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Summer sunnies remain top option along thick weedbeds

BIG SIX LAKE MILLE LACS East – Leeches and crawlers on live bait rigs or spinners are turning a few walleyes off the edges of the mud flats in 28 to 32 feet of water. Look to the Blue Jug Flat, Seven Mile, and Eight Mile as likely starting spots. Slip bobbers and leeches also will produce fish on the…

More sturgeon spearing changes may be coming

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Oshkosh, Wis. — The Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season could take on more changes for 2006, if the public supports proposals from the DNR during an upcoming series of public hearings. The Natural Resources Board (NRB) agreed to hold a public hearing on changes to the Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season during its meeting in Oshkosh…

Southern Tier rifle bill awaits Pataki

By Don Lehman Contributing Writer Albany — Big-game hunters in some Southern Tier counties will likely get to take rifles afield this fall under a bill passed last month by both houses of the state Legislature. The proposal, which was awaiting Gov. George Pataki’s signature as of late June to become law, would allow the use of rifles for deer…

October Zone T may be nixed for ’06, ’07

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Portage, Wis. — Natural Resources Board (NRB) members will decide Aug. 17 whether to grant public hearings that could lead to a two-year moratorium on October Zone T antlerless deer seasons in 2006 and 2007. The DNR reached an agreement, of sorts, with the Conservation Congress and other hunting groups during a meeting June 29. The…

Strong opposition to gas exploration

By Mike Raykovicz Contributing Writer Elmira, N.Y. — The DEC’s plan to open state forest land for gas drilling exploration is meeting stiff opposition from residents, hunters, and conservationists in several Southern Tier counties. DEC is looking to lease approximately 21,000 acres of state forest land on 17 sites in parts of Broome, Cortland, Tioga, Schuyler, Chemung, Steuben and Tompkins…

‘Outsiders’ to review state’s SAK formula

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Portage, Wis. — Two Natural Resources Board members told a DNR Sex-Age-Kill (SAK) Audit Committee that the agency should find someone outside the DNR to review the SAK. “I think the DNR should find an independent contractor so that there are no questions about DNR influence over the contractor,” said NRB member Christine Thomas, of Plover….

Debate grows about efforts to relocate urban Canada geese

Minneapolis (AP) – As the metro area continues efforts to control its Canada goose population, one of the most effective goose relocation efforts may be running out of places to send unwanted goslings. The DNR’s urban goose management program collects Canada geese from more than 50 metro cities and county parks. Jim Cooper, a retired University of Minnesota professor who…

State duck numbers, harvest down

By Tim Spielman Associate Editor St. Paul – Preliminary harvest reports from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service support what Minnesota duck hunters suspected since their last trip to the duck blind: The 2004 duck season was one that often lacked one important element – ducks. State hunters last year killed about 683,000 ducks, compared to about 884,000 in 2003,…

For most fish species this time of year, think deeper

ALGOMA AREA Not much has changed since last week, with excellent numbers of rainbow trout and chinook salmon coming to boat. Rainbow trout were still being caught in good numbers farther out from shore, 10 to 30 feet down. A lot of chinook salmon were caught with most of the action occurring in 140 to 300 feet of water and…

Banquets/Fundraisers.

July 16: The Minnewaska Lake Association will be holding their annual banquet on July 16. July 22: Watonwan Bear Hunters NABF Chapter Banquet, 5:30 p.m., St. James VFW. For more info call Jennie Firchau, 507-375-3510. Aug. 1: Ducks Unlimited “Quackettes” Annual Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Dan Patch American Legion Post #643, Savage. Call Rosie, 952-447-4311 for more info. Aug 29: Friends…

Panfish and walleyes move deep, less active during midday

BIG SIX LAKE MILLE LACS East – A significant mayfly hatch has slowed the walleye action this week. The day bite seems to be most affected, although the mud flats continue to produce some fish in 28 to 32 feet of water. Spinners or long live bait rigs are the best options with leeches or crawlers. The evening rock bite…

Great Lakes fishing stays hot despite scorching temperatures

SOUTHEASTERN LP Lake St. Clair Fair to good walleye fishing has been reported in Lake St. Clair when trolling with crawler harnesses in 10 to 12 feet of water near Metro Beach. Best colors have been gold or silver blades and red beads. Some anglers are drifting perch rigs and slip bobbers in 12 feet of water, while others are…

Senate approves bill to ban hunting via Internet

By Bill Parker Editor Lansing — By early fall, it will be illegal in Michigan to participate in any form of Internet hunting if a package of bills continues to sail through the state legislature. A three-bill package makes it illegal to use a firearm, bow, or crossbow to shoot animals via the Internet and sets penalties for violating the…

Committee: DNR Game & Fish spending receives thumbs up

By Joe Albert Staff Writer St. Paul – The DNR is mostly making good use of the money raised by sales of licenses for hunting and fishing, according to the group charged each year with overseeing expenditures. “By and large, everything is OK,” said Rick Horton, chairman of the Game and Fish Fund Budgetary Oversight Committee. The oversight committee issues…

As the state swelters, catfishing success surges

NORTHWEST REGION Erie (Erie County) — Perch fishing picked up with catches in 48 feet, straight out of Walnut Creek. The bass bite has been fair to good, with the rocky areas on the east side of the bay yielding some nice catches. Other hot spots include Horseshoe Pond around Perry Monument, the north and south piers and the east…

PGC Director Ross to retire this year

By Jeff Mulhollem Editor Harrisburg — While Pennsylvania game commissioners were planning to grant emergency powers to agency Executive Director Vern Ross to deal with chronic wasting disease, it turns out he was planning his retirement. Just after the board gave him wide-ranging powers to deal with the always-fatal-to-deer malady if it shows up in the state, Ross, who is…

State land use rules expected to tighten

By Steve Griffin Field Editor Midland, Mich. — If you’ve gotten used to holding big events on state-owned land, or making a few bucks on that public turf, listen up: Some changes seem on the way. At best, you’re going to need to apply for a permit from the DNR, do it at least 90 days out, and probably pay…

Western goose hunters may catch break

By Tim Spielmant Associate Editor Bemidji, Minn. – Goose hunters in western Minnesota, often limited by special protections for Eastern Prairie Population Canada geese, which migrate through the area, may have fewer limitations this fall. DNR waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts recently got a first-hand look at EPP production in Canada, and said things are looking up for the migrants. Cordts,…

Group: Scrap minimum hunting age to help recruit new hunters

By Bob Frye Capital Correspondent Harrisburg — There’s no “C” in hunter, but perhaps there should be, since that’s the grade sportsmen are earning when it comes to recruiting youngsters. A new, just-released report, titled “Families Afield,” examined America’s hunting culture and its sustainability. The results were not encouraging. The study found that, on the whole, the nation is recruiting…

Study says outdoor ed beneficial for youths

By Tom Carney Correspondent Madison, Wis.–A recent study administered by the California Department of Education concluded that “at-risk” students who participate in outdoor educational programs increase their science test scores and show long-term improvement in a variety of personal and social skills. This confirms beliefs long held by a Michigan educator. Martin LeBlanc, Inside the Outdoors project director for the…

Environmental funding bill keeps DNR running

By Joe Albert Staff Writer St. Paul — When a legislative working group passed a bill last Thursday to fund the DNR and other environmental agencies, the room erupted in applause. At the time, Senate and House passage was assumed, as was the governor’s signature. That all happened, and state parks remained open and the DNR avoided being shut down….

Pro anglers visit rivers to prep in Pittsburgh

By Deborah Weisberg Contributing Writer Pittsburgh — The world’s best bass anglers plied western Pennsylvania rivers late last month in a wet run for the upcoming CITGO Bassmaster Classic. It was a first fishing trip to Pitts-burgh for most of the 42 pros and five Federation (club) anglers who will fish the big, three-day tournament on the Allegheny, Monongahela and…