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Five charged with poaching of fish

Staff Report Milwaukee,Wis. – A 21/2-year investigation that included undercover work and search warrants resulted in criminal charges against five Milwaukee residents for poaching and selling fish. Potential jail sentences range from six to 15 months, and fines could total more than $27,000. In addition, the defendants face a total of more than 60 years of license revocations for the…

Scientists concerned with pintail, woodcock numbers

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Madison — Scientists and researchers who are members of The Wildlife Society shared information on pintails, woodcock, ruffed grouse, and wolves during their September conference in Madison. Much of their discussion focused on the struggling pintail population. Pintail populations are about 38 percent below their long-term average. Karla Guyn, of Ducks Unlimited Canada, said that one…

Early opener bodes well for deer hunt

By Kevin Naze Correspondent Madison — An early opener and a corn harvest well ahead of schedule are two positives for gun deer hunters hoping to put some venison in the freezer or a rack on the wall when the 2005 gun deer season opens on Saturday, Nov. 19. Even with the blaze orange crew expected to catch the tail…

More perch, walleye on anglers’ radar

By Mike Moore Editor Columbus — Lake Erie anglers will be able to put more fish in the boat next year after an early November decision by the Ohio Wildlife Council. The council on Nov. 2 voted to increase the spring walleye daily bag from three to four, which means anglers can keep one more fish a day during March…

PGC gives initial OK to bear bow season

By Bob Frye Capital Correspondent Harrisburg — Jay Peake knows a lot about killing black bears with a bow. He’s taken 17 that way himself, one in the Yukon, a couple in Quebec, and the rest in Ontario. He’s not too sure he could get even one in Pennsylvania. “In Ontario, we hunt them over bait,” said Peake, who owns…

Urban deer control may call for baiting

By Jeff Mulhollem Editor Harrisburg — As Pennsylvania Game Commission officials grapple with how to control deer numbers in urban areas with hunting, they are considering heretofore-unheard-of measures for Pennsylvania. Perhaps the most significant tool under consideration for allowing hunters to kill enough whitetails to solve suburban deer-nuisance problems is baiting – the mention of which was considered blasphemous by…

Invasive crayfish threatening to infest Little Juniata River

By Mark Nale Northcentral correspondent Alexandria, Pa. — On a recent trip to the Juniata River near Petersburg, Huntingdon County, Bill Anderson discovered a large number of unusual-looking crayfish inhabiting the river. The crayfish, thousands of them, were concentrated just below the hydroelectric dam at Warrior Ridge, south of Petersburg. Anderson, president of the Little Juniata River Association, suspected that…

This may be a record harvest for Pa. bears

By Mark Nale Northcentral Correspondent More than 14,000 black bears will be available for hunters when the three-day season opens on Monday, Nov. 21, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission bear biologist Mark Ternent. Although his population estimate is about a thousand bears lower than last year’s estimate, he does not consider this a significant decrease. “Our management objectives aren’t the…

Season of change in Southern Zone

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — If there’s any question that this Southern Zone deer season will be different than years past, all you have to do is look at a calendar. Opening Day this year falls on a Saturday (Nov. 19), as the Monday opener has been shelved in favor of what DEC officials are confident will become a…

Driftless Area project to receive $350,000

By Tori J. McCormick Correspondent Washington, D.C. — Conservation officials are singing the praises of a federal appropriation they say is a good first step to restoring at-risk watersheds in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The $350,000 earmark, approved in an agriculture appropriations bill in the U.S. Senate, will help with planning efforts for Driftless Area conservation activities…

Biologist says habitat shortage hurts grouse

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Madison — Wisconsin’s grouse population has been in the dumps, and hunters want to know why. Grouse populations, especially in the north, normally vary on a 10-year cycle between peaks and valleys. The population in southwestern Wisconsin has never seen that large cyclical variation of a cycle and has been more consistent. But, the northern population…

Barnhart: Document is important to sportsmen

By Steve Piatt Editor Albany — It’s not the kind of document you’ll find in a hunting camp, or something you’ll plunge into as you sit by the fire on a cold winter night. Make no mistake, the draft Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy will never be considered light reading. Still, while the cumbersome document won’t make anyone’s bestseller list, it’s…

Changes suggested for muskie stocking

By Dean Bortz Editor Stevens Point, Wis. — The DNR’s muskie propagation program is in pretty good shape, but a geneticist who reviewed the program said the DNR could remove any questions about its muskie efforts by adding more brood lakes and collecting eggs and milt throughout the spawning run. Earlier this year, a citizen effort named the Wisconsin Muskie…

Virus hits federal hatchery

Deborah Weisberg Contributing Writer Warren, Pa. — Federal and state wildlife officials will decide by the middle of this month what to do with almost one million trout at the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery near Warren infected with a virus that either kills fish or makes them carriers. The bulk of the fish are lake trout that were targeted for…

Another record deer kill in 2005?

By Robert Loewendick Contributing Writer Columbus — The 2005 deer-gun season, which runs Nov. 28-Dec. 4, is expected to produce 130,000 to 140,000 harvested deer, according to the latest estimates from the Ohio Division of Wildlife. That’s a remarkable climb from Ohio’s kill from as recently as 50 years ago. Since Ohio’s first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943,…

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Mike Moore Editor You are holding in your hands what will become the best source of news for Ohio’s sportsmen and sportswomen. Starting in January, subscribers will find a copy of Ohio Outdoor News in their mailbox every two weeks. Each issue will contain the latest information on hunting, fishing, and conservation from around the Buckeye State. We’ll also share…

ODNR proposes increased Erie perch, walleye limits

Increase would affect early spring fishery By Paula Piatt Contributing Writer Sandusky, Ohio — The populations may not be where they were in the 1980s and 1990s, but rebounds of walleye and yellow perch in Lake Erie’s Ohio jurisdiction are allowing officials to think about increased limits on both the popular sport fish. The Ohio DNR is proposing an increase…

Federation seems to soften on Sunday hunt

By Jeff Mulhollem Editor Harrisburg — It has often been said by folks who should know that Sunday hunting will never become a reality in Pennsylvania until the state’s largest sportsmen’s organization is behind it. And until now, the 50,000-member Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs has always been against hunting on Sunday, although federation leaders have been saying in recent…

Spring walleye fishing for Erie now on anglers’ radar

By Bill Parker Editor Luna Pier, Mich. — After two years of frustration at watching anglers ply the Ohio waters of Lake Erie for spring walleyes, anglers may be able to wet a line in Michigan waters again next spring. DNR fisheries biologists have submitted a proposal to Director Rebecca Humphries that would allow for year-round walleye fishing to resume…

DCNR secretary hopes to dispel ‘myths’

By Jeff Mulhollem Editor Harrisburg — The average Pennsylvania hunter doesn’t trust Michael DiBerardinis at all, and he knows it. “The first problem is probably that I’m from Philadelphia,” the secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said with a chuckle. “Sportsmen don’t have to like me, but I want them to know where I’m coming from on…

PGC board sharply divided by deer regs

By Bob Frye Capital Correspondent Harrisburg — At the Pennsylvania Game Commission, white-tailed deer — or at least discussions about how to manage them — are always in season. That was proven again at the agency’s October meeting. Generally a benign gathering by commission standards, the fall meeting was more controversial this time around, largely because of proposed deer seasons…

Michigan salmon stocking to be reduced

By Paul Smith Correspondent Kenosha, Wis. — Anglers have strongly supported a plan by fisheries managers to reduce Lake Michigan chinook stocking by 25 percent, but also have expressed concerns about how and where the cuts should be made. Fisheries managers, biologists, and anglers from the four Lake Michigan states gathered Sept. 24 at UW-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis., for the…

Teen fatally shot in apparent hunting mishap

By Dean Bortz Editor La Crosse, Wis. (AP) — Seth Hammes, 17, of La Crosse, was videotaping wildlife from a tree stand in Monroe County when he was allegedly shot twice with a .22 by Russell Robert Schroeder III, 24, who was trespassing at the time, officials said. Hammes’ video camera apparently continued running after he fell from the tree…

Lake Michigan perch make strong showing

By Paul Smith Correspondent Milwaukee, Wis. — After a decade of generally dismal news about the plight of Lake Michigan yellow perch, reports are emerging from biologists around the lake that may put smiles on anglers’ faces. According to preliminary reports from the Wisconsin DNR, a record number of young-of-the-year perch were produced in 2005. “We’re seeing more young fish…

Duck stamp contest winner is state native

By Tim Eisele Correspondent Washington, D.C. — For the second time in history, a woman has won the federal duck stamp contest – and this woman hails from Wisconsin. Sherrie Russell Meline, a native of Madison and graduate of the UW-Madison, now a resident of Mt. Shasta, Calif., won the 2006-07 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Contest, commonly known…