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Scientists debate whether carp could take over Erie

Traverse City, Mich.  — Asian carp could become the most common fish in Lake Erie if the ravenous invaders develop a breeding population there, while popular sport species including walleye and rainbow trout likely would decline, scientists said. A newly published study based on computer modeling projected that bighead and silver carp, which are Asian carp species, eventually could make…

Wolf survey not part of state plan to welcome predator

Springfield — Now that gray wolves are a protected species in Illinois, work is underway to establish rules and policies on how to handle these large carnivores when they cross paths with humans. Illinois lawmakers last spring passed laws identifying the wolves, as well as black bears and cougars, as a protected species and to develop methods allowing the animals…

Ice fisherman dies on Leech Lake

Walker, Minn. — The Cass County Sheriff’s Department reported earlier this week that an ice angler who was fishing from a camper trailer converted to a fish house apparently died from carbon monoxide poisoning on Sunday, Jan. 17. The man, who was fishing with three other people – all of whom appeared to be suffering the effects of carbon monoxide…

Game agency pondering changes to seasons; not deer

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commissioners will be asked to make changes to seasons and bag limits for the 2016-17 license year that are sure to get the attention of hunters and trappers. Modifications to the seasons for turkeys, bears, squirrels, rabbits, fishers and porcupines are all on the table. It’s a proposed change perhaps least likely to get the support…

Researchers: Vaccinated Wyo. elk more susceptible to CWD

Laramie, Wyo. — Hopes for a vaccine to prevent CWD suffered a severe blow in late October when Wyoming researchers announced that elk inoculated with an experimental serum were at least three times more likely to contract CWD than unvaccinated elk. The researchers are testing a vaccine developed by the Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc., or PREVENT, at the University of…

USFWS unveils proposal for 2016 duck, goose framework

Lansing — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last month its proposal for another liberal migratory bird-hunting season framework in 2016. In Michigan and the Mississippi Flyway, that means 60 days and a six-bird daily bag. Unless something changes as a result of a comment period that was open through Jan. 11, Michigan’s duck and goose seasons in 2016…

The high road for panfish

Panfish can suspend anywhere in the water column and dialing in that productive zone is key to locating fish and putting together a pattern. Before electronics, anglers often fished the entire water column. The edge that sonar gives us today is that we can speed up the process of getting back down to fish, which makes us more efficient. What…

Effort to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes appears stymied

Traverse City, Mich. (AP — When scientists discovered six years ago that aggressive Asian carp had made their way up the Mississippi River’s tributaries toward the Chicago area, the Obama administration and alarmed state officials pledged swift action to head off an invasion they feared could devastate fishing and boating on the vital Great Lakes. Since then, federal agencies have…

NWF report: Climate change is risking hunting, angling in Pa.

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania’s outdoor traditions like hunting and fishing are increasingly at risk due to rising temperatures, according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation. Game Changers: Climate Impacts to America’s Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Heritage takes a comprehensive view of the challenges today’s wildlife are facing as climate conditions worsen, threatening the very customs that have shaped…

Researchers: vaccinated Wyoming elk more susceptible to CWD

Laramie, Wyo. — Hopes for a vaccine to prevent CWD suffered a severe blow in late October when Wyoming researchers announced that elk inoculated with an experimental serum were at least three times more likely to contract CWD than unvaccinated elk. The researchers are testing a vaccine developed by the Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc., or PREVENT, at the University of…

Southern Adirondacks yields 170-class buck [Photo]

Day, N.Y. — It was, for most Adirondack deer hunters, a frustrating season. But Bill Watters bucked the odds this year with a massive 15-point buck that green scored 1751⁄8 inches and ranks unofficially as one of the biggest taken in the state this season. Watters took the buck on Saturday, Nov. 14, while hunting on the Dewey Woods Club…

Teen’s big opening day: Doe, then a bear

Kenmore, N.Y. — Chris Cairns has been bowhunting since he was 12, but it wasn’t until this year that the Buffalo-area teen had any success afield on big game. But when Chris, 14, finally had his breakthrough, he did it in a big way. Chris shot a big doe early opening morning of gun season, Nov. 21, but he wasn’t…

Lake Erie walleye hatch best since 2003’s monster class

Sandusky, Ohio — The Lake Erie walleye hatch is one of the largest in recent history, according to fisheries biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Results from combined Ontario and Ohio surveys show that the 2015 hatch index is the highest since 2003. The excellent hatch should start to show up as catchable fish in the next three…

COs target illegal importation of deer into state of Michigan

Lansing — Michigan DNR  conservation officers in southwest Michigan recently conducted enforcement operations targeting illegal importation of harvested deer into Michigan from states with chronic wasting disease in their free-ranging deer herds. Conservation officers conducted operations near the I-94 corridor of the Michigan/Indiana border, resulting in the seizure of six harvested deer. Five deer were transported into Michigan from Illinois,…

Ohio Hunt for Hope helps kids with physical disabilities

Loudonville, Ohio — Hunt For Hope is a special deer hunt for some very special kids. The participants were four boys, all physically challenged youth. William Tresz and Braedan Henegar both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a debilitating muscular disease affecting the hip and thigh area, along with shoulders and upper body. By early teens, the symptoms affect the heart and…

Adventure show star charged with Alaska hunting violations

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) — A former beauty queen who hosts an Outdoor Channel adventure show illegally shot an Alaska grizzly bear and conspired to cover up the violation, according to charges filed in a rural state court. Theresa Vail, 25, of Wichita, Kansas, the star of “Limitless with Theresa Vail,” is charged with killing a grizzly bear in May without…

Without a trace: Hunter missing since Nov. 15

Horicon, N.Y. — A routine hunting outing in the southern Adirondacks turned into one of the biggest missing persons searches in upstate New York in recent memory as hundreds took to the woods for weeks to try to figure out what happened to an elderly hunter who vanished Nov. 15 without a trace. Thomas Messick, 82, of Troy (Rensselaer County),…