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NM man gets nearly $20,000 in AK hunting penalties

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions says a New Mexico man has been penalized nearly $20,000 and put on five years’ probation for multiple hunting violations. The Anchorage Daily News says 39-year-old Jimmy Todd Hackney of Quemado, N.M., pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor counts of guiding without proper supervision, making a false statement on hunting license…

Boulder Junction Area

Walleyes can be found in deeper water along any green vegetation. Crappie action varies from lake to lake, but they can be found wherever warmer water temps exist. Bluegills are beginning to show up in the shallows, but have not yet spawned. Muskies seem to be more interested in following baits that striking right now. Bass are very aggressive; remember…

Wildlife agency says bald eagle had lead poisoning

Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) – Federal wildlife officials say a bald eagle, found dead at Norris Lake in February, died of lead poisoning. A release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Knoxville on Thursday said the agency’s forensics laboratory consulted with the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center in determining the bird’s liver had elevated levels of…

Illinois deer season changes announced

DNR announced today changes in deer hunting season dates and a series of regulations changes for the upcoming 2009-2010 seasons. The changes are a result of the state’s Joint Deer Population Task Force. The seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season will be Nov. 20 – 22, 2009 and Dec. 3 – 6, 2009, while the Muzzleloader-only season will be Dec. 11…

On-Air with Ron Schara this Saturday

Minnesota Bound’s Ron Schara called and interviewed me this morning for a news segment that will appear on his WCCO Radio show Saturday morning. We chatted briefly about what’s cooking in the state Legislature this spring. Despite a $5 billion budget deficit, legislators still find time for bills on fish hatcheries, pike slots limits, dove hunting, or live coyote transport….

Angler Catches Record-Tying Pygmy Whitefish

Eric Tullett of Kalispell will now share the Montana angling state record for the diminutive pygmy whitefish with two other anglers, both of whom turned in their record fish in February 2005. Tullett caught the .23-pound (that’s 3.7 ounces) pygmy on a glow hook and maggot while ice fishing on Bitterroot Lake on March 17. He hooked the fish at…

Bill is $13,000 for poached park buck

Maumee, Ohio – It was big news last fall when two individuals were fined more than $12,000 for poaching a trophy buck in south central Ohio. Kory Posey and Kyle Kruger of Washington Court House were the first to be prosecuted under a new law that requires convicted suspects to pay more for illegally taking trophy deer. The penalty, requiring…

Crossbow issue is coming to a head

Harrisburg – A proposal to allow crossbows to be used statewide in the archery season is looking a little less like a sure bet these days. When Pennsylvania Game Commissioners met in Washington County in October, they voted 5-2 to expand crossbows to the regular archery season. All that remains for the idea to get final approval is another affirmative…

Northeast Region

Leesville Reservoir (Carroll County) – Anglers looking for some premier fishing as well as impressive autumn scenery should visit this 1,045-acre lake located in southern Carroll County. In 2007, more than 450 muskellunge were reported through the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club. A total of 112 fish measuring 42-inches or greater were also reported. Trolling or casting muskie-sized lures into weed…

Northern Lower

Ludington Area Salmon are moving in closer to shore on Lake Michigan, and anglers fishing off the piers and in the harbor report a decent bite. Trollers are having their best success on glow or chrome plugs, while pier anglers report the best action on spoons. Pere Marquette Sport Center, (231) 843-8676. Traverse City Area Salmon fishing has slowed a…

Wolf River System/Lake Poygan Area

Excellent fishing last week easily made up for the bad weather. The white bass run is now in full swing and is going strong. Walleyes continue to provide very good action on the Wolf River and Lake Poygan. Crappies are being caught in the sloughs and channels. Kiesow’s Landing, (920) 836-2590. Chico’s Landing, Orihula, (920) 446-3345. Ma’s Bait, Fremont, (920)…

Waterfowl groups OK with duck stamp hike

Springfield – The cost of a duck stamp could rise from $15 to $25 under the 2009 federal budget proposed in Washington. The increase, which has support from conservation groups such as Delta Waterfowl, and Ducks Unlimited, would be the first hike for the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp since 1991. Both national waterfowl organizations also are urging…

Antlerless deer

Joe AlbertAssociate Editor Antlerless deer. We can debate about the merits of an early antlerless deer season – I’ve done it twice and love it – but there’s one argument folks who are against it use that really irks me. In a variety of forums, I’ve heard people wonder about how many bucks were &#8220accidentally” shot during the two-day season….

Federal judge upholds state ballast water law

By Yvonne SwagerCorrespondent Lansing – A federal judge has confirmed that oceangoing ships will have to continue to comply with Michigan’s new law regulating ballast water discharge. A lawsuit brought by members of the shipping industry challenging the law has been dismissed because plaintiff claims could not be substantiated. Michigan’s law, effective Jan. 1, 2007, requires all oceangoing ships to…

Deer hunting tourney is on tap near Gladwin

By Bill Parker Editor Gladwin, Mich — Competitive hunting is coming to the Lost Arrow Deer Ranch in Gladwin. Real estate executive David Farbman told Michigan Outdoor News that he is fulfilling a dream by launching the first competitive hunting tour this fall at the high-fence deer ranch. “It’s been a lifelong dream to build the industry of hunting,” Farbman…

Crappies, walleyes, yellow perch leading the charge

CENTRAL REGION Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Excellent fishing opportunities exist here for crappie anglers in one of Ohio’s top crappie lakes. The best fishing is around woody shoreline cover now through early June. Use small marabou jigs, plastic grubs and minnows suspended beneath a bobber in these areas. Keeper-crappies must measure at least nine inches. This is the best…

Hunting license sales decline by 5 percent

Staff report Albany – Hunting license sales in New York dipped by about 5 percent last season, affected more by a sharp decline in available Deer Management Permits than the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state’s whitetail herd. The DEC’s chief source of revenue – sales of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses – is pushing $30 million right…

Fall fishing has been good, hunters doing well statewide

ASHLAND AREA Trolling in the shallows for cohos, splake, browns, and steelhead has been decent. Fish are being caught from Bayfield, along the shoreline all the way to the head of the bay. Some days the fish are shallow and planer board and crankbait combos are doing the trick; other times the fish have been suspended over deeper water, from…

State’s CWD efforts gain the spotlight

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Madison – Wisconsin’s battle with chronic wasting disease was front and center at the second International CWD Symposium that was held in Madison, July 12-14. Reports on Wisconsin’s experience, the first time that CWD had been found in a wild deer herd east of the Mississippi River, were provided throughout the symposium. The Wisconsin DNR launched…

THIRD PLACE

Andrew Blum, of Sauk City, arrowed this 8-point buck in Vernon County on Oct. 31. The rack had a 21-inch inside spread and the green score was 153. Categories: Import

April 8-10: Michael’s Landing 7th Annual Spring Walleye Tournament. On Castle Rock Lake – Madatory rules meeting Friday 8 p.m. Fishing April 9, 7-3 p.m. & Sun April 10 7a.m.- 12 noon. For more info call Tammie Hanson, 608-339-9926.

April 30: 10th Annual Spring Fling Open Bass Tournament, 7-4 p.m.Bayview Lodge, Lake Wisconsin. Contact fishnsimer@aol.com or call 608-429-4433. June 24-26: Western Superior Pro AM Fishing Tournament, Lake Superior. Weigh-in locations: Knife River Harbor, Port Wing Marina, Washburn Marina, Saxon Harbor, Barkers Island (Superior), Pikes Bay Marina (Bayfield), Ashland Marina, Black River Harbor. For more info call Pikes Bay Marina,…