease to New York and outlines steps the department is taking to prevent that. Categories: CWD, New York Videos, Whitetail Deer, Whitetail Deer Videos…

Adventurous brook trout good for species in Pennsylvania

State College, Pa. — You’ve heard about movers and shakers. How about movers and stayers? Those are wild Pennsylvania brook trout. Some are more cautious than others, tending to remain in their home waters forever. Others are more adventurous and, every now and again, wander far afield before returning home. Researchers at Penn State determined that by putting microchips in…

It’s showtime: New York sport shows offer gear, guides and more

Waverly, N.Y. — It’s cold outside. You’re not an ice fisherman, or maybe you’re tired of drilling holes on the hardwater. Cabin fever is setting in. You need to do something. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available for sportsmen and women in New York state. A solid lineup of sport shows across the Empire State and a couple of…

Four more captive deer CWD positive in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg — Four more captive deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease in south-central Pennsylvania, the state Department of Agriculture announced recently. The disease was confirmed in three white-tailed deer on a hunting preserve in Franklin County and one on a Fulton County hunting preserve, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Both preserves were under quarantine for the disease…

Wild turkey shootings create chaos in central Illinois town

Chenoa, Ill. — DNR is investigating a turkey shoot that’s divided the small central Illinois town of Chenoa. Several Chenoa residents claim they are upset about the decision to shoot a handful of turkeys that had become a part of the town. According to a media report, Chenoa’s mayor said that he authorized shooting the birds because they were a…

In Pennsylvania, extended bear hunts make all the difference in 2017

Harrisburg — This isn’t how things are supposed to work, necessarily. In a typical year, Pennsylvania’s statewide four-day bear season represents the largest part in determining whether the harvest is a good one or not. The early seasons in wildlife management units surrounding special regulation areas, the statewide archery season and the extended seasons in other units play supporting roles….

Pennsylvania youth takes huge cow elk [photo]

Benezette, Pa. — Fifteen-year-old Blaze Prengaman, of Latrobe, shot a doe with his bow this fall. It was his first archery kill ever. Usually, that would be a big deal. This year, though, it was just the second-best part of his season. His most amazing memory of 2017 will forever be taking a 500-plus-pound cow elk in a do-it-yourself hunt….

St. Croix hires new northeast regional account manager

PARK FALLS, Wis. – Alex Smay has joined St. Croix as the fishing rod company’s northeast regional account manager. Smay brings nearly 10 years of experience in outdoor marketing and sales management in both fishing and hunting. Smay’s territory will cover Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Smay holds a degree in marketing management from Grove City (Pa.) College….

Pennsylvania clean-water projects get a big boost

Harrisburg — In York County, the idea to create a stormwater authority is going from the feasibility stage to development of an actual business plan. The authority would produce cost-effective regional stormwater solutions to address problems such as nuisance flooding and local stream pollution. Sources of drinking water would be cleaner, and there would be more fishing opportunities. Elsewhere, in…

Outdoor News kicks off hard-water coverage across Great Lakes region

(Photo by Rob Drieslein)Plymouth, Minn. — With ice creeping in on shorelines across waterways in the Great Lakes states, Outdoor News has kicked off its annual ongoing coverage – tips, gear profiles, advice from the top names in the industry and more – of the hard-water season for anglers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Outdoor…